Preparing for Revival


Preparing for Revival

This short book contains a dream I received. There are two distinct parts, and I will be covering each separately. The dream is about a place that is about to ignite. Where is this place? This place is anywhere God’s Spirit is at work in a very deep and holy way. Do not underestimate the power that God wants to unleash in your own life, and in your own church. Be expectant, because this dream is all about supernatural expectancy!

I and some others were in a building that was reaching the flash point, as it were. Although the fire was not visible, I knew that eventually this whole place was going to burst into flames. We were in one particular room on the upper level. It was on the second floor. This room was rear-facing, as far as the street was concerned. It was out of the way and not for the sake of appearance.

The Secret Place

What was this place? Since it was rear-facing, this was not where you went in order to be seen by others, but by the one who sees you in secret.

“But whenever you pray, enter into your inner room and shut your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

“For God does not see what man sees, for a man looks on the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks on the heart.” (See 1 Samuel 16:7)

The feeling of expectancy was awesome and tremendous. There was a sense of real power in the air. The air was “pregnant” with the power of God. God’s power was about to be unleashed.

The Door

Along the back wall of this room, there was a single door that you could pass through. It was neither to the left, nor to the right; it was right in the center.

The door, I’m sure, represents Jesus, who said,

“I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and will go out and will find pasture.” (John 10:9)

The door was in the center, and neither to the left, nor the right, because in the Bible, we are commanded “not to turn to the left or the right” (see Deuteronomy 5:32). In other words, we are to choose only God’s path. Many people believe it is possible to choose another path, but Jesus said,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (See John 14:6)

In this dream, there was only one door, and that makes sense, because there is only one door by which we must pass through if we are to find eternal life, and that door is Jesus Christ.

The Upper Room

What about the fact that it was an upper room that I was in? In the Bible, the place where God’s power was first unleashed in a large group setting (that is, more than 100 people at one time) was an upper room, for we read,

“And when they had entered, they went up to the upstairs room where they were staying … these were busily engaged with one mind in prayer …” (See Acts 1:13-14)

Later on, we read that this is where the power of God was suddenly unleashed (see Acts 2:1-4). It was an amazing experience. Well, it was not the end of what God wanted to do; it was just the beginning! It was the beginning of a great revival, or spiritual awakening. Since that time, there have been numerous revivals, or spiritual awakenings. These are powerful and full of God’s Holy Spirit.

Revivals, or spiritual awakenings, bring repentance, restoration, and renewal. Healings may occur inwardly, at the level of the heart, or outwardly, in people’s bodies. These revivals, or spiritual awakenings, include the Great Awakening[1], The Azusa Street Revival[2], The Welsh Revival[3], The Welsh Methodist Revival[4], The Brownsville Revival[5], and others[6].

What is a Revival?

A revival is not an act of man, it is an act of God. It is when God moves sovereignly upon his people, who have been crying out to him, in prayer, often as a direct result of the dire circumstances that they have found themselves to be in. It is when selfishness comes to an end, and the desire to do God’s will supersedes the desire to do anything else.

Historically, genuine revivals have always been traced back to dedicated, devoted, Christian prayer meetings. And this is the thing that all great revivals have in common. The goal of revival is always one thing: more revival. But what is revival? Revival is when genuine Holy Spirit conviction falls, and men cry out to God for mercy, and start giving him the glory due to his name, in all areas of life. The desire to do other things apart from engaging in revival is called fleshliness, and the world has had enough of that! On the other hand, God’s will is that everyone might know the Lord.

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, like the waters covering the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)

Angels who have seen God’s glory, do not cease to praise him.

And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and of the living creatures and of the elders, and their number was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands times thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:11-12)

And when God’s glory falls on the earth, so that it can be tangibly experienced and felt, human beings do the same. But the challenge God has given to human beings, before we see these things, is to pray to him and give him praise by faith, in anticipation of this great outpouring. It is often the few who do this, but the rewards are eternal.

Busily Engaged and Devoted

In the dream, I was in an upper room for a reason. It was the place of prayer. That is where the revival starts: in the secret place.

“One who lives in the secret place of the Most High will lodge in the shadow of Shaddai.” (Psalm 91:1)

Elijah knew the secret place. Paul knew the secret place. And Jesus himself knew the secret place for sure! And what does Acts 1:13-14 (previously quoted) say? It says, “all these were busily engaged with one mind in prayer.” Later, it says,

“And they were devoting themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers. And fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were being performed by the apostles.” (Acts 2:42-43)

Thus, we see a great emphasis on prayer, and fellowship. For it is not simply attending a 1-hour prayer meeting that is important, but pressing in, and devoting yourself to it. Did you notice how in Acts 1:14, it said they were “busily engaged” and in Acts 2:42 it says they were “devoting themselves” to prayer and fellowship? The sense we have from Acts 2:42-43 is not that they were attending a 1-hour prayer meeting once a week, but that they were continually devoting themselves to teaching, fellowship, and prayer.

The Second Scene

In a second scene, I met a man who represents the “head of the church,” that is, Jesus. I met him in his office, which, in the dream, was elevated off the ground. Rooms were on the right, which is the place of authority.

“You have a mighty arm. Your hand is strong, and your right hand is exalted.” (Psalm 89:13, WEB)

In the room were a lot of books on shelves. When I turned to look at another wall, there were yet more books. These books extended the complete width of the wall. There were many books! Why were there so many books?

Books represent knowledge, and the Bible says,

“For Yahweh will give wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)

What type of knowledge does God give? The fact is, there is no limit with God. God is a God who reveals mysteries (see Daniel 2:28). God also chooses to reveal himself to those who seek him (see John 14:21). God said that his people perish for lack of knowledge (see Hosea 4:6) and for lack of vision (see Proverbs 29:18). In a previous passage (Habakkuk 2:14), we already saw that, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, like the waters covering the sea.”

It is all about knowledge. Genuine revival leads to a deeper knowledge and appreciation of God. Genuine knowledge leads to restoration and hope. Is there anything you want done? Are there any lives you want to see touched? Is there anything that you know that needs to be restored? Is there any wisdom or knowledge that you could use?

“All things are possible for the one who believes!” (See Mark 9:23)

The book shelves were made of beautiful dark wood, and it was indeed beautiful, even as Jesus is beautiful.

“One thing I have asked of Yahweh, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in Yahweh’s house all the days of my life, to see Yahweh’s beauty, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

Furthermore, the book shelves were beautifully illumined with lights, and who is the light of the world, except Jesus? Jesus said,

“I am the light of the world! The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (See John 8:12)

The man invited me upstairs —there it is again, the upper room— for the purpose of having a conversation with him.

Just when you think God is angry with you, that’s when he wants to have a private talk with you! Imagine that! You might have thought, “He is really angry with me. He would probably just hit me or get angry at me if I opened up to him.” But that is not how God is at all! God says,

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says Yahweh: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, WEB)

You might experience chastisement from a loving God from time to time, but only because he loves you. He disciplines us “for our benefit, in order that we can have a share in his holiness” (see Hebrews 1:10). In all of this, his goal is not discipline, but genuine love and reconciliation towards those who have a desire to experience his goodness.

“How abundant is your goodness that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you perform for those who take refuge in you before the children of humankind.” (Psalm 31:19)

When he invited me to have a conversation with him, there was a slight hesitation: I wondered what he wanted to say to me. This is representative of the thoughts that many people have, who are still not sure how good God is. Perhaps this is you, and perhaps, even as you are reading these words, you are wondering, “Is God good? Will it really benefit me to get involved in a prayer and fellowship meeting and to seek God in this way? Will it be worth my time?”

There are many voices in the world today, many who are vying for your attention and your affection. When a woman named Martha was doing her chores and wanted her sister Mary to help her, she complained to Jesus, saying,

“Lord, is it not a concern to you that my sister has left me alone to make preparations? Then tell her that she should help me!” (See Luke 10:40)

Now what was Mary doing at that time? She was worshipping the Lord. Jesus responded, saying,

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things! But few things are necessary, or only one thing, for Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” (See Luke 10:41-42)

Now is it wrong to do chores? Not at all. But in the midst of your chores, be sure to leave room for the better part, who is Jesus.

The Lord is coming back. Are you ready? What are you going to show him in the end? And what is the reason that he will say to you, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’? (See Matthew 25:21)

God has prepared for us works, that we might walk in them (see Ephesians 2:10). Are you walking in the works God has given to you? Do you know what your spiritual gifts and calling are? Have you sought God out on how he wants to use you? Are you part of a growing, thriving, Christian, community, that recognizes the importance of home group fellowship meetings, where you can receive vital support, fellowship, encouragement, and contribute by way of your gifts? Oh, the world is waiting!

“Wake up, sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (See Ephesians 5:14)

“And do this because you know the time, that it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11)

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, like the waters covering the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)

Therefore, let us not slumber, but awaken! For his return is indeed very soon!

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to repay each one according to what his deeds are!” (Revelation 22:12)



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