[anzac] DEARTH before AWAKENING

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 15:09:52 -0500
Forwarded by:           MichaelEdds@...

The following is an interesting article from Christian History magazine:

"Spiritual awakenings manifest patterns that are similar, often 
strikingly so. While all of the following elements may be present 
in each instance, for the most part awakenings progress through 
a cycle whose phases include these various aspects of God's working."

"1).  Awakenings are usually preceded by a time of spiritual  
depression, apathy and gross sin, in which a majority of Christians 
are hardly different from secular society, and the churches seem 
to be asleep.  The  causes of each decline differ widely, but when 
the prophetic voice and moral  leadership of the Church has been 
stilled for some time, social evils are  usually rampant. 

2). An individual or small groups of God's people become conscious  
of their sins and backslidden condition, and vow to forsake all that 
is displeasing to God.  Christians recall past outpourings of God's 
grace and  power, and long to see them again.  When histories of 
awakenings have been written in later years, it has been occasionally
discovered that individuals at  great distances and completely 
unknown to each other had, prior to the  awakening, been praying
simultaneously to the same end!

3).  As some Christians begin to yearn for a manifestation of  God's 
power, a leader or leaders arise with prophetic insights into the 
causes and remedies of the problems, and a new awareness of the 
holy and pure character of the Lord is present.  This standard of 
holiness exposes the degeneracy of the age and stimulates a striving 
after holiness by God's people. The leaders find that their eagerness 
for God's moving is shared by many who have  been waiting for God 
to act, and who will rise to follow.

4).  The awakening of Christians occurs: many understand and  take 
part in a higher spiritual life.  Evangelism of the unsaved may or may 
not accompany this renewal of Christians.  (Salvation of the lost  
occurs when Christians are restored to image of Christ and holiness.   
This great transformation in Christians leads to a stirring in the  
community.  God "comes down" into the lives of Christians and then 
"moves out" into the community).

5). An awakening may be God's means of preparing and strengthening 
His people for future challenges or trials. Throughout history, renewal 
has often come before persecutions and severe trials.   (The First 
Great Awakening came prior to the American Revolution.  The  Third 
Great Awakening occurred a few years before the Civil War. Azusa 
Street occurred before a great earthquake in California and before 
World War I)."
Do you see these patterns at work among God's people  today?  
The answer is YES !  The more I see, hear, read and discover  from 
others and from the Lord, I believe we are at the third pattern or  
stage.  The "old wells" of revival are about to be reopened, "fallen  
mantles" are being picked up and "new fountains" are about to 
burst forth!   -Mike Edds.