"Are We MISSING THE HARVEST??" -by Andrew Strom. A couple of months ago I read the book 'Megashift' by Jim Rutz. It certainly was inspiring, because it is all about the massive growth in Christianity and the amazing miracles that are occurring right around the globe. But one of the things that struck me was the absence of the WEST from all of this. In China and many parts of Asia there is massive Revival - with tens of thousands converted every day. It is the same in large sections of Africa and South America. In fact, pretty much the ONLY places that are without this huge wave of Revival are the Western nations (ie. America, Europe, etc). In most parts of the world, this explosion has been going on now for YEARS - but not in the West. Surely we are in the last days - the days of great HARVEST before the very end. All the evidence from around the world points to this conclusion. But I have a serious question for you- Are we in the West actually MISSING THE HARVEST? Has it already begun, and we are almost the only ones missing out? Is it the rich, comfortable and materialistic nations who are last - and may not make it in at all? This is a nightmare to me - and should be to every one of us. What is it GOING TO TAKE, my friends? Below is what 'WorldNetDaily' said about the book Megashift when it first came out. These extracts highlight exactly what I am saying: "Christianity TAKING OVER PLANET?" [-© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com ] What is the fastest-growing religion on Earth? Most news reports suggest it is Islam. But a new book makes a compelling case it is a new, or, perhaps, old form of biblically inspired evangelical Christianity that is sweeping through places like China, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. In "Megashift," author Jim Rutz coins a new phrase to define this fast-growing segment of the population. He calls them "core apostolics" or "the new saints who are at the heart of the mushrooming kingdom of God." Rutz makes the point that Christianity is overlooked as the fastest- growing faith in the world because most surveys look at the traditional Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church while ignoring Christian believers who have no part of either. He says there are 707 million "switched-on disciples" who fit into this new category and that this "church" is exploding in growth. "The growing core of Christianity crosses theological lines and includes 707 million born-again people who are increasing by 8 percent a year," he says. So fast is this group growing that, under current trends, according to Rutz, the entire world will be composed of such believers by the year 2032. "There will be pockets of resistance and unforeseen breakthroughs," writes Rutz. "Still, at the rate we're growing now, to be comically precise, there would be more Christians than people by the autumn of 2032, about 8.2 billion." According to the author, until 1960, Western evangelicals out- numbered non-Western evangelicals mostly Latinos, blacks and Asians by two to one. As of 2000, non-Western evangelicals outnumbered Westerners by four to one. He says by 2010, the ratio will be seven to one. "There are now more missionaries sent from non-Western nations than Western nations," he writes. This trend, says Rutz, has been missed by Westerners because the explosive growth is elsewhere. Hundreds of millions of these Christians are simply not associated with the institutional churches at all. They meet in homes. They meet underground. They meet in caves. They meet, he says, in secret. And what is driving this movement? Miracles, he says. "Megashift" attempts to document myriad healings and other powerful answers to the sincere prayers of this new category of believer, including, believe it or not, hundreds of dramatic cases of resurrections not near-death experiences, but real resurrections of actual corpses. "When I was a kid in Sunday school, I was really impressed that 3,000 people were saved on the Day of Pentecost," he writes. "I thought, 'Wow, that'll never happen again!" But, Rutz says, it now happens around the globe every 25 minutes. "By tomorrow, there will be 175,000 more Christians than there are today," he writes. The essence of Rutz's book is about how Western Christians can tap into what he sees as a mighty work of God on Earth. "Very few people realize the nature of life on Earth is going through a major change," he writes. "We are seeing a megashift in the basic direction of human history. Until our time, the ancient war between good and evil was hardly better than a stalemate. Now all has changed. The Creator whose epic story flows through the pages of Scripture has begun to dissolve the strongholds of evil. This new drama is being played out every hour around the globe, accompanied sometimes by mind-bending miracles." [-Extracts © 2005 WorldNetDaily - http://www.worldnetdaily.com ] ---------------------------------- ANDREW again: Friends, all of this excites me but chills me at the same time. What is going on with the WEST?? If there is one thing that should bring 'desperation' to our prayers and our actions at this time - this is it. [Discuss it on the Forum at- http://www.revivalschool.com ] God bless you all. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.