[anzac] TRUE vs. FALSE REVIVAL

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 17:30:37 -0600
"TRUE versus FALSE REVIVAL"
-by Andrew Strom.

I have often been saddened by the corruption of the term "Revival" 
and what it actually means. So few Christians today seem to be 
aware of what really happens when God comes down. (-For that is 
what Revival is - "GOD COMING DOWN"). When Moses came 
down from the mountain, he carried the holy presence and glory of 
God with him. The people wanted to run and hide! -That is what 
true Revival has ALWAYS been like. It is an invasion of the 
awesome holy presence of God. -Which is why the pattern of 
what happens in Revivals often repeats itself. Men's hearts are 
essentially the same in each generation. -So God's holy presence 
has the same effect. Some get convicted, some get angry, many 
cry loudly in repentance. Over and over, from the Book of Acts 
until now - we see the same things. And that is one reason why it 
is not hard to discern the counterfeit from the real thing.

I am talking now about thousands of years of Revivals - where
God has convicted men in the same way.

Some people tell me, "Oh, it is going to be different this time."
Yes, there will always be something "new" in Revival, but
essentially God deals with the hearts of men in similar ways
each time. I really hate it when people call the latest froth-and-
bubble fad that is sweeping through the church 'Revival'. It grates 
on me - it really does. We need to see people truly "cut to the 
heart" like on the day of Pentecost. We need piercing preaching 
like a Finney, a Wesley or a John-the-Baptist. And a "lukewarm"
church needs these things more than anyone else.

Those who speak of Revival as a time of great celebration, 
ingathering and joy do not seem to realize that these things are 
the "fruit" that FOLLOW AFTER true Revival.  True Revival itself  
is  aimed  at cleansing,  purging and then empowering God's 
people. If they have fallen into a state of spiritual decline or luke-
warmness, then the first thing that true Revival will bring is deep
REPENTANCE. The whole idea is to see these Christians convicted  
and cleansed, so that they can once again become clean channels 
to bring God's blessing and salvation to a dying world - so that they 
can once again fully display His glory in all the earth. True Revival  
brings God's children to their knees.  

As one writer commented, Revival is "not the top blowing off, but 
rather the bottom falling out."  And as Frank Bartleman wrote, 
'The depth of revival will be determined exactly by the depth of the 
spirit of repentance.'

The following is a description of some  of  the  Revival  prayer-
meetings that took place in the Welsh Revival of 1858-59 (typical
of many Revivals):  "It was in its terrors that the eternal became
a reality to them first. They seemed plunged into depths of godly
sorrow... For some weeks it was the  voice  of  weeping  and  the
sound of mourning that was heard in the meetings. The house was
often so full of the divine presence that  ungodly  men  trembled
terror-stricken;  and  at  the close, sometimes they fled as from
some impending peril; at other times sat glued to their seats..."

One  eyewitness said of the famous 1904 Welsh Revival that it was
not the eloquence of Evan Roberts that broke men  down,  but  his
tears.  "He  would  break  down,  crying bitterly for God to bend
them, in an agony of prayer, the tears coursing down his  cheeks,
with  his  whole  frame writhing. Strong men would break down and
cry like children... a sound of weeping and wailing would  fill the air."

Here  is a typical extract from the autobiography of renowned Re-
vivalist Charles G. Finney, concerning a meeting that he held  in
one particularly ungodly place: "I had not spoken to them in this
strain of direct application more than a quarter of an hour  when
all  at  once an awful solemnity seemed to settle down upon them.
The congregation began to fall from their seats in every  direct-
ion and cry for mercy. If I had had a sword in each hand I  could
not have cut them off their seats as fast as they  fell.  Indeed,
nearly the whole congregation were either on their knees or pros-
trate in less than two minutes from this first  shock  that  fell
upon  them. Everyone who was able to speak at all prayed for him-
self... Of course I was obliged to stop preaching,  for  they  no
longer  paid  any attention. I saw the old man who had invited me
there to preach, sitting about in the middle  of  the  house  and
looking  around with utter amazement. I raised my voice almost to
a scream to make him hear above the noise  of  the  sobbing,  and
pointing to him said, `Can't you pray?'..."

In this kind of genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the tangi-
ble presence of God is very real. Frank Bartleman  described  one
of the meetings during the `Azusa Street' Revival of 1906 as fol-
lows: "God came so wonderfully near us  the  very  atmosphere  of
Heaven seemed to surround us. Such a divine "weight of glory" was
upon us we could only lie on our faces. For a long time we  could
hardly  remain  seated  even.  All would be on their faces on the
floor, sometimes during the whole service. I was seldom  able  to
keep from lying full length on the floor on my face."

We could go on and on with quotes similar to these - and it is a
subject that we all need to become much more familiar with.
-Because God wants to bring TRUE REVIVAL in these days - 
but the potential for counterfeits is great.

Pray for a REAL outpouring, my friends.

God bless you all,

-Andrew Strom.