“I am about to bestow gifts upon those who have been faithful to Me in this time of drought. I will also show Myself to those who do not know Me. These individual giftings will be a prelude to My presence being made known in groups of both surrendered servants and open rebels. I will show up where I am unexpected. I will empower those who have focused on My heart, not My hand of power. Once again, I will shake up My church by the power of My Holy Spirit. She will never be the same. The times of man-centered services will be no more when I am present. Time will go unnoticed, praise will be real, and worship will be so intense that the intrusions of the flesh will be set aside for good. I will maintain order. No one will be in charge but My Holy Spirit.
"Sometimes I will visit unannounced to those who do not even know Me. People will be going about their daily tasks in office buildings, warehouses, bars, and anywhere I choose to visit, only to be separated from their flesh to bask in My presence. I will cleanse them, restore them, and empower them for service immediately. Other times, I will come to those who have been waiting for Me. It will be My prerogative, My choice. I will make myself known to little children, wild rebels, and wayward sons and daughters. I will visit and empty places where people have been judged insane. They will be restored to their right minds, delivered from all bondages, and go about proclaiming My Word in power.
"To those of you who have waited for this time, you are about to be blessed as I begin to move. Some of you, however - you who have jealousy in your hearts or have wanted My presence for your own gain - will be set aside. You will be exposed for who you really are. Because you have not submitted to My call to a crucified life, you will watch while others show the world the power of the cross. To those who have ears to hear, listen to what My Holy Spirit is saying. For a season, I am about to visit you with signs, wonders, and great gifts. They will be unlike anything you have seen in your generation. They will bring a new focus to the cross, a dedication to Jesus, and a spirit of truth to My people.”
Isaiah 41:4 AMP
Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord – the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God] – I am He.
1 Cor. 1:18-19 AMP
18) For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God.
19) For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing.
From the sound of things, our Father is about to put to shame the box in which we have attempted to contain Him. But then, that has always been the case. The glory of God is so much greater than any man can attempt to duplicate.
In today’s churches, because of the hardness of the hearts of most of us, we have attempted to portray our perspective of who God is to a world that doesn’t seem to recognize Him. That’s because we do not really know Him ourselves. We cannot give someone a description of the One we haven’t ever really seen.
I certainly am not an expert on the characteristics of any kind of revival. In fact, to attempt to characterize and categorize the aspects that signify revival is foolish. God usually confounds those who attempt to do so by “being God” and doing something unique every time. Whenever true revival occurs, however, it has one element missing from those conjured up by man. What’s absent is the presence of anything man-made.
In the early 1900’s, the Holy Spirit visited a warehouse on Azuza Street in California for a season. While He was there, the “preacher” hid his face from those present by placing his head in a crate so that he could be alone with his Lord. Those attending spent their time under benches and in corners, getting “right” with God, sometimes for days. Others were dropped to their knees in repentance as far away as two blocks from the warehouse that He chose to envelop. Anyone who attempted to stand and proclaim their own words in “the meetings” was dropped to his knees under the power of God. Flesh was not allowed in the presence of God. God did something that man had never heard of before.
We have become so dulled in our experience with God that we have attempted to duplicate His presence with more songs, louder preaching, and empty promises of power. We have “cast this out and bound that” in make-believe, macho bravado. We have said, “Thus sayeth the Lord,” when He has not said it. We have falsely “taken cities” with pumped up enthusiasm, conjured up by “evangelists” who have to come back to that same city to “take it” again. (It amazes me that they are even invited back.) We have become foolish to the world with our empty promises, nonsensical actions, and powerless lives.
I believe that God will not allow that to continue for much longer. His Word is too precious for Him to allow us to mess with it as we have, without Him intervening and saying “enough.” God will have His holy people, His way, in His time.
Needing to “drop and wait,”