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Awakening To Kingdom Revival
It is with crucial concern and profound excitement that I search for His words to begin this article regarding perhaps the most meaningful development to date in the worldwide kingdom revival.
I have experienced a few major encounters of spiritual impact that greatly changed things and moved God's people into a greater thing and a new level. One of these impacts was a significant increase in spiritual intensity that began on Rosh Hanshanah in 1999. The account of this happening along with a few prophecies and reports are recorded in the 18th chapter of the book Basileia Letters Volumes 1&2.
There has been an even greater spiritual impact and more significant shift this year of 2006. And it has again occurred at the season of Rosh Hanshanah. September of 2006 has brought the beginning of perhaps the most eye opening, transforming, world impacting, life consuming, spiritual revival ever on planet earth. The intense sincerity of passionate commitment to God and desire to reach the people of the world with the soul saving, life changing, world impacting, gospel of the kingdom has never before been equaled.
A deep well of kingdom revival has been forming for a long time and this September a spiritual tsunami has begun to flow from the well. It is flowing over spiritually sensitive people in spots around the world. This is mostly an unseen spiritual move that now has begun to be voiced and will eventually be seen across the world.
Multitudes of western Christians will become ashamed of the shallow self-focused way they have been worshipping and serving God. The real is coming forth. The real revival that consumes our lives and calls us to extraordinary works and causes us to go through severe events with burning passion to reach the lost deceived people of the world, without thought for our own lives.
What is kingdom Revival?
The great revivals of the past have been sovereign moves of God that brought many people into an encounter with God that changed their lives. Their eyes were opened to see the sin of their selfish lives in the light of the pure holy love of Jesus who endured the cross and shed His blood to redeem them from their sins. Experiencing God's love caused them to repent and experiencing His presence caused them to desire pure holiness and to follow Him. Usually the people were then brought into churches and taught a mixture of God's truth and pious religious church life. They were introduced to the false two class system of clergy and laity and were trained by clergy in a denominational framework of church doctrine. They either stayed or strayed. Those who stayed often grew lukewarm as the fire of revival waned in their lives and they set back in their pew to be fed. Those who strayed often backslid into their old sinful lifestyles.
Kingdom revival is the same sovereign move of God that brings people to an encounter with God and changes their lives. It also opens their eyes to the love of God and the sinfulness of their lives and leads to repentance. The difference is that the reality of the message of the kingdom of God is embedded in the experience rather than the message of church. The people become joined to the head Christ Jesus and are trained to become kings and priest in the kingdom of God. There is no class system, and in the joy of the Lord they mature and become gifted evangelists with a burning desire to reach others with the powerful abundant life that Christ has given to them. They become as Christ in the world with His passion, His mind, His life flowing by the Holy Spirit in their lives. It is no longer they that live, but Christ lives in them.
Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Col 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
The Party Is Over - Real Revival Life Has Begun
I doubt that anyone has enjoyed the Holy Spirit parties of frolicking as children with our Dad more than I have. As young growing spiritual children there is nothing greater than knowing the intimate seasons of pleasure, playing with Dad in the back yard or sitting on His lap. And like all spiritual waves that have come before, it will remain for those coming through that season of their personal spiritual growth. But the thrust of the wave for today and the future has greatly changed and is now flowing upon the mature.
A shift to a season of maturity is now upon us. As mature children the time to stand beside our Father and allow Him to open our eyes to the "real" world has arrived. It is time to receive from our Father an endowment of power and love for the vast world that is coming into the view of our freshly opened eyes. With a great impartation of His life and His faithful promises we receive His instruction to march as one upon the lost world. The Father now is communicating and imparting to us His intense passion for the people up and down our street and in the jungles of remote places and the jungles of our cities.
Never before has the impartation of the reality of the gospel of the kingdom been given out to so many passionate sons and daughters of God. The pieces have come together. The gospel of salvation is taking its place as part of the gospel of the kingdom. The passion for winning souls now is charged with its more complete kingdom purpose. The whole life and the whole world is the focus of this change. The adjustment is from being blessed and entertained by the gifts and works of God to an inner burning passion to reach the lost and to change the world. It is a change created by the spiritual work of God flowing through Christ in His people by the Holy Spirit.
The resurrected life of Jesus beyond the cross is pouring out into the growing army of the maturing sons and daughters of God. The intense submission and passionate commitment of these men and women of God has led them to their personal crosses and to the end of themselves and has destroyed the work of the enemy in their lives. They are becoming completely free of hindrances of their old self-lives and enemy schemes.
Their calm loving resolve requires no emotional hype to move them to passion for the cause of the lost deceived people of the world. Actually, hype and excitement derived from manipulation of the soul is very distasteful to them. These are a people acquainted with grief and familiar with sorrow who have found a deeper real joy of the Spirit. They walk in peace in the midst of chaos and experience the righteousness of loving their enemies. They have moved through and beyond repentance into a God-filled life. In simple pure love they are overcoming the works of evil by love. They overcome by the word of their lives, the blood of Jesus and loving not their lives to the death.
Rev 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
This move formed primarily in the East.
In places like China, India and other places among lesser known, mostly under the radar people the real revival has begun. It could not be formed in westernized Christian religion because other forms are too ingrained in the religious systems. For the most part forms of godliness without the power of God have guided the people into a self-focused, sometimes playful entertainment form. Yet there are spots here and there in the western world that are receiving the spiritual wave of the real revival that will eventually be seen in many people.
The coming hardships created by chaos and cataclysmic events will send many people in search of the reality of God and away from shallow self-focused religion. When the resources of governments and natural provisions dry up, many people will search for God. The miracle working power and love of God will be clearly evident among those who are already now being overcome with the spiritual flood of life giving passion of this wave. These are being prepared to minister to the needy people in the coming catastrophic times.
Blinded spiritual eyes are being opened.
As this wave of truth moves upon people by the Spirit of God, the film from their blinded eyes will be removed allowing them to clearly see the real kingdom of God. The people of God will not always see as through a glass darkly. The brightness of the pure light of God will be seen by the mature in this wave of the Spirit bringing kingdom revival. The mature sons and daughters will see Him clearly as face to face.
1 Cor 13:11-12: When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
Paul wrote the above verses a couple of thousand years ago. The "then" in the verse is now. As the mature sons and daughters are coming forth in the kingdom age the Body of Christ is maturing.
In what I believe is a prophetic understanding, my right eye over a period of a few months became so clouded by a cataract that I couldn't see through it. I was blinded in that one eye and could only see light or dark with it. Prayer for a miraculous healing brought no results. My regular ophthalmologists recommended that I see a doctor in a nearby city who was a part of a team that worked with a relatively new method of surgery for removing cataracts. After thorough examinations a new lens was prepared for my eye and I went in one morning for surgery and came home early that afternoon. I returned to the doctor for a post-op checkup the next morning with perfect 20/20 vision. God had prepared a man and a technique to, in about 15 minutes of actual surgery time, return my eye to perfect sight. There was no pain and very little restrictions to my normal activities. The tiny incision healed itself without stitches. I was fully awake during the surgery with no difficulty. I am amazed at the brightness of light that I now see and the clarity of vision that I continue to have only several days later.
I believe this has given me a prophetic picture of a part of what God is doing in this move. He is preparing a people with a message that will release the work of Jesus by the Spirit to heal the spiritual blindness of people who cannot see clearly. The kingdom of God will then come gloriously into their view. There is a lot more brightness around than they are currently seeing. Everything is dulled and appears darker than it really is because of their impaired vision. When the scales are removed and spiritual sight comes, the mighty move of pure kingdom revival will become visible to them.
The power of God will be seen and their faith will grow so that they can move with God in bringing forth the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. They will see souls reached and transformed, families and communities transformed. The people will see what God is doing. While the scales were on their eyes the work of God could be taking place before them and they wouldn't even see it. They could see only their dark world view.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
The true priesthood of pure-hearted believers have been and are being prepared to minister to the throngs of lost and disappointed people to open their spiritual eyes to see clearly the glorious light of the kingdom of God.
The greatest awakening ever is the awakening to the gospel of the kingdom.
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