By Robin Tench and Mark Ellis
The Azusa Call set for April 9th at the LA Coliseum will
be the culmination of dreams, visions, and prophecies that inspired
Christian leader Lou Engle to take a giant leap of faith in his hunger
for revival to sweep the world.
He hopes 120,000 of all ages will join together for a day of worship
and pray at the enormous venue. At a pastors brunch January 20th, over
500 Southern California pastors joined outside the Coliseum’s entry to
pray and hear about Engle’s vision.
“In the midst of the worldwide upheaval of Islamic terror, political
confusion, racial tension, and the great moral slide in America we
believe that the color line can be washed away in the blood of Jesus and
the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit could be unleashed as it was at
Azusa Street in 1906,” he states on the azusanow2016 website.
For the past 16 years, Engle has led a youth movement seeking
spiritual awakening called The Call, best known for its prayer rallies.
Engle sees the upcoming event as the pinnacle of that movement.
Engle’s plans for the Azusa Call came together after a close friend
had a dream that he was to buy plane tickets on United Airlines that
would expire 1080 days after the dream.
When they calculated that day, it was April 9, 2016, the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street revival.
Going beyond the significance of the date, they believe the reference
to “United Airlines” represents God’s desire for racial and
denominational unity in the Body of Christ.
“Can you believe with us that denominations will unite, that the
races could come together, that God could make us one, as the antidote
to the terrific division in our day? Could you believe with us for
stadium Christianity where signs and wonders are breaking out and mass
evangelism explodes across our country- the Third Great Awakening?” he
Just as the Promise Keepers men’s movement filled stadiums with men
in the 1990s, Engle believes a coming outbreak of revival will pack
stadiums across the country, with the church receiving renewed power in
the Holy Spirit as a result.
The Azusa Street Outpouring in 1906 kicked off the
Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in the United States. The leader of
Azusa Street, William Seymour, prophesied that in 100 years, a far
greater revival would break out.
Known for his gravelly voice and a distinctive rocking motion when he
speaks, Engle has given his life to prayer, extended fasting, and
leading the church toward greater unity. The overriding cause of his
life is to see one last great revival.
He believes this coming revival will embolden the church to
evangelize the culture, saving millions of souls before Jesus returns.
Engle also thinks the explosion of 24-hour houses of prayer worldwide is preparation for this last great harvest of souls.
In September 2000, Engle organized and led over 400,000 young people in a gathering on the mall in Washington D.C .
Engle imagines that an army of youth sold out for Jesus will ignite
and transform the American church and help fulfill the Great Commission.
“Sixteen years ago, I asked the Lord, ‘How can I be a part of turning
America back to God?’ Out of that prayer, TheCall was born. I don’t
believe that God will fasten our soul to a dead end vision. I stand in
awe of the God who has been faithful to His promises. He will come to us
like the rain. Though darkness covers the earth, the Glory of the Lord
rises upon us. I pray your heart burns with this faith. Can a nation be
saved? I still believe!”