“‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’” Luke 14:21
In mid-October when I was expecting an earthshaking event within 40 days from September 22, I was hoping it would be a revival. So (long story short) I asked God how it would be brought about and was told it would be from the bottom up. I was specifically directed to Luke 14, the parable of the great banquet.
However, I was still expecting something “earthshaking” to happen, and toward the end of the month I was growing impatient. On October 29, I asked God what was going to happen and I was told “wait and see.” And the next day, Oct. 30, I was told the same thing.
That night (a Tuesday) I attended a home fellowship I’d been going to a for a few weeks, but I was struck with how stark a contrast it was to modern-day churches. It’s just a gathering ranging from 10 to 25 people, worshipping with our voices and some hand instruments, but always with edifying messages that people are led to speak over specific people or to the group, and moving testimonies of what people are doing in their personal outreach to the suffering.
But God is really moving in their lives and prompting them to do things, not just go to church on Sundays, receive a message, and go home.
It was at that gathering that I saw how our churches are meant to be: worshipping, breaking bread together in fellowship, and praying for each other to be bold in spreading the gospel. Just like in the Book of Acts, which I was “coincidently” studying at the time.
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:31
That leads me to the next event: October 31—the date I’d been given to expect something earthshaking. I started the day asking God what was going to happen…but instead of “wait and see” as I’d been given before, it was “watch and see.” So I went about my day, and a couple hours later I had this vision:
I was on a beach surrounded by a small gathering. We were either worshipping, praying in small groups, or praying over people who were drawn to our group. Then the vision shifted, and I was telling a pastor I know about how we were doing church wrong; that we needed to be sending people out instead of just drawing them in. But I was told “it’s too late to change anything.” Then in response, I said, “Watch and see!”
Interestingly, in my other visions and dreams of the earthshaking, I was underwater and couldn’t see what was causing thousands of people to scream, so I assumed it was from a physical earthquake. But with this vision on the beach—where I was above the water and could actually see what was happening—I believe that it is a spiritual release from praise and prayer that causes a massive shaking in the unseen realm.
“And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” Revelation 8:3-5
While sharing this with a friend I was given another image of an earthquake, like a deep ripple originating in San Diego and spreading out of California, across the U.S. and beyond.
Soon after the Halloween vision I was told to “watch and learn,” so I’ve been attending as many Holy Spirit-filled church events as possible. The sermons in the churches have been the same: we need to make disciples! And I am seeing so many spirit-filled Christians working miracles! Like healing people of HIV, addictions, broken ribs, crippled legs and more!
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-18
On top of that, this past Friday I discovered an event called the West Coast Rumble, which originated in San Diego, began mobilizing in other locations throughout California and surrounding cities earlier this year, and is now setting up locations on the East Coast! But this isn’t the only organization stirring people up! So is there a revival in the works? ABSOLUTELY!
I share all this to say, if Christians are part of the body of Christ, we all have the same purpose: to bring God’s promises and blessings to more people so no one is left out.
Instead of expecting people to come to church, we should be bringing the church to them! Don’t try to justify inaction by saying, “I do mission trips to other countries every year,” or “I provide money for other organizations to do that.” No. It is OUR responsibility, in OUR communities, EVERY chance we get.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matt. 5:13
Ask someone if you can speak healing over their circumstances. Ask them if they know of the power of the name of JESUS. Because the prayers of the saints are wreaking havoc on the fortresses of the enemy! When I heard the screams of thousands of people in my earlier visions and thought it was from a natural disaster, what if those were from people experiencing deliverances?
“The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” Mark 9:26-29
Jesus came to deliver the world of its bondage to sin, so if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are charged with doing his work with faith and thanksgiving in your heart. Lets go and reap the harvest!
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Matt. 9:35-38
For more resources find a good local church and check out their discipleship ministry, or visit my next post on tools for the harvest :).