Psalm 85; 138 and Isaiah chapter 57, among many others, give us a very explicitpattern of the Lord's type of revival from scripture and His motives for launchingone. They detail its causes, rationale, and describe the fruit we should expect oncerevival has begun. The following outlines how the Holy Spirit orchestratesrevivals ignited by the Lord. Below is what the prophet Isaiah understood aboutthe Godhead's inspired revivals.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in thehigh and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to
the spirit of thehumble, and to
the heart of the contrite ones. 16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. 17 For the
iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on forwardly
in the way of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also,and
comforts unto him and to his mourners. 19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace tohim that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.”
As you can see from the above passage, the Lord’s revivals have some definitegoals and predetermined outcomes. They are not merely spiritual episodesinjected into human history to recirculate God’s olden days. Neither are they torelieve us of the doldrums of what we would call monotonous Christianity.Revivals are meant to bring about lasting change. They are the Lord’s directresponse to His church’s and the world’s mistreatment of Him and Hisrighteousness. Revival permits the Lord to relieve Himself of humanity’s abuse of His grace and goodness. The church's apathy, indifference, covetousness, pride,arrogance, and alienation are what trigger revival. The world's aggression againstthe church of the Lord Jesus Christ and its vicious attempt to eradicate His work,pervert the scriptures, and dissimulate His true church all occasion an outbreak of revival. Generally speaking, alienation from the Lord and quenching His Holy Spirit underlay the Lord's decision to woo us back to Him. Believers' alienationfrom their heavenly Father and their Savior means they cease to be His light andsalt in the world. Remember this: when God's children resolve to persistently walk contrary to His way of life, choosing to follow the desires of their own heartsand ignoring or perverting His scripture truth instead, the Lord will send revival. Also, once Christians begin to blend the faith of their founder Jesus Christ, orto fuse with world's religions to trifle under foot the blood of God's glorifiedLamb, revival can and should be expected. One thing is sure, revival is not theresult of God's visiting family in response to its demand that He impress them tokeep them. In defense of His holiness and righteousness, revival is a directresponse to mass violation of God's laws and spite for His Son. By the Holy Spirit,He steps onto our world front to correct the world's exploitation, brutality,cruelty and godlessness in a given generation. The signs of revival-sparkeddepravity are always idolatry, witchcraft, and chaos. When these begin to wreak havoc in the world and spoil the Lord's ongoing redemption of the souls that Hepromised His Son, a new move takes place. It is needed because godlessness becomes so rampant so as to make His people vulnerable to the wickedness in