The Revival Movement Introduction: The word “revival” does not appear in the King James Version of the

Bible, nor does it appear in the original Hebrew or Greek manuscripts. There are three words used in connection with it which are revive, revived, and reviving. In order to give an accurate exposition on the revival movement we must approach it from the Word of God. To attach any explanation or definition outside of the Word of God is to invite the traditions of men which can only add confusion and frustration to those that are sincere in their walk with God. Psalm 85:4-7 V4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. V5 Wilt thou be angry with us forever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? V6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? V7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. Revive. Strongs – 2421 – chayah – khaw – yaw; a prim. root (comp. 2331,2421) to live; whether lit. or fig.; caus. To revive; – keep (leave, make) alive; x certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), revive (x God) save (alive, life, lives) x surely, be whole. We will make several points in line with this scripture. First, when referring to a people, the word “revive” is used only in reference to God’s people. The Lord was the only one that could keep them alive, preserve or restore them. The reason that they needed to be revived was that they had turned away from God and kindled His anger toward them. The fact that the psalmist uses the words “revive us again” proves that they had been revived or had been given life and preservation before. Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. From the definition previously given, this passage clearly uses the word “revive” differently than in Psalm 85. This was not a reviving as a result of turning away

When the wagons returned with gifts from Egypt and his sons. Isaiah’s prophecy is once again to God’s people at the time. the spirit of Jacob their father revived. Genesis 45:27 And when they told him all the words of Joseph. but a preservation or protection in the midst of enemies. his son Simeon was imprisoned and he had released his only remaining son from his wife Rachel. This. had not yet entered into that born-again experience. It should be noted. does not deal with the church. however. Israel. I dwell in the high and holy place. to revive the spirit of the humble. and he will heal us. Jacob had been in a depressed state since the loss of his son Joseph. The word “revived” is used in both Old and New Testaments as to literally causing something or someone to live or have life.from the Lord. Thus the statement – the spirit of Jacob their father . Hosea 6:1-2 and 14:7 deal with the nation of Israel in the same sense as Isaiah’s prophecy. as in Isaiah. and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. spirit-filled people as this verse says that the high and lofty One dwells “with them” of a humble and contrite spirit. His family and people were experiencing a famine. now Israel. he hath smitten. that Hosea’s prerequirement for God to “revive” them is repentance. this prophecy to revive is to give life. to a people that though chosen of God. Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity. It does not deal with born-again. Hosea 6:1 Come and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn. New Testament believers have God dwelling “in them. learns that Joseph is alive and is the ruler next to Pharoah of all the land of Egypt. Benjamin. Jacob. whose name is Holy. the born-again experience. return unto the LORD thy God. which he had said to them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him. with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit. to go with his brethren into Egypt. a change of mind or heart that causes them to turn away from sin and toward their God. for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.” Thus. Hosea 14:1 O Israel. and he will bind us up.

but when the commandment came. and revived. Romans 14:9 refers to the Lord Jesus Christ.“revived. and give us a little reviving in our bondage. NT. that our God may lighten our eyes.). revive. sin revived. or reviving is in Romans 7:9 in reference to sin. but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia. and he revived. The only other reference in the New Testament of revive. The same word for “alive” and “revive” is used in the Greek in Luke 15 and Romans 14. and to give us a nail in his holy place. from 303 and 2198. 1 Kings 17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah. The same meaning is given in a positive sense in the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:24. and I died. when using the term “revived”. to leave us a remnant to escape. Paul is saying that sin was given life when the law or commandment was given. or fig. This passage and also 2 Kings 13:21 and Romans 14:9. Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once. V9 For we were bondmen. revived.” This is the same use as in Judges 15:19 when referring to Samson and the miracle of the water from the jawbone of an ass. and the soul of the child came unto him again. and is alive again.Strong’s – 320 – anazao – an-ad-zah-o. yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage. Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead. And they began to be merry. Ezra 9:8-9 V8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God. he was lost. to give us a . and rose. Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died. that he might be Lord both of the dead and the again. to recover life (lit. The word “reviving” is used in Ezra 9:8-9. – (be a) . and is found. refer to the actual raising of the dead.

Yet. The closest Paul comes to anything that even resembles revival is in Galatians 4:19.yaw. It was truth that was practiced at one time. of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. Galatians 3:2-5 V2 This only I would learn of you. victuals. sustenance also the live flesh. but was lost through false teaching and man’s tradition through the ages. and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. i. Martin Luther was used to bring “The Reformation” in the early 1500’s whereby justification by faith or personal salvation was restored to the church. Paul is writing to born-again. doeth he it by works of the law. As a matter of fact.reviving. and worketh miracles among you. they had returned to the works of the law. spirit-filled Christians that had been saved by grace through faith. to set up the house of our God. They had been baptized in the Holy Spirit and operated in the miracle working power of God. are ye now made perfect by the flesh? V4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain V5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit. reviving. recover selves. So what we are saying is that once a person is born-again he is not taught or encouraged to pray for the church to be revived in the New Testament. or by the hearing of faith? V3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit. Charles Parham in 1903 with the physical . hence. the quick. – preserve life. quick. OT – Strong’s – reviving – michyah – mikh. or by the hearing of faith? Every so called “movement” or “wave” or “revival” restored truth that was already there in the Bible. preservation of life. Remember. sustenance. I) New Testament Revival It is important to note that the New Testament does not teach or encourage believers to pray for revival. Galatians 4:19 My little children. from 2421. repentance or the word “repent” are used only twice in reference to the church in 2 Corinthians 7:10 and 2 Corinthians 12:21 outside of the book of Revelation. In the 1700’s John and Charles Wesley were used of God to restore “sanctification” and “conforming to the image of Christ” to Jesus’ body. Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law.e. revival is for God’s people. and to repair the desolations thereof.

and might and dominion. and set him at his own right hand in heavenly places. and every name that is named.evidence of the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” being the speaking in tongues. the church today cries out . His glory. and power. the “Charismatic Revival” of the 1960’s. His resurrection power. V20 Which he wrought in Christ. Ephesians 1:17-23 V17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. but restoring a truth and practice that was already there and experienced. not only in this world. the “Healing Revival” of the 1940’s and ‘50’s. and gave him to be head over all thing to the church. the fullness of him that fills all in all. V19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe. that ye may know what is the hope of his calling. when he raised him from the dead. II) A Revelation of Truth or a Move of God? The church of the Lord Jesus Christ must ask themselves this question: Do we need God to come down and visit us and give us what we need or do we need a revelation of what God has already given through the New Birth and Spirit Baptism and simply by faith in God’s grace move out in what God has already provided? The entire revelation of the New Testament gives complete credence to the latter. : V18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened . according to the working of his mighty power. but also in that which is to come: V22 And hath put all things under his feet. God was not doing a “new thing”. God has already given us His calling. V23 which is his body. Paul’s prayer was not that God would give us anything except wisdom and revelation knowledge as to what He had already accomplished through the finished work of Jesus at the cross and the Spirit Baptism. V21 Far above all principality. the “Word of Faith” in the 1970’s and 80’s and the “Prophetic Movement” and “Apostolic Reformation” of the 1990’s were all a return to biblical truth. Yet. the Father of glory. His seating and His authority. In essence. According to this passage of scripture. and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.

Ephesians 2:22 . totally validates Paul’s revelation of the complete work of Christ in the life of the believer. John 14:12 Verily. The two major errors of the church are these: First.for God to give them more power. Peter says that we already have everything that pertains to life and godliness. in his second epistle. But does not the scripture say in John 15:5 the “without me (Jesus) you can do nothing?’ Yes. I say unto you. we beg and plead with God to do something He expects us to do. Philippians 4:19 says that “he supplies all our need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. verily.” Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:13-20 and Colossians 1:9-22 say the same thing. more authority and to help them in time of need. because I go to the Father. Paul said we had the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit available to us. to do the same works and greater works than He did when He walked this earth. What else is there? Nothing! Absolutely nothing! He said we are partakers of the divine nature of Almighty God. 2 Peter 1:3-4 V3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness. He that believeth on me. through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue: V4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.. the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do. the same works and greater works than He did. we beg and plead with God to do something that he has already done and second. Through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit we have received the same ability as Jesus Himself. Friends. but we are not without him! Why is the church crying out for God to visit them when He has made them the habitation of God. Peter. That is the New Birth. more anointing. it is an insult to Almighty God and to the finished work of Jesus the Christ to beg and plead for God to come down in our midst when He by the New Birth now resides in us and by the Spirit Baptism He has endued us with the Jesus anointing to do without measure. having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

V17 Therefore if any man be in Christ.In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. but he also bore the penalty of sin. V19 To wit. and poverty. and rose again. we pray you in Christ’s stead. behold all things are become new. that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 V14 For the love of Christ constraineth us. who knew no sin. then were all dead: V 15 And that he died for all. Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray. and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. reconciling the world unto himself. yet now henceforth know we him no more. who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. be ye reconciled to God. and death so that all the good due to Jesus would come on us and we would become all that He is. and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. V16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea. V21 For he hath made him to be sin for us. though we have known Christ after the flesh. V20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ. not imputing their trespasses unto them. God has judged sin and . Iniquity is sin and it’s consequences. we have turned every one to his own way. V18 And all things are of God. that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves. He pardoned even those that were caught in the very act of sin. as though God did beseech you by us. and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. he is a new creature: old things are passed away. Now he can deal with man the way He wants too – with love and compassion and by mercy and grace. III) Must We Repent of Our Sins Before God Will Move in Our Midst? God moved in the midst of sinful Israel who cried out to Him for mercy with no intention to turn and repent. God has dealt with the sin issue and His wrath has been poured out on Jesus. but unto him which died for them. Jesus not only became sin for us. because we thus judge. He moved in the gospels on behalf of people that were stooped in sin. that if one died for all. God took all the evil due to us by justice and made Jesus sin and sickness. that God was in Christ.

Colossians 2:10. powerless nobody’s. Matthew 28:18-20. It is to say what God says about us. provide for them. V13 In that he saith. The church is still in an Old Testament servant mentality rather than a New Testament son mentality. then what do we need to do? We need to be humble and submit ourselves to God and His Word. anytime. A new covenant. the blood. His love and His power. It is to act like a son of God with His righteousness. do everything for them. and the resurrection. the New Creation.punished sin in the person of His Son Jesus on the cross at Calvary. What God does. but one with them. and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. To humble ourselves is not to think of ourselves as incomplete. Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me. Grace is the cross. They understand they are complete in Him. and the New Testament. even so send I you. and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more. John 20:21 Then Jesus said to them again. James 4:6. for or to anyone. If we received His fullness and it’s by God’s grace and God gives more grace. What’s the difference? Servants need to be told what to do. and has given them pre-permission (authority) to act on His behalf anywhere. Grace is the finished work of Jesus. Hebrews 8:12-13 V12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. God has to lead them. The church has yet to understand God’s grace. and grace for grace. He does by His grace. It is to get up and stop trying to manipulate God and pull Him down by our praise and worship to get His presence in our midst and go forth in the name of the Lord knowing that He is forever in us to manifest His presence and power at will wherever that presence and power and life of God is needed. John 1:16 And of his fullness have we all received. IV) Awake and Stir Up. Now that which decayeth. Sons do what need to be done. he hath made the first old. or Revival? If the New Testament does not teach or encourage Christians to pray for revival then what are the instructions to believers that are not experiencing the fullness . She is still trying to cry out to God for revival as in the Old Testament when God is already not only moved toward them.

shine for thy light is come. and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. Isaiah 61:1-5 V1 The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me. the planting of the LORD. So if there is a deficiency in any area in the life of any believer it is because they either don’t know or are not acting upon or think they need something other than God’s grace. the oil of joy for mourning. the darkness shall cover the earth. they shall raise up the former desolations. and the day of vengeance of our God. The gift of righteousness is salvation by grace through faith. to proclaim liberty to the captives. V4 And they shall build the old wastes. Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one. and his glory shall be seen upon thee. V3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion. the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Paul says to awake or wake up unto righteousness and arise and go forth. to comfort all that mourn. . It is a gift. the desolations of many generations. because he hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek. Isaiah 60:1-2 V1 Arise. V2 For. and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light. the finished work of Jesus at the cross. he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted. and the opening of the prison to them that are bound: V2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.of Christ? If they have everything they need and God doesn’t have to be entreated to give them more or to do something to revive them then what is needed? Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith. behold. Everything God does He does by grace. much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one. that he might be glorified. and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee. to give unto them beauty for ashes. Awake thou that sleepest. that they might be called trees of righteousness. Jesus Christ. and they shall repair the waste cities.

but the other is not edified. Jesus said in John 8:12. and all of Him! We have His nature.” In Matthew 5:16 he said to “let your light so shine!” I Peter 2:9 says we are a “royal priesthood. arise and shine for our light is come (Jesus) and the glory of the Lord is risen upon us (the Spirit Baptism). V6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles.” 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God. His anointing! Now what? Stir it up! It’s in you! Can you see that the church of Jesus Christ is trying to become something that they already are. Christians are asking God to give them something that they already have. and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves The anointing that was upon Jesus to do what He did is now upon us. it’s not more of God or anything else we that we need. His glory. His power. “I am the light of the world. wherein is excess. and the sons of the alien shall be your plowman and your vinedressers. .” In Matthew 5:16 he said. “you are the light of the world. Friends. By the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross He has perfected us – forever! Ephesians 5:18-20 V18 And be not drunk with wine. We are just as righteous as He is righteous. which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. V19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 says we are “ministers of reconciliation and ambassadors for Christ. Wake up! It is finished! It is perfectly perfect! Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he has perfected forever them that are sanctified. Now.V5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks. but be filled with the Spirit. V20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1 Corinthians 14:17 For thou verily givest thanks well. We are to awake unto the fact that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. We have Him. They are asking Him to do something that he has already done. singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. His love.

Read. James. It is called the New Testament. . but what he has already made us. Let the life of Christ. In Ephesians 5 Paul instructs by command how to maintain a spirit-filled life or how to stir-up the gift of the Holy Spirit within us. and Paul gave us the revelation of who we are. Fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection God poured out His Spirit on the Day of Pentecost on those that were born-again. study. and what we can do. We can heal the sick. Be Christ to the lost. the hurting. even so minister the same one to another. if any man minister. and do the New Testament and realize it’s not what God is going to do.14 is talking about speaking in tongues. as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. V11 If any man speak. John. Sing. which is in you permeate every fiber of your being and shine forth His glory into this earth for His glory. He says that when we speak or pray in other tongues we give thanks well. Act on the Word of God like it is so because it is so! Minister in the grace and power of God. It’s not what He is going to make us. Exercise your God-given authority. but what He has already done. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Use what you have. Now just be. Those believers went out and turned the world upside down. let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ. Dr. the very life and nature of Almighty God resident inside of us. and the dying of this world. cast out devils and raise the dead. let him speak as the oracles of God. Show forth that glory that is in you. masters of the devil. This is who we are. The apostles Peter. John G. give thanks in tongues! Arouse from dormancy that power of the Holy Spirit that is in you by singing and praising in the Spirit. The church is trying to become something they already are. We are sons of God.Paul in 1 Corinthians. This is what God made us. Amen. speak. We have eternal life. Their experience is our experience. what we have. 1 Peter 4:10-11 V10 As every man hath received the gift. Conclusion: Revival came in the person of Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago. Lake said that the secret to a powerful Christian life is in being. and servants of humanity.

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