Revival Has Begun
I was on the other side of Detroit for an appointment and dinner meeting. At the restaurant, I’d turned off my phone and slipped it in my purse. What a meal, what a great friend time, then it came to an end. While my friend visited the restroom, I pulled my phone out of my purse. It was filled with both text and voice messages. The messages were all the same, “are you okay?”
“Are you okay?” Of course, I had just had dinner at one of my favorite places in Detroit, slowly devouring a steak broiled to perfection. I was in foodie heaven. What a meal, what a great time together!
Nothing unusual was happening where I was. It was a wonderful day, blue skies, unusually warm weather for March. The birds were chirping, frogs croaking. It felt so fresh and freeing. It was a perfect “do something fresh” day.
Little did I know that very close to home, a tornado had just touched down. The news said that it was within a mile or so of my house. Even my brother saw the news in the Middle East and contacted me immediately via email. As I scrolled down the text messages and listened to the voice messages; I was immediately thankful I was on the other side of town. But I wondered about my house and the people I knew in the storm’s eye. The church building was close to the center.
Then I remembered Chuck Pierce prophesied the following on January 8 of this year at our church. “When you have a tornado over Michigan this coming year it will be a sign for you that the winds have met. The glory wind and the revival wind have met and it’s just going to be interesting to see where it meets, what happens and what goes on as God continues to move up in this area.”
I texted Chuck about the tornado.He wrote back, “the revival is here.”Revival has now begun right here in our church, in Dexter, in the surrounding area, in Michigan. But the intensity is where the tornado broke out according to the word Chuck gave.
Miraculously, no one was killed, nor was anyone injured. It was an EF-3 tornado, very strong and potentially extremely destructive. Over 100 homes had either been destroyed or damaged. The tornado was the sign to us of the revival outbreak.
Then yesterday morning, 3 days later, a double rainbow appeared over Dexter, the center of the tornado. Rainbows represent covenant. God was declaring to us His covenant with us, His church. Hosea 6:2 declares, “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
Revival is for the church. It is the beginning of a fresh breaking out of the Spirit of God. Revival according to the Thesaurus means renewal, restoration, reinforcement, recovery, resurgence, rebirth, rehabilitation. Biblically it means fresh, renewed, recovery, brought back to life.
Revival always follows very tough times, times where we are brought to our knees through devastating circumstances. Revival is a result of repentance (a turning of our hearts toward God, a change of mind, a turning around), fresh humility, renewed and total dependency on God. Isaiah 66:1-2 declares where God loves to come.
Thus says the Lord:“Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
Revival breaks out in the midst of dark times, impossible times, broken times. It begins to reverse accumulated grief, deep trauma, deferred hope, desolation, devastation, hopelessness, faithlessness, darkness, depression . . . all those oppressive and overwhelmingly negative circumstances which devastate people and their faith. God comes in a brand new fresh way reviving and raising His people up with new life, resurrection life, fresh vision and hope for the future.
God also spoke to us is that He is going to break out in Michigan with a revival of healing and deliverance, particularly along Lake Michigan. It is now here and we are to act on what God says. It is not how we feel, but rather what God has said.
I knew that God wanted to break out strongly Sunday based on Chuck’s prophetic word. It was to mark the beginning of a new pouring out of His Spirit in healing and deliverance. I had just returned from an unplanned trip to Toronto to be with a dear friend whose husband had died. Saturday night I hardly slept. I was weary Sunday morning. I felt as much like revival as a flower in a trash can.
But I knew what God had said. As Benjamin ministered the Word, I said “oh boy, this is a tough one.” He had been so fired up, so full of God. But his word seemed to be hitting some wall. Then Natasha had a prophetic word. (She didn’t feel very “revivalish” either) But she gave the word. Benjamin stopped preaching and the two of them interacted prophetically, Benjamin began to prophesy, then somehow I got in the mix, as the spiritual mother.
Suddenly young people began to come up to the altar. Demons growled. Broken hearts cried out and God began to move. How marvelously the Father’s heart went out to all those who came up! A revival Spirit erupted, not out of feelings but out of faith. Raw belief that something was the sign the revival was to begin now. We just acted out of raw faith in the prophet’s word. Two hours later, I crawled to my office, having poured out all I had. Exhausted but overflowing with a grateful heart. God’s word is true.
Revival has begun.