It's day 13 of Rend the Heavens; as you will see and hear 70 yrs. has ended and its now time for captivity (barrenness, dryness, spiritual apathy, etc.) to be removed from us and from our land.
When Daniel realized that 70 yrs. of Jerusalem captivity (ruin) had ended, he knew that it was time for God to visit His people. So Daniel, cry out to the Lord, set his face to seek His God. Oh, may we do the same in this hour!
Could it Be?
Crying out for God's Presence to Invade,
Could it Be? 70 Yrs Has Ended, Captivity is Being Turned!
OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence — As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
- Isaiah 64:1-2 (AMP)
This week our focus has been on a corporate move of God in our day, upon our land. We have determined that individually and as a nation we desperately need the Presence of God to invade our lives, our churches, our cities, and our land.
We looked at the meaning of revival, 9 characteristics of OT revivals, the Azusa revival of 1904, the Jesus movement of the early 70’s. We also learned of two great reformations: one from the OT system of worship to the NT system of worship which came through Jesus, our Passover Lamb. The second was in the 16th Century when a man challenged the religious system of his day by nailing the 95 theses or arguments to be debated to a church door.
As we dived into the the Word of God it was revealed that as a Church we need to return to the Ancients Paths - instead of walking on the byway (trodden path of men) we must walk on the highway (highroad of the Lord).
In Acts 10 we saw a pattern for nations to be reached, starting with one man and his family an entire people group was touched (Gentiles - us!). We also learned that life in the Spirit should never be common or ordinary; angelic visitation, trances, divine calls, preaching the Word with signs following and supernatural outpouring of the Spirit should encompass of daily lives.
I don’t know about you but this does not describe my daily life…Come, Lord, O’ how we need Your Presence! Holy Spirit fall afresh on us, endue us with power!
We also learn of 4 historical keys to revival: unlikely people were used, key places were chosen, simple theology was preached and prayer was at the center. To me a very important element was left out of these historic keys - the Presence of God, maybe it was to be understood that God’s presence the heart of these keys. BUT Holy Spirit revealed to me that longing for the Presence of God must be paramount in our pursuit of revival, renewal, refreshing, reformation, restoration, etc.
This takes us back to Exodus 33 where Moses says, “unless your Presence goes with us, don’t take us up from here” and he said, “It’s Your Presence that distinguishes us from every other people group.” (paraphrase by Sharon)
It’s Your Presence that distinguishes us from every other people group!
I want to bear my heart to you, I am not interested in going to ‘revival meetings - protracted meetings’ where men endeavor to get God to come down. Now, don’t misunderstand me, gathering together to pray and seek God’s face its of the upmost importance, we must do it all the more in this hour.
But, if our heart and intent is to ‘make’ revival happen or be the ministry or church where the revival begins is of no of interest to me. Unless we make our meetings about ‘seeking His face - waiting in His Presence- calling upon Him to come down’ then our gathering together is in vain.
For a some time now, I’ve had a draw to the Hebrides revival not really understanding why.
This morning as I began to pray about what Holy Spirit wanted to speak to us He led me to look up the Hebrides revival. Google took me to an article written by Duncan Campbell, the gentleman the Lord used in a powerful way that time, many attribute the revival to him but he vehemently denies those claims. He said, “Revival was there before I ever set foot on the island. It began in a gracious awareness of God sweeping through the parish of Barvas.”
Then he says something that made me understand why I’ve been drawn to this particular revival.
“Then I would like to make it perfectly clear what I understand of revival. When I speak of revival, I am not thinking of high-pressure evangelism. I am not thinking of crusades or of special efforts convened and organized by man. That is not in my mind at all. Revival is something altogether different from evangelism on its highest level. Revival is a moving of God in the community and suddenly the community becomes God conscious before a word is said by any man representing any special effort.”
Oh How We Need Your Presence O’ Lord!
Another interesting fact I learned while reading this article was the the Hebrides revival began in 1949. Holy Spirit cause that date to jump off the page, so subtracting 1949 from 2019 = 70. 70 years ago the Hebrides revival broke out, it only last about 5-6 years but it was marked by God’s supernatural Presence invading the islands of Scotland.
Immediately upon learning that it was 70 years ago; the Spirit took me to Daniel 9, starting with verse 3 is says; I, Daniel, learned… that The LORD had told the prophet Jeremiah that Jerusalem would remain in ruins for 70 years. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God.
When Daniel realized the 70 years of destruction had ended, and it was time for God to visit His people, he set his face towards heaven and began to cry out.
O’ may we do the same in this hour!
Could it Be?
70 = released from captivity
70 = Ayin, it’s the Hebrew number for seventy. We are in an Ayin season, actually the last year of this 10 year cycle. The Lord has been speaking for 10 years that He wants to take His people out of places of captivity.
Ayin is about LOOKING BEYOND AND SEEING WHAT YOU COULD NOT SEE IN THE LAST SEASON!
Ayin is a pictograph of eye, well or spring:
- a season to see / look again / see things in a different way
- season God is Watching (2 Chr. 16:9)
- time to increase spiritual vision
- gain new perspective
- revisit your old dreams
- go back over prophetic words ‘where am I now in relation to those words?’ Don’t listen to the voice of unbelief! Say, restore my vision – ask the Lord to let you see your next step.
+ Supernatural Season: Ayin has other words that are associated with it one is Irin = angels / watchers: good and fallen angels
+ Spring or well is also associate with Ayin therefore what is in the earth comes welling up; rumbling, earthquakes etc.
COULD IT BE that we have come to a completion of barrenness, dryness, spiritual apathy, lack of Holy Spirit empowerment?
INTO A TIME OF HOLY SPIRIT OUTPOURING - when the PRESENCE OF GOD once again INVADES THE EARTH or at least our portion of it!
COULD IT BE THAT TIME AGAIN, oh somehow I believe it is!
Over the next few days we are going to look more into the Hebrides revival and learn what Daniel did when he learned that the 70 years had ended.
Read: Isaiah 44:1-5; Daniel 9:1-19
Cry Out for Revival for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!
Ask Holy Spirit open your eyes to this Ayin season, to the supernatural realm of heaven.
Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh anointing to travail - bring to birth His awakening, revival, reformation.
Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven! Write down what He speaks frame your world with His words!
Then, to show my sorrow, I went without eating and dressed in sackcloth and sat in ashes. I confessed my sins and earnestly prayed to the LORD my God: Our Lord, you are a great and fearsome God, and you faithfully keep your agreement with those who love and obey you. - Daniel 9:3 (CEV)