Summary: Revival is not a Christian carnival that rolls into town if your lucky but a sustained and unhindered work of God resulting in true repentance transforming believers and saving the lost.
The Greatest Revival in history is imminent.
August 12, 1944 - the allies nearly surrounded the German 7th and 5th Panser armies during operation Cobra.
General Omar Bradley described the situation stating, “This is an opportunity that comes to a commander not more than once in a century. We’re about to destroy an entire hostile army and go all the way from here to the German border.”
General Patton’s 3rd Army began to close the 25 mile gap but Bradley, now second guessing himself, ordered Patton to stop at Argentan.
Bradley along with Field Marshal Montgomery (who slowed the Canadian advance) and other commanders left the Falaise Gap open for 10 days allowing 100 to 240,000 German soldiers and 30,000 vehicles to escape.
Colonel H.R McMaster described it this way - “Patton was biased always towards seeing the opportunities, other commanders were biased towards seeing the dangers.”
Finally on August 21st, the gap was closed and the remainder of the German army which hadn’t yet escaped was obliterated - 15,000 German soldiers were killed, 50,000 were captured and over 500 German tanks were lost.
This finally ended the battle of Normandy and France was freed within days.
After the war allied commanders agreed that waiting to close the gap had been a colossal mistake.
We, as the Body of Christ today, find ourselves in a similar situation - we can either win it all or lose it all in our lifetimes.
Will we be biased towards seeing the opportunities or the dangers?
Revival is imminent.
But what is revival?
Misconceptions - Revival is not a Christian carnival that comes into town and then leaves.
Christians are revived and that results in non-Christians coming to Christ.
Must be alive to be revived.
Ps.80:18 - Revive us and we will call on your name.
Ps.85:6 - Revive us and we will rejoice in you.
Revival is “a sustained and unhindered work of God resulting in true repentance transforming believers and saving the lost.”
But it starts with us!!! 1 Peter 4:17 - “...it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God...”
As we return to the Lordship of Christ the whole world can be won!
World revival is mathematically and logistically possible for 1st time ever.
Rom.10:14-15 - “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
So why isn’t revival happening?
God doesn’t withhold revival nor can He bring it any more than He already is.
Revival is not brought but catalyzed.
2 Peter 3:9 - He is not willing that any should perish.
1 Tim.2:4 - He wants every person to be saved.
Jn.12:32-33 - “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.”