1857 Prayer Revival – Can it Happen Again?

Today, September 23rd, marks the anniversary of the beginning of this extraordinary prayer movement and the global revival that ensued.  I will let it speak for itself.

For a deeper dive into the events leading up to this revival, how it began, spread, its unique characteristics, and it’s national and global impact, please watch this excellent exposé!

The parallel of the times leading up to this revival and the present time is uncanny!  Now the trumpet and the torch are in our hands!

-David


Related:
The Final Call to Repentance and The Return
The Ministry of Intercession – by Andrew Murray (free audiobook)
Sowing and Reaping – by Dwight L. Moody (free audiobook)

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The Final Call to Repentance and The Return

About a month ago I had a very distinct and sustained impression in my spirit of a long, drawn-out trumpet blast.  The spiritual understanding that accompanied it was that the Lord was sounding an alarm and strong rallying call to His people to rouse them from their slumber and get them up to the front lines of the battle.  The specific assignment for His people was for them to engage in the battle for our nation through deep repentance and persistent, prevailing intercession.  These are the most powerful and needed weapons of warfare for the battle that is presently raging.  There was a sense of urgency, ultimatum, and finality that came with this strong and clear impression.

Following this experience, the Lord sovereignly led me to a book written by a dear sister in Christ, Eva Zarley, called, The Final Call to Repentance.  I listened to the audiobook version all the way through and felt that it truly hit the mark and resonated perfectly with what I had been sensing in my spirit.  It is the most thorough, articulate, and accurate call to repentance for the Church collectively, as individual believers, and to unbelievers that I know of.  Every point that is made is grounded in and backed up with Scriptures as well.  I also believe that it was written (and, in the audiobook, read) by the author in a very broken, humble, and obedient spirit.  (Many times in the reading of the book you can hear the author’s heart breaking as she delivers the message the Lord gave her to write.)  There is not much in this book that I disagree with and much that I heartily “Amen!”  I believe it is a significant, prophetic word from the Lord, “for such a time as this!”

I will come back to this book momentarily, but I also want to highlight a very timely and practical expression of what I heard and felt in my spirit that is planned to begin the day following the publishing of this post.  This is a movement and event called “The Return.”  I’m sure many of you are aware of this already, but I feel it is important to share the link and related video here to help further spread the word and to encourage the Body of Christ to solemnly participate in this national and world-wide call to fasting, repentance, and intercession.  The trumpet is sounding!!

Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there.  Our God will fight for us!”
Nehemiah 4:20 NIV

This call spans a ten-day period beginning with the Feast of Trumpets (September 18) and ending with the Day of Atonement (September 28).  Near the end of this period, on September 26, there will be a solemn assembly on the National Mall in Washington, DC that will also be simulcast to the Body of Christ across the nation and around the world. (There are links on the website for how you can participate right where you are.)

I believe this is a divinely-appointed call to prayer and repentance for God’s people and that the future not only of our nation, but of the nations of the world is literally hanging in the balance.  For those of you who are outside of the USA, I encourage you to join in this time of intercession as well for your own nation and also for America and the world.  We are all connected in one Body and are called to labor together for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven!

As part of preparation leading up to this specific event on the 26th, then, I want to, encourage you also to read or listen to the book, The Final Call to Repentance by Eva Zarley.  The free audiobook is published by Scribl and can be found in serialized podcast format here (login required.)  The print and Kindle versions are also available through Amazon, and the print book is, likewise, available through Barnes and Noble (all reasonably priced at $5.95)  Other options may also be found online.

This book truly captures the gravity of the need for repentance in this hour and also cuts to the heart of the specific sins we need to repent of.  I am personally committing to re-listening to the nine episodes of the audiobook podcast that relate to the Church corporately and the Christian individually for the nine days of September 18th through to the 26th, the day of the solemn assembly.  I will take one episode each day as a template for contemplation, repentance, and prayer for that day.  I invite you to consider joining with me in doing the same!

I know in my spirit that the trumpet is sounding long and loud!  I have heard it!  This is the time and this is the hour, even as God declares in Joel 2:

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.  Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.  
Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.  Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast.  Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.  Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar.  Let them say, “Spare your people, LORD.  Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations.  Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ”  Joel 2:12-17 NIV
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Here, then, is the link to “The Return” website and also the announcement video with Jonathan Cahn:

Website: https://thereturn.org/

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Finally, this call to repentance and prayer is not merely for a certain time and place and then we move on or go back to something else.  It is to be the Church’s constant vocation and calling until our Lord Jesus returns.  This post will undoubtedly be posted for months and years after this specific time frame and event has come and gone, but the relevancy of the call must never fade.  May the words and resources offered here be an ongoing source of inspiration and encouragement for those who read to continue on in this heavenly calling!  May we in this way fulfill the Lord’s words to “occupy until I come!” Luke 19:13 KJV


Related:
The Ministry of Intercession – by Andrew Murray (free audiobook)
A First Century Message to Twentieth Century Christians – by G. Campbell Morgan (free audiobook)  (exposition of Revelation 1-3: The Letters to the Seven Churches)
Call to a (Virtual) Solemn Assembly  (updated with follow-up report.)
“The Sacrifices of God” – by David Bolton  (original song)

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PRINCIPLES Book Revisited – (Restored PDFs and serialized audiobook page added)

The most popular of all pages and posts on this blog for the past six years has been the PRINCIPLES Book (Complete – PDF, mp3 and more) page.  This is the complete resource page for the book whose full title is: Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ by Gospel Fellowships.

In my description of the book I explain,

“This book is the collaborative work of over 100 brothers and sisters, from many different nations and backgrounds, and is a clarion call to the Church to return to her Christ-centered, New Testament roots and expression in these last days.  It is, likewise, a sobering call to prepare the Church for the coming global persecution which is prophesied at the end of the age.  (Matthew 24:9)”

I further expressed,

“I highly recommend this book as one of the most Christ-centered, comprehensive and spiritually practical books on the Church that I have read in a long time.  It not only communicates the truth concerning the life and practice of the New Testament Church, but also the spirit of the New Testament Church comes across powerfully through its pages.  In addition, it’s testimonies and insights from the underground churches in China, North Korea, and Iran are powerful, convicting and compelling.

I believe this is a strategic manual for the Church in this last day, given by the Spirit, to help prepare the Body of Christ for its end-time mission, as well as for the persecution that will undoubtedly accompany it.

The Church in the West desperately needs to hear this message…NOW!”

I fully affirm these words again today and feel even more strongly that “NOW” is even more “NOW” than ever!!

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In 2016, the PRINCIPLES book was revised slightly and the PDF links to some of the Introductory sections and the three Appendices became inactive (though the mp3 files did not.)  Through the help of one of the readers of this blog, I have recently been able to recover and restore the Appendices PDF files (except for one.)  I wanted to make the readers of this blog aware that they are now accessible again.  (This is also in keeping with the expressed desire/permission of Gospel Fellowships.)  These additional sections have some very substantial content in them and so I encourage you to look them over.  I’ve listed and linked the restored files below for you to easily access.

In addition to this, I’ve set up a page dedicated simply to the mp3 audio files of this book and have collected them according to the book’s major sections in a serialized playlist for consecutive listening.  This makes it much easier to listen through this powerful (professionally recorded) audiobook rather than downloading the individual files.  Below is a sample chapter and the link to the full audiobook page:

Principle 1 – Solely Looking to the Person of Jesus Christ

Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ
(free mp3 audiobook)

I encourage you to take advantage of this excellent, free resource and also to intentionally share it around.  The hour is coming when this may no longer be possible or to do so will have serious consequences!  As Jesus said, We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4 ESV.  I believe that such a time may be fast approaching for many if not all of us if the course of this world does not drastically change!  Now is the time, my brothers and sisters, to do His work!!

The full resource page with all reading, listening, and downloading options is here:

PRINCIPLES Book (Complete – PDF, mp3 and more)

The restored Appendices (PDFs) are as follows:

APPENDIX I – PREPARING THE BODY OF CHRIST FOR PERSECUTION
Preparing for Persecution; To be a Christian by brother Edgar
The Coming Tsunami of Persecution by brother Greg
A Plain Vision for Coming Persecution by brother Brian

APPENDIX II – SELECT TEACHINGS FOR GOSPEL FELLOWSHIPS
Chinese House Churches Interview by brother Denny
God’s New Thing by brother David
Submission and Leadership by brother Zac
Baptism of the Holy Spirit by brother Denny
Without the Holy Spirit of God by brother Chadwick
Loving Your Brothers and Sisters by brother Edgar

APPENDIX III – GOSPEL FELLOWSHIPS ADDITIONAL HELPS AND RESOURCES
Statement of Faith for Gospel Fellowships
Rereading the Book of Acts
Chronological Bible Reading of Scriptures
Gospel Fellowships Hymnal
Gospel Fellowships Readings

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Finally, I encourage you to visit the Resources section on this site to take advantage of other excellent free resources that are linked there.  The FREE AUDIOBOOKS sub-section, for instance, has dedicated pages for audiobooks by A.W. Tozer, Andrew Murray, E.M. Bounds, R.A. Torrey, Catherine Booth, D.L. Moody, and more for your spiritual nourishment and edification!

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
Isaiah 55:2 NIV

May you be richly blessed by these anointed, print and audio offerings!

All blessings in Christ Jesus,
David


For more content related to the gathering of believers under the headship of Jesus Christ,  please see the following category link:
https://christcenteredchristianity.com/category/the-headship-of-christ/


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The “Love”-“Hate” Relationship – Pt. 3

What do moral integrity, moral relativism, pragmatic reasoning, blame-shifting, selective outrage, deceit, conceit, self-rejection, fight-or-flight response, confirmation bias, jealousy, competitiveness, greed, and bigotry all have in common?

The answer: all of these psychological conditions have at their core the “love”-“hate” relationship.

Three Core Questions

To explore this further, I encourage you to take one or more of the examples above and ask the following three questions of each:

  1. At the core of this condition, what is it that is positively valued and “loved” by those who possess it?
  2. At the core of this condition, what is it that is negatively valued andhated” by those who possess it (because those things oppose, threaten, and/or violate what is positively valued and loved?)
  3. How do these fundamental “love”-“hate” dynamics work to influence, shape, and define that specific condition?

If you take a few minutes with this, I think you’ll discover that with each example, there are fundamental values that are esteemed and embraced by those involved and that the love that is held for these values seeks to protect them from that which opposes, threatens, and/or violates them.  This is the “love” dynamic.  (For more on this, please see Part 1)

Furthermore, this protection comes in some “thorny” form of rejection of and/or separation from that which opposes, threatens, or violates what is valued and loved.  This is the resultant “hate” dynamic.  (For more on this, please see Part 2)

Working together, this “love”-“hate” dynamic is the primary force that creates, contours, and characterizes each of the examples given.  It should be noted, additionally, that these are just a small sample of the many psychological conditions that this dynamic applies to for most psychological conditions known to man have buried deep within their core this “love”-“hate” dynamic duo!  (For more on this, please read on!)

The “Love”-“Hate” Dynamic

“Love” and “hate” are opposites and yet in a world where rival loves exist, rival hates also exist in proportional measure.  This may seem counter-intuitive but it is actually so because “love” and “hate” are, in reality, two sides of the same coin.  (And when this coin is tossed, it renders an outcome akin to, “Heads I win, tails you lose.” 😉 )

In the “love”-“hate” relationship, love is the primary, initiating force.  Secondarily, since “Love…always protects” (1 Corinthians 13:7), it generates the “thorny” response of “hate” towards that which opposes, threatens, and or violates what is loved.  This describes what I will call the “first generation” of the “love”-“hate” relationship.  This “first generation” helps to explain a good number of psychological (and sociological) dynamics that are not overly complex and layered.

As an example, take the matter of “jealousy” mentioned in the opening question above.  If Sam is head-over-heals in love with Sally, his love for her seeks to protect her from all that would harm her and also guards their relationship from anything that might encroach upon it to possibly threaten it.  Whatever might be perceived as possibly injurious to Sally or to their relationship becomes something that Sam generates a jealous, protective form of “hate” towards.  This “hate” erects, as it were, a “hedge of thorns” (see Hosea 2:6) around their relationship to create rejection of and separation from anything or anyone who might oppose, threaten, and/or seek to violate it.  This is a straight forward and simple example of the “love”-“hate” relationship in its “first generation” level.

The human condition, both individually and collectively, however, is rarely simple and straight forward, and so we need to see how the “love”-“hate” dynamic develops further with second and subsequent generations as well.  This will help explain a vastly broader dimension of more complex personal, social, and even spiritual dynamics.

In the “first generation” level, “love” alone initiates and has the power to generate “hate.”  In the second and subsequent generations, both “love” and “hate” each have the power to create additional “loves” and additional “hates.”

Four Subsequent Possibilities

To explain more fully how this works, we will utilize a well known phrase and it’s four possible variations to fit all the possibilities.  That phrase is,

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

To understand this in the context of the “love”-“hate” relationship, an “enemy” is related to “hate” and a “friend” related to “love.”  As such, this phrase could be interpreted as saying, in essence, “Those who hate what I hate, I love!”  We should also consider that the “love”/”friend” dynamic is positive in nature, while the “hate”/”enemy” dynamic is negative.

We will now see the four possibilities that exist in the second and subsequent generations of the “love”-“hate” relationship and how this phrase can be worded to express those possibilities:

  1. “Love” generates subsequent “love” The wording of the phrase to reflect this would be: “The friend of my friend is my friend.”  Here, a double positive creates a subsequent positive.
  2. “Love” generates subsequent “hate” – As such, our phrase would be rendered: “The enemy of my friend is my enemy.”  Here, a negative in opposition to a positive, creates a negative.  (This is similar to what happens in the “first generation.”)
  3. “Hate” generates subsequent “hate”This would be phrased: “The friend of my enemy is my enemy.”  In this scenario, a positive allying with a negative, creates a negative.
  4. “Hate” generates subsequent “love” – Lastly, we have the original wording of the phrase: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”  In this scenario, a double negative creates a positive.

Having an understanding of these secondary and subsequent effects is more than a mere curiosity but rather it provides us with a significant set of keys for unlocking a whole host of psychological, sociological, and even spiritual conditions that we might not be able to discern so clearly otherwise.

Four Keys


The first key it provides is the simple understanding that in the second and subsequent generations of the “love”/”hate” relationship, both “love” and “hate” each have the power to generate subsequent “loves” and subsequent “hates”.  Therefore, when discerning a particular condition or situation, we need to ask ourselves where the evident “loves” and “hates” are derived from and of what nature they actually are?   For instance, we should ask if a particular “love” is 1) a “first generation” love based on the inherent value ascribed to it, 2) the product of a double-positive, “friend of my friend” effect, 3) a double-negative, “enemy of my enemy” dynamic, or 4) a combination of two or more of these.  All of those possibilities exist and it can make a significant difference in discerning the true nature of a condition or situation depending on what the answers to those questions are.

The second key is to understanding that the “first generation love” is unique from all else that follows.  This “first generation love” is derived simply and purely from the inherent value ascribed to the object that is loved.  All that is generated thereafter, from the “first generation hate” to the “second and subsequent generations” of both “love” and “hate”, are mixtures of whatever inherent value may be ascribed to the object on its own terms, plus whatever effectual value, the object has in relation to the “love” or “hate” that generated it, whether positive or negativeFor instance an object may have a minor, positive, “first generation”, inherent value, but a major negative, “second generation”, effectual value.  In such a case, the object would ultimately be viewed as a “hate” instead of a “love”, as it normally would on its own, “first generation” terms .

To illustrate this, let’s go back to the “pizza” analogy used earlier in these posts.  This time, instead of talking about pizza being served with anchovies on it, let’s talk about pizza being served with peanut butter on it.  Now, when you consider that strange suggestion, do you have an immediate positive or a negative reaction?  My guess is that you have a negative one.  I, personally, “love” the taste of pizza, and, unlike anchovies, I also “love” the taste of peanut butter.  But, something effectually happens when my pizza and my peanut butter come into close relationship with each other!  In such an unsavory encounter, I would not consider peanut butter to be a friend of my friend, Pizza, but rather an enemy of my friend, Pizza.  As their two distinct flavors clash, the negative effectual value of peanut butter being added to my pizza, outweighs the positive inherent value I normally ascribe to peanut butter all by itself.  In this situation, then, peanut butter switches from a “friend” to an “enemy” and from a “love” to a “hate.”

Now, this “second generation” flip-flopping can happen with things as ordinary as peanut butter, but it can also happen with much more significant and consequential psychological, sociological, and spiritual conditions as well!  If wisely employed, this second key can help greatly in unlocking some of these more complex and layered matters.

The third key is understanding that most conditions and situations are a mixture of first, second and subsequent generations of “love” and “hate” all combined together into some sort of psychological, sociological, and/or spiritual “algorithm.”  As such, most conditions and situations cannot simply be taken at face value.  Only as we consider the inherent and effectual values of each “love” and “hate”, where they generate from, and how they interact with each other, can we rightly discern and wisely engage with any complex personal or collective situation.

The fourth and final key is to understand that in order to rightly discern and wisely engage with any condition or situation, whether psychological, sociological, or spiritual in nature, we must peal back the layers until we get to the primary “first generation love(s)” that generated all else thereafter.  If we can engage with a matter at that primary, root level, in love and in truth, true transformation and change can potentially be obtained while maintaining the unity that comes from love.  This is the ultimate key in the key set!

In summary

Many examples could be traced out employing these three questions, multiple possibilities, and four keys, but time and space does not allow in a simple blog post.  My hope is that even this brief introduction will help some to begin to grasp how essential and consequential to all of the human condition this “odd-couple”, “dynamic-duo” really is.  If we understand it from its most simple, “first generational” form to its “multi-generational”, overlapping, inter-twining, flip-flopping complexity, we will be able to have much keener insight into how it manifests on all levels and how many problems and conflicts it can help to reveal, unravel, and resolve.

[For those who would like to explore this further, you might find great benefit in seeing how these principles apply and inter-play in different scenarios presented in Scripture.  May I suggest as examples, the serpent’s tempting of Eve (Genesis 3:1-6), Jehovah’s testing of Abraham (Genesis 22:1-18), Solomon’s ruling concerning two mothers and a baby (1 Kings 3:16-28), and the hypocrisy of Peter in the Galatian church (Galatians 2:11-14) as some possible starters. Extra credit! 😉 ]

In this post we took a deeper look into the multi-layered dynamics of the “love”-“hate” relationship and primarily applied it on the personal, psychological level.  In the next post, we will take a further look at how an understanding of these dynamics can help us both to discern and deal with more complex, “thorny”, cultural and even political issues.  Oh, my!!!

Please stay tuned!


Posts in series:
The “Love”-“Hate” Relationship – Pt. 1
The “Love”-“Hate” Relationship – Pt. 2


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