Revival: pitchers and torches

Originally posted on June 29, 2013.

Esther's Petition

June 29, 2013

Last night as I was about to fall asleep, the Lord spoke to me about the revival that is happening around the world.

He showed me an image of an army with pitchers in their hands. Inside the pitchers were lit torches, unseen to the enemy until exactly the right time.

Those torches are the fires of revival around the world, the Lord said. Right now they are hidden to the enemy.

They won’t see the light — the fire of God — until I give the call to break the pitchers and reveal God’s fire.

That was all he said to me then. I asked him to remind me of it this morning so I could look up the scripture about that.

I found it in Judges 6. Gideon was called by God to raise up an army and defeat the Midianites. It’s a fascinating account.

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3 thoughts on “Revival: pitchers and torches

  1. I hear about revival all the time but I just have not seen it happen. In fact, the opposite in most parts of the world that seems more interested in false gods. The deep sorrow for sin and ongoing repentance are prerequisites. Christians can and should live a revival life every day but instead pursue apostasy. Rather than great revival, I’m afraid I see nothing more than a great turning away from biblical faith just as foretold by Jesus regarding the end times. I pray for things to turn around but know that depends on the church turning around. Will it happen? Well, that’s up to God’s people.

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    • How do you define (or visualize) revival? I have seen it happen right here in my city some years ago and beginning again now. Many people have been truly repenting, deeply sorry for their sin, turning to the Lord and having their lives completely changed. Miracles, supernatural healing or other signs are happening also. Perhaps you need to look somewhere you haven’t been looking as yet.

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      • Revival is a biblical awakening deeply rooted in God’s word and driven by the holy spirit that brings genuine recognition and sorrow for sin that leads to repentance. It should lead to the proclamation of the gospel and the salvation of souls as God’s people are motivated to action. It can occur at a personal level or more corporately. I don’t see any widespread revival where I’m at in California. I am glad it’s happening in your city.

        In regards to miracles and signs, that is amazing. But it must be tightly integrated with the preaching of Christ crucified and follow through with training and equipping believers. The hallmark of true revival will be what happens over the long term and how the church responds.

        The broader trends in western Christianity are what concern me. There are no indications of the church reversing course back to the mission of the gospel and discipling people into biblical faith. As I said, the opposite is happening.

        But maybe what’s happening in your region will be the start of something more widespread. Now wouldn’t that be something.

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