Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness—righteous, holy, and true.—Ephesians 4:22-24
We hear the word revival tossed about frequently these days. Some churches claim to be having a revival. “Revival this week only! Starts at 7:00 P.M. and ends at 9:00 P.M.,” says their church announcement. I’m sure they’re having some great meetings; and I understand they are using the word revival in a loose sense. But real revival is not something we start or stop. It is something God supernaturally performs. During dark times of moral breakdown God has intervened. God in His grace has stepped in and brought about a spiritual awakening. That is what we need today. There is no limit to what God can do. If, He starts it will continue until it accomplishes it’s purpose.
The word revive means to be restored to its original condition. People today like to restore old cars. They will find a T-bird or a Vet or some other classic car and transform it to its original condition. These are people who are real sticklers about original paint and original parts. They say, “You don’t want any add-on parts. You want genuine parts.” Spiritual revival is very similar. It means to get back to God’s original design and purpose.
Charles Finney, who was known to be a part of a great revival said, “Revival is nothing more or less than a new beginning of obedience to God.” This is how I will defined revival as, “That which changes the moral climate of a community.” That is the kind of revival we require. Not just an emotional experience, not just a tingle down the backbone, we need to see God work, because our nation needs it like never before. Something new is not the answer. The answer is to get back to God’s original intent—to the very standards He gave us.
You might be surprised of what will follow, but I often quote the great Man of God in my writings. This is how Brother (He loves to be called brother and so I honour that wish) William Branham sums up this message…….
“It’s a time to be “on our toes”, with anticipation, expecting the ‘change of our bodies’ at any moment. It’s a time for the Bride to be found ‘lining up with the Word’ – this is the Bride Revival. In the message “Invisible Union…” Brother Branham said, “When you see women just go on the rampage, just doing anything they want to do, watch, the church is doing the same thing. See? Notice. But watch when the spiritual Bride when She begins to have a revival, when She begins to come back and line Herself up with the Word of God, watch then again (You see?), how that the Scriptures, at that time there’ll be a message sweep out to catch that Bride, catch that woman, elect.”
It’s a time for lining up with ALL the Word – from the simple things to the deep things – leaving nothing out. ONLY a WORD BRIDE is going in that Rapture – a Bride that is absolutely walking in obedience to ALL the Word – not half way but all the way. She has laid her life on the line that the Word might have preeminence in her.
PLEASE. I beg you, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as you consider these quotes on “The Last Sign”, sincerely ask God to enlighten your eyes to anything you may have left ‘undone’ in your relationship with Him. Let it not be said of us that ‘after being brought to this Message that we became ‘renegades’ – a traitor, a deserter – absent without permission from our ‘post of duty’. Remember the “rich young ruler” – in his relationship with God he only lacked “one” thing; and because he refused to line up in that one thing, he was lost. May the Lord by His Grace, help us to take a spiritual inventory, daily, to make our calling and election sure. GOD BLESS YOU!”
Sir Godfrey Gregg