I prophesy that we are entering a season where we all have the invitation to participate in a revival that is not meant to have an end date, but only increase and intensify until the Son of Man splits the sky and sets down on planet Earth. This fulfills the ever-expanding kingdom prophecy of Isaiah 9:7, that "of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end." This does not confirm some kind of imbalanced, victorious eschatology scenario, where everything just keeps getting better and better. Quite the contrary. From now until Jesus returns, Scripture makes it clear that we will experience both the advancement of light and darkness. Darkness will be prevalent upon the earth, and deep darkness upon the people, but, at the same time, glory will arise upon the people God and push back darkness (see Is. 60:1-2). This is revival, and I believe that the beginning stages of mass outpouring unlike we've ever seen are upon us.
Out of this reality, I prophesy the following:
Prophecy for Revival Among Mainline Evangelicals
I prophesy that the Holy Spirit is going to visit mainline evangelicals, overwhelming their hearts with an insatiable hunger and thirst for the move of God in their lives and congregations. Although these leaders may be uncomfortable with some of the phenomena and controversy surrounding the charismatic revivals, they will be gripped specifically by the words of Jim Cymbala (Brooklyn Tabernacle), Leonard Ravenhill, A.W. Tozer and others, who present a stirring vision for what could be in an outpouring of the Spirit. I prophesy reputable voices like those mentioned would supernaturally demolish defenses, and position hearts to welcome the fullness of the Spirit, no matter what it looks like.
Prophecy for Megachurches and Nondenominational Churches: Creating Space for the Spirit
I prophesy that the spiritual hunger level of church congregations will not go unnoticed. Even if churches need to adhere to a strict schedule (60-75- minute services, multiple services, children's church, parking lot protocol, etc.), leaders will be absolutely overwhelmed with hunger for Holy Spirit and, from the moment services begin, create space for God to move and connect with people. I prophesy that from the moment these gatherings begin with praise and worship, the Spirit will fall in these houses of worship. I see people flocking to the front of the church during praise and worship, and yes, even during the sermon. I see people being touched by the power of God, falling down, laughing, shaking, crying, weeping; all the while, the congregation continues to listen to the pastor and participate in the worship, celebrating the great things God is doing in their midst.
I prophesy that, specifically, the example of Toronto/Catch the Fire leaders during the revival will become protocol for these non-denominational and mainline churches to model as they seek to pastor a move of God while not restraining the Spirit's fire.
I see what took place in Toronto expanding and extending to churches that would never have embraced such phenomena in the 1990s but now are absolutely desperate for God's invasion and overhaul in their midst. The Lord would say some need the sermon, and some need the floor—both options must be clearly available in the days in which you are living.
Prophecy of Legal Right Through Praise and Worship Songs
I prophesy that in the days ahead, hunger for Holy Spirit encounters and outpouring will escalate to such a pinnacle that God will look for any means necessary to visit and invade communities of people, even those who have been on the fence when it comes to supernatural manifestations and such. Although they've been on the fence, their sincere declarations of worship have granted heaven legal right to actually fulfill on the lyrics of those songs and "flood this place and fill the atmosphere."
Prophecy of the River Flowing Through the Mountains
Finally, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me that revival and outpouring in the church mountain will be sustained to the degree that the church mountain intentionally impacts the other six mountains of culture. We conclude right where we started.
Let me recap the Scriptural progression of what, I believe, the Lord is doing:
Psalm 63:1 – The world is dry and thirsty. They need what quenches thirst.
Psalm 46:1-3 – The world is dry and thirsty because of the anxiety, fear and trauma experienced on a regular basis. There is, however, a solution: the river of God.
John 7:37-39 – The world's solution resides in the interior life of every single believer. The river is a Person, and His name is Holy Spirit. May we be awakened to the reality that we host the river that heals nations.
We conclude with where the river is supposed to go and flow: into the mountains.
I prophesy right now that for the river of God to increase and grow in momentum, for the kingdom to expand and increase in the Earth, the river must be released out of the church mountain, from the church mountain into the other mountains. Revival's effectiveness is not measured by how many meetings a church had, how many years these meetings continued undisrupted, or what manner of manifestations took place during a season of visitation; revival's impact is measured by transformed communities and regions. Revival's impact should be evaluated by how the other six mountains and spheres of society were transformed by carriers of the river of God going into these places and releasing revival in that unique context.
For the Lord would say, "I am getting ready to fall upon My people like never before, but whether or not My Spirit rests upon them—whether or not what they experience and encounter remains in a sustained manner—will be determined by whether or not they can steward My movement into the places I have assigned them. For the encounter comes with an assignment."
Again, sounds like something the Lord would say. Once again, consider Jesus' instructions in Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Power encounters come with a clear assignment: that we, the church, would carry His glory and presence outside the community of believers and into the ends of the earth. The role of the church? We are portable tabernacles of Holy Spirit's presence. We are flesh-and-blood sanctuaries who carry His glory. We are the ones who are beyond privileged to receive power encounters of the Spirit coming upon us. But remember, these encounters come with assignments.
Larry Sparks is co-author of the book, The Fire That Never Sleeps, with Dr. Michael Brown and John Kilpatrick. Larry's mission is to help teach all believers how to experience and sustain personal revival—enjoying a deep relationship with God through encountering the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. To this end, he maintains a blog through Charisma magazine, is a published author, teaches revival seminars, and is the co-founder of Renewing South Florida, an organization committed to uniting the local church for regional outpouring. Larry holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University and presently serves as vice president of publishing for Destiny Image Publishers.
You can receive daily empowerment for personal revival from Larry on Facebook (facebook.com/larryvsparks).
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