Catch The Fire — Prophet Tony Mathias

The God of purpose works through history by means of revivals, – sudden, mighty moves of the Holy Spirit, counteracting spiritual decline and creating spiritual momentum. God’s specialists have appeared on the scene of the Church decline, especially during the six global great awakenings. Who could forget God’s specialists like Evans Roberts, William J. Seymour, John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, and many others in the hall of fame? God poured out His Holy Spirit, in a big way, reviving the church and saving the lost. The Holy Spirit visits both the Church and the street in the renewal and awakening movements. He has done it repeatedly.

The last wave in our days is gaining momentum globally, which will culminate in the Rapture. The flame that has been kindled is being fanned. The great flames are spreading worldwide through many who are enflamed. Have you caught the fire?

The Holy Spirit-inspired prophets of today have prophesied an identical message of revival spreading globally in this last great awakening. Ministries that have even quit amidst trial and tribulation will suddenly come alive with a revival message. Prayers and tears of saints will now reap an abundant harvest. Churches are coming together today in a revival and ecumenical unity, to an extent that has never been seen before. Seeds of youth that have been stifled at an early age will bear fruit. The prodigals are coming back to the Father’s house. Drunkards, gamblers and drifters are hearing the sounds of revival and are returning. They are discovering seeds of revival in deserts of despair.

Seeds of revival that lay dormant for decades and even centuries are finding their way to the surface, pushing through the fallow ground of religion and rocks of tradition, breaking forth with much fruit. These are seeds planted through prayer and watered by tears that are breaking out in full view with much fruit.

It would be fitting to recall a few of the revivalists of today: Oral Roberts; Benny Hinn; Rynehard Bonnke; Charles & Frances Hunter; Carlos Anacondia; Claudio Friedzon; Rodney Howard Browne; Todd Bentley…the list goes on and on. As we surrender our lives to Him and seek Him and His anointing, He will fill us with fresh fire and whatever needs to be revived, including Prayer and the Word. Have you caught the fire?

Revival is the return of the Christian from backsliding with a renewed conviction of sin and repentance followed with an intense desire to walk in the fear of God. Revival begins with individual and corporate repentance and confession, of sins. There will be no revival in the Church without genuine repentance and desire for personal holiness. It is God’s visitation to the backslidden Church, brought about with his people praying in the season of Revival. His sovereign move brings conviction, repentance and reconciliation. His methodology may be Pentecostal, Evangelistic, Charismatic or all of them combined but always through a total and utter dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit. – A deeper passion for the lost.

Revival tarries because we lack urgency in prayer, for prayer is the key to revival. Revival always seems to bring with it a return to apostolic Christianity, with an awesome powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. Some of the signposts to revival are prayer, humility, brokenness, conviction of sin, and repentance. Miracles are commonplace in the presence of the Lord. The world is waiting for a new demonstration of power of the Gospel. The specialists God uses hold holiness and consecration of prime importance. How important it is to walk in the fear of the Lord?

The ‘fire catchers’ of the new millennium having experienced transformed lives in a short span of time are excitedly setting others aflame worldwide. It is happening all over. The time for completely deliverance of God’s people from the hand of ‘Pharaoh’ [Evil one] has arrived. Global revival continues till today with a specific purpose to strengthen faith, prepare for a Spirit-filled-led life, so that God’s Kingdom Come and Will be Done in their lives as the age draws to a close. The Holy Spirit in this present move desires us to surrender ourselves totally to Him, hold nothing
back and seek to be filled with His fire. Have you caught the fire?

1 Peter 4: 17, we need revival because the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God. We need to be revived because of sin. Backsliding is the result of sin. We need to read God’s Word and pray regularly. When revival comes, people have a deep sense of the presence of God, deep sense of sin, conversion of sinners, few are backslidden etc.

This is God’s timing for another great move of his Spirit as the masses are being trained to go out and minister on a one-to-one basis. Bible colleges and schools of ministry have sprung up all over as a hungry world says, “Teach us how to operate in the supernatural the way the original disciples did.” God is going to give the world a demonstration in the last hour as the world has never known. Before the fire spreads globally, this inward fire will burn with great intensity and set our entire course of life ablaze. This fire could be likened to the fire of the burning bush that Moses faced, a fire that cannot be quenched.

Revival brings a deep sense of the presence of God, deep sense of sin, walking in the fear of God, conversion of sinners, and so on. Revival will break the power of the world and of sin over Christians, bring backslidden
Christians to repentance, and get their faith renewed. When Churches are awakened reformation and salvation of sinners follows. Revival can be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival.

God has always had His Specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown, the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the church. Such men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of their kind who had appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke and exhort in the name of God and righteousness. When the people of God go astray from the paths of truth, these kind of people we call revivalists appear almost out of nowhere. This is all God’s doing. They may seem radical extreme fanatical, and negative, shocking some, frightening others, but they are called by the Lord on a mission of holiness.

Revival consists of the return of the church from her backslidings and conversion of sinners. God sends revival to reverse backsliding. He also sends revival to increase missionary work. He sends revival to create spiritual momentum in the work of God which will cause the gospel to spread to the unreached Isaiah 59: 19. Church growth occurs when
miraculous events take place. God continues to speak from heaven. When we turn a deaf ear to the Lord, Hebrews 12: 25 it implies that our hearts are hardened. They need to be softened again.

Those revived will be filled with tender and burning love for souls. They will have a longing desire for the salvation of the whole world. They will be in an agony for individuals whom they want to be saved–their friends, relations, and enemies. They will not only be urging them to give their hearts to God, but they will carry them to God in the arms of faith, and with strong crying and tears beseech God to have mercy on them.

Isaiah prophesied: “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you, and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60: 2. Peter’s first sermon in Acts 2 was for the beginning of the Church Age, but his second sermon in Acts 3 was for the End. In his second sermon, he said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that he may send the Christ who has been appointed for you – even Jesus.” Acts 3:19-20. Peter associated times of refreshing (Revival) with the second coming of Christ. Peter taught us times of refreshing would come from the presence of the Lord in the time of the Lord’s return. He shall send Jesus Christ unto you, whom the heaven must retain “…until the time comes for God to restore everything….Acts 3: 21. Peter taught that just before the Lord’s second coming, times of refreshing and times of restoration of the power and authority and character of Christ would be manifest. God’s end-time plan includes restoration of His glory, power, presence, gifts and ministries to the church. In addition, the following and more will be restored – marriages, family-relationships, spotless bride of Christ, healing and health, spiritual leadership in the church, spiritual authority, the nation Israel and so on. Revival is for Our Day!

When we talk about God’s people, we are talking about Israel as a nation and we as the Israel of God. God’s people are His signboard, which speaks of Israel and His church. 1 Thessalonians 5: 1; Galatians 3:29.

Apart from Israel and the church, another important sign of the wave of revival, is mirrored usually, changes in the leadership. When God is getting ready to do a fresh work, there is usually a shake-up in leadership. In every generation, it seems that God uses three things as signboards to convey His message – Israel, the church, and leadership. We have embarked on another fresh, great and dynamic move of the Spirit of God with worldwide consequences for the church.

Revival comes as a result of praying, in God’s seasons. Acts 3: 19; Zechariah 10: 1. It is God working with us that produces revival. God’s people give birth to His Will through prayer. Romans 8: 26-27. God finds the people who, knowing His will, and His time, set themselves to pray. The Lord Jesus came as God’s revival wave to Israel Luke 19: 41-44. The Jews failed to acknowledge His ministry, rejected and crucified Him. They didn’t know the time of God’s visitation. Judgment resulted. This is God’s season for revival.

Is it possible for God to send a great revival and for us not to know it? Yes. We can be right in the middle of an area where God is moving by His Spirit and if there’s no spiritual hunger and thirst, perception and awareness, we will miss it. Spiritual appetite is necessary. The Lord fills only the hungry Matthew 5: 6; P. Religious people are most prone to miss the revival. Religious training did not prepare the Pharisees and Sadducees for God’s visitation. Anna the prophetess recognized God’s visitation because of her spiritual sensitivity, so was Daniel Luke 2: 38; Daniel 9: 3, 10: 3. We also need to prepare by righteous devotion like Simeon Luke 2: 25. He was sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He knew that the little babe brought in swaddling clothes was God’s salvation because the Spirit gave him revelation and understanding. A visitation of the Spirit of God is recognized only as the Holy Spirit enables you to see it. We need to prepare by a perfect heart 2 Chronicles 16; 9; Isaiah 66: 2. If our hearts are right towards God we will participate in the revival wave and not be just spectators. 2 Corinthians 3: 16 tells us that that when a heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. We also prepare by knowing God’s plans Amos 3: 7.

We are going to see a revival that brings so many converts into the churches that we may not be able to cope with the explosive growth. The churches will sink under the impact of all the converts who begin pouring in. There needs to be spiritual fathers and mothers prepared to nurture, help and encourage the new born-again to grow up in Christ in this great revival. As we catch the fire, let us fan its flames and spread it far and wide. There’s never been a day like this day, nor an hour like this hour!

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