Thursday, May 14, 2009
This Is Our Time
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
This morning I received this startling email in BIG, BOLD, COLORFUL PRINT:
AT 5 MINUTES AND 6 SECONDS AFTER 4 A.M.
ON THE 8TH OF JULY, THIS YEAR
THE TIME AND DATE WILL BE:
THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN UNTIL THE YEAR 3009!!!
It reminds me of the numbing effect of the steady march of time through our lives. It is so easy to be lulled to sleep by the sense that the way things are is the way they will always be; over and over, and over; tic tock, tic tock, ad nauseam.
Meanwhile something can happen in the midst of the monotony that is unprecedented in our generation. Something already scheduled on God’s Day-timer; something that may not happen again for a long, long time.
Not far from where I live in North Carolina, a divine appointment took place in August of 1801. William Whitaker writes about it in the historical record entitled, “Centennial History of Alamance County”. Here is a brief excerpt:
A large crowd of people gathered at Cross Roads on an August Sunday in 1801 for the annual communion services, and since the village could not accommodate all of them, a number of families camped in their wagons. It was a warm day, and they sat restlessly while Reverend Paisley and a number of other ministers preached to them. As the meeting drew to an end with little sign of success, the country preacher rose to dismiss the congregation, but he could find no words to say to them.
Just at that moment, however, a member of the congregation rose slowly from his seat, and a profound silence descended over the meeting. His voice was simple and quiet. "Stand still!" he said. "Stand still-and see the salvation of God!" A wave of emotion swept over the people like an electric shock. Many sprang from their seats, and sobs and moans rose from every part of the little church. A miracle had been wrought. The excitement continued for the rest of the day. The congregation sang and prayed and gave thanks for the new spirit which had suddenly come to them. It was midnight before they finally departed for their homes.
A month later, Reverend Paisley held a service at Hawfields, and hundreds came to hear him preach. For five days the services continued, and the effect has seldomly been equalled. A current of religious fervor spread throughout the State. Through some tremendous miracle, the little church at Cross Roads had shaken the great world beyond it.
God has a purpose for our time.
Something is about to happen in our time that will be absolutely startling. A fervor for Jesus Christ will be ignited that will literally blaze a fire of Apostolic revival around the world. Thousands, even hundreds of thousands will seek to be baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost, as evidenced by speaking with other tongues.
This is our time to pray and prepare for God’s purpose for our time.
Acts 2:17 - 18 (KJV) 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: