Mature Class Study, teacher Alyce Crain.
Alyce told about her ancestor, King Kamehameha who was over the Big Island of Hawaii. There were chiefs who were leaders on the other islands. Hawaiians worshipped false gods of nature and animals which included idolatry and human sacrifice. It was very dark spiritually. By 1810 King Kamehameha conquered and unified the Hawaiian Islands.
Revivals are characterized by the holy presence of God, clear truth being preached, and spiritual awakening with godly respect and fear. There was a revival in the Old Testament at the base of the mountain when God manifested Himself to the people. They saw the mountain smoking and heard the noise of the trumpet. The people were terrified and stood far off. God had just rescued them from the plagues in Egypt, parted the Red Sea, followed them in the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, but they knew deep down their hearts that they weren’t prepared to stand before God. They knew they had sinned. Moses told them to not be afraid because God wanted to prove what was in their hearts. It’s a blessing when God helps us understand ourselves. The sight was wonderful to Moses because he was right with God. God is holy and no wicked thing can be in his presence, so the Israelites couldn’t stand before God. He had a plan to bring them back though.
Exodus 20:18-20 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
There was a New Testament revival described in Acts 1. Jesus was crucified on the Passover, then resurrected 3 days later. Jesus was with his disciples for 40 days. He told them to wait for God’s promise of the Holy Ghost (the Comforter) who would help them to understand and remember his word. They still thought Jesus was going to restore the kingdom to Israel. Jesus said it wasn’t for them to know the “times and seasons” but they would receive power to witness in Jerusalem and beyond. They had just gone through the traumatic experience of Jesus being crucified. It was important for them to know about having power in the kingdom Jesus was bringing. They waited in the upper room for about 7 days.
Acts 1:6-8 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The disciples knew exactly what was happening when the Holy Ghost came to them. Devout Jews from different nations were in Jerusalem for Pentecost. The disciples were given the gift of other tongues or languages so they witnessed to many and 3000 souls were saved. The Holy Spirit filled each heart with a fervent desire and the ability to witness. Revival spread throughout Mediterranean region for many years. God knows the time to deal with hearts!
Acts 2:1-5 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire…sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongue…And there were dwelling at Jerusalem…men, out of every nation under heaven.
Have we prepared for revival in this day? We have to wait on God for the promise of revival when God wants to move.
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
God said people need to seek him and turn from their wicked ways so he can heal their land – bring revival.
II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Jesus said people needed to be clear between each other. We have to be 100% committed to God in whatever way he appears to us. We can’t let our ideas of revival get in the way. The mountain smoked and there was thunder when Moses saw revival. The Holy Ghost may speak in a way that people can understand from their perspective – to religious people, children, alcoholics, addicts, and all kinds of conditions. We can speak of God’s love to speak their language. If you’re starting a campfire, you need some tinder and a spark to get the fire going. Love may be the spark that’s needed.
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift…and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
In 1836 during The Great Awakening there was a revival in Hawaii. Titus Coan the missionary started with a handful of people in Hilo on the Big Island. God blessed the work as Coan went to villages all over the island. Hawaiians were touched by the Holy Spirit and began repenting wherever Coan went. The people followed as he went to other villages. They so desired to have God that they followed him back to Hilo. The congregation grew to 13,000. King Kamehameha sent Hawaiian missionaries to other Polynesian kingdoms to spread the gospel. The revival continued over the years.
What about revival in Carmichael? Is this possible in Carmichael California? It’s very dark here with humanism, socialism and wokeness that are so contrary to God. People are very self-centered with social media, and as saints we can get sucked into that. What will it take for us to keep revival going here? Revival won’t continue if we focus on “me”.
“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, and obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” (by D.A. Carson)
God has begun revival here in Carmichael. We need to keep blowing on the embers and praying so revival doesn’t stop with the end of the meeting.