Real Revival in either a heart or in a nation historically has always been birthed from a revelation of holiness and unity with the truth. It’s not a new thing to be discovered, it’s an old thing to be recovered. Likewise, every real revival has faded away when unity and holiness teaching and living ceased. Give me the book of Acts, the Haystack revival, or Azusa street any day over our modern counterfeits of revival with all their fleshly appearance of Godliness yet lacking the spiritual power and truth thereof, but give it to me enduringly.
Give me men and women of God who hate division in the body only second to their hatred of sin, and love both the lost and the flock of our Lord’s good pasture more then they love themselves, their pomp, position, or title. Men and women that search out and fight against those seeking to divide the body like a good shepherd searches out the wolves intent on dismembering and devouring their sheep.
Woe to the shepherds that feed themselves at the expense of the flock, even feeding themselves on the flock. The Lord is against you. For you care not that a soul is lost to hells fire as long as they are not lost to your control. Let them burn, just don’t let them leave, your heart says. Unwilling to grow God’s kingdom at the expense of your own, instead you grow your own kingdom at the expense of God’s. The Lord is against you.
Repent! Repent while there is still time. Turn away from your wicked ways and repent. For the fury of the Lord is against the selfish shepherds and His hand moveth quickly unto wrath. The Lord will not be mocked, nor His bride defiled for gain. He cometh quickly and judgment always begins in the House Of God.
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” – Ezekiel 34:2
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23:1
“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;” – Jude 1:11-12
“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” – Revelation 2:14-16