What is true revival?
Authors: Johnson and Pearl
The Pure Gospel and Revival website,
(all scriptures are quoted from the KJV Bible, unless otherwise indicated)
- Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short* of the glory of God.” The phrase “come short” comes from the Greek word: “hystereō”, Strong’s G520. It means lack, come late, fail to reach the goal, to fall short of the end, fail to become a partaker. In other words, all men have sinned and lack, and fail to reach the goal of the glory of God. In the New Testament, when the Glory of God or the Spirit of God comes upon people, we call that “revival”, or the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
- Luke 11:13 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?”
- Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
- Acts 1:4-5 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
- Acts 1:8 “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.”
- Acts 2:16-18 “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And 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: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”
- Acts 2:33 “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) hath shed forth* this, which ye now see and hear. *shed forth: comes from the Greek ekcheō, Strong’s G1632, means to pour out
- Acts 2:37-39 “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
- John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
- John 16:8 “And when He (the Comforter) is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
- Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing* shall come from the presence of the Lord. *Refreshing: Greek “anapsyxis", refreshing, used figuratively of revival.
- Galatians 3:14 “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
The truth about revival is that:
-God dwelling on earth with men (2 Chr 6:18, John 14:16-23) = revival.
-Also, when the Holy Spirit is poured out as promised by the Father, revival happens (Luke 24:49, Acts 2:33, 39).
-On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down and was poured out, thus revival happened. (Acts 2:17-18, Acts 2:33, 38-39)
-On Pentecost, revival happened, not just the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or tongues.
-In the New Testament, the coming down of the Holy Spirit equals to the glory of God descending in the Old Testament.
-In the New Testament, when God’s glory or the Holy Spirit comes down, we call that revival.
-When the Holy spirit is outpoured, He will reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. This will result in sinners willing to truly repent and believe in the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows Himself.” －Leonard Ravenhill
“I don’t believe 20 people in all of America with its 300 million people have ever been in a revival. A revival that stops the traffic; a revival where the lights never go out for months– weeks and weeks and weeks in the sanctuary; a revival where the prayer meeting never ends!” －Leonard Ravenhill
“Revival is simply God’s glory and Spirit coming and staying with us.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Revival is God Himself coming down and dwelling with His people by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” －Johnson and Pearl
2 Chronicles 6:18 King James Version (KJV)
“But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!”
2 Chronicles 6:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“But will God actually dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built!”
“Revival is God’s Glory coming and staying through the third person of the Trinity-the Holy Spirit.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Revival is when a city or cities truly repents and believes in the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. This happens after the Holy Spirit is outpoured. Then, people will experience God’s holiness and sin-convicting presence.” －Johnson and Pearl
“When the Holy Spirit is poured out as promised by the Father, revival happens.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Revival is Pentecost continued.” －eyewitnesses of the Welsh Revival.
“Revival is God coming down, staying, and dwelling with us. Revival is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as happened on the first Pentecost, that brings a holy and stern presence of God that causes men to fear God and be convicted of sin. Revival results in the true repentance of sinners, fake Christians, and unrepentant Christians. －Johnson and Pearl
“True revival must result in at least 8,000 souls truly saved within weeks, just as on the first Pentecost. True revival must have a strong and obvious moral impact on society, and spread from city to city.” －Johnson and Pearl
“The prayers of a few sanctified men will result in the salvation of the majority, just as after 10 days in the Upper Room, the twelve through prayer, brought Pentecostal revival(aka Holy Spirit outpouring), and the salvation of at least 8,000 sinners(Acts 1:14, Acts 2:41, Acts 4:1).” －Johnson and Pearl
“True revival will bring God’s children AND sinners to their knees in repentance.” －Johnson and Pearl
“A revived church is the only hope for a dying world.” －Andrew Murray
“Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility.” －Charles Finnney
“Today, very few pastors and churchgoers understand what true revival really is. Revival will not happen in big crusades that use the unbiblical “30 second sinner’s prayer” to produce fake Christians and worldly churches. Revival happens only when God comes and stays by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Revival is God’s Glory coming and staying through the third person of the Trinity-the Holy Spirit.”
“Today, nearly all crusades do not preach the truth of repentance and taking up the cross and follow Jesus. Rather, today’s crusades use a non-biblical “30 second sinner’s prayer” to quickly get people to make a decision. And the prevalent situation is that pastors and evangelists all use the “30 second sinner’s prayer” to replace preaching repentance and the pure gospel. Thus churches today have become just a social club for fake Christians.” －Johnson and Pearl
Luke 9:23 (KJV) “And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
“There is world of difference between a crusade and a true revival. A crusade is not a revival. Generally, crusades do not catch or influence the community. The community remains the same and the people go past the churches to hell. But in revival the community suddenly becomes aware or conscious of the movings of God. Beginning among His own people. So that in a matter of hours, not days, but churches become crowded.” –Rev. Duncan Campbell, one of the leaders of the Hebrides Revival
“In Revival the Spirit of God will move sinners to the house of God, and within hours lots of people will confess their sins and cry out to God for mercy before or near a church. This is what happened in all past revivals in America and in Wales.” –Rev. Duncan Campbell, one of the leaders of the Hebrides Revival
Hebrides Revival video:
“According to statistics from major US denominations, among those that make a “decision” in crusades, usually 80 to 99% of the people were false Christians that did not truly repent and been born again. They usually don’t stay in the church, even if they do, they are just false Christians interested in blessings and using God. Why is that? Because, most crusades don’t preach the truths of repentance and taking up one’s cross to follow Jesus. They only use a non-biblical “30 second sinner’s prayer” to quickly get sinners to make a decision. The results are: these false Christians think and act just like non-Christians. They lie, have premarital sex, abortions, covet money, lust, love the world, take God’s name in vain, worship Rock and Roll idols, smoke, drink, play lottery, etc.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Today, the current state of churches worldwide is that: pastors use the non-biblical “30 second sinner’s prayer” to replace preaching repentance and the pure gospel. So, today’s churches have become social clubs for fake Christians instead of a house of prayer. Therefore, only when we pray down revival will the Holy Spirit be outpoured and convict fake Christians and non-Christians and bring them into true repentance. So we can say revival is the only hope for dead churches and the world.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Jesus never said, first preach the gospel, build churches, and seek revival last. Nearly all churches and seminaries today are busy going after numbers, pleasing the people, conducting carnal activities, and preaching a sin-diluting false gospel. No wonder they are too busy and blind to see the importance and absolute necessity of praying for revival.” －Johnson and Pearl
Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
“Sin and excuses cannot get us more of God’s blessings, only praying down revival will get us more of God’s blessings. However, revival will never happen unless there is deep repentance and constant prayer.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Revival history clearly reveals that the revivals of the past 300 years were started by repentance, surrender, holiness, constant prayers, and asking for Pentecost/revival/or the Holy Spirit outpouring.” －Johnson and Pearl
“Revival is Pentecost continued." -eyewitnesses of the Welsh Revival.
“Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows Himself.” －Leonard Ravenhill
“When the Spirit of God is moving, the most exciting place in the world is the church of the living God. When is Spirit of God is not moving, the most boring place is the also the church of the living God.” －Leonard Ravenhill
Let us now worship Jesus and begin to ask for true revival!