The truth about revival

-On Pentecost, revival happened, not just the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or tongues.
Authors:   Johnson and Pearl
The Pure Gospel and Revival website,
(all scriptures are quoted from the KJV Bible, unless otherwise indicated)

Main scriptures:  

  • 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 1:8, Acts 2:17-18, Acts 2:33, 38-39)

-On Pentecost, revival happened, not just the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or tongues.

On Pentecost, revival happened, not just the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or tongues.

On Pentecost, revival happened, not just the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or tongues.

Keep in mind that the main purpose of the Holy Spirit being outpoured on Pentecost is not limited to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or the Gift of tongues. The main purpose of  Pentecost is receiving power from on high (Luke 24:49), the Gifts of the Spirit (Luke 3:16, Acts 1:4-5, 1 Corin 12), and more importantly the “Outpouring of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:16-18, Acts 2:33)that brings true revival!


-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 (Acts 1:8 to Acts 2:16-18), 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 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


“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


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.


“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!


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