Amos 3:7

Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. (NKJV)

Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets. (NLT)

“secret or plans” – Hebrew סוד – “implies intimacy, consultation, a secret:–assembly, consel, inward, secret (counsel).”

In 1 Samuel, the Bible speaks of a time where “the Word of the Lord was rare.”

1 Samuel 3:1

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. (NKJV)

“ministered” – שרת a primitive root; to attend as a (menial unskilled, lowly, humble, low-grade, low status, degrading, inferior, unworthy) servant or worshipper; figuratively, to contribute to:–minister (unto), (do) serve(- ant, -ice, -itor), wait on.”

It is out of that humble place of intimacy that the Lord is calling forth a New Prophetic Generation.  So many want the grandeur of the spotlight, the stage, the fame…but real prophets are born out of the secret menial, servant place of worship and intimacy. It is the secret place of prayer and fasting that ignites the Word of the Lord to the humble servant who faithfully day in and day out is ministering before the Lord.

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

Luke 6:37

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (NKJV)

James 2:13

13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (NKJV)

The First Great Awakening Proceeded the American Revolutionary War

The American Revolution began April 19, 1775 and lasted until September 3, 1783. Eight long years our forefathers struggled and fought for independence.

“Throughout the course of the war, an estimated 6,800 Americans were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, and upwards of 20,000 were taken prisoner. Historians believe that at least an additional 17,000 deaths were the result of disease, including about 8,000–12,000 who died while prisoners of war. (https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/american-revolution-faqs)

Before the world was rocked by war and famine and disease, there was a merciful move of the Spirit of God across the American Colonies and England.

The first Great Awakening – 1730’s – 1770’s

The First Great Awakening swept through the American colonies between the 1730s and the 1770s. That revival was part of a much broader movement, an evangelical upsurge taking place simultaneously on the other side of the Atlantic, most notably in England, Scotland, and Germany. In all these Protestant cultures during the middle decades of the eighteenth century, a new Age of Faith rose to counter the currents of the Age of Enlightenment, to reaffirm the view that being truly religious meant trusting the heart rather than the head, prizing feeling more than thinking, and relying on biblical revelation rather than human reason. (https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/grawaken.htm)

The Second Great Awakening Proceeded the American Civil War.

The Civil war began when the Confederates bombarded Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861. The war ended in Spring, 1865. Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. (https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/civil-war-facts)

The number of soldiers who died between 1861 and 1865, generally estimated at 620,000, is approximately equal to the total of American fatalities in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, combined. (https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/national_cemeteries/death.html)

One of the earliest and largest revivals of the Second Great Awakening occurred in Cane Ridge, Kentucky, over a one-week period in August 1801. The Cane Ridge Revival drew between 10,000 to 20,000 people, possibly as many as one in every ten residents of Kentucky. (https://courses.lumenlearning.com/wm-ushistory1/chapter/the-second-great-awakening/)

Thousands and thousands of Americans turned from sin and accepted Jesus as their savior as the breath of Holy Spirit blew across the nation.

Charles Finney was one of the great leaders of the 2nd Great Awakening.  Finney believed the gospel did not just get people saved, but it was also a means of cleaning up society. He and his followers worked to make the United States a Christian nation. Finney himself was a strong abolitionist and encouraged Christians to become involved in the antislavery movement. Christians became the leaders in many other social concerns such as education, prison reform, temperance, Sabbath observance, and women’s rights. The large numbers of Christian workers for social reform became so influential they and the organizations they founded became known as the Benevolent Empire. The Second Great Awakening had a greater effect on society than any other revival in America.(https://www.christianity.com/church/the-2nd-great-awakening-11630336.html)

The Asusa Street Outpouring preceded WWII.

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