So before you get completely upset at the end of this read, I will put out the press release now…this is not going to end the way you think it is.
It never does though, right?
Already the prophets are giving us the new word for 2014, unless of course they are the upgraded prophetic voices who have all shifted over to the Jewish Calender and it is now the year of the Gimel or camel or door, or I dunno, I don’t speak Hebrew…but then neither do they.
I started to read a word about the great awakening that is definitely coming this new year and as I did I felt that instead of waking up, this year we would actually see the church go deeper into slumber.
There I’ve put it out there for everyone to see, I am prophesying that instead of a great awakening the sleep will become deeper.
My chances of being more accurate than everyone else are actually quite good, better by pure numbers because in the last 15-30 years the Great Awakening has been prophesied and missed about 100% of the time…so I am on fairly safe prophetic ground to say,”nope, not this year, as a matter of fact the church will hit the snooze button more times than not”.
Now before you think this is all sarcasm and spittle, let me point out a few realities in the room…in the last two elections the Christian right has lost to the liberal humanistic socialist left like a jr. high girls team playing the Lakers, and of course the standard clarion call in response was “Take those seven mountains, God has given them to us!!!!”
And true to form we started having conferences on finding your convergence and taking your personal mountain, because heaven knows this is the stuff Jesus taught, and Paul was all about elevation and mountain climbing culture…that’s what the whole “Cloak I left at Troas” comment to Timmy was about…gotta gear up and take my place in the top mountain of Roman/Hebrew culture…
And in order to expedite this process we started having classes on taking over the business marketplace and a culture in the church that would release more and more supernatural power because frankly the natural power, (or really love), was just not getting the job done…we’ve been losing elections, enough said!
Just to rock the boat a little I’m going to go on record here and say that instead of the great revival and awakening we’ve been waiting on, the exact opposite is going to happen…if nothing more than to give God a target to disprove…instead of waking up, the church as we know it is actually going to sleep past her sell-by-date and miss the boat entirely.
Science will outpace our healing movements…making great discoveries in curing diseases…technology will dwarf the church in terms of creating better living conditions for the struggling masses of humanity, and the health industry will actually make life more comfortable for millions of suffering people.
Social movements will spring up from secular corners that will embarrass the church in terms of contrast, doing more good for the poor than all of our cathedral budgets combined…and there will be a wave of grassroots movements establishing justice for the marginalized and oppressed, the church will sleep through the whole thing instead focusing on getting to the top of its own little mound in the home-school playground.
The church as I see it now, will actually go further into the blankets, deeper under the pillow and the world will walk by looking at us drooling like a teenager in 5th period math class who stayed up to late and then fell asleep on the desk because the room was way to warm…
I am not offering this as a criticism…far from it, if this is what the church wants to do, God is more than happy to fluff the pillows with feathers falling in worship and gold dust to seal our golden slumbers, I am not at all suggesting that the miraculous will not happen, gold teeth, melting metal and jewels falling will go on as usual, there may even be a glory cloud or two, worship services will be off the charts on occasion and some people will get translated and see angels like birds see worms.
I will applaud every one of the events…and I will also cheer everyone on as the year of your convergence, the combination of all your experience and trials comes to head in one moment of bliss and power finally breaking the curse of generations for you and your family, go for it, and go with all the energy you can.
But do me a favor…on Dec.8th 2014 come back and visit this page…and come with an honest look, a view unafraid to tell the truth.
And if we did in fact have a great awakening, if the church did in fact take the 7 mountains and change our culture more than the world did, I will gladly stand here with you and apologize for being so doubtful, so wrong, I will humbly accept the rebuke of elders telling me to stop the negativity and give hope a chance. And on that day when our churches are filled to the walls with sinners repenting and movie stars and celebrities, and the lost who have withstood our agenda and the kingdom finally gets here and our world is changed, oh man oh man I will gladly take my beating and shut up.
But in this moment, I am tempted to wave my hand like a Jedi Knight and say “This is not the revival you are looking for”…because honestly…in 50 years of chasing this stuff…it has never ever happened…and when I look at history…it didn’t happen the way we like to portray it did in the first place.
I have a friend who paints a very clear picture of the Welsh revival, I think he wrote his thesis on it, and Dyfed has some very blunt realities that we have distorted and packaged as “awakening” that we keep trying to sell each and every December/New Year prophetic moment…it did not mean what we thought it meant…the pubs never did empty out and all of the churches were never full at the same time…and truth looks quite a bit different than the 100 year prophecy that William Seymor was supposed to have prophesied.
Now before you jump to some conclusion that I do not believe in a great awakening, let me correct that line of thinking, I absolutely believe in a great Awakening, and I believe it is already happening, what I do not believe is that it will happen in the church, the church for the most part will sleep through it…
The Awakening is going to happen in the world, and already is…it will happen as a Muslim girl stands in defiance of the Taliban and acts like the Spirit of Jesus would by saying, “Go ahead, Kill me, you do not intimidate me, I want my sisters to have an education”. it will happen every day as scientist lay down their lives looking for a cure to AIDs/HIV (while the church for the most part assumes those people just got what they deserved), and the Spirit of Christ will inspire them and they will find a cure, breaking through the barrier we slept through.
The awakening will happen as millions take to the street protesting lower than living conditions and wages for the oppressed and lower classes, demanding justice for excess and profit as that came at the expense of the widow and fatherless…and the church will hit the snooze button one more time because “Occupy” of course was a just bunch of hippies wanting anarchy.
And while the majority of the entertainment industry is looking for a story worth telling because they have a box of new ways to tell it, with now songs, new sounds, new CGI and special effects…the church will have one more conference on worship playing the same songs in the same key with the same leaders leading the same sheep in the same way we did for the last 5 years…all the time forgetting we have the most incredible story on the planet, but cannot seem to tell it unless we use the overhead projector…basically sleeping through the creative awakening happening in the rest of the planet…and it will be Symphonies made from recycled trash that plays the real story God wants to be played…
Unfortunately…I see the sad reality…that we will keep doing what we have been doing all along…just contributing a small footnote to the history of our world…because frankly we like it in our soft blankets of routine teaching, messages about how this year we will break off all financial hindrances, and how this will be the year that we finally awaken and the Spirit comes in like a flood, Glory falls like a meteor and our culture is changed so radically that either everyone repents, or Obama institutes Marshall law and herds us all into Fema camps to silence us…
Meanwhile…the world has been up and finished a ton of stuff before the coffee pot cooled down with Global warming…the church will sleep through the noise, because heaven knows the bride of Christ needs her beauty sleep…after all without starting one more house church, or one more revival prayer service we won’t be able to compete with the beauty that is out there now will we?
Just one final thought here…it might be easy to overlook…but it bears pointing out…if you for some reason are offended that humanity is improved, healed or brought out of oppression by the world and not the church, then may I suggest your love is really in need of an upgrade…because love would not care who did the better job, if it got done.
As usual your mileage may vary.
p.s. As for me…this is the year I think I get a tattoo…just saying.