WHAT IS REVIVAL?
Revival is not simply a force or a power. Revival is Christ himself. Revival is His arrival. Welsh revivalist Christmas Evans said, “Revival is God bending down to the dying embers of a fire that is just about to go out and breathing into it until it bursts again into flames.”
Revival is not souls being saved, atmospheres of cities changing, holiness in our lives, or miracles of healing. These are results of revival. Revival is the power and glory of God descending in great magnitude on hungry hearted people. Acts 2 gives us the biblical paradigm for revival: “Suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a rushing wind and it filled the whole house…And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves and they rested on each one of them.”
WHAT BRINGS REVIVAL?
Earnest prayer, repentance and spiritual hunger.
WHAT ABOUT THE MANIFESTATIONS?
Please be cautious about criticizing revival and attributing a move of God to the devil. In Jonathan Edwards’ Distinguishing Marks, he wrote, “If there be any who still resolutely go on to speak contemptibly of these things (manifestations in revival), I would beg of them to take heed that they be not guilty of the unpardonable sin…There is no kind of sin so hurtful and dangerous to the souls of men as those committed against the Holy Ghost.”
HOW DO YOU KEEP FROM GETTING INTO WEIRD DOCTRINES DURING REVIVAL?
Keep revival anchored into the Cross of Christ. There are so many flakey Christians wandering around, looking for the latest “fix.” Let the Cross be the plumbline, and you won’t stray off into dangerous waters.
WHY DO YOU EMPHASIZE THE LAMB INSTEAD OF THE LION?
The Bible doesn’t tell us to overcome by the blood of the Lion but by the “blood of the Lamb” (Rev 12:11). We don’t sing the song of the Lion but “the song of the Lamb” (Rev 15:3). We are not invited to the wedding supper of the Lion but the “wedding supper of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9). Our names are not written in the Lion’s book of life but the “Lamb’s book of life” (Rev 13:8; 21:27). And we are not called the wife of the Lion but the “wife of the Lamb” (Rev 21:9). John’s Revelation gives us a window into heaven where God’s Son is described as a Lion once and a Lamb twenty-nine times. He gave Him this title because God wanted us to always remember the fathomless sacrifice of His own Son, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev 13:8).
BUT DOESN’T THE LAMB SPEAK OF HIS WEAKNESS AND THE LION SPEAK OF HIS POWER?
If He is a weak, wimpy Lamb, then why do “the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man” hide themselves and cry out to the rocks and mountains, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” (Rev 6:16)? As Professor Leon Morris says, “The wrath of the Lamb is regarded as something greatly to be feared.”
If the Lamb is so impotent and enfeebled, why then do the ten kings and the beast try to make war against the Lamb, and why can’t they overcome Him? The Bible gives the answer: “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings (Rev 17:12-14)” You see the Lamb of God is the great Lord of all earthly lords. He is the great King of all kings, not a weak, wimpy Lamb but a powerful, triumphant, conquering Lamb.
Furthermore, when John the Apostle “saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain,… He had seven horns and seven eyes” (Rev 5:6). Seven eyes speak of the seven Spirits of God or perfect and complete revelation. But horns in the Bible always speak of power. The reason the Lamb is depicted with seven horns is because He has perfect and complete power. Morris says, “a horned lamb is the symbol of a conqueror,” for He is omnipotent, mighty, and undefeatable. Yes, He is the Conquering Christ! The Victorious Lamb! The mighty God-Man on the throne!
What should I bring?
- Clothes for temperatures that can vary from 80 degrees to 40 degrees F. at night in the Spring and Fall, or 70 degrees F. at night to 100 degrees in the Summer
- please bring modest clothing & bathing suit
- You will have limited use of washer and dryer.
- Laundry detergent if you need to wash clothes (small amount)
- 1 or 2 church outfits
- Bible and notebook
- Laptop Computer and/or Cell phone – can be used outside of classes
- Pajamas suitable for walking from bathrooms to room
- Bug repellent (may not need in Spring Internship)
- Girls, please bring a modest bathing suit (if it’s a two piece, bring a shirt to wear over it)
- Personal items (toiletries, medications, etc)
- Bedding for twin bed or queen bed, if married
- Extra snack items (optional)
- 2 towels and wash cloth
- Sunscreen, sun glasses
- Flip flops, sneakers, sandals
- Spending money for extras
Which airport do I fly into?
Book your flight into Pensacola, Florida airport (PNS).
Who will pick me up from the airport?
As soon as you have booked your flight and send us your flight details, we will arrange for a member of staff to pick you up from the airport.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are several rooms for married couples and several dorm rooms which host groups of people. We do our best to accommodate special requests.
Behold Ministries exists to call and prepare REVIVALISTS OF THE CROSS.