Revival: The Whisper Revival

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The Whisper Revival

If you want revival, true revival, in your life, there is hope. A whisper revival is possible. You will have to become very quiet to experience and hold onto it. If you want the Holy Spirit to work this revival in you, then quietly surrender all to God in simple humility. You must not look for revival in large groups, but in each individual. And you must know the one thing to look for that shows true revival.

True revival will not be advertised, promoted, or shouted. It will not come with or because of grand works, loud prayers, and zealous applications of rules and principles. The very minute you do that, the Holy Spirit will stop the work. It is the “quiet waters” God wants to lead us to. Don’t fight the Lord as He tries to lead you to the “quiet waters” where you might be honestly revived.

  • He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters… (Psalm 23:2)

A quiet revival shatters, blesses, and changes one’s whole life, but it begins and ends with a whisper. The whisper will totally lay bare all of your church worship, your good deeds, and Christian walk. This same kind of revival took place in the book of Kings. Though you think yourself an Elijah, you too will still hide your face. Even if your ministry is known as one of those tough talking ministries, you will discover you have left out the nails that come with the cross. For after the “fire” of Pentecost, at the start of the new church, comes the “gentle whisper.”

  • The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:11–13, emphasis added)

For too long the church has deluded itself into thinking it stands on holy ground. Everything around us is so wicked. It is easy to look holy in Sodom or compared to Jezebel.

Like Elijah, people in the church look for God in earthquakes, fire, wind, and the shattering of rocks. They believe themselves to be the only ones not defiled, because they cannot see the hidden servants of God. Like Elijah, they stay too busy looking at the loud and flashy things in the church to notice the 7,000 that have not bowed to self. Like Elijah, they think they are so correct, so on fire in the Lord, that they do not realize they stand where they should not be. They are blind to the fact that they too have fallen prey to the loud works and strivings of the flesh. Like Elijah, God asks the church of today how it got where it is at. In other words, “What are you doing here…?”

If you want your eyes opened to see those hidden in God, then you must listen for the whisper of God. If you want to fellowship with true followers of God in our time, then you must sit down and become quiet with them as they worship the Lord. For this whisper revival brings quiet and sober worship. Again, the times in which we live do not permit God to bring any other kind of revival.

Our Time Period

  • It takes wisdom to understand the making of a whisper revival—wisdom about the times we live in. We must become men who know “what Israel should do” from understanding “the times” in which we live.

…men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command… (1 Chronicles 12:32, emphasis added)

We cannot change the times we live in, but we can understand them by God’s grace. We cannot force God to do anything, but we can understand what God will do in our time.

So many people want revival and seek, with great zeal, to achieve it. The hunger for revival is so great that men will claim anything as revival. Year after year something new comes along that the church places the stamp of revival on. Churches use the term revival to increase attendance, and ministries use it to promote their agendas. Indeed, the great contest between men today is who can top the other “Christian” with tales of victory and miracles. After all, when was the last time you heard someone share how the cross humbled him and took more of his life away? We are bored with stories of escapes in a basket.

Everywhere today, men talk and hope for revival but refuse the only kind of revival that God offers in our time. How few people understood what Israel should do in order to receive revival and overcome sin. God warned us false revivals would take place in the last days.

Not Possible

We must come to understand that, because of the times we live in, a large scale, emotionally charged revival is not possible. We live in the last days when the love of most will grow cold. We live on the verge of total world breakdown and the coming of the anti-Christ, and so the kind of revival that men look for is just not possible. Wickedness has increased in the church to such a degree that a fiery, wind-like, earth shattering revival is not in God’s will. Just look at the fruit of all the fiery “revivals” and self-promoted statements of “revival” with God’s eyes and you will understand why.

  • Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:12–13)

Indeed, God is about to let Satan loose on earth to break the church’s power.3 Therefore, the style of revival everyone looks for is just not in God’s plan and the wise will understand. If you understand the times in which we live, then you know that we cannot claim the following Scripture.

  • …if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

If you hear any ministry, preacher, or book claim this promise, then you know they do not speak by the power of the Holy Spirit. They prophesy their own desires, not God’s will and plan. Indeed, they are unwise and have no clue about the times in which we live. For such a revival of the people and the land is not possible until Jesus returns.

Hidden Servants

Be sure of this, God hides those who belong to Him. You cannot find them because you stay at the wrong place doing the wrong religious things. You are so noisy with your opinions, doctrines, works, dancing, music, and activity that you can’t see the sin that needs to be dealt with. You cannot fellowship with those whom God has reserved for Himself because you remain so busy blessing yourself in the name of the Lord. Like Elijah, we feel so happy with our religious walk we don’t even bother to ask God who the 7,000 are that we might fellowship with them.

We feel so self-satisfied and self-sufficient in the Lord that even when God shows our sin like Elijah, we don’t ask Him to reveal His true believers. How many people contently sit at home because they think no church is worthy of them. They feel content and satisfied with themselves because they rebuke others. If we really understood the crucified life, we would beg God to show us who the 7,000 are so that we might break bread with them—because those who walk this walk are very lonely, few, and precious in the Lord. Such ministries and individuals are last in the church now but will be first in heaven.

  • Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him. (1 Kings 19:18)

Everyday, one hears new tales of miraculous and noisy revivals, but the Lord does not reside in them. Stand before the Lord, be quiet, and you will know that the Lord is not in the current “earthquake” or fiery revival. Nor is the Lord in the great and powerful wind that shatters the rocks. Understand the times: if a revival is newsworthy, it is not of God. If the revival can be promoted, merchandised, sold, announced, and influenced, it is not of God. The only revival that God works right now is one that is a “whisper.”

  1. Revival: The Whisper Revival
  2. Revival: The Cross
  3. Revival: Receiving a Revival
  4. Revival: A Shameful Thing
  5. Revival: Revival begins
  6. Revival: In the Midst of Revival
  7. Revival: The Revival Cry
  8. Revival: Wanting to Help: The Opposition
  9. Revival: Revival Resumed
  10. Revival: The Acid Test
  11. Revival: The Whole Camp
  12. Revival: Words of Comfort
  13. Revival: The One Thing
  14. Revival: Discipleship: To Begin

Revival: Everything Said

Revival: Endnotes


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