Is the Upcoming Civil War our Prep for the End-Times? (Part 7)

The four Gospels contain eighty-nine chapters, which reveal the heart and power of Jesus during His first coming on earth. But there are more than one hundred and fifty chapters in the Bible which are focused – at least 51% – on Jesus’ second coming.

Yet, most Christians have no clue about the End-times because they haven’t studied or thought about it much — if at all. This seems ridiculous, especially when you consider there is only one book of the Bible which promises readers a blessing just for reading it: the Book of Revelation. This book details the apocalyptic revelation given to the Apostle John for the End-times.

What’s the problem?

The problem is that the Book of Revelation contains – according to Chuck Missler – four hundred and four chapters with over eight hundred references to the Old Testament. That’s almost two references per chapter.

These Old Testament references require us to read and have an understanding of the Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Malachi and other books.

And we need to have insight into the meanings of the many Jewish idioms used throughout the New Testament. For instance:

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Mark 13:32)

If we read the above verse with our Gentile minds, we assume that no one knows ahead of time when Jesus will return for His bride. But the Apostle Paul commended the Thessalonians for having an understanding of the times and seasons. They understood because they were sons of light and not of darkness. They knew the idiom referred to the Feast of Trumpets which occurs on the first or second day of Tishrei, which is during our months of either September or October.

You see, the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the first day of Tishrei in Israel, but is celebrated as a two-day feast on the first and second days of Tishrei  by Jews outside of Israel. The reasoning behind the two-day celebration is that this is a holy day and they want to make sure that there is a new moon.

Thus, these Jews do not know the exact day or hour, but they know it’s in the Fall and what feast will be celebrated at the time.

So, if we want to have an understanding of the End-times, we’re going to have to be like little children and learn about our Hebrew roots. We must remember that we Gentiles are grafted into a Jewish olive tree…and not the other way around.

Wait a second! What does this have to do with a possible civil war in America?

(Continued in Part 8…but if you want to read all of the parts to date, you can go here.)

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Inside Israel

 

Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is —

Give ear…And hear…For I proclaim The Name of The Lord.  Ascribe greatness to our God.  He is the Rock.  His work is Perfect;  For all His ways are justice, A God of Truth and without injustice: Righteous and upright is He.”Deuteronomy 32:1-4

“NOW I SAW…AND HE WHO SAT ON HIM WAS CALLED FAITHFUL  AND TRUE…”…” AND HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD…”Revelation 19:11+13

Greetings dear friends, brothers and sisters in Yeshua h’meshiach,

May HE ALONE be glorified and may He be blessed in His body, and may you be blessed and edified.

I hope that the above pieces of verses aren’t too cryptic but this morning it was speaking to me: “GIVE EAR…HEAR…NOW I saw’…NOT what I saw or heard before, but NOW.  And is there any doubt in any of our minds that we really need to hear for NOW, minute by minute and day by day? How QUICKLY the changes are coming.

My husband had just come in for lunch because he works directly across the street from our apartment. We suddenly heard a great deal of noise from the street below us.  We rushed to the merepesset (balcony) and there were thousands of young people walking with signs, flags and firm determination.  “What is this about?” my husband asked.

“Wow! We get to watch them arrive in Jerusalem!” I answered.  “These are the young people’s march from the south of the country for normalcy in their lives.

They were the youth from the Gaza periphery communities who have been living under the daily tension of the fires from incendiary balloons and kites, the daily riots at the Gaza fence and the from-time-to-time rocket attacks throughout the summer. They have had enough.

Amidst the many flags, some of the signs that they carried read in Hebrew: “We need a normal life” or “Peace now” or “The south is burning.” They have been walking all week, these young people, dressed in the national colors of blue and white, and also black for the land burnt throughout the south.  They have grit. They are determined to stay but they are all suffering from posttraumatic stress, living under the constant threat of attack, most of them since they were born. They are NOT living in disputed territory (areas taken during the ’67 and ’73 wars).  They are living in Israel proper.  Territory NOT up for negotiation.  

Along the street we all cheer them on, encourage them and look at their faces, bright, young, hopeful.  “Lord, reveal Yourself to them,”I pray, staving back my own doubt that there is any power in these prayers of mine.  ‘Lord, put YOUR passion into these prayers. YOUR power alone is what saves people.

‘Sherooteem?  Yesh lechem sherooteem?’ (Do you have a bathroom?) the girls call to those standing along the street.  The kids are packing sleeping bags and camping paraphernalia, but they are in the city right now, the Capital of their nation.  People at ground level kindly shuffle them off to bathrooms in apartments along the way.

They are part of the same dilemma that you face in your countries: division, abundance of real problems with no solutions in sight, deep and weighty problems and then there is the anger, polarization, signs of judgment and not of blessing.

They come to a city without a mayor.

My last letter spoke of our regional elections and here in Jerusalem, the city set upon a hill, the city where The Lord CHOSE to put His Name, we have no mayor as yet.  There are to be runoff-elections on the 13th. The two candidates are a classic example of what is happening around the world because they are as different from one another as night and day. So WHAT IS THE LORD SAYING?  For me, there is no choice. And yet as I listen to my sisters and brothers in The Lord here they feel that they have no choice in the OPPOSITE direction.  HUH? LORD, HELP!  YOUR MIND!  YOUR HEART!  YOUR CHOICE, NOT OURS!

Moshe Lion is generally considered “the religious candidate” and Ofer Berkovitz the “secular one.”  We have pre-set ideas.  Yeshua overturned the moneychangers’ tables, and hated the religious system.  That means to many: “DO NOT VOTE RELIGIOUS NO MATTER WHAT”.  Berkovitz, 35 years old, is for doing away with Sabbath restrictions: allowing stores – closed on the Sabbath to be open, allowing  public transportation on the Sabbath, etc.) and is very pro other liberal rights.

I often wondered after I got saved about the Sabbath.  And certain kosher restrictions as well.  OH MY, WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, that is for sure!  We are free.  HE has set us free for HIS glory, but for more than 40 years I wondered why people who would NEVER consider murder, or theft, or lying, or taking The Lord’s Name in vain, WHY when it came to keeping the Sabbath, the Commandment spoken of more than any other throughout scripture except for loving The Lord our God, WHY that was considered an expression of legalism.

Surely there are legalistic ways that it can be enforced, but the Shabbat itself?  Commanded by God?  Given as a gift?  To be cherished?  I never understood why it was so controversial.

To me, if God said something was an abomination to Him, I figured that He meant it and that it was an expression of my love and fear of Him to AGREE with Him.  So, yes, it troubles me to see a potential mayor of Jerusalem speaking of doing away with the quiet of Shabbat in JERUSALEM.

We are divided.  You are divided.  The world is divided.

But the body must not be. I’m NOT saying that we all must vote one way, but we all MUST be of One Spirit. HIS SPIRIT ALONE WITHOUT MIXTURE. SEEKING HIM FOR HIS GLORY.

He IS our Shabbat rest.

So…our local elections are continuing and not only in Jerusalem but there are run-offs in other municipalities as well.

Did I mention to you a bit ago about a large stone falling out of the Western Wall?  Thankfully, none of those praying below were injured, but I don’t know of anyone who did not take that as a definite pause.

Well this week a large, nonpoisonous SNAKE proceeded to slither out of the wall!  Uh, is God speaking?  Is it a coincidence?  These are NOT common occurrences.

We all have our theologies. We have learned, we have heard, we have read, and by His Mercy we have heard from Him and hidden His promises in our hearts. But my heart does quiver when I see these things, signs, warnings and reminders that HE IS HOLY and that HE sees EVERYTHING and that His great mercy is not without judgment. For He is Righteous.

AND it is DRY! The rains are not yet here…

AND we have measles.  LOTS of it!  Working at the doctor’s office we get the daily Health Department updates and on Wednesday the cases were nearly 1,300.  An 18-month old baby died from complications of measles at the hospital down the road from us on Friday.  I was told that signs are posted at the airport for those arriving that Israel is experiencing a measles epidemic.  It is cause for concern, not a superstitious concern but “Give ear…and hear…” concern.

And thankfully, we don’t need to rely on signs to tell us if we are walking in His blessing or needing correction. We have His Holy Spirit Who WILL lead us into all Truth and bring to remembrance those things that He has told us, as we fear and reverence Him.

The countries around us continue to be looking for ways to destroy us.  We seem generally as blind as ever, BUT THE LORD IS THAT ROCK AND HIS WORD WILL NOT FAIL.

In that I have no doubt!

I must run and make dinner now, but I pray that you will be found worthy and faithful.  GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU AND MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU AND GIVE YOU HIS PEACE AND LEAD YOU IN HIS PEACE!

Lovingly,

your sister J

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Is the Upcoming Civil War our Prep for the End-Times? (Part 6)

Almost thirty years ago, I worked as a maintenance man at a motel in Ames, Iowa, near the campus of Iowa State University. The motel hired track athletes to help them set up for banquets in its ballrooms. Many of those track athletes were runners from Africa. One of them was from Kenya, who I spoke to in casual conversations from time to time.

One day, while I was talking to him, I had a quick vision. In it, I saw his parents holding hands and praying for him. They prayed, “Lord, we put our son into Your hands and ask You to do whatever You have to do so he will walk in his calling as a preacher here in Kenya.”

I looked at the young man. “You’re a Christian, right?” I asked.

“Yes,” he replied with a smile, “how’d you know?”

“I just had a quick vision of your parents praying for you to walk in your calling in Kenya.”

He laughed. “That’s not happening!” he proclaimed. “I am the number-three ranked triple  jumper in the world and ranked in the top five or six in the four-hundred meter dash. I will earn $75,000 this summer running in events in Europe and next year after graduation with my degree in international finance, I’ll earn hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t do that if I were you —”

“Don’t worry! I’ll be okay.”

A couple of months later on a cold December morning, I walked into the motel’s kitchen to begin my work day. There sitting on a chair with his pant-leg rolled up and blood dripping from his knee was my Kenyan friend.

“What happened?” I asked, rushing to him.

“I was late. So, I ran across the parking lot and slipped on some ice. My knee is ruined,” he said with tears rolling down his cheek.

“Ah, you’ll be okay,” I said.

“No, world-class runners never come back from knee injuries like this. The half-second they lose puts them in the losers’ bracket forever. I’m done.”

I stayed with him until the ambulance arrived.

If you’re thinking God wouldn’t do something like this to bring a man into His kingdom purposes, you need to reread the book of Jonah. God is a loving Father who will do whatever He has to do to fulfill His purposes, especially in answer to prayers.

Okay, maybe God will do something like this in answer to the prayers of parents for their son, but will the Father do this in answer to prayers for a region or state or nation?

(Continued in Part 7…but if you want to read all of the parts to date, you can go here.)

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Prayers for America (11/8/2018)

If a modern-day Jonah walked through our cities, proclaiming, “Yet forty days and this city will be no more,” would anyone pay attention to him? Would anyone seek the Lord? Would anyone repent?

My prayer today:

Lord, open up the ears of American believers to hear what the Spirit is saying to our nation. (Based on Revelation 2:7)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America. 

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Is the Upcoming Civil War Our Prep for the End-Times? (Part 5)

Most Christians fall into the Pre-Tribulation or Post-Tribulation theological camps for the end-times. Just so you know: there are other end-times viewpoints, such as the Amillennial and Preterist point of views, but both of these require believers to read the Book of Revelation, Daniel and Matthew 24 through fogged-up glasses.

The Pre-Tribulation viewpoint is held by approximately 90% of American believers. This viewpoint believes the Body of Christ will be raptured and taken to heaven at any time before the Seven Years of the Great Tribulation (Daniel 7 and Revelation 13) takes place. Then, the church will return with Jesus at His second coming to set up His thousand-year reign on earth.

The Post-Tribulation viewpoint believes the Body of Christ will go through a major part of the Great Tribulation, will be raptured and taken up to heaven at the Seventh Trumpet Judgment, just before the disastrous Seven Bowl Judgments. The Post-Tribs agree with the Pre-Tribs on the church returning with Jesus at His second coming. About 90% of the Chinese, North Korean and Asian believers believe in the Post-Tribulation viewpoint.

But there are a some scriptures most Pre-Trib and Post-Trib believers seldom think about —

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:5-8)

The “beginning of sorrows” will be one tough time-period for us believers to endure. We will be arrested, persecuted and killed. The whole world  will hate us, just because we follow Jesus. Many believers will turn away from following the Lord, betraying and hating other believers. There will be many false prophets who will deceive many believers. Sin will be rampant and everywhere, with the love of many believers growing cold. 

Now, maybe, we have our fingers crossed, hoping we will be raptured into heaven before these terrible things happen.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

Who preaches the gospel? Believers do.

Therefore, it makes no difference whether Jesus returns for us before the Great Tribulation takes place or near the end of it because we have to remain on earth and endure the “beginning of sorrows,” so we can preach the gospel to all nations (or people groups).

(Continued in Part 6…but if you want to read all of the parts to date, you can go here.)

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Inside Israel

Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is —

Greetings with grace and mercy in The Blessed Name of our Lord, Yeshua h’meshiach, The risen Lord who IS ALIVE and has given us life in Himself.  May He be blessed and glorified and may you be blessed and encouraged.

Today is regional election day across all of Israel.  My husband and I joined the throngs of voters who, for the first time, were given a day off from work in order to increase voter turnout.  As we made our way to the local school, we reviewed the procedure, which is so different than the ones that we grew up with in America.

There were heated discussions vibrating in the air as we approached our voting station so we knew that we were in the right place.  We have the privilege of voting for the Mayor of Jerusalem.  Selah! Talk about a man with a responsibility and burden. We asked for God’s wisdom as we voted and to give our new mayor HIS vision and His wisdom.  We had 3 candidates to choose from on the ballot. However FIVE names appeared in the voting booth.  I do not understand that, but hey, this is Israel.  Why not?

We went up to a guard at the door who checked the typed list of voters for our station, checked our names, ID numbers, ID cards, addresses, and told us which room to go to.  We passed a wonderful exhibit of perhaps 4th graders (‘kita dalet’) dioramas of their studies on the book of Jonah.  The little 3-D shoe box scenes were hysterical!  But this is a local public school, and the kids were learning about Jonah. Selah…this is Israel.

Once in our room, we approached a long table with a man and a woman.  There is a sensitivity here to the practice of women dealing with women and men dealing with men.  Not all do this, but the religious definitely do. They allow us to go into the room together seeing that we were “married old people.” Usually, only one is allowed into the room at a time.  Again the book of names was searched and two people verified our names and numbers, again checking us against our ID photos.

I was curious about three men sitting in chairs next to a wall.  Our numbers were called out to them and each of them checked us off with a pen and ruler.  It wasn’t until I left that I realized that these three were independent observes, one from each party of the candidates up for election. (Hmm! Not five, but three.  This IS Israel.)

To my husband’s chagrin, we had to part. I went alone behind the short curtain to confront the process.  It really ISN’T that difficult, nonetheless I break out into a cold sweat each time.  Before entering the booth,  I was handed 2 envelopes: a yellow one and a white one (in National elections they are blue and white).

Now, in front of me on a table was a box of slots, each holding a series of slips of papers.  I was to pick a name, written only in Hebrew, on the yellow papers and then a letter or a series of letters representing a party or group of parties on the white papers.  (again, all in Hebrew).

My husband and I had gone over our choices at home and what they looked like.  I had suggested that he take a picture on his phone of his choice but he said that he had it down.

I sealed my yellow slip into my yellow envelope and my white slip into my white envelope and exited the curtain to place them in the slit in the top of an officially sealed cardboard box.  I was done.

I watched my husband enter.  I waited.  The people next in line waited.  People looked at their watches.  He poked his head around the curtain and motioned to me and whispered, “Pssst!  Which envelope do I put what in?”

The workers smiled and nodded to me. We sorted it out.  We came out and claimed our ID cards (teudot zehut) and left feeling really happy. Duty accomplished!

On the way back to our apartment a couple approached us and in hesitant Hebrew, with thick Russian accents, the woman asked, “Excuse me, but do you know where Yafe Nof School is? And is that where we are supposed to vote?”

Her husband watched us all nervously.  This was new to them and I remembered the feeling and was thrilled to help them.  New immigrants have come home and all are able to see that the days of the fishers are closing and the days of the hunters are here.  JEREMIAH 16:14-21 put back into perspective things that we are witnessing with our very eyes:

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. “Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the Lord, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden from My eyes. And first I will repay double for their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable idols.” Lord, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” Will a man make gods for himself,Which are not gods?  “Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”

On the day that the Jewish community in Pennsylvania USA were burying the dead that had been murdered during a Shabbat worship, we joined the throngs of those born here and the immigrants coming home to vote. Restored Jerusalem! And the call continues to go out to all Jews around the world, “It is time to come home.  The time is NOW.  The time is LATE.  There is no time left to tarry. DON’T LOOK BACK! The hunters are here.”

But the land of milk and honey, the land of promise is a land of giants, dry and parched and it is scary! It is hard to make ends meet. It is hard to learn the language and the culture. Don’t you realize that there are 800 MILLION Arabs, most of whom hate us, surrounding us and plotting to destroy us?

BUT GOD HAS TOLD US (and HE CAN NOT LIE) that this IS a land of milk and honey, streams and brooks, the land that HE waters, the land of promise given to us by He Who owns the cattle on 1,000 hills Who will provide for us and that we are to live by faith not fear, where God Himself has planted us, watered us, given us every nutrient with which to grow and bear fruit and that He has ALREADY conquered our enemies. “They are bread for us,” said Joshua and Caleb.

Our enemies. It is odd how they most often seem to shoot themselves in the foot. Take elections for example.  ISRAELI Arabs as opposed to Palestinian NON-Israeli Arabs who are either under by  their own choice PA rule or Hamas rule having full and equal rights with all other Israelis, of course have the right to vote.  Here’s an example of ‘shooting oneself in the foot.  Ffrom today’s Jerusalem Post):

“The fatwa (Muslim religious ruling) issued by the Council of Jerusalem Sheikhs, led by al-Aqsa Mosque sheikh Akram Sabri, forbidding Arabs from voting appeared to have impacted a sizeable portion of the 180,000 eligible voters in the Arab sector.”    

 

I know that even those of you who get very little news  from my region of the world are, nonetheless aware that it is an ever changing cinder box here.  Still, we KNOW that NOTHING takes The Lord by surprise and that nothing touches the apple of HIS Eye is a mistake.  What an HONOR that He calls us to pray, to seek Him face to Face for what is on His Heart.

Lately many internal alarms have been stirring within me, actually they have been rumbling for weeks now.

An unusual amount of friends from overseas who have written lately, and who do keep up with news here, have been unaware of the amount of damage that has been ongoing through the more sophisticated use of incendiary balloons and weekly and the daily massive rioting along the Gaza border.  I find myself wondering where all of these tires that are being burned and all of those gas canisters filling all of these balloons are coming from.

There has been also a big increase in rocket fire from Gaza, more sophisticated rockets supplied by Iran.  Please understand; the fires and massive riots are DAILY events now and I do not know how long this can continue before we really have to respond.  Many things have been keeping us from that response.  We ARE facing a war on a number of fronts.  Iran is pressing down on us through Hezbollah to the North, Hamas from the West, massive amounts of advanced weapons have entered both Syria and Lebanon. Nothing is as simple as it looks.  Prayer for our leaders is a matter of survival because they MUST have wisdom from Above as the wisdom of man fails.

My eyes are also failing and closing on me before I finish this letter, so I would like to close with the fragment of a verse from  Revelation 19:7 that so touched me this week:

Let us be glad and rejoice and give the glory unto Him”… 

Such simple words, but when you look at them IN CONTEXT, coming after the events revealed in chapter 18, they are truly extraordinary. Looking unto Jesus, (Yeshua) The Author and Finisher of our faith…”  Looking AWAY from all of it unto Him! `

May The God of all grace and mercy keep you and us for His glory.

Blessings with love,

your sis J

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Is the Upcoming Civil War our Prep for the End-Times? (Part 4)

A great conflict loomed on the national horizon in 1857 because of the unresolved slavery issue. Yet, unlike other times when America faced dangers, people did not flock to churches. God no longer seemed relevant to the nation, especially for businessmen who enjoyed great prosperity during this time period.

An unexplained financial panic then hit America. Banks closed. Railroads declared bankruptcy. Thousands of workers were laid off. Desperate families faced starvation.

But in the midst of financial despair, Jeremiah Lanphier, a middle-aged businessman, felt God wanted him to start a noontime weekly prayer meeting for businessmen in New York City. He printed a pamphlet, How Often Shall I Pray, and handed them out to local businessmen, inviting them to prayer meetings at the Old Dutch North Church.

The first meeting was held on September 23, 1857. Lanphier prayed alone for the first half hour, but six men joined him for the second thirty minutes. On the following Wednesday, twenty men showed up for prayer. Forty showed up the week following. By October 14, 1857, more than one hundred attended the meetings.

They soon decided that weekly assemblages were not enough. So, they met on a daily basis. Pastors whose spirits were inflamed by these gatherings opened their own churches for prayer times. Before long, meetings were overflowing with young, old, rich, and poor. Within six months, ten thousand businessmen attended over one hundred and fifty different prayer meetings in New York City on a daily basis.

The Spirit of Prayer then spread the fire across the nation tosuch cities as Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Louisville, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, and countless other cities.

The prayer meetings were quite simple in structure. A leader would start the hour by announcing a hymn. All would stand and sing one or two verses. Then, the leader would say a brief prayer, and the service was turned over to the assembled members. Any person was free to speak or pray for no longer than five minutes. A bell rang if the man overextended his time so that another could take a turn.

Prayer requests were made for family members or others not present. Many stood asking prayer for themselves. Others exhorted the men to pray more fervently and to live holy lives. Over the weeks, testimonies were given on answered prayers and all praised the Lord for them. Promptly, at the end of one hour, the leader rose and ended the meeting with a closing prayer. The members filed quietly out of the buildings.

This move of the Holy Spirit was known as the Businessman’s Prayer Revival, Laymen’s Prayer Revival, or the Prayer Revival of 1857. Powerful preaching was not involved like most of the other awakenings in America, but rather, it was filled with earnest, forceful prayer.  Dwight L. Moody, the noted evangelist, and Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn composer, were numbered among the Revival’s converts. George Duffield wrote the hymn, Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus, to encourage businessmen.

The revival did not diminish with the beginning of the Civil War. Instead, it broke out in both armies, but in particular, the Confederate forces.  It began for the Southerners in the hospitals among the wounded and was spread into the camps when they returned to their units.  Prayer meetings were organized and hundreds joined the gatherings on the frontlines.

The great evangelist, Charles Finney, summed up the prayer revival: “The general impression seems to be that we have had instruction until we are hardened; it is time to pray.”

It was estimated that over 150,000 soldiers in the Southern armies were converted and overall, nearly 6.6 per cent of the entire United States became Christians in this prayer revival.

For those who think a Holy Spirit revival would stop a civil war from happening here in America today, the Businessman’s Prayer Revival of 1857 doesn’t offer us much hope. The Civil War broke out four years later, killing over 620,000 people dead – more than all of America’s other wars combined.

(Continued in Part 5…but if you want to read all of the parts to date, you can go here.)

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