Is there coming a world-wide reformation/revival? Yes. It had its beginnings in the wilderness of God decades ago. Some feel that that it started to surface a decade ago - from 1993/1994. However, the main thrust of the revival and the fruit of it - the end-time harvest is largely future. It is the fulfillment of REVELATION 3:20 in the context of Laodicea.
The Holy Spirit has been dealing with Christian leaders and those who are sensitive to the things of God for the past 20 - 30 years. A more complete and detailed account of what has been happening during the past decade throughout the body of Christ can be found below under 'The Last Decade'.
Two earlier examples of the true inward change and outward fruit, which I observed, are given below:
Pastor Ed Roebert's (Hatfield Church, Pretoria - South Africa) last few years of ministry were different. He was following the Charismatic move and then the change came. The praise and worship changed. Hatfield went into a time of revival. This was due to the work of the Spirit in his life. He even spoke of Jeanne Guyon and what was being revealed to him at the time. He said a few years before he went to be with the Lord that he was like Moses looking over the promised land from the mountain. He saw the promised land. And like Moses, he died. Others will lead in the coming move of God.
Similarly, Benny Hinn was in trouble. He was publicly chastised by leaders for unbalanced doctrine. This was the Word-faith teachings which are accepted in Charismatic circles. Then the change came. He changed. His ministry became gentler. He, too, spoke of Jeanne Guyon and her influence. His ministry changed from that time. I was very interested in this as exactly the same change took place in my life.
Sometimes, those who have experienced such a change, return to their former ways if a deep work has not been done in the wilderness - hence the importance of the wilderness in this end-time preparation.
Some light emerged from time to time in the past Charismatic move. Derek Prince, Kenneth Hagin and others confirmed the shortcomings of the Charismatic movement.
This reformation and post-charismatic move began to surface in 1993-1994. However, there has been a mixture so far and the main thrust of the reformation and harvest is still to come. The main move is still to come. The beginnings has been a mixture. Most of those called have kept their distance from the beginnings and are waiting for the Lord's time to emerge from the wilderness. Holiness will come forth from the wilderness in the coming move. However, Satan will also continue to counterfeit and seek to discredit the work of God in the days ahead, seeking to bring confusion and division in the body of Christ.
The harvest at the end of the age will be the fruit of this world-wide reformation / revival. Many believe that this harvest has started a few years ago. There is evidence that it has started in the East : China, India and other nations - nations that have not been influenced by the doctrines of Laodicea - the Word-faith prosperity gospel coming chiefly from the US.
NOTE: Many prophets and leaders such as Tommy Hicks (under Prophecies) have seen a world-wide revival and harvest at the time of the end.
KEY PROPHETIC WORD: Isaac/Ishmael
"At the London meeting, the present charismatic movement was likened to Ishmael. Taking Genesis 17 as his text, Dr Kendall pointed out that, while God affirmed Hagar [but see Gal 4:30] nevertheless Ishmael was not the promised child. Now, the barren old Church (Sarah) is about to conceive and bring forth the Isaac, and this child - the post-Charismatic movement. " The charismatic movement has been and still is mostly in the flesh.The struggle between Isaac and Ishmael will be seen too. I have personally experienced this war and understand the true nature of it.
It is significant that not only has this (Ishmael/Isaac) emerged in the church, but also in the natural too. Recently, the conflict between Iran with other arab nations (Ishmael) and Israel (Isaac) has escalated and aligned itself with the Ezekiel 38-39 end-time scenario.
This shift is a work of God through the Holy Spirit and is occurring over a period of time. This will NOT all happen today or tomorrow. It may be years ... before this transition season is over. It would be a huge mistake to get into the flesh and try to bring about by human effort what God is doing. It would be equally problematic to try to run ahead of the work the Holy Spirit is doing.
Excerpt from by Ron McGatlin
THE LAST DECADE
Many thought - at first - that the Toronto movement - 1993 - was the beginning of the end-time move of God. Initially the presence of God was there. Many leaders from all over the world went to Vineyard Toronto Airport church to bring the 'Toronto Blessing' back to their churches. Later John Wimber (Vineyard) and many other Charismatic leaders such as Derek Prince realised that they needed to distance themselves from it and speak out against it when the fruit became bad - manifesting the flesh and even the demonic. There was a mixture present - the Holy Spirit, the flesh and the demonic - and no discernment was evident at all. The wilderness foundation was shallow or often missing. However, was it not the beginning of the end-time move - the birth of Isaac?
Secular Time magazine, in an article titled "Laughing for the Lord," pointed out that Anglican parishes across England today bear a greater resemblance to "rock concerts" and "rugby matches" than to Christian worship. The article says that sanctuaries throughout the world are littered with bodies as "supplicants sob, shake, roar like lions and strangest of all, laugh uncontrollably."3 Newsweek, in an article titled "The Giggles Are for God," reported that people in churches worldwide were jerking spasmodically, dancing ecstatically, and acting like animals.
The Prophetic movement, which carried the torch from the Toronto movement, is also on shaky ground. The leader of the movement, Paul Cain, a living bridge to William Branham, has fallen into sin.
Has praise and worship in the movement degenerated into pagan worship (indicating the lack of the true wilderness foundation)?
... they were doing dance items with just loud voodoo-style drums only - and leaping around in a frenzied circle making weird cries to the super-amplified beat. The feeling in the room was so oppressive and "pagan" during this, that I could hardly even bear to stay in there. Then came one of the most shocking statements of the whole conference - from one of the main prophets. He got up and said that people may feel uncomfortable with such obviously "pagan" type dancing, but that it was originally God's type of dancing and we were just now 'stealing back' what the pagans had stolen from God!
Extract from Andrew Strom's article, 'Why I left the Prophetic Movement.' Nov 3, 2004.
However, we do need to be balanced here. Some who are not moving with God at all and who have not been open to the Holy Spirit concerning the coming move of God will outrightly condemn a leader who has fallen and reject everything. However, looking carefully, much true prophecy is coming from this movement. Indeed, the Kansas City Prophets have seen and are seeing much concerning the coming move of God.
I do find that their prophecies are very significant. They confirm what has already been independently revealed. Much of the prophetic revelation which was revealed to me decades ago in the wilderness before I had even heard of the Prophetic Movement is confirmed in their prophecies. Paul Cain spoke of the coming move of God and the raising up of a 'new breed of men and women leaders.'
In the midst of Paul's despair and repentance, God told him that if he kept himself from corruption and remained content with living a humble life marked by Scripture study and prayer, one day he would be allowed to stand before a new breed of men and women leaders, These would be marked by simplicity, purity and remarkable manifestations of power” (Terri Sullivant, “ Paul Cain: A Personal Profile ,” Grace City Report, p. 13.) Paul's obedience to God would result in him waiting on the Lord for some 25 years... a true desert experience. Paul calls these his "almost silent" years. However there was never a time when he was totally out of the ministry.
Again there is a mixture present in the Prophetic movement and the praise and worship disturbs me...
Indeed, the saints of God need to be patient and to keep their eyes on Him! Continue in your pursuit to know Him more. Some have lost hope. Those who have given up have gone back into the world or simply camped in these movements or in dead lifeless religion.
As Elisha sought the double portion of the Holy Spirit by keeping his eyes on and staying close to Elijah until he was caught up into heaven and was not found camping in Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho or Jordan, so must we keep our eyes on Jesus until He comes and not be found camping in the present-day Charismatic movement, Faith movement, Toronto movement or Prophetic movement.
The double portion will rest on those who are firmly rooted and established in Him and this deep work of God often takes place in the wilderness of God.
1 KINGS 19: 11-13a Then He said,"Go out and stand on the
mountain before the Lord." And behold, the
Lord passed by, and a great and b
wind tore into the mountains and broke the
rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord
was not in the wind; and after the wind an
earthquake, but the Lord was not in the
and after the earthquake a fire, but the
Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a
still small voice.
So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he
wrapped his face in his mantle and went out
and stood in the entrance of the cave.
Historically, Satan has always tried to move in when there is a genuine revival and to bring in a mixture by means of the flesh or allowing brethren without a true foundation to come in. When the mixture manifests, many (Ishmael always) reject the move entirely. We need to be careful that we don't throw the baby (Isaac) out with the bath water. Isaac will grow up and mature near the end of the age...
However, we do need to distance ourselves from the movement when the mixture appears...
John Wesley declared:
"At the first, revival is true and pure, but after a few weeks watch for counterfeits." He also said: "Be not alarmed that Satan sows tares among the wheat.... he will always ape, and endeavour to counteract the work of the Spirit of Christ."