1. I believe revival can be scheduled. I believe we can plan on having a revival and set a time to begin a revival, though we might not see the works of God that we might expect to see right away.

    This is not to say that revival will not happen without God. It’s God that causes the revival.

    I don’t think we ought to depend on God to start a revival if we are not willing to show up where he wants us to be.

    But if we want a revival, shouldn’t we be interested in doing what will be necessary for revival to happen.

    Revival isn’t just all about what God does. It’s also about what we do. I don’t think God will have a revival on this earth without people being involved.

  2. I thought I would put the word “revive” in my electronic pocket concordance.

    Genesis 45:27
    And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: but when he saw the chariots, which Joseph had sent to carry him, then the spirit of Jacob their father revived.

    Chariots- see Jer 22.

    When I think of Joseph I think of a wise man. I think of the gift of wisdom, the favor of God.
    He also was an interpreter, a man who knew God.

    When the news became real to the father of his son that was lost (had “apparently” died) but now was alive and wanted to be united with him, his spirit revived.

    There must be something about a lost son that was “dead” but now is alive that revives.

    Judges 15:19
    Again I see that the word “spirit” is connected to revive. Samson was revived when he drank of the water that came out of the tooth that was in the jaw of an ass.

    I wonder why God chose to bring water out of a tooth that was in the jaw of an ass. I wonder what that word “tooth” is in Hebrew, and if it’s connected to anything God would want us to know.

    The next verse says that Samson judged Israel.

    Judges- (Deliverers) find out what they are and what they do.

    I Kings 17:22
    Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

    Elijah interceeded.

    II Kings 13:21
    And as they were burying a man: behold, they saw
    the soldiers: therefore they cast the man into the sepulcher of Elisha. And when the man was down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood upon his feet.

    Apparently there was still some life left in the bones of Elisha.

    What was it with the O.T. prophets? What was in the marrow of their bones? I remember how they did not like the oppression of the people, when judgment and justice wasn’t done, when there were no deliverers, when judgment became perverted, when money was taken, or preference was given to the rich over the poor, or if judgment was given to the poor but his cause was not just.

    Ezra 9:8
    And now for a little space grace hath been showed from the Lord our God, in causing a remnant to escape, and in giving us a nail in his holy place, that our God may light our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our servitude.

    Servitude- important for reviving, also that we have a resting place in God’s holy place, a place where things are held, where they come to rest.

    The next one is good too. Mercy- necessary to revive. Look at the word desolate. (Ez 9:9) Compare with Jer 22:5.

    Nehemiah 4:2
    I’m using the 1599 Genevah. The KJV has …”revive the stones”… The 1599 says …”make the stones whole again”..

    I suppose to be whole again the stones needed to be connected and become a part of the wall. Then they would be “revived” having been put to a good use again.

    Psalm 85:6
    Wilt thou not revive us again: that the people may rejoice in thee?

    1599 says “quicken” in place of revive.

    We should know the sound of being revived by the rejoicing in God. Mercy is shown again to be connected to a reviving of God’s people, (85:7) and salvation is connected with being revived.

    Psalm 138:7 shows us how David told of how he would be revived in the midst of trouble, as God stretches forth his hand upon his enemies. He declares how the right hand of God will save him.

    Job 29 reminds me of this.

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