Today's Revival Revelation is from Isaiah 59:19
From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord,
and from the rising of the sun, they will revere His glory.
Why do we wait for revival? Why do we wait in anticipation? And not just wait, but also prepare our hearts and lives for it?
We wait because we believe in the promises God has spoken to us through personal or corporate revelation of the Holy Spirit.
As a person called to the West, God began to teach me about the coming revival around 2006. In this coming revival, which we also refer to as the coming awakening, reformation, and harvest, He is going to manifest Himself to both the West and the East. This is such an important thing, because it means that what is coming is not a local, national or regional thing. It is to the whole Body, and to the world. It is far beyond what we have experienced before in terms of scope and depth.
It is interesting that two different aspects or streams from the River of God have been assigned to the West and the East respectively.
To the West, He has promised the fear the name of the Lord.
To the East, He has promised the reverence of the glory of the Lord.
To unpack the fear of the name of the Lord, I thought of sharing what the Holy Spirit showed me about the fear of the Lord, thus adding what I've been taught into the vast body of revelation already available to the Bride. My purpose is to encourage the Bride to lift up her eyes to Zion, and wait patiently for the Lord's promise.
From 2006, I began to wrestle with what "Fear of the Lord" really meant. Was it about maintaining a reverent stance in our relationship with Him? Was it about really taking to heart the verse obedience is better than sacrifice ? Did it mean that we have to fear Him as judge and therefore get our act together as soon as possible? Was the fear of the Lord about punishment that comes for disobedience and unrepentance?
I'd say to some extent the fear of the Lord, includes all the above and more. However, in my journey, as I pondered on these different insights other people in the Body have shared, I realised I still didn't get it. It still didn't sink into my core. I didn't understand it in a personal way.
Until of course He began to teach me through some desperate situations in my life, where I, for the first time, began to encounter His radical love for me. Here's His teaching.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom"the Holy Spirit whispered to me one day in 2009. Then He showed me the Golden Rule:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."The Holy Spirit began to show me something that ended up changing my life, the way I saw the Father and how I approached Him, or rather how I didn't approach Him.
To fear God My child, is not what it appears. Wisdom is given to those who seek Me beyond the surface level - beyond the veil. To fear Me is receive the very thing I died to give you - My unfailing love, My perfect love. The opposite of fear is perfect love, and anyone who loves because they are motivated by impending punishment, has never experienced perfect love. They in fact don't know Me personally. They are those who are content in seeing dimly through a mirror.
Perfect Love is the beginning of wisdom.
It is the Father who is perfect in love above all.
It is the Father who is therefore the beginning of wisdom.
It is the Father who loves first, and therefore initiates relationship.
The ministry of Jesus Christ and the first and greatest commandment of loving God with all you got, gives us both the foundation and the context to this relationship. Jesus, as Son, shows us how to be loved by God, as Father. Not only that, Jesus as Son, teaches us how to love God back, as Father!
To fear God, is really to love God with all your heart. And to love Him, My child, you have to experience His perfect love, refusing to be motivated by merit, morals, punishment or performance. You have to encounter Him as your Daddy, and run to Him as His little one.
The fear of God is really about running to your Papa and just jumping into His arms. It's letting go of the immature insecurities and fears and doubts and in spite of them saying, "Papa, I don't know much, but here's my heart!"
Once you discover Me as your Daddy, once you discover My nature, you will finally fear the name above all names, the name I have given to My son - Jesus. You will cling to His name, and will take on His name as a bride clings to her husband, and takes on his name. You will discover the mighty power released to you and through you because of His name, which covers you. Then, the West will see the power of the Lord, and will fear the name of Jesus.
If you are from the West, I encourage you to join me in contending for what is promised. We are sometimes apt to get cynical and to shift our interpretation concerning the revival because it has been a very long time coming. But God is not that complicated. If He promised something, that is what will happen. And for those who contend, for those who do not compromise their hope, for those who use this waiting time to prepare their hearts and lives, the Lord will give the gift of sight to understand that this promise has already taken root, and the buds are even now springing up!
Father, increase access to your Presence, raise the standard of Your perfect love against the waves of the delusion of unbelief and hostility towards you in the West, I pray this in Jesus' name! Amen.