While many commentators saw the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-15 as a fearful event, our research indicates that the Blood Moon Tetrads actually were signs of revival and growth in the Church (See our Blog of 9/23/15 “Blood Moon Revival”). Our Sister organization, the International Star Bible Society, has sponsored a book The Mystery of the Blood Moons (Creation House) which traces the hope filled signs of the Blood Moons back over 3,000 years.
The prior Blood Moon Revival of 1967-68 saw the Charismatic revival grow from its small beginnings in 1967 to encompass 600 million believers today. Similarly, we believe that the Blood Moon Revival of 2014 began with a small act of reconciliation when Pope Francis sent a video to Kenneth Copeland, which may lead to a revival based on unity in the Church. Already we have seen a first wave of reconciliation as Christian leaders including Kenneth Copeland, James Robinson, John Arnott, and Joel Osteen have dialogued with Pope Francis in Rome.
The new unity movement is not based on denominational merger on doctrinal uniformity, but rather on a spiritual unity which recognizes that those who trust in Jesus as their Savior are brothers united in Christ. We believe that each stream of Christianity has gifts to benefit the whole Body of Christ, producing a beautiful harmony in our diversity. This diversity expressed in unity and love will draw unbelievers to the Church in revival, as Jesus prayed in John 17.
A second wave of reconciliation and unity is now emerging with national and local leaders. There have been meetings in Canada, Arizona, and Texas bringing Catholics and Evangelicals together. Charisma magazine reports that national ministries led by Nick Hail and Lewis Hogan are targeting Christian unity in 2016. There is also a significant unity meeting scheduled in Augusta Georgia by United in Christ in July, 2016 (See their website revivalandunity.com).
The largest meeting scheduled so far is Lou Engle’s The Call Azusa Now, calling for prayer and fasting. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 Christians of all denominations will assemble at the Los Angeles colosseum on April 9, 2016. Lou says “Only a united Church can heal a divided nation.”
And wait until you see what is being planned for 2017.
Prayer is the basis of revival, as Lou Engle and the other leaders of the unity revival know. Do not be discouraged. Keep on praying that God will send revival and heal our land.
As that great theologian Carmen sang about Easter, “It may seem like Friday night, but Sunday is on the way.”