The Church is not the Church until the Holy Spirit has come in wind and filled all those selected and elected into the Ecclesia, which means those set apart…apart from the world and apart to God.
Ezekiel 37 shows us that the army did not live until the Spirit had come into the army and they stood, but they only became living when the Spirit came on them. How much more should we start this series in Acts 2, because it is there that the Church, the Ecclesia begins to exist…the influx of the Spirit, in wind and fire!!
Acts 2 says that: they were in one place and one heart.
Until we come into one spiritual place in God I do doubt any report of the visitation, because there is a preparation. Jesus’ last words were tarry…stay…be staying and abiding. This is preparation of heart and soul. Because without it, there is no visitation. This visitation is to establish the ecclesia on the earth…to execute the plan of God until Jesus returns.
In those 10 days of preparation they had shed off the pain of Jesus departure and an expectation that He who was coming would revolutionise their lives. There is a letting go, a surrender before God comes TO us. He cannot work THROUGH US, until He has come TO us.
Acts 2 shows us the Upper Room, the place where pain, betrayal, weeping, preparing, washing all took place. Now this was to become the place of Empowering. Now God has to bring us there…to our “Upper Room”, where we pass through a deep preparation. What pain is experienced is replaced in the fullness of time with Joy. What separation is experienced in that place is replaced with union. It is magnificent truth that we are coming into the greatest visitation of all time. The outpouring was the former rain, where the ground is broken up for seed, our times are times of the latter rain where the harvest is brought in. This is not just a spiritual truth, but a physical phenomenon in Israel. There are two distinct rains.
For this preparation there are specific guidelines that Jesus gave. They were to be witnesses of Him. This witness has been spoken about on this blog before. It is the martureo. It is where signs and wonders come, as evidence of Jesus’ Lordship.
How we need those signs and wonders again! They tell of Jesus’ Lordship and supremacy over all.
So it is time if we desire to be the Ecclesia that we come to realise that being part of the End Time church needs an overwhelming true visitation. This true visitation has a specific revelation of Christ and who He is. It has the evidence of the wind and fire, that brings conviction through the message preached however it is preached. It is relevant for its generation. This generation needs to see the impossible made possible. It needs to see enemies made friends through conviction.
Without the visitation there is no distinguishing between a group which could be a club, or the Church which is full and vibrant…
So what are the characteristics of a true visitation?
4. Revelation preaching
5. Strong conviction
6. Harvest of souls
Once we have these characteristics we know there is a visitation taking place.
One of my favourite accounts is that of the Hebrides Revival 1948-1952. Kathie Walters wrote a book about it called Bright and Shining Revival, in which she researches the revival from the local point of view, talking to specific and significant people involved.
When you consider a people who set their heart to seek God, and He led them to understand the scripture and call for its manifestation based on God’s character, this certainly is the catalyst for a great revival. The whole island was impacted with great conviction that jails and bars were closed. People lined the roads in repentance of sin, and would meet for prayer daily. The presence of God was a feature as was angelic sightings of angels and Jesus Himself.
There is nothing more than a people call upon God with audacity asking Him to perform what He promised in the way He Promised and reminding Him of His Character. This certainly brings the catalyst for a massive visitation.
What distinguishes us from the world? We have seen Him and known Him.