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the vital reasons for revival in Dallas

Throughout history, great nations have risen to power and then fallen by their own demise. It happened to the Babylonian Empire (625 to 539 BC), the Medo-Persian Empire (558 to 330 BC), the Greco-Macedonian Empire (333 to 31 BC), and the all-powerful Roman Empire (31 BC – 500 AD). In the last two centuries the world has witnessed the fall of Hitler’s German Reich, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Mussolini’s Italian Empire, the Japanese Empire of Hirohito, the British Empire, and the USSR.iv How do these nations rise and fall so easily? How can they go from being a flood of influence to a drop in the bucket? At one time, with an emphasis on POWER, these nations rose to the occasion; but with the underlying tone of PRIDE, they crumbled to devastation. The city of Babel is an excellent example. The people wanted to " make a reputation for themselves," so they rebelliously took matters into their own hands. v They said, " Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." vi God was left out of their growth and developmental plans so the Almighty stopped the building of the tower and brought confusion to their language.

In light of historical and biblical examples, the United States of America must ask itself one simple question. As the economic and political power house of the world, are we to follow suit? While the Statue of Liberty stands tall and proud in the New York Harbor, America is quickly submerging its values in the waters of the Potomac. Why? Because we have gradually abused the blessings of liberty and freedom from the heaven above in order to strive for personal recognition and national gain. As Bill Bright described.

We live in a nation that has lost its soul. Our abundance has led to greed. Our freedom has become license to turn away from God and pursue the role of the prodigal. Our national religious heritage is being forgotten or ridiculed as irrelevant or old fashioned. vii

As members of the body of Christ in America, we are partially to blame. We have become so comfortable and so safe in our own environment that we have unwittingly plunged ourselves into a daily struggle with complacency. It seems we have forgotten that, at one time, our great nation based its daily decisions and actions on absolute Christian truths. We have forgotten what it means to impact and influence those around us because we are afraid to stand up and make a difference. We don’t want to offend others who have different beliefs. We’ve grown to view God as an inconvenience and insult to others, rather than as the ultimate authority.

Let’s face it, our nation is lost. The body of Christ has adjusted itself to the ways of its worldly neighbors. Who are we kidding? If revival does not occur within the body of Christ here in America, our nation will be no different than the other great nations that rose to power and fell to destruction. Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 8:19-20, " It shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the Lord your God." viii Jim Nelson Black in When Nations Die, wrote, " Could our own culture already be in the latter stages of decline? Is it possible that America – once universally acknowledged as the foremost economic and military power in the world – may one day, perhaps very soon go the way of Greece and Rome." ix Until the body of Christ decides to whole-heartedly pursue revival for this nation, this demise will be the result of the United States of America.

As the late Bill Bright summarized in his book The Coming Revival, six indicators reveal that our nation’s society is heading towards the path of national destruction.x Each indicator is prevalent today, and can no longer be overlooked:

1. Removal of God in Society
  • Constant attempts to remove God from the public schools, workplace, and holidays. Yet our nation was founded upon the Almighty God, just refer to the founding fathers of our great nation.

2. So-called " Social Problems"
  • Crime, violence, rape, abortion, AIDS, drug and alcohol addiction, etc. have become accepted as a norm within our society. Individuals that struggle and suffer with these issues are typically labeled and given a " justification" ticket to more trouble.

3. Disintegration of the Traditional Family
  • Divorce. It’s running rampant in the American family. Broken homes are accepted and expected as family members give up on one another. The sense of family togetherness is all but lost.

4. A Spirit of Selfishness
  • The mindset and actions of " me-first" appear to be more prevalent than ever before. It is a " Me, Myself, and I" society.

5. Decisions of the Supreme Court
  • As the legal voice of this nation, the judicial system has taken certain matters into its own hands, such as separation of church and state, as well as abortion.

6. Homosexual " Explosion"
  • Enough is enough. The comparisons of Sodom and Gomorrah to the United States are, unfortunately, accurate. We must stop affirming the homosexual lifestyle as an accepted behavior within society.

iii Olford, Stephen, Quotes about Revival, http://www.goodpassage.com/quotes_about_revival.html, December 2005.
iv Ames, Richard F. Rise and Fall of Nations, http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/cgi-bin/tw/tw-mag.cgi?category=Magazine19&item=1104108822, December 2005.
vi Genesis 11:4 NASB
vii Bright, Bill. " America Under Judgment," in The Coming Revival, http://www.thegreatawakenings.org/americaunderjudgment.htm, December 2005
viii Deuteronomy 8:19-20 NASB
ix Ames, Richard F. Rise and Fall of Nations, http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/cgi-bin/tw/tw-mag.cgi?category=Magazine19&item=1104108822, December 2005.
x Bright, Bill. " America Under Judgment" in The Coming Revival, http://www.thegreatawakenings.org/americaunderjudgment.htm, December 2005
" Revival is that strange and sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people ~ restoring, reanimating, and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing. iii

- Stephen Olford
" Come, let us return to the Lord.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.

He will revive us after two days;
He will raise us up the third day,
That we may live before Him."

~ Hosea 6:1-2 ~
" So let us know,
let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth."

~ Hosea 6:3 ~