Recently, while announcing his 2016 presidential bid in front of 13,000 onlookers at central Virginia's Liberty University, Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz garnered tremendous applause, saying, "I believe God isn't done with America yet."
I think he's right. Though the forces of evil may try, there are many Christ followers who intend to see spiritual revival break out in this, one of the two greatest nations on earth. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chr. 7:14)."
Before its foundation America first flew the Appeal to Heaven flag. It was the banner George Washington used on his navy ships to signal that their only hope against British rule and religious persecution was an appeal to heaven. The crusade continues today.
Indeed, pockets of revival are breaking out under the appeal to heaven banner across the nation. Some are expecting the next great move of God to emerge under this banner that pictures an evergreen tree on a white flag with the words "An Appeal to Heaven" across the top.
"Our nation is in crisis. It has grown darker over the past six years. It will continue growing darker until we turn back to God as a nation. The good news is when we do, we'll see a Great Awakening and many souls will come into the kingdom," says Jennifer LeClaire, senior editor at Charisma magazine, contributor to barbwire.com and author of The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening. "I'm blowing the trumpet. I'm sounding the alarm. There is hope for America, and that hope lies in the body of Christ rising up to do as Jesus commanded: Occupy until I come."
I want to encourage my readers to pick up The Next Great Move of God. LeClaire has become a rising prophetic voice for revival in America. The wisdom she's been given by the Holy Spirit and the vision she has for God's move in America is something to which every Christian (and non-believer, for that matter) should pay notice. Jennifer is a fearless voice for Christ's truth, in love, and has earned my tremendous respect in the years we've known each other.
"Sparked in part by a revelation Dutch Sheets received over the course of 12 years," notes LeClaire, "the nation is being called back to prayer for a Third Great Awakening." Through in-depth interviews, eyewitness accounts, transcribed speeches and prophetic visions from noted leaders such as Billy Graham, Reinhard Bonnke, the late Steve Hill and others, LeClaire's The Next Great Move of God serves as a means to not only fan the fires of revival unto this awakening but also equip you to sustain it.
"For every prophecy about judgment on America, there seems to be another prophecy about a revival, renewal or awakening. The Lord has spoken to me—and many others—about another Great Awakening," writes LeClaire. "He told me it would grow darker before the light shines brightly in this nation again. It has indeed grown darker. I believe it will grow darker still, but the darkness will not overpower the light. I see an emerging move of God—the next great move of God; a Third Great Awakening."
To that I say, Amen.
Events in Indiana, Arkansas and around the world have shown that, as Christ warned, anti-Christian bigotry, hostility and persecution will rise to a great crescendo as we approach the end times. We are witnessing this now. In the Middle East and across the globe, many of our brothers and sisters face great persecution—what I call "hard persecution." Here in America, radical secularists and Islamists are quickly moving us from a softer persecution into comparable hard persecution. As does LeClaire, I believe that this can be reversed and that we may yet witness a great revival—a Third Great Awakening.
Pick up The Next Great Move of God and read fascinating accounts and prophetic visions as to how many of your favorite faithful believe these events will unfold.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of barbwire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).
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