Last night was the final night of the Apostolic Faith Mission’s Centennial Celebration. It has been exactly 100 years since John G. Lake came to Africa, bringing with him an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that shook South Africa. Through that outpouring a new fellowship was born that we now know as the A.F.M. I was invited to share for a few minutes before Evangelist Bonnke preached a powerful Holy Ghost message, and the fire fell on the crowd gathered to remember how the fire fell 100 years ago. It is still as new and as fresh as it was on the Day of Pentecost! One highlight of the service for me was meeting the grandson of John G. Lake. He prayed for me and asked that the Lord would release the same healing power in my ministry that flowed in the ministry of his grandfather…John G. Lake. I receive it! I believe we are on the cusp of another healing movement that will cause the healing movement of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s to pale by comparison. Get ready.
I am writing now from Johannesburg South Africa where we are well into our “world tour” of sorts that began on the 15th of May. We started out in Germany with meetings in Hamburg and Bremen. God is doing something extraordinary in Europe. When I walked into the sanctuary of the Church in Bremen and saw the 1500+ seat sanctuary packed with young people, dancing and singing and praising the Lord with all their hearts, I said, “I can hardly believe that I am in Germany.”
It’s been nearly a decade since I have heard so much dialogue on the topic of revival and perhaps more now than ever before. The recent outpouring in Lakeland, Florida seems to be the catalyst behind this resurgence of interest and everyone is buzzing. I am hearing a lot of opinions ranging from, “It is demonic” to “It is the greatest thing ever” and everything in between. Mostly though, the discussion seems to center around one question: “Is this a TRUE revival?” Most will acknowledge that there is something good happening. After all, people are getting saved, healed from sicknesses, delivered from homosexuality and drug addiction, etc. But is it really a “revival”? The answer to that question, they think, will either legitimize what is happening or demote it, if not condemn it altogether.