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We are in Moshi, a quaint little town at the base of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s largest mountain. I am told that “Kiliman” means “mountain” and “jaro” means “large”. The mountain is massive and dominates the entire horizon. It is no wonder that so many tourists come here to climb it. It sits there like a great king standing over his massive domain in a commanding challenge to all those around it.

But I am not here to climb Kilimanjaro. I have my own mountains to climb. I am here to open a window of revival to these churches here. The two weeks we spent in Dar es Salaam are over and it is time for a new set of challenges. We will be at one church for 3 days, and then off to Arusha for a week with a couple more churches there.

Dar es Salaam was a series of challenges for us. At first, it appeared that we had no churches to preach at. The pastor of the church we were originally slated for wanted $5,000 to set up our meetings. I suppose he was expecting a Billy Graham type of crusade, but that is not what the Lord has consistently placed before me to do. But as soon as that door closed, several smaller churches immediately opened their doors to us. They were cautious at first, but once the word got out about the anointing that accompanied our services, everything changed. One bishop of a large church said that he actually saw the glow turn on as soon as I started preaching, and he spread the word to everyone else. The doors opened up and the struggles we were experiencing quickly turned into victory after victory.

There have not been a lot of souls saved … yet. A couple of Muslims got saved, but the real proof of the ministry is what will happen in the forthcoming weeks. I have told them that before they start gathering in the harvest, a fire has to be built in their churches, otherwise the souls that do come in will not stay. They get it. And now they know what they need to do to kindle that fire. The spark has been lit, but it is up to them to put fuel on the fire and fan the flames.

Now that they have experienced the anointing, they all want me to hurry and come back so they can gather all the churches in the area for some big meetings. But I rarely come back to the same place. Once a fire has been lit, you don’t go back to light it again with another match. They say that I need to come back to see all the fruit that will be there, but I am off to the next place to strike the next match.

Brother Dale

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We have had some terrific days here in Tanzania this past week. I have been at several churches throughout Dar es Salaam and every service has been great. In most places (probably every one of them), the message of revival has been shattering. They all want revival, but it’s as if they are not really sure what revival is or how to get it. And when I bring this message to them, it opens their understanding like someone ripping open the dark curtains that was hiding the bright noon day. What is interesting is that some of these places had just started getting serious about seeking God for revival when all of a sudden I showed up with this message. One pastor told me that he had been pasturing his church for 10 years, but only in the past couple of weeks has the Lord been pressing upon him to teach his church to go out and win souls. God’s perfect timing is so cool. What they have not experienced before is the power that accompanies these services. I can feel the Spirit flowing through me, but I don’t feel what they feel out in the congregation. Pastor Noah tells me that the power is so strong out there that it is breaking hearts to cry out to God. Even our driver, who is a Muslim and won’t come inside the churches, said he could feel the power of God out in the parking lot and has decided to start coming inside. That has to be a good sign. At every church, the people are excited, pumping my hand to express their thanks and begging me to come back. But when I come back to the hotel at night and stare out the window at the lights of the city, I don’t feel the same thing they’re feeling. I feel like a little boy who is trying to do a man’s job. Pretty funny seeing I am 62 years old. But honestly, I wonder about what I am doing here. Sometimes I just feel inadequate because I really don’t know what I am doing. I never know what the message will be until just before I stand up. Oh sure, it is always good – God never fails me – but even after preaching hundreds upon hundreds of messages that have all been filled with the Spirit, it is still daunting to me. It is not the words that I must deliver, but the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. It’s like getting ready to jump into a swimming pool, knowing that you don’t know how to swim but being forced to trust God that He will teach you how if you just dive in. Maybe I’m not supposed to be brimming with self-confidence like some big-time, sho’ nuff, Holy Ghost revivalist. Maybe I am supposed to stand in awe of the impossible providence of God’s Grace, knowing that I can’t do this – I will never be able to do this – but He can … and He does … every time. He just needs for me to get out of the way and let Him be God. When we let God take over, we release Him to do the miraculous. “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

Brother Dale

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“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not him that wandereth.” (Isaiah 16:3)

There comes a time when you are called to make a stand against things that are wrong, and answer the call to fight against the oppression of the weak and innocent. God calls us to first take counsel and understand what you are doing and why. Whenever you stand up to resist the oppression of darkness, you need to understand that you will pay a price for your convictions, but stand anyway because it is the right thing to do. You may not win, you may not come out of it unhurt, you may pay a higher price than you’d like to, but there is a point when, knowing and realizing what the price may be, you make that decision anyway. It is a determined call that rises out of your soul that cries out that this is right and that is wrong, and you refuse to give in to the intimidation of iniquity. Count the cost and make a decision that you will stand for that which is right.

When you do stand, it will be in stark contrast to the landscape around you – as the shadow of night in the midst of the bright noon day. There is no mistaking who you are, what you are doing, and what you are standing for. There is a boldness to righteousness that fuels a faith that is defiant. It is a David kind of faith, the kind he took out into the field to defy Goliath; the kind that galvanized his feet to stand in that field of barley in 1Chronicles 11 with his two friends and defy the entire Philistine army. It is the type of defiant faith that Jonathan declared as he rose up to scramble up the rocks that “there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” These were men of faith to whom the odds did not matter. It was not about winning or losing, or personal safety or advantage. It was not about blessings and prosperity. It was that “Damn the torpedoes!” call to a battle for righteousness. What were the odds against David when he and his two friends faced down an army that was so fearsome that the entire army of Israel had fled? Who cares? They stood to fight for the honor of God and it didn’t matter what the odds were! Did it matter to Jonathan that there were only two swords among all the Israelites to fight over 30,000 men of war? Not hardly. To men such as these, the victory belongs only to God. The only thing that matters is what is right.

God thrusts us into opportunities of challenge to strengthen and forge us into men and women of conviction, champions of righteousness, and defenders of the Faith. It is not an opportunity to be missed. Our weapon is the Word of God, our armor is our faith and our righteousness, and our determination is fueled by the zeal of the Lord of Hosts. We stand, not because we count the odds, but because it is right.

We have been called to hold up the Blood Stained Banner in the battle for the greatest cause of all time. Let us stand in such contrast to the world that we are as a great shadow of night in the midst of a glaring noonday sun that we may give refuge to a lost and dying world that has been beaten down with the forces of darkness, where victory has been stolen and trampled upon, where hope is but a faint glimmer in a dark world, and where courage is in great demand.

Brother Dale
Revivalfire.org

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An old woman of 90 from Valdres, Norway had a vision from God in 1968. The evangelist Emanuel Minos had meetings (services) where she lived. He had the opportunity to meet her, and she told him what she had seen. He wrote it down, but thought it to be so unbelievable that he put it in a drawer. After 30 years, he understood he had to share the vision with others.

The woman from Valdres was a very alert, reliable, awake and credible Christian, with a good reputation among all who knew her. This is what she saw:

“I saw the time just before the coming of Jesus and the outbreak of the Third World War. I saw the events with my natural eyes. I saw the world like a kind of a globe and saw Europe, land by land. I saw Scandinavia. I saw Norway. I saw certain things that would take place just before the return of Jesus, and just before the last calamity happens, a calamity the likes of which we have never before experienced.

She mentioned four waves:

1. “First, before Jesus comes and before the Third World War breaks out there will be a ‘détente’ like we have never had before. There will be peace between the super powers in the east and the west, and there will be a long peace. [Remember, that this was in 1968 when the cold war was at its highest]. In this period of peace there will be disarmament in many countries, also in Norway and we are not prepared when it (the war) comes. The Third World War will begin in a way no one would have anticipated – and from an unexpected place.

2. “A lukewarmness without parallel will take hold of the Christians, a falling away from true, living Christianity. Christians will not be open for penetrating preaching. They will not, like in earlier times, want to hear of sin and grace, law and gospel, repentance and restoration. There will come a substitute instead: prosperity (happiness) Christianity. “The important thing will be to have success, to be something; to have material things, things that God never promised us in this way. Churches and prayer houses will be emptier and emptier. Instead of the preaching we have been used to for generations -like, to take your cross up and follow Jesus, – entertainment, art and culture will invade the churches where there should have been gatherings for repentance and revival. This will increase markedly just before the return of Jesus.

3. “There will be a moral disintegration that old Norway has never experienced the likes of. People will live together like married without being married. Much uncleanness before marriage, and much infidelity in marriage will become the natural and it will be justified from every angle. It will even enter Christian circles and we will let it – even sin against nature. Just before Jesus returns there will be TV- programs like we have never experienced. [TV had just arrived in Norway in 1968] “TV will be filled with such horrible violence that it teaches people to murder and destroy each other, and it will be unsafe in our streets. People will copy what they see. There will not be only one ‘station’ on TV, it will be filled with ‘stations.’ [She did not know the word ‘channel’ which we use today. Therefore she called them stations. -E. Minos.] TV will be just like the radio where we have many ‘stations,’ and it will be filled with violence. People will use it for entertainment. We will see terrible scenes of murder and destruction one of the other, and this will spread in society. Sex scenes will also be shown on the screen, the most intimate things that take place in a marriage.” Then the old woman said: “It will happen, and you will see it. All we have had before will be broken down, and the most indecent things will pass before our eyes.”

4. “People from poor countries will stream to Europe. [In 1968 there was no such thing as immigration] They will also come to Scandinavia – and Norway. There will be so many of them that people will begin to dislike them and become hard with them. They will be treated like the Jews before the Second World War. Then the full measure of our sins will have been reached.

The tears streamed from the old woman’s eyes down her cheeks. “I will not see it, but you will. Then suddenly, Jesus will come and the Third World War breaks out. It will be a short war.” (She saw it in the vision.) “All that I have seen of war before is only child’s play compared to this one, and it will be ended with a nuclear atom bomb. The air will be so polluted that one cannot draw one’s breath. It will cover several continents, America, Japan, Australia and the wealthy nations. The water will be ruined (contaminated?). We can no longer till the soil. The result will be that only a remnant will remain. The remnant in the wealthy countries will try to flee to the poor countries, but they will be as hard on us as we were on them.

“I am so glad that I will not see it, but when the time draws near, you must take courage and tell this. I have received it from God, and nothing of it goes against what the Bible tells.”

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I am repeating this vision to you because of what the Lord showed me in 2002 – not as detailed, but just as harrowing. Many of you may remember the vision I had of the Stampede. In it I saw a stampede, like cattle, of Modern Christianity heading straight for a cliff, and although some of us were yelling at them and waving our arms, I could not get their attention. Then the Lord spoke to me and told me, “Even if they could hear you, which they can’t, they will not listen”. I knew that the only things that can end a stampede is either to let them run themselves out – which there was time for that – or something explosive would have to happen to break the hypnotic sway that they were mesmerized with. Immediately, I thought of 9/11 – but that had already happened. And then I realized that something else was coming, much greater than 9/11 or Katrina. And then the vision broke, and I saw as it were, a scene as it would be after a terrible explosion with dust and debris floating down in the air. Only a few people were left walking around in shell-shock. One of them approached me and asked, “How can we trust God?”

I mention this because I have heard others who have seen similar things. The Bibles says that God will not do anything but He will tell His prophets first. We have been warned repeatedly, but just like in the Old Testament, we hear, we repent briefly and seek God superficially, but then human nature is such that we end up going back to seeking our own ways. And then judgment falls.

I believe we have a small window of opportunity to go back to seeking for the fear of God so that we may return to that old-fashioned Gospel that we have left way behind us. The Church today would be unrecognizable to our forefathers, but we only give it a passing notice. We no longer care because we are so comfortable with the way we have fashioned our Christianity. We have created God in our own image.

 

Brother Dale, www.RevivalFire.org

 

 

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