Revival & Pentecost
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as Yahweh our Elohim (God) shall call" (Acts 2:38-39, KJV)
One of the greatest moves of Elohim (God) took place in 1727 on the estate of Count Zinzendorf. Count Zinzendorf was a strong believer who was deeply influenced by the faith of his grandmother and aunt. At the tender age of 22, he opened a portion of his estate to refugees seeking asylum from the religious persecution throughout Europe.
After five years, this fledgling settlement of three hundred was growing; but in the midst of their growth, divisions were arising among the brethren over doctrinal issues. Then on May 22, 1727, the Moravians made a covenant with Zinzendorf whereby they committed themselves to Yahweh, confessed the sin of religious quarreling, and "sincerely renounced self-love, self-will, and disobedience ...deciding, each one, to be led by the Ruach haQodesh in all things."
Later that same year, on August 13th, after a week of fasting and prayer, the Moravians whose average age was around 30, were gathered, when an outpouring of the Ruach took place. Count Zinzendorf called it the 'Moravian Pentecost'. This led to over one hundred years of continuous prayer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which supplied spiritual power to one of the longest sustained outreaches the world has ever known. The Great Awakening led by the Wesley brothers that took place in the United States and England was a direct result of this revival. In 1867, one of the earliest missions established in the modern Republic of Israel was also fruit of this move of Elohim.
So what can we learn from this amazing revival? First, it began when the brethren laid down their differences and came together in prayer, determined also, to lay down their lives for the Gospel's sake. Secondly, the outpouring of the Ruach is always connected to spreading the Gospel in power, which leads to widespread radical change in the world of that generation.
As we approach the festival of Shavu'ot (Pentecost), let's be stirred with a sense of urgency, also....to lay down our differences as believers, and then lay down our lives for the Gospel, so we can be eagerly expecting to be renewed with the power of Yahweh -- not only for our own spiritual quickening, but for all the souls who have yet to receive this awesome gift! With so much work to be done -- let's do it in His Power!