We must experience personal revival in order to have corporate revival. However, as we begin to grow and transform under the power of the Holy Spirit, we will need to corporately repent of forsaking God’s Holy Law as well as come together in corporate gatherings for group prayer and Bible study, praise to God, sharing testimonies, and evangelizing. That is what this page is for. We must have both personal and corporate revival in order for God to bless our reorganization efforts. This is also a necessity, for with it, we can never be a unified body once again. In fact, we cannot even carry out the proper repentance in this corporate revival without organizing, as the study below shows.
First, we must intelligently repent as a people as we see where we haven’t been in harmony with God’s Law; then, we must gather ourselves together in the way that God has instructed us in a very special camp meeting setting. It is as simple as that. And God will revive us as a people in this time of the latter rain as has long been prophesied. The studies below are designed to assist in this. The first one is a document that you should read aloud, and the rest are audio presentations with slides; please read all the slides as you listen and afterwards review the material on the outlines, provided in the description of each YouTube video.
(1) A Solemn Covenant: Statutes and Judgments
It is only as the Law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people. ‘Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.’ Jeremiah 6:16.
— E.G. White, Great Controversy, p. 478
A Spirit of Prophecy compilation with a concluding appeal:
(2) Are We Robbing God in Tithes and Offerings?
Please watch this presentation on one of the key ingredients to corporate revival and finishing the Great Commission.
(3) A Revival of Holy Convocations
and the Seventh Month
Anciently the Lord instructed His people to assemble three times a year for His worship. To these holy convocations the children of Israel came, bringing to the house of God their tithes, their sin offerings, and their offerings of gratitude. …
If the children of Israel needed the benefit of these holy convocations in their time, how much more do we need them in these last days of peril and conflict! And if the people of the world then needed the light which God had committed to His church, how much more do they need it now! …
A great work is to be accomplished by our camp meetings. The Lord has specially honored these gatherings, which He has called “holy convocations”.
— E.G. White, 6 Testimonies, pp. 39, 40, 70
The truth is that we have also been robbing the great Jehovah of His praise and glory, not just His means; both are key to bringing the Gospel to the world. We have been counseled to do this is through holy convocations – not anything like the kind we have been used to, nor the ceremonial feasts that were to end at the Cross.
The Seventh Month
Remember, we were once called the “seventh-month movement”. Did you know that prophetic events will happen in this month in the closing history of this earth, including the momentous Second Advent of Christ? or that, in the early 1900s, Seventh-day Adventist churches held a harvest festival each autumn to specially praise God for the harvest, and to bring in funds to support missionary work? We will review this history below. But first, here is one of several Spirit of Prophecy statements that inspired it:
Well would it be for us to have a feast of tabernacles, a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to us as a people.
— E.G. White, Review and Herald, 11/17/1885
[Notice the indefinite article, not the Feast of Tabernacles of the Old Testament as some have erroneously thought.]
Without further ado, please watch the series of messages below after an earnest prayer to God. He is refreshing His remnant now with most glorious things, both new and old — both of holy convocations and the seventh month. Remember to bookmark the playlist, so you can watch the whole series!
Here are the outlines for each message in the series. Again, please read them after you watch the corresponding videos; they are summaries, not full transcripts.
- A Revival of Holy Convocations and the Seventh Month
- The Creation Origin of the Appointed Times
- The Spiritual Meaning of the Appointed Times
- A Shadow of Coming Things
- The Revival and Gathering of God’s People
- The Adventist Feast of Tabernacles
- Holy Festivals Unto God
(4) A Revival of Praise and Social Meetings
In the previous presentation, we discovered that a major component of holy convocations is the daily praise meeting. This presentation will be dedicated just to that, except expanding it to the more frequent meetings each Sabbath and even each day of the year, which are a special class of praise meetings called social meetings! But they are not for socializing. It is uniquely an Adventist practice, but a long forgotten one.
In accordance with the Spirit of Prophecy, and as practiced in our pioneer days, they are to be the main part of the church service; in fact, they are to replace sermons. Only when a traveling minister happened to be in town did our pioneer churches have sermons. In the social meeting, everyone participates rather than just one person standing up front. Activities include prayer, praise, sharing testimonies and experiences, and exhorting one another unto godliness. This is a practice that must be revived at once, because according to the Spirit of Prophecy, any church that is not practicing this is not alive, but dead. It is truly an amazing experience, and I pray for and look forward to the day when all of the true Seventh-day Advent churches have this every week and the spiritual gifts are again manifest in us. When the Pentecostal outpouring comes, many of us will prophesy just like in the apostolic church. Nothing is more important than the social meeting, coupled with personal revival.
So, please watch this presentation on it and encourage the church or group you fellowship with to practice this after you share this with them.
(5) A Revival of Biblical Ordinances
Finally, as we experience corporate revival of true reverence for God and love for one another, we will see a restoration of important biblical ordinances. We have collectively forgotten these ordinances, at least in part; now, we need to restore them to their rightful place in the body of Christ. Please read the following article to learn about two of them:
In the time of the end every divine institution is to be restored.
— E.G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 678
In addition to the above, there is the lifting up of holy hands in prayer (1 Tim. 2:8), which is covered in the presentation below.
We Are Eager to See True Corporate Revival!
The angels are working even now to prepare the way for our advancement, so let us move forward with confidence! Let us lay all on the altar, brethren and sisters. Our time, our money, our career, our relationships—everything belongs to God who bought us by the precious blood of Christ! Therefore, let us hold nothing back from His service, that we will not stand in the way of His work!