The Revival in America has Already Happened – Part 1
This may sound strange or crazy but I believe the revival or great awakening many has been praying for in America has happened. I know you may be thinking I have lost my mind or I am hallucinating, but I am not. I truly believe the revival has already happened in America, let me explain.
I know many can argue that America is becoming more and more ungodly with the rise of same sex marriages, sex trafficking, murder, divorce, and divisiveness. All of this has led to outright chaos that has created a mental health epidemic in America. As a result of this many have been left fearing for their lives and the lives of their loved ones without many answers.
In my first blog “Where is the Importance of the Church in a Nation that is in Trouble?” I asked the question where is the church’s influence in America today when it needs her. It seems the traditional churches many are looking too as their sanctuary is not immune to the ills of America; it is also part of the problem. You see, many traditional churches are just as divided among each other; divorce is just as prominent; homosexuals are embraced; and mental health is a on the rise just like the rest of the American society.
As a result many have left or are leaving their church sanctuaries to look for safe places where they can heal and revive from a chaotic world. I can now hear you ask if many are leaving their churches and the American society is in such an ungodly state where is the revival I am writing about. Let me make my argument.
America Has Lost Its Way
America used to be the city on a hill that everyone looked to for a better way of life; in many ways it still is. Too many outside of America it is a place of dreams of a better life; a place of freedom where anything can happen; a place of milk and honey where dreams can be achieved in same way many look toward heaven. At least that used to be the way many looked at America.
In the beginning America was created on biblical principles. That means people looked at life and lived it from a Judeo-Christian perspective. Everything they did was formed from or judged by the principles they gleamed from the bible. That is why America was looked at as a city on a hill, a place where freedom was the way of life. If anyone has an issue with that please read the first blog mentioned above, or go to the national archives and read the founding fathers letters. The point of this blog is not to prove America was created from Judeo-Christian principles but to reveal how a third great awakening has happened in the America.
As mentioned in the beginning America was the place of dreams. As a result of its Judeo-Christian principles over the 19th and 20th centuries America became the standard for the world. Not only did America become one of the superpowers in the world, people all over the world dreamed of living the American way of life.
Sadly, today this is not the case. As we know there has been complete chaos in America over the last decade and a half. Everything America has stood for has crumbled from within. It seems every strong foundation or system Americans has put their faith in have become a plaque to the very people it supposed to bless. Now I would like to share a bible story that shows how America has lost its way.
A Biblical Story that Parallels America
How did America get off course? Before I answer that question I would like to share a biblical story that I feel parallels America journey. This story can be found in 1st Samuel. It is the story of Samuel, Saul, David and Goliath.
This story starts in 1st Samuel 8 when Samuel was old and he was ready to move on with the Lord. The bible says that Samuel wanted his sons to take his place and become leaders of Israel. But Samuel’s sons were dishonest and the leaders of Israel did not want them. They wanted a leader of their choosing just like the other nations.
This displeased Samuel and he cried out to the Lord saying the Israelites have rejected him. But the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, told Samuel the Israelites did not reject him, they rejected the Lord Himself. This too, displeased the Lord. So the Lord told Samuel to do as the Israelites directed, that the Lord would give them a king after their own heart, but this king would do as he pleased and take from the Israelites and cause them to cry out for the Lord.
1When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.3 But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.” (1st Samuel 8, NIV, www.biblegateway.com)
So the Lord instructed Samuel to choose the peoples champion named Saul, who was very charismatic and head and shoulders above the rest and the Israelites cheered. And Saul did just as the Lord requested; he took for himself in spite of the children of Israel’s needs causing them to cry out.
1 There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin.2 Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else. (1st Samuel 9:1-2, NIV, www.biblegateway.com)
15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.” (1st Samuel 9:15-17, NIV, www.biblegateway.com)
1 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? 2 When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’ (1st Samuel 10:1-2, NIV, www.biblegateway.com)
Saul Made King
17 Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah 18 and said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.’ 19 But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”
20 When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22 So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?
”And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”23 They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. 24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people. ”Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!”25 Samuel explained to the people the rights and duties of kingship. He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the Lord. Then Samuel dismissed the people to go to their own homes. (1st Samuel 10:17-25, NIV, www.biblegateway.com)
Notice how the Lord directed Samuel to choose the peoples champion named Saul. It was during Saul’s reign the Lord allowed a giant to mock Israel. For you see, during that time there was a war between the children of Israel and the Philistines. This giant’s name was Goliath, a Philistine of great power and size who was 10 feet tall. He was a man and who was so skilled in battle his conquests were legendary. Goliath was such an imposing figure everyone was afraid of him.
So for 40 days and nights this giant came out to challenge the Israelites to a battle between the best of Israel and himself. He would laugh and mock the whole nation and everyone in Israel’s established army was afraid, and no one would challenge this great Philistine warrior.
The king and all the skilled men were afraid to even contest this great warrior until an unassuming kid named David confronted him. At first, the king and the army laughed at this little kid who was not trained for war. They even mocked David themselves. But David was determined and kept insisting, the Lord would help him defeat this loud mouth giant.
For David had spent time with his Lord in the desert protecting his father’s sheep from wild animals with the help of the Lord. With each time the Lord helped David protect his father’s sheep, David’s faith in the Lord’s protection and deliverance grew. It was at this point David knew the Lord would be with him to defeat this giant.
Finally, with all the persistence king Saul granted David’s request to confront this mocking giant. Saul even went as far as to give David his own armor and weapons. But when David tried on Saul’s armor and weapons they did not fit. So David took them off and used what was in his hand to defeat this great giant.
1Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah.2 Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. 3 The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.
4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.
8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
12 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old.13 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
17 Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. 18 Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. 19 They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”
20 Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. 21 Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. 22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were. 23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.
25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.
54 David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.
55 As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?” Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”56 The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”57 As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.58 “Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him. David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.” (1st Samuel 17, NIV, www.biblegateway.com)
America follows Israel’s Story
Now let me show you how this parallels America today. Just as the Lord had raised Israel up during the time of Samuel to become a standard to the other nations, the Lord raised America up the same way. In the beginning the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was at the forefront of the American society. It seems all life was measured or centered on biblical principles. At every major event no matter how small, God was recognized as the supreme authority. Of course America had it difficulties or trials but America’s belief in God always brought her through. As a result of this in the latter half of the 20th century America had enjoyed peace and prosperity.
During this time of prosperity 2 or 3 generations of Americans did not know what it meant to truly suffer and need the Lord for survival. So they began to believe in themselves and the things around them just like the children of Israel. As a result many Americans who were brought up to believe in their Judeo-Christian heritage began to look to other sources as the meaning of life. Even though they talked about the Lord, God became someone they knew about, not someone they knew and depended upon. With each decade many Americans grew further and further away from an intimate relationship with the Lord. This grew to the point where many turned away from the Lord altogether and wanted to remove Him from their presence. They wanted the Lord out of every public memorial or event in America. Just like the children of Israel who did not want to be ruled by God in the time of Samuel, many Americans did not want to acknowledge the sovereignty of God in their lives too. They too wanted a king like the other nations.
Starting in the year 2000 America began to implode from within. This was a result of a move that started in the middle of the 20th century where there was a strong attempt to redefine the American society. Just like children who want to rebel against the rules of their parents, the American society wanted to rebel against the rules of its society. It started with an assault on the traditional family structure and the roles of men and women altogether. It was during this time there was a direct attack on the way traditional families (one man, one woman, and their offspring) functioned. This attack lasted over the same half century period and culminated in the attempt to redefine the family in early 2000. The result of this attack caused major chaos in the families. Families began to implode from within; married couples were divorcing each other more frequently; more and more children were being molested; and parents and children were violently hurting or killing at alarming rates America has not seen.
Also during this time things that many Americans never had to worry about like big businesses, retirement pensions, housing, stock market, and Wall Street began to crumble. To make matters worse Americans began a war with the World Trade Center attacks. It seems like instability, disorder, and bedlam was everywhere. Even the government was not immune to the confusion and madness; the two parties began a bitter split over the direction of the country.
Because of these problems, America which was once the standard for all nations appeared weak, divided, and unable to provide for herself. Because of this many who once feared America began to lose respect and started to mock this once great nation. In essence just like Israel a giant of chaos and lack rose to mock America.
As with Israel during the time of Samuel a peoples champion rose out of the nowhere to take the reins of America and put her back on track. His name was Barack Obama a very charismatic senator who was handsome and well spoken; and the people cheered, our savior had come.
Remember just like Israel who did not want God’s spokesman to direct them, there was a strong move to remove God out of America. Many Americans wanted to break from their Judeo-Christian heritage and traditional views. They no longer looked for God’s sovereignty to deliver them. For at that time many were looking to the government to solve their problems instead of the Lord.
Think of President Obama’s as America’s Saul. He is the people’s champion the one who many thought was their savior. He was anointed to return America back to her days of glory. And just like Saul, President Obama did as he pleased. Over the last 8 years he essentially ignored many of the cries of the people and his government counterparts to fulfill his own agenda, again just like Saul. And just like Saul President Obama’s moves have left many broken, discouraged, and so angry they have lost faith in the leadership of this country and are beginning to cry out for relief.
You can think of the governmental leadership and social organizations (like churches, mosques, synagogues, and schools, etc.) that has guided the direction of America from the beginning as the establishment. Just like Saul and his army who was the establishment in Israel during the time of Samuel; the American President and the American established authority of the society have done all they can to defeat this giant of chaos and lack. But even the social organizations like the churches and schools are unable to fix this chaotic broken society.
The problem is in 2015 the American Government and its people are still in a bitter divide over the direction of this country. This giant of chaos and lack is still mocking the once great America. Causing more and more citizens to lose their faith in the very government it once thought was its savior.
So as you can see, the story of Israel’s Samuel, Saul, David, and Goliath parallel’s America’s journey to the chaotic, divisive, confused mess we have today. You can also see how the President’s Obama’s election parallels the story of Saul and how he and the American establishments are unable to defeat the giant of lack and chaos that is mocking America today. You can think of way President Obama and the establishment are trying to solve America’s problem of chaos and lack; as the establishment moving in the spirit of Saul and the army. This means they are moving in their own strength instead of the strength of the Lord.
The only part that has not been identified and described from Israel’s story is the parallel to David defeating the giant with his own tools. That part will be discussed in the second part of this blog. In the second half we will discuss how God has awakened the hearts of many Americans. This concludes the first part of The Revival Has Already Happened in America. The second part of this blog will be released soon. Please stay tuned.
In closing, I want to make a clear statement. These are just my thoughts and opinions. I am not a pastor or a minister; I am just a concerned America, a Christian, who loves this nation and wants to see its glory restored.
If you found this blog to be of interest to you, or if you have an opinion, please reply with your thoughts and send it to everyone you know, I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.
Thanks and God Bless,
Jimmy Smith Jr.