Inspiration from Dr. David White
The Eclipse, the Conference and a Sign of Revival
A Message from Pastor David
Sunday morning we briefly mentioned the total solar eclipse that will be occurring from coast to coast across America, (from Oregon to S Carolina). This will happen on the day after the conclusion of the ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven Conference’. I want to share some additional things we should be aware of regarding this eclipse, my thoughts on the upcoming conference and something we have waited and believed for that is happening right under our noses.
August 21st Total Solar Eclipse
After referring to how the lights in the firmament of the heavens were to divide the day from the night God said in Genesis 1:14, “and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;” In the Hebrew the word translated ‘signs’ refers to, a signal, a mark or an event that communicates a supernatural event or miracle as a sign from God. And since the eclipses path takes it across America and will be seen from all 50 states, there is no question that biblically it is God communicating to this nation. This has been the case numerous times in history. The question is, what is God saying and are we listening?
First, its path takes it on a course that almost divides the nation equally on both sides. If someone could estimate what the population is on each side of the path of the eclipse I can almost assure you the numbers would be very close.
Politically speaking America is currently divided almost down the middle and the divide is growing further apart at an alarming rate. What did Jesus say about a kingdom or house divided against itself? You can see the answer for yourself in Mark 3:24-25 and what He said would be the result.
It’s well known that the Rabbis believed a solar eclipse over a nation referred to God’s judgment on that nation. Now this is what the Rabbis believed yet there is more to the story as we pointed out Sunday at The Gathering.
I’m not disagreeing with the Rabbis because history has proven it. However I am also sure that God’s judgments, while they will certainly be destructive for some, are redemptive for others. Hebrews reminds us how God disciplines those (individuals and nations) He loves in order to turn them back to Him. Hebrews also confirms that every nation will be shaken so they will come to the ‘Desire of the Nations’. The nations will find what they have always been looking for. Furthermore we see in John 16 where one of the reasons the Holy Spirit was sent was to convict, (convince) us that the ruler of this world (the devil), has already been judged! It is vital the church fully grasp and walk out this truth in this hour.
It is the church which is this and every nation’s last line of defense. Regardless of what unfolds the church has not been appointed to wrath! In fact, in the midst of judgment and wrath Paul reminded the believers in Thessalonica, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, (live or die), we should live together with Him” (I Thess 5:9-10).
The sign of Jonah Jesus referred to in Matthew 12 is the resurrection. Yet it is also possible that the sign of Jonah additionally referred to a solar eclipse that occurred in June of 763 BC.
This was one of the most famous eclipses in history and was one of the signs that led wicked Nineveh to repentance. If this is true, then like Nineveh, America’s only hope is to repent and turn back to God quickly. What America desperately needs today is a new generation of Jonah’s whose preaching of repentance saves an entire nation. This is why we are crying out for this and other nations and preparing for another great spiritual awakening!
It’s interesting how the sign of Jonah historically included 5 things: plagues, civil war, military loss, an earthquake and as mentioned a total solar eclipse. I will include a link to a message which further explains the sign of Jonah along with some additional amazing facts about this solar eclipse at the end.
Next, on August 21, 1914, a total solar eclipse crossed Eastern Europe. This one was known as the World War I Eclipse because the eclipse occurred near the begging of the war.
The eclipse to cross America in just a few days occurs 40 days prior to the Day of Atonement and get this, at the exact moment of totality on the west coast, the sun will also go down in Jerusalem. You can’t make this up!
August 21st is also the first day of the month of Elul which means HARVEST! This explains why the Holy Spirit is clearly speaking to us to strengthen and again cast our nets!
For more on the eclipse go to https://youtu.be/-ZvIibUAY2o
This Weekend’s ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven Conference’
Knowing how significant this solar eclipse is and at the same time watching the unfolding of world events, I would agree with those who have concluded the world could be on the brink of another world war. Although there are more signs pointing to another civil war. Therefore I believe this conference could not have come at a more critical hour.
I have always believed that God was going to send His ministers from other nations to speak into this nation when we most desperately needed to hear what He is saying. I believe this now more than ever. Instead of boasting how much we have and how much we know America is no longer the hottest thing going in 21st Century global Christianity. The church in many other nations is shining much brighter than the church as a whole in the U.S. However the American church has cast its bread upon many waters and now, just in time, it is coming back to us.
I believe Brother Sadhu and Bruce Allen will be used of God to speak into His purposes for Moravian Falls and at the same time into what He is saying to this nation. Come ready to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church in the U.S.
God began to stir my heart about asking Sadhu to come to Moravian Falls at the time he was speaking how God had showed him that Donald Trump was going to win the presidency, long before it appeared he had a chance.
In addition, when I heard Brother Sadhu speaking about some of the things the Holy Spirit was saying to him and how some of it was exactly what God was speaking to me, I got even more excited about asking him to come.
Then after it was set for Sadhu to come, I read where he was having a Martyr’s conference in India. I had never heard of such but was even more convinced I had heard from the Lord. I don’t know all Brother Sadhu will share while he is here but I believe the American church needs to hear from those outside of the American church.
A SIGN OF REVIVAL AND GOD MOVING IN OUR MIDST
The signs of Jonah’s day spoke loud and clear to a nation that had turned its back on God. As a result God sent them signs they could not deny. They understood the ways God speaks probably better than most Christians in America today.
One sign taking place right under our noses that without question is a sign of revival is what God is doing among our youth and young adults.
Just a few years ago the youth were hard to find. We were becoming an older congregation. If youth did come they mostly sat outside during the service. The few who came did so because someone brought them. Church was irrelevant. Everything has changed!
Now our youth and young adults sit on the front rows and listen intently. They are now involved and leading worship, (thanks to Andy and Cindy Wallen and their leadership). They are involved in every aspect of the life of the church and they are touching our community. In fact, they are just about running the church, (which is the goal)! And all of this is rooted in their growing passion and in their relationship with Jesus. Their lives have been changed forever.
Please keep these and what God is doing in prayer. Ask God to guard them and keep what has begun. Ask God to let the wind of heaven blow even harder upon them! All of this was prophesied by the man whose bones these grounds house. What God is doing among our youth and young adults is a sign of revival! Now God, let it spread far and wide!!
I have known this is our day of visitation for a while. This is what the Day of Visitation Prayer Gathering and the personal visitation I had with the Lord was all about. For the sake of the lost and so the Lord will fully receive the reward of His suffering we can’t wait for someone else to do it. We, His church in 2017 in Moravian Falls have what America needs the most. We have been given the message this nation most needs to hear, the ‘good news’. We have a heavenly mandate to share with a greater urgency and fire than we’ve ever known. We have been given mantles and the anointing needed to succeed in places previously unreached. We now have the man power required for such a task with an army of youth and young adults arising among us. And most of all we have, as Cindy played on the violin this past Sunday, the right Man, ‘Jesus Christ’ on our side. That old hymn written by Martin Luther, ‘A Mighty Fortress is our God’ is still a relevant and timely word for today.
Let’s prepare our hearts, keep pressing on and see you this weekend!
PS: Arrive early as the traffic will be backed up! They are coming from everywhere to the Gathering of the Saints in Moravian Falls.
Our God Reigns!
David White Th.D.
David and his wife Shirley are the head pastors at the Gathering Church in Moravian Falls, NC. The Fresh Bread Blog is where Dr. David posts inspiration and messages he receives from the Lord for the church and missions.
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