Two years ago in June 2011, I stood on the balcony of a rented condo in Rehoboth Beach and listened over the phone to my friend Ed describe a vision he’d had of the Body of Christ coming together to perform a Passion play on the main street of town – the street being miraculously closed down, he said, by God’s favor.
May 19, 2013 I was witness to this wonder: twenty local churches came together and portrayed the Passion of the Christ on the square of the town that I grew up in, with thousands of people from all over the region gathered as witnesses and worshipers in the main street, which had been closed to traffic.
For everything to have come together the way that it did – for permission to be withheld by the PA Dept of Transportation at the last moment, then granted; for the actors and the supporters to give freely to the tremendous costs of time and money required; for the original date of the play to be changed so that it fell upon Pentecost; for the forecasted rain to hold off – was all wondrous. But to witness the testimony of Jesus Christ going forth publicly, proclaimed unabashedly and unreservedly in a way that blocks upon blocks of people could hear it in the streets, felt like a foretaste of Christ’s Millennium Reign.
There are people in my hometown and region who have been praying tirelessly for revival for decades. They stand on the promises that God made them in their youth. They are noticing a shift in momentum of the spiritual atmosphere – suddenly it has changed, a tide of God’s anointing that will not tolerate false teaching or a form of godliness without power. It is so encouraging! It will not stop with our town. It will go forth – look for earthquakes to suddenly come out of Pennsylvania. The kingdom of darkness is being shaken. If you’re praying for your church, your town, or your region, I encourage you – persevere!