(OPINION) The wave of revival fire shows no signs of stopping as new reports come in from colleges and universities across the nation. Flames from the Asbury University Awakening in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky have fully ignited into spontaneous worship, prayer, and repentance as the Holy Spirit continues to fill students’ hearts and minds.
CBN News is reporting that one of the latest locations is Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, where one church reported, it’s the “closest thing I’ve ever seen to ACTS.” That’s the book of the Bible where followers of Jesus Christ are first baptized in the Holy Spirit. Antioch United Methodist Church posted to social media about one user’s experience at the student-led worship and prayer service and included several photos.
“Jesus is moving at Texas A&M! It’s real! Met for 7 hours! STUDENT LED, no program! Closest thing I’ve ever seen to ACTS. Testimonies, worship, praying for healing, prayers for boldness to witness to the lost at TAMU. SUPPORT/PRAY for the Holy Spirit to lead and to continue this. Amen!” the church wrote.
Pastor D.R. Harrison at Voice of Hope Evangelistic Ministries also shared a photo on Facebook from the Awakening at Texas A&M. “THIS IS AMAZING! REVIVAL IS NOW!!!!!” Harrison wrote. “This is Texas A&M University where students gathered last night to worship and cry out to God for #revival on their campus! GOD IS MOVING Y’ALL!!! Don’t miss it!”
Author and evangelist Anne Graham Lotz raised the idea in a recent blog post that the Asbury revival could be a sign of Jesus’ return. Lotz, the daughter of the late Billy Graham, quoted the New Testament’s James 5:7.
“Therefore, be patient…until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” – James 5:7
Lotz suggested this passage of scripture could help answer the question that many people, including the mainstream media who have covered the new revival, are asking – What was going on at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky?
She also included a text from her husband’s nephew, Dr. John-Paul Lotz. He was recently sent to Asbury by Regent University to observe the event. Lotz shared a text she received from John-Paul describing what he saw.
“There was no leader, no rival, no envy, no pride, all humility, meekness, gentle hearts, stumbling sinners, tender students serving thousands of curious visitors in their love for mercy without knowing they are doing so! It is legit,” he wrote.
“GenZ write-offs are graciously allowing us to peek in on this surprising work of God as they serve us like priests, unconsciously dragging us into the presence of the Lord through young, redeemed, romantic hearts for God. Christ is being honored, God is being glorified, the Spirit is at liberty.”
“The real awkward cringe-worthy gawkers are the over forty’s like myself who can’t put down their phones. The Z’s left theirs at home…” John-Paul added.
“Could what John-Paul observed be the beginning of the ‘latter rain’?” Lotz asked. “An outpouring of God’s Spirit in one last great awakening before Jesus returns? Lord God, let it be so…for the glory of Your great name, for the salvation of our nation, for the revival of Your people.”