John 18:4-6 – So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and *said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
I used to have a really hard time with people falling under the power. It seemed forced to me. I guess seeing some evangelists shoving people over didn’t help much. All of that has changed for me now. The change started when I was caught by surprise by falling on the floor for myself. I was embarrassed at first, I had fallen down and couldn’t get up. After laying on the floor for a while I began to yield. As I was laying on the floor, I became more and more aware of a strong presence on me and frankly I no longer wanted to get up. I was hooked. From that point on I began to go on my search in the Bible and into historic Revival to see if this manifestation of the Spirit was tenable. Of course the Bible is full of examples. Today’s verse from the Garden of Gethsemane saw the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus fall down under the power. Of course there was Saul of Tarsus rolling in the road on the Road to Damascus and Daniel in his time of fasting and prayer doing a face-plant in the dirt. We also can’t forget John on the isle of Patmos, he fell on his face when he saw Jesus shine like the noonday sun. The Bible is full of these examples.
As for historic Revival, John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and Charles Finney experienced this phenomenon in their meetings. People would often fall into an unconscious state and be there for extended periods of time. This manifestation was also common at the Azusa Street Revival, the Charismatic Renewal, as well as the outpourings under John Wimber in the 1980’s. This is nothing new and has been in the church from the beginning.
What happens when someone is under the anointing experiencing this manifestation? I like to call it the Holy Ghost operating table. Whatever needs to come out is removed by the Lord. He can heal us physically, restore us emotionally, bring deliverance from oppression and addictions into our lives.
He also pours into us. Whatever we are lacking for the task at hand He can add to us. He is passing out gifts for ministry and even giving us instruction and creative ideas. He pours into us exactly what we need.
So what shall we do? I say press in until you are lost in His glory, that’s where it all begins to happen.