Rev.19:11 – And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
It seems like every awakening has its own inherit characteristics that distinguish it from all of the others. The revival in Wales was all about singing. Often times there would be spontaneous singing of their favorite songs for hours with no apparent leader. Azusa had the distinction of the return of the prayer language. Often these languages would be expressed in spontaneous songs. There is one characteristic of revival that seems to be uniform in every move of God; that would be a revelation and emphasis of the soon return of Jesus Christ to this earth. Here are some comments from Jonathan Edwards during the Great Awakening of the 1700’s:
“In that resurrection morning, when the Sun of Righteousness shall appear in our heavens, shining in all his brightness and glory, he will come forth as a bridegroom; he shall come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels. And at that glorious appearing of the great God, and our Savior Jesus Christ, shall the whole elect church, complete as to every individual member and each member with the whole man, both body and soul, and both in perfect glory, ascend up to meet the Lord in the air, to be thenceforth forever with the Lord. That will be a joyful meeting of this glorious bridegroom and bride indeed. Then the bridegroom will appear in all his glory without any veil: and then the saints shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father, and at the right hand of their Redeemer; and then the church will appear as the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
Having a sense of the nearness of the Lord’s return is a pretty good indication that you are experiencing spiritual renewal. In the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s there was an emphasis of the soon return of Christ. We read books about it, there were movies about it, gospel tracts, and of course sermons. Even the songs we sang would often focus on the return of Christ. At the end of the day, His return is our hope- Paul called it the Blessed Hope. Jesus is coming back bodily to this earth. The question begging to be asked, will you be ready?