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a risen Savior. In the first chapter of the book of Acts,
we find 120 bewildered believers gathered together in
prayer. Jesus' promise of the power of the Holy Spirit
still echoed in their hearts. They waited.
On the day of Pentecost, Christ's words came true. With a strong wind
and tongues of fire the disciples were instantly filled with the Holy
Spirit. Suddenly this band of confused believers was transformed into
world changers. The disciples began speaking in strange tongues drawing
a crowd of amazed Jews who each heard his own language. Peter, once
the rugged fisherman, was now Peter the bold evangelist.
Recently, Scott Ross spoke with Dr. Elmer Towns, co-author of the book,
"The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever," to get a grasp of how the events of
Pentecost changed forever the lives of the disciples and of the world.
Scott Ross: Define the word revival?
Dr. Elmer Towns: Revival is the presence of God. When the Bible
says, "I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh,' it is God pouring Himself
on his people -- end of sentence. That's it now. There are many other
things. Revival is sometimes when souls get saved. Revival is when there
is great repentance. Revival is when the land is healed or when there
is a great change in culture. But revival is when God is there.
So Pentecost is the fountainhead; it's the beginning. And what happened
then was that the Holy Spirit was there and people were getting saved.
God was not in the building; He was in the street. People were in the
Word of God. They were witnessing everywhere. There were signs and wonders
and there was a manifestation of God within the life of the people.
That was revival.
Scott Ross: The flames of revival that were started on the day
of Pentecost are still burning today. Hearts continue to be set ablaze
as believers seek a closer walk with Jesus Christ.
Dr. Elmer Towns: What happened at Pentecost can still happen
again and again and again. 'If My people who are called by My name shall
humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked
ways,' then God says, 'I will hear, answer,' --and then I love the last
part -- 'heal their land.' That's revival. So I believe God can do it