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Is God Bringing a Great Awakening to America?

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- Welcome to this editionof CBN News Showcase.

I'm Mark Martin.

A revival started a fewmonths back in Tennessee

and it's still going strong.

Is it a sign of Godbringing spiritual renewal

much longed for and prayed forby believers to our nation?

I recently spoke with theevangelist God is using

to lead the movement abouthow he's seeing the Lord

move among the people attending.

Tell us how all of this started.

- Pastor Rodger Stockton, he pastors

the Greystone FreewillBaptist Church in Greeneville.

He contacted me several,several months ago

and wanted to do a revivalstarting on April the 15th.

It was only scheduledfor just a few nights,

but we started the revivaland God began to move.

People began to trust Christ,prayers were answered.

The pastor asked me topray about coming back

and starting up weeknumber two and we did.

The Lord gave us the green light to do so

and we started back on week number two

and from week number twoit just began to explode.

People coming from all over the county

and several different areas of the state.

The word began to spread and from there on

the Lord put fuel to the fire.

- And you're entering your 12th week now.

Eventually the revival hadto move into a big tent.

How did all that come about?

- It started at Greystone,as I stated earlier.

It's a small building.

It seats about 200 people,225 people packed out.

The crowds became so large theywere standing down the steps

and we just had nowhereelse to put people.

The pastor and I began to pray.

We looked at auditoriums,we looked at larger churches

to maybe move to, butGod never would give us

the green light to do that.

And then five weeks agoout of the clear blue

God gave me an 80 by 140 tent.

It seats between 1,250 and 1,500 people

and we began to pray and see God's face

and one thing after another,lights and sound, chairs,

trailers, shavings, everythingthat goes along with a tent

God began to give to the ministry

and God used people fromseveral different states

to provide what we needed.

- What's the message thatGod is giving you, D.R.

in this revival for timeslike the ones we're in now?

- It's all about Jesus.

You don't have to give upyour drugs, your drinking,

you don't have to give upanything for Jesus to accept you.

Jesus will take you just as you are.

It's a whosoever will salvation.

No matter how bad you've been,no matter where you've been,

no matter what you'vedone, Jesus loves you

and that's the messagefor this day and this hour

that needs to be preachedall over the world

that Jesus loves you nomatter where you've been,

what social status you are,what color of your skin,

denomination, it doesn't matter.

Jesus is the only answer forthis day and for this hour.

- And when people accept Jesus

He takes all of thoseaddictions away, right?

Talk about that He can.- Yes.

When God saved me I was an alcoholic.

I spent my life in nightclubs.

My wife, I'll just behonest, my wife was a dancer.

She worked in nightclubs her life.

She was to most people outsideand to most Christians today

she was the bottom ofthe barrel, if you will.

And some people would look at her and say,

there's no way she could be saved.

Not somebody that dances, not somebody

that does what she does fora livin', but God came to us

where we are, God came to us.

He saved me, He savedher, and when He saved us

God took her out of that lifestyle

and God took alcohol away from us

and God took all the drugs away

and God took all of that away.

- Tell our viewers where theycan find the revival services

D.R. and when they're being held.

- Every night Mondaythrough Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The address is 1005 QuakerKnob Road in Chuckey, Tennessee

and you can find the revival services.

Some nights we're able to live stream.

Some nights we're not able to,

but you can find them on my Facebook page.

You can also go to the GreenevilleAwakening Facebook page

and we're just, (claps) Mark we're excited

about what God's doinghere, we really are.

- Amen, and you should be definitely.

Well evangelist D.R. Harrison,

thank you so much for your time today

and we commend what you andyour wife are doing there

leading these revival services.

Thank you for being obedient.

- God bless you, Mark, and wesure appreciate you and CBN.

- Thank you.

Despite the good news out of Tennessee,

many Christians believethey've lost the culture war

and America is slippingaway, yet others believe

that more revival and evena third great awakening

could rescue it andthey're praying for it.

- [Reporter] Christians are told

to lead individual souls to Christ.

But the Bible also tellsus to disciple nations.

Well, how do you do that?

That might take a littlemore than revival,

and that's where reformation comes in.

In Psalm 2 God the Father says to Jesus,

"I will make the nationsyour inheritance."

- People are very important.

You know, salvation,evangelism is important.

- [Reporter] But Pastor Mario Bramnick

says salvations one by onewon't turn a whole nation,

and revivals don't last long enough.

Reformation, though,can fundamentally change

or reform a country.

- Reformation is really the kingdom of God

coming into every aspect of society.

- We've gotta think big, you know.

We've gotta think beyond justthe person in front of us.

- So it's real important for the church

to really shift into reformation

which to me is long-term, it's sustained.

Revival is short-term.

- [Reporter] Johnson shared that message

at an Orlando conference put together

by Christian leader Lance Wallnau.

Wallnau agrees, sayingif millions can capture

the high points of societythat influence culture,

they can then reform it.

- I am holding out foran end time will of God.

That we always think of it interms of a harvest of souls

'cause we play shallow.

We should be looking fora harvest of nations.

- [Reporter] Wallnau points out

if you don't occupy theterritory God gives you

it becomes worse when you lose it.

He says Christian leaders love to talk

about the wondrous Welsh revival.

- They get all sentimental and teary-eyed.

The Welsh revival and wetalk about what happened.

But if you go to Wales todayonly 2% of the population

goes to church, 98% is secular.

- [Reporter] Both Wallnauand Johnson say Christians

need to go out and changethe world where they can

like at work and in their neighborhoods.

- They're being impactedinside of the church,

but we're not empowering them to reach out

in their various spheres of influence.

- We get together andpray and then we think,

well, that's done. (slaps hands)

Actually, no, that'slike the starting point.

- [Reporter] And Wallnau and Bramnick

believe the 2016 electioncould be that starting point.

- When we realized we wereabout to lose our nation

in the last election, but we united.

We began to cry out to God,repent, fast, and mobilize.

- 25 million spirituallyactive, governmentally engaged

conservatives, SAGE Cons,Christians showed up

92% in alignment with the factthat it wouldn't be Hillary.

It would be Donald Trump.

- [Reporter] Bramnicknow regularly counsels

and prays in Washingtonand the White House

where he remembers what President Trump

told evangelical leaders from the start.

- And you've been denied.

You are now freely welcomed here.

And then he said to the faith community,

"I am restoring yourvoice and I'm restoring it

"at the highest level."

- [Reporter] Bramnick has seenwhat he considers miracles

at the White House likewhen he met to pray

with fellow Christianleaders across the street.

- Someone gave RamiroPena a word and said,

"Pastor Pena, I want youto look out the window."

The window oversaw the White House.

"I want you to seeyourself in the Oval Office

"and decree and declarethe fatherhood of God

"over President Trump."

- [Reporter] Just a few minutes later

Bramnick got a phonecall from the White House

to come right over.

- We get called to the Oval Office.

Pastor Ramiro Penaspeaks to the president,

decrees and declaresthe fatherhood of God,

what we prayed and visualizedand hour and a half ago.

We got to speak to the president.

- [Reporter] Wallnau believes this favor

in the highest places can be accelerated

into worldwide reformation.

- What we get is a global movement.

It's not just about America.

America is a key to keeping the door open

on the experiment ofself-governing, self-control,

liberty, and religious freedom.

- [Reporter] It'll bea real fight, though.

- [Johnson] Do not think thatthe door cannot be closed.

It is a massive battle, wecannot let our guards down.

There is a war for the soul of our nation.

- Johnson says victory willtake every believer stepping up.

- Whether you have influenceof five people or 500,000

be faithful to where God hasstrategically positioned you.

And the Lord said to me,if you'll be faithful

in the small things I'll giveyou access to the big things.

- We've already seenthe move of God start.

If we can just stayengaged in the process.

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- Coming up, more of Paul Strand's report

on why many Christiansbelieve this generation

is about to witness the greatestrevival in all of history.

Another Christian ministry'sgroup has the same passion

for revival, they believe if they unite

they could help launch one ofhistory's greatest revivals.

Again, CBN's Paul Strandhas their story from Canada.

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- Toronto is seeing someof the flames reigniting

that burned so powerfully

during the Toronto Blessing revival

that started in 1994 and touchedmillions around the world.

(crowd cheering)

It's a gathering of someof the most powerful

streams of ministry thathave been used in revival

across the past three decades.

They've gathered inToronto because all believe

God wants to light the fire again

and hit the world with possibly

the greatest awakeningand harvest of all time.

Daniel Kolenda is asuccessor of Reinhard Bonnke

whose Christ for allNations says it has seen

more than 70 million salvations.

He says Christians needto focus on Jesus Himself.

- It actually makes our jobs quite easy.

We just present Jesus to people

and the Holy Spirit comesin and does the rest.

- [Paul] Lou Engle hasbeen leading intercessors

crying out for thisfor more than 30 years.

- Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away

the sins of the world.

I'm believing for a massbeholding of the Lamb of God.

So many people gettingsaved, and secondly,

and He shall baptize you withthe Holy Spirit and fire.

- [Paul] John Kilpatrick'schurch was the headquarters

for the BrownsvilleRevival that began in 1995.

He says he heard aboutthis much larger revival

that was yet to come the day Al-Qaeda

brought down the Twin Towers.

- I watched the towers come down

and I said to the Lord, I said, "Well Lord

"does this mean that revival's over?"

And the Lord responded to be immediately.

He said, "Oh no," He said,"revival's not over."

He said, "I'mma pour out my spirit again,

"but it'll be in conjunctionwith end time events."

- [Paul] Rick Joyner ofMorningstar Ministries

believes that it's crucial thatall of these various streams

of ministry work in unison.

- Because there is amultiplication of authority

and spiritual authoritywhen you come together.

One can put 1,000 to flight,

but two can put 10,000 to flight.

- [Paul] He believes it'sthe best kind of witness

to a fragmenting world.

- They're starting to loveeach other, come together,

have unity, have peace, have joy.

All these things that the world

is becoming increasingly devoid of.

- I do believe in a billion soul harvest.

That's been prophesied about.

- [Paul] Global Awakening'sRandy Clark was preaching here

when the Toronto Blessingbegan in the 1990s.

He points out some have saidthis will be a faceless,

nameless revival because God wants to use

every willing person in the entire church,

not just evangelical superstars.

- And it didn't mean thatthere weren't leaders,

but it meant that the leaders understood

their role was to releasethe others, the laity.

- [Paul] Engle called the crowd in Toronto

to become those disciples, asking them

to take off their shoesand say God send me.

- How beautiful are feet ofthem that bring good news.

How shall they hearunless there's a preacher?

- He's just looking for peoplethat are hungry and open

and will say, God, whateveryou wanna do, here am I.

- [Paul] Paul Strand, CBN News

at the Light the Fire Againconference in Toronto.

- Another sign of revival rumbling

just under the surface inAmerica is happening in New York.

CBN's Charlene Aaron recentlyspoke with one pastor

who says he and other Christian leaders

are praying for revival to cometo New York and the nation.

- Well first of all,this is a call for prayer

over New York for revival.

How did it all come about?

- This is the week whereNew York City comes together

and we bring in to the city

around $6 million worth of resources

and we divide them upbetween thousands of churches

and we hit the streets.

We've been hitting thestreets back to back

every day for the last seven days.

I just preached the Gospel on Macy's

right there at the mostwell-known store in the world,

they say, the Miracle on 34th Street

became the real miracle on 34th Street

as Nicole Simone led worshipand we all gathered there

in thousands to preach the Gospel

and people got saved so thenwe're culminating tonight

with prayer for revivalbecause we're seeing God move

in such powerful ways and onthe most influential island

in the world, which is Manhattan

and we're seeing that alsopour through the five boroughs.

- And what are the main prayerpoints for the event tonight?

- We wanna see unityin the Body of Christ.

New York City, because it'ssuch a touch place to minister,

you know, it's one of thetoughest in the country.

You have to be extremely well-read

as a Christian communicator.

You have to be studied, youhave to know the culture

extremely well so that you can highlight

the beautiful things about Jesus.

So we work together tirelesslybecause it's so tough.

But we know the enemy cantry to get in and divide

and we wanna see a newrevival happen in this city

where it's consistent, long-term prayer,

where relationships arecontinuing to come together

and more and more peoplesee the attractiveness

of following Jesus Christ wholeheartedly

without holding anything back.

- And you mentioned unity.

I understand that there willbe a diverse group of people

that will be attending tonight.

Talk about why that is so important

in the church as a whole right now.

- One of the big thingsthat's constantly rising

to the surface of a lot ofissues is the race issue

and the diversity issue,so we just feel like

it's important as the Chinesechurch, the Korean church,

the Black church, the Whitechurch, the Latino church,

and Native American church,that we all show great signs

of unity by showing up together,by worshiping together,

by praying together, by planningand strategizing together.

And I'm telling you, you'll be blown away.

We are often blown away by howunique our differences are.

Like you know, as anAfrican-American and half Latino

we bring a lot of passion and excitement.

You know, some of our Asian brothers,

they love to see the stats and the figures

and how this is all gonna work.

And then you know, we havesome of our White audience

that's with us like, OK,well how could we organize

and make sure that this is working.

And when you just see justthe beautiful diversity

of the body lending itshand and understanding

that we're one in the blood of Jesus,

but sometimes a little different,

it's just so beautiful to see.

- Thank you so much for youtime, sir, God bless you.

- Oh, thank you, and lovethe work that you're doing

and continue the greatwork, thank you so much.

- Thank you.

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- Still ahead, thousands of Christians

believing for revival, praying for it,

and also calling onfellow believers like you

to help usher it in and be a part of it.

Earlier we told you aboutgroups of Christians

hoping for a third great awakening.

CBN's Paul Strand brings us more

on how they're preparingby faith to be a part of it

and he says they'reinviting other believers

to take part, too.

- If a massive harvest is on the way,

how can believers getready to do their part?

Some of the most well-known,charismatic leaders

were just answering such questions

at the location where the revival

known as the TorontoBlessing stated in 1994.

Questions such as, whatshould Christians expect?

Some say this next revivalwill be like a huge wave

that washes over the whole world.

Heidi Baker has helped started thousands

of churches and fellowships in Mozambique

and around the world.

She says she's had a vision of such a wave

that she says it's a glory wave.

- And I saw the waveand it's full of faces.

And I thought, Lord, what is that?

Are those the ones cominghome, or the ones going out?

And I saw they were the faces

of these radical lovers ofGod, every tribe, tongue,

and nation, who are gonnago to the ends of the earth

carrying the glory.

- [Paul] John Arnott headed up the church

where the Toronto Blessing began.

He too has had a visionof a glory wave so big

he called it a tsunami in thebook Preparing for the Glory.

- And all these littleboats on the top of it

and then this wave crestedand came crashing to shore.

(mimics waves crashing)

And it was just a suddenwonderful outpouring of God

that was just sweeping.

- [Paul] Some may feel thatsuch a revival is impossible

in this dark, immoral age,but theology professor

Michael Brown says he'sstudied several times

American history wherethe most learned men

thought Christianity wasdying out in the land.

- Everybody counted thechurch out, counted God out

and then awakening came.

So I truly believe, as much asmy mind says it's impossible

I truly believe that thegreatest awakening for America

and certainly outpouringfor the world is yet ahead.

- [Paul] Brown has oftenencountered controversy

for insisting on biblical truth

no matter how politicallyincorrect it may be,

like on gay marriage,but he insists Christians

can stand for such truth andstill win over the worldly

who may despise that truth.

- We need a fresh baptismof love for a sinful world

and a fresh baptism ofthe image of Jesus in us

so that we can really belike Him to this world.

If we really care, theright words will follow.

That we also have to recognize

that the darkness always hates the light.

We have to quit trying toplease people and be accepted.

We must speak the truth in love.

It's not either or, it's both and.

- Revivals are known for burning brightly,

but then always burning out.

Well there are thosesaying that if the next one

will put Jesus Christ right at the center,

it never has to die.

So that's a part of preparing for revival.

- I think we can up our prayer lives.

We can reprioritize how we spend our day,

how we spend our money.

He needs to be number one.

- He's our Lord, our Savior,our King, our bridegroom King.

We wanna lift Him up andlift Him up and lift Him up.

As He be lifted up allmen will be drawn to Him.

- [Paul] Jeri Hill isthe widow of Steve Hill,

the evangelist at the center

of the 1995 Brownsville Revival.

- And at one point he wasgonna be put on Time magazine

and he said, "You know what,I think you need to put God.

"Get a picture of God, becauseit's really all about Him.

"I am only a vessel that he fixed."

- [Paul] She points outhe preached a revival

couldn't supersaturate thewhole world 'til every believer

becomes an evangelistto those around them.

- And when Steve and I would go out

we would talk to people aboutJesus in the supermarket,

in an antique store, in arestaurant, you take it out.

- Well you keep your heartright, keep short accounts

with people that haveoffended you or hurt you

or whatever and you justget rooted and grounded

in the love of God and get ready for more.

- Have little gatherings at your company.

Have little gatherings at your school.

Just come together andlove Jesus and then shine.

Don't be afraid to share your testimony.

- [Paul] Paul Strand CBN News reporting

from the Light the FireAgain conference in Toronto.

- Up next, it's time topray here on Showcase.

Stay with us.(upbeat music)

Won't you pray with us?

Dear Lord we thank you for Yourgreat love and faithfulness

to every generation.

We thank You for Yourgoodness and Your kindness.

You are faithful andtrue above all others.

There's no God like You, dear Lord.

We praise you for signsof revival in our land

from New York to Tennessee and elsewhere.

You desire that none perish.

We thank you for movingYour spirit across the land.

May Your kingdom come onEarth as it is in Heaven.

Dear Lord, we know that Your Word says,

for God so loved the world that He gave

His only begotten Son, thatwhosoever believes in Him

should not perish, but have eternal life.

And we pray for the truth ofthis Scripture from John 3:16

to go across the globe toall nations that men, women,

and children may knowYour great love for them.

We pray for the nations.

You say if we ask You for the nations

You will give them to us.

We ask for America and allthe nations of the world

to be Yours, and we praybelieving that You will answer

according to the marvelous promises,

the marvelous promises of Your Word.

And we ask all of this now inthe name of Jesus Christ amen.

Thanks for praying with me.

That's all for this editionof the CBN News Showcase.

Catch all of the news of theday anytime at cbnnews.com.

Have a great day, God bless you.

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