Several supernatural features mark every revival. The first manifestation of God is an awareness of his holiness and presence. This produces terrible conviction of sin. Third, sinners literally yell, tremble, fall, and sometimes go unconscious because of the great distress from this conviction. These manifestations preview the Day of Judgment. Then, in fear of God, sinners will cry for the mountains to fall on them. But now, in revival, this terrifying manifestation of the presence of God is a gracious act. Without it, many thousands will never be saved.
As we humble our hearts before God, these supernatural features challenge us in our church culture. Are we willing to put aside liturgical calendars, church schedules, and our “regular” worship service? Will we submit to whatever manifestations of God he chooses to bring? Or will we quench His Spirit, and grieve him away?