5 Minutes Bible Study – Revival This Year

REVIVAL THIS YEAR by Dr. Harold Sala Great is the LORD’S anger that burns against us because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us. 2 Kings 22:13 Reidun Gesswein vividly remembered when Pastor Thorleif Holm-Glad was walking through the empty sanctuary of Betlehem Church in Oslo, Norway when the old caretaker of the church stopped him and soberly announced, “See these empty seats? This year there will be revival in this church!” The pastor was startled to say the least. Yes, he knew the church had empty seats and plenty of them. No, not during the week when people were working but during services when the empty seats should have been filled. He also knew the caretaker was a good man, not given to exaggeration. Reidun’s husband, Armin, a key person in the Norwegian revival, described the caretaker as “a very humble, soft-spoken man. Never a platform man or public speaker. Just a quiet man, doing his job well. But a man of prayer. An intercessor.” And what happened? It was in the early 1930s, and the churches of Norway were about as cold as the ice which filled the fjords in winter. But within a year the prophecy of the old caretaker was realized, and revival came such as had never before been known in that church or that country. Says Armin, “It turned out to be one of the greatest revivals of this century. On and on the meeting went as the fire kept on burning. In connection with
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