Awakening #10 – The Importance of Revival Historians
In this video I want to honor some unsung heroes. Most of you are not aware of these people. But God raised them up in my lifetime to do a certain work, and without their ministry, I could not write with confidence about the mighty deeds of God through history. My “Glory Through Time” writing would be dead in the water without them. They are Revival historians.
Remember how Jesus called His disciples to be “eye-witnesses” of His resurrection (Luke 24:48). The role of eye-witnesses is critically important to the Gospel of the kingdom, because God relies on credible witnesses to verify what He has done in real time. Without eye-witnesses, we can start to think that God doesn’t really do much of anything in the real world, that the Christian Church just traffics in opinions about God.
The Revival historian is the guy who goes back and reviews the written testimony of eye-witnesses during Revival seasons. Otherwise, that eye-witness testimony is lost to all future generations. He’s the guy who says, “Just the facts, ma’am.” He patiently reviews the written testimony of those who experienced outpourings of the Holy Spirit–just as Luke did in the Book of Acts. It is the patient research of Revival historians, poring over testimonies of eye-witnesses, that enable someone like me to piece together a narrative of the Kingdom of God as I am doing in Glory Through Time. I rely on the work of Revival historians because I want my narrative to be based on “just the facts.” One reason no one has attempted to write a continuous narrative like Glory Through Time is that there weren’t any Revival historians to do the hard and patient work that historians do to uncover the facts. In this video, I want to introduce you to these people who did all this prior work.