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“. . . that He will again raise up unto Himself certain young men whom He may use in this glorious employ [revival].  And what manner of men will they be?  Men mighty in the Scriptures, their lives dominated by a sense of the greatness, the majesty and holiness of God, and their minds and hearts aglow with the great truths of the doctrines of grace.  They will be men who have learned what it is to die to self, to human aims and personal ambitions; men who are willing to be ‘fools for Christ’s sake’, who will bear reproach and falsehood, who will labor and suffer, and whose supreme desire will be, not to gain earth’s accolades, but to win the Master’s approbation when they appear before His awesome judgment seat.  They will be men who will preach with broken hearts and tear-filled eyes, and upon whose ministries God will grant an extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, and who will witness ‘signs and wonders following’ in the transformation of multitudes of human lives.”

Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield (London, 1970), I:16.

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  1. I have been praying for a Third Great Awakening for 39 years, ever since the Fall of ’73 when I addressed the Pastors Prayer Meeting of the Sandy Creek Baptist Assn., which organization grew out of the labors of Stearns and Marshall who had been converted in the First Great Awakening under Whitefield and which Assn. of churches experienced the Second Great Awakening in 1801 and then took part in the launching of the Great Century of Missions. The theology that had the primary role in those events needs to come back….and Edwards’ Humble Attempt provides the promises/prophecies to be pleaded in prayer for such a visitation again…even one that shall, hopefully, begin in this generation and win every soul on earth and continue for a thousand generations or anywhere from 20,000-900,000 years and reach millions of planets, providing that God has ordained for man to go to the stars… All in order to have enough elect ones in Heaven that no one cn number ..Rev.7:9.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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