Guys this really touched my heart, and I believe that a wave of the Holy Spirit is coming. Read and enjoy this expert from Kenneth Hagins book. - PJ
Kenneth E. Hagin Tongues: Beyond The Upper Room
I found out early on in my ministry that by praying with other tongues, the Holy Spirit would prepare me for things to come. For instance, I made mention earlier about the time in 1943 when I was alone in my study in Greggton, Texas, and I made a decision to pray in tongues for an hour. Then because the devil kept telling me I was wasting my time, I determined to pray for two more hours—and after that, another four hours! But as I neared my fifth hour of praying in tongues, I hit a gusher and started praying under a strong anointing in the Holy Ghost.
Most folks never pray in tongues long enough to hit a gusher.
They drill down right below the surface and hope to hit “oil” with as little time and effort as possible! When I hit that gusher in February 1943, a revelation of things to come suddenly started flowing out of me. The Lord said, “At the close of World War II, there will come a revival of divine healing to America.” I wrote those words down and dated the paper. A year and a half later in September 1944, I was preaching at a Pentecostal youth rally in east Texas, and in the middle of my sermon, I saw that paper in my Bible where I had written down the words the Lord had spoken to me. So I said to the people, “Let me read to you something the Spirit of God said to me while I was praying awhile back.” Then I read those words: “At the close of World War II, there will come a revival of divine healing to America.” As God is my witness, the moment I read those words, the power of God fell on that crowd! The Spirit of God moved in like a wind, and every minister in the room ran down the aisle and fell on the altar. Everyone else hit the floor, and everyone started praying in tongues. I didn’t tell them to do that—I was right in the middle of my sermon! But when I looked around and saw everyone on the floor, I just got down on the floor and prayed with them! We prayed up a storm for a good while. When we finally got through praying, I just picked up where I left off and finished my sermon! We need more of those kinds of services, where God’s power manifests while the preacher is preaching.
If today’s Spirit-filled believers would start believing God for the move of His Spirit and pray in the Holy Ghost the way Pentecostal believers did in those days, the same mighty power would be in manifestation today as it was then.
That Holy Ghost power may fall like rain. It may move in like a cloud. Or it may blow through like a wind and sweep everyone off the pews and onto the floor, just like it did in that meeting in September 1944 when God confirmed the word He’d given me.
The revival of divine healing began in 1947, sweeping the nation with the force of God’s healing power and lasting through 1958. You see, moves of God on this earth are like waves of the sea coming in to shore. And when those waves start coming in, blown by the wind of the Spirit, anyone can jump on them and ride! For instance, one Pentecostal minister told me, “Before this revival started, my wife and I had ministered for 35 years together and had never prayed for the sick or had a healing ministry. We’d minister in song, and my wife would minister a short message from the Word. Then we’d exhort sinners to get saved and give an altar call, and people would get saved. But when that wave of divine healing came, we just got on the wave and rode it! We started praying for the sick, and to our utter astonishment, people started getting healed everywhere! One completely blind woman was instantly healed under our ministry. It was the easiest thing in the world to get people healed!” Others told me the same thing. They got on the wave and rode it into shore! Now, it’s fine to do that, but people need to be careful that they don’t ride the wave when God’s Spirit is moving while neglecting their own time of personal fellowship with the Father. If they do that, they will miss the Holy Spirit’s cue when it’s time to get off that wave and get on another one. And as a result, they’ll be washed up on the shore and left there to sit and bellyache about how dry it is! Personally, I determined never to make that mistake, and I knew how to make sure I didn’t. During that mighty move of God’s healing power, an organization was formed among the healing evangelists called the “Voice of Healing,” and I was one of the ministers in that organization. One day a fellow “Voice of Healing” minister asked me, “Kenneth, how did your ministry suddenly just blossom out? What did you do to make that happen?”
Some folks are always looking for something “they” can do to reach their goal or find success. But the answer isn’t found in man’s natural strength or reasoning powers. I simply replied, “I’ll tell you what I did. It was a matter of waiting on God and spending hours praying in the Holy Ghost.
That’s how I have received direction and revelation for every step and every stage of my ministry.” The Next Two Waves of God’s Spirit In 1958, I was preaching at a church in Dallas, when suddenly by revelation, I spoke out, “The next revival is in the Church!” The congregation thought I meant in the Pentecostal church. But I didn’t mean that at all. In fact, the next wave of God’s Spirit almost missed the Pentecostal churches entirely. I meant the next revival would be in the denominational church world. After that, it wasn’t long before the Charismatic revival began. We rode that wonderful wave for quite a few years, and many church people’s lives were dramatically changed as they received the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Then that revival ran its course and has virtually subsided, although there are certainly people in the denominational church world who continue to receive the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues.
Then we had a great revival of teaching God’s Word—what some folks call the “faith message.” I don’t like that term. I simply call it “faith in the Word of God.” We’re not talking about trying to believe something that’s way out in left field. We just accept and believe what God has said in His Word. This teaching revival had its beginnings in the mandate the Lord gave me years ago when He said to me, “Go teach My people faith.” As a result of sowing the Word into God’s people, a great harvest has been reaped. I tried to be faithful with that message over the years, but the day came when the Lord said to me, “Today there are many other good teachers of faith in My Body.” (For a long time, it seemed like I was the only voice out there!) “Now you must go teach My people about the Holy Ghost!”
The Lord went on to say, “Charismatic believers know how to praise Me, but there is a move of the Spirit they know little or nothing about.
And should I tarry My coming, that understanding will be lost to future generations if you don’t teach them.” Of course, we will never leave behind the teaching of God’s Word. But God wants to combine a move of His Spirit with the solid foundation of Bible teaching that’s been built over the past few decades in the Body of Christ. The combination will cause the next move of the Holy Ghost to be the biggest one yet! The Next Wave of God’s Spirit Is Coming. When you’ve preached as long as I have (almost seven decades!), you can start to see some things come in waves.
And I can sense it in my spirit—there is another wave coming. Get ready for it.
It isn’t coming just because God said it’s coming. We are going to have to enter into the deeper realm of prayer we have been talking about and give birth to that which God wants to do. If you’ve ever gone down to the ocean and watched the waves come in, you know that before a wave ever breaks on the shore, it has its beginnings way out in the deeper waters of the ocean. The potential energy of the wave begins long before you ever see the final result washing up on the shore. Well, that’s what praying in tongues accomplishes in the spiritual realm. When you pray in tongues, you give impetus to the next move of God’s Spirit before that spiritual “wave” is ever seen with your natural eyes! When I talk to other ministers, I realize we all have the same thing in our spirits. We haven’t necessarily communicated in the natural with one another. There is just something in our spirits that tells us another wave is coming! So what do we do about it? Well, we determine that we’re not going to stay with the old wave and ride it into the shore, only to be left high and dry on the sand! Instead, we turn around and start swimming back out to the deep part of the ocean so we can get on the next wave—the next mighty move of God’s Spirit on this earth.
And how do we swim back out to the deep? By setting aside time and dedicating ourselves to fellowship with the Father and to pray in the Holy Ghost!
But if we are going to usher in the next mighty move of God’s Spirit in these last days, judgment must begin at the house of God. There is so much more God wants to do for His people. But He can’t do what He wants to do until Christians humble themselves, forget their petty little differences, and come together in unity to enter the realm of the Spirit in prayer. God is calling us to answer His call to pray in these last days. Jesus is coming soon—but before He comes, there is something He wants to do. And what He does on this earth, He will do through us, His Body. The Body has no coordination when half of its members are going one way and the other half are going the other way. So God is getting us ready. He is calling us to a common goal—to yield to the prompting of the Holy Ghost to pray in other tongues! The next wave is about to burst upon us in all of its glory, and every one of us should be determined not to miss it!
We have seen the wave called the healing revival. We have seen the wave called the Charismatic Movement. We have seen the wave of faith and of the teaching of God’s Word. But now another wave is coming! It’s the wave of the Holy Ghost!
Oh, yes, we’ve seen the power of the Holy Ghost in a limited fashion, but a wave is coming that will bring His power on a higher level and in a far greater measure than we have ever seen heretofore.
I can see that wave way out yonder in the deep waters. It’s coming! The waves of Holy Ghost power are building higher! Don’t stay on the old wave of yesterday’s move of the Spirit. Swim out to the deep waters of the Spirit realm by praying in the Holy Ghost, and get on the next wave of God’s purposes for this hour. Then keep on praying so you can ride that new wave as it builds and builds in divine power and glory. I’m convinced the wave that is coming will be twice as high as the healing wave, the Charismatic wave, or the faith wave. In fact, it will be twice as high as all of them put together! I believe it is going to be the wave that sweeps us right on in to the shores of the Glory World! Answering God’s Call to Prayer
The Lord told me that there is a depth of prayer and intercession in the Spirit that will be lost unless we who are experienced in prayer somehow get those truths over to this present generation of believers.
I’ve known a few folks over the years who were great intercessors and who became experts in this deeper realm of praying in the Holy Ghost. But God wants more who can pray like those few. He must have more believers who know how to pray in that deeper realm because there is a job to get done in these last days. If His plans and purposes are to be fulfilled in this late hour, more and more of His people must say no to their flesh and spend time praying out divine mysteries to God.