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Watchman Rise and Build – August 2017 Herrnhut Gathering Report

November 25th, 2017 · No Comments · News Updates

Watchman Rise and Build – August 2017 Herrnhut Gathering Report

When the Earth Shook….

To the Global Watch family:

The Global Watch carries much of the spiritual DNA of Herrnhut Germany. As such, we are relaying a summary of a significant landmark gathering in Herrnhut, Germany August 11-18th, 2017 on the 290 year anniversary of the outpouring. People from 30+ nations (including villagers) gathered in Herrnhut, Germany to seek the Lord and “Re-dig” the well of revival that took place there, August 13, 1727. The Lord took us to this defining moment surely pointing to a “set time.” The supernatural connections and events that led us to the convening were marked by “Only God could do” confirmations. The gathering was a distinct call of God, and those in attendance came as a response to that call at significant price and sacrifice. We are humbled by the numerous stories of God’s obvious hand and provision on how many heard from God and provided supernaturally for their journey. None came for any recompense, even speakers, and worship leaders. Most came with a stated desire to “Encounter” God. It has been our experience that when we ask for such experiences, often the “Encounter” comes in ways we do not expect or understand. Our sense from the beginning with the lightning strike on God’s acre (confirmed by some of the youth who were there when it happened), to the end, there was a divine message and “Power encounter” with God that ensued and sense of spiritual birth and shift in atmosphere. Signs followed.

Scripturally, the earth shook when Jesus died; the waters parted when Israel was delivered from Egypt, and when the priests stepped into the Jordan to take Israel into the promised land, to name a few. During creation God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.” Suffice it to say, signs can emphasize “set times” of the Lord. In set times, such as in Abraham’s time, the promises of God come true, Genesis 17:21. They are times when God is emphasizing His purpose and need for focus, perhaps a correction of course (Habakkuk 2:1). It is not “super spiritualization,” but rather an apprehending the times of the Lord, to be noted and to draw our attention to Him, the Lord of Hosts. Not to underestimate, but rather give focus, the acronym “PRICE” has come to mind describing the experience at “Watchmen Rise and Build” week in Herrnhut. We experienced the following, each in our distinctive way:

P- Power Encounter with God
R- Re-setting and re-aligning us with our
I- Identity in Christ individually and corporately
C- Commissioning and
E- Empowering us forward

In very “Brief” review, a few hours before the meeting in Herrnhut started, the area encountered a lightning and thunder strike that “Shook” the earth. The testimony of the lightning strike that “Shook the earth” hit “God’s Acre” has come through young adults on sight at the Watchtower when it happened. Many of the residents in Herrnhut and those of us there were suddenly riveted to attention. Residents of Herrnhut said they have never witnessed anything like it. That was the beginning of the Lord of Hosts taking command of a meeting that only time will tell of its significance. Suffice it to say; the “Summit” was at the very least provoking, if not life-changing for many of those in attendance. Why? Because the Lord of Hosts met us.

Getting serious with God, Tuesday evening, August 15th a travail broke out that led many into the wee hours of the morning weeping in surges across the room. The meeting was closed to allow God to “deal” with each one of us individually as deep repentance took over the convening. The sense of spiritual birth was real. This spiritual nature of the travail was confirmed when reports reached us of similar manifestations happening at the same time on a University campus in Egypt and in two prayer groups in California. That night a massive thunderstorm hit Europe, shutting down many of Europe’s airports.

 

Key concepts and ‘take home’ messages from Herrnhut:

Revival begins with us; many commented on a new desire and call to prayer and intimacy with God. Psalm 34:18
God is retrieving seeds, past vision, purpose, plans that have fallen to the ground and have died to now raise them up. John 12:24; Isaiah 58:12
Watchmen are key to the formation and release of the government of God and peace in our communities and cities. 2 Kings 11; Isaiah 9:7
Not only is ongoing corporate prayer and informed intercession important, but the infrastructure of relationship is vital to a sustained move of God and transformation.
Gender and generational integration are integral to the formation and sustenance of communities of committed prayer, i.e. “Watches.” Malachi 4:6
Small groups meeting in homes, or houses of prayer are included and should not be intimidated in this grassroots call. They are vital parts of the building necessary to bridge our cities/states/nations.
The harvest time includes re-alignment of personal and corporate identity. Part of that alignment will include the church coming into its fullness of the understanding of Ekklesia. Watchmen will be key in facilitating that shift as they align with their God-given identity and call. Habakkuk 2:1-3; Isaiah 62:6-7; Romans 11:25
Commitment to core values forms solid foundations for healthy relationships, bred in a culture of honor, and continued growth and expansion.
Key Scriptures:

John 12:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
John 15:1-15
Isaiah 58:12 “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations, and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, and Restorer of Streets to Dwell in.”
Isaiah 54
Psalm 46
Isaiah 9:7
2 Kings 11

INVITE GOING FORWARD: Whatever your take on the convening, understanding the role and construct of the “Watch” and being “Watchmen” in repairing the breaches, and restorers of the understanding of Ekklesia are powerful transformational concepts. It was a message that shook the earth, and the heavens declared its impact and import. Now the commission is to go forward. It’s time to carry the seed of Herrnhut forward into the nations and nurture it to fruition.

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Our Invitation “Watchmen Rise and Build! 11 – 19 August 2017, Herrnhut, Germany

May 17th, 2017 · No Comments · News Updates

“Watchmen Rise and Build! 11 – 19 August 2017, Herrnhut, Germany Your Invitation The Summit will be an International convening of nations to mark the 290-year anniversary of the outpouring of God’s Spirit in Herrnhut. Some call it the “2nd Pentecost.” What was the culture of prayer and community of Herrnhut, “The Lord’s Watch,” that lasted generations, transformed the community, and released a massive missions movement? The seed is still there!

In this unique convergence of time, place, and purpose, the seed is ready now to live again. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain,” John 12:24. It is time for the “Lord’s Watch,” the seed of Herrnhut, to live again and spread to the nations to build the relationships/community. God’s amazing confirmations have marked the journey to this summit, for more information see Journey to Herrnhut, 2017.

Who? The meeting in Herrnhut will be a place to draw leaders, people with a heart for their communities and nations, committed to prayer, together from across the globe to seek the Lord in United intercession, learn and experience the culture of Herrnhut, and to build relationships. Out of this, we are confident that the Lord will ignite and mobilize His watchmen to strengthen the wall of united global intercession. Why Herrnhut? Herrnhut – “The Lord’s Watch,” is still an unpretentious small village of several thousand people. Count von Zinzendorf inspired a deep commitment to night and day prayer, and community. Both entities were keys that sustained a habitation of His Presence over generations!

The gathering will land on a significant convergence of timing, the 290 year anniversary of the outpouring, 13 August 1727. What was their secret? Herrnhut consisted of diverse people, mostly refugees from different lands. On 12 May 1727, they committed to work together and serve the Lord in prayer. Three months later, on 13 August 1727, the Lord poured out His Presence, which started 150 years of continuous night and day prayer, transformed the community and launched an unprecedented missions movement. What sustained them? God has poured out His Spirit many times in the past, but the revivals usually have not lasted more than several years.

The key to Herrnhut was that they had a committed community – they were committed to the Lord, but also to each other, the foundations of which are in the great commandments, upon which is “all the law and the prophets,” Matthew 22:40. Many other movements have occurred in the past, e.g. Bangor, Ireland, the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem and Malta etc. with similar sustaining force. All had two values in common, a commitment to prayer and community. Your invitation: The largest venue in Herrnhut holds a maximum of 200 people, which is where the meeting will be held. 50 of those spots will be reserved for local Christian leaders, mainly from the local YWAM base and the local House of Prayer. That leaves room for 150 participants who are being called from around the world to come together for this time. We believe with a faithful remnant; God can do the unimaginable so that He is glorified, John 15:8. Is He calling you to listen corporately to the voice of the Lord and be a part of building this committed Global Community of Watchmen?

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The Moravian Revival – An Abstract

May 17th, 2017 · No Comments · News Updates

The Rev. John Greenfield, an American Moravian evangelist, published his book “Power On High” in 1927 on the 200th anniversary of the Moravian revival. The information in this article is from that book, now out of print. The Moravians, a refugee colony from Bohemia, settled on the estates of Count Nicholas Zinzendorf in Herrnhut, Germany, where a powerful revival began in 1727. It launched 100 years of continuous prayer and within 25 years 100 Moravians were missionaries, more than the rest of the Protestant church had sent out in two centuries. The Holy Ghost came upon us and in those days great signs and wonders took place in our midst. From that time scarcely a day passed but what we beheld His almighty workings amongst us. A modern Pentecost A Moravian historian wrote that Church history abounds in records of special outpourings of the Holy Ghost, and verily the thirteenth of August 1727, was a day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We saw the hand of God and His wonders, and we were all under the cloud of our fathers baptized with their Spirit. The Holy Ghost came upon us and in those days great signs and wonders took place in our midst. From that time scarcely a day passed but what we beheld His almighty workings amongst us. A great hunger after the Word of God took possession of us so that we had to have three services every day, viz. 5.0 and 7.30 a.m. and 9.0 p.m. Every one desired above everything else that the Holy Spirit might have full control. Selflove and self-will, as well as all disobedience disappeared and an overwhelming flood of grace swept us all out into the great ocean of Divine Love. No one present could tell exactly what happened on that Wednesday morning, 13 August 1727 at the specially called Communion service. They hardly knew if they had been on earth or in heaven. Count Nicholas Zinzendorf, the young leader of that community, gave this account many years later: We needed to come to the Communion with a sense of the loving nearness of the Saviour. This was the great comfort which has made this day a generation ago to be a festival, because on this day twenty-seven years ago the Congregation of Herrnhut, assembled for communion (at the Berthelsdorf church) were all dissatisfied with themselves. They had quit The Moravian Revival Page 2 judging each other because they had become convinced, each one, of his lack of worth in the sight of God and each felt himself at this Communion to be view of the noble countenance of the Saviour. O head so full of bruises, So full of pain and scorn. In this view of the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, their hearts told them that He would be their patron and their priest who was at once changing their tears into oil of gladness and their misery into happiness. This firm confidence changed them in a single moment into happy people which they are to this day, and into their happiness they have since led may thousands of others through the memory and help which the heavenly grace once given to themselves, so many thousand times confirmed to them since then. Zinzendorf described it as ‘a sense of the nearness of Christ’ given to everyone present, and also to others of their community who were working elsewhere at the time.

The congregation was young. Zinzendorf, the human leader, was 27, which was about the average age of the group. The Moravian brethren had sprung from the labors and martyrdom of the Bohemian Reformer, John Huss. They had experienced centuries of persecution. Many had been killed, imprisoned, tortured or banished from their homeland. This group had fled for refuge to Germany where the young Christian nobleman, Count Zinzendorf, offered them asylum on his estates in Saxony. They named their new home Herrnhut, ‘the Lord’s Watch’. From there, after their baptism in the Holy Spirit, they became evangelists and missionaries. Fifty years before the beginning of modern Foreign Missions by William Carey, the Moravian Church had sent out over 100 missionaries. Their English missionary magazine, Periodical Accounts, inspired William Carey. He threw a copy of the paper on a table at a Baptist meeting, saying, ‘See what the Moravians have done! Cannot we follow their example and in obedience to our Heavenly Master go out into the world, and preach the Gospel to the heathen?’

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WATCHMAN RISE AND BUILD Global Awakening Summit 11 – 18 August 2017

May 17th, 2017 · No Comments · News Updates

“As a key leader in prayer and part of the ongoing effort to encourage building community globally in prayer, we are writing to you Pierre by way of invitation to the  “Watchman Rise and Build Global Awakening Summit.”  It will be held in Herrnhut Germany, 11-18 August 2017.  Sensing a convergence of God’s timing and purpose for the gathering, the summit will be an international convening of nations to mark the 290 year anniversary of the outpouring of God’s Spirit in Herrnhut.   After some very intense prayer time and discussion, we would like to share the following summary of our thoughts with regards to the time in Herrnhut in August.  

The Herrnhut summit will see participants from many nations gather under the joint banner of Global Watch and the International Fellowship of Transformation Partners (IFTP).

The purpose of this gathering is to worship, and pray with the body of Christ from across the nations, as we re-identify with the humility and desperate prayer that led the Moravians into genuine community and the transforming presence of the Living God.  Through the week together, our desire is to experience the culture, identify key principles that drew God’s Presence at Herrnhut and leave with clarion vision of how to bring the “Lord’s Watch” into our own communities and the nations for these end times.

Above all, we wish to hear from God concerning any obstacles that may be hindering us from experiencing the fullness of His power — particularly in the Western world where transforming revival is at such a deficit.

As a prayer movement, we also want to deliberate together and before God about the grave issues of our day. With distraction, rationalization, and spiritual rebellion weakening the Church’s foundations and influence within society, we desperately need a fresh word from heaven. In particular, we need to know how God would have us think and pray in this critical hour.

To this end, there will be worship/prayer interwoven throughout the sessions.  Each morning of the summit will see participants break out into groups where they will engage in facilitated discussions prompted by a set of core questions. In the afternoon, these discussions will give way to a season where participants will get alone with God, seeking His thoughts on the matters we have been deliberating. To help remind us who we will be talking to, this time of listening will be preceded by corporate worship.

Participants will use notepads and digital devices to record God’s response to the questions posed.

In the evenings, we will receive summary accounts (assembled by facilitators) of what God has spoken to His people. Interspersed will be several inspirational messages and short focused teachings.  Then, on the final full day of the assembly, these messages will be reviewed in facilitated discussion with the purpose of extracting relevant action items.

Believing that revelation must be acknowledged, and followed by obedience, the two sponsoring movements, Global Watch and the IFTP, will caucus with their constituents to consider practical ways of walking out the summit conclusions.

This gathering convergence will NOT be a conference, or like any other summit you have every attended!   May the Lord guide you as you pray about joining us for this exciting gathering.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.  I am looking forward to hear from you.
Find attached a document with more information and a very insightful article about the Moravians.
This is the link to the REGISTRATION FORM.  If you are interested in participating in this summit, please take some time to fill out the form (even if you don’t pay now).  We need your name and details to make sure you get the accommodation of your choice.  https://form.jotform.com/62508371193153.”
On behalf of the IFTP and Global Watch

 

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Hello world!

August 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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