A Great Shaking Before a Great Awakening

We are in a season that God is setting up “The Greatest Show on Earth”. God is going to “Show up and Show off”. I have been saying this for quite a while. But I have also been teaching that everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

The last few weeks we have all been affected by the Corona Virus and our lives have been completely uprooted from our normal routines. I live in the City of Los Angeles and at this current time we are under quarantine. We have been instructed by Governor Gavin Newsom that California’s 40 million residents should stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise.

The Corona Virus: A Great Shaking Around the World

And this is not just happening in California – but all over the world. There is a great shaking that is taking place and many people are fearful. There has been reports of stockpiling of food, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other items. Restaurants, bars, theatres, businesses and gyms have all been instructed to close. Most people have never experienced this in their lifetime! What is going on?

God is allowing this shaking to come all over the world because He wants us to seek Him. He wants to pour out His glory upon the earth and is preparing the earth for a great end-time Harvest of souls.

Hebrews 12: 26-28

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, Once more I will shake not only the earth but the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, Created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and Awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

The Azusa Street Awakening

We can learn much from studying history. Many of the greatest moves of God have always had a shaking before the awakening came. One of the examples that I will give you is The Azusa Street Revival in the City of Los Angeles.

Here is the story of the history of the shaking that led up to the Azusa Street Revival. William Seymour, a black holiness preacher, and his friend, Edward Lee were instructed by the Lord to fast ten days, beginning April 6, 1906. They were just three days into their fast when Lee asked Seymour to pray for him, so that he might receive holy spiritual power with the gift of tongues, as at Pentecost. Seymour laid his hands on his friend and brother in Christ and prayed for him. Immediately Lee burst forth in an unknown tongue and exclaimed, “At last! This is that!”, referring to Peter’s words on the Day of Pentecost.

Later that evening they were at the home of Richard and Ruth Asbury at 214 North Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles, where a group of black people had gathered to worship. Seymour rose to preach and recounted the experience of earlier that day. Shortly afterward Lee lifted his hands and spoke in tongues and Douglas Nelson described what happened. “The entire company was immediately swept to its knees as by some tremendous power. At least seven, and perhaps more, lifted their voices in harmony of strange new tongues. Some rushed out to the front porch, yard and street shouting and speaking in tongues for all the neighborhood to hear. Thus, on the evening of April 9, 1906, the 20th century Pentecostal movement was born in a black ghetto of Los Angeles among the poor, despised and rejected black members of a white dominated and fundamentally racist society.

Resulting from this initial experience, numbers increased very rapidly to include whites as well as blacks, and it became necessary to rent an old African Methodist Episcopal chapel at 312 Azusa Street, where the seating consisted of wooden planks laid across boxes. But something happened just a few weeks after this initial outpouring that was to shake things up and really put the fear of God in people.

At 5:12 am on the morning of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by a deadly and powerful earthquake. Most seismologists believe the quake exceeded 8.0 on the Richter scale. Though it only lasted between 45 and 60 seconds, the earthquake left over 3,000 people dead, destroyed over 28,000 buildings, and rendered over a quarter of a million people homeless. The devastating disaster caused panic throughout southern California, and the saints of the newly formed Azusa Street Mission, who viewed the convulsions as a sure sign of God’s judgment and might, used the opportunity to escalate evangelism and call men to repentance.

Frank Bartleman, who chronicled the early Azusa Street Pentecostal revival in Los Angeles, was spiritually spurred by the event and went to great lengths to spread the gospel in the weeks following the earthquake. Before the quake, Bartleman had written a tract entitled, “The Last Call”. He and other Christian workers in the City distributed over 10,000 of the pamphlets on April 22nd. While many other preachers in California were working overtime to prove that God had nothing to do with the earthquakes and try to allay the fears of the people, Bartleman and others felt compelled to warn others of their need to speedily repent and turn from their sins (II Chronicles 7:14).

Frank Bartleman reported that the atmosphere in Los Angeles was frenetic. He reported that business in the city was at a standstill and that the “people were paralyzed with fear and that men were at a breaking point”. He said that “I found the earthquake had opened many hearts”.

There is a Great Awakening Upon Us!

With what we are seeing transpire around the world with the pandemic of the Corona Virus many people are afraid and opening their hearts to God. There is a great awakening upon us! Let us use this time to tell others about Jesus and wake up their hearts to accept the Lord. It seems that there are some interesting parallels from the Azusa Street outpouring in 1906 and to what’s happening around the world in the year 2020.

Let us all pray that men and women around the world will open up their hearts to God and turn from their sin and seek God’s face. It was prophesied by William Seymour during the Asuza Street revival that a greater move of God was going to come upon the earth 100 years after that movement. I believe that we are at that time now! Let us use this opportunity to tell others about Jesus and to turn their hearts back to God! We are at a time for “The Greatest Show on Earth” to begin.

II Chronicles 7: 13-14

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to Devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

The Force Be With You

Our world is going through a shaking and you can feel anxiety in the air.  Our culture is coming to the dawning of a new age…and often it’s darkest before the dawn.

There is a new renaissance arising in Hollywood and the mountain of Arts & Celebration.

But this has not been an easy mountain to conquer as there are many dark forces which seek to keep people in bondage and captivity through what they see and hear.  But a new day is dawning and the “Greatest Show on Earth” is ready to give light to the 7 billion people on the planet.

The movie “Star Wars” was an epic film which was released on May 25, 1977.  George Lucas created the film series about the various adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” mostly involving, but not limited to, the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.

The original movie “Star Wars” was the highest grossing film of its time. The movie premiered in 1977.  It grossed 775 million and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards – winning 7.  The number 7 is significant of completion or perfection.  I sensed that this was a sign that God was showing the world through a movie that a “force was awakening.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the new movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered.  There were millions of tickets sold in pre-sales online.  People are excited, anticipating an epic return of the plot between good and evil to save the galaxy.

Our planet has been going through great cultural shifts.  As radical extremist groups such as Isis are arising on the scene, people’s hearts are pondering to what extent is this going to continue.  With the horrific attacks in Paris and now in San Bernardino, CA there is no logic to these actions but extreme hatred in their ideology.  But we must overcome evil with good – otherwise we will become just as evil.

The Bible states in Matthew 11:12 – “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”   There is a battle going on in the heavens.   We must understand that the battle is not ours…but God’s.  There is a great awakening which is happening on our planet.

God is allowing all of these things on our planet to shake us awake.  In Isaiah 60: 1-2 it reads: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of The Lord is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:  but The Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”

Walk in the Light of God’s Love and Wisdom

God is awakening A FORCE OF RIGHTEOUS WARRIORS on this earth.  The demonic entities that have tried to keep our culture in captivity will be overthrown by those who walk in the light of God’s love and wisdom.  Let’s rise up and believe that it’s our time to arise and shine. The Force is truly with us.

“If God be for us.who can be against us”.  (Romans 8:31)

All Systems Go – It’s Time for the Show

The greatest show on earth is getting ready to begin! “It’s time for the earth to give birth” were the words I heard in my head as I woke up on Labor Day two years ago. The world is ready for a great transformation and an awakening of hearts is on the horizon.

Many in the world are watching in horror as radical extremist groups such as ISIS have arisen torturing and murdering people who oppose their viewpoints and ideology. My heart went out to the families of the 21 Egyptian Christian men who were beheaded on camera around the world. They are now dancing on the streets of gold in heaven with other martyrs throughout the ages who have given their lives for what they believe.

In Luke 21: 25 – 26 it states:

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking at those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

Do Not Fear – This is the Year that God Will Change the Atmosphere

We are indeed seeing a shaking which is happening upon the earth and many hearts have been gripped with fear. But I want to say to you… not to fear – for this is the year – that God will change the atmosphere. ALL SYSTEMS GO.

I woke up on Valentine’s Day 2015 and heard those words “All Systems Go”. I saw a green light and an acceleration of the Kingdom’s purposes were advancing on this earth. Many of you reading this blog have gone through a season of delay and disappointment. But the changing of the guard is at hand. NO MORE DELAY.

A New Renaissance In the Music, Media, and Marketplace

Your dreams are going to become a reality. Hope is being released and hearts are being healed. The Spirit of The Lord is arising and bringing a new renaissance into the music, media and marketplace. It’s time for another great awakening to occur in our culture. People’s hearts are hungry for hope and they will awaken to what they hear, see and feel in new films, art and music being revealed by God’s Kingdom.

When I was a small girl my mother would awaken me gently in the morning. She would say, “Arise precious one….it’s time for a new day”. So do I hear the Spirit of the Lord say to you, “Arise and shine your LIGHT has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you, and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn”. (Isaiah 60: 1-3).

The changing of the guard is at hand! Many will be chosen by God who would never be considered in the natural realm. But God chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:27). In 1967 God chose a hippie named Lonnie Frisbee to be a catalyst for the Jesus Movement. In Lonnie’s own words he stated, “And the church for so long has been expecting a certain mold of what a Christian should look like, what a Christian should say, and what a Christian should be. But God is blowing everybody’s minds….because He’s saving the hippies! And nobody thought a hippie could be saved”!

Homecoming for the Prodigal Sons

God is going to wake up people who were in very dark places. But when they see the light of God’s love they will run to it. Just as the prodigal son left home at an early age and spent his inheritance. When he finally spent it all and was broke….he came to his senses and went home. His Father saw him when he was far away because He never quit believing that his son would return. And he ran to him, embraced him weeping and called for a party. What was lost was now FOUND! It was a great homecoming!

As the world grows darker….the light of the Lord’s love will be greater. An awakening of hearts is at hand. The greatest show on earth is ready to begin. And it’s going to be really FUN! It’s time for a PARTY!

ALL SYSTEMS GO!!

A Time For The Earth To Give Birth

God is doing a new thing in the earth.  I woke up this morning suddenly and I heard the voice of the Lord speak to me, “It’s time for the earth to give birth!”

Meri Crouley Blog - Earth Is Going To Give BirthAnd then I realized that it was labor day, Monday, September 2, 2013.  And the Lord started speaking to me about doing a new thing in the earth.  That it was time for the great harvest of souls to come forth before the coming of Jesus. 

Isaiah 43:19 states:  “Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it.  I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Many people have been going through challenging circumstances and are waiting for the breakthroughs to come forth.  This word is to encourage you that we are at the season of new beginnings. 

On the evening of September 4, 2013 through the evening of September 6, 2013 we will be experiencing the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah.  In the Hebrew Rosh Hashanahcalendar it is the year 5774.  Many eschatologists say that this is the most likely day that Jesus will return to the earth.  It is also the birthday of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

I bring this up for a reason.  We are beginning to see the greatest harvests of souls that the world has ever seen.  There is a tsunami wave of God’s spirit that is breaking upon the earth.  It’s time for the earth to give birth”. 

The Youthwave Foundation

In 1996 I was instructed by the Lord to set up my foundation to reach out to the youth.  I was going to start putting on concerts with various known Christian musicians who would draw forth these young people.  I was in the planning stages but did not have the name of my ministry yet.  One day I was coming home after working out at the gym.  I was driving down the road and wasn’t even thinking about anything when I heard the voice of the Lord speak to me.  “There is a greater wave coming than in the Jesus Movement!  I want you to call your ministry “Youthwave” and the slogan is – “Be part of the new Wave!”

I was blown away when I heard this word from the Lord!  We had our first event planned at the Anaheim Vineyard on September 13, 1996.  I did not realize when I set up this date but it happened to fall on Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish new year.  That night there were over 5,000 kids in attendance and over 500 accepted Jesus into their lives.  God had indeed started something new that day.  A season of new beginnings had begun.

It will be 17 years ago this week  that God had me start the Youthwave foundation! The number 17 is very significant because many people are called by the Lord at 17 years of age.  I am working on a major motion picture about the Jesus movement and Lonnie Frisbee.  Lonnie Frisbee was 17 years old when he went up to Tahquitz Canyon and cried out to God, “God if your real – reveal yourself to me”. 

Jesus appeared to Lonnie and told him that God was putting a light on him to reach lost people.  The beginning of the Jesus people movement had begun where thousands of young people all over the world accepted Jesus.  Many media outlets including Time magazine began covering this phenomenon.  It affected the entire world!

A Season of New Beginnings

But we are at a time when a GREATER WAVE of God’s spirit is being poured out.  It’s time for the earth to give birth to the greatest harvest of the sons and daughters of God.  Rise up now this week and know that we are at a season of new beginnings.  I believe that we are going to see everything turn around and the labor pains that you have been experiencing will give place to joy.  It’s time for the earth to give birth!  All the world will rejoice when we see the harvest which God is going to bring forth!  Arise and shine your light has come!  A season of new beginnings is upon us!

It’s Not How You Start

I was lying in bed the other morning and I heard the spirit of the Lord speak to me saying, “It’s not how you start – it’s how you finish”.  And then I heard God say, “I want you to finish WELL!” 

In light of everything that has been  happening the last few days it seems like things are spiraling out of control.  But GOD IS IN CONTROL!  When the enemy comes in like a flood – the SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL RAISE UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM!

On Friday morning I was listening to the news when I heard about the horrible catastrophe at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  When sandy-hook-elementary-4a deranged young man forced his way into the school and killed 20 elementary school children (most of them were six years old) and six adults including the principal.  We all shook our heads and wondered when this will end. 

I have been involved with many programs over the last several years about some of these school shootings with my good friend, Dr. Bruce Porter, who was the pastor of the first victim at Columbine High School – Rachel Scott.  In fact, the first program I ever did on my program “Now is the Time” was about the Columbine School Shootings!   Over the years as we saw these catastrophes accumulate I continued to interview Bruce about them.  These include the attack on the Twin Towers (911), The Amish Shootings, the attack on the school in Beslan, Russia, and the Red Lake Minnesota shootings.  Bruce was there at all of these events to offer his prayers and condolences. 

The Lord is Saying to Us to Stay the Course

As we finish out this year the Lord is saying to us to “Stay the Course”.  The “Winds of Change” are here and we are going to see the Lord bring forth recovery and restitution to all that was lost. 

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It’s interesting to see what has transpired on the east coast the last month.  First of all Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast and causes much devastation.  And now, a school by the name of “Sandy Hook” elementary in a town named “New Town” is hit by one of the worst acts of violence in years.  I don’t believe that this is a coincidence. 

The meaning of the name Sandy is: “defender of men, protector of mankind”. 

We know that the Bible says that the devil comes to “Steal, Kill and Destroy”.

But God has come to give us Life and to give it to us IN ABUNDANCE.

God is Our Defender and Protector

When the storms are coming at us from all around us – just know that God is going to be our defender and our protector.  These young lives at Sandy Hook Elementary will not be in vain.  Their blood is crying out and God is responding. 

They are in heaven with the Lord and praising God!  But there is a NEW WAVE OF GOD which is springing forth in the midst of these storms and tragedies.  God is with us!  We will not despair! 

This wave will bring in the next great harvest.  Many sons and daughters of the kingdom will come into the glory during the NEXT NEW WAVE. 

Don’t look back at where we started from.  Look at the finish line and know that there is a crown waiting for you.  A new move which will bring forth many countless sons and daughters will be ushered in for this season. 

The light is always the brightest during the darkness.  As the world mourns the loss of these young precious souls in New Town….let us remember that Jesus will be the light the will shine in the darkness. 

2013 will be an incredible year for the Kingdom of God.  And even as Abraham Lincoln brought forth the 13th amendment …. Freeing of slaves…so let us realize that God is bringing forth freedom to those in captivity.  He is bringing the light of Jesus to a lost world. 

It’s during times like this that the world realizes that it’s all about families that matters.  God is our Father and He is bringing forth a move of THE FATHERS. 

He is going to reach a lost world with the light of His beloved Son JESUS.  Let’s press on toward the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.   The NEW WAVE OF THE LORD IS HERE! 

Go For The Gold

Many of you have been watching the Olympics and seen the athletes competing for the medals.  But the ultimate medal is the Gold Medal!  There are many of you that have been going through transitions now and ready to breakthrough into the “NEW” thing which God is bringing forth into the body of Christ!

August is the eighth month and the number eight means “new beginnings”.  But I also sense that many have gone through such intense trials that they are very weary.  An athlete has to push himself while training and his coach is constantly challenging him to go harder than the athlete thinks he can endure.  Also, mentally the athlete has to envision himself as winning the event.  Many top athletes and contenders will see themselves crossing the finish line or scoring the point.

In the Bible there is a scripture that applies to this.  In I Peter 1:7 it says, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, thou it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor at the glory of the appearing of Jesus Christ”.

I hear the Lord saying, “Go for the gold!  Go for the glory!  This is the time that my church is going to shine.  Wake up and shake up.  I don’t care what has happened in the past…it’s time now to have a blast.  Run the race and you will find your pace.  Don’t look back at the season of lack.  But look ahead and run for the gold instead.  It’s another gold rush!  Get ready for the glory and the gold.  As long as you do what you are told.  It’s time now to be bold.  And I will give you back what the devil has stole.  And now is the time to cross the goal!  Go for the GOLD AND THE GLORY!

Michael Phelps – From ADHD Issues to Winning his 18th Olympic Gold Medal

Michael Phelps as a young man had very serious ADHD issues.  He had so much energy his mother felt she was going to lose her mind.  But then she enrolled him in swimming classes and he was like a fish out of water.  One thing Michael Phelps had was tenacity.  He hated to lose!  Many of you know that he just won his 18th gold medal (22 medals in all) at the Olympics.  I believe that this is a symbolic sign of Isaiah 22:22.  God is going to give us the key of David.  There are many keys that are being released to the church.  But we have to have patience, endurance and tenacity to not give up during times of hopelessness.  Every person in this world experiences these moments.  But we have to push past them and run for the gold.

Lonnie Frisbee Film Project

I have been working on producing a major motion picture about a man named Lonnie Frisbee for over five years.  After 3 screenplays and thousands of dollars spent – I finally found the writer who wrote the draft which I believe is the one God wants.  We just completed the script in May and now are putting together the package for final funding.  But in 2011 I was very discouraged and at one of the lowest places in my life.  I was suddenly awoken at on April 4 at 4:20 a.m.  My clock is not digital and it said, “4:4”.  I heard the voice of God say to me, “You are crossing over a threshhold, I am greenlighting your movie”.  The number 4 is the number of earth.  But 4/4 is about double portion and combined it says “8” or new beginnings.  Right after that time God started showing me how to raise the funds and they have been coming in.  If I would have quit after the 3rd script I would be no where today.  But I am pressing on for the prize – for the gold.  God told me to believe for an Oscar.  A gold statue!  Am I doing that for myself and for the glory!  No!  I want this one for the King and the Kingdom of God.

Sylvester Stallone’s Perseverance and the Script for “Rocky”

One last story to encourage you.  Sylvester Stallone was an unknown actor who had gotten a few bit parts in the early 70’s.  One day he was watching a fight between Mohammed Ali and a Caucasian fighter who happened to knock down the champ.  He was inspired to write a script about a boxer who would “go the distance”.  He wrote the “Rocky” script in an amazing two days.  He was going out on an audition for a role in a movie.  A famous producer was there who was casting for the movie and as Sylvester Stallone was leaving he happened to mention to this man that he had just written a script.  The producer told Sylvester to send it over.  Well, he immediately had the script sent and amazingly got a call and said that the producer wanted to buy it for $100,000.  This was amazing!  But Sylvester Stallone had to tell the producer that only he could play Rocky.  They turned him down!  They wanted to get Robert Redford or Ryan O’Neil to play the lead.  Sylvester Stallone was broke as a joke.  He couldn’t even feed his dog and had to sell Butkiss (he was the dog who played in the movie with Rocky).  But Sylvester persevered and finally the offer got up to $400,000!  Most people would have taken the money at that time.   But Sylvester held onto his belief that he was the only one who could play Rocky.  He wrote the role thinking of himself playing Rocky.
Finally, after months of nothing happening….something did!  A man who owned a boxing gym in Philadelphia happened to read the script.  He was very excited and called up the producer and said that he would put up 1.1 million dollars if the movie could be filmed in his boxing gym in Philadelphia.  Sylvester Stallone got the call of his lifetime.  He could play Rocky!  The rest is history.  The movie went on to win five Academy Awards!
So let’s believe that anything is possible!  Let’s go for the gold and don’t quit when things look bad.  Winston Churchhill was asked to speak at a college commencement ceremony many years ago.  He walked up to the podium with everyone looking at him with anticipation as to what he would say.  He walked to the podium, stopped, looked around and then he said these words, “Never give up, never, never, never give up”.  Then he turned around and walked away.
Just keep going.  Eventually the tide will turn and you will see the winds of change blowing you right on course.  Go for the gold!  Let’s believe that anything is possible if we don’t quit and believe what God has told us to do.

Winds Of Change Are Here

Today is the first of December and the Lord spoke to me that the “Winds of change are here!”. Last night there were gusts of winds that came out of nowhere in Los Angeles. Many trees were knocked down, thousands of people without electricity and power! I was in my home in Marina Del Rey when the winds came out of no where.

The Lord spoke to me and said that “This is now the time when I am doing a Changing of the Guard”. You are going to see this come quickly and God is going to put a whole new crew on the front row. The days of suddenlies are upon us. Prepare yourself and know that God is with you and looking out for you. He has not left you in the dark during these days. Even though the lights and power in your life may seem to be out….God is sending forth the “light of the world – Jesus” who is going to bring revelation and restoration to all that the devil has stolen from you in the past. “Arise and shine – your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is going to fill the temple.”

Meri