Revival is the believer or the church living up to their spiritual potential. Revival is the normal Christian life.

In these passages, the spiritual potential for Israel was a “Kingdom” and “Kingdom blessings.” Living in the “Kingdom” and enjoying the “Kingdom blessings” was the normal for Israel.

In this Age of Grace, the spiritual potential for every believer is the
Spirit-filled life, whereby the Holy Spirit is in such control of the believer’s life that He is free to reproduce the character of Christ in us and through us, to the “praise of the glory of His grace.” This is revival! God give us revival!


  1. Revival is always the work of God (Ezra 1:1-3; 6:22, cf. Isa. 44:28-45:13).
  2. Revival rises and falls with leadership:

 a. Godly leadership promotes revival (Ezra 1:5; Neh. 7:2)

b. Poor leadership hinders revival (Ezra 9:1-3)

  1. Revival involves the whole congregation: 42,360 people (Ezra 2:64, all work, help and give (Ezra 1:4-6; 2:68-69).
  2. Revival and God’s Word are inseparable (Ezra 3:2, cf. 6:8; 9:4; 10:3; and Neh. 8:1).
  3. Revival is not sustained by the flesh (Ezra 9:1-3).
  4. Revival demands separation from the world (Ezra 9:11-14, cf. 6:21; Neh. 9:2).
  5. Revival brings prosperity (Ezra 6:14, cf. 7:15-21; Neh. 8:9-12).
  6. Revival is a test of faith (Ezra 8:21-22).
  7. Revival and prayer are inseparable … prayer is essential for continuous revival (Ezra 9:5-15, cf. 10:1-5).
  8. Revival is without compromise (Ezra 4:3, cf. Neh. 2:20).
  9. Revival manifests itself in the way we worship (Neh. 9:2-38).        

     a. Separated (Neh. 9:2)

    b. Word of God central (Neh. 9:3).

    c. Not hurried (Neh. 9:3, cf. 8:3)

    d. Taught (Ezra 7:10; 8:18; Neh. 8:7-8)   

    e. Praised God and made requests in prayer (Neh. 9:5-38)

    12. Revival brings burden for others still in captivity (Ezra 10:6)

    13. Revival brings adversity and opposition (Ezra 4:1; Neh. 4:1; 6:1).

    14 .Revival brings victory over adversity and opposition (Ezra 6:7,11; Neh. 4:15).

    15. Revival lets believers know their true identity (Ezra 5:11).

    16. Revival is characterized by:  

     a.Unity (Ezra 3:1, cf. Neh. 8:1)

    b.  God is first in life (Ezra 3:2) – Built an altar first.

    c.Willingness to give and serve (Ezra 3:5).

    d.Joy, song and thanksgiving (Ezra 3:10; 6:16, cf. Neh. 7:1,67; 8:17).

    17. Revival lets the unbelieving world know that God is alive and well (Ezra 5:8, cf. Neh. 6:16).