"October 31: A Catalytic Day of Reformation
By Jennifer A. Miskov
The Shift Is Now
Did you know that October
31 is a day of reformation, revival and destiny? Contrary to popular views, October 31 is not the "day of the devil." It is God's day full of inheritance where He birthed two major reformation and revival movements that are still impacting us today, hundreds
of years later.
There is great momentum for us to step into on this significant day in revival history. October 31 is a time for revolutionary shifts to happen. It is a day pregnant with world-changing
movements, waiting to be catalyzed as we fiercely follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, even in unusual ways. It is a day of religious freedom and of freedom from the religious spirit. It is a day when God is waiting for His yielded lovers to pursue His heart
with reckless abandonment.
It is interesting that even in secular tradition, many believe that October 31 is the time when the physical
and spiritual worlds are the closest, when Heaven invades Earth in a greater measure than on other days. This was also a time of celebrating the end of harvest and the beginning of winter.
In the year
609 AD, Pope Gregory III introduced May 13 as a Catholic holiday to honor saints and martyrs who came before. This was called "All Saints Day" or "All Hallows' Day." In 835 CE, the date was changed to November 1, the last day of Samhain (October 31 - November
1), which was an ancient, pagan, Celtic festival initiating summer's end. The evening before "All Hallows' Day" became known as "All Hallows' Eve," which was later changed to "Halloween."
Even more importantly,
this day was set apart from Heaven as the day God wanted to catalyze significant reformation and revival movements.
On October 31, 1517,
Martin Luther (1483-1546) posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Castle Church door, which lit a flame that reformed the Christianity of his day, breaking people out of religious cycles that had entrapped them for hundreds of years.
His 95 Theses were then translated into German, printed on the newly invented Gutenberg printing press, and then quickly began to spread. Originally, this was simply an act of inviting people to debate over these issues within the Catholic Church,
rather than a rebuke against the pope. However, God breathed on his declaration for justice and it served to be the catalyst to set things in motion for the Protestant Reformation.
Nearly 400 years later on this same date in history, a spark for the Welsh Revival was ignited. On October 31, 1904, Evan Roberts (1878-1951) followed the leading of the Holy Spirit back to his hometown to conduct
a catalytic meeting where 17 confessed Christ. He realized at that time that the revival he had been praying his whole life for had arrived. About four months later, over 80,000 people were saved and the nation of Wales experienced a powerful revival. From
Wales, the revival began to spread to cities in England, Scotland, and Ireland and then around the world.
The revival was also a precursor and believed to be a catalyst for future Holy Spirit movements
like the Azusa Street Revival. Frank Bartleman, who participated in and scribed the happenings of the Azusa Street Revival, asked Roberts to pray that a revival fire similar to the Welsh Revival would break out in Los Angeles. The Azusa Street Revival exploded
to the scene not long after this, in 1906, contributing to the influence of Pentecostalism around the globe.
Momentum of the Ages
The Protestant Reformation
transformed a religious system and freed people to worship God in spirit and in truth. The Welsh Revival ignited a flame that inspired and gave birth to future Holy Spirit movements.
October 31 is pregnant
with potential to once again be a powerful day of ignition for reformation and revival. There is an inheritance waiting to be tapped into for those who are brave enough to step out in faith to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit on this special date in history.
There is a deep well of revival to be accessed on October 31, filled with fresh flames waiting to be ignited and spread around the world.
The momentum has already begun. Martin Luther, the Moravians, John
Wesley, Evan Roberts and many others have already paved the way for us to walk in great freedom today. This is not a new wave of revival but one that has been building for generations. There is great momentum toward a new billion-soul harvest, a third great
awakening, and a new wave of revival on the horizon.
What are we going to do today with the ground already gained on our behalf? How will we position ourselves to build upon the momentum that has gone
before us? What further ground needs to be taken to advance God's Kingdom in our generation today so that it will set things in motion for the next 500 years ahead?
We are in a historic shift. God is
calling us to a new level of holiness, consecration, connection, surrender, and possession of the Holy Spirit. This is necessary so that the upcoming wave of revival will not crush us. It's time to walk in purity, passion, and total obedience so that when
the swell comes, we are positioned to ride the biggest wave of revival this world has ever seen!
On October 31, Activate the Anointing Through Worship
2012, my ministry, Destiny House, has hosted an encounter night each year on Halloween to tap into the deep wells of revival, seek God for an even greater reformation in our day, and worship Him with all of our strength. Last year there were celebrations in
Redding, CA, Australia, and Maui, Hawaii, where we gathered together to worship and proclaim the name of Jesus. We have seen people radically encountered by the presence and power of God in these meetings where they were marked for life in His presence.
Wherever you are in the world, I encourage you, too, to gather with friends this October 31 to share Holy Ghost stories, pray and worship together on this significant day in revival history. Let's gather together with
one agenda, simply to worship Jesus and lift up His name on high. Together, we can tap into what God wants to do in our day by giving Him higher praise. Let's take back this significant day in history by releasing the fragrance of worship that pleases the
heart of God, causing the darkness to tremble.
Send the Spirit Now
Evan Roberts sent a prayer ahead of him to the children in the towns he was going
to visit. When the children prayed this prayer, revival broke out before he even arrived to the scene. As you pray this catalytic prayer and take risks to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit into new territories, may you see the Holy Spirit move in greater
ways than ever before.
1. Send the Spirit now for Jesus Christ's sake.
2. Send the Spirit now powerfully for Jesus
3. Send the Spirit now more powerfully for Jesus Christ's sake.
4. Send the Spirit now still more powerfully for Jesus Christ's sake.
also recognize and honor all of our brothers and sisters and celebrate the whole Body of Christ, as we move forward together, hand-in-hand, to see God's Kingdom come here on Earth in our day.)
By Jennifer A. Miskov
Jen Miskov Ministries
Elijah List Publications
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Albany, OR 97321
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