No matter what kind of manifestations you see in a so-called revival, it is not a true move of God unless it is focused on the harvest! Holy Ghost rain always falls to produce an ingathering of souls.
God poured out His Spirit at Pentecost to prepare the ground and soften it for the gospel seed to be sown. Spirit-filled believers were sent out from the Upper Room into all the world to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
The church has seen almost 2,000 years of sowing and growing and it is now harvest time! All who have died in Christ up to now represent the first fruits or the early harvest. Jesus has not yet come because He has been waiting patiently for His final, mighty harvest!
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain” (James 5:7).
In the early part of the last century, the “Latter Rain Movement” began in Canada. It lasted forty or fifty years. Today, only a few “Latter Rain” churches remain, yet those who were involved in that movement were convinced they were experiencing the Spirit’s great, final outpouring. Many said, “This is it! We’re seeing Zechariah 12:10 come to pass!” But the movement dissipated and other such movements have come and gone also. Why? Because they were not focused on the harvest!
Many so-called Holy Ghost movements have vanished quickly because they were man-centered—focusing on gifts, self-improvement, personal happiness, and not in reaching a lost and dying world!
Jesus tied the harvest to lost souls when He said, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
Any true outpouring of the Holy Spirit will focus on this prayer of Jesus. The few revivals documented as genuine all were blessed with great harvests of souls.