by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D.
The Shift is now
Did you know that October 31 is a day of Reformation, Revival, and Destiny? Contrary to popular views, Halloween is not the “day of the devil.” It is God’s day of inheritance where He birthed two major Revival and Reformation movements that are still impacting us today hundreds of years later. There is great spiritual inheritance and momentum for us to tap into on October 31. It is sacred time set apart by God and an invitation to press in for major breakthroughs. It is a time for revolutionary shifts to happen. It is a time to step out to disrupt the normal of what is no longer serving us well.
Oct. 31 is pregnant with world-changing opportunities 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 that is waiting to be set aflame with the fire of God again. It is a day of breakthrough and revolution; of new paradigms being released where old wine skins are abolished and where new wine skins are filled to overflowing with the wine from heaven. There is victory as we face our fears and walk through the fire on this day (Is. 43). There is the potential for breakthroughs to happen this week that could impact the next 500 years or may even inspire a revival that spreads across the globe.
Even in the world outside of Christianity, many believe that Oct. 31 is the time when the physical and spiritual worlds are the closest. It is interesting that even in secular tradition, this day is believed to be one when heaven invades earth in a greater measure than other days. This is also a time of celebrating the end of harvest and the beginning of winter.
In the year 609, Pope Gregory III introduced May 13 as a Catholic holiday to honor saints and martyrs who came before. This was called All Saints' or All Hallows Day. In 835, the date was changed to Nov. 1, the same day as the Samhain, which was an Ancient Celtic pagan festival initiating summer's end. The evening before “All Hallows Day” became known as All Hallows' Eve, which was later changed to Halloween. In my research on revival history, I have also discovered that this was a catalytic day for Reformation and Revival movements.
On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther (1483-1546) lit a flame that reformed the Christianity of his day, breaking people out of religious cycles that had entrapped them for hundreds of years. It was on this very day that Luther posted his 95 Theses on Wittenberg Church door.
These were translated into German, printed on the newly invented Gutenberg printing press, and then quickly began to spread. Originally, this was 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, which would later set people free people from the religious spirit at the time and impact the future of Christianity as we know it.
Nearly 400 years later, a spark for the Welsh Revival was lit on Oct. 31, 1904. On this very date in history, Evan Roberts (1878-1951) followed the leading of the Holy Spirit back to his hometown to conduct a catalytic meeting where 17 confessed Christ. Less than 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 scattered 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 birth Pentecostalism around the globe.
Redeeming a Sacred Day
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. October 31 is an anointed day, filled with opportunities for new revival flames to be ignited and spread around the world.
Activating the Anointing in Oct. 31 through Worship
October 31 is a catalytic day to take risks, move out of our comfort zones and push the envelope just a little further. It is a time to act immediately on the whispers of God as we shift into a new season. I encourage you to tap into this stream of testimony and to be sharply in tune with the Holy Spirit; don't hesitate for one second to respond to His leading. There are significant parts of our destiny that will be catalyzed and released this day that have the potential to not only impact the rest of our lives, but also impact generations to come.
For the past 6 years, the Destiny House community I am a part of does a worship encounter night each year on Halloween to tap into the deep wells of revival and to seek God for an even greater Reformation in our day. This year one will happen in Redding, CA, in Australia, and in Maui, Hawaii. We redeem the day with worship. Wherever you are in the world, I encourage you too, to gather with friends on Oct. 31 to share Holy Ghost stories, pray and worship together on this significant day in revival history. Together, we can tap into what God wants to do in our day by giving Him higher praise and remembering the works he has done in our lives and those who have gone before us. Let's take back this significant day in history and release worship that causes the darkness to tremble.
Send the Spirit Now
Evan Roberts sent on 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. I encourage you to pray this out loud as a declaration over your life today. 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.
Send the Spirit now, for Jesus Christ's sake.
Send the Spirit now powerfully, for Jesus Christ's sake.
Send the Spirit now more powerfully, for Jesus Christ's sake.
Send the Spirit now still more powerfully, for Jesus Christ's sake.
To go more in depth on significance of what happened on this day in history, see
Defining Moments by Bill Johnson and Jennifer A. Miskov (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 2016).
Ignite Azusa: Positioning for a New Jesus Revolution by Jennifer A. Miskov with Heidi Baker, Bill Johnson, and Lou Engle (Redding, CA: Silver to Gold, 2016).
*As a disclaimer, we also want to recognize and celebrate where the Catholic Church is at today and the whole Body of Christ even if things in history were rough.