THE PROPHETIC HISTORY OF DETROIT TENT REVIVALS
by Joe Sazyc
"I think we need to think about tent revivals..." It was about the fifth time Bret Abdullah, my friend of several years, co-laborer in prayer, and volunteer associate pastor said it. And in just as many times, I said something like, "Yeh, let's think about it," when really, I entirely dismissed the idea. Tent revivals? What is this, 1953? Then I had lunch with Denny...
Denny is a dynamic man of God. After raising a family of his own and now with grandkids, he and his wife Mindy adopted 3 babies. Their reason: the call in scripture to care for the fatherless. Although God used him in evangelism, signs, wonders, and miracles, much of it out in the marketplace as a business owner, he now preaches ONE message across the region: caring for the fatherless. He called me and asked if we could have lunch. As we talked, he said, "Joe, you know how I have this ONE message. All I have been preaching on is justice for the fatherless. But I'm burning with something else! Joe, what do you think about tent revivals?"
WHAT!!!! I called Bret right away, even as Denny was sitting across the table. "Bret, tell me more about this burden regarding tent revivals..." I began to wonder if God was orchestrating something. Bret was onto something after all! (He usually is!)
A couple of week later, Daniel, a powerful young street evangelist asked to have lunch with me. He desired some counsel about his life and ministry. As he talked about his passion in ministry, he said it! "Pastor Joe, I see tent revivals in the streets..." My jaw dropped! "I see signs, wonders and miracles happening in the streets through tent revivals... And I have access to a tent...."
OK, GOD! I HEAR YOU! But that wasn't all!
As I was driving home from a ballgame with my son, I received a text. It was one of our Dearborn House of Prayer leaders. Leah knew nothing of what was happening with me about tent revivals. She said this: "Just left a park...generally uninhabited except for thugs and drug dealers. TENT [caps mine]. Amazing prophetic harp and bowl [worship & prayer]... all out prayer rumble...The place was full of people. At least a hundred kids. Gospel shared. I'm wrecked!" I come to find out a cutting edge pastor and his church have heard from the Lord and were already starting tent meetings in some of the darkest places in the area!
Earlier, at the Dearborn House of Prayer, I felt a very clear call to invite Darrian Summerville to Dearborn. Darrian's ministry is exploding. He is a leader nationally in the prayer and worship movement, especially among young African Americans. Repeatedly, he would call and tell me about how God was speaking to him about Detroit. Weeks later when he arrived and I picked him up at the airport, I asked him, "So what's God saying?" Within a few minutes, that word came up: TENTS! Little did I know that this was a word of the Lord all across the nation and in several key movements, as he explained what was happening on a national level!
One more key moment. With Darrian in town, I called for a "Prophetic Council" to gather. I invited people who were considered those with genuine prophetic gifts to gather in Dearborn to see if the Lord was saying something about how to touch the broken city of Detroit. I flew Corry Robinson from Orlando as well, Corry is also one of the key young African American voices in the prayer and worship movement. What transpired was more than I could have dreamed of! Some 25-30 key leaders came: Pastors, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers,,,! And the word was clear: TENTS! It was time to take the Gospel into the streets. But this wouldn't be the old fashioned tent meetings. This would be tent meetings with the cutting edge worship and prayer of this day at the core. "Harp & Bowl," "Prayer and Worship Rumbles." We are to establish a throne of worship in neighborhoods that will shift the atmosphere. THEN we come with the Gospel, signs, wonders and miracles following!
I will write more later. I am AMAZED at the team God is putting together for these tent revivals! It is full of energy, youth, diversity, experience, and powerful anointings! Stay tuned to our new website as things come together and specific revivals begin to be scheduled! There is an incredible prophecy about tent meetings given by the late prophetess Jill Austin in 2004. And as always, THANK YOU for your prayers. The spiritual warfare is intense. And THANK YOU to our financial supporters. This is all going to take massive resources to truly turn Detroit around!
"TENT OF GLORY"
This is from a document we received from Darrian Summerville from the Orlando Circuit Riders Weekend regarding the late Jill Austin.
"After learning of these two experiences involving Jill Austin, I was doing research on uncapping wells of revival on the internet when I came across a transcript of a prophecy that Jill had given in 2004. I believe this is the message that she would want us to remember at this time. The following is an excerpt from that transcript
All of a sudden, what I kept seeing was these tents. And the Lord said, "Tent of glory! Tent of meeting!" He says, "I am going to tabernacle. I am going to tabernacle." What I saw was this tent of glory! Tent of glory! Tent of glory! And I kept seeing like
a tent city. I kept seeing a warehouse over this tent and this warehouse had body parts in it. This warehouse had body parts! It was body parts of the miraculous! Body parts of the miraculous! What I kept seeing was new hearts coming down. I kept seeing new hearts coming down. I kept seeing new legs coming down. The Lord says that you are even going to be seeing crippling diseases being healed. He says, "I am
going to open blind eyes. I am going to open deaf ears. I am going to deal with MS. I am going to deal with insanities."
But I also feel like the Lord said, "Get ready! I'm going to release profound new kinds of visitations! I am going to take you into that smoky, black realm of God." What I kept seeing is the fear
of the Lord!
What I kept seeing was this warehouse, this warehouse of miracles. But then what I kept seeing was radical realms of visitation. What I kept seeing was also a releasing, where it's almost like the Lord says, "You are going to go back and
uncap ancient wells of tent revivals." Tent revivals. What I saw was The Voice of Healing.
What I saw was tent meetings. And the other thing I kept seeing was circuit riders. I felt like the Lord is going to [set apart] a group of men and women and they are going to catch the fire and they are going to go into beachheads; they are going to set up tents out on fields. People are going to come because there is going to be so much healing; it's going to be like the old time healing days. It is going to be sparked. There is going to be a catalytic spark.
He is going to start to birth it. The Lord says, "There is a new anointing, and its tabernacling." It's an anointing of the "Tent of the Meeting." It's an anointing of Houses of Prayer on the move. It's going to be wheels of revelation moving with the glory. It's like a moving throne. It's like a moving place of glory. I feel like the Lord says, "I'm on the move. My glory is on the move. It's going to look very different. I want you to be hungry. But I want you to be ones that go into whole communities."