Here follows an excerpt from a sermon by David Wilkerson, July 25,1988. The rest of the sermon can be accessed here.
Here at Times Square Church we have designated this year as one of prayer for revival. By “revival” we are not thinking of some great emotional stirring, with people coming from miles around to see something sensational. Instead, we are wanting a prepared people – prepared in holiness! We want a revival of the Lord’s holy presence, where things are so pleasing to God, that He will come down to meet every need – where His glory is revealed!
In Nehemiah, the eighth chapter, there are to be found what I call “the five absolute evidences of revival.” It cannot be called revival or awakening unless all five of these evidences are present. Nehemiah is a revival book. It is the story of 42,360 Jews returning to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon to rebuild the walls and get back to the old paths of holiness and true worship. Their leaving Babylon is a type of believers leaving dead, compromising, worldly churches to go forth with a remnant to Holy Zion, to return to the old paths, and to go on with a people and shepherds who walk in truth.
This holy remnant rolled up their sleeves and worked in unity to remove the rubbish and filth that had polluted Jerusalem. They rebuilt the crumbling walls and put up the gates. That’s what we are doing at Times Square Church: removing the rubbish that has accumulated, the rubbish of false doctrines, of materialism, of sin and compromise in the pulpit and pew! We are rebuilding the walls that had crumbled. Hundreds of God’s people have been plundered and ravaged by Satanic powers; homes and marriages have been in turmoil; many are backslidden, starving for God’s Word. We’ve been working together to put up walls and gates to keep the enemy out. God has gathered together a remnant of all who have escaped Babylon and are ready to take the five great steps to restoration and revival.