This year marks the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, a movement sparked by an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther. Having nearly been struck by lightning in a thunder storm, Luther’s brush with death caused him to change his vocation and enter a monastery. In his wholehearted search for God, he became a priest and went on to earn a Doctorate of Theology. As he studied the Scriptures in depth, God opened his eyes to the truths of justification by faith alone, the priesthood of all believers, and the importance of “Sola Scriptura” (the Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith and practice).
500 years later we are in another significant time. The Scriptures talk about important events occurring as times came to fulfillment (Gal. 4:4; Acts 2:1; Dan. 12:9, etc). In fact, in the Bible, there was a whole tribe who knew the times and what Israel should do. (I Chron. 12:32) Many prophetic people are saying that 2017 is a significant year. In addition to being the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, it is also the 50 year anniversary of Jerusalem being united under Israeli sovereignty and the 50 year anniversary of the charismatic Catholic outpouring. It is time to pray that God moves again, greater than He has done before. 500 years ago a movement was sparked and its impact is still being felt today. Now we must pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit, one that will once again impact the whole globe. Together we can cry out to God that He will pour out His Spirit on all of Europe, asking that He will again open the truths of Scripture to a generation that does not know Him. We can believe that a whole new generation of Europeans will dream dreams, have visions and declare the works of God throughout the continent (Acts 2:17-18) . . . and Europe Shall Be Saved!