by Bro. Jed
In the fall of 1977 Max Lynch and I were making a tour of the eastern campuses and stopped at Penn State University. At the end of the day Bro Cope, a man in his late twenties, introduced himself to us. He had been a radical in the sixties who had graduated from Penn State several years earlier. After his conversion Bro returned to his alma mater having said to God, "Lord, I'll do anything you want me to do but don't make me preach." But by Easter 1977 Bro was preaching to crowds of several hundred in front of Willard Hall.
God directed him not to get a job so that he could devote himself to working full-time on the campus to promote revival. The first year he had to live in his car through a cold Pennsylvania winter. Miraculously the Lord provided food for him. On one winter day Bro walked by a restaurant and found a hot meat loaf sandwich wrapped on the window sill. No one was in sight on the street. Even though he only had an income of $880 his first year, all his needs were supplied without taking government relief or asking anyone for money or any other help.
Bro and his associate, Steve Michaels, had worked hard to break up the fallow ground and prepare the students' hearts for our message. On several return visits to Penn State I worked and fellowshipped closely with these brethren. Each year I would encourage Bro to travel the southern states with me in the winter. Finally, in February of 1982, God released Bro to accompany me for six weeks. He returned to Penn State with a renewed vision. Bro wanted to be on the road more in 1982-83 but he did not have suitable transportation. Therefore, he prayed that God would give him a good car. In order to answer his prayer the Lord motivated the Fortress Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to give me a generous down payment on a new Chrysler New Yorker. Then the Lord led me to give my Chrysler Cordoba to Bro.
Early in 1983 Bro and I were ministering at UCLA. Bro was preaching to the Jews. "You are stiff-necked and hard-hearted, and are always resisting the Holy Spirit."
Suddenly two Jews ran up to the podium to attack him but Bro faced them down as he plunged in the sword even deeper, cutting to the quick.
One of them threatened, "If you didn't have glasses on I would punch you in the mouth."
Bro obliged him by removing his glasses and thrusting out his chin to make an easier target and the man backed down.
The next day Bro waxed bolder and repeatedly commanded the crowd, "Repent now, in the name of Jesus. Fall to your knees on the grass and repent." He kept this up for several minutes.
A young man approached Bro. "What do you want?" Bro asked, assuming him to be another mocker.
"I want to get saved," he replied. He knelt in front of 120 people and repented.
Bro turned the crowd over to me and he began to minister to the new convert. Meanwhile, a girl approached Bro and confessed that she had been a Christian but had turned to fornication, partying and drunkenness. When the young man had knelt down, she was so convicted that she also repented.
Later, when Bro was preaching again, one of the Jews who had tried to attack him the previous day came up to me to talk. I asked him if he wanted to get saved. He said, "Yes." Right after he prayed, he came forward to testify to the crowd of his conversion. Since there were so many Jewish infidels in the crowd, he was immediately besieged by these zealots. He continued to testify of how he felt changed.
In the Spring of 1984 Bro preached at Texas Tech University in Lubbock where he encountered extreme difficulty with wimpy religionists. One fellow stood most of the day listening intently and observing the furor surrounding the preaching of the Gospel. Towards the end of the day he asked to address the crowd. He chided them saying, "You have been trying to discredit this evangelist all day but have been unable. He has completely destroyed every objection you people have raised."
Naturally, Bro thought the man to be a Christian. Finally, as Bro was preparing to leave, he asked, "Are there any more questions?"
Bro's defender quickly said, "Yes, where do we go from here?"
"Are you a Christian?" Bro asked.
"Would you like to be?"
Bro began to tell him of the extreme cost of following Jesus in terms of total commitment, holy living and persecution. Try as he did, Bro was not able to dissuade him from getting saved. Bro turned him over to a pastor--a man he was working with--for more ministry. The pastor spent several hours telling him of the cost. He could not dissuade him from salvation (not that they did not want him to be saved but that they wanted an informed convert).
Finally, the young man said, "Look, if Jesus tells me tomorrow to go to Africa, I am ready to obey Him." They thought he was surely ready. He lit up like a Roman candle as soon as he prayed for salvation. Today he is going strong in the faith in Lubbock.
I am very deep in seeking another outpouring of the power and glory of God. When it comes, this is what will happen:
Isa 60:1 ¶ Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
We are at the gross darkness phase, and the world is hurtling toward perdition. The believers need to be seeking the Lord diligently for the next step - the glory.