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Richard Owen RobertsSOLEMN ASSEMBLY

by Richard Owen Roberts

The Sad Fact
Most professing Christians have never heard of a Solemn Assembly. Of the relatively small number who have, a substantial portion consider it as merely an Old Testament practice of no particular relevance today.

THE BIBLICAL BACKGROUND
There are not less than twelve revival movements in the Old Testament. While each of these revivals is very different from the others, there are at least four factors preceding each revival which they all hold in common.

A Tragic Declension.
Every revival of the Old Testament is preceded by a period of moral and spiritual decline among the people of God. As illustrations of this problem, consider that preceding the revival of Exodus 32-33, the decline included the building of the golden calf and its worship, while the revival under David was preceded by a period of more than six decades in which the Ark of the Covenant of God was out of its rightful place in Jerusalem.

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Solemn Assembly in Ventura County, California 2002 — A Case Study

by Gerald Christian Nordskog

Shortly after 9/11/01, the Lord began to work on my heart about the country’s need for repentance. I began reading some of Richard Owens Roberts' and Coalition on Revival (COR) materials. The burden got heavier during the autumn as I continued to pray about it. I asked for prayer and got confirmation (through Jackie Yockey’s High Adventure Ministries holiday event to honor founder George Otis [now deceased]). My wife Gail and I discussed it at our home (our annual Christmas-New Years' party with close personal friends) and prayed over it, and it was again confirmed to immediately pursue a genuine Solemn Assembly.

Quickly, with a few friends, we formed the sponsoring group “Ventura County Council of Pastors & Leaders” (similar to the Coalition On Revival's Northern and Southern California groups from the ‘80s-‘90s). The small initial steering committee (now the elders of Trinity Home Church) set a name for our event: “Solemn Assembly Summit and Celebration — Seeking God for Ventura County 2002.”

Since we had many Christian contacts in our county, from years of chairing the National Day of Prayer (and other events) in Ventura, after setting goals and a plan, we began contacting ministry leaders throughout our county to participate. As of first of January we set an aggressive date of Saturday March 23. Basically, we had less than 90 days to organize, publicize and implement the Solemn Assembly. The urgency of the day after 9/11 and the Lord’s overwhelming burden on my heart said to do it soon and before Passion week.

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"Dr. Jay Grimstead founder and director Coalition on Revival (COR), Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI), and the International Church Council (ICC), seeks ten Regional Coordinators and one State Coordinator for each state to plan, promote, and realize Solemn Assemblies everywhere in America. Go to the Solemn Assembly Committee Website at www.nationalsolemnassembly.org

Also please visit the Website for the Coalition on Revival here.


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