May 15, 2017

Dear Esther,

I have been wondering about this, can revival happen? I mean as in national revival? Because in the Bible God would send prophets to speak out, or warn the land about judgment, and God would usually tell the nations if they would come back to Him. I believe that even though the “United States” isn’t in the Bible I believe it would have talked about revival just like it was with other nations. I’m sorry I don’t have Scripture to provide.

Jayne

Dear Jayne,

After the coming battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 a very short revival will take place because of the awe-inspiring miracles performed by God when He protects and saves Israel from the Russian led coalition. This will cause some people to come to faith in Christ, but this will not be a national revival and not on the grand scale of the great worldwide revival that will take place during the Tribulation.

We are now in a period where mankind is on a dangerous downward spiral and the U.S. is in great spiritual trouble. The Word of God does talk about a great future worldwide revival, which would include the United States, but not before the Rapture/Tribulation. Jesus said that the days just before the Rapture would be like the days just before the Great Flood of Noah’s time.

Remember what the Bible says about those days? It was a very wicked time. Noah himself preached a message of repentance for 120 years—and did not get a single convert.

Jesus also reminded us in Luke 17:26-30 that in Noah’s day, people kept on doing what they were doing, living normal lives without regard to God. He also compared the last days before the Rapture to the last days before the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, a time of unrelenting evil and disregard for God’s commandments.

Were those days of revival? No. If there was a single great sin that was common to both Noah’s and Lot’s contemporaries, it was exactly what the church at large is doing today: with Christ’s return getting closer every day the majority continue to live normal everyday lives, doing pretty much whatever they want – instead of what God wants.

The apostle Paul confirmed this. He wrote in 2 Timothy that there would not be a great worldwide revival before the Rapture, but rather that men shall be as wicked as in Noah and Lot’s time:

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Clearly what Paul described is not a picture of revival. Paul described the church in the last days as “having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

The prophet Isaiah tells us that Israel is destined to lead a worldwide revival during the Tribulation. Isaiah 24 is a mini-version of Revelation 6 through 10, describing the “apocalypse” or the period of time after the Rapture known as the Tribulation. The first part of the chapter shows us a terrible time for mankind in a world laid waste. But then Isaiah describes a sudden change – a lovely outpouring of praise from a great number of people. Isaiah 24.14-16a:

“They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing; for the majesty of the LORD they shall cry aloud from the sea. Therefore glorify the LORD in the dawning light, the name of the LORD God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea. From the ends of the earth we have heard songs: “Glory to the righteous!” [Or the Righteous One.]

Since all true born-again believers will have already been caught-up in the Rapture, who will lead this revival? In Revelation 7, John gives us the answer. Just before chapter 7 begins, John gives us a description of events in the first quarter of the Tribulation (or, the first year and nine months of the seven-year Tribulation). Six “seals” are opened, unleashing terrible judgments upon the earth.

But then, as chapter 7 begins, the situation starts to change. The torture of the earth is called to a halt. Then in verses 2 and 3, an angel “having the seal of God” cries out to the other angels:

“Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, til we shall have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Who are the servants this angel is talking about? John tells us in the very next verse:

“And I heard the number of them that were sealed, a hundred and forty and four thousand sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:4).

They are Jews—children of Israel, coming from each of the 12 tribes. And their total number is 144,000. And their purpose is to accomplish an astounding mission: worldwide revival.

“After these things [after the Jewish evangelists are saved or “sealed”] “I saw, and behold [the result of their ministry] a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes and people and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands; and they cry with a great voice, saying Salvation unto our God who sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb (Revelation 7:9-10).

John has described a huge group of people – and not just Jews, but people, “of all tribes and peoples and tongues.” This is a worldwide multitude. The 144,000 Jewish evangelists have gone out and evangelized the world. The Bible tells us that this group will come before the Throne of God, worshipping Him!

“These are they that came out of the great tribulation” (Revelation 7:14).

This is a worldwide revival. Israel will lead the revival. We must pray and work to win souls now, but the great results will occur during the Tribulation, as a direct result of the work of the 144,000. With this is mind we must keep witnessing to the Jews, to Israel as a priority, declaring the truth of the Messiah to them and paving the way for the coming worldwide revival.

How will the 144,000 Jewish evangelists win the world to Christ?

Those left on earth during the Tribulation will know that they are in the Tribulation. Revelation 6:16-17 tells us they will know their torment is coming from God and will cry out for help. The 144,000 will be there to preach the gospel, to minister divine relief to the suffering souls. People will be ready to listen to them – much more so than they listen to the gospel today.

God’s commandment to us is to be concerned, to take part in advance in the coming great worldwide revival. In 1Timothy 2:1, Paul wrote about one of the ways we are to take part is through prayer:

“I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men.”

Note that Paul specifies all men – this includes those who need Christ in the future. We are to pray every day for the preaching of the gospel; which will take place during the Tribulation. All believers today can actually have a part in the coming worldwide revival by praying for it now.

Another way to prepare for this great worldwide revival is to reach others with the written word, literature. When God wanted to give us His Word in a form that could be passed down from generation to generation, He chose to use the written word.

After the Church is caught-up in the Rapture, books and literature will still remain on earth. How the 144,000 will be given the gospel could well be through literature left behind, Scriptures taken directly from the Bible, or the Bible itself. Some people have suggested that the 144,000 will be saved “miraculously” but we cannot be sure. But they will be “sealed” miraculously, but as believers we are called to share the gospel:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek [Gentile]” (Romans 1:16).

Not even the apostle Paul was saved “miraculously” or directly by the Lord, without having heard the Word. Before Paul had the amazing Damascus Road experience he had been present at the stoning of Stephen – and he heard a powerful sermon embodying the gospel from the martyr himself. He has also had plenty of contact with believers during the years he spent persecuting them. It is likely that many of them shared the gospel with him.

The Bible declares: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Hearing the gospel works to bring the unsaved to salvation in Christ at some point. Sometimes it takes a lot of listening before the truth sinks in. Since the Lord has commanded us to be partakers in spreading the gospel, it is very important to minister to the Jewish people since they will be leading the preaching of the gospel during the Tribulation.

Their eyes and hearts may not be open now, but many will open up then. It is up to each believer to do whatever possible to help spread the gospel, not only for the time before the Rapture, but also to prepare to reach those who are left behind. We should be dedicated to serving the Lord in this way.

Jayne, your interest in whether there will be revival shows that you are thinking of those who need to hear and accept the gospel. One person can make a huge difference and I encourage you to reach out to others and pray with conviction taking into consideration what has been discussed in this letter.

Time is short. Each day we see signs of the coming Tribulation. As believers, let’s all inspire one another to keep our focus on the Lord’s work and not get caught-up in the distractions of life that can keep us from giving our best to the Lord in these last days.

God bless you!

Esther

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).

 

 

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