Thursday, April 5, 2012

End Time Revival: Does The Bible Predict It?

Does the Bible predict a final and great End Time Revival?   

Does it even matter if it is predicted in the Bible or not ... can't we just pray for it?

Of course we can pray for revival.  I am currently part of a small group of people who are praying for repentance and revival to come to our city, but the question is: Is a large and great revival, before Christ's final return, predicted in the Bible?  And if it is not, what does that mean to us as Believers?

It such a revival is not predicted in the Bible,  it could mean that there is yet another deception, or misconstruing of Scripture, found as being taught as TRUTH in the Church.  It could point to the fact that yet again Christians are so indoctrinated by what the pulpits and televangelists promote, that Christians are simply believing and parroting what is told them without even knowing what the Bible truly says.  And if Christians are duped in thinking a GREAT END TIME REVIVAL is right around the corner, then what else are Christians being misled in?

So lets look and see what the Bible teaches about the End of This Age and lets see if a huge, great revival is truly predicted.  
Matthew 22:8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 
And Luke 14 reads:
21 ... ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I  tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
I've never actually heard the above noted Scriptures preached to support a great End Time Revival, but I held to these to try to support the belief.   I think, however, as I look at other Scriptures that I have posted below, I believe now that the above Scriptures are simply referring to the last TWO DAYS (or two thousand years - Psalm 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8) of this Age of Grace, where God has gone to the Gentiles ("anyone", "crippled", "blind", etc = heathen, not originally intended to come and who would have been considered "unclean") to invite them to come into the banquet, because the Jews, those initially "invited", did not "deserve" or desire to come. 

But the Scripture that I DO hear a lot ... almost every week at the church that I attend as I attend a charismatic church which prays every week for the last Great Revival and Outpouring of God's Holy Spirit which "has been predicted in the Bible" ... is this:
Amos 9:13
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
and flow from all the hills. 
It is explained in our church, quite excitedly, that this Passage predicts a time of harvesting souls that is so great, that those planting the Word will be quickly overtaken by those harvesting the souls.  In other words, people will be getting saved SO QUICKLY and SO EASILY, that just as one is just starting to preach to the unsaved, the unsaved will be reaped into the Kingdom effortlessly.  Quickly.  And in great numbers.

"After all", it is further explained, "the Bible says, "The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty.' "   (Whenever this Bible Passage is quoted, Haggai 2:9 is never referred to for the congregation to look it up.)

These are the only Passages of Scripture that I've heard preached to support this theory of the Great End Times Revival ... if you have heard others, please let me know.  Why do I care?  Because this is not how I read the CONTEXT of Amos 9.  Or Haggai 2.

Amos 9:1 starts by describing the Judgment of the Lord coming to Israel, which is generally accepted as the Great Tribulation Period:  
Amos 9:1 
those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
none will escape... 
5 The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
he who touches the earth and it melts,
and all who live in it mourn— 
I will shake the house of Israel
among all the nations
as grain is shaken in a sieve,
and not a pebble will reach the ground. ...
10 All the sinners among my people
will die by the sword,
all those who say,
‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ 
After verse 10, the heading in the Bible then reads:  Israel's Restoration.  It then goes on to describe what I posted earlier:
“In that day I will restore
David’s fallen tent.
I will repair its broken places,
restore its ruins,
and build it as it used to be ...
13 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
and flow from all the hills.
14 I will bring back my exiledg people Israel;
they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.
They will plant vineyards and drink their wine;
they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
15 I will plant Israel in their own land,
never again to be uprooted
from the land I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.
Note verse 11: IN THAT DAY.  Which day?  The day AFTER the above verses which predicted judgment.  Now I've heard the Amos 9:1-10 read to support the Great Tribulation, which I believe, but I believe it can also support the Judgment that came upon Israel when Israel was destroyed and the Jews scattered from their homeland, for Amos 9:14 states:  I WILL BRING BACK MY EXILED PEOPLE ISRAEL; THEY WILL REBUILD THE RUINED CITIES AND LIVE IN THEM.  This could be seen as fulfilled in 1948 when Israel again became a Nation for the Jews. 

Note:  Jewish History is the Christians warning.   The Old Testament which details the Jews' rise and fall and/or obedience and disobedience, is an example for the Church and is supposed to teach us how to avoid the same failings of the Jews as they walked with God (ie: Hebrews 4:11).  Their judgment, prophesied by Old Testament Prophets, is sadly a prophetic warning to the Church about another Greater Judgment Day coming to all the Earth (ie: Hebrews 12:26), which I have described in other posts and which would take too long to cover again, here.

Therefore, going back to Amos 9:13, I see the CONTEXT of this Passage as being the Millennium, in which the whole Earth will be filled with the Glory of the Lord, as Christ rules on Earth, with the entire Earth being filled with righteousness and peace (Scripture examples:  Isaiah 35, Isaiah 55, Romans 8:18-25, and many others.)  The Earth will produce crops without hindrance, in abundance and quickly as Amos states above, the wolves will live in peace beside lambs without harming them, children will safely play near snakes nests, and "he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth" (Isaiah 11).

And what about Haggai 2?  I see the same pattern.    For Haggai 2 fully reads:
6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
 Hebrews 12 interprets this Haggai Passage for us, when it teaches:
5 “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline ...
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. ...
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. ...
25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”e 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.  
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29for our “God is a consuming fire.”f
Remember proper Bible Interpretation (Biblical Hermeneutics)?  New Testament ALWAYS enlightens and teaches the meaning of Old Testament Passages.  (ie: "It is of the first importance to observe that, from a Christian point of view, the Old Testament cannot be fully apprehended without the help of the New." found HERE.)

The Haggai 2 Passage, then, is also shown to be AFTER a time of Judgment from the Lord, according to Hebrews 12.  Hebrews 12 is shedding the best light we have on Haggai 2, since it is revealed by a New Covenant writer.  The Greater Glory of the House of the Lord comes AFTER Judgment.

So what, if anything, does the Bible predict for the End Times?  Here are a few Scriptures:
2 Thessalonians 2:1 
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessnessa is revealed, the man doomed to destruction... 
5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.  ...  15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachingsc we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 
1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons...
6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
And what about what Jesus Himself taught us:
Luke 18:8 
However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”  
or 
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4Jesus answered: Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,a’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
Sadly, according to New Testament predictions about the LAST DAYS, there is not one Scripture found teaching that there will be a GREAT END TIMES REVIVAL.  One would think that Jesus would gladly tell of the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and people flocking to be saved, just before His Return, wouldn't you?

But again...
Does all this matter?  

Will I stop praying that the Lord would grant repentance to those in my city and turn people to Himself?

No, I won't stop praying and preaching, for Jesus Himself has taught me in Matthew 28:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them ina the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is my great commission from the Lord and I will continue to pass out tracts and speak to anyone who will listen concerning their eternal destination.

But if you do not see a great revival when you preach will you be disappointed or discouraged?  Or will you be swept away into church circles where there ARE signs and wonders and a claim that revival is happening, because you've been led to believe that this is what we are looking for? 

I have a sense the "Last Great Revival of the End Times" teaching could be yet another DECEPTION being used by the enemy to get christians to swallow hook, line, and sinker the lies of the current charismatic deception which bring with it,  false signs and wonders.  If Revival is "supposed" to be happening, then the church stating they are having "revival" will be flocked to.

The SIGNS of Christ's Return for His Church, as He foretold in Matthew 24, are already here.  And so are the predictions as told by Paul to Timothy and the Thessalonian Church.  A GREAT REVIVAL, with the Church moving in greater glory and greater signs and wonders, were NOT predicted by either Jesus or Paul.  SO DON'T BE LOOKING FOR SUCH.

“No matter how big the lie; 
repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.”
John F. Kennedy

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Conclusion:
So are there Scriptures that truly support a great End Time Revival?

 I can't find any on line, but I sure see a lot of PROPHECIES stating it will happen.  Prophecies spoken by MEN but not supported by Scripture.  But if I have overlooked anything, please send me the Scriptures!    I would like to have some clear, in context, Scriptures which can support how my church prays weekly, and how my friends believe in the Church that I am currently attending.  I am trying to find out if this teaching can be supported, or have I yet once again, been DUPED by MAN'S DOCTRINE in the charismatic circles that I am not willing to so easily give up on ... not yet anyway.

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(c) 2012 Is Christ Soon To Return

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2 comments:

  1. Of course there is an end time revival
    There are the two witnesses in Jerusalem fulfilling the last half of the week spoken in Dan 9:27. Then there is the angel who has the everlasting Gospel to preach
    See article entitled Dan 9:27 at Destinedtoberevealed.com


    Mat 24:29 ¶ Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:


    Mat 24:30   And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
    Notice Christ returns after the tribulation this will be the greatest witness opportunity ever during these trying times when many will have nothing but possibly Christ Jesus
    Blessings

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  2. Subject: 2020 VISION = first Door of the end of the world
    (Mat 24:33)

    2020 VISION of the end of the world, as stated in (Mat 24:3) MUST happen before 2020

    This is a mistranslation, as they ment to say end of the age, as in the age of christianity

    Please help get this 2020 Vision out to the world = this end time generation is soon coming to pass

    I have the most awesome news to get out to this world. News about how we can be assured of God’s return before the year 2020 starts? That’s right, I can explain and prove by logic and Scripture verses that the Bible assures us in that all who are born again, (Joh 3:3) are promised to “meet the Lord in the air” (I Thes 4:17), to remove His Saints in the (Tit 2:13) “blessed hope” at the end of the first Door= end of Age of Christianity. please search for my2020vision + yolasite
    We may put our trust in the Bible, for although His Word assures us in (Mat 24:36) “that day and hour knoweth no man”, in (Mat 24:33) He not only assures us, but states it as a command, that we will “know that it is near, even at the doors”. You might ask how are we suppose to know that it is near, and what is the door that we are commanded to know. If you believe in the pre-trib Rapture, (like I do) it MUST happen prior the first door=(deadline for His Appearance in the clouds). These are dates that we are not allowed to know about, but in the original Greek, it is worded like a command. His first Door is to rescue His own,(Rapture of the Saints) and then again a little more than seven Hebrew years later, at the end of the tribulation. (His Glorious Appearance)
    We are given all the facts and figures to calculate these doors=(deadlines). We are given the date of the start of the final generation. It started when Israel took control of Jerusalem, we can know this because the seventy weeks of Daniels 9:24 also concerned Jerusalem= (holy city).
    If you take June 10th as the latest date for taking control of Jerusalem.
    And then add 51.6 years for a generation then you get June 10 = day 161/365.25 = 0.441.
    So the last day of the war = meaning Jerusalem was surely in Israeli control by 1967.441.
    If you take 1967.441 + 51.6 = 2019.041 = last day that Christ can return for His Saints in the Rapture,
    and still be able to fulfill the prophecy about this generation shall not pass.
    0.041 * 365 = 15 days = Jan 15, 2019 is the last date for Christ to rapture His Church.
    This is at the beginning of the 7 years of tribulation
    And if you add 6.9 years for the 2520 day duration of the tribulation
    2520 = 7 X 360 / 365.25 = 6.899 solar years
    2019.041 + 6.899 = 2025.94 or Dec 8th is the latest time for the second door, which is His Glorious Appearance.

    So, we are told that no one knows the day or hour, but we are assured that we may know the doors. Where the first door is Jan 15, 2019 when the rapture must occur, which ends the Christian age, when Christ comes to rescue all who are born again. Then by adding 2520 days we can get the second door, Dec 8, 2025 is the date that Christ must come back by, and sets His Feet on the earth to judge the nations.

    2020 VISION of the end of the world, as stated in (Mat 24:3) MUST happen before 2020.
    Please help get this 2020 Vision out to the world = this end time generation is soon coming to pass.
    I have the most awesome news to get out to this world. How we can be assured of God's return before the year 2020 starts? That's right, I can explain and prove by logic and Scripture verses that the Bible assures us in that all who are born again will be removed before 2020.
    Please search for "doorschristmustpassthrough".

    THIS IS GOD’S DEADLINE,
    not mine
    He set it when He Said in (Mat 24:34)
    Verily I say unto you, This generation
    SHALL NOT PASS, = (die)
    till all these things be fulfilled.

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