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Last Days Revival
Dr. Timothy Hoflund
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Does the Bible specifically state that in the last days there will be a great revival just preceding the advent of the Second Coming of Christ?
And if there is to be such a revival, what will it look like, what will be the results?
Many are expecting a great world wide evangelism movement like happened in the "Great Awakening" or on the level of Billy Sunday or Billy Graham crusades sweeping the globe. But is that what the Scriptures say? There does not seem to be found such a happening described in the Bible.
Some point to Matthew 13 wherein Jesus speaks of the "harvest" at the end of the world ... but read this closely and you will find that this is an exercise of divine execution of judgment -- separating the true Church from those who make up the false churches (tares) and these are cast into the fire! So then this doesn't describe a great soul winning event.
So, is there going to be an "end time revival"? I believe the answer to this is a resounding YES! Just that - - A REVIVAL! A revival of righteousness within and throughout the Body of Christ!
To understand this, simply ask yourself: Is the Church of today the Church for which Jesus is returning?
- - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word;
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27
In recent studies we have published the statistics of the sexual and immoral condition of the church community, and only God knows the number of genuine (truly born again) saints who are living compromised lifestyles (backslidden to have driving desires for the things of this world) but in the overall condition, there are very apparent spots, wrinkles and blemishes on the Church - - to the point that the world does not see a GLORIOUS CHURCH!
So then, what kind of revival should we expect and for what kind of revival should we be preparing ourselves (2 Chronicles 7) for?
A REVIVAL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS! Not a movement of acting righteous or a movement of adopting a bunch of rules and regulations and calling that righteousness - - that is nothing more than what the Pharisees of Jesus' day were all about! In fact, Jesus declared that our righteousness must exceed the Pharisee kind of righteousness!
A revival of TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS! Where the WORLD around us sees (both individually as saints, local congregations and universally), or rather, witnesses that we are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus our Lord! (2 Cor. 5:21)
A revival of righteousness that takes place throughout THE CHURCH! That we who are His become such illustrations of the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus our Lord that the whole world sees us to be truly righteous not only in our successes but that we deal with our own failures righteously and all to the point that when the Church is united with Christ, when we are caught up to be with Him in the air that there is nothing quiet about it!
By that I mean: When Jesus comes for us that the world will know that the Church is missing - - no guess work, no bewilderment, no perplexity! It won't be like the old "Thief in the Night" movies - - People will know that the True Church has been taken from the earth and they will notice a definite absence of this Body of righteousness!
End time revival? I believe so and do believe that we are at it's beginning point! Why? Because the Church is undergoing increasing judgment from God and there are always only two results from God's judgment among & upon His people: Revival or further rebellion! We see this repeated throughout the history of God's people!
The question is not, will revival come - - the question is will you acknowledge that YOU (ALL of God's people) need revival? Judgment has already begun - - first with the House of God! Will you be among those who repent or remain among those in rebellion against what God says is right and wrong?
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