Years ago, many preachers have signaled that there would be a revival to end all revivals. Wide spread healings, signs, wonders, and miracles that would usher in more people into the kingdom of God BEFORE the rapture of the church.
Many have used various Scriptures connected to the early and latter rain as revelatory indicators of an end time revival.
However, we see in the Book of Revelation, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Paul’s writings in 1 and 2 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Romans, and Ephesians about the end times that show clearly the opposite.
Some will agree that the Holy Spirit has been working among believers since He’s been in the earth on the day of Pentecost. Also, the kinds of true revivals that we’ve seen in the past featured repentance from sin and dead works, and faith towards God.
But now the emphasis shifted to just signs, wonders, and miracles, with false doctrine to mislead people.
In many cases, charlatans and peddlers do trickery of hand stuff to deceive the hearts of people and pull money from them.
With COVID around, you’d figure that many of them would minister to those that were infected with COVID, but we’ve yet to hear reports. Since signs, wonders, and miracles to point to the fact that it’s an end time revival, you’d expect them to be used by God to heal as many sick people with COVID as possible.
We must be very careful because God does what He pleases.
We don’t have control of the gifts of the Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 12:11). We are nothing but vessels that God choses to use, should He decide He wants to move in that way.
Of course we have the groups that believe that the power of God ceased in AD 100. But I have yet to hear one of them go and search the 3 billion people on earth and ask them if God ever healed them without doctors or medicine.
A comprehensive search of this magnitude is demanded before declaring with absolute certainty that God stopped moving with power.
We must admit that extremes operate on both sides of the spectrum. Therefore, we’re advised to do a comprehensive investigation before jumping to conclusions. To say that God stopped healing is definitely a far fetched conclusion.
Also, to say that God heals, but the person or persons that make such a declaration never went to the hospitals to lay hands on people with COVID. Prove God’s power and go where it’s dangerous and foolish.
Of course, we should never move in foolishness, ignorance, or presumption. Never tempt God, but Jesus healed the lepers. He touched them. What’s stopping you?
In August of this year (2021), there was a 22 year old pastor that was buried alive for 3 days declaring that he would be resurrected like Jesus. He had his hands tied in front of him, and then buried alive. After 3 days, they dug up the grave and found him dead. He leaves behind a pregnant wife.
You could read the story here.
But notice what Jesus said would happen in the end times.
Matthew 24:11 (NKJV) “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”
Matthew 24:23-25 (NKJV) “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.“
You see, the emphasis of revival is “…repentance from dead works and faith towards God.”
The emphasis of revival is to be born again and come from darkness to light. From being a child of satan and God’s wrath, to a child of God. Abstaining from secret sexual sins and walking in holiness.
Mind you, that the Lord does miracles, signs, and wonders at His discretion, but in each instance in the NT, the word repentance from dead works and faith towards God was used. Because any true sign is only an indication that God among us and that it revealed our exceedingly sinful hearts. That we’re enemies of God and that the only remedy is to be reconciled to God.
To be reconciled to God means that we come back into His favor by exchanging our life of sin for His righteousness (see 1 Corinthians 5:21-21). This is done when we repent of sin to be born again by the Holy Spirit (see John 3:3, 3:5, and Titus 3:5).
And even if God uses no signs and wonders, “…the gospel is the power of God unto salvation…”
We must never underestimate the simple, yet powerful preaching of the Word of God with Holy Spirit conviction (see John 16:8-10) to move the sinner to repentance from dead works and faith towards God.
What did the Lord Jesus instruct His disciples to pray for?
Matthew 9:35-38 (NKJV)
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
If you’ve been praying just for “revival” but you don’t personally witness to sinners, you might be praying well, but you’re a poor witness of the gospel of Christ.
Acts 1:8 shows us what Jesus meant when the Holy Spirit comes upon true believers.
To declare that you have Holy Spirit upon you but you never witness is disingenuous. We’re all supposed to be a witness.
And to say that not everyone is called to be a witness is a bald face liar.
In every generation since the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, witnesses have risen up. The greatest impact are the unseen and unnoticed ones. We thank God for others that stepped up to the plate and became standard bearers or household names. Their contributions can’t be ignored.
But the ones that we don’t hear about are penned in heaven.
All it takes is a boldness to testify of the resurrection of Jesus and the good news that a man can be reconciled to God once they repent.
So never declare or pray about end time revival if you’ve never personally witness Christ to others. Get out there and do the work. We need laborers. Fearless and bold laborers that would do both.
Be a prayer warrior and a witness warrior.
Pray and witness.