There’s been a lot of argument and posturing about America.
Will America ever rebound?
Whether it’s poised for revival or poised for judgment.
The answer is clear.
If you look at the history of worldwide city revivals, many of them come and go.
They come and go.
It never remains consistent and lasts long. The generation of sin waits until the euphoria departs. They also wait until the leaders depart, either by scandal, retirement, and death.
Some revivals are emotional. They carry an excitement and then after the excitement, people look for something else.
When Paul went on his missionary journeys, it was with a purpose.
Acts 26:16-18 (NKJV) “….But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.
I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,
to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
Notice that Paul was sent to….
- Open their eyes in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God.
- that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
This is the foundation of basic gospel preaching.
The missing element is that people do not realize that like one preacher said, paraphrasing,
“people want grace, but to access this grace, the law must be brought to bear on their condition in order for grace to have the effect that it should have.”
In other words, when a sinner doesn’t see the danger they’re in, repentance is a fleeting thing.
2 Corinthians 7:10 is clear.
“Godly sorrows works repentance leading to salvation….”
What’s godly sorrow?
It’s when you realize that you’ve offended God and the weight of judgment and wrath is upon you. That you and I are worthy of the punishment. And then here’s the reality. That there’s no way possible that you can pay the debt on your own.
The missing element of all revivals is the fact that sin is egregious and that no one in a sinful condition can ever pay the debt that’s owed.
Repentance is a constant reminder of the way we’ve offended God.
James 4:1-6 (NKJV) “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
Revival simply means that life returns to that which once was dead. It’s a resuscitation. A breathing into a corpse that natural laws demands that life doesn’t return.
But the way we’ve been doing things is similar to David bringing the Ark of the Covenant that contained the 10 Commandments and Aaron’s rod that budded in a new cart. David danced before the Lord and the oxen stumbled. Uzza attempted to steady the Ark and He was killed because he wasn’t a Levite authorized to handle the Ark (see 1 Chronicles chapter 13).
We’ve attempted to bring new things into houses of worship and the results speaks for itself.
We’ve offended the Lord and we are dead.
The dead can’t bring to life the dead.
The other thing is that we’ve failed to read the signs of the times.
We’re living in the last days.
Many people and preachers are either completely oblivious to the times, or deliberately misleading people.
The conditions of Covid brought about times that very few have seen. To say that no one has ever been told about these days is prideful. But one thing’s for sure, we’re living in “perilous times.”
2 Timothy 3:1 (NKJV) “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:“
(AMPLIFIED BIBLE) “BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].”
The table is being set and there’s nothing that anyone could do about it.
The final piece of the puzzle isn’t Gog and Magog, though it’s an important piece as it relates to Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. The missing piece of the puzzle is the Temple on the Temple Mount.
We have no clue how this will be resolved, whether there will be a war among the Arabs and while the war happens, the Dome of the Rock is destroyed, removed, and a Temple is built. But one thing is certain.
In order for the Messiah to return, the Dome of the Rock and the Palestinians will have to be dealt with.
Luke 21:20-24 (NKJV) “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.
For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations.
And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.“
The Jews have to do something to make the world extremely mad at them.
What would this be?
The resumption of Temple worship and the coming of the Messiah. Because the whole purpose of the inscription on the outside of the Dome of the Rock is to discredit the Lord Jesus as the Son of God. And as long as the Temple remains unbuilt on the Temple Mount, the Messiah, in their objective, cannot return.
Daniel 9:26-27, Matthew 24:15, and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 confirms that a Temple must be present in order for the “abomination of desolation” to take place.
Then there must be an ecumenical religious and economic conspiracy that all the nations of the earth will in one way or another participate in accordance with Psalm 83, Daniel chapter 2, and 12, Zechariah chapters 12, 13, and 14, and Revelation chapters 17, 18, and 19 must manifest.
So is it right to pray for revival in America?
It’s much better to do Matthew 9:37-38, 28:19-20.