Last week we explored the connection between revival and Bible memorization--in preparation for the Fall session of our Breakout Memory Challenge. This week, I'm coming back to that theme with a brief study into what the Bible has to say about earth's final revival...
Earth's Final RevivalBy Dan Vis
June 27, 2022
There are many important prophecies in the book of Revelation: The Beast, The False Prophet, the Mark of the Beast, and Armageddon. There are the two women, and the two witnesses. The prophecies of the seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, and more. They are all fascinating and important topics. And we cover several of these in our Prophecy: Fact or Fiction class.
If your church has conducted a prophecy series recently, for your community, the speaker probably touched on many, or all of these subjects.
But there is one prophecy he likely skipped over. And it may well be the most important prophecy in the whole book. When my mind skims through the contents of Revelation--I can't help but be drawn to one specific prediction. It stands out like a mountain peak, dwarfing all those other topics:
Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
It is an amazing prophecy, isn't it? These words point forward to a time of great spiritual light and power. An awakening, an enlightenment, a refreshing of God's people. It's the last great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Earth's final revival. And it's just ahead for God's people.
The next few verses, confirm the timing of it. A quick look at Revelation 19 makes it clear this revival takes place before the second coming of Jesus. And more specifically, Revelation 18:4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. suggests it will be shortly before the door of mercy closes for planet earth--while people still have the ability to come out of Babylon and choose Christ. And that this revival, in fact, is what powers the last warning call to the world, given just before the plagues begin to fall.
Anyone who believes the return of Christ is near, has to conclude this final revival is even closer!
Of course, this is not the only place this great revival is mentioned. Habakkuk points to a time when "the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.). Isaiah predicts a time when God will say to his people "arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee" (Isaiah 60:1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.). Ezekiel foretells a time when God promises to "put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them" (Ezekiel 36:27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.). Micah describes a time "in the last days" when "the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it" (Micah 4:1-21 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.). And then there's the promise in the book of Joel: "it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit" (Joel 2:28-2928 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.).
This list is hardly exhaustive. The Old Testament prophetic books are full of many similar promises. They point repeatedly to a time of spiritual blessing, and great victory for God's people. Don't you long for that day to come?
“The Old Testament prophetic books repeatedly point to a time of spiritual blessing, and great victory for God's people.”
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I've definitely been looking forward to this revival for a long time: studying, praying, and researching it at every opportunity, for years. Because of its vital importance in Bible prophecy, I've been both intentional and focused on understanding everything about it I can. My first book (For Such A Time), in fact, was written on this very subject.
And my longing for this revival today, is just as strong as it was then...
Something is DifferentUltimately my studies have brought me to the conclusion this revival will be unlike any of the other revivals that have come before in the history of the Christian church. Past revivals have all had one thing in common: they have come and gone. They burn brightly in some specific spot for a time, then fade away. They may spread a bit, or last a time. But inevitably they've always fizzled out.
The final revival will be different. It starts somewhere, maybe several places at once--but then it burns steadily. Rather than dissipating, it actually strengthens. Even more, it starts to spread from place to place, until little by little, the whole world is swallowed up. Like a raging fire, it will be impossible to contain or control, until every nook and cranny of this planet is consumed. A large percentage of the world's population will refuse this blessing, but no one will escape it impact.
“Like a raging fire, it will be impossible to contain or control the final revival, until every nook and cranny of this planet is consumed.”
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And even then, as probation begins to close, and God's people go through the final scenes of testing described in Revelation, this revival will not dim one bit, but rather continue to grow brighter and stronger. Actually, it is this outpouring of the Spirit that prepares God's people for the impending crisis. Rather than being limited to one location, or one point in time, or one speaker, or one event--this revival will become a global movement of unthinkable power...
The ImplicationThe implication of all this, is that for God's people to participate in this kind of outpouring, they are going to have to understand revival more fully. They are going to need to learn how to cooperate with God more completely. To grasp the dynamics of being Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered. They will need to become more intelligent about what true revival is and how it works. On the one hand they must know how to deadbolt the door against every kind of fanaticism. But on the other, they must know how to give the Holy Spirit unfettered access to the heart. They will have to understand how to safeguard the experience, nurture it, cultivate it, deepen it, and ultimately, communicate it to others. They will need to know how to become spiritually contagious.
To experience this revival, to participate fully in this prophesied outpouring of the Spirit, they are going to have to understand more fully how the Holy Spirit works. Only then can God trust us with this kind of power...
To put it differently, earth's final revival:
Is not going to happen by accident or chance
Is not going to be mere emotionalism
Is not just some transitory spiritual high
Is not going to come and then fade away
Is not going to be tied to some speaker
Is not going to be limited to one location
Is not going to fizzle out or dissipate
Rather, it will be pursued intelligently. It will be principle-based, firmly rooted in Scripture. It is going to produce genuine repentance and life transformation. And it is going to persist. In fact, it will only grow stronger and stronger. And it is going to spread, rapidly. Ultimately, it will be given without measure (John 3:34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.).
Yes, it's going to be a different kind of revival than anything we have seen yet. But it's exactly the kind of revival we need today!
The Time is NowYears ago, I stumbled on to a small booklet on Revival and Reformation--and it had a great impact on my life. It actually started my thinking along these lines. It makes clear this topic is important.
A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of
all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. (I SM, p 121).
It also suggests this is something God's people can, and must, learn:
The old standard bearers knew what it was to wrestle with God in
prayer, and to enjoy the outpouring of His Spirit. But these are passing
off from the stage of action; and who are coming up to fill their places?
How is it with the rising generation? (I SM, p 122).
And while the enemy may attempt to oppose us, if we master these principles at last, revival is certain:
There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and an impenitent congregation. If Satan had his way, there would never be another awakening, great or small, to the end of time. But we are not ignorant of his devices. It is possible to resist his power. When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessing will come.
These quotations give me bright hope for the future.
So let's ask for this final revival. Intelligently, and in faith--knowing it is time for the Spirit of God to be poured out on His people. Let's seek to understand more clearly how the Holy Spirit works, so we can cooperate more fully with God, and give Him more complete sway in our life. Let's seek to study the dynamics of revival, how to pursue it, preserve it, and propagate it. And let's be persevering in our quest for revival, that we can be part of that group who experiences this amazing time of blessing and power promised to God's endtime people!
CommentsHow excited are you about earth's final revival? Do you feel ready to receive this blessing? What areas of your life would you like to strengthen to better fit you for this outpouring? Share a thought or two in the comments below.
|Posted by Kat on 11/01/23
EGW speaks a lot about “fanaticism” in her writings. Exactly, what does she mean, and can you provide an example?
Thank you, Pastor.
|Posted by Laurie Wissink on 10/31/23 - Coach
|The thought of being part of that final revival is so very exciting isn't it Bruce!
|Posted by Doug Schoch on 05/13/23 - Coach
|Looking forward to this revival and the events that follow close behind. Praying for God's guidance to be an agent of revival.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 03/19/23 - Coach
|That's a beautiful prayer Barbara. It's one thing to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our own life. Something else to pray it for someone else...
|Posted by Dan Vis on 03/16/23 - Coach
|That's a beautiful description of what God wants for each of us. Thank you for articulating it so nicely. I'm sure many will be inspired to pray that same prayer after reading your post Sam!
|Posted by Lisa West on 07/19/22
|Thanks for the article Dan....it was very interesting so much that I shared it with everyone that I know on WhatsApp. I'm not sure I knew the reference to Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. so, I was excited to read. Thanks again.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 06/28/22 - Coach
|Amen Annalise! It is kind of interesting, that we need the Holy Spirit even to seek the Holy Spirit. But praise God, He's definitely working!
|Posted by Annalise Felkel on 06/28/22
|I Praise God for His Holy Spirit, and for the help He is providing us in preparing for this great revival.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 08/21/20 - Coach
|It is exciting to think that we could very well be the generation that experiences the culmination of God's final plans for planet earth. Let's keep praying and seek God Tina!
|Posted by Dan Vis on 08/18/20 - Coach
|I love that verse: Isaiah 49:6And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth., and of course Isaiah 60:1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee., both of which you alluded too. Thanks!
|Posted by Karen Yang on 08/17/20
|Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Amen and amen! I believe Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. is about to break forth.
The overview of the book of Revelation is so clear that the spiritual Babylon is fallen by the revival of the work of the Holy Spirit.
|Posted by Joy Hank on 08/17/20
|This is a prayer request of mine and I have used the Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. scripture. Just a question. Is this the 4th Angels message?
|Posted by Carole Bliss on 04/28/20
|Consistent focus on eternal concerns.
Speaking the truth in love
Having a Holy boldness
Making Jesus number one, and loving others, as HE loves.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 04/27/20 - Coach
|That's awesome Vanessa. I think a lot of people are feeling that same way right now, in many places around the world. Hope you are able to sign up for our Bones class. It's free for just a couple days more. And I'm sure you'll find it helpful. :)
|Posted by Dan Vis on 08/26/19 - Coach
|We'll open it up again for new students at some point. Maybe next time Denise! :) Of course, we do have lot's of other great courses in the mean time...
|Posted by Denise Buglino on 08/26/19
|I've been away traveling and reviewing unread messages- it seems the deadline has passed for enrolling in this course. Too bad. It sounds like just what I needed.
|Posted by John Gilmore on 08/16/19
|I think of Psalms 119:126It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. and, for sure, the time for revival is now! I'm hoping not just to see that final revival, but to promote it. Areas to be strengthened? God knows better than I, but I'm aware of the need growth in leadership.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 08/10/19 - Coach
|Amen! Really looking forward to the class. Hope you will be joining us. :)
|Posted by Raquel Reyna on 08/08/19
|I am very excited and looking forward to the final revival. But I don't feel ready to receive this blessing. I feel I need more love for people and more of the Spirits power in my life to overcome my weaknesses.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 08/06/19 - Coach
|That's a great line to highlight Floride! Definitely my main goals for this class. I can't wait for it to get started!
Hope you can make it in Emmanuel! It will be great to have you.
|Posted by Emmanuel Ajiroghene on 08/06/19
|This is an exciting class. Hope to be part of this class. Thanks
|Posted by Berith Bermejo on 04/30/19
|Seems like yesterday, but it's been almost six years since I got introduced to FAST, Dan. Time flies especially on a grand adventure with the Lord!
|Posted by Berith Bermejo on 04/30/19
|I'm very excited for this final revival. Whenever it's talked about, my heart burns. Am I ready? Getting ready might be the better answer than just yes or no.
Basic Training is my favorite of all the FAST courses I've taken so far. I feel it is the foundation, and I'm very glad to know it was the course that launched FAST. This was the first course I took with FAST, and it has led not only to my revival in the faith but growth in Christ as well.
This class comes at the right time. We have a couple of people that are going to start with BT in our fellowship, and this is a great way to supplement what we'll be learning offline. Isaiah 60:22A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time., Acts 19:20So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
|Posted by Dorothy Vance on 04/29/19
|I love the term "spiritually contagious!" What an appt description of what we should be! May it be so in my life, is my earnest prayer.
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