|Earth's Final Revival|
By Dan Vis
August 05, 2019
Yesterday, we opened enrollment in a class that may shift the future of our ministry: Revival Keys. In it, we explore how to become that agent of revival God is looking for today. This week's post explores why revival is so important...
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 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?
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 Different
Ultimately 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.
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 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 Now
Years 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 lets 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!
Take the Next Step
God is looking for KEY men and women He can use to spark revival in the world today. This class will give you the skills and tools you need to become that agent of revival so needed.
A great revival is coming. Are you ready?
Enrollment runs from August 4 to 15. Classes begin August 18 and continue through October 19. Don't miss out on the pioneer launch of Revival Keys!!
How 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 Dan Vis on 08/26/19||MEMBER|
|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||MEMBER|
|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 Dan Vis on 08/16/19||MEMBER|
|Great verse, and definitely agree with your thoughts about how it applies. And I think your note about leadership being an important part of what's especially needed in these last days couldn't be more spot on. Good post John!|
|Posted by John Gilmore on 08/16/19||MEMBER|
|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||MEMBER|
|Amen! Really looking forward to the class. Hope you will be joining us. :)|
|Posted by Raquel Reyna on 08/09/19||MEMBER|
|Praise the Lord! Finally a plan I was looking for, thank you!|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 08/09/19||MEMBER|
|That's the exciting thing about revival--the way to seek it is to pursue that preparation Raquel! And when we get serious about that, God begins to pour out more and more of His Spirit to make that experience a reality. It's the perfect plan! :)|
|Posted by Raquel Reyna on 08/08/19||MEMBER|
|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||MEMBER|
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||MEMBER|
|This is an exciting class. Hope to be part of this class. Thanks|
|Posted by Floride Leonce on 08/05/19||MEMBER|
I need to the Holy Spirit to work in my life so I can "study the dynamics of revival, how to pursue it, to preserve it, and propagate it". This is what I, most importantly, look after, and I think should be the number one goal of every christian.
Thank you, Dan!
|Posted by Dan Vis on 08/05/19||MEMBER|
|Really appreciate your transparency Clara. I think we've all known this for a long time, but at least for me personally, I've been reluctant to turn my whole attention toward this topic. But the urgency of the house seems to be pressing upon me, and saying this is the time. So I guess that means we're off! Love your prayer...|
|Posted by Clara Koen on 08/05/19||MEMBER|
|Intelligently I know that this is the most important work needed in our/my life, for all revival starts with me! Please Lord give me Your Power to be committed to single mindedness to this all important subject. In Jesus name amen.|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 04/30/19||MEMBER|
|It's been a grand adventure indeed!|
|Posted by Berith Bermejo on 04/30/19||MEMBER|
|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 Dan Vis on 04/30/19||MEMBER|
Great quote Rhona. It goes right along with what we looked at in the True Education class, that all real development takes place through personal communion with God. You are right--that has to be the area we give our best attention to!
Basic Training is the foundation of all we've done at FAST, Berith, without a doubt. Virtually all our classes and study guides connect to it in one way or another. We're always expanding into new areas, but the core can never change. Glad you will be joining us for the class. Can you believe it's been 3 years since we offered this?
|Posted by Berith Bermejo on 04/30/19||MEMBER|
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 Rhona Brown on 04/29/19||MEMBER|
Gayle in light of what you said, what do you think of this quote? AA 85 " What was the strength of those who in the past have suffered persecution for Christ's sake? It was union with God, union with the Holy Spirit, union with Christ."
I am kind of thinking, if we develop that union we are focusing on Jesus and then we will be ready for what comes later.
|Posted by Dan Vis on 04/29/19||MEMBER|
I agree completely Gayle that our focus is often misplaced! Great comment. While difficult times may be ahead, also exciting times. A period prophets have long sought to peer into and describe. But we will be able to experience!
A great prayer Dorothy Vance! I'm with you on that one. :)
Thank you for your powerful testimony Laurie. I've seen so many miracles take place through the years when people are simply shown how to have a deeper experience in the Scriptures. Let's keep pressing forward!
Good points Carole! Important reminders for sure...
|Posted by Carole Bliss on 04/29/19||MEMBER|
|I am aware that God is coming soon. He is preparing His people to be ready. We must focus on Him, Hus Word, and seek to share Him with those who need to know Him. We must seek His Spirit daily to empower us. May we be faithful. Blessings Carole|
|Posted by Laurie Wissink on 04/29/19||MEMBER|
|I don't know how to put this in just a few words. Through discipleship training, specifically the Basic Training course that our class is currently finishing up, I feel I am witnessing (and experiencing) the beginning of this final revival. I am convicted that these first few seeds are going to grow and reproduce and explode! I see things happening. Threads of people being exposed to the knowledge of this training and what it does. Miracles in character transformation. Can't wait to see what happens next!|
|Posted by Dorothy Vance on 04/29/19||MEMBER|
|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.|
|Posted by Gayle Voigt on 04/29/19||MEMBER|
|This is an exciting prophecy and the time for it to be fulfilled is surely near. It's encouraging to read that this outpouring of the Spirit is what prepares God's people for the final crisis. I think we sometimes have eyesight problems--being farsighted by focusing on the time of trouble, knowing we're unprepared for the difficulties ahead. Rather, we need to focus on Jesus, and His promise of the Spirit before that time to prepare us for it. I think the implications you've specified are spot on! I'm eager to sign up for Basic Training.|
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