Given the fact that we are told of the dead spiritual condition at the very end of the age, “the love of many will grow cold,” “and when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth,” etc., is it even realistic at this point to expect much, if any, revival on any large scale?
Thank you for this question which many ponder. In 2000, I remember attending a session at a major conference where someone inquired about this. Though the speaker who took the question said we could not expect a great revival in the last days, I still believe the Bible gives us hope.
The same Bible that says the love of many shall wax cold also says that in the last days God will pour out His Spirit (Acts 2:17). The time period known as “the last days” began on the Day of Pentecost and, according to 2 Timothy 3:1, still continues. So there are parallel tracks of truth. Though the last days will see coldness, God desires to pour out His Spirit in those same last days.
Often God provides opportunity for the “revivable” to be revived and the “savable” to be saved before judgment falls. Nineveh is a classic example; “Yet forty days…” was extended by 150 years through a mighty awakening. Through revivals, the judgment on Judah was delayed several times.
2 Peter 3:9 states, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” God delays His coming because He is not willing any should perish, but that all should repent. This indicates that before Jesus returns, a mighty revival that leads to a great awakening among the lost is in the heart of God.
As long as we are still in the period called “the last days” we have the hope of God’s promise.
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