Joel 2:28... 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.
We believe that "Revival" has come already over many parts of this world. We just have to go back a few decades when Billy Graham, T.L. Osborne, A.A. Allen and many others travelled the world and engaged in enormous meetings where God poured out the power of the Holy Spirit in a tremendous way.
I remember in the early 60th, when Evangelist T.L. Osborne came to the Netherlands. The open meetings contained hundred thousands of people and God's power jumped from the one person to the other. These people were not even close to T.L. Osborne, neither was he always preaching on healing. My father, who was blind on one eye, was in one of these meetings and saw people being healed all around him. He then felt his blind eye to find out if this was healed as well.
This was also the time when my mentally ill sister was instantly healed, as you can read on my website.
Among others Dr. Samuel Doctorian and several evangelists from USA, India and Israel have come to Europe, in the earlier years. In those days there have been mighty outpourings of God, by which my husband, his sister and myself got saved and totally delivered, and millions with us. At that time we heard of awesome meetings in Indonesia, where people were raised from death. Others walked on the water, to go to the surrounding islands to bring the Good News. We heard of great gatherings and the manifestation of the Holy Ghost in South America and elsewhere. These were powerful Revivals, as never had happened before.
Even in the 19th and early 20th Century, some mighty men of God, as Charles Spurgeon, Smith Wigglesworth, Charles Sheldon, Charles G. Finney, D.L. Moody, Watchman Nee were used to bring revival to different parts of the world. At one point, whole cities in England had come to salvation and in China there was a great move of God. Many testimonial books have been written of this era.
2 Thessalonians 2:3... Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
What do you see happening around you? The revelation of the son of perdition is becoming undeniable as the days go by. What we are experiencing now is definitely the ENDTIME. Although I'm not sure to believe in the pre-tribulation return of Christ. It will be as in the days of Noah, Jesus says. Check what all was happening in Noah's days. He was right there when the waters came down. He may even have heard the screaming of the people outside the ark.
The main difference was that Noah was HIDDEN IN THE ARK, while the others were outside. This is why the FLOOD did not effect him. We must be hidden in Jesus Christ when tribulation falls upon this planet; and we must be completely cleansed and covered by the Blood of the Lamb. He will take us through. It was not easy for Noah, and it will not be easy for us either. This may be a time of purification and staying in our "closet", how else can we prove that we have kept our robes white and without spot and wrinkle?
Mark 13:24-26... But in those days, AFTER that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
This pre-trib view brings a great danger for the "lazy" church - just sit back... relax... we're leaving soon - , type of thing.
Many believers think that when the Lord returns they will be the Bride. This is what is preached from the pulpit.
Are all believers His Bride?
Just read the Parable of the 5 wise and the 5 foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, and you may learn an important lesson.
Mark 13:35-37... Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning. Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, WATCH!
Listen, Beloved, Jesus does not come for any believer, BUT HE COMES FOR HIS BRIDE !
We better make sure that we ARE His Bride, not only a believer.
This means sacrificing, dedicating, committing ALL of ourselves to the Lord and God's word for 100%.
Completely separated from this world; being and staying without spot and wrinkle.
We believe that many luke-warm Christians will go through this tribulation, as to give them another change to purify themselves before the Lord comes back.
Now this does not mean that they will be overcome as them that were outside of the ark, in Noahs days.
Revelation states that a great multitude will come forth out of the great tribulation.
Revelation 7:9 and 13,14...
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
We, as followers of Christ must live our lives as if the Lord will return any time. This keeps us alert and ready.
On the other hand we must also live with an attitude that it does not matter if we're going through the tribulation or not, because we are prepared and hidden in Christ, we are safe in the "Ark". No harm will come neigh unto us. And if the Lord deems this necessary then He will be watching over us and bringing us through. GLORY HALLELUJAH!!
Mark 13:32,33... But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Whatever your theory may be, don't get hung up on it. Personally, I'm not too worried what this life yet will bring. I'm anchored in Jesus and no storm will move me. Amen! I'll go through anything with the Master at the wheel, as long as I'll reach the goal set before me. Be encouraged, beloved in the Lord.
If you think you've got it all figured out, the following scripture may just mess it up.
Luke 12:40... Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
PLEASE... make yourself ready while there is still time.
Revelation 7:17... For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.