How Westerners View ‘Revival’

Posted on October 15, 2020

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By David Ettinger

A Follow-up
This is a follow-up to my previous blog, “No Revival Coming.” Most of the responses were supportive, and even those that disagreed with me were respectful, well thought out, and carried much weight. (This is what you get when you have outstanding readers who love God’s Word, read it consistently, and live by it!)

The primary objection of those who disagreed with me is that I was ruling out “revival” as if to say that God was through with the U.S, or more accurately, that the world had passed the point of no return. I believe this is true. Another point some made is that God is not done saving individuals, working mightily in their hearts, and they in turn following God with all of their hearts and souls. I absolutely agree!

When I use the word “revival,” I am speaking of a national repentance, as in the U.S. completely repenting of the way it has been heading for the past 60 years, turning 180 degrees in the opposite direction, and falling on our collective knees to worship God.

Individuals doing this: YES! Nationally this occurring: NO WAY.

What Christians Can Expect
In addition to the above translation of “revival” to Westerners – that is, an entire nation turning to God – there is also the hope that we can all retain the comfortable, persecution-free lifestyle we have enjoyed in the West. This is not scriptural.

As a Facebook friend wrote in response to one of my posts: “Remember we who believe the WORD OF THE LORD are going to endure Great Horrible Persecution before MESSIAH returns.”

She’s correct; this is scriptural.

In my “No Revival Coming” blog, I began by referencing 2 Timothy 3:1-4. Verse 1 seems to get overlooked, so let’s look at it again: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.” If we’re not yet in the last days, we’re getting awfully close. Society will be rotten to the core, and Christians will be a major target of the unredeemed.

And, in general, this has always been the intended lot of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The only thing is, we Westerners have not had to face the following:

  • “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
  • “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matthew 5:11).
  • “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” (Romans 12:14, and note the second part of this verse).
  • “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:12-13).

And in Daniel’s 70th Week (the final 7 years of this era of human history), we are “promised” the following:

  • “As I watched, this horn [the Antichrist] was waging war against the holy people [Christians and Jews] and defeating them” (Daniel 7:21, emphasis added).
  • “It [the Antichrist] was given power to wage war against God’s holy people [Christians and Jews] and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation” (Revelation 13:7, emphasis added).

True Revival
For almost 2,000 years, the above verses have been the fate of the followers of Christ – except in the West. But those days ARE coming – at least to some extent. National revival will not occur – especially in a way as to “set the world on fire” – but yes, individual revival will.

So long as your interpretation of “revival” – whether individual or national – includes the fiery furnace Christians will encounter, I think we are not that far apart in thought.

As usual, whether you agree with me or not, please continue to share your outstanding insights!