Revival Pipedream

Posted on January 6, 2022

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By David Ettinger

Appreciation for the Optimists
As mentioned in my previous blog, I’m a skeptic. As such, I question things that don’t seem right to me, or, perhaps, things I just can’t agree with.

One of these is the idea of revival. Several of my blogging friends are more optimistic than me, and believe America can see a Christian revival and be healed from our sins.

Those holding out hope for national revival are very strong Christians who read their Bibles consistently, and know the Word of God. I truly do appreciate their optimistic attitudes and the hope they hold on to – and I hope they’re right!

This caveat aside, I don’t see national revival coming. Furthermore, I don’t believe Christian salvation is a national “thing”; it’s a personal one. (National revival was possible only for the covenant nation of Israel. There are no covenant nations today.)

Even if 10 million unbelievers were to give their lives to Christ this week, this doesn’t mean our nation of 350 million would be better off. Loved ones and friends of those newly saved could be better off, but not necessarily the nation – or any nation, for that matter.

My Position
My position is that America – and every other country – has passed the point of no return. Only judgment awaits.

Much of my position has to do with end-times Bible prophecy. I believe the world is heading toward a one-world government led by a one-world leader, and this shapes everything that happens. The question is, when will the countdown to the end-times begin?

I believe God’s end-times clock began ticking in 1948 when Israel – after almost 1,900 years – became an “official” nation once again. From that time on, I believe the world was put on notice. With Israel’s “rebirth,” it was as if God was saying, “The return of My Son is getting ever closer; it is time to repent of your evil ways and accept His lordship.”

Acts 16:31 puts it this way: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”

For those who believe in national repentance, what would that look like? Perhaps it would look something like what the prophet Isaiah described approximately 2,700 years ago:

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor, Obtain justice for the orphan, Plead for the widow’s case (Isaiah 1:16-17).

On a national level, this is what God required from the nation of Israel – both its governmental leaders and its citizens. Of course this is not a “works” form of salvation, but an outpouring of works resulting from transformed and redeemed souls. In other words, this is what “saved” people should be doing.

Not a Chance
With this in mind, I ask myself, Is a day coming when America will be characterized by Isaiah 1:16-17? I mean, if this is what revival – that is, “national salvation” – looks like, do I have any reasonable expectation of seeing this come to fruition?

For me, the answer is, Not a chance!

Are our nation’s leaders going to “wash themselves” and “make themselves clean” by repenting of their sins and giving their lives to Christ? Are they going to turn from their evil deeds – be that rejection of Christ, or adding to that by constantly enacting laws which transgress biblical teaching? Are they going to commit to seeking justice? Regarding orphans and widows, are our leaders going to fight for the common man and woman, seeking the best for all people?

If this is what national repentance looks like, these are fair questions. And the answer to these fair questions, for me at least, is again a resounding, NOT A CHANCE!

As far as I’m concerned national repentance – especially here in the U.S. – is but a pipedream.

On the other hand, individual salvation is alive and well, so pray for God to lead you to unsaved individuals who need to hear the Gospel truth. Seek individual revival!