Recently channeling through my TV channels, I heard more than one preacher say that we are to get ready for the “anointing” in these last days. The anointing to which they referred, I found out by listening further, meant, according to the speakers, that a special ability will be placed upon the Church (all within the Body of Christ). The anointing will bring about a great revival and a massive move of the Holy Spirit that will bring a tremendous number of souls to salvation.
The preachers I heard didn’t say where in the Bible this promised anointing is found. At least I missed it if they did give scriptural references.
And that’s the problem I have with this last-days great revival I’ve heard about for years. I can’t find a scriptural proof-text that makes such a promise.
There are references that there will be many saved during the Tribulation. For example, Revelation 7:9-17 foretells a time when a tremendous multitude of saints will bow before the throne of God along with the angelic billions. John the Revelator is told that these are the martyrs who came out of Great Tribulation. God will wipe away all their tears and will comfort them forever in his majestic presence.
There are other references to a multitude of souls being added to God’s Kingdom. All such references, however, are to the time following the Church Age. I can find no specific prophecy that there will be either a great end-of-this-age revival, or of a massive number of souls being added because of such a revival.
Now, there might come a revival and an addition to the Kingdom of the magnitude these preachers proclaim. But if so, it isn’t announced any place in the Bible that I can find.
On the other hand, there are prophecies of the times leading up to the Tribulation that tell quite a different story than the prediction of a last-days revival. Jesus, Himself, said that the love of many will grow cold. People will be like they were in the days of Noah and of Lot–i.e., they will be doing evil and thinking only evil thoughts, while business goes on as usual.
The Apostle Paul tells us that “evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived,” and that even within the Church, people will be falling for false teachers and doctrines of devils. Not only will these be following “strange winds of doctrine,” but they will “heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”
In other words, they won’t endure sound doctrine, but will follow fables. Much of this very thing is going on in the world of Christendom even as I write this.
Paul lists a litany of the characteristics of end-times man as recorded in 2 Timothy 3. Men will have a “form of godliness” but will “deny the power thereof.” Nowhere does Jesus, Paul, or any other of the prophets tell of a time when men would be turning to the Gospel message en masse for the salvation of their souls.
John implies that in the last days, the “spirit of Antichrist” will dominate the human condition. Here is what he writes under Holy Spirit direction:
1 John 2:18–Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
1 John 2:22–Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3–And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
2 John 1:7–For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Many of the largest church assemblies today fit the portrayal of the Laodicean church. These most dramatically manifest their Antichrist spirit through their 1) turning more and more toward universalism, and 2) embracing replacement theology.
Universalism is the burgeoning belief system that teaches that there are many ways to God the Father and Heaven. It is a direct turning away from Jesus Christ as the only Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6).
Replacement theology is the satanic lie accepted by more and more so-called mainstream Christian ministries that hold that the Church has replaced Israel as recipient of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This, of course, is a massive part of the very satanic ploy that will ultimately bring all peoples of planet earth to Armageddon.
We don’t have to hear of ABC’s The View host Joy Behar mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s hearing Christ speaking to him to know the spirit of Antichrist is surging. Mocking anything and everything to do with the Name of Jesus Christ is rampant, even within much of a large percentage of those who claim Christianity as their spiritual platform. One great example of this is Catholic Pope Francis, who has a number of times proclaimed that there is more than one way to heaven.
This is a blatant display of the Antichrist spirit surging in these closing moments of the Age of Grace.
This is more and more true as these days go on. I personally witnessed this comment on more than one occasion. I am also confused as to were in Holy Scripture, this is located? I likewise am of the opinion that a great awakening will only come about when mankind is left wondering where all those Rapture believers went?
Could it be a ‘revival’ and ‘anointing’ to an Antichrist form of worship, being either Universalism or Replacement Theology on a grander scale that what it is proceeding at today? Wouldn’t that not be mentioned in the Bible or is it already mentioned as in John the Revelator’s scriptural references in the Bible and in this post? A possibility perhaps, and we’re missing the point? I wonder.
terry- I think I have mentioned before concerning the death of Billy Graham that the time is ripe for God to hopefully move in terms of Joel 3 and 2 Peter 3.Suprising you have not covered this theological possibility.
This belief of a great awakening needing to happen before the rapture also puts a precondition on the rapture itself which, I believe, has no preconditions. Another attempt to dampen and/or delay the blessed hope. Satan is quite clever. Praise God for discernment. I appreciate your insight and diligence. God bless.
Sherry- while agreeing with the forthcoming Rapture having no pre-conditions doesn’t it make sense that a God of grace and love is delaying His Son’s return for a purpose as the Apostle Peter endeavours to explain in 2 Peter 3.Furthermore is it possible that if revival does come then our willing part in that fulfills the expectations of the second part of 2 Peter 3:12? Something for you to pray and think about.
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I have been seeing and sensing the spirit of Antichrist. I am/was a student of history and even as a child I could see the vortex beginning to spin. Things were happening sooner in the pattern history spins. Now I feel totally inundated by fulfillment of Bible prophecy. I see the apostasy in the church and it is everywhere – in the metro church, in the traditional church, and in the small rural church. I read your posts and I feel part of the “family” again. When Donald Trump was elected I felt that he was the man God had chosen to lead our nation. He was to be our Cyrus and I tried to explain that to people who questioned how I could “claim” to be a Christian and support him and vote for him. God uses real people, not perfect people. I remember the 1967 War (6 Day War?) and I was glued to the car radio as we made the trip from Texas to Pennsylvania. My husband could not understand my interest in a war so far from us and I tried to explain we were seeing prophesy being fulfilled. There are so many who don’t get it. Prophesy scares them (even pastors have said that to me). I am excited about the fulfillment but what I see happening around me does sadden me greatly. May God bless your ministry. Thank you for your insight. You confirm what I know to be true and confirmation is very important to us as Christians in these Last Days.