Q. Was the promise recorded in 2 Chronicles 7:14 intended only for Israel or does it apply to the Church as well? Many Charismatic believers use this verse to support their view that there will come a great revival in the world prior to the return of Jesus.
A. The promise in 2 Chron. 7:14 was given to Israel exclusively. This is obvious because the Church was never given a “land” on Earth in which to live. The Bible says our home is in Heaven (Galatians 4:24-26) , specifically the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:9-10), and our citizenship is there (Phil 3:20).
Some Charismatics subscribe to an end times view called Dominion Theology, which holds that the Church will grow to a point where it will dominate the world in the time before the Second Coming.
But you won’t find mention in the Bible of the world turning back to God in a great End Times revival. What you’ll find is a promise of judgment, the worst the world has ever seen or ever will see again, that will leave it in ruins (Matt. 24:21).