Q. A group of us have made it a habit to meet regularly due to our love of Christ and interest in the end times. However, I have some concerns about the majority expectation that we will receive a latter blessing which surpasses the miracles Christ did (how does one surpass bringing someone back to life?!). My interpretation of Joel and other passages leads me to believe this blessing will accompany Christ’s return to earth at the millennium. My friends think we are expecting this blessing any minute for the true church and that we will be responsible for converting thousands to Christ in the end times.
A. Although the Church is called to go into all the world preaching the Good News, the sad fact is that both our influence and our numbers as a percent of total population are declining. This is what Paul said would happen (1 Tim 4:1, 2 Tim 3:1-5, 2 Tim. 4:3-4.) Jesus said at the time of the rapture those who have kept His word will have little strength and will be patiently enduring (Rev. 3:8-10).
I do agree that many will come to faith during the end times judgments, but this will happen after the Church is gone and will be partly due to our disappearance. While we can see increases in the Far East, there is no prophecy in the Bible that speaks of an end times revival for the overall Church.