Q. It seems like a lot of Christian preachers are calling for a revival these days. I read their blogs and watch them on TV. Does the Bible teach this, and if not why are these preachers demanding something impossible?
A. I believe there will be a great revival after the rapture when the fence sitters realize they shouldn’t have waited so long to make their decision to be saved. Knowing their loved ones have gone will finally convince them that what we’ve been telling them is true and they’ll finally do it.
Much of the talk about revival today is coming from people who believe in Dominion Theology. They teach that Christians have to take dominion over the Earth by converting the unsaved world before the Lord can come back. It’s based loosely on God’s command to Adam and Eve to fill the earth and take dominion over it (Genesis 1:28). Because of this they’re always talking about great revivals on the horizon.
This view of the end times cannot be supported by scripture. It tells us the true Church will become weaker as the end approaches because many people will no longer put up with sound doctrine, but will gather around them teachers who say what their itching ears want to hear and will abandon the faith (1 Tim. 4:1 and 2 Tim4:3).
This will prove they were never believers to begin with but will make the ranks of the apostate church swell while the true Church gets smaller. We can see this happening around us today.
Speaking to the Church of our time, Jesus said, “I know you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the Earth” (Rev. 3:8,10).