Q. My pastor, whom I love, keeps talking about the great revival that is coming quoting a famous prophet. He says we will empty the hospitals and “the sower and the reaper will be in the field together.” What is the interpretation of that verse and its application.
A. This appears to be an excerpt from Amos 9:13-15.
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills. I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God.
As you can see, it’s about the restoration of Israel, probably in the Millennium, and has no application concerning a coming great revival. In fact the Bible says the opposite about the church in the Last days. The true Church will have little strength (Rev. 3:8) and many Christians in name only will fall away altogether (2 Thes. 2:3).