CORRUPTIONS AND GOD'S CORRECTIVES
America was founded 240 years ago as a Judeo-Christian nation
with God in the forefront of nearly every action that was taken
and every document that was written. God's name and Scriptural
references can still be found on national monuments, the entrance
to the U. S. Supreme Court edifice and the buildings of many
of our nation's earliest colleges.
Now, however, the mention of God is virtually being obliterated
in nearly every possible manner. The Ten Commandment monuments
and statues have been removed because they represent historic
Biblical and religious values. Liberal court justices believe
that all religious symbols must be eliminated from public buildings
and civic structures. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed
from office for his strong stance on the Ten Commandments [He
was later returned to office by a huge AL vote margin].
God is no longer welcomed in the nation's military services.
The Air Force has removed "So Help Me God" from its
enlistment oath. The Air Force forced removal of a Bible verse
at the AF Academy, and just one week later, that same national
AF Academy was promoting an atheist event! The Navy removed
Bible from its guest rooms in lodges and hotels run by the U.S.
An approved Defense Department "sexism course" stated
that the Bible, the U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence all promote "sexism." A decorated chaplain
was "threatened" by the U. S. Navy because he provided
"spiritual counseling" that ran counter to a few gay
sailors. An Army chaplain was punished for "using Christian
scripture" in a mandatory suicide prevention training session.
This writer has a rapidly expanding long file dealing with the
U. S. military's endeavors to delete God and the Bible from
All of America's historic and religious symbols are under legal
attack. The first amendment to the U.S. constitution that guarantees
religious freedom is under severe assault. In fact, according
to the U. S. Supreme Court it is perfectly legal to burn the
U. S. flag, but some public schools won't permit tee-shirts
with the U. S. flag on the front side. A N. J. family recently
filed a discrimination suit to eliminate the "Under God"
phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. flag.
From a percentage standpoint, U. S. church attendance is at
an all-time low. 39% of Americans have not attended any religious
service anywhere in the past six months. Every Sunday, 225,000,000
Americans do not attend church services, making the U.S.A. the
world's third largest unchurched country in the world! Every
year, over 1,000 churches in America close their doors. One
atheist group recently demanded that Wisconsin Governor Scott
Walker remove a Bible verse from his Facebook account.
The "nones" are now one of America's biggest religious
groups, individuals who do not attend any church, representing
19.6% of the U.S.A.'s population, while at the same time atheists
have increased 500%. One of four "unchurched adults"
are either skeptics, atheists or agnostics in the USA.
Only 35% of Americans believe in the complete accuracy of the
Bible. While Americans own more Bibles than ever in its history,
the Scriptures are virtually an unread book in most homes. In
1900 A.D., 95% of American families conducted a daily family
altar. One hundred years later, that figure had diminished to
just 5%. The Gideon Bible has been kicked out of many hotels/motels,
An open atheist has been elected as a member of the U.S. Congress.
The world's first atheist TV channel was recently launched.
A leading atheist recently said that Children with religious
indoctrination in their homes must be protected from their religious
parents, and a Child Evangelism group in a NY elementary school
is being challenged by a "Better News" atheist club
in that public school.
The Scripture verse in Ps. 33:12 "Blessed is that nation
whose God is the Lord" certainly does apply to the U.S.A.
in 2015. Secularism is an evil plague that is destroying the
moral and spiritual fabric of America's society.
Socialism is another serious spiritual crime which is suffocating
the vitality of American society today. First instituted into
American politics by Franklin Delano Roosevelt [FDR] more than
80 years ago, it is now a major staple of American society.
When in power, Republicans have only slowed its pace, but never
have sought to eliminate its core elements. This dangerous political
philosophy has been slowly destroying the political and social
fabric of American life for several decades.
Socialism is the opposite of what we call "free market
capitalism." It is a social philosophy that depends on
government bailouts, stimulus plans, and supposedly "spreading
the wealth around." Socialism is a philosophy that punishes
success by taking away what a person has rightfully earned and
giving it to another via government handouts. Socialism denigrates
private property, demotes hard work, and promotes government
ownership of human riches.
Socialism promotes big government via a so-called "democracy"
versus the original plans of a limited government via a "republic"
that splits power between the executive, the judicial and the
legislative via a checks and balances ideology. From within-inside
America-state empowered socialists bureaucrats are plundering
America's wealth, taking it downhill from a once rich and powerful
free-enterprise system to a government dependant society.
Socialism is really communism under a democratic format. Looking
ahead, Nikita Kruschev, the former head of the Soviet Communist
Party once stated: "We cannot expect Americans to jump
from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected
leaders in giving small doses of Socialism until they suddenly
awake to find they have communism,"
Socialism promotes "globalism," the philosophy that
nations are just part of a one-world entity where countries
eventually surrender their national sovereignty to a world based
organization. Over 100 years ago, John Dewey, the founder of
so-called "progressive education" stated: "the
purpose of globalism is to prepare young Americans to accept
as inevitable and desirable a world socialist government in
which American national sovereignty will be voluntarily surrendered
for the greater good of 'world peace and brotherhood.'"
Samuel Blumenfeld, an educational patriot, summarized the results
of Dewey's philosophy when he stated: "One hundred years
have gone by since Dewey set American education on its progressive
course. The result is an education system in shambles, a rising
tide of illiteracy, and the social misery caused in its wake."
Norman Thomas, the most famous political socialist of the 20th
century, who was a six-time Presidential candidate of the Socialist
Party once said: "The American people will never knowingly
adopt socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism,' they will
adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day
America will be a socialist nation, without knowing it happened."
After running six times on the "Socialist" ticket,
Thomas declined another nomination saying, "I no longer
need to run as a presidential candidate on the Socialist ticket.
The Democrat Party has adopted our platform." Thomas also
stated: "The difference between Democrats and Republicans
is: Democrats have accept some ideas of socialism cheerfully,
while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly." Gus
Hall, the former chairman of the Communist Party in America
declared: "Socialism in America will come through the ballot
THE INEVITABLE RESULTS OF SOCIALISM
Benjamin Franklin, one of our country's founders viewed it correctly
more than two centuries ago when he wrote: "I am for doing
good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think
the best way of doing good to the poor is not to make them easy
in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth
I traveled much I observed in many countries, that the more
public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided
for themselves, and of course became poorer."
Winston Churchill, the World War II British hero, and former
British Prime Minister hit the nail squarely on the head when
he stated: "Socialism is an equal distribution of poverty."
It may have been Churchill, [not sure] who also wrote that "The
problem with socialism is that it always ends up with owing
other people money that they do not have."
And what are the results of socialism in America? Well, in 2013,
for the first time in American history, government health-care
recipients outnumbered full-time private sector recipients!
In 2014, welfare hit record levels, fifty years after former
Pres. Lyndon Johnson announced his "war on poverty."
America is $20 trillion [$20,000,000, 000, 000] in debt, with
no hope in sight. Over 44 million American families are now
on food stamps, an increase from 32 million when Barack Obama
took the Presidential office, an increase of 27% since Obama
supposedly got the recession under control. 722,000 were added
to the food stamp rolls in 2013. Some states now even have "food
THE END OF A NATION?
Dr. Adrian Rogers [not an endorsement of his SBC connections],
a famed SBC pastor now deceased, once stated: "Friend,
you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the
wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without
working for, another person must work for without receiving.
The government can't give to anybody anything that the government
does not take first from somebody. And when half of the people
get the idea they don't have to work because the other half's
going to take care of them, and when the other half get the
idea it does no good to work because somebody's going to get
what I work for, that, dear friend, is about the end of any
TODAY'S 23RD PSALM
"The government is my Shepherd, therefore I need not work.
It alloweth me to lie down on a good job, it leadeth me in the
path of still factories, it destroyeth my initiative, it leadeth
me in the path of the parasite for politics sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of laziness and deficit
spending, I will fear no evil for the Government is with me.
It prepareth an economic utopia for me by appropriating the
earnings of my grandchildren, it filleth my head with false
security, my inefficiency runneth over.
Surely, the Government shall care for me all the days of my
life, and I shall dwell in a fool's paradise forever."
Conclusion: Socialism? NO! Private enterprise capitalism-YES!
Undoubtedly, the worst and most damaging spiritual corruption
destroying America is sensualism. Secularism primarily involves
legal issues, socialism concerns governmental and political
matters, but sensualism deals with moral matters, an evil trend
that strikes at the heart of the inspired Scriptures, the underpinning
foundation of American society.
The moral breakdown in American society in the last half-century
has been so overwhelming that it is difficult to recall an era
in America when fidelity to marital vows was the norm and homosexuality
was a rare exception, an activity and a status that was scorned
as a cultural aberration by decent citizens.
Now, however, the social norm is "anything goes,"
with even pedophilia [child sexual abuse], although it is still
legally disapproved becoming a common ordinary every-day occurrence
in American life. Americans are no longer outraged over homosexual
behavior, lesbianism, bi-sexual and transgender medical operations.
"Queer"-gay parades-have become a regular feature
in cities all across America.
The moral decline has dipped so low that the President of the
U.S. officially promotes a day set aside to honor sexual perversity!
Dinners are held at the White House honoring homosexuals, and
Presidential edicts are issued that give special rights to that
minor fraction of America's population. The U. S. president
even proposed legislation that would ban all parents from counseling
their children against the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transsexual
queer] life style! Over 150-200 known sexual perverts-homosexuals
and lesbians-roam the White House daily, acting as official
advisors on presidential policy and imposing new regulations
that stifle individual initiative and promote homosexuality
on a federal scale!
It's hard to believe that in 1953, in one of his first public
edicts, the new U. S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, took
the following commendable moral initiative: On May 27, 1953,
the U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, issued Executive Order
10450, which banned anyone who was engaged in "'sexual
perversion' from federal employment." Having been a military
commander for much of his life, that U.S. president knew the
moral havoc and the awful impact that sexual perversion could
The sad facts are that homosexuals weren't made that way, they
voluntarily became that way. Furthermore, homosexuality is not
a life style, it is a death style, with the average homosexual's
life span being only 42 years, due solely to his immoral lifestyle.
Romans 1:24-32 describe this wicked lifestyle, along with the
tragic results that accompany this despicable life style. That
passage of Scripture describes the horrid consequences when
God abandons these perverted individuals and their judgment
inevitably automatically occurs when they are left to themselves
to suffer the consequences of their perverted actions.
Just a decade ago, the vast majority of American citizens were
solidly opposed to homosexual marriages as an integral part
of American society, now virtually all the polls indicate that
public opinion has shifted and that a majority of Americas support
gay marriage. Recent U. S. Supreme Court decisions have totally
undermined centuries of belief and practice that marriage is
solely a union between heterosexual couples, that of a man and
Without a doubt, the 2015 U. S. Supreme Court decision legalizing
gay marriage will forever change the moral fabric of American
society. With that decision, bigamy and polygamy are already
being recognized by various courts, and it won't be long before
bestiality and sexual activity with the dead will be legally
recognized. The 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down the
Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] also is another nail in the coffin
against traditional marriage. Sodomy is now a legal private
act, since in 2003 the U. S. Supreme Court formally issued a
decision that legalized this heinous activity [It should be
noted that in all of these cases, Supreme Court Justice Anthony
Kennedy issued the crucial swing vote!]
In 1973, the U. S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, and since
that time, over 50,000,000 innocent babies in a mother's womb
have been aborted and never given an opportunity to enjoy the
blessing of human life outside a mother's body. Planned Parenthood,
America's major abortion killer, has even been caught selling
infant body parts for commercial gain. Yet this wicked entity
continues to receive hundreds of million dollars in federal
The latest wicked sexual trend is the national media and government
promotion of transgenders. Laws are being enacted that allow
transgenders to use any bathroom of their choice. The University
of California recently designated "gender-neutral restrooms"
at its 10 campuses. The city of San Francisco is now offering
free "sex -reassignment" surgery to uninsured transgender
The U. S. Military, under the Secretary of Defense's orders,
is preparing a plan that will lift its ban against transsexuals
and permit them to become active members of the U. S. Military
Service. Believe it or not, in 2011, the U. S. Senate voted
by a 93-7 margin to approved a defense authorization bill that
included a provision that not only repealed the military law
against sodomy, it also repealed the military ban on bestiality-sex
STD's [sexually transmitted diseases] are now at a record high
among young people. No public officials seems to want to publicly
state that the only way to prevent STD's is total abstinence,
a practice that is rarely mentioned in public schools today.
There is no question about it, sensuality reigns dominant in
American society today, but God has three divine correctives
for believers living in the midst of a society that is saturated
by secularism, socialism and sensualism.
The answer to America's great problems does definitely does
not rest in politicians, local, state or national, and certainly
not in the Washington, D. C. climate either the President, the
U.S. Congress or the Supreme Court. If America is survive the
horrendous attacks it is now facing from secularism, socialism
and sensualism, the answer lies with America's preachers and
The word repent/repentance is found approximately 115 times
in Scripture and can be boiled down to three distinct areas:
repentance with regards to the sacred, the sinner and the saint.
Our concern here involves repentance and the saint. The word
basically deals with a reconsideration of thinking, a reversal
of thought primarily about God and about sin. Repentance is
thus a change of mind about God and about sin.
THE IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE
The importance of repentance is expressed by Christ is Luke
24:47 where it is involved in the proclamation of the Great
Commission. Luke 24:47 involves the third expression of the
Great Commission: "And that repentance and remission of
sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning
at Jerusalem." (Other Great Commission Mandate Expressions:
Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:14-20, John 20:21, Acts 1:8)
The Apostle Paul expressed this concept in Acts 20:21 when he
declared that he testified to the Ephesians about the need for
"repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus
Christ, which is still God's order today!
THE MEANING OF REPENTANCE
Dr. Shelton Smith expressed it vividly in his excellent four
part treatise on Repentance when he stated that repentance occurs
when we no longer shut God out of our lives, when we quit rejecting
His righteous claims over our life and begin to blush about
our sin. Evangelist Lester Roloff also expressed it aptly when
he frankly declared that repentance is something a lot bigger
than a lot of people think. It is absolutely essential to salvation."
This repentance is vividly illustrated in the lives of the Thessalonians.
In I Thess. 1:9, Paul declares that when the Thessalonicans
heard Paul's proclamation of the Gospel, the "turned to
God from idols to serve the true and living God. Genuine repentance
for these first century souls involved a "turning to God,"
and a turning away "from" idols. This is the Biblical
repentance that is still needed today!
In II Cor.7:8-10, Paul explained that repentance involved a
"godly sorrow," a sorrow that produced salvation.
"For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. "From
Scripture, it is plain that repentance is first and foremost
a change of mind, a change of attitude concerning God, a repentance
that is also involved with a definite turning away from sin.
Genuine repentance is thus associated with a definite change
of mind, of thinking about God and sin that produces a change
of will and results in a change of action.
THE RELATIONSHIP OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
Now Repentance and faith are two acts that are inextricably
intertwined with each other in Salvation and the New-Birth.
While the Scripture presents them as separate actions, it also
clearly proclaims that both are essential elements in salvation:
Repentance in Luke 13:3 where Christ states that "except
ye repent ye shall likewise perish," and faith in Eph.
2:8: "For by grace are ye saved through faith," and
Gal. 3:26 which states that we are "all the children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus."
Repentance represents the negative side of conversion, while
faith represents the positive side. It is Scripturally clear
that you can't have one without the other! Since the Scripture
doesn't mention both together every time it refers to salvation,
it isn't necessarily an imperative to refer to both every time
we preach the Gospel.
THE VITAL NEED FOR REPENTANCE TODAY
Today, the average believer has a very low concept of God. God's
attributes, His essential perfections and His inherent divine
characteristics are generally not the believer's uppermost thoughts
when considering God. God has been degraded to an almost semi-divine
being where we think of what material blessing we can carnally
"get" from God, rather than worshipping Him as the
divine being who deserves all our praise, worship and adoration.
Is Repentance necessary today for Christians? Absolutely! In
I Cor. Chapter five, the Apostle Paul sharply rebuked the Corinthians
for their failure to deal with a serious moral failure by a
church member, and strongly admonished them to repent of their
inaction. In II Cor. Chapter two, he commends them for taking
the proper action and entreats them to properly respond with
love and forgiveness to this believer who had genuinely repented
of his sin.
CLEAR SCRIPTURAL PORTRAYAL CONCERNING REPENTANCE
II Chron. 7:14 is a classic example of the two-fold action of
repentance: "If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will heal their land." In Genuine
repentance, you seek God's face first and then turn from sin,
in that order! This writer stoutly refuses to enter into an
unnecessary controversy concerning repentance, when the Scripture
is so clear on this great theme.
Unfortunately, there is little evidence of repentance on a national
scale by most professing believers today. Without such repentance,
there is little hope for God's second anti-dote, that of revival.
God's second antidote to America's discrepant condition is REVVIAL.
There is no question, but that as nation, America is in a sadly
backslidden state and one of its greatest needs as a nation
is that of a spiritual revival. However, this backslidden state
can be traced directly to professing born-again Christians.
Genuine revival can never occur among apostates, since God's
attitude toward this unbelief is judgment. God's curse rests
upon apostasy. The only cure for apostasy is divine judgment-II
Peter 2, book of Jude.
Revival also can never occur among the Charismatics or New-Evangelicals,
since both these movements are based on compromise and/or unscriptural
signs and wonders. The CCM crowd is also a group which can never
experience revival, since the CCM movement centers around unscriptural
In II Chronicles 29, the Scripture delineates a genuine revival
that occurred under the godly King Hezekiah. Israel was in a
sorely backslidden state. Backsliding involves both a turning
away of one's face from God as well as turning of one's back
upon God. As a nation Israel was guilty of both sins, since
they had "turned away their faces" and "turned
their backs" upon God-II Chron. 29:6.
The Reason why Revival is Needed
The tragic three-fold results of this backsliding are delineated
in II Chron. 29:7-11. These results are all occurring in American
today just as they did centuries ago in Israel. There was first
the (1) loss of priorities, with [a] a neglect of the regular
place of stated worship as II Chron. 29:7 states: "Also
they have shut up the doors of the porch [temple]." Attendance
at Bible-believing church services has drastically declined.
Just check the attendance at the AM, PM and Mid-Week services,
and you will discover a steep decline. Many churches have cancelled
the Sunday Evening Services, and the Mid-week service has become
strictly an activity hour.
The second lost priority was the [b] neglect of God's Word.
The lamps which are a symbol of God's Word had been "put
out-29:7". This writer served as a full-time custodian
in a church for six months in between pastorates. Every week,
he would pick up 25-30 Bibles that had been left in the pews
or on the coat racks, and this was a consistent action. The
same believers left the same Bibles in the same place for an
The third priority loss was the [c] neglect of the burning of
incense-29:7, an action which portrayed the lack of prayer,
since incense in Ps. 141:2 portrays prayer as incense. In 1900,
over 90% of America's professing Christian homes conducted daily
family altars One century later, that number had declined to
The second loss was the (2) loss of purity. II Chron. 29:5 &
29:16 reveals that there was "filthiness" and "uncleanness"
within the "holy place" and the "inner part"
of the Temple, God's House. In I Cor. 6:19-20, the believer's
body is declared to be the "temple of the Holy Ghost."
Sexual sins such as fornication, adultery, and incest, once
almost unheard of in conservative theological circles have become
common fare within Fundamentalist circles today. At one time,
this writer kept a list on a single sheet of paper of Fundamental
preachers who had sacrificed their ministries for the sake of
adultery and similar type sins. That list become so large, he
discarded it! He now keeps such expanding incidents in a large
The third loss that occurred with Israel's backsliding was the
(3) loss of posterity. II Chron. 29:7 states that "our
sons and our daughters are in captivity for this-II Chron. 29:9.
The Requisites for Revival
It should be pointed out, most of all, that revival is a sovereign
work of God. Only God himself can truly bring revival. However,
there are certain human actions that are imperative for revival
to take place. Apart from these actions, God will never rain
revival upon His people.
In Israel's case, it began with national leadership, the great
King Hezekiah, of whom the Scripture states that he "did
that which was right in the sight of the Lord." Today,
there is not much hope that national political leadership will
radically repent and seek God's face. However, we need to earnestly
pray for those in civic authority as the Scripture commands
in I Tim. 2:1-2. The answer lies with the spiritual leadership,
and that prospect does not appear to be on the national horizon
The real key rests with local Bible-believing pastors and whether
they are willing to pay the steep spiritual price that is required.
There are many good unnamed pastors who faithfully serve their
Lord without fanfare. However, the average pastor seems to be
so burdened down with administrative oversight and operational
activity, that he devotes little time today to seeking God's
face for revival. While "revival" is something that
he wishes his church would experience, he devotes little time
to seek its required essentials. II Chronicles chapter 29 delineates
three actions that must take place if genuine revival is ever
(A) There must be a cleansing of the SANCTUARY. In II Chron.
29, King Hezekiah (who can symbolize the pastor) demanded that
the Levites (who can typify the deacons) first "sanctify
the house of God" by carrying forth all "filthiness
out of the house of the Lord." This activity involved going
into the "inner part" of the Temple, cleansing it
completely and bringing out "all the uncleanness"
they found in the temple.
The Levites followed King Hezekiah's order and "cleansed
all the house of the Lord" with even the "inner sanctuary"
being purified of all its uncleanness-II Chron. 29:18. In genuine
revival, the "inner sanctums" of church leader's hearts
and homes must be swept clean of all moral impurities including
those on the computer, television sets and printed literature.
(B) There must be a covenant of SEPARATION. No genuine revival
can occur or will ever take place until individuals believers
and a local church as a corporate unit take a firm stand for
both personal and ecclesiastical separation. That covenant,
as King Hezekiah expressed it, took place "in mine heart."
In the revival that occurred under Nehemiah with the formerly
exiled returned Jews, in Nehemiah chapter ten, the covenant
of separation included the musicians (singers), the porters
(ushers), priests, and all the key families: "all they
that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto
the law of God: their wives, their sons, and their daughters
into a curse, and into an oath to walk in God's law-Neh. 10:28."
Apart from the implementation of Biblical separation, revival
will never take place. Biblical separation is simply the negative
side of Biblical sanctification. Sanctification and separation
can never be divorced, they are intricately linked together
and go side by side. Sanctification is the inner spiritual lining,
while separation is the outer exterior fabric. In genuine revival,
they travel harmoniously side by side, like a train smoothly
traveling on its twin tracks. As Rom. 12:1-2 so well delineates,
the outward sacrifice of human bodies must be linked to the
inner offering of our "minds" for our lives to become
"wholly acceptable to God."
(C) There must be a consecration of SELF. In Chron. 29: 31,
Hezekiah stated: "Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto
the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and thank-offerings
into the house of the Lord." One Fundamentalist pastor
stated that "consecration is the transferring of the rights
of ownership from self to God without any strings attached."
The Results of Revival
(A) A Renewal of Neglected Essentials: As you review II Chronicles
29, it is obvious that Israel as a nation renewed those essentials
which they had neglected for so long, essentials that had been
previously disregarded and forgotten. The temple worship was
reinstituted which translates today into all church services
being attended regularly, and the lamps were kept burning on
a daily basis, which applied can refer daily prayer. The temple
became, once again, a place of regular worship, not just occasional
visits. When genuine revival takes, God's people will just visit
the house of God not for one AM service, they will be there
for all the services, including Sunday School, the evening service,
the mid-week service, while also coming for purposes of ministry.
(B) A Rejoicing by the Saints: In II Chron. 29:25-26, we read
that all the musical instruments were employed when the burnt
offerings were offered upon the altar. II Chron. 29:27 states
that "when the burnt offering began, the "song of
the Lord" was also heard. When genuine revival occurs,
church services will turn from dead mausoleums into live vibrant
song services where God's saints are filled with rejoicing hearts
and enthusiastic worshipers.
(C) A Re-institution of God's Order: II Chron. 29:35 records
that as a result of this great revival, "the service of
the Lord's House was set in order." When genuine revival
takes place, God's work will be "set in order." Soul-winning
evangelism will once again occupy the priority place in a church's
ministry, and church activities will occur in the proper priority
place that God desires, not in inverted manner.
Several decades ago, Ruth Green, who was the church organist
in a congregation where this preacher was a member penned the
following song: "Do You Really Want Revival?"
1. Do you really want revival? Do you really want God's power?
Do you really want His Spirit to control your life this hour?
Oh, repent and turn to Jesus, Seek His face and humbly pray.
Do you really want revival? Are you willing to obey?
2. Are you praying for revival? Are you praying for God's power?
Are you praying for His Spirit to control your life this hour?
Oh, the Lord is ever faithful, He will hear us when we pray;
Are you praying for revival? Are you willing to obey?
3. Yes, Lord, I really want revival! Yes, I really want God's
pow'r! And I really want His Spirit to control my life this
Oh, I'm looking now to Jesus, I will seek His face and pray;
For I really want revival! I am willing to obey!
While national repentance and national revival do not appear
to be bright hopes on the horizon at the present time, there
is one certainty on the prophetical horizon that will provide
unquestioned deliverance for a generation of God's saints. It
is an event that is going to take place in God's time-clock
of events at a time that He has already divinely foreordained,
an event described as the Rapture. The Rapture is the next divinely
predicted action on God's time clock of prophetic events.
If the desired and needed actions of national repentance and
national revival do not take place, believers must be prepared
for severe opposition and intense persecution from religious,
political and governmental sources. Obedient saints who refuse
to bow to Caesar's demands, may face both prison and even death
or martyrdom. In His Word, God has never guaranteed freedom
from harassment, oppression and maltreatment. In John 16:33,
Christ stated that "In the world ye shall have tribulation,"
while the Apostle Paul in II Tim. 3:12 predicted that those
who "live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
However, even if believers face adverse experiences that involve
legal repression or even vicious persecution as many believers
in some Islamic countries are now encountering, there is one
divine certainty that all genuine saints can claim, an assurance
that they will never undergo the awful devastations of the seven
year Great Tribulation period described in Revelation chapters
VERSES DELINEATING THE RAPTURE
The Rapture of the saints delineated in I Cor. 15:5-58 and I
Thess. 4:13-18 is the blessed hope of the saints. In Titus 2:13,
the Apostle Paul declared that saints should ever be "Looking
for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." Heb. 9:28 reiterates
this blessed hope when it states that "Christ was once
offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for
him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
The Apostle John repeated this great truth when he declared
in I John 3:2 that "Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that,
when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see
him as he is."
THREE IMPORTANT PROMISES
Before Christ ascended on high as described in Acts 1:8-11,
he made three distinct promises: (a) That He would send the
Holy Spirit to take His place-John chapter 14-16. This promise
concerns the past and has been fulfilled; (b) That He would
build His church-Matt. 16:18. This promise concerns the present
and is now being fulfilled; (c) That He would come again-John
14:1-3. This promise is future and will be fulfilled at the
DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE TWO PHASES OF CHRIST'S SECOND COMING
Now, the Second Coming of Christ is like a drama in two scenes,
a play in two acts: It commences with the Rapture of the saints
in the air and consummates seven years later with His Revelation
to this earth with the Battle of Armageddon and His 1,000 year
millennial reign on this earth-Rev. chapters 19-20. The Rapture
is for the Church which is portrayed as Christ's bride-Eph.
5:19-33, while the Revelation is for Israel which is pictured
as His wife-Rev. 19:7.
(A) The Definition of the Rapture
The word "rapture" is based on a word which means
"to seize, to transport, to take away by lifting."
It is vividly expressed in I Thess. 4:17 with the Greek word
"harpazo," which is a "catching away" or
a "catching up." The Rapture is also pictorially portrayed
in I Thess. 1:10 with the Greek word "rhuo," which
means "delivered," actually to "deliver with
power," the same word that Paul used in II Tim. 4:17 when
he states that he "was delivered out of the mouth of the
lion [Nero-Roman emperor]."
The Rapture actually commences with the Trumpet Sound and the
resurrection of all bodies of the dead saints since Christ's
ascension into heaven. With this action, the Lord Jesus Christ
simultaneously transports a generation of living saints upwards
to glory, delivering them from the mouth of the lion [Satan]
and the tribulation that the earthly world is about to experience.
The Description of the Rapture
It should be noted that the Rapture is a
(1) Sure Event. Passages such as John 14:1-3, Heb. 9:27-28,
Heb. Titus 2:11-13, Heb. 10:37, I John 3:2-3 and many more verses
verify this forthcoming event.
The Rapture is also a (2) Secretive Event both as concerning
the time and individuals involved. The unbelieving world will
be totally unaware of what has occurred. In fact, Satan will
tell one of the biggest lies he has ever concocted, and the
unconverted masses of society will believe his delusive tale-II
The Rapture will also be a (3) Sudden Event. It will occur "in
a moment," in "the twinkling of an eye-I Cor. 15:51."
The word "moment" comes from the Greek word "Atomos,"
from which we get our word "atom." How long does it
take to split an atom? The Rapture will be that quick!
The Rapture will a (4) Selective Event. It will be limited to
the saints of God of this dispensation, both living and dead,
the bride of Christ as portrayed in Eph. 5:27.
The Rapture will be a (5) Signless Event. There are no signs
for the Rapture, the signs being related to the forthcoming
Tribulation as Christ delineated in Matthew 24, the foreshadows
of which we can now see in our world. Saints during the Tribulation
must "watch" for the Revelation-Luke 12:37, but saints
during the Church Age expectantly "wait" for the Rapture-I
The Rapture will be a (6) Simultaneous Event. It will (a) involve
the coming of the Lord from heaven, (b) the resurrection of
the dead saints, (c) the translation of the living saints and
(d) the meeting in the air with Christ-I 4:16-17.
The Rapture will also be a (7) Significant Event. It will be
the termination of this sixth dispensation, that we call the
Church Age or the Age of the Completed Word of God, or the Age
of the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit of God. With this
event, the world will plunge into the Tribulation period delineated
in Matt. 24, II Thess. 2:1-12, and Revelation chapters 6-19.
(C) The Deliberations Concerning the Rapture
In Titus 2:13, the Rapture is called the "blessed hope"
of the saints. This blessed hope is (1) A Precious Hope because
it a culminating hope-Heb. 9:28. It is also (2) A Purifying
Hope, because it is a cleansing hope-I John 3:2-3, and the Rapture
is (3) A Practical Hope, because it is a comforting hope-I Thess.
The Rapture is the next prophetic event on God's time clock
of events. While we cannot be sure that either genuine Repentance
or Revival will occur on a worldwide or national scale, the
Rapture of the saints is a Scripturally predicted event, which
will end all the problems that secularism, socialism and sensualism
are now causing in our world today. Via death or the Rapture,
all believers will someday be on the total victory side-II Cor.
CONCLUSION-II CORINTHIANS 4:18
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at
the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen
are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Invest your life for Christ, don't spend it on yourself! Rescue
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