Pentecostal Sermons and Bible Studies by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.

Bible Verses About Revival in the Last Days (the End Times)

Summary: The last days”! These words bring apocalyptic images to the minds of many, along with vigorous theological debates, pro and con, on such subjects as "the rapture of the church," end time prophecy, biblical signs of the times, the end of the world as we know it, and more. But for the believer, a more practical focus for our direct participation is not the cataclysmic events prophesied to happen in the end times, but the prospect of being involved in a great last-days, Holy Spirit revival coming upon the world and the Church. Let's turn to some revealing Bible verses giving hope for revival in the last days (the end times).

Haggai 2:3, 9, 15-19  Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?... [9] 'The glory of this present house [KJV: latter house] will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty... [15] Now give careful thought to this from this day on — consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the LORD's temple... [18] From this day on...give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid. Give careful thought: Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. From this day on I will bless you.

•• Remember the “former glory” of just the last century or so? — Azusa Street! ... the Latter Rain ... Full Gospel Business Men ... the healing revivals of the 1950s and 60s ... the Charismatic Movement ... the Jesus People ...

•• Haggai 2:9, KJV  “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former...”

•• The prophet Haggai said that the (re)building of the temple had ceased for 16 years, leading to years of fruitlessness. “Now”, he said, build the foundation and the house of the Lord, and as a result, “From this day on I [God] will bless you”!

•• Let us rebuild the Lord’s fallen house. Today’s blessings can exceed the former! The glory of the Church in the latter days can surpass that of the early Church. The latter-day bride of Christ will emerge as a glorious body of believers, without spot or wrinkle, and will reap a great harvest of souls near the end of the days of the Church's ministry on earth.

Acts 2:16-21  (17) In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.... (21) And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

•• We are living in the “last days” (Acts 2:16f; Hebrews 1:2). And we are drawing daily ever closer to the literal last days. Peter, quoting the prophet Joel, pointed to those last days as a time of souls being saved — "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

•• What should we expect from God? — An outpouring of the Holy Spirit ... prophesying and other spiritual gifts to increase ... heaven-sent visions and dreams ... dramatic physical healings ... multitudes saved ...

•• The first century had its great Pentecost. Our century should look for a great Pentecost, too!

Exodus 16:4-5  ..."I will rain down bread from heaven for you.... On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days."

2 Kings 2:9, KJV  ...let a double portion of thy SPIRIT be upon me.

•• I believe we are near the close of God’s “sixth day,” after which work (ministry) will stop and there will be rest on the 7th "day" (the Millennium). Hopefully, some of us may still be alive on earth at the very time of Jesus' return.

•• I expect a double portion of bread from heaven as the Church Age draws to a close.
• More of JESUS — the Bread of life

Deeper insight into His word of life.
•• A “doubled” outpouring of the Holy Spirit and of God’s glory in the last days.

James 5:7, NKJV  Therefore, be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

•• Is God giving a lesson in agriculture? Obviously not. The inspired writer James is clearly making a spiritual point. He is speaking of "precious fruit" being brought forth. And what fruit is more precious to God than souls being saved unto Jesus. Christ Himself had said that He had come to earth the first time "to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10). And what is the context of which James wrote? — "unto the [second] coming of the Lord." James is pointing our attention to the end times, the last days, and Christ's Second Coming. This thought is reinforced by his allusion not just to the early rain, but also to the "latter rain." Taken as a whole, I see James advocating patient, diligent labor in pursuit of lost souls right up "until the coming of the Lord," the time of the very final, spiritual "latter rain." Church, let's be praying for a last-days, soul-saving revival in all the earth.

John 2:13-16  (15) So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area....

Matthew 21:12-13  Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there.... "It is written," he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.' "

•• Jesus cleansed the temple at the beginning of His public ministry. He did it again at the end of His ministry.

•• The early church was cleansed — for example, Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10). I expect the last-days Church likewise to be cleansed and prepared for presentation to her Bridegroom Jesus.

•• As the latter-days house of God (that is, the Church) is cleansed, I expect it to become once more “a house of prayer”.

•• And that Church, the “house of prayer,” in the literal end times will have the opportunity to pray for souls to be saved in a last days revival our nation and world so desperately need. Can we guarantee revival in the last days just by hoping it to be so? Remember that God is sovereign. But can we dligently pray for end-time revival, with hope and confidence that our God is "You who answers prayer" (Psalm 65:2)? Yes, we can!

In light of that, let's remind ourselves of Jesus' words in Acts 1:8 — "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth." And Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 — "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end shall come."

My fellow believers, we the Lord's Church are called to be a "house of prayer for all nations" (Mark 11:17, NIV). Jesus foretold that His Gospel is to be preached "to all nations...and then the end shall come." Let's pray, pray, pray for revival in our nation and in all nations in these end times. Why not! We serve a God who answers prayer.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession (Psalm 2:8, KJV).

ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field (Zechariah 10:1, KJV).

"Our Father in heaven, in Jesus' wonderful name, let revival come in these last days to our nation and to all nations. Let the glory of your early Church be even surpassed by the glory of your latter-day Church. Let the Lord's "house" the Church be rebuilt stronger and more glorious than ever before. For your Church let there be a 21st-century Pentecost even more powerful than the first in Acts 2. As you cleanse and empower your end-time Church, send us forth with the Gospel message to the world, to all nations. Let there be revival and a harvest of lost souls unto You. And may all of this be for your glory and in the all-powerful name of your Son the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of a lost world. Amen!"


BONUS! For those desiring an in-depth study of the end times, I highly recommend Bible teacher Elton McMillan's website. I believe it's among the very best end-time Bible studies available today. Elton's many excellent, descriptive charts and artwork are best viewed on your desktop or laptop computer. You'll find this free treasure trove of last-days teaching at The End Times Explained Step by Step | Bride of Christ




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