To anyone whose head isn’t buried in the sand, the world is growing darker. There are those who take the unbiblical view that God will halt this progression into greater wickedness and bring an amazing revival. However, all one must do is read his Bible to see that in these latter days, no such event is prophesied to occur.
Proponents of the New Apostolic Reformation, also known as Dominionism or Kingdom Now theology, maintain that God will infuse the church with great power and influence to bring about their wished-for resurgence of Christianity in the world. Unfortunately, all these folks have to hang their hats on is this aspiration that all will soon be well and the world will become a better place.
Where does it say that in Scripture? In order to believe such a fanciful dream, one has to completely ignore the plain sense of the Word of God that was spoken by Jesus, Paul, and John. They clearly conveyed that sin will increase, faith will erode, and great evil will be unleashed. At the height of this, according to the Bible, true Christ-followers will be snatched away from the earth to safety as the Bride of Christ to be with their beloved, as God finally brings justice upon an unbelieving world during the Tribulation.
Admittedly, the time of COVID seems to have dampened the enthusiasm of the Dominionist adherents somewhat, as their prophets and apostles largely foretold much that never came to pass. When a prophet is wrong so much, his influence should certainly wane as people begin to ignore his false words.
The truth of the matter is that this prophesied revival that these various Kingdom Now celebrities decreed will happen during the Tribulation. Could there be, and perhaps are there, isolated revivals around the country or the world? Absolutely, but not in the manner told by the men and women clutching onto the New Apostolic persuasion. One of their main tenets holds that there are seven primary spheres of influence in the culture; they call these the Seven Mountains over which they have a mandate to ascend and gain Christian influence and authority. These so-called seven mountains are indeed central to society. They are:
In fact, there is demonic effort afoot to seize and maintain control of all these areas of influence that has largely been accomplished. If we consider those leaders who have risen to the top of each of these mountainous heaps, it’s easy to see they aren’t Christians; rather they are unbelievers who have taken the heights of societal dominance for Satan and his minions.
No, the revivals sought by the prophets and apostles today will only occur during the Tribulation; but what revival it will be! The book of Revelation shows us multiple scenes where those who have become believers during the Tribulation and lost their lives as martyrs gather at the throne of God in massive numbers.
Before that occurs, as noted above, each day will proceed downward into greater darkness. When Jesus told the parable of the Persistent Widow, He could have been thinking of this very time in which we live.
Consider: who of you with true faith hasn’t observed the wickedness all around us and cried out for justice? In each of the seven cultural mountains, we see increasingly horrible events. In education, children K-6 are being indoctrinated with trans, gender confusion ideologies and told they should question who they really are despite their biological sex. We’re told that families should be comprised of anyone who loves someone else regardless of their actual sex or even their familial relationship. Even parents and their own children are petitioning the courts to join as couples. Daily, we’re bombarded by copious lies from our media overlords who tell us what to think regardless how little sense their words make. Exposés have recently come out about major news organizations that fabricate information for public consumption based on what they want people to think. Truth doesn’t play any part of this narrative. These are just three examples of the seven. Much more could be said.
And so we come to the parable in Luke 18:7. Just as the widow continually cried out to the unrighteous judge:
“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?”
Don’t we too bring these matters before the Lord day and night because of how they grieve us?
Yet, a day is coming when all will be made right. Jesus tells us in Luke 18:8:
“I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
That justice we decry will come, and actually, the faithful in Christ won’t be here. We’ll have been Raptured seven years prior. Upon Jesus’ return, however, at the conclusion of the Tribulation, this is where His last question pertains. Evil and injustice will be so pervasive that few will remain who trust in God. Many Tribulation believers will become those saints who worship the Lord in heaven by the time all the terror of these seven years conclude.
However, the Bible tells of two things:
- The first is Matthew 24:22 where Jesus says: “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
- The second is that Revelation reveals that in the Millennial Kingdom, mortal humans will occupy that 1,000 years in nations, and that there will be many unbelievers among mankind during that time whom Satan, when he’s released, will deceive (see Revelation 20).
This tells us that Tribulation believers will go into the Millennium, i.e. the elect of the Tribulation still alive at the end will continue in their humanity to populate the earth during Christ’s 1,000 year reign. A large swath of mankind during this time will turn from God, but not all.
Thus, to answer Jesus’ question, yes, in both instances – at the end of the Tribulation and at the conclusion of the Millennium – there will be faith on earth.
It will be true faith as well because of its cost. Just as God requires us to have true faith (believing loyalty) during our day, i.e. a heart that is full of love for Him and desires to obey all His commands, it will be the same during these future periods.
Thankfully, the Lord is merciful. He keeps all His promises. Because he is worthy and His Word is true, we can cry out to Him and know that He indeed will bring justice upon the earth.