I remember the expectation for revival that we had when I first joined a church in the late 70s. Looking back, I can see how that expectation was accompanied by a sense of relief, that it would be so much easier to see my parents become believers, as part of the widespread salvations that would result.
It didn’t happen.
True ‘Revival’ is NOT about short-cuts. It’s not about filling stadiums with worshippers, or making the gospel easier for others to accept. Any genuine expression of ‘revival’ would mean that professing believers stop compromising with the world. It would mean becoming obedient to what Jesus commanded. And it would NOT make believers more accepted by the world so that people flock to us and to church meetings.
Genuine ‘revival’ would be our commitment to Jesus being revived – given new life; and THAT would make believers LESS accepted by the world. More hated and despised; ‘ all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution’.
The ONLY indication of end-time ‘revival’ that I can see in scripture is the statement that the ‘gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations’ – but that outcome is linked to a time when followers of Jesus will be delivered up to tribulation, killed and hated by all nations for His name’s sake. So, any end-time revival will be one where the gospel of the Kingdom is preached as a witness to nations that hate those preaching it.
Followers of Jesus will NOT be filling stadiums, but meeting in homes, meeting in isolated places, meeting in twos and threes (with Him joining them). The unfruitful will be pruned away and remaining branches that remain in Him will bear much fruit.
Any revival before Jesus returns will not lead to a multiplying of megachurches trying to cope with the influx of new converts. It will be more like what is happening on China, Iran, and even Afghanistan – three of the nations currently experiencing the most fruitful spread, and acceptance, of the gospel.