We live in the most written about period of history for planet Earth in God’s Word. Fully 20% of the Bible is consumed with describing the events that God calls the end of days. Those end of days are more described and detailed for us—more than even the days when Christ walked the shores of Galilee.
Yet with all that God has told us, we often miss how God connects evangelism and prophetic events. An understanding of the prophetic word gives boldness and confidence, encouragement and hope as we go into all the world.
We should accept and understand that we may very well be living in apocalyptic times. The true meaning of apocalypse in Greek is ‘unveiled, unveiling’. It describes something that is revealed that was formerly hidden. The last book of the Bible is called the Apocalupsis of Jesus Christ–The unveiling of Jesus Christ. In that book, God reveals the end of days—and we see Christ’s Glory in the events, and how He settles the problem of sin in the universe.
And what is one of the biggest themes in those 22 chapters of Revelation? Evangelism! Think of the scenes God gave John to record in this book for us.
With all the wars and plagues, angels and Throne scenes, it is often overlooked that the Tribulation is one of the greatest times of evangelism in all of God’s Word!
We see repeatedly that multitudes, countless multitudes are saved out of that period of horror God calls the Tribulation.
Please stand and follow along with me in your Bibles.
Revelation 7:9-17 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues2, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,12 saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.16 “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;17 “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
What should be our perspective when we leave this conference tonight? Two words sum up my thoughts—Apocalyptic Evangelism.
The single greatest time of evangelism may be just ahead of us, at the darkest hour of Earth’s history—the light of the Gospel shines brightest!
God has revealed that the greatest harvest of souls for His Glory will be concentrated in the period He calls the Tribulation. From an examination of Revelation 6:11 and 7:14 it appears that those countless multitudes ‘of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues’ in “white robes” (7:9) are martyrs. Individuals who come to Christ and then are killed in the horrific violence of those last days.
If we are on the edge of those times, that should be our goal and desire? We should be praying for all the kingdoms, tongues, tribes and nations—to be saved. To come and bow at the feet of Jesus Christ in worship and eternal adoration.
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