Everyone today who considers themselves a mature Christian, an avid bible reader and believer, most everyone I know or cross paths with wants to see revival, they want children in the faith. These people have a tendency to base their vision of this revival on their past experiences, perhaps many years ago in Christendom. While these people will typically point to the persecuted church in other places of the world like China and the middle east, they don’t experience the revival here in the states that they would hope for. Jesus said,
(Mat 24:19-21) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
In Matt 24, Jesus prophetically speaks of the time we are in, this is the time proceeding the day of the Lord. Pray that your flight not be in winter. There are those who will not wait for the Lord, they are afraid, they are afraid that they won’t seem holy or be accepted by God unless they “do his work”, unless they go try real hard to win souls for Christ. This reminds me of the scriptures written by the prophets – (Jer 23:21) I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. For those who want a harvest and see the need to run or take flight for Christ, the winter is not the time, neither is the sabbath.
(Psa 74:16-21) The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.
Woe unto them who are with child! Woe unto them with spiritual children, it’s a time to rest and to wait, brothers, its not a time to run. (Isa 30:18) And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
(Mat 24:31-32) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
(Son 2:10-13) My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
It’s not the person who runs the fastest brothers, it’s the person who makes it to the end of the race that matters. Those who assume that God tells them to go and run, rather than wait and rest, I think they are making a big mistake.
Here’s another scripture to consider:
(Isa 26:18-20) We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
God bless you brothers, just more food for thought, consider and pray that you might be counted worthy to stand before the son of man.