About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Last Great Revival
that I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream
dreams, your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit
in those days. I will show
wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of
smoke. The sun will be turned
to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the Lord" (Joel 2:28 - 29 NIV).
Apostle Peter quoted Joel's prophecy in defence of the outpouring of the
Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17 - 21).
Was Acts 2 the ultimate fulfilment of this prophecy?
Joel predicted that in the last days God would pour out His Spirit
on all people. In conjunction
with this revival Joel said that certain calamities would inflict the
heavens and the earth before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
Although the Holy Spirit began to be poured out in Acts 2 the
calamities associated with this revival are yet to come.
In Biblical prophecy the word "day" can be understood as both one day or a period of time. I understand the word "day" in Joel's prophecy to be the one great and dreadful day Jesus returns to earth to conquer the nations. That day will end what the Bible also calls "the day of the Lord," or, what Prophetic Futurists call the Great Tribulation.
prediction of revival has its ultimate fulfilment during the Great
Tribulation as I believe is alluded to in Revelation 7:9 and 10.
"After this I looked and there before me was a multitude that
no one could count; from every nation, tribe, people and language,
standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.
They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in
their hands. They cried out in
a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to
the Lamb (NIV)." These
countless number of saints have "come out of the Great
Tribulation" as Revelation 7:14 states.
It's my opinion these saints gave their lives to Jesus because of
the witness of the 144,000 Jews mentioned earlier in the chapter.
Thus, these countless number of saints were a product of the last
great revival that Joel predicted.
13:7 says the beast (anti-Christ) will be given authority over every
nation, tribe, people, and language. He
will wage war against the saints from every nation and will conquer them.
I see these conquered saints as the martyrs of Revelation 6:9 to 11
who sit under the heavenly alter, eagerly waiting the day when God will
avenge their blood.
believe the last great revival predicted by Joel is seen in Revelation 7,
the final 7 years of this age. This
outpouring of the Holy Spirit will enrage the anti-Christ so much so that
he will institute the most massive martyrdom campaign of Christians in
history. Believers from every
nation, tribe, people, language "will not love their lives so much as
to shrink from death" (Revelation 12:11). This
last great historic revival will lead to the most excruciating execution
of Christians ever known. If
you desire to be involved in the excitement this outpouring of the Spirit,
assuming you are alive at the time, expect to be numbered among the