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 usâ€”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 Christâ€“The unveiling of Jesus Christ. In that book, God reveals the end of daysâ€”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
Pastor John Barnett has been devouring the Word of God for over 30 years. John, now the teaching pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has served congregations in Oklahoma, New England, Georgia and California. He also served on the Faculty of the Master's College...