Monday, November 21, 2016

Isaiah 64:1-5 (KJV) Where Is Revival Needed Today?

Isaiah 64:1-5 (KJV)
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
Bible students have long pointed out that Isaiah looks like a mini “Bible in one book.” Isaiah 64:1-5 Where Is Revival Needed Today?There are sixty-six chapters and, if one really stretches, they roughly correspond to the sixty-six books of the Bible. It’s not difficult at all to see a shift in the mood of Isaiah at chapter 40, corresponding to the beginning of the New Testament.
Using that line of thinking, Isaiah 64 places us in the Pauline Epistles of the New Testament, perhaps even later. Would it be possible to compare this chapter to passages like:
  • 1 &2 Thessalonians, 
  • 2 Timothy chapter 3 or 
  • Jude?  
Couldn’t we think of this as a latter day prophecy similar to Paul’s “This know also…?”
If we made that connection then Isaiah is preaching about the days we live in right now.
Notice the plea of Isaiah. He is asking for revival. How we need such a revival in our world today. We need it in America but we need it in more than only America:
  • We need revival in Europe where secularism has all but drowned out the voice of God’s people 
  • We need it in communist nations where the struggle to regain a spiritual foothold begins to grow and is at once threatened 
  • We need it in the Middle East where Islam has riddled the people with fear and falsehoods
  • We need revival in third world countries where in some cases the gospel has yet to be heard
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Isaiah 64:1-5 (KJV) Where Is Revival Needed Today?

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