In the God-directed progression of present redemption and revival history, the pace has accelerated as we move toward the ultimate culmination of this age. As we get closer to the return of Christ, we are seeing a fuller measure of transformational impact than ever before in history. This supernatural transformation is not simply of individuals being redeemed, but also involves a fuller redemption that now encompasses entire communities, all spheres of society, and even the land itself.
Why would God bring redemptive transformation even to land and the natural order before Christ returns? Clearly God is making a powerful statement about His Lordship over creation and His glory in all the earth. Supernatural transformation today among the nations is a also a more extensive expression of God’s redemptive intention than the church has seen thus far in her history.
Twenty-first century revival is unlike any previous revival era and yet is in continuity with all that has preceded. Contemporary revival among the nations with its supernatural transformational fruit is an eschatological sign of the approaching fullness of redemption to be finalized when Christ returns to transform the whole earth into an arena for His glory (Hab. 2:14; Isa. 35; Isa. 65:17–18; Rev. 21:22–24). Transforming revival is therefore not a passing trend and is not something we can ignore. It is an eschatological sign that must not be ignored because it signals that the full manifestation of God’s glory and the fullness of redemption is at hand.
The transformation that we are witnessing in the nations today is the firstfruits of the fuller transformation of people and land that will occur when Jesus returns to reign as King over the nations. At that time Jesus will reconcile all things in Himself. “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Him [Christ], and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:19–20).
Copyrighted by Fusion Ministries, all rights reserved. Above excerpt taken from “REVIVAL – It’s Present Relevance and Coming Role at the End of the Age” by Wes Adams and Rhonda Hughey. Available in Fusion Bookstore visit our store.