Will the End Times include a unified revival or only a deception?

Summary

Most Christians agree that during the End Times, there will be a Great Deception, also known as the Great Falling Away or the Great Apostasy (II Thessalonians 2:9-10,11; Matthew 24:10-11) caused by the Great Prostitute or Great Harlot (Revelation 17:5). Christians are currently divided over if and when a Great Revival will happen (Revelation 7:9,10,13,14). We aim to clarify how both will happen.

Endorsements

Almost all Bible-believing Pentecostal and Modern Protestants agree that there will be an End Times revival or harvest. Most other Christians seem to not have an opinion due to the complexity.

Gracethrufaith also believes in both.

Reasons

Christians will unite for a Great Revival during the Tribulation.

While many nonbelievers (II Thessalonians 2:12) will be led astray (Matthew 24:24), we know that the faithful will be nourishing the elect (Matthew 24:45-46). Half the church will be wise, and half will wish they were (Matthew 24:40-41; Matthew 25:1-2,13; see page 3). The faithful and wise will be unified (Revelation 13:7) for the purpose of a Great Revival among all tribes and people during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:9,13,14), especially for the Jews (Romans 11:25,26-27).

The revival will happen through the Holy Spirit’s power.

One of the most common verses used in Pentecostal churches talks about how near the End Times, there will be an outpouring of supernatural power on Christians, for the sake of witnessing (Joel 2:28-29). Some say this is just for Israel (Joel 2:27,32), but the apostle Peter said that these very verses actually started on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:16-21), which applies to the Gentiles (Acts 10:45).

The deception is mostly for nonbelievers.

The End Times lawlessness (II Thessalonians 2:3,7) and deception (II Thessalonians 2:10) are for those who deny (II Thessalonians 2:12) the Gospel of Salvation (Titus 3:3-8). This is because God only deludes the unrighteous (II Thessalonians 2:11-12). Jesus said it might affect believers (Matthew 24:24), but it would only “lead them astray” temporarily because the elect cannot lose their salvation (Romans 11:7).

Counterclaims

The End Times will be godless like in Noah’s days (Matthew 24:12,37).

The following verses clarify that it will be similar to Noah’s time in the sense of a great catastrophe that people aren’t aware of (Matthew 24:38-39). Some add that that the majority of the world will be godless (Genesis 6:5), besides their small denomination, but the following verses further clarify this by saying that about half will be raptured (Matthew 24:40-41; Matthew 25:1-2). The last days (II Timothy 3:1) will actually be a time where those who hate God (II Timothy 3:4) will actually appear godly (II Timothy 3:5), unlike Noah’s days where there was no appearance of that (Genesis 6:5).

Many nonbelievers, maybe even billions, will be loveless (Matthew 24:12), but that doesn’t mean there won’t be billions who are saved (Matthew 24:13). The Gospel likely won’t be preached in vain (Matthew 24:14), because the end times are filled with great evil, leading to an even greater dispensation of grace (Romans 5:20). This is because ever since Jesus and the Holy Spirit inhabited the earth, the darkness will never again be greater than the light (John 1:4-5).

Christian groups promoting ecumenical unity are really the Great Harlot.

Ecumenical unity is Christ-like.

A few oppose ecumenical unity because it’s reminiscent of the Great Harlot’s conglomeration of religions (Revelation 17:5), but these are blasphemous followers (Revelation 17:3) who deny the divinity of Jesus (I John 4:2-3). This can’t be the Christian denominations of the Historic Protestants, Modern Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox, because all share the divinity of Jesus as well as the Gospel of salvation (Titus 3:3-8).

Satan steals ecumenism and causes divisions among Christians.

Satan’s goal is to form an “Unholy Trinity,” and part of this is an unholy church, which is the harlot, also known as the apostate church. Satan can only steal and twist what is holy (John 10:10). He did not create ecumenism, for that was Jesus (I Corinthians 1:10).

Fighting unity is allying with the antichrist. Satan accuses Christians daily before God for wrong reasons (Revelation 12:10). After dividing over the right topics, anyone who says unity among denominations is bad is actually doing Satan’s work for him: dissensions and division (Titus 3:9,10-11), whereas God calls us to perfectly unified theology (John 17:22; Philippians 2:2).

The harlot will be a physical city, not a denomination.

Various denominations or online ministries can’t be the Great Harlot because it will be a literal, physical city (Revelation 18:18,21) of demonic activity (Revelation 18:2), greed, sexual immorality (Revelation 18:3), and murderers (Revelation 18:24; Matthew 23:35).

The Pentecostal church is the false prophets (Matthew 24:24).

False prophets can only exist because they are twisting the power of real prophets. Like all denominations, they have many that are true Bible believers and some who are scam artists. Satan doesn’t attack fake believers; he attacks the real ones (I Peter 5:8-9). Some say they have itching ears (II Timothy 4:3-4), but most believe in repentance, faith in Christ, and the true Gospel of Salvation (Titus 3:3-8).