Won’t You Revive Us Again?
By Greg Laurie
“Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?”
It wasn’t easy being a Christian
in Ephesus, which was a center of pagan idolatry. In fact, when Paul went there to preach the gospel, a riot broke out.
Jesus said to the church of Ephesus, “But I have this complaint against you.
You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!” (Revelation 2:4 NLT).
The apostle Paul, and possibly the apostle John, had been pastors of the church of Ephesus. But when Jesus was speaking
to this church, they were in the second generation of faith. In other words, they were born to parents who came to Jesus right after His earthly ministry. Therefore, this church was living in the aftermath of the first Jesus Movement.
As it happens sometimes, that wonderful truth was not passed on to the next generation. So they were losing it. They were missing it.
It isn’t always easy to be a Christian in a godless
city or state.
I’ve been a pastor in Southern California for almost 50 years, and I know people who have left this state and moved elsewhere. But I feel called to live in California. I feel called
to preach the gospel here, to teach the Word of God here, and to be a pastor here.
When someone tells me they’re leaving California, I jokingly reply, “Well, someone has to stay here to turn
the lights off.” But the fact is that I’m staying here to turn the lights on.
The psalmist wrote, “Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6
The last great American revival took place in California, and it was called the Jesus Movement. I’m praying that we’ll have another Jesus Movement because California influences the rest
of the nation. I’m praying we’ll have another spiritual awakening—and I hope you’re praying for that too.
John describes the Second Coming this way: “Then I saw heaven opened,
and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. . . . He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word
of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses” (Revelation 19:11–14 NLT).
And Jesus said, “For as the lightning flashes in the
east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:27 NLT).
Sometimes, however, people confuse the Rapture and the Second Coming. It’s important that we understand
the difference between the two.
In the Rapture, Jesus comes before judgment, and in the Second Coming, He returns with judgment. In the Rapture, He comes as a thief in the night, and in the Second Coming,
every eye will see Him. In the Rapture, Jesus comes for His people, and in the Second Coming, He returns with His people.
The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a happy day for Heaven but a sad day
for Earth. Specifically, Israel will mourn as they realize that Jesus was their Messiah all along (see Zechariah 12:10).
But first, Jesus is coming for His followers in the rapture of the Church. What
if He were to come back today? Would you be ready? Or would you be left behind? It’s entirely up to you.