Chaos Before Pentecost
By Chad Taylor
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."   (Romans 8:18).
Even as in the days of Jesus when the mobs viciously killed an innocent Man and a "terrorist" named Saul of Tarsus made havoc of the church, it only set the stage for revival.  The same mobs that once cried, "Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!"  Were the same masses that weeks later also cried out, "What must we do to be saved!?"  It was pandemonium before Pentecost.  Crowds rioted through Jerusalem, innocent people died, some were committed to prisons.  "At that time there was a great persecution against the church..."  (Acts 8:1).  Yet it was in the aftershock of Jesus' death and the war against His followers that the greatest revival ensued.
It was post World War 2 that the Charismatic movement swept the church and a healing revival brought millions into the Kingdom of God.  There is no comparison to what the Lord is about to do in this present point in history.  A greater move of God will occur in conjunction with this tragedy.  This only enhances and heightens the urgency to save souls.  How many in this tragedy today were saved?  How many had a personal witness of Jesus Christ at work?  Or on the street to and from work, at the restaurant or at leisure?  Only Heaven knows.  But one critical point remains, we must at all cost preach the gospel in every place and see souls won to the Lord!  That is the only true immunity to disaster or destruction.  "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain."  (Philippians 1:21). 
"From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."  (Matt. 16:21).  It was not until Jesus had suffered that He would be glorified.  This same principle applies to His Church,  "Even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps..."  (1st Peter 2:21).  It also through the fiery furnace of suffering that we will experience His glory and a nation wide revival that will harvest millions of souls.
"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin...(1st Peter 4:1).  This attack will create an atmosphere of national repentance.  Repentance will inevitably lead to national revival.  The persecution prior to Pentecost forced the early church into a state of emergency prayer that produced Pentecost.  It also propagated a mass unifying of Christians that was not able to be achieved before the persecution and death of Jesus.  In the same way this can only push the Church in a strategic place of unity and revival.  The army of God is being prepared for unprecedented spiritual battle that will impact the nations and usher in the greatest harvest the earth has experienced to date. 
"And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind..."  (Acts 2:2).  As suddenly as this tragedy has struck, is as sudden that the Lord will blow upon this country with revival power and glory.  Prayer will take precedence and set the stage for a spiritual awakening.  The "upper-room" or place of prayer
in churches across the nation will take priority.  Churches will be opened 24 hrs. a day to receive the influx of intercession.  Denominations and factions of the church will finally find common ground as the standard of prayer is raised.  The end result of this will be the Lord's promise to all those that have prayed through the centuries, "I will forgive their sin and heal their land..."  (2nd Chronicles 7:14).
A great urgency for soul winning will sweep the nation.  The pressing question of salvation will increase.  "Is my neighbor saved?"  Will be foremost on our minds.  A revelation of life and death will enlighten the eyes of our understanding. We will become vigilant soul winners not accepting no for an answer.  We will now understand the command, "Compel them to come in."  A great harvest of life will result from these deaths.  An army of soul winners will emerge from the ashes to possess the land.  "And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name..."  (Acts 5:41).
Chad Taylor
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