In light of scripture, nature is both a sermon and a prophecy. Are we listening? We should. “The heavens declare the glory,” “invisible attributes,” and “eternal power” of almighty God (Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:20). So what does nature have to say about revival? A lot.
The warmest and brightest time of a 24-hour day is just before sunset. The coldest and darkest is just before dawn. Jesus worked during the day and so should we, since we are children of the day (1 Thessalonians 5:4-8). “Night is coming when no man can work” (John 9:4). It is during the night that Jesus will return to rapture his bride, the church. We just don’t know when: evening, midnight, cock’s crow, or dawn (Mark 13:35). The parable of the vineyard suggests sunset (Matthew 20:8), while that of the ten virgins suggests midnight (25:6). Yet a Davidic psalm suggests dawn, since sunrise is “like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber” (Psalm 19:4-5). Jesus, the bright morning star, rose from the dead at sunrise (Matthew 28:1, 2 Peter 1:19, Revelation 22:16). I believe his second coming will be at this time.
What ‘time’ is it today spiritually: afternoon, evening, midnight, or morning? We’re still working for the kingdom – witnessing, preaching, praying, and baptizing. If it’s afternoon, a worldwide revival of “latter day rain” might come soon (Joel 2:23). As the warmest part of the day, it’s our best chance. However, what if night has fallen and we don’t know it yet? The last great revivals were around 1970. A lot less people are being transformed today. Afternoon produces a gradual warm-up, but we’re seeing a rapid cool-down spiritually!
Since Jesus was arrested and tried at night, I think the church will suffer the worst persecution during this time. Night is the world’s time for evil, as shown by Judas Iscariot’s betrayal (John 13:30). “Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:13). Even the church will grow cold (Matthew 24:12). Christians are experiencing persecution worldwide, now more than ever. What if night is already here?
Jesus said we can’t work at night, but we can still build a fire. It produces a little light and heat to warm believers, keeping them from denials (Matthew 26:74-75). A fire might also draw a few unbelievers to Jesus. Most importantly, it keeps the wolves in sheep’s clothing at bay (7:15).
Should we expect revival soon? Will latter-day rain come in abundance? I don’t know. The King is coming. Therefore we must watch and pray.