Russian War: Revival Or Retreat in the Last Days
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has kicked off a swirl of fears and questions: is this a sign of the last days? Are we on the verge of the end times?
A young leader in politics asked my wife and me this same question Friday, and it is an important one. But I believe it is not the most important question for our generation.
Yes, we are instructed to know the times, but that comes second to doing the work of the ministry. Is Russia Gog or Magog? Will China create the massive army mentioned in biblical prophecy? Is the vaccine passport the groundwork for the mark of the beast? Good questions!
Here’s a better question: Are you sharing the gospel in your neighborhood? Are you praying for your leaders and for the end-times harvest of new believers? Are you devoting yourself to prayer so that you have the oil of intimacy when He returns? Or will you be like the foolish virgins?
If you were the Enemy, wouldn’t you want to get the church focused on creating “End Times Timelines” and nervously watching the news instead of preaching the gospel and advancing the Kingdom?
When Jesus returns, He will reward us according to our stewardship, not according to our knowledge of what exactly is going to happen in the last days. Yes, end times understanding is important, but it is never the main focus of the church.
We must choose to focus on revival in the face of darkness, not retreat because of fear of the end. In fact, Jesus made clear our focus should be to preach the gospel until the end: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
Revival, not retreat.
Insider Intercessory Information
Outside the White House this week, about 200 Ukrainians gathered to make their voice heard to President Joe Biden. I saw this and sent a message to a group of young Christian leaders in Washington D.C. I told them this would be a great evangelistic opportunity to impact the entire nation of Ukraine. Some of the people in this group had previously gone to share the gospel during the Black Lives Matter riots, Jan. 6, etc.
Soon, one of those in the group who works in the defense industry replied and said she had already gone the night before! See, there are young Christian leaders in D.C. who know more about the geopolitical situation than most, but the focus is still on revival.
A group of protesting Ukrainians outside the White House may be “a sign of the end times,” but if that is all you see, you are missing the bigger picture. It is an opportunity for evangelism, for revival!
The last days are upon us, but we must face them head on, trying to bring as many souls with us as possible, not in fear, nervously watching the happenings around the world. Last days darkness is here, but if we do not focus on being the light, how great that darkness will be.
With that in mind, let us pray:
-Jesus, keep us from being intimidated by world events, and help us to live in love and boldness, proclaiming the gospel until you return. Protect us from distraction. Give us focus on the work you have given us to do: revival before the end.
-Lord, we pray for Ukraine, that you would end the war there and protect the innocent. Let your will be done in Ukraine! Release your angel armies!
-Holy Spirit, prepare us for the last days, that we would be a faithful bride awaiting the return of the bridegroom. We do not want to be like the foolish virgins. Help us to walk in deep intimacy with you, not fear, so we are ready when Jesus returns.
Verses to press into as you intercede on this issue:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
“No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” (Acts 2:16-18)
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
What do you think? Are you praying and preparing for revival?
Casey Harper is a writer in the Washington, D.C. area covering national politics. He has worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, Washington Examiner, and USA Today. Follow him on Twitter: @CaseyHarper33. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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