A World in Revival and Harvest

By Francis Frangipane

We began this book by asking you to consider what the civilized world would be like without the United States. Now, I'm going to ask you to consider a world with America in revival. I do not mean a revival merely of emotional religion, but a deep revival, born of genuine Christlikeness in the church. Picture America experiencing a Christ awakening, where a priesthood of mature believers join the Lamb before the throne of God's grace; where the Lamb is offered as sacrifice for America's sin, God receives the sacrifice and, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, He heals our land.

Picture a repentant America touching Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist peoples with the love of Jesus. Picture a holy America where our movies have moral, Christ-inspired lessons and where the message of redemption is played out in a myriad of ways around the world. Envision a million praying, loving missionaries, empowered by the Holy Spirit to heal and encourage nations on every level of society.
We can go the way of the judgmental and critical. We can listen to those without vision who seek to pull America down, like Samson, upon themselves and their enemies. Or, we can become Christlike and see a true golden age come to this land. Think of it, my friend, can you envision a world where the most powerful nation on earth has become the most godly?

Do not say this cannot happen. Remember, God is not looking impatiently at His watch, He's listening to His heart. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked; He desires for all men to be saved (2 Pet 3:9) and has made provision for all men at the cross (2 Cor 5:21). He inspired revival before. He can do it again.

Do you remember the story of the demonized boy whose father pleaded with Jesus for help? The man approached Christ feeling defeated, almost hopeless, weary with fighting to keep the boy alive after repeated demonic attacks. The man asked Jesus, "If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" (Mark 9:22)

Our attitude is often like that of this man. Our shoulders are hunched from fasting and we are wearied with the fight to keep America alive. We come to the Lord looking for pity instead of power; we're seeking comfort instead of conviction to take a stand for America.

To ask for mere pity from a God who has given us "everything pertaining to life and godliness" is an insult (2 Pet 1:3). Jesus retorted, "If You can! All things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23).

All Things are Possible!Let Christ's words become our battle cry. "With God," Jesus said, "all things are possible" (Matt 19:26). Lay aside the weight of unbelief; there is a race to be run and we can win it. Ask God for more love, for love believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.

We are in the season of the miraculous. Who would have thought beforehand that the USSR would fall and millions would come to Christ in that nation? Who would have predicted that hundreds of millions would have come to Christ just in the last ten years? Who would have thought after listening to those who said America was doomed that we would see major decreases in crime, divorce, abortion, and teen pregnancy?

Today, there is a resurgence of moral values on college campuses around America. Did we expect this good news? Did we anticipate that a deep and wonderful revival would hit the sports world so that hundreds of Christian athletes would become role models for our youth or that whole teams would huddle together in public prayer after games?

Who saw ten years ago that the church would be uniting in prayer? Or that reconciliation between races and denominations would begin in earnest? Or that a million and a half men would stand in repentance for America at the national capitol?

Daniel said, "The people who know their God will display strength and take action" (Dan 11:32). He went on to say, "Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever" (Dan 12:3). It is not a time for fear, but faith. We do not need to come beggarly to Christ for pity; He is extending to us His power through our prayers, as long as we don't give up.

Have you heard the story of the man who was driving home from work one day and stopped to watch a local Little League baseball game in a park near his home? He sat down behind the bench on the first baseline and asked one of the boys what the score was.

"We're behind 14 to nothing," the little boy answered with a smile.
"Really," he said. "I have to say you don't look very discouraged."
"Discouraged," the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face, "why should we be discouraged? We haven't been up to bat yet."

It is not time to be discouraged. I believe the devil has run up the score, but really, we haven't been to bat yet. For much of the past thirty years, we have been playing a poor defense to the devil's initiatives (some of us weren't even playing, but sitting quietly on the bench). But, my friends, the devil's turn is nearly over, the church is getting ready to step up to the batter's box.

The Columbine tragedy in Littleton, Colo., was going to be one of the devil's last runs. Instead, God turned it into a home run for heaven, with millions hearing the good news proclaimed through CNN's live coverage of the funeral services of the martyred Christian kids. Can you see how God is softening America's heart?

Good things are happening all around us. America is going to experience the greatest Christ-awakening in its history. I make no apologies for believing as I do. Even if our country briefly turns darker spiritually, I am fully convinced that America will return to God's light. Yes, even now, America stands at the threshold of destiny.