Question: I recently heard the teaching that Genesis:41:25-32 spoke of a great end-time gathering of souls or revival right before the Great Tribulation. And I always thought that Luke:18:8 was speaking of Jesus’ return for the church and the condition of the earth at that time. I honestly can’t find in the Word a great “last days revival,” or in-gathering. And to me, the Luke reference makes more sense if it means His return for the church in the midst of a great apostasy. I love and respect the godly minister who spoke these things. He is very knowledgeable in the Word and in his teaching. I don’t want to be confused, could you please help me?
Response: We agree with your concern. Unfortunately, too many may come up with an idea and then seek out Scriptures that would seem to support the idea. Sometimes, the wresting of Scriptures (2 Peter:3:16) appears so blatant, particularly if we look at the simple meaning of the words as well as considering the full context of the passage. Genesis:41:25-32 specifically and expressly details the dream given to Pharaoh, which Joseph, through insight given by the Lord, interpreted. It was a specific warning to Egypt for a specific time in their history. Whether an individual believer might receive an application for their own life is something that only the Lord can give. We can’t just lift the Scripture from context and apply it to a doctrine. Consequently, there is no biblical basis for using those verses from Genesis to support the idea of a great endtimes revival. It just doesn’t fit.
In contrast, Luke:18:8 is very straightforward. The Lord asks specifically, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” The implication is obvious. The Lord knows the heart of man and his susceptibility to deception and his willingness to follow another. “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John:5:43). The Lord will return to the earth not during a time of great revival but in a time of apostasy. The question naturally follows: “Shall he find faith on the earth?” The apostasy we see today is increasing, leading naturally to the conclusion that the time of the Lord’s return draws near. With so many false teachers, cults, and false Christs being presented, “shall he find faith on the earth?”
Finally, for the teacher you respect, this is a wonderful opportunity to pray that the Lord might correct any errors and, if given an opening to speak to him, the right words for you.