There will be no End-Times revival, and no matter how many well-known pastors or teachers proclaim it, it will never come to pass. Why? Because the Bible says exactly the opposite, and if we’re choosing who to believe, well, I hope you know the answer.
Jesus tells us that in the times leading up to His return, a whole lot of mischief will be taking place – false prophets, false miracles, crazy weather, persecution of the Saints, and one more thing:
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:10-14 NIV)
Did you get that? As the return of Christ approaches, many will turn away from the faith. They won’t turn toward it. They won’t embrace it or accept it. Instead, there will be a great turning away. You could call it an anti-revival, or a great apostasy. Not coincidentally, Paul calls it exactly that:
1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 NIV).
The word used by Paul and translated here as “rebellion” is translated as “apostasy” in the ASV and as “falling away” in the KJV. The Greek word apostasia may be translated variously as falling away, defection, apostasy, forsaking… in other words – like Jesus also affirmed – His return will be preceded by a great “falling away” from the faith.
On the scale of beliefs that we need to get right, this one probably doesn’t rank at the top. It’s not critical to understand that a great “falling away” is coming, but if this should happen during your lifetime, it will be helpful as a sign to you that The Day is very close, and to guard against following your own friends and church members when they “fall away” themselves.