The Times of Refreshing

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

(Acts 3:19) NKJV

The Bible tells us that, at some time in the future, the entire surface of the Earth will be flattened out, Jerusalem will be lifted up, and a river will issue forth from the summit of a mountain that fills the whole earth.

A hydrological system will be established, Ezekiel’s hydrology, which involves water up-welling at Jerusalem, the highest point, and watering the whole land. These waters will cleanse the Earth’s rivers and oceans of the pollution that has accumulated from our age and the time of the tribulation. This must be the time of refreshing which Peter spoke of.

What could more poetic than the Millennial Kingdom being a reestablishment of the original system which God created? What could be more perfect than supposedly metaphorical poetry describing actual physical processes? We work all this out in the devotion for November. You have to know the end from the beginning, and the beginning from the end.

Here’s an interesting deduction we can now make: In declining churches people 50 years old and up murmur and complain about sin in the church but fall in lock-step with the people that they murmur about if you try to do something about it. What do we need to do for churches which are in decline? Let them die.

Alongside this a spiritual revival is taking place and young people with families are packing out churches where the center piece of the service is expository preaching. Young enthusiastic men are preaching for 40+ minutes while their congregations listen with delight. Young women are dazzling us with the depth of their perception of the spiritual meaning of Bible verses.

There’s a passion and a hunger to do more and go further. Just imagine if these folk were equipped to be able to show a lost soul that the Bible isn’t a hindrance to their knowledge and love for science, but that it can fuel it. You can have a deeper and more satisfying understanding of science as a Christian than you ever could in secular life.

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