Unprecedented Worldwide Awakening
Summary: A spiritual awakening has begun, an unprecedented move of God in which people will experience God’s nature, power and authority as never before.
Some of the following items are specifically for the United States of America, but similar events almost certainly will occur in other nations.
The veil between the spiritual and physical realms is about to be torn, so beings from each realm will have greater access to the other; spiritual beings to the physical and physical beings to the spiritual. While this suddenly allows the forces of darkness to invade, it will also allow God’s ministering servants to swarm into our presence to fulfill his plan for us. He’ll release his nature and power and authority in us as never before in history; more powerfully and more widespread than the day of Pentecost. Why? Because the battle between the kingdoms is reaching a climax that will erupt throughout the world and the heavens, producing the events of the last days. There will be open warfare between the kingdoms, seen by everyone on earth.
God’s been anticipating this since the beginning. Let the enemy show himself openly, let him parade evil and perversion, let the results of sin be made obvious to everyone. At the same time, God will release all those things his people have cried out for – godly character, righteousness, holiness, glory, authority, power – on a scale never experienced before.
This awakening will not be a “big name” movement or revival, but will involve ordinary people around the world. It’s always been God’s intent to work through every believer, not a select few. His Holy Spirit within us does the work, provides the direction and produces the results. In previous great awakenings in America, a few ordinary people became well-known for their sermons, music, institutions and such. The next great awakening is beginning now in ordinary people scattered across the earth and it will grow into a major spiritual movement, greater in size and impact than even the Day of Pentecost and the great movements of the twentieth century.
This will be the most challenging, exciting and fulfilling time of our lives. Those whose attention is focused on him have been crying out for his glory and power, but when we see it, we will be overwhelmed with wonder because it will exceed everything we have imagined. It’s true we’ve seen food multiplied, diseases healed, limbs restored and shattered lives made whole, but what we’re about to experience will be many times greater in magnitude and frequency, including miracles that have never been seen before in human history. As Jesus said before he left the earth, his followers will do even greater things than he did because he’s now before our Father interceding in our behalf. We’ll be ecstatic when we see God openly and gloriously destroy the enemy’s work.
As God’s people turn to him, he’ll respond by turning to them. As we seek his face, he will give us the resources we need – ideas, inventions, finances, materials – to do the work he ordained for this phase of human history. We will be despised and honored; despised by those who hate him and honored by those whom we bless.
We’ll see him in operation and experience the transforming power of his glory as we’ve always wanted. Miracles will become commonplace and the extraordinary will become typical among us.
Evil Spiritual Invasion
There will be a great surge of spiritual awakening in America and around the world, but then the dark kingdom will unleash perversion, decadence and corruption to offset the awakening. After a spiritual swell of righteousness, American culture will change as the wicked become even more so. As evil assaults righteousness, so will the spiritual forces of darkness cause the wicked to revolt against the righteous. The spiritual revival will be followed by a plunge into depravity.
Fallen angels and demons will seemingly invade the earth and wickedness will escalate dramatically. The openness and fierceness of evil will seem astounding. We’ve seen how brazen the LGBT community has become; that brazenness and celebration of evil will become widespread, even commonplace. The earth-dwellers will rejoice in their perversion. While that’s to be expected of the unredeemed, it will affect many of God’s family, too. These events are already developing and will increase in severity and frequency until Jesus returns.
God has seen the wickedness on earth and it’s always grieved him because it corrupted mankind, his most prized creation. Nothing really new has happened since Adam and Eve sinned; people have simply added new ways to indulge themselves and imagined new reasons to reject God. The increase in wickedness doesn’t change any of his plans because he fully anticipated it.
There will be unimaginable abuses by demonically-driven people and beings on earth, so vile they’ll be nauseating even to the earth-dwellers. But where sin increases, God’s grace will increase even more.
Great persecution will arise unlike anything in American history. It will be as intense as the conflict related to slavery, but it will affect every segment of our culture because it will be a spiritual conflict. It will become evident in every aspect of society and culture. Civil discourse will become impossible in areas where powers of darkness have the greatest influence. Even the public media will reflect the hostility toward God’s people – news reporting, music, the Internet, commercial advertisements and more. We’ll see open hostility to every form of morality and righteousness. It will be a demonically-inspired revulsion against God and his people. The dark side will be hostile and use every evil tactic to belittle the saints and try to destroy God’s influence, but his people will turn away from the world’s ways to him and will be victorious.
The evil assaults will take some lives, and the ungodly will destroy property, demand legislation and acceptance of the vilest forms of evil. The American protests of the 1960s and 1970s will seem tame in comparison, but God will use the enemy’s worst efforts to produce the best results in his people; we’ll be repulsed by sin and all of its expressions, and will turn to him with all our hearts. The contrast between the kingdoms will be evident to everyone, and everyone – evil and righteous – will ultimately agree that his judgment on evil is just.
Entire regions of righteousness will develop in America, just as there will be regions of absolute depravity. In most areas, however, spiritual conflict will be continuous as citizens of the two kingdoms interact in their normal daily activities. Public forums will reflect the spiritual conflict. Citizens of both spiritual kingdoms will petition lawmakers and try to influence government leaders. It’ll be obvious to everyone who belongs to each kingdom, because each will be like his spiritual father.
The spiritual war will escalate rapidly and there will be open conflicts in the streets; not with weapons or brute physical force, but authority opposed to rebellion, true power opposed to imagery.
There will be a great contrast; severe hardship and widespread blessings. The true church will grow rapidly and there will be widespread miracles, new technologies and cures. At the same time, the American President and top government leaders will be overwhelmed by major, unsolvable problems.
Righteousness and evil will both increase, as will the conflict between them. Notice the biblical statement that even the saints would be overwhelmed if God didn’t cut those days short.
The American government and culture are already turning against God’s people, the true church, and the response to the awakening will be a demonically-inspired, maniacal hatred of him and everyone associated with him. In some places, persecution of Jews and Christians will be legal because they’ll be a clear threat to the increasing sin. The ungodly will revel in their sinfulness and totally despise anyone who doesn’t endorse it. Anyone with any amount of godly spiritual discernment will see the source of that hatred as Satan himself.
Response to Evil
The increased conflict between spiritual kingdoms will purify God’s people. As we are refined, we’ll reject the “great American dream” and embrace his kingdom reality, willingly exchanging materialism and self-indulgence for spiritual maturity and glory.
Christians who have ignored God’s pleas for intimacy and maturity will not be strong enough to resist the flood of evil. There are many who have tried to live in both worlds, claiming the benefits of salvation yet living like the world, who will gladly walk away from God to indulge in gross immorality. Wickedness will increase and the love of most will grow cold. Recall the parables that speak of servants of the household who are thrown outside into outer darkness where there is great sorrow and suffering. God grieves to think of all those who have experienced his goodness who will reject him and chase after the world.
Don’t be preoccupied with the evil ones and their perversion. Instead, focus on God and what he is doing to transform his children. Be amazed at what he’s doing to uphold righteousness and destroy unrighteousness. Celebrate as we see him pour out his Spirit on those who love and serve him. Be filled with awe as we see him dispense justice and vindicate those whom the enemy has assaulted. Just watch him complete every detail of his plan and every letter of his law. Join him and participate in all he’s about to do.
There are two reasons he wants us to do this: (1) he wants us to be part of everything he does; and (2) our participation is a vital part of our transformation. As we work with him, we’re stretched and strengthened. His Spirit flows through us to perform his will, which includes transforming us into his image; to teach us his ways through first-hand experience; to teach us how to apply spiritual laws and principles, also through first-hand experience; and to prepare us for our eternal role in his kingdom.
As the Bible states, he works absolutely everything we experience together for our good, so the benefits we receive far exceed our problems. He’ll even cause the coming flood of perversion to transform us into his image. As we see the total devastation evil produces, we’ll gladly submit to the purifying work of his Spirit within us. Sin will become repulsive to us; absolutely sickening.
The American government is already incapable of dealing with the serious problems our nation faces and as conditions deteriorate the government will essentially become non-functional. The deteriorating conditions and failing government will cause many marginal Christians to turn to him out of desperation and fear; others will try to numb themselves with decadent behavior, just like the earth-dwellers.
There will be a mighty release of God’s Spirit as people worldwide turn to him in desperation. As human systems fail, they will rediscover the Holy Spirit’s power, which will dwarf the greatest of all human achievements. His power will completely overshadow the severity of the world’s problems for those who are willing to call out to him and receive his blessing. The absolute depravity, hopelessness and turmoil will cause an inconceivable fear in the hearts of those who trust themselves and human solutions.
Don’t let any of that affect you. He’s allowing the events of that phase specifically to encourage people to turn to him. Not as punishment for their sin – punishment which will come when he pours out his wrath in the Day of the Lord – but as an urging, the strongest possible plea for them to turn to him.
This why God is now emphasizing spiritual maturity. Without maturity, we won’t be able to engage in the great flood of righteousness and glory he’s about to release on us, or withstand the invasion of filth that will follow the awakening.
God works with each of us to purify, refine, heal and strengthen us. When he releases the flood of holiness, we’ll see a simultaneous change in people around the world.
There’s nothing passive about God’s kingdom and passivity is not a valued trait. Scripture refers to the “zeal of the Lord” because he’s intensely passionate about righteousness and restoring his people. He’s developing his nature in us and we’ll become zealous far beyond what we think is possible. As we see the depths of perversion and corruption sin produces, we’ll embrace godly nature and righteousness with an intensity that will astound even the angels around God’s throne. When we see the full reality of sin, we will adamantly reject it because we’ve experienced him. We’ll see the sheer danger and foolishness of flirting with sin, and we’ll praise him for his grace that brought us out of its destruction.
Passivity is the result of spiritual slumber or dullness. As people become more aware of God and begin seeing the spiritual pollution in society, spiritual passivity will no longer be possible. As Christians develop spiritually, they’ll become zealous for God, all that he is and everything he does. Their zeal will compel them to act.
The enemy will become openly hostile, assaulting everything related to God. Those believers who grow spiritually stronger and more mature will identify unrighteousness and its results in every part of our society. We will grow in authority and use it to take down the principalities and powers of evil.
It will not be business as usual much longer, because everything will radically change. Right now, most of us go to work to earn a living, but soon we will go to work to advance and promote God’s kingdom. Instead of driving to shopping centers daydreaming about what we want to buy, we will be earnestly looking for opportunities to touch people’s lives and meet their needs. Rather than sitting around visiting, engaged in casual conversation, we will openly share the hope and strength we have in him. We’ll share what little material goods we have to help others and he will multiply what we have left. If we are trustworthy with a little, he’ll entrust us with much, much more. We’ll be filled with absolute joy as we give away our possessions and food and other necessities.
We’ll understand how he functions within the covenant he made with us. When circumstances deteriorate and his blessings increase, the scriptures we’ve known for years but never taken seriously will suddenly come alive. Unfortunately, most people will not be passionate for him during what they consider good times; which in reality are not good, but only times of relative peace and prosperity. They only consider those good times because they’re preoccupied with the world system and virtually ignorant of his peace and prosperity.
It is God’s intent – and no one can prevent him from doing it – to cause his people to absolutely flourish in the gifts and abilities he gave them, to fulfill the destiny he ordained for them in every glorious detail, to live continuously in his grace and power. If we only understood what he has already shown us – that is, if we pondered, explored, meditated upon and embraced what he said – we would immediately abandon our lofty human goals and embrace his. But because we’re focused on normal human existence and succeeding by the world’s standards, we’re largely ignorant of his promises, though he continually reminds us. He’s done all he can do and said everything he can say. It’s up to us to turn from the wickedness and self-indulgence of the world in which we live and turn to him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Not because we think he’ll give us more worldly goods and indulgences to enjoy, but because we realize how meaningless, futile and depraved the world system is and how much he loves us.
The entire world will need the mercy and grace he’ll pour out through us, which is why he’s emphasizing spiritual maturity in us now; so we’ll be able to withstand the events and share his goodness with those willing to receive it.
Victory is Guaranteed
We don’t need to be afraid, because Jesus won the battle on the cross. The enemy will viciously attack, but he’s already defeated and is desperately trying to regain control. He’s deluded himself into thinking he’s winning, but God’s only allowing him to do what conforms to his will, which includes demonstrating the destructiveness of sin and the justice of his judgment.
To some it may appear Satan is winning, but Jesus will arrive on the scene to totally impose the victory. Jesus is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Premier of all authorities. He did it all and will soon declare it all. No one can effectively challenge or dispute him. Everyone who has declared his right to live as he pleases will kneel before him and confess he is Lord. Everyone who demands the freedom to indulge in any evil practice will acknowledge righteousness is the only acceptable option. They will experience the eternal torment designed for Satan and his angels, knowing their sentence is right and the result of their own free choices.
Until then, we must strive to persuade people with the good news, that Jesus died for them and they still have time to receive the gift of salvation. We will become mighty activists declaring the freedom of righteousness versus the bondage of sin.
While the world is plummeting to the depths of evil, God will use those same circumstances to develop, mature and purify those who love and rely on him. When it appears the devil is totally corrupting mankind, God will be radically transforming his people into his own image.
We have nothing to fear because he’ll provide everything we need. We’ll experience all the covenant blessings firsthand. We’ll see him at work in us and everything we do. We’ll see his angels dispatched to destroy everything that threatens us. We’ll see his supernatural care and provision far beyond what we could ever imagine. He’ll delight in blessing us, rejoice in our love for him, and honor us in front of those who hate him. While he protects us from the effects of the extreme evil rampant throughout the world in those days, he’ll allow those who hate him to experience all the evil they want, along with all its results.
He’s delighted about every opportunity to include us in what he does. He created humanity specifically to be like him and with him at all times, to share in all he has, to participate in everything he does. What he’s done in the past doesn’t begin to compare with what he’s preparing to do in the future. The darkness and foul stench of sin’s destruction will fill the earth, but the glory, power and purity of his presence in us will outshine it all and cleanse everyone who turns to him. Satan’s greatest efforts are nothing compared to what God accomplishes with just the words he speaks.
Those who understand these things and turn to him, not holding anything back, will discover the utter greatness of who he is and what he will do through them. Our mutual enemy is nothing compared to God; the world’s system is totally depraved and worthless compared to his.
Christians who are sold out to him will deliver miracles and acts of grace that far exceed the depraved behavior in the world. While evil excels among the depraved, righteousness and majesty and glory will excel among us, unlike anything before in human history. The kingdoms of light and darkness will be on display so every being in heaven, on earth and under the earth will acknowledge his ways are completely just, including his judgment of sin.
Now is the time to prepare ourselves for what’s ahead and turn to God will all our heart, soul, mind and strength. If we allow him to purify us now, the coming hardships won’t have as much impact on us. It’ll be much more painful and difficult for us if we wait until the collapse and have to make the changes under great stress.
Those who don’t prepare themselves sufficiently will be overwhelmed by evil and their love will grow cold. A cold person is one who doesn’t care about anyone else, who isn’t moved by other people’s needs and desires. A cold person is totally self-absorbed and calloused, singed and scarred in their psyche, devoid of life in their spirit. The love of most will grow cold due to voluntary over-stimulation and gross self-indulgence, in addition to dangerous circumstances and catastrophic events in the world. People who ignore or reject God will become treacherous and think nothing of forsaking others, even to death.
Our spiritual authority will be increasingly important as the conflict escalates, which will be based on authority and contesting those who have it. Satan and his subordinates literally are challenging God’s authority and fighting for their survival, with all of humanity engaged in that conflict. Spiritual authority is essential to overcoming demonic hindrances and effectively handling encounters with evil spirits and terrifying beings that will roam the earth. The hearts of those who aren’t prepared will fail them because of all that will be happening, but those who rely on God and understand the authority he gave them will thrive.
Restoration of our spiritual senses also is essential to our success in the days ahead. We’ll need to sense and identify the forces of darkness, the spiritual laws and principles influencing each situation, the beings God dispatches to provide what we need, and the glory he releases onto us. We won’t understand everything we sense, but we’ll learn, our senses will develop, and our spiritual discernment will greatly improve.
Most of us are preoccupied with daily life and problems in the economy. These are nothing compared to what God’s about to do through us. But he can’t use us without first preparing us. We need to be aware of what is happening in the spiritual realm and radically transform our minds.
If we’ll continue following him one step at a time, he’ll prepare us for that phase. We’ll experience it but it won’t harm us, even if we die physically; physical death is graduation to God’s literal presence. Our society and culture will radically change, but we will only draw closer to him. He’ll use the events of that phase to purify us, but we’ll lose nothing of value and will not be harmed; even if we’re honored to give our lives for him to demonstrate that we love him more than life and that his judgment of sin is fully justified.
We can be confident of God’s goodness, regardless of what we experience. That eternal, glorious hope will sustain us – protect, provide and empower us.
We must set our attention on him and the radically marvelous things he’s about to do, yet stay aware of what’s happening in the world, so we know where we are in time and what he plans to do through us. If we make his kingdom and righteousness our absolute top priorities, we won’t have to be concerned about anything else.
Don’t focus on the sin of the ungodly. Be compassionate for them because they’re humans created in God’s image and likeness who have embraced the devil’s lies and will experience the same eternal judgment. God is grieved to see what they’re doing and becoming, yet he honors their choices. In contrast, he rejoices over every individual who turns to him and he eagerly anticipates having all of us with him forevermore. We can’t begin to imagine how absolutely wonderful that will be.
God will enable us to flourish in the days ahead, but our experiences will also help us grow into our eternal destiny. Instead of viewing end-time events just as the consequences of eons of spiritual conflict – which they are – learn to see them as training opportunities, circumstances that promote growth and development. Just as Jesus focused on the benefits his death would provide us, we need to focus on the benefits the end-times will produce in us.
Don’t let the potential suffering distract or discourage you; instead, embrace that cross for the purity it will produce in you. As sin increases, so will God’s grace, power and everything else you need increase even more. As circumstances worsen, your development will increase even more; you will get better as the world gets worse, more rapidly and to a greater degree.
The events of the end times will produce not only a new kingdom on the earth, but also a new family of beings to rule that kingdom with God. Old things will pass away and all things will become new – a new heaven, a new earth, a new Jerusalem, a new kingdom, and a new people to participate in everything he does, to be like him, and to experience him as he really is. A fully redeemed humanity, the pinnacle of all creation, the ones he loved and destined from the beginning. That is what your light and momentary afflictions are transforming you into, an eternal glory that will be astoundingly wonderful. The problems of this life will seem inconsequential and soon fade from memory.
Note: This material is based on words of the Lord to Larry Fox from 2008 through 2016.