Bible Verses on the End Time Prayer Movement

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Prophetic Promises in Scripture of the End Time Prayer Movement

I. Intro to the Foundational Premises:

A. Agreement:

1. Worship and Prayer are both about agreement with God, and are therefore two sides of the same coin. Prayer is simply agree with what God wants; He reveals His desires and then we pray in agreement with that which He has said He wants. Worship is simply agreement with who God is; the scripture or our experiences reveal some attribute of God’s nature and so we therefore worship Him agreeing and proclaiming (praising) Him for that attribute.

2. With this simple, yet profound understanding, the Psalms and many other worship texts come alive. These two ideas are intricately interwoven together throughout such passages, often making no pause where intercession starts and praise ends.

3. The point of this is to establish the following premise: Prayer, worship, praise, intercession, petition, and thanksgiving are all aspects of prayer proper and all have the power of agreement that is so essential to usher in God’s presence and help. This is the Prayer Movement.

B. Eschatological Fulfillment:

1. Of the many passages listed below the common thread is that these scriptures apply to the End Time Prayer Movement. It is therefore important to establish the defining perimeters that we use to determine whether a prophecy has it’s total fulfillment in the End Times or if it has already reached complete through some historical event.

2. The primary means to determine this is by assessing the details of the actual prophecy. The question needs to be asked; “has every detail of this prophecy occurred, or are there elements that remain unfulfilled?” If history cannot account for every detail of the prophecy then you can be certain that the prophecy is yet future in fulfillment. Some of these key words are; all, every, always, none, never, forever. In the case of their use, we take it literally, and in so doing find that only in the context of the End Time events can, and will such prophecies find their fulfillment.

3. As we see that 100’s of prophecies fall into this category we also find that they are all related in the time frame in which they clearly apply; the End Times. Nearly all of the prophecies in scripture that have not yet been fulfilled are eschatological (end times) in their fulfillment. This fact unlocks the Bible for us and makes scores of passages immediately make sense when read with this in mind.

C. Global Aspect:

Another detail that these scriptures share is that they have a much wider application than any localized event can account for. Each of these passages has key words that tip us off to their global application. The mention of “believing gentiles” for instance we, with New Testament understanding, now interpret to be a global reality as there are now gentile worshipers on every continent. So any statement about “all the gentiles” immediately tells us that it has a world-wide implication.

D. Continuity of the Scripture:

1. As when establishing any theological point it is important to see what the whole of scripture has to say about the subject and not merely one or two isolated verses. A safe guard when trying to gain understanding about a concept or idea is to pay attention to whether multiple sources throughout the Word of God continue to confirm and so help build establish a concept or if the opposite be true.

2. In the study of the below verses describing the End Time Prayer Movement we see complete continuity of ideas all across the Old and New Testament. Further, a beautiful and clear story line is told by putting all the details together from these various passages, the story of God’s End Time purpose to raise up a world-wide prayer revival that He will use to usher in the 2nd Coming of His Son.

 

II. The End Time Prayer Movement in the Law & History:

A. 2 Kings 17:

“You must always be careful to keep the decrees and ordinances, the laws and commands he wrote for you. Do not worship other gods. Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies (2Ki. 17:37-39).”

The people of God were told even during the time of the kings that their worship had power to deliver them. They had already experienced this concept in real time during the reign of Jehoshaphat (2Ch. 20:14-23) when the singers went out before the army and the enemy armies were completely destroyed as the Lord responded to their worship. The above verse prophesies however that worship (the prayer movement) will deliver God’s people from “all (their) enemies.” This has never happened in any sense. Israel has never been delivered from all of her enemies since the time of King David, which it was no coincidence that was the time of David’s Tabernacle (24/7 Worship, i.e. The Prayer Movement). In the last Days this verse will find it’s fulfillment when the Global Church is joined together in dynamic night and day prayer across the Earth and God so moves and rescues His people all over the planet from the kingdom of the Antichrist and his aggression. This prophecy will have various fulfillments in that context as God supernaturally protects some believers from the Antichrist, as He hides and protects the Jews (Re. 12:6), then raptures the saints, and then comes into Jerusalem in the nick of time to save all it’s inhabitants just before the Antichrist’s armies swoop in to destroy them, all in response to the worship of His Church.

III. The End Time Prayer Movement in the Psalms:

A. Psalm 27:

“…The LORD is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me (Ps. 27:1-7).”

David speaks about finding his refuge from great trouble by hiding away in the House of Prayer, then the tabernacle. He details God’s deliverance being found in that place when war surrounds him on every side. David however was living in the time of Israel’s greatest peace. He was not speaking about himself therefore, but a future generation that would under a Great Tribulation of war and enemies all around. He tells us that by desiring God in that time of trial and being found in the House of Prayer, that there is confidence and deliverance, and answer to prayer. As the great trials come to the world this is how God’s people are to respond. It is not merely a call for people to grow in their relationship with God, it is a bold statement about corporate prayer. The Tabernacle was the place of 24/7 prayer and worship that David himself had instituted there. To say that all he wanted to do when armies were coming to destroy him was to go into the Tabernacle and not ever leave meant that he was going in there, to join his fellow Jews in a prayer meeting. This is an interesting military strategy for a guy surrounded by armies. By going into that tent however he was joining a corporate prayer meeting, this was the safest place David could think of. From that corporate prayer and worship meeting he was confident that God would deliver him.

B. Psalm 102:

“You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. For her stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity. The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the LORD will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea. Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD: "The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death." So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the LORD (Ps. 102:13-22).”

This passage describes the period of God showing favor to Jerusalem, rebuilding it and establishing it and making it the praise of the Earth (Is. 62:7), and the events that precede and lead up to that time. It speaks of gentile nations revering not just the Lord, but revering His Glory, which means they will be seeing it. In the context it is talking about seeing Him in His Glory in worship, not in judgment, as is sometimes the case. Gentiles seeing God’s Glory in worship does not mean simply a church service. In the time of King David, 24/7 worship was established in a tent and in it was the Ark of the Covenant on which the visible Glory of God was manifest. This was the atmosphere during the time of the writing of the Book of Psalms. The Glory of the Lord will again be visible to men in this way and men will certainly revere it causing the nations to fear the Lord and even the holy worshiping Church in the years before the Great Tribulation. It is clear that Jerusalem is still desolate in the above passage at this time and that the Messiah will come to rebuild Zion in accordance with the prayer of the destitute and the prisoner, His people Israel, who will be desolate and in prison camps in the last days. The Psalmist states midway through this passage that this information is a prophecy for a future time and not his own. He then defines the time frame by describing it as when the peoples and the kingdoms of the earth assemble to worship the Lord. This is the clear description of the Global End Time Prayer Movement as it mandates that there be “kingdoms” and “peoples” assembling to worship the Lord and in connection to Jerusalem’s desolation, restoration, and the Messiah’s coming to Zion. This can only refer to one time frame in the either past or future because of the clarity of the details; the time just before the 2nd Coming of Christ. It tells us that in that generation gentiles across the world will gather in a type of worship that is dynamically related to the needs of Israel, so much so that God will come to their aid.

C. Psalm 122:

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD." Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel. There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels." For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you." For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity (Ps. 122:1-9).”

D. The first few lines assume the existence of a Temple in Jerusalem in context to the tribes of Israel being able to come up to Jerusalem for their appointed feasts, which was not part of the worship at the tabernacle but was put into place after the Temple was built by Solomon. David, before Solomon’s rule, wrote this Psalm during the time of Israel’s greatest peace. At no other time in Israel’s history did she have rest from all her enemies. After King David had warred for many years he had completely subdued his enemies on every side and true peace was the mark of his rule as a type of Christ. So David is praying prophetically here speaking of a time frame when Jerusalem will be described again by approach and attack from the surrounding nations; The Great Tribulation, a time of anything but peace. The Holy Spirit is speaking through David calling on all who love Jerusalem, Jew and gentile to cry out for her to be made a place of peace in the context of the great distress. Specifically David relates the peace of Jerusalem to the great benefit of his brothers and friends, the Jewish people. He describes this prayer as the appropriate attitude that the people who love the Lord should have in that hour. The prayers of the saints offered in that hour, in accordance to Ps. 122, will usher in the salvation of Israel (Ro. 11:26, Is. 62:7) and then the ultimate praise and peace for Jerusalem.

E. Psalm 138:

“I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the "gods" I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted. May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great. Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me (Ps. 138:1-7).”

Again, David authors a psalm speaking of future events. The Temple is again described in the present tense of the applicable time of the psalm and again in the context of great trouble for the nation. David speaks of all the kings coming to worship God with love songs and great adoration; which certainly an event that has never occurred. Instead this prophetic song describes the prayers and praise that will mark the Church that is enduring the Great Tribulation. Even more than enduring, the saints are made “bold and stouthearted” as God hears their prayers and answers mightily on their behalf with signs and wonders aimed against the Antichrist and his followers. This psalm depicts the attitude of the End Time Church in the midst of great trouble that is coming on the Earth. She will be routed in the place of prayer, where intercession causes God to act, where hope procures the future reign of Christ, and where praise bonds the saints together in victory in the midst of the great trials of that hour.

F. Psalm 149:

“Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints…Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. For the LORD takes delight in his people…May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them. This is the glory of all his saints. Praise the LORD (Ps. 149:1-9).”

This passage powerfully describes the End Time Prayer Movement and defines the powerful role that the songs of the saints will play in coming days. It says that all his saints will sing and inflict vengeance. This is an interesting idea, and cannot be properly understood outside context of the End Time Prayer Movement. The Church in the last days will be doing great exploits in the midst of the judgments of God, the Antichrist aggression and the Great Harvest of souls a billion strong. This psalm tells us, as seen elsewhere, that the End Time Church will be defined by prayer and praise. It tells us that she will actually be responsible for releasing the judgments of God both the plagues of Revelation and then even the literal slaying of wicked men in the context of the last battle (Re. 17:14, 19:11-21). This participation in the judgment of the wicked is said to be the “the glory of all his saints,” and is associated with prayer and worship at it’s core.

IV. The End Time Prayer Movement in the Major Prophets:

A. Isaiah 22:

“The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!" The LORD Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: "Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for," says the Lord, the LORD Almighty…In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah…I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open (Is. 22:12-22).”

Our first tip off that this is an End Time passage is the key words “on that day” and “In that day.” Here God gives both a rebuke and a promise to His people. The rebuke was that He had called the people to prayer, fasting and worship (The Prayer Movement) to overt judgment, but they had instead responded with business as usual. They had continued on in their great celebrations as though nothing were wrong as they somehow thought they still God’s favor despite all their compromise and sin. God promises to judge this attitude by bringing them great trouble. The promise however is that God will raise up his servant(s) and give to them the key to the house of David. The establishment of the 24/7 prayer and worship Tabernacle was the mark of David’s life and ministry and it was the standard by which all future kings were measured. The Key to the house of David was summed up in night and day prayer. It was all about the corporate people of God coming together in continual worship and intercession. Isaiah 22 promises that will be again be released “in that day,” the End Times and require the appropriate response from the Church.

B. Isaiah 24:

“In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all gaiety is banished from the earth...So will it be on the earth and among the nations…They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD's majesty. Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD…From the ends of the earth we hear singing: "Glory to the Righteous One…(Is. 24:11-16).”

Isaiah paints the scene of the End Time’s judgments and all the terror that time will bring, the Great Tribulation will truly be defined as “all joy turning to gloom.” In the midst of the greatest turmoil the world has ever known the prophet sheds light on the reality of an effective prayer movement in the middle of the chaos. This prayer movement is described as being in the west and the east and from all the ends of the Earth, the clear marks of the Global End Time Prayer Movement. This passage tells us about many facets of this global effort defining it by both elements of intercession and praise with a measure of expectancy resulting from their prayers.

C. Isaiah 26:

“In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts…Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness…But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer (Is. 26:1, 8-9, 19-21).”

This prophecy tells us more about the story line of the Great Tribulation detailing again the paradox of praise of the people of God in the midst of the punishment of the wicked. Here, we see the saints told to hide away and pray in the spirit of the fullness of the plagues of Egypt and Passover. The saints will be singing about the might of the Lord and filled with great joy as the Wrath of God passes over them during the period of the world’s greatest trial. It has always been God’s plan and way to use the prayers and actions of His people to enact judgment on His enemies.

D. Isaiah 27:

“In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. In that day-"Sing about a fruitful vineyard: I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it. I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire. Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me…In that day the LORD will thresh…and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were…will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem (Is. 27:1-5, 12-13).”

Often in scripture the Antichrist is described as a beast from the sea (Re. 13). In this passage God is making His promise of the End Time judgment of the great foe of the people of God; Antichrist. It also describes this occasion as a time of singing night and day. This response from the people of God will proceed the Antichrist judgment and lead the Church into the rapture, also pictured here in Isaiah’s prophecy. The text also tells of the continuation of this people’s praise even into the Millennium. The Prayer Movement that runs hot throughout the Great Tribulation is only the warm up for the prayer and praise Christ will receive once He inherits His Kingdom in Jerusalem.

E. Isaiah 30:

“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion…Blessed are all who wait for him…you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them…He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows…In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill. The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted. See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke…His breath is like a rushing torrent, rising up to the neck. He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction…And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people go up with flutes to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. The LORD will cause men to hear his majestic voice and will make them see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail. The voice of the LORD will shatter Assyria; with his scepter he will strike them down. Every stroke the LORD lays on them with his punishing rod will be to the music of tambourines and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm (Is. 30:18-33).”

It is from the prophet Isaiah that we have much of our End Time theology due to the measure of information that he was shown. This is yet another passage talking about the terrible events of the Great Tribulation and yet the great praise and prayer lifted by the saints. The beginning of this passage tells us about the Father’s heart toward His people, that the Lord longs to show His people mercy and help. But mercy and help from what? He says that He will hear and bring reply to the saints that call on Him in that day of trouble. The plagues and aftermath of the End Time judgments will be in the land but there is promise for the believers who cluster together and pray for His divine intervention and aid. Finally, the last battle is described with Christ at the lead on the punishing army of Heaven; every blow of His sword in accord to the songs of the saints, it is those songs that will release and enact the judgments. Again we see prayer in the middle of the crisis and then praise afterward telling the whole story of the Church’s interaction with Jesus during the Last Days.

F. Isaiah 42:

“See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them. Let the desert and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands. The LORD will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies (Is. 42:9-13).”

Here the whole Earth is called to song and shouts of joy and intercession. God speaks through the prophet first by announcing that He is about to tell them something new and it’s related to their being united in song. This coming together in prayer is then directly linked to the Messiah’s coming and waging the final battle against His foes. It is said that at the sounding of this battle cry Christ will triumph over all His enemies, a feat which can only be attributed tot he End Times and more specifically His return.

G. Isaiah 51:

“The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing…Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults…But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations." Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old…” “Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over? The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away (Is. 51:3, 7-11).”

This passage is a dialogue between God and Isaiah speaking as though for the Church in the Last Days. We see God making His promises about His people coming back into the Promised Land as the result of the End Times and Christ’s judgment of the wicked. God is making His appeal to the godly of the coming hour of history that will see these events, calling them “you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts.” He tells them not to fear the wicked Antichrist government and system but instead to trust in the salvation He has promised from the beginning. This is when Isaiah jumps in with a prayer acting as the End Time Church, asking the Father to do the things that He wills in that day, namely awakening to great and immediate action on behalf of the saints who will be in great need in the circumstances being described. God then responds by stating that the exiles will return with praise on their lips defining their lives as overtaken by gladness and song.

H. Isaiah 52:

“Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God (Is. 52:8-10).”

The watchmen, or intercessors (Ez. 3:17, 33:1-7), are here told that they will shout for joy and see the Kingdom takeover when Christ breaks in with His power in the Last Days. They will be found in song and intercession as the Lord simultaneously takes over the nations of the Earth first with His judgments in the Great Tribulation and then finally with His physically presence.

I. Isaiah 56:

“Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people." And let not any eunuch complain, "I am only a dry tree." For this is what the LORD says: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant- to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off. And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant- these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations." The Sovereign LORD declares-he who gathers the exiles of Israel: "I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered (Is. 56:3-8).”

Isaiah speaks of the Father’s heart regarding wholeheartedness, and He makes no distinction between Jew and Gentile. God here promises that He will award those who bind themselves to the Lord with a name better than son or daughter. He further defines the “house of prayer” as one for all nations, the context of the passage speaks primarily of who is in the house and not who the house is praying for. The reason this is important is that Jewish law prohibits gentiles from even coming in contact with the walls of the temple. It was never in the Jew’s thinking that gentiles should be invited into the Jewish covenant with God. As a result gentiles were not evangelized to, if on occasion a gentile wished to be “bound to the Lord” he would be permitted to do so if he followed all the Jewish law. But this passage is defining a very different time frame; it speaks of a time when God will actually go out looking for gentiles to draw to His temple. This gives us great insight into when this passage is speaking of; elsewhere we also see that the Temple will be rebuilt in the Last Days and that it will be a place for all the people of the Earth to worship. No time in history have the gentiles been permitted to call the temple their place of prayer and worship, but the time is coming when all this will change. This passage tells us of believers from all the nations coming to the House of Prayer. All of the believers however now encompasses hundreds of millions of saints worldwide and the focus of the New Testament is on the community of believers and no longer only on the Temple. The Apostle Paul tells us that we, the saints, are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Co. 6:19, Eph. 2:21). The purpose of the Old Testament Temple was 24/7 prayer and praise. The concept Isaiah presents about gentiles all over the Earth being able to come to the Temple is in part a reference to the reestablishment of the Davidic order of worship that took place at that Temple. Now it will be with a global scope and also with the inclusion of gentiles in every nation. As temples of the Holy Spirit the believers are that house of prayer, and though the location has now been expanded the activity and order of that first Temple has remained the same. The gentiles across the world are here prophesied as being invited into the House of Prayer in the time just before the Messiah’s 2nd Coming.

J. Isaiah 62:

“For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (Is. 62:1-7).”

God reveals His zeal for Jerusalem in this passage about the End Time Prayer Movement. First He establishes His case; His love for Zion, and then prophesies that He will make her beautiful for Himself. The fulfillment of these promises has never been realized, and until the Messiah comes and rules over Israel these promises can not find even a remote completion, which is the point. God charges His people with a command to pray for the fulfillment of these promises telling them to give himself no rest until everything in His heart has been made manifest. He says that He Himself is the one who calls forth the intercessors, and that these prayer warriors will usher in the establishment of Jerusalem as the praised city of the planet. Further, it speaks of these prayer meetings going day and night as a prerequisite for the completion of the promise. History has not seen this hope in God’s heart come to pass yet because it is an end time reality and as such requires an unusual measure of global participation. If a band of a few hundred people praying day and night would usher in the promise then it would have already been met with the ministries of Comgal in Bangor Ireland, or Zinzendorf in Hurnhut. But since completion was not seen as the affect of such ministries we are to take a closer look at the text. God says “You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest,” this “you” is speaking therefore to all who fit the criteria that follows. The criteria however is all encompassing for the entire Body of Christ. This is a mandate and a prophecy foretelling a time when all the Church across the Earth will have this passage written on their hearts and will actually act on it globally. A praying Global Church is the only way that the promise will see it’s fulfillment, and it will take that unparalleled measure of prayer in order to accomplish such a feat. The result; Jerusalem will see her Messiah come and take up rule over her, making her the praise of the whole Earth.

K. Jeremiah 3:

“This is what the LORD says: "Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, 'O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.' See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son (Je. 31:7-9).”

The scene then described is the Millennial rule of Christ with the Messiah ruling and providing for Israel. This Millennial Kingdom follows the 2nd Coming of Christ and the unfortunate details of the global devastation of the nations, including Israel. It is during this period of time that Jews will be taken by force into prison camps through the various nations. God here speaks to all the Gentiles who love Him and tells them He longs to see Israel brought back into the Land. He tells them to pray and sing and cry out for God to “save (His) people.” It is this Global Prayer Movement of the Gentiles crying out for Israel that ushers in the effect that this passage seeks; the return of Jews to their homeland under the leadership of their long awaited Messiah.

L. Lamentations 2:

“The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity, he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes. The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. O wall of the Daughter of Zion, let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest. Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street (La. 2:17-19).”

This passage has a more dismal approach to the Global Prayer Movement, speaking of the much-prophesied time of darkness and gloom just before the dawn (Da. 11:33-35). It speaks of a time when the people of God are praying but the Antichrist is still prevailing in many ways including the destruction of Jerusalem and attempted genocide of the Jewish people. The saints are here commissioned to prayer, to cry out all night, to never relent even in the midst of the crisis because it is their prayer in concert with God’s end time plan that turns the tide of events. The fervent continual prayer of the worldwide Church in the Last Days will bring about the salvation of Israel and the overthrow of the Antichrist. The Antichrist’s temporal power and mass destruction is not to be misunderstood as unanswered prayer. Instead we are to understand ahead of time that this time is in fact coming and that the Church is to persevere through this dark future recognizing that his rule is limited in time to a mere 3 ½ years. The Church is to persist in prayer as the means of prevailing over the darkness.

M. Ezekiel 22:

“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD (Ez. 22:30-31).”

This is perhaps more of an exhortation that the Church of the Last Days should keep in mind than purely a passage declaring the End Time Prayer Movement. Here we see God’s desire to spare people from His wrath but that He looks for as the means to limit or overt a judgment. Where He finds no intercessors judgment is imminent. In the coming global disasters the same equation will be in place and where God finds His praying Church He will relent from some judgments entirely and in other cases lessen the severity of a decreed calamity. There will be many 10s of millions joined in prayer however and so this passage really does tell us of how things will play out to a certain degree without naming the people and the places.

V. The End Time Prayer Movement in the Minor Prophets:

A. Joel 2:11:

“…The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? "Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing…Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD...(Jo. 2:11-17)”

Joel prophesies about the future great and terrible Day of the Lord. He asks the question of those in that day “Who can endure it?” and then answers the rhetoric question. He tells of God’s unchanging and good nature, defining Him as a God who shows mercy and love, who is provoked by earnest prayer and fasting. Here the call goes out to believers in the Last Days for them to all gather together and call out to God for Him to “Spare (His) people.” Assembling in unified mass prayer and fasting is the scripture’s prescription for averting the judgments of God, and this is the answer to the prophet’s question “who can endure.” To all those across the Earth who take this seriously and put into practice the principles found in this passage, namely the necessity of long term corporate prayer and fasting, will reap the blessings defined in the passage as well; the gaze and affections of the God who longs to relent.

B. Joel 2:28:

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls (Jo. 2:28-32).”

As in the passage earlier in this same chapter we see the powerful move of God in the midst of the Great Tribulation. Here the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit baptizes all the saints and causes them to cry out to God. This cry is not related to spiritual salvation, for those who are baptized were already called “sons and daughters.” This salvation describes the protection and so of course the salvation of the soul, but much more than that. We are quite accustomed to the concept that those who call on the Lord inherit eternal salvation in Christ, but this passage speaks about the whole Church being baptized in the Holy Spirit in a very powerful move of His grace. The result of this occasion is “everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will (is) saved.” The “saved” here is talking about physical deliverance from the troubles of the hour and is tied directly to what the baptism produces…calling on the name of the Lord; prayer. The Church of the Last Days will experience this unprecedented Holy Spirit outpouring and it will draw all His saints into deep intercession as all the saints begin to have dreams and visions pertaining to God’s direct End Time plans. The Church will become a furnace of prayer fueled by the strong leadership of God’s Spirit. This praying Church will have the power to overcome the Antichrist and his government.

C. Amos 9:

“On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” Says the LORD who does this thing. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD…(Am. 9:11-13 NJKV).”

God spoke through the Prophet Amos about all the Gentiles whom call on the name of the Lord in the Last Days, as indicated by the phrase “On that day,” being uniquely related to the restoration of the Tabernacle of David. David’s Tabernacle was the first firmly established form of 24/7. It was in this tent that a precedent was made for all future generations. The order of worship that King David instituted was to be a lasting ordinance, this mandate was not of David’s making however but was long in the heart of God because it modeled worship around the Throne. We see that all future kings were measured up against King David in accordance primarily with their implementation or rejection of the divine worship pattern. The reason this is important is that when David got the blueprints for how that worship order was to unfold it was never intended to end. It is therefore not surprising that God makes a prophecy about David’s Tabernacle being resurrected and put into place again before the coming reign of the Messiah. It even makes sense that the Messiah, Israel’s great and long awaited promise, would not appear until the lasting ordinance that David, who was the model king and prototype of the Messiah, had previously put into practice and law had been reinstated after having been long abandoned. The new information in this prophecy is that the Gentiles would have a share in it. James quoted this passage using it to define the Gentiles share in the promises of Israel as God’s adopted people and heirs of the same blessings (Ac. 15:16-17). Amos 9 says that the Tabernacle must be built as in the days of old including nonstop prayer and worship and extravagant in sheer number of worshipers.

D. Micah 7:

“The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion. Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words. For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man's enemies are the members of his own household. But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me (Mi. 7:4-7).” Jesus quoted this prophecy in one of His descriptions of End Time events (Lk. 12:51-53).

He made it clear that Micah was prophesying about the last generation and the great distress that would be found at every relational level. Micah describes the path to survival in those days as remaining in the posture of prayer, waiting on the Lord, also calling it the “day of (their) watchmen.” The watchmen motif is frequently used in the prophets to describe the role of the intercessor who takes his stand on behalf of the people and the land in the midst of God’s prophesied judgment. Micah makes a bold statement calling the End Times “The day of (their) watchmen.” This means that the hour of time the prophet is speaking of will be in some sense primarily definable by the presence and work of intercessors. This gives great hope in the dismal hour being depicted in this passage and is the much needed reprieve for Micah’s readers. As we understand that the events of the End Times will effect all the peoples of the Earth and that God hears the cry of His people, Gentiles same as Jews, this promise of the watchmen is to be understood as a global reality. The culmination of evil and the birth pangs that Micah speaks of in this prophecy will be chronic problems for the whole Earth, the solution that Micah describes is also a universal solution; prayer. For the time frame to be called and characterized by the watchmen mandates that these watchmen be widespread even as the trauma is widespread. The End Times will in fact be marked by the prayers of the saints, who will be found in communities of prayer and fasting both as a joy and as a necessity in the evil hour that is coming upon the Earth. Micah’s description of the turmoil found even within a household, even within the marriage relationship is the mark of the coming great persecution that will drive the Church underground and who will in those circumstances be forced into prayer for survival. This is actually God’s strategy to get the Church praying because historically so few have ever done it voluntarily, and so the people of God and even that hour of time will be defined by “the watchmen.”

E. Zephaniah 2:

“Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth. Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation, before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD's wrath comes upon you. Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger (Zph. 1:18-2:3).”

This passage is parallel to Joel’s similar exhortation (Jo. 2:11-17) and was also prophesied in the generation before the exile. The prophet makes it very clear that he is speaking of the End Times by all his mentioning of the day of God’s wrath, which always finds it’s ultimate fulfillment in the Great Tribulation. We know that the wrath of God will be released on whosoever takes the mark of the beast no matter their geography. This promise of protection is also for whosoever would fit the criteria no matter their location. Zephaniah gets the incredible privilege of calling the humble of the land, who are defined by their obedience to the commands of God, into corporate prayer as the means to overt the coming judgments, or at least overt it in their immediate area. Those who obey God’s commands are the ones who will inherit this promise of protection, but only if they receive the invitation that is being made; gather together and pray. The Lord leaves a bit of mystery (“perhaps”) as to the degree or even the assurance as to whether He will relent. This is actually a safeguard for our frail hearts and causes the proper distress within us to push hard into His promise instead of a halfhearted approach. In the end this results in a corporate expression of prayer this is far hotter than if the promise seemed so easily attained. By leaving mystery, every soul is forced to asses their pursuit and bring into question “is this sort of pursuit going to merit a sure result or am I possibly still on the “maybe not” side of the pendulum?”

VI. The End Time Prayer Movement in the Gospels:

A. Matthew 6:

“This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Mt. 6:9-10).”

Quite simply, it is unthinkable that a prayer that Jesus, the Son of God, prayed could possibly fall short of fulfillment. This wasn’t just a prayer, this was the model that Jesus used to teach His disciples how to pray, it would forever be the content and focus of prayer throughout the generations. In this prayer Jesus states that we are to be praying for the great reality of the Kingdom of Heaven being done in fullness on the Earth as it is in Heaven. The fullness of this event can only be found in the future establishment of the Millennial reign of Christ. The premise is that Jesus is defining how to get things done in the Kingdom, that is pray it in, and He is describing the manner in which the Kingdom will come, by prayer. This prayer and more importantly the connected reality has been in Christ’s heart from the time He spoke these words. But the fullness of this hope has in no way been realized. It hasn’t come to pass because the required measure of prayer has not been reached. The End Time Church will be the ones to fill the bowls to the tipping point, which has not been reached yet or the bowl would have tipped. It was God’s plan long ago, as seen even routed in The Lord’s Prayer, that the End Time Church would amass a Global Prayer Movement to so escalate prayer in the Earth as to finally fill the bowls of incense (Re. 5).

B. Matthew 9:

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (Mt. 9:36-38).”

The Harvest that Christ is speaking of will not reach it’s fullness until the end of the age when the Great Harvest is brought into the Kingdom. His exhortation however is for the disciples to pray that God would usher in that harvest. Until that harvest is realized the admonition stands. Further, we know that since that Great Harvest of souls has yet to come, something is lacking of the measure or quality of the prayers so that something still remains to be fulfilled in order to see the answer to these prayers. Simply, Christ was thinking foremost of the Bride that is His promised inheritance. This Bride has been made up of the lost that would come into the Kingdom from that generation and forward. The majority however would come in one vast sweep from the last generation, the Great Harvest. Christ is actually alluding to the End Time Prayer Movement that will usher in this Great Harvest and will have long since laid the foundation for how souls are assisted into the Kingdom, that is the prayers of the saints asking the Father for the release of workers and even the salvation of the lost (Ro. 10:1). This inflow will of course span all the nations (Re. 7:9-14) and will be the result of the outcry of the saints from all those regions.

C. Matthew 24:

“Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again (Mt. 24:20-21).”

This is the prescribed method for enduring the events of the Last Days. Prayer will greatly effect the outcome and circumstances for many even during the midst of the great Tribulation. Jesus is speaking primarily about Jews making supplication before the coming difficulty for themselves and their family, even specifically that the prophesied “flight,” in connection with the Antichrist aggression, would not come during the winter months of Palestine. This principle is the same for all believers however (2Ch. 7:14, Jn. 14:13-14). Where it seems as though Jesus were making merely a side note about praying for safety He is actually giving some divine commentary on the strategy that will rule the day. The praying Church will make dramatic impact on the real time unfolding of events in that time frame, even as here Jesus is suggesting that the timing of such events as the invasion of the Antichrist are held in the balance of intercession. It is this same pattern that will make determination of countless other End Time events, including the 2nd Coming (2Pe. 3:12). This powerful privilege is not given arbitrarily nor does it operate outside the perfect will of God, instead the Prayer Movement will be acting in unison with the plan of the Father and through the Holy Spirit the Church will act as the Bride of Christ in full agreement with His desires. She will be hearing the counsel of the Lord from the place of prayer and worldwide will be releasing each blow of His staff in accord with the scripture and His timing. Only the unified praying Bride across the Earth is suited to release such judgments and partner with Jesus for the unfolding of End Time events (Lk. 11:9-13).

D. Matthew 25:

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' " 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour (Mt. 25:1-13).”

E. The primary exhortation of this passage is for those who will be alive in the generation of the Bridegroom’s arrival. The command is to keep watch so as to be found ready. This watchfulness is what separates the wise from the foolish in the parable, for both were believers, but not all believers will be prepared at His 2nd Coming. Those who are not ready will not be permitted into the Heavenly Kingdom (Mt. 7:21), they will be as the lost. But if they did not take the mark of the Beast they will not be executed, instead they will be part of those on Earth during the Millennium. The determining factor is intimacy and participation with Him and what He is doing, those who know Him will obey Him and walk with Him (Jn. 14:21, 1Jn. 2:6). The End Time Prayer Movement is about partnership with Jesus in what He sees His Father doing. It is about intimacy and service to the King. It is important to note that those who call themselves believers but are not found ready and participating with Him will not be permitted into the New Jerusalem. Further, with the certainty of the Great Falling Away on the horizon there is no guarantee that those who are unready will even remain on the path of life; though some surely will as the parable indicates.

F. Mark 11:

“On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: " 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it 'a den of robbers (Mk. 11:15-17).”

Though we are now perhaps familiar with the quote from Isaiah (Is. 56:7) regarding the House of Prayer, it’s appearance in the New Testament is important. Jesus erupts into fiery zeal over His Father’s House. He communicates His great displeasure with the place of prayer being treated with disregard and that it was being used for many other things beside prayer. No one knew the Father’s heart about the Temple more than Christ, and what burned mostly in God’s heart was that it be a place defined by prayer. Moreover, God desired that the worship that King David had begun so long ago be a reality again. Jesus overturned the money changing tables that were such a stark contract to the worship that was supposed to fill the temple courts and halls. This people were so far from understanding God’s purposes for that House that they became angry with Him and plotted His death because of this act of reform. Jesus quotes Isaiah’s ancient prophecy, but here He uses it in application to the people of His modern context. This solidifies that the full purposes of that prophecy were yet future. Prophecy is not suggestive, it is certain. By quoting Isaiah Jesus is making it clear that the Temple would one day be called a House of Prayer for all Nations. As we learned when we studied the original quotation (Is. 56:7), for all Gentile believers across the world to participate in the activity of a single building in Jerusalem was not the heart of this prophecy. Rather that the heart of this building, night and day prayer and worship, would be activated in the Gentiles worldwide and so usher in the House of Prayer in it’s various expressions in all the nations of the Earth.

G. Mark 13:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch (Mk. 13:32-37 NKJV)!”

Jesus, teaching His disciples about the Day of the Lord, tells them that they are make sure that they are found praying in the hour of His return. Jesus gave this exhortation to “watch” several places in the Gospels (Mt. 24:42, 25:13, 26:36-41; Mk. 14:34-38) and in every case He was referring to prayer. The type of prayer He was talking about could not ever reach it’s completion, He was not trying to get them to practice a discipline He was trying to teach them how to live. The prayer He was admonishing them into was a communion with the Lord that would have them gain prayer as a lifestyle together. It is from this place of corporate continual prayer that the disciples would be able to test and approve His will, it’s where they would discern what was really happening in the spirit realm around them. This corporate positioning in prayer acts as a giant spiritual antenna and it was from this strong position that Christ told His disciples would understand the events of the End Times and even flourish in them. When he speaks to them about their sleep He is directly talking about them wavering in posture of prayer (Lk. 18:1), and so He tells them time and again of the imperative nature of remaining in this place of prayer. In the Last Days there will be great trouble, both in natural circumstances and in spiritual consequences, for those who do not abide together in prayer. Jesus was trying to unify His saints together in prayer, it wasn’t His intention that the disciples hear this word and then scatter to private places of prayer. Our individual time alone with the Lord is very important but it is to occur on top of our corporate gatherings of prayer (He. 10:25; Ac. 1:14). The Church of the End Times will choose rightly to band together in prayer in accord with this instruction from Jesus not so much as an act of obedience but out of it’s necessity for provision, protection and direction. Believers across the Earth will be enduring their greatest distress since the Church was conceived through the mass martyrdom instituted by the Antichrist government. This is the context to which Jesus was warning His disciples to be sure to be found in the place of prayer. His concern was for them and so He made it very clear that the plan was for them to be committed to prayer as a lifestyle in the Last Days. He makes it very clear that this admonition is for everyone (vs. 37). Further His parable alludes to the great pain that would be caused to the servant of the Lord that is NOT found in prayer in the time frame He returns, this pain would be brought not by the world or Satan, but by Jesus Himself. Luke 2: “There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem (Lk. 2:36-38).” In Anna we find the model of those with understanding that the prophet Daniel spoke of (Da. 11:32-35, 12:3). She had long lived a life of prayer and fasting and so had unusual clarity about the Messiah. Daniel told us that the last generation would have it’s Anna’s and so would gain the prophetic insight that she operated in and that insight, rather those insightful ones, would be Heaven’s answer to the deception that would mark the last days. The Annas of the coming global trouble will be the light in the dark world and will provide understanding to the masses. This anointed clarity will be as the direct result of their intentional positioning of a long lived life in prayer and fasting and will not be caught on the fly or in only a short time. This is the role of all God’s deliverers through out the Bible, they spent a lifetime in preparation for their future season of leadership. The End Time Forerunners will have spent possibly decades in preparation before they could be called those who are wise and those who instruct many (Da. 11:33). God will not loose the battle for the last generation, He will have His wise ones in the land, and that primarily means those who know Him (Da. 11:32), or those who have seasoned themselves in prayer and fasting.

H. Luke 5:

“They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking." Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast." He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better (Lk. 5:33-39).”

This passage details Jesus’ redefining of prayer and fasting. In the minds of all the religious structure of that day, prayer and fasting had been a means to move God to action. Many times in the Old Testament we see the use of corporate prayer and fasting to cause God to overt a judgment or to move in a specific way. But Jesus describes prayer being about something very different. He defines the primary function of prayer as the means to encounter Him, He calls Himself “the Bridegroom,” this is a very intimate and unexpected title. When asked why His disciples did not practice the regular discipline of fasting He sets to the task of defining fasting being related to lovesickness. When asked He responded, “Guys that wouldn’t make any sense, I’m right here with them. What would they be fasting for? The reason to fast is to draw near to me, most specifically to pray and fast for me to come out of Heaven and be with them forever. As long as I am here with them they don’t need to fast, but when I leave they will mourn so deeply because they wont have me close any longer, then they will fast. And when all my disciples gather together in unified corporate prayer and fasting across the globe then I will come back to them and I will be with them forever (Re. 22:12, 20).” Jesus tells them the parables about the old wineskin and the old garment as a parallel of what fasting meant in the Old Testament; fasting to get God to move or giver them something. He tells them about the new wine and the new garment describing the New Testament form of prayer and fasting; to get God to move them and give Himself in greater measure. He says the new is better and that they needed to upgrade their understanding so that they could embrace this revelation. Jesus is defining the state in which His disciples in the Last Days will be found, lifestyles of prayer and fasting. When John’s disciples came to Him they’re accusation was not that Jesus’ disciples had never prayed or fasted, it was that they weren’t defined by it, that they were not living a lifestyle regularly practicing these disciplines. Jesus assures them that His disciples will embrace this lifestyle, just not at that time and not for the same reasons that they were doing it. The final generation will usher in the return of the Bridegroom by their radical abandonment posturing their hearts in prayer and fasting and crying out “Come Lord Jesus we miss you, return to us, we’re lovesick.” His reply to this global cry will be His Appearing, thus answering their prayer.

I. Luke 18:

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' " And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth (Lk. 18:1-8)?”

The parable’s purpose is described in the first verse, to show His disciples that they should always pray and never give up. The last verse in the passage is His challenge to the Church of the last generation, when He returns, to make sure that they heeded the word and that as a people that they were found in constant prayer. He promises that 24/7 prayer has an authority on it that can not be compared to any lesser, though still valuable, expression of prayer. He defines this type of prayer and the means to end injustice and to usher in the justice the world has lacked, namely His return and the reforms that are associated with His

J. Luke 21:

“Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man (Lk. 21:31-36).” Jesus in the verses preceding this passage lays out the trusted and discernable signs of the times. To which He follows up a statement about that last generation; it would encompass all the signs He previously defined. The last generation is a very specific time for humanity, it will actually be that those who are alive to see the first of the signs of the times unveil will be the same people (a single generation) who will see His return. He prophesies to that final generation giving them instructions not only on what the signs are and how to discern them but on how to respond in that hour. His answer is the same admonition that all the End Times passages give that last generation; watch and pray. He tells us in this passage, as elsewhere that the Praying Church will have authority to change situations avoid circumstances and make real impact on the outcome of things in that hour. Those in found in prayer in the Last Days will avoid much trouble and will stand strong in the coming Tribulation. As that trouble ensues the Earth the Prayer Movement will be God’s red hot response to the Antichrist’ advances.

VII. The End Time Prayer Movement in Acts & the Epistles:

A. Acts 15:

“When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to me. Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: " 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things' that have been known for ages (Ac. 15:13-18).”

James, the brother of Jesus, explains that it was always God’s concern that the Gentiles worship Him. Further, he reminds the Jews in attendance that God long prophesied (Am. 9:11) the full restoration of the Tabernacle of David. The connecting detail being that God intended that the restored 24/7 places of worship be for the Gentiles in as much for the sons of Abraham. Until “all the Gentiles who bear (His) name,” are found in David’s restored tabernacle worship then this prophecy is still awaiting fulfillment. Amos made it clear that the timing of this scripture’s fulfillment was the last generation and the time frame of the Messiah’s return. Even now Gentiles are filling Houses of Prayer with an understanding of the restoration in their midst. Many of these groups understand their work to be a fulfillment of David’s Tabernacle in this prophesied modern day Gentile context. The purpose of the former, and latter, order of worship that David put into place was never about a building, or a tent, but rather that God would be worshiped perpetually as He is in Heaven. God was the one who gave David this insight and desire and through David God was able to establish a place where He could have continual fellowship with His people as they lifted up prayers on behalf of His Kingdom purposes. As James points out, it was always the Father’s heart that this sort of fellowship come not just from one tribe of people from the Earth, but from all the peoples of the Earth who would call upon His name. His certain expectation was that all the Gentile peoples would choose Him and that this prophecy would come to pass in the End Times before the 2nd Coming. The plan far deeper than God being able to give His Son a Bride that encompassed peoples from every tribe on the Earth, but that He would hand His Son a Bride fiery hot in lovesickness for Him. This Bride would have been prepared in the context of night and day prayer and under the pressures of the Great Tribulation. This would produce the greatest level of love from her.

B. 1Peter 4:

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray (1Pe. 4:7).”

Peter tells us that the right manner to endure the End Times is to establish our lives in such a way that makes prayer most effective and possible. He tells us this is the way to prepare for the coming trouble and as this letter was addressed to the congregations of the saints, and not to an individual, the encouragement is a corporate word. It was not Peter’s intent that the Christians should all go hide away in their individual prayer closets as a response to the coming trouble, rather the people of God are exhorted to do just what they had been doing from the time of Christ’s ascension (Ac. 1:14, 2:42, 4:24, 6:4). We have a very different form of Christianity in modern western Church culture, in the hour of Peter’s writing continual corporate prayer was the accepted form of Christian daily living and was the primary expression of the Church (Co. 4:2, He. 10:25). The Church that desires to endure and overcome in the End Times will again embrace this lifestyle. Peter does not encourage the churches that in lou of the end to do everything they can to pray as a side note or as a potentially good idea. As the Apostle, the Rock that Christ said He would build His Church on (Mt. 16:18), Peter is giving the means to safety and strength in the hour of the world’s greatest trouble.

VI. The End Time Prayer Movement in Revelation:

A. Revelation 5:

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals…But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside…Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders…He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth (Re. 5:1-10).”

The above passage describes a very specific time in the future unfolding of events. This describes the interaction in Heaven just before the 7 Seals of the Lamb are opened and the Great Tribulation gets underway (Re. 6:1-17). The reason that this passage is an End Time Prayer Movement passage is because of the unique connection that this event has to the bowls of prayer that are said to be full in verse 8. These bowls of prayer have been being filled from the very beginning and are the result of the saints of history and now lifting up prayer to God. These bowls are not full currently, at the time that they become full they will be poured out on the Earth (as with the Bowls of Wrath Re. 16:1-21). All of human history has not been able to fill these bowls, they are pretty big, or rather it takes a dense concentration of prayer to fill them. In fact they can only be filled by the measure of prayer that will arise from the Global End Time Prayer Movement, 10’s of millions of believers lifting perpetual prayer to the Lord. The Last Days will see the fulfillment of this promise and the sheer numbers or prayer required to fill these bowls. The 2nd Coming of Christ will be the answer to the Global cry of the praying End Time Church.

B. Revelation 6:9:

“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"

Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed (Re. 6:9-11).” This passage describes the prayers of the martyrs in Heaven who had been executed during the first part of the Great Tribulation. They are here seen praying for justice for their untimely deaths, to which God promises their justice is coming in conjunction with a very unexpected concept; the complete number of the martyrs coming into their inheritance, i.e. be murdered by the wicked men of the day. The prayers of the martyrs are of great value before the Throne and will no doubt cause tremendous interchanges of power being released from Heaven to the Earth. A hidden power in the circumstances that this passage describes however is that pertaining not to the martyrs, but to those they leave behind. The massive numbers of believers who will loose their lives during this heightened time of persecution will send shock waves through the Global Church. This will make the price of being a faithful witness painfully clear and embolden the true Church into an even greater witness, while simultaneously causing the insincere to distance themselves and even deny the faith. The faithful, with the impending threat of death looming over them, will do what persecuted believers have always done; gather continually in corporate prayer meetings for strength and direction. At this point this will be the only Church in existence. With the judgments of God already in the land the Church will partner with the prayers of the martyrs in Heaven asking God for His justice and so increasing the release of the judgments, which are each a partial answer in themselves.

C. Revelation 6:12:

“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place (Re. 6:12-14).”

D. Revelation chapter 6 shows us Jesus opening the 6th Seal. But this passage is telling us quite a bit more as well; this is nearly a direct quote from the prophet Joel (Jo. 2:30-31). When Joel spoke about these events he linked them forever with the Last Days outpouring where all the saints will be filled with the Holy Spirit. In Joel’s prophecy he said that in the last days the Spirit would be poured out on all flesh and that the signs that would accompany this outpouring was that the sun would turn black and the moon blood red. The reason that this is such an important detail is that this prophecy in Revelation 6 is defining the chronological moment of the Joel 2 fulfillment. As we looked at when we studied Joel 2:28-32 the primary purpose of this massive filling of the Church with the gifts of prophecy is to fuel the already burning Prayer Movement. The revelation that will clothe the Church of those days through dreams and visions will lead the Church into participation with Jesus in that hour. Many of the plans of God pertaining to the End Times have not yet been fully made known, in that time however, Jesus will be revealing His divine purposes through dreams and visions and the Church will set to pray those purposes into existence. This is Bridal partnership. This is a very important facet of who the Church is to the Lord, and an aspect we have yet to walk in with any measure of depth or understanding. Before it’s all over though Jesus will have a Bride who thinks like He thinks and wants what He wants. She will be in step with His heart beat and will be the equally yoked praying spouse of the Lamb. The End Time purposes of God can only come to pass through the prophetically informed Church praying in His specific purposes according to the Lord’s own determining.

E. Revelation 8:

“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake (Re. 8:1-5).”

F. As we saw in Revelation chapter 5, which just preceded the release of the 7 Seals, here we have the events that just precede the release of the 7 Trumpets. Again “the prayers of all the saints,” are seen as having a dramatic role in the release of the next 7 judgments. These verses paint the picture of what will transpire around the Throne some short time after the Spirit has been poured out on the Church. That piece of the 6th Seal is what is most crucial to the unfolding of this heavenly reality. Because the praying Church will at this time be filled with dreams and visions, with the prophetic at full power in her midst, heavenly direction will mark a new age of intercession. The Church will operate in such clarity and boldness in prayer. This is what brings about the transference of power/ authority which Revelation 8:1-6 describes, the shift places a tremendous amount of power in the hands of the praying Church. For a more in-depth look at this passage I have broken down each of it’s phrases to better help us understand what is transpiring: A censer is a fire pan, or a bucket on the end of a rod made specifically for holding or transporting hot coals. The angel comes holding this golden censer giving indication of what he was to soon do. To understand the Golden Altar before the Throne let’s look back at Seal 5 and John stating that what he saw under the altar were souls of the martyrs instead of the traditional coals. I tell you that the souls of the martyrs burn infinitely hotter than the coals of any fire. It is this same altar with these same coals (souls) underneath it that is here seen as being approached by the angel. In Ezekiel we see the destructive nature of these coals being thrown upon a city resulted in the Babylonian captivity and the destruction of Jerusalem. This much incense is the key new element. We are told in Revelation 5:8 that the prayers of the saints are incense in the heavenly realm. But this cannot be the prayers of the saints since it here says that this “much incense” was given and is with the prayers of the saints, thus setting it apart. However if incense in heaven has to do with prayer, whose prayers could this much incense be? Let us also keep in mind that it is to be combined with the prayers from the Church. What element would be a fitting companion (Ro. 8:34, He. 7:25)? Where does all of Christ’s intercession go? Wouldn’t it stand to reason that the Father has a special plan for the very prayers of His Son? Could it be that this is the “much incense” that the angel is given? It would certainly make a fitting companion for the prayers that his Bride is praying, especially now that She has entered into a new level of maturity and power. The Prayers of the Saints is the intercession of all the houses of prayer that have now been lifting intense prayer day and night. Further, because of the increase of martyrdom from Seal 5 the saints were forced into isolation which caused their intercession to grow both numerically and with passion as the threat of loosing your life for the gospel became all too real. As the result of Seal 6 however, the Church was granted Holy Spirit Oil that was then thrown on the already intense Prayer Movement, and added the much needed power dimension. This crescendo, added to the years of prayer that have gone up before the throne by our forefathers in the faith are what are here referred to as “the prayers of the saints.” It is every time “let your kingdom come and your will be done on the earth as it is in heaven,” has ever left the lips of a saint throughout all history mixed with the intense prayers from those at the end of the age. The Smoke of the Incense is a precious combination. It forms the sacred fire that’s smoke is the product of the combined intercession of Christ, the heat from the coals of the martyrs souls under the altar, and the prayers of the saints. There is no other combination in existence that can form this fire and so produce this smoke. The reason that it is so important to note that the incense “went up before the throne” is that all the previous elements and effort have been put into place. It is only when this Holy incense rises to the Father’s nostrils that the angel can do what he does next, it is the Father being pleased with this aroma that then grants permission to the angel. This moves Him, the Father is deeply touched by the Church’s intercession and martyrdom now combined with the “much incense.” Seal 7 is here seen finally put into action as the fire is hurled it to the Earth, with all the preparation that was carefully taken in order to release this sacred Seal let us not over look the significance of what is transpiring. The angel gathers this most unique and holy fire from the altar and violently throws it to the earth. Merely this fire’s entrance into earth’s atmosphere causes thunder, lightning, and an earthquake. What was all that about? Why so much build up for just an earthquake? The elements with which that fire was made are all clues as to what is really going on here. When the saints prayers has reached it’s fullness in the coming escalation of the Prayer Movement, including the full number of the martyrs and that is teamed up with the fullness of Christ’s intercession, the end result is a far more real unfolding of “let your kingdom come,” wherein the saints on the earth will have authority and power hurled down to them while the lost will have judgment hurled out of heaven at them as the Church reaches full strength in preparation for the coming King.

G. Revelation 22:

“The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Re. 22:17 -20).”

H. The two bookends of the above passage tell of a dialogue between Christ and His Bride. She cries out “Come back to Earth Lord Jesus, come and rule here, we miss you and are longing for your Return.” His response is “I hear you my Bride, as a jealous Bridegroom I have been waiting to hear you say those words, I am so coming to you in response to your earnest cry.” This is an intimate exchange of tender words between these two lovers, but the context is the pain of the Great Tribulation and all it’s horror. The 2nd Coming of Christ will be in response to the Global Bride calling out for Him to come back. Despite the small cries scattered here and there about the planet this powerful Bridal intercession has not yet reached the measure (or anything remotely close) which is required to hasten the Day (2Pe. 3:12) of His coming. But it is her cry to Him that beckons His return, and this will only unfold when the whole Church is in unity with the Spirit and with each other, another great feat for the now greatly divided Church. When it can truthfully be said that the Spirit and the Bride are in unity, it is at that point that the power cry can go forth that promises His return. What is being described is a global, interdenominational, unified, wholehearted, persistent and earnest outcry from a lovesick people. The above passage doesn’t end with that however. Though we just discussed the bookends of the text, the content between the opening and closing statements are along the same lines of thought and detail the understanding that the Bride will have. Without changing themes we see the instructions go out to the Bride pertaining the importance of the Book of Revelation and the necessity of her being dedicated to rightly understand it. The Bride of Christ in the Last Days will be a church of understanding who has given herself to this Book paying careful attention to the details and heeding it’s warnings so causing her to draw nearer and nearer to His heart and ways. This drawing will produce the intimacy that will define her as the Bride, and the intercession that will release the judgments found in the pages of the Book she was told to give such careful attention to (Re. 1:3, 22:7). The culmination of all these prayers will be the blessed hope (Ti. 2:13) of His appearing.

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