A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, The Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His glory covered the heavens, And the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden. Before Him went pestilence, And fever followed at His feet.
HABAKKUK 3:1-5 NKJV
This is the prophet Habakkuk praying for revival. Christians have been praying for revival for years.
Habakkuk sees His answer – God comes from Teman and the Holy One from Mount Paran. He has rays of power flashing from His hand. His glory covers the heavens and the earth is full of His praise.
This is marvellous; everything we have been praying for! But wait…
Look at verse 5: Before Him went pestilence and fever followed at His feet. The King James translates “fever” as “burning coals.”
What is going on here? Let’s look at another revival passage:
“For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the Lord of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this, ” Says the Lord of hosts. “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord . And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
MALACHI 4:1-6 NKJV
This passage speaks about the great endtime Elijah revival. Many of us have been crying out for this. But, like the verses in Habakkuk, it is a time of burning! It is unimaginably calamitous for the wicked. They will be burned up.
When Habakkuk saw God coming, pestilence went before Him. This word means plague or virus. Note that fever was involved…
Yes, the revival is coming. But God isn’t sending the revival some of us might like to see. He has not signed up for our program or agenda. His will and purpose will be done.
There is a scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron where the Avengers are talking about the six infinity stones and Bruce Banner a.k.a the Hulk says: “Ooh, it’s definitely the end times.”
He is right. It’s definitely the end times.
People might struggle with the concept of judgement here. We speak about the Lord being our Healer and His willingness to heal anybody. I believe that. But look what it says in Malachi 4:2.
For those who fear His Name, there will be healing. It’s time we got serious about fearing the Lord again. He is not just a cuddly Daddy in the sky.
Why would a God who will heal all who come to Him send plague? Let’s look at it this way: judgement in this dispensation is mostly about us suffering the consequences of our actions. God is not mocked; whatever we sow, we will reap. Judgement is just God letting us reap what we sow.
There is a lifting of God’s hand of protection. That is implied in Habakkuk 3 where it speaks of God’s hand just before it talks of plague coming before Him. We long for His hand of power but He is a holy God and there has to be a purging. He cannot wink at our sin.
To use a phrase, it’s time to get old school here. It’s time to revisit so-called old fashioned concepts such as holiness and the fear of the Lord.
We have been crying out for revival. Problem is, it looks like we didn’t really check the small print.
Too late. It’s the end times now…