Worship and the End Times
Worship does more than realign your heart to feel the presence instead of the pressure. Worship aligns the earth with the will of God in heaven.

Worship and the End Times

by Mike Bickle
8/23/16 Teaching

Those who read the words of Jesus know what will precede the Lord’s return. There will be wars and rumors of war. Nation rising against nation. And in the very end, there will be a great conflict between two opposing global worship movements which will have far-reaching influence around the world.

This will be the greatest conflict in human history.

At the very forefront of this conflict two worship movements will collide with tremendous intensity—the power of God displayed against the power of Satan. This will release life and death like at no other time in human history. The good news is that the end result of this conflict will be the release of the millennial kingdom upon the earth, which is the 1,000-year reign where Jesus Christ Himself will personally rule from Jerusalem.

Jesus is committed to raise up a prayer, or worship, movement. I use these two terms interchangeably because a worship movement and a prayer movement are really the same thing. Worship involves prayer with music.

I want us to be clear about Jesus’ commitment to the worship movement. The Bible clearly states that the prophetic church will be a church that is paying attention to the Holy Spirit and sees the end-time worship movement as a priority.

Worship is True Warfare
The Body of Christ overall is in a time of transition, moving from seeing worship as that which personally refreshes us–which it does–to viewing worship as one of the primary tools that destroys the works of Satan in the earth.

Worship is far more than a way to personal refreshment. Worship does more than realign your heart to feel the presence instead of the pressure. Worship realigns the earth with the will of God in heaven. It is God’s tool of choice, His method of choice to transform the earth and usher in the millennial kingdom.

Satan is committed to a counterfeit worship movement, and he is not casual about this. He is focused in his commitment and willing to use the best technology, the laws of the nations of the earth, and unlimited finances to bring about an opposing worship movement. This may not be on the radar of many believers, but the prophetic end-time church has to see worship as a priority instead of a warm up to preaching.

Worship is the primary weapon that changes history and aligns us with heaven. When the word of God goes forth from the lips of people who love God, whether we are proclaiming it or singing it, it goes forth in power.

Great Conflict at the End of the Age
The Holy Spirit is raising up the most powerful prayer movement—the most powerful worship movement—in human history. He is going to usher in the millennial kingdom in answer to the worship movement because the worship movement in the final decades will be the culmination of 2,000 years of church history. It is not something that begins in a vacuum. God knows exactly where He has been leading the Church from the very beginning.

In the last decades before Jesus returns, I believe there will be a time of intense, anointed, global worship. That worship will birth and usher in the millennial kingdom with Jesus Himself, on a throne on the earth, using the keys of the kingdom to bind Satan and call down the New Jerusalem.

Beloved, this will be in answer to the desires of the worship movement. We desire what God desires: to usher in the kingdom of heaven on the earth in the full sense of the Millennium.

The worship movement is not just what is about to come; it also the Church’s first line of defense against Satan’s worship movement now. Worship is the first line of defense against persecution.

Satan’s Worship and Prayer Movement
I want us also to recognize the commitment Satan has to our destruction. Look at the reprobate: those who take the mark of the Beast; those who once they take it, can never repent. You might say they have a substantial commitment to his worship movement.

“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8; 4, 8, 12, 15)

“All who dwell upon the earth will worship him [the Antichrist]” does not mean every individual worships the Antichrist; it means everyone whose name does not appear in the Book of Life. Those who are saved and following the Lamb do not worship him, but several billion people do buy into this movement. Now we have about seven billion people on the earth, and in the next decade or two there will be more than eight billion. It is possible that several billion people or more will worship Satan.

The implications of billions of people in a unified worship movement based on the realms of darkness could involve stadium worship events and million-member worship festivals that would be focused on the Antichrist and Satan. These worship movements will not be sterile, ritualistic, repeat-after-me prayer events where they recite the same phrases over and over again. This worship movement will also have very powerful music. People will weep; they will feel power when they are in the midst of it. They will have a deep heart connect to the Antichrist and to Satan. They will be deeply invested and moved. This will not be a distant, casual, and sterile act. They will love the Antichrist so much and be so devoted to him that they will give their life for him. Even unto death, they will be loyal to the Antichrist.

It may sound a little strange, but we can see the beginning of that worship movement emerging right now. Some of that worship movement is overt. Some of it will be blatant—Satan worshipers who talk about Satan. Though millions like it, billions more will be disgusted, as the music feels like a kind of frontal assault. However, beloved, that is not by any means the whole false worship movement. There is another side of it, too, that is seemingly beautiful, and it moves the heart. And the name Satan is never mentioned.

There are even believers who are drinking out of that well right now because it moves them. Beloved, we do not want to be involved with anything that moves us musically and does not at the same time bring us to loyalty and recognition of Jesus overtly. True worship makes us weep and love Jesus more. We feel the music, and we are motivated to meekness and righteousness.

People will say, “Well, I go to those concerts, and I feel power. Everybody is weeping, and I feel so good!” There’s a reason for that. The music is humanistic. Tell me, did you feel like worshiping Jesus and humbling yourself at a new level and a new depth at the end of that concert? Not really? Beloved, do not go there. The fact that you cry when you go to secular concerts only means that there is a spirit operating. But we need to ask this question: “Which spirit?” We only want the Holy Spirit to move us.

These concerts act in the complete opposite spirit to what we are committed to. And this is only the beginning. We are going to see things crescendo in the realms of darkness. We are entering the most powerful, the most passionate, and the most dangerous time in human history—both spiritually and physically. It will be the most passionate time in history.

There will be passionate people worshiping Jesus and a passionate people worshiping the Antichrist and the Devil. There will be signs and wonders on both sides. It will be very dangerous because Jesus warned us that this could deceive even the elect.

The Holy Spirit’s Worship Movement
One of the most descriptive prophecies in the Bible is Revelation 22:17 and 20.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely . . . He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

This passage in Revelation 22 depicts the Spirit of God and the global Church in her bridal identity in total sync with one another. One of the few times we see the Church fully in sync with the Spirit followed that famous Day of Pentecost, but that time lasted only a few months. After a little while, they began to have division, and they were no longer in one accord. There will be only one other time in history when the Church worldwide will be doing and saying what the Holy Spirit is doing and saying and that is when we see the reality of Revelation 22, as the Church cries out, “Come! Come! Come, Lord Jesus!”

In this passage, we see that Jesus will answer, “I am coming quickly!”

Immediately, John broke out in prayer, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” This is the cry for Jesus to come. It is the cry, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That dimension of the Lord’s Prayer is probably the most frequent prayer in all of human history besides, “Help, Lord!” but is ultimately a cry for the millennial kingdom to be ushered in on the planet.

Because The Bride Cries Out
Here is what we have to understand: Jesus will not just show up. Jesus will not just appear in the sky in a vacuum. He is only coming in response to the whole Body of Christ inviting Him intentionally, in unity, and under the anointing. Some have this idea, which comes from the pre-tribulation rapture concept, that Jesus is going to just come at any moment, and He will surprise us all.

That is not true. Jesus is coming only in answer to intentional, sustained, concerted, global prayer that is under the anointing of the Spirit.

He is not coming until the Church cries “Come!” because it is the nature of His relationship to the planet. He will not come to the planet except when the planet invites Him to come, and they invite Him in love. We see this parallel in Jesus’ interaction with Israel.

We all know the passage of Matthew 23:39: “For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” It is as if Jesus said to the leaders of Israel, “I will not come until you invite Me.”

Revelation 22 is the same reality but on a global scale: “I will not come until the Church is in love with Me in her bridal identity, and She cries out for Me to come.” It is not a one-time, “Come, Lord.” This is a sustained unified, anointed, global cry of “Come, Lord Jesus!’ He will come in answer to covenantal love.

Some people have a wrong view of God’s sovereignty. They say, “Well, God is going to send Jesus no matter what.” And the Father says, “No. I am going to send Jesus when the Church is prepared.”

That is why it says in 2 Peter 3:12 that the Church can hasten, or speed up, the Day of the Lord. We can speed it up as the Body of Christ walks in obedience and in faith. We can give a witness of the kingdom to every single nation, and we can cry out globally, “Come!” That is when He is coming. Those are the ultimate signs of the times.

Mike Bickle

position

  • Director, IHOPKC
  • President, IHOPU

Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship. He is also the founder of International House of Prayer University, which includes full-time ministry, music, and media schools.

Mike is the author of several books, including Growing in Prayer, Passion for Jesus, God’s Answer to the Growing CrisisGrowing in the Prophetic, and Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man. Mike’s teaching emphasizes growing in passion for Jesus through intimacy with God, doing evangelism and missions work from the place of night-and-day prayer, and the end times. Mike and his wife, Diane, have two married sons and five grandchildren.

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