"I . . . will do better unto you than at your beginnings" (Ezekiel 36:11). This is a promise of a great work of Godgreater than Pentecostthat will occur in these last days.
Think back to your spiritual "beginnings," when you first got saved. You were so happy and excited about Jesus. Now God is saying to you, "I'm going to do better than that for you!" He is going to do better things in the church than ever before. Better than the Red Sea? Better than Elijah calling down fire from heaven and shutting down rain? Yes, God has something better.
"What could be better?" you ask. "Our very faith is built on these great examples." Beloved, we are going to see the fullest revelation of Jesus Christ in the history of mankind. And here is the greatness of such a miracle: God is going to take the filthiest, most perverse generation of all timea generation with the stoniest hearts in historyand clean them up, give them loving hearts, and turn them into a holy flock "I will increase them with men like a flock. As the holy flock . . ." (Ezekiel 36:37-38). God is going to save a "flock"a great multitudeof men and women. We will see sinners from every walk of life saved: Jews, Muslims, rich, poor, murderers, people of all backgrounds.
You say, "That's not a new thing. Wicked sinners have always been cleansed by Christ. God's been doing that since the cross." True, but remember, sin is increasing; wickedness is growing worse and worse. And where sin abounds, God's grace abounds much more.
At the Red Sea, the devil was advancing and threatening to pounce on God's people. The difference today is, he already has prevailed against the backslidden church, capturing and enslaving millions: "Because they have . . . swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen . . . and are an infamy of the people" (Ezekiel 36:3).
But now, God is going to move in for this reason: "Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession" (verse 2). Satan and his crowd have mocked and laughed, saying, "We have destroyed the work of Christ on earth!" But God says, "For My name's sake, I'm going to do a mighty deliverance."
You will need faith to understand this miracle, because it is going to come at the neediest, most critical time in the history of the Church. God will cause His flock to walk in righteousness. He will bring down such conviction that believers will literally loathe their past sins. "I will multiply men upon you... [you] will increase and bear fruit . . . and [I] will do better unto you than at your beginnings (Ezekiel 36:10-11).
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon