Divine Intervention Promised
We have a definite promise from God that "when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him" (Isa. 59:19). The result of this divine invasion of the earth by the Spirit of God will be that men will fear the Name of the Lord from the west to the east.
If there ever were a time in human history when the enemies of truth, righteousness, and Godliness have come in like a flood, it is the time in which we now live. In view of this abounding iniquity, those who believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God have every right to believe that God will intervene, inject Himself into the flow of history, and turn that flow unto Himself. This is our hope; this is our only hope; this is the last best hope of mankind. God will not fail. He will do what He has promised.
One of the great lost truths of the Bible is that God has the most definite plans to invade the earth by His Spirit, to occupy the earth by His Spirit, and to establish and maintain His order upon the earth by means of His Spirit. The first of these is declared in Isa. 59:19. The second is stated in Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17. The third is declared in John 16:7-8.
All this is accomplished through Jesus Christ during His present session at the right hand of God in heaven. His enemies become His footstool while He is there (Heb. 1:13). It is the Spirit of the Lord that lifts up a standard against the forces of evil. This is done by a word from the Lord in heaven that in substance declares to all wicked men, "Stop — you shall go no further" (2 Tim. 3:9). God has promised to break the strength of evil and wicked men (Psa. 10:15), and to bring the wickedness of the wicked to an end (Psa. 7:9). These are remarkable promises, and it is a tragedy that very few know anything about them.
The promise of God that He will pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17) is one so great that it staggers the imagination. Very few who claim to believe what God says are able to bring themselves to believe this specific statement. Nevertheless, this is the way that God will invade the earth by His Spirit and occupy the earth by His Spirit. When this promise becomes a reality, then the great promise of Christ that the Spirit of God, acting as an Advocate (one positioned alongside to advise), will make the facts known to the world in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-8). It is then that a man will hear a voice behind him saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it, when he turns to the right hand, and when he turns to the left" (Isa. 30:21).
We can only pity those who see no work of God ahead for mankind except the blackness of tribulation and an imaginary Armageddon. God has made great and wonderful promises. These will be fulfilled to the letter.
Otis Q. Sellers