Developing a Revival eschatology : Response to Kris Vallotton
Kris Vallotton put out an article about things he has as values about the end times or eschatology. People from time to time ask about it so let’s take a look at what Kris values about the last days and why I think it might be misplaced.
I will not embrace an end-time worldview that re-empowers a disempowered devil.
A “disempowered devil” is a misunderstanding of the prince of the air. We are moving towards the events that will throw the devils in the Lake of Fire but he is not completely disempowered. The enemy does have power as long as their sin in the world.
It is impossible too be re-empowered on a global level. The enemy can only be re-empowered in our personal lives by sinful behavior. Jesus has stolen the keys to death, hell and grave but that does not mean the world is free from sin, evil and moral failure.
The only way that the enemy loses power in this world in this age is by people coming to Christ and living holy lives. In other words, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are the city of the hill. The world is going to hell because the faithful are not being the agent of change for the world around us.
I will not accept an eschatology that takes away my children’s future, and creates mindsets that undermine the mentality of leaving a legacy.
I have no idea what Kris Vallatton means here. Our destiny and our future is throwing our crowns at the feet of our Savior crying “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The only way to rob your children of this destiny is not share and live the gospel with them! We are in this world but we are of this world.
Our legacy is people. The only way to leave a legacy is to win souls for Christ. Nothing in this life will make it out of his life with us. The only thing we can take to Heaven with us is the souls we bought to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is Soteriology basics!
I will not tolerate any theology that sabotages the clear command of Jesus to make disciples of all nations and the Lord’s Prayer that earth would be like heaven.I will not tolerate any theology that sabotages the clear command of Jesus to make disciples of all nations and the Lord’s Prayer that earth would be like heaven.
There is a major misconception here that is much bigger than this article and I can not answer it without writing a whole white paper about it. The great commission is not just make disciples. In fact, only Matthew had this line of thoughts. All other accounts of the Great Commission was an emphasis on the supernatural acts of the Holy Spirit that confirm the gospel of the Kingdom. We just love to talk about discipleship because that is something we can not without the power of God in our lives!
Jesus did pray “On earth as it is in heaven.” We are to model the culture of Heaven everywhere we go. Does this mean that we embrace what some call “Kingdom Now” idealogy. The answer is simply no. We will never see Heaven manifest completely on this side of the Second Coming. However, we will see people have encounters of salvation, divine healing, deliverance and angelic activity in this world and in this life.
I will not allow any interpretation of the scriptures that destroys hope for the nations and undermines our command to restore ruined cities.
In continuing to discuss some Kingdom Now ideals that it seems that Kris Vallatton does have some leaning towards. The hope of the nations is Jesus. It is missional call of the faithful to bring the lost to Christ. That is the hope of every nation. Our vision is that every tongue, every tribe and every language will be crying, “worthy is the Lamb.”
The restoration of cities is more Kingdom Now thinking and it is misplaced. There is no way around this. God will destroy this world when we enter into a new age. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus made it very clear that this world has pass away from His word will remain forever. Cities of refuges will happen in the time of testing better known as the Tribulation.
I will not embrace an eschatology that changes the nature of a good God.
This is where I get a little concern about some teachings in American Pentecostalism. They camp around a characteristic of God and made that the totality of God. In Bethel’s case, it is the goodness of God. In Jimmy Swaggart’s case, it is the holiness of God. In both cases, they are in danger of making their emphasis into a golden calf. We need knowledge of the Holy more today than ever before!
God is God. He is not a good God or a bad Good but He is God! It blows my mind that we can sit around present our little doctrines as the totality of the Divine. There is Heaven but there is hell too. People are heading both directions every minute of the day. A little hellfire and brimstone preaching would not hurt the prophetic movement to be honest!
I refuse to embrace any mindset that celebrates bad news as a sign of the times and a necessary requirement for the return of Jesus.
I will be outlining in Anna Anointing about having a eschatology of revival. We are NOT going to leave this world on crutches and be dragged along. The faithful will go out with a flag of victory and we will be known as “God’s glorious!” Smith Wigglesworth will be jealous that we got to see the great end time revival and he had to watch from the bench.
History has been pointing toward a billion soul harvest and a great missionary movement that will result in the gospel of the Kingdom being preached to every people group in the world then the end will come. Jesus told us that himself!
I am opposed to any doctrinal position that pushes the promises of God into a time zone that can’t be obtained in my generation and therefore takes away any responsibility I have to believe God for them in my lifetime.
I am open to correctness on this but I do not believe that Kris Vallaton has a formal theological training. (Bill Johnson graduated from Bethany Bible College in Scotts Valley) The problem with this statement is that prophetic promises of scripture often have double, triple, or more fulfillment and not every promises will be fulfilled every generation.
An example of this would the valley of dry bones. There is three fulfillment of this. There is the historical application that happened in the days of Ezekiel. There is the national application that was fulfilled when Harry Truman worked tirelessly for the creation of Isreal. There is the spiritual application that will be the one billion soul harvest. Not every generation will have it happen but they are pray for it and stand ready if the great end time revival was today!
I don’t believe that the last days are a time of judgment, nor do I believe God gave the church the right to call for wrath for sinful cities. There is a day of judgment in which GOD will judge man, not us.
Azusa Report (and myself) reject any view of doom and gloom in eschatology. Having an expectation of the world is going to hell is anti-Pentecostal in spirit. The saints at Azusa Street actually believe that the great revival was going to happen the next week. A.G. Garr left the revival to set India and Hong Kong on fire. All the believers there has a vision to set the world on fire.
Natural Disasters are divine opportunity for revival. The truth is after Yolanda, we had opportunity to preach the gospel the people of Leyte that we did not have before. The same is true with the earthquake. Will God use a disaster to awake a region to the salvation of their souls? You bet He will!
Some final thoughts on the eschatology of Kris Vallatton
It seems that he has some leaning to what is known as Partial Preterism that I consider to be heretical. I do not think he fully committed and subscribes to it completely. One thing we do is he sit in the Assemblies of God most of his adult life and has heard solid teaching on the subject for many years.
Knowing Kris from a distant (and meeting him a few times), I think he says things before he really thinks out the reality of what he says. An example of this would be that every prophetic promise would be fulfilled every generation.
In some ways, he reminds me of John Wimber. He is just a guy trying to “do the stuff” and does not have the depth of theological inquiry that many other possess. On the other hand, some of us (myself included) can do theological that we miss what God is doing in our generation. An example of this was the Lakeland revival. I had to throw theology out the window and just cry “Come, Holy Spirit, Come.” (Love you, Todd)
One of the weakness of the whole ministry in Redding is they are often very vague with theological positions. It is hard to pinpoint them on “this is what I believe.” It does leave some people wondering and guessing. As I have said before, Bethel Redding needs a much more detailed Statement of Faith. It is safe to assume that they no longer hold to at least a few of the Sixteen Fundamental truths of the Assemblies of God. (They removed themselves from the corporate fellowship a few years ago)