Prepare Your Heart for the Midnight Cry By R. T. Kendall
Published By Charisma House November 01, 2016
Genres: Christian, Religion and Spirituality
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book will help readers prepare their hearts in expectation, be watchful for the approaching move of God, and build a deeper relationship with Him.
In this Spirit-inspired teaching respected scholar and theologian R. T. Kendall uses Jesus’s parable of the ten virgins to describe the condition of the church in the last days.
Many Charismatics and Pentecostals assume that what we have seen in the one hundred years since Azusa Street is the final move of God before the Second Coming. Kendall explains that this is not so and reveals that a movement of the Holy Spirit, which is one hundred times greater than anything we have seen—indeed the greatest since Pentecost—is about to unfold. It’s time to wake up!
R. T. Kendall’s study of the “Midnight Cry” that comes before Christ’s return is well-developed and will make readers examine this passage of Scripture in a way they had not considered before now.
The title and the description provided about this book intrigued me in a way that most religious study books do not – what is the Midnight Cry? Not that I hadn’t heard this phrase before or studied this passage of Scripture but have I ever really considered what it means for me. Mr. Kendall drew me in with his carefully explained and scripturally backed explanation of the Parable of the Ten Virgins and how they represent the Church. He challenged me to examine my beliefs about the End of Days and whether or not I was seeking to know Christ in a deeper way – am I a “Wise Virgin” as it were. I found it very interesting that Mr. Kendall did not shy away from the truth to be found in this passage. He very definitely showed and explained that although all those who have truly professed Christ as Risen Savior will be in Heaven, the difference among them will be those who spent their life seeking after His truth and waiting expectantly for His return. How those who spent their lives seeking Christ and making Him know will have blessings the others know not. And further Mr. Kendall examined the way in which Christ’s coming will come about – there will be a sudden and all consuming “cry” that will sound to every person and they will know Jesus is coming, and there is no more time to prepare our hearts for Him. He urges us to begin preparing now, while we still have time and wait expectantly in our preparation. I loved the way in which Mr. Kendall reaches out to his readers in a boldly direct but kind way. He shares the truth emphatically with no frills but does so in a way that demonstrates the reason for his writing – he wants people to know Jesus better and not miss out on the blessings we could later receive. He describes clearly the sleeping Church that has become “used to the darkness” and no longer decisively addresses sin. He shows how we have become so lulled by the pervasive sin that surrounds us that we are not keeping close watch on our “oil” and seeking its renewal by the Holy Spirit. I found this book to be most helpful to me in its encouragement of my daily Bible study; to make prayer and daily reading a integral part of my day and to continue in a prayerful attitude the entirety of the day. I really liked that Mr. Kendall is also careful to say that he is not trying to convince you with his writing alone, he urges you to seek out the Scriptures his uses in his writing and decide for yourself if you agree. I was glad to see this and will happily admit that I took him up on the challenge and did some background study as I went along. I will not say that Mr. Kendall and I perfectly agree on all his points of the Abrahamic Covenant and it’s fulfillments but it did give me a good study time in a passage I have not read in some time. I found myself having to remember to return to reading the book and not continue on in the Bible as I got lost in the wonderful passages Mr. Kendall referenced. I am not saying you will agree with what he says either, but be sure to know this – you will walk away from this book challenged in your faith and will probably return to it often to share what you learned with others. The only issue I had with this book was with the continuity. There was a bit of jumping around and I found that not all chapters smoothly flowed together. For this reason along I reduced my rating to 4.5 stars – otherwise this book is a definite 5 out of 5. I most certainly recommend this book to others who are looking for something that will increase their Bible study time and consideration.
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