In the last days God will call to the wicked who never knew Him. “Behold, I have given Him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee. Seek the Lord . . . for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:4-7).
This happened in the New Testament times when the Gentiles ran to Christ. The heathen saw the light and responded. But once again, in one last revival of mercy and kindness, the wicked are going to hear. Multitudes will forsake their wicked ways and call upon the Lord.
He is going to offer comfort, healing, and restoration to all who walked out on Him. “I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners” (Isaiah 57:18). How thrilled Isaiah must have been to bring this message: “For My own name’s sake, I will forgive this polluted bride and call her back.”
“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25). Think of the millions of backslidden Christians worldwide. In Times Square Church, half the converts are backsliders, those who have walked away from God. What a revival it will be as multitudes of backslidden Christians come back! Those bound by drugs, alcohol, sex, doubt, and fear will hear His call, and multitudes will return. Addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, homosexuals, and the backslidden destitute will be called by Him.
Will His outpouring of mercy overlook sin? Never! Those who walked out on God are those who once tasted of the Holy Spirit. They once knew Him. The Lord will send the Holy Spirit, His messenger, with a word of love, calling them to remember all His loving words and how lovely their relationship once was. He will remind them of how He once protected, loved, and blessed them.
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10-11).