I am often asked why I assert so strongly that the church shall experience widespread evangelistic victory in the world prior to the Second Coming. Here is the answer, based largely on 1 Corinthians 15:
1. Paul teaches plainly that Jesus shall subdue His enemies prior to the Second Coming. The last enemy that shall be defeated is death, which occurs at the resurrection of believers when Jesus comes again. The timeline is straightforward: Jesus subdues His enemies > death, the last enemy, is defeated > the defeat of death occurs at the resurrection of believers when Jesus returns. Thus, the victory of Jesus over His enemies MUST occur prior to the Second Coming. Jesus will remain in the heavens at the right hand of the Father until His enemies are made His footstool.
2. The enemies of Jesus are the principalities and powers, which are the Powers that control every institutional structure in human society. Wherever human power is wielded, the Powers lurk behind the throne. The Powers are the enemies of Jesus, and Jesus shall subdue all rule, authority and power prior to the defeat of death in the resurrection of believers at the Second Coming. This means that the evangelistic triumph of the church shall have a visible, measurable impact on society. The world shall feel and manifest the influence of Christ’s victory over the Powers.
3. The point of Christ’s victory is the building of the church in every nation under heaven. Christ’s rule over the Powers and His subduing of their demonic control restrains the Powers so that they may not prevent the building of the church in every nation. This is why I say that the victory of Jesus is an evangelistic victory that shall effect every realm of life. The church is called to be salt and light and to make a difference everywhere it goes. The Powers cannot stop this because Jesus is subduing them through the prayer, praise and preaching of believers. This is what Jesus does.
For me, it is all about what Paul said would happen. Jesus will subdue His enemies prior to His return. His enemies are the Powers. The Powers control the world. If Jesus subdues the Powers, we cannot help but affect the world. Thus, I believe–and I think scripturally and rightly so–that the church shall experience global victory in its evangelistic task. Seems simple enough.