As we enter further into the apostolic revolution we will be hearing a great deal about the “new wine.” The new wine is the powerful flow of the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 7 that out of our innermost beings – our spirits – will flow rivers of living waters referring to the Spirit. These rivers come when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. This second encounter with God (see Acts 8 and the revolution Philip lead in Samaria) has been well known since the Azusa Street Revival in the early 1900’s. However, in many Spirit-filled churches it is simply part of the theology and part of the lingo but not part of their daily life and experience.
As a result the apostolic revolution will be speaking a great deal about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, power healing, power evangelism, supernatural evangelism, and the expansion of the Kingdom. All of this is to enable the Church to reveal the heart of our Heavenly Father to those who do not have a personal relationship and intimate fellowship with Him. This new wine will have a powerful effect on the life of the Church – but only on those churches willing to change and become “new” wineskins.
A number of prophets – recently Bob Jones while ministering in Ohio – has stated that three of the major emphasis of the Kingdom and thus the Church today as we move forward in this apostolic age are:
First of all, he indicated that the next ten years are going to be extremely dynamic for the church. It was going to be a time of many coming to the Lord. The emphasis was on evangelism. The church will be returning to power evangelism where the supernatural is an effective part of reaching people for a risen Christ. No longer effective is the purely intellectual debate. Everyone has their own ideas and guards them with the protection of tolerance. To reach a generation in such bad places, there must be an accompaniment of the supernatural giving space for God to show himself valiant.
I was so glad to hear this because this has been my message now for several years and to have more senior leaders of Christ’s Church confirming it is very encouraging.
Secondly, he stated that we are in a new day and that people in their 60’s should begin to believe to live to 120. There is much work to be done and God will increase the labors and good laborers will not be taken away so fast. This can be encouraging as long as good health accompanies the age. Think of the things that can be learned or seen in that kind of extension of life.
Again, this was encouraging because I truly believe the Lord is giving to me another 30+ years of effective ministry which will, of course, take me into my mid to late nineties. However, I am open to 120 as well.
Thirdly, he also felt that the young people – even the children and babies being born now – will be a different generation, one that is ready for the coming of the Lord. There will be a determination and a stance in them that will make them strong in the Lord.
My mentor’s comment to this was: “I have felt for a long time that there will come a generation that will be repulsed by the sin of this present generation. I believe there will be a return to principles of morals and ethics. The militancy of immoral groups will be opposed by a young generation of people who refuse drugs, illicit sex, the diseases of modern promiscuity, and the insecurity of relative truth. I believe there will come a generation that will again hold to absolute truths and be guided by them. Those who choose to serve God will be bold as lions and will not succumb to political correctness used as a guise for the promotion of lasciviousness.”
Of course, this is where the emphasis of my ministry has been for years – raising up the youth and discipling, training, equipping, and mentoring them. Again, it is good to have this direction confirmed by seasoned prophets.
This is all part of the new wine – but, mind you, just a part. And the new wine must come first because it is only after its arrival that the old can and will be removed and replaced. This new wine comes to replace the religious traditions, obsolete methods, and old mentalities or patterns of thinking; to replace negative paradigms, old and incorrect philosophies of ministry, negative attitudes, and the old patterns that have been operating in the Church. To have this happen we will see a mighty end-times shaking within the church (a previous blog).
More on the “new (apostolic) wine” in the next few blogs…