An Apostolic Understanding – Part Seventeen
Let’s continue our look at the Church and the Kingdom and the changes taking place in both as we gain a greater apostolic understanding of what the Lord is doing in His Church and His Kingdom.
For the next few blogs we will be looking at the new wineskin that is being prepared for the new wine that Jesus is soon to be pouring out.
Let’s start with a parable I believe I found on one of Frank Viola’s blogs…
The Parable of the two doors
There was this guy who nicked his foot while mowing the grass.
The man showed the wound to his wife, and she didn’t know what to do. So he thought he better get down to the Emergency Room to get it checked out.
So he went to the hospital, walked through the Emergency Room front doors, and when he entered, he was greeted by two more doors. One door was marked “Male,” and the other was marked “Female.” So he went through the door marked “Male.”
When he got inside, there were two more doors. One door said “Under 40.” The other door said “Over 40.” So he walked through the door marked “Over 40.”
He then found two more doors. One door said “Upper Body,” and the other door said “Lower Body.” He took his foot through the “Lower Body” door and walked inside.
Inside were two more doors. One door was marked “Internal,” the other door was marked “External.” So he went through the “External” door.
Inside there were two more doors. One was marked “Serious,” and the other was marked “Not Serious.” He walked through the door marked “Not Serious.”
And he ended up in the parking lot.
When the man arrived back home, his wife asked, “Sweetheart, did they help you?”
He said, “No, but they sure were organized.”
In my experience and observation, today’s brand of pop-Christianity and the way most churches operate and minister isn’t helping as many people as it should or can.
But it sure is organized – organized religion
Yes, we know how to “do church” but now God is bringing some major adjustments and changes so that we will know how to “be the Church”
BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE AND GOD IS MAKING SOME MAJOR CHANGES:
And, they are plain to see and easy to understand – God is not keeping secrets about what He is doing and where things are headed….
The Bible states that God always reveals what He is doing – ahead of time – through His fivefold ministry team – especially the prophets:
Amos 3:7 “The Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.”
And, He has been speaking loudly and clearly now for several decades about the needed changes and some of the actual changes that are now taking place
You see … even today we have people who are like the Sons of Issachar
“Of the tribe of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” 1 Chronicles 12:32a
“From the tribe of Issachar there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives–all men who understood the temper of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.” (The Living Bible)
Next time – a prophetic word given recently in western Canada about the new wineskin