The Holy Spirit is moving once again in a powerful, new way and we are about to hear the sound like a “mighty rushing wind” as they did on the initial Day of Pentecost when the Church was birthed. And, there are changes in the wind; major changes.
I believe that with my whole heart. There is a shift happening as pastors and leaders tire of “business as usual” and look to becoming “radical revolutionaries” for the Lord. Leaders are wanting to make a difference; wanting to see something signifigant and permanent take place; wanting to make an impact upon the world for the Lord and His Kingdom; wanting to see lives saved and radically and permanently changed by the power of God as found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are tired of maintenance and want real ministry. It is time to go and find that one lost sheep – and then another and another and yet another…
As Scott Wallis states: “God has invested a great deal in the Church. He bought and birthed it through the blood of His Son. How long do you think God will allow a weak-willed, worldly-minded Church to be at the forefront of what He is doing? Will not God begin fighting against this type of Church and give birth to another type of Church purified through the refining fires of His presence? I think that it is time that we evaluate ourselves to see if we are in the faith.” (Page 33, Apostolic Team Ministry)
I believe the Church is in for a time of massive change where we will see many mainline denominations die off; those who now preach the Gospel become the new mainliners and walk away from the life-changing Gospel as politically incorrect and too hot to handle. I believe we will see the true Church of Jesus Christ – the churches in North America that still openly declare Jesus is the only way to Heaven and eternal life and not one of many ways – forced to “go underground” and no longer be as public as it is now because its message will become too radical and revolutionary for a politically correct population and government to accept. I believe that as we become less visible we will become more powerful and supernatural … in fact, we will become a powerful force to be reconed with – the leaven in the loaf; radical revolutionaries; a new prototype of the Church of the Kingdom and power.
I believe that the Church world is in for a major shaking as judgment begins at the house of the Lord. I like what the book of Hebrews states: (The Message Version – Hebrews 12:27) “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered”.
This passage (paragraph) begins with the warning: (verse 25) “So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words…” Gracious, yes! But the grace must be received and acted upon quickly as truly judgment begins at the house of the Lord.
God has reintroduced the ministry of apostles and prophets to His Church for such a time as this. They are the foundation layers (Ephesians 2:20) bringing the focus of the Church back to “Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone”. They are the ones who will – with the help of five-fold evangelists (beginning to be seen and needing training), five-fold pastors and teachers – equip the saints for the supernatural works that they are being called to be a part of. They are the ones who will lead the body of Jesus Christ into unity around the central focus – Jesus Himself and His mandate to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
These are exciting times to be a believers – but difficult times as well. Massive change will be seen in the Church as God continues to shake and shape His Son’s Bride. And being relevant to the society or culture we find ourselves in will not be the issue – being faithful to the call of Jesus Christ to go into all the world will be all that is important and it will be foremost in the minds of all true church leaders as they lead their people into the greatest adventure known to the human race – a Kingdom adventure like no other.