In October of 2018, while spending 2 weeks at my spiritual retreat secluded to God, and God told me we would be “crossing a line” in June of 2020, I had no idea the physical form it would take. I’ve always been good at seeing the spiritual form of things, and not so good at the physical. But I knew something was coming, and when COVID hit, I told my wife this is not it yet, because it is not June.
However, on the last day of May, at around 8 p.m. when my wife and my phones lit up with the notice of an enforced 8 p.m. curfew in Indianapolis, I told her… “This is it. It begins.” Four hours later we crossed the line into June! It’s been crazy ever since, and growing. The perfect storm is here and more yet is to manifest.
There is a very bold line drawn between frustration and violence. People grow more and more frustrated but they don’t want to cross that line, and for good reasons! But once frustration, hopelessness, depression, and anger reach a certain point, people will finally cross that line! I believe God was alerting me to a spiritual and physical point of time and events causing a massive move of people crossing the line.
Now as I admitted, I’m better at seeing the spiritual, and that is why I have already written considerable material on the new wine about to bust the old wine skin concerning church, but as we wrote in last article, it is not uncommon for a spiritual event to also have a physical parallel.
There is a real physical need, but there is a spiritual need first! It is a spiritual need first and material need second. Without the spiritual side of this, any answers we try will only lead to “other” issues. We need both! And the Priesthood side of this lands squarely in the laps of the church! We need both Politics and Pulpits! But we don’t need the church trying to be the politics! We need God’s true people to get back to being a true Priesthood “serving” mankind like salt fights decay and light pushes back darkness!
So what are we going to do about this my fellow followers of Christ? I’ve been saying it for 2-3 years now, the church must get back to what Jesus and the early church actually did. You may ask how can small groups help a community more effectively than large churches can? For one thing, we can saturate an area like yeast in bread! There is the fermentation process of wine. The early church functioned in that way. I believe the new wine is already fermenting and stretching this old wine skin. The old skin is going to burst and the new wine come forth! Much like the old ways of Israel, the old covenant, was bursting as Jesus was born and came forth! The ax is laid to the root of the trees bearing rotten fruit!
These politics won’t work without the pulpit too. We may buy ourselves a temporary reprieve until everyone figures out the new answers are not perfect enough either, and then the dissatisfaction grows again, and the cycle repeats over and over again, because the real answer is a spiritual one. Jesus was always concerned about the physical needs of people, but he put the emphasis on the spiritual. Church, we are the ones who are supposed to understand these things.
The church Jesus started understood there was no difference between the clergy and the laity. All the truly born-again have entered a Priesthood in Christ. There are many scriptures confirming this, of which 1st Peter 2:5 is only one. And King James mistranslated Revelation 1:6 when he translated “made us kings and priest”. It should read a “kingdom of priest”. ( A big difference!) The message is clear and we have strayed too far from the original template of our Lord’s early church!
Politicians must do their part, but what of us who claim to follow Christ, whether we’re black or white? Are we just to throw money at the situation? That has become our most popular answer. However, the early church understood how to hear God individually and get their individual marching orders from the Head. What is God telling you to do? Yes, it gets very “personal” in small group believers. Priesthood gets very personal.
The early church did not have “professional” clergy. They had men simply called of God, and the “calling” was obvious to one and all. For one thing, these men of God were not concerned about money! They had no salary! Money was not involved in their decisions! Acts 4:13 shows how the professionals marveled at these unlearned and ordinary men! And yet these unprofessional born-again kingdom of clergy people turned the world upside down!
Experts who have studied this teach that clear to the end of the 2nd century you can find Christian writers stating: We have no altars, no temples, no priesthood as such. Their temple was the body of believers.Their priesthood included all the born-again in Christ. There were particular gifts, callings, and functions, but it was a one class society! This is the church Jesus “started”!
Now realize, the crossing of this line is also totally connected to an upcoming election. How political should the church be? You have your one vote. Be led of God in what you do with it, and let it rest at that. Who’s going to win the upcoming election, and what dominoes will begin falling as a result? Who knows, but I still think the church has become the future target of a left-wing who has crossed the line from hate and anger, to violence.
No matter what, the #1 concern of God’s true church is following Jesus. God simplifies everything. It does not matter what else may be going on, more of the Holy Spirit is always our first answer, and everything else comes after that. Until we get the church back in proper order, what good are we to the world? And yet this is upon us now. Small groups can change and move quickly, but what of these large cruise ships so many churches have become?
Those who can walk on water have nothing to fear. Those who have trained themselves to keep their eyes on Jesus by the POWER of the Holy Spirit will be used mightily in this time, just like Gideon and his 300, just like Elijah facing Baal, and just like John the Baptist proclaiming “Repent! And make straight the paths of the Lord!”
My platform is very small here. If you think these words are from God, please share with others. The more we get the new wine flowing, the sooner a healing can truly begin in this land. The world may hate God’s pulpit and God’s people, but they need us more than they are willing to admit to. They were crucifying our Lord, the whole time he was saving them. This is how it works, folks. Thank you.