I believe God´s vision for His last-day church is based on His revealed
Word-because the Bible clearly outlines what the church of Jesus
Christ will be like just prior to His coming.
The church in America is far from what God envisioned it to be. For
the most part, entire denominations today operate without the Holy
Spirit. They are devoid of the presence of Jesus and bankrupt of all
spiritual gifts. They practice a form of religion without any power,
conviction or saving message. They are cozy with the world and
are more political than spiritual. They appease sin, wink at divorce
and ridicule the supernatural, while tossing aside all teaching about
heaven, hell, repentance and judgment.
The New Testament church made devils tremble! It drove legions
of demons into the abyss, prayed prison doors open, made rulers
cringe in fear. Those early believers had such faith and power that
cripples rose up leaping and beggars became evangelists. They
believed in the supernatural and they opened blind eyes, unstopped
deaf ears and healed all manner of diseases. They even raised the dead!
I am not saying God´s last-day church will be a repeat or copy of
the first-century church. No-I am saying it will be even greater
than that! It will be mightier, stronger, with an ever greater revelation
of Jesus. It will have greater unction from the Spirit than ever-
greater even than at Pentecost! God always saves His best wine for last!
The prophet Daniel confirms this. He said that certain prophetic
truths were locked up, only to be revealed in the last days: "For
the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. . . .
And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall
understand" (Daniel 12:9-10).
Today the Holy Spirit is revealing these things to spiritual, discerning
saints! "It is written: `Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have
entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for
those who love Him.´ But God has revealed them to us through His
Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of
God" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
The Lord is preparing a powerful yet humble army of shepherds
after His own heart and also a remnant congregation of hungry
sheep who have turned away from the deadness and sin of the
modern church. The scene is being set for that church which will
be hot, not lukewarm-and it will rock the very foundations of hell.
No power on earth will be able to ignore or despise it!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon