We just finished celebrating the 1st birthday of my son, Joel. We did all the typical stuff…the party with presents, the much anticipated “first birthday cake smushing,” family came over, we sang…everything you would typically expect for a one year old. And we had a great time.
All of this, however, has got me thinking about Joel and what he means to Christy and I and to the larger body of Christ. We gave our son the name Joel because the Lord had spoken to us about a move of the Spirit that would come at the end of the age. The birth of Joel was going to be a sign for us about an outpouring of the Spirit described in Joel 2:28-32:
“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. (Joel 2:28-32)”
I’ve written about this before, but I want to stick this thesis the door of my blog for the whole world to see: There is coming a move of the Spirit that will trump anything we have seen before. I’m not saying that just because the Lord told us to name our son Joel. I’m saying that because God declares in His word that He will pour out His Spirit in the last hour of human history. It will happen. It is as sure and as fixed in Scripture as the coming of the Anti-Christ and and the second coming of Jesus.
Beloved do not forget the coming outpouring of the Spirit! It’s not some pie-in-the-sky fantasy. God wasn’t just trying to motivate us with a promise that He never intended to fulfill. Weariness and dryness tend to shrink our faith. It’s hard to believe for an outpouring of the Spirit when you look around and see an Earth suffering from a shortage of God breaking through! But remember that just because we have not seen the outpouring does not mean it does not exist. When Noah built an ark no one had ever seen a flood, but that did not make him foolish for preparing.
So tonight, while I’m celebrating the life of my son, I want to call us all contend for the breakthrough of the Spirit of God wherever we are. There will be a day when we all cry out “come” together and a tidal wave of presence of God floods the Earth like never before. Our job is to continue to call out “come” until the crescendo in Heaven builds and God cannot hold Himself back any longer. The result will be signs in the sky, miracles on the Earth, and a flood of souls coming into the Kingdom like never before. May the Lord help us to be found faithful and waiting in that day.
I just found this on Alan Hirsch’s blog. My question for you is this: What does the information presented in this video mean for us? What does it mean for us as believers living at the end of the age? How does it change how we perceive and do mission at the end of the age? Can what’s happening all around us further the Jesus movement we’re called into and to extend? What does it mean? And how do you respond?
Things around this blog have pretty much been a ghost-town since the election ended. I feel like I have a lot of thoughts about things but not much clarity from the Lord on any of it. Rather than posting whatever I feel, I’m going to wait. Thankfully the Lord is beginning to save me from by big, fat, internet mouth.
There are lots of things going on that are good right now. I really feel like the house church is in a very positive place. We’re all beginning to catch a little bit of the vision that God has for us as a family and as part of a larger movement that will culminate with the return of Jesus. I’m testing the waters with Jesus about the possibility of going to Ethiopia in June with my friend John. God is stirring the water several different ways in my job as well.
I think this blog is up for a little remodeling as well. You may notice I have a new avatar. I’ve become increasingly concerned with the abilities Web 2.0 gives to anyone whose interested to monitor what I and those around me are doing. Because of that, I removed my face and replaced it with this snappy picture. However, on a happier note, this picture is said to be of a Canadian farmer rejoicing at sunset because of the greatness of the harvest in front of him. My hope is this picture is in reality prophesying where this thing is going. I’m also hoping to develop a resource page where I can host different teachings, books, and equipping files that will strengthen the apostolic church I believe the Lord is raising up in this hour. While there is absolutely nothing there, you can check out the beginnings of it here.
Finally, the Lord has been speaking to me about continuing to write and publish and develop relationships around the themes that I talk about frequently here. Part of that will be me trying to get significantly better at describing what exactly it is we’re called to as an end-time church planting movement. If that doesn’t excite you, that’s okay, I’ll publish other stuff as well. But if it does, feel free to drop in, say hi, or get involved in the discussion.
And finally, to those of you who I’ve been bad at staying in touch with, I’m working your way.
I found this picture on the web site of Ben Israel, a community founded under the leadership of Art Katz who devoted his life to preparing the Church for the end of the age. Art’s method of preparing believers for the end of the age was different than most. He believed that only believers who were forged in true community would be prepared for what the Lord would bring upon the Earth. He had some other people who agreed with him. To that end, he founded Ben Israel. I think the sign speaks volumes.
(You can catch up on what Art had to say here.)
I’m about to post about my day and I realized that I was going to use a phrase I don’t normally use here but I found it scrawled on the walls of my heart. So I thought I would define it quick so I could link to it. It’s very 21st century I think. If I had more time I’d create a wikipedia entry.
So the term is “This Thing.” What do I mean when I say “This Thing?” I believe before the end of the age that God is going to raise up a Bride that is faithful to Jesus like no other generation in church history. In the midst of the greatest persecution ever from a satanically inspired world leader, God will pour out His Spirit in unprecendented ways that will bring in a global harvest of epic proportions. It’s the book of Exodus plus the book of Acts multiplied (Micah 7:15, Joel 2, Revelation 11:3-12). It’s IHOP’s Prophetic History plus Houses that Change the World plus an apostolic and prophetic revolution like we have never seen. It’s viral networks of churches full of people following the Lamb wherever He goes. It’s Jesus’ plan for the end of the age. You’ll enjoy it, I’m sure.
Anyways, “This Thing” is the the church of Jesus Christ as it is today, saying a weak “Yes.” She may not look like a pure and spotless Bride yet, but she’s coming through the wilderness, what do you expect? Rest assured of this…She is going somewhere.
Buckle up…it’s going to be a fun ride.