The Equipped Church
Acts 3:19-21 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of Restoration of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
The Lord has promised a complete and full restoration of all those things spoken of by the prophets and we have been seeing that come to pass over the past 500 years! Yes, it is taking a long time but only in our perspective. In The Lord’s eyes it’s only been a few hours!
Full Restoration means a New Wineskin
New Wine cannot be poured into “The Church” as it is today because it is an old wineskin…
Mark 2:22 (NLT) “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; for the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”
Joel 1:1-5 (NKJV)
The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2 Hear this, you elders, And give ear, all you inhabitants of the land! Has anything like this happened in your days, Or even in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, And their children another generation. 4 What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten. 5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; And wail, all you drinkers of wine, Because of the new wine, For it has been cut off from your mouth.
In the early Church not only was there a “Fivefold Ministry” of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers but the Christians were “ministers of reconciliation”.
The Offices of the Fivefold Ministry were “lost”…
The first Office to be lost was the Apostle, then the Prophet. After those two the Evangelist and the Teacher were lost and finally the Pastor was replaced with the Priest. When this happened the “New Wineskin of God’s Government” was lost!
Sadly, by the year 400AD those great ministries had been replaced by an ecclesiastical and liturgical “priesthood”.
The Fivefold Ministry had been devoured and the New Wine was “cut off” because The Lord would not pour the New Wine into that religious wineskin…
That’s when the Church entered the Dark Ages… and it was destined to stay in darkness Until the Promised Restoration. That “restoration of all things” began in the 16th Century. And now, today, we have seen the restoration of these Fivefold Ministry Offices.
There is a scriptural principle that the “first shall be last and the last shall be first”. We see this in the Restoration of the Fivefold Ministries.
Pastor Martin Luther New Birth
Teacher John Wesley Fruit of the Spirit
Evangelist Edward Whitfield Hunger for Souls
Prophet There were 3 stages over 70 years
1906 Azusa Street – Baptism of the Spirit
1950’s Latter Rain Movement – Gift of Prophecy
1970’s Charismatic Renewal – Gifts of the Spirit
Apostle 1990’s The New Apostolic Reformationand the Restoration of Kingdom Government
Ephesians 4:11 – 16 Ephesians 4:11-16 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and some to be teachers, so that the saints would be fully equipped to do the works of ministry and that the Body of Christ would be built up so that we all come into the fullness of unity in the faith and that we live in the higher knowledge of the Son of God forming a mature man who measures up to the full stature of Christ representing Him here on earth.
It’s time for The Church to be Equipped!
The Fivefold Ministry has been restored and now it must become unified with Apostles in the leadership role. As that happens The Church will become the “New Wineskin” and The Lord will restore the “Full Outpouring of the New Wine”!
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first monthAnd the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God…
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.”
Today we in that process of Restoration!
We have seen the Fivefold Ministry Gifts restored and God’s Government is taking shape.
It’s time for The Lord to RESTORE what the devil stole and EQUIP The Church!
Remember Acts 3:19-21? “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
Ephesians 4:11-16 “Until we are no longer children…”
Fivefold Ministry must flow in Unity and equip, mature and mend the saints until the saints are no longer children and they begin to do the works of the ministry that God has called them to do.
The New Wineskin is the Equipped Church
God will pour out the New Wine and the waiting will be over…“Until” will is “Now”!
When this takes place we will enter into The Third Day Harvest…
Fivefold Ministers must mature so they equip the Saints…
The Saints need to become “Ministers of Reconciliation”…
The Saints need the Gifts of the Spirit in their lives…
We all need to produce the Fruit of the Spirit…
There’s so much that has to take place…
BUT… it’s going to happen
And it will be