The End of an Era

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It’s the end of an era (a period of time considered as being of a distinctive character) of the church age as we know it and the beginning of the age of the Kingdom. The church was born on the day of Pentecost and from that time up until now we have had religious awakenings revealing a facet of God’s nature and character, thus laying it into the foundations of the house that God would build. No other age has had so many teachings and written materials published and mass produced for the nations to receive the Word, being exposed to the gospel of salvation. Waves and movements of this nature always reveal an aspect of His face that lays another foundational truth and then decreases in strength and intensity as the end of an era draws to a close.  An enormous stress and pressure has been building up throughout the generations within the remnant of God’s people who have become increasingly dissatisfied with the existing state or condition of the church.  Creation groans inwardly for the sons of God to be manifest in the earth, liberating creation and setting it free from its bondage to decay and gaining entrance into the glorious freedom of the sons of God.  (Romans 8:19-21) 

If we look at it from a physics perspective… In nature, fission will not happen unless a minimum amount and a specific purity of fissile material is present.  Critical mass is that minimum amount… but there also is a purity in that amount.  The power is in the nucleus of the atom.  That is why we speak of nuclear power.  That power is trapped within the atom until the proper principle is used to release it.  The nucleus of the atom is surrounded by a negative electron cloud and something must penetrate that cloud and agitate the nucleus.  What does this is a neutron beam.  That beam bombards the atom until the nucleus starts to respond.  The physical characteristics of the nucleus completely change.  It is known as critical mass. John Wesley, Charles Finney, William Branham, etc. had something in common:  They were all in favor of critical mass in their day.  They were feared by the established order because they brought change and led the church back to power.  They polished tarnished truth of silver and gold, restoring them to their original brilliance.  They reminded the church of her legacy of triumph and demanded that she live up to it.  (Critical Mass-Mario Murillo) 

 ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’  Unfortunately, those of the previous move of God would persecute and resist the next wave of truth, which shortens the life span of a full work in imparting revelation to the body of Christ. They camped out on a revelation and it became an end itself rather than a continuous outpouring of truth; which caused stagnation and death.  Ex. Martin Luther received the revelation of His “95 Theses,” which propounded two central beliefs—that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds—was to spark the Protestant Reformation. Although these ideas had been advanced before, Martin Luther codified them at a moment in history ripe for religious reformation. The revelation he received was truth and he would not recant unless the Catholic church could show evidence otherwise. Another group called the Anabaptist would rise up on the heels of the Luther reformation that believed in their assertion of the necessity of adult baptism, rejecting the infant baptism practiced by the Roman Catholic Church. They believed that true baptism required a public confession of both sin and faith, which could only be accomplished as an adult exercise of free will. Martin Luther was so opposed to this belief that he decreed: BAPTIST LEADERS, THEIR FOLLOWERS, AND PROTECTORS SHALL BE DROWNED WITHOUT MERCY.

My point is, there will always be opposition to the next move of God as one wave will usually resist the one coming; but the wave that I see on the horizon has been increasing and strengthening for generations and building momentum within the remnant of believers that have been preserved for our time.  Prepared and protected by the hand of the Father, He has reserved the best for last and set apart a special generation equipped and made ready in the caves of obscurity to be revealed as His champions of the faith. The Kingdom age will characterize the King of Glory on His throne and His representatives will rule and govern as the extension of His arm to legislate justice and raise the standard of His righteousness. The preparation of the bride who has made herself ready will be a sign to those who have not trimmed their wicks and gathered oil for their lamps. Their will be a separation of the wheat and the tares to get ready for the great harvest of the age. There will be a reaping of the harvest of laborers to be sent and commissioned into the harvest fields of souls.  Church as we know it is about to change as we enter the final stage of preparation and jettison off all the former modes and methods of operation and yield to the new thing that has been promised to the heirs of salvation and to those who believe.

The groaning of creation will be the impetus to set off a chain reaction of a previous series of events thus precipitating a move of God that will never end.  Smith Wigglesworth prophesied this end-time move in 1947 stating;

“During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of
the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain. The first move
will affect every church that is open to receive it, and will be
characterised by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

“The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving
historic churches and planting new churches.

“In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are
involved will say, ‘This is a great revival.’ But the Lord says, ‘No,
neither is the great revival but both are steps towards it.’

“When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidence
in the churches of something that has not been seen before: a
coming together of those with an emphasis on the word and those
with an emphasis on the Spirit. When the word and the Spirit
come together, there will be the biggest move of the Holy Spirit
that the nation, and indeed, the world has ever seen. It will mark
the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been
witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and Welsh
revivals of former years….”

This Tsunami wave has not been readily seen on the surface due to its subterranean activity and the hiddeness of prayer and supplication through the saints; but when it hits the shore it will remove and shake all that can be shaken and that which cannot be shaken will remain.  This will be the greatest awakening the church has ever seen as former mantles and callings that have been lost or stolen will be recovered and the former dominion will be restored once again.  God’s people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; they will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.  Isaiah 58:12

We must throw off all unnecessary weight and encumbrance which so easily entangles us and run the race with patience and endurance to accomplish the goal and the completion of His work.  The great cloud of witnesses (the assembly of the firstborn) are looking on with excited anticipation to behold the fullness of the ‘Revelation’ uniting God and man in and through Jesus Christ, the mediator of the new and better covenant will receive the reward of His suffering.

Written by Shannon LaFreniere

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