What in the World Is Happening? – Part Seventeen

Returning to church-as-usual will not adequate to move forward from our present state.

Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

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As I have stated from the beginning of this series, the book of Job is a prophetic revelation of the final preparation of the Lord to prepare His glorious Church before His coming for that Church.  I am convinced that 9/11 marked the opening sequence of events for the church that has paralleled the opening sequence of events in the book of Job.  Let us consider the following.

Job was one of the richest and most powerful men of his time.  The first chapter of Job declares he was “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”  He had seven sons and three daughters.  He owned 7,000 sheep and 3,000 camels.  He also possessed 500 yoke of oxen and 500 she asses.  Add to that the fact that he was the richest man in the world in which he lived.  His sons had an ongoing party circuit with a party at one of their houses each day.  It was in all this that Job showed his first vulnerability.  He was making sacrifices each day for his sons and daughters, but his sacrifices were not being made in faith.  Job thought they may have sinned, and so his daily sacrifices were done in fear of a possibility that he could not know for sure had happened.  Job realized what could happen if sin entered into his world, but did not seem to understand that it was his fear of the unknown that really opened the door for Satan to strike, steal all he had, ultimately bring sickness and disease upon him, and ruin his reputation among his friends.

Dear reader, the current state of the church-at-large in the world today is a perfect parallel with the Job scenario.  The church has known great power, glorious moves of the Lord and dynamic manifestations of His power.  But today, in general, the church seems to be stripped of its former power and influence in the world.  As in the Job scenario, within today’s church is much internal arguing, debate, and competition.  Many judge others, and that wrongly, and those who believe themselves being judged are striving to justify themselves.  Satan has robbed the church blind, and many are blaming the Lord for the situation, saying He has sent current problems to judge the church.  Perhaps those folks should read Job 37:23, and the statement that God “will not afflict.”  Sound doctrine by which the church should live cannot be set forth when thinking is anchored in the sense realm, more observant of natural circumstances than the reality of God’s supernatural power that has been given us to overcome.  Returning to church-as-usual after the events of recent weeks will not suffice to please Father and fulfill His plan for His church.

Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job