God honors the calendar of the Jews. Today, September 25, 2014 is Rosh Hashannah, New Year’s Day and a year of release for gifts, provisions, ministries and change. It is also the beginning of the Shemetah Year, 12 months of all debts cancelled, and not just money – there are other debts as well, stolen inheritances, delayed ministries, wayward children coming home from lost lives. For the just who live by faith there is a lot to look forward to.
The Church Age is on its way out. The Kingdom Age is moving in. Major shifts in God’s plans have always been gradual. Large numbers of people were disgusted with the Roman Church long before Martin Luther took his public stand. In fact, he could hardly have been so successful had he not spoken to a broad base of largely silent agreement. He caused a giant shift from liturgical religion to evangelical, from duty to outreach.
The Church Age has been all about the collection of the “ecclesia” – the “called out” ones, those called out of worldly sins to a new life. The Kingdom Age is the advent of King Jesus Himself. Ecclesia is a feminine word in Greek and her position has been under human control, that is males, although anointed, appointed, called and prepared, but still not under the Holy Spirit who is the director of the activities of believers on earth, or should be. 30% of all Christians in the USA do not attend regular church services. They will have now a place to go.
The Kingdom is a transfer to the direct headship of the deity. It is not about communication of the gospel but communion with God Himself through His Son. It will, in the end, not be recognizable anymore than early Christianity for the 1st few hundred years reflected Judaism. The goal of this Kingdom people will be the creation of “one new man” joining Judaism and all other believers under a spiritual headship. They will be one in the spirit.
Ephesians 2: (He) having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace
The New Man is a blend of the Jew under the Law and the Christian under Grace. You don’t really have a total person without both. And you don’t really have a “church” without both the Law and Grace.
Of course, man has free will and he will choose whom he will serve – self, world, devil or Lord. We do not expect there will be total unanimity. This group will be called the Body of Christ, a male body. Within it all will be on an equal footing in spite of all having diverse gifts and calling.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The feminist movement can never realize equality because they seek it through natural means, but the spiritual will bring it to pass.
The old Church Age has mortgages, retirement plans, and programs; the Kingdom Age has none of these because it is not an organization but an organism. Bible studies will be in homes for deliverance, healing, and community. There will be attempts to go back to the Law; Jews may try to take over because they are part of the original tree from which Christianity came, but they will be resisted, because the Kingdom is all governed by the King and not man.
The buildings of the Church Age will be sold, although some buildings for celebration will stay stay on. Some churches have already seen this vision and are acting in accord. They have multi-thousand celebrations but the work of the ministry is done elsewhere, by individuals, trained, called, and most importantly, obeying God one-on-one.
Not everyone wants a Lord so many will hang on to the past, but not to worry, Jesus is moving things along. Important to the Kingdom is the raising up of the Tabernacle of David. I’ll say more about that some other time.
For now, rejoice, and if you have wearied of the old ways of talking heads, and eternal “programs” which don’t meet needs, the Kingdom is yours. Look for it.