The Charismatic Movement brought forth a restoration of and renewed awareness in the “Charismata” or Manifestation Gifts of the Spirit. As that movement was waning, during the last two decades of the 20th Century, God began a systematic restoration of the office of the prophet back into its proper place of function within the Church Jesus is building, beginning with what came to be called a “prophetic movement” birthed in the mid-1980s. The denouement (unfolding, development) of that movement as it transpired over those two closing decades of the 20th Century was by no means without its marked flaws, flat-sides, and failures, as is always the case with any move of the Spirit involving humans (and they all do), even redeemed humans. Too many too often forget or fail to recognize that while God, His Ways, purposes, and plans are flawless and perfect, the human vessels through which He elects to implement everything He does on earth, i.e., the Body of Christ, Redeemed Humanity, are neither. Though the treasure be heavenly, the vessels that bear them are earthly—in the process of being changed (sanctified) or conformed into His Image, but not yet having been fully changed or conformed. Thus, to look for or expect perfection and flawless manifestation of even a divinely orchestrated move is an unrealistic and futile expectation. Now, however, in the 21st Century, God is bringing new direction and development, course adjustment and correction, to the prophetic restoration as it continues to gradually mature to a status in which it can truly and effectively be used by God for the purposes He intended and delineated in Scripture. The restoration and maturation of the prophetic office and gifts is a part of “Present Truth,” in which the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, is progressively establishing the Church He is building.
“…be established in the PRESENT TRUTH.” (1 Pet. 1:12)
“…as for knowledge, it will pass away [that is, it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]. For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect [total] comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away—become antiquated, void and superseded….For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know inpart (imperfectly); but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].” (1 Cor. 13:8-12, Amplified Bible)
The entrance of God’s Word gives light, or illumination of the Truth (Ps. 119:130). By and by, through the centuries, God has been progressively dispelling spiritual darkness in the Church by gradually revealing more and more Truth and incrementally granting greater illumination of the Truth. As a result, the Church’s understanding of what Truth is, is becoming more and more complete and perfected as we approach the end of the Church Age. This is the import of the Divine exhortation that we “be established in PRESENT Truth” (2 Pet. 1:12, KJV). Certainly the Truth as it exists in the Mind of God is absolute and absolutely perfect, and therefore cannot be improved or upgraded. Rather, it is the Church’s understanding of the Truth that is constantly being improved and upgraded. Ever since its birth, the Lord has been teaching and maturing the Church, renewing our collective mind to make it to be congruous with the “mind of Christ.” That process continues in these last days as the Holy Spirit dispels the darkness which has been blinding our eyes and elucidates Truth which in a semantic sense is “new” but which in reality is not, since it has really been there all along. Continue reading “The Prophetic and Present Truth” »