EMERGENCE OF THE GLORIOUS CHURCH

There has to be a restoration of praise and worship before Jesus returns according to prophecy about the restoration of the Tabernacle of David. God’s prophetic timetable is dependent on many things, but central to it is worship and the massive evangelism that will accompany it. This is the future we can look forward to.

EARLY CHURCH UNDERSTANDING

An important meeting was called in Jerusalem by the early church apostles to try and resolve unexpected events taking place. The apostles came together to discuss the new phenomenon, namely that the gentiles were experiencing salvation, healing and deliverance by the power of God. This was not what the Jewish apostles had expected as we read in Acts 1:6 where they asked the question to the Lord before he ascended to heaven “Lord will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel.” At that time they were still expecting the kingdom would be restored to the Jews, but God was pouring out his Spirit on Gentiles also. This presented them with a dilemma and challenge, namely what to do with uncircumcised gentiles who were joining their ranks. At that time the church was essentially Jewish but now all that suddenly changed. After some time of discussion, James who was the pastor of the church at Jerusalem and the most orthodox leader of the apostles remembered the prophecy of Amos (Amos 9:11) and quoted it as follows.

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, ‘Men and brethren, listen to me: Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD. Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the LORD who does all these things.” ’ ” (Acts 15:12 -17)

RESTORATION & REVIVAL

 

The Gentiles are mentioned 3 times and reference is made of a great influx of souls from the nations. Prophetically this is a picture of the end time church. It is a restoration of the Davidic line of David through Jesus to New Testament kings and priests.

And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:10).

It’s a picture of a church restored to the fullness of its glory experiencing revival throughout the nations. This does not infer that everyone will get saved.

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1-2)

In fact there will be a great falling away, but at the same time there will be a great influx of souls. God is encouraging us at this time to draw near to him and take our place as priests who are intimate with him and kings who wield the authority that Jesus has conferred on us.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

Surely Jesus will return for a church that is operating in all that has been lost, a glorious church that will bring him honour and deliverance to the captives.

About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]