End Time Application

I once heard an interesting discussion about ministries raising up other ministries. It was said that since the reformation, all the great leaders who came along were not able to raise up successors who went on to become greater than them. Luther, Calvin, Knox, Wesley, etc all represent peaks in the progress of the church. These peaks were followed by declines. Likewise the great revivals are all peaks in the growth of the church. Each revival was followed by a decline.

But the Word of God says

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: Mal 4:5

And we take that to mean that the end time church will be gifted with a ministry that will also carry out the three tasks of Elijah. That today's church leaders will be privileged to raise up a new generation who will far surpass them in accomplishments. They will be ministries who will do the greater works.

Likewise, the revival we have today, great as it is, will be far outshone by the final end time revival and harvest that the Lord is going to give.

In this case the three tasks of Elijah are to raise up a greater ministry, Proclaim a new King, King Jesus, and to lay their lives down in service to Jesus.

The three characters are today's church, the end time church [man-child] and the beast or anti-christ, whose number is 666, and who is given power to overcome the saints. {See Satan's Final Challenge by Bill Somers}

We can see that the pattern in the ministry of Elisha is a pattern for the end time church. The pattern set by Jesus is a pattern for the end time church. The pattern followed by Paul is a pattern for the end time church, [It shows Paul to be a type of the end time church, his conversion a type of revival.]

And so this pattern as it will work out gives us three stages. First is where we are now, preparing for and anticipating a great revival and harvest.

Second will be the End Time Apostolic Church that will receive the final outpouring of the Spirit and will do the Greater Works.

Third will be a church that is willing to present their bodies a living sacrifice, laying down their lives just as Jesus and Paul did. And being able to say with Paul:

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2

Timothy 4:6-8.

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