Here is a very recent revelatory Spirit-inspired utterance from a minister whom I greatly respect.
“You’re going to see is a change-over of the generations (in the body and in politics). In the coming days, weeks, and months several notable ministers will die (and there will also be political turnover in the future). Look at the generation that is taking their place. There are no ‘big names’ as in times past for this move is a move of the body.”
Since this prophecy a number of notable ministers have gone on to be with the Lord, so a part of it has already come to pass, thereby proving its accuracy. In a conversation with friends recently I was talking to them of the number of prominent ministers who’ve gone to heaven in the last 20 years. All of them were pioneers in their various fields and callings. They were men full of the Word and the Spirit. I was asking my friends who will take their place. Who is carrying what they carried? I realize now that I was looking at it, at least partly, from a man-centered perspective. Although God will continue to use individuals as He always has, the focus is more on the body of Christ and not as much on the marketing of big name ministries and popular trendy themes in the church as in the past.
The prophecy continued with a warning.
Be warned though. You will hear of people trying to market the Father’s presence as other themes have been marketed and risen and fallen over the years in my body, and many will run here and there to be ‘in the Presence’. But the true move is a move of purity, where the Father’s presence will be known and those who experience Him will know the sacredness of their time in the Spirit. They will value and esteem time in the Spirit, and hold it dear to them. These are not interested in having their ears tickled nor do they want merely an experience – they long for our abiding Presence in their lives. They are throwing off the shackles of man-made religion and running to the Father with desperation. Didn’t I say the Father seeks those to worship Him in spirit and truth? These are the days you will see a mighty move in this area….”
The whole body of Christ functions by revelation, therefore the most important thing we can do in our gatherings and church meetings is to seek His presence and revelation. This may come through inspired teaching and discussion, worship, a time of silence in His presence, and ministry to others whereby the gifts of the Spirit may flow (1 Cor 14:26). I just know this – If we truly enter into His presence when we meet, the rest falls into place.
Our quarterly forums here in Nashua, NH revolve around this purpose. There are no big names attached to it. It is rather small in number with usually not more than 60-80 people in attendance, with a dozen ministers or so, but it is pure and His presence and gifts are manifested. Let’s not miss the purity of our gatherings because of their numerical smallness or absence of hype and popularity of big names. The important thing is that His presence is in manifestation and revelation is flowing. We can all be in the Lord’s presence and be filled with His Spirit individually and corporately.