A New Thing

From BelieveTheSign

Does God want to do something new but we are eating off something that is fifty years old?

Why does this always happen?

How often have you heard Christians say, "God is doing a new thing in his church"? The "new thing" they refer to may be called a revival, an outpouring, a visitation, or a move of God.
Yet very often, this "new thing" dies out very quickly. And once it has faded, it can´t be found again. In this way, it proves not to be a move of God at all. In fact, Christian sociologists have tracked many of these visitations and discovered the average span of life of such an event is about five years. Personally, I believe God is doing a new thing in his church today. Yet this great work of the Spirit can´t be found in just one location. It´s happening worldwide.
God will not begin a new thing in his church until he does away with the old. This biblical principle, proven throughout centuries of church history, is found in both Testaments and governs any true move of God. As Jesus put it, he won´t put new wine into old wineskins (see Mark 2:22).
The principle of doing away with the old and raising up the new was first introduced in the Old Testament at Shiloh. During the time of the Judges, God established a holy work in that city (see Judges 18:31). Shiloh, where the Lord´s sanctuary stood, was the center of all religious activity in Israel. The name Shiloh itself means "that which is the Lord´s." This speaks of things that represent God and reveal his nature and character. God spoke to his people at Shiloh; it was there that Samuel heard God´s voice and where the Lord revealed his will to him (see 1 Samuel 1).
The Lord stopped speaking at Shiloh because the priest had become lazy and sensual and the city had become corrupt. God told Samuel, in essence, "Shiloh has become so defiled, it no longer represents who I am. This house is no longer mine. I´m finished with it." So the Lord lifted his presence from the sanctuary and wrote "Ichabod" above the door, which means, "The glory of the Lord has departed."
The Lord completely did away with the old but once again, he raised up a new thing. After that, the temple in Jerusalem became known as "the Lord´s house" and God spoke to his people there.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
David Wilkerson

What is old and what is new?

Was Pentecost the "old thing"?

Pentecost is like her denominational vulture sister, setting now in large "counsel seats of the ungodly," certainly, listening to her worldly, politic heads feeding her on vulture food of dead rabbits, of something that passed by, fifty years ago. That's the condition of the Pentecostal church. Oh, my![1]

Was the message the new thing?

And even what is eat today, don't try to keep it for tomorrow. "Burn it with fire, before daylight come," for there's a new Message coming forth, and a new thing. [2]

Is a "new thing" necessarily good?

So they took Paul, brought him before the city council, the Areopagus, and said, “We would like to know what this new teaching is that you are talking about. Some of the things we hear you say sound strange to us, and we would like to know what they mean.” (For all the citizens of Athens and the foreigners who lived there liked to spend all their time telling and hearing the latest new thing.)[3]

Is the message now the "old thing"?

William Branham chided the Pentecostals for eating "old" mana:

We're in the last days. We're standing near the judgment. Why? They're trying to eat old manna that fell back yonder fifty years ago, the Pentecostal church.[4]

The fiftieth anniversary of William Branham's death has already passed. According to William Branham's theology, it is time for something new. The message is stale old manna...if it ever was manna.


Footnotes

  1. William Branham, THE.SEED.IS.NOT.HEIR.WITH.THE.SHUCK_ JEFF.IN V-6 N-4 THURSDAY_ 65-0218
  2. William Branham, THE.RAPTURE_ YUMA.AZ V-5 N-14 SATURDAY_ 65-1204
  3. American Bible Society, The Holy Bible: The Good News Translation, 2nd ed. (New York: American Bible Society, 1992), Ac 17:19–21.
  4. TRYING TO DO GOD A SERVICE WITHOUT BEING THE WILL OF GOD JEFF.IN 65-0718M


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