Spiritual Fathers, or Fathers in Ministry” are going through a great transitional change today because of the significant “shift” going on with younger leaders and older leaders as well!! There is also a “generational gap” because the older leaders, as with every generation, must “step up”, as to make way for an awesome “third generation” of sons emerging! (apostolic synergy, father to son/fathers and sons)
Just as the key to Abraham’s lineage and becoming a “father of a multitude” was ISAAC, so the “second generation” of today’s SONS must ardently DESIRE sons, which means they are becoming FATHERS!! You may say, “Why is this so important?” Because without Fathers ‘fathering’ sons who become ‘fathers’ we will never see the full restoration of the Spirit of Elijah in the earth!
I like the term that Dr. Don Lynch uses in his book, The Spirit and Power of Elijah, REVOLUTIONARY REVIVAL! I know many are still a little scared of the term “full restoration” but to stay in a revival mode, as we have known it, will not bring to pass the full intention of God in the earth! As my ministry father, Dr. Mark Hanby, termed several years ago, we must have a “revelation for a revolution” that will bring us to an “apostolic reformation!”
Malachi 4:5,6- “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the ‘great’ and ‘dreadful’ (awesome) day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to ‘their’ fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” We know that John the Baptist fulfilled that in the “first” coming of Christ, as he came before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17)
We are at the dawning of the seventh day, or the “third day” from Christ, which means we are come to the fulfilling of the “great and dreadful” day of the LORD, as we now come FULL CIRCLE to once again see a people prepared for the Lord! Jesus could only come at the time “appointed of the Father” and did no earthly ministry until He came to the age of maturity (30) and heard the voice of the Father say, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!” This is why we are seeing such a great change, because the sons of God are maturing in Christ, becoming His body in the earth, Christ in US, the hope of glory! (Col. 1:27)
Today, there is a “many-membered body”, the corporate ecclesia in the earth, coming out of the wilderness…Who is she who looks forth as the morning, Fair as the moon, Clear as the sun, Awesome as an army with banners? Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? (Song of Sol. 6:10; 8:5a) This is the New Day, the “new thing” Father is bringing, “forgetting those things behind us and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…” (Phill. 3:13b)
Heb. 12:22,24a- But you are come to mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the First Born who are registered in heaven, To God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to JESUS the MEDIATOR of the new covenant,…
Malachi 4:2- But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the LORD of Hosts…