Elijah, Jezebel and the Bride:
Where Are We Now?
A Pastoral Deliverance
A sovereign work of God has begun to move the church from prophetic/pastoral estrangement into courtship. The key to this transition is a supernatural weakening of jezebel’s veil between the pastoral and prophetic. In the next two segments, we look at a mutual pastoral deliverance and a prophetic healing that has quietly begun, producing the first conditions necessary for bringing these two natures together.
Increased Cleansing From Jezebel in the Pastoral Stream
Let’s start with what has been happening in the front line “visible” pastoral-led church since it is the easiest to identify.
Before beginning, let’s get straight a critical point:
God’s work of church transformation is generational, gradual and localized. It is not sudden and all embracing of everyone everywhere at the same time. So when we describe what God is doing “in the frontline church,” we are not talking about every church in every place at the same time.
Nor is it to suggest that this is or will happen in every church. Indeed not. For even though the Lord is cleansing the pastoral nature in many places, in many other places the throne of the harlot will increase and remain steadfast to the end and its destruction.
So—and I’m speaking now to prophetic-natured people here—if you do not yet see what I will describe here, do not prematurely judge what I am saying by your immediate situation. The things I cite may not yet have come to a church near you, and/or God may have to lead you to a place where they are becoming evident as He separates out a pure pastoral nature from the final harlot body.
That said, let’s assert clearly: God has begun delivering the pastoral nature from control under jezebel toward reconciling a pastoral generation with the apostolic/prophetic nature.
There are three sound evidences of this. First of all, in the last 20 years, the Lord has poured out the Spirit of prophecy upon the pastoral church. When I say the “spirit of prophecy,” I do not mean the governmental apostolic/prophetic nature. I simply mean the ability to prophesy—to convey the Lord’s mind for present edification of people within the confines of harmonious corporate interchange as described by I Cor. 14:3.
True, this kind of prophecy is woefully incomplete from the prophetic nature’s point of view, and we will come to that. Nevertheless, it is genuinely prophetic, and the ability of a pastoral stream to recognize and embrace any prophetic stream at all is a major step toward reconciliation.
Secondly, over this same period, the attention of the pastoral church has made a large turn in focus toward the throne-oriented ministries of worship and intercession. These are ministries that are also dear to the governmental prophetic/apostolic heart, and so enable a basic compatibility between the two to become realized.
Thirdly, in the last 10+ years, this “prophetically-energized” worshipping intercessory pastoral stream has come to publicly recognize the need for deliverance from the jezebel spirit. Significant books have come out by internationally renowned “pastoral-prophetic” teachers. The need for the church’s deliverance from jezebel became a significant conference theme in the mid 1990’s and remains so among intercessors within many churches today.
The result of all this is that a new generation of pastoral-led churches has become open to nurturing the fledgling prophetic in its midst, and has otherwise become very reticent to expelling more fully matured prophetic-natured saints who speak out concerning the church’s ills.
While the pastoral-led churches still bristle at the prophetic nature and cannot take direction from it, they are no longer quick to put out apostolic/prophetic people. And even when they feel they must ask vocal Prophet/ Apostle natures to refrain or leave, it is with regret and a heavy heart, not with the heavy hand of jealous animosity characteristic of jezebel. What we are seeing is no less than the stripping away of jezebel to reveal a genuine pastoral nature with real mothering care for all who are in her midst, including fledgling prophetic natured saints.
As the pastors of this new stream grow in maturity, they are becoming gradually more aware of the deficiency in their nature’s ability to govern the church. They continue to see the same sins appear in their churches, sins over which they grieve, yet from which they seem unable to cleanse the church. Many are tiring of the program-driven paradigm, even under the “mothering prophetic” anointing that they have embraced—seeing it makes no real impact on their people.
But for all this, they still do not recognize the apostolic/prophetic nature as the solution to their weakness, even though on the periphery of vision they may acknowledge it has a certain place, and even say they look forward to “apostolic restoration.” We have not come to that place yet. Nevertheless, initial recognition toward courtship with the governmental prophetic has begun.
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First Love Ministry
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