Elijah, Jezebel and the Bride:
Where Are We Now?
The Plight of Fledgling-Adolescent Prophets in the Pastoral-Prophetic Church
We noted that one of the fruits of jezebel’s weakening and the new presence of the mothering-prophetic spirit is that fledgling prophetic natured saints are no longer routinely squashed and expelled. They are in fact nurtured to a large degree although the authoritative element of their nature is not recognized. This is the blessing.
But there is also the bane. For as these fledgling prophets grow into the adolescent phase of their development, tension with “mother” begins to develop! It is the same tension that develops on the natural level between a single mother and her teenage boys. The mother really can’t identify with the nature of her boys nor can provide the mentoring guidance that only apostolic/prophet fathers can provide.
As fledgling prophetic natures enter adolescence in the mothering pastoral-prophetic church, they struggle with their own increasing perceptions of the errors and incompletenesses in the leadership. They know their perceptions are of the Lord, but the leadership simply can’t receive it. The leadership will not turn out her own, but neither can they hear these voices in their midst.
At this point, one of two things happens. Losing all respect for mothering leadership, the untempered-tongued adolescent may rise up prematurely to bolt the church (—or necessarily but regretfully be asked to leave) and head into the wilderness in search of true prophetic fathering and the ability to be received. This will lead to a set of wilderness testings and perfectings until the adolescent can be redemptively matured toward being united as a true husband to a pastoring church in years to come.
(One humbling test that inevitably arises in this situation is the Lord’s requirement that the adolescent return to apologize to the leadership of the original church—not for his perceptions, but for an attitude of disrespect openly displayed at the time of departure and possibly passed on to others.)
The alternative course is that, like Jesus with Mary, the adolescent will commit his growing tension with the pastoral church to the Lord, will commit his perceptions to the Lord, and will patiently wait out the cycle of submission to the mothering body that must be completed before he can be released in search of his “own bride” as Jesus was released at His baptism.
When this release comes, it comes with a clear inner witness of the Lord that says, “It is time to leave this nest. You have outgrown it.” Now even in this release there is a wilderness maturing that the would-be husband prophet must experience to grow into full manhood. But the blessing is that it is free from the viperous poisons that the premature departers or the wounded outcasts of jezebel must overcome. Yes, blessed is the in-house prophet nature that can wait this cycle out!
In any case, we should note: the maturing prophet nature brought up within a mothering prophetic church should not expect to be recognized or received as a husbanding government in that church. Even here the maxim applies: “A prophet is without honor in his own country.” And the type remains true: a man must leave his mother to be joined to his wife. In one way or other, prophet natures must experience the leaving of a church before they can find true union with a church.
From here, let’s move on to consider other scriptural portraits that describe this growing courtship between the governmental prophetic and the pastoral streams of Christ’s body. See you in Part 8.
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