Elijah, Jezebel and the Bride:
Where Are We Now?
Conclusion: From Estrangement to Courtship to Marriage—On the Right Track
The restoring church of the generations has made a remarkable journey toward the union of the polar fathering and mothering strands of the divine nature. After centuries of estrangement, we are at this hour witnessing demonstrable progress toward an historic engagement proposal.
Apostolic prophets have been born to lead. They are men. They are fathers. They are what they are by divine design. And in this, they carry an unmistakable scent of authoritative leadership and vision. They may serve the pastoral church. Yet the scent of that inherent leadership and eternal-focused vision remains uncomfortable to pastoral leadership
Nevertheless, pastoral leadership cleansed from the jezebel spirit inherently knows its own leadership capacity is incomplete. As a “widow” she has been running the house by herself for many generations, and become secure in her own program. Yet she innately knows widowhood is not what full family leadership is about. Real fruitfulness is lacking because something is missing that she does not have to give her children.
Where jezebel has been successfully dethroned, the delivered pastoral is increasingly caught between the growing knowledge of her own incompleteness and her uncomfortability with the healed authoritative apostolic/prophetic nature approaching ever closer. Will she be able to willingly give up the control she has historically held and owned? What will it take on her part?
For all this, both healed apostolic and delivered pastoral must gradually discern between presumption and faith in spiritual courtship. The apostolic asks himself, “Am I presumptuous if I propose the service of my authority to the pastoral? Or is this faith? Will the pastoral think me presumptuous if I propose?” And the pastoral must ask herself the same in kind.*
[*Some apostle/prophets have prematurely compromised the purity of their governmental vision by submitting their nature to the expectations of pastoral led prophetic churches in hopes of winning their appreciation. In doing this, they have inadvertently debased the currency of their corrective insight and neutralized their true call to lead the church to greater purity. Some of these are now among the highly respected prophetic ministries in the pastoral led church. But their ability to catalyze the church further has been boxed in. Leaning toward culture prophecy, they are in danger of selling their birthright.]
It will require a consummating refined hearing of the Lord to bring this to the point of “Will you marry me?” by the apostolic/prophetic and “Yes, I will” by the pastoral. And at the right moment in time to come, under the increased pressures of world opposition, that hearing shall become clear, and the sons shall indeed marry the daughter of Zion as Isaiah prophesied.
Until this occurs, we may continue to wonder, be perplexed, and finally marvel with the writer of Proverbs who spoke of,
“things which are too wonderful for me—which I do not understand—the way of a man with a maid.”
May the thoughts from this mini-series bring light out of the heat in the ongoing clash of natures between prophets and pastors.
Riverside, Rhode Island
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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