Our Messiah leads us to follow him in his kingdom and clear a highway before him. Right now, the culvert is out.
In 1978, God gave me a dream about our call to build the way our Messiah leads instead of man’s way. Now, years later, I can see much progress in the restoration of the church/ekklēsian to the leadership of our Messiah in the Spirit.
The dream a highway—In this dream, I saw a straight and level paved highway with a bridge out. People were driving up to the bridge, getting out of their cars, and crossing a small stream by walking across on a plank. Then, they walked on down the road on the far side. A culvert was lying beside the bridge that was out. I asked some bystanders, “Why don’t you have the culvert put in?” They said, “The engineer won’t let us.”
The next morning, I prayed and sought the Lord for the meaning of the dream.
The highway is the kingdom way we walk when we obey Messiah Jesus, our King. He calls us to enter into harmonious, communion relationship with God and one another and to bring others into this fellowship.
The bridge that is out indicates the barriers to our obedience to Messiah Jesus. We partially work in the body of Christ ministering to God, one another, the hurting and His creation. But our work of service is not anywhere near to what God has planned.
2021 Added insight. The bridge that is out indicates blockage to the gospel of the kingdom and the highway of our King.
The people walking down the road are God’s firstborn people, His holy ones, including those not connected with a congregation. Included among the people waiting are those who need salvation. Over the years, the Holy Spirit has also led me to see among the waiting Jews in need of salvation.
The plank indicates we are hindered, but not incapacitated. God has poured out His Spirit to restore His people to the Messiah’s way. His people have responded in reformation, revival and renewal and brought much restoration. But, we have a long way to go. The plank is still there.
The engineer is man standing in the way of God’s plan. We still detour around the barrier instead of putting in the culvert, because the engineer—man—won’t let us bridge the gap. This relational barrier continues because we only partially “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Messiah Jesus our King calls us to absolute attention and wholehearted allegiance as He leads us to do our part in God’s plan for His kingdom.
2021 Added insight. – The main resistance to the gospel of the kingdom comes from rapture teachers and their followers. They think they must fly away/be raptured to enter the kingdom. That is only partially right. We will all be changed at the regeneration. Yet, even now, God has transferred us into the kingdom of His Son. Col 1:13-14
20 But now Messiah has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruit of those who are asleep. 21 For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Messiah the first fruits, then those who are Messiah’s at his coming. 24 Then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to God the Father, when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For, “He put all things in subjection under his feet.”✡ But when he says, “All things are put in subjection”, it is evident that he is excepted who subjected all things to him. 28 When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all. Romans 15:20-28
Amplified Bible "But now [as things really are] Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, [and He became] the first fruits [that is, the first to be resurrected with an incorruptible, immortal body, foreshadowing the resurrection] of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. For since [it was] by a man that death came [into the world], it is also by a Man that the resurrection of the dead has come. For just as [d]in Adam all die, so also [e]in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s [own will be resurrected [with incorruptible, immortal bodies] at His coming. And, when, "Then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to God the Father, when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death." 1 Corinthians 15:20-26
The building progress in just the last 50 years is very encouraging. Judy and I have benefited from many of the moves Messiah Jesus has brought to His ecclesia by the Spirit. Most of these moves were short lived because man took them over. What is most encouraging is we are finally beginning to see more and more believers embracing and realizing the kingdom. Since God has called us into His kingdom and glory (1 Th 2:12), we are live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which we have been called.
In the kingdom of God that is, churches oriented to the kingdom are purposely diminishing the power and control of man and increasing participation of priests of the King (1 Pe 2:9). Messiah Jesus is leading just as the inspired Word says in Ephesians four.
11And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ: 13till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 15but speaking truth in love, may grow up in all things into him, which is the head, even Christ; 16from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love. Eph 4:11-16
God has more work for us to do! Let’s put in the culvert and help more people see the kingdom of God.