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"No one puts new wine in old wine skins or it will burst the skins" (Mark 2:22). The Lord has released a new wineskin for the church and it is a fundamental shift in church culture. It is a blueprint that is essential if the church is going to fulfil the Great Commission and indeed successfully navigate this new season we are in.
The way we have done church has not worked and therefore there has to be a radical overhaul. Revivals have been stopped, churches split, divisions, backsliding, scandals and multitudes ending up in hell, all because of the failures of the church. The Lord has released a simple but powerful blueprint that will ensure we avoid these old mistakes. It will take humble hearts and transformed minds to embrace it, but to reject it will be in direct opposition to God's End Time harvest and no man can win that battle.
Much of this word is focused on the gathering of the saints, churches or fellowships, whether these are in physical buildings, home churches or online. Although it is in relation to the corporate gathering of the body of Christ, it has huge implications for every believer. This is a word for the whole body of Christ and it is so serious that God Himself will police this word to its fulfilment. So I urge all believers to carefully read this and ensure we have teachable enough hearts to avoid being on the wrong end of what God is about to do as He builds His true church in these last days. Revelation 3:22: "Let him who has ears, hear what the Spirit says to the Churches."
God's End Time Harvest - Removal of Stumbling Blocks
Isaiah 57:14 "Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle and stumbling block out of the way of My people."
The Lord is going to remove every stumbling block to the building of His church and the establishing of this new wineskin that transforms church culture. Believers will wonder why the consequences are so severe for those who stand in the way of this blueprint and try to keep the church stuck in an old wineskin.
The reason is there is an end time harvest of potentially billions of souls about to enter the kingdom of God. If we are not aware of this harvest, please see Acts 2:17 and Matthew 13:39. Consequently, the Lord will not allow His people to get in the way and hinder this harvest like they have stopped past revivals.
A severe warning is found in Numbers 13 that illustrates the new season we have entered. Ten spies brought back an evil report of the promised land. This report was responsible for spreading fear and unbelief amongst God's people and an entire nation of millions was disqualified from their destiny. That is the potential negative impact just a few people can have. This was what God thought of the 10 and what their judgement was, as shown in Numbers 14:37: "Those 10 who brought the evil report died by a plague before the Lord."
What the Lord has been speaking over and over is simply this—in this new season He will deal with the 10 before they can stop the millions receiving salvation.
Therefore, one of the most dangerous things for a believer to do in this season is to cause division in a true house of God or to slander, gossip about or attack a genuine move of the Spirit. Some believers literally will not survive that.
In this season, believers have to be very careful and stay silent more often or a wrong decision to attack the genuine work of God may lead to eternal judgment. God will judge those who try to stop His end time harvest, for the sake of the millions who would end up in hell simply because some of His people refuse to change their hearts and instead rebel causing the same old wineskin issues that have been highlighted here that stop revivals.
A shocking revelation was given by the Lord in relation to this. Scripture talks of "Sin that leads to death" (1 John 5:16). This is not often preached about, but in this season, to be a stumbling block to the harvest will be considered as a "sin unto death." It does not mean all who do this will die, but some will and those who risk old wineskin behavior are at risk of being modern day Ananias and Sapphira. I do not recommend any believer tests whether or not this is a sin unto death, as this is as sobering a warning as we may ever hear. Hebrews 10:31: "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
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Thomas Harry is the Senior Leader of Mount Zion International Tabernacle in Scotland.
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