Beauty For Ashes
The time is at hand when our Lord will arise in the midst
of the Church with eyes as a flame of fire, with feet as of
polished brass, with a sharp two-edged sword proceeding out
of His mouth; to cleanse, purge, and prepare His people for
Any ministry in this hour that does not hear what this One
is saying, and does not minister what this One is ministering,
will be heaping up wood, hay, and stubble for the furnaces
There is a people in the land whom God is preparing, disciplining,
and refining, who are going to minister in this hour out of
the heart of God; and who, because of this, will work and
minister in harmony with Him, and with one another; as God
sends His fire into the midst of the Church to accomplish
His cleansing and purifying work.
We have come to the end. No longer can we merely prophecy
about end-time events, and teach end-time truths. We must
begin to minister in union with the End-Time Lord.
Is He not the One who is the Same yesterday, and today, and
forever? Ah, yes, He is! But He has a special End-Time Name,
and that Name is the OMEGA, which is the last letter of the
Greek alphabet. I know He is the Alpha, and He changes not.
But in this hour He stands in our midst as the OMEGA.
He is bringing to a conclusion; He is bringing to a consummation;
He is finishing what He started. He is completing the Building,
for which He has laid the foundation. He is about to gather
the Harvest for which He planted the Seed. He will reconcile
and join together in harmony the Family of God, for which
He sent His Son to be the "Firstborn among many brethren."
He will bring forth the LOAF in His people, even as He was
the Manna that came down from Heaven. He will effectually
join His beloved ones unto Himself in one BODY, even as He
was the BODY through which the Father expressed Himself in
the earth many centuries ago.
The Vision is high, and we must keep it high. Man has obscured
the Vision, because it seems too high for attainment. But
in reality it is because man does not want to go God's way,
and yield himself as clay in the hands of the Potter. For
this is God's work, this is God's creation; it is not the
work of man.
God is going to do what He said. But He is going to do it
in a manner far different from, and far beyond, what any of
us have imagined. He is going to bring to desolation everything:
every church structure, every planting, every gathering together
in His Name, every ministry; everything that is not the product,
that is not the fruit of His Spirit exercising His Lordship
in the midst of His people
And then out of the ashes of all this desolation, He will
bring forth the very Beauty of the Lord!