Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Winter 1996
The Alternative of God
Wade E. Taylor

One of the transitions in the Lord's dealings with His people takes place in Acts 1:8.

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and
in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the
earth" Acts 1:8

This word, "But" is a pivotal point in the program of God.

The disciples were concerned about Jesus setting up the Kingdom, and what their place would be in it. They had only one thought in mind and asked, "When?"

Had Jesus said, "Two thousand years from now," they would have lost heart. Rather, He gently said: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons ... BUT." He then turned the focus of their attention away from what they would do, to that which they would become,

"Ye shall BE witnesses unto me."

That is, "I will so work within you, that the manifestation of your life among men will become as mine was. You will be a witness, a "sample" of what I would have been in that very situation in which you find yourselves. At this time I am about to give you the power to make this possible. This is my present purpose for you."

Jesus did not say that there would not be an external kingdom, but rather, "it is not for you to know the times or seasons."

This is restated in Acts 15:14-17 where two steps are given.

"God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to
take out of them a people for His Name."

And secondly,

"After this I will return, and will build again
the tabernacle of David ... that the residue of
men might seek after the Lord."

Today we are close to the end of the first part, the taking out of a people for His Name, as "witnesses unto Him." The second part is the "when" of the disciple's question.

Jesus speaks to us in terms that we can understand. Thus, when He called Peter, who was a fisherman, He used words that were familiar to him.

"Come ye after me, and I will make you
to become fishers of men" Mark 1:17

Peter heard the "fishing" rather than the process, "make you to become." He was constantly concerned with the aspect of time (when) and was more interested in what would be his position in the kingdom, than in his fellowship with the King.

Today is no exception. A message on "what" or "when" draws much attention. The Divine alternative, "But," still rings clearly. There is yet to be a people so completely identified with Jesus that they will be able to say as Jesus said to Philip,

"He that hath seen me hath seen the
Father" John 14:9

Does your life so completely reflect Jesus that His life can be recognized in you? "Ye shall be witnesses unto me." This "unto me" means that our life is to mirror His life. Jesus said concerning Himself,

"Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground
and die, it abideth alone: but if it die,
it bringeth forth much fruit" John 12:24

The seed always brings forth after its own kind. This is a law of harvest, that the harvest will be exactly like the seed.

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is far more than our being blessed, or our speaking in tongues.

"Ye shall receive power to BECOME."

This must be fulfilled. Our Lord will be joined to a body that is fully matured. Then the question "when" will be fully answered.