“A Great Ship sails upon the seas. Her name is “Church of the First Born.” (Hebrews 12:23) She spreads the Word, the glory of His coming. Through many storms and many years she sailed the course of God’s choosing as she proclaimed the good news, the gospel of His Son. “Into the world” was His command. “Invite them to the Lord’s supper and if they come a wedding feast awaits. Who could object to words like these? Can anything be better than to sit at God’s table? And only one condition, the filth would have to go.
Storms raged from within and from without seeking her demise. But guided by God’s Spirit a great light still shines in darkness. Although time has taken its toll, her mission is nearly accomplished. Now the master guides her to shore for the Great Cleansing.
Barnacles must be scraped away before her last sailing. Those things acquired over time even came unnoticed. Some how they attached themselves like habits and traditions. Fast holding is this drag upon a ship meant to sail. So, into port she must come. The Port of Repentance. No rougher seas lie behind than those that lie ahead. Prepared she will be that all might see the glory of the Lord. The promise of His Spirit has come to wash our very soul. This Great Ship is called to port so that God might cleans the sin that we could not see. For through His Spirit’s revelation Christ’s blood finds it purpose. It is used to wash our robes. (Revelation 7:13-17)” Excerpt from “The Witness, The Spirit and The Prophesy” pg.65 by Paul Burgess
The 2nd chapter of the book of Joel foretold the supernatural events that would be recorded in the 2nd chapter of Acts hundreds of years later. It was then that God baptized men with His Holy Spirit. They were endued with power to proclaim the gospel in a hostile environment. What Joel proclaimed the early church experienced. The promise was not just for them, yet we see so little evidence of God confirming His word today with signs and wonders.
The greatest sign for the world to see would be the answer to Christ’s prayer for us while praying for the apostles. “I do not ask for these only, but for them also for those who will believe in me through their word; That they all may be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us , so that the world may believe that you sent me.” (John 17:20-21)
May God’s light shine upon anything in our lives that would separate us from one another. May His Spirit and His word strengthen and enable His church to ride out the storm that is building. Come, Lord Jesus