“Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Matt. 9:17
Well-meaning Christians are asking God for revival and to change our government and society back into a God-fearing society. Essentially, they are asking God for the new wine of the Holy Spirit to fill us once again. But they are wanting this without changing on their part. Jesus said that can’t happen or the old wineskins will be broken! As the new wine expands under fermentation it will cause the old brittle wineskins to crack under the pressure! The new wine needs to be put into new wineskins OR the old wineskins have to undergo a work to restore them. This involves soaking them in water (the water of the Word), rubbing and massaging them will oil (the oil of the Holy Spirit) to restore their pliability. The old wineskins have to change their old set-in-place ways. The Holy Spirit will not be dictated to – He will no doubt move in new ways and do new things. If the Church wishes to be filled with new wine, it must become flexible once again.
In the last nine years we have seen blood moons in the sky on the Feast Days of Passover and Tabernacles representing the first coming of Jesus and His second coming. Six years ago, we saw the Revelation 12 signs fulfilled in the heavens with Virgo, Jupiter, and Draco warning us that the time of Christ’s return was drawing near. The parable of the fig tree that Jesus talked about is also beginning to happen –
“Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.” – Luke 21:29-32
Throughout Scripture, Israel is likened to a fig tree –
“I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first fruits on the fig tree in its first season.” – Hosea 9:10
We have seen Israel return to the Land in 1948 and take back Jerusalem in 1967 and President Trump declare it as the undeniable Capital of Israel in 2017. Now all that remains is for them to rebuild the Temple. The fig tree is certainly budding! Jesus said, –
“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:28
so, what should we do to prepare? I suggest that we take Paul’s advice –
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” – 2 Cor. 7:1
Paul taught to “not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14). We are the temple of the living God so, come out from among them and be separate. Do no touch what is unclean if we want God to receive us. If we want to be righteous, if we want to have light, we have to be set apart. That’s what it means to be sanctified.
The current church has let the world in the doors. They have let adultery and divorce in the church. They have let homosexuality and lesbianism in, and they can no longer preach against them because they are yoked with them! They have forgotten that Evangelism is going out to the world with the message of repentance, not inviting the world in hoping something will rub off on them. Once the devil gets a foot in the door, he will do the converting and not the other way around!
The church has also made this mistake with its children and the public schools. It thinks that it can influence the children with 1 hour on Sunday while the public schools indoctrinate for 30 hours a week. Especially when the parents don’t spend any time teaching them at home. The message in the Bible is parents train up the child, not surrender their children to the public schools to indoctrinate them with Humanism! And all for the sake of money as both parents, if there even are two parents, are working away from the home. Churches can help parents by acquainting them with good children’s Bible books and materials and offering home school groups to help. The church needs to become more like an extended family that is close enough to help each person one-on-one. This probably means small groups meeting in individual homes as well as in church.
Considering the signs we have been given, Christians need to make changes in their lives. There can be no more ‘one foot in the world and one in the Church’ anymore.
I hope you will agree with me.