Old Order Passing Away

Updated 01/08/20

 

     The "old-order" as some like to call it, is described by those who say they function in the God ordained "5-fold" ministry as an out of order church system modeled after the Roman Catholic church. Nevertheless, many of these so call "5-fold" churches themselves function very much like this same system they condemn. God established the Church to function as a true 5-fold + body (hands, toes, feet, eyes, etc.) order where "every joint supplieth."  this was to be the Church order for the last two thousand some years of the Church age, and yet this GOD ordained order must itself "pass away" before the next millennium begins. Unfortunately, the present order that takes place is more a clergy + laity system and not the 5-fold + body structure GOD established in the passages below.

 

"And he [GOD] gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [shepherd's] and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" Ephesians 4:11-13

 

"From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:16


"How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying."
1 Corinthians 14:26


"For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you." 1 Corinthians 12:14-21

 

"Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." 1-Corinthians 13:8-10

 

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12


     Undoubtedly there will be those that say 1-Corinthians 13 above is referring to the Bible coming forth. However, those that study the Bible (KJV) know it's not perfect in translation thus is not the fulfillment of 1-Corinthians 13. The perfection that 1-Corinthians 13 refers to, is a perfection that must come forth from within us! Take for example the story of Elijah & Elisha, which shows in type the principle of the last (old) "knowing in part" Church order "passing away," and the new ("double portion"/"former and latter rain"/the fullness) order coming forth. Notice how after Elijah is taken up in the chariot of fire that the men of "the city" still wanted to go looking for him (it). In other words, these brethren still liked doing church business the old way.

 

"And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better." Luke 5:37-39

 

"And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me [if you are still walking with me] when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes [his old clothes: Mk 13:16], and rent them in two pieces [i.e., Elisha's old covering/nature was removed/rejected]. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not. And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not [after the old wine/order]?" 2-Kings 2:9-18

 

     Brethren, what takes place in the Church and the Body these days and has been an established practice for some centuries now, is what can be called the "one man ministry." This is epitomized by the Catholic church with it's clergy + laity system: the clergy are always up from and the laity are always in the pew. Sure, some born-again Christians' will say they have apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [shepherd's] and teachers operating in their non-scriptural denominational churches, but they don't! And even if they did, they don't submit one to another in the body because they operate in a hierarchy pyramid structure and there is no true plurality (see link) in the midst. They have Pastors running the show. They have one man up front at most every meeting telling the faithful what God wants them to do. There is no true check and balance in the body to stop any errors that may be spoken forth. Every joint is not allowed to supply as the Spirit gives the leading; doesn't happen. The blind does lead the blind at times and "doctrines of devils" take hold here and there. This is not the structure GOD ordained; it's from Babylon which got it from Hell. Christians' want one man to tell them what to do. They want one man who basically is elevated to celebrity status to push into GOD so they don't have to. Yet if that one man can be deceived guess what happens to the rest; think d-CON rat poison. "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." It's much easier for Satan to deceive one man than to come against a fully functioning body with all the checks and balances in place. Praise GOD; He still works with us and has mercy on us even if it's plan B.

 

The Types In 2-Kings 2:

 

Elijah:

     It is always a little amusing to me when people try to remember who's who, or who did what concerning these two prophets (Elijah & Elisha). I asked God one day why He used such a situation in the first place, since these similar names can so easily bring confusion to the less informed. He then started to show me that their names are similar because symbolically their ministries are somewhat similar, yet the difference lays in the measure of each. Thus, as these two names are similar in pronunciation, so it is that the two ministries are similar in deed. "Elijah" is seen in this type as the "in-part" ministry of the Church age, whereas "Elisha" in this context represents the fullness of God's power coming through Christ in a people, which starts when the Bridegroom returns shortly after midnight.

 

 

Elisha:

     Elisha is the one who received the "double portion" of God's power. He was the one who was plowing with the "twelfth ox," yet he boiled those old oxen and went whole heartedly after Elijah when the calling came forth.

 

"So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth [or last of the age/fullness of divine government]: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah" 1-Kings 19:19-20a

 

     I do want to mention here that although the "Elisha"/"Two Witness"/"Man child" Co. will be given the "double portion" of God's power at the time of the actual "marriage," they themselves will still be going through the process of suffering and obedience ("sack cloth & ashes") during the 42-months. Their completion or perfection will not come about until they resurrect and are "called up" to join the Great Cloud of former Witnesses (Heb 11:40).

 

 

Saw him no more:

     This Church order must "pass away" [during the great tribulation] because God has promised us something better, which is the fullness of God in man. This is something the world has never seen, other than for Yeshua Christ. This last "in-part" order was to bring us into Christ's likeness, but it has failed to because man has abused the situation as in times past, so God must do a new thing in the earth.

 

"Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children" Isaiah 66:8

 

"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness [for the foolish virgins to be "changed"], and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness [Rev 12:6], and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen." Isaiah 43:19-20

 

"Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest." Jeremiah 5:24

 

 

The double portion:

     Here is yet another place where the Bible references God's power being increased on the Earth in the last-days, and that it would be given to the "man child" brethren to be used.

 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12

 

"But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his." Deuteronomy 21:17

 

"Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren [foolish virgins, and hypocrites in Zion types: Isa 33:14] that hated you, that cast you out [of their fellowships] for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child." Isaiah 66:5-7

 

 

Searched "three days" (for the old manna):

     We know in the Bible that the number "three" primarily represents the fullness of a thing, and these brethren seemed to be looking pretty hard for their old Elijah. They were not ready to trust this new guy with the bald head, but God was his covering. That is, Elisha rebuked them and told them not to go looking for that which was familiar to them, because it was not going to be that way ever again, seeing God Himself had removed Elijah just as He will the individual gifts of prophesy, and tongues, etc.. He will do this because the "fullness"will begin to come forth in man, beginning with the wise virgins. Like it or not brethren, this is how the seventh millennial Christian will operate, that is once they learn to "keep the Sabbath" and stop doing their own thing in the flesh.