Old Order Passing Away

Updated 10/20/10

     The "old-order" as some like to call it, is described in the Bible as the way God established the Church to function for the last two thousand years, and yet this "order" must "pass away" before the next millennium begins. We see the structure of this God ordained ministry mentioned in the following verses.

 

"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

 

"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

 

     Undoubtedly, there will be those that say 1-Corinthians 13 above, is referring to the Bible coming forth. However, 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) 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]. 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]?" 2-Kings 2:9-18

 

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.