Two weeks ago the Lord gave me a vision of a pyramid. It was carefully being taken apart brick by brick and being rebuilt on a new foundation. The old foundation was cracking and giving way. I asked the Lord what this meant and these are some of the things He has shown me.
Matthew 7 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
The next week I attended a group meeting and I shared this vision with them. Someone suggested that the blocks were living stones. 1 Peter 2:5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
Later that same evening someone asked if we had ever questioned why Jesus cursed the fig tree. Someone else in the group stated that the fig tree withered from the roots up. I sat and listened while the others discussed what the Lord had been revealing to them and I realized we were all different parts of the body and we were learning to function in our different giftings together and different was good.
I decided to study up on the withering of the fig tree and I found it in Mark 11. There is a lot happening in this chapter, but hang in there with me as I try to write out how it all ties together in what the Lord is showing me.
Mark 11:1-8 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
These verses made me wonder why Jesus asked for a colt (donkey)? Now would you expect to see a King riding into his kingdom on a colt, (donkey)? Jesus could have asked for the finest stallion in the land and it would have been his but instead he chose a “hee haw”. The definition of a donkey is 1. A domesticated hoofed mammal (Equus asinus) of the horse family with long ears and a braying call. 2. A stupid or foolish person.
I think the Lord used a donkey because it is an obedient, sure-footed warrior that has a unique discernment and a distinct voice. I think it is time that we embrace each other’s different perspectives. We need to open our minds. Now is not the time for judgment or critical thinking. The Lord is awakening his children to hear him. He is calling us to an intimate relationship and He is speaking to those that are listening.
If you perceive that some people are doing or saying things you think are stupid or foolish, it may be time to check your own perception. In Numbers 22, God caused a donkey to speak because the donkey perceived the supernatural when the man could not.
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
The Lord is about to pour out a new wine and our old wineskins cannot contain it. Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” Joel 2:28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
Mark 11:9-10 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!
This is a picture of a generation after His heart. Some were running ahead and proclaiming his coming and some were following behind supporting them. I think about Israel when they made it into the promise land and God was taking care of their every need. He was right there with them and they wanted to go back to the way it was. You cannot move forward with Jesus and the new thing He is pouring out on us, if you are constantly holding on to what was. Familiarity and comfort aren’t words generally associated with change.
Mark 11:11. Pay attention to where we are on the calendar. November 2011.
Mark 11:11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
I think Jesus is looking at His church and He is going to cleanse it of all things not of Him!
Mark 11: 12-14 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “ May no one ever eat fruit from you again. And his disciples heard him say it.”
Just because we look like a church, call ourselves a church and act like a church doesn’t mean we are the church we should be. If we aren’t producing fruit for the hungry, we are not a church. He saw the fig tree with leaves on it the word says it wasn’t the season for fruit. I asked the Lord why would He expect fruit when it wasn’t the season for it and I heard this in my spirit, “2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.”
Mark 11:15-17 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
I believe that the church, as we know it, is about to be dismantled stone by living stone. She is being moved (emotionally and spiritually) to be rebuilt on a new foundation (The rock) as the church Jesus intends her to be.
Ephesians 2: 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
It only took one day for the barren fig tree to wither from the roots up so I believe we are going to see some quick works not only in our individual lives but also in the body of Christ. The chapter ends with reminders to pray believing and to walk in love, forgiveness and repentance. It is time we lay down our spiritual pride and receive all He has for us and don’t be surprised if you see or hear some “hee haws” along the way!
Mark 11: 19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples[e]went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!
”Mark 11: 22“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Mark 11: 27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” 29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!” 31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) 33So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”