Reaching the Younger Generation
August 6, 2018
As Joyce and I watch the news, we are so struck with the lost generation we see on the screen before us. So many have not been taught the truths of God’s Word. They do not know the joy of putting others before themselves. They do not understand it’s better to give than to receive. But it’s not a time to sit back and be judgmental; it’s time for each of us to pray for them – To ask God to reveal Himself to them!
The book of Malachi was written at the end of an age. And we find that the final words of the Old Testament reveal the heart and passion of our Heavenly Father for the younger generation.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:5, 6)
After God spoke these words, there was a period which we call the four-hundred silent years. During this time, it was as though the heavens were closed and there are no recorded words heard from heaven.
Before the birth of John the Baptist, the Angel Gabriel spoke to John’s father Zacharias saying:
He will also go before Him (Jesus) in the Spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
The Prophet Elijah
Elijah did and said many things, but one of the most powerful things we see when we look back on his life, is his calling to Elisha. We are reminded of the time when Elijah saw the young man, Elisha, plowing in the field with twelve yokes of oxen. He threw his mantle on him. Elisha followed Elijah and was a faithful servant to him and Elijah was a spiritual father to Elisha. Malachi 4:5,6 is a reference to this relationship.
We see this relationship when Elijah was taken up in the whirlwind. He cried out “My father, my father!” And he received a double portion of the anointing that was on his spiritual father, Elijah.
There are twice as many miracles (28) recorded in the life and ministry of Elisha as were recorded (14) in the life and ministry of his spiritual father, Elijah.
My Beloved Son
After the four-hundred silent years, John the Baptist came and his message was, “There is one coming after me” (Jesus). And when Jesus came to be baptized identifying with the message of John, the heavens were opened, the Holy Spirit descended and The Father broke the silent years saying “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
God restored the Father-Son relationship, and with it, He restored His presence, power, provision, peace, praise and prosperity. And then came an unprecedented outpouring of signs, wonders and miracles through the ministry of Jesus, the Son of God.
Again, when Jesus took Peter, James and John with him up on the Mount of Transfiguration, the voice of the Father was heard saying “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
The disciples asked “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus answered:
“Elijah truly is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already …then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.”
Many times in Scripture there is more than one fulfillment of a prophetic passage. We believe this passage in Malachi is one of these times.
Jesus said, Elijah truly is coming, referring to the great and dreadful day of the Lord. He also said, “Elijah has come already” referring to John the Baptist. Today, we are in the midst of a Fathering Reformation.
In Acts 3:19-21 as Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, he spoke of the return of Jesus to this earth:
“whom heaven must receive until the time of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”
Today, God is restoring and turning the hearts of spiritual fathers and mothers to those who are their spiritual sons and daughters. We see this pattern through Scripture as Moses was to Joshua, Samuel was to David, Elijah was to Elisha and Paul was to Timothy.
As this “shift” is taking place, we will no longer be looking at this next generation for what they can do to help us fulfill our vision. Instead we will be saying: “What vision has God given you? And how can we help you fulfill your vision.”
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:28: “And God has set in the Church, first Apostles (Spiritual fathers and mothers laying foundations) secondly prophets, thirdly teachers and after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversity of tongues.”
If we want the “after that,” we must be willing to align ourselves with what must come “before that.”
Isaiah 8:18 says:
“Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel.”
When spiritual Father-Son order is restored, “Signs, wonders and miracles” will be restored and blessings released. Then, this next generation will step into the fulfillment of their destiny.
God is revealing to leaders that ministry is not so much about them but on growing the ministry of those coming after them; a generation of sons and daughters. Spiritual fathers and mothers begat spiritual sons and daughters. As Moses was to Joshua, Samuel was to David, Elijah was to Elisha and Paul was to Timothy.
Elijah brought fire down from heaven. He could hear the still small voice of God. He walked in supernatural provision as the ravens brought him bread and meat and the angels brought him cakes and water. He was sent to a fatherless family to bring the widow of Zarephath and her son the miracle of supply. Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah and struck the waters of Jordan and it divided as it had done for Elijah. The sons of the prophets from Jericho exclaimed: “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” He healed the bad waters of Jericho. He brought life back to the son of the Shunammite woman. He brought healing to Naaman the Leper. He helped a spiritual son get back “the cutting edge” of his axe head. His prophetic ministry warned of danger ahead and received revelation of what the wicked king was speaking in his bedroom.
The first few generations of the church changed the world. However, somewhere along the line we got disconnected from the flow of generational anointing. Our hearts as spiritual fathers and mothers must be turned first. Then, spiritual sons and daughters must get reconnected to those spiritual fathers and mothers; those who are imparting their anointing and gifting into this next generation of faithful sons and daughters in double portion.
This Coming Month
Joyce and I can truthfully say, our hearts have been turned to the younger generations.
This coming month, we are going to be meeting with a group of this young generation in Hawaii to prepare and position ourselves to better reach them. We need to reach them where they are, on their cell phones, I-Pads and other portable devices.
Returning to Malaysia
In the month of May, I will again be the opening week’s teacher at The School of Acts in Malaysia and then teaching another week at a Kingdom training center for a turned-on group of refugees from Myanmar that I have been teaching for the past two years and leaders and students from other churches and Kingdom training centers that we have helped to establish over the past thirty-five years.
All of this is possible because of your faithful partnership with us as we keep going, resourcing, equipping and imparting to a whole new generation; the generation that is going to reach the nations of the world with the gospel of the Kingdom before the soon return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Two Special Needs
We do need your help! Through your faithful prayers and generous giving, you make everything we do possible. We need to reprint the manual Praise and Worship ~ Becoming Worshipers of God at a cost of about $3,000. We also need to purchase AL’s tickets to Malaysia at another cost of about $3,000. Would you pray about helping us meet these two expenses this month?
Your missionaries to the world,
A.L. ‘n Joyce Gill
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