Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.” Revelation 10:8-11
The ways of Jehovah are a mystery and we don’t know everything, contrary to how we tend to think. Many books of the Bible are written in parts. For instance the book of Daniel has two distinct parts, chapters 1-6 and 7-12. This is a theme sometimes missed and often we receive the first part of the revelation but not the second. They are connected and apart of the same thing, but progressive in nature. Just as John was told he must prophesy again, often we are following a path to the end and then realize we didn’t get the whole picture and must continue down a path we thought was finished. Think about Jeremiah. I don’t think the book would be so long if the people and the leaders would have repented. But they didn’t so the prophet continues for most of his life with the same message.
Frank Viola, author of Pagan Christianity, wrote an article a few years ago about why he was no longer “involved” in organic churches. The article can be found on his blog. http://frankviola.org/2016/04/21/organicchurch/
I mention this because God works in seasons and a few years back our nation had a great opportunity to flourish and revive things that had been lost. However, like Viola explains in the article, the true sense in which New Testament Christianity should work was never realized (for the most part). I don’t agree with all of Viola’s claims but do think he is on target with his core message. As a nation of believers, we were not ready for such a radical shift in our thinking. And when you do not do things the way God has designed them, they will fail. Why do I bring this up. Because God often has to continue to bring revelation and change over time. John had to prophesy again to achieve the fullness of what God wanted. Daniel had to write the last 6 chapters of his book. God is not done. We are at the beginning of great change. But there is more to come in God’s timing when there is a generation ready for all He wants to do.
Viola claims the next move of God with be with the youth. While in a general sense, the young are more open, the Bible is clear that the “elders” lead those who are younger (in general). And when the older generation is in rebellion, God will wait for that generation to die off before moving forward. I believe my generation has totally missed what God wants to do, however, it is possible he will preserve some of those in my generation to bring lasting change with a younger generation who is willing to follow God in unprecedented times and circumstances. It is time for God to speak again. Let us pray for the wisdom to hear him and change.