Paradigm Shift And Tabernacles Theology
A Paradigm Shift Is Coming
I don’t often like to use the term “Paradigm Shift” because it was a buzzword that was used to death a few years ago. However, on occasion, it does fit quite nicely and so I will venture to apply it to what I am about to say.
What is a Paradigm shift?
“a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.”
There are certain times in God’s creation when there are major shifts in the way things are done. The first such shift was, of course, when Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden. The second pardigm shift was when God brought the great flood and began again with Noah and his family. The third such break was at the tower of Babel. Then you see the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic Law, and the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt, etc.
One of the biggest paradigm shifts was the transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Although, the truths that Jesus spoke to the religious establishment of His day were perfectly in line with the revealed word of God most could not make the transition. The reformation was another major shift. Similar but smaller shifts occurred with the reintroduction of speaking in other tongues as the sign of the infilling of the Holy Spirit at the turn of the nineteenth century and the subsequent revelation of the oneness.
A Paradigm Shift from Pentecostal Theology to Tabernacles Theology
In our day, the paradigm shift that is taking place is the move from Pentecostal theology to Tabernacles Theology. Once again, God is inviting us to view His revealed word in a new and fresh way so as to bless us with more of His presence. Old assumptions are being challenged and people are predictably unsettled by the shift in our understanding of who God is and what God wishes to do.
Yet, what is looked upon as new is in fact as ancient as God Himself. Just as New Testament theology was perfectly consistent with the Old Testament scriptures so too Tabernacles theology is perfectly consistent with New and Old Testament theology once people begin to understand its new paradigm. Unfortunately, just like the first century religious system the twenty first century religious system will predictably fight against what God is doing though His spirit. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun.
A Paradigm Shift Inevitably Results In disruption
What this means for those who journey on with God and accept Him as He desires to reveal Himself is that they, along with God, will suffer persecution. The persecution will first come from religious folk who wish to preserve a form of godliness and do not wish to change their position to line up with what God is doing. Secondly, persecution will come from their immediate family who do not understand why they have to follow God to the point where it makes them not fit in with normative society. The final stage of this persecution will occur when secular society, aided by apostate Christians, seek to persecute and destroy that which God is birthing.
A Servant Is Not Greater Than His Master
I say all that to say this, do not fear these things and do not be taken unawares when they happen for Jesus says the servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Jesus they will persecute you. However, rejoice when they do for great is your reward in heaven.
Many Christians are hardened in their hearts and lack natural compassion because their heads dominate their emotions rather than their spirits. This is simply an effect of deeply entrenched and long standing legalism which has driven all semblance of basic human decently from their souls. These types of believers are those whom could have and would have, if given the right circumstances, held the cloaks of those who would seek to stone those who do not believe as they do; to death. The demonic spirits within them wishes to nash on other believers with their teeth. Without them receiving their own Damascus road experience I fear they are lost.
As Tabernacle Christians we must pray for those who oppose what God is bringing forth while not letting them snare us in their own hate. It is important that we trust the voice of God over the voice of men who disparage this final step in the perfection of the church. Here is a truth,
“Though we love and feel badly for those who reject what God is doing we cannot stay in Egypt in order to minister to those who will not leave it. ”
In conclusion, we are in the beginning stages of both the re-emergence of the spiritual fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles and of strong delusion. The way to survive this paradigm shift is simply to receive a love of the truth through listening to the Holy Spirit. Through receiving the love of the truth you will be able to accept God’s blessing and reject that which is trying to deceive, if possible, the very elect.