WATCHMAN CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL MOVEMENT
The MINISTRY of the Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement is the five-fold evangelistic, restorative and renewal assignment which the Lord has given us to accomplish. This is often termed, “the vision of the Watchman”.
The Lord Jesus often spoke of His ministry on earth in those days (cons. Lk. 2:49; 24:25-27; Matt. 20:17-22; Jn. 9:4-5; 12:46). The apostles on their part also often related or mentioned their ministry while they were engaged in same (Act. 1:15-17, 21-22, 24-25; 4:18-20; 6:1-4; 20:24; 26:12-20; 2Cor. 4:1; Eph. 3:8-9).
a. An Instrument Of Restoration To The Roman Catholics & Other Jerusalems
RESTORATION here implies bringing back those things lost in the course of time due to (inter alia), the influence of the world and unwariness as to the schemes of satan. To mention but a few, the following have been lost by the people in the course of the past centuries:- new-life experience of genuine Christians (i.e. regeneration) (2Cor. 5:17; Jn. 1:13; Tit. 3:5), the apostolic mission of church leaders (Acts 6L2-4; 4:19-20; 20:17-27; 1Cor. 2:1-5; Col. 1:28-29; the exemplary life of Christian leaders (1Thess. 2:10; the practically holy nature of the church (1Pet. 1:14-16; Lev. 11:44); the vibrant/evangelistic nature of the church due to the presence of the in-dwelling Holy Spirit (Act. 2:41-47; 4:32; 8:1, 4); the Christ only nature of the church (Act. 1:8; 1Cor. 1:23; 2:1-2; Gal. 1:3-9); the praying nature of the church (Act. 1:14; 4:24; 12:12; 21:5); the unworldly nature of the church (Jn. 17:14-16; Rom. 12:2; 2Tim. 2:4; Heb. 11:24-25; 1Jn. 2:15). It is these things and much more that the Movement was ordained and established by the Lord to restore. The vision that has been given is one like that of prophet Isaiah and apostle Paul (see Isa. 62:1-4, 6-7; Acts 26:16-18).
The Roman Catholic Institution happens to be the Jerusalem of the WCCRM. This is because the brethren were part of the people, pursuing the vision from within until the vision was rejected and those pursuing it thrown out. Nonetheless, there are now other ‘Jerusalems’ due to the fact that people from other quarters have embraced the Movement. As a result, we now have an additional mandate to these other quarters.
b. A Means Of Light To Sinners In All Other Quarters, Than The Jerusalems
APART from the several millions of people who constitute our Jerusalems, discussed in sub-section (a) above, there are several other billions of people around the whole world, who cannot distinguish between their left and their right in the matters of worship of God, faith in Christ, the Bible, heaven and hell, the soul, etc. To these too has the Movement been sent as a means of light, as in the following Bible instances (Mk. 16:15; Lk. 2:30-32; 24:46-47; Jn. 1:6-8; Act. 26:16-18).
Among these billions of people are atheists, free-thinkers, philosophers, various categories of religious sinners, indifferent people and a host of others wallowing in other forms of darkness. Nonetheless, our vision is that of what happened when the Lord Jesus went up and down the whole land of Israel (Matt. 4:13-16; Isa. 9:1-2; 42:1, 4; Jn. 4:28-30, 40-42; Matt. 11:4-5), as well as what happened when the evangelists went to those cities in those days (Act. 8:4-8; 1
c. A Means Of Oneness, Restoration And Renewal To The Body Of Christ; The Church
THIS is the aspect of the vision of the Watchmen that little-minds do not readily perceive, due to what is on ground. Howbeit, it is as authentic and sure as the other aspects.
Meanwhile, the Body of Christ, the Church is in shreds (as it were). There is so much ‘mind your own business’, competition, etc., in the entire Body. Where it appears there is some attempt at what the Lord prayed for (Jn. 17:9, 11, 20-23), it may be mere relationship of those in the same category. The much that may be said to have been done in respect of the real thing is so infinitesimal in comparison to what is desired. The reasons for this situation are legion in number, diverse in nature and magnitude. In fact, those who read and appreciate the Lord’s prayer to the Father on the oneness of the Church in Jn. 17:9, 11, 20-23, and His purpose of giving various ministries in the Church as recorded in Ephesians 4:11-13, keep asking the question:-“will this thing (this oneness) ever be?”. “Is there any hope actually for achieving a glorious Church as described (Eph. 5:25-27) for the Rapture?”
On Restoration And Renewal Of The Body, it is clear the world has affected a larger section of the Church, so that the ancient landmark of not being Jews or Greeks in all areas of life, but another race (as the early church was defined to be, and as the Lord declared – (Jn. 17:14-16), is fast becoming unreasonable and unnecessary for many. Also, the ancient landmark of being vibrant and militantly evangelistic (Act. 2:41-47; 4:32; 8:1, 4), has been removed. The list of regrettable things can continue.
It is to such a Body that the Lord has sent the Watchmen at this end-time. Our vision is a Body, as described in Jn. 17:9, 11, 20-23; Eph. 4:11-13;
d. An Instrument of Healing To The Sick & Deliverance To The Possessed & Oppressed By Devils.
IT is usual with God to include for every aspect of man, the soul, spirit and body, in His packages. This is the reason the Lord Jesus came preaching and teaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God for the benefit of man, in particular, the soul and spirit, as well as setting the captives free, healing all manner of diseases and delivering the afflicted and possessed by the devils (cons. Is. 61:1-3; (Lk. 4:16-21), Matt. 4:23-24; 11:4-5; Acts. 10:38). In keeping with rule, He Himself sent His disciples and apostles with the like package as the Father has sent Him (Matt. 10:1-8; Lk. 9:1-2; 10:1,9; Jn.20:21).
Because of this rule, the Lord has included the above aspect into the vision that He has given the Watchmen. Testimonies abound of healings and deliverances as Watchmen minister everywhere, and in all meetings, but particularly, the Charismatic hour fellowships, to prove the above assertion.
e. An Instrument of Warning To All That Will Be Lost Eventually
ALTHOUGH this 5th aspect of the vision of Watchmen is incorporated in the first two, it is needful that it be mentioned here separately. A number of reasons underline this specific mention. The whole world in these closing days is at ease, wallowing in the evils of blood-letting through avoidable wars and through abortion, apart from wickedness, satanism and occultism, sexual immorality (to mention but a few), as though there is no danger whatever (cp. Zech. 1:14-15). This was the case with the people of God at the time of Ezekiel, hence his ministry of stern-warning to the people (Ezek. 3: 17-21;33:1-9).
Surely, multitudes of people will go to hell for blocking their ears and closing their eyes (as others have already done) (Ps. 9:17; Matt. 8:11-12; 25:41; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 21:8). But given God’s nature of equity, they should be shown the danger and warned sternly about it (cp. Ezek. 3:17;33:7), hence this aspect of the Watchman vision on a specific note.
THE MINISTRY'S VISION
The Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement (WCCRM) is a unique Movement raised by God as a channel of blessings to all peoples all over the world with the 5-fold ministry of:-
Renewal or regeneration of millions of nominal and un-regenerated church people
Giving light that leads to salvation to sinners in all other quarters, than the Christian religious quarters.
Ensuring oneness and restoration to the continually disintegrating body of Christ, the Church.
Healing the sick, restoring the disabled, delivering the possessed and oppressed by the devils.
Warning all that will remain adamant and be lost eventually and eternally.
On another note, the Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement is:
A place where God has placed His name, His Spirit, and power
A place of encountering the Lord
A place of revelation knowledge
A place of worship of God in spirit and in truth
A place where stones are turned into pillows
Remember, the word “Catholic” in our name is used in its original sense, i.e., “universal” or “for all”.
THE 3-FOLD END-TIME PROJECT
ANALYSIS OF THE PROJECT:
NB. All that is discussed hereunder on this project is revelation-knowledge. By revelation-knowledge we mean, “knowledge brought directly and expressly into the heart of a believer or a man of God by the Holy Spirit” (eg. Matthew 16:15-17; 1 Corinthians 2:7-10; Galatians 1:11-12; Ephesians 3:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13,15-17).
THE Lord has designed a definite 3-fold End-time Project. As stated earlier, the project, a world-wide programme is comprised of: (i) raising a great army of believers of the various denominations for an imminent great harvest of souls; (ii) bringing about a great harvest of souls into the kingdom, as well as a mighty revival in the entire Church (comp. Acts 4:32; 5:14; 6:5; 13:45 ); (iii) fulfilling what the Lord has termed “the pre-rapture necessity” (Ephesians 4:11-15; 5:27). Hereunder are some further information on each aspect of the project.
1. FIRST ASPECT OF THE PROJECT:- RAISING A GREAT ARMY OF BELIEVERS FOR AN IMMINENT GREAT HARVEST OF SOULS
THE picture seen on this aspect of the project is that of a very great multitude of believers of the various denominations, fully armed with the believer’s spiritual armour for defence and offensive, as well as with the
believers’ virtues that make forimpeccable Christian life.
Besides, the picture includes that of a great multitude of Christians with the believer’s tools for effective Christian service.
Let us now view the said army in its various outlooks.
(a) AN ARMY WITH LOINS GIRDED WITH THE BELT-ARMOUR OF TRUTH (Ephesians 6:14)
The Lord, being the God of truth and truthfulness (see Deuteronomy 32:4; Romans 3:4; Hebrews 6:18), and knowing that only the holder of truth and the truthful shall be established (Proverbs 12:19), is raising a great army of believers, whose loins will be constantly girded with the girdle of the truth of God’s Word and with truthfulness (Ephesians 6:14; John 8:32). This is exactly what He had commended and commanded both of old and in this dispensation (see Proverbs 12:19; Zephaniah 3:13; Malachi 2:6; Zechariah 8:16; John 8:32; Ephesians 4:25; 6:14).
The above is however different from what is on ground among many in the Church today. These days, multitudes in the Church (the ministers and the laity alike) are, not only double-tongued, insincere and hypocritical, but also manifest the craftiness or cleverness of sinners and even outright lies to get along. Aside this, many hold to, not the truth of God’s Word, but errors coined out of God’s Word (whether deliberately or unconsciously).
But note this:- As the military belt fastens the soldier’s uniform to his body, and as the lace of his boots fastens the boots to his feet, and as the prophet’s girdle fastens his prophet’s garments to his loins, so the truth of God’s Word and truthfulness girds (fastens) the believer’s other armours on him. Therefore the Lord is raising a great army of believers who will be girded, not only with the truths of God’s Word, but also with truthfulness, as they speak the truth in all matters and at all times (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:15; John 8:32).
(b) AN ARMY WEARING THE BREAST-PLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Ephesians 6:14; Isaiah 59:17; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Romans 13:12)
In the physical, the breast-plate, the piece of armour plate worn by soldiers or other combatant security agents to protect the breast (the chest) and the organs within, is of cardinal importance.
It is in this light that we see righteousness as a spiritual breast-plate. Righteousness spoken of here is not only the righteousness of Christ, imputed to the believer (Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 3:9 ), but also the believer’s personal right-living (Matthew 5:20; 1 Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 6:14; Philippians 1:11).
The coming army is one that will be made to constantly wear the spiritual breast-plate of righteousness. It is a great army of believers that will perceive sufficiently that righteousness exalts a man, a family, a congregation or a nation (see Proverbs 14:34).
The picture seen is that of an army of believers who are ever conscious of right-living, being mindful of what they think, say or do; how they relate with others within and without, and what people say of them within and without (consider Acts 24:16; 1 Timothy 1:5). It is an army of Christians, who will not want to constitute a stumbling block to any person(s) in whatever way, as much as in them is (Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 8:9). Furthermore, the coming army is one that will not only know about the good, but will go all out to do good.
Meanwhile, we know what is on ground – “too much God, but too little good”, “too much religion, but too little righteousness”.
(c) AN ARMY WITH FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE (Ephesians 6:15).
The above statement can be paraphrased thus:- An army whose feet are fitted with the readiness and resolution that come from the gospel of peace.
The coming army is a resolved one, always ready to move and to act (Daniel 11:32; Ephesians 6:10). Knowing and having the benefits of the gospel of peace which they have believed, they are ever ready and resolved to march ahead, overcome all temptations, oppositions and persecutions, advancing the gospel as they march on. ( eg. Acts 4:17-31; Matthew 4:1-1 ).
As it were, their resolution and readiness that come from the benefits of the gospel of peace protect their spiritual feet that they be not wounded and stopped by Satan’s pricks on the way, like the soldiers’ shoes (greaves) that protect their feet from dangers, so they could move on and fight.
(d) AN ARMY WIELDING THE SHIELD OF FAITH (Ephesians 6:16)
This is yet another state of the coming army that gladdens the heart. It is evident that one of the reasons believers of today have not attained their set goals (though legitimate and good) is because there is no faith of the child in them (see Matthew 13:58; 17:20; Mark 6:6). It is also true that the darts and machinations of the wicked one have affected many in the area of their health, business, finances, marriage, career, child-bearing, ministries, etc, because they could not wield enough faith to stop the manoeuvres of the wicked one (compare James 1:5-7; Hebrews. 11:6; Isaiah 7:9).
The army that is in preparation is altogether a different one, in that, its members will be made to be members of the elders’ forum (Hebrews 11:1-2, 4-5, 7-12, 17-35). What a great experience that will shortly be!
(e) AN ARMY WEARING THE HELMET OF SALVATION (Ephesians 6:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8).
This is yet another status of the coming army, whose significance is not in question. It is an army whose members are not only saved in the now, but are also bent on being saved eventually.
The above is in contrast with what is on ground in the Church of today. In the Church today (Church is used here to embrace all who profess christianity — the so-called orthodox Churches, the evangelicals, the pentecostals and the charismatics), there are multitudes of people who have no genuine experience of repentance from dead works, saving faith in the death of Jesus, which lead to forgiveness of sin, impartation of God’s Spirit of adoption and regeneration (consider Acts 2:38-39; 3:19). Those of them in the so-called orthodox churches have been erroneously made to believe they are saved because of the sacraments they have participated and do participate in. Those of them among the evangelicals may have come to erroneously believe that they are saved because of some mere mental acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. On the part of those among the pentecostals and charismatics, they think they are saved, just because they now have very serious convictions that God exists and does miracles, of which they may have been partakers, though they do not have definite experience of regeneration.
But in the coming army that the Lord is raising, that indisputable and indispensable experience of genuine salvation will not be less than the ratio of the saved to the unsaved among the disciples of the Lord Jesus (consider John.13:10; 17:12).
(f) AN ARMY WIELDING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT AND THE SPIRITUAL SWORD OF THE BELIEVER (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12)
On the one hand, the word of God is the sword that the Spirit of God uses as the sons of God declare it in faith (Eph. 6:17). On the other hand, it is the spiritual (non-man-made and unseen) sword that the believer uses to defend himself, ward-off the fiery darts of the enemy and appropriate God’s blessings to himself (Eph. 6:17; Matt. 4:4-11).
The coming army is one that has been made to drink of the word, having their senses charged with the spiritual current in the word (Colossians 3:16; Deuteronomy 6:6; 11:18; John 6:63). As a result, the two-way use of the infallible word of God is operational among them.
(g) AN ARMY, WATCHING AND PRAYING ALWAYS IN THE SPIRIT WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE (Ephesians 6:18)
Naturally, “being vigilant always and ready to act” is the watch-word of those who are in lasting conflict with others. The on-coming army, realizing that it is faced with the last days opposition (and a stiff one for that matter), and with the need of vigilance and ceaseless Spirit-led prayer, is an army whose entire membership are watchful prayer warriors. This will be so because, it is an army endued with the Spirit of supplication (eg. Acts 1:14; Zechariah 12:10).
It will not be a forced-exercise. As the stream or river, because of the gradient in its course, is not forced to flow, so they, because of the influence of the Spirit of supplication, will not be forced to watch and pray night and day. The Lord Jesus was not forced to pray; it was in his blood to watch and pray (Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; 11:1; John 8:1-2). The apostles were not forced to pray; they gave themselves to watching and praying night and day (Acts 6:4; 1:14; Phil. 1:4). The Scottish revivalist, John Knox was not forced to pray; he rather prayed ceaselessly with great pathos. Martin Luther was not forced to watch and pray; history tells us he prayed all night most of the days he was wanted. The early church was not forced to pray; they rather prayed ceaselessly (Acts 1:14). So, the coming army is an army of supplication and one that watches.
(h) AN ARMY HARNESSED WITH FRUITS AND GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT FOR IMPECCABLE CHRISTIAN LIFE AND EFFECTIVE SERVICE TO THE LORD.
So far we have seen that the on-coming army of Christians the Lord is raising is one with loins girded with truth, chest covered with the breastplate of righteousness; one ready and resolved through the gospel of peace, wielding the shield of faith, wearing the helmet of salvation and wielding the sword of the Spirit and the spiritual sword of the believer. It is also an army continually watching and praying in the Spirit with perseverance.
But apart from the above, it is an army harnessed with fruits and gifts of the Spirit for impeccable Christian life and fruitful/effective service. The picture is very clear. The multitudes will be filled with the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning of the church and as was promised for this end time (Acts 2:4; 4:31; Joel 2:28-29).
As a result, the Spirit’s fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance will flow substantially, making them impeccable Christians (see Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9; Psalm 92:13-14). Besides, they will be adorned with the Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, insight, faith, teaching, prophesying, discernment, healing, ruling, etc, that make Christian service effective.
In summary and in other words, the army of believers that is in preparation can be described as an army that will be adorned with the beauty of Jesus. The song developer by inspiration wrote:
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wondrous compassion and purity;
O Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Until the beauty of Jesusbe seen in me.
In this song, the beauty of Jesus referred to comprises just His wondrous compassion and purity. But the Lord is revealing that the coming army will be adorned with all the other details of Jesus’ beauty not shown in the above song, eg, Jesus’ wisdom, power, insight, knowledge, love, humility, prowess, prayerfulness, faith, evangelism, etc.
Remember, all that was found in the life of Jesus in the days of His flesh, being the first begotten into sonship of God, are typical of what should be found in the lives of his true disciples, being the other begotten into sonship of God (consider Matthew 10:25; 11:29). Jesus’ experiences are the apex, while His disciples’ experiences should be substantial measures. So, the coming army, simply put, is an army adorned with the beauty of Jesus in its entirety.
2. 2ND ASPECT OF THE PROJECT:- BRINGING ABOUT A GREAT HARVEST OF SOULS AND REVIVAL IN THE CHURCH
(N.B. We are still discussing revelation knowledge)
THE entire world is now even over-ripe for a great harvest of souls and a mighty revival in Christians and the Christian faith, hence the Lord has decided to bring same to pass.
Hitherto, darkness of every sort has filled the whole world, even much more than was observed by apostle John in about 90 AD when he wrote his epistle (1 John 5:19). There is incredible religious darkness in the form of development of false religious beliefs and practices, as well as adherence to erroneous dogmas and practices by millions who profess Christianity (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Peter 2:1-2). There is also darkness every where in the form of outright occultism, spiritism or Satanism as men seek power and protection outside of the Holy Spirit of God (1 Timothy 4:1). There is the darkness of atheism. What about the darkness of pleasure-seeking and materialism that have filled the minds of billions of people all over the world? ( 2 Timothy 3:1,4).
Besides, there is the darkness of ridiculing the absolute truth of God’s word and calling it pluralism; of worshipping of other gods and calling it multi-culturalism; endorsing perversion and calling it the life of the unreligious or an alternative life-style; of murdering unborn babies and labelling it legitimate. In fact the volume of darkness that has covered this present world is too large to be piece-mealed here.
It is this very situation that has made our present world very ripe for the hand of the Lord to descend on it, seeing that He often allows the climax of men and devils, so that He may prove Himself incomparable in His power, wisdom, strategy, sovereignty, etc., when He comes to deal with all their works to deliver His elect. Did He not allow Satan to do his worst against Eve before He came down to shame him by establishing a means of reclaiming mankind through the woman that Satan had deceived? (consider Genesis 3:1-19). Was not the world of Noah mad with self-will and sin, reaching the apex of their offences before He showed Himself stronger than they? (Genesis 6:1-3, 5-7; 9:10-12, 17-23). Did not Abraham and Sarah outlive their age of fruitfulness before He put the situation to nought by giving them Isaac? (Genesis 21:1-5). Did He not allow Satan to do his worst against Joseph before He shamed him completely by making Joseph ruler in Egypt and succourer of his brethren? How about allowing Nebuchadnezzar to reach the height of his pride and arrogance before He sent him into the bush to eat grass like oxen? (Daniel 4:28-33). Didn’t his son or grandson (Belshazzar) reach the height of abomination before He killed him? (Daniel 5:1-9, 17-31). What about the fact that the children of Israel were allowed to emigrate to and remain in Egypt for
Indeed the world has made itself very ripe for the Almightiness of the Lord to appear. They have reached the stage that the Lord takes delight in dealing with decisively. So He has decided to deal with it. He has decided to shake the world such that, the mighty, the feeble, the rich, the poor, the learned, the unlearned, the old and the young will melt under the fire of conviction of His Spirit and His children among them return to Him. He has decided to judge and shame the gods of false religion, violence, multi-culturalism, perversion, blood-letting, atheism, occultism, etc, as He shakes their foundations to let off His children whom they have trapped hitherto (compare Exodus 12:12).
There is surely a sound of a great harvest and revival of souls ahead, one greater than all the previous ones put together. People of all calibre will throng the places of truth to worship and serve Him. The power of the Spirit of God will sweep over the nooks and crannies of this world once more to cause multitudes to embrace the truth and to revive the church and consolidate the Christian faith. What is about to happen has been illustrated with the abundance of rain of prophet Elijah (1 Kings 18:41-45).
3. 3RD ASPECT OF THE PROJECT:-FULFILLING THE PRE-RAPTURE NECESSITY (Ephesians 4:11-15; 5:26-27)
WITHIN the above Scripture passages is an outline of what has been termed the pre-rapture necessity. Remember, a necessity is something that must inevitably exist or occur.
Pre-rapture necessity are those experiences that must be in the church of Christ before He descends in the cloud to call her up. They are as follows:- (i) unity of faith in the church (Ephesians 4:13); (ii) having knowledge of the Son of God and (substantial) measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13); (iii) having a church glorious, without spot and without wrinkle (Ephesians 5:26-27).
These are experiences that many in the church today are at a loss as to how they will be, considering the situation on ground. They are wondering how unity of faith can be achieved, given the present utter dismembership of the church, and the myriad of differences in what is believed in most of the Christian issues. They are further confused as to how we all could come to sufficient knowledge of the Son of God, and to the measure (substantial measure) of the stature of the fulness of Christ, when presently there is so much peripheral and worldly Christianity. Besides, they are perplexed as to the possibility of having a church without spot and without wrinkle, when obviously, multitudes of people in the church, members and ministers alike, are focussing on other things than purity.
Nonetheless, God’s word outlining these necessities must be fulfilled, notwithstanding whatever situation that is on ground meanwhile (Psalms 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35). Remember, God’s promise to bring back to Canaan (with great substance) the descendants of Abraham (even before they existed) from a nation that would enslave them for centuries was fulfilled to the very letter (Genesis 15:13-16 with Exodus 3:1-10; 14:30). So, the issue of bringing about this pre-rapture experiences in the church of Christ is not negotiable. Let us now proceed to analyse what will be in this regard:-
(a) UNITY OF FAITH OF THE BELIEVERS (Ephesians 4:13).
Unity of faith implies that what one believes on any given Christian issue, is what the other believes.
There are many major and minor matters of the Christian faith in which there is meantime disparity in the convictions of the people, but the Lord has set himself to work-out the necessary unity of faith. He is already at work in this issue through His Spirit, convicting individuals on this or the other matter, causing them to make necessary adjustments.
Further to this, as interactions and friendship continue through such forums as the IGMC of the hour, the issue of unity of the faith continues to be achieved, until a rapturable church having unity of faith will have been achieved. So before the rapture, there will have been unity of faith as stipulated.
(b) HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD AND (SUBSTANTIAL) MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST (Ephesians 4:13).
Knowledge referred to above is not head-knowledge, but saving knowledge; that which only those who have Christ’s or God’s indwelling Spirit can have (consider 1 Corinthians 12:3; John 17:2-5). It can be illustrated with the knowledge that one has of one’s bosom friend; the knowledge the wife has of the husband and vice-versa; the knowledge the servant has of his master, whom he is living with.
The Lord is set to work out this knowledge and is doing so right now and will continue as He unfolds His programmes and His true children engage in them, just as of old (consider Matthew 16:16-17; Philippians 2:13).
Apart from the said knowledge, there is the issue of the rapturable church having substantial measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (verse 13). We know that the Lord Jesus has the fulness of all Christian experiences (John 1:16; Colossians 1:19; 2:9), and that it is out of His fulness we do receive (John 1:16). Seeing that this is one of those inevitable experiences prior to the rapture, the Lord also is bent on working it out for the rapturable church, even at this tail-end of the church-age.
(c) HAVING A CHURCH GLORIOUS, WITHOUT SPOT, WITHOUT WRINKLE (Ephesians 5:26-27)
This is the 3rd aspect of the pre-rapture necessity that must be. While He was here on earth, Jesus commanded us to be pure, without spot and wrinkle (Matthew 5:20, 48). Through His apostles He later repeated His command, that the Church be glorious, without spot or wrinkle (I Peter 1:14-16; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 12:14).
He is coming at the rapture to take and present to himself a glorious church, without spot and without wrinkle (Ephesians 5:26-27). Apostle Paul, knowing this, strove to build up the church of his day to that rapturable point, in case the Lord came during his time (Colossians 1:28).
A quick look back into the lives of some of the brethren that have passed-on to glory will confirm that the Lord is ever mindful of a glorious church, without spot and wrinkle. We know many, who had some premonition that they were going to pass-on, and were definitely inspired or ministered to by the Holy Ghost to make their ways right, and they did so and passed-on. So, achieving this third aspect of the pre-rapture necessity is a concluded issue in the Lord’s project ahead.