At least that's what it seems like.
The tinkerers are about. They are trying to fix this. Fix that. QE2. QE3. Policy. Batting at the wind.
Churches are no different. Many are in free fall and they are tinkering with the parachute cord.
All the systems that used to work no longer do. There is a sinking feeling that they no longer can.
What to do?
First, recognize that all change is perceived as loss. So these changes are going to seem to be pretty rough. Second, Father is behind this. Of THAT I am certain. He means to tear down every high place, every stronghold erected against the knowledge of God. Look over the list again. Church, business, family, culture, politics, education, government, world powers, economics, relationships. Every one of them has high places. Places that need tearing down. Places committed to masking the Goodness and Dominion of God in the earth. Altars to BAAL.
So He is. Tearing down altars.
I kept my peace regarding the fires in Israel of late. On the Carmel range. Mt Carmel is there. Where GOD poured down fire and destroyed the offering resulting in the destruction of an evil priestly order. This event in Israel has destroyed many people's trust in Government. Altar.
This is what Father is doing. Tearing down anything that gets in the way of our looking to HIM.
You can read exactly what Father is up to. It's in Chapters 1-3 of the book of Isaiah. The key center verse of this prophecy is 2:20-22
20 In that day people will throw away
to the moles and bats
their idols of silver and idols of gold,
which they made to worship.
21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks
and to the overhanging crags
from the fearful presence of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to shake the earth.
22 Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?
Read the whole thing.
In the end there will be restoration, reformation, recognition of the True God. He is kicking out any props any of us have depended on too long other than him. He is tearing down any counterfeit systems we have put in place.
One of the seemingly contradictory consequences of this is the destruction of much of the Church, particularly in America. NOT Christianity or faith in Christ. That's growing. BUT, the Church, the Ministry Machine is being dismantled.
There is a hope. If somehow you are TRAPPED in one of these spirals. If you are stuck. If there seems to be no hope, there is. If you are a Church Leader, you can allow the Lord to set you back rightly. It won't be as you hoped. It might even hurt.
There is a famous passage from 2 Chronicles 20:20b we all quote:
...Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”
People believe part one. Faith in God will uphold you. Anti-maxim of that would be Faithlessness in God will bring you down. I don't think anyone will question that.
Part two is where it gets dicey. Have Faith in his prophets and you will be successful. That seems to be a stumbling block. Jehoshaphat, not the prophet, stood and spoke this word to the people. The Anti-maxim of this would be, ignore the prophets and you will fail, not succeed.
Yet, most of the failing churches in the earth today are NOT willing to hear what the prophets are saying. Even prophets who care about them. Even prophets who have a living word of the Lord for them.
The leaders of these churches are committing the sin of Saul. Because they have heard the word of the Lord for others and operated in the Glory as Saul did when he was among the school of the Prophets, they believe THEY hear best from God for themselves and ignore those sent without pay as prophet to them. Therefore they burn an offering out of season that was not theirs to burn.
They commit a sin of arrogance.
Right now there is a word delivered to certain church leadership that if they implement it, if they hear it, if they obey the word of the Lord delivered by His prophet they will succeed. Yet they persist in a direction that will tear down all the ministry they have prospered in the past. They are leaning on their own understanding and they are failing.
Ignore the Prophets and you will fail.
God is Adjusting things. Offer up your places that need adjustment. He will be faithful.
THAT is the word of the Lord