Jesus had been preaching for almost a week in the temple before sitting down and eating Passover with His disciples. I am sure the current teachings of Jesus they heard during the week of were still lingering in the their minds.
The setting: Judas had left the room and Peter had been warned of his upcoming betrayals when Jesus begins to encourage the disciples. This is the setting when Jesus says these words,
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
- John 15:1-5 NKJV
I realize many who read this may be upset with what I am about to write. Know I am writing from a prophetic heart and I desire to see renewal and revival in America again.
We are living in a time where civil disruption and the rise mental distress is all around us. We are living in a time of total spiritual confusion and political chaos.
Would you agree?
"And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
II Thessalonians 2:11-12
The enemy is creating great chaos to mislead many by a spirit of antichrist which is on the rise misleading this current and future generations.
Be Equipped! Pastors/Teachers equip the body of Christ. They are caregivers and have patience as they deal with the day to day struggles of of the church and fallen humanity. Apostles lay a foundation and are used by Holy Spirit to teach/disciple/ mentor the body. Watchmen are called to sit on the wall and sound the alarm as they intercede for people and circumstances to bring heaven to earth and. Prophets speak out as they hear the voice of God to bring about change in the atmosphere speaking about the Kingdom.
Before I write this... I PROMISE... I am in a GOOD MOOD.
Have you ever thought about all the movies that have dead people walking around like zombies? I am not a fan, but I think it is a prophetic insight to what God is speaking to the body right now. I believe God wants to bring resurrection life to the body of Christ (the ecclesia).