GOD’S END-TIME plan includes restoration of His glory, restoration of His power, and restoration of His gifts and ministries to the Church.
Through my years of ministry, I’ve seen occasional manifestations of the glory of God. I’ve watched God’s presence, appearing like a cloud, come into the building. And I’ve observed what looked like waves roll in from the back of the building and hover over the people. Although it looked like waves, it was a white cloud—a manifestation of God’s glory.
I’m convinced we’ll see more of these manifestations in the end times. We’re going to move into a greater manifestation of signs and wonders than we’ve seen before. I believe we’ll see a revival of the supernatural.
Ephesians 4:10–12 says when Christ ascended on High, He gave gifts to men: some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the perfecting—or maturing—of the Body of Christ.
Our mistake has been that we’ve recognized only three of these ministry gifts: the pastor, the evangelist, and the teacher. For the Church to be what it should be and for us to do the work God intended, we must have the manifestation of the fivefold ministry. We must recognize the ministry gifts, honor them, and permit them to function in the way God wants them to.
We must also recognize the gifts or manifestations of the Holy Spirit: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues (1 Cor. 12:8–10).
First Corinthians 12:11 says, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
Fresh oil! That’s what we need today: a fresh anointing of oil—the Holy Spirit.
Notice He is not dividing the gift. He is dividing the manifestation of the gift.
The gifts of the Spirit belong to the Church. They’ve always existed but have been lying dormant. The manifestation of the gifts is given to individual members of the Body of Christ as the Spirit wills.
We also need to understand that those who stand in the fivefold ministry offices are equipped with some of these spiritual gifts to function in their offices. For instance, to stand in the office of a prophet, one must have a consistent manifestation of at least two of the revelation gifts (word of wisdom, word of knowledge, or discerning of spirits) plus prophecy.
A prophet is one who has visions and revelations—the word of knowledge operates in prophets. On the other hand, any believer can have a manifestation of the word of knowledge as the need arises.
We’ll see a renewal of the spiritual gifts in the end times. They’ll be in manifestation even more.
Let’s look at another portion of scripture.
36 And he [Jesus] spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles [or wineskins]; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
We must understand the illustration Jesus is using. These wine “bottles” were made of skin. Once the wine was put into them, they would swell up and change shape. But as the skin became old, it grew brittle. An old skin would burst if wine were put into it.
Therefore, they would renew those old wineskins. First, they soaked them in water for a long time. Second, they’d rub olive oil into the skin until it became soft and pliable. The skins were like new again. New wine could be put into them without the skin bursting
Jesus was saying that individuals, local churches, and denominations are often like those wineskins: old, empty, dead, and brittle.
How can we be soaked in water to be renewed? Paul, talking about the Church, said in Ephesians 5:26, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” We become saturated by the washing of water by the Word!
Many of us have been freshly saturated with God’s Word. Others need to be. Unless they are, they’ll never be able to hold the new wine.
After the skins were soaked in water, they were rubbed with olive oil until they became soft and pliable. Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. The psalmist said, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Ps. 92:10).
Fresh oil! That’s what we need today: a fresh anointing of oil—the Holy Spirit—and it’s coming. Smith Wigglesworth held a meeting right before he went home to be with the Lord in 1947.
During the meeting, Wigglesworth said, “In our day, we’ve had a move of the gifts of the Spirit but very little teaching of the Word. A revival of the teaching of the Word of God is coming. After that revival, a fresh anointing of the Spirit will come. The combination of the two revivals will bring the greatest move we’ve ever seen!”
Is a new wave coming? Some people are looking for something brand-new—something that has never happened before. In that sense, there will never be a new wave. God is going to do everything He’s ever done.
Go to the ocean and watch the waves come in. You may say, “That’s a new wave.” Yes, it’s a different wave from the one before. But it’s still the same water, even though it’s higher than the first wave.
The move of God often comes gently. But it keeps pushing in until it covers an entire territory.
The wave of the teaching revival started in the ʼ80s. It’s been gathering momentum and will sweep in a greater move of the Spirit, power, authority, and character of God.
You can receive a fresh anointing right now!
Thank You, Lord, for the rain—the outpouring of the Holy Ghost—the early and the latter rain. Thank You for the harvest—the precious fruit of the earth.
The revival and the new wave are not coming. The revival—the refreshing—is here now. I’ll walk in it, and I’m a part of it. And the work of God will be done.
Kenneth E. Hagin
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