As the fire comes, the mixture of gold and brass will heat up and melt. As the heat increases, the dross – the brass - will rise to the surface. The responsibility of these prophets of the wilderness is to bring the fire. It is the responsibility of the people of God to remove the brass as it comes to the surface and becomes clearly visible. The brass will be seen to be different from the gold. As the brass is removed, the gold will become purer and the Refiner will look down from heaven and seeing His own face in the puregold, will bless the people of God in all His fullness ushering in the COMING MOVE OF GOD.
HAGGAI 1: 8 'Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,' says the Lord.
HAGGAI 2: 6-9 "For thus says the Lord of Hosts:
Once more (it is a little while) I will SHAKE heaven and earth the sea and dry land;
and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations,
and I will fill this temple with glory,' says the Lord of hosts.
'The silver is Mine, and the GOLD is Mine,' says the Lord of hosts.
The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,'
says the Lord of hosts.
'And in this place I will give PEACE,' says the Lord of hosts.'
We have seen a shaking in the kingdoms of this world – there is coming a SHAKING in the kingdom of God bringing REFORMATION and then REVIVAL and then the end will come. The shaking will come as the PROPHETS OF THE WILDERNESS bring the FIRE that will eventually, in His sovereign time and plan, usher in the LAST AND GREATEST MOVE OF GOD that many have been waiting for.
Just as Elijah called on His God who answered by fire and was surrounded by the thundercloud and storm of God - prophetic of the latter rain, the Lord is going to honour and pour out His Spirit on the WORSHIP and MINISTRY of the coming move; that which has not come forth on the sacrifice of praise in the past Charismatic move. Many have cried out and sought for revival in the Charismatic move but like the prophets of Baal have had much noise but no fire. Just as Elijah contended and warred in the context of Jezebel, so the dominant spirit that will be encountered in this season is the spirit of Jezebel.
HOW WILL THE THIS MOVE COME?
1. THE WILDERNESS (THE LAODICEAN CALL)
A world-wide phenomenon.
Consider the extract:
" ... New Zealand pastor Alan Jamieson, author of A Churchless Faith, has been studying this phenomenon for some years. To his surprise he found that far from being nominal churchgoers, 94% of the 'out-of-church' Christians he interviewed had been leaders of some kind - such as deacons, elders or Sunday school teachers - and 40% had been full-time Christian workers. He also found that for many the break came not because they had lost their faith, but more because they wanted to save it.
It seems that there is a tremendous groundswell of "dissatisfaction" occurring in the church right now. Could it be that God Himself may be causing this, to prepare for great change and reformation amongst His people?
As we have seen in this chapter - in fact this whole book - there are a group of Christians in the world today who have left the comfort of routines and friends and familiar surroundings, to set off towards something new, not knowing exactly where they are going or how they will get there. Just knowing that they had to go. They heard a call, they tasted a vision, and off they went. It was a brave thing to do and a lot of them have my deepest admiration. If they can make it through the desert, nothing is surer than that many of them will make wonderful leaders of God's people. But it is getting out of that 'wilderness' mind set that is the key thing. I personally believe that a great number of them will make it through. We are living in momentous days.
So is this huge Out-of-church movement a sign that something unprecedented lies just ahead? Is the massive groundswell of "dissatisfaction" amongst multitudes of Christians evidence that dramatic change is just around the corner? Certainly we would have to conclude that something major is going on. This thing is way too big to be mere coincidence. There is something very unusual taking place - on a worldwide scale that only God could orchestrate.
So are we about to see a new breed of leaders come in from the desert - prepared for years for this time - ready to usher in a new move of God's Spirit?... But the signs are there that something of this order of magnitude is definitely building. It seems beyond question that God is on the move in a new way in this generation. And He is doing something quite radical. Or perhaps it is something so old that it just seems radical - because we have never seen its like before..."
2. INTO THE CHURCH (LAODICEA)
FIRE will come from those whom I have already prepared and whom have been waiting in the wilderness (see prophecy by Rod Parsely on John the Baptist). As the prophets of the wilderness come forth, They will enter churches for a season.
As the fire comes, the mixture of gold and brass will heat up and melt. As the heat increases, the dross – the BRASS - will rise to the surface. The responsibility of these prophets of the wilderness is to bring the FIRE. It is the responsibility of the people of God to remove the BRASS as it comes to the surface and becomes clearly visible. The BRASS will be seen to be different from the GOLD. As the BRASS is removed, the GOLD will become purer and the Refiner will look down from heaven and seeing His own face in the PUREgold, will BLESS the people of God in all His fullness ushering in the COMING MOVE OF GOD.
However, not all will remove the BRASS. Some will desire to pour water on the fire and to silence the prophets. By this you will know and discern the true ministers from the false. Some will do this by saying these prophets are not under authority and many other excuses to prevent the prophets from speaking.
Much of this is revealed in ZECHARIAH : the SHEPHERD in the context of warfare, THE HOUR OF THE WAILING SHEPHERD and - the emergence of the prophetic shepherd . The SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL manifests in this CONFRONTATION.
3. THE REMNANT
The church will to a large extent reject the new move of the Spirit and the movement will leave the church. A few churches will receive the fire and will experience revival. So we see a picture of revival springing up in places where there is an openness to the new anointing as well as in groups of believers who have left the churches because of a number of reasons.