Our Mandate and modus operandi

Introduction and Mandate

As a forerunner eschatological (End-Time) community, we exist to encourage God's people to carry eternity in their hearts and to get ready now for the soon return of Jesus.

J Gresham Machen, in 'Christianity and Liberalism,' said:

Christianity is not engrossed by this transitory world, but measures all things by the thought of eternity.

Much harm is done to the Christian faith when its eschatological dimension is either forgotten or, as is more often the case, deliberately ignored.

Prepare for acceleration and persecution  

By prophetic revelation we believe the year 2022 will herald a major acceleration in the persecution of both Jews and Christians worldwide, and if God's people are to emerge triumphant, unscathed and standing firm to the end, during the darkest days they will ever experience (Mt 24:22), it's vital that they prepare now for the events that will unfold in the lead-up to his return.

Wake-up call and research

We support and encourage the creation of new eschatological communities whilst we research, monitor and comment on a number of local, national and global phenomena, events and trends, which we believe reflect the changing climate in our world today and are important to understanding the times in which we live (1Ch 12:32).  

Modus operandi

To fulfil our mandate we seek to:

1.  Live eschatologically

We carry eternity in our hearts and are getting ready now for the soon return of Jesus since we believe that he could return within the lifetime of people alive today.

2. Live supernaturally

We believe there will be increased supernatural empowerment as the return of Jesus draws closer and that, even now, Christians should anticipate spiritual manifestations to be their normal experience (Ac 8:26-40; 1Co 12:1-11; 2Ki 6:15-17).

3.  Prepare spiritually

We prepare spiritually (2Pt 3:11-12) and as we do, we discover our true identity and destiny as the Bride of Christ (Rev 22:17) through worship, faith, discipleship, unity, prayer, intercession, service, holiness and purity.  Identity precedes function - what we do results from who we are - and our identity and destiny is called into being by the Holy Spirit.  

4. Live in close community

The Early Church provides the inspiration for how we live as a community (Ac 2:42-47) including reliance on the Holy Spirit, spiritual leadership (including aspects of mutual submission), 24/7 fellowship (not just around meetings), the priesthood of all believers and a deep commitment to one another (including holding all things in common).

5. Keep watch and operate in the Men of Issachar anointing (1Ch 12:32)

We keep watch as we await the Lord's second coming (Mt 24:42) and seek to interpret local, national and global events with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in tandem with other prophets, in order to understand the signs of the times. 

6. Recognise and engage with the unseen realm

We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2Co 4:18).  We set our affection on things above (Col 3:1-4) where we are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph 2:6) and using our sanctified imaginations, by faith, we call into being that which does not exist (Ro 4:17 (part - NAS)).  We understand that the battle we face is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12).  For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2Co 10:3-5).

7. Live as aliens and strangers

We live as aliens and strangers (1Pt 2:11), not counting this present world system as our true home.  We eagerly await the Millennium Kingdom of Christ (Rev 20:1-4). 

8. Live counter to the culture, subversively and rejecting political correctness

Rather than assimilating the culture we live counter to it, and, whilst not being seditious or disloyal, we declare that 'Jesus is Lord,' reminding the State that it is not sovereign and does not have our ultimate allegiance (Ac 4:19-20).

9. Be salt and light

Guided by the Holy Spirit we share the good news in order to see others come into the Kingdom (Mt 24:14).  We seek to be salt and light in society and pray for God's will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Mt 6:10).  We work with others to highlight injustice in the public square, seek to change public opinion, affect government policy and uphold the freedom to preach the Gospel.

10. Prepare practically, materially and physically

We seek to prepare practically, materially and physically as well as spiritually - when the End-Time events foretold in the Bible unfold, it's highly likely that we'll not have access to electricity, a clean water supply, food, heating, money, transport, physical safety, access to communication, medical help, etc.  We do not rely solely on these preparations however, and expect an accompanying increase in supernatural provision during these times.

11. Expect to be persecuted (Mt 24:9)

Both Jews and Christians will be persecuted and hated by all nations (Mt 24:9) and many will fall away from the faith betraying other believers as they do so (Mt 24:10), but God will strengthen us so as not to love our lives so much as to shrink from death (Rev 12:11).

12. Observe the spirit of the Biblical feasts

We seek to observe the spirit of the Biblical feasts.  God chose specific times and seasons which were set apart as special feasts or festivals (Lev 23:1-2).  These feasts include the Sabbath, Passover (including Unleavened Bread), the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and the Feast of Tabernacles (including Trumpets and the Day of Atonement).  It's important that we discover the prophetic meaning of the feasts for us today as part of rediscovering our Hebraic roots.  

We hasten the coming of the Lord through prayer (Rev 22:20), preaching the Gospel to all nations (Mt 24:14) and by calling men everywhere to 'repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth’ (2Ti 2:25).  We work and pray to see God’s will done on earth as it is in Heaven (Mt 6:10) for continued freedom to preach the true Gospel and for the Church to be ready for the return of Jesus . . . 

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