The Body of Christ has been robbed for years by her theology. We cannot seem to accept God’s Word for the NOW anointing because our theology has told us that it will all come LATER after we are dead and in heaven. The Church is flooded today with books and movies about “prophesied events” that will happen after the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. But there is a current restoration theology that states that we can and will receive a present dimension of Biblical promises on this side of eternity. Most of the Bible was written for our lives here and now. We are called to rule and reign, not tuck, run, and fly away.
Many of us were brought up with an eschatology, (study of end times), that taught us that the Church is in a lot of trouble and that the devil’s kingdom would increase and totally dominate the earth until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. We were taught that our Lord Jesus would return and rescue a beaten up and defeated Church. Then our Lord would destroy the enemy and his forces through His power, truth and light by way of His return. This thinking has programmed defeat within the body of Christ. Therefore, the church sits in a corner defeated with her only hope tied to a theology that lies in the future at the return of our Lord Jesus which allows her to escape to a better place.
The idea of a strong militant mighty Church waging an effective war against the devil is completely foreign to much of our thinking. Many would agree that there will be a time of heightened spiritual conflict, but to believe that God is going to bring about a great massive harvest during this time seems unthinkable to many within the body of Christ. So, much of the teaching and preaching of the Church over the years has been a theology about a future kingdom. It would be a kingdom that is established after the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It would be only in the “New Heaven” and “New Earth” that His righteousness would be established. Until then, according to this theology, we can only expect the world and the church to lie helpless in the hands of the evil one. With this theology the final glory and victory of the Church will have to wait until the end of the earth and the re-creation of the heavens and the new city. But the Lord Jesus Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection, has given authority and government to the Body through the Apostolic and Prophetic ministries. There is an army rising up that is ready to take back what is legally and rightfully ours. The problem is that the body is walking in hurt, unforgiveness, rebellion, and broken relationships. There needs to be places of refuge whereby the spiritual leaders and body of Christ can be healed.
Question: Is it true that the enemy was defeated at Calvary or do we have to wait until the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for his defeat?
John 16:7-8 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
It is consistent with the teachings of the Scriptures that our Lord is ready to destroy all the works of the evil one through His Body, the Church, in this present age, so that the world would know that the enemy’s judgment has already taken place and that the Church is victorious.
We are not sure as to how far we can go in this final work of our Lord until He returns but we know that the world longs for the manifestation of the Sons of God to come forth. The Scripture of Jn.14:11-14 must be a reality for the NOW and not something just hoped for all our lives.
John 14:11-14 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.