God has a plan, and His plan counters everything satan is attempting to do. No matter how negative the picture seems to get, you must be convinced that God’s plan will win over satan’s plan. That is called faith. Rather than using the word believe, I like the word know. We know! No matter how dark or intense the battle gets, nothing moves us from what we know. Beyond a doubt we know that God wins this battle. He may be putting us through many things, but they all have one purpose—that we be convinced of His ability, His plan, and the conclusion of everything that He is going to do. God has an answer for every negative thing that is happening, and we are His plan.
Since the resurrection, Christ is now coming forth in a many-membered Body. It is the same with the Holy Spirit. When Yeshua (Jesus) was here in the flesh, the Spirit was in Christ. But after the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was no longer isolated to one individual. The Spirit will continue to come until it is poured out on all mankind (Joel 2:28). As a result of this outpouring, there will be a mighty people. When Christ talked about His return, He said, “From now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’” (Matthew 23:39).1 So Yeshua is not talking about Himself anymore. He is saying, “You’re not going to see Me until you see Me in those in whom I am coming forth.” David’s original prophecy in Psalm 118:26 said, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.” That is, blessed is anyone who comes in the name of the Lord. So Christ is prophetically talking about the Body of Christ, the great company described in Joel 2 that comes before His return.
This company of Elijah, this company of Moses, this Body of Christ that is coming forth in the end-time as the expression of a mighty people will again be filled with the Spirit as on the Day of Pentecost, and they will all speak the Word of God with boldness. “And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them” (Acts 4:32). In God’s plan there will be this oneness. Nothing belongs to them: not their churches or their doctrines or anything else that belongs to them. They are of one heart and soul. That is a beautiful picture!
When you consider the Body of Christ today and see all the divisions and diversities, it looks impossible. It looks like the enemy has already won. But we cannot back away from this. God will win. What God is going to do today will be done with tremendous force and zeal (Isaiah 59:17). The Spirit is raising up a standard to destroy everything satan has planned (Isaiah 59:19, NKJV). That standard is the company of Elijah coming forth in the end-time. It is Christ appearing in His Body. It is the Holy Spirit being poured out on flesh to create a mighty people. That is the standard that will defeat everything the enemy has planned. Immediately after God raises up that standard “a Redeemer will come to Zion” (Isaiah 59:20). Christ returns. When the enemy is set to bring destruction, God is set to bring blessing and establish His Kingdom.
1 All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995).