VISION.. HIS BODY, THE FULLNESS OF HIM..
This is sent for your edification and consideration. The vision
contains some dramatic emphasis for the purpose of helping us
see that not all that we have been doing in church has its origins
in God. Thus, the fruit will not be what He is looking for. God
is not obligated to anoint our ways and structures regardless
of our good intentions, which can be the enemy of God's best.
What worked in the past doesn't mean it will work in the present,
even if God did originate it for a time and purpose. The only
person that can sing, "I did it my way" and get away with it
I began seeing this vision in the springtime of 1998. It is a
vision that I can repeatedly look into, observe in detail and
inquire of the Lord about its meaning. It is clearer today than
when I first received it.
The vision begins with an overview of a vast area of destroyed
buildings. Many of these buildings are leveled to their foundations.
Some are even destroyed below the ground, the very foundation
The scene reminded me of pictures I had seen of Hiroshima, Japan
after the atomic bombing. Twisted and mangled steel girders poked
awkwardly into the air no longer able to give support. In most
cases, it was hard to imagine what type of building previously
existed. Most lay in heaps of brick and steel.
As the scene kept unfolding I saw Jesus first walking amidst
this vast rubble. His countenance was circumspect, clearly inspecting
every detail. It was as though He wanted to be sure the destruction
was sufficient, that it would be impossible for the buildings
to stand again by being merely repaired. New buildings would
have to rise.
Then Jesus did a remarkable thing. He stepped into the center
of a once standing edifice. His person began to grow. His very
body extending out and up until it filled the space once occupied
by material. Then this process was repeated over and over as
Jesus Himself was now filling every place where there once was
a building. The size, height and shape of each building were
not identical, but there was no mistaking that Jesus was in all,
and through all.
Then I began to be lifted up to view this vision from a new perspective.
I went up as well as back away from the scene like a zoom lens
being retracted. Now the distinct definition of Jesus in every
building began to fade and a new image of one personage of Jesus
began to dominate the entire picture. A new expanding edifice
rose steadily out of this changing scene. The buildings all merged
into one and the one was Jesus Himself. I knew a building was
there, but our Lord engulfed its identity. He was the building(s)
and the building(s) Him.
Then I rose further up and away from this scene. From this greater
distance Jesus was clearly seen rising up and filling an area
that looked first like a city, then a region, then a nation,
then a continent. The upward and outward distancing of myself
continued until I could see the whole earth and Jesus standing
on the sphere. While His feet were in one place, they seemed
to "melt" and flow around the entire earth making it clear that
He was on all the earth and not only a part of it.
The Lord made me to understand that the vision was dramatically
depicting a divine takeover and makeover of the church. The reason
for using a bombing scene to illustrate this process is because
some churches and leaders already feel like a bomb has hit their
churches. Actually, the Holy Spirit, being freshly poured out,
has so powerfully hit some churches that some or all of their
usual activities have been interrupted. Some are completely discontinued.
The new wine and old wineskins are incompatible. One or both
will be lost if a new container for the wine isn't provided soon
Some of God's children have thought the manifestations of the
outpouring were the end in themselves. The joyousness, the falling
out under the power, the different statements resulting from
someone being freshly touched by the Holy Spirit are part of
the church being reintroduced to the Holy Spirit. The behaviors
are more signs of what God wishes to do with the church:
1. Cause it to cease from its labors.
2. Give it more "downtime" to know Him.
3. Enable the church to do what it hadn't been able to do before
because it wasn't relying on the Holy Spirit.
The Lord closely inspected the "remains" of the church. He walked
circumspectly through the rubble making sure what had to be destroyed
was and that it would be impossible to restore the building.
It would have to be rebuilt. He led me to understand that the
destruction caused by a bombing was to be seen not merely as
destruction but de-structuring which would be followed by a restructuring.
It is also to serve as notice that every man's work will be tried
as by fire (I Cor. 3:11-15). So, He is giving us time to get
it right. In reality, except the Lord build the house, they labor
in vain that build it (Psa. 127:1). Only a little of each building
remained as representations of what had been originated by Him.
The Lord led me to further know that under the anointing of their
gifting many apostles and prophets would actually be involved
in destructuring churches by revealing certain activities of
churches that are not fulfilling any present purpose of God,
and thus bring them to an end. It is in part their governmental
function to set things in order (Titus 1:5). The anointing to
do this is the same as that given to Jeremiah in Jer. 1:10. This
anointing includes not just rooting out, pulling down and destroying,
but building and planting. Thus many churches, their leaders
and members are going to have fresh new starts. There will be
refocusing of ministries and resources and a new excitement to
see the building of the church. Many will join in this restructuring
as their giftings are identified and released. The church is
a Body, not a building and every member must function to its
The most profound action of Jesus was when He stepped into the
center of the remains of a church and then filled it. He was
identifying what church is. It is He, He is the Head and we are
His Body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all. We are not
what fill the church. But Him in us all, thus filling all. It
is not just a metaphor.
In expressing Himself within the Body, He also defines the function
of every gifting since every gifting is an aspect of His life
when lived out on the earth prior to the cross. After His resurrection
and ascension into heaven, the Father then sent us the Holy Spirit,
the Christ anointing or the Spirit of Christ. Now Jesus' life
continues manifesting in the multitudes of believers who now
make up His spiritual Body. Our identity is in Him. Our unity
and oneness now agrees with the unity and oneness of the Trinity.
As the Trinity is all of one Spirit so are we (Jn. 17:21). One
Divine Spirit eternally manifested as Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
This unity the Lord led me to understand doesn't require uniformity
of activity for believers. In fact, this unity exists in the
many distinctions in the Body. Within the Trinity, each Person
of the Godhead performs different functions in relationship to
our salvation and us. Yet, all have the same goal. The human
body too has its members performing different activities at the
same time all under the direction of the head. Our Head, Jesus,
administers life in and through His Body the same way. So too,
each church was different. These differences in churches (not
disagreements) complimented and fulfilled the complete statement
of Christ. The fusing of these distinct bodies into one, which
ultimately filled the earth, depicts this. Our oneness is the
function of the Spirit (Eph. 4:3) and we are requested to maintain
this unity of the Spirit with loving attitudes (Eph. 4:2-3) and
not seek to attain unity by uniformity of activities.
Too often the insecurity of some leaders cause them to exert
undo pressure on others in an attempt to have followers doing
what that leadership thinks is right. When everybody doesn't
walk in lockstep it is challenged as being out of unity. Similarly,
many believers follow after every new trend, program, whatever,
even searching to satisfy their uncertainties and insecurities.
Jesus was clear on this subject in Mk. 9:38-40 and Jn. 21:21-22.
We are going to know what Jesus is leading us in as we listen
and follow Him as He clearly makes it known to each of us. A
great release is coming and a new freedom as well.
Finally, we see Jesus' feet planted on the earth yet encompassing
it. He wants us to be sure that all things are to be put under
His feet (us, the feet of His Body) making all things subject
to Him. His head is over all principality and power and it is
through the church/body that His manifold wisdom is being made
known (Eph. 1:21 & Eph. 3:10). Yes, His glory will be made known
through the church throughout the world (Eph. 3:21 with Hab.
The growth of the Body in this vision takes place effortlessly.
The whole Body grew simultaneously, not a part at a time, but
altogether. The reason is to emphasize the action of every part
working towards the goal of building itself up in love. (Eph.
4:16 paraphrase is mine.) In other words, ministry in the Body
is going to function in accordance with Eph. 4:12. The five-fold
ministry must focus its approach to the Body in terms of equipping
it. Then the congregation, too, must change from an audience,
to participating members. To facilitate this, the "How to" of
doing church will change so the function of Body growth will
occur? The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ depends
on every member, not just a few gifted in the pulpit. Even those
in the pews will minister to those in the pulpits. Doing church
is about to change.
Pastor Greg Manalli
Fellowship of Life Church
150 Sandbank Rd.
Cheshire, CT 06410
Hoping that you are edified in Christ by the judgement of this prophecy, I bless you all in His