At the turn of the year 2017, as
we were praying during our conference in Brazil, I sensed the Spirit of
the Lord saying in my heart, to "return to a new age of the acts of the
For decades we have looked to the book "Acts of the Apostles" as the
pattern for ministry, and indeed most restoration-oriented ministries do
so. But I perceived this word to mean something quite different: not just
a pattern, but an "age" - as mentioned in I Corinthians 10:11 -
"to us upon whom the end of the ages has come."
In Acts chapter two, the Holy Spirit was poured out in approximately the
year 33 AD. The Apostle Paul reportedly was beheaded in approximately 67
AD. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. While apostolic
revivals have certainly continued around the world, there was a
relatively short window of time between 30 AD and 70 AD in which all of
the "action" of the book of Acts took place.
What was the "end of the age" for Paul and the other disciples? In their
generation it was the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Another "end of
the age" is foretold at the Second Coming (presumably in our generation).
There was a previous "end of the age" at the destruction of Jerusalem in
586 BC and another before that in Noah's time (II Peter 3:5-10).
There will be yet another at the end of the Millennial Kingdom
Yeshua, Peter, Paul and John all relate to a double "end", one in their
own generation and one in a later generation (Matthew 24:3). For this
reason there is an overlap of prophecies when speaking of the end times.
The first age of the apostles occurred right before the "end of the
age" in their day. This new age of the apostles will happen right
before the "end of the age" in our generation. Both involve the
destruction of Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:2).
The first Apostolic Age took place shortly after Yeshua ascended into
heaven from earth. We are in the period shortly before His descent from
heaven back to earth. A unique factor in these two time periods is
the overlap of the international ecclesia and the Messianic community in
Israel. Before 33 AD there was no ecclesia. After 70 AD there was no
Israel. During that one generation both the ecclesia and the remnant
were in position. Today, for the first time in 2000 years the two again
We don't know exactly how to count the present window of
opportunity. Did it start in 2000 AD and will it end at 2040? Does it
begin now in 2017 and end sometime in this generation? I don't know.
However, for the first time in almost 2000 years the conditions of the
book of Acts are coming together again. Moreover the alignment between a
revivalist, apostolic ecclesia in all the nations and a revivalist,
apostolic Messianic remnant in Israel is occurring for the first
time. There was no opportunity for this alignment to take place in
This is a speeding up of time for the nations, for Israel, for the
Church, for communications, for revelation, for revival, for persecution,
for the completion of the great commission of Acts 1:8, for the
outpouring of the Spirit on all flesh according to Acts 2:17, and for
the restoration of all things as stated in Acts 3:21. The year 2017
represents a breakthrough, a "restart", for the apostolic and
apocalyptic prophecies to take place.
This article was previously published on January
on the Revive Israel website.