Summary: A prophetic look at the Church!
The Church of Destiny
Dr. Adlai Naidoo
A prophetic message for every Christian
The Church of this generation has opportunities and challenges like never before experienced in Church history. Well over one quarter of all the people that have ever lived, from the time of Adam till now, are alive today. Therefore if we believe that Jesus is returning soon, then this generation has become the focal point of God’s entire plan for the Church and for the world.
The Abrahamic Call
The roots of the Church can be found in the call of God to Abraham (read Romans 4:16). The phrasing of that call has an eternal impact on the destiny of the Church, from its inception down to our time. God said:
"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" Genesis 12:2-3.
The call on Abraham’s life was not simply to be blessed by God, but to be blessed in order to be a blessing. This call has been extended to the Church.
"If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise" Ga1.3:29.
Which is the promise that we are heirs with Abraham of? The promise that "all peoples on earth will be blessed through you".
All Peoples on Earth
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" Matthew 24:14 (see also Mark 13:10).
The word translated "nations" here is the Greek word ethnos, which corresponds to the Hebrew word goy used in the promise given to Abraham. (Note that the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, uses the word ethnos to translate goy). Both ethnos and goy mean, not a political nation, such as Papua New Guinea or India, but a people or ethnic group, like the Lahu, Gondh, ethnic Thai or Mongolian people, defined by a uniqueness of language and culture.
The Church has been given exactly the same call as Abraham, for we are the fulfilment of that call (see Hebrews 11:39-40). The promise of being a blessing, however, is now called "the Gospel".
"The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ’All nations will be blessed through you’" Galatians 3:8 (see also John 8:46).
"Then Jesus asked, ’What is the kingdom of God Like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches’" Luke 13:18-19.
The growth of the Church has been absolutely phenomenal. At no time in history has the Church grown more rapidly. Statistics show that the Church is outstripping every religion in terms of worldwide growth. There are now an estimated 550 million committed believers, comprising around seven million churches. Over 70,000 people come to the Lord each day! On average (since the average church around the world consists of 70 members), this means it is conceivable to speak of around l,000 churches being established every day!