Once not too long ago, I was praying about the Church and the Lord showed me a vision of what the Church is to look like. In my vision, I was looking down at a church building and observing the activity going on inside. The church building had a roof but I could still see through the roof. However, the church had no walls. I was watching the activities in fast forward motion. People were moving in and moving out, but only 3 or 4 people consistently remained in the building. The people moving in and out were always different people, never the same.
The vision intrigued me. But I admit it took me some time to understand and accept the meaning of the vision. My traditional concept of “church” seemed to get in the way. However, the understanding is becoming clear as time progresses. To explain the concept, let me first summarize local churches and what it currently looks like.
In the western world, there are many local churches in a given neighborhood. The churches look different based on various architectural designs often because of denominational and cultural traditions. But these divisions cut off the Holy Spirit power that is to flow vertically through God’s people. These are walls that divide God’s people.
A couple of years ago, I went for a drive in a small town in the southern part of the United States. It was an old costal town so there were many historical buildings including churches. The churches were beautiful in their design, some Catholic, some Methodist, as well as various other denominations. But when I drove past these churches, I sensed the presence of the demonic as I’ve never experienced before. These demon spirits were sitting on top of the churches and when I drove by, they looked at me with hatred. I can only describe what I felt as being extremely uncomfortable, which of course was intentional on their part. Once I passed the area of the city, the feeling began to subside.
The experience I just described seems extreme, but I mention it for a reason. Our division within the body of Christ whether it is denominational, theological, or cultural, is governed by demonic strongholds. These strongholds block the power of the Holy Spirit from flowing through God’s people as it should. So, the church with no walls represents the divisional barriers coming down. It represents our Holy Spirit connection with God flowing through each of us to the next person and getting God’s mission fulfilled in the earth.
There is a transition taking place in which the walls are being removed. Major transformation is happening within the Church. This transformation must take place in preparation for the end of times transition. Our connection with on another will be vital for many reasons. Those who are resistant to the changes will be left to the worlds devises (See January, 2010, The Great Migration).
In my vision, the people moving in and out represent the churches operating more like a pit stop to full-fill specific needs for the body of Christ. Once the needs are full-filled, people moved on, possibly to the next ‘pit-stop’. There are no longer memberships of churches in which all needs were met by a specific church group. The churches are more representative of the body of Christ in that if a church functions as the hand, then its natural function manifests its spiritual function. Perhaps similar to inter-city churches who provide free meals to the community. Each individual church will begin to understand its Christ bodily function according to how it was designed and the body of Christ as a whole will begin to function as it should (See I Corinthians Chapter 12).
A church with no walls is a goal for the body of Christ. Already, there is evidence and confirmation from God’s prophets as churches are beginning to position themselves through prayer. The hardest part will be in letting go of our traditions and allowing Jesus to establish a new order. May God’s will be established in the earth.