From “Feast of Tabernacles,” Chapter 6- The Blowing of Trumpets: An Introduction to Tabernacles, continued
The Certain Trumpet Call of the Ministries.
This uncertainty of the Trumpet is going to cease, and in the near future. God’s pattern has not been observed, and therefore we could not expect much more than confusion. But the pattern is being revealed, and God is raising up His own ministers who shall sound the Trumpet with such clarity, that men will know the voice of God and the meaning of the voice, and they will prepare for battle. God said, “The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets” (Num. 10:8). Ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are being established in the Church, established moreover by God Himself, and their Trumpet-call shall not go unheeded. Their word shall be with authority, and not as the Scribes. And their authority shall not be by self-appointment, nor by human-appointment, but rather by the appointment of the Holy Spirit, and the ordination of Christ. Soon there will be a “language” uttered in the congregation of the saints which men shall understand; for it shall be the Trumpet-call of power and authority, even as the very oracles of God.
Therefore, as we contemplate the coming glory of the Feast of Ingathering, how we rejoice in what God is now doing in the Blowing of the Trumpets. For there can be no latter rain, no vintage, no ingathering of the oil and corn and wine–without the blowing up of “the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” It is the Feast of the New Moon! The new moon! Yes, it is the same old moon that God established in the heavens from the foundation of the world, but now it doth enter a new phase! The very same Church that was established upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone…but the Church doth now enter a new phase of her existence. A new day is about to dawn! A new life is to be our portion! A new heritage in the Spirit looms before us! “Blow up the trumpet” therefore, ye ministers of God, sound an alarm in God’s holy mountain of Zion, shew God’s people their transgression, and call them to mourning and to repentance because of the desolation of God’s heritage. It will not be long ere the Day of Trumpets shall have served its purpose, and the Church of Christ shall enter into her rest. GHW
It is going to be vitally important as we move ahead, that all offices of the five-fold ministry embrace an apostolic/prophetic vision for the church. That does not mean that pastors should not pastor, evangelists should not evangelize, and teachers should not teach. Far from it. In fact, by embracing an apostolic/prophetic vision they will be much more prepared to function in their ministries to the fulness that Christ expects of His servants. And this will take humility on the part of both apostles and prophets in conveying that vision, as well as humility on the part of pastors, evangelists, and teachers to receive that vision. This is as it should be, and must be, if we, as the Body of Christ, are to fulfill the Great Commission.