IT IS GOD’S CALL TO OUR FELLOWSHIP TO PRODUCE SPIRITUAL SONS
In 2006 when the Lord first began to speak to me concerning the need for our older FGBMFA men to mentor our younger men, it was difficult for me to recognize that such a need actually existed.
It was hard for me to recognize the need, because I have always felt secure in my father’s love. And when I became a Christian it was easy for me to accept my heavenly Fathers love. I didn’t realize that the majority of the young men had never experienced the security of a fathers love and protection. I had on occasion, at the Spirit of Gods leading, taken several young men with me on airlifts to the nations, but I did so in obedience to the Lord’s leading not because I sensed that they needed any type of mentoring.
My own father was not an emotional man; he was a hard working, no nonsense guy. He was a small business man who owned and operated a relatively successful heavy construction firm. It was a miracle that my father was successful at all, because he grew up in a fatherless home, and started his business in the early nineteen thirties at the height of the Great Depression.
When I was a teenager an event occurred in my relationship with my father that forever settled in my life, my father’s love, and prevented an orphan spirit from ever entering into my consciousness.
That incident occurred while I was on one of my first high school date’s in my father’s new 1948 Oldsmobile 98 Deluxe Sedan. In those days American cars were king, and Oldsmobile was considered a luxury automobile, only a Cadillac was more prestigious. In fact I don’t think anybody in our community actually drove a Cadillac. I was 16 years old and a junior in high school. I was driving too fast on a winter road and as I rounded a corner (a corner located on a gravel surfaced railroad crossing) the rear end of the car slid to the right and hit a telephone pole. The impact reversed the slide and caused car to spin in the opposite direction. It also caused the driver’s side door to open and throw my date out of the car. (there was no seatbelts in cars in 1948). Fortunately the girl was only scratched, and her skirt was torn, but both of us were covered with dust and dirt. The car was severely damaged. I immediately called my father to report the accident. Our home was about seven miles from the location of the accident. Upon receiving my call Dad immediately jumped into his pickup, and drove to the scene of the accident to observe the damage, and pick me up.
When my father arrived at the accident scene, a police officer was really working me over. He was berating me for driving too fast and causing a stupid accident. He was really into it, performing a bit perhaps for a crowd of local bystanders who had gathered to watch the action. I was feeling pretty stupid for causing the accident and more than a bit embarrassed. My father arrived he walked over to where I and the officer were talking. When he heard the police officer berating me he said to the officer rather sternly, “Knock it off officer. You are out of line!” My father stood up for me, not because I was right, not because what happened wasn’t my fault, but just because he was my father and I was his son, that put something into me, I knew I was a son and that I had the protection of a son. Now my father was not happy that I had wrecked his new car, but he took my side with that police officer because he was my father, and I was his son. That single act by my father at a critical time in my life, put steel in my backbone, and a confidence in my spirit that has never left me. Every time I tell that story I get a lump in my throught. As long as my father was alive I always knew that if I needed help he would be there. Now I never had to ask him for help, because the confidence that my father’s love put into me that night has seen me through all the problems of that I have faced in life.
Later in life, when I went into business for myself I never had to ask for my father’s help, but I always had the unshakable confidence that if I needed help he would be there. My relationship with my father has helped me to trust in my heavenly Father. When the Lord called me to stir up FGBMFA to mentor the Joshua Generation I began to realize that most of these young men lacked the confidence of a son, which my earthly father had given to me.
Men, there is a the mission that God has given us as members of the Moses Generation, we are to mentor the young men of the Joshua Generation, we are put into that generation the confidence that my father put in me.
The Prophet Malachi closes last book of the Old Testament with the following two verses from Malachi chapter 4, verse 5: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Verse 6: And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
Before we go further let me point out that the Hebrew word translated “children” in verse 6 is the Hebrew word ‘ben’ (Strong’s #1121). It means “son, as the builder of the family name.” Thus Malachi 4:6 would read as follows: “And he (Elijah) will turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
Jesus quoted from the book of Malachi and referred to John the Baptist as “the Elijah who is to come” in Matthew 11:7-15. In verse 9 ‘But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.’ Then He quotes Malachi 3:1, “For this is he of whom it is written: Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before you.” And then in verses 12 -15 Jesus says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
In the above verses Jesus clearly identifies the messenger in the book of Malachi as John the Baptist. “And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear let him hear!” (Matthew 11:13-15).
In Malachi 4:5 the scripture says: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Verse 6: And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
This implies that Elijah will come a second time before Jesus returns to turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the sons to the fathers. The question that I have been pondering for more than a year is, “will Elijah come again in the flesh or will the spirit of Elijah come?” After a year of pondering this question I recently found it was answered by the angel Gabriel in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1 verse 16, Gabriel speaking of John the Baptist says “And he (John the Baptist) will turn many to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him (Jesus) in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Now I have pondered these verses on and off for nearly a year. Gradually I began to recognize that these verses in Malachi chapter 3 and 4 are talking about the men of the Joshua Generation, the young men born in since 1960, young men without fathers; the sons whom God has called the Moses’ of the Fellowship to mentor.
But it was not until I mention these verses to Nathan Cole, one of our young Joshua’s, that accompanied Doug Raine and me to Nigeria last August that the revelation become clear to me. Shortly after we returned to the United States from Nigeria, Nathan emailed me two pages from a book he was reading entitled, “Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship” by Jack Frost.
In his book, Jack Frost states that Malachi 4:5-6 prophesies that in the end times a fathering spirit will be released on the earth; but before there can be fathers, there must be sons. Those who embody sonship today and “suffer” through the time of training and preparation for maturity are the ones who will embody the fathering spirit on earth tomorrow. In the meantime, it is important to willingly walk in a heart attitude of honor and submission to all legitimate earthly authority.”
Jack Frost goes on to say, “Too many Christians are still caught up in the entanglements of the orphan heart. Consequently, few have learned to displace their orphan heart with a heart of sonship.”
The promise of God is that the prophet Elijah will come before the great and dreadful day when Christ comes a second time. But this time He will not come in the flesh, but as aSpirit anointing, he will come as a movement rather than being embodied in one person.
Why Elijah? Because it was Elijah that was instrumental in overthrowing the abusive and controlling Jezebel spirit that controlled the Nation of Israel in Elijah’s time, and it is the same controlling spirit that has been trying to take over FGBMFI in the last twenty years.
In the book of Malachi, Elijah represents a fathering anointing that will be released on the earth in the end times, and it was released in our Fellowship six years ago when we began to recognize and mentor the Joshua Generation.
Jack Frost makes the following observation in his book, Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship: “More than any time in human history fatherlessness is the curse of our generation. More children than ever before are growing up in fatherless households and many more are growing up without a father emotionally, even though their biological father is physically present in the home.”
Unless these young men’s orphan heart is displaced by a revelation of the Father’s love, even as Christians they will end up battling oppression every day of our lives.
Men who are secure in the Father’s heart, on the other hand, men who know they are loved and accepted for who they are as God’s creation, not for what they do, will lead a spiritual awakening in our nation.
Every time I see these young men and hear their testimonies I realize that there is a tremendous need for the older Men of this Fellowship to mentor these young men.
In Jesus Name,
Robert W. Bignold
Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America