A New Old Thing
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” -Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)
“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us." -Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (ESV)
We often hear people in the Body of Christ say two things concerning what the Lord is doing right now, which are, “God is doing a new thing,” and “God is doing an old thing.” Which one is it? Is God doing an old thing, or is he doing an old thing? He is doing both!
Before we go into the “both” aspect, let’s address how a one sided view can lead to error. There is a pitfall that both sides can fall into. For the ones who say that God is doing an old thing, they can miss the new methods and hidden revelations for our time that God is doing. For those that say that God is doing a new thing, they can dismiss the spiritual wealth found in past moves of God and what the Lord has done with previous generations. There is danger in both sides as one side wants to stay in the past when the Lord has moved on which creates an old wineskin of religion, and the other side wants to do something new without using the foundation of the past generations where their ceiling can be our beginning. Both sides can operate in pride, arrogance, religion, and even rebellion against God if they are not careful.
So how is it that God is doing an old and new thing at the same time? The scriptures posted above seem to contradict one another. On the contrary, they complement one another and must be held in tension with one another. God works in circular principles. “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” gives a framework to the circular principle. This is why God’s truth never changes (the old thing) in each changing generation (the new thing).
The Lord is taking us down ancient paths to unlock hidden mysteries to unfold for this generation. It is called an “old thing” for two reasons. The first is because there is nothing new for God. Before the foundation of the world, I AM. He is outside of time and is infinite. Before the universe was created, he already knew and saw the beginning, the end, and everything in between. The end will look like the beginning. People keep trying to mimic old moves of God, which is actually witchcraft, instead of learning from them to go from “glory to glory” when he is trying to take us back to living like we are in Eden with the power of Pentecost in us and the government of YHWH resting on us.
The second reason is that we are returning to operating like a living Book of Acts, engaging with heaven as the prophets of old did, and living in communion with God like Adam and Eve in Eden. In this returning to ancient paths, there will be old mysteries we will encounter but also "new" old ones that have been hidden that “no eye has seen or ear heard” yet.
While we walk down these ancient paths, ancient truths, and ancient mysteries, the application of our method is the new thing. This is why we will see a return of the apostolic and prophetic being the foundation of how the church operates (old thing) instead of a pastor being a CEO over a business. The apostles and prophets of our day will have to operate in different methods of evangelism, discipleship, and equipping the saints than past generations (new thing). This is also why we will see a new sound from prophetic mainstream artists (a new method) being released in the earth that is birthed from heaven with ancient mysteries, sounds, and arrangements from heaven. We will engage with the angelic, all of heaven, the 7 Spirits of God, the heart of the Father, the heart of Christ, and the instruction of Holy Spirit (ancient things) in order for us to be Spirit led to impact our world today in various ways (new thing).
As we walk in the new thing that God is “springing forth” in this generation, let us also walk in the ancient paths of old “that has been already in the ages before us” so that the Lord will “make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” that will cause nations to bow before him.