Reformation Means New Patterns

By Greg Crawford Apostle

With every reformation there are new patterns that emerge to bring greater understanding. This past week the Spirit of God visited me in a unique way. This visitation came in a dream form with a previous vision within the dream occurring.

He said to build the container according to the pattern shown you. Patterns exist to build containers of my Glory and presence. Containers are 2 fold, individual and corporate gatherings. Reformation is not so much about changing the people of God but about the container the people participate in. Most people are functioning based on what the container they have placed themselves in allows. The Church or ekklesia is not about the building but about the called out ones to rule and reign. What has been done today is to make it all about the container and not the people. The program is building the container, yet I say I will build My Church. My Church exists within the container, but is held back from being added to because they place themselves in containers that God has not built or do not allow Him to build. If you change the container to what I desire to build, the people will automatically function differently and will even grow up spiritually. The current container will not hold My glory and is designed to hold people back from true spiritual growth. Reformation is not based on maturity, but based on My patterns of things I have determined I will build upon. Josiah is a good example of a reformer. At age 8, he is given the task of being king over Israel. He has no natural knowledge to do such a task. The advisors he could draw from have been under the same idolatry spirit allowed in the nation. He went back and found the last established pattern that had been lost. He saw what his father David did. As he did this, he sees the blessing of God come upon an entire nation. Climb the mountain of the Lord and grab hold of the orbs of truth as they come by. Reach out to embrace while climbing ever upward.

Then a previous vision occurred within the dream with the Lord speaking to me. I was walking up a mountain with a group of people. There were many paths at the base of the mountain but all merged to one path. As we ascended, blue orbs were floating around us. On the first ascent, the Lord spoke to reach out and grab hold of these "Truths" as they came by. We were able to reach most but not all. He said some are specific and we must grab hold of those that apply to our lives. The Orbs or truths of God were lighting our pathway. We knew many had traveled this path and the more that traveled the ascent the more defined it was for others to follow. It seemed we had so many concerns. We reached a platform and had rested. The Lord said "transition". We start the next ascent in a seemingly different way. We knew it was the final one. We did not look back like before and we did not have concerns about the enemy or even who was coming with us. This time the blue orbs were not just passing by but were surrounding us and even engulfing us at times. The truths of God were not just touching our lives but now became a part of our lives. The journey had been hard to this point but now the seasoning of God was upon us. We had new strength. We were warriors, proven, tried, a force to be reckoned with, ones who had beaten the pathway for others. I could see that we knew how to war and how to love. We were on a mission of the highest level. Nothing was to stop or distract us. Our faces were set as flint, seeing the price before us, knowing what we had endured. This was the final journey, the final quest; this was the finishing of all things and the beginning of all things.

The Lord then said "build the container with what I have already spoken, the mandates that I have placed within your heart. Look at Josiah and see how a nation was turned. The only thing you can pass on are MY patterns and containers built with my patterns! Only my patterns will I build upon. The patterns will always make a pathway for others to follow. They will always create life. They are the true riches and inheritance to pass to others."

We see the story of Josiah in 2 Kings 21. Manasseh has done evil and causes a breach in the tabernacle. Josiah comes as a reformer. You see when ever you see a breach; the pattern of God is not in place to build the proper container! Without getting into the whole story, Josiah reforms a nation by changing the pattern they were living under. He first put the pattern of David back into his own life and then into the pattern of others. He removes idolatry, wickedness, and establishes worship and the reading of God's word. In other words, he changed the container for God to dwell again by changing the patterns that were operating. We need to stop and look at the patterns we have established. Are they Godly?

As good leaders, we have built what seems good and acceptable. David did the same thing bringing in the Ark of God. In 1 Chron. 13, David consulted with the people, built a new cart, sought peoples approval and had worship. But the pattern was unacceptable. )Sounds a lot like today.) But he shifted and established the pattern God had ordained in 1 Chron 14-15. He becomes a spiritual leader, instead of a people pleaser, he carries the ark how God said, and his worship is not in form but now has joy! We must develop and move from what has caused the breach to what brings the presence!

The word 'pattern' means in likeness, form, it refers that what is built must have God's hand seen in it, To build in the divine order of what God has determined. Building is always associated with salvation. 'Pattern' in the New Testament means, fashion, the mark of a stroke or blow, to have an image that all can see. David built according to pattern and that is what Josiah went back to.

1 Chronicles 28:10-15 Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it . 11 Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat , 12 And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things : 13 Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD . 14 He gave of gold by weight for things of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; silver also for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service : 15 Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick, and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick, and also for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick .

1 Chronicles 28:19-20 All this, said David , the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern . 20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it : fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD .

Like the sons of Issachar we must know the times and season that are upon us right now.

1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment .

Times = seasons Rt = perpetuity, for ever, continuing future, everlasting, eternal

It means to understand natural patterns

It means to understand one time event patterns

It means to understand God's fixed or set time or pattern

Every season has a pattern to it. When we understand the season, we understand the pattern being formed. New patterns of heaven are now being established in The Church and the earth. Patterns always reveal the glory of God! The seasons of preparation we go through are about creating correct patterns so the Glory can be seen. So when we finally realize a season is finished, it also means a pattern has been formed and there is something God desires to show forth through us! You see it is not about laboring to be blessed but laboring to see heaven's patterns on the earth.

God does not start a new pattern to do away with the old, but changes the expression of it! We must be careful not to get caught in old patterns that have no affect. We see Moses' and David's tabernacles both operated at the same time but only one pattern was affective! The one that also carried God's current expression! We have created earthly patterns copied to express heavenly patterns without accessing the revelatory realm to see the current patterns of God. Right now, not only does God have patterns for us in this moment but also is forming patterns for the future eternal moments of the endless age!

The church and Body of Christ is now sitting now between two seasons. Like the Sons of Issachar, we are to know both the times and seasons. When we are in between two seasons, we need to realize God is forming a new pattern in our life and probably giving us a greater identity. We see this with almost every person in scripture. The problem is when we are in between seasons we question what is going on and if not careful we will be sitting between two opinions, stagnating our faith and our walk. What God desires is to change the place of prayer into plans, prophecy we are standing on to strategies for the future, faith igniting possibilities and hope into reality. The answers to all the questions are not in the present season but the next one. We need to learn to step out of what has been and into what shall be!

In this visitation God spoke to me concerning three current patterns He is bringing to the earth. Here they are briefly listed.

1. The Lord spoke and Said, "Pattern of Greater Eternal Identity is going to be released and realized in The Church!"

The question is are we looking through a perspective of going to heaven or heaven coming to earth?

Philippians 3:15-21 5 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you . 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing .

17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample . 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ : 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things .) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ : 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself .

Ensample means = to be marked and carry the exact mark of as impression made by pressure

Conversation means = civil or governmental affairs, administration or to manage

Fashioned means = to be patterned, a patterning of a glorious body --- not glorified body (mean resurrected)

When we start looking at all of these, the definition actually comes to mean: a divine mode of being, a divine power and divinely seen by others.

Jesus said, "If you have seen me you have seen the father." In other words, Jesus was a pattern expressed on the earth for us to have the correct identity of the Father. Part of the problem is we have gotten caught in establishing patterns of function more than patterns of being! The identity that is coming is the church 1st being and then out of that understanding of heavenly position will do and express the patterns of heaven. When we settle our identity of who we are and what God says about us, we can close a past season and begin a new one. Moses had a visitation in Ex. 3 and had to come to grips he was a deliverer closing the past season and beginning a new one. The new season Moses entered eventually led him to impact nations and bring heaven to earth by building a permanent dwelling for God. It is more than settling who we are and what we are to do today, but realizing it is about a decision of who we are for all of eternity.

The Bible says very little about going to heaven when we die but speaks lots of heaven coming to earth specifically. That is why even though our patterns seem correct the outcome is lacking. We are more concerned about entering into the pattern in heaven when we die, than bringing the pattern of heaven to the earth while we live. We are sitting at a synergy moment as the age of grace collides into the age of divine government and actually the age of divine government is invading the age of grace. Both are racing towards each other and desiring synergy! Jesus prayed that "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!"

2. The Lord spoke and said, "A pattern of the supernatural creativity of God's expression is now being formed to be seen through the saints and the church!"

A creative God has new expressions of worship always being released. The patterns remain the same but the expression is different. Both Moses and David built according to the pattern shown. The outcome was the same God's presence manifest. But the elements and expressions were different. Today the pattern remains but the expression of it is shifting. The Lord said "New Expressions around my throne room will begin to come to earth." The impression I got was something even beyond the prophetic worship that so many do. In some recent meetings, many have heard angelic hosts singing. This would be a new expression. When we worship in a heavenly pattern, we should expect heavenly results! As the supernatural creativity of God is released, the shame of The Church will be replaced with reverence and awe again. This comes by the proper understanding of the dispensation or administration of grace. Most only understand that grace enables us access into blessing. But grace is actually the ability of God to create change. Paul said he was given the ability to steward grace. We need to realize we can release the creativity of God by properly understanding who we are and then steward the creativity of God to bring both justice and blessing.

3. The Lord said "Patterns of revelation and revelatory truth unveiled will bring the operation and function of the church into a new approach. The great mysterie's of Christ will unfold. The ability to hold to truth and not let it elude has a pattern that is about to be released that will allow The Church to truly capture truth in their spirits. This will allow them to function out of identity."

One of the things we need to move from is fall mentality to creation mentality. I am not downplaying the cross and redemption but if not careful the mindset keeps us at the fall and not the original intention of God at creation. The determining factory all history moves forward from is not the cross but creation and God's original intention. It affects all we know to be true!

A second mystery of Christ is the stewardship of second heaven. Without getting into this deeply (I have written a book concerning this) most of the church is living in earth realm, accessing second heaven (anointing) and never really accessing third heaven (revelation). This is why so many struggle in old patterns; they have not seen the heavenly pattern currently going on to transition their lives into it. What we should be doing is living in second heaven so we steward the spiritual realm and what God has released from third heaven. As we live in an eternal spiritual mindset, we then can access third heaven. In simple terms, living in second heaven, access third and affect earth with revelatory truth from a position of authority.

These are but a few of the mysteries of Christ starting to come. I want to end by looking at one more scripture.

Hebrews 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount .

Serve means = to worship

Shadow means = the interception of light

The key to shifting patterns is to do what Moses did. Ascend the mountain of the Lord Is. 2:2-4 and worship with an expectation for God more than His blessing. It is about positioning ourselves to be interceptors of light and conduits of His glory!