The Church with out walls
The Israelites had returned from captivity back to Jerusalem, the city was in ruins and out of order, just like the church and also the nation at this time.
But the Lord God is bringing back into order the appointment of first the Apostle and second the Prophet. As a result of this the Church is coming out of captivity.
The Israelites had settled in their towns, and the people assembled as one man. The Lord is bringing about a settling in the hearts of many leaders, the shaking and the shifting that they have been experiencing is having its desired effect.
The people settled in Jerusalem as one man, there is coming a wonderful unity
Of those of like mind and spirit, and will be accompanied by the power of God Acts 2.
V2 Zerubbabel and the fellow priests began to build the alter in accordance with what was written in the law of Moses the man of God [the right order of things].
V3 Despite the fear of the people around them they built the altar on its foundation. They built the altar on the same foundation where it had previously stood. The gifting of Apostle and Prophet are not new, but have been neglected and in some cases forgotten about, but the Lord is rebuilding this through his Zerubbabels on its original foundation of Apostles and Prophets.
The altar on its foundation was built before the foundation of the temple, so all worshipped God and brought their sacrifices both morning and evening for several months before they began on the foundations of the temple. They worshipped and praised God without walls, we ourselves in Wales through the teaching of our spiritual fathers have settled for church within walls, and so the result is that many people have not been reached, and many have been lost.
But praise God the Lord is building a church without walls, he is apostling his people out.
Zec2-3 Then the angel who was speaking to me left and another angel came to meet him and said to him, “Run and tell that young man, Jerusalem will be a city without walls, because of the great number of men in it, and I myself will be a wall of fire around it, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory within”.
V11 Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. The Lord is sending his people into the nations, so that more and more might be enclosed.
Ezra3-8-9 they appointed young men 20 years of age, and those who were older to supervise the building of the house of God. Fathers and sons, older and younger coming together in one heart and purpose, working together to build the house of God according to the plans of God.
They were chosen to oversee the work.
I believe this speaks to us once again of Apostle and Prophet overseeing the building up of the work of God along with the evangelist pastor and teacher.
V11 The people gave a shout of praise to the Lord because the foundation of the house was laid.
V12 The older priests who had seen the former temple wept aloud when they saw the foundation of the temple laid.
Isa: 43 Tells us Forget the former things do not dwell on the past see I am doing a new thing, now it springs up can you not see it.
If we resist the changing of the guard at this time then we will lose out on many great and wonderful things that the Lord is about to do.
While others shouted for joy, let us rejoice that our God has a plan and purpose for the church and for this nation.
He that has a ear to hear what the spirit is saying to the church, will be instrumental in bringing his purposes to fruition, for he has called us to be co-workers with him.
V13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping because the people made so much noise and the sound was heard far away.
HE IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.
Gaynor Rees, Life in the Nations Church, 18/9/03.