The Lord gave me this vision and analogy to show restoration theology. He showed me a 1966 Mustang. This Mustang was to go through a frame restoration. A frame restoration is where the car is stripped down to the very basics of the frame and that is it. So I saw in my spirit this taking place before my eyes. There was nothing left of the car but a bare frame that was the original manufacturers creation. The Lord asked me these questions as I saw new parts being placed upon the car.
He told me most people in the church think that the appearance makes the restoration. So they try to make the old thing new in their own power. In other words they buy new (remanufactured) parts and restore the car. The only problem is that it only looks like the original but is not in nature. It has a restored image but not likeness. Much like humanity; we did not lose the image of God through Adam, but rather the likeness or nature.
But I was told by the Spirit of Grace, “what if I restore the car with parts that were made in 1966, but they are brand new (never been used) parts?” So I saw these “new” parts being placed on one by one. These were not remanufactured parts but actual parts made in 1966! So they are old in nature or likeness, but brand new in image! So when the process was done I was looking at a brand new 1966 Mustang! The Spirit spoke these words to me, “is this a brand new car, or an old one?” This question pulled me into a deep place; was I looking at an “old” car that has a “renewed” image? Or was this car I was looking at “new” car with an old “restored” nature?
The Lord helped me to understand this vital information for the restoration theology. If you rebuild with brand new parts that were made in the past, then the restoration is not new. Remember there is nothing new under the sun! But He told me what had really happened is we have an old car in nature, a new car in image, therefore an ORIGINAL car in reality. So when God talks about restoration, or renewal, or a new thing He is really talking about an original thing! The only new thing that Spirit of Grace wants to reveal and do is the original thing! This is why you need the apostolic because they have the ability to bring brand new parts that were made in the past.
So you can see that the church without the original (intent) of the early fathers can never present to God what He is wanting. We have restored and repaired the church for centuries with remanufactured parts of our own. We have restored the image, but not the likeness. To restore the nature or likeness you need original parts. God wants the church to be built on original specifications and guidelines. You can not repair anything properly without the manual that contains the manufacturer specifications! God is now restoring this back to the church. The church will never come into its fullness without the conforming to the original formula which the Lord intended.
A few years ago Coca-Cola presented a new product on the market, I believe it was called the “new Coke”. They were seriously going to scrap the other cola product that has had the same formula for almost a century. But to their shock the product was not received at all by the public. Coke almost made a fatal mistake by trying to present the image and not the likeness or nature of the original. They quickly stopped the “new Coke” campaign and went back to the original formula. For years after that if you bought a Coke product you would see these words on every single bottle, “original formula.”
This is may be one of the reasons we have not seen the results of the early church in our modern churches. We need to get the original formula! And believe it or not it is a family secret, and not even written with pen and paper. It is revealed by the Spirit to His servants and those mentored by Him in the work of the Apostles and Prophets. It behooves us to avail ourselves, churches, and ministries to these servants of God. Our churches will never be the same I guarantee you. You begin to build with original material, and according to the original configuration, this will bring the first church power that we all so desperately want to be a part of!