Wade E Taylor
Because we are at the end of the Church Age and the beginning of the time of transition into the Kingdom Age, many are going through difficult and trying wilderness experiences. These wilderness experiences are for a purpose that we must understand, if we are to be fully prepared for the outworking of our calling and ministry.
Two of the Biblical transition messengers, Moses and John the Baptist, were each taken into an extended wilderness experience to be prepared for the transition in their times. Today, we also are living in a time of transition. Therefore, many are being called apart by the Lord to be “made ready” to fulfill their part in all that is about to take place, in both the Church and the nations.
“Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.” Luke 3:2
Spiritual new beginnings often begin in a wilderness experience – in the privacy of our personal relationship with the Lord, where separated from all else, we interact with Him alone. John the Baptist was called apart into a desolate place for a very specific purpose. Later, when asked who he was, his response reveals the deep work of preparation that had taken place during his time in the wilderness.
“He said, I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as Isaiah the prophet said.” John 1:23 NASB