She named the child Ichabod (which means “Where is the glory?”), for she said, “Israel’s glory is gone.” She named him this because the Ark of God had been captured and because her father-in-law and husband were dead. Then she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the Ark of God has been captured.” (1 Samuel 4:21-22 NLT)
Lately I have heard the term ‘Ichabod’ used by Christians to describe the church they just came out of. In many cases it may be true that the glory (blessing and favor) of the Lord has departed. But I can’t stop thinking about a sermon I heard preached back on October 10th in 2010 at the Times Square Church in central Manhattan by Carter Conlon. It is one of the most important sermons I have ever listened to. It is extremely timely and it is for all denominations. I have included an excerpt from the sermon along with the entire sermon in MP3 format below (please give time for your MP3 player to load up):
It is sometimes easy for us to declare a church dead. By all indications, at least it appears that way. But many times when God looks at it, there is a tiny flame waiting to be ignited. It is the same way with us when we look at an old gas oven. We may think it’s ready for the junkyard, but when we look deep inside we can faintly see a tiny pilot light inside that is just waiting for the gas knob to be turned on.
Perry Stone in his book ‘Deciphering End-Time Prophetic Codes’ points out that we are living between the Feast of Pentecost (Church began) and the Feast of Trumpets (the Rapture). Repentance was a part of the Jewish tradition right before the Feast of Trumpets: