In His will, God wants to become the life, content, and everything to His people so that He may be expressed corporately through them. For this great will of God, He made a purpose, and according to His purpose He has an arrangement a plan, an economy, to carry out the great will of God (see Eph. 1:10; 3:9; 1 Tim. 1:4).
God’s economy is a process, an arrangement through which God dispenses Himself into His chosen people to be their life, their content, and their everything, to make them His corporate expression on the earth.
For the accomplishing of His economy, God has a great move on the earth, which in Ezekiel 1:15-21 is likened to a great wheel moving everywhere on the earth.
The Triune God has moved out of eternity and into time, and in time and space He moves in and with man, so that He may dispense Himself into man until He fills and saturates man to make man His expression in full.
Right now on the earth there is a great “wheel of God’s economy” moving to and fro, accomplishing God’s economy and fulfilling God’s will to gain the church, the Body of Christ, His corporate expression.
We need to see the great wheel of God’s economy and we need to be in it today!
Ezekiel 1: the Vision of the Great Wheel of God’s Move
In Ezekiel 1 there’s a mysterious vision being unveiled, and if you “put on the glasses of God’s economy” you will see something concerning the great wheel of God’s economy on the earth.
Every one of the four living creature has four faces (the four aspects of Christ as revealed in the gospel) and each face has a wheel; their appearance as they move is of a man and there’s only one great wheel! So interesting…
God’s economy is likened here to a great wheel – the hub is Christ as the center of God’s economy, the rim is the church as the fullness and expression of Christ, and the many spokes are the believers in Christ!In Col. 1:16-17 we see that Christ is the hub, the One who sustains and upholds all things, and all things subsist in Him. In Eph. 1:23 we see that the church is the Body of Christ, the fullness and the enlargement of Christ. The spokes are the many believers who are holding to Christ as the center and express Him corporately as the Body of Christ!
This great wheel of God’s economy is for the great move of God on the earth. God moves on earth in man, through man, and as man. It is man, yet God moves in man – God is fully mingled with man and one with man, and man moves one with God and in the move of God!
The Great Wheel of God’s Economy
The Triune God is not static, stagnant, or passive; rather, He is a living, moving, and acting God. He moved out of eternity and into time approx. 6000 years ago when He created man, and since then He’s been journeying into time.
Approx. 2000 years ago God moved in man and even became a man, lived a perfect human life for 33.5 years, died on the cross, traveled to Hades, and then resurrected and traveled back to the heavens to fill the heavens!
From the heavens He journeyed again by being outpoured into His many believers, and today God in Christ as the Spirit is in all His believers on the earth, moving in them, through them, and with them. These are God’s goings forth from eternity prophesied in Micah 5:2.
In Acts we see how God moved from Jerusalem to Samaria, to all Judea, and then – with the help of the persecution – to Galilee and the surrounding areas.
In Acts 13:1-4 we see how God took another step in His move: He moved toward Asia and then Europe! With Paul, Barnabas, Silas, Titus, and the other co-workers of Paul, God moved and flowed all the way to Rome and to the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 17:1-6; Rom. 15:18-19)!
In man and through man God moved to Europe, and from Europe He moved to China, India, Australia, Asia, Africa, America, and everywhere! Today God is continually moving, and the wheel of God’s economy is turning!
He is recovering city by city, establishing His shining lampstands, gaining His seekers, shepherding the hungry ones, and gaining more people!
God’s Move has Reached Us
In God’s mercy and in His sovereignty we are here in the Lord’s recovery, and the great wheel of God’s move has reached us (Acts 28:31). Whether we are in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, America, or anywhere else, the great wheel of the move of God’s economy has reached us.
The move of God’s economy has never stopped and will never stop until it fulfills God’s will, to gain His corporate expression in full on earth in humanity.
In every age, on every continent, and in every generation the great wheel of God’s economy has been moving, and now we have the privilege to be part of the moving of the great wheel.
Especially in Europe, the land of Antichrist, before this one will rise up to power, God is moving powerfully (through the Bible distribution, the gospel on the campuses, the shepherding in the homes, the establishing of new local churches, and many other ways) to gain strong, shining testimonies in every locality.
Whether under communism, dictatorship, democracy, or monarchy, God is moving to gain His seeking ones, dispense Himself into them, and fulfill His economy! May we all see the great move of the wheel of God’s economy, and may we all be in it!
May a vision of the great wheel of the move in God’s economy control us, govern us, and keep us one with God for the fulfilling of His will on the earth! This wheel is turning, moving, and going on until it will consummate the age and bring the Lord back!
We need to pray and cooperate with the Lord for His move to be accomplished, and then He will return!
Lord Jesus, show us a clear vision of the great wheel of Your economy moving on the earth today. Lord, save us from being aimless Christians. Thank You for reaching us and for bringing us into Your recovery. Lord, may a clear controlling vision of the Lord’s economy direct our heart! Make us those one with You, praying for Your move, Your economy, and Your heart’s desire to be carried out! Your will be done!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired by brother James Lee’s sharing in this message, and portions in, Life-study of Joshua (msg. 2), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 5 (entitled, Being One with the Triune God in the Move of the Great Wheel of His Economy).
- Buy this morning revival book online via Living Stream Ministry.
- Further Reading: The Mysteries in God’s New Testament Economy, ch. 3 (by Witness Lee).
- Hymns on this topic:
# Oh, may a clear, controlling vision of / The Lord’s economy direct my heart, / And burn in me until my spirit’s wholly set afire! / With spirit strong and active we’ll press on / To consummate God’s goal— / New Jerusalem, Hallelujah!
# Prayer is the mightiest force of earth and heaven, / Prayer is the very dynamite of God; / It moves the hand that all things moves, and turns / The living wheels that sweep through earth abroad.
# In this godless age / Lord, You need some Samuels / Burdened with a vision clear of Your economy / Where’s Your ark today? / And the ones who’d care for You, / E’en to put themselves aside to gain Your heart’s desire?
- Pictures source: with permission via, Inspiration Unlimited (Prayer and the Lord’s Move set).