Many prophetic voices have spoken about this being a time of mingling between the generations. Yesterday I was struck by Job;
“Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?” Job 8:8-10
Today, I discovered the converse of that thought in Joshua; "But truly we have done this out of concern, for a reason, saying, 'In time to come your sons may say to our sons, "What have you to do with the LORD, the God of Israel?"'
I see this picture of God building His temple- which is His church. The people in which His Spirit lives. Like many well-built construction projects, this one takes time to do right. I see generations beginning construction and hearing from the Lord as they build and conquer and follow plans. As the next generations come to continue the project there has been a disconnect.
I believe this is a time in which multiple generations are going to work together in a greater level of cohesion than ever before. The younger generations have a VITAL need to hear the wisdom of the pervious generations because they were not there when God helped them "take the land" of previous decades. Wise generations, this is a call to SHARE YOUR WISDOM AND TESTIMONIES with those you are mentoring in faith. You will become spiritual parents of Nations! As you share with the younger, they will be a generation raised up for the Lord below you, and the width of our territory and height of our temple will be increased!
Younger generations, this is a time to simultaneously be humble and bold. Humbly listen to the wisdom of your elders, respecting the incredibly testamony and mantles they carry. Also boldly share your visions and gifts with them, as your creativity will encourage their growth in new ways. God is doing a new thing, so the older ways of doing things will be incomplete without the "new" spiritual elements the younger generations are bringing!
When this perfect cooperation between generations is struck, God revealed this passage to me as a glimpse of what He is doing.
““Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”
In this passage there is a NEW LEVEL OF UNITY as He gathers the scattered generations into one place. But it doesn't stop at just interaction. He is going to be giving them one vision, one heart, and removing every division so that they can follow as one body where the Lord is leading. It's a time of collectively removing idols and taking spiritual ground!