Word For Today: March 5, 2021: The restoration of the Apostolic.
Beloved, this is one of the most important post about the Apostolic I believe we need in this hour with so many calling themselves or trying to function as Apostles of the Kingdom age. How will we know the true ones from the false ones Revelation chapter 2 warns us about?
It is important to understand that during the “Latter Rain Visitation” in the mid 1940’s, the Lord moved in manifest power. As a result of this, the “prophetic” was restored to the Body of Christ.
Through the operation of this prophetic ministry, it became evident that there is to be a “five-fold ministry” operating within the Church.
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets; and some as evangelists; and some as pastors and teachers; for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12 NAS
According to this passage of Scripture, five distinct operations of ministry are to be in operation within the Church. In the above progression that began with Martin Luther, each of these ministries has been restored to the Body of Christ, with the exception of the Apostolic.
This restoration of the “Apostolic” should have taken place during the time of the Charismatic visitation, which began during the mid 1980’s. Instead, this visitation centered in the prosperity message and in the gift ministries, especially healing.
Therefore, the restoration of the Apostolic did not take place, so the time of this restoration was still for the future. That future time is now.
Yet, before the genuine comes, the enemy tries to send a counterfeit that will appear to be the real, but it is not.
Satan’s counterfeit put the focus on man. Man taking authority on their own, establishing works on their own in the name of the Lord. It is the built on the foundation of Babel and not the Kingdom of God.
The “let us” make bricks, let us build a wall, let us build a city, let us build a tower that can reach into heaven, and let us build a name for ourselves is the “counterfeit work, counterfeit anointing, and counterfeit building of “mans” kingdom in the name of God verses God building his Kingdom in the heart of men.
In this hour where God is truly establishing the “genuine” apostolic ministry from the Kingdom age, how are believers going to know the difference?
That answer the Lord spoke to me about knowing what is of him and what is not by one simple statement: “where are they bringing that people? Are they bringing them to themselves, their ministry, their anointing, their gifting or to the Lord Himself?
True Apostolic Ministry:
A true Apostolic ministry will be both creative and authoritative. The true apostolic ministry will be birthed and maintained by the apostle abiding in the glory realm, 3rd heaven realm where they will be one with the Lord as a Bride with her bridegroom.
The true apostolic ministry will have the “quality of the Spirit” not just the “power of the spirit.” The quality of the spirit is a deep abiding relationship with the lord and being filled with his pure holy love.
The true apostolic ministry has no desire to build anything on their own, in their own power or wisdom, but they are totally dependent upon the word, directions and instructions from the Lord himself.
The will not use their hands, their wisdom, their understanding concerning the holy things of God and helping him bring the body of Christ into divine order. They will not bring the ark of God on a donkey cart.
They will know the protocol of approach to God and His Holy thing and understand that the ark, “the symbol of God’s glory’ has to be carried on the shoulders of the Royal Priesthood.
Any apostolic talk without the speaking of becoming a Royal Priesthood, Sons of Zadok, A Holy nation, a wheel within a wheel, full grown sons of God, A bride who prepared herself misses the kingdom understanding of the Apostolic gift and ministry from the Kingdom age.
The true “Apostolic ministry” has to do with the working together with the Lord in building and placing the living stones, “believer” in their right placement by God’s heart not their own understanding.
Primarily, this work has to do with the setting of each member of the Body of Christ into their particular place, that through this “placement,” they might properly function under the authority of the Head Jesus Christ.
In a functioning apostolic ministry, there will be both “consequence and effect.” This consequence and effect come to the true apostles by the Spirit of Prophecy, the voice of the fullness of the God head as the 7 spirits of God.
These terms represent the the “true LET US”, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit working as one in the heart of the Apostle in creative power as God speaks from the 7 Spirits of God, (the fullness of the God head, creative word seen as lightning.)
Those creative words they receive from the Lord in the depth of their being they release on the earth in the sound of thunder (the creative power of God).
The true apostolic ministry being restored to the church will be able to speak words of consequences and words of judgments to be released upon the earth (Psalm 149)
The true Apostles of the Kingdom of God will release creative words as the Lord speaks to and through them like “let their be light”
The word they are about to release is going to transform the kingdoms of this world into the Kingdom of our God in Christ. for they will release unprecedented glory, unprecedented power, authority and dominion upon the earth.
For as the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, the word the “true apostles” of the Kingdom age will speak are “OF A DIFFERENT KIND, A WORD THAT MUST COME TO PASS.”
The “true apostles” will be filled with the Spirit of Prophecy which is a greater functioning then the gift of prophecy and the office of a Prophet.
Because the word they hear from the 3rd heaven realm, the “come up here” of Revelation 4:1 is a greater word because they are Gods’ creative words filled with Kingdom authority and glory to transform the earth by the releasing of God’s end time purposes.
“And God said, let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3
“Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.” II Corinthians 12:12
In the present religious environment, the Word of the Lord can be accepted or rejected with little noticeable consequence.
This is about to change as the Apostolic realm is about to be restored. The Word will again be ministered by those to whom this Apostolic power and authority has been given.
For any authority to be effective, enforcement is required. This happened with Ananias and Saphira, as there was an immediate consequence to their lie (Acts 5:1-10).
The time for this full restoration and functioning of the Apostolic order is close at hand.
The full restoration of this Apostolic ministry requires the laying on of the Lord’s hands.
When Judas was to be replaced, the Apostles knew that the replacement had to be one who had seen Jesus.
“Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not you my work in the Lord?” I Corinthians 9:1
This is critical and it is what is going to the “discernment” needed to know those who “claim to be apostles and are not” from the genuine ones.
The Apostles of the Lord will have the revelation of Jesus Christ as the king of Glory, the Omega God, the first and the last burning in their heart. They will be hand picked by God and set apart through divine encounter with Him.
This is yet true today. As we walk in the Kingdom age that is now upon us, the Millennial Kingdom Age, the Lord is about to begin appearing to those who have been chosen by Him.
He will place His hand upon them. The result will be a full restoration of the Apostolic with power and authority, with signs following.
This is such a key because we have a movement happening now where “men” are “choosing” other men to be apostles over areas that may or may not have the hand of the Lord choosing them.
Will we be able to tell those man has chosen to be Apostles verses the ones that God has chosen?
Whom the Lord chooses:
Also, to be qualified for the Apostolic office requires a prior time of extensive “preparation and dealings,” as authority and power are not given to novices to be misused.
The Lord is very careful as to whom He gives creative authority. Therefore, He is severely “testing” many to see how they respond, in preparation for the coming Apostolic restoration.
“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6
These “sons” are those who have rightly responded to this time of “discipline” and as a result, have come to a level of maturity in which they can be trusted with responsibility.
In His first coming, Jesus chose a title to identify Himself as to who He was. He did not use the term “Messiah.” Rather, He identified Himself as “Jesus of Nazareth.” The religious people of that day were repulsed by this.
In the present restoration of the apostolic there is a genuine work and a counterfeit work. Jesus chose to be identified as Jesus of Nazareth, not the Messiah. John the Baptist chose to be called, “ a voice crying in the wilderness.
Why is that important to tell the difference between the genuine and the counterfeit? Men love titles, men love power, men love influence as the Pharisees and Sadducees did in Jesus day.
The counterfeit spirit wants to “build something” for the Lord including “building “ a name for themselves, a ministry for themselves in the name of God.
It will look so real and genuine, but it will not be in the end, for the glory will go to men and people and ministries instead of the Lord Himself.
Why identify with Nazareth?
Nazareth was a city between the Jewish and the Gentile world. It was a dwelling place for a Jew who had married a Gentile, and therefore was rejected by the Jews.
It was also a dwelling place for a Gentile who had married a Jew, and therefore was rejected by the Gentiles. Thus, neither side would accept them.
Had He chosen to be known as “Jesus of Bethlehem,” or as “Apostle Jesus,” He would have been accepted by all. Isn’t that what we see today in much of what is called “apostolic?”
Is there not a desire to be loved by everyone and walk in unity with everyone by accepting everyone as they are?
In choosing to be known as “Jesus of Nazareth,” only those with “discernment” would know who He was. This is such a powerful truth.
The Lord desired the Holy Spirit, the Father, to reveal who he was to those God had chosen. He did not have to tell anyone who he was, it was God’s will to reveal to those he was sent to know him by God.
Both John the Baptist and Jesus did not reveal who they were, but they revealed who God was and that is true apostolic ministry. The true apostle lays the foundation of Jesus Christ, not their work, not their ministry, not their name, but His name.
In the days of Jesus, there were those who “perceived” that He had something special, such as Nicodemus, who called Him “Good Master.” Jesus did not need a title as there was something about Him that drew others.
THAT IS WORTH REPEATING: JESUS DID NOT NEED A TITLE... JESUS DID NOT NEED A TITLE... AS THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT HIM.... THAT DREW OTHERS..
BELOVED THIS WILL BE THE SAME CALLING CARD OF THE TRUE APOSTLES OF THE LORD!
The coming restoration of the fullness of Apostolic Ministry:
Beloved, In this coming restoration of the fullness of the Apostolic ministry, those who are being called to this ministry will have been so dealt with that they will be able to function with a “meek spirit,” always acknowledging Jesus as being their Head.
As a result, there will be an authoritative Apostolic ministry with “consequence” that will bring the Body into divine order. This is what the Lord desires to release to the True Apostles so the body of Christ can function apostolically.
Today, Christianity is taken lightly and is the brunt of many jokes. Soon, all that will change, and again the “fear of God” will be restored, as this restored Apostolic ministry with consequence begins to function.
We are told to covet the best gifts:
“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a more excellent way.” I Corinthians 12:31
The “best gift” would be this restored Apostolic ministry. This true ministry of Jesus will lay the true and only foundation, “the kingdom of God in men’s hearts.”
As the Lord “rules in the hearts of men” the true government of God can be established on the earth. God rules in the hearts of men and woman who give the Lord the totality of their being.
To these men and woman he is not just their savior, or Messiah, he is the LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THEY ARE COMPLETELY UNDER HIS HEADSHIP AND AUTHORITY AND THEY WORK WITH JESUS TO BRING GOD’S PEOPLE TOGETHER UNDER THAT SAME HEADSHIP AND AUTHORITY.
THE TRUE APOSTLES OF THE LORD ARE WORKING WITH JESUS NOT FOR JESUS IN HIS END TIME PLANS OF REVEALING A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A NEW JERUSALEM GOVERNMENTAL CITY, (BODY) OF CHRIST THAT CAN RULE AND REIGN WITH JESUS WITH A ROD OF IRON.
May we earnestly seek the best that is available to us, THE TRUE RESTORATION OF THE APOSTOLIC MINISTRY!