As we did an update today on the event, Father spoke to my heart to change it from “rising” to an apostolic command “ARISE!!” Rising is definitely a process and the Ekklesia has been in that transition, but now it is time to have a “Resurrection!” It means a “raising up, a “standing up again”, a making WHOLE!
In the days of the restoration of all things, restore means to “repair, to set in order, to complete.” Ps. 102:13- You will arise and have mercy upon Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.
As we enter into this new Era of the Ekklesia, the corporate overcomer and representative of the kingdom, we will Arise and stand on our feet, taking our place in the army of the Lord!
Ezekiel 37:10- So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath (the breath of life) came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, AN EXCEEDINGLY GREAT ARMY…
Yours for the kingdom,
Jim and Pam
Romans 1:1-5- Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, CONCERNING HIS SON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,…
Acts 28:30,31- Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things CONCERNING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL CONFIDENCE, NO ONE FORBIDDING HIM.
Acts 19:8-10- And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading CONCERNING THE THINGS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Acts 8:5,12- Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them…But when they believed Philip as he preached the things CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, both men and women were baptized.
Acts 1:3- …to whom He (Jesus) also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and SPEAKING OF THE THINGS PERTAINING TO AND CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
Acts 2:42- AND THEY CONTINUED STEADFASTLY IN THE APOSTLE’S DOCTRINE AND FELLOWSHIP, IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD, AND IN PRAYERS.
I. Co. 1:4-9- I thank my God always CONCERNING YOU FOR THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY CHRIST JESUS, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. GOD IS FAITHFUL, BY WHOM YOU WERE CALLED INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
Heb. 3;1,2- Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, CONSIDER THE APOSTLE AND HIGH PRIEST OF OUR CONFESSION, CHRIST JESUS, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all his house.
It seems to me that “apostolic fathers” or spiritual fathers should not be such a ‘heavy reavy” today, something hard for many ministers or sons to understand!! Many will always bring up past hurts and abuses, but it is time to move on from the past, even “forgetting the things which are behind and reaching forward to the things which are ahead…” (Phill.3:13b)
It is a new day and a new ERA (E.merging R.elational A.postles) that there are those called to ‘father’ not from and old mindset but from a renewed mind of spirit and truth. To say we do not need this is to say that we do not need a vital truth that is strongly supported by scripture. Apostle Paul penned this powerful passage in I. Co. 4:14-16 under divine inspiration:
I. Co. 4:14-16 (Nasb)- I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For if you were to have ‘countless tutors’ ( instructors, boy-teachers, guides, coaches, mentors) in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.
I. Co. 4:14-15 (Message)- I’m not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s message to you that I became your father. I’m not, you know, asking you to do anything I’m not already doing myself.
The true meaning of revival or awakening, is to be raised from the dead! Apostolic leaders today, whether prophets or teachers, have learned how to die, that is, they have been “hidden with Christ in God and when Christ who is our life appears (is revealed) so shall we appear (be revealed) with Him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4) You are DEAD to your ambitions and agendas, and made alive to Christ with His assignments and alignments in your life and ministry!!!
Therefore today the key to relationships in “Fatherhood and Sonship.” Once again, Jesus demonstrated that in His sonship to the Father. Heb. 3:1,6- Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him to who appointed Him,… but Christ as a SON over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
Many are shouting “Apostle, apostle” today but where are the true sons, or “the son” that reflects and reveals the pattern found in heaven through the Father and the Son! Instead of trying to “cover” pastors and churches by networking, there should be a Fathering heart of God and a “spirit of sonship” with a crying out of “Father, Father!” Paul went on to say in I. Co. 4: 17 concerning His son in the faith, “For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.”
Isa. 4:1-6 – AND IN THAT DAY seven women (church systems) shall take hold of one man (Christ/apostle), saying, “We will eat our own food (teach our own doctrine) and wear our own apparel (Our own covering/order); only let us be called by Thy name,(co-habitate/false authority), To take away our reproach.” (rebellion/lawlessness) IN THAT DAY the Branch of the LORD (Christ in His church) shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy-everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem.
When The Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning (cleansing of the temple/house and baptism of fire), then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion (region/city of the Lord), and above her assemblies (local house/assembly), a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. FOR OVER ALL THE GLORY THERE WILL BE A COVERING. (defense or “canopy of protection”, or a covering.) And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
IN THAT DAY…The Day of The Lord, the “Seventh day” 2 Thess. 1:10-12- …when He comes, IN THAT DAY, to be glorified IN HIS SAINTS and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of The Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and The Lord Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:11-13- For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope (appearing of Christ in His saints) and glorious appearing (appearing of the glory) of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,…
A.postolic R.egional M.inistry (ARM) is the hallmark of the “wheel within the wheel.” It shows the multiplicity of ministry through the four faces of the living creatures in Ezekiel’s vision of a 1) man, 2) lion, 3) ox, and 4) eagle. Interesting, each had the face of a man, each one the lion on the right side, and an ox on the left side, and each had the face of the eagle.
Many well respected theologians, including the late Judson Cornwall, who was more than a theologian and scholar, but a spiritual leader, linked what we call the “Fivefold” ministry to these “four faces”, referring to the “pastor-teacher” as one gift, hence the “fourfold ministry! In Eph. 4:11 in the original, there is no comma between pastor(shepherd) and teacher, as there is in the rest.
When Barnabas and Saul were set apart into their apostolic commission in Acts 13, it involved going into cities and regions with an apostolic company. Acts 13:13- Now when Paul and his company (party) set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
The varied faces of the man, lion, ox, and eagle represents these ministries, and still does no damage to refer to the five facets of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. The common understanding is a “pastor must be able to teach, but a teacher does not necessarily pastor.” But the principle in scripture (Acts 1:1) is “doing and teaching”, not either/or! It we teach we must do (practice what we teach), and if we do (the work of), we must be able to explain how we do it!
Ezekiel 1:5,6a- Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; THEY HAD THE LIKENESS OF A MAN. Each one had four faces,…
Pam and I are so thankful that the Father has entrusted to us as ambassadors of Christ the ministry and word of reconciliation. We understand that we have been given this to carry out the hidden wisdom in a …mystery, that is, to those that He sends us to and receives us!
Romans 1:5- Through Him ( Christ) we have received ‘grace and Apostleship’ for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
I Co. 9:17- For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have still been entrusted with a stewardship.
Gal. 1:15,16a- But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, TO REVEAL HIS SON IN ME,…
Col. 1:25- of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, TO FULFILL THE WORD OF GOD.