Are You in Leviathan’s Stream?

Job 41:1, Psalm 74:14, Psalm 104:26, Isaiah 27:1

In the scriptures, Leviathan is seen as a demonic being we have to deal with. This morning in a conversation, the Lord gave me a great revelation concerning this demonic force and how it works. First, some background on what Leviathan is. It is a seven headed dragon-like creature that was believed to live in the streams. Its counterpart, Behemoth looks like a rhinoceros and lives in the mountains. Leviathan, having seven heads and a singular body, has a primary assignment to create indebtedness. It was called a twisting serpent and was believed to wrap itself around a person’s eyes and cause the inability to see sunlight. It also is seen in Hinduism as one of their gods. It is called a piercing serpent and is seen as piercing the base of the skull with its tail. The base of the skull by those in occultism is looked at as the point of Kundalini and also life force or flow. This is why yoga is so wrong; it tries to trigger this area of the skull. The base of the skull is also the place connected to astral projection and connected to the silver cord found in Ecclesiastes 12:6.

The revelation the Lord gave me is Leviathan is found in the streams or flows of many of the spiritual meetings going on right now in the overall church structure. It does not mean our stream is demonic, but I am speaking of past streams still occurring. I believe we may have allowed past streams to become polluted that allow access for this spirit. This demonic spirit is trying to stop others in older structures from experiencing the awakening by taking residence in old streams and affecting those participating in those past streams.

Since part of its assignment is to bring poverty or lack, this seems to be a major hold right now with many apostolic and Kingdom works. Many Kingdom centers and emerging voices and places of awakening are lacking in the area of funds to perform the Kingdom work and assignments. I believe it is directly related to a second indebtedness, an indebtedness to religious systems. This is seen as an obligation to remain in the past structures that have no life. Many in this hour are benefiting from apostolic alignments and from revelatory teaching found in emerging Kingdom centers, apostolic churches and other forerunner type ministries. But at the same time, many are still putting their tithe in past structures or streams due to being “indebted” to that structure by obligations, soul ties or traditions and not by real life-giving relationships. These fading structures should be approached from a missiology perspective by those still attending both them and the emerging move. These structures should not be looked at except through the eyes as a missionary place to minister life-giving flow. With this perspective, the area of finances would come into alignment and the funds needed to advance the awakening move would be in place.

Leviathan’s seven heads represents the double mindedness and inability to make a full commitment to embrace the light and revelation that lies before us. This demonic force comes to wrap in a twisting motion around us and to take the truth and twist it as well. The truth of freedom, awakening, reformation and Kingdom has been twisted by those who want to deny its graces upon others. The wrapping of its long neck over the eyes is the stoppage of revelation coming that “seeing, we might see and be converted.” The neck represents the will and it is allowing its will to cover instead of God’s will to fully cover.

Many outside of the Body are experiencing this in full force right now. Many are in such tight bondages and they are having such a hard time seeing truth. We have many different types of belief systems going at the same time. We are disjointed on End Times, Israel, the existence of five-fold ministry and function, the existence of the Holy Spirit, Kingdom/Church, open Theism, hyper- grace, and other multi- head beasts all fighting for a voice in the midst of the stream of truth. Many have taken over the stream fully and have become the main voice. Many of these streams are polluted and Leviathan is sitting in the midst of the streams controlling them.

 The covering of Leviathan is scales of pride (Job 41:15). This pride is very evident in the Body of Christ. It says the scales are joined one to another. Pride seems to connect to others walking in pride and when this occurs, it becomes a covering we think is impregnatable. This is reflected in many pastoral gatherings, alliances and meetings. As we try to participate in supporting these gatherings, we do not fit many times. Do not come under these coverings. What you submit to, you then are indebted to. The verse goes on to say ‘his heart is as stone’. This is the outcome of pride, hardness of heart. Pride protects what must be changed. This demonic force has tried to stop the changing of hearts in this current move from unfolding. Pride is such a terrible thing in men’s lives. The unwillingness to admit to a need or a lack causes stoppage of God becoming strong in our weakness. When we say we are without need we then enter into self deception. This spirit has led many into this place. If not careful, they will become reprobate in mind. I strongly urge you to read all of Job 41 and see the things we are combating.

I hope these things make sense to you. I am seeing very clearly the struggles so many are going through are directly related to this demonic force. It is stopping the embrace of truth, awakening, etc. It has positioned itself in the streams of the past to try and stop the flow of new streams emerging today.

Our hope is found in Psalm 74:13 As God says He will break the head of Leviathan and feed it to the people in the wilderness. I think of a song Ric Pino sings and the words go like this “He gives us giants for our bread”. The victory of defeating this power will be living bread for us. He goes on to say He will dry up the streams he is living in. We better be sure we have the right stream flowing and are living our spiritual live in a single stream and not an old stream or a mixture of old and new.

In Isaiah 27:1, He says He will take His sword and slay Leviathan. That sword is in us. It says He will both punish and slay. I believe that punishment will come through the Saints, the holy remnant rising and standing against him. It is us staring at all seven heads and they no longer holding a grip around our eyes. When his will no longer is wrapping us and his scales of pride no longer covering us. Then the life Leviathan draws from us will be cut off with the sword and that same sword will slay him.

Building the Throne of God…. Part 4

Now with the foundation laid, I will begin to unfold the revelation of building the throne of God in Iowa. I will give a rather lengthy portion to unfold the revelation in one writing. Please read Rev. 4 and 5.
Revelation 4:1–3 (KJV 1900) — 1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
The trumpet is sounding in this hour. The word ‘trumpet’ is connected to a beckoning by reverberation. There is a coming together by the frequencies of heaven moving in our midst. This reverberation is the spiritual reflections of the throne itself. It is the graces flowing outward beckoning us inward. There is the need of things we have not seen yet but God is now showing these things to us.
Revelation 4:5 (KJV 1900) — 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
The Lord had given me a word about a year ago concerning the lightning and thunder. He said “the thundering is my prophets as they speak with My rumblings in the distance to hear. They always signal the storm of My presence before it appears. The Apostles are My lightening. They signal the storm is upon you. They strike fast and illuminate. They pierce darkness and bring heavens frequency to earth.”
The voices are the remnant ones who are speaking Kingdom language. They too, are needed in this hour. The seven lamps burning are the seven graces of God. The seven spirits are the seven natures of God. Notice the apostles, prophets and voices are coming out of the throne. The graces and natures are before the throne. God will rise up a new generation of apostles and prophets from where His throne is established. These voices will go through the graces (lamps) and natures (spirits of God). They will be ones to carry these to the earth. Iowa, get ready for a new breed of apostles, prophets and voices to emerge carrying a heavy weight of presence and graces to influence.
So what we are building is the elements around the throne. We have tried to copy earthly patterns of David’s tabernacle while yet the pattern is in heaven, the book of Hebrews explains. The elements seen there are the elements needed here. After all, we want God to descend and dwell, so this must have some similarity to the throne there. I’m not stating we set up an actual throne like Dowie did in Zion, Ill. But I am saying we need the elements.

Revelation 4:6 (KJV 1900) — 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
The throne is radiating glory — glory across our state — a frequency that comes from heavenly sounds being captured and reflected just like this sea that is like crystal. Iowa- we are to reflect these sounds. The sea of glass, the meeting place of heaven, captures all the sounds, colors and reflections. It is a place of motion and the only way we can truly reflect it is if we are in motion. We must build a sea of glass in our meetings. We must build meeting places before the throne across our state. We must build a place that the elders on this sea before the throne can begin to rule. Once we build this reflection, it will enable to move all of heaven into the earth.
These elders are both kings and priests. They are of the Melchisedec priesthood, able to minister to the Lord, cast their crowns, yet are on thrones like kings ruling. We are looking for elders of cities, ones who will protect the holiness of God and His righteousness. They will protect the redeemed from the accuser of the brethren as well. They will not be every pastor and possibly only be a few. But this apostolic covering will become the covering for the state. God is weaving a remnant as a single covering in Iowa, whose garment is carrying the priestly sight and sounds.

Rev. 5:8 The elders have harps, golden vials and odors of the prayers of the saints. This decribes their function as elders, Melchisedec priests and kings.
Harps — the stewarding of the sounds of heaven- “Spirit of worship”
Golden Vials – the stewarding of what will be poured out -“Spirit of Faith”
Odors – Stewarding of the requests or prayers of the saints -“Spirit of Prayer”
Elders are carrying the very song of God in their heart. They are great men and women of faith who have not been moved by opposition or lack of forward advancement because they are carrying the very prayers of the saints in their hearts, waiting for fire to come.
Revelation 8:1–5 (KJV 1900) — 1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
There are the three again: Voices are the remnant, thundering is the prophets and lightening is the apostles. These will be moved by the fire mingled with what they have carried in their hearts, the prayers of the saints. We all are waiting for the fire to come but who has carried the prayers of the saints in their hearts with faith and the song of the Lord?

In Rev. 5:9 a new song is song, a song of the Lamb, a song of redemption begins to be sung by the elders, then the voice, and the four beasts. It is a song that both connects humanity to heaven and reveals heaven through humanity. The four beasts will release the four breaths found in Ezekiel and begin to move the seven glories into motion. This divine activity of heaven upon earth is done first through the elders and voices. It sets the entire heavenly host into motion.
So this is the beginning of my understanding of building a throne for God in our state. We must find the true elders over cities and regions and let them be released as they are carrying the prayers of the saints in their hearts. We must form gathering places like the Sea of Glass before the throne. We must allow the thunder and lightning to fully have a place as the prophets and apostles will come forth. We must establish a holy community flowing as one with a singular focus on HIM. There will be more to come in the days ahead as the revelation unfolds.

Building the Throne of God…. Part 3

Before I go to the heart of the revelation of building the throne let me simply list some things about the throne. We all know that Moses saw the throne of God and the sea of glass. He was able to take 70 elders into that same vision so they could receive the same spirit. That same spirit was the nature of God and the graces with that nature. Moses asked the Lord if he had found “grace” the age of grace and God said no as it had not yet been given. David saw the same things concerning the throne and asked the same question and got the same answer. Now today we are stuck on redemptive grace and do not even associate that the throne has multiple graces to draw from. Isaiah saw the throne as well and saw the train or mantel of a high priest filling the temple. This is symbolic of apostolic covering or mantling to insure consecration, abundance, and accomplishment coming forth.
The following characteristics are what Gods is building. It is descriptive of having Holy Community with each other and esteeming each other. It is descriptive of graces that we can draw from at different times.
• God’s throne is a place of power and authority. In 2 Chron 18:18, the prophet Miciah relates his vision of God’s throne room, in which spirit beings stand in attendance. It is a place of Gods rule.
• God’s throne is a place of majesty and honor. The Bible says that, when Jesus ascended to heaven, He “sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12.2). There is no higher place than heaven. God is the King of heaven, and Jesus holds the place of honor at Gods right hand. So it is a place of honor and esteeming each other like the Godhead does. The throne is a place of non- competiveness and a place of valuing each as an individual and all as a collective.
• God’s throne is a place of perfect justice. “He has prepared His throne for judgment” Ps 4:7. Justice will prevail when Gods throne is in place. This is the place of imprecatory prayer and coming before the courts of heaven to petition that decisions be rendered.
• God’s throne is a place of sovereignty and holiness. “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” Ps 47:8. The throne has always been in place and will forever be in place. It is the ultimate rule full of mercy and grace and full of judgment and righteousness.
• God’s throne is a place of praise. John’s vision of heaven includes a scene in which a “new song” is sung in praise to the One who occupies the throne. Rev 5. The creative dimensions of God are endless.
• God’s throne is a place of purity. Only the redeemed, those who have been granted the righteousness of Christ, will have the right to stand before His throne.
• Rev 14:5.God Throne is a place of eternal life. A life giving flow. Rev 22:1.The throne radiates this life as he holds all things in his hands.
• God’s throne is a place of grace. Not only does the throne of God represent judgment for the unbeliever, but it also represents mercy and grace for His children. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” Heb 14:16. It is not just a singular grace but is full of graces.
• God’s throne is a meeting place of the elders. Rev 4:10-11.Before the throne the sea of glass is in motion. It is the meeting place of heaven. This is where the elders are seated on their thrones and the place they bow down and cast their crowns.

Now this is quite a list and not all inclusive by any means. So what does it mean to build a Throne? All I know is the throne is everything we see in heaven which included specifically everything around the throne as well. Tomorrow part

Building the Throne of God …. Part 2

Let me begin by giving a vision I had of the throne. I have had several thrown room visitations and I will only speak of the most recent one. I was in a meeting in Paducah Kentucky with Apostle David Kelly and Freed Center. During the worship I had a vision of the throne and Jesus seated there. I knew the vision would part of my journey and I also had a sense it was for the speaker John Alley. I alter would find out just how far reaching this vision was.

In this vision I was taken to the throne. Jesus was seated there and before him were 5 steps representing grace. A large stone table was before him just beyond the bottom step. On this stone table were two large scrolls. Each a single scroll with handle son both ends. The paper in the middle was not paper but was liquid granite spinning. These scrolls seemed to be availed to anyone wishing to reach out for them.

I saw the Lord bend over while seated and lift the scroll on his right. When he did the fiery spinning granite would continue to spin and suddenly a tongue of fire would come out several feet protruding in the direction of the other scroll. When it went out it then would become solid granite and had writing on it that could be seen from the throne. The lord would begin to drop the scroll and the tongue of granite would repel back into the fiery spinning scroll. The Lord would pick up the other scroll and in same manner it would all occur again protruding towards the other scroll as well. Then he would place that scroll down on the stone table as well.

Then he would lean backward and simply call for the scroll. He was calling for it because he wanted to stay at rest. The scroll he called for would lift from the table and beginning to fly around the throne all ablaze and spinning. It would come into his hand and then he raised it. The Lord said, “When you raise this scroll in your hand it will become a living scepter by which to rule from.” Then he would release the scroll and it would flay and return. The second scroll again was repeated through this process and the same words of it being a living scepter was spoken when he raised it.

Then I saw the Lord reach down to the table and pick up both scrolls at once. The tongues of fire came forth just like before but now the two joined in the middle and interlocked. They became hard like granite again and I could hear the angles say you can stand on this now. The words appeared on each scroll and when they came together in the middle they became a single sentence to be read. I knew this meant a seamless grace could be found in the Old and New testaments. God was showing me something of great magnitude about the throne, his seven graces, his seven natures and what he desired to bring forth.

In the vision I knew I could also take the far handle and lift the scroll at any time as well and it would become solid with writing. The throne is knowing the time and seasons and also the intentions of God. It also is declaring with all boldness the scepter of His word. Ruling with that word and allowing that word to be flaming sword by which we rule. It is place where the priests of God who carry his nature release his expression. These priests are beginning to be woven into a single garment and covering for our state. They as a remnant, a holy community, a covering much like the covering of these flying flaming scrolls. They have been set aside to handle the holy things of God. The flaming spinning whirlwinds of heavens scroll. These priest will rule and reign and decree with all authority standing on the word as they read a seamless grace. They will steward that grace seeing the new wineskin of Sonship being birthed to hold the new wine of Holy Community. Tomorrow part 3.

Building the Throne of God….Part 1

The Lord spoke to me a couple months ago and said to me, I want you to build my throne in Iowa.” I was a little got by the words and felt who am I do to such a thing. There is no way I can build Gods throne, only he can do that. But it took me on a journey to try and discover exactly what God was saying to me. Was it a type and shadow, was it literally, or did it have a hidden meaning?

Hebrews 4:16 (KJV 1900) — 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

For starters a throne is a place of ultimate rule. It is appoint of governing and also decrees. It is representative of a nation, country, or a group of people. God’s throne is a place of divine power and final authority. Gods thrown is a place of grace. Not just grace in the normal understanding of saving grace or redemptive grace, but all graces associate with the 7 natures of Christ found in Isaiah 11:2-3. So to build a throne is to build grace. Paul actually came to the point of stewarding grace in Eph 3. 1-3 when he said he was given a dispensation of grace. So a throne is a place of dispensing grace as well. The grace is sitting waiting on an activity that activates it …. The nature of God in us is the catalyst.

The throne is also sovereign and represents the sovereignty of God. It is what everything in heaven and earth is revolving around. It is also a place that is supporting the one seated. It is not so much a chair of how we see a king sitting, but a place of resting upon grace. When the Bible speaks of God’s “throne,” the emphasis is on God’s, transcendence, his dignity, and sovereign rule. The fact that His throne is in heaven further underscores the transcendent nature of God’s existence.

The word transcendence means “to exist above and independent from; to rise above, surpass, succeed.” Being transcendent, God is both the unknown and unknowable, yet God continually seeks to reveal Himself to His creation. In other words the unknown seeks to be known. This transcendent nature that places Him beyond the reach of His creation is His holiness and His righteousness. So the throne to build will exist separated and part from all the other thrones. It will not be associated with manmade thrones and kingdoms but will be above it. It will surpass that which is currently being seen.

So I have begun to see I can’t actually build a throne as we would know it but I can build the things around the throne and also dispense the grace that comes from that throne. How strange of us to look at Moses tabernacle and David’s tabernacle and go back and try to copy these things, when God said he would build His tabernacle as he desired. In Hebrews it talks about the patterns of the heaven and its reflection on the earth. Perhaps we should be building according to the heavenly pattern instead of copying a past earthly pattern. Tomorrow part 2.

Elders of the City #2

I am continuing with the topic of elders of the city. Many have responded to me about how the first article has helped place key people who do not have an official ministry yet carry great influence in cities. For a long time, we have not been able to place people into a structure who seem to have strong influences. They just don’t fit in the Eph 4 grace gifts, nor do they seem to have a voice in a local assembly. This understanding has helped many as they have contacted me personally and said they now see where they fit. As I met with one man locally, he asked me what the key is, as I see it, to connect our state. I told him to find the elders of the cities and the fathers of the state.

 

Titus 1:5 (KJV 1900) — 5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

Notice again, they ordained elders in every city, not in every gathering of believers and certainly not in every church as the Church was seen as one. Paul, in the following verses gives a list of qualifiers for eldership. We take this list and look at it through a church model. We need to look at it through a Kingdom model and see the influence of culture that it carries.

Titus 1:6–9 (KJV 1900) — 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

As we look for Biblical pattern, this mindset paradigm shift of eldership really comes alive once we begin to unfold it. For years I have heard of people trying to put a tag on key influential people in the book of Acts. I have heard Priscilla and Aquila placed as apostolic leaders and Ananias as a prophet. It seems we feel they must be in a ministry gift/grace to function and have impact. This is far from the truth. Many have been called apostles or prophets trying to fit our current understanding. Now I clearly see they are really elders of cities functioning as such.

Ananias was an elder of the city and recognized by many. When he went to Paul and welcomed him, he was welcoming him into the family of God but also into the brethren of the city. When Aquila and Priscilla ministered to Paul (Acts 18) they did it from the position of eldership. Thus Paul had an open door to minster in that city because of their positioning. Further reading shows Tabitha who appears to carry eldership qualities, was raised from the dead in Acts 9. It appears she was “A Certain Disciple”. Perhaps this focus may point to eldership in the book of Acts.

In Acts 10, we see Cornelius is a devout man who feared God and was a man of prayer. He also was a centurion. A centurion was an officer in the Roman army. So he is a man of responsibility. This sounds like qualities of an elder. He has a vision and has authority to send for Peter to receive Peter’s input. Because of his concern for the Church, the Gospel is eventually opened to the Gentiles.

In Acts 17:34, Paul had an encounter with “certain” men again. One of them is Dionysius, a name we really know nothing about. This man was converted in this encounter and stayed steadfast in the Lord. Historical records show this man later became the first bishop of Athens and carried tremendous influence over the city.

We also see that every time a major transition occurred in Acts, three groups met to discuss: the apostles, the elders and the Ecclesia. The apostles would bring up the subject and input was received from the eldership. The Ecclesia remained silent. When it was finally decided, the Ecclesia affirmed the decision and it was in motion. Imagine today if we gathered these three groups to make transitions and establish correct doctrine in this pattern. Doctrine and strategy that did not affect a single church but the entire Body of Christ in a city or region! We have limited the scope of eldership to a small group when in Kingdom dynamics, it was to help govern and oversee entire cities and regions.  We need to find the elders of cities and the fathers in states to establish the future.

 

 

Kingdom in Fullness?

We have a lot of Kingdom language, verbiage and even definitions. The question is why then are we not seeing more of the Kingdom displayed? There seems to be a vacuum between what we proclaim and what we actually are experiencing.

Perhaps the problem is we are not in alignment within this Kingdom. We are citizens of the Kingdom, children and heirs of the King, but not really functioning in fullness. As with all things of God, there is always an order and a set structure to that order. Nothing is done randomly and nothing is done without connection to another thing in some way. This is a pattern from heaven itself.

I believe the reason we do not see Kingdom displayed is we are not aligned apostolically. The apostolic is the structure in which God has chosen that the Kingdom would be displayed. Apostolic government demands a response just like the Kingdom, but also makes a way for that response to take place. Apostolic is more than a titling, but is actually a grace given for Kingdom activity to be released. In recent years, both the apostolic and Kingdom are seemingly appearing simultaneously. This is because the two are directly connected and you cannot have one without having the other. Thus if we deny one, we deny the other.

As I see lots of events, conferences, prayer gatherings, etc, the things I am looking for are Kingdom and its expressions. The Kingdom of God is eternal and thus all things connected with it are eternal as well. This means we are looking for things that carry eternal weight, not things that are temporal. So prayers look different, they are not begging God but decreeing the intentions of the Kingdom. When we beg God, we don’t know our rights or citizenship. We actually are praying from a temporal perspective instead of an eternal one.  Kingdom knows authority and operates in it. This is why apostolic is so critical. Apostles know who they are and what they are carrying. For the most part, apostolic led prayer is being limited and not allowed to fully function.

As we move into functioning in the Kingdom, it is not about having Kingdom principles, but activating those principles into reality. Apostolic equals activation. It is more about the breath of God that brings life and creates than anointing that sustains life. The breath is advancing and the Kingdom is always advancing and expanding. Apostolic is also about advancing over sustaining. When we have the right leadership and allow them to lead into true Kingdom, then we will see the advance we are looking for. This grace gift of the apostle will release the Kingdom in fullness. Right now we are seeing in part.  Until then, we will continue to sustain with the anointing and gifts of the Spirit.

The apostle is a sent messenger carrying a mandate to bring forth the Kingdom of God and put it on display. If the Kingdom is truly functioning, then apostles would probably not be sent into that region. But if we do know that an apostle has been sent, then we should know the Kingdom is in need of being brought to the forefront as well. Apostles do this with apostolic proclamation that comes by decrees or revelatory preaching that reveals Kingdom dynamics and life giving flow. This style of preaching is not making statements about God which is what most preaching is, but making the Word of God, His Word, revealed in the present moment. This unlocks the Kingdom in fullness. Those that are sent have the Spirit without measure or limitation. The depth of the Kingdom can be displayed through their lives if they are received and given freedom to minister without limitation as well.

Apostolic structures help release what is eternal and is not concerned with what is temporal. Since apostles are visionary, they see the Kingdom in the fullness of what it can be and anything else then that needs to be adjusted. Apostles know how to place people into the Kingdom to function the best and also how to develop them for that Kingdom. Hence again, leaders who have not had apostolic oversight in development will probably lack in Kingdom understanding.

Perhaps because we have not embraced apostles and released them, we are not truly seeing Kingdom.  I believe we are seeing the Kingdom in some promising ways but far from what we desire and see in the early Church. At the same time, we are seeing the apostolic in some promising ways but far from what we desire and saw in the early Church. Both are interconnected and can only function in fullness when both are allowed to have full expression.

 

Elders of the City

This blog has come to fruition after a phone conversation I had recently where we talked about Kingdom age eldership and I explained who the real elders are. I believe this will help many see their place and help align us into some Kingdom perspectives. We need to shift a lot of things with right leadership and some old mindsets will have to be replaced.

As Apostle Paul traveled, he went into cities and appointed elders. He found certain qualified people and then gave them the title of elder. We must look at things contextually and see that he was not appointing elders over churches but over The Church (Ecclesia) and was not even appointing elders over a group of believers even though that is part of their focus since they belong to a city. The Ecclesia was Kingdom minded and governmental. To maintain that culture, elders were appointed. Eldership of the church was eldership of the ruling reigning ones and not the full congregation as we now know it.  Since there was no division and also not many believers, his task of locating them was more simplified than we would do today.

But what Paul was actually doing was appointing elders over a city and not over a congregation. This is more in alignment with Kingdom and the large viewpoint needed. These were watchmen who were watching over the souls of men and what was coming into their culture and region. They helped maintain a Kingdom culture and not a denominational belief system. These elders are seldom mentioned in the Bible, but since Paul appointed them “in every city” the emphasis being “city”, there was a structure he was putting into place within a city. Paul was looking for a larger oversight of a city. He knew that as the Church grew, he could not keep in contact with hundreds of elders in hundreds of congregations. These city elders worked closely with the apostles in making decisions and also in implementing those decisions.  Acts 15:22-23, Acts 16:4 That is why Paul told Timothy to “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine”  1 Tim 5:17.

Today there are elders of the city. They are men and women who have a great desire to see God within their city and are in tune to what God is doing. They may or may not be leading a congregation. Some pastors are more elders of a city than a pastor of a congregation. Some may be businessmen. Some may be in the political arena.  I know several who have no real ‘ministry’ but have the pulse of a city. They are not apostles or prophets or pastors but move and function as elders. They meet the qualifiers Paul talked of and see things in the larger picture. They have vision for a city, hear God speak about their city and may have prophetic warnings as well.

Those people that we call elders in a local church are really deacons in function and qualification. The need of local eldership in a congregation seemed to be the natural flow as the Church grew. But the reality is apostolic teams and companies have been replaced by elders. Most elders in a local congregation are stagnated in function and their only real role is to decide the best for that congregation. We need elders of cities who help decide the needs of the city and what is needed to see the Kingdom come. This is the difference between church age eldership and Kingdom age eldership. Our paradigm shift needs to occur in this area so we can further empower those true elders of the city. I imagine many of you reading this can easily identify the elders of your city.

Apostolic Teams and Companies

Since I have been teaching on this subject over the last few weeks in our School of Ministry and web stream, I decide to write a condensed version as a blog so more people can have these insights.

We see in the Bible, that there were apostolic teams sent into regions to bring impact and that Paul traveled with a company of people as well.  Let me first say that all apostolic teams/companies always travel with an apostolic leader. Apostles lead these teams with strategy and vision and a deep knowing of the overall destiny and assignment of the group. Apostolic teams focus on pioneering movements. They cultivate a set of core values that empower such a movement. Apostles gather other fivefold ministries to come alongside and travel into a region with the intention of aligning that region with Kingdom dynamics and to leave a deposit behind that would have an ongoing effect. That team is decided based on what grace gift is needed to create the impact.

At times, along with these teams, there might be an apostolic company. The company is made up of those of same passions and understanding to help model the overall value being imparted. They are already moving in the overall movement and come to demonstrate that for others to see. They speak the same things and articulate the core values. Apostolic teams and companies are not easily formed or brought into existence. They require great investment and long term investment to be able to carry the same vision, heart and voice. The greater the time of developing, the greater the effectiveness that will be seen.

Sometimes both an apostolic team and company are needed to bring the shift that is required. The team is made up of those carrying the message by the breath of God and the company is there to reinforce that message. Generally the team has seasoned fivefold people that are also seasoned in the message. The company will be those who have been impacted by the message and are possibly future leaders. All apostolic teams are part of the company but not all the company is part of an apostolic team due to overall calling and grace function.

Apostolic teams are focused. Apostolic teams are not apostolic because the team members are prophets or apostles but because they are apostolically led. We easily see this pattern in the scriptures and we don’t see teams or companies being sent without apostolic oversight. Apostolic teams must understand God’s strategy for the present moment of time. That strategy is then released into the company formed under them. The team is built to establish the Kingdom and the company is supporting their endeavors.

If an apostolic team is sent into a region by God that means God is endeavoring to release new Kingdom dynamics into that region. He brings a group of men and women either by team or company to show the depth of how important the message is that they are carrying. If God has sent such a group, then He must have a tremendous desire for that region to embrace that message. He has prepared hearts in advance of the team or company coming to embrace that message. The apostolic team knows the right timing and season that is occurring so they know when to go with the right message.

What makes the team and company dynamic effective is how they move in faith when they go into a new region. This faith walk they have has already been cultivated and has been challenged by the apostolic leader. The apostle may not fully know the way the vision will occur but does see the vision in fullness. The apostle is going by faith and expects the company/team to do so as well. This allows the Holy Spirit to be depended on and for faith to be activated. The team/company trusts the apostolic leader even though they may not fully see or understand. This empowers the apostle to move to greater dynamics of faith thus releasing the team to move deeper as well. This is the empowering to shift a region or city by released authority and faith creating Kingdom in places not seen before.

These apostolic teams and companies can only truly function in fullness in areas they have been invited or sent by God directly to break something open. Generally the apostle has a deep knowing in their spirit of the intentions of God. They mobilize those under them to fulfill this intention. The apostle trains them knowing what is required to do the assignment. This training is by instruction, activating, and by having vision for the individual knowing how they fit the overall plan of God locally. The local training is the proving point for being part of a team or company to be sent out later.

Some of the main things an apostolic company will do are confront principalities over regions. They discern the things opposing the move of God and confront with intercession in advance, and public decrees while in the region. These teams empower upcoming gifts in the region they go to. They confirm callings and empower leaders into greater authority. They come to support what is occurring but also to challenge into greater positioning.

Apostolic teams also carry one thing that really sets them apart and that is revelation. The team and company are both a living example of the revelation they are carrying. The team can release current revelation directly from God and also knows how to flow in the Spirit to make a harmonious meeting without breeches. They sense the Spirit’s desire for meetings and know how to steward those moments. The apostolic company traveling with them also has revelation but may not be able to fully present it. They may not know how to fully steward a meeting, so they once again rely on the team and the apostle they are under as the final authority.

Apostolic teams and companies show the functioning single corporate man. They show how to function together as the Spirit leads. They also show how unity multiples grace and authority, and causes impact. Conferences today are taking the place of apostolic teams but are not truly apostolic teams by Biblical pattern. The group called to speak at a conference has not been connected before the conference and have not necessarily been sent as a team or are under apostolic authority. They may act more as individuals trying to work together than a group appearing as a single flowing Body.  Apostolic teams and companies need to be released and embraced again so regions and cities can be impacted.

The Shift From Church Age to Kingdom Age — Part 2

 

The dynamics of this shift are many and the catalyst is injustices and the ability to have freedom taken away is bringing the separation required. In this hour we have many things that are coming against us. Potential loss of religious freedom, gay marriage, and other cultural issues are emerging. These are not coming against the church per say, as some of the church is embracing and entering into this, but these issues are affecting the true ecclesia that has hid itself in the Kingdom, yet we were warned. This is the leaven spoke of in Matt 13.33. Leaven is not a positive but a negative. The word means mental and moral corruption. The worlds system knows it cannot stop the kingdom, so it is trying to corrupt it. It is trying to make it like itself with the same approaches and answers to social problem. This corruption is in the church in the form of compromise and even allowing the worlds systems and culture to come inside the walls. We have come to engage in issues and resolve social issues with the same type of  programs our governmental systems and manmade ideas have established. Yet the kingdom age is still coming!

In a desire to be sustained the church age has decided to engage culture by being relevant to. Yet all relevance requires a degree of compromise and acceptance of current culture to be heard.   To be relevant means you have become part of instead of standing opposed. The word relevant means closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand. It means to be or find significance. That to me describes the ending of the church age, the effectiveness has run its course as it has tried to find significance. Yet our significance is only found through kingdom eyes and seeing the role our life plays in it. All seemingly hard questions are found through kingdom perspectives and not through finding connecting points to culture. Looking at past history every change was like this. Starting with Christ we see he was not relevant to Judaism but was contrary to it. No one is paying much attention to what the church currently does but everyone is paying attention to those kingdom minded who bring things contrary to current culture.

 

As one age closes and another age opens it will cause a revolution in thinking and function. Awakening is such a shift in lifestyle it will form a new culture. From that culture we will not have reform but radical reform. The kingdom age that is now upon us, like all things kingdom is demanding a response. This now is also another dilemma, will the many answer this call, or will they reject it? If we are not careful as kingdom people we too will try to be relevant to those we are trying to convince and could possible delay the kingdom age manifesting. People change how they function when their believe system changes. What we need to do is give the benefits and values of the kingdom life by both words and display. This is what was attractive in the early life of the believers in Acts. The values presented was greater than the price required to be paid for it. This enabled them to stand and endure while Christianity was birthed for the opening centuries.

 

As kingdom people we must live with kingdom principles and lifestyle. We must see things and present things not through chrucdom, but through kingdom. We must understand these principles to see them in everyday life and point them out. After all, the kingdom has always been here and is still here. People are not recognizing it because they are only seeing a worldly culture and not an eternal culture emerging.