FROM THE SHADOW TO LIGHT

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FROM THE SHADOW TO LIGHT

THE WELL AND THE SAMARITAN CHURCH

By Isaiah-Phillips

Prophetic spectrum to current affairs

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again… John 4:13

 

 

WHO WILL STAND AND SPEAK?

 

The church of the Lord globally is currently in the turning point of a new spiritual era that requires we confront things we’ve been avoiding and hiding within the deformed and veneered, commercial, religious system of our time. There’s an urgent need to precisely answer some of the most crucial questions, members of the Body of Christ and society are generally asking, particularly, regarding the overreached, abusive nature of what is accepted as spiritual representation.

 

In this article, I intent to draw your attention to an important scripture many are quite familiar but as the Spirit of truth impresses this scripture to my heart a few days back, I begin to witness a new divine emphasis and direction with regards to the demand of the Father for the deliverance of his Church from the hands of those the Bible calls peddlers of the word of God.

There’s nothing more dangerous than to be spiritually abused, and it becomes even more deadly when it is done with the bible and in the name of Jesus Christ. While many may continue to deny the reality of leadership deficit, deception, and spiritual abuse in the Body of Christ, yet, it is obvious that the Church of Christ globally is being drained and taken advantage of by those I call commercial gospel peddlers.

 

The story of the Samaritan woman at the well brings to light many things we should carefully examine and highlight as the Lord continues to speak in line with the present reformation and restoration of his Church. This subject is further amplified in the account of the gospel of John chapter 5 about the story of the temple pool at Bethseda. the Falsehood at the center of this great capitalist, commercial, motivated, church system is driven by the blind, crippled, and impoverish lives, despirate for some kind of a spiritual intervention.

 

John chapter 5:1-6

Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 

THE WELL DUG BY MEN

When a well dug under the inspiration of God for a season, which has elapsed continue to be used as the current voice and direction of the Spirit, it becomes an idolatrous system. The scripture said regarding Moses the servant of the Lord that he kept the veil on his face while the glory that used to shine from his face had faded away. This false sense of attachment to what has become obsolete, redundant, and irrelevant in the prophetic calendar of the Spirit is a big issue that must be addressed if we must step into the new day of the Lord, and I’ll like to address this as the Lord will give me utterance in the light of his present truth.

 This is the moment of confrontation and intervention that demands that we are exposed to a higher [intense] degree of Christ brilliance at a level that will reveal every form of shadow within and outside the parameters of our existence.

The standard is, we serve a God in whom there is no variableness nor the shadow of turning. In other words, the variations of the fallen, human ideologies, cultures, the system that sought to eclipse our minds from the original purpose and destiny of the Father for us is starting to fade away under the dawning of this increasing light of Christ shining from the surface of the stream of life we are invited to drink.

This is the dawning of the third day prophetic activity of the Spirit of the Lord; a day of the unprecedented revelation of God’s light and glory that will expose and blind every form of shadow in and around of the world. We’ve now been invited to a new sphere of the revelation in our journey towards maturity in Christ, who will be making his appearance within the religious system of what had kept us all bond or limited from entering the full reality of what we’ve been destined for before time began.

The more we see and honestly embrace the current illuminating light of heaven, the more the shapes and images of human shadows and influences in our thought pattern over the years, begins to shatter even as Christ becomes more magnified in us. In Christ, there is no influence of earthly, carnal reflections. Last year we spoke about the nearness of the kingdom and how we ought to prepare for this so, we don’t get cut up unprepared and unawares.

THE NEARNESS OF THE KINGDOM

The nearness of the kingdom of God is the nearness of the divine light of heaven, ordained to remove every form of false light that have shaded and shape our minds from stepping into kingdom lifestyle. The day of breaking away from the silhouetted nature of power, religious forms and shapes men have falsely embraced. The time has come for us to embrace the reality of truth which is often painful because we will need to be confronted by the blinding light of heaven. Every form of shadow within the spiritual structure of our existence must now give way to the glorious brightness of Christ light emerging from the dawn of this new kingdom Age.

 The purity of hearing come through the level of light we expose our soul and spirit too. To the degree, we embrace this present light of the Christ is to the level we are going to see and walk in the glorious light of what we’ve been called to represent. Shadow is defined as a dark area or shape produced by a body of coming between rays of light and a surface. Rather than producing light we’ve been producing shadows due to the lingering [human system] darkness still present and alive within us.

The light of heaven only reflects what is in the human heart; when the heart is filled with falsehood and lies, you can be rest assured that whatever form of light found within such a space will not produce a fruit that comes from the very life of God. The light the soul produces is a light that is born out of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and it will never bring you into the realm of divine truth which brings deliverance and reform to the total man. When there’s a willingness to face the reality before us as the ministry of Christ light increases, what then happens is that this light goes way beyond the power of illumination into becoming transformative.

THE CHURCH AT THE WELL

As the Father brought my attention to the life of the Samaritan woman at the well, I began to gain fresh insight to a parallel truth that speaks directly to the condition of the present-day church as a company of people operating within the system of shadow. The present, active reality of shadow ministry is more dangerous than darkness itself, in the sense that a shadow gives is a false reflection. A shadow is a refraction of light upon a dark image or surface which is an operation of deception. Only the Father carries the technology to produce light out of darkness.

On the other hand, man can produce an image out of another shape through the operation of a shadow, and in fact, this is the current position in many churches today. Many have produced some forms of images that are given the power to ‘talk’ out of false light being offered to the people, and those lights have produced some form of temporary relief and therefore, millions have become addicted to this temporary light designed to ultimately destroy them.

 

While I am trying not to be too technical with the example, I cannot but stress this point of light, shadow, false wells dug by men for spiritual consumption. The parallel reality of what was witnessed at Jacob’s well between Christ Jesus and the Samaritan woman with the present state of today’s church is so profound that need critical scrutinization.

Water can reflect the precise image of the one who comes to the stream, but not everyone is truly prepared to wait for the calmness of the water to reveal an image. Most have come to the well because they are thirsty and desperate; they need a quick solution to get them out of their needs. Due to the mode of material and financial survival many lives in, they hardly can see what the Lord is trying to show them at the well.

Secondly, the life of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, typifies many of us regarding how our mindsets have been negatively shaped and have been framed through the years of rigorous religious practice and life’s challenges — this woman who is a type of today’s church who has come to accept a particular way of lifestyle as her primary source life existence even though such a source does not really minister to the very inner realities of her needs and challenges.

Further still, the Samaritan woman, beyond the fact that she had a significant dosage of religion, mixed with a long time, abusive relationship, combined with her own traditional belief strongholds, yet had a flicker of inner [light] awareness of a need for some different type of ‘water’ that can wash her and quench her inner thirst.

AN OPEN CONVERSATION

She was willing to open herself to the truth when confronted with the inner reality of her true self which is very rare today. Many of us, including those who claim to be in the forefront of what the Spirit of the Lord is doing, is filled with deception, we can hardly stand being honest to ourselves and others.

 

The greatest lie is when we begin to lie to ourselves just because we don’t want others to see us as weak, poor, uneducated, uninformed, or even spiritually blind. Following humans and religious folks dread being observed to be wrong, regardless of the issue. They would instead continue to support what is false and abusive just because they don’t want others to them, but we told you that you’re wrong from the start.

 

The Samaritan woman at the well seems to have come to the end of herself for two main critical reasons, one, she was willing, to be open and honest with Christ. Secondly, she recognized that the well, she’s been coming to drink from do not satisfy her true, inner need as much as the good does provide specific temporal provisions.

This [Church] woman was willing to exchange her seemingly default dependence and sustenance which always demand her traveling daily to the well for this new concept of talking well standing before her. Many may not appreciate what this woman was confronted when someone suddenly stood before her and claimed he is the living water she needs.  Of course, you will expect her to fight, froze or flight, but she was willing to listen and be honest as she engages in this new season of her life.

Many of us have grown so accustomed to the daily journey of going down to Jacob’s well to fetch water that only gives us temporary pleasure or satisfaction. We have been wrongly wired to co-depend on some kinds of religious substance, people who claimed they represent God in our lives, religious rituals, our customs and tradition, our workplace, our children, our spouses. To some, is their friends, parents, what the media says about them, what the politicians promised them, and the list continues.

This is the reality of the religion called Christianity today, mostly in American and the African set-up by the church. There are all kinds of alternatives today that have replaced the correct position of Christ and his assignment in our lives, particularly, within the community of what we call church. There’s no doubt that the idea and the look of the type of church we are building today are not better than Jacob’s well this woman kept returning to, hoping to find lasting sustenance.

 WHEN THE WELL NO LONGER MEET YOUR SATISFACTION

There’s no doubt that this well met some essential needs in her life and of course, that’s the reason she kept coming back, but this well dug by man cannot meet the very core need of her. Just as this woman connected Jacob’s well to important aspects of our custom and tradition, which is a big deal to her, many of us to have chosen to remain connected to certain places, people or circumstance both physically and mentally just for the fact that those people or places are directly or indirectly related to our tradition, nationality,  former way of life, even if those things or people are abusive, we remain there. These things or individuals have become our coping method and to some degree, our definition of spirituality, this is what I call the Samaritan church.

The Samaritan church is well dug by great icons; renowned men and powerful and highly skillful women, individuals who fought and defended specific cause for the advancement of society. Some of them were a significant voice in their time who did great things in the name of God, and we’ve built a towering image of memorials to remember, and this is good. However, these individuals are no longer alive in the new dynamics of your needs and challenges.

They might be able to inspire faith, courage, and determination in pressing towards your ordained destiny, and that’s all they can do with the lingering memory of their past achievement in you. You need to zero into the mind of the Lord for this moment of your life; you must seek what the Spirit of the Lord is saying regarding his prophetic strategy in dealing with the current situation.  Drinking from dead wells in the name of custom, tradition, and past experiences that have long become obsolete to the present demand of the Spirit is a soul-tie.

LEAVING THE OBSOLETE INSTRUCTION

There are many past experiences, individuals, and events that have become wells we keep returning to, hoping we will get the same feeling, experience, or even answer the people of the past received. Therefore, we become more fixative on the ministry of revival, instead of redemption and reformation. Our pursuit for revival is more about trying to experience what happened in the days of some great revivalist.  The fact that heaven gave the power to some individuals to dig wells for their time and generation does not mean such well will satisfy the complex needs of today.

 

Divine instruction is crucial to relevancy and advancement to the frontier of divine engagement.  How many lives, ministries and church are stuck today on the visionary word given to a vessel of God some hundred years ago? There are countless numbers of churches out there that have not revolved with the shift in prophetic seasons. Many of the denominations and traditional churches began with a leading, prophetic position of accuracy. Many of the founders and leaders of those churches had God for their times and season but has times and season changes, many refused to move on with the Father as he demands a change of their perceptions and wineskin for the next announced season.

 The stocked to the first voice they had from the Lord. They are like Abraham, who had the initial voice of the Lord and was obedient to the voice but on like Abraham, when God spoke to him the second time regarding the same issue, he was able to hear and allow his zeal to commit murder. Many had the voice of the Lord the first time, but never kept their ears and eyes open to receive further instruction and directives from the Lord. Many did not wait to listen to the elapsing time of a prophetic word. Their ministry has killed more people in the name of zeal the redeem or restore.   The well they dug in the name of ‘a ministry’ is today a blockage for a new generation to see and experienced the living well standing before them.

The more people travel to these wells of Jacob, hoping to experience the same intervention of the past, the more people get weary, tired and dissatisfied even though they dare not show their weariness. They must continue to make the trip to Jacob’s well. The fact that God met us in space and point in the past does not make such a spot the permanent resident of God. The Father is nomadic; his plan and desire are to reveal himself where ever his people gather and find their voice.

In the scripture, their various types of wells and streams built at various times and seasons that speaks directly and specifically to the peculiar need of such a season. duplicating such instructive prophetic words will not only be a violation and abuse to divine instruction but a manifestation of idolatry.  If we don’t understand the context of the speakings and instruction of the Lord for a season, we will make the mistake of trying to repeat an experience that was designed for a season in time, and that will make us the enemy of God.

New spiritual emphasis demands that we shift and change our modus-operandi if we must remain highly relevant to the movement of the Spirit. While some will need to move from our former position of life due to the evil influence and resistance to change, others might not need to leave their community if the leaders are willing to change their garments and wineskin to the current demand of the Spirit.

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MANAGING YOUR SIGHT AND FAITH

 

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MANAGING YOUR SIGHT AND FAITH

A Christian refresher

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

1 Corinthians 12:11-13

Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.

 

Correct [vision] perception, and the proper management, or maintenance of our faith in the Lord does not only build a sound spiritual life, but also accelerate the Lord’s prophetic intension and dealings in an individual, or within the development of a kingdom, corporate community.

In our movement towards the day of [maturity] perfection and manifestation, it is becoming more glaring that maintaining a well-defined, and focused biblical, philosophy of prophetic sight and faith as part of our core spiritual components will greatly enrich and enhance our journey.  I regard these two, vision and faith, in my opinion, as twin value standards, designed by The Lord to work hand in hand in the reformation of our spiritual DNA unto that order of the ascended life in Christ.

Integrating this truth within the ongoing formation of kingdom culture, lays the precise footing, strong enough to build that divine Ark, ordained to transport us to the mountain of the Lord, even through the ongoing flood of destruction sweeping across cities and nations of the earth. Constructing a solid, broad-based spiritual structure with the capacity to house all of the Father’s prophetic intensions and purposes within the spirit-man requires a holistic paradigm of what Kingdom faith means and represent.

 You will agree with me that the moment The Lord summons or enlist an individual in the process of transition and restoration, there is first an aggressive process towards the correction of sight and the operational faith philosophy of such a person.

 The reason for this first position of call is clear in the scripture; the correction, or would I say, the right perception of vision and faith lays the foundation for any form of relationship, interaction, engagement or transaction in spiritual matters.

If this is the case, then it is important we reclaim the true definition of [sight] vision and faith so that we don’t make the mistake of building on the general assumed definition that is prevalent in most Christian community today. Like any other gift or grace (special resource or capacity) given to enhance our kingdom culture, vision and faith are not exempted from perversion and their extreme misappropriation.

 The moment spiritual gifts or values are reduced to the mere gaining of perishable material objects, they become abused and corrupted. I do understand why this is so; blindness to man’s corruption and his complex inner deficiency has been a key player in preventing him from precisely seeing the core objective for spiritual gift. Let him who think he stand take hid least he falls.

This is the time to test the footing and philosophy of our sight and faith again if it still aligns to the very divine will and standard of the father. These words may sound elementary to some of us, but they are the very foundation on which the framework of our spiritual structure is built on.

PROPHETS AS APOSTOLIC BUILDERS

 

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PROPHETS AS APOSTOLIC BUILDERS.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

…This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5

 

The church in its inception

It took about 2oyear plus, after the establishment of the Jerusalem Church before the Antioch church step into the main stream of what the Church was ordained to look like in its function. For twenty years, the church birthed on the day of Pentecost, battled brethren, and colleagues who still insisted on maintaining the former, Jewish, ceremonial religious tradition as part of the New Testament community.

This engrained, religious insistence will often bring sharp argument and sometimes, quarrel and division within the leadership church community, until the Antioch model emerged, which was built on the development and maturity of certain ministry gifts like that of the prophet and teacher. Ministry gifts are divine tools and machineries for the construction of the house of God. Where there’s a lack of knowledge and ascended wisdom in the operative formation and construction of ministry gifts in the house, the Saints will not only remain immature in the ways of the Spirit, but will also lack the right inputs to grow into the full realization of their assigned purpose as ministers to their society and generation.

It is worthy of note that the terms Apostles was not mentioned in the introduction of the establishment of the Antioch Church not because there were no apostles in the formation of the church, or the ministry of the apostles had been relegated behind or rejected. No. it is because the church, by designed had already become apostolic in its constitution. It is important to note that in the formation of this Antioch community, we immediately see the introduction of the ministry of prophets and teachers, meaning they were more than one, as the apostolic arrowheads, shaping and aligning the spiritual outlook and direction of this Church that was about to go global in its outreach.

When you combine the ministry of prophets and teachers in the building up of an apostolic initiative, what you get according to Acts chapter 13 is the direct voice of the Spirit of the Lord, bringing insight, perspective, and clarity to the next marching order of the Father for his Church. The reason for highlighting these two gifts is for the single fact that their concept of reasoning and processing the things of the Spirt is by default different.

 

The prophet, in his delivery of eternal truth, is more poetic most times, abstract in his concept and idea of unveiling the mind of the Lord. This is well noted in the scriptures, when the Father speaks to the prophet, he will usually use symbols and similitudes, parables and proverbs, nature, and events that sometimes may even look irrelevant to establish a profound truth about the kingdom.

 

Half of the messages and teachings Our Lord Jesus Christ delivered were done prophetically, because they were designed to be kept for a particular season when the nobles and mature in heart can unlock them. For it is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out that which has been concealed.  The frontal lob of the prophet’s brain is highly developed in its sensory experience, and that immediately explained why prophets, or those with highly developed prophetic gifts are usually associated with in-depth knowledge, wisdom, sound judgement, creativity, and problem-resolving.

The teacher

The teacher on the other hand, is very concrete, detailed, and fixative on facts, figures and doctrinal establishment of truth. He has the grace not only to search and find out the very detailed intention of the Father, particularly, through the written word, but also to see that such findings are carried out to the detail and standard of the Spirit.

The teacher establishes the Saints on the inherent word of life; he builds based on precept upon precept line upon line, a little here, a little there, until there is a thorough establishment of heaven’s prophetic agenda. He is not in a hurry; he waits until truth is arrived in whatever area of obscurity receives the right illumination of truth. He complements and regulate the fivefold ascended grace and gift of the Church.  All of these ministry gifts, especially, that of the prophet and teacher are all part of the very life and nature of Christ.

God is a mathematician and much as he is a poet! When you combine these two powerful spiritual gifts in any aspect of divine initiative, you cannot but to arrive at the place of God’s divine light and intentions.  I have had the opportunity in few occasions to encourage my audience how the Lord used my struggle in Dyslexia to build and enhance my ministry. What was defined to be a cognitive limitation, turned out to be my greatest form of strength in executing what I have been ordained to do in life. The Father has not placed limitation on any called or assigned ministry gift, except the limit he placed there for his own purpose, and the truth is we all have certain realities of limitation that are designed to be complemented and perfected by others.

My point is, I was grace and favored enough not only to have teachers around me, who stirred and compliment my gifts, but also had the rare opportunity as a prophet to be endowed with a strong teaching grace and capability to express the undiluted word of God in a very systematic manner. I consider this special combination of gifts as a great favor and honor from the Lord for a specific purpose I believe is still unfolding.

The pattern of the Antioch Church is becoming more pronounced in this season of reconstructing the broken walls and burnt gates of the Church across nations. The Father is doing what he did during the emergence of the ministry of the prophets and teachers in the early church, and we need to key into the model of this divine reformation and restoration.  How today’s church needs to take a cue from this profound apostolic blueprint, established according to Acts chapter 13.

Prophetic governmental building

I have, therefore, in few lines try to amplify what the ministry of the prophet means and represent in terms of apostolic building. The prophetic ministry indeed, has been abused and misused today, to the degree that the very intention of its function in the Body of Christ is almost forgotten.

 

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. Acts 13:1

 A prophet, who is also known as a seer, is an embodiment of the Father’s desire, will, purpose, and intention for creation and the building up of the ecclesia. He or she is a sent one, commissioned and assigned to operate in what is known as a prophetic office. This office is his governmental grace and jurisdiction of functionality. His office is part of the membership of the fivefold, ascended ministry gifts, established to equip and build up the Body of Christ into maturity in Christ.

The prophet is the eye and ears of the Lord within the house he is sent, while submitting his prophetic gift in mutual trust, respect, and in accountability to the core eldership represented within the local church community, and the city he operates from. Though this is not usually the case, due to the wrong, dysfunctional, administrative structure of humanist, religious system operating within most church communities.

Very few church communities today, truly reflect what a New Testament apostolic order of the church community should define and represent. The Babylonian pyramid church leadership system has completely made it almost impossible for the ascended gifts to effectively function in their divine, apostolic governmental order and pattern.

 

The difference between pastoral and prophetic function

A pastor, in comparison, by default, is a resident overseer, assigned by the Father in the spirit of knowledge and wisdom to feed, nurture, protect, and equip members of the household of faith under his spiritual watch.

 

A prophet by default unveils the progressive, revelatory truth and life of Christ to the body, and regions, in a manner that injects new and updated spiritual emphasis and philosophy of the kingdom of God in a way that brings to bear the order and values of God’s divine intent to every aspect of human existence.

The concerns of a prophet are narrow down to the moral desire, feelings, and intentions of the Father, regarding any person, situation, or condition of the earth, particularly, within his church. He or she establishes the model value, standard, and principle of the kingdom of heaven either in the place of the personal and corporate building of the ecclesia.

 

 

The core function of the prophetic office

A prophet deals with shifting in seasons and the atmospheric order within cities and regions across the earth, and such kind of prophetic office may not dwell too long in a particular region, church, or city, depending on the timeline of the sent prophet’s mandate.

 Some prophets are sent to churches to help the house for a period, primarily in the reshaping of the wineskin of such house in order to be prepared and ready to receive the new emphasis and outpouring mandate of the Father for the season. Others are sent to strengthen the hand of the Setman, mostly through mutual relationship and submission, until there’s a new season of refreshing and empowered, released of grace and wisdom upon such a Setman and the house, then he’s released to another house or region as he continues to function as a true witness of Jesus Christ among the Body of Christ.

A prophet is one sent with a clear mandate to declare a fresh word of the Lord with a strong governmental, apostolic edge and authority over an atmosphere. He or she is called to disciple nations as he works with the church communities that are willing to open to his unique ministry gift.

A true prophet is nomadic by default with the grace to construct and restore divine order, foundations and spiritual pillars for the establishment of the people of God in the earth. The office of a true, ascended prophet is borderless while he’s locally based.

BATTLING DISCONNECTION IN THE WORLD OF CONNECTIVITY.

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I don’t think the world as ever been so lonely and disconnected than it is today. We live in an area where virtually everything and almost everyone is technologically linked to each other. Computer programing and algorithm has redesigned the way man communicates with its environment and workplace to FastTrack efficiency and productivity.

Yet, the bitter reality is that man, more than ever before has remained disconnected with himself, and those that matters to him the most. Unfortunately, this disconnection is not limited to just the society; this disconnection is also deeply rooted with the church and amongst spiritual leaders. It seems there’s a fear amongst church leaders to openly and sincerely connect with each other. We rather connect on pulpit preaching bases than on a heart to heart relationship.

 

The body of Christ is today suffering in loneliness and utter disconnection with each other due to certain truths and values we have refused to learn and address as the appropriate footing in establishing a solid, kingdom community life. This level of superficiality is not only displayed amongst the general society, but also across the body of Christ. As we look into the current condition of our nations, particularly here in South Africa, we have seen a sharp division not just on a racial level but even among political party lines.

 

The ANC, DA, EFF are all suffering clear division amongst themselves, so then I wonder, how can we have any meaningful development when the seemingly political gatekeepers of the nation are faced with political killings and factionalism? I have always seen myself as a bridge builder; a portal to connect members of the body of Christ together, and this is one of the reasons why I have refused to start another local church community even unto this point, but from the current look of things I am seriously reconsidering my stand on this matter.  

 

My desire is to be a true advocate of unity and corporation in the advancement of the kingdom of God. Yet, I have been misunderstood, accused, and even abused by these insecure church leaders. I was once confronted by some white Christian groups with a colored pastor in the community that whatever training plans I was thinking of carrying out for the community is not welcomed.  But I believe the Lord is now empowering me with a fresh grace and prophetic insight in dealing with this evil spirit of division that is hindering the advancement of the work of the kingdom of God in this nation and across the globe.

 

The father’s desire is that his house must be built in this hour through the power of the corporation of the fivefold ascended ministry gifts and grace. A house of truth unity and corporate grace that can truly reflect his glory among the nations. We need to raise the standard of God’s prophetic counsel on this new day; a mandate of hope that will unite men’s heart including that of Children, families, and the nations of the world. Stereotypes and racist elements cannot and should not be tolerated across our community as kingdom regents in this season. We must find the punchline to unite the various grace and gifts given to build and equip the saints without delay. 

Last Sunday, just before lunch was ready, I was sharing with bishop Abraham’s brother, about an incident that happened in Johannesburg while I was still living there. There was this young lady who just after the Wednesday service went home to hang herself to death. No one really knew what led her to making such a brutal decision to commit suicide. But the fact remained, that she had suffered and battled loneliness and disconnection for a while.  What baffled me was the fact that she took her own life just after returning from church service.

The point is, the fact that we attend church, or are faithfully committed in our various weekly church meetings does not shield us from the inner struggle of disconnection, fear, rejection, and loneliness. It will certainly be an understatement to say that disconnection has become a growing trend amongst Millennials particularly here in South Africa and in the western world.

Married people, church folks, and the society in general are badly suffering disconnection with themselves. Many of us are more connected to our little gargets than real people. It seems we today prefer to live in the cyber space world rather than the real life where we are required to engage with real people dealing with real, complex issues.

I guess the reason for this is because we think it’s easier to confidently handle such gargets like phones, or do I say control such kind of relationship with things rather than people.  It’s so easy to connect with what we can control and manipulate than people who will challenge our opinions, values and standard of thinking. No wonder some parts of Asia and Europe today are already investing hugely in what are known to be adult IE computer dolls, designed for sex stimulation. The world is losing the power of its essence as humans. We are seeking for some kind of objects we can manipulate like a remote control, but this is certainly showing how seek we are becoming as humans living in the earth today.

 

Every one of us at some point will have to face this serious issue of disconnection whether we like it or not. At some point of my life, I have had to face my demons of disconnection, and have come to understand the various levels of disconnection challenges, and why we find ourselves at this point of insecurity. We also must understand that at some point we may not be really facing disconnection as a personal issue, but rather know that certain folks due to their insecurity and fear have rather chosen to disconnect themselves from us.

 

This kind of disconnection is not of our own making, but a reflection of how people feel or think towards us. This is not what I am focusing on. This kind of disconnection I am dealing here with expressly relates to the dysfunctionality of our individual hearts towards others. The things that make us withdraw from people, particularly those whom heaven has ordained for us in assisting us fulfill our called, ordained prophetic assignment.     

 Disconnection is a deep reflection of the spirit of the Age. It is a manifestation of the spirit of division, we see reflected through the built golden image of Nebuchadnezzar, according to the book of Daniel chapter 2:31.      

 

 The fear of rejection and unworthiness must be banished from amongst us. We need to create a solid platform for young men and women to connect in an atmosphere of security, liberty and discipline. We must be a voice of change in our society through a lifestyle that encourages corporation and togetherness. One thing the church has is the power of community, and that community must be restored back to its place of glory and power even as we enter this new day of kingdom advancement. This is the time to properly connect with each other’s grace, faith, and even pain so we can effectively know and understand where we are in our journey of transition and spiritual development in order to represent the prophetic mandate of the father for our generation.                 

 

THE PROGRESSIVE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

 

 

the progressive revelation of christ
Recalibrating the revelation of
the pattern son in the church

 

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

2 Corinthians 5:16-17
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

We can know Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Joseph and Mary, and build an embankment around this rich, historical narrative of the gospel, or better still, camp around the wonderful, miraculous, ‘bless me type of ministry’ that surrounds the narrow minded, religious, material gospel philosophy we’re witnessing today, and never really proceed further to experience his full spiritual richness in our lives and ministries.

The fallen, religious human mind is a very complex faculty in that it’s been tutored and programmed to see and even create its own reality of ‘truth’ from a very narrow, self-serving, idealistic perspective, and this can really limit us from pressing into the scope of discovering the revelatory depth of who Jesus Christ ought to be in and through our lives. A proper, honest examination of our spiritual footing will greatly explain our current spiritual configuration, priority, and the quality of knowledge we are presently pursuing in the environment of kingdom expression.

 

In my personal walk with the Lord and the experience I have witnessed from others, I’ve discovered that we can easily be limited, or sometimes be imprisoned in the religious environment and traditional perspective, we grew up even as tongue talking, charismatic, Pentecostal Christians. I have therefore sought to use this short note to highlight some of the credible, important truth we’ve learned, but have also been discovered to be grossly limiting in our theological and spiritual experience in truly moving on to discover the ascended Christ in his full glory and sovereignty. We must all seek to press beyond the 30, and 60-fold experience of our walk with the Lord to that realm of fullness of revelatory insight and experience after the resurrected, ascended life in Christ.

 

While many of us might have started our journey of the knowledge of Jesus Christ the son of Joseph and Mary, the carpenter who stepped into ministry at the age of 30 years with great powerful miracle and healing ministry behind him. We must also, however, thrive in our quest to know the Jesus Christ, who sat in mount Olive and taught us some of the most powerful, systematic human interpersonal concept of relationship. [Mathew chapter 5, 6, and 7]

Further still, we need to press into, and beyond knowing the Jesus Christ, the son of man and the son of God, with great healing and miracle ministry who could see into people’s hearts and intentions even before they open their mouth. Still, we can further go on to know the Jesus Christ, who is the son of man and the son of God who did more than feeding, healing, and providing for the domestic, socioeconomic needs of people as highly important and necessary these various aspects of Christ ministry is to man.

Yet, we must proceed beyond this great knowledge of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who fights our battles for us and provides for all our needs, to the Jesus Christ, whose ultimate desire is to be our king and lord regardless of our status and condition in life.
Meaning that we must go on to know the Jesus Christ who is the king of kings and lord of lords. Meaning that this revelation of Jesus Christ must see all human authority has one that comes from him directly or indirectly.

This revelation of Jesus Christ of Nazareth understands that no authority on earth or in the heaven exist without his knowledge and approval. This kind of spiritual insight requires a different pattern of thinking to accept and embrace this profound theological concept of Christ sovereignty, when one considers all the evil, tyrannical rulers the world has experienced, and some are still witnessing unfortunately in some regions of the world today. All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus Christ, the son of the living God.

Yet, still, we must proceed to know that Jesus Christ is far beyond his position of power and authority over all forms of darkness and evil system. We also need to know by revelation and deep experience, the all compassionate, loving heart of Jesus Christ for all humans of all race, color, tongue and tribe, and all creation seen and unseen.

It will however also be presumptive to stop our knowledge and acknowledgement of Christ even from this grand position of truth. The current, increasing culture of a utilitarian gospel cannot, and will never bring us to the true scope of identifying and interacting with the ascended revelatory life of Christ that is highly needed in efficiently handling the complex challenges of human life.

We will need to understand by heart that all that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of the living God did in his human, earthly ministry is not to be compared to his ascended, revelatory life and nature when we finally move beyond what we’ve seen and experienced before, during, and after the cross. Meaning, what we know from this limited prism of truth and revelation.

We must go on to the realm of the ascended life of the resurrected and ascended Christ to begin to understand his eternal intention and design for us. All we will ever know, experience and receive from Jesus Christ on this side of the eternity is merely a fraction to the ascended revelatory knowledge of who we are, and who Christ is to us. Friends, the revelation of Jesus Christ are in degrees of knowledge and experience regardless of our depth of relationship with Christ.

There’s a Jesus Christ, we know before the cross, there’s a deeper revelation of Christ revealed after his resurrection, which began to reveal Christ from the context of his kingdom purpose. But further still, the full reality of Jesus Christ began to be unveiled to the church when John was banished to the island of Patmos to see and hear the ascended, glorified voice of him who spoke like the voice of many waters who is Christ, the pattern son.

It was from this mountainous island of Patmos, that place of secluded elevation that John was invited to see what no human has ever seen or understood of the true revelatory reality of the ever-increasing life, glory, power, and authority of Jesus Christ who is both a Lion and the Lamb at the same time.

This is the main reason the book of revelation is called the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is important we know that the book of revelation is about the person of Jesus Christ in relationship with his chosen, victorious bride who has made herself ready. Beyond the apocalyptic wars, images, signs, wonders, creatures, and the grand victory of good over evil, the book of revelation is about the unveiling of the glory of Christ, the pattern Son to his conquering, victorious church.

It’s time to go beyond the veil and discover the revelatory life and light revealed between the ministry of the cherubim. It’s time to move to the next reality of our revelatory walk with Christ as we continue to feed on the fruit of the tree of life.

Hebrews 6
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

Let’s go on in search for the eternal, in-depth experience locked in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.

11 reasons why Christian cults thrive today

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11 REASONS WHY CHRISTIAN CULTS THRIVE TODAY

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

The power of misconception

There’s no doubt that the church of the living God is in one of her best days since its establishment in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. Yet, with the same breath, we are likewise discovering some of the worst character misrepresentation of the church’s identity and spiritual philosophy since its inception. Misconception of the very essence of Christ, and the objective of the kingdom of God within the life of an individual and society generally has been a major tool the enemy has employed to promote his lies and deception, particularly within the mainstream church today.

There are critical questions every person who decides to go on with Christ needs to honestly answer to avoid being led astray by what can be termed as Christian cult. Christian cult is when individuals who claim to be representing Jesus Christ takes a principle, a word or statement, or could be a value standard in the bible to establish, or promote a false, self-centered agenda that does not glorify the father’s divine intention for his church and the society.

Furthermore, Christian cult is when we take the most sacred values and principles of God, and his kingdom and try to fit them into our own idealistic narrative and paradigm of spirituality. In other instances, we systematically extract the consequence of not adhering to a divine standard, or the core values within the word of God, and then cleverly use the philosophy of Babylon to try to explain our way out of such biblical injunction.

While in other cases, we reduce the sovereignty of the Father to the concept of what is good or evil which in most cases are captured in the spirit of how we’ve come to understand justice from the viewpoint of a humanist democratic philosophy. The need for sound biblical footing in the initiative of forming the right world view is one of the most critical objective of being part of the corporate body of Christ which does manifest in various forms, shapes and sizes.

 

Everyone came to Christ with a formed pattern of thinking

When you read the book of Act you’ll immediately notice the amount of time prioritized by the elders of the early church to teach and train the numbers of new convert being added to them by the Lord. New converts who accepted the Lord in most cases, already have well-established value standard and belief system that has shaped how they see and think, and it is the duty of the church to systematically change or correct these old, erroneous perspectives of life with the preferred biblical world-view that must be done in the spirit of love, care and concern.

When this principle of apostolic teaching is however not prioritized by the church leadership it does not only open the possibility for those new converts to return back to their old ways of lifestyle, but also opens the converts to falsehood and deception, perpetuated in the name of following some deep enlightenment spiritism experience.

Context and the coherency of truth

Our society today is flooded with strange teachers and false prophets who claimed to have been sent by the Lord with some special message from the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and unfortunately, very few within the body of Christ are effectively armed with sound biblical doctrine and the right spiritual lifestyle to challenge the lies being offered to these innocent saints seeking for light and direction.

 Accurate biblical definition brings clarity and context to the coherency of truth; particularly, regarding matters of separating sound spiritual judgement from the promotion of the doctrines of devils as the bible calls them according to 1 Timothy 4:1. What we say, how we say it, and the unspoken motive behind what we say, are all highly critical in dealing with the matter of biblical truth and error.

The best of intentions, or statement made regardless of how biblically accurate they may sound can become misinterpreted, which of cause, will always work as an advantage for the kingdom of darkness which always seek to find loopholes in our concept of handling of the word of God to promote the agendas of darkness.  Arguably, the distortion of truth is one of the deadliest powers behind every thriving, established Christian cult I have seen and studied.

The grand plan of the enemy

There’s a deliberate, strategic ongoing warfare to remove every iota of biblical definition of truth and the eternal values that makes such truth relevant and productive within the values of human relationship and its various sociocultural space. I have long time discovered that the enemy we are dealing with his not really care how successful we think we are; nor is he moved about the number or size of our church auditorium, congregation, or the fact that we preach and teach using correct biblical references to emphasize our dogma.

Neither is the enemy really concerned that you make lots of money, and your business is expanding in leaps and bounds for as long as you do not imbibe the core values and culture of your existence on the footing of the uncompromised ethical biblical value culture.

The kingdom of God is a cultural lifestyle in whose philosophy and ideology is established on the footing of the truth of Christ, and this truth informs the foundation that defines our moral values for establishing relationship and other required sociocultural norms.

If this reality of existence is not clear to us, I can assure you that it’s only a matter of time before you bite the fruit of the three of the knowledge of good and evil which then takes away your consciousness of the presence and essence of the three of life, and this is where many falls under the error of cultism.

The pendulum of truth swings on the balance-scale knowledge of the Son of God, and the humanity ministry of the Son of man. Biblical application of truth hangs on this statement; meaning that the ascended, revelation of Christ as the Son of God, and the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, the son of Joseph and Mary, are two functional, combined entities in one personality.

 For the redemptive work of the father to be accomplished on the earth, the incarnation of Christ into Jesus Christ is necessary, or else the Lord will merely remain a spiritual being floating around without a body to carry out his ordained prophetic mandate in the earth.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit today becomes evident in the earth through two main basic organs which is the evidence of the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the evidence of the ministry of the body of Christ.

Hebrews 10: 5

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;

 As our Lord Jesus Christ, the anointed one, operated in these two realities, every one of us should also learn to function simultaneously in these two dimensions of life without overemphasizing one.  This principle can be located throughout the scriptures, and it is critical we know how they function within and around our called spheres of existence seamlessly.

A truth that is empowers deception

It is regrettable to announce that one of the greatest deception that has ever flooded the gates of society is now coming from inside the church; yes, I mean the charismatic, Pentecostal, apostolic, tongue talking community of believers who have received some measure of insights and truth that is not firmly established on the footing of the absolute revelatory knowledge of the person of wisdom and truth.

The entirety of the truth is a component of various revelatory dimensions and encounters of experience within the embodiment of the person of truth himself, Jesus Christ. But to merely claim as a fact, that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of truth without being able to substantiate this spiritual knowledge with sound biblical facts that produces clarity of insight and understanding, in my sincere opinion, does not do justice to the ministry of truth representation at all.

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

The truth is given to us in measures of thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and of cause hundredfold accordingly. The challenge here is not the level we are in the scale of received truth, or what we are doing with such measure of truth received, as highly as important as they are; the challenge is, on what spiritual philosophical foundation is that knowledge of biblical truth build on?

This is a very important subject that requires the ministry of the Holy Spirit to thoroughly enlighten us, lest we misunderstand the context of this truth.

How we see, and express truth is still a major issue within the body of Christ today. I’ve discovered two people can be on this same point of truth with two different spiritual lens-view and interpretation. The context to which we accept and relate to the matters of God’s word is as equally important to the revelatory values we extract from the principle of biblical truth.

If our knowledge and expression of truth cannot bring the potential 21st century Ethiopian eunuchs of our time into the kingdom of God, am afraid, such truth is not complete, nor does is it stand on the frame of knowledge for precise, fruitful soul-wining interaction.    

Regrettably, some of the deadliest cults in the world today use the bible as one of their key reference literature text. Why?

1.            Because cults know that many, including Christians, don’t like to read. They see people as naïve and gullible

2.            They have mastered the art of misinterpretation of the truth to suit their own narrative

3.            They know that people generally love and believe the Bible some religious text even though their lives don’t necessarily reflect the values and principle of the bible 

4.            They also know that most Christians don’t engage the painful treadmill to study the bible accurately for themselves

5.            People are hardly knowledgeable about matters of exploring the truth in relating to another world view

6.            They know that very few desire within their hearts the true revelation of Christ as much as they desire the act of ceremonial religious practice

7.            They know that many are desperate for some kind of spiritual awareness, sensation, or experience that is mystical.   

8.            They are aware that most humans are insecure, lonely, and afraid; people want protection and they are willing to pay any price for such protection    

9.            They know that deception can only thrive when there’s a good measure of truth in what they claim to be offering.

10.          They are aware that humans by default are designed to either lead or follow; they, therefore, seek for those who are yet to discover their leadership capacity to follow their diabolical ideology of leading. They recruit these individuals and brainwash them to follow their beliefs without arguing or challenging them what they teach.

11.          They are mostly established in regions and areas where the biblical principle of pathetical values has been contaminated and perverted to service their own agenda. Meaning that, you will usually find them establish their cult centers in places where the whole idea of an overly tradition or even teaching on respect and submission has been stretched to a weapon of manipulation, intimidation and control. This is a dangerous place to find yourself, and unfortunately, we have lots of places like that in Africa.       

12 REASONS TODAYS CHURCH NEED THE RESTORATIVE, MINISTRY GIFT OF A TEACHER.

 

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12 REASONS TODAYS

CHURCH NEED THE RESTORATIVE,

MINISTRY GIFT OF A TEACHER.

 

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

  1. He or she carries the grace of clarifying and expositing the various facets of truths within God’s word in the most clear, simplified format of understanding.

 

2.  The teacher caries the gift to simplify and further amplify certain scriptural references that could be defined as hard to understand in the bible.

 

3. A Bible gifted teacher by designed is infused with some of the best qualities of the ministry gift of a prophet, in the sense that he or she carries a rear keen insight into the counsel of God’s truth. He is aware of the broader intention and objectives of the father in the art of applying biblical truth to inform, reform, transform, and ultimately, restore man back to his original position and estate in Christ.

 

4. teacher, by default and the practice of learning, understood the destructive implication of manipulating the written word, and a revelatory, inspired message, to promote certain strange narratives or agenda within the body of Christ.

 

5. The ministry of a teaching priest balances the entire fivefold ministry by the principle values of a sound and a well balanced teaching which includes, rebuking, correction, and training in the art of righteousness. [ A position of right standing before heaven and earth] 2 Timothy 3:16

 

6. The teacher’s main concern is to identify and build the various organs and departments of the body of Christ as an effective outreach, solution driven functional ministry. A teacher equips to release each of his students as a kingdom driven personality, furnished with the philosophy and authority to reach the nation  as primarily ordained as the great commission.

 

7. A teacher is not moved or carried away by the exuberance of its audience. He calm’s them down while imparting truth for the sole purpose of giving insight, wisdom, and understanding to his audience. I have often times witness amongst brethren who claimed to be a voice within the current apostolic circles how the objective of their message was strategically captured by  the crowd they  seek to minister to. They completely lose the spiritual direction and objective of the message mandate to another dominant spirit present in the atmosphere.

The soulish excitement of the mass completely shifts the focus and direction of the message to a different order that merely plays to the very tune the people love to dance to. What a failed messenger. A true teacher of the word defines the parameters of the reach and the atmosphere of his preaching and teaching. No one dares to take control of such sacred space except the Holy Spirit.

 

8. The ministry of the teacher knows how to identify false humanist, or cultic spiritual practices operating within a church community, and he’s got the accurate biblical principles, wisdom, and value order to precisely root out such false doctrines and practice as the bible will prescribe.

 

9. The ministry of the teacher prepares the ecclesia to correctly and effectively handle the practical, socioeconomic and sociocultural issues within society. The teacher helps the church on how to precisely interface its grace and resource with those in charge of institutional governance in the society without necessarily compromising the values of the word of God.

 

10. A true gifted Bible teacher teaches doctrine, not just from the point of theology, but from the ascended perspective of the power of lifestyle. The end-result of a sound kingdom knowledge is the power of lifestyle, and not just the burden of some knowledge that pups up the flesh. A primary aim of a teacher of God’s word seeks to perfect the saints in a manner that hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ back to earth.

 

11. A teacher functions in the position of spiritual maturity; as an elder, he or she is seated at the city gate of wisdom in leading the corporate body of Christ.

 

12. A sound biblical teacher is a wise master builder who is perfected in the art of taking truth from both old and new covenant to establish the current advancement of kingdom initiative.