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.

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The Unfolding of a new day

 

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The Unfolding of a new day
by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

This word was released in 2016

There’s an unfolding of heaven upon the earth in this new day. As the glory of this new day dawns upon every facet of the ecclesia’s life, the hearts of kingdom sojourners must become even more circumcised and pure, so they may walk circumspectly in the present unfolding truth that will cause them to become what wisdom has eternally destined and designed them to become in time.

We are now being awakened to take our eternal seat within the heart of the father as he shows us the mystery of the glory that now shines through the face of his Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Sonship is a dual [citizenship] dimension; a position and location within the administrative life of the government of heaven and earth that administer the very nature and intended dominion of the father’s kingdom over the individual who bears the message, and then through his or her life, to all spheres of life within the universe.

The position of our Sonship statue in Christ is far higher than thrones, dominions, powers and principalities. Sonship, a life, that only gets to manifest after one has embraced the ministry of death and the resurrected experience of the cross. A life that is imparted through the revelation of the ministry of suffering with Christ until his glory is revealed through refinement of the fire. Christ the anointing; the key that quickens the glorious ministry of representation as priest and King upon the mountain of representation.

Our spiritual act of service is now enabling us to see what eternity has offered us as the opportunity to trade the past glory of yesterday for a glorious position of what is being unveil through the glorious life that is concealed in the three of life. Time is a moment given to us to show our worth in the suffering of the cross. The cross is the place and point of upliftment before the father and over the system of the world. Without the experience of the cross life, there can be no experience of the ascended life of the father.

It is in the place of the cross that we truly discover the eternal hope prepared for those who have become worthy of the resurrected life through their obedience of laying down on the altar of sacrifice like Isaac submitted his soul to the will of his father. Until we have truly learned to completely yield and submit our soul and its entire faculty to the obedience to the will of Christ, we will not be allowed to eat of the produce of the three of life. Stepping into the place where we can start to know and experience the power of the coming age demands that we totally yield ourselves to the purifying process of the lord’s fire.

It is through this fire that we can see and walk in the reality of the glory of the master. The flame and the cross are the current instrument given as approved agent of the Spirit of truth and faith. When they introduce you to issues and circumstance that seem as if they are going to kill you or the assignment given to you, you need to be assured of the fact that they are only the machinery heaven uses to deactivate the old man and its ways in you.

When the old man and its action are completely brought to the foot of the cross, then you are ready to be reactivated in the ascended operational life of the Spirit of wisdom over the kings and the system of this world.  It is through the cross that we lose the false identity Babylon has given to us to want and need outside the tree of life. Many have mastered the ACT of Christianity and its rudiments while the life of Christ is yet to be birthed and formed within them.

Now and then, we meet and see those who claim to have been called into the ascended ministry gift, yet their entire life system completely negates what they profess. We still see those who seem to have mastered what many today call the present emphasis on the father, but the smoke and fragrance of their life, gives them up, because their heart agenda speaks of a foreign god. A spirit that has mastered the language and utterance of Christ kingdom and its administrative prophetic and apostolic grace is a danger to the camp. for these are wolfs in sheep cloths.

A life that has deluded many to believe that when a person can speak with persuasive and enticing words, and he or she is able to pull the mass towards a certain direction or doctrine, they must be called and approved by the lord.

When the work of the father is not completely wrought in a life, and such a person meets an opportunity to take up certain actions within the community of the ecclesia, such an assignment does not only make the person prideful, but also become delusional in the act of handling and dispensing spiritual gift to the degree that the person literally become a powerful tool in the hands of the enemy to corrupt the life and flow of the Spirit within the community.

The residue mixture of their former (carnal) identity, carried over into the Christian community without embracing death has got these fellows even more deluded to think it is enough to have scriptural knowledge, prayer, fasting and prosperity as the sign of approval by the father. When we become captured in the life and ways of the Spirit of Christ, we become totally illuminated to see ourselves in the true reality of our eternal position and location in Christ who has become all things to us.

The more we behold his eternality, the more we realize our own eternal identity, and so we can be the faceless and limitless saints, we like the wind that cannot be tamed or hindered by the forces of the earthly forces. The operation of existence is changing daily as the reality of our new created position in Christ becomes even more real to us.

There’s a construction going on within you that is establishing the edifice of the father within. We are now being revealed to the foretaste of that which will be made known in the father and elders in the new Jerusalem.

When we begin moving in the power of the eternity, we start living beyond the boundaries of time, pace and mater. The weakness of the flesh will lose its grip over us until immortality finds expression through our mortality. The activity of the Spirit is eternal by nature and design. Thus, the (ministry office) face we wear is basically for identification and administrative function.

Our position and location in eternity far outweigh whatever grace of ministry, we may receive or have experienced. There’s a realm beyond the church; therefore, a position in Christ awaits us far beyond the mount of religion and activity of the ecclesia.

The ecclesia is a function of an administrative order of the Saints. We cannot effectively administrate what is still to be fully formed in the order and pattern that can truly represent all of the glory of Christ house.

We are being called to look away again from that which has become known and defined as the church but has not been built or firmed by Christ himself. The church is the governmental life of God flowing out of Christ through his representative.  If we are representing Christ on earth, everything about our lives, right from our personal behavioral construct, to our marriages and businesses should be a living witness of the glorious beauty of the Ekklesia.

Those who in the past saw a side of the movement of the Lord and tried to identify it by calling it the church are becoming forgotten in the shadow of today’s ascended standard. The glory of this new day, which is the beginning of the journey of man from time back into eternity will continue to shake and shift the landscape of earthly dwellers.  Now is the time to move up to the mountain of the lord so you can have stability in the rock of all ages.