REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION

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INTRODUCTION

The most elementary, basic definition of the word revelation means to reveal or to unveil. Elohim, from the dawn of time has made the ministry of revelation his primary assignment. Creation itself is the very revelation of the father’s creative character nature.

Due to the deepest, hidden character nature of the father’s existence, he chose to create, formulate and express his own very nature through the creation of the first man in Eden. When he said let us make man in our own image and likeness, that was one of the most powerful and amazing declarations in the word of God that proves the ever-willingness of the father to both show and express his unveiling nature and creative wisdom.

 

It is obvious that Eden was not the genesis of all the creation of the Godhead. Eden however was the beginning of the introduction of another dimension of his character essence through the introduction of man. That which once lived solely in one dimension of eternity can now be seen or even accessed through the creation of man.  The conception of man in the garden of Eden was the beginning of the revelation of another dimension of the glorious, majestic, powerful nature of the father’s sovereignty over all things.

 

Man, was, and is still is the mystery that conceals and unveil some of the deepest secrets of the nature of the Godhead, and it’s for this reason it is said that eternality is (hidden) placed within man. Deep within the spirit of the regenerated man lies one of the most powerful spiritual realities and characteristics of the very essence of God, the creator of all things. Everything about man speaks and breath the very life of his creator. Man, is the seed of God, manifested in fruit of the character essence of his creator. The more man learns his place and substance in his creator, the more he can discover and recover from his fallen position from grace.

 

MY FOCUS

My focus, however, through this short note is not on the nature or purpose of revelation, but on how it is perceived, interpreted and misused in the vast community of saints across the globe today.

My intention is to therefore distinguish between the various understandings that guide and lead us to assume and prematurely conclude on the issue of personal revelation, which is today causing a major problem within the corporate community life of the church.

 

DEFINING REVELATION

Revelation, by nature, deals with issues and events that are both within the confines of time and outside of time. Revelation is designed to bridge two realms and worlds within the life of a redeemed person. Revelation is a sneak-view into the magnificent mystery of the life of Christ that is a living, embodied testament of an unfolding event that is already fulfilled within the characteristic life of the ministry of Christ in eternity.

The ministry of the (that which is revealed) mystery of Christ is the most eminent of all courses of knowledge and uncovering. There can’t be nothing higher or greater of either spiritual, academic or scientific than to possess a pure revelatory knowledge of the ascended Christ in his full glory. Nevertheless, this eternally fulfilled life in Christ must first become a working process of redemption and devotion in time for the union of what is already fulfilled to be completed in us.

 

Revelation is a continual process of an unveiling finished prophetic destiny of humanity and creation, carried out by a remnant generation, worthy to be chosen to participate in the birth and the fulfillment of the mysteries of the father, as seen through the exemplary life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Mary and Joseph.

 

COMPREHENSION AND REVELATION

 Our understanding and interpretation of revelation must precede beyond the confinement of what may have been suggested to us by various school of thought and opinions, or better still, by what may appear to be the obvious interpretation of the answer needed within our own limited definition and understanding of knowledge, and I am referring to spiritual knowledge.

Since the comprehension of revelation or other forms of spiritual reality is an integral part of spiritual development, then it is assumed that anyone given access into divine reality will vigorously seek the deepest and most precise meaning and interpretation of what has been shown. This was clearly seen through the engagement of most of the prophets in the word of God. A good example is Zachariah, Daniel and John the beloved on the island of Patmos.

The upgrade of our Insight and perception into the character nature of sound, biblical spiritual foundation must then give us the precise footing and framework in both approaching and growing to comprehend with the objective for accurate interpretation of the given revelation. This, of course, must be done within the context of both the scripture and what has been communicated to us through the vehicle of revelation. How well informed in the matters of sound and balanced biblical doctrine and the maturing of the spiritual template of the recipient spirit-man, in relation to the character quality of the Spirit described in the book of Isaiah chapter 11:2 will ultimately determine the degree or intensity of the accuracy of his or her interpretation.

 

A PERSONAL VIEW OF REVELATION

It’s so easy to describe and even paint the image of a view seen from a (elevated) point or dimension without the necessary awareness of higher heights of the same mountain. There’s no doubt that this same view reality defines how most Christians experience and apply their dimensionality (revelatory) insight of a truth received as the yardstick standard in measuring their own growth or worst still, the spiritual level or position of others.  Cast your mind back to the amount of time you’ve been in some sort of argument or quarrel with another believer based on the issue of revelation, or better still, what you believed is the truth that should be emphases. I can confidently state that the major battle taking place today within the body of Christ is that of revelatory acceptance and practice.

 

We struggle and push each other to accept our own side of the story without considering maybe there’s a greater depth to what we’ve received.  We long for people to understand and believe what we are so certain the lord showed and gave to us on the mountain. Many of us have made enemies of our own brothers just for the fact that they cannot understand or receive what we believe to be our momentary truth.  The war over truth is now one of the fiercest battles of all times. Some today, who have taken the position of determining what is truth or not, seems to be lacking in some of the basic character qualities of the fruit of righteousness needed as the template that formulate the nature of the truth they claimed to be representing.

 

In other words, we can claim to have what may be termed as revelation, but yet, not necessarily displaying the necessary transforming lifestyle of the ministry of kingdom truth that judges and holds the basis of our revelation.

 

REVELATION WITHOUT FRUIT

 

Some of the company of what may be recognized as the prophetic apostolic reformation is becoming more of a spiritual elite club that only allows a particular kind of individuals who exclusively believe and accept the doctrine and dogma of such groups. I sometimes wonder what would have become of my own fate and that of millions, if the father had left the benchmark of spiritual growth and attainment to the hand of few ‘spiritual elites’.

 

Spiritual elitism has become a major challenge among many today, who claim to be seeing and representing the new spiritual shift and standard within the apostolic reformation company. There’s absolutely no question that we are during one of the glorious days of the lord, since the advent of the ecclesia over 2000 years ago.  Seasons of refreshing have been witnessed across the globe. Still, a far more glorious day of the lord is now upon us that requires corporate development and mutual understanding of the ministry of ascending truth.

 The church has witnessed some major growth and development since its inception, and we are near to witness again a more powerful movement of the redemptive prophetic program of the father across the world, and all this will take place because someone hungry enough of the things of the Spirit will be given access into a dimension that can shift and impact realities in the natural realm.

When we tap into dimensions that allows us to see what heaven desire to birth and model in the world as a true reflection of the father’s purpose and will, his kingdom becomes even more and more visible in the earth. The increase and flow of the ministry of revelation, particularly that which holds a rich sense of prophetic initiatives and engagement, usually comes with a touch of excitement, mostly where there’s little or no sense of balanced knowledge and wisdom to absorb.

 

MISINTERPRETATION AND REVELATION

More so if the received revelation is immediately associated with prioritizing training, skill, preparation and of course, maturity for precise representation. This wonderful sense of preparation and readiness are in most cases, misjudged due to a misinterpretation of the time or season of the fulfillment of the received revelation, which usually leads to a fictitious sense of expectation.

When revelation is mixed with a sense of preparation, steadiness, consistency in the lifestyle of truth appropriation, this development will eventually bring to bear the ministry of fulfillment. There’s certainly no doubt of the fact that ninety percent of the challenges currently being witnessed in the body of Christ are associated with the issue of revelation. Think of how many times we hide behind the word revelation or ‘God showed or told me’ just to get even with those who hurt us and release a relationship we encounter no longer befits us.

USING REVELATION FOR PERSONAL AGENDA

Since there’s no monopoly to revelation, and there are very few biblical values being taught to help us accurately judge what brethren term as revelation, we have continued to witness confusion and chaos, so much that the sacred ministry of truth and revelation has become one of our best vendetta machinery to settle lots of unresolved issues among ourselves, and this has continued to hinder and weakened the maturing and manifestation of the fullness of Christ life within the body.

In my strongest view, that which we are seeing today in the name of revelation amongst the saints is not a true reflection of the kind of fruit that matches the divine, biblical measurement of the ministry of revelation.  There’s so much noise of what is expected, but less fruit. Many have perfected the act of identifying what the kingdom looks like or should reflect. But very few have (entered) accessed the realm of the kingdom life to accurately model and display what the kingdom truly is. We are still stock in the realm of our first day knowledge of the matters of the kingdom. Yes, we’ve been born again filled with the Spirit, but our conducts and level of understanding still proves that we are among the first and second day of the outer court activity of the kingdom life.

 

To be continued.

 

The Present Reality of a Cyber Church

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Redefining the place and function of the

church in an information Age,

prophetic perspective to building

a 21st century governmental church

Part one

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

 

A template of the current shift

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 1 Corinthians 15:

Apostle Paul was indeed a spiritual man who clearly understood the laws that defined and govern both the natural and spiritual realm. He understood the order and law of the two man which till this very moment defines and also differentiates the two system call Adam. The first man is reflective dust, in other words, what can be seen, torch or contacted physical. While the second man, the last Adam is from above. Above means that dimension which is alien to this physical realm, but yet, relevant in its purpose and assignment to the earth. The earth is the realm of assignment. The place of fulfilling heavens divine assignment. All the progressive technological  discoveries and interventions we’ve seen in the past 6000 years all attest to the father’s redemptive and restored plan for man and creation. Wow!

The two system

The operation or function of the second man, the last Adam lives in two dimensional realms of life that can interconnect without being influenced or corrupt from the order of the earth. Paul also knew that what is seen in the natural comes from the unseen dimension of the Spirit. He further explain that what define spirituality cannot be truly value, measured or applied if there is no physicality that embodies such dimension.  In other words, miracle can only be miracle if they are done in the realm where there are laws and principles that makes it impossible for such to take place.

Therefore, defying gravity on earth becomes a miracle because it is not a natural occurrence here. However in space, such act will not be seen as a miracle due to a different atmospheric climate. Therefore, Paul argues in verse 46 of the scripture above us that the spiritual does not come before the natural manifestation of things, even though he knew that everything seen in the natural is sourced and sustained from another dimension that is purely spiritual. However, to grasp this reality, there has to be a convergence; a confluence point where these two reality are attracted to each other without contradicting the essence and purpose of their union which is to manifest thei knowledge of the fathers glory.

This, I believe is what the church is still struggling to comprehend in regards to how to shift from a tangible brick concept of building to a true spiritual community call the church of the living God. As i present some of this point I felt has been highlighted within my spirit with regards to the current transition of the body of Christ from how we use to know it to another reality which may be the final reality of church structure before the appearance of the Son of man. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to the pool of ‘sent’ so we can receive clearer insight for what is ahead of us. The multiple organs and function of the church must now come together for the sole purpose of manifesting the knowledge of the glory of the lord by using the cyber platform.

The present increase of innovative technological breakthroughs are all pointing to one source and objective-the salvation of man. The world is now waiting for a church that is not boxed nor confined to a particular formula or geographical location in other for her to function in the power of her apostolic commission. We are in a new day where everything is changing in a pace we can hardly catchup. We now have to reconsider the way we use the current available technologies to build and establish the church of the third day. Welcome to the cyber Age.

Understanding the Information Age

As the Industrial Age reshaped the general image and identity of society, to the point of almost altering the narratives of past historic values. So today we are seeing the present Information Age, not only changing the narrative of life as we know it, but also consolidating the previous technological discoveries and their breakthroughs under one unit that can be accessed by just a push of a button.  We are certainly now in a time of updates and upgrades of the core drivers that allow us to effectively engage with ourselves and the larger society in a creative and productive manner.

The church now needs to tap into a new dimension in Christ that elevates her spiritual and mental capacity to a higher ascended reality of what I call the creative character of the Spirit, which is only sourced through a well-developed, integrated prophetic spirit-man. When we say we are living in a changed world, it is crucial we put this in context and perspective of the various structures, systems and demography that once defined how humans lived, work, interact and even communicated with one another in time past.

As technology continues to redesign and alter not just the way we work and interact, but also eroding the moral and spiritual value of existence, there’s now a need to build and establish a powerful governmental leadership-based cyber church that can strategically and effectively give motivation, insight, clarity and direction with regards to the lords current prophetic agenda for humans within the 21st century society.

 Please not that this idea is beyond just having a website, blog or social media accounts as important as this is. Building an apostolic cyber church community mean that we are not only live streaming our individual community activities, but that we have the capacity and will to multi-integrate our various grace, gifts capacity and revelation under various relevant initiatives, designed to advance the influence and footprint of heavens agenda within our communities.

As knowledge continue to increase in an accelerated pace and new doors of understanding (insight) is opened for us, there must be a new sense of depth in the activity of the Spirit in guiding our renewed mind, in terms of how we think and represent the inflow of ideas designed to construct they type of a church established on the mountain top for all to see and stream towards according to Isaiah chapter 2.

As the father continues to update the window driver of our spirit-man which of course allows us that gain access into the of present apostolic initiative, every member of the body of Christ most now allow the Holy Spirit to systematically remove those old obsolete drivers and plugins that can no longer interface with the current revealed standard of the kingdom.

As we are lead to move from one dimension of truth into a multitude dimensional sphere of life, as seen in the matrix movie for those who have watched it, we need to understand that this realm of possibilities can only be effectively manage by a people whose  spiritual structure has come of Age according to Gal chapter 4:1. The fact is, we cannot experience a true lasting (transformation) change if we only limit it to the mere ability to use machine, technology and software to enhance how we communicate, as crucially important has this maybe.

The true meaning of change

The transformation of hearts that truly connects with one another is the reality of true change and development in society. There has never been such a time in human history where people seem to be so technologically connected but yet so divided and isolated. We’ve seen more broken homes and relationships even with the increase of applications that seeks to prevent this kind of misshappening. Suicide and murder has sharply increased in the past decade. Change does not happen due to our latest gadgets or the number of social media we belong; change is a thing of the heart.

Furthermore, change, in terms of development and contribution to the wellbeing of others has mostly been stirred from individuals who through a particular need in their lives or their community, seeks to find a solution by developing ideas and products that speaks into the solution of such needs. This season of intense need for God and the realities of his kingdom has finally ushered into our time and generation, a powerful technological breakthroughs system that is now giving everyone the opportunity and resource to achieve their dream and vision through an open source community, for a certain, the way we see and do church has to drastically shift if we must remain a driver of change in the 21st century global community.

The parallel reality of a technological Age

Think for a second how the world of smart phones and tablets have totally changed the way and manner we share and consume information today. Being able to communicate and share ideas, resource and capitals across multiple platforms with one another is one of the greatest achievements of this generation. And this I most agree, requires a different breed of well spiritually integrated men and women who clearly understand how to lead and manage these resources effectively.

The technological advance at the disposal of this present generation indeed has the capacity to either destroy the entire world through a switch in a minutes, or capitalize on this massive technological resources to develop, empower and transform the very poor and vulnerable across regions of the earth.  The challenge here is to keep pushing for an agenda that will continue to speak to the moral conscience of those in leadership across regions to stand on a high moral ground when making decision that will impacts and affect the lives of their followers but their own immediate family.

Our ability to access information and translate them into any language we desire is no longer a dream but a true reality. The level of opportunity open for communities across regions of the earth to harness this platform of transformation and strategic integration has never been so real. These are historic moment in creation when we consider the speed we now have in accessing and processing knowledge and information or strategic development. The availability of Wi-Fi today is a game changer to information consumption and general human development. There is certainly a need to be sensitive and highly discerning of this sacred moment of opportunity given to us.

 

 to be continued