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ON THE HORIZON


A WORD FOR THE CHURCH:   THIS IS A SEASON OF AN UNVEILING – A NEW BEGINNING FOR GOD’S PEOPLE – THIS MEANS A FRESH, NEW, STARTING POINT INTO PLACES THAT MUST BE FOUGHT FOR VIOLENTLY!  THE KINGDOM OF GOD SUFFERS VIOLENCE AND ONLY THE VIOLENT CAN AND WILL TAKE IT BY FORCE! PLACES THAT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ENTER BEFORE FOR TWO REASONS. WE WERE UNPREPARED AND UNABLE BECAUSE GOD’S TIMING HAD NOT YET APPROACHED US! WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THINGS FROM A FRESH “NEW” PERSPECTIVE, TO SEE BEYOND THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN TIMES PAST – FOLLOWING THE CLOUD AND PILLAR OF FIRE INTO THE PLACES STATED BY JOSHUA: “IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY KNOW THE WAY YOU SHALL GO, FOR YOU HAVE NOT PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE."  

IN THIS SEASON WE WILL BEGIN AN ASCENSION INTO THE PLACES OF “SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE” RESERVED FOR A GENERATION MEANT TO RECEIVE IT!

THINGS THAT WERE ORDAINED THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN AND SEE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE! THE PLACE OF OFFENSE AS STATED IN 2Co 6:7  By [speaking] the word of truth, in the power of God, with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand [to attack] and for the left hand [to defend) THIS IS OBTAINED BY GETTING THE ADVERSARY OFF BALANCE WITH A HOLY GHOST INSPIRED WORD AND EXPRESSION THAT WILL STOP HIS PROGRESS!

WE ARE NOW BEING RECRUITED TO TAKE A NEW POSITION IN THE KINGDOM BY A FORM OF UNDERSTANDING RESERVED FOR THE CHURCH OF THE LAST TIMES!

Isa 30:20-21  And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself any more, but your eyes will constantly behold your Teacher.

21 And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.

FOR THOSE OF US WHO CHOOSE TO FOLLOW THERE WILL BE CERTAIN PROMISES FULFILLED IN US IN THE PLACE WHERE WE NO LONGER ARE BEING DEFEATED OR LIVING BENEATH OUR PRIVILEDGE AS SONS AND DAUGHTERS, BUT ENJOYING THE PLACE THAT CHRSIT SECURED FOR US BY HIS SACRIFICE UPON CALVARY!

AND A FINAL WORD “THIS IS OUR PORTION” IF WE OBEY WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SAYING TO US TODAY = “DO NOT BE WEARY IN WELL DOING FOR YOU SHALL REAP IF YOU FAINT NOT”




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Apostolic and Prophetic Foundations by Art Katz
As we enter a decade of enormous challenge, uncertainty and shaking,
I am assured that the church stands in great need of prophetic and
apostolic foundations with men of that calling giving directive voices.
How many of us have recognized that we have come to the end of our
charismatic, pentecostal and evangelical tethers? Do we have a sense
that there is a further dimension which eclipses all that we have known
and had hoped in, but we do not know how to identify, or even find it?
I wonder how much this expresses the heart of God’s people today. My
impression is of an organic, swelling cry rising up to heaven from the
earth for a real, personally transcendent and significant Christianity
that is not and cannot be found or experienced in anything less than
that which is truly apostolic and prophetic. Yesterday’s charismatic
enthusiasm is fading, now that the novelty is past, and our inner man
is increasingly smitten by the hollowness of our once titillating choruses
and spiritual catch-phrases. But where is that which is authentically
apostolic? How can its messengers be identified? And how is it to be
obtained?
This much is certain, if we are to make of that reality what we have
made of the more recent subjects of discipleship, the Body of Christ,
authority-submission, power evangelism, church growth, etc., it will be
the cruelest delusion of all. God save us from yet another word-game,
from institutionalizing or systematizing that which is apostolic and holy.
Already, numbers of men, who have a penchant for traveling and a
brusque ability to “set things in order”, are publicly advertising
themselves as apostles or prophets. Many of these are likely
self-appointed amateurs, crude apprentices appropriating Scriptures
and holy things but whom the head of the church has not sent! Surely
the things that are apocalyptic are at the door. The church shall soon
again be commended for having tried them “which say that they are
apostles, and are not, and has found them liars” (Revelation 2:2).
What we must pray for, seek, and wait upon, then, are apostolic and
prophetic men, whose understanding and commission has come from
God, who like Moses, the archetypal “master-builder” before them are
the meekest of men upon the face of the earth. They have received the
essence and knowledge of God in communion with Him upon the mount
to which they have been sovereignly summoned. They would not dare
to presume to ascend themselves: “How blessed is the one whom You
choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts” (Psalm 65:4).
The whole weight of things is rightly upon God, for if we miss this essential thing,
 every reckoning must thereafter be askew, and we will
build upon man rather than God which would be a doomed “foundation”
indeed! In a word, there are none upon whom the realization of God’s
total sovereignty is more incumbent than those called to be the
foundation of the church, “Jesus Christ Himself being the chief
cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).
Moses was commanded by God to “be there” on the Mount. What a
hint at the totality of being: mind, soul, body and spirit, in communion
with a total God totally! Surely the church is nothing if it misses this,
and how shall we understand this foundational requisite except we see
it in men who have ascended in such manner? This is the very genius
of true apostolic “church” which cannot be communicated as mere
principle, a technique or a method, but only by example, by those who
are in that “mountain-top” communion.
The increasing role-call of ministers falling to the sin of adultery and
fornication is a testimony of men who have not that reverential fear of
God, which would have been theirs if they had ascended this fearful,
quaking mount! And what is apostolic and foundational, if not the
imparting of the fear of God to men, a fear obtained in communion
alone in the mount wreathed in fire? How many of the convivial,
man-pleasing kind can bear the pain of total separation, not only from
Egypt, but also from the tribes of Israel, the seventy elders, Aaron and
his sons, and even their closest Joshua, to wait alone in the thick cloud
for the seventh day’s call into the presence of God alone?
“And the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near to the thick
darkness where God was” (Exodus 20:21). For we who are the
products of so glib and easy an age there is much here for us to
understand. Six days in the thick cloud! The number of man, and all
that is of man, brought into utter, total darkness and nullification!
Those of you who have experienced the terror of fire know that the
worst hellishness is the thickness of smoke by which one is left fearfully
and completely disoriented, even in the place of greatest familiarity and
self-knowledge. So must we be emptied of every brittle thing we know,
however correct, if we are to receive on a seventh day of Sabbath rest
the thing that God gives as revelation: “the “apostolic” law and
commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.”
And what then awaits the apostle/prophet/priest below? An impatient
and itchy mob dancing nakedly about their own golden-calf religion
justified by: “as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out…we
know not what has become of him” (Exodus 32:1). My suspicion is
that Christendom has not wanted to know! It prefers its idolatrous religion
of convenience to that of true apostolic religion, which flows out
from a life lived by the sterner requirements. And the final test of what
is genuinely apostolic is the authority that unhesitatingly commands
false idols to be pulverized to powder, and compels the people to drink
of their error. Waxing hot in anger (Exodus 34:15-20) is the
prerogative available only to the meek! No expertise or bombast of
human personality will suffice here, but only the authority that is with
those whose faces are suffused with the glory obtained in His Presence.
One might well ask, who has a heart to come down to that scene as well
as to go up? Would you be a foundational man, willing to suffer the
heartbreak of unspeakable disappointment with God’s people as well as
the joy of His ineffable glory? In the very same moment that the holy,
first commandments were given on the top of the mount: “You shall
have no other gods before Me; you shall not make for yourselves any
graven image”, there was the vilest offense against it being performed
below!
Who has the moral and spiritual stamina to lead such a multitude? The
alternatives are stark: “a holy nation” or a people, mindless and
sensual, “eating and drinking and rising up to play!” (Exodus 32:6).
Facing such alternatives, the deepest heart of the apostle/prophet
must burn with the cry, “Show me now Thy glory.” And once having
glimpsed this glory, he will be satisfied with nothing less than seeing it
made manifest in the world through this same people. May this decade
see the coming forth of such men that there might be such a church.
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