Today I watched a documentary on Woodstock, I began to think about that time. It was such a convergence, a pinnacle of so many different things. First and foremost it was the beginnings of mass media, probably had not even been two decades since TV’s showed up in the majority of American homes. Then you had the race issue, slavery had been abolished for almost 100 years, yet civil rights in America still remained a much neglected issue. Then of course you had the Vietnam war, the injustices, the politics of it, the many deaths of our young men. Probably one of the heaviest influences of this period and arguably the most destructive, was the rock n roll music that became widely prevalent. The music started off in the 50’s with the likes of Elvis Priestly and by the late 60’s the genre had exponentially exploded throughout the youth culture. Could anything have been more instrumental in drastically changing the values of the country in such a short time span? If so you tell me what it is, perhaps it was this combined with communist, left wing ideology shoved down the throats of college students all across the country. Perhaps it was in the 1960’s that we as a nation received our first taste of the results of mass media, the results of what happens when bad ideas spread rapidly throughout a culture. The music promoted and encouraged drug use, particularly psychedelics. Talk about an escape from reality, entering into a “trip”, is the fastest way to open yourself up to deception. As much as these people thought that they were freeing their mind, they were actually bringing it further away from freedom and into the prison of a false reality. In one generation Satan managed to widen the generation gap and steal the youth of a nation from the authority of their parents. Perhaps his philosophy was destroy the family unit, destroy the nation, well if it was his strategy, it was successful. It was successful in the sense that the actions of our parents then and the choices made then are evident in the reality of what we have now. God’s Word says that we reap what we sow and if they sowed the wind then they are reaping the whirlwind. The level of rebelliousness of kids today, would have been off the charts in their time. Thank God for the many who were saved out of that culture through such means as the “Jesus People” movement. Thank God that while many perished, many also had the gospel preached to them.
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If we are going to have a revolution in the church, then we are going to have to get a hold of the understanding of Apostolic. When it comes to apprehending the genius of this word, no man that I know of has put forth a better presentation then Art Katz. Who is Art Katz you say? Well he was a prophet. I believe that, sadly, he falls into the category of prophet that Leonard Ravehnhill spoke of:
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!
He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as a saint by posterity.
In other words although he did make an impact while he was with us, he was largely unappreciated and disregarded by the religious system of his day. However, he had a message for his contemporaries that was far ahead of its time and although the religious climate in which he ministered was largely not ready to receive his message, I predict that the new spiritual climate is being primed and made ready to run with this Apostolic message! I really believe that as this mentality ignites, very soon the number of copies of Art’s books that are available will not be able to keep up with the demand for those who begin to seek out this message, a message that was truly ahead of its time. Anyhow, wether my predictions come to pass or not, one thing I will say is that the messages of this man have deeply impacted my walk and the words he spoke continue to take me higher and higher in God! Therefore, to answer the question of what is Apostolic I will quote directly out Art’s book “Apostolic Foundations”:
Like every great biblical word, we will not find the definition in a dictionary. We need rather to be apprehended by the genius of what that word represents. It is a seeking out and restoring of all that was once authentic, all that was held dear, all that was believed, all that was understood, and all that was vital in the first church. There is something pungent about the word apostolic that brings to mind the heart, the spirit and the sense of the church when it was at its glory. The church was apostolic at its inception and needs to be so at its conclusion…
I truly believe that until we grab hold of this in the spirit, we will not see the Glory of God return to the church! This is vital
For your consideration, I am including in this post a message by Art Katz that has the ability to ruin you for the normal church experience:
To God Be the Glory in the Church
Here are a few statements from the Art Katz ministries website, that I think are appropriate:
Art portrayed a knowledge of God that few in contemporary times have fathomed or understood. Whether the subject was the future, necessary death and resurrection of the nation Israel, or Paul’s teaching on widows and slaves in the congregation, Art strived to represent “God as He in fact is, and not as we think Him to be.”
Art was a prophetic voice insofar as he called his listeners to purposes in God that would affect both time and eternity, purposes that had to do with the glory of God in the Church. Frequently, his messages called the Church to an awareness of the Last Days [End-times] in such a way that made that time seem imminent and at the door. Some called him a forerunner in the sense of a man who cleared the way for others, and who could therefore call back and encourage them onward to the high call of God in Christ Jesus. Though a man of flesh and blood, like us all, Art walked that ‘high road,’ and one frequently caught a whiff of the fragrance of God, that can only emanate out of that place in God.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
I have some insight on the word vision. What exactly is a vision? A vision is simply insight or revelation into the spiritual realm. The Scripture could almost read, “Where there is no insight into the spiritual realm, the people perish. It is through the cross that we have been given access into that realm of “spirit”, where God dwells. It was at the cross that the veil of the temple was torn in two signifying that through Jesus all men could come into the Holy of Holies. The natural realm is the realm that we must live and function in and like I said the Spiritual realm is where God exist. Now that we have this access into the realm of the spirit, we go and get spiritual insight and spiritual data (if you will) in that realm and then we use what information we have gained in our every day living. The result is IT WORKS!!! IT ACTUALLY WORKS!!! When we follow God’s way and get spiritual vision from Him we find that we have power to live the Christian life in this natural realm. We constantly have to create of a flow of drawing near to the Spirit and receiving and then implementing that in the “natural”, to have a vibrant “Christ life” and to keep the anointing strong. As soon as we lose that flow the natural realm overwhelms us and God can become distant. Natural thinking can quickly take over and get us into destructive patterns of sin. When natural thinking takes over we can lose the “mind of Christ” and substitute and authentic encounter with the spiritual realm with any wind or wave of doctrine that comes along.
I think one thing that happens often is the phenomenon of “the death of a vision”. One reason for this phenomenon is that a vision dies when that vision is not from the spiritual realm. In other words what was perceived as a vision from God, was in reality, NOT! For example when Jesus asked the disciples “Who do men say that I am?” There were several answers given some say Elijah, some say John the Baptist, etc…. then Jesus said, “Who do you say that I am?” Immediately before anyone else can speak Peter makes that great confession “You are the Christ the Son of the Living God”. Then Jesus responds “blessed are you Simon Barjona because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” You see Peter was commended because he had some insight into who Jesus was, but he did not receive it from the natural realm. He had not received this because man told him “hey this guy Jesus you have been walking with, He is God”. No, it was not received that way it was because the Father gave him spiritual vision of who Jesus really was. The same thing applies to me I was told for 21 years that Jesus was God, however I didn’t get saved until I had the revelation for myself. I received “vision” of who Jesus was and it was information that flowed from the heavenly realm.
In conclusion I will name two things that can cause the death of a vision:
(1) The vision was from “flesh and blood” and not from the Father – Meaning it never had its origins from the spiritual realm but was birthed in the mind of a man and like all things that come strictly from man’s natural mind, it was destined to fail
(2) “What began in the spirit is now being carried out by the flesh?”(Galatians 3:3) Many believers and many ministries have fallen by the wayside because of this very powerful insight from God’s Word. We can start off with a genuine revelation from God, but because of various reasons, the vision is lost and God’s power is no longer moving the vision, but our own fleshly efforts are the only thing that keeps it alive.
Here is a quick list of things to look out for:
1.Worries and cares of this world distract us from the vision
2.The love of money corrupts us and hardens us from the things of God -(This happens more than you would think)
3.Pride: wanting recognition that you are God’s man and not humbling oneself so that He can be exulted
4.Lack of prayer and devotion to God
5.General Worldliness, including exclusiveness within the body of Christ
6.Taking “another word” over “God’s Word” – perhaps some self proclaimed prophet or apostle comes into your life and gives a word that takes you off of the path of the vision that God showed you (see I Kings 13)
7.Spiritual Deception !!! THIS CAN HAPPEN TO THE MOST SEASONED SAINT IF HE DOESN’T STAY CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE
8.Lack of diligence
9. Sin & Lack of Faith in general for whatever reason….the list can go on and on can you think of more?
Many people have wondered if Noah’s Ark is real what happened to it and where is it now? As I was doing a little bit of studying, I came across the following information recorded by a 1st century historian by the name of Josephus:
But when Monobazus was grown old, and saw that he had but a little time to live, he had a mind to come to the sight of his son before he died. So he sent for him, and embraced him after the most affectionate manner, and bestowed on him the country called Carra; it was a soil that bare amomum in great plenty: there are also in it the remains of that ark, wherein it is related that Noah escaped the deluge, and where they are still shown to such as are desirous to see them.
However, the Armenians call this place, (Apobaterion) The Place of Descent; for the ark being saved in that place, its remains are shown there by the inhabitants to this day.
—Complete Works of Josephus
There you have it, not only was the ark around in the 1st century, but people were also allowed to view it and I have even heard that 1st century Christians took pilgrimages to view the Ark. I have posted this for no other reason than the hopes that someone out there will find this as interesting as I did.