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What is Apostolic? The Legacy of Art Katz

Art KatzIf 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.

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Do We Remain Silent or Become A Voice?

The Holy Spirit goes out into all the world, wooing man and pointing Him to Jesus. He is convicting hearts and revealing “true” righteousness to the hardened minds of men. In these last days He has been doing His true work of leading multitudes of people out of darkness into The Light. No true Bible scholar or teacher can argue the fact that it is the Holy Spirit’s work and power that redeems man out of his sinful and perishing state. In spite of all that God has done in this marvelous work, even in this nation of the United States, man has done his best at destroying the plan and purposes of God for His church. The church is in rebellion against God, even the ones that He Himself has pulled out of darkness and raised as sons, they have turned against Him and furthermore the fruit of their actions and ministries is evidence that they don’t even know Him. The manifold wisdom of God shed abroad over the whole earth through the cross, the “mind” of God sitting on our book shelves and desks within arms reach and we still choose the inferior wisdom and traditions of man over the infinite and eternal wonders of God’s Word. I ask myself what will become of the Last Days church, will we continue to be weighed down with iniquity as we almost mockingly try to be God’s light and representation on the earth. Will we continue to make our proselytes “twice a son of hell” because we put the light in their hearts and then we don’t show them according to God’s Word to walk in righteousness and fear before a Holy God. As a representation of our Lord we have become corrupt, to find an authentic “body” one must search high and low to find a remnant in obscure places. Those who at the start of the race were sent forth and commissioned by the Lord have now forsaken Him to serve another Jesus and another master. Oh! the deception of the boastful pride of life, Oh the deception of the demonically inspired traditions of men!  Our Great Sin is that by joining up with the world, we as a body have become like Sodom. Our leaders have not wanted to hear, much less preach the Word of the Lord and only a remnant in this hour are giving their ear to the teaching and instruction of the Word. Isaiah the prophet declared the Word of the Lord over Idolatrous Israel that God hated their solemn assemblies. They had become a burden to Him, He even said that they spread out their hands to Him and He hid His eyes from them and furthermore that even if they offered many prayers He said He would not listen(Isaiah 1:13.14).  The question to those who have, like myself, recognized this problem, do we just sit by as objective observers and acknowledge how God is working through impure vessels despite themselves. Do we just take note of how small pockets of precious souls are getting delivered in the midst of man’s forms and models of churchianity and continue to be silent and appeased while large groups of would be saints are going to hell in droves. Or, do we rise up as a prophetic people and plead with the spiritual leaders and with our brothers and sisters to turn back to God. Should we risk it all like the prophets of old, should we cry out like Isaiah “COME NOW LET US REASON TOGETHER WITH GOD!!!” “LET US WASH OURSELVES FROM THE FILTH OF RELIGION AND LEARN TO TRULY FOLLOW GOD” The first option will cost us nothing and as a result we will have more of the same. The second option will cost us everything and sadly there are no guarantees that our one voice will change anything. In fact we might even be rejected by all, we may be written off as a fruit cake or a fanatic with some kind of agenda and vendetta against the church. We will be ostracized by the who’s who of Christianity and there may even come a time very soon where those who kill us will think that they are doing a service to God. Truly the second option comes at a great price, perhaps it is for this reason that Jesus said many are called, but few are chosen. It is with eager anticipation that I await the day that the prophets are no longer silent…..

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