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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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How the Faithful City Has Become a Harlot!

Rod Blagojevich“How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers.” -Isaiah 1:21

The destructive patterns of sin that occurred in OT times are no different in modern times. Nations that sin, follow the patterns of Scripture. The things that happened to Israel, happened for our admonition. The way God judged the nations then, is the way He will judge now.

America was once a faithful and “truly” Christian nation, a people who stood for righteousness and shunned sin and pagan practices. It was a nation full of righteousness, when people got married it would be vows for life. It was a nation where divorce was uncommon, the family unity was strong, there was no filth on radio and tv in plain view of our children. Prayer and Bible study were allowed in schools. Children didn’t do drugs, have pre-marital sex, or use obscene language, they didn’t rebel against parents and authority figures, they did as they were told. Oh how this nation has fallen, oh how it has become a harlot, surely the words of the Prophet are coming to pass. We who were once full of justice & righteousness are now a nation of idolaters, fornicators & murderers.

“Your silver has become dross, your drink diluted with water.” – Isaiah 1:22

Look at our nation today, our economy that was once strong is steadily becoming worthless. The value of our dollar is steadily declining to new lows, or silver is becoming dross or worthless. Even the quality of our products have decreased dramatically. Three of our nations largest car manufactures need massive amounts of bailout money to keep them from closing the doors. Over time the quality of their product has declined so drastically that more and more of their customers are buying foreign products. That which was once quality is now like a drink diluted with water.

“Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.” – Isaiah 1:23

How much more can the Scripture read like today’s headlines. The Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody on corruption charges stemming from trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat. In other words he was taking bribes in exchange for leadership positions. It turns out that our new President-Elect and his aides have close ties with Blagojevich. The corruption in our government is nothing new, however as the judgment of God closes in on our sin sick nation the scale of corruption is increasing exponentially and is now going into higher ranks of leadership in more brazen forms.

Amazing!, God’s Word is timeless and still very revelant. The pages of the Old Testament Prophet’s are issuing loud and clear warning for our fallen nation: REPENT! REPENT! REPENT! or we are doomed to enter into the same or even worst judgments then the nation of Israel faced. This sounds like gloom and doom, however the hope that we have is in this, that which God destroys He rebuilds. One thing is for sure, “through His judgments, He will be revealed”.
 

Isaiah 3:10-12 (NASB) 

10 Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions. 

11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him. 

12 O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths. 
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Quote on Prayer: Leonard Ravenhill

The secret of praying is praying in secret. A sinning man will stop praying, and a praying man will stop sinning. We are beggard and bankrupt, but not broken, nor even bent.

Prayer is profoundly simple and simply profound. “Prayer is the simplest from of speech that infant lips can try,” and yet so sublime that it outranges all speech and exhausts man’s vocabulary. A Niagra of burning words does not mean that God is either impressed or moved. One of the most profound of Old Testament intercessors had no language-“Her lips moved, but her voice was not heard.” No linguist here! There are “groanings which cannot be uttered.”

-Leonard Ravenhill

Excerpt from Why Revival Tarries

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Quote of the Day: Leonard Ravenhill

“The Church began in the Spirit; now She is operating in the flesh. There is no pillar of fire over the sanctuary. There are no preachers who can hold the hell-bound spell-bound. I am not sure that it can be proved that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. It can be proved that the Church is fiddling while the world is burning! The one reason that we do not have revival today is that we are content to live without it.” -Leonard Ravenhill

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