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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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Seminar on the Book of Revelation by David Pawson

david pawson teaches the book of revelationI have found this to be some of the most insightful teaching on the book of Revelation, quite possibly the best ever in audio format. David Pawson has a unique teaching style, he is gifted to de-mystify the book and make it very palatable in just 11 sessions. I am going to offer them for listening here on the blog, please do not attempt to download onto your computer as this would be a violation of copyright:

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Does the Bible Mention Anything About Hurricanes?

Hurricane in the BibleDoes Scripture give us any information concerning the phenomenon of hurricanes in the last days? As I was reading the Bible a few days after Hurricane Ike slammed against the Texas and Louisiana coast I came across this passage:

Luke 21:25-28 (NASB)

25 “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,

26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

27 “Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.

28 “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Not only does the Bible speak of these type of storms, but Jesus Himself is the one who made mention of them. Obviously in the Bible days the word Hurricane had not yet been invented, however look at what language is used here: men would be “…in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and its waves.” The morning prior to me discovering this Scripture I had been reading news articles concerning Hurricane Ike and they interviewed one women who had lived in Galveston, TX all of her life and had been through many hurricanes, some that had hit even stronger than Ike and she could not understand how this time much more devastation had occurred. She was absolutely shocked because the sea had come all the way up and was as high as her garage. She said “we have never seen this before.”

Even where I live near Lafayette,LA we have had some serious issues when Ike hit. There is an area about 20 miles south of here that experienced flooding from the storm surge for both Ike and Hurricane Rita in 2005. Both Hurricanes caused people in the area including some close acquaintances of mine to abandon their homes because of flooding. In 3 years this area experienced serious flooding twice due to the storm surge from the Hurricanes. On the local news people being interviewed began to talk about how they had lived there 30 to 40 years and had been through many hurricanes and they never seen flooding like this. Why was it that in only 3 years they began to see type of flooding not just happen once, but also a second time as well. Could it be that the words of Jesus are being fulfilled in this very hour that we live. Men are starting to be perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.

The Scripture says that men will begin to faint because of fear due to all of the things that are coming upon the earth. It seems like it wasn’t to long after Ike passed in 2008, we had another storm hit America. We began to have a economic tsunami sweep across the nation as part of the fallout from the housing market crisis. In the same way that this women in Galveston was astonished at the rising waters coming up past her garage towards the second story of her home, Americans also found themselves astonished as the waves of this financial crisis began to roll and hit closer and closer to their own neighborhoods and into their own lives.

So what is in store for 2009? Will we find ourselves being pulled out of a recession as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said this morning? or will the headlines continue to read like the words of prophecy spoken by Jesus? Will 2009 be a year of dismay among nations, men fainting from fear and expectation of the things coming upon the earth; will this be the year that America as well as the rest of the world begins to see the powers of the heavens begin to shake….

Hebrews 12:25-29 (NASB)

25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.

26 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.”

27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

29 for our God is a consuming fire.

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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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Obama the Messiah and My Dream that McCain Won the Election

The Scriptures tell us that in the last days that many false Messiah’s would rise up and deceive many. Well we have seen this phenomenon on several fronts already, however now it can be seen on the political front. Not just any political front but it is in the race for the highest elected office in the world, the president of the United States of America. There are millions of people who are actually looking at Barack Obama as a Messiah type figure who will deliver them from both external and internal problems and conflicts in their life. Film director Spike Lee was actually quoted saying:

“When that happens, it will change everything. … You’ll have to measure time by `Before Obama’ and `After Obama,'” Lee said during the panel. “It’s an exciting time to be alive now.” …   – Spike Lee

Can we fathom how blasphemous of a statement this actually is. Currently it is the incarnation and death of Jesus on the cross that measures time from B.C. to A.D. Is Spike really implying that he wants to replace Jesus Christ with Barack Obama. Probably 40 or 50 years ago no one in American would have believed that a multitude of American people would ever worship any earthly man as a god. However in the 1960’s & 70’s Hindu gurus from India began invading and setting up shop here in America. Multitudes dogmatically followed and devoted their entire lives to these so called “godmen”. Even mainstream icons such as the Beatles began to follow and promote one such leader, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. You must understand that a large segment of that culture in the late 1960’s looked at men like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, not just as a great teacher or philosopher, but as a bona fide god in the flesh. In India they follow these men around and worship the ground that they walk on, literally by kissing the ground and rubbing themselves with the dirt that just touched these men’s feet. To be honest I do not think that a majority of Obama’s supporters look at him as a savior, however the fact that there is a counterculture that is ready to embrace him as such is shocking and even frightening. On the website ObamaMessiah.blogspot.com, 100’s of pages of comments have been left, some referring to supporters of Obama as believers and his non supporters as unbelievers. Louis Farrakhan, before a very numerous congregation claimed that the youth are now hearing the voice of their Messiah(video below). Furthermore he called Obama “the Hope of the entire world”.  Yes, the days spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24 are no longer just on the horizon they are here! Am I trying to say in this article that Obama is the Antichrist? ….Absolutely not!!! However what I am saying is that the people of America are ready to embrace a man or even a political leader as being a Messiah.

On another note, I had a dream about a week ago that John McCain won the election. In the dream after he won, I saw Obama and let’s just say that he was not too happy with the results. In the dream he was fuming with anger. I do not necessarily think that this was a prophetic dream, however it will be interesting if this is the scenario that plays out.

Obama Messiah?

Obama Messiah?

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The Revival that Jesus Went To

Here is an audio message by  Jimmy Tate. Jimmy is a dynamic preacher out of Lafayette, LA. he delivers an insightful and powerful message concerning modern revivals. In modern times Christians have been holding sensational events and conferences claiming them to be revivals and outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Do all of these gatherings weigh up to Scripture?  To answer that question the speaker goes into the gospels to a revival that Jesus actually attended. The answer to the first question then brings us to a second one, “would Jesus attend our modern day revivals?”

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The “prophetic” is the manifestation of the heart of God.

The perfect picture of the prophetic is found in John’s gospel at the last supper. It was John the prophet, the revelator who had his head next to Jesus’ chest. He was listening to the very heartbeat of God. That is the true prophetic call, it is to hear and then express God’s heartbeat. The true prophetic is birthed out of genuine intimacy with our Lord. Anything short of a genuine expression is a mockery of God. There are so many words and expressions these days that are passing themselves off as true “prophetic”. However instead of bringing glory unto Jesus, the propagators of these expressions bring glory unto themselves. Sadly, much of what we hear labeled as prophetic is a sickening counterfeit of the real thing. Now is the time for the prophets of God to rise up with the Fire of His Word shut up in their bones. Bold men with backbone who lend themselves as pure vessels unto a Holy God and become the modern day “voice of one crying in the wilderness.” Men who are not intimidated, who do not adulterate and will not be corrupted. Vessels prepared by God, who do not fear men but fear God alone and prostrate themselves daily before the One who lives forever and ever. Here is an exert of a message explaining the call of John the prophet:

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