Doctrines of Demons: New Church, New Apostles (Part 6)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines [taught by] demons... (1 Tim 4:1 NKJ)
The Apostles and Prophets
As the previous section of this series showed, the Old-Order churches must be dismantled and all those who oppose the new revelations and doctrines must be purged out.
Who then is to undertake this important work of judging and purging the old-order? It is the headship believers, the Apostles and Prophets who - we are told - are the "foundation" of this New Temple.
One of the subjects taking most space on the revival sites right now is the new apostles and prophets who will, they tell us, be the headship, covering and leadership of the New Jerusalem - that is, the new Church that is "taking the nations, and establishing the kingdom worldwide".
To see how this links right back to the GLORY CLOUD, take a look at this next quote, which likens the apostles to the covering cloud over the people by day, and the prophets to the flames of fire by night.
Both of these are supposed to give a COVERING over the whole camp. Remember that I spoke of this covering in previous articles in this series, saying that it represents, biblically, the atonement of God and therefore is not of MAN, but entirely of GOD.
Our Head is Jesus, He is our Shepherd. We do not have MEN to instruct, rule and govern us, but GOD HIMSELF. But these men are setting up a new Priesthood with powers FAR wider than any exercised by the Roman Catholic cardinals and bishops during the reign of the Roman church! For these men believe themselves not only to be GOD INCARNATE but that they have all the wisdom, understanding, power and authority of God!
This kind of doctrine identifies the new apostles and prophets as the equivalent of the Glory Cloud that led the Israelites out of Egypt (which was the Holy Spirit - God Himself!). They are not ashamed to take the place of God as Head of the Church. (Since the word Anti-Christ means "in the place of Christ" does this not identify them as having an antichist doctrine and an antichrist spirit??)
These apostles and prophets have several tasks to perform, apart from giving protection, guidance and leadership to the new Church. Comparing the task today with that of the Early Church Apostles, Jim Buchan outlines in his article "The Nature of the Apostolic Ministry" the role of the new apostle:
It is obvious that they plan a prime role for themselves in governing the rest of us. While God-ordained leadership of local churches exists in the form of elders - those with a gift from God as Pastor, Teacher, and the like) these leaders see their authority as extending across the ENTIRE GLOBAL CHURCH, and their word is AS GOD.
The Global Church
This will be a pyramid structure, with a worldwide network of apostles governing nations and regions within those nations, and under them a whole edifice composed of submitted pastors, prophets and other elders all of whom give allegiance to those above them.
No longer will churches be independent, self-governing, autonomous. All that will end under this new scheme. Pastors are called to submit to their local Apostle, and each city or area will be required to come into unity with all other city churches and to sign covenants pledging not to discriminate, nor to poach eachother's members, nor to criticise another's doctrine.
This scheme has been in operation on a small scale for many years in the Restoration churches (especially in the UK) but now it is planned to extend it globally.
Here is a report of a meeting held by Rock Church of Baltimore which is a major part of the current revival:
In the next article, I will talk about the "Lighthouse" scheme that is being used to knit all the world's churches into one enormous (databased!) network!
First, some lengthier quotes that show the trend towards UNITY, city-churches, submission to covering Apostles, and the end of independence for individuals. These come from a UK writer, Phil Townend, in West Yorkshire, who is part of the ICTHUS Restoration set-up.
Are you on a Roll?
Here I want to insert a more personal note. Many years ago (perhaps around 15 years ago if I recall correctly) the Lord spoke to my husband and me, saying "do not have yourselves enrolled on any official register or church Roll from now on". During that time we were attending conventional churches, but we heeded that word and when approached would not allow our names to be databased on the rolls.
We began to see how important an issue this was when, despite all our involvement with one particular church - leading the music group, helping with the newsletter, taking Bible studies etc - we were called to the Vicar's office one day and told in no uncertain terms that either we enrolled officially or we would be put out of the church. We stuck to our guns, and were therefore told to leave! This came shortly after a visit by the Bishop to this parish - you may deduce from that what you wish.
That church is now part of the "Restoration" movement, like so many others in our country. Networking has been continuing and increasing for years, so that I believe most church-going Christians are now logged and filed away somewhere, their names and preferences known. (I had confirmation of this when one woman "pastor", a very spiteful enemy of this ministry, tried to make trouble for me with my local churches and told their pastors that Evangelical Alliance "have a file on her". I AM SURE THEY DO!!)
One close friend, the husband of an elderly couple who are, like us, now outside the establishment opened the door to a man who said he was visiting every home in the area. He had an official card of the "Churches Together" organisation - an ecumenical organisation that unites all churches in an area.
The official began questioning my friends about their church affiliations and their interest in Churches Together. When they replied that they did not attend a local church and furthermore, as ex-Catholics, they could not be involved in anything that listed Roman Catholic churches alongside others in any Christian networking scheme, the man noted all this down and said he was taking notes for a record of people's views and preferences.
As innocent as this may sound, it all adds up to one conclusion: that records are being made that would instantly identify "dissenters" to the united world church!
With the prospect before us of a United Nations initiative to bring the heads of all religions together in a bid for unity next year, plus the intensive logging of churches and christians going on inside the new Churches, we have cause to worry that we are marked out as opponents before we even open our mouths.
I am going to add some quotes from a document just received: "Finding Your Place in the Apostolic Vision" Feb, 1999:
While the quoted article is a call to control the loose canons in the prophetic community, it also shows the emerging structure of the superchurch, where pastors are not able to judge prophecy being given in their churches, where the "anointed" apostles and prophets sit in places of authority in every church, requiring pastors to submit to their "wise counsel", and churches are submitted to apostolic teams who are using prophecy to "implement new and inventive strategies to promote Gods' kingdom, 'on earth as it is in heaven'."
As the text above asks "are we going to be willing to submit our ministry to a specific Apostolic visionary?" Many maybe are NOT willing, but nonetheless history has shown that where popularity, financial support, numbers and success is concerned, many pastors are inclined to go with the 'line of least resistance'.
Another personal comment here. I have thought that the time would come when our allegiance would be tested to the ultimate. I mean by that, people have been staying in their churches despite the level of apostasy there for many (perhaps valid) reasons - to reach out to others, to try and convince the pastor, to pray that things get back to normal, etc. I have always considered that a dangerous strategy because not only does a LITTLE leaven leaven the lump in our hearts as well as in our churches, but what happens if the Pastor submits himself and his flock to the local Apostle and thereby brings them under the covering and spiritual shepherding of an APOSTATE system?
Now the evidence is growing that the system is being set up for real. When it is in place, churches and pastors will be gathered in as One United Church. At that time, I believe, the last line is drawn in the sand, for no Christian who truly loves God and God's word can stay in a local church that has subscribed to the antichrist one-world church! (But how many will STILL turn a blind eye to it all, and hope for the best?)
With many dissenting from this system and refusing to be aligned with the Global Church, there will suddenly be Christians drifting about in a confused and bewildered state looking for fellowship. At that time our small house groups will come into their own, and the teachers and pastors who are REALLY called of God will spring into action.
But until then, we are faced with increasing pressure to conform, and to give the Apostles and Prophets, and other leaders of the "New Jerusalem" our unthinking allegiance! I pray that God will alert all those who are His own to these plans.
Please see this document on an Apostolic site, and the others similar to it on the same site, for a thorough explanation of the role, meaning, activities and functions of the modern "apostles" - http://www.doitnow.com/~apostle/apostle1.htm
Training the Troops
God is the one who calls a man, equips him, trains him, ordains him and uses him in ministry. There is a place for education and mental preparation of course - I'm not denying that - but the idea that MAN can train up and prepare another to be an APOSTLE is ludicrous!
What training did Peter and John have? Who called Paul? Which seminary did he attend? No, while accepting that we should avail ourselves of the very best in Christian education and equipment, we should never lose sight of the fact that GOD is our Employer and the Holy Spirit our Teacher - in Christian ministry above all.
However, ever since the concept of Church leadership by Apostles and Prophets began, training schools have been there to teach them what to do. I know little about such places except that they exist, and I'm willing to hazard a guess that there are more of them than anybody knows, all around the world, busily training men and women how to lead the Global Church when it arrives.
Training is undertaken in informal "schools" based on websites which provide training manuals and information; through international conferences where the leaders congregate to share eachother's expertise and insights, and through "mentoring" of one man under another's wing. I'm sure it must also exist in the more formal sense, courses laid on in training establishments on "how to be an Apostle".
"Kingdom Restoration Centre" -"Five-Fold Ministry" says: "As the church of Jesus Christ continues the upward climb from the abyss of the dark ages to its place of pre-determined glory, if ruling among the nations, we are experiencing a tremendous unfolding of scriptures as the Holy Spirit releases revelation after revelation. One such important scripture is Eph 4:11-13 (five-fold ministry)...God is raising up prophets as well as send-time apostles to bring his people into the fulness of their inheritance in Christ. Many apostles and prophets have been called to begin networks and schools for the purpose of raising up many great prophetic and apostolic ministers. The primary goal of these networks and schools is to lead those who are called to the five-fold ministry into the fulness of their calling in Christ, so that they in turn may lead all those that God has called them to minister to into the fulness of their inheritance in Christ - thus producing a mighty people who can establish the kingdom of God in the earth."
A little evidence of this I have found (and you could probably find much more for yourself):
Military-Style Training for Joel's Army
There's also the use of military terms which suggests a structure to the Army that is supposed to war against the forces of evil in the latter-day. At Brownsville some are referred to by military rank. Worship leader Lindell Coolley was called "Brownsville Battalion Commander in God's Army".
A New Foundation for the New Temple
One of the most offensive parts of the doctrine is the way Jesus is elbowed out of the way and his mission and work made almost obsolete compared to the glories of the Church to come. (For the glory of that latter house shall be greater than the former, they say!)
The scriptures say that Jesus is the Foundation of his Church and there can be no other. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 3:11)
Indeed, he is more than just the foundation, for that implies a building stone erected by man. The Lord is the ROCK, the bedrock on which the building is laid.
Remember the parable of the house built upon the rock, and the house built upon the sand? (Matt 7:22-27) Obviously we are to build upon the Rock of Jesus Christ in order to know any stability at all in this world, and in order to survive the storm to come. He is not just any old foundation stone, but the CORNERSTONE from which the entire building derives its angle and aspect. (Isa 28:16 /Eph 2:19-22 /1 Pet 2:6-7)
When the bible says that Jesus Christ is the only foundation of the Temple, yet in another place says "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone". (Eph 2:20) there appears to be a contradiction, which cannot be so since the word of God never errs.
Understood correctly, there is no contradiction here. The Apostles and Prophets called by God in the Early Church built upwards and outwards from the beginning of the Church, starting at the Chief Cornerstone. Having personally met with Jesus and having received His doctrine, they merely amplified upon Jesus Christ and the doctrine of salvation to expand His work and ministry. They merely mirrored what had already been delivered to the Church and intensified its light!
The true spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus, a witness to His saving grace! (Rev 19:10) The true ministry of an apostle, a sent-one, is to preach that gospel in the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, bringing all into conformity to the doctrines that Jesus came to deliver.
There is only one doctrine, one foundational creed, one word of God, one ministry, one Lord and - in truth - only one Church, because the true Church consists of everyone who in known to God and born again of the Spirit.
The foundation having been laid, it cannot be laid all over again - and that is precisely why the new doctrine can only be a "doctrine of demons", for it is not in accordance or agreement with the doctrine of Christ, once delivered to the saints. We are told that if anyone comes to us, not bearing this doctrine of Christ, we are not even to bid them God speed, much less accept them as ministers of the Church!
Despite all this, there is a consistent emphasis on the modern-day Apostles being the "foundation" of the "New Jerusalem" which is being built in the earth. The modern-day prophets are receiving revelations that they pass to the apostles, who teach them as foundational creeds and doctrines of the Church! Yet these doctrines frequently contradict the scriptures!
Bob Jones is one who eulogises about the role of the present-day apostles and prophets:
Here, in a subtle change from biblical truth, the apostles and prophets are "revealing" Jesus rather than building upon Him. Nor do they use biblical doctrine for this. We know from other quotes that the revelation of Jesus to the world church and to the nations is the unveiling of the christ-child incarnated into his people!
Another apostolic ministry is even plainer:
Here we see a wholly new and different "temple" being built, REPLACING the present Church. Once again a foundation is being laid, and this future Temple contains "My indwelt tabernacled manifest presence". Instead of a literal Holy City, after the return of Jesus Christ to earth, we see a present-day man-made organisation taking over the government of earth, calling itself "New Jerusalem".
The New Jerusalem
The Bible speaks of the New Jerusalem as the City of God descending out of heaven at the very end of history when Jesus has returned, judged wickedness, raised his servants from the dead and is preparing to establish his reign over the earth. (Rev 21) This takes place in the context of the new heavens and earth, when God is "tabernacled" with man and He is dwelling with them.
Nowhere does the scripture describe the New Jerusalem being 'brought forth' by the activities of the present-day Church, NOR does it describe it as being the present-day Church, yet this is what revivalists are now teaching.
Not only that, but the OLD church is not good enough to be this "New Jerusalem" because it is traditional and clings to doctrines! When the revival leaders met earlier this year, one of the topics they discussed was the movement away from the Old Order and the transition to the New Jerusalem:
Bar Jona, on his web site, has much to say about the New Jerusalem. Not only that, but he roundly condemns the present-day Church as having been rejected by God:
So this is not just a completion of the existing Church (temple) but a "new thing" as they say - a NEW Temple. The "old wife" is cast off as imperfect and corrupt, and a New Jerusalem has to be built with a new foundational doctrine. Notice that the difference between them lies in worship (in the Spirit) and communication (in the Spirit) two areas most notorious in the revival!
That being the case, and the "old priesthood" of legalism (typified by Moses) having been rejected by God, supposedly, a new priesthood also has to be found. This is called the Order of Melchisadec.
The New Priesthood - Melchisadec
I am going to launch straight into a lengthy explanation of the Melchisadec Priesthood from the "New Jerusalem" site, and let you reach your own conclusions:
It is difficult to add anything after reading this material! Here we see MAN usurping the eternal ministry of our immortal, eternal, High Priest, and taking his role as SAVIOUR of the world! What further proof do we need of their blasphemy? THESE are the new revelations and foundational doctrines of the New Jerusalem!
Barbara Marx Hubbard, a key New-Ager teaches almost identical doctrines about a lastdays Army, who are to be spiritually transformed by an enduement of power. Consider her words, as taught by demons, and you will see the close connections between them and the sonship doctrines. Truly, these heresies are the "doctrine of demons"!
Another startling comparison we could make is with the words of Lucifer, "son of the morning", once an archangel created in perfection, but through self-exalting pride now a fallen being doomed to an eternity outside of God's love.
In Isaiah 14:12-15 we see the mission statement of this being, and I wonder if you will be struck, as I was, with the fact that each one of these proclamations is echoed almost perfectly within the revival and manifested-sons communities. Take a look:
(12) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
A - POWER-HUNGRY: Lucifer was not content to stay within the bounds of his calling and position under God. (We have to assume from this verse that God had given him a work to fulfil on the earth at this time) No, he wanted to "ascend into heaven" where the action was! He wanted to have a pre-eminent place among the angels with influence over the affairs of God's realm and kingdom. He wanted to have influence not only in a limited sphere, on his patch of the planet, but over ALL the kingdoms of the world. He wanted to "take the nations" and "possess the land" and "rule with a rod of iron" as divine overlord.(Compare Matt 4:8-10)
Today's church is likewise not content to fulfil its mission on the earth as servants of Christ, under the command of God. They are not happy simply to "occupy" until he comes (Luke 19:13) - that word means keeping busy with your allotted task, waiting patiently for the Master to return. The Church of today sees itself as a failure if it does not "take the nations" and rule them. It wants to sit as officials in the Lord's government at the right hand of God, like the sons of Zebedee (Matt 20:20-23).
B - SPIRITUAL WARFARE: "I will exalt
my throne above the stars of God." "Stars" means the heavenly
principalities and powers
Now we see in the revival an ambitious plan for doing "spiritual warfare" against the principalities and powers in the heavenlies, casting them out and replacing them with the "overcomers" of the latter-day church. They tell us that the Manchild will be "caught up to the Throne" of rulership in the heavenlies. The Church is now trying to complete the plan that Lucifer hatched so long ago!
C - SELF-PROMOTION: "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation" This was a bid to be seated as a dignitary in the place of solemn meeting, the Council Chamber of God, at the heavenly Mount Zion, the Mount of God's presence. In earthly terms, this was the Temple at Jerusalem, where God met with his people. We can see from 2 Thes 2:4 ("Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God") that this ambition is also attributed to Antichrist.
The mount of the congregation was "The mount of the divine
Presence." This was the place in the Old Testament where the
Shekinah Glory came down upon the Mount, and where God met
with Moses in the cloud. Mount Zion, (or Moriah, which is reckoned
a part of Mount Zion,) was later the place of the Tabernacle
where the Glory Cloud (God) met with Moses and the congregation.
"In the sides of the north" was the sides of Mount
Moriah, on which the temple was built; north of Mount Zion.
And now of course we have the revival followers demanding to enter the "Holy of Holies" and to become the "Ark of his Presence" and to enter into the Glory Cloud, where they claim to meet with God face to face and receive revelations, instructions and prophecies from Him. They wish to be seated as officials of his Government and to becomes the "anointed Apostles and Prophets", the judges and counsellors of God's people! (Please read Jude 1:11 along with Num 16:1-50)
D - ARROGANCE: "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds" In Hebrew, the word 'cloud' is singular. One cloud. Perhaps there is a reference here again to the Glory Cloud, the symbol of the divine presence. So this also tallies with 2 Thes 2:4, "above all that is called God:" as here, "above ... the cloud:"
E - BLASPHEMY: "I will be like the Most High" Finally the pride and self-exalting arrogance of Lucifer leads to the inevitable ambition, to be "as God". This is also the temptation that he offered to Adam and Eve, in order to bring them down to his own fallen state. It is a temptation that appeals to many today, who excuse their desire in many clever ways, but in the end have to admit that they want to share the power, authority, understanding and self-willed independence of God Almighty.
Now men and women boldly state: "we ARE Christ" - we are the ongoing incarnation of God! We will attain to the fulness of the godhead, we will have the divine nature".
Underlying all of this is the REFUSAL TO SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO GOD in obedience and service. Those who seek to raise themselves up to heavenly places, on their thrones of government, having all the powers and knowledge of God, are in truth not content to be restricted by the Will of God, but think their own will could do just as well. They want to HAVE THEIR OWN WAY! They don't want to be reined in, but to decide and to act for themselves.
That is what's behind Lucifer's fall, and behind every evil act, and behind the present-day apostasy. The satanist creed is this: "Do what you will, is the whole of the Law". Do what YOU will....
That is why the indictment against apostate Christians in the last days is this "you did not do my WILL."
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matt 7:21-23)
The next part in this series will tie up a lot of loose ends. It will cover:
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