The New Apostolic Order: The Greatest Show On Earth
"Many signs and wonders were done by the hands of the Apostles." Acts 5:12
There is a new apostolic order coming that will demonstrate true apostolic power. Much of what the Church has experienced so far that bears the title of apostolic has been nothing more than the attempts of man to fulfill the promise of what is coming. The Church has followed into the error of ancient Israel which the scriptures record,
"…set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval." Hos 8:4
Though we rightly discerned and hungered for the release of apostolic power we thought we could apprehend it by implementing what we believed to be apostolic structure. Much of what has been called apostolic in the last ten years has been nothing more than earthly king making and networking strategies. We failed to recognize the one key truth which governs every other aspect of the apostolic:
ONLY the Lord Jesus Christ himself can call and commission an apostle.
The apostle Paul wrote of himself that he was an apostle not sent from men or through the agency of man but through Jesus Christ and God the father. (Gal 1:1) Apostles are one of the five ascension gifts that Jesus gives to the church.
"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; UNTIL we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:12
Only Jesus through the authority given to him by God can make someone an apostle and through birth send them into the world. (Gal 1:15) Jesus will keep making and sending apostles “until”. The emphasis on until in the text is my own as many attempt to argue that Jesus no longer gives apostles to the church. They believe that apostles were only given at the beginning of the church age to help get the church up and running. However this belief stems more from a fear of the spiritual than it does any reasonable scriptural interpretation. The Bible is clear that the apostles and other gifts will be given until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. I don’t believe anyone is arguing the Church has arrived to this maturity so I will rest my point.
Every apostle that exists now that has not been created by Jesus and sent by him is a false apostle. Whether through simple ignorance or empowered by demonic deception they are not true apostles. There will be both true and false apostles in these last days and we must exercise sharp discernment in order that we do not be led astray by that which is false. The bible instructs us to test all things and to hold onto that which is good. Thankfully there are easily recognizable signs we can use in our estimation of apostolic authenticity. The apostle Paul writes that,
"The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles." 2 Cor. 12:12
In short apostolic authenticity is established by demonstrated apostolic power. If there is an apostle around these signs will follow them. Just as Jesus the chief Apostle did great miracles and mighty works everywhere he went so it will be with his true apostles (sent ones) today. The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will walk when the truly apostolic is functioning.
The other sign of an apostle mentioned is perseverance or rather, longsuffering. This to me is the greatest of the signs of the apostles. Miracles can be faked or worse yet orchestrated by demonic powers to lead believers astray but longsuffering is not so easily manifested. Longsuffering is the supernatural ability of an apostle to stay faithful to God and his calling in the face of physical suffering and hardship. It is the preeminent sign of an apostle and was modeled by Jesus Christ himself in his beating and crucifixion. The apostle Paul wrote in defense of his apostleship,
"Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure."
Paul argues that the proof his apostolic ministry is authentic is evidenced by all of the hardship and persecution he has endured in the execution of it. Notice nowhere does Paul make the argument that he is an apostle because he has a hundred thousand people on his mailing list or that he has several other churches under him in his network of ministries. I am not saying these things are wrong but they have nothing to do with authentic apostleship.
There is a new legitimate apostolic order coming and they will not be about position or title or affluence. They will be about hearts totally sold out to Jesus that will not seek the spotlight and that will not bend under the weight of tremendous suffering and persecution. They will have nothing to do with the agendas of men but will be resolutely and determinedly focused on the expansion of the kingdom of God. They will be friends of the bridegroom laboring tirelessly to prepare the bride for her King. They will set true order into the Body of Christ and activate the saints for ministry. They will demonstrate true apostolic power in mighty signs, wonders, and miracles as they undo every work of the devil. The apostle Paul writes that they will be the greatest show on Earth,
"For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men." 1 Cor. 4:9
The truly apostolic is right now at the door. When it emerges it will mark the beginning of the greatest harvest ever seen. They might not look like you were expecting them to look but they will carry unprecedented power. They have been in fiery furnaces and pits for many years being prepared in hiddenness and obscurity to be the Lord’s dread champions. They have waited like arrows hidden in the quiver of the King. Now is the time for their release. Get ready.