In Revelation 2, as Jesus begins to speak to the first of seven churches from His new and exalted position as “KING of Kings, LORD of Lords and JUDGE of all the earth”, He says in verses 1 and 2, “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;…’”
Does the New Testament present us with clear “tests” with which we can measure those claiming apostolic status to see if they really are? The answer is: absolutely.
With all the men and women in today’s church, claiming to have an apostolic anointing, I am stunned that we still have a majority of Supreme Court members possessed of an antichrist spirit, progressively and continually eroding moral barriers our earliest forefathers established! Where is the government of God? The early church birthed it.
A true apostolic anointing would, I suspect, have mobilized the church into a new dimension of God’s government. When Herod stretched out his hand to decimate the early church, and garner favor with the unredeemed, he was “toast” within one chapter. Immediately after the mysterious contribution of Barnabas and Paul to these events in Jerusalem, they returned to Antioch and were launched into apostolic ministry.
Barnabas had been a key player in establishing this level of anointing. In Acts 4, Barnabas sold his land and laid the proceeds at the apostles feet. Everyone in the community received sustenance from such proceeds. Ananias and Sapphira feigned agreement but kept part for themselves while receiving daily rations. This act revealed the establishing of “the Judgment seat of Christ” – not just occupied in heaven since the ascension, but now manifested at the “apostles feet.” Jesus has not changed.
I believe it is biblically presumptive to claim an apostolic anointing unless the “Judgment seat of Christ” manifests “at your feet”, so to speak, or around your life. If this anointing were present in the church, would John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Hackett Souter and Stephen G Breyer still occupy their Supreme Court positions spewing continual perversion on the land until only judgment can clean the filth? I think not!
Without the government of God, can the church be the CHURCH? Will the real apostles please come forth and restore this anointing to the saints? Lord Jesus, arise with the government of God!!!