The New Apostolic Reformation and its ties with Rome and the Mystics!

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Do you really know what makes an apostle? Do you really know what the bible says about God’s criteria concerning apostles? I found this article today about the “New Apostolic Reformation” and surprisingly — or not, it’s something that the Church has had to deal with for quite some time now. The article uses biblical standards, but also early Church writings to explain what biblical Apostleship really is. Obviously the Roman Catholic Church have carried Apostolic succession so far culminating into Papal authority. But the Roman Catholic Church is not the only one guilty of this.

Peter Wagner says…

[I]n certain segments of the Church the office of apostle has, indeed, been recognized throughout the past two millennia. The Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican or Episcopal Church and many denominations that have actually incorporated “apostolic” into their name would come to mind as examples. However, just as was true of prophetic movements, the emphases of these apostolic movements had not penetrated the mainstream of what I am calling life-giving evangelical churches that are now the cutting edge of the spread of Christianity. This only began to happen in the 1990’s. (read more here)

What are the “New Apostolic Reformers” actually teaching concerning the last days, and where do they get their inspiration? To find out a little more about this we may need to go back to Christian Mystics, one in particular.

Interestingly, there was a woman called Jane Leade, a 17th century Christian mystic. She taught that the seven churches found in Revelation directly related to seven periods of time of Church rule. She was mostly interested in the Church of Philadelphia because Christ found no fault in that particular Church according to the book of Revelation. In fact, her so called prophetic writings predicted that certain sealed prophecies would only be revealed by those who are worthy and who have entered into the Philidelphian Church age…

She was involved in a movement called “The Philadelphian Society,” named after that church. In 1679, the Philadelphian Society and the Theosophists published a document containing a 60-point prophecy by Jane Leade (the document has her name as Lead). The document proposes ideas that resurfaced in 1948 in the Latter Rain movement, and, as we shall see, are still being promoted by a key Apostle-prophet of the New Apostolic Reformation. (read more here)

She spoke a great deal of an elite Church age that would receive the Ark of the Testimony (Point 8) which was in heaven containing new revelations to be opened during a unique Church age, the age of Philadelphia. This unique perfected, virginal Church would give birth to a son (Points 14-24), the son mentioned in Revelation 12:5!

Is this starting to sound a little familiar to you? The Manifest Son’s and Later Rain still use the terminology assigned to this son, that being the many-membered man-child. Is this coincidence or not, one cannot be sure. But there is one thing we can be sure of…there is nothing new under the sun.

The article points out the agenda behind such thinking…

This prophecy of a perfected church (later called the “many-membered man-child”) that will be the incarnation of Christ on the earth while Christ remains in heaven sets the stage for the Latter Rain movement in the 20th Century that would make the same claims. Whether that movement got its ideas from Leade or came up with the same heresy independently I cannot say at this time. But the ideas are identical. The church must be perfected on earth before Christ can return, and this shall be accompanied with miracles and power greater that at any time in church history—including Pentecost.

Key words I have now been made aware of. Words like “The Ark of Testimony” the “many-membered man-child”the “man-child”and”The Ascension gifts”….”The “Ascension gifts” is a reference to the so-called “five fold ministry” of Ephesians 4:11. The idea is that the church will be perfected by the renewal of the ministries of apostles and prophets before Christ returns.”

One adherent to the perfected Church says this… O the immensity of these words! And what is more, Christ is going to remain right where He is at God’s right hand until there shall arise a group of overcomers who shall conquer over all God’s enemies[…]

There is much more written in this article and it is truly mind blowing and scary stuff which explains the dangers of Hyper-Dispensationalism, Restorationists and Kingdom Now teaching.

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8 thoughts on “The New Apostolic Reformation and its ties with Rome and the Mystics!

  1. I just cannot comprehend how people can buy the “Kingdom Now” doctrine. One is accused of being defeatist to say, “Things will get worse before the Lord returns and there will be a great falling away.”

    But, they forget that Christ said His Kingdom is not of this earth, the love of many would wax cold because iniquity would increase, and He asked if there would be any faith in the world when He returns. (John 18:36, Matt 24:12, Luke 18:8).

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  2. Prodigal,

    Definitely well stated from the scriptures! I am sometimes being reminded though, that what we see in some (though certainly not all) of these “doctrines” are the facets of God’s image somehow separated as one note is from a melody: it is the right note, just blown too loudly or off beat as when one instrument blows a note too loudly and out of rhythmn in a passage of symphony. Jesus did say the “kingdom of God is in your midst.” and indeed the King of that kingdom was and is still for He is risen and is living! Yet we cannot miss the fullness of the Gospel as you say. In a parallel thought, it is somewhat akin to being able to view an enemy bearing the image of God. So there is something of God in these things isn’t there! It is an aspect of Lewis’ observation of evil as “spoiled goodness.” As Hamlet would say: “Aye, there’s the rub!” I find myself increasingly disciplined to respect, yes, even love more, that for which I must stand firm for truth against. It is that “union of contrast” that the scottish theologian James Stewart spoke so eloquently about. Only the Holy Spirit can teach us how to reflect this splendor of the Lord in our difficult times! And sometimes, I think I shall never learn it….except through faith in faith that we all shall because God loves us.

    Melly

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  3. P.S. It also seems sadly to follow that there is “nothing new under the sun.” Even in Jesus’ day, there were Jews of the kind (and Judas was one of them), that wanted a warrior Messiah who would restore Israel to its worldly greatness. They saw things only in physical terms. Of what difference is the Kingdom Now doctrine or Dominion philosophy or any of the other names that want to put on the same misplaced desire for something less than what God wants to give: namely an everlasting kingdom where there is a “new earth and a new heavens”. They simply don’t know. They can’t yet see it. So many things in life are this way and are often born out of a dangerous immaturity. The appeal of hanging about the gate of the romantic of a situation over that of the fullness of love. The debate that rages over sex and intimacy (as if they really could be divided) is about the same thing: Wanting the quick and easy feeling of five cents instead of waiting for an untold wealth.

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  4. In a parallel thought, it is somewhat akin to being able to view an enemy bearing the image of God.

    Interesting thing came to mind when I read your observations…in fact I was going to elaborate more in this particular post about one of the four horseman. That being the first one who comes to conquer, he is riding a white horse and he is wearing a crown. A lot of people say that this rider on the white horse is Christ, but I am of the understanding, from much more further study on this topic, that this is a counterfeit or the one that bears an image much like Christ.

    Rev 6:1 Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”
    Rev 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

    So to the kingdom will attempt to be much like the kingdom of God and bears that image, but in reality it is man’s attempt.

    I am limited in time, as my hubby is home with a back injury…

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  5. Vee,

    I will keep your husband and you for his back in my prayers tonight. Those are not easy to deal with.

    Yes, I agree. Some have come to an understanding that there is a sudden departure in the imagery of that scripture. My study Bible liner notes tend to support the understanding that these are all means of God’s restrained judgement on mankind, his exercise of sovereign authority over the events of human history, even using enemies to accomplish this purpose that allows the giving of “one last chance” for unbelievers to come to Christ. This is so in keeping with a short essay on the difference between a threat and a warning that I read today. It made a clear distinction on the following: A threat is given by one who wants you to do what is in their best interest. A warning is given by one who wants you to do what is in your best interest. For those who regularly and roundly condemn God for using “fear” (in the morbid sense) to “control” them and “make” them obey, have either missed the point entirely in ignorance or are very well aware of it in all the perversity of their heart. As Chesterton often pointed out, language can so easily be made to mean what we want, rather than what it really means and the mind that has not been trained is not able to hear these “dissonances” of word tone precisely for what they are end up at a loss during rebuttal.

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  6. Melly, thanks for your prayers, emmm, can you pray that I am given patience too. I am usually pretty good, but when your man is made disabled, well let’s face it, men are not that good with handling pain! No offence guys!

    language can so easily be made to mean what we want, rather than what it really means…

    Yes!!! And post-modernism – deconstruction doesn’t help any!

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