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Is The Five Fold Ministry For Today
The Coming Battle
The five fold ministry in this study is compared to that of a hand and the structure of a building.
We are living in the age when the five fold ministry is not well accepted in today’s church.
This is mainly because of the way the offices have been abused by those that are self seekers trying to operate in the gifts and have not fully matured in the way the gifts operate.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of Power; That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the Power of God.
Those who receive their recognition from men will end up in witch craft (literally). Galatians 5:20 names witch craft as one of the works of the flesh.
Whatever is gained through self ambition will need to be upheld by self.
Those that have been called of the Lord to help build his kingdom will be tried to the very faith they stand on.
If the church is going to accomplish her last day ministry that is going to usher in the return of our Lord, she must have the prophetic ministry in place consisting of true called warriors of God that are accurate and trustworthy.
People in foreign lands are disappointed in men and women who are not people of integrity.
They will follow the God in you but you better not waver for they do not trust the ways of man.
As we draw near to the end of this age, we are going to need spiritual guidance especially with all the havoc in the world such as wars, unrest and natural catastrophes.
Five Fold Ministry Explained
I have noticed that true prophetic ministries and gifts of the Spirit are being restored to the church today which fulfills the prophecy of Joel and preached by the Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:17-18.
This prophecy clearly states how in the last days that the Living God will visit and pour out of his Spirit upon all flesh and our sons and daughters will prophesy.
God’s word is truth but without the spirit, it is only the logos word or as the word say’s the letter killeth but the Spirit giveth life.
When the Spirit quickens the word to you then it becomes rehema which means a living thing which produces faith.
Listen dear reader, I am talking about hearing a word behind the word.
Paul recognized that his message must be demonstrated by supernatural power rather than just words alone.
God will always show up and verify the truth and he sometimes will do this by performing miracles which he did through the ministry of Jesus and Paul to confirm his message.
To make the statement as some do today that the prophetic ministry no longer exists and was done away with after the resurrection of Jesus, is to say that the church has come to complete fullness and has achieved a perfect state of maturity which is farther from the truth.
Also to say that God gave it for that day and it is not for today is almost blasphemy because unknowingly, they are saying that God who is immutable, changes not and cannot lie gave an imperfect gift.
The church has not come to complete maturity and achieved the measure of the stature corresponding to the fullness of Christ.
Let’s again see what the scriptures say before we go any farther that we might gain some insight to what I am saying.
Ephesians 4: 10-14
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some evangelists; and some pastors, and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind and doctrine, by the sleight of men, and craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
The five fold ministry was given until the church matures to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ that the body may be edified and equipped for the work of ministry as stated in Ephesians 4:12.
The five fold ministry is essential for effective ministry.
The Lord has given us every provision necessary to accomplish His purposes and prevail over the enemy.
I will list the offices and function of the five fold ministry near that you the reader may gain some insight on the importance of recognizing the need for the prophetic in this day and hour of confusion.
The Holy scriptures indicate that this will be one of the most important avenues of ministry at the end of the dispensation of grace.
In the days ahead, we are going to need spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and revelation to accomplish the Lord’s work especially when the Love of many has waxed cold.
We must get back to true worship growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a vast difference between revelation and divination and we must be prayed up to know this difference. We must understand that the Lord has called us to walk by faith and not by sight or by our senses.
The Lord wants us to be dependant upon him for he cares for us because we are his children.
The Lord wants to change our hearts and not how we view our surroundings because he looks on the heart.
The word states that out of the heart flows the issues of life.
The heart is our inner most being and this is where the lord will speak to us and unlock hidden secrets and ideas that will set us free to accomplish his will for our lives.
Prophecy sometimes will touch these secrets and give us courage to step out on faith.
A true word of knowledge from a man or woman of God can turn our whole situation around and in some instances can shine some valuable light on a situation that would takes hours of counseling to be uncovered thus freeing up a pastors time that he could devote more study to feed his flock with the word of God.
The Lord gives prophetic gifts because we desperately need them and when used correctly, they will greatly improve the effectiveness of any ministry.
We need to seek a closer walk with the Lord that he may share his thoughts with us, not for what we can get from him but that we might be close to him and that we might be called a friend of God.
Friendship and intimacy with the Living God or let me say "Father God" should be our primary goal.
The Lord will reveal our purposes if we will only love and worship him for who he is and not be a talebearer of what we hear when we are near the throne and intimate with him.
During the early 50’s and late 80’s, the prophetic ministry was on display in an unprecedented level such as William Branham, Oral Roberts, T. L. Osborne, AA Allen and others.
This ministry and its gifts have played a major role and helped make a positive influence on thousands of people throughout the world.
One reason is that the five fold ministry will help open our eyes and educate us to the schemes of the enemy.
There have also been those trying to use these gifs and made mistakes because of not being mature and waiting on God.
Should we throw out the different ministries such as pastors, evangelists, or teachers because some have made mistakes?
Let us learn from our mistakes and move on to perfection.
The Lord revealed this to me by informing me that it was ok to fall in target practice.
I asked him to reveal more of this revelation to me and he explained that by failing, we become more aware of the tactics and schemes of our enemy.
We become more prone to be on guard and not fall when the real battle takes place which is now upon us?
This is why some of us have lost everything, but be assured of this dear reader, sooner or later, the living God is going to repay you for all your losses and when you come out of the trial, you are going to be a broken vessel with the anointing dripping off of you.
The church is headed for an eye opening show down with the Kingdom of darkness and she must have a strong and accurate prophetic ministry with people of integrity leading the charge in order to know the Lord’s plans ahead of time that people might be placed in position to carry them out.
We have all been in training for several years for this cause and purpose.
What we are able to see in the spiritual realm must be more real to us than what we see in the natural realm.
This takes a devoted prayer life and spending time in God’s word.
Those operating in the prophetic will be the Spiritual watchmen upon the walls making sure that the enemy does not ambush and blind side the leadership of a church or ministry.
If we are trusted with a true gift of the Spirit and manifest the fruit of that gift, the word of God says that our gift will make room for us.
We must be devoted to pleasing God and not man. We do this by being people of truth, integrity and humble submission to His Spirit.
God is in the process of restoration to those who have been shut down as they were attempting to use their gifts because they missed the mark and made mistakes which caused them to question their calling.
Many who are growing in the prophetic realm experience visions and dreams but fail in their interpretations because of not knowing the timing of God.
In this study we will explore the office and function of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher.
We will like them in comparison to that of a building and that of a hand which should give us some clarity to their function in the body of Christ.
First we start off with the office of the Apostle and their importance to bring stability to the ministry.
Apostles + Visionary with usually one Kingdom message.
They are the Foundation of a ministry and are the ones sent from the body to the Nations to break ground for the Prophet then the Evangelist.
They like the Evangelist operate in the power gifts.
They preach repentance and deliverance.
Prophets + Usually gifted in music or singing.
The Prophets are the Windows of a ministry + usually gifted in music or singing.
They receive and they give messages direct from God and are also intercessors.
They do not make good pastors.
They usually are like someone wearing two different pairs of socks but they have their place in the body for edification.
Pastors + Solely responsible for their sheep
Pastors are the walls of a ministry who look after the needs of the sheep and solely responsible for their each individual conditions and that they are properly fed. They have a Shepard's heart which requires a lot of love and patience.
Evangelists + Ones sent to preach the salvation message
Evangelists are the Doors of a ministry. They are the ones sent to preach the salvation message but they also are able to operate in the prophetic and spiritual discernment.
They are like a troubleshooter in the body equipped by God to find the short that is holding back the power. They also are able to be used of the Lord to operate in the power gifts like the Apostle whose primary message is salvation, repentance and deliverance.
Teachers + To help the sheep grow in knowledge and grace
The Teachers are the roofs or coverings of a ministry which are in place for protection and guidance and balance. They are there to help the sheep grow in knowledge and grace through their gifted teaching.
This requires the ones sent to preach the salvation message to be up late and spending time in God's word and prayer in order to show them selves approved and rightly dividing the word of truth.
This study has revealed to us why the five fold ministry is so needed in the coming attack from the Kingdom of darkness which is now upon us.
Now let's compare the five fold ministry to that of a hand.
The Apostle would be the thumb that gives power to the rest of the hand.
The Prophet would be the index finger that points or gives direction to the hand.
The Evangelist would be the middle finger which is longer than the others that stretches out.
The pastor would be the ring finger because he is married to the church.
The Teacher would be the little finger that keeps the hand in check and gives balance to the hand.
To say that the word replaced the gifts is saying that Ephesians 4:11-13 is fulfilled and the church has achieved a perfect state of maturity which is far from the truth.
Today, everyone wants to be recognized as wearing the hats and titles and some have never been through the trials and training to be a leader.
Have you not heard the stories of how heroes and Generals were made by going through the war?
Not many professing Christians in this closing dispensation have developed a sincere hunger for God that he may develop them and place them under leadership that they might grow into maturity and this is sad because God placed no boundaries in how far we can go in the Spirit.
Do I hear the deep calling unto the deep?
The call is deep within you and will help steer you to the goals that God has set for your life.
It is the idea that is always flashing in your mind. It is the dream that doesn't seem to go away.
It is a passion that drives you and keeps you thinking about what you want to accomplish in the Kingdom of God. These desires were placed in you by God and you will never get away from what God has placed in your heart to do.
Please know that God does not work on our time table and he has a season and appointed times for different portions of your vision to be accomplished.
I know you are going to enjoy the video below and isn't it amazing how a song tends to lift us up out of a downcast situation?
Get Your Praise On And Listen To This Woman of God
After viewing this video, can you hear the cry deep within your heart that says, I was born to do something and I must fulfill that cry because I feel there is something deep within me being called by eternity?
Everyone born on this planet is born for a specific purpose.
We were created to fulfill and accomplish something significant and make a difference in our generation.
We were created to accomplish something special that no other person on Earth can accomplish, that God may leave his signature in our life.
God placed the plans for our life within us when we were born and that is why we are to delight our self in him that he may bring these hidden desires into a reality.
Every person born on this planet was created to stand out as a unique person but some just want to go along with the crowd and just blend in.
No one has your finger prints nor do they have your DNA. You are special and were created to stand out, not blend in.
You do not need a physic or horoscope to predict your future, all you need to do is delight your self in the Lord and look at what lies within you.
Your future is not ahead of you, it was placed within you at birth.
The scriptures teach that the church is to be a unified body consisting of many members and each member has its on unique function within the body.
No one else can accomplish what God placed in your heart to do. We must be persistent in achieving the visions God has placed in us.
When we make up our mind to fulfill our vision, we can expect opposition from the enemy of our souls to try and steer us off course.
This is why we must make plain the vision and then be persistent in obtaining it.
We need to let every opposition strengthen us and use every failure as experience and steeping stones to give us more determination to meet our goals.
We need to be bold as a lion and harmless as a dove in our Christian pilgrimage.
People with a determination to walk this walk of faith will be persistent in their walk and never take no for an answer to fulfilling their visions.
We need to fight until we get a breakthrough and experience the joy of the Lord who is with us encouraging us to meet our purpose and fulfill our dreams.
The joy of the Lord is our strength and God’s vision in our heart is stronger than any darkness the enemy may bring our way.
Remember, patience and persistence wins the race and obtains the prize and no matter what people might think or say about you just remember they are not the ones that will be signing your report card and your reputation is what man thinks about you but your character is what God knows about you.