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It has been 7 years for me since the new season has visited South Africa, and this new season was re-presented by Apostle Sam Soleyn from USA, and he illuminated another point of view that was missing from the mind’s eye of the current Apostolic Ministry leaders in this Nation in my circle of influence. The acceptance of this point of view would change the direction of the “Called Out” and cause all to rethink and to audit some of our traditional doctrinal positions. In my estimation of the spiritual landscape, this group of Apostles and Prophets and their people were ready for the next unveiling of the purposes of God in His Grand Master Plan, which I was numbered among. We must give validation to those that have laboured in the night season of our time, and understand that even though we were in our night season, it was a dawning of a new day for them that went on before us. Their spiritual elevation allowed them to see beyond the horizon of the eternal spiritual landscape that was still veiled from our point of view and understanding. Prior to the last seven years, since the early 1980’s in South Africa men like Apostle Robert Munien, Apostle Thamo Naidoo, Dr. Sagie Govender, Apostle Frans Du Plesis, Prophet Shaun Blignaut & CWBN Leaders, Apostle Noel Woodroef, Apostle Anderson Williams & Prophet Scott Webster began to unpack the Apostolic Reformation to the current mainline Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches across the earth. These were awesome days of tremendous warfare in the Spirit. We were also blessed to receive itinerant Ministry from Apostle Kelly Varner, Apostle William Hinn, Apostle Steven Everett, Dr. Myles Munroe & Dr. Mark Hanby.
I recall my young days walking among some of these men, bearing their armor, I was among Generals in the Spirit, and I felt 6 feet tall when I was with them. Today I thank my Father for all of the rich heritage and instruction that I received during those formative years from those men of God and state with the greatest of humility that I have a piece of their anointing and graces in Christ, in me. I said all of that to come to this point, had it not been for a man in the earth that was carrying the grace of the season through his obedience to the voice of God, I would not have been a recipient of all that I have grown and matured into today. I am truly forever grateful and respect these vessels that have poured into my life. These men were and still are the intercessors in the earth in the corridors of time for the season they were called to administrate. If they would continue to journey in the Spirit , they would become Patriarchal Fathers over Tribes in the Holy Nation now and in the ages to come. Now please don’t get me wrong there are thousands of other men like these scattered throughout the earth in obscurity, hidden from my circle of influence they do exist and are touching thousands others just like me and you. I just don’t know who they are. Nevertheless, I cannot escape this one fundamental truth that had it not been for an “obedient servant of the Lord” a “Sent One”, I would not have what I have today.
Now this acknowledgement activates a Kingdom culture found in this attitude “unless you become like a child you cannot enter the Kingdom of God”. We are upgrading and adding to our understanding of this text from it just meaning, being born again of the Spirit. Unless you become a (Nepios) that is the first stage of ones spiritual development in Sonship towards maturity, you cannot enter the Kingdom of GOD. A child is dependent on an adult for provision and protection, usually their parents or family members. Here is this context you are fit into a spiritual family by the Holy Spirit and given to be cared by a Spiritual Father to watch over your soul. You are here because of decisions greater than your understanding. As a matter of fact before you were in your mother’s womb, you were in your Heavenly Fathers womb. You are part of a rich Family Heritage beginning in God Himself, passed on from one generation to the next by relationship of Father and Son over the vast pages of genealogical record and as found its resting place in the lineage of the 42nd Immortal Generation of Jesus Christ. You are an accumulation of graces and anointing summed up in Christ before the foundations of the world. Eph 2:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. Therefore you are surrounded by so great a Cloud of Witnesses in Jesus Christ that is urging you on to the finish. These all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen from afar off were assured of them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they declared plainly that they seek a homeland, a Family not a natural family and country but a heavenly family and country and a Holy Nation and these that declare this, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a City for them, ZION, Yahweh Shammah, THE LORD IS THERE.
Ezekiel 22:30 So I sought for a man among them, that would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. The Hebrew word for “gap” is the word “Perets” which means a break, gap or breach. There are two other verses that show that gaps are breaches, Is 58:12 and Amos 9:11. The former verse talks about the spiritual and physical ruins of Zion and the latter to the Tabernacle of David. There is a gap between God and man that an intercessor tries and repairs. That God did not find a man to stand in the gap to prevent the destruction of the land, is evident from this text. The text says, “I sought for a man…who would…stand …before Me on behalf of…” This clearly identifies this passage with intercessors. Now we have totally confused intercessors as those that pray. These intercessors are usually retired old women that have nothing else to do but have warfare prayer for the Church and its meetings and programs. In our ignorance God winked at it, for when we miss the mark, grace abounds much more. But an intercessor is actually one that comes before God on behalf of others. We find this ministry over the Tribe of Levi under the Covenant of Law. They were the designated Priesthood or Intercessors that would function on behalf of the people and would represent the people before God. They were the temporary standard that would repair the breach; they were the type and shadow of better things to come. When God saw the Priest and the blood sacrifice then He would be restrained from destroying the land and the people in that land.
In Ezekiel 23 God begins to deal with Samaria and Jerusalem because there was no one to stand in the gap and the Levitical priesthood had profaned the Holy things of God and God allegorical illustration depicts these two Cities to two sisters viz Oholah and Oholibah. Oholah means “Her own Tabernacle” and Oholibah means “My Tabernacle is in Her”. This has layers of revelations which I will not be able to unpack in this note, but will say this that Oholah is the flesh and the soul (Samaria)and Oholibah is the spirit (Jerusalem), thus constituting the makeup of a man. We are the New Jerusalem, for the Father of Spirits chooses to Tabernacle in a building not made with human hands, which is our renewed Spirits, the Naos. The failed Aaronic Order of priesthood of the Old Covenant of Law is replaced by the a new priesthood Order of Melchizedek under the Covenant of Sonship, and Jesus Christ is the Great High Priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek, of which we are too. But He, because He lives forever has an unchangeable priesthood, therefore is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrew 3:13 When He said a new Covenant, He had made the first obsolete, but whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old, is ready to disappear. In this New Day it has disappeared completely. Amen. So Jesus Christ, the Son, now presides and rules in your Spirit in the Tabernacle of God in you to make intercession always for mankind. Intercession is not your praying ministry it is the Ministry of the Great High Priest Christ Jesus that dwells in you. It is the Priestly function of sons.
The difference between the old Levitical priesthood and the new Melchizedek priesthood is this. One stands in the gap and represents the people to God and the other stands in the gap and represents God to the people. People are not coming to God, God is coming to the people in the Sons of God. Now what I want to bring into view is Representational rule of the Sons of God. Hebrews 1: 1-3, Jesus Christ the Son was the exact representation of the Fathers glory. “If you have seen me you have seen the Father, I have come to show you the Father. For I only do what I see My Father doing and I only say what I hear My Father saying”. For in the beginning was the Word and Word was with God and Word was God, and Word became flesh and dwelt among men, and we beheld His glory , the glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
There are still many that love God but are very skeptical of the Father and Son relationship. Many of the children of God have been abused by false- fathers and boy-leaders, that lorded it over them, abused their authority, demanded money, manipulated situations for their own benefit, openly rebuked them in public and embarrassed them. They manipulated, dominated and controlled them and these precious ones don’t want anything remotely associated with something that requires them to become vulnerable again and trust again, they have suffered rejection in their souls and bare the bruises of Satan, that have not been healed. They have fled the Church and have said in their hearts, I want nothing of that. That is not God, for God is Love. Leave me alone I will go to God the Father all by myself, I don’t need a man to stand in the gap on my behalf. For years the Church has been losing its members because these do not want Christian religion but just want a relationship with their Heavenly Father, as His Son. I was one of those people too. That all changed when I encountered the love of the Heavenly Father displayed in a character of a man that would later become my Spiritual Father.
It is said of Jesus Christ by the Prophet Isaiah in chapter 53:2-3 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of the parched ground, He has no stately form or majesty, that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised and we did not esteem Him. Jesus the man was not an attractive person at all, He was not strikingly good looking like King Saul or Absalom, and He had no stately form or majesty. He was below average when it came to His external features. If you saw him in the natural walking in the marketplace you would not notice him or look the other way. But the disciples that saw beyond his natural could not shake the tangible, attraction of love that they felt when they were with Him when He spoke to them, that Peter would conclude, “Where can we go to Lord, for you have the Words of Life”. For the Words of Life, are the Words of Love. Prostitutes could recognize this Agape Love, because they where more than acquainted with erotic love (Eros) and brotherly love (Phileo) and sensed the love of the Father that flowed from Jesus, for they knew the difference. Overwhelmed they would take the most precious items they owned like, perfumes that was worth a year’s wages, and pour it on the feet of the One that carried this most precious Grace and weep uncontrollably before Him. When Jesus entered a room, unconditional Agapé Love came into the room and if you are not looking for it, you would have missed Him altogether. FOR GOD IS LOVE.
To you hurting skeptics out there, the season has changed, but don’t let it pass you by because of your past experience. The Father is pouring His love into mature Sons of God that understand they are dealing with the Heritage of God and you are invaluable in His and their sight, and they understand their function and are willing to lay down their own lives to serve you. These men are Fathers of your soul, not Fathers of your Spirit (Heavenly Father) and not Fathers of your flesh (Biological Father). All they want is to disciple you into maturity, through a relationship of love between a father and son. Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your soul, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be profitable to you. The word in the Greek “Huper “is used for “keep watch over” it means, To govern over something for its benefit. There is another word that conveys the same meaning found in 1 Thess 5:12, But we request of you, brethren that you appreciate those that labour among you and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction. The Greek word “Prostemi” is used for “charge over you” it means, “To stand forth and make a way for you”. Conversely in 1 Peter 5:2-3 Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God and not for sordid gain but with eagerness, nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears you will receive the unfading crown of glory. The Greek word “Katakureo” is used for “lording it over” and it means to, “take over, overpower and over throw, it’s a false authority, to get you to serve them.
Now did Jesus have someone to watch over His soul? Mark 14:33-34 And He took with Him Peter and James and John and began to be very distressed and troubled and He said to them, My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death, remain here and keep watch. Here we see the words “keep watch” is the same Greek word “Huper” as used by Jesus. He requested of those that were closest to Him to watch over His soul during this very stressful time. That is the purpose of a Spiritual Father to watch over your soul when you are walking through the furnace of the Baptism of Fire, while Jesus Christ and the Father begins to forge character and His nature in you through the furnace of suffering in your life. Nearly every son that I have received in my Household, I received after they were rich and famous, when they were losing or lost everything and were in deep financial difficulty and I had to provide a context for their suffering as the hand of the Father bringing them into spiritual maturity and that it was not the Devil or anything that they could have prevented but that it was time to grow in the Spirit. For we learn obedience through the things we suffer. Many are comfortable with the notion of God the Father having a Son, but few venture to understand that God the Son has a Father. No man can come to spiritual maturity unless he is accountable to someone for his soulish actions. You do not know what you ask for when you say let God be my Judge, when He has provided another intermediate level of accountability in the form of a Spiritual Father, that will help apprehend you from your foolishness and immature ways.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator, also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. What about this scripture Leon, that clearly states there is no other mediator between God and men except, Christ Jesus. Firstly the word men here is a reference to the unsaved unregenerate man, this is not talking about you a son of God. Secondly it points to the “man, Christ Jesus” this is very important to understand for Jesus Christ was a son of man and son of God. Jesus is the son of man and Christ the Son of God. When the scripture particularly says, the man, Christ Jesus it wants you to understand that His humanity is equally important as His Deity. But it is not His Deity that facilitates Him being the mediator only; it is His humanity too that facilitates Him being the mediator because Jesus the man provided a tabernacle in time for the occupation of the Christ and to mediate between God and fallen man. Jesus made Christ legal in this natural world. For unto us a child is born (Jesus) but unto us a Son is given (Christ). Mary bore the child Jesus and God the Father gave Christ, the Son. In the order of the Kingdom, your sonship into maturity will provide Christ a place in the earth to put on display the Culture of the Kingdom and showcase the character and nature of your Heavenly Father. You are the face of God to this world, Yahweh becomes Elohim in you. If I (Son and sonship ) be lifted up (be given importance and emphasis) in the earth, then I (Father) will draw all men unto me. For the Father was in Christ Jesus reconciling man to Himself, not counting their sin against them. No man can come to Son (-ship) unless the Father draws him. You must want maturity and sonship more than anything else in this world. If it means submitting to a spiritual father to watch over your soul, then you should not find reasons for exclusion but rather test everything and hold on to that which is good. Pursue sonship not membership.
In conclusion you may have direct access to God for a short while because of your personal situation and pain, but that the Heavenly Father has appointed righteous men to help facilitate your maturity and thus fulfill the agenda for the Body of Christ in this Kairos of God, will require you at some stage to acknowledge that and submit to that is your choice. Now that you know these truths. Failure to move in this direction will render you lawless in His eyes, because you refuse to be accountable for your soul, this is tantamount to blatant disobedience and rebellion which is as witchcraft. Thereafter you are no better that those in Jesus day that killed the Prophets and stoned those who were the Sent Ones (Apostles). There is a Grace now being poured out for this to be administrated in the earth. Pray the Heavenly Father to show you your Spiritual Father, one that will love you unconditionally and serve you, so that the prayer of our Great High Priest can be answered, FATHER MAKE THEM ONE AS WE ARE ONE.
Be Perfect in Love.