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信仰耶稣,(勤劳的)记忆圣经(先记新约),思想不停的想圣经,洁手纯心,博爱,怜悯,正直,自卑,(时常)祷告,宣告圣经,教人遵行, 对于听的进的人:教导培养和改造基督徒:模仿,接近,一直达到成为跟耶稣和圣灵一样(一样的心,一样的思想,一样的灵魂)。Pray daily that God crucifies your flesh and makes the Holy Spirit stronger than your flesh. And with memorizing the Bible, and prayer, become more and more like Christ in your inner person.

Christ only allows 12 apostles (those who saw Him in the flesh), from then till the end of the world

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Ever since the invention of movies in 1895 and popularization of TV in the 1960s and a plethora of spectacle-based  entertainment, many Christians in industrialized urban life have been led astray into a destructive self-love.  They seek no longer after godliness in Christ (which does not vaunt itself –  First Corinthians 13),  rather they seek after the toxic wine of self-prestige, in being the center of attention in front of a crowd, whether through a live performance or through the display of their images (in videos, on books, on websites).

Images are the easiest evidence of such.
Whether people use their speeches as performances of self-prestige, can be discerned by the spirit.

There are also those who almost lost themselves in such things, but have amended their life according to the Spirit of the LORD.

There are also those who are forced and forcibly-displayed by Satan and servants of Satan.

There are also others who seek to glory in themselves in front of crowds by self-giving impressive titles.

The most impressive title is Christ, and those who claim themselves as false Christs, they do so to self-glory into prestige (like, the Satanist   Sun Myun Moon).   We know from Matthew 24:29-30 that first the sun must cease to shine and all stars disappear from heaven, and planet earth in darkness day-and-night,  then Christ would come back.   Therefore as long as the sun is still shining,  as long as daylight still exists, then Christ has not even begun to arrive.   This is the easiest way to remember.

The next most impressive titles are the “apostles and prophets”, who are from Ephesians 2:20.

… the household of God, [all the Christians] are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner (stone), in [Christ] the building fitly framed together grows into a holy temple in the LORD …
Ephesians 2:20-21

Who are these “apostles and prophets” who are the “foundation” of the Church?
Put it simply, they founded the Church.

We all know that the founders are the earliest people who starts something.   We also know that the foundation of a building consists of the earliest stones put into construction.

Thus, Jesus Christ and the apostles founded the Church in 33 AD.
This was preceded by the Law and the Prophets  (The 5 books of Moses, then early prophets: Joshua through Songs of Solomon,  then later Prophets: Isaiah through Malachi).

And the Old Testament was founded upon the Law and the Prophets (or, Moses and the Prophets).  Thus, in the Gospels, Jesus referred to those words often.

The Law was fulfilled in Christ.
The temple of the law was abolished, and Christ builds a new temple, the Third Temple, which is the Church.   No longer a physical building but a spiritual building.
Christ is the new foundation of this building.

So the New Testament is founded upon Christ and the Prophets,  with Christ replacing Moses.

For we know that Moses dedicated the Old Testament,
and Christ dedicated the New Testament.
Thus, Christ replaces Moses,  and faith unto God is no longer founded upon “the Law and the Prophets, or Moses and the Prophets”,  but founded upon Christ and the Prophets (that is the Scriptures written by the Prophets).

God then declares in Ephesians 2:20 that the Christians are founded upon “the apostles and prophets”.

This is because, Christ is Himself an apostle:
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Jesus Christ.   Hebrews 3:1

After the end of the world, when all the saints are gathered, judged by God, and tallied, there are only 12 individuals in heaven, who are apostles.
Who are they?

Simon Kephas (Peter), Andrew, Yacob ben Zebdi (James), Yohanan ben Zebdi (John), Philip, Bar-tholomew, Thomas, Matthew, Yacob (James) son of Alphaeus, Lebbeus/Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite, Paul.  (Matthew 10:2-4)

You know this by the Book of Revelations:

the wall of [Heavenly Jerusalem] had 12 foundations, and in them the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.
Revelations 21:14

Notice that it says “the names”  of  “the 12 apostles of the Lamb”.
It doesn’t say “the 12 names”    of    “the apostles of the Lamb”. (which would falsely imply that there are many apostles)

But it is written to say, that there are only 12 apostles in all of history of the Church, from beginning to end.

Furthermore, it is evident that the apostles did not appoint any successors.   These are people who were constantly in contact with the Spirit of the LORD,  these are the foundation of the Church.   Yohanan, the last apostle alive in the flesh, has had more Revelations directly from the LORD than any Christian would ever have.

Evidently, God was faithful to His Word, and did not allow any more than 12 apostles.

For, if the foundation of the building has already been laid and all other men build upon this foundation,  it is not possible that if another man tries to lay a different foundation,  that that man should still be part of the same building.

For if someone tries to lay a different foundation, then that person is starting a different building,  and not remaining in the original building.

And Christ himself nominated the 12 apostles.   (so there are 13 total, Christ, plus the 12 apostles, whom I mentioned earlier).

The apostles are “apostles of the Lamb” or apostles of Jesus Christ, as earlier mentioned in the Book of Revelations.

Apostles are neither chosen by God the Father, nor chosen by the Holy Spirit, nor chosen by apostles’ request,  but only by the personal presence/appearance of Jesus Christ.

We know that the lot (as long as it’s not rigged) is done by the LORD:

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.   Proverbs 16:33

Thus, the eleven apostles, being themselves apostles, wanted to add another apostle.

And they (the eleven apostles) prayed and said, “Thou LORD, who knows the hearts of all men, show whom of these two you have chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”
And they (the eleven apostles) gave forth their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Actions of Apostles 1:24-26

Thus, we know that Matthias was chosen by the request of the 11 apostles, AND by the decision of the LORD.

Nonetheless, this did not make him an apostle.
For he was numbered with the 11 apostles.   So the number of apostles somehow remained 11.
For we know that the total number of apostles is 12, and we undeniably know that Paul is an apostle.   Therefore, the apostles are the 11, plus Paul.    Matthias did not count among them.

For later, it says, “Peter, standing up with the eleven” (Action of Apostles 2:14), thus they remained 11 total, otherwise, it would have been written  “Peter, standing up with the other eleven.”

Ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης ἀνέκειτο μετὰ τῶν δώδεκα.
when evening arrived, Jesus sat down with the twelve.  (Matthew 26:20)

Σταθεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος σὺν τοῖς ἕνδεκα
But Peter standing up with the eleven (Actions of Apostles 2:14)

The “with” (meta) in Matthew denoted accompaniment-with.
The “with” (oun) in Actions of Apostles denoted union-with.

So Jesus was not part of the 12,  but Peter was part of the 11.

Therefore, neither God the Father nor the apostles can nominate a new apostle.

Neither does the Holy Spirit (or any anointing of the Holy Spirit) nominate new apostles.

It’s evident that the Holy Spirit descended upon the eleven and Matthias on the day of Pentecost.   They were thus all anointed with the Holy Spirit (in a much more powerful way than in any later era, I think).   Nonetheless, Matthias was not added with the 11 into 12,  because even after Matthias was chosen by lot (the LORD), by request of the 11 apostles, and then filled with the Holy Spirit, in tandem with the apostles  (Acts 1:24-26, Acts 2:1-4),   the Word of God still says “Peter standing up in-union-among the 11” (Acts 2:14).

So, apostles are neither chosen by God the Father, nor by the Holy Spirit, nor by the request of man.

The last apostle was later nominated by Jesus Christ himself.

And as [Saul] journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shined round about [Saul] a light from heaven, and [Saul] fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him: “Saul, Saul, why persecute thou me?”  And he said, “Who are thou, O LORD?”  And the LORD said, “I am Jesus whom thou persecute, it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”   And he trembling and astonished said, “LORD, what will thou have me do?”  And the LORD said unto him, “Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”
Actions of Apostles 9:3-6
And last of all, [Christ] was seen by [Paul] also, as of one born out of due time.  First Corinthians 15:8

Furthermore, not only Paul, but Kephas (Peter) and Yohanan (John) have also given the the personal appearance of Jesus Christ as one of the criteria for the apostle position:

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables when we made known unto you the power and coming of our LORD Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mountain.
II Peter 1:16-18

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life
John 1:1

We know that the Early Church (or, Primitive Church) was the most pious in faith.   These were directly and personally educated by Jesus Christ and by the 12 apostles (the 12 best Christians in all humanity, ever or since).

It is evident that none of them claimed “apostles and prophets”, these are the people from whom the apostles would have chosen replacement candidates, for the apostle position.

It is also evident that the 12 apostles did not choose any replacements (because the number of apostles are 12 individuals, permanently 12, in heaven).

Paul mentioned his own death, and even prophesied about the future, but did not make arrangements to make other people into apostles, not even Timotheo.
Peter mentioned his own death, and prophesied about the future, but did not make arrangements to make other people into apostles.

If the “foundation of the Church” were to be re-laid from one flesh-generation to next flesh-generation, it would have been mentioned by the Word of God, which while we sojourn in this life,  is complete for all that we need to know in Christ.

It is clear that the foundation of the Church is laid by Christ, who together with the 12 whom He has personally chosen,  are the apostles.
The foundation of the Church also includes the Prophets, who are the Scripture Prophets (Isaiah till Malachi, adding John Baptist).

We have already established that there are only 12 apostles, they walked the earth about 2000 years ago, and there are no “new apostles” allowed, because only 12 people claiming-apostleship are allowed into Heaven.   There are 12 apostles total in all Heaven, even by the Word of God, counting at the end of the world.

These are the apostles of Ephesians 2:20.
Now, the prophets of Ephesians 2:20,  that is, those who are the foundation of the Church.

We know that whenever the LORD Jesus mentioned “prophet”, He always referred to the Prophets of the Old Testament  (Isaiah till Malachi).
We also know that the Word of God through Apostle Peter said that prophets were people mentioned in Scripture, or people who wrote Scripture:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the day star rises in your hearts.   Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture [originated from] any [personal understanding].  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke [while] moved by the Holy Ghost.
II Peter 1:19-21

This certainly refers to the Old Testament prophets, plus, perhaps referring to the entire Bible.

Furthermore, the Word of God mentioned that the prophets were people who lived in previous era:

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the LORD, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
Yacob (James) 5:10

This refers to the past, and the suffering prophets were necessarily Isaiah through Malachi.   Yob (Job) is also added.

Thus we can conclude that the prophets of Ephesians 2:20, the foundation of the Church, can only be the Old Testament prophets (plus John Baptist).

They cannot be the Corinthian prophets, or people who receive the “gift of prophecy” through the Holy Spirit.   Why?   Because if Corinthian prophets and Old Testament prophets were one and the same, then the prophets would be contemporary with Yacob (James), and he would have written “the prophets, who are speaking in the name of the LORD”.

But he wrote “the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the LORD”.

Also, it is not possible that the Corinthian prophets be the foundation of the Church, because God through Paul announces that all the Corinthians (and thus, any person who receives a Holy Spirit gift, including prophecy) as people who build upon the foundation,  and not as part of the foundation themselves:

For we are labourers together with God, ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another build thereon.  But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man builds upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, every man’s work shall be made manifest, for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall test every man’s work of what sort it is.
First Corinthians 3:9-13

The “we” (Paul + the Corinthians), “ye” (the Corinthians),  “I” (Paul),  makes it very clear that any person who receives the gift of prophesy in the New Testament  are NOT part of the foundation.    Rather, they are part of the building,  but they are not part of the foundation.   The order of precedence is clear.

Furthermore, God through Apostle Paul says that those who receive the Holy Spirit gift of prophesy, in the New Testament,  their purpose is to “edify the Church” (First Corinthians 14:3-4).     This means that Corinthian prophets are merely helpers in building the church (after the foundation is already laid),  they are not founders of the church.

Thus, no person receiving the Holy Spirit gift of prophesy in the New Testament era,  is part of the foundation of the Church,  but merely part of the Church (the building).

The foundation of the Church are these:

  • Jesus Christ, Son of God  (and chief Apostle).
  • 12 Apostles of Christ  (mentioned in New Testament)
  • The Prophets (mentioned in Old Testament)- the later Prophets: Isaiah through Daniel, 4 major prophets and Hosea through Malachi, 12 minor prophets
    – plus John Baptist
    – plus Yob(Job),
    – and possibly the early Prophets: Joshua through Son of Solomon

Further proof from the Word of God, is that while the apostles were alive in the flesh, they spoke of the prophets as from a previous era:

Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
II Peter 1:15

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you, in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance, that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us the apostles of the LORD and Savior.
II Peter 3:1-2

Peter the Apostle not only mentions the prophets as from previous eras,  he also wants people from later era to remember the words of the apostles  (meaning, the apostles are only alive on earth for a while, and there aren’t going to be new apostles).

Then, at a certain time, all the apostles died in the flesh, except Yohanan (John).     So Jude (Judah) the brother of the LORD writes:

But beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before [from] the apostles of our LORD Jesus.
Jude 17

It is evident that the foundation of the Church are:

  • Jesus Christ, Son of God  (and chief Apostle).
  • 12 Apostles of Christ  (mentioned in New Testament)
  • The Prophets (mentioned in Old Testament)- the later Prophets: Isaiah through Daniel, 4 major prophets and Hosea through Malachi, 12 minor prophets
    – plus John Baptist
    – plus Yob(Job),
    – and possibly the early Prophets: Joshua through Son of Solomon

Christ only allows 12 apostles (those who saw Him in the flesh), from among all individuals, past, present and future.

Nor can any person, claiming a New Testament gift of prophesy,  contradict that by claiming to “speak from the LORD” and declaring “new apostles”.

Because, the Word of God and the Spirit of God say of themselves:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed
II Peter 1:19

Thus, no person can claim that he has a prophecy from God that allows new apostles, or new prophets who claim to be Ephesians 2:20 “foundation people”.    Because the Bible is a book of prophecy, and it overrides anything contradicting it.

There is something called “New Apostolic Reformation”  that is contradicting the Bible.    It is a prestige-seeking motion to self-appoint people as apostles,  claiming “anointing” of the LORD.

The anointing of the LORD is only reserved for special people in the Old Testament.
The anointing of the LORD, in the New Testament era, is given to all Christians, all who are faithful.

First of all, you get the anointing of the LORD by merely praying Psalm 23 (if you pray with a pure heart and pure lifestyle):

You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over.
Psalm 23:5

Also, John the Apostle declared that all who are children of God, have the anointing:
But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.
I John 2:20
But the anointing which you have received of [God] abides in you, and you need no that any man teaches you, but as the same anointing teaches you of all, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in [God].
I John 2:27

So please don’t get fooled by any person claiming to have “an anointing” that makes him special.  No Christian can boast of an “anointing”, because every Christian has it.

Also, in the New Testament era, those with gift of prophecy (if they truly do) are not made so by an “anointing” (which every Christian has).
The gift of prophecy is received as a gift from the Holy Spirit (First Corinthians 11), but it is not an “anointing”, because every Christian has the anointing.

Also, in the New Testament era, those with gift of prophecy are not special people who are better than others  (unlike apostles).

The special people who are better than others, they are the New Testament apostles, and Old Testament prophets.  (as previous mentioned).

The New Testament people, with Holy Spirit gift of prophecy, they are nothing but common people, equal with any other Christian who have any other Holy Spirit gifts.

Please realize that when the Word of God listed the gifts of the Spirit, prophesying was not put in much importance:

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to [spiritually] profit with [everyone else]:
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another divers kind of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
First Corinthians 12:8-10

Also, Paul the Apostle essentially wanted every Christian to seek and obtain the Holy Spirit gift of prophesying:

But if all prophesy, and there comes in one who believes not, or unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all.
First Corinthians 14:24

So it is evident that in the New Testament era, any person with the Holy Spirit gift of prophecy is not anyone special, but merely a common person with everyone else.

And, when God through Paul wrote about how to choose church-leaders, He did not ask that the leaders of church-assemblies  should have a specific gift (such as prophecy),  he rather gave requirements of intrinsic holiness.
(First Timothy 3:1-15, Titus 1:5-9)

Thus,  any person with Spirit gift of prophecy does not,  by having that gift,  have precedence or pre-eminence over other people.
Rather, the choosing of church-leaders should be based on inner-qualities of holiness, rather than on Spirit gifts.

Thus, this is my service unto God, to refute the “New Apostolic Reformation”.   Those people are covetous of prestige-titles, and seek to have a system where they self-appoint apostles and prophets as the “foundation of the church”,  and thus have pre-eminence over all other churches.
(I can’t exclude that some are motivated by Acts 4:32-37, where the apostles were the central recipients of all the church-donations, from all the Christians.   Thus there are also some who want to claim title of apostle not merely for prestige,  but also for money.)

The Word of God establishes that the apostles of Christ are only 12 from all of humanity, past present and future.   These are the 12 mentioned in New Testament.

The Word of God establishes that the prophets who are the “foundation of the Church”   are the Old Testament prophets, written in the Old Testament, plus John Baptist.

These are the “apostles and prophets” mentioned in Ephesians 2:20, and probably Ephesians 4:11.

Churches should be governed by elders, pious men who have proven their sincere faith for many years.

There are no “Ephesians 2:20”  “apostles and prophets” alive on this earth, after the first century (ended in the year 100 AD).

So, any church associated with the “New Apostolic Reformation”  need to immediately get out of it.
Any church claiming “apostolic ministry” need to immediately give up your “apostle” or “apostolic” title.
For the LORD God is against the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

If any man is contentious for titles of “apostle” or Ephesians 2:20 “prophet”, please heed the Word of God:

What? came the Word of God out from you?  Or came it unto you only?

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that [Apostle Paul] write unto you are the commandments of God.
First Corinthians 14:37

Take heed, lest you end up like this:

Not every one who says unto [Christ], LORD, LORD, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of [His] Father who is heaven.
Many will say to [Christ] in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in your name?  and in thy name cast out many devils?  and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will [Christ] profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye who work iniquity.
Matthew 7:21-23

So, any member-church involved with “New Apostolic Reformation” needs to get out.  (unless that main-church abolishes the title of “apostle” and stops any claim of Ephesians 2:20,   then perhaps other churches can associate with it).

The “New Apostolic Reformation” is driven by desire for prestige-titles and for greed.   It is not possible for people to claim the title of apostles, and remain correct with God spiritually.   Because “wherever envy and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”  Yacob (James) 3:16

The leaders (“apostles” and “prophets”) would essentially get absorbed into a continual competition (strife) for crowd-prestige and self-importance, among themselves, and against other churches, whom they seek to devour in order to prop up their “apostle” claim.
Spiritually, the member-churches are not be affected much and remain in their initial local conditions, if they are far from the central leadership.   However, the closer it is to the central leadership, the more the spiritual life would get done for covetousness and show-off,  rather than godliness.

Until such leaders renounce the title of “apostle” and renounces claim of “Ephesians 2:20”,  any member-church would do well to get out from associating with the main-church,   because “a little leaven leavens the whole lump”, and you don’t want to get influenced into  living a life of coveting self-importance.

I would have similar comment about any other church or person that claims “apostle” title upon any person  other than the people written in the New Testament.

Praise unto the Church of China, for they did not claim the title of “apostle”.

Finally, brethren please pray that truth be spoken unto me about all the Satanism (forced filming/broadcasting, devices inside the body, sexual assaults) done unto me,  that I redress my grievances in court, that my images get removed from screens, that my thoughts get removed from transcripts, because it is grievous sin against me.

The love of God and the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all,   Amen.

Written by bookofjeremiah1eighteennineteen

July 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

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