PROVERBS 4:7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom; And with all your getting, get understanding.
We are in the days of the coming great deception as mentioned in Revelation 17. A big part of that deception is a powerful counterfeit that is running on all cylinders having the ability to misdirect on so many levels. And now that the false ekklesia has arrived, — it needs to be exposed.
As I worked for an Eagle Biologist on the West Coast, I started recieving a flow of prophetic revelation on what the early church looked like and how it function under ekklesia. It had the glory of God all over it and what I saw was something that is completely missing in todays model. In one of the visions I saw a group of Bravehearts where wisdom, revelation, understanding, council, might, knowledge, and a healthy fear of the lord was a very present reality. As I walked in their midst, the joy of the lord was all over them, the angelic was around them, and the presence of God was upon them. These Bravehearts truly enjoyed the battle and enjoyed each others company. Holy Fire illuminated them as ONE! United, they went from place to place unleashing the Kingdom of Heaven. It was an epiphany of a powerful expression on how it was always meant to be.
I also saw glimpses of a powerful counterfeit lurking in the background strategizing once again to usurp the things of God. As the Lord continued to define the lost art of ekklesia I realized that for the past many years, God was preparing a people for a moment such as this, where the strategies of God are being revealed, and the strategies of the adversary are being exposed. As I started writing out the revelations I felt the need to guard what has been entrusted as the adversary is once again on the prowl drafting up his plans to distort a movement that God was about to release.
When processing the ekklesia language, I found that the message was offensive to many as it had an outside of the box feel to those who were inside the box, — when the real emphasis of the message was more about ‘a gathering on the move’. When Jesus established his group . . . that initial gathering was continually on the move going from place to place taking care of His Fathers business. The very part that He incorporated needs to be a key part of who we are today. Its all about Kingdom building. Building His Fathers Kingdom and that is exactly where the lord tends to lead those that have come out of the distorted gospel, along with those cave dwellers that are still coming out of the wilderness.
As I began to put boots to the ground on the ekklesia model that Jesus exemplified, I realized that the counterfeit was also setting up camp, mobilizing his troops with divisive intel to redirect this new season. Today when you Google ‘Ekklesia’ you see pages filled with distractive content, filled with falsehood, designed to redirect the most recent movement over the cliff. Our adversary has a trophy case full of his personal accomplishments, — so we need to be the wiser when moving forward and that all starts with us abiding with Jesus.
Like Constantine who decided to steer his government to include Christianity for the sole reason of governing Christians. Well today you have a distorted religious government that also wants to take control of what God is doing today. With the adversary seeing the rising ekklesia, the distorted religious structure, like Constantine, will also attempt to govern the people as he steers Gods renewed intentions for an ekklesia into a whole new direction. Once again he plans to redirect a Holy Spirit initiative of an extraordinary season into a sideshow.
Going from Spirit led, to church led, we now have Google pages full of ekklesia counterfeits filled with distractive, destructive and deceptive church governmental language that sounds so convincing. To the untrained eye it may look like the real deal but it’s far from it, — but many already have succumbed to the redirect. This shift is a continuation of the adversary’s strategies to steer us into a false government and to weaken the dynamus power that resides within ekklesia. When ekklesia wins, — the adversary loses bigtime!
What I have found is that any language coming forward on behalf of ekklesia needs to be processed through the model that Jesus exemplified and what Holy Spirit released. The counterfeit ekklesia that is presently filling up the Google pages may talk about teamwork and Kingdom building, but when push comes to shove, there is no real teamwork but an autocratic system disguised as teamwork only to redirect it back into that top down system, a system where building personal kingdoms and ministries become the focus. When surfing online, — we need to discern the good from the bad and the ridiculous.
I have seen rising ekklesia movements go through the growing pains only to be usurped by leadership who have not transitioned into teamwork. For many leaders, transition is going to be extremely difficult. The very ekklesia startups that I have been apart of in the past five years have all been influence by top down personalities. Strong horses entrenched in the top down scene have a tough time restraining themselves, and when the going gets tough they always surface and assume control.
The thing about ekklesia and teamwork is that in most cases it will get messy as we all find our place. And for us to default the rising model into something that we have been so accustom to is something that we need to stay away from. That unrefined strong horse will always look for that perfect opportunity to saddle up, and it will use ekklesia as its personal defibrillator to jumpstart their ministry. That we need to watch out for!
The original twelve had their challenging moments but they stayed focused as Jesus knit them together. It was all about building his Fathers Kingdom not building churches. It was all about love, unity and honoring one another. It was all about teamwork and being accountable to one another. I’m always amazed how difficult it is to find genuine love and true leadership in the most sincere environments. It truly is a rare gem. The last season that we just came out of had very little accountability amongst leaders. But with ekklesia . . . it was designed to have accountability all over it. That is why we need to engage with ekklesia as to its original design.
The distorted power structure filled with its insecurities and control will always slam ekklesia under some preexisting government when in fact ekklesia comes with its own government. A government that is totally connected with the Kingdom of Heaven as revealed by Jesus. A government filled with offices that are all on a level playing field as He moved the whole unit forward. Everyone honoring everyone’s strengths and covering everyone’s weaknesses. Sure there’s that go-to-guy, but that person needs to be the biggest servant of all having a willingness to wash feet. For ekklesia, the old familiar banqueting table needs to be wiped clean so that the glory of God can manifest on the levels that He so desires. We need to clear the way and bring things into its proper alignment.
From the time that Jesus showed up with his Fathers Kingdom, the adversary has been busy painting a very deceptive picture. For 2000 years he has added to the deception. A big part of that deception was activated back in AD 313 when Constantine published what is historically known as the “Editto Di Milano” allowing Christians to go public and making Sunday the day of rest, — a Sunday which has nothing to do with Christianity. Constantine amalgamated the ‘sun god - Apollo’ with the 'Son of God - Jesus' and came up with his one-day celebration. Then on 321 AD Constantine published this official statement:
“On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and the people residing in the cities rest, and let all the workshops be closed.” — Constantine
And from that day forward, Sunday became the official day of rest for ‘The Sun God’ and for ‘The Son of God’. A cornerstone of the false has now been laid.
And so the adversary has been busy building ever since, — everyday to be exact. For 2000 years the adversary has been adding daily to the deception. This sly serpent is always looking to restrict, to raise the false and redirect the truth. So what are some of the cracks that we need to be looking for when cracking down this counterfeit?
Well first of all true leadership needs to be modeled at the homefront where there is a continual demonstration of unconditional love. Our serving needs start there first. When I look at the stats its amazing how some of the funniest guys up front seem to be the biggest yellers at home. How some of the most powerful messages spoken are rarely applied at home. And for those who lead worship, — its amazing how many are so disconnected from their families. Again, it’s that whole top-heavy performance gospel that needs to start serving more. We have leaders out there speaking powerful messages but at home they walk to a whole different message. Plus core leadership has a way of honoring one another but honoring beyond the core is such an elusive thing where the David’s, the Joseph’s, the Paul’s, the Joshua’s and many others are rarely discovered nor released. Also leaders blazing a trail wanting to be that spearhead for the Lord have greater priority than the great commandment to love one another, serve one another, and release one another.
Most of us are amissed when it comes to true leadership because we are so use to what has been exemplified before us. Like Jesus, true leadership should have the ability to glue people together where the commanded blessing has to show up creating an environment where the Kingdom truly wants to land and reshape the landscape before us. True leadership is in serving, honoring, esteeming and releasing one another. It’s about helping those that God has surrounded us with so that the whole team can all move forward. It’s about going down the harvest field together. It’s NOT about blazing a trail and getting people to follow you, — it’s always been about the great commandment and being one as the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are one. It’s about helping others to find their place in the mix. It’s about bringing the presence of God with you wherever you go. It’s about tapping into the Fathers heart and allowing the Kingdom of Heaven to powerfully unleash the Fathers business here on earth.
Jesus modeled with the greatest love and the greatest servant-hood, where “Perfect Love” as mentioned by the Apostle John knits us together as a team. The very glue that Jesus used when defining his team of twelve where the great commandment to love allows us to serve, eliminating the need for any top down government like that of the kings of old, but to truly honor one another and to start working as a team where no one is left behind.
So, if you plan to follow someone, follow that one who has learned to serve. Follow that model for there is the true heart of ekklesia! So beware, — the counterfeit is out there!