SCRIPTURE STUDY: AMOS 3:7-8 (ESV)
WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND –
VERSE 7: “SURELY the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His secrets to His servants the prophets” (AMP).
We know that we can prepare boldly for what is coming because Jesus gave us the prophetic signs of our time. He told us what we should look for and because of His words, we know that we’re living in the LAST DAYS because prophetically the Bible has shown us where the CHURCH will be in the future. We know that it will end in glory and will end strong and not weak.
The Laodicean Church, one of the 7 churches mentioned in The Revelation to John (Rev. 3:14-17). In this passage of scripture, Jesus spoke about the last days but it will not be the final church because the LAST CHURCH will be united and strong and will grow into the full stature of Jesus.
God is equipping and preparing us for great and mighty things so we will finish strong! We will take the NATIONS for Jesus’ sake by PREACHING the Gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth!!
The DEVIL has already been defeated and although he will exert great power on the earth, his reign of terror will end in the lake of fire.
THE ENTIRE WORD OF GOD IS PROPHETIC…meaning “foretelling,” and “forth telling.”
But it is also apostolic because the word “apostolic” is a DOING word.
James 1:22 (The Message Bible)
“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. ACT on [or “DO”] what you hear.”
To be apostolic means we must be “doers”: acting on what you hear! And what we do should extend beyond the four walls of our church by extending to the ends of the earth.
An APOSTLE is a person who performs the Word IN DEED.
At Pentecost, the disciples became apostles because they were ANOINTED to do ministry.
Jesus’ ministry was apostolic because of what He did (Acts 10:38).
 How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him (AMP).
And since Jesus gave us the command to “go then and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19), as fellow disciples we are ANOINTED to do ministry.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (AMP)
 But it is God Who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and has consecrated and anointed us [enduing us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit];  [He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise].
The definition of an APOSTLE is, “one who is sent forth” to represent another.
And as the ANOINTED, we, as believers are sent by God to represent heaven on earth. We are to be the answer to a distressed world.
The true definition of the apostolic ministry is “Someone who is anointed by God [not man] to perform a supernatural task on earth by adding to God’s Kingdom.” It implies that we can ALL be apostolic through the indwelling Holy Spirit’s power!
But are we really “doers”?
God has always been building His Kingdom or building His church which is the same thing.
Some Terminologies in the WORD May Change.
The first time the word “apostle” was used was in the New Testament. It was never mentioned in the Old Testament, but its meaning carries the same function in the Old and New Testaments–because God has always sent man and woman to represent Him and to perform work for Him.
There are ANOINTED people who are DOING in the name of the Lord but they are not sent by God to do whatever they’re doing. If we are not sent by God we will not be acknowledged by Him. So it is important to DO only what God directs us to DO. That’s what Jesus did. He never did anything without God’s permission.
God has called each one of us to work with Him and He is building His Kingdom with us and through us.
GOD IS THE BUILDER!!!
Colossians 1:15-17 –
From this revelation in Scripture (God’s Word), we can see the great apostolic power of Jesus as the Creator and because He created everything, He has POWER and AUTHORITY over everything He created.
Those who have an apostolic anointing are also creative and the things they BUILD for God are a testimony against the kingdom of darkness.
Matthew 16:18 (NIV)
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
What God BUILDS will defeat the devil and the things we BUILD with God cannot be destroyed by the enemy.
To be APOSTOLIC…and I know there are those reading this blog who are uncomfortable using this term…is being sent in BUILDING SOMETHING that exults God and overcomes the enemy.
Anything that was built by God and His workers in the Old Testament, by definition, is APOSTOLIC and anything built by God and His workers since then is APOSTOLIC.
GOD IS NOT YET FINISHED BUILDING HIS KINGDOM!
For example, He has not yet created a new heaven and a new earth which He will do in the future. That’s part of His future plans and we are part of His present plans. That is why we need the BLUEPRINT for today.
God has ANOINTED every one of us to BUILD apostolically.
Everything we see in the physical or natural environment responds to WORDS. That’s the way God’s creation is designed: “God said…God saw” (Genesis One).
God has given us the ability and the authority to frame our world with His Words. Prophetic Words have POWER and can be spoken into our circumstances in order to shape our world so that it reflects the MAJESTY AND POWER of God’s Kingdom. So watch your words!
When these spoken words are applied to God’s creation, there will be a response. However, there’s a time to SPEAK and a time to DO things. That’s why we need both the APOSTOLIC AND PROPHETIC ANOINTING.
Any impressive building has a CORNERSTONE to show that it is valuable. It usually contains inscribed the names of the Architect, the Master Builder, and the Visionary.
All that God BUILDS is valuable and JESUS is the Chief Cornerstone of everything He builds (1 Peter 2:6-8). If Jesus isn’t part of the building then it’s not worth building. And if it is not built by Him, then it’s not His building.
When Jesus is the CORNERSTONE, what we build, whether it is our spiritual life, our marriage, our home life, our career, our businesses, the name of Jesus will always be a stumbling block to those who oppose Him because the CORNERSTONE will reflect heaven.
God wants everything to be built on His apostolic BLUEPRINT.
The reason being that it can EXALT Jesus who is the Creator and the greatest example of the APOSTOLIC ANOINTING.
Hebrews 3:1 (NIV)
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
God wants every family to have an apostolic blueprint so that they can be built according to His plans with Christ Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone.
When others see the building, not necessarily a physical building…God will be given the GLORY. God wants to be glorified in our families, our ministries, our businesses, and every other aspect of our lives. But He can only be GLORIFIED if things are built according to His design.
When His name is on the building, it becomes a stumbling block to the kingdom of darkness, but LIFE and HOPE to the world.
Every Ministry Should Have An Apostolic Blueprint to Succeed.
In order to fulfill our the requirement, we need to find the BLUEPRINT of the cities and nations that God is giving us to REBUILD. And because anything that hasn’t been built according to how God wants it built MUST be broken down and rebuilt.
AND…there’s nothing wrong with rebuilding.
Rebuilding because there are things that must be redesigned, restructured, and repositioned so that God can be given the GLORY.
If your life, my life, is not offending the kingdom of DARKNESS, that means that Jesus is not the CORNERSTONE because the Cornerstone will be the Rock of offense to everything that refuses to bow to Hum.
The laying of the CORNERSTONES is in accordance with our apostolic built-up anointing because God wants us in our ANOINTED lives to place Christ back in the cities and the nations. And when the building is complete, Jesus is going to be the CORNERSTONE of that city or nation.
Revelation 11:15 (AMP)
The seventh angel blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The Dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and forever (for the eternities of the eternities)!
WHEN WE BUILD THINGS FOR GOD He places us into the foundation of that building as a TESTIMONY for eternity.
The New Jerusalem – Revelation 21:12 & 14 (NIV)
 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The names of the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles are etched on the FOUNDATIONS of the New Jerusalem that contributed to the building. God advanced His Kingdom through the TWELVE TRIBES of Israel who possessed the Promise Land and laid down the FOUNDATION for the nation of Israel performing their apostolic part.
After Pentecost in the New Testament, God built the CHURCH through the early apostles and they laid down the FOUNDATION of the New Covenant for Believers (that’s us) to build on and they completed their apostolic part.
Ephesians 2:20 (AMP)
You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.
What we do for God today means something and He remembers the names of those who have worked for Him and with Him. God doesn’t merely use your life and resources and then forgets about you, but He remembers your name and blesses you and your children up to the THIRD and FOURTH generation.
When we operate prophetically and apostolically in our lives God will make sure that your name is in the FOUNDATIONS for all to see and He will send others to BUILD on that Foundation generation to generation.
You Have An Unique Anointing – 2 Corinthians 6:1 (AMP)
Laboring together [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them–do not receive it to no purpose].
That unique anointing should express itself in you PASSION. And as an example, if you have a PASSION for seeing people HEALED…God will use you for healing.
Remember, we can’t do anything without Christ because He is the SOURCE OF THE ANOINTING. ALWAYS!
CREDITS FOR THIS BLOG:
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.
Commentary: What is the anointing? What does it mean to be anointed? – gotQuestions?.org.
PHOTOS: Google Image search, using the referenced Scripture verses.
Bible Translations: New International Version (NIV); Amplified Bible (AMP) except where noted.