Part One: Levels of Authority
What kind of authority is being claimed by our local NAR “apostles” of Tikkun and Revive here in Israel? Rabbi Glenn Blank, a member of “Senior Apostle” Dan Juster’s Tikkun America Executive Team spells it out for us. One would expect him, if anyone, to accurately understand what level of authority his own apostolic leaders are admitting to claiming. . . .
“Topic: Roles of an apostle? Dan Juster’s propositions:
1. Apostles are what they were in biblical times, except for writing authoritative Scripture
2. Apostles may be chosen by other apostles (apostolic succession in historic churches)
3. Apostles may be chosen supernaturally by the Holy Spirit
4. Apostles provide governmental order and covering for five-fold ministry.” (1)
Blank specifically states that these are Dan Juster’s own propositions on the level of authority held by a restored apostle today. Juster claims that they are basically the same as the Twelve -apart from not being able to write authoritative Scripture. So they don’t mean just church-planters sent out from some congregation, but apostles in the sense of the Twelve and Paul; -in other words foundational authority; and indeed other sources from our pseudo-apostolic trio confirm this:
"We are looking to re-establish foundations for the community of faith". (2)
"Bible teaching from the perspective of apostles within the body today is still greatly needed. They provide vision and foundation, anointing and authority, in a way which the other ministers do not." (3)
"The apostle has a different approach, focusing on the overall kingdom of God, foundations of the Church, the restoration of Israel, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the completing of the great commission." (4)
This is reflected in the teachings of Tikkun's covenant partner Mike Bickle:
"God Himself was communicated to me in a way I’ve never known before or since. The Lord simply said, “I will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation”. (5)
When we talk of changing the understanding and expression of something, these are not merely cosmetic adjustments but changes that will alter the very nature of the object itself. Clearly also, the Church, refers not merely to a local assembly but to the Body of Christ as a whole; thus these modern-day restored “apostles” desire to alter the very foundations of the Body of Christ itself, as the late Peter Wagner head of ICAL made quite clear:
“The New Apostolic Reformation is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit that is changing the shape of Christianity globally. It is truly a new day! The Church is changing. New names! New methods! New worship expressions. The Lord is establishing the foundations of the Church for the new millennium. This foundation is built upon Apostles and Prophets." (6)
You might ask how they dare presume to do this. Perhaps this quote from notorious false prophet Bob Jones will clarify things:
"The Apostle Paul will be more anxious to talk to the endtime apostles and prophets than the endtime apostles and prophets will be to talk to Paul, because what the prophets of this generation will do will be far greater than what he had done. The saints in the New Testament will wait in line to greet the apostles of this generation.” (7)
Bob Jones, by the way, is considered a recognised prophetic voice by both Dan Juster and Asher Intrater (8), and it is disturbingly clear from Juster’s own personal history of Tikkun that he holds this proven false prophet (who used a position of authority to persuade women to undress for him), in high regard. (9)
Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries concurs with Jones:
“The most glorious times in all of history have not come upon us. You, who have dreamed of one day being able to talk with Peter, John and Paul, are going to be surprised to find that they have all been waiting to talk to you” (10)
We see then, that many of today’s apostles and prophets actually consider themselves as possessing, not merely equal, but greater authority and power than the original Twelve and Joyner underscores this.
"Joyner proposes that there are different levels of revelation. Level one is prophetic "impressions". Level two is described as "conscious illumination" which he says was the level the apostles used when they wrote the New Testament documents. Level three is an even higher level which he calls "open visions" which are viewed externally like the clarity of a movie screen. Finally, the fourth and highest level he describes as the "trance". It is on this highest level of inspiration that Joyner claims he received his dreams and visions. In other words he claims a higher level of inspiration than the Apostles when they wrote the Gospels and Epistles. Joyner describes these levels of revelation in The Final Quest, pg 9-10." (11)
Tikkun and Revive do not make the same claim as Joyner explicitly; however, I think it can be demonstrated from their own materials and activities, that in effect, i.e. implicitly, their claim to not be writing authoritative Scripture is meaningless, and that in practical outworking there is no appreciable difference between them and Joyner, and we will examine this in the subsequent sections.
2) Intrater, Asher. Alignment, Location 986. Revive Israel Media. Kindle Edition
3) Intrater, Asher (2015-03-24). All Authority: Biblical Principles of Spiritual and Delegated Authority (Kindle Locations 1893-1894). Revive Israel Media. Kindle Edition.
4) Intrater, Asher (2015-03-24). All Authority: Biblical Principles of Spiritual and Delegated Authority (Kindle Locations 1886-1887). Revive Israel Media. Kindle Edition.
5) Mike Bickle, “Growing in the Prophetic”, (Cited by Mitchell, in: “Spread the Fire”, October 1995), p.
6) (The organisers of the Apostles and Prophets Conference (APC) Brisbane - February 2000).
7) Mike Bickle and Bob Jones, “An Interview with Bob Jones,” Kansas City Prophets 1989.
8) See Intrater’s book Alignment, Kindle locations 761-795.
10 Rick Joyner, The Harvest p.9 MorningStar, 1990.
11) Steinkamp, Orell. Climbing Rick Joyner’s Gnostic Mountain. http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/orrel10.html