“Behold, I will do something new!” — Isaiah 43:19
A new day has dawned for the Church that Jesus is building!
- New revelation has been released from Heaven!
- Revelation produces Revolution!
- THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!
The Head of the Church, Jesus, is calling the Church into a new dimension of the Spirit. The gateway into that new dimension of the Spirit is a “new” ministry model. It is “new” in the natural realm, in that it is a new paradigm to many existing churches. Though, it certainly is not new in the Spirit realm, since it is the ministry model that has always been prescribed by God in His Word for the building of the Church Jesus is building (Mat. 16:18). We call that new paradigm, The Ephesians Four Ministry Model, which is delineated in the Fourth Chapter of the Ephesians Epistle.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
8 Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
A major part of the purposes and plans of God now revealed to the Church is a mandate that the Church begin to embrace and pursue The Ephesians Four Ministry Model.
The Ephesians Four Ministry Model is irrefutably and unequivocally the greatest “church growth” paradigm and principle ever known or revealed.
The Ephesians Four Ministry Model is the original “purpose-driven” paradigm that overshadows by a million light years all others.
The Ephesians Four Ministry Model is a ministry model in which all the Fivefold Ministry Offices are functioning and flowing together in concinnity (individual parts working together harmoniously in concerted effort as a whole) in and unto the local church to accomplish the true, unfathomable Purposes and Plans of God for His Eternal Bride through all the ages revealed in the Word of God — that is, the ongoing Ministry of Jesus on the Earth.
The Ephesians Four Ministry Model is the ministry model that Jesus, the eternal and exalted Head of the Church, enacted and activated as He was ascending back into Heaven from whence He had come to sit down at the right hand of God on His Throne of Sovereignty, having purchased and redeemed His Bride through the shedding of His own blood and sanctifying Her through the Church Age by the washing of the Water of the Spirit to become His Eternal Co-Sovereign Companion.
In sum, the paradigm or model Christ as the Head of the Church has established and enacted — The Ephesians Four Ministry Model — is one in which He has anointed and appointed special surrogates; namely, persons operating in spiritual functions of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers — aka, Fivefold Ministry Offices — to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry” unto the end of “the building up of the body of Christ…to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ” Himself.
This is the purpose, the plan, the paradigm, that the “purpose-driven” Christ has revealed, established, and enacted for the accomplishment of the single purpose He explicitly stated was His primary and solitary purpose: “I will build My Church, against which the gates of Hell shall not prevail.”
This has been and remains to be The Alpha and Omega’s purpose through all eternity; namely, the glorification of the Bride of Christ! (Read more about us on the About Page.)
Quote from SONS OF ZADOK, By C.R. Oliver:
Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? (Zechariah 3:2)
Where will a person go today to worship in righteous purity, led by a Son of Zadok attired in garments from heaven? Every priest of the order of Melchizedek is attired thusly and can be said to be “brands saved from the burning.” If it had not been by direct intervention from the living God, many Sons [of Zadok]…would have been burned up by the “judgment on the system.” Fire is about to fall upon this earth. Fire will be directed first toward the house of God, as it was in Ezekiel’s prophecy. Man and his ministries, standing before God in the moral filth manifested by the congregations, are about to experience judgment. Surely, a body of believers tainted with their own filth, does not assure itself of rapture and Brideship. “Without Spot” is not the character of the modern “system church.” Garments stained with every plot, plan, and program of man are all that are offered to God today. How dare the leaders stand before God in their sanctuaries and pray, seeking to execute the office of the fivefold ministry in filthy garments! Man’s plans are being held up to the loving God with prayer. “O Lord, bless us as we venture forth in Your Name.” What? I say, let the God that answers by fire be God. What Elijah did on Mt. Carmel MUST take place again. The Sons of Zadok must confront the prophets of Jezebel’s profligacy. God knows where she abides and reveals that she abides in the church! (Rev. 2:18)
A Prophecy To The Remnant Church
Received by Apostolic-Prophet Dr. Steven Lambert on 11/17/87 @ 3:15 AM
In this hour the cloud of My Spirit is moving in a different manner than in times past. I am restoring the ministry of the Prophet to My Church. I am building My Church.
These two work in tandem — the pillar of fire (Revelation and Purity in Truth and Doctrine) in the darkness and the cloud of My very Presence (My Glory) by day.
I shall reveal more of myself in this coming Glory. I shall release more of My Glory unto the perception of the eyes of men. They shall see more of Me. I shall do it through the revelation which has been stored up and hidden until now, revelation which can only be revealed by My Holy Apostles and Prophets. They can see it. They shall reveal it. Teachers cannot reveal it. Pastors cannot reveal it. Evangelists cannot reveal it. They had not been anointed or appointed unto this work. It is reserved for this time and for My Holy Prophets.
Many local churches shall begin to reel as a drunken man in failure with no answers and with no cure apparent to them, for success and My Glory and My Presence and My power shall be commensurately exposed to them that give heed to My chosen Servant, the Prophets. Believe My Prophets and have success. Disregard them and fail. This is my Word for this hour. For that which has fueled prior movements has been spent, it has been burned up, it has finished its course. Now, new illumination of My Word shall fuel this next great move of My Spirit under My very own direction and empowerment.
To the degree and in the manner that they receive my Servants, the Prophets, to this degree and in this manner do they receive Me, for they are My personal delegates for this hour. They are My personal envoys, My personal Messengers. They speak a Word from My very Own Mouth, for they speak on My behalf. So what they declare I confirm, and what they decree I bring to pass, for their word is My decree.
I shall personally undermine and dishonor those who undermine and dishonor my Prophets. As they receive My Prophets, so do they receive Me. This is My personal Testimony in this hour, for the Spirit of Prophecy IS the Testimony of Jesus, the Head of the Church.
Many, however, shall reject Me, in the light of new illumination of My Word, for I shall reveal another side of Me, a side which they have seen not or known not, a side that only some of My Prophets have beheld as Moses beheld My backside as My Glory passed by. Those who reject Me as I am represented and as My Glory is manifested through My Prophets, I shall remove their candlestick.
Many, however, shall receive Me and be purified as gold is purified by the refiner’s fire. These shall I call My own, and they shall go in and out and find rest.[end]
(Note: Italicized portions are explanations added by Dr. Lambert)
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The following message on the topic of the “Fivefold Ministry Model Mandate” was aired in January 2005, on the Real Truth Radio Program, hosted by Dr. Lambert. It was a PROPHETIC message, communicated through apostolic-prophetic gifting/function, speaking in the Spirit about what God was doing IN THE SPIRIT, in and over the Church that Jesus is building, the true ekklesia (Mat. 16:18). This message certainly is of the ilk in which the things being said are prophetic, forth-telling, fore-telling of things that be not (now), or non-existing in the natural presently (when it was pronounced) as though they were, as if they were existing in the natural (though they weren’t in the natural), at the time time they were spoken. It’s a classic example of a prophetic message. Were these things so at the time they were spoken of, did they exist in the natural at the time the message was delivered and aired on the radio airwaves? NO! OF COURSE NOT! They were not! Did they manifest at that immediate time, when they were spoken, declared, pronounced, uttered? NO! NO! NO! A thousand times, NO! The declarations, pronouncements, were prophetic! They were things spoken in the NOW, for God is the God of the Now, He is Spirit and eternal, it is always NOW with Him and in the Spirit, and in the Kingdom! They were spoken, declared, pronounced, announced, through a NOW FAITH (Heb. 11:1). Genuine faith is NOW FAITH! Genuine faith is faith that accepts, receives, believes, right NOW, as reality, what God has spoken BEFORE it is manifested in the natural. This message, this broadcast, was/is PROPHETIC! “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7-8). God always speaks, declares, announces in advance what it is He does, will do, is doing? Anything that the Lord is doing in the NOW, you can be assured He spoke, declared, announced, prophesied it long before the present and the time of its fulfillment. All that is the nature of the prophetic! The Bible is full of instances in which the prophets spoke things that required years, sometimes, decades, in some cases centuries, in some cases millennia to be fulfilled. In fact, we are still waiting for much of the prophetic utterances in the Word of God to be fully and totally fulfilled! Some denominations and groups have declared the Book of Revelation to be only an allegory and that it contains little or nothing that is for the daily living of saints today. Yet, it was the “revelation” of Jesus Christ communicated to John the Apostle via an angel not long before his physical death, which he was commanded to write down and communicate to the Church for all ages and periods of the Church’s existence on earth. Prophetic utterances must be declared by prophetic instruments. They must be spoken. This prophetic word was spoken by a prophetic instrument in 2005 because Jesus, the Head of the Church, gave the message to Dr. Lambert and told Him to broadcast it into the radio airwaves, which he did. He obeyed; no matter what the cost. And, the cost was great! After the broadcast aired, scores of pastors and preachers in the area where the broadcast aired, called the radio station in an uproar, demanding that the station owner and manager remove the program from the air, saying the message was false and Dr. Lambert was a false prophet, even though thousands of prophets and other Fivefold ministers around the world had been preaching, teaching, and declaring similar messages about the Fivefold ministry model for decades before and certainly a decade-plus since. A season of supernatural persecution against the messenger ensued — all because of the import and importance of this message, which demonstrates how much Satan hates this revelation and the threat it poses to his kingdom and agenda. Within the span of a few years around that time, a husband and wife, who were two of Brother Lambert’s dearest friends and closest ministry supporters for many years, his father, and his wife of nearly three decades passed away; he lost his home, ministry headquarters, furnishings, and equipment, his bank account of almost thirty years, and all his earthly possessions, except for a small cache of clothes, a laptop, a broadcast microphone, his Bible, a box of the books he authored, and a used car given to him by the husband and wife who suddenly passed away. This all occurred after 30 years of dedication to the Lord and the ministry to which He called him. The personal cost for preaching Truth was great, but the price was paid! Echoing the Apostle Paul, Dr. Lambert, despite the severe cost of hardship that ensued in the 12-year aftermath, says, “None of these things move me!”: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24) Some people may not like the sharpness and clarity and directness of the message, but Dr. Lambert, to this day twelve years later in 2017 stands by every word of this prophetic message! It’s ALL true, and ALL from the Lord Jesus Christ, the true and functional Head of the Church!
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