By John Eckhardt
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The New Testament wineskin of the Church, with the presence of apostles, is needed to contain the new wine. Joel's prophecy emphasizes prophecy as an element of the last day outpouring. The sons and daughters will prophesy. The servants and handmaidens will prophesy. The young men shall see visions and the old men dream dreams. This is a radical release of all people. It makes no difference whether you are male or female, young or old, rich or poor, all can prophesy and operate in a prophetic realm.
1 Corinthians 12:28 Apostles, prophets, and teachers are the governmental gifts of the church. These anointings have been left out of the government of most local churches and have been replaced by the office of pastor. This is unscriptural and grieves the Holy Spirit. We have violated God's order and have suffered for it. The result is that we have many pastors trying to build and plant churches that require an apostolic anointing, and they do not have the necessary grace to succeed. The result is many small, weak churches that cannot properly manifest the power of the kingdom of God.
God has led me for these many years by His grace. Since then, I have received many confirming prophetic words. John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34). Ananias identified Paul as a chosen vessel (Acts 9:10-16). Many can be identified by their works. Jesus pointed to His works to show He was a sent one (John 5:36). The work will speak for itself. There are many leaders that are presently doing apostolic work around the world. There are many who have not yet done the work, but the calling is there.