Early on the LORD told me, (as in caused me to know in such a way that I knew it was Him. God has the ability to make you know it’s Him), that He has sheep in all of the denominations and flavors of churches out there, but that they are hindered by the leadership as if a dark, black blanket of oppression covers the entities they call churches.
He said that He is the one who decides what and who is His Church. He sees His Church from His vantage point, not man’s. He said He is restoring the authority of Apostles and Prophets in His Church and He made it clear to me that the only way to certainly recognize who are His true Apostles and Prophets is to recognize Him in them. That is, by knowing Christ alone is the only way to truly know those who are His. We know all thing by first knowing Christ, keeping in mind that we know nothing as we ought to know it. There is nothing more important than knowing Christ and being known of Him. Everything good and proper will flow from there.
There are only 12 foundational apostles under Jesus who is the Chief Corner Stone. However there are those who are apostles after them. Paul considered Silvanus, and Timotheus as apostles as he defended the holy and blameless conduct of them and him to the Thessalonians. “Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.”
As well he noted in Ephesians 5 that we will have Apostles and Prophets along with Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers until we are of full stature. “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.
Jesus Christ decides who His leaders are. He establishes them and places them in office. Any man who appoints Himself is a usurper and presumptuous to his own detriment and to the detriment of those followers who think he is authentic.
First seek to know Christ for the good inherent in knowing Him. In the volume of the book, it is written of Him. From that place of knowing Him and seeking Him, all other things will be given as He sees fit. “But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
If we seek the things of Christ and to know mysteries and eschatology first and to a greater degree than we seek Christ, we will miss both those things we seek for and Christ.
Christ is the preeminent one and so our preeminent seeking ought to be to seek Him, to know Him that we may be transformed by Him. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”.
Seek first the LORD JESUS CHRIST. He will keep you and direct you.