Sid Roth interviews Drs Dennis and Jennifer Clarke who, in 2016, were filled with a great hunger to pursue a deeper relationship with God and an understanding of how to better guide others through their journey to discipleship, to do the same. Acknowledging the impact John Wesley had in transforming an entire nation in one generation, they prayed to receive an impartation from the Lord to begin a movement that would manifest the glory of God and transform the world.
After God gave them a greater hunger, they came across the teachings of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, which were written for the early church believers: A book called the Didache. The word ‘Didache’ literally means teaching or training, but implies a rigorous training as an athlete would prepare for competition. Also referring to “The Lord’s teaching through the twelve Apostles for the Gentiles”, these writings detail a form of discipleship and teaching that has been completely removed from the modern church system.
Their study found that the Apostles and their early church disciples were men and women who walked in passion, purity, and power; a people who turned the world upside down. All representative paintings of these people included visible halo’s on each of them, depicting the glory of God resting upon their countenance. The early church era is considered to be the gold standard of Christianity, and Drs Clarke learned that all pastors today have a lot to learn from this original church standard. The modern church makes excuses for such change, but the Word remains true:
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Joh 12:35-36 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
Rev 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
2Th 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first…
The church started in strength and power, but not long after Jesus departed, He was hidden from them. The church has since fallen away from the light and back into darkness.
Dr. Jennifer Clarke explains that the Didache is an extension of the great commission given by Jesus:
Mat 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
The Early Church had a greater understanding of this process which is not found in common Christianity today. The Word used for ‘disciple’ is the Jewish Word talmid, which is literally to study under a rabbi (teacher) as the Apostle’s did with Jesus. Disciples were called to all but live with their teachers: to eat with them, study and learn from them, listen to and be in complete obedience to their instruction and be transformed into the very character and nature of their rabbi by submitting to their teachings and instructions.
Mat 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
The possessions Jesus speaks of is knowledge and a manner of life. This impartation of character was initially received from Jesus Himself, and then passed down through the sub-Apostolic generations by the early church Fathers.
This was the function of the Didache: to produce disciples who looked like they had been with Jesus.
The first and only complete copy of the Didache was discovered in 1873 by a Greek orthodox cleric in a monastery library. It was not until the year 2,000 that a coalition of historians and scholars was formed to establish a consensus on the writings of the Didache. After eleven years of study, they concluded that these teachings were written before any of the New Testament writings and they were written by the very disciples of Jesus Christ circa 50 AD.
On presenting these teachings to his church, Dr. Dennis Clarke found that even those considered to be spirit-filled, mature believers schooled in the writings of scripture were convicted from the first lessons in the Didache; now having received teachings directly written by the Apostles of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Jennifer Clarke explains that when we begin to see the glory of God, our failings are illuminated by that glory and His Spirit demands a transformation in us. She states that the Lord will not just dispense His glory on believers, but that believers will need to pursue Him.
Mat 25:6 …’Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
She goes on to say that the Lord is looking for radical believers genuinely seeking His presence; a people that will willingly deal with themselves when confronted with the need for change; a people that will inspect themselves and deal with their own hearts in order to move closer to Him. Such transformation as pursued by the early church eradicated the problems faced by the church today and allowed them to flourish.
Sid Roth concludes that this revelation of the lost teachings of the Apostles was called to the kingdom for such a time as this; because history is about to repeat itself – he sees there is going to be a billion soul harvest and these teachings are vital for all believers to receive; as they are written to prepare our souls for the coming of God’s glory.
Starting over twenty years ago Apostle Michael Petro has been receiving visitations from the Lord which gave Him ongoing revelation to better understand the deeper things in the Word of God. This understanding highlighted exactly what Drs Clarke found in their readings of the Didache: the necessary transformation of the soul to receive the impartation of the glory of God. After coming across the teachings of the early church around four years ago, Apostle Michael found them to be witnesses to what the Lord had been revealing to Him.
The teachings of the early church are written in the same manner as the bible: in an Apostolic language of mysteries with a symbolic representation of a Spiritual understanding imparted by the Lord to His chosen vessels.
Mat 13:10-11 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Eph 3:3,5 …by revelation He made known to me the mystery… revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
1Co 2:6,7 …we speak wisdom among those who are mature… …we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery…
1Co 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue… in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
While the teachings at their face value will serve to cleanse the daily lives of the believer, the real transformation of the soul required to prepare for the coming of the Lord is through the deeper understanding of the mysteries: in the same manner of teaching by which Jesus taught His disciples, and which the early church subsequently taught their disciples.
We encourage you to investigate these writings and to seek understanding of the deeper things of scripture, remaining aware of a heavenly meaning hidden inside the text: a writing by the Spirit of God through His anointed; a teaching which, when received, will begin an impartation of the very character and nature of Jesus Christ.
1) NKJV Bible
2) Early church can be found at https://voh.church/ecf