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The Dead Living Church: The Original Concept of the Ekklesia and Its Perversion

The Dead Living Church: The Original Concept of the Ekklesia and Its Perversion

by Isaak K. Arikawe


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"The Dead-Living Church'' re-defines the concept of church (the true Ekklesia), her global positioning and her responsibilities according to the original intent of God. Jesus' declaration in Matthew 16, "I will build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it" far outweighs the theological assumptions and religious beliefs about what church is supposed to be. This book is not a product of professionalism; it is a prophetic release by the Spirit of the living God. The Church is not a denominational gathering of religious people, but the Ekklesia, the people called for an assignment, the assembly of legislating on behalf of God on earth. This book will take you through a journey. Its intent assuredly will awaken your spirit man to experience a paradigm shift from 'Churchianity' to that which is God's original intention.

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ISBN-13: 9781607966005
Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing
Publication date: 08/17/2016
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Isaac K. Arikawe is the Chief Responsibility Officer (CRO) of Revelation of His Kingdom Ministries (a non-denominational teaching ministry) and the International Coordinator for Kingdom School of Ministry (a non-denominational spiritual development platform for equipping God's people for ministry work globally).

Arikawe has an apostolic ministry: he is committed to the advancement of God's kingdom on the earth and the edifying of the body of Christ to perfection. He runs the Kingdom Schools of Ministry free of charge. He also speaks regularly at conferences, leadership meetings, and churches. His books have inspired many people globally.

He is married to Temitope, an admirable medical doctor with a deep passion for God's kingdom. Arikawe currently resides with His family in Lagos, Nigeria.

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The question, “What is church?” Is one that every believer must have an accurate answer to. Sometimes the exact meaning of a word can be easily understood if it is traced to its root meaning in another language. The word “church” is not originally an English word; it was translated into the English language from Greek. The Greek word for it is “Ekklesia,” and the word also has two meanings: “called out” and “Assembly.” The Roman government, for example, had their own Ekklesia, which always had the final say over every issue that could not be resolved by other parties. These assemblies were not religious establishments but they had the authority to approve and disapprove claims, proposals, ideas, policies, budgets and other issues relating to the welfare of the people of their kingdom.

“If Demetrius and the craftsman have a case against them, (Gaius and Aristarchus, who were Paul's traveling companions) the courts are in session and the officials can hear the cases at once. Let them make formal charges. And if there are complaints about other matters, they can settle in a Legal assembly. I am afraid; we are in danger of being charged with rioting by the Roman government, since there is no cause for all this commotion. And if Rome demands an explanation, we won't know what to say”. Then he dismissed them, and they dispersed.” Acts 19:38-41

In the above portion of the Bible, the word translated as legal assembly, which other versions refer to as lawful assembly of the Roman government is not a religious term. If we want to interpret literally, it is a secular, administrative and political term. Therefore, as we move on in this expository journey, we would do well to keep this in mind. We should keep the original meanings, the Ekklesia (called out ones) or the assembly in our hearts whenever we come across the word “church” as we read on.

The original Greek word for church was used more than one hundred times in the Greek translation of the Old Testament till the time of Jesus. Its Hebrew translation is “qahal” and it simply means “assembly.” The word was used in various places throughout the scriptures. Deuteronomy 9:10, reads:

“And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spoke with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire, in the day of the assembly.” (KJV)

The use of this term in the Old Testament, referring to the people of God is very essential to our understanding of the term “church “in the New Testament.


Going by the points we have already established about the church, we can see clearly that the term “church” is not actually what we often define it to be today; and if we find it difficult to get the definition right, there is possibility that the purpose of the church will be misunderstood. Many scholars and religious authorities could not trace the origin of this term, which was one of the fundamental reasons for the deficiency in the power and efficacy of the church today. Let's quickly look at the English usage of the word 'church' along with the Greek's.

In contemporary English, the word church dominates the ecclesiological vocabulary. It comes through German and Latin and from the Greek word Kyriakon, meaning, “That which belongs to the Lord.” In the New Testament (Greek) Ekklesia (always translated in English as 'church') is by no means so dominating or central a term. Ekklesia (Latin spelling) was used primarily to designate a particular communal reality, not to describe its qualitative aspects. Where the distinctive qualities and dimensions of community life were intended, other terms proved more flexible and evocative. In comparison with these other terms, Ekklesia was relatively neutral and colorless, conveying only little theological meaning. It was open to use, without a basic shift in meaning, both by unbelievers and believers. Even among those writers who made use of the word Ekklesia, other terms were more expressive of the reality at hand.

Moreover, some people (scholars and theologians) did not do thorough justice to the word “church” because they narrowed their definition of the contemporary use without searching deeply into the origin of the word in Greek, Hebrew or Latin. If they did, they would have also understood, based on what we established earlier, that the Roman Government did not refer to the church as a religious body, but as an assembly, a set of people selected for a particular task, or the called out ones. You can call them the house of the senate that represents constituencies or kingdoms, which gives final verdicts on every matter and policy. This actually depends on the case or issues concerned.

As I said earlier, some got it wrong in the perspective at which they defined the church and the same act determines the way they relate to the subject matter. For instance, Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines church as follows:

(1) A building where Christians go to worship; a church tower.

(2) A service or services in the church, that is, how often you go to the church

(3) A particular group of Christians: the Anglican Church; the Catholic Church, The Methodist Church; as a denomination.

Beloved, do you accept or agree with these definitions? Regardless of what you think, as we continue on the journey, the Holy Spirit will give you more understanding.

Painfully, the wrong understanding of the word “church” has given rise to the formation of other words and terminologies, which are not supposed to be part of the framework of the Church. If truly church is Ekklesia, “called out” and “assembly”, then how did we come about the words/phrases below:

(1) Churchgoers: persons who go to church services regularly (Dictionary meaning).

(2) Churchman (clergyman)

(3) Church warden- (Orthodox/Protestant) person who is chosen by members of a church to take care of church property and money.

Frankly speaking, if the word Ekklesia is the root meaning of the word church, then it means the church is a people (living beings), not a building as most dictionaries define it. It is neither a denomination, nor a group of believers, but a people that carries out some well-defined functions. It refers to individuals, groups of people, set aside or called out for a particular task. It will not make any sense if certain people are “called out” but are not carrying out any specific assignment. Every calling or separation must be with a specific and a defined purpose. The church is therefore not just a denomination, but also a people with a definite purpose stated by the authority that called them out or set them aside.

Table of Contents

Dedication 6

Endorsements 7

Appreciation 13

Author's Note 15

Introduction 18

Chapter 1 The Origin and Meaning of the Church 22

The Church 24

Chapter 2 Jesus' Intention 27

For the Church 27

Jesus Borrowed the Term "Church" 29

"I Will Build My Church" 30

Chapter 3 36

The Features of the Ekklesia 36

The Principles Behind the Building of Christ's Church 38

Comparison Between Jesus' Church and Others 45

Chapter 4 Jesus' Pattern For Church Building 47

I Will Build My Church II 48

The Great Shift 49

Building On the Rock (The Platform) 51

Building With Rock (The Structure) 53

Chapter 5 The Bricks Versus the Stones 56

Which System Controls Your Operations? 58

Babylon Versus Zion's Operation 61

The Principles of Babylon (Bricks) 61

Chapter 6 The Church and the Gates of Hell 68

What are the Gates of Hell? 69

What Is Hell? 69

What Are Gates? 69

The Third Dimension of Gates 70

The Combined Operation of the Three Dimensions of Gates 72

The Posit/On of the Church Over the Gates of Hell 74

Chapter 7 The Church: God's Ambassadors 78

You Are An Ambassador 80

The Nature of Our Assignment 81

Accountability of the Ambassadors 83

The Church and Her World 85

The Salt of the Earth 85

The Seasoning of the Earth 87

Capacity To Interface With the Realms 88

The Light of the Earth 89

The Illumination 90

The Direction 90

Chapter 8 The Dead-Living Church 93

Characteristics of the Living Church 94

Nutrition 95

Respiration 96

Excretion 96

Movement 98

Sensitivity 98

Growth 99

Reproduction 101

Chapter 9 Jesus Outside the Church 103

The Spirit Within the Church 104

The Beginning of the Journey 105

Type 1 The Church of Ephesus 105

What To Note About the Church of Ephesus 106

Type 2 The Church of Smyrna 107

Types 3 The Church of Pergamum 108

Types 4 The Church of Thyatira 109

Type 5 The Church of Sardis 112

The Church of Philadelphia 113

The Obedience of Philadelphia Type of Church 117

The Lesson For Philadelphia Type of Church 117

The Types 7: the Laodicea Church 119

What Kept Jesus Outside the Church 121

What To Expect When Jesus Comes In 124

Chapter 10 Hope For the Remnant 127

God Is Rebuilding His Church 129

The Role of Individuals 130

You Are the Church 132

The Heaven and Earth Are Waiting 132

About the Book 137

About the Author 138

Other Books By the Author 139

Kingdom School of Ministry 144

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

The parameters for a great Church can never be defined or measured by the Babylonian principles or principles from brilliant minds. The Church was birthed by the Holy Spirit and it can only be sustained by the Holy Spirit. This book and the volume 2; The True Church unveils deeper truth about the true church and the strategies of the devil within the church. If you desire truth go for it.

Dr. D. K. Olukoya,

General Overseer,

Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries

"Until you are able to understand the Chemistry of your Body, you'll be depressed by the Biology of this world"

All Christians must settle down to know how the body of Christ (Church) operates, otherwise we'll be filled with the theology of the letters. That is the sense in this Book: A must read for every Believer. The Dead Living Church is end time prescription for the body of Christ. See you on top!!!

Olu Fred Kehinde

Presiding Bishop,

Power House Chapel International,

Cologne, Germany

I salute the courage of Isaac Arikawe in confronting the mediocrity of the present church and its lack of clarity and perception in living up to its prophetic mandate. The Dead-Living Church offers a profound definition of the concept and purpose of the church, and its relevance to human existence, with an insightful historical background. Thank you for a job well done, Pastor Isaac, and more grease to your elbow!

Tayo Ladejo,

Senior Pastor,

The Governing Church,

Ikoyi Lagos.

Isaac Arikawe, a prolific author and teacher of God's word, in The Dead-Living Church, exposes the error of men who have turned Christ's Church into their own personal estates and enterprises, using the instrumentalities of satanically motivated manipulation, worldly practices, marketing strategies and the greed for money, titles and position to tear apart the heart of the Chief Cornerstone of the Church, Jesus Christ. Moreover, this book highlights the apostolic dimensions on how individual and corporate churches can become cutting edge pillars and grounds of truth to bring forth the anticipated glorious church. This book is a must read for all church leaders, workers and everyone craving for reformation and revelation.

David T. Adeoye,

Founding President,

Heaven Rules Prophetic Ministries.

This book gives a very detailed explanation of what Jesus intended His Church to be. This book has a lot of striking captions. The author has successfully given us a picture of what the Church of Jesus will be like in the days to come. He also points out that in spite of the Church's imperfect state, there still remains a remnant preserved by God for Himself.

Tokunbo Johnson,

Founding Pastor,

The Capstone Church, Lagos.

The church is no doubt the body of Christ and also His bride. He walks in the midst watching and seeing all that is done in His body. This book has gone ahead to describe the Church as a living body, explaining the way the body functions in order to remain healthy and functional so as to fulfill her mission on earth. As you read this book you will find the situation that best fits your position in the body

Rev Azuka Ogbolumani


Chapel of Christ our Light,

University of Lagos.

The Bible says that if the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) The word “Church” today has come to mean a lot of things to a lot of people. That the church is dead or alive today is a consequence of the fundamental, foundational belief of the propagators and followers of “The Church”. Isaac Arikawe's “The Dead Living Church” and “The True Church” take us to the origins of the concept and purpose of the church and its relevance to our existence to help us gain understanding of God's will for His Church. You will find this series most revealing.

Emeka Nwako

Pastor-in-charge, RCCG,

Adonai Parish, Area 70,

Lagos Province 12

In ministry, there are those who are called of God and there are also those who call themselves. The fact, however, is that the difference between them is usually clear. Pastor Isaac Arikawe is called with a clear apostolic mandate to set in order the things that are wanting in the body of Christ. This truth is exemplified in the message of this book. This masterpiece in your hand is loaded with the priceless truth of all ages and also with the power of endless life. As you read a line, you will want to read more. If you are sure you are going somewhere as a believer and you are tired of religion, this book is for you!

Sola Iwaeni,

Senior Pastor,

Positive Impact Christian Centre,


I believe this book is real, spiritual and relevant to all at this time and season. To the Church, it calls us to understand our God-given assignment and seek to accomplish it speedily. To the world, it invites the unsaved into the reality of the kingdom of God and of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. To everyone it reveals that the kingdom is the sole reason we have been created by our Maker. I recommend this book to whoever cares to do the WILL of God.,

Aremu Ayobami

Essex, United Kingdom.

The paradoxical exactitude which is comprehensively explained by Isaac Arikawe in his books, The Dead-Living Church and The True Church cannot be over-emphasized. It explains core essence of most church people today. The messages of the books are basically a clarion call for those who have been enmeshed in religious activities without any spiritual productivity to turn a new leaf. Having gone through the books, I can gladly recommend them to anyone who is a true seeker of truth. The explanation of the etymology of the word “Church” gives the reader a platform of better understanding of the concept. Also, the category of our local assemblies today, as seen in the Book of Revelation sets a platform for self-examination for those who think godliness is gain. In all, these books, without doubt would set you at the cutting edge of reformation, revolution and revival. These are must-read books for pastors and parishioners, ministers and members of local assemblies and for those who have been called into the ministry.

Wale Odeniyi,

Author, The Kingdom Life Book

Brother Arikawe is an accomplished writer whom I have known years back. I am glad God is using him to shape the crooked roads which the Church of Christ has trod upon for decades. My old crony, Isaac Arikawe, has hazarded his life on water and land, together with me and Rev. H.A. Benjamin to see the undiluted gospel of Christ preached to lost souls. I cannot help giving the brief ghostly smiles when I remember a non-swimmer, Isaac Arikawe, shivering and almost falling into the ocean, yet preaching Jesus to riverine dwellers in Ondo State of Nigeria. Arikawe is a positive generational time bomb in the hands of the Most High. I'm not surprised at what God is revealing through him about the church of this generation. I am waiting for more spiritual explosions!

Evangelist Kunle Omosehin,

Newham, E6, 5JJ, London, UK.

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