What does it really mean for one to be called an Apostle?
- One who goes out to proclaim and govern
- One who stewards and manages
- One who establishes, appoints and ordains
- One who receives prophetic revelation that is, the understanding of Biblical Mysteries
Twelve is a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection. It is found as a multiple in all that has to do with rule.
The sun which “rules” the day, and the moon and stars which “govern” the night, do so by their passage through the twelve signs of the Zodiac which completes the great circle of the heavens of 360 (12 x 30) degrees or divisions, and thus govern the year.
Twelve is the product of 3 (the perfectly Divine and heavenly number) and 4 (the earthly, the number of what is material and organic). While seven is composed of 3 added to 4, the number twelve is 3 multiplied by 4, and hence denotes that which can scarcely be explained in words, but which the spiritual perception can at once appreciate, viz., organization, the products denoting production and multiplication and increase of all that is contained in the two numbers separately. The 4 is generally prominently seen in the twelve.
What does this gift look like?
- The Gift in the Apostle is one of governance and is therefore the first line of leadership in the Kingdom of Yahweh here on earth. Apostles have a mandate to govern through this gift that imparts divine revelation.
- The word “Apostle” has two meanings, the broader meaning of a messenger and the narrow meaning of an early Apostle directly linked to Yeshua the Anointed One. The more general meaning of the word is translated into Latin as ‘missio’, and from this word we get ‘missionary.’
When is this gift functional or what time period is this gift available?
- The Apostolic gift became active when Yeshua appointed the first apostles and will be available throughout the age of The Ecclesia (church age).
- A time period totalling 2000 years
What is the purpose of the gift of the Apostles?
- To go and proclaim the Kingdom and establish believers
- To steward prophetic revelation on behalf of the Ecclesia
- To disciple and raise up leaders
- To appoint and anoint/ordain leadership
The word apostle comes from the Greek word………… (apostolos). According to the Bauer lexicon, Walter Bauer‘s Greek-English Lexicon of the NT: “…Judaism had an office known as apostle (….)”. See also Proselytes. The Friberg Greek Lexicon gives a broad definition as one who is sent on a mission, a commissioned representative of a congregation, a messenger for God, a person who has the special task of founding and establishing churches. The UBS Greek Dictionary also describes an apostle broadly as a messenger. The Louw-Nida Lexicon gives a very narrow definition of a special messenger, generally restricted to the immediate followers of Jesus, or extended to some others like Paul or other early Christians active in proclaiming the gospel.
The number twelve is found 187 times total in the Bible, 22 of which are in the book of Revelation.
The significance of the number 12 is that it represents divine authority and appointment, as well as governmental foundation and perfection, and shows completeness. 12 is also used as a signature of Israel. Truth is symbolized by 144, or 12 x 12.
There are 12 divisions of heaven called the Mazzaroth, which God uses for signs and seasons. The testimony of the stars is numerically in harmony with the Bible: “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalms 19:1).
There were 12 sons of Jacob, whose families formed the 12 tribes of Israel with 12 princes; there were also 12 princes of Ishmael.
The high priest’s breastplate, used for judgment, had 12 stones representing the 12 tribes. The showbread consisted of 12 loaves. During the period of the judges, 12 judges judged Israel. Solomon appointed 12 officers over Israel.
At age 12, Jesus appeared at the temple. Jesus ordained 12 apostles, who were sent with authority to preach the Gospel and to be witnesses of His resurrection. After His resurrection, Jesus told the apostles that He had been given all authority in heaven and earth — the divine authority of God.
During the great tribulation, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel are saved, totaling 144,000 (Revelation 7). A second 144,000 are gathered from the earth to serve the Lamb and follow Him (Revelation 14:1-5). The bride of Christ is pictured with a crown of 12 stars (Revelation 12:1).
The New Jerusalem has 12 gates of pearls, 12 angels at the gates and the names of the 12 tribes of Israel over the gates. The wall of the city has 12 foundations of precious stones; in them are the names of the 12 apostles. The wall is 144 cubits high (12 x 12). The city is 12,000 furlongs (1,500 miles) square.
- The Gift of the Apostle is the First-Line of Leadership for the Ecclesia (Holy Assembly/Community)
- The Gift of the Apostle and Prophet give a foundation for the building of the Living Temple
- The Ecclessia is Governed by Apostolic Prophetic Leadership with the full participation of all Ministry Gifts
- There is a need for every Local Congregation to relate to and be Governed by an Apostolic Prophetic Team
- An Apostolic Prophetic Team must include those who have the Apostolic & Prophetic Gifts along with the Teachers, Evangelists & Shepherds
- The establishing of Elders & Leadership Ordinations are carried out by an Apostle/s or by direct consultation with a relating Apostolic Team
- Elders can raise and appoint Deacons in consultation with a relating Apostolic Team
An Apostolic Team or ‘Prophetic Apostolic Team’ is made up of at least one member from each of the 5 Ministry Gifts and is often headed by an Apostle as the Visionary and Leader. The purpose of an Apostolic Team includes but is not limited to:
- Planting local assemblies,
- Raising and appointing elders
- Opening up to and working with other Prophetic Apostolic Teams creating Apostolic Networks. Apostolic Networks exist in order to foster City Elder-ship which promotes Unity in the body within each region and beyond
- The seeking of and identifying of Kingdom Purpose for each community, region and city
- The fulfilling of Kingdom Purpose through the body (united as one). After all has not the Ecclesia been called for such a purpose as this? To be the Salt of the earth and the light to the world.
- Providing governance where joint efforts by the body in each region, will be ‘sought’ in order to fulfil this purpose to the Glory of Yahweh Elohim. Kingdom purpose is out-worked through the New Nation, The New Man the Ecclesia i.e. the Called Out Ones or the Holy Assembly.
It is only through proper Governance that Kingdom Mandate is fulfilled in each community and region by Apostolic Leadership.
- By Invitation, local assemblies must submit themselves to a Prophetic Apostolic Team that cares for or that is willing to care for and give into the local assembly by way of prayer and spiritual nourishment.
- All relating is done through relationship no imposed upon of used to control and manipulate but our of love and mutual respect.
- A prophetic Apostolic team is not meant to load over the local assembly but nurture and nourish it through love.
- Team Members – By virtue of working in a team, one who has the gift of an apostle or any other ministry gift for that matter must submit themselves to other members of the team, as well as being part of a local assembly in fellowship with other believers.
- Local Leadership – As part of a local assembly these man or woman will also have spiritual overseers and in many cases will also be elders in their assembly where they also have to give an account.