What are these end time apostles like? Well for one thing, as stated before, like their predecessors, the anointing
that is on their lives can restore an old house
of God, or build a new one
. The apostle is one of God’s greatest weapons against religion and tradition
, and in fact all carnality. They insist on holiness
for the true church. So along with the prophets they do not mind a bit ripping up and pulling out the dross and mold
that has tainted God's people for so long. They will defend truth and spiritual law
and not be afraid of religious leaders with big followings, money or power that come against them.
Apostles, along with the prophets have the gifting to understand the rhema word and so are instrumental in restoring truth which has been lost
or forgotten as the church went through the dark ages, and they will do so at all costs. They are quite unafraid to attack false doctrines
and criticize man’s tradition
. Where traveling ministers in the past for the most part have been afraid to speak a truth that may offend the people
, the latter day apostle, like the early church, will tell it like it is
, regardless of the consequences. This is the nature of God operating through the Apostolic and prophetic people. The softness of the Lamb is evident to love and care for the flock of God, but the aggression and boldness of the Lion opposes the enemy.
Apostles are aware and understand that the spirits that are operating through the complacent and lukewarm church
today are no different from the spirits of the old church. These spirits cause people to have eyes, but not see, and ears that don’t hear. There is a spiritual dullness. Then there are those who are so caught up in worldliness
that they have no interest in the things of God at all. But you see, judgment cannot come to even those that have no love for truth
without them first being given the opportunity to accept it or reject it. In other words, the apostles put the truth out there for all, but do not expect everyone to eagerly hear or accept it. Some that they minister the word to will turn out to be whitewashed graves, a brood of vipers, ones that cannot hear God’s words
through their message just like Jesus said many of those in the early church were. He also said many years ago that this kind are not His sheep so the word is given to these for judgment only, but it must be given to appease the scripture in Matthew 24:14.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world to all the nations, and then the end will come.
So, along with God’s prophets, the apostle’s message is one of life eternal or destruction
to those they preach to. The two-edged sword is in their mouth as the truth cuts you off
, or brings you healing
. Like Apostle Paul said at 1 Thessalonians 2:4.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
They are compelled to speak truth, the full gospel, to mankind. This is the mark of God’s true sent ones
. He has never sent false doctrine
or watered down truth to His people through His
messengers! The early apostles were severely threatened and told not to speak in the name of Jesus or teach any doctrine that was contrary to the religion and tradition of the day
, but let’s look at their response in Acts 5:29:
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.
It is with this same tenacity that truth is spoken through the Apostles today. Apostles Peter and John at another incidence where the religious leaders had forbidden them to speak, told those that opposed them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge!”
65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him
by My Father.”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
So the approach of speaking straight, un-watered down truth is not new with God, only man. Let’s look way back in history to Ezekiel’s time:
4 And He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.
7 “But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.
11 “And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.”
Even the wicked must be offered an opportunity to change.
The mature apostle is also a champion of faith
. If the Bible tells them a thing can be done, they believe it and act upon it
. The promises God made to Abraham and his seed
are real to the apostle, and are expected to happen, because it is God who made these promises. The law of faith
works mightily through them, “be it as you believe”. Their Father said so, and that’s good enough for them. They also have the anointing
to unite the Body of Christ
and walk as God’s commanders and chiefs
, uniting God’s armies and teaching them to trust and follow God. They wield a spiritual God-given authority to bring freedom
to the flock through the ministry of Isaiah 61, thus helping the church to experience the feast of atonement
, and victory over the powers and principalities, the rulers of darkness and evil spirits
that have been holding them captive. In fact, the ministry of the apostle will have a large part in preparing the church to experience the final feasts, Sh'mini Atzeret
and Simchat Torah
. God will soon be receiving a Bride without spot or wrinkle
, and separated from the world
because of the uncompromising nature of those called to the apostolic office.
If you look up the word apostle in the Strongs Concordance, you will see it is number 652 in the Greek. You will get an even better picture of the nature and ability of the apostles. They are: a delegate or ambassador
officially commissioned by Christ
with miraculous powers
. It goes to 649, meaning to be sent out or sent forth
, to 575 meaning they are separated
, they bring completion
by the cessation of sin and hypocrisy
. It goes to 4724 meaning to repress
or abstain from associating with
, to avoid
and withdraw self
, to 2476 meaning to stand
, bring or continue covenant
. It is compared to 5087 meaning to place in a passive or horizontal position
. In other words, those called to be apostles, like the other offices, must die to themselves
, enter into God's rest
to fulfill His plans
for the end. They must be separate, set aside
, able to stand adversity in all situations without being discouraged in order to keep the flock of God together when under trial.
It goes on to describe, utterly prostrate
in position. These, as just stated, must die
agendas, and do things God’s way
. They have to lay aside their need for fame and recognition
, their ego’s to be patted, or to have large numbers of followers. They must be content
to have their
works destroyed so He
can perform His works
through them, bringing glory to His name only. Swallowing their ego is the hardest one for the apostolic to accomplish. They are among the first to start a work, but those that are brought in to help many times get the credit, at least by man. If notoriety is important to one that is called to the office of apostle, they will probably never be chosen to fulfill the office. Besides, it is really Christ in us
, not anything we do. It is He that fulfills His predestined plans
for this earth through His government
See Part Three for the restoration of the prophets!