In religious churches of today (Catholicism, Evangelical, Presbyterian or Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Assemblies of God and Calvary Chapels etc.) the words Apostle or Prophets are rarely used or accepted. The idea that there could be modern-day Apostles and Prophets in the Body of Christ is not taught. I will refrain from using the word church as much as possible. Today we have satanic churches, homosexual churches and every sort of deviant organizations that have formed and now call themselves a church. Instead, I will use the term the Body of Christ so there’s no dispute or confusion as to who I am actually talking about. This message is for the Body of Christ to show through scripture what I believe is biblical proof that Apostles and Prophets are alive today and working in the Body of Christ. I will be focusing on Apostles and through the scriptures, I can prove that there are Apostles, obviously, there would be Prophets also.
We have all heard through teaching by organized religious churches that there were 12 Apostles.The12 Apostles died off and therefore we accept that there are no more Apostles, but let’s first examine scripture concerning the12 Apostles.
- Acts 1:2 “to the Apostles he had chosen”.
- Matt 27:5 Judas hangs himself
- Acts 1:21 “Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who has been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us”.
- Acts 1:26 “so he was added to the 11 Apostles”. So in the first chapter of Acts we see men or Apostles choosing other men to be called Apostles. Correction, we now have 13 apostles.
- Acts14:14 “But when the Apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd”. Correction again we now have 15 Apostles.
- Rom16:7 “Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was”. Now the count is 17. [Now before we go any further let’s look at a scripture that is overlooked and never read that I am aware of in the American church. Luke 10:1 “and after this, the LORD appointed 70 others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where he was about to go” did not Jesus appoint the 12 and send them out two by two? Remember this is the LORD that said this. He sent out the 70, not man but JESUS appointed 70 men with an apostolic ministry. That would make the count of Apostles around 83 to 87! In doing this did the Lord acknowledge apostolic ministry was to continue on with the Body of Christ for the next 2000 years and more?]
- 2 Corinthians 12:11 “I am not the least inferior to the Super Apostles even though I am nothing”. Translation of the word Super from five Bibles.(Super NIV, Chiefest KJV, Eminent NAS, Superior Willams, Super Beck. I believe that the Apostle Paul is making a reference to the Apostles in Jerusalem and that the Body of Christ seems to hold them in a higher position. Even as early as the first century the Body of Christ had difficulty understanding the gifts of the spirit and the roles that an Apostle must play in the Body of Christ, as much as today’s Body of Christ has a problem understanding the role of an Apostle in the church.
- Rom 1:5 “Through him and for his namesake, (We) receive the grace and Apostleship.” (WE-Got, We Obtained from Greek) Read Paul’s letters he traveled with a lot of (“We”.)
- 2 Cor 11:13 “For such men are false Apostles deceitful workman, masquerading as Apostles of Christ”. The early church suffered the problems of having false Apostles, Paul had to address the situation. Therefore it stands to reason if there were false apostles there had to have been more Apostles then just to 12. The first-century Body of Christ was aware of the title of Apostles, so there must have been Apostles all over the Greek culture.
1 Corinthians 12:27,30 “Now you were all the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed First of all Apostles, Second Prophets, Third Teachers, then Workers of Miracle, also those who have the Gift of Healing, those able to Help Others, those who have the Gift of Administration, those who speak in Different kinds of Tongues. Are all Apostles? Are all Prophets? Are all Teachers? Do all work Miracles? Do you all have the Gift of Healing? Do all Speak in Tongues? Do all Interpret”. Saints, do you believe Satan? Satan wants to destroy the Body of Christ and Marriage. For example, in the 60s and the 70s there was a track that went around which read on the cover, “Read everything that Jesus said about homosexuality”. It was blank when you opened it up. God, Jesus and Holy Spirit, gave us these gifts and titles in the Body of Christ to strengthen and build up the church.
Ephesians 4:11,16 “It was he who gave some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be Evangelists, and some to be Pastors and Teachers”. ( The Fivefold Ministry’s.) “To prepare gods people for the work of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up. Until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back-and-forth by the waves, and blowing here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead speaking the truth in love, we will all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ. For him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, As Each Part Does His Work ”. Saints let’s look at the stats and what the American church has become today.
- Apostles are mentioned 83 times in the New Testament.
- Prophets are mention 71 times in the New Testament.
- Evangelists are mentioned 3 times in the New Testament.
- Pastors are mentioned 1 time in the New Testament.
- Teachers are mentioned 13 times in the New Testament.
In the US there are approximately 450,000 to 500,000 churches, of every denomination.
Each month 250 to as high as 1000 pastors quit a month (Google it)
The US churches have failed! The Body of Christ Stand Strong!
The US churches put all the responsibility of the church on the pastor. It was never meant to be that way. There is a system set up in the Bible where the Fivefold Ministry edified, built up, and strengthens the Body of Christ. Is the US church the church of Laodicea?
Revelation 3:15 “ I know your deeds, that you were neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! So because you are lukewarm neither hot nor cold I’m about to spit you out of my mouth”.
Saints, Can a car run without an engine, transmission, rear end, brakes and tires? The Body of the car holds the car together. The Fivefold Ministry is for the Body of Christ! The place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found is called Qumran. There was a sect of Hebrews there called the Essenes who studied the word of God daily, monthly, yearly. I challenge everyone who reads this message to go into the Scriptures and study and find out for yourself whether Apostles and Prophets exist today in the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ needs to mature and be strengthened! Or the church of the US will become the church of Laodicea.