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JEHOVAH and JESUS----ONE GOD

My dear friend if you are studying the Word of God and are having trouble grasping its true meaning , while at the same time feel in your heart that there is more to your salvation than you rightfully understand; and knowing that it is God's Will to make known to you his manifold wisdom, do not become overwhelmed, just send for The Apostolic Minister. And God through him will tell you what thou ought to do.




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The Original King James Version

The Superiority of the King James Bible

The King James Bible has 790,685 words, The New International Version has 64,576 fewer words, The New King James Version 19,755 fewer words, and The Revised Standard Version 30,534 fewer. The KJV had a team of fifty scholars who each translated every word. No word was final until all 50 agreed on the word choice.

The new versions have a dozen or so men with half the education who each translate only a small portion. They are inferiorly trained men, using inferior methods, to translate inferior texts.

The readings in the newly found manuscripts were available to the KJV translators and rejected.

Further, the same manuscripts were available to the churches for 1,800 years and were rejected.

68,000,000 people died to preserve the text of the KJV while rejecting the texts that scholars today call the "most reliable."

The KJV Bible is translated from the Hebrew/Greek/Chaldean manuscript, the Textus Receptus, which has been mathematically proven to be the Word of God, insofar as possible. The ultimate proof in all godly matters is faith.

Harvard professor, Ivan Panin (1855-1942), discovered the science of Bible numerics. It has been found that no word or even a letter can be added or subtracted from the Textus Receptus without destroying a God-inspired underlying mathematical pattern, called numeric features. Bible numerics proves that all the formerly disputed scripture verses found in the KJV do indeed belong in the Bible.

Hebrews, Greeks, and Chaldeans counted with their alphabets. They did not have an extra set of number figures like us. An example of numerics:

In the Greek, the name Jesus is: IHSOUS

I = 10
H = 8
S = 200
O = 70
U = 400
S = 200

The sum = 888. It is no coincidence that the number of the name of antichrist is 666.

The names of the Bible-writers are widely separated thoughout the Scriptures. It is remarkable to note that the number, "7", is found even in the scattered occurrences of these names.

The number of Old Testament writers named in the bible is exactly 21, or three 7's. The numeric value of these 21 Hebrew names is also divisible by 7. It is 3,808, or 544 7's.

Of these 21 Old Testament writers, those named in the New Testament are Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, and Joel. In all, exactly seven. The numeric value of these 7 names is 1,554, or 222 7's.

The name which appears the greatest number of times in the Old Testament is David. It appears 1,134 times. 1,134 is divisible by 7.

The name Jeremiah occurs in 7 OT books in 7 forms of Hebrew, and the number of times it is found is 147, or 3 x 7 x 7.

The number of times that the name Moses occurs in the Bible is 847, or 11 x 11 x 7. In fact, there are well over thirty numeric features regarding the name Moses alone.

Bible numerics are specific regarding word sequences. It has been revealed that when the Apostle Paul wrote down, "Christ Jesus", he meant to write exactly that. If he penned, "Jesus Christ," then that is the word-order that God intended in that instance.

The latter half of Mark chapter 16 is a passage that many persons wanted to leave out of the Bible. In these verses we see that God wants believers to participate in speaking in tongues, casting out demons, and laying hands on the sick that they might recover.

Although ALL the chapters of the Bible are crammed with numeric features, Genesis 1, Matthew 1, and MARK SIXTEEN have more discovered features than any others. --The Lord knew in advance that Mark sixteen would be under great attack from the enemy!!!

Mathematical features are involved with each isolated part of speech i.e. proper nouns, nouns, verbs, pronouns, etc. even down to the individual letters themselves. Some sentences and whole paragraphs are symmetric: They have the same numerical sequence forward and backward.

You can take any English Bible version compared to the KJV and see where the "translators" covertly or blatantly tried to conceal or erase the fact that Jesus Christ is God. These versions include the New KJ, the Amplified, and the New Am Standard (a product of the Ecumenical Council of Churches). Some editions of the RSV leave out blocks of scripture with NO footnotes as to the omission.

Compared to the KJV, other versions on the average in EACH Bible leave out the word "God" 400 times, leave out "Lord" 200 times, leave out "Jesus" over eighty times.

These textual variants are pointed out in the books listed below:

Books, etc. RE: KJV available at http://www.chick.com

-New Age Bible Versions: the Case Against Modern Versions (Also available: Video of the same)

-Which Bible is God's Word?: Answers to Common Questions Concerning Modern Versions and Translations

-"Archaic" KJ Words Defined: (They're not really archaic. They are found in newspapers, magazines, and other Bible versions.)

-If the Foundations Be Destroyed: What Does the NIV Have Against Jesus?

-Final Authority: A Christian's Guide to the King James Bible

-The History of the Bible in Plain Language

-The Answer Book: A Helpbook for Christians

-Let's Weigh the Evidence: Which Bible Is the REAL Word of God?

-Defending the KJ Bible: A Four-fold Superiority: Texts, Translators, Technique, Theology

There are over 100 English versions of the Bible. The KJ was translated from the Textus Receptus. All but the KJ were derived by comparing the Textus Receptus with two 4th century Bibles, called the "oldest" texts. (Persecutors destroyed the 1st century manuscripts.)

One of these "Bibles", the Sinaiticus, was found in a trash heap at an abandoned Orthodox Greek Monastery in Constantinople. The departing monks wisely did not want it. This book has clerical errors that even a novice linguist can detect, including crossed out words, words mistakenly copied twice in a row, and words ending one sentence and beginning the next sentence that should have been copied twice in a row but were not.

The other, "Bible", the Vaticanus, was found in the libraries under the Vatican. It had pages missing due to its antiquity. Both of these Bibles are written in the Alexandrian Greek of the Egyptian scholars, a classical dialect not spoken by Jesus or Paul and the NT writers. Therefore, the two oldest Greek NT's available are as translations themselves, not being written in the Koine Greek of the Textus Receptus NT from which the KJ was translated. Both of these "Bibles" conveniently leave out the last half of Mark chapter sixteen, the scripture portion which along with Genesis 1 and Matthew 1 contains the highest known density of numeric features.

I have barely scratched the surface on the topic of the superiority of the King James Bible in this short essay. God is not the author of confusion. The True Word of God is pure and unadulterated. These other versions are within His permissive will for you, not His PERFECT will.

By: Apostle Greg Rodman
Email: apostlerodman@juno.com





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Apostolic History

20 Centuries of Apostolic Doctrine

2 Pet 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRINITARIAN MODE OF BAPTISM

by Bro. Walter Copes

Part I In the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19, Jesus commanded that all believers be baptized. The necessity of baptism is again confirmed in Mark 16:16 and John 3:5. The apostles, to whom were given the authority and direction by Jesus, obeyed this commandment in the establishment of the original apostolic church, as recorded in the book of Acts. In all of the recorded cases (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5) where the baptism command is fulfilled, the actual name of Jesus, along with the titles of Lord or Christ, is used. Nowhere in the New Testament was anyone ever baptized using the formula in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Yet a study will show that the major portion of Christianity today does not baptize the way the apostles did in the book of Acts. Where did the divergency begin? What is the correct mode of Baptism? The purpose of this paper is to show the results of a historical survey completed by the authors that concluded that the original apostolic baptism was done in the name of Jesus and that the tripartite formula was a post-apostolic development.

Most church historians and theologians also agree that the baptism formula used today is not the formula used in the New Testament church. As German Scholar Edmund Schlink has stated, First of all there is the problem of the "trinitarian formula". Nowhere else does the New Testament speak of baptism "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:. It speaks only of baptism upon (in) the name of Jesus Christ (with slight variations).... In that case, the baptismal command in its Matthew 28:19 form cannot be the historical origin of Christian baptism. At the very least, it must be assumed that the text has been transmitted in a form expanded by the church. 1

How did Christian baptism originate? This historical question cannot be answered simply by referring to Matthew 28:19, since this text presents inescapable difficulties for historical thinking. Nor do the New Testament writings provide any support for the assumption that the primitive church did not at first baptize in the name of Jesus Christ.2 Although the extant writings for the period 96 A.D. - 140 A.D., which represents the first post-apostolic period, are very limited, the glimpses do show baptism in Jesus name continuing as church doctrine. Clement of Rome who was a contemporary of Paul, wrote in 96 A.D. in his Epistle to the Corinthians, And now may the all-seeing God and Master of Lord of all flesh, who chose the Lord Jesus Christ and us through Him to be His own people, grant to every soul over whom His magnificent and holy name has been invoked...3

Note the use and singularity of "His magnificent and holy name", which undoubtedly is the name of Jesus, that Clement refers to.

Part II

In The Shepherd of Hermas, which dates around 120 A.D., Hermas writes, Before man bears the name of the Son of God, he is dead, but when he has received the seal (baptism) he lays aside mortality and receives life.4

What was the name of the Son of God? Jesus! It's known that Hermas' writings were accepted by many of the ancient church leaders and read routinely in the church. In studying his writings, it is also obvious that he espoused only one God and not the Trinity. He writes, First of all believe that God is One, who created all things and put them in order. 5 Furthermore, Hermas writes; They are such as have heard the word and were willing to be baptized in the name of the Lord; but considering the great holiness which the truth requires, have withdrawn themselves and walked again after their wicked lust. 6

At this point in history, the extant writings continue to show baptism in Jesus name. They do not show the tripartite formula either as being practiced or written about. Many modern day historians agree with this conclusion.

Wilheim Bousset writes in Kurios Christos, "it is still essentially a baptism in the name of Jesus".7

G. R. Beesley-Murray stated: There is not one example in the whole New Testament literature of a baptism taking place in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.8

Harry Wolfsan writes: Critical scholarship, on the whole, rejects the traditional attribution of the tripartite baptismal formula to Jesus and regards it as a later origin.9

E. Lohmeyer in his book, Das Evangelium des Atthaus, writes that Eusebius, Bishop of the church in Caesarea, frequently wrote Matthew 28:19 as:

Go ye and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in my name, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I command you.10 Lohmeyer states: The expression in my name referred to baptism in the name of Jesus.

Again Bousset writes: The testimony for the wide distribution of the simple baptismal formula down into the second century is so overwhelming that even in Matthew 28:19, the trinitarian formula was only later inserted.11

Ernest F. Scott affirms, It is abundantly clear that the primitive church knew only the simple formula and even so late as the Didache, it is assumed that this alone is necessary.12

At this point in church history the baptism formula was still in the name of Jesus. However, early in the second century the church was faced with the Gnostic controversy, which concerned the nature of Jesus and the relationship of the Son to the Father. The church leaders of this time felt that this controversy would lead to the total destruction of the Christian faith.13

Aristides, Justin Martyr, Tatian, Athenagoras, and Theophilus of Antioch were some of these men defending Christianity. These men became known as the Greek Apologists and were greatly affected by the Greek philosophies.14 The philosophy of Philo, who was a Jewish philosopher in Alexandria, identified the Logos with the platonic word of forms or archetypes. From Philo's teachings, the Greek apologists set the Logos equal to Jesus Christ in order to frame an intellectually satisfying explanation of the relationship of Christ to God the Father.15 It is during this period of the Logos doctrine debate that the first historical references to trinitarian water baptism appear. The primary source of a different baptismal formula is from the writings of Justin Martyr who writes in 140 A. D.: For in the name of God, the Father and Lord of the universe, and of our Savior Jesus Christ and of the Holy Ghost, they then received the washing with water.16

Apparently it is during this period, when the Logos-doctrine and trinitarianism were first being debated, that the first divergency away from Jesus name baptism occurs.

Part III
Although history is not clear on who first introduced the trinitarian formula, it does not appear to be coincidental that its introduction (as far as historical references are concerned) occurs during the Apologist's period, when the Godhead debate was sweeping the church. As more churches embraced the trinitarian concepts (which weren't fully developed at this point), we find more references to the triune baptismal formula.

It is interesting to note that during the Apologist's period, although the doctrine of the trinity was not fully developed, the triune formula emerges very quickly. We can only speculate that this occurred when men lost the concept of the deity and nature of Jesus Christ and contrary to Colossians 3:17 which states that, whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, began to misunderstand the meaning of Matthew 28:19. Once the concept of the Oneness of God and salvation through the name of Jesus began to be in question, the churches in the Apologist's period began to place greater importance in Matthew 28:19. This was done apparently because they could not reconcile baptism here against what the apostles actually did in the book of Acts.

The trinity of persons in the Godhead is the reason assigned for the triune immersion by Tertullian and later by Jerome, Basil and the Apostolic Canons.17 Many modern historians have recognized the destructive influence that the philosophies of the Apologist's period introduced into the church. As Adolf Harnack in Outlines of the History of Dogma writes:

...it (the church) legitimized in its midst the Hellenic speculation, the superstitious views and customs of pagan mystery, worship and the institutions of the state organization to which it attached itself and which received new strength thereby. In theory monotheistic, it threatened to become polytheistic in practice and to give way to the whole apparatus of low or malformed religion.18

As the doctrine of the trinity slowly displaced the monotheism of the Apostles, many errors and traditions of men began to creep into the church. The process was slow and frequently accompanied by strife and on occasion, bloodshed. A close look at some of the errors which spoiled the church will give some understanding of how error lead to more error. For instance, the Greek word used for baptism in the New Testament means to dip, to immerse, to sink. There is no evidence that Luke, John and Paul put any meanings upon this verb not recognized by the Greeks.19 Stanley, in his History of the Eastern Church says, ...there can be no question that the original form of baptism, the very meaning of the word, was complete immersion in the deep baptismal waters, and that for at least four centuries another form was either unknown or regarded, unless in the case of dangerous illness, as an exceptional, almost a monstrous case.20

It is likely that the practice of affusion arose out of the custom of laying on of hands and anointing with oil. J. N. D. Kelly writes that,

...the general procedure was that, on coming up from the baptismal water, the newly baptized Christian was anointed with scented oil, at the same time receiving the laying on of hands.21



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Old Testament

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Our generation is living at a time when there is a run-away propensity streaming out of the hearts of man for knowledge and creation. This inclination is so strong until it is bringing his treasured institutions to the bring of callapsation. However to us Apostolics there remains a clear message of hope and restoration as we prevail in a world that could never be our home, and that is the divine message contained in the Bible. Today this message is without a doubt, summarily dismissed from serious and meanful consideration as mankind maps its spiritual journey through the maize of carnal temptation. This dismissal has come about in our time due to mankind not having common knowledge and appreciation for the Bible and the divine inspiraton that gave it to us. We are using this web page to once more appeal to its readers and to the world to think again as to whether a dismissal of this magnitude is wise and logical even from a mundane point of view, or whether the absent of spiritual intellectualism in our time have predisposed us to a false judgment, and an willingness to support a verdict without true assessment of the facts before us.

Let it be stated at the outset that the Bible itself claims unreservedly to be the word of God. The prophets of the Old Testament begin many of their declarations with such phrases as "Thus saith the Lord.. " or "The Lord said unto me ...

"ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God..." When Paul. as quoted above. uses the word 'scripture', he is obviously referring to the Old Testament 'writings' because that is what the word literally means. Our word Bible is from a Greek word meaning 'books`. It is perhaps some measure of its special nature that it is usually called the 'Holy Bible' or sacred book.

This definition of the word Bible as a book, however, needs qualification. for it is really a collection of books or writings: 66 separate books. bound into one volume. They are books on widely differing topics, from law to poetry, from history and prophecy, to teaching and practice. They were written by many authors from all manner of backgrounds, including kings, herdsmen, lawyers, courtiers, fishermen. These books were brought together gradually over a period of more than 1000 years, yet all are linked in harmony by a powerful theme -- inexplicably so, apart from the inspiration of which Paul speaks.

The volume itself is divided into two distinct sections known as the Old and New Testaments, but the Old is really incomplete without the New and the New cannot be explained without the Old. The Old Testament scriptures, the holy books of the Jewish people, were further divided by them into three parts -- the Law, the Prophets and the Writings. The Law consisted of the first five books of Moses; the Writings included the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah and the books of Chronicles. All the rest were classified as the Prophets



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New Testament



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Bible Monies

The Hebrews probably first used coins in the Persian period (500-350 B.C.). However, minting began around 700 B.C. in other nations. Prior to this precious metals were weighed, not counted as money.

Some units appear as both measures of money and measures of weights. This comes from naming the coins after their weight. For example, the shekel was a weight long before it became a coin.

It is helpful to relate biblical monies to current values. But we cannot make exact equivalents. The fluctuating value of money's purchasing power is difficult to determine in our own day. It is even harder to evaluate currencies used two- to three thousand years ago.

This monies chart below takes a current day's wage as thirty-two dollars. Though there are differences of economies and standards of living, this measure will help you apply meaningful values to the monetary units in the chart and in the biblical text.



Unit Monetary Value Equivalents Translations
Jewish Weights      
Talent Gold--$5,760.000
Silver---$384,000
3,000 Shekels; 6,000 Bekas Talent
Shekel Gold--$1,920
Silver--$128
4 Day's wages; 2 Bekas
20 Gerahs
Shekel
Beks Gold--$960
Silver--$64
1/2 Shekel; 10 Gerahs Bekah
Gerah Gold--$96
Silver--$6.40
1/20 Shekel Gerah
Persian Coins      
Daric Gold--$1,280**
Silver--$64
2 days wages
1/2 Jewish Silver Shekel
Dram
Greek Coins      
Tetradrachma
(Stater)
$128 4 Drachmas Piece of Money
Didrachma $64 2 Drachmas Tribute
Drachma $32 1day's wage Piece of Silver
Lepton $.25 1/2 of a Roman
Kodrantes
Mite
Roman Coins      
Aureus $800 25 Denarii -----
Denarius $32 1 day's wage Pence, Penny
Assarius $2 1/16 of a Denarius Farthing
Kodrantes $.50 1/4 of an Assarius Farthing
* Value of Gold is fifteen time the value of Silver   ** Value of Gold is twenty times the value of Silver  


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Hebrew Calander

There are many special days in the Jewish year, some festive, some solemn. To each special day, we associate symbols for the unique activities, foods, religious observances, or community celebrations that mark it. A brief summary of the important dates in the Jewish year follows. along with the meaning of the symbols .

These are the months in the Jewish year:


Rosh Chodesh Tishrei Rosh Chodesh Mar Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Shevat Rosh Chodesh Adar
Rosh Chodesh Nisan Rosh Chodesh Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av Rosh Chodesh Elul


These are the symbols you will find for each of the months:


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The Jewish calendar is lunar. Every month begins with the new moon.

On Rosh Hashanah (Tishray 1 & 2) an apple is eaten. The round apple symbolizes our hopes for a full year.

During the month of Elul, on Rosh Hashanah (Tishray 1 & 2), and on Yom Kippur (Tishray 10), we blow the shofar as a wake up call to repentance, prayer, and righteous deeds.

On Sukkot (Tishray 15 to 22), the etrog is one of the four species we use to celebrate the harvest.

Simchat Torah (Tishray 23) marks the completion and the beginning of the yearly Torah reading cycle.

On Chanukah (Kislev 25 to Tevet 2), the letters on the dreidle remind us that "nes gadol hayah sham" -- a great miracle happened there.

The Kotel is the only remaining wall of the Temple in Jerusalem. It reminds us of the beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E. on the 10th of Tevet, the breach of the outer city wall of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 C.E. on the 17th of Tammuz, and the destruction of both the first and second temples on the 9th of Av in 586 B.C.E. and 70 C.E.

Tu B'Shvat (Sh'vat 15) is the new year of the trees.

On Purim (Adar 14) we use noise-makers to drown out the name of Haman. We wear costumes and masks at Purim (Adar 14) carnivals.

On Passover (Nisan 15-22), matzah reminds us of our hasty departure from Egypt.

The Passover (Nisan 15-22) seder plate holds the ritual foods for the seder. Israel's Independence Day is celebrated on the 5th of Iyar. On that day in 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the Jewish State.

On Lag B'omer (Iyar 18), the bow and arrow remind us that, according to tradition, the rainbow never appeared in the sky during the lifetime of Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai, who is said to have died on this day. Rabbi Simeon ben Yochai defied the Roman edicts against studying Torah.

The Tablets of the Law were given to Moses on Mount Sinai during the season of Shavuot (Sivan 6 & 7).

Now, see if you can find the symbols for each of the months. There is no single correct answer. Think of your own reasons for matching a symbol to a month!



Choose from the following years for short descriptions of Jewish holidays with their specific dates:

5769
5770
5771
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011





Jewish Calendar For Year 5769


Shabbat

From Friday Sundown To Saturday Sundown

Every Week of the Year

Shabbat is one of the foundations, if not the foundation, of Jewish life. Its observance has protected and inspired the Jew throughout history and has influenced, in some degree or another, all of civilization. It is based on two fundamental premises:

God re-created the world in six "days" and "rested" on the seventh "day." God intervened in history to take the Jewish People out of the bondage of slavery in Egypt. All else of Shabbat law; perhaps, in a sense, all of Torah law as well, and an understanding of the Jewish soul, follow from the above premises.

The calendar below contains the 2008-2009 Gregorian calendar dates for all Jewish and Israeli holidays, festivals and days of mourning.

The Jewish calendar begins with Rosh Hashana (New Years), which usually occurs in September or October. Thus, the Jewish Year straddles two years of the civil calendar.

The Jewish day begins and ends at sundown. Thus, all holidays begin at sundown of the day preceding the date shown and end at sundown of the (last) day shown.

In addition to providing civil dates for the Jewish holidays, this calendar provides links to information about each individual holy day. To learn more about the origin, meaning and observance of each Jewish holiday, click on the name of that day.
Holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date listed.


Jewish Holidays 5769 Dates in 2008-2009
Rosh HaShana
New Year
Sept 30-Oct 1
Tues-Wed
Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement
October 9
Thurs
Sukkot
Feast of Tabernacles
October 14-20
Tues-Mon
Shemini Atzeret October 21
Tues
Simchat Torah October 22
Wed
Israel: October 21
Tues
Hanukkah December 22-29
Mon-Mon
Tu B'Shvat
New Year for Trees
February 9
Mon
Purim March 10
Tues
Pesach
Passover
April 9-16
Thurs-Thurs
Israel: April 9-15
Thurs-Wed
Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 21
Tues
Yom HaZikaron
Israel's Memorial Day
April 28
Tues
Yom HaAtzmaut
Israel's Independence Day
April 29
Wed
Lag B'Omer May 12
Tues
Yom Yerushalayim
Jerusalem Day
May 22
Fri
Shavuot
Pentecost
May 29-30
Fri-Sat
Israel: May 29
Fri
Tisha B'Av
Ninth of Av
July 30
Thurs


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Apostolic Ministry Attributes


Discerning the Genuine from the Counterfeit


"... The household of God ...built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone." Eph.2:19,20

1. Apostles have been set in the Church by God.

"And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles ..." 1 Cor. 12:28

2. Apostles are set in the Church by God first in time, and first in rank.

Greek word: proton: first in time, place, order, or importance

3. God's appointment of an apostle is revealed by the Holy Spirit and confirmed by other established elders. (Acts 9:15; Acts 13:2-4; Acts 22:21)

"... He that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles: and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace of God that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen ..." Gal. 2:8,9

4. Apostles attract, and are surrounded by, and take counsel from other apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Apostles also attract deacons and saints.

"And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. These going before tarried for us at Troas." Acts 20:4,5

"In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince." Prov. 14:28

5. Apostles leave a trail of fully-functioning churches containing five-fold ministers. [Acts 14:23]

"... You are the seal of my apostleship ..." 1 Cor. 9:2

6. Apostles are pioneers. They are anointed to start new works. [2 Cor. 10:16]

7. Apostles are in operation today. For what duration did Jesus set the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in the Church?---

"... Till we all come in the unity of the faith ..." Eph. 4:13 (The Church is not united yet, therefore apostles are necessary and still present in our midst. As long as the Church at large does not believe in modern day apostles, we will be divided.)

8. Apostles are given for the perfecting of the saints. Eph. 4:12

9. Apostles are ambassadors of Christ. "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ ..." 2 Cor. 5:20

10. Apostle are sent ones. "... And how can they preach except they be sent?" Rom. 10:15

11. Apostles have the ability to judge correctly. 1 Cor. 5:3-5 (Paul judged fornication in Corinth.)

12. Their work bears witness that they are sent.

".. The same works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father hath sent Me." Jn. 5:36

13. Apostles establish and set doctrine.

"... They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine ..." Acts 2:42

(Acts 15:19-30) It was decided how much Jewish practices the gentiles must obey.

14. Apostolic doctrine comes from heaven.

"... My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me." Jn. 7:15-16

15. Apostles bring revelation to the Church.

"... Revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit." Eph. 3:5

16. Apostolic revelation is the foundation upon which the Church is built.

"... Upon this rock I will build My Church ..." Matt. 16:18

17. Apostles lay the foundation.

"... I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereupon." 1 Cor. 3:10

18. Apostles are wise masterbuilders.

"... the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder." 1 Cor. 3:10

19. Apostles don't like to build upon another's foundation.

"... Lest I should build upon another man's foundation ..." Rom. 15:20

20. Apostles are planters. "I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase."

1 Cor. 3:6

21. Apostles care for local churches.

"... Cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches." 2 Cor.11:28

22. Apostles are bishops (overseers) of local churches.

English: Bishoprick; Greek: episkope meaning inspection [Acts 1:20]

23. Apostles ordain elders. "... They had ordained them elders in every church ..." Acts 14:23

24. Apostles set in order. "... Thou shouldst set in order the things that are wanting ..." Titus 1:5

25. Apostles bind and loose. The [apostolic] anointing breaks the yoke of bondage. [Is. 10:27]

"... Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven ..." Matt. 16:19

26. Apostles are given authority for edification.

"... the power which the Lord hath given me to edification not destruction." 2 Cor. 13:10

27. Apostles do not have dominion over our faith.

"Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy." 2 Cor 1:24

28. Apostles have a measure of rule. [2 Cor. 10:12-16]

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves, but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.

13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but

but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

29. Apostles are examples to those who follow their ministries.

"... To make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us." 2 Thess. 3:9

30. Apostles are fathers.

"For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel." 1 Cor. 4:15

31. Apostles impart Spiritual gifts.

" For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established" Rom. 1:11

32. Apostolic ministry is a ministry of warfare; there is demonic resistance.

"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds) ..." 2 Cor. 10:4

"Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us." 1 Thess. 2:18

"... There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me ..."

2 Cor. 12:7

33. Apostles pull down strongholds. 2 Cor. 10:4 [above] and

2 Cor. 10:5: "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God ..."

34. Apostles have the ability to dispute and persuade. [Acts 19:8]

"And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God."

35. Apostles have a Godly jealousy over the saints.

"For I am jealous over you with Godly jealousy ..." 2 Cor. 11:2

36. Apostles make intercession for the saints.

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ..." Eph. 3:14

37. The strength of apostolic ministry is prayer and the ministry of the Word. [Acts 6:4]

"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word."

38. Apostles demonstrate the Spirit and power.

"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power ..." 1 Cor. 2:4

39. Apostolic ministry is one of signs and wonders.

"... And many signs and wonders were done by the apostles." Acts 2:43

"And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people ..." Acts 5:12

40. Apostolic ministry touches multitudes. [Acts 5:14]

"And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women."

41. Apostolic ministry touches cities.

"And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear

the Word of God." Acts 13:44

42. Apostolic ministry touches regions.

"And the Word of the Lord was published throughout all the region." Acts 13:49

43. Apostles are targets of envy and jealousy.

"But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy ..." Acts 13:45

44. Apostolic ministry is a ministry of boldness.

"Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said ..." Acts 13:46

45. Apostles are persecuted. [1 Cor. 4:11-13]

"... and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day."

46. Apostles are treated as last.

"For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men." 1 Cor. 4:9

47. Apostles are reformers.

"Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation." Heb. 9:10

48. Apostles are hated and feared by religious systems.

"Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her." Rev. 18:20

49. Apostles are defenders of the faith.

"I am set for the defense of the gospel." Philippians 1:17

50. We are to try them that say they are apostles.

"... and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars ..." Rev. 2:2

Paul said: "And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you ..." [2 Cor. 11:9]

20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. [2 Cor. 11:20]

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. [2 Cor. 11:13-15]

51. Apostles are of the male gender.

a. "... the head of the woman is the man ..." 1 Cor. 11:3

b. Apostles are fathers. A woman cannot be a father. [1 Cor. 4:15]

c. Apostles are elders/bishops. (All bishops, however, are not apostles.) "A bishop then must be ... the husband of one wife ..." 1 Tim. 3:2 A woman is not a husband.

d. God requires men to be in headship. If this order is broken, a penalty follows:

(1) "And Deborah, a prophetess ... judged Israel at that time. Deborah prophesied to Barak, "I [the Lord] will deliver him [enemy General Sisera] into thine hand." "And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman." Jgs. 4:4,6-9

e. Woman can prophesy in the church, however, apostles formulate doctrine. "If they [women] will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the *church" 1 Cor. 14:35

*i.e. church doctrinal debates/church governmental issues

(1) "... I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man ..." 1 Tim. 2:12

(2) Women can teach other woman. "... The aged women likewise, ... they may teach the young women .." Tit. 2:3,4

f. It is technically incorrect to title a pastor's wife, "Pastor," The office of pastor is a dorea gift of Christ. [Eph. 4:7,8,11.] The dorea gifts cannot be obtained by marrying. His wife is a "help meet for him." Gen. 2:18. If he was a pastor before his marriage, his wife also still has the ministry gift that she had before her marriage. In a God-ordained union often the wife's ministerial gift becomes increasingly evident; for example, she may have the ministry of "helps" or "administrations (NIV)". Our flesh marries; our spirit does not marry. "... Then they are no more twain, but one flesh." Matt. 10:8 (Not one spirit, but one flesh.) There is no marriage between a man and a woman in heaven. Matt. 12:25. She has a different spirit and a unique spiritual workmanship in Christ. When necessary, a woman can move in the grace of an apostle, but she is not appointed by God to that office.

(1) In similar manner, marrying a prophet will not automatically make a woman a prophetess. "... dividing [gifts] to every man [and woman] severally as He will." 1 Cor. 12:11. "...To another prophecy; to another, discerning of spirits ..." 1 Cor. 12:10

(2) Likewise, the wife of an apostle is not herself also an apostle.

g. Was the apostle Junia/Junias (Rom. 16:7) a man or a woman?

If one were to focus on the suffix "-a" in the word Junia, it is not true in Hebrew, Greek, or Latin that words ending in "-a" are always female. In the Greek "Junia" actually ends with the letter "s" not "a", as does the name of the apostle Matthias. One only needs to read the geneology of Jesus Christ in Luke chapter three to see that there are many men in Bible times with names ending in the letter "a". In the book, All the Apostles of the Bible, by Zondervan Publishers, copyright 1972, page 200, Herbert Lockyer writes: "Both of these men [Andronicus and Junias] were well known to the apostolate circle ..."

The New Compact Bible Dictionary , copyright 1967 by Zondervan Publishers, page 302 says: "... a kinsman and fellow prisoner of Paul. He had become a prisoner before Paul's conversion."

h. Regarding the subject of female "apostles", we have no such custom, neither do the other churches.

i. Women can be appointed to leadership roles, but they are not to be in headship.

52. Apostles are under authority; they are accountable to other apostles; they are not "lone rangers".

"And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them ..." Acts 14:26,27

(SEE also: Acts 15:4; Acts 16:4; Acts 21:18-19; Gal. 1:18-19; Gal. 2:1-2,7-9)

note 1: Apostolic attributes #1, 2, and 6-50 are taken in part or fully from the book,

Fifty Truths Concerning Apostolic Ministry by John Eckhardt, copyright 1994,

published by: Crusaders Ministries, P.O. Box 7211, Chicago, ILL 60680

note 2: Apostolic attributes #3-5, and 52 are taken in part from the book, The last Apostles on Earth

by Dr. Roger Sapp, copyright 1995, published by Companion Press, P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310

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