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Comment by Apostle Prude on September 20, 2008 at 9:21pm
Can anyone walk in the apostolic without signs wonders and miracles accompanying their ministry?
Comment by Apostle Prude on September 25, 2008 at 12:15am
The Apostle in the Old Testament

The Word Apostle is not found in the Old Testament as such. But in the Old Testament we can see the origins of the Apostle. To discover the Apostle in the Old Testament we must first look at a very important Hebrew word and all of its derivatives. The word is the Hebrew word Shalich. This is the Hebrew word for sent or send. In Exodus when Moses asked God “whom should I say sent me he was using the word Shallich.

Exodus 3:11-15 (KJV)
11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

The Hebrew word (Shallicah)
Hebrew Word: ‏שָׁלַח‎
Transliteration: shālaḥ—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

A primitive root; to send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications):- any wise, appoint, bring (on the way), cast (away, out), conduct, earnestly, forsake, give (up), grow long, lay, leave, let depart (down, go, loose), push away, put (away, forth, in, out), reach forth, send (away, forth, out), set, shoot (forth, out), sow, spread, stretch forth (out).—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

What Moses was saying was, “Whom should I say appointed me or transferred to me his authority.” In other words who should I say apostlized me?

Let’s also look at some of the derivatives of the word Shalah to see this even more clearly.

2394a †‏שֶׁלַח‎ (shelaḥ) weapon.
2394b †‏שִׁלּוּחִים‎ (shillûḥîm) sending away.
2394c ‏שְׁלוּחה‎ (shelûḥâ) shoot, branch (Isaiah 16:8, only).
2394d ‏מִשְׁלַח‎ (mishlaḥ) undertaking (that to which one stretches out the hand), pasture (place where animals are let free).
2394e ‏מִשְׁלוֹחַ‎ (mishlôaḥ) outstretching, sending.
2394f ‏מִשְׁלַזחת‎ (mishlaḥat) discharge, deputation
—Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament

The Old Testament Shelah was one that was sent to execute judgment on the behalf of a court. The word also means weapon or instrument of war and judgment. The Apostle is an instrument of war and judgment. In ancient Hebrew times the Hebrews had a court called the Bet Din or the Court of Judgment. The Shammash, or Shaliach Bet Din. Each synagogue court had a person who served as the shammash (servant), or shaliach of the court. To serve the court faithfully as an officer of the court was the main objective. It was an important job, a combination of a deputy sheriff and prosecuting attorney in one.

The court of judgment sent out its Apostles or Shailach. They had authority to execute judgment on behalf of the court. The Apostle Paul who was once Saul was a Shaliach of the Bet Din when he was out persecuting Christians.

Acts 9:1-2 (KJV)
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

The letters that Paul desired were letters that appointed him as a Shaleah or Apostle of the court. This gave him the authority to execute the will of the court where ever he went. He was a sent one. We can see another example of this when angels were sent from the heavenly court to judge Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis 19:13 (KJV)
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

We see angel’s Apostolized and deputized to execute the judgments of the court of heaven on these two cites. They were in fact Apostles of God. Thus the Apostle is an earthly member of the heavenly court. Apostles are always connected to Judgment and Justice. When Apostles are sent to build and establish churches they are in effect decreeing Gods judgment on an area. The old ruling spirit’s powers over that area now are confronted with the decrees of heaven.

Thus we see the Hebraic origins of the Apostle. Let’s also look at development of the word Apostle. As time moved on and Israel was no longer a sovereign independent nation because of its many sins. We see Israel under the control of Rome. The language that was spoken in Rome and among most of the ancient world at that time was Greek. The Jews then developed the Greek version of the Torah called the Septuagint. This was what most of the early church read. The Jews also looked for a word in Greek that most clearly described the Shalliach. The ancient word Apostlos became fitting. This was a Greek word that was at first used to describe an admiral or commander of a fleet of ships. It later developed to men one sent as an emissary or representative of another. The word was also connected to the word aggelos which was in Greek word for angel or messenger or herald (kenz). The word later developed the meaning of sent by divine authority. This was the closest word in the Greek to the Hebrew word Shalliach. Looking at this we get a clearer understanding of how the early church viewed the Apostle and the apostolic office.

(Excerpts from Book: The ministry of the Apostle)
By Apostle Joseph Prude

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Comment by Major Prophetess Faison Sneed on October 5, 2008 at 6:54pm
My thoughts are with those of Christ Jesus. In the last day I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh as with the Prophetes so is it with the Apostles. Because the anointing is needed for the uobuilding of the kingdom and since Jehovah chose this gift as the foundation whereby each other gift is built upon then it it necessary for the walls to be built on nothing less than the Apostolic gifting. There will always be a need for the gift as long as the body is not perfected and Christ has not returned to gather the remnant of believers in the clouds to meet him in the air. I turly believe that many are called BUT few are chosen. There are those who called themselves and there are those who followed Satan and he established them for his gain. Then there are those God called individuals.The unjust will always appear with satanic intervention. However Jehovah said know them by their fruits, whom God call he justifies and equips.
Comment by Major Prophetess Faison Sneed on October 5, 2008 at 7:01pm
If one walks in the true apostolic office, signs and wonders shall follow them as the bible states. Paul said ye are my work in the ministry. True Apostolic ministers will have true apostolic anointings to follow them. They will birth apostles and the giftings that accompany them is evidence of the call.
Comment by Apostle Keith Davis on October 6, 2008 at 5:51pm
Can anyone walk in the apostolic without signs wonders and miracles accompanying their ministry? To adequately answer one must interpret what the signs and wonders and accompanying were. Jesus In Mark 16:20 said they were attesting signs distinctive from all the rest cause there were what was considered signs and wonders all over so they were distinctive. So Yes an apostle must operate this way as part of the proof of the call and charge
Comment by Apostle/Overseer Dr. Holley on December 23, 2008 at 12:28am
Greetings Apostle,
Thank God for you and the vision the Lord has given to you.
May Peace continue to be with you and the Family.
Love from Faith Mission Ministries





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Comment by REV.WILLIAM LIPORIO on December 23, 2008 at 4:09am
God bless you apostles.
in this festive period,let us pray for one another and we shall be blessed.
i love to have joined this round table
Comment by Apostle Robbie Baxter on July 9, 2009 at 1:26am
Praise God for this network
Comment by Apostle Pasco Chansa on December 25, 2009 at 1:37am
2009 has been a year of birthing the visions and dreams that God planted in our spirit,this is why it has not been easy for some of us,because we have been going through labor pains,but the goodnews is that the baby has been born,the dream will come to pass and all shall be well.2010 we are entering with God's presence on our side,no limitation,no failure,no sickness,but all things will be possible,we shall slay giants,mountains will knee before us in Jesus name.
Comment by Dr Joshua 'Kunle Obasa on February 2, 2010 at 7:31pm
God bless all you good people. Remember that Apostles and Prophets hold the sacred duty of restoring order ot the Body. Let's take a firm stand. May God release unto you an overflowing grace for the task ahead.

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