Apostles and Prophets
Psalms 68:11 (NASB) 11 The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:
ll of my life I have been exposed to female preachers and prophetesses. My mother is a prophetess and I have heard her prophesy most of my life. In fact it was my mother who prophesied me into the kingdom when I was a young 18 year old heroin drug addict. She prophesied a word that shook my world and in less than ninety days I was saved and completely delivered from drugs. I remember the many family stories of my baptecostal grandmother and the powerful prophetic gift that operated in her life. All of my aunts on my mother’s side of the family were preachers. So I write this book out of that context of experience. I guess by the time I was told that it was unscriptural for women to preach and teach, it was already too late for me. I had been exposed and already knew living examples of the power of God working through women.
Are there female Apostles? There is much debate and argument about this subject. When there are questions, the right solution is to go to the scriptures and see what they say. We are living in a season where the Holy Spirit is restoring much truth to the body. The enemy is not willing to give up his strongholds of false doctrine easily, but they must come down. This is the season for the church to arise and shine for her glory has come. Shine means to be full of light, revelation and information.
Isaiah 60:1 (KJV) 1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
This is the hour for the church to shine forth with truth.
The word of the Lord comes and says in this hour. I open the heavens to show forth truth in every area. I break the shackles of darkness and false doctrines that have crippled my church. My church shall no longer limp. But my church shall run with great speed into the place that I have ordained for it. I call forth the women ordained from the foundation of the world. I call forth my daughters and my handmaids to run and not be hindered any longer. This is the hour of you emancipation proclamation. I call you to run and recover all that has been stolen from you. Saith the Lord.
There are many apostolic women in shackles and chains because of the false doctrines of men’s teachings. They have apostolic grace and they have apostolic evidence in their lives and ministries. But they are tied up because of unscriptural doctrines of the devil. This can no longer be tolerated it. An army needs every available soldier. It makes no sense to go to war and have half of your generals unavailable because of false teaching. It is our desire in this book to contribute to the liberation of and bringing forth of the female apostle in this season. This book will trample on much tradition and uproot things that the Holy Spirit has not planted. It is time for the house of Jacob to posses its possessions.
The Apostle Junia
Romans 16:7 “Greet Andronicus and Junia... who are outstanding among the apostles.”
o be an apostle is something great. But to be outstanding among the apostles—just think what a wonderful song of praise that is! They were outstanding on the basis of their works and virtuous actions. Indeed, how great the wisdom of this woman must have been that she was deemed worthy of the title of apostle.
John Chrysostom (344/54-407)
Later in church history, commentators and teachers began to assert that Junia was a man. This came about because of man’s pride and attempt to make scripture line up with man’s opinions. One of the number one tactics that was used was to change the “a” to an “s” in her name which changed her name from Junia to Junias. This was an attempt to obscure that this was a female apostle and in fact an outstanding apostle among the apostles. The amplified version adds the word men, saying “these were great men among the apostles.” The word man is not in the original text. This was added because of men’s traditions and fear. Without exception the church fathers in ancient times identified Andronicus’ partner in Romans 16:7 as a woman. Only later medieval copyists of Romans 16:7 could not imagine a woman being an apostle and wrote the masculine name Iounias (Junias) with a ‘s’. But, there is no record of the name Junias ever being used.
At about the time of Pope Boniface's edict removing the freedom of nuns in the year 1298, copyists began writing the name Junia as Junias! Yet recent research has shown that the newly created name Junias didn't exist at the time of Paul! This hypothetical name Junias has never been found in ancient writings, but the female Latin name Junia occurs over 250 times among writings from ancient Rome alone. Further, the ancient translations and the earliest manuscripts supports reading Iounian as Junia.
Junia was a very common Latin female name and we have no record of any Roman male bearing the name Junia. But medieval copyists began copying the name with an “s” to hide Junia's sex, not knowing that the name Junias did not exist in ancient times. So Junia received a fictitious name, possibly at the command of Pope Boniface VIII.
The verse also mentions that Andronicus and Junia were of note among the apostles. The word note here is the word epis‘mos. The word means remarkable or eminent which could also imply that they were chief apostles or apostles to apostles. Some biblical scholars say that a better translation of that verse would be “as apostles they are well known.”
There are some that say that Junia was actually Joanna one of the women that followed and ministered to Jesus.
Luke 8:3 (KJV) 3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
Luke 24:10 (KJV) 10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostle.
The name Joanna is a Jewish name and the name Junia is a Greek name. The name Junia became a nick name for the name Joanna. Junia in the Greek means Joanna. Joanna had been with Jesus, had heard his teaching first hand and had seen his miracles. She had almost as much access to Jesus as the twelve. There is a real possibility that this same Joanna was Junia. She had been in Christ before Paul as he had spoken concerning her.
Some historians say that Junia was a freed slave. In ancient Rome slaves took on the names of the families that owned them. The Junian family was a very well known prestigious family in Rome at that time. It is possible that Junia was a freed slave that later became an apostle. Her background prior to her first mention in scripture is not clear, but the scriptures make it very plain that she and her husband are apostles.
In the Eastern Orthodoxy church’s list of the seventy other apostles that Jesus sent out in Luke 10, Junia and her husband were listed as apostles among that group.
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