Apostles and Prophets
Of the Fivefold Ascension Gift Ministries Scripture shows us that the Apostle and the Prophet have been chosen and are sent by The Lord to lay the Foundation of the Church and with their unique gifting and talents they have the ability to lead the Advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Both of these Gift Ministries have great potential in themselves but I want to show them “Yoked together” so here are several Scriptures that mention them together.
Luke 11:49 “Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:”
1 Corinthians 12:28 “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues…”
Ephesians 2:19-21 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord:”
Ephesians 3:5 “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;”
The Lord spoke of sending Apostles and Prophets…
The Apostle holds the pre-eminent seat in the Church and the Prophet the second…
Apostles and Prophets form the foundation of the House of the Lord…
Apostles and Prophets receive revelation concerning the mysteries of the future…
Can you see Apostles and Prophets meeting in a “Summit” type setting with the Set Men of local Churches where they cooperate and release an anointing to strategize and build the Churches and therefore the Kingdom? This actually could be done with one Set Man concerning his work or done regionally with a group of Set Men who come together for the set purpose of Advancing the Kingdom of God and not their own fiefdoms.
Apostles are Strategists who develop and execute effective plans for advancing the Kingdom
Prophets are Advisors who bring Timing and Direction to the Strategy
The Lion is a symbol of the Apostle and an Eagle is a symbol for the Prophet. In mythology there was a creature that was the hybrid of them both. It was the Griffin.
“In heraldry, the griffin’s amalgamation of lion and eagle gains in courage and boldness, and it is always drawn to powerful fierce monsters. It is used to denote strength and military courage and leadership. Griffins are portrayed with rear body of a lion, an eagle’s head, with erect ears, and feathered breast, with forelegs of an eagle, including claws. These features indicate a combination of intelligence and strength.” [Stefan Oliver, Introduction to Heraldry. David & Charles, 2002. P. 44.]
The Griffin was used on the Coat of Arms of many in Mid-Evil times because of it’s meaning as a creature of warfare. The Lion; the King of Beasts and the Eagle; the King of Birds joined together… there could be no fiercer opponent!
Taking this cue from Heraldry can you imagine the ability to Advance the Kingdom of God when God’s Lions and Eagles come together “As One” and wage war against the kingdom of darkness? This very imagining is the reason for the creation of this mythical hybrid. But what is mythical about the “oneness” of the Griffin is POSSIBLE for the very real UNITY OF APOSTLES AND PROPHETS!
For this reason, I personally have a great desire to see Apostles and Prophets yoked together working as a Team. I believe that the possibilities of this connection are almost endless! I believe that the only reason we have not seen this come about in its fullness yet is that the enemy is doing everything in his power to prevent Apostles and Prophets from being linked together! Metro Apostolic Network serves to bring these very Ministries together! And, as more Apostles and Prophets CONNECT we will see wonders!
I hear the Voice of The Lord saying to today’s Apostles and Prophets: “Come together form a bond with Me. I will speak to you and send you out and you will do things that have not been able to be done before. You are my firebrands and I will use you to set the earth on fire with revival, renewal and restoration. I will do it if you will but come together as one.”