One of the most wonderful examples in my mind is that of John the Beloved. I spoke in a previous post about the mysteries of the end times that were revealed to him by angels and some of the possible applications to present day apostles. I saw some secrets that were revealed in the book of revelation about the role of the apostles in the church:

1. In the revelation, the elders presented the saints’ prayers to Jesus, then worshipped and prophesied about the exaltation and future of the believer (Rev 5: 8-10). They are therefore high powered intercessors and prophets.

2. In Rev 5: 11, the angels gathered with the apostles to worship Jesus. Angels will gather to fellowship with the saints when the apostles are in attendance, because there will be a very high degree of worship.

To this day, all those who have faith in God are counted as the seed of Abraham.

1. Apostles are delegated with power to instruct the angels

This was shown in Ezekiel’s vision when he heard the voice of the Lord say:

Eze 9: 1 Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

Eze 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate,

Later in Eze 43: 3, Ezekiel confirmed that he had indeed instructed the angels to destroy the city at the command of the Lord:

“And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face”.

This power over the angels is not unscriptural, because in Christ we are seated together in heavenly places, with all power and authority being subject to Him. I have prayed asking the Lord to come forth with His angels to help me in times of spiritual warfare. This request was confirmed by visions seen by other people present. I have also asked the Lord to send angels into my country to deliver. One sister simultaneously saw an angel standing in the streets with a sword in his hand. Now I am not saying that the apostle must pray vengefully, but truth be told, God will respond with war against the forces of hell.

Ezekiel interacted with angels in his visions and in 40: 4, the angel told him to “behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.”

2. Apostles are set over nations as rulers and watchmen/caretakers

This truth emerged in the book of Daniel. Although Daniel was the possessor of deep and secret things (Dan 2: 22) and had been delivered from the lions’ den by angels, he progressed to another dimension of authority and relationship in the heavens and with the angels WHEN HE BEGAN TO FAST AND PRAY FOR THE DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL FROM CAPTIVITY. As he set his heart to seek the Lord, Chief Prince Gabriel repeatedly came to his aid in order to give him the answer to the secrets hidden in the visions regarding the future of the nation and of the earth (Dan 7: 16; 8: 16; 9: 22).

Anyone claiming to be an Apostle would therefore receive secrets about the nation in which they live and even other nations and would have a world view in the realm of the spirit. This would be accompanied by strong intercessions for the nations. The outcome of the nations was also a key feature in the book of Revelation. I believe that Paul was so beloved because he loved the nations, even as God loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.

Like Daniel in Babylon, this gift will take the Apostle before leaders. This should be seen as a natural outcome of the ministry. I mentioned that the apostle rules over nations. This would be confirmed as he/she prays about national and international situations and sees change in accordance with the will of God. Did not Jesus make the following promises to the apostles?

a. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Mt 16: 19)

b. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me (Luk 22:29)

c. The prophecy that the apostles would rule was seen by John, when the Lord will appoint rulers in the new earth in the 1000 year reign (Rev 20: 4). Who will be promoted? It will be the apostles and other elders who were the pillars in the church in the earth. Why would God change His mode of operation?

3. Apostles change the course of an entire nation

The Lord appeared to Abraham in Gen 18 (three men) and later we saw that two angels continued to Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord gave Abraham secrets regarding the birth of his son, then asked whether or not they should reveal the destruction of the cities to him. The basis on which God revealed the secret to him was his faithfulness in teaching the ways of the Lord to his household:

Gen 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him

Abraham’s faith changed the course of the entire world since he was faithful in teaching the ways of the Lord to his household.

4. Apostles receive songs from the lamb, even as Moses received songs (Rev 15: 3). Their songs instruct the people of God in doctrine. Jesus Himself is a singer, according to Paul:

Heb 2: 9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Hbr 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hbr 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Hbr 2:12  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

Hbr 2:13  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

Apostles, be encouraged. Blessings!