Twelve Apostolic Types, Plus One!

“Revelation 21:14, says, “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” The new Jerusalem which was created in the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Heb.12:22, Gal.4:25-27, Heb.13:14, 11:10) will finally be revealed at Christ’s Parousia at the end of history. This heavenly Jerusalem came down from heaven in the Spirit when the old earthly Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D.70. The creation of this heavenly Jerusalem was foretold In Isaiah 65:18-19, which says, “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” It is also interesting that the wall of the city had twelve foundations which we will explain later in the book. But Isaiah again foretells of this in Isaiah 54:11-14, saying, “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” The phrase “thy children shall be taught of the Lord” is pointing to the teaching of the Holy Spirit under the New Covenant: John 6:44-45, says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” Jeremiah also alludes to this in Jeremiah 31:33-34, saying, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” This teaching began when the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach us all things (John 14:26, 1John 2:20, 27). The twelve foundations of the apostolic do not only represent what comes in the future, but a present reality. Ephesians 2:20-22, says, “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” This apostolic foundation which was created on the day of Pentecost shows us twelve apostolic types in scripture. The Apostle Paul was not named in this foundation if you read Revelation 21:14. Matthias took Judas place. But Paul was chosen as a pattern for Apostles coming after those of the first century: 1 Timothy 1:16 says “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” A pattern here means a sketch, someone to imitate. God is calling apostles and we have a pattern that has already went before us, Paul. But the greater pattern is Jesus who is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. Like the twelve apostles that followed Christ in the flesh; Paul shows us that haven’t seen Christ how to follow him in the Spirit: Philippians 3:10 says “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” It is here where Paul taps into Jesus’ hermeneutic when he says “…and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings…” If you remember the scriptures tell us that Jesus suffered first, then he was resurrected; but Paul reverses the order because Paul understands that it is the power of his resurrection that takes us into the FELLOWSHIP of his sufferings. The word ‘ship’ means to take into, and ‘fellow’ means partner, or companion. We must partnership with the sufferings of Christ if we want to reign with him. It is through his sufferings that the anointing of God is increased in our lives. It will be this pattern that modern day apostles must walk in.”

-Anthony Booker

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