This is true in certain denominations, who claim to be restoring the apostolic ministry, and also certain cult leaders who install themselves as dictatorial authorities.
With these things in mind, we are then going to approach the subject and the Ministry of Moses with open hearts, always going to the clearly revealed truths of the Word of God. What we will be presenting here will be basically framed in the Scriptures, although we will have to interpret certain aspects in a figurative sense to explain the parallels between Moses and the apostolic office. However, what we present will never violate the Word, but it will always confirm what is clearly taught anywhere.
The ministry of Moses was important in the history of Israel, and the foundation upon which God's dealings with Israel were carried out. To try and find parallels between everything he did and the apostle's ministry would lead us to make the same mistake as those who over-allegorize (in excess) some of Jesus' parables.
We will end up trying to make the passages mean, whatever we want them to mean. So to avoid this, we will consider the ministry of Moses under the two most significant tasks or tasks he did:
· The first and main task given to Moses, was to guide the people of God to leave the Slavery in Egypt.
· The second function that was given to him was to present to them the pattern of God for life and adoration.
Each of these tasks involved many things, and we will consider each one as we go forward, but under these two headings we can summarize the ministry of Moses and also the ministry of the apostle.
THE CHURCH IN EGYPT
Before we get into the main topic we are studying, we need to establish a brief overview concerning the condition of Israel at the moment Moses appears on the scene, and how this is parallel to the condition of the Church in this time of history. We read of how Joseph came to Egypt as a slave and became the Prime Minister of Egypt, as a result of his fidelity to God. Here we have a picture of how God can take what is in the world and put it at the disposal of his people. Not only the needs of Israel were met as a result of Joseph's ministry, but they were also given the best lands of Egypt to live and settle.
God brought them prosperity beyond their dreams.
But we all know that in Scripture Egypt is a picture or symbolism of the world. Egypt was not the promised land that God had given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet God had used Egypt to provide for their needs and prosper them during a time of scarcity. But then they decided to settle there and not return to their promised land. And this is a picture of the Church of the last times. They have come to search the world as their source, and have forgotten that there is a promised land of blessing available to them. Like ancient Israel, they have let their inheritance go, and have subjected themselves to the ordinances of man rather than to the ordinances of God.
But we read in Exodus chapter 1 that the Israelites began to multiply so rapidly that they became a threat to the Egyptians. Then Pharaoh began to take measures to prevent them from growing into an enemy he could not control. Instead of being the chosen people of God, enjoying the blessings of their promised land, they became slaves of the foremen of Egypt. They were forced to build monuments to Pharaoh.
The picture could not be worse, and God needed to bring His people back to the place of Liberty, where they could enjoy what He had provided for them and to worship Him in Spirit and truth.
We will later take a closer look at how the Church of today is a portrait of Israel in Egypt. For now I just want you to see that Israel failed to recognize what God had provided for them, therefore the Body of Christ today is failing to reach its full potential because of the pressure of the world. God raised Moses when Israel was at its worst. And in these last days, when the Kingdom of Darkness and the spiritual Pharaoh of this world are doing their utmost to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ, the Good will raise the Moses of God of the last times. The apostolic ministry will take the Church out of Egypt and will take her back to the Canaán of blessing where she belongs.
But you might ask, "Is not that the Prophet's ministry, the Elijah of God, who will restore all things?" Surely that has been the function of the Prophetic movement-to call the Church back to the order of God? Yes, certainly that has been the function of the prophets, and in this we see an overlap and a clearer understanding of the role of the Apostle. Therefore, as Moses was a prophet and fulfilled the function of a prophet, then the Apostle will rise from the ranks of a prophet. The apostolic movement will come from the middle (of the plenary) of the prophetic movement. Even Moses was much more than a prophet. He not only called and took God's people out of Egypt, but taught them how to return to God's order and led them to enter it.
We are going to leave Moses and Israel for a moment and go to the New Testament to see another parallel. Jesus said that John the Baptist was Elijah. He came to prepare the people of God by means of a call to return to the order of God, in preparation for him, who would guide them back to God, and who was that? According to Hebrews 3: 1 it was He who was called an Apostle and High Priest of our profession – Jesus Christ. And then in hallarse 2 we are given an exact parallel between Jesus and Moses.
1 Therefore, holy brothers, participants in the heavenly call, consider the Apostle and high priest of our profession, Jesus Christ;
2 who is faithful to him who formed him, as was Moses (faithful) in all the house of God.
Let's consider what happened here. John the Baptist came, calling the nation of Israel back to the Order. He preached a fierce message and caused turmoil among the people. But it was not he who would lead the people back to God. It was the Apostle, in the form of Christ who would teach them how to do this.
We see another idea here that will have to be taken into account when God raises his Apostles from the end times. John the Baptist had a job to do, but there came a time when he had to submit to the person who would continue his mission, to where he arrived, that would be the beginning. His confession was, "I must decrease, so that He grows". We are not wanting to imply that the apostle must be like Jesus.
Some have fallen into this error with an overemphasis on the manifestation of the children of God in recent times, commented by Paul in Romans 8. What we are trying to point out is that the apostle will resume from the prophet and complete the work of bring back the Church to where it should be in the order of God.
Part of the problem that I believe will exist when this takes place, is what happened when Jesus finally came and took his role or role as an apostle. John the Baptist had preached faithfully and fervently against sin, but when Jesus came he did not use the same approach. Instead, He came with a message of love and grace.
This confused John so much that he sent his disciples to know about Jesus, if He really was the one to come, because he thought that Jesus had made a mistake.
It is my firm opinion that the emergence of the apostolic ministry will not result in a large-scale emphasis on sin and justice, but in an emphasis on the life of victory for the believer.
This is going to cause confusion in the ranks of many of those who have stopped, or accommodated in the prophetic office, who have proclaimed that the Church should go out, turn away from the world and cleanse herself of all impurity. In their zeal to make the Bride of Christ either without spot or wrinkle or something similar, they will not understand the emphasis on the grace of God, which will be brought by the apostolic office. Because the prophet has been called to tell the Church what they should be, but the Apostle will teach them how to get there.
Let's go to another passage in the New Testament to see how God called the Apostles of the Early Church in the book of Acts. Of course we are not considering here the call of the innovador Apostles of Christ-The Twelve. In Acts 13 we read the following event:
1 There was then in the Church that was in Antioch, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaén who had been raised together with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 While ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Spirit said: Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
Notice what we are told concerning these men in Antioch, who were prophets and teachers. From this group God calls two men to be sent to take the office of Apostle. The obvious conclusion we get from this is that when God calls someone for the office of Apostle, he will come from among the ranks of prophets and teachers, preferentially those prophets who also have the office of teacher at the same time. In this case HE took Barnabas who was a prophet and placed him as a team with Pablo, who was a teacher. Then together they formed an apostolic team. So, the apostolic ministry should cover both ministries, the Prophetic and the Teaching (teacher).
In his teaching on Leadership ministries in 1 Cor. 12, Paul speaks of God, appointing first the Apostle, second the Prophet and third the Master. And then he continues to ask rhetorical questions, such as: "They are all apostles, they are all prophets … etc." He implicitly states that not all are Apostles, Prophets or Masters. However, he does not teach or conclude that a person could not have or exercise more than one office or ministry at the same time. In fact, if we are to correctly understand his teaching concerning the order of apostle, prophet and teacher, we should analyze and reflect that he is not talking about an order of authority, but of an order of capacity.
It is possible for someone who is an Evangelist to add to his ministry that of Pastor
, and a Pastor
You can add to your ministry that of Master. The Master, on the other hand, can add the office of Prophet. And it is then possible for that person to move towards the office of Apostle. Simply stated, the Apostle is simply one who effectively combines all leadership gifts together in a ministry. So the Apostle is not one who has supreme authority over the other offices, but is simply someone who can carry or effectively exercise all the offices and combine them together to form a leader who is capable of fulfilling a mandate such as the one given to him. to Moses.
He is only able to establish the pattern for the Church and guide it and introduce it to the Promised Land of Blessing.
THE PATRON OF GOD FOR THE CHURCH.
We come then to the second function exercised by Moses, which is a portrait of the Apostle's ministry. Moses expounded the Order or Pattern of God for His people. This was very important for God, and we read in Hebrews 8: 5 where Jesus and Moses are again compared: –
5. Who serve what is the figure and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was warned when he was going to erect the tabernacle, saying, "Look, do all things according to the pattern that has been shown to you on the mountain.
God's works according to a pattern, and He gave details to Moses of how Israel was going to serve him. He insisted that Moses adhere strictly to the patron. Each thing or object in the tabernacle was to be done according to the measurements given to Moses. Moses presented these plans to those who were going to make the objects. And when they had been made exactly according to the plan, and placed in the right places, God came down in the cloud of His Glory over the Tabernacle of Moses. Any failure to follow the pattern would have prevented all this from happening.
Today the Church works according to a pattern which was never part of God's plan and which was introduced by the traditions of men.
Just as Egypt came to dominate the lives of Israel, so the world has come to dominate the pattern and structure of the Church of Jesus Christ. And just as Moses came to lead Israel out of Egypt and to present them with the correct pattern, so the Apostles of God of the end times will not only call back to the Order of God to the Church, but will also provoke and succeed in being restored . They will follow merienda again the patterns through which, the Holy Spirit caused the flourishing of the Early Church.
So the prophetic movement will continue to raise its voice against the current system of the Church, eventually leading to the removal of incorrect patterns and structures in the institutionalized Church. This will prepare the way for the Apostolic Movement to come and restore the correct order. Once this order has been restored, the Church, under the leadership of all the members of the fivefold ministry, will return to the pattern God designed. We will enter into the glory and power that will accompany the event which the Bride of Christ has been waiting for – The Coming of the Bridegroom.
Translated by rchs.