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To think like Christ you may need to change the way you think. We are warned about a strong delusion that will deceive many. Jesus, according to his own words,came to take the kingdom from those who were teaching something different from Moses. Their Corban was making the word of God to none effect. Jesus appointed a kingdom to His Apostles so that they would bear witness and through the Holy Spirit the people would bear fruit. Through Christ the world might be saved if the people would repent and seek the kingdom of God and His Righteousness.


Apostolos

The word Apostolos is from the Greek word apostello meaning to send, to order (one) to go to a place appointed. An ambassador from Greece would be called an Apostolos and certainly the Apostles were ambassadors from the kingdom of God to the world. It appears 78 times as apostle but twice as messenger. It could include anyone who is a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders. While it might be "specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ" but in a broader sense applied to others who are spiritually sent or delegated by God as prophets or teachers or any task.

The kingdom of God is one form of government where its ministers are servants with no offices where men exercise authority one over another.

There is only one denomination of His Church because Christ and his doctrines is the common denominator.

Only God delegates men to be His Apostles. If any man preach a doctrine other than that which Jesus he is not an apostle.

An apostle may have authority over things that by their nature and circumstance belong to God. This would be things freely given to men who belonged to God. The apostles seemed to actually belong to God as they considered themselves to be bondservants.


Ambassadors of Christ

An ambassador of Christ could certainly be called an Apostle if he or she was truly sent from the kingdom of God to the world by way of the Holy Spirit. The term Apostolos clearly appears 78 times as apostle in the Bible. How would you know if someone was truly sent by God?

They would be doing what Christ commanded and conforming to the directives of Christ to His Disciples and the Doctrines of Jesus concerning his ministers. Many people claiming to be ambassador of Christ fail to meet the guidelines for Christ's ministers.

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Poor Apostles

Were the apostles poor?

We addressed this question in an article about Jesus."Was Jesus rich?"

But what about the apostles?

Peter, along with Andrew, John and James, were fishermen.

Fishing was a major occupation for Galileans but a poor fisherman would only have a net. That does not seem to be the case with the apostles. They had a large boat and nets that required several men to manage. They seem to have more than one boat. [1]. Peter also had a large house and he had a family.[2] These would make him upper middle class at that time.

Tax collectors were well off. They needed to have considerable education and specific training and needed to be trustworthy from an honorable family. Matthew was a tax collector.[3]

Luke was an educated healer or what we might call a doctor.[4] Luke 8:3

What the apostles were unregistered or what might be called idiotes.



Joseph of Arimathea

Besides being a disciple of Jesus[5] and providing a tomb for the body of Jesus[6] Joseph is mentioned in all four gospels not only as a righteous man but also as a member of the Council (Sanhedrin) and a secret supporter of Jesus.

Who was Joseph of Arimathea?

According to the Talmud, Joseph of Arimathea "[7] was the younger brother of Joachim the father of Mary and therefore Jesus' Great uncle.[8]

Joseph of Arimathea, son of Matthat (Mathat) ben Levi of Arimathea, was also the "Nobilis Decurio" (Minister of Mines) of the Roman Empire, among other titles, as stated by Jerome and earlier sources. This would have meant he was charged with overseeing the mining operations of the Roman Empire which were extensive and profitable. Romans recognized talent and Joseph was talented, learning by 16 what many men might take a lifetime to master. His parentage, positions, and holdings would have been one of the richest men in the known world. The Patriarch of Constantinople wrote that Joseph was one of the Seventy Apostles appointed in Luke 10. So he was a member of the original Sanhedrin appointed by Jesus as the king and high priest for all who followed His way.

Joseph of Arimathea was also the "Nobilis Decurio" (Minister of Mines) of the Roman Empire, among other titles, as stated by Jerome and earlier sources. This would have meant he was charged with overseeing the mining operations of the Roman Empire and would have been one of the richest men in the known world.

Joseph as one of the richest men in the Roman Empire, he supported Jesus as the Christ. He was bold in his support of Jesus. [9] And he believed the kingdom at hand message.[10]

That kingdom of God was expected by the Essenes who were familiar with the prophet Menahem the Essene.

Paul the Apostle came from an area where tent making was a major trade. His Father was wealthy enough to provide him with the best education and his stepfather was also wealthy and a prominent man in Rome. He joined Aquila and Priscilla in a tent-making enterprise which more than likely provided employment for many people because he was of “the same trade” (Acts 18:1–3).

But in another sense, the apostles were poor because they were to give up their personal estates and own "All things common".

The statement about owning all things common was not about the people who gathered in free assemblies but about those ministers of the kingdom of God who were appointed a kingdom as the little flock as Jesus promised. There should be no lone apostles, but only those who come into one accord with Christ and his appointed ministers as we see the apostles at Pentecost in the early Church. Their purpose was to set the captive free and return every man to his possessions and to his family and provide service to the congregations of the people because that is what the true levites did and Jesus was one who came to serve.


Unlearned

Were Peter and John unlearned and ignorant or is Acts 4:13[11] talking about something else?

Audio file answering the question "Are Christians Idiots" from Blog Talk Radio
http://hisholychurch.net/audio/2011btr-christianidiots2241435.mp3

Christians provided for one another in charity and did not participate in the free bread welfare of Rome nor as we see the Pharisees doing with their Corban which Jesus condemned. The Pharisees had chosen Caesar's ways to care for the needy of society and depended upon government as their Benefactors. The Christians were not involved in the public affairs of the Pharisees nor of the public religion of Rome. Christians were involved in public affairs of Christ working daily in the temple which we explain below.

The temple in Jerusalem, the same as those temples of Rome, were the center of their social welfare. Those who got the Baptism of John and the Baptism of Christ's apostles, who were eventually called Christians, had opted out of a social welfare system that had snared the people under the authority of Herod's welfare state.

Christians had another king, one Jesus, and were standing fast in the perfect law of liberty instituted by Christ through His apostles whom had appointed a kingdom to. But that kingdom was not like the kingdoms of the gentiles who exercised authority one over the other. The persecution of Christians by public magistrates was often based on their refusal to participate in the temple welfare systems of Rome.

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Unregistered

When Christ spoke of the Kingdom there was a revolution going on in Judea and the world. The policies and practices of politicians and people had the world on a one-way road to social and economic destruction. John the Baptist and Jesus were turning the world upside down. They were shaming the hypocrites who claimed to be following Moses but did not know him nor the God who sent him to free the people.

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13

The word translated ignorant is not the normal Greek word agnoeo meaning ignorant or unlearned[12] but it is the Greek word idiōtēs (ἰδιώτης) from idios meaning as 'pertaining to one's self, one's own, belonging to one's self'.[13]

The English word “idiot” comes from the Latin idiōta which came to mean an ignorant person. Romans in their arrogance at that time in their civil history, the Republic long being dead, believed that everyone should submit to their rule. But in the Greek idiōtēs as used here in Acts meant a private "person not involved in public affairs" of the Roman State.

Even the word translated unlearned in this text is not the Greek agnoeo nor amathes which can mean ignorant but it is the word agrammatoi which only appears once in the Bible and according to Professor Markus Nikolaus Andreas Bockmuehl, a biblical scholar specializing in Early Christianity, “should not be rendered ‘unlearned'”[14] He goes on to say "To be an idiotes is to be outside of the guild, or outside of the group..."[14] Of course, all the apostles were a part of the called out were not to be a part of the world.

This word agrammatoi is rare in Greek text. Its meaning may depend on the period and use in context. I have found it describing the muster rolls of a battalion or a registry of members kept by scribes.

Christians provided for one another in charity and did not participate in the free bread welfare of Rome as we see the Pharisees doing.[15]

The Pharisees had chosen Caesar's ways and government as their benefactor. The Christians were not involved in the public affairs of the Pharisees. Christians were involved in public affairs of Christ working daily in the temple.[16]

The temple in Jerusalem, the same as those of Rome, was the center of their social welfare. With the baptism of John, Christ's followers, who were eventually called Christians, had opted out of a social welfare system that had snared the people under the authority of Herod's welfare state.[17]

Christians had another king, one Jesus, and were standing fast in the liberty of Christ. The persecution of Christians by public magistrates was often based on their refusal to participate in the temple welfare systems of Rome.

The word translated marvelled in Acts is “thaumazo” which is also translated in the Bible as "have in admiration" and "admire" . They were impressed and yet they did not like what they were hearing. Many modern Christians would not want to hear the truth of what the early church was doing either.

The Pharisees had been teaching things that were contrary to God, Moses and now Jesus. They professed God with their lips in vain. The people were going back into the bondage of Egypt under the imperial powers of Rome[18] contrary to the command of God.[19]

They had been running their government and leading the people in a way that violated the Spirit of the Law established by God and His precepts upon precepts. They were making the word of God to none effect with their social welfare programs.

Many will decry this interpretation of agrammatoi eisin kai idiōtai.[20] Christians need to be willing to know the whole truth and look at all things anew. If you will not learn the context in history when the Bible was written you will fail to understand the meaning of the authors. Simple misinterpretations by private souls can take the people a long way off course in their quest for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Early Rome, like the Americans of the 17th century, had learned to govern themselves according to the ideals of the earliest republics. But maintaining that form of government requires great diligence and virtue.[21]

The Roman people had begun to look to their elected officials and then the office of Caesar for every social benefit. The more they neglected individual responsibility the more their liberty, their right to choose, declined.

With each new benefit, the government became more and more powerful and the people became more self-indulgent, apathetic and weak. Rome had become the peacekeepers of the world and soon offered themselves as benefactors to other nations, but not without a heavy price. They would exercise authority over the people who were slothful in the practices of honor and virtue taught by the prophets of God. Rome like the United States[22] began exacting tribute[23] from its subjects to obtain the funds needed to supply those suggested benefits.[24]

The more power the people granted by vote or negligence the more the government became corrupt and self-serving.

The practice of expanding government power through offering to care for the people and shower them with benefits[25] is as old as Cain and Nimrod.[26]

From the beginning we were not to covet our neighbor's goods nor were we to make covenants with the people round about us to take from our neighbor. If you choose to eat with a ruler you were to put a knife to your throat for your own protection.[27]

You were not to consent with people to obtain benefits where there is one purse.[28] If people failed to listen to these warnings then what should have been for their welfare would become that snare.[29] Many of the people were entangled in bondage under the elements of the world because of these false teachings that had crept into their eschatology. Lawyers, Senates and Sanhedrin bound the people through the establishment of a social welfare scheme they labeled Qorban and Corban. In 78 BC[30] the Pharisees and eventually Herod would expanded that social welfare system.

Jesus said through those ordinances they made the word of God to none effect.[31]

The original Corban, a form of social assurance, under Moses was based on free will offerings or sacrifice given through a living network of ministers who sought to serve the people. Herod's system included baptism, contributions, a temple treasury to store them, scribes to keep track of the mandatory contribution of members [the temple tax], and a network of ministers and synagogues to distribute the benefits according to statutory limitations.

The sacred texts should have been clear enough, but the Pharisees were able to twist the meaning of the words to justify themselves. The pride of the scholar strangles the hope of repentance. What part of freewill offering and charity do they not understand?

History of the Pharisees has repeated itself in the modern religions and they have all betrayed their founders.[32]

John the Baptist offered an alternative system. It also included a Baptism ritual but it operated much differently. His network of congregations and ministers provided for their needy in pure religion[33] through free will contributions – charity.[34] They did not have entitlements but lived in hope. They did not give allegiance but lived by faith. They did not force their neighbor to contribute but lived by charity. There is no more revolutionary gospel than Christ's.

Modern Christians are ignorant of the full “Gospel of Kingdom” preached by Christ and the early Church. Some have even claimed that Jesus was a socialist. Modern socialism requires a social contract and the point of a sword to force the contributions of the people. Those who covet their neighbor's goods through the agency of these so-called state benefactors have become nothing more than human resources according to prophecy of Peter.[35]

They have more in common with the Pharisees than they do John or Jesus. That and their lack of knowledge is why they are back in bondage of the world.[36] Christ preached a welfare system based on faith, hope and charity which required virtue and love for one another. The ministers of their society were servants of the people in an alternative system that set men free. Jesus told many parables on how His government of righteousness must operate. He talked about forgiving debt rather than arresting people and forcing them to pay. He talked about the poor widow giving more value than that of the rich man. He fired the money changers and instructed the ministers in the royal treasury.[37] He refused to appoint captains and princes to rule over the people. He taught his minister that they were there to serve.

This was called the perfect law of liberty.[38] It was a system of individual responsibility and honor. It had congregations and ministers. It was organized from the bottom of the hearts of men who loved the way of Christ according to the precepts of God. It divided the goats and sheep.

Some of the people of Judea and the world went the way of Herod, Caesar, and Pharaoh and some went the way of Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus. The former denounced David and embraced the ways of Caesar and the latter embraced the highest son of David, the rightful king of Judea according to Rome.[39]

The Pharisees were socialist. Christians simply would not participate in socialist schemes that compelled the contributions of their neighbor because Jesus said “But it shall not be so among you.”[40]


People are under a strong delusion set forward by the Modern Pharisees of today posing as the Church established by Christ. They profess God and Jesus with their mouths, but they fall short of following His “Way”.

You cannot be a follower of Christ and seek to force your neighbor to contribute to your welfare at the point of a sword or gun. You cannot be a modern socialist and a Christian. Those who think they can may be idiots. They are certainly non-participators in the Gospel of the Kingdom preached by Christ.

We should all be striving to participate in the ways of Christ by serving one another in love and not coveting our neighbor's goods. If we are to be free we must set our neighbor free. If we are to be forgiven we must forgive our neighbor's debt.

There is no reason to opt-out of the world or its systems until you are ready to opt into the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This would include sitting down in the Tens as Christ commanded and earnestly setting up a daily ministration of faith, hope, and Charity through the perfect law of liberty rather than by force, fear, and fealty and the covetous practices of the world which are a snare, makes you merchandise and curse children.

The priests and preachers who say it is okay to covet your neighbor's goods through the agency of governments are not preaching the Gospel of Christ. To say it is okay to bite one another will get the people devoured and is the gospel of the "brutish pastor". It is time to repent and seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness by striving to do the will of the Father.


Audio file answering the question "Are Christians Idiotes" from Blog Talk Radio http://hisholychurch.net/audio/2011btr-christianidiots2241435.mp3

Follow up note:


Christians were idiotes, unregistered and not involved in public affairs of the Roman government or the Pharisees. When it came to participating in the welfare of governments who forced the contributions of the people they would not do it. This is why they were commonly persecuted.

The Modern Christian thinks it is okay to do so even though it is clearly coveting their neighbor's goods through the power and the agency of government that are often called benefactors but force the contributions of the people. This is a “damnable heresies... and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”[41] The word destruction[42] can mean the destruction of money or even the whole economy.

Peter goes on to say, in 2 Peter 2:2 “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

Unfortunately, it is often the modern Churches that are leading the people in these pernicious ways.

What are those destructive ways?

Peter tells you in the very next verse.

  • “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:3

It is a great delusion to think you are following Christ when you are doing like those who rule over the other nations.[43]

What part of it shall not be so with you don't they understand.

We offer volumes of research and resources to take the scales off your eyes.[44] We have put it all together over many decades. If your heart does not show you the truth of charity and love vs. force in forming a viable society no fact, no research, no expert opinion will undue your bondage.

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)”
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” 2 Peter 2:4...

The word translated government is kuriotes[45] meaning “dominion”.

God gave men Dominion. When men give that dominion to other men they are neglecting the personal obligation to exercise that God given responsibility... Why does the modern Church speak evil of dignities...


  • "For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth -- to know the worst and to provide for it." Patrick Henry

Appearances of the word apostle

Matthew 10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles <652> are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Mark 6:30 And the apostles <652> gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles <652>;
Luke 9:10 And the apostles <652>, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles <652>, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
Luke 17:5 And the apostles <652> said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
Luke 22:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles <652> with him.
Luke 24:10 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 apostles <652>.
John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent <652> greater than he that sent him.
Acts 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles <652> whom he had chosen:
Acts 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles <652>.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles <652>, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles <652>’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles <652>.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles <652> witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles <652>’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles <652> was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Acts 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles <652>’ feet.
Acts 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles <652>’ feet.
Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles <652> were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
Acts 5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles <652>, and put them in the common prison.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles <652> answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles <652> forth a little space;
Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles <652>, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles <652>: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles <652>.
Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles <652> which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles <652>’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles <652>, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Acts 11:1 And the apostles <652> and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles <652>.
Acts 14:14 Which when the apostles <652>, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles <652> and elders about this question.
Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles <652> and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
Acts 15:6 And the apostles <652> and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles <652> and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
Acts 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles <652> and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
Acts 15:33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles <652>.
Acts 16:4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles <652> and elders which were at Jerusalem.
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle <652>, separated unto the gospel of God,
Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle <652> of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Romans 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles <652>, who also were in Christ before me.
1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
1 Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles <652> last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an apostle <652>? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle <652> unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles <652>, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles <652>, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles <652>? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
1 Corinthians 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles <652>.
1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles <652>, that am not meet to be called an apostle <652>, because I persecuted the church of God.
2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 Corinthians 8:23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers <652> of the churches, and the glory of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles <652>.
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles <652> of Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles <652>, though I be nothing.
2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle <652> were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle <652>, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
Galatians 1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles <652> before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles <652> saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles <652> and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles <652> and prophets by the Spirit;
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles <652>; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Philippians 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger <652>, and he that ministered to my wants.
Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
1 Thessalonians 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles <652> of Christ.
1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle <652>, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle <652>, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle <652> and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle <652> of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Peter 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles <652> of the Lord and Saviour:
Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles <652> of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles <652>, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles <652> and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles <652> of the Lamb.

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== Footnotes ==
  1. Luke 5:6-7
  2. Mark 1:29–30
  3. Matthew 9:9
  4. Colossians 4:14
  5. Matthew 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
  6. Matthew 27:57 "When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:"
  7. Joseph of Arimathea, "The Tin Man" "de Marmore (Marmorica in Egypt)
    Son of Matthat, Son of Levi ben Melchi and Esthra / Estha
    Husband of Anna bar Simon, of Arimathea and Alyuba bar Eléazar
    Father of bet Joseph Mary's Husband
    Brother of Saint Joachim; Heli ben Matat and Bianca.
    Half brother of JoAnna of Arimathea, Heli ben Matat and Gjora
    Uncle to Jesus and to His Brothers and Sisters
    • Brother Joachim/Jacob and Anna/Hannah (Bianca/Anna (Enygeus) The parents of Mary.
    AKA: "Joachin", "Joachim", "Joakhim", "Yoachim", "Yoyakim", "Heli (Prince Alexander III “Helios”) ben Matthan"
  8. George F. Jowett, "The Drama of the Lost Disciples", (p.18). The "Harlein Manuscripts" (38-59f, 1936) appears to support these claims.
  9. Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
    John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
  10. Luke 23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the Kingdom of God.
  11. Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
  12. ἀγράμματος agnoeo meaning to be ignorant, not to know {Acts 13:27, Acts 17:23 Romans 10:3 2 Peter 2:12; 1 Corinthians 14:38; Mark 9:32 Luke 9:45; Hebrews 5:2}
  13. "Etymology. Idiot as a word derived from the Greek idiotes, person lacking professional skill', 'a private citizen', 'individual', from idios, private, one's own." https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Idiot#Etymology
  14. 14.0 14.1 “The words agrammatoi and idiotai should not be rendered ‘unlearned and ignorant’, as in the King James Version (and ASV).” "The Cambridge Companion to Jesus" by Markus Bockmuehl, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. Author of Revelation and mystery in ancient Judaism and Pauline Christianity (1990), This Jesus: martyr, Lord, Messiah (1994), The Epistle to the Philippians (1997), and Jewish law in Gentile churches: halakhah and the beginning of Christian public ethics (2000).
  15. 4Departed vs Deported, Chapter 12. of the book The Covenants of the gods
    http://www.hisholychurch.org/study/gods/cog12devde.php
    Audio http://keysofthekingdom.info/COG-12.mp3
  16. 5Matthew 26:55 "In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me."
    Mark 14:49 "I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled."
    Luke 19:47 "And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,"
    Luke 22:53 "When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
    Acts 2:46 "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,"
    Acts 5:42 "And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."
  17. 6John 9:19-34 Water Baptism http://www.hisholychurch.org/declarations/baptism/waterbaptism.php
  18. 7Employ vs Enslave Chapter 4. of the book The Covenants of the gods http://www.hisholychurch.org/study/gods/cog4eve.php
    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuz-hFKM_Ts
    Audio http://keysofthekingdom.info/COG-04.mp3
  19. Deuteronomy 17:16 , Ezekiel 29:14, 1 Samuel 8:7-8
  20. 9ἀγράμματοι εἰσιν καὶ ἰδιῶται
  21. 10A Pure Republic, The Higher Liberty, Sec. 13 http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/THL/purrepublic.php
  22. 11Rome vs US Does history repeat itself because man does not repent?http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/romeus.php
  23. 12Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
  24. 13“He who receives the benefit should also bear the disadvantage.” “Cujus est commodum ejus debet esse incommodum.”
  25. “The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations, and benefits.” Plutarch, 2000 years ago.
  26. Nimrod, The Hunter http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/hunter.php Nimrod, NN Video Series:1-10 5:32 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ums_7aYcv0c
  27. 16Proverbs 23:1 “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.” Daniel 1:8 "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself."
  28. 17Proverbs 1: “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not... Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:....Surely in vain the net is spread...for those greedy for gain...”
  29. Psalms 69:22 “Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.”Romans 11:9 “And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:”
  30. 19The Corban of the Pharisees http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/corban.php
  31. 20Mark 7:11 “But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, [It is] Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; [he shall be free]. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
  32. See Thy Kingdom Comes, Chapter 2. Abraham Uncivilized http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/
  33. 22Pure Religion http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/religion.php
  34. Luke 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
  35. 2 Peter 2:3 “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
  36. This World, Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUQlOGyf7to Not of the World? http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/world.php
  37. Mark 12:41-43. The Greek gazophulakion means the royal or public treasure
  38. James 1:25 "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
  39. Matthew 2:2, 27:11-37, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38, John 19:19-22
  40. Matthew 20:26 "But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;"
    Mark 10:43 "But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:"
    "But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve." Luke 22:26
  41. 2 Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
  42. 684 ~ἀπώλεια~ apoleia \@ap-o’-li-a\@ from a presumed derivative of 622; n f AV-perdition 8, destruction 5, waste 2, damnable 1, to die + 1519 1, perish + 1498 + 1519 1, pernicious 1; 20
    1) destroying, utter destruction
    1a) of vessels
    2) a perishing, ruin, destruction
    2a) of money
    2b) the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell
  43. 32Matthew 20:25 "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them." Mark 10:42 "But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them." Luke 22:25 "And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors."
  44. 33 http://www.hisholychurch.org/outline.php
  45. 342963 ~kuriothv~ kuriotes AV-dominion 3, government 1; 41) dominion...


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