The Apostolic-Prophetic Movement in millennial-era Charismatic Christianity is seen by its participants as a restoration of the neglected elements of the Five-Fold Ministry described in the New Testament book of Ephesians, "some apostles, and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ".
In the United States, some of the original kernel of influential leaders who shaped the recent movement were Bill Hamon, Rick Joyner, Paul Cain, Bob Jones, Mike Bickle, James Goll, John Paul Jackson, and Lou Engle. Cain and Jones were the elder statesmen - Cain had participated in the Voice of Healing Revival initiated by William Branham during the 1950s. A number of these notables, and several less notable leaders and their associates and hangers-on operated frequently out of Kansas City, Missouri during the 1990s -- many still do -- and came to be known to their detractors and supporters alike as the Kansas City Prophets.
The Kansas City Prophets
Kansas City Fellowship was never just another ordinary "vision" some up-and-coming young pastor had for a church or ministry. There is no doubt its first and long-standing pastor Mike Bickle (1982 to 2000) has been the most central figure in this church's history.
The Kansas City Prophets is a designation of a group of men believed by some to be modern prophets who are affiliated with the Metro Vineyard Church in Kansas City. This church was known as the Kansas City Fellowship (KCF) under Pastor Mike Bickle in the 1980s. At that time, Bickle received what he believed to be a revelation from God that his ministry was to be the center of a modern "prophetic and apostolic" movement that would be part of the restoration of the five-fold ministry to the Church at large.
Bickle surrounded himself with a number of men who claimed prophetic abilities, including Paul Cain, John Paul Jackson, and Bob Jones. These men conducted many prophetic gatherings, offering prophetic pronouncements to individuals (personal prophecy), to religious groups (predictions about future "moves of God" a group could expect, for instance), and to the public at large (about events that might affect many people, such as earthquakes). This gathered the Kansas City Prophets a wide following and support in some Charismatic circles.
Facts About The Prophetic and The Apostolic
by Christian International
Dr. Bill Hamon
"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
( Eph. 4:11-12 )
A Summary of Church History
Most people are used to a prototype of church where the church leaders do most of the ministry, and the rest of the people sit in their chairs.
However, in the early church, which reflects God’s original intent for what the Church is suppose to look like, the people, the saints, they did all the work; while the church leaders, they trained them.
With time, this was lost in the Dark Ages (500AD-1500AD).
“whom (Jesus) heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21)
This verse declares that before Jesus can come back, things must be restored to the original purpose, and since Christ is coming back for His Church, it is His Church that must go back to Her original shape.
We see this in the 15th Century when God first restored salvation by faith in the Protestant Movement.
Then in the 18th Century the Church experienced another radical move with the restoration of the Sanctification of the Believer in the Holiness Movement.
In the beginning of the 20th Century God restored the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Pentecostal Movement.
Through the 20th Century, the offices of the Five Fold Ministry were affirmed and restored: First the Evangelists (1940s and 1950s), then the Pastors (1960s), then the Teachers in the Faith Movement (1970s). The Prophets in the Prophetic Movement (1980s), and then the Apostles (1990s) in the Apostolic Movement.
All of this has one goal: that all believers can be trained and equipped to do God’s Ministry in the earth in what will be known as the Saints Movement.
The Prophetic and Apostolic
The Prophetic is not unusual in God’s eyes. It is actually the norm. Religion has bound people to believe that they need others to speak to them the words of God, when in fact; every believer that has been born again has the ability to hear God for themselves.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
Prophecy is simply to speak the heart and mind of God for a person, a group of people, a situation, or a nation.
It is vital for the Church that the Prophetic is present. Here is why:
-It provides direction about God’s purposes and desires for His Church and for people.
-It brings edification, exhortation and comfort to the Church.
-It builds and edifies the Church (I Cor. 14:4)
-It provides an agenda to pray and intercede according to God’s heart.
-It provides strategies to advance the Kingdom of God and defeat the Kingdom of Darkness.
The Apostolic is necessary now like it was in the first Century Church. The Apostles performed great signs and wonders and miracles. That was the norm, Jesus said they would. This empowered all the believers to also perform such signs.
Many religious groups claim that God no longer performs miracles through His Church. The truth is that God never changes, and the need for His miraculous power is just as vital now, as it was in the first century.
The Apostolic also brings order, government, leadership and establishment to God’s Church.
“having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,” (Eph. 2:20)
The Apostles and Prophets lay the foundation for the Church. God has called them to do that. Without a foundation, how can the Church stand?
In today’s day and age, the use of prophecy and the presence of apostles may seem unusual. However, as God establishes His Church the Apostles and Prophets in our Modern Day will become more acknowledge and respected by the whole of the Church. With them and the rest of the Five Fold Ministers working together, the saints will be fully equipped the way God intended and the entire earth will witness the greatest move of God this earth has ever seen.
So in summary, every saint can hear God’s voice and therefore prophesy. Prophets are here basically to train and activate people to do this. Every saint can move in signs and wonders and the power of God. The Apostles are here to train and activate people to do this.