WHAT ARE THE 5 FIVE-FOLD MEETINGS ABOUT?
The five meetings form a pattern for a way of life in God's kingdom, and are not rituals, but are a means to train us to function with God's patterns in our daily lives. It demonstrates the absolute necessity of the Five-fold Ministries played out on an inter-active basis. The inter-active part is where we arrive at an understanding of the heart and anointing of ministries that are not our own, and how we can flow in unity of heart, Spirit and mind.
* The Covenant meeting is under the care of the apostolic anointing. The function there is to train and equip the saints; and also keep the saints focused on the symbolic Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies.
***An Apostle is only ever described as `special messenger'. [See Apostle Amplification in the Amplified Bible]. There is absolutely no mention of `I will set myself above'!
How do we define special messenger? We look at what the situation was with regard to the Apostles in Jesus time.
The function of special messenger is rooted in years of intimate knowledge, dearly bought experience, and intensive training. Implied in this function is the commission to witness by the Holy Spirit, whose witness it is, by word and sign, to the risen Jesus Christ and His completed Work. The essential quality displayed is the one `did not think that Glory was something to be grasped, but made Himself as nothing `to redeem mankind’.'
These qualities will be evident in the life of the Minister who is now called by the Holy Spirit to be an Apostle in a particular area. He will be called to be, and do these things in that area.
The Apostle must have touched all the other ministries; although they would have been focused in a particular ministry.
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:29-31
* The Prayer meeting is under the care of the prophetic anointing. The function there is to train and equip the saints; and also keep the saints focused on the symbolic Table of Shewbread in the Holy Place.
The prophet Interprets the divine will and purpose, with inspired revelation, through inspired preaching and expounding, as well as inspired teaching.
However, there is