Paul NEVER Selected as an Apostle
 



     A CHALLENGE TO EVERY CHRISTIAN - ESPECIALLY SO-CALLED "SCHOLARS"


                                     WHERE DOES THE MESSIAH OR ANY OF THE 12 LEGITIMATE APOSTLES 
                                 CALL/NAME/SELECT PAUL AS AN APOSTLE ?  ANSWER: NO WHERE.



Let's suspend belief for a moment that Paul encountered "the LORD" ( see Home Page & "3 Conversion Versions"  chapter which completely proves this to be utterly false ) and take Paul's own testimony to Agrippa following his alleged "encounter" with "the LORD", we see that "the LORD" supposedly appoints him as a MINISTER and WITNESS NOT AN APOSTLE:


Paul's Testimony to Agrippa

15"And I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 
16
'But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;


To further prove that NEITHER a "minister" or "witness" is an Apostle, we look at the Lexicon of the above scripture:


NASB Lexicon
NASB ©GreekTransliterationStrong'sDefinitionOrigin
But getἀνάστηθιanastēthi450to raise up, to risefrom ana andhistémi
up and standστῆθιstēthi2476to make to stand, to standfrom a redupl. of the prim. root sta-
on your feet;πόδαςpodas4228a foota prim. word
for this  3778thisprobably from a redupl. of ho,, used as a demonstrative pronoun
purpose I have appeared  3708to see, perceive, attend toa prim. verb
to you, to appointπροχειρίσασθαιprocheirisasthai4400to put into the hand, to take into one's hand, hence to determinefrom a comp. ofpro and cheir
you a ministerὑπηρέτηνupēretēn5257an underling, servantfrom hupo aneretés (a rower)
and a witnessμάρτυραmartura3144a witnessa prim. word
not onlyτεte5037and (denotes addition or connection)a prim. enclitic particle
to the things whichὧνōn3739usually rel. who, which, that, also demonstrative this, thata prim. pronoun
you have seen,  3708to see, perceive, attend toa prim. verb
but alsoτεte5037and (denotes addition or connection)a prim. enclitic particle
to the things in whichὧνōn3739usually rel. who, which, that, also demonstrative this, thata prim. pronoun
I will appear  3708to see, perceive, attend toa prim. verb
to you;     



"MINISTER" in Greek is:

5257. hupéretés

Strong's Concordance
hupéretés: an underling, servant

Original Word: ὑπηρέτης, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: hupéretés
Phonetic Spelling: (hoop-ay-ret'-ace)
Short Definition: a servant, an attendant
Definition: a servant, an attendant, (a) an officer, lictor, (b) an attendant in a synagogue, (c) a minister of the gospel.

HELPS Word-studies

5257 hypērétēs (from 5259 /hypó, "under" and ēressō, "to row") – properly, a rower (a crewman on a boat), an "under-rower" who mans the oars on a lower deck; (figuratively) a subordinateexecuting official orders, i.e. operating under direct (specific) orders.
Source: http://biblehub.com/greek/5257.htm



"WITNESS" in Greek is:

3144. martus

Strong's Concordance
martus: a witness

Original Word: μάρτυς, υρος, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: martus
Phonetic Spelling: (mar'-toos)
Short Definition: a witness
Definition: a witness; an eye- or ear-witness.

NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
a prim. word
Definition
a witness
NASB Translation
witness (12), witnesses (23).
Source:  
http://biblehub.com/greek/3144.htm



Compare the above to the Greek word for Apostle:  

652. apostolos

Strong's Concordance
apostolos: a messenger, one sent on a mission, an apostle

Original Word: ἀπόστολος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: apostolos
Phonetic Spelling: (ap-os'-tol-os)
Short Definition: an apostle, a messenger, an envoy, a delegate
Definition: a messenger, envoy, delegate, one commissioned by another to represent him in some way, especially a man sent out by Jesus Christ Himself to preach the Gospel; an apostle.

 HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 652 apóstolos (from 649 /apostéllō, "to commission, send forth") – properly, someone sent (commissioned), focusing back on the authority       (commissioning) of the sender (note the prefix, apo); apostle.
Source: http://biblehub.com/greek/652.htm


Clearly, an Apostle is NOT a minister or witness.  NO SCRIPTURE EXISTS where either the Messiah Son of God NOR ANY ONE and much less ALL of the legitimate 12 Apostles EVER authorize, call, or name Paul an Apostle. The Messiah warns in Revelation 2:2 of those who proclaim to be an Apostle but are not - no one individual in the Bible nor in recorded history matches the "Identifier" of a False Apostle than Paul - NO ONE.  Think about it.
 


The 12 Apostles of the Lamb - on Earth and in Heaven:
     

On Earth:

The Twelve Apostles

1Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him.  Matthew 10:1-4

      
You are those who have continued with Me in My trials; and I assign to you, as My Father assigned to Me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."  Luke 22:28-30

      
In Heaven:

"And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."   Revelation 21:10-14
     


PAUL THE FALSE APOSTLE

Having proven above by his own admission the true nature of Paul to being a crafty, deceitful, lying and evil individual, it will be likewise proven Paul lied about being an Apostle of the Messiah.  Below is his "Claim of Apostleship" having absolutely NO scriptural authorization whatsoever from the Messiah nor the 12 Apostles to support it:



Self-Proclaimed "Apostle"

1 Timothy 1:1

"This letter is from Paul, an APOSTLE of Christ Jesusappointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.2To Timothy, my true child in the faith"


Ephesians 1:1 

"Paul, an APOSTLE of Christ Jesus by the will of God ..."



Paul CLAIMED to be an Apostle - Yet the simple fact is that there is NO scriptural evidence whatsoever he was named an Apostle by (a) the Messiah, nor (b) the Apostles, and (c) failed the criteria by which an Apostle was TESTED (i.e., determined). How were they determined?



TEST FOR APOSTLESHIP

Apostleship MUST have passed the following tests: 

(a) Baptized by John the Baptist 
(b) Been testimony to the Messiah's resurrection (Acts 1:21-22) - NONE of which Paul fulfilled:

      
Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us- 22BEGINNING WITH THE BAPTISM OF JOHN until the day that He was taken up from us -- one of these must become A WITNESS WITH US OF HIS RESURRECTION."   Acts 1:21-22
 

Furthermore, according to Paul's false claim of being an Apostle, this would make him the "13th apostle" (ironically claiming 13 times to be one - see here), there is no such scriptural reference to a "13th Apostle" - ONLY 12 who will judge the 12 tribes of Israel according to the Messiah (Luke 22:30, Matthew 22:30, Rev.21:10-14)  - what does that make Paul?  a FRAUD and a LIAR.



PAUL'S APOSTLESHIP TEST -  A SUMMARY


So to sum this up for those in denial - 4 irrefutable points prove Paul could not possibly be an Apostle:

                      A                                       B                                    C                                 D

   Does the Messiah hand-pick            Was Paul personally appointed            Does Paul Pass the            Does Revelation Identify a
    Paul during His ministry?                 by the 12 Apostles?                             Test of an Apostle?           "13th Apostle" in Heaven?


Answers:

                   NO                                    NO                                  NO                              NO



It is clearly evident and obvious Paul was NOT, is NOT, and NEVER WILL BE an Apostle. 


He does not become an Apostle simply for CLAIMING to be one - The Messiah provides the clue in Revelation WHO the false Apostle is:

"I know your works, your toil and your patience, and that you cannot tolerate The Evil One, and you have TESTED those who CLAIM to be Apostlesand they are NOT, and you have found them FALSE.”  Rev: 2:2

Paul clearly (a) fails THE TEST of being an Apostle (Acts 1:21-22) YET (b) FALSELY CLAIMED to be an Apostle (13 times)


Paul is CLEARLY THE FALSE APOSTLE the Messiah warns of. 


1. Paul the 13th Apostle??? Universally accepted scriptural and historical fact: There were ONLY
    12 Apostles - not 13 Judas was the original 12th Apostle selected by the Messiah:


The Twelve Apostles
1Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him.  Matthew 10:1-4


Thereafter, the "NEW" 12th replacement Apostle was named - It's Matthias - NOT Paul.  For false ministers who can't count:


Matthias Replaces Judas
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.13 When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.14 These all 
with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
 15 At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said,16 "Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning 
Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
 17"For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry." 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. 
19And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)20"For it is written in the book of Psalms,'LET HIS HOMESTEAD BE MADE DESOLATE, AND LET NO ONE DWELL IN IT'; and, 'LET ANOTHER MAN TAKE HIS OFFICE' 21"Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us22 beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us-- one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection." 23So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias 24And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen 25to occupy this ministry and apostleship 
from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 26 And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to MATTHIAS; and he was added to the ELEVEN apostles.  Acts 1:12-26



SUMMARY FACTS:


1. Paul never named an Apostle by the Messiah: Not once in the 3 contradictory "encounter"
    versions Paul gives is 
there any mention that "the Lord" names him an Apostle.

2. Failed criteria to be an Apostle: "So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the
    time that The Lord Jesus went in 
and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the
    day when He was taken up from us - one of these men 
must become with us a witness to His
    resurrection."
 Acts 1:21-22 

3. Replacement Apostle #12 for Judas was Matthias NOT Paul - Matthias an abbreviated form
    of Mattathias, meaning a gift of God, was a disciple of Jesus Christ who was among those who
    witnessed His resurrection NOT Paul.


4. The TRUE 12 Apostle's NEVER named or called Paul an Apostle

5.  There are 12 - not 13 - Apostles in Heaven 
     The Twelve Apostles served the Gospel's purpose in their human lifetime, but they will also have
     a major role to play in the Kingdom of God - that's Twelve (12) - NOT 13 who partook with the
     Messiah's trials - which Paul never did.

You are those who have continued with Me in My trials; and I assign to you, as My Father assigned to Me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."  Luke 22:28-30  


Editor's Note: Paul never continued with the Messiah during His trials - ONLY the original 12 Apostles and the replacement 12th Apostle to Judas, Matthias, were present.


"And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."   Revelation 21:10-14


Paul charging others of what he is most guilty of:

And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ 14No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.   2 Corinthians 11:13-14

Ironically, Paul's conversion took place thru a flash of light proving he IS a hypocrite, false apostles and deceitful worker.


For all those "Apostle Paul" supporters: read the bible, weigh the massive amount of evidence and face scriptural and historical facts Paul was not an Apostle nor has there ever been a 13th Apostle -  there are ONLY those 12 named by the Messiah and Apostles in the Bible.


CONCLUSION:   Sha'ul (Paul) is THE False "apostle" the Messiah warns of in Revelation


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