Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Winter 1996
Restoration of the Apostolic
Wade E Taylor

There is to be an empowering of the Lord's people, beyond anything that has been experienced in the past. This is a part of the progressive restoration of the power experienced by the early church, but totally lost in the dark ages.

Toward the end of this time of religious darkness, Martin Luther rose up against the selling of indulgences and proclaimed that salvation could not be earned, but is to be accepted as a free gift. As a result, a true PASTORAL ministry was restored to the Body of Christ.

The understanding gradually formed that because we are saved by grace and become a new creation, there should be visible evidence of this. John Wesley began to teach the process of sanctification, and the Method-ist movement was born. A TEACHING ministry was restored to the Body of Christ.

Many began to be stirred, being convicted that this salvation which had changed their lives should be shared with others. Whitfield, and others began to proclaim the Gospel and the EVANGELIST was restored to the Church.

Following this, the need to be empowered for the outworking of these ministries became apparent, and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit became a reality. As the Holy Spirit began to move in the Church, a prophetic ministry, along with the office of the PROPHET was restored to the Body of Christ. This became very evident in the "Latter Rain Visitation" during the 1950's.

"And he gave 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, the edifying of the
body of Christ" Eph 4:11-12.

According to this passage of Scripture, five distinct operations of ministry are to be in operation and evident in the Church. In the above progression that began with Martin Luther, each of these ministries has been restored to the Body of Christ, with the exception of the Apostolic. There has been no such restoration concerning an APOSTOLIC ministry, which is yet to be restored.

An Apostolic ministry is both creative and authoritative. It has to do with the setting of each member of the Body of Christ into their particular place, that they might properly function under the authority of the Head. In a functioning apostolic ministry, there is both consequence and effect.

"And God said, LET THERE BE light:
AND THERE WAS light" Gen 1:3.

In the present religious environment, the Word of the Lord can be accepted or rejected with little noticeable consequence. This is about to change as the Apostolic realm is restored. The Word will again be ministered with authority. For any authority to be effective, enforcement is required. This happened with Ananias and Sapphira.

The time for this restoration of the Apostolic order is close at hand. It requires a prior time of extensive preparation and dealings in lives, as authority and power are not given to novices to be misused. The Lord is very careful as to whom He gives creative authority.

Therefore, there is an intense inner working of the Holy Spirit that is taking place at this time. The Lord is severely testing many to see how they respond, in preparation for the coming apostolic restoration.

"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth" Heb 12:6.

These sons are those who have rightly responded to this time of discipline and as a result, have come to a level of maturity in which they can be trusted with responsibility.

In His first coming, Jesus chose a title to identify Himself as to who He was. He did not use the term "Messiah." Rather, He identified Himself as "Jesus of Nazareth." The religious people of that day were repulsed by this.

Nazareth was a city between the Jewish and the Gentile world. It was a dwelling place for a Jew who had married a Gentile, and therefore was rejected by the Jews. It was also a dwelling place for a Gentile who had married a Jew, and therefore was rejected by the Gentiles. Thus, neither side would accept them.

Had He chosen to be known as "Jesus of Bethlehem," or as "Apostle Jesus," He would have been accepted by all. In choosing to be known as "Jesus of Nazareth," only those with discernment would know who He was. There were those who perceived that He had something special, such as Nicodemus who called Him "Good Master." Jesus did not need a title, there was something about Him that drew others.

In this restoration of the Apostolic ministry, those who are being called to this ministry will have been so dealt with that they are able to function with a meek spirit, always acknowledging Jesus as their Head and desiring that He alone be seen.

As a result, there will be an authoritative ministry with consequence that will bring the body into divine order. Today, Christianity is taken lightly and is the brunt of many jokes. Soon all that will change and again the fear of God will be restored.