[LEFT][bibledrb]Revelation 21:14[/bibledrb]We all know the apostles: Simon (whom He named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. Judas died, so there are only 11 apostles left. We all know them, but in Revelation 21:14 it says that all twelve apostle’s names will be on the foundations of the City.
My question is: who is the 12th apostle? Some may say Matthias, but why not Paul? Or why not the thousands apostles of Christ that have been from Christ until now? There are apostles even today, and all are the “apostles of Christ (the Lamb)” (I am talking about true apostles, because there are also liars, but all true apostle are apostles of Christ, the Lamb). An apostles is a person called by God to a certain job. This certain job is to go to the Gentiles (i.e., non-Christians) and preach the Gospel, that means to lay the foundation of Christ. After the apostles lays the foundation, the apostle continues his journey. For example: he goes to a village and preaches the good news (i.e., Gospel), and then gathers those who believed the Gospel in a group and forms a local body (i.e., church); he might spend a little more time naming the leader (i.e., pastor) and other people to certain fundamental positions; then he also gives some basic instructions (e.g.: baptism, laying of hands, etc.) but soon after that he goes to the next village or city, and lays another “foundation”. That is what an apostle does. There are many apostles today, or should I call them evangelists? (though I am not sure whether a modern evangelist meets the requirements of an old apostle or not). My point is that there have been lots of (true) apostles of the Lamb, and certainly more than 12 at a time and more than 12 in total. Whose name (or maybe names… who knows?) will be written on the 12th foundation?