Restoration of Apostolic Doctrine
By Apostle Ricardo Butler
I want to start this short message with a foreshadow or typification from the Old Covenant. I want you to journey with me and see if you can catch the revelation of what I am about to share in this article. So I am going to go in total different direction of what many are probably teaching on this subject.
The Restoration of God’s Temple
The Scriptures say,
“The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king:
They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus;
Unto Darius the king, all peace.
Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.
Then asked we those elders [five fold ministry leaders], and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls? We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them.
And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house [Body of Christ] that was builded these many years ago, which a great king [that would be JESUS] of Israel builded and set up. But after that our fathers [the church full of wolves that came in AFTER Paul died] had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar [the Roman Catholic Church system] the king of [Mystery] Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people [of God—the Church] away into [Mystery] Babylon.
But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God [the Body of Christ]. And the vessels also of GOLD AND SILVER [take note of this ‘gold and silver’] of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar TOOK OUT of the temple [the Body of Christ] that was in [NEW SPIRITUAL] Jerusalem [from above], and brought them into the temple [church systems] of [Mystery] Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; and said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them [RESTORE THEM BACK] INTO the temple [Body of Christ] that is in [NEW SPIRITUAL] Jerusalem [from above], and let the house of God [the spiritual Body of Christ] be builded in his place. Then came the same Sheshbazzar [who represented the apostolic], and laid the foundation [the apostles’ doctrine of the person of Christ IS the FOUNDATION laid] of the house of God [the Body of Christ] which is in [NEW SPIRITUAL] Jerusalem [from above]: and since that time even until NOW [today] hath it been in building [a long process still going on], and yet [STILL] it is NOT finished.” (Ezra 5:6-16).
There was a time in the Old Testament where the Israel was carried into captivity (a type of “Dark Ages”) and the gold and silver was taken out of the temple of God and put in the temple of Babylon. Later the cry from heaven came for the people of God to “COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!” And with that came the restoration of NEW SPIRITUAL JERUSALEM. The gold and silver is symbolic for the teachings and doctrine of the apostles.