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Apostolic Fatherhood and Sonship – Relational Kingdom Ministry by Apostle Tim Early

Apostolic Fatherhood and Sonship – Relational Kingdom Ministry by Apostle Tim Early

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By Apostle Tim and Theresa Early

One of the joyful and rewarding benefits of the fathering dimension is that it produces the Spirit of sonship unto full maturity and spiritual inheritance of ministry in Love, Leadership, and Legacy through divinely appointed Lineage.

Spiritual – Ministry fatherhood leads the sons right back into the image of God {Galatians 4:19; Genesis 1:26}, back to Divinity—John 14}, back to the Father, the basis and foundation for all spiritual father/son ministry relationship.

It brings to light an important 5-fold unlocking of …


{1} Fatherhood of God which brings to light and life the revelation of

{2} Man, Manhood, Marriage and the Family, of which comes a revelation of

{3} The Kingdom, the Kingdom which produces

{4} The Church {global and local interactive covenant Kingdom community} and from the revelation of the church produced by the Kingdom comes a revelation and demonstration of

{5} the Destiny of the Nations, global transformation, the meek inheriting the earth.


All of this stems from the Fatherhood of God into fathering dimensions established in the earth through His Word and Spirit, and in His divine appointing. This simply means that the true foundation and discovery for all Kingdom ministry, is father/son relationship, father/son spiritual order, the order of father and son, or simply the order of the Kingdom of God. This takes us from Apostleship, Eldership, Discipleship, into SONSHIP, the image of God revealed through the manifested sons of God.


Fatherhood of the Spirit speaks to the seed sown – Zechariah who spoke into John at birth, who …


{A} named his seed, who

{B} prophesied over and concerning his seed and

{C} gives his seed an assignment – the son in seed form becoming a multiple harvest of manifested sons – Luke 1:57-80; Rom. 8:19}.


It establishes the basis for the son to receive inheritance {2 Samuel 20:1-2} and double – portion {2 Kings 2:9-10 – Passion of Elijah verses 1-14 now becomes the passion of Elisha}, to walk out the promise with doubly fruitfulness, to provide spiritual authority and priestly leadership {1 Samuel 2:35-36}, to bestow and to affirm the son through honor {Numbers 27:18-23} as the son honors the father through the “Becoming Dimension,” power to become the sons of God. John 1:12


The glorious dimension of Fatherhood reveals that God is relational, and within the core values of God Himself are key word mechanisms which reveals that God is a Father of …


{1} Family,

{2} Lineage,

{3} Foundations,

{4} Habitations

{5} Generations,

{6} Inheritance, and

{7} Destiny as in Isaiah 58:12 – In the mind of God, it is a Family Affair as the word “Son” in the basic Hebrew Definition reveals “The Builder of the Family name.”


The Lord is building and revealing a SON in the earth. Note further below the scriptural emphasis of God being a Father of begetting unto inheritance


“… In these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things … being the brightness of His glory and express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power … For unto which of the angels said He at any time “You are My Son, This Day I have Begotten You? And again, I will be to Him a Father and He shall be to Me a Son.” (Hebrews 1:2-3, 5).


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant [plentiful] mercy has begotten us again unto a lively [living] hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1st Peter 1:3-4).


The revelation of God is being revealed through the SON. And the order of the Kingdom is the order of Father and Son … note below …


A – We are all sons of God and begotten of Him … Vertically


“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have Dominion …” (Genesis 1:26).


B – Sons of God are also begotten in the earthly sphere, through appointed apostolic fathers – divine covenant relationships appointed of the LordHorizontally


“For though we have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be followers of Me.” (1st Corinthians 4:15-16).


“And say to Archippus, Take heed [be careful about] to the ministry which you have received of the Lord, that you fulfill it.” (Colossians 4:17).


C – Sons {not a gender thing} become fathers in bringing forth many sons of His glory, multiplied seed, a good man leaving an inheritance for his children’s children. Proverbs 13:22.


“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Jesus Christ. And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit [deposit] to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2nd Timothy 2:1-2).


“Lift up your eyes round about and see; all they gather themselves together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.” (Isaiah 60:4).


Remember, Destiny Produces, and Legacy Re-Produces


Identity through Divine Relationships


“But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them.” (2nd Timothy 3:14).


“Let him that is taught in the Word communicate [Gk: ‘To share with others (objectively or subjectively):–communicate, distribute, be partaker’] unto him that teaches in all good things.” (Galatians 6:6).


It is very important to know and understand who we are connected and related to with clear articulation, love, mutual respect, and open communication.


Identity is first noted in the simple truth that “We come from Father [God], and we return to HIM.” From here, the Lord takes us into a journey, a prepared place, a time of testing, maturation, proving, pruning, and development in which we are to engage our efforts according to His Will and purpose. In this delicate process, He appoints us in the right paths to dwell in, and connects us with those, in synergy, synthesis, and in synchronization towards our fulfillment of HIS purpose.


In God’s Kingdom and in the earthly sphere of His administration there is a set strategy and order of the Kingdom to bring forth those born in identity unto God and His eternal purpose {Genesis 1:26} through appointed fathers of the Spirit. God the Father always has an appointed place for the developing of sonship, maturity, foundation, and the work of the ministry through godly, appointed, covenant, and divine relationships. This is HIS ordained strategy and implementation set forth to connect with those who are given the vision, direction, revelation, leadership, foundation, government, training, and launching of the city and regional church unto a fruitful harvest and inheritance unto the Lord.


Once the local assemblies in any given area or vicinity move from in-house vision only into corporate, regional revelation and vision, from teaching to training, from starting churches to establishing and launching Kingdom communities, and from exhortation to equipping, then the Government of God can impact and advance the Kingdom in whole regions saturating the Kingdom into the lives of the corporate anointing, as the Lord will take the church then from visitation to habitation. This can only come through His divine appointment, and not alone having gifting and great ointment only. It is one thing to have an anointing, and another to be in His divine appointing. Note below an important core dynamic of the Kingdom and an apostolic strategy which affects regions and nations …


“Two cannot walk together except they are agreed or appointed …” Amos 3:3 … The one outstanding feature and earmark of Elijah and Elisha in 1st and 2nd Kings is that they simply …


{A} Walked together, and

{B} Talked together


And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained [initiated, to narrow, from a root word meaning to ‘discipline,’ the same word for ‘train up’ a child in Proverbs 22:6] servants [in italics], born [here’s where the action is, they were born – from another root meaning ‘to beget, to show lineage, bear, birth, to bring forth’] in his own house, three hundred and eighteen.” (Genesis 14:14).


Notice the words above in bold which reveals the shaping of sonship, character, and leadership into destiny and fulfilled purpose … Notice also that each one of Abram’s men were trained and begotten to go forth in the appointed time and season, liken unto the appointed time of re-relating and launching forth in the work of the ministry. Here, no one went out on their own witness which is a witness not true within itself. They were born and begotten, in the appointed place of the Lord for such a time as this.


This is why the Father places a premium on identity through divine relationships: consider the following …


We identify with those who labor among us…


“And we beseech you, brethren, to KNOW them which labor [toil] among you, and are over you [principle of leading by example, precept, and demonstration] in the Lord, and admonish [to put in mind, to caution or reprove gently, calling attention to, warn] you.” (1st Thessalonians 5:12).


We identify with those who teach us in the word …


“Let him that is taught in the Word communicate [to share with others, distribute, be partaker] unto him that teaches in all good things.” (Galatians 6:6) {Also Philippians 4:15}.


We identify with those as being the proof {or seal} of their apostleship in the Lord


“If I am not an apostle unto others, without a doubt I am to you: for the seal [or proof] of my apostleship are you in the Lord.” (1st Corinthians 9:2).


We identify with those who have begotten us through the gospel


“For though we have 10,000 instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” (1st Corinthians 4:15).


Love, Leadership, Legacy, and Lineage continued …


In Deuteronomy 7:9, the Lord God is “The Faithful God,” which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love Him, and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.  Psalms 103:17; 128:6.


“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.” (Proverbs 17:6).


From the Scriptural witness above, we see that God wants His appointed fathers and sons to leave inheritance and legacy for now and unto the next generation. It is the Father’s heart to pass on value and honor, foundation and generation through the divine order apostolic pattern of Kingdom ministry. If there is no preparation unto the next generation, or an ill-preparedness to pass on these apostolic foundations, then we would experience a robbed hope and a compromised future. God is a relational and generational God, and is reforming the foundations of our understanding unto global transformation. The church as we know it cannot continue solely on magnification of personal gifting only, but in the divinely appointed covenant relationships of the Spirit: a means for which the saints can come into their rightful inheritance through the apostolic fathers appointed to the apostolic sons for now and the next generation.


As we stop we believe that a number of people will have questions to ask and more questions to be answered in time. Though this is just a synopsis of such all important things, suffice it to say that there shall be times ahead of intimate gatherings just like these as we build solid Kingdom relationships and build line upon line, and precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little.


The one sole purpose of this session is to introduce to some, and to refresh with others, the purpose and importance of fatherhood and sonship as it reveals and produces HIS image and operation in the earth, and for the distinguished purpose in advancing the Kingdom with a strong foundation for it.


In the current progression of the Kingdom, there are powerful manifestations, paradigm and dimensional shiftings, and movements of the Spirit that are not left alone to an ethereal and ultra-nebula experience. But the Father would have these exciting features earmarked in great depth and profound degrees through the fathering Spirit, translated and transferred into a substance of shoe leather where we identity with those apostolic fathers who are given the vision, direction, revelation, leadership, foundation, government, and understanding of the regions coming into Kingdom alignment, and to align ourselves in God’s fashioning together to bring forth the greater grace and glory of the Lord through love, leadership, legacy, lineage, and the navigational properties of apostolic fathers appointed unto one another in the Lord. For we are witnessing a powerful release from the High Priest and a Groan from HIS throne in the saints possessing the Kingdom, and the saints releasing the Kingdom unto a broken humanity.


Until then, Kingdom now!!!

Dr Tim and Theresa Early

FAP International



Dr. Tim and Theresa Early are the senior apostles and founders of the F.A.P. International {Ephesians 2:20-22}, first established in Houston, TX since 1994, and stationed as its epicenter now in Ruston, LA. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, married for over 32 years and Apostle Tim with 37 years of Ministry in 2008, Dr. Tim has been an apostle most of his life, happily married, and the parents of 2 sons and one daughter. 


The Early’s are also the founders of the Global Leadership Institute {GLI – Epicenter of Kingdom instrumentations and technologies}, Tim Early and Associates {TEA – a JosephDanielNehemiah initiative to the marketplace}, C.U.S.H. or Corporate Unction and Strategies Habitation}, and R.U.S.T.O.N. Ruston United Strategies Training Operation Network


As spiritual fathers and vanguard leaders in the 21st century leader-shift, Apostle Tim and Theresa are given to witness the generational blessing of Isaiah 58:12, the foundation of many generations, and is available for ministry.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Leonard Early, of Ruston, Louisiana expired on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, Louisiana.


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