7.5.2 Interruption in the activity of the Apostles

The New Testament relates the death of Apostle James (Acts 12: 2). There is no information about the demise of the other Apostles. According to extra-biblical sources, John, the last of the early Apostles mentioned in the Bible, died near the end of the first century. Until the Apostle ministry was reoccupied in the year 1832 (see 11.3→), the activity of the only ministry established by the Lord Himself was interrupted.


This interruption in the personal presence of the Apostle ministry is rooted in the will of God. Ultimately, His sovereign rule remains a mystery to mankind. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit was also active after the death of the early Apostles (see 11.2→), in order to ensure the preservation and development of the gospel.