The IHOP - Apostolic/Prophetic term Apostolic Keys is a reference to Peter's confession in Matthew 16, where Jesus says to Peter that "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom." Roman Catholics have understood this "Apostolic Authority" to be applied to their Popes, those in the Apostolic/Prophetic apply this to their ruling apostles, most evangelical groups, including the A/G, maintain that the Office of the Apostle is no more; the canon has been closed. In this paradigm, having the Apostolic Keys (Authority) gives that person ruling authority over others within their "sphere" and of course increased power over principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness. Binding and loosing is also in the job description. One with apostolic keys can speak on behalf of God, and can "decree" or "mandate" things within the church and over others.
In the attached video, David Bradshaw and Randy Martinez of the Frederickburg Prayer Furnace speak of a campus meeting they recently held in my hometown. We are told that "there must have been fifteen or more leaders of ministries in the Harrisonburg region...that stood up and said 'We're in, we're going to do this, build day and night prayer,' and then we just laid hands on them and the fire of God fell"....."And then we mandated them in, I really feel like God released Apostolic Keys to these leaders." "Yeah, it was so significant."
In Mike Bickle's world, Apostles are needed to lead the end-time Joel's Army as the church battles and overcomes during the end-times, including the tribulation. Bickle feels so strongly about this that he has branded his version of historical pre-mill (post-trib) eschatology as "Apostolic Premillennialism." One tutorial on the "Harp and Bowl" method of prayer (the method practiced at IHOP) states this dominionist perspective quite succintly: "It is our destiny and purpose to be extensions of God's rule in the earth.... He desires to rule THROUGH US. He desires to grant apostolic authority - His rule - to His church. He wants to extend His scepter of righteousness through us. That scepter is bestowed and utilized as we take up the ministry of the harp of praise, and the bowl of prayer and intercession. Then through the authority of righteousness we will reign on the earth - extending his rule as "the fullness of Him who fills all in all. "
In the Apostolic/prophetic "Apostolic Keys" can also speak of those entrusted with "revelation knowledge of the mysteries of His Messianic Kingdom that would enable them to fully preach the Gospel of the King, disciple cities and nations, and also build and govern His Church." link A more traditional view of the Apostle (or one working with an apostolic gifting) is that they build (plant) churches. This also works well with the IHOP pattern of establishing a "24/7 house of prayer" under the guise of people from churches in a community coming together to pray, because inevitably they end up forming a church built around that house of prayer, and many people leave their respective original churches.
So we have many possibilities. Concerning the premise that God "released Apostolic Keys" at this meeting, and of this event David Bradshaw said "Yeah, it was so significant" one has to wonder what this is really all about. Again- God released "Apostolic Keys" to these various ministry leaders in my town and it was "so significant." Would it be unfair to ask "what does it mean?" Tags: Harrisonburg, JMU-HOP, jmuhop, theprayerfurnace, Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace, 24-7 Virginia, Chi Alpha, IHOP, David Bradshaw, Scott Bradshaw, Bowie Curry, Randy Martinez, Mark Kazmier, FPF Missions Base, The Prayer Furnace, The Burn, The Burn Service, Solemn Assembly, Prayer Room, Campus Strike Force