“The Apostles” are the twelve persons in the New Testament who are “the” authorities sent by Jesus Christ given authority over what is preached from Jesus, and over those who preach. Apostles, along with prophets, then and now, are responsible to preserve the original Gospel that Jesus lived and preached.
Persons (male or female) who depart from the ORIGINAL Gospel that Christ Jesus delivered are not apostles today, nor back then,
Christ’s preachers, then and now, have rank –first Apostles, second Prophets, third ranking Evangelists and last in rank Pastors (teachers). See Ephesians 4:11, 1 Corinthians 12:18, 28.