Running Israel’s Restoration Marathon

“YHVH, the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love YHVH the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deu 13:3).

An excellent way to pass this test is to give our Father the desires of His heart, which is a people for His own possession (Eze 37:27).

One way to give our Father a united people, rather than a collection of persons, is by realizing that each of us is running not only an individual race, but at the same time we are running in a restoration marathon. The latter race is a long and difficult task for us as a people.

We have a personal mission and a people (corporate) mission.  As individuals we are called to be part of a united people in our Father’s Kingdom. This requires that we recognize that a divided kingdom cannot stand, and it surely cannot fulfill our Father’s desire to have a people.

The feedback from our recent Zechariah Patrol Reports reveals that a major hurdle in reaching the lost sheep is their lack of a clear understanding of what is expected by YHVH of this generation and of them personally, especially on the corporate level. Most Believers in Messiah see their relationship as a personal one with Yeshua. It is a relationship based on what they believe. It has nothing to do with who they are, whether or not they are part of a people, or even who are their parents. Unfortunately, this mind set, especially in this generation seems to be resulting in increasing division among Yeshua’s followers.

While a personal relationship with Yeshua, or being born again is absolutely essential, it is  the beginning of our walk with Him, and not the end! However, if one’s primary focus remains on their birth experience, rather then growing up and fulfilling the plans He has for them, they are in a way being a Robinson Crusoe. They create their own private island where they can deal with their personal relationship with Yeshua, often on their own terms rather than His. But put a few other people on the island with them and they have problems. Even without people on their islands the modern day Robinson Crusoe’s have problems.

So the story goes, a recent visitor to one of these islands gave the following report: He said “When I shared with the individual on the island the present state of world affairs he decided to stay on the island. However, before departing I took a quick tour and noticed he had three huts. I questioned him about their purpose. He pointed to the first hut and said, ‘That’s my home.’ He then pointed to the second hut, and said, ‘That’s my Church.’ I then asked him about the third hut. I was amused by his answer, ‘That’s the Church I use to go to.'”  

Rather than shared the visitor’s amusement at his report, perhaps all of us need to ask how many huts are on our island? We also need to realize that building more huts is not the answer. We need to merge our island with our neighbor’s islands until we have a continent, unifying not only the land but the people.

Modern communications have done an excellent job of spreading the gospel of the Kingdom. But in doing so they have created a gigantic religious smorgasbord. And like any well stocked buffet it is rare that two people come out with the same plate. The Barna Group (the Christian Gallop Poll) reports that the fastest growing segments in Christianity today are home fellowships of twenty people or less. Wow! That makes for a lot of new huts.

With the division that exists among Believers today, one can imagine the Second Exodus, if it took place today. It would not be like the First Exodus with men marching out of Egypt in martial array, with captains of fifties, hundreds and thousands. Rather it would be wave after wave of lone rangers. Such an attempt would be a disaster because a divided kingdom cannot stand. To avoid such a disaster we must encourage Believers to not only run their individual race as a person, but enter into the corporate restoration marathon that the Father has prepared for His people. We need to run in such a manner that we give our Father the people He wants for His own. The key challenge is together attaining a degree of unity that produces an undivided kingdom that will not fall. Unity is not necessarily uniformity, but to be unified the parts must be combined in one. For example the United States has fifty states. They surely are not uniform in size, location, weather, or terrain. But combined together they are one country with one people.

To help in the struggle to provide our Father with a people for His own possession we will be publishing a series of articles (reports), outlining suggestions on how we can effectively run in the Restoration Marathon.

Restoration is Our Mission

One of the key points we will emphasize is that our assignment as Messianic Forerunners mission is the restoration of all things. It is the base of the Messianic Israel Alliance mission, and the mission described by Peter in Acts 3:19-26). Since restoration is our mission, our first step is to determine what we need to restore?  

The basic definition of restoration is to “return something to its previous condition.” Peter, speaking of restoration, says,  “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Yeshua, the Messiah appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which YHVH spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time” (Acts 3:19-21). Peter then singled out a specific word spoken by the Moses, “YHVH, the Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you” (Acts 3:22). What did Yeshua have to say about restoration? It was all about the Kingdom and restoring it to Israel (Acts 1:1-11).

Keep in mind that our restoration assignment is to restore something to its original condition, not to build something new! Since this assignment of restoration was given over two thousand years ago what we are restoring has to be something that existed in the past, and came into being at least two thousand years ago.  

What Yeshua had to say about restoration and what His disciples believed will be covered in next week’s report. In this upcoming report we ask the question for this generation that Yeshua’s disciples asked on the Mount of Olives two thousand yeas ago,  Lord is it now that you are restoring the Kingdom to Israel?

Angus
For the Patrol

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5 Responses to Running Israel’s Restoration Marathon

  1. Deborah says:

    Shalom to all,
    My experience has been disheartening. I find that as long as you don’t say what the
    scriptures really say, you’ll be ok. But, the minute you point things out to people they get very defensive and avoid you like the plague!! I am not judging these people, only
    sharing truth.
    It is difficult to find others who believe as we do. I live near Tulsa, Oklahoma. If anyone knows of like-minded groups let us know where they are, please! Until I find my place I will just keep planting seeds when possible.
    Would love to open our home to a home group. Just can’t find the people.
    Something to pray about!

    May YHWH bless you and keep you

  2. Linda Rozar says:

    We are so glad to share Hebrew Roots with all who are interested. It seems that Yah puts people in our path where ever we go. On our radio program ‘Finding your Hebrew Roots’ we share about the Family of Yah (God). Family is so awesome, together getting ready for the Kingdom! What do we do? Well find out Yah’s way , His claendar His Feasts and Holy (holidays) Days and lots of other ‘goodies’ that He likes like His True Name, the High Praises of Judah and Israel, etc… Ps 149.

    A good time to be a blessing is at thanksgiving..this opens the door for some real conversations, witness, and f’amily ‘stuff’. Right now booking demonstration Seder with Motzah Ball soup and salad and all the elements here in Sounthern TN.

    Thanks you for prayers
    Blessings in His Shalom
    Jerry and Linda Rozar

    What a blessing to be a blessing. We need to check our blessing-meter now and then.

  3. Karen King says:

    I have a small comment to make concerning the Barna report about the growing House Churches in the US. Perhaps, God is pulling His people, who have a heart for Him and a hunger for the real Truth of the Scriptures, out of the apostate churches to home fellowships. In a home fellowship, there is a real opportunity to dig into the WORD without having to battle with religious rules. People of like mind, hungry for the Truth of the Holy Bible can actually learn a great deal in a very short amount of time, especially if they are in various levels of learning…sword sharpening sword..so to speak. So, maybe the home fellowships are a good thing! I believe that they are and that when the time is right, the LORD, Himself will connect the many groups of people and bring them together in one accord.

    Shalom, Karen King

  4. Antoinette says:

    An awesomely large task dear brother! What I have seen and experienced over the past several years with people coming in to Hebraic Roots and those who have been in it for a while is not much better than the mess we came out of. At one time in my walk I believed in community and wanted to spend my life with others of like faith… over the years I have come to a mentality that I never believed I would have, the “my four no more” idea. This attitute developed over time after having my heart beat to death by so called brothers and sisters, it came from experiencing a lack of integrity in those who I had put my trust in. People use to tell me that it will take the tribulation to get us to really be a community and I have to say that even though I didn’t want to believe them… I do now!

    I agree with you we need to be “A PEOPLE” Oh Father how will you get us there??? Please change my heart and bring me back to a place of trusting, help me to find others who desire to love one another in truth… have we reached that time that you spoke of Y’shua… “and the love of many will wax cold?” If two are better than one and if ten can overcome 10,000 then we need to be a people! not a bunch of individual little John Wayne’s. Is there ten who can come together and walk? Where are they Abba?

  5. Gavriel Yochanan Bootel says:

    Shalom

    The issue as I see it is that not all congregations understand what Moses role was or that or Yeshua. YHWH through Moshe tells the congregation in the wilderness that the covenant is with this people standing here today and for a future generation not standing here. This future generation is the lost tribes or descendants of those standing there that day. YHWH said he would send a prophet like Moshe (Y’shua) from their brothers / brethren and he would put His Words (Torah) in His mouth, and that were expected to listen to this prophet and do what He told them to do or YHWH would hold them to account. What happened, they didnt listen to Yeshua and killed him instead.

    From my understanding of the Hebrew Tanakh and the Brit Hadashah is that the prophets were sent to gather or instruct the lost sheep to return to His Word / Covenant / HaTorah as handed down on HaSinai. They killed these prophets and so He sent His only son and what did Yeshua say, I’ve come only for the lost tribes of the house of Israel. Who are the lost sheep? They are the lost tribes that YHWH scattered amongst the goyim (nations). YHWH makes it quite clear through the Tanakh and in the Brit Hadashah that he will gather His lost sheep and bring them back to their land. We are suppose to have learned a lesson from the 1st generation in the wilderness as stated in Corrinthians 10: 1-11 with 11: stating; Now all these things that happened to them were for OUR example, and it was written for OUR instruction (learning), upon whom the end of the ages has come. This i believe that Malachi 4.4 and corinthians is telling us to listen to what Moses said and Moses said to listen to Yeshua. As Yeshua said, Not one Jot or Tittle will pass from the Torah until all is fulfilled. This means Moshes words have to be fulfilled before Heaven and Earth pass away.

    The issue with the various congregations is not all appear to understand that this Word / Truth / Wisdom / Light / Salvation / Grace is Torah which we need to start hearing and doing. When people realise that this is what YHWH wants and that is why He sent Yeshua to get His people to return to His Word then we will all be on the same path. As it stands to today there is too much leaven amongst the dough making it sour, too much man made theology mixed with Truth (His Word Torah). Shimah Israel YHWH Elohaynu YHWH Echad. YHWH is One he doesnt change like man as He confirms in the Tanakh. So why is the so much division, because the evil one has planted his tares amongst the wheat and it is growing well. Get back to His Word / Truth, do not add too or diminish from and then we’ll all be on the same path that leads to Salvation.

    Shalom Uvracha bashem Y’shua HaMashiach

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