“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?
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