"Restoring the Family of God - Jesus did not start a Religion"
The First Family Adam and Eve chose the trust the wrong god, turning their backs on eternity and inheriting the curse of the flesh. Immediately this fear overcame them and they “hid themselves from God” (their Father). This fear, this curse would then overwhelm the whole of God’s creation, until only one man, Noah, would remain chosen before the throne of God.
The men of creation chose generation after generation to leave the goodness of God and receive instead this curse; refusing to repent, they continued in the iniquity until God sent a flood to save Noah and his seven family members from the evil. Such a tragic and sorrowful beginning to a long and incredible, epic story about to unfold over time!
The Next First Family
But the fear remained even after the flood. It was now a part of men. They (we) couldn’t escape the power of this curse. Noah’s generations immediately fell into depravity bringing men to Babel. For fear they came together and said, “Come to, let us make this city and tower and name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad the face of the whole earth.” Men continued (continue) to labor greatly upon the earth for fear of what might become of them (us). Noah’s generations were not much better off than Adam’s.
So God scattered them at Babel, “that which they feared the most came upon them” but they would not relent in building the iniquity. (And Babel eventually spread and covered the whole world.) But God is a Good Father and would not have His children to live broken and cursed lives. He found one man, one righteous man, like Noah and chose him for a grand purpose and an incredible journey into victory!
The Chosen Family
It would seem that the power of the curse was too great for men but God was able to work salvation in the hearts of men, even afar off, showing them the hope that He would bring forth in the time appointed. There was a man named Abram who was found grace in the eyes of the Lord, like Noah before him. The Lord God came to Abram and entered into covenant with him, promising to make a nation out of him: but not just a nation, God would make for Himself a family out of the generations of Abram.
The family that was once lost to God would be returned to Him through the generations of Abraham, God changed the name of Abram when he received that anointing from God. Abraham would be not only the father of the family of God but also the father of many nations. As amazing a story that began would only become more amazing as God made a family for Himself among the nations of the world. But the Lord God would test Abraham and perform a great and incredible work in him! Abraham would be worthy of being called, “The Father of Faith”. The incredible and epic story continues.
Abraham Receives the Promise
Abraham brought forth two sons. Isaac received the covenant of the Lord and had twin sons, Jacob and Esau. The covenant passed onto Jacob, who in time had twelve sons. One night Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord and his name was changed to “Israel” because he “wrestles with God”. Israel’s twelve sons through miracles, signs and wonders were brought to Egypt during a time of great famine and while in Egypt, under the reign of Pharaoh, who exalted their own Joseph unto great authority in Egypt, multiplied greatly. In time the children of Israel would number thousands upon thousands living in Egypt.
Abraham was not only promised children, nations and many people to come out of his generations, but also a land! God took him upon a great mountain and showed unto Abraham the lands that He would give his generations. And his generations would not only receive this land for a time but unto eternity (and this is somewhat a mystery). While the children of Israel, the children of Abraham, were in Egypt that generation of Egyptians who knew Joseph passed away and new rulers came unto them who ruled them harshly and made the children of Israel into slaves.
But God would not turn a deaf ear to His own children. As they cried out to Him, God rose up for Israel and his children a Deliverer! A man named Moses was sent to the children of the Lord God with the power of the Most High, anointed to bring them out of Egypt, through the wilderness, across the Jordan and into their Promised Land, the land promised to their father, Abraham. This is truly the greatest story ever told! This is the story of God, Our Father, and His children.
In the Promised Land
But the family of God could not obey Him. The curse was just too strong. The Lord God continued to perform every single thing that He had promised but the children of Israel continually went back on their word to their Father, to God. They tempted Him just out of Egypt, worshipping a golden calf, and they tempted Him again and again over the generations. It was just too easy for them to look to the things made by hands with which to put their trust rather than trusting in the Lord God, Himself. But their Father, our Father, would not give up on them!
One righteous generation would come and do righteousness in the land: they would cut down the idols, tearing them down from all the high places but then a wicked generation would come. All the labor of the righteous generation would be torn apart and forgotten by those wicked generations. And this continued over many centuries: a righteous generation restoring righteousness to the Promised Lands only to have everything destroyed by a wicked generation, those children of iniquity. Yes. The curse was just too strong. The children of God could not remain with their Father. The family of God struggled and struggled to remain living in the blessing, the curse was just too overpowering, too tempting. But their Father, our Father, would not give up in His relentless pursuit of His family! God had a plan for salvation from the start!
The Hope of the Family of God
God rose up many prophets in those days. Prophets were men who were especially gifted to hear the voice of God and discern His will upon the earth. The Lord God rose up many prophets out from the family of Israel in those days to declare one main theme, “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt. You did not save yourself but I saved you. I made you, you did not make yourselves. Although you constantly break your word to me, I will never break my word to you. I alone have to power to save you from this curse. I have a perfect plan. I am sending you Help from my heaven, I am sending you a Savior, your Messiah!”
Over the centuries the family of God became convinced, We need a Savior, we cannot save ourselves. And many people over the years began to cry out for Messiah to come. The Father continued to reveal His plan to certain of His prophets over the centuries but much of His plan remained a great mystery to them: men are just too broken to see perfectly the things of God (the curse is just too strong). The children of Israel waited and cried out for their Savior, for The Messiah to come!
The Hope for the World!
The children of Israel were waiting for a Mighty King to come and restore to them their Promised Land! They were watching and waiting for one to come with the power of God not merely to save them from their own wicked hearts, but moreso to save them from Rome and the other nations who had conquered that family of God, and ruled them with an iron fist. Abraham’s seed were less interested in eternity then they were desirous to have their earthly kingdom restored.
But the Father God had a very different plan in mind, His love goes beyond that first family, His covenant with Abraham was a covenant unto ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH, for, “in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” It was difficult for the children of Israel to see God’s plan as it was unfolding. This Messiah was given to Israel but was coming to save all the people of the world: everyone who would receive Him!The
New Family of God
And then Messiah came to them. He came in the perfect time and in the appointed season, He was born exactly as God had foretold Israel through their prophets; He came humbly, to serve, to give up His life as a Ransom for many. But Israel was watching and waiting for a very different kind of a king. They were hoping for one more like them, without the fullness of the love of God, one who would crush the nations and rule them, as they would rule them, with a rod of iron and the vengeance of God. So when this humble Servant, this lowly Messiah showed up, most of the children of God could not receive Him.
He was sent to His own, to the children of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob (who became Israel), He was sent to the family of God, but the family of God did not receive Him. In time they would crucify their own Messiah, crying out, “Let His blood be upon us and upon our children’s children’s children.” Not one would remain with Messiah at the end of His life. In the end of His ministry all of His friends left Him, not one was willing to suffer with Him. But nothing would stop this Messiah, the man called Yeshua, who many know as Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ. Yeshua would lay down His life, becoming the eternal Lamb of God: and whosoever would believe on Him will not perish but receive Life and Life Everlasting!
Through the sacrifice and victory of God’s own Son, heaven’s Messiah, this Jesus, the Jewish Yeshua, the whole world has received Salvation, unto every man who would receive Him. “For all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is the beginning of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. The whole world has been redeemed unto God through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Jesus the Messiah.
The First Family – Not Forgotten
Although they destroyed heaven’s Messiah, the first family of God has not been forgotten. For it has been written, “Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?” The Father had a plan from the beginning to save the whole world through His family, through the seed of the Jews, for, “Salvation is from the Jews”. And even though they murdered their own God’s Son, Yeshua yelled out, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing!” This sin was not a sin unto death, but a sin of ignorance: Yeshua said so, therefore God’s work with His own family is not through.
The day is coming wherein God’s work with the Gentiles (those who are not of the family of Israel) will be completed, they will be brought unto the fullness and then the Father will turn His heart back to His first family, remembering His promise to Abraham and then ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED! For it has been written, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” The Father of creation, Our Father of eternal and never ending love will save every single person called unto His purpose: it is His promise; and our Father has never and will never break a promise!
Appointed Times and Seasons
The brothers and sisters of Yeshua were watching Him depart to return to His Father, after He was raised from the dead, and still they could not receive the fullness of God’s gift to the world. They stood atop that mountain and urged Yeshua, even at the last moments before He left, saying, “When will You restore to us the kingdom!?” And Yeshua, with unending patience, explained to them, “It is not for you to worry about times and seasons but you go out and proclaim my gospel to all the nations!” And then they watched as Yeshua was taken up into heaven to be with His Father, a cloud receiving Him out of their sight.
It seems that first family of Yeshua was baffled at His coming, death and resurrection, even until the very last moment of His ministry. So they went as He commanded them and waited to receive the holiest gift from heaven, God’s own Spirit: imparted and given unto men. And the Holy Spirit came, perfectly in the time appointed, just as promised from God and again, the whole world was changed!
The Time of All Things Fulfilled
This same Holy Spirit from God now brings us, of Yeshua’s family, unto the fullness and preparing the earth to receive it’s Salvation and it’s one and only Hope: this same Yeshua, Jesus, The Messiah raised from the dead, seated now at the right hand of God! The Holy Ghost given from heaven will not stop His work in us, restoring completely the family of God, He will not stop until all things are made ready for Him. The Holy Spirit labors to restored the entire family of God, first those Israelites and Jews and now also those Gentiles whose hope is in the Lord, Jesus.
The Holy Spirit brings us to the time appointed wherein all things will be fulfilled: those who want their God and Father will receive Him and those whose desire is after the flesh, those who desire the temporal pleasures of men more than the eternal righteousness with God, those who love the wages of iniquity and hate the goodness of God, the same will receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they have chosen (over and again). The Holy Spirit will not stop until all things are made ready for Him: like a bride is made ready for her groom.
One Family of God Restored
The Church, Yeshua’s Church, she will be made glorious! The Jews will receive their Messiah, this same Yeshua and God will bring together both families into One glorious family; and forever we will be together will our Father! The curse will be removed from off the face of the earth and there will be found no more anything which does offend. “…the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” But the children of God will never know this curse again.
There will be no more fear, no more pain, no more suffering, He will wipe away the tears from our eyes and the lion will lay down with the lamb. There will be no more loss, no more goodbye’s, no more broken and hurting bodies, no more disease or death: for the old things will have passed away and He will have made all things new! And it will be even better than this! Our Father brings His family, the Jewish family and the Gentile family into the fullness of The Messiah and we will be married! (This thing is a great mystery, but it is true!) He turns “the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers” this day. This same Holy Spirit searches the hearts of men, preparing a home for God to dwell for all eternity!
He never wanted the things of men. Our Father never wanted our temples, our earthly tabernacles, He has always been preparing our hearts for His place to dwell. Behold! We are the temple of God! The family of God is being made ready to receive Him, for now and unto eternity! “Eye has not seen nor has ear heard nor has it entered into the hearts of men what He has prepared for those who are called according to His purpose!” Behold Him and be made into the children of God.
God is Love
They missed Him because He was/is just too good. Our wicked hearts could not receive Him so God had to Help us. He had to give us Help, even to receive Him. God gave us this Holy Ghost that we would be changed into a people who could receive their own God, and Father. He is changing us, He is changing our hearts, making us worthy of being called, “The Children of God” and “His own Family”. We cannot bring ourselves to this conclusion: Our Father, God is restoring all these things that have been lost.
He loves us so much. We cannot imagine or contain His love, we are just too broken. One day He will give us new bodies and we will be able to receive His love, even more fully, but for now we “see in a mirror only dimly and we know only in part”. As loving as we can be, even with His Holy Spirit inside of us, we cannot contain His never-ending, bottomless and eternal love. His love holds all things together. Everything began with His love for us, everything will continue in His love and He will complete all things in this same love. And it’s going to get even better than this!
The end is summarized in the revealing of the love of God! The end of not merely the wrath of God being poured out upon the wicked, but moreso, The Love of God being revealed unto a generation whose desire is for Him! The Alpha and the Omega! The Father of Goodness and Mercy! The God who is love…
It’s going to be an incredible, lovely, overwhelming, marvelous and surprising end to an already magnificent and perfect story. God is love and soon enough everyone will see: His love for us is true.
I hope and pray that everyone upon the earth would receive His love…
There is no other love that comes even close to the love of our God!
Soon we will see His Jealous and Unending love…
We will see Him with our own eyes!
“Come Yeshua, Come Lord Jesus, Come.”