A cts 3:19-21 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Jesus Christ must be restrained in heaven, irrespective of the desire He has to return to this earth, until the times of restoration of all things which God has spoken by the mouth of all his prophets since the world began.
The qualification is not the restoration of all things. If this were so, then even the devil would be restored to his former position. This teaching, very prevalent in certain parts of Canada, is known as ultimate reconciliation, and features prominently with its twin brother, evolution, and its young sibling, eternal security, or once saved, always saved.
God has spoken by the mouth of his prophets: he has done so since the world began. Here is an invitation to search diligently all that the prophets have written, and where indicated, earnestly seek God for its restoration to the church.
Matthew 17:10-13 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake to them of John the Baptist.
The Spirit of Elijah is the Spirit of Restoration!
Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
God says, none saith restore!
We pray for God to execute a variety of actions; we ask Him to grant the desires of our hearts; we ask Him to send Jesus quickly: but we never ask Him to restore His church to former glory!
We sing, Arise, shine, for thy light is come, when we should be singing, Arise, shine for 4/7ths of thy light is come!
You see, there are three major restoration revivals yet to come to the church BEFORE Jesus will be allowed to return from heaven. And the glaring fact stands as a bastion in time, there has been no truth restored to the church since 1948!
The teachings of the imminent coming of Christ and the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures stand violently opposed to each other.
You can deny it, argue against it, fight it, refuse to believe it, even commission hell to stand in opposition to it, but there will be a restored, glorious church, clothed with the full light of the glory of God upon the earth prior to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
The one obvious truth about light is that it is composed of seven colours! [Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.] Should just one colour be lacking, there can be no light.
Darkness is the absence of all colours. Light is the presence of all colours.
As surely as this is a natural truth, so is it a spiritual truth, for the spiritual follows the natural.
1 Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The seven colours merging to manifest light are shown in the following texts:
Hebrews 6:1,2 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of the laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
The 22 distinctive truths restored to the church in 1948, have never been superseded.
The fifth colour, is resurrection of the dead.
The sixth colour is eternal judgment.
The seventh colour is perfection, (completeness, maturity, finished, come to an end).
The Missing Link
Joel 2:12-17 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, Turn ye even unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Joel 3:9-15 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles: Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves round about: thither cause the mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehosophat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
T he Missing Link
Joel 2:23-25 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
Joel 2:28-32 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions: And upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
The question that must be asked in reference to afterward, is after what? After the restoration of all things that God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began!
When the church has been restored to her former glory, and double that, THEN will God pour His Spirit out on all flesh! Not religious flesh, all flesh!
Consequently, the Spirit of God is yet to sweep the earth in a hitherto unprecedented manner. The greatest visitation of the Spirit of God in the history of the world is yet future!
Believe it. Prepare for it. Plan to be a part of it.
Will There Be a Restored Temple?
The three major dwelling places of God on the earth are the Tabernacle of Moses, the Temple of Solomon and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The former two have served their purpose and have accordingly been laid aside. The third is extant and will yet prove to be the greatest of the three.
Each succeeding structure was designed the house the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
When Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary, the veil in the temple was rent, thus exposing the Most Holy Place in the temple for the very first time.
Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Desolate means bereft of the presence of God. God had forsaken the temple. God had destroyed the temple.
Now, should God rebuild this temple and reinstigate animal sacrifices in lieu of the blood of His only Son, he would become a transgressor! God is NOT a transgressor.
Galatians 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil in the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Its is said that the veil was a hand-breadth thick (six inches), was 60 feet high, and upon its rending, was sought to be repaired by the priests.
You simply can not repair what God has destroyed. You can not rebuild what God has cursed.
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.
J ewish Views
Writing for the Mt Zion Reporter, in an article entitled, The Building of the Temple - Jewish Views, Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen, a Jewish born scholar and author of various books on Rabbinics, Jewish History and Holy Places, records, Only Jews who were free from any impurity could enter the Temple, and long and detailed instructions as to purification are given in the Bible. Nowadays, the exact laws of ritual contamination are virtually void, and almost everyone considered to be ritually tainted. So much for entry into the area.
With respect to the reconstruction of the Temple and the resumption of the sacrificial services, the chief Rabbinate has chosen to forbid all action, on the grounds that halachic literature furnished no equivocal answer to those questions.
But one thing emerges unmistakeably. Although there are Jews who favour the rebuilding of the Temple and the resumption of the sacrifices at once, that is not likely to be the course of any Jewish action in the forseeable future.
Isaiah 66:3 He that killeth an ox as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their souls delighteth in their abominations.
Should a physical building be built in Jerusalem, God will certainly have nothing to do with it. The resumption of animal sacrifices is unthinkable. God turn His back on the blood of His own Son? The thought is absolutely repulsive. It is destable. It is an abomination!
T he Tabernacle of David
Acts 15:15-17 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written. After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth these things.
Amos 9:11-13 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
The Restoration of Praise.
Origin of the Teaching
A prophet from the U.S.A. prophesied the restoration of the Tabernacle of David at a conference of 1,000 people in Nelson, New Zealand, during Easter, 1965.
The host pastor initiated a major research of the Scriptues related to this subject.
Thus, the teaching was born.
T he Truths of 1948
2 Peter 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are NOT areas of Present Truth. They are incorporated in it. The list that follows shows the various components of Present Truth. God desires that we be established in each aspect.
1. Restoration of Lost Years Joel 2:25 Numbers 6:12
2. Revelation of the Body of Christ 1 Corinthians 11
3. Headship of Christ Colossians 1:18
4. Five Ascension Gift Ministries Ephesians 4:11-15
5. Restoration of the Gifts of the Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
6. Apostles’ Doctrine Acts 2:42 Hebrews 6:1,2
7. Seven First Principles of the Doctrine of Christ Hebrews 6:1,2
8. Laying on of Hands (Present Truth of the Restoration Doctrines) Hebrews 6:1,2
9. Communion Discerning the Body of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
10. The Death Route Death, Burial, Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ Galatians 2:20 Romans 6,7,8 Ephesians 1,2
11. Christ in You The Hope of Glory Colossians
12. The Manifestation of the Sons of God Romans 8
13. Coming Together of the Body of Christ John 17
14. New Testament Pattern of the New Testament Church Acts
15. Latter Rain Outpouring Joel 2:23, 28-32 Zechariah 10 1 Kings 18
16. The Prophetic Spirit 1 Corinthians 14
17. Ministry of Deliverance Luke 4:33-36
18. Spiritual Singing Praise 1 Corinthians 14
19. The Perfection of the Church Daniel 8:13,14 Revelation 12:1 Ephesians 5 John 17
20. Feasts of the Lord (Emphasis on the Feast of Trumpets) Leviticus 23 Numbers 10:1-10 (Second Coming)
21. Tabernacle of David (Not taught until 1965) Acts 15:16 Amos 9
22. Resurrection Life Divine Healing and Divine Health Hebrews 6:1,2 Romans 8