Man is a fatally flawed race — afflicted1 with a fatal flaw. How can he be healed?2 Men have a fatal influence on one another instead of a life-giving influence. Man is a fatally ruined race, given to fate. “Man o’ man!” Man, fallen as he is, is a fatally flawed race. This is in no other way more starkly evident or manifested than in his inability to get along together in peace. Man’s devastating flaw is expressed in the disunity between each other.
Yahshua, the Son of God, said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”3 To love one another is the very purpose of the church, to be the light of and for the world,4 to light the way to peace, to the Prince of Peace, to escape from the prince of darkness.5 It is the light of the stark evidence of the love of God poured out in the heart of His people on earth. The unity Yahshua prayed for in John 17:23 is the evidence of the love He commanded in John 13:34-35, which the prophet Isaiah said would have a startling effect upon the world,6 the very witness of the coming kingdom.7 Yahshua’s followers were to be a contrasting society. The contrast would be startling since the whole course of human history is stained by man’s red blood.
As John F. Kennedy said, “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” How can this happen? This is why when Messiah comes, He, with His bride with Him, will put an end to war and bloodshed.8 This is why the prayer He prayed9 is so essential to the preservation of His saints, who will draw all who take notice of the light, to be that coming army being raised up in this time, to be His soldiers who are not entangled in the affairs of this world.10
The true gospel puts an end to the division that is so prevalent among the supposed disciples, denominations, and denominationalism of the Christian religion — the antithesis of the unity among the believers in the One who commanded that we love one another:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
Unity is the fruit of love between each and every member of Messiah, who know the Father through the Son, to be in unity as they are, and no less one than they actually are, or His prayer is not answered:
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent Me and loved them even as you loved Me. (John 17:20-23)
So the gospel is the only solution to the most devastating problem in human history, but unity is far, far away from a bitterly divided and terrified world, and unity is also our twelve tribes’ most crucial necessity and, yes, challenge, to keep our communion with Him, which can never be perfected in love except by joining our prayer with His to be delivered from the “divider.”11
The gospel addresses the great issue of peace and harmony12 among those who belong to the One who prayed for them — those who pray as He prayed for this unity, this oneness as the Father and the Son. The infallible sign of His church, His Body,13 is the unity that comes from that love and humility,14 and the lack of that unity is also the infallible sign of who or what (with its 42,000 divisions) is not His church.
Our Savior and Redeemer is the Prince of Peace,15 and His Body is the corporate Immanuel,16 as it is made known to all that Elohim indwells Him and His wife17 or His many brothers18 as they give light to “those who sit in darkness.”19 Satan is the prince of darkness,20 building walls of strife and division.
The gospel of peace is what we preach,21 producing the bond of peace,22 bonding one another together in peace. The gospel of peace must be proclaimed as a witness by a people who bear witness of the Kingdom.23 The Kingdom must be preached by all who believe and live together and have all things in common, as the word believe actually means and is demonstrated:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. (Acts 2:44-45)
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. (Acts 4:32; see also John 13:34-35; 17:21-23)
This is what it means to believe in Him, so there is no one who truly believes who does not live together and have all things in common with his fellow believers. After all, this is what love is:
By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers… And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. (1 John 3:16,23; see also John 13:34-35)
The promise in John 5:24 cannot be separated from the evidence of 1 John 3:14 any more than John 3:16 can be separated from Acts 2:44, or John 17:21-23 from Acts 4:32.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. (1 John 3:14)
Those who live together in peace24 in every town or city (which is what place means in 1 Corinthians 1:225), as the apostle Paul commands in 1 Corinthians 1:10, are a corporate ambassador of Messiah, preaching reconciliation with God. But it requires a community of people who are actually reconciled to one another. There can be no credibility to the gospel otherwise. All the elders of the church in Ephesus were one, non-denominated, but there was a solemn warning.26
Christians cannot be “Christ’s ambassadors” reconciling men to God in one of their 42,000 denominations. So the thinking men or skeptics in the world will ask, “Why, if you are reconciled to God, are you so divided among yourselves?” As Christ Himself said:
Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. (Matthew 12:25)
The love and unity of His people is the evidence of His sovereignty over them. Love is the infallible witness and sign of His edah (the Hebrew term that means both witness and community in Jeremiah 30:20), the testimony of the truth by those who are of the truth.27 The gates of hell cannot prevail28 against this witness of the truth by those who are as 1 Corinthians 1:10, but to be as verse 13 shows that the gates of hell were already overtaking that divided church, which was no longer on the Rock.29
No one can love as He commanded without His love in their heart and soul. So skeptics can’t be blamed for asking, since they have not been bamboozled by Christian theologians who preach “unity in diversity” to justify their disunity that betrays the fatal flaw of what calls itself the “church” today. The love of John 13:34 is the infallible sign of His true church, and this love is what causes the oneness the Master Yahshua prayed for in John 17:20-23. Love is His Spirit30 received by the one who is of the truth and is willing to do God’s will.31 And all who actually hate their life in this world will be able to serve Him where He is, and are honored there by His Father:
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. (John 12:25-26)
But as the world takes up the sword, so do all Christians down through history, who are part of the fatally flawed race of man. Christians take up the sword to kill other Christians, who are enemies instead of friends. Friends and brothers are those who are standing together, allied in the same cause, struggling together against constant attack from their common adversary.32
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:13-14)
So does this mean to take up the sword against your friend and brother?33 Then who are His people? Surely not those who take up the sword against one another in war. How many wars will it take to put an end to all Christians who take up the sword?34
Love and unity are the evidence for the world — for all men — to see.35 In Yahshua’s intercessory prayer, He asks repeatedly for the unity of His people. Why? That the world may believe that the Father sent Him,36 and by this all men will know who His disciples are, and who are not His disciples.37 The faith in Yahshua which the Father requires of men is not a blind faith.38 He offers infallible proof, evidence by which men can know and believe. The unity of the Body of Messiah is that proof, and in these last days, after the foundation is laid, it will be and must be the most compelling proof, the most potent argument of the truth of the gospel.
Christianity is divided above all other people and religions, and is in no way, except in the negative, the proof that Yahshua received what He prayed for. It is not what He meant for His Body to be like. Matthew 12:25 is its condemnation. It is addressed to Christianity today, specifically. The Christian church is broken into thousands of competing fragments, and each fragment considers itself a church, in contradiction to what Paul meant when he spoke of the church in every place:
Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. (1 Timothy 2:8)
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours... I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1 Cor 1:2,10)
Christians cannot be a valid witness in any town if they are not united in the same mind and the same judgment, but are instead divided into denominations.39 In his day, Paul could only address one single church in any town or city, such as the church in Corinth,40 or the church in Thessalonica,41 while today in Chattanooga, for example, there are 750 different churches, each started by a divisive man (or woman!) such as Titus 3:10-11 describes — a self-condemned heretic.42 Then they all have nothing more to do with one another, and each calls his own a “local church” when there can only be one local church in each locality or place, which means township, not street corner.
In Acts 20:17, Paul called for the elders of the church in Ephesus, not the churches in Ephesus. And even thirty to forty years later,43 Yahshua Himself wrote letters to seven churches in seven cities in Asia Minor: to the church in Ephesus, and the church in Smyrna, etc. There was still only one church in each city, where all the men were expected to lift holy hands without any wrath or dissension between them, in complete unity as 1 Corinthians 1:10 and 1 Timothy 2:8 require.
This ancient prophecy must be fulfilled:
Your eyes will see this and you will say, “The LORD be magnified beyond the border of Israel!” … For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 1:5,11)
It will certainly not be fulfilled by Christians, but only disciples.44 All the men in every place (township) are to raise hands without any kind of division.45 Yet each denomination looks at the others with varying degrees of suspicion and contempt, and sometimes downright hostility, and it is considered normal and unavoidable. In the American Civil War, there were great revivals on both sides, as each side prayed for God’s help to eliminate the other — literally, to “die by the sword.”46 Christianity, instead of coming together, has gone to pieces.
The true church will meet the requirements of her Master’s petition, and since it did happen in the world in the first century,47 it can happen again, as the Master prophesied,48 and as it must.49 As He prayed, so it will be.50
The “church” first appears in Scripture in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, when all who believed51 on Yahshua the Messiah lived together and had all things in common. That is what Paul meant in 2 Corinthians 5:15: He died for all, and all who believed no longer lived for themselves but for Him — in one another, in Yahshua’s Body on earth, as the witness of who His disciples are,52 in order for all to know that the Father sent His Son for this very purpose.53 Only those who believed lived together in unity. Only they had eternal life.54 He died for all so that all who live should no longer live for themselves but for the One who died and rose on their behalf55 after His suffering in death (sheol)56 for three full days and nights57 on our behalf.
The true pattern of the church has not changed. Paul, led by the same Spirit, established the churches he founded after the same pattern58 as in Act 2:44 and 4:32, and by the same Spirit,59 as the same Master prayed in John 17:23 and commanded in John 13:34-35.60 All who believe and all who love Him and all who keep His commandments will also live together and have all things in common.61 It’s only common sense among the spiritual, but the natural man cannot understand the things of the Spirit, since they also can’t keep His commandments or love as He commanded.62
For those who considered themselves to be believers, yet were not bearing the fruit, the apostle John provided a litmus test, so that they could judge themselves and have an opportunity to truly believe:
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13, KJV)
Modern translations omit the last phrase, thinking it to be redundant, and therefore missing the point entirely. John wrote this entire letter in hopes of helping some who called themselves believers realize that they had not yet passed out of death and into life, so that they could then be truly saved.
The natural man can’t understand63 Acts 2:44-45, since they have also not comprehended or understood the gospel and its requirements.64 The rich young ruler was condemned by the word spoken to him.65
The gospel entails all that the Master commanded and taught His disciples,66 including all the so-called “hard sayings.”67 So who is teaching their converts all that He commanded His disciples? And what did He command them to do? What does the gospel say? What does the gospel mean? What does Revelation 22:17 mean?
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)
When the whole nation that Yahshua was speaking of in Matthew 21:43,68 the bride of Messiah, empowered by the Holy Spirit, says, “Come! Leave your old life behind, and follow Yahshua the Messiah,”69 they and He are not kidding. Yahshua means what He says, and is still saying by the Spirit and the Bride, and so we say, “Come!” (Come means to leave one place and go to another.) “Leave, then, without a cause to keep you from following Him,”70 just as the 3000 on the day of Pentecost who responded to the “many other words” they heard from the apostles.71
The prophet Malachi prophesied of these days when he wrote:
Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. (Malachi 3:18)
It was this distinction that Yahshua was speaking of in John 13:35, the infallible witness or proof of who are and who aren’t His disciples, manifested in the love of John 13:34. And what is this love? How do you define what His love is?
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. (1 John 3:16)
The way the church was in Acts 2:44 and 4:32 is the only way the church can be — the way it was when it was called “the Way.”72 But the first church, like the first human beings, fell away. Yet Mark 9:11-12 is prophecy, and the prophet is the Messiah, Yahshua.
And they asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” Then He answered and told them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things.” (Mark 9:11-12)
Just as the prophetic voice of John the Baptist prepared the way for Messiah’s first coming, so also there would be a prophetic voice on the earth to restore all things fallen into apostasy in preparation for Messiah’s second coming:
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:5-6)
At the appointed time, it is written, you [Elijah] are destined to calm the wrath of God before it breaks out in fury, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. (Ecclesiasticus 48:10)
It is too light a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth. (Isaiah 49:6)
The first church was a community as Acts 2:44-45 and 4:32-35 describe, and what Yahshua prayed to His Father for in John 17:21-23 was fulfilled in Acts 4:32, which describes what was the sign of its fulfillment — “the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul.” This signified that His Father had heard His prayers, as each one of His disciples was part of that one living sacrifice,73 no longer conformed to the world,74 but was where He is75 — in the Community of the Redeemed,76 and devoted to the apostles’ teaching.77
When the church departed from this original pattern, it was apostate, and unless it is restored to its original pattern and foundation,78 Yahshua can never return as He promised He would. The bride can only be made ready,79 and the works prepared for her for this purpose80 can only be done in the context of the community, which is the Body of which Yahshua is the head.81 It is characterized by unselfish sharing.82
The apostles’ teaching made it clear what love is, and only if God’s love had truly been poured into their hearts83 could they love as 1 John 3:14,16,23 describes. The Scriptures prove that “this new life” of Acts 5:20 was possible for those having the gift of the Holy Spirit. But Christians believe it is impossible today, since they are without the Holy Spirit — without the love of God poured out into their hearts. Obviously, the love of John 13:34-35 is impossible, as well as the unity of John 17:23, without the Holy Spirit. This new life is real, practical, and possible when and only when the Spirit that restores all things84 is come to the earth again.
Skeptics still wonder, “Is this kind of unity possible?” If this is the kind of oneness Yahshua prayed for, then He will never be pleased with anything less than what He actually meant as He poured out His heart to His Father, or He would have died and gone into death in vain. He said that death is a place of torment.85 He knew what was in store for Him after He would suffer on the cross and die, and go into death where His suffering would increase exponentially.86
So that unity He prayed for by the love He commanded His disciples to have for one another must be inevitable. That love and unity that meets the requirements of our Master’s petition must be possible, since it has already happened in Acts 4:32-35, and endured as long as the lampstand remained in its place.87 Since this has already happened in the first century, in the real world, it is prophesied to happen again after 1900 years of darkness.88 Since it happened already in the first century, it must happen again in the last century.89
The dry bones will rise from the dead to fulfill the promise made by God to Abraham.90 The bride that is making herself ready91 is not the Christian Church, which is the other woman who will be burned in one hour.92
The restoration of all things in this age93 must bring about Messiah’s return94 and the restoration in the next age to fulfill the promise to Abraham.95 Elijah’s altar of twelve stones96 was prophetic of the restoration of the twelve tribes in this age.97 The restoration of the twelve tribes, as in Acts 26:7, is the only way the promise to Abraham can be fulfilled — an enemy-free land.98 There must be a people who will prove to be Abraham’s spiritual offspring by doing as Abraham did:99
For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him. (Genesis 18:19)
This people will fulfill Malachi 4:6, averting both the utter destruction of the earth and the unthinkable self-destruction of its Creator, for God Himself entered into a self-cursing oath100 that He would give Abraham’s descendants that enemy-free land, which He cannot do unless He has a people who will do as Abraham did, keeping the way of the LORD.
So the church as it was in the first century is the only way it can be to be “the Way.” It has to be the way it was when it was called “the Way.”101 This is how it began 2000 years ago, and now we must restore it — restore all things fallen in disrepair when the last disciple died who had the Holy Spirit. Never again was the Holy Spirit given to anyone during the church’s apostasy, as the letter by James to the twelve tribes in the second century describes.102
For 1900 years, there has been a shift from community to doctrine. In the first century, the pattern103 of the only way the church can be shows us the time when its love and unity was not the result of ecclesiastical manipulation or theological compromise, but from the love of God in the hearts and souls of all who believed.104 And their devotion to the apostles’ teaching105 showed their obedience to the command He gave to His apostles just before He ascended to His Father in heaven.106
The authority from Him is the only hope of restoration, which can only be given to those to whom He can entrust it, in order to bring about His commission, which is “too great” for Christians, as it is only for disciples. He never commissioned them to go and make Christians, but to make disciples of all races in the world among the Gentile nations — to make disciples out of them through the teaching of the apostles, to give themselves gladly in sacrificial love and discipleship.
The Christian churches, instead of coming together, have gone into 42,000 pieces, all claiming to be led and taught by the one Spirit.107 But whose sons are they all?108
The bride must be prepared before His return.109 It is inconceivable that Christianity (all who believe in Jesus and are supposedly taught by the one Spirit) in its 42,000 denominations is that bride. Christianity is a tare field which has been gathered into 42,000 bundles.110
The restoration of all things is to rebuild the spiritual and corporeal temple of the church as in Acts 2 and 4. But a lot of rubbish must be cleared away before the building can take place. In the last three or four generations this restoration will take place on earth, for there must be a period of development leading up to it. This movement will climax in a spectacular demonstration of the love and power of our Master, in His authority, to whom all authority has been given.111 When His bride has made herself ready, having put all of His enemies under His feet112 (which is the same as her feet, since she is His body113), Messiah will return for her. That will be the “last day” He spoke of in John 6:39,40,44,54 and in Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 — the end of the evil one’s rule upon the earth.114
Great collective movements have risen and changed the whole course of history, such as socialism, communism, Nazism, fascism, the women’s movement, the civil rights movement, and now the great conglomerates and multinational groupings. Individual businesses give way to collective conglomerates (such as Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.), making ready for the Mark of the Beast. The ecumenical movement is the most deceptive of all movements, including the Jesus movement of the 70s as it swept through every major college campus in the nation and drew many of the brightest young leaders, only to turn them back into the same stagnant ponds of the state’s organized religions. Now, in the 21st century, megachurches are gathering in the tens of thousands, like lambs for the slaughter, feeding their emotions with silky-smooth sorceries and a false assurance of cheap salvation while leading them down the broad road to hell.
But the “Restoration of All Things” movement is in its early stages, and is already attracting its potential leaders. The goal is the pure church, reflecting the glory of our Master, like the sun in the kingdom of our Father, united like grains of wheat at the time of harvest. It is the light of the world, which either draws or repels all.115 God is love, the likes of which the world has never seen yet.
It will be when the ecumenical movement is mature that all religions outside its ranks will be called and treated as cults, and eliminated, removed, excluded from consideration. All who are accused of being in cults, especially the leaders, will have to answer to an ecumenical council for judgment.116 The ecumenical movement will consider as enemies those who leave the Christian churches (who come out of her) to be part of the restoration of the true church. But the truth will always be found outside the camp of organized religion, just as Judaism in the first century did not recognize and receive the Messiah, but had Him crucified.
Our message is Revelation 22:17:
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
And Revelation 18:4-5:
Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Come outside the camp of fallen religion, to the place where Messiah lives.117 You can be sanctified in no other place.118 In no other place can you serve Him except where He is. He is outside the camp of Christianity, just as He was outside the camp of Judaism. But to be there, you must bear His reproach, His disgrace.
We are the voice from outside the camp, saying, “Come out of her, My people,”119 and “Go to the place I will show you.”120 Come means to leave one place and go to another place.121 Only there, in that particular set-apart place, where Messiah dwells in His set-apart people,122 can worship be offered up in the morning and evening sacrifice,123 where all are without wrath or dissension,124 and only there can His people (saints=holy ones) be purified125 so as to be ready for His return.126