We, as a people, are the beginning of the restoration of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. We have come from many varied backgrounds, but have left them behind to accomplish our Creator's will and purpose for man.
He originally created man (male and female) to rule with Him, especially in subduing His adversary Lucifer, the fallen angel, the Evil One. He wanted the created being, man, to deal with the created being, Satan.
As we know, Adam fell and brought all men under Satan's power, but God in His mercy determined to redeem man from that fall. He would send His Son to become a man, taking on human flesh, and through fellowship with His Father overcome the Evil One. The victory of Messiah would regain God's purpose for man. Through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, every human being would see how much God loved and needed His highest creation, Man.
Yahshua the Messiah came preaching the good news of the Kingdom. He understood what this Kingdom was because He knew His Father's heart. It's been made clear from the ancient Scriptures, the Bible:
You shall be My own possession among all the peoples... and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Exodus 19:5-6)
God called this nation and kingdom by the name Israel. Some 1500 years later, the apostles Peter and John made a clear declaration to the churches:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession. (1 Peter 1:9)
And He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father. (Revelation 1:6)
It was obvious to these apostles that God saw them as the fulfillment of Exodus 19:5-6. They had the same understanding and revelation of God's purpose.
The kingdom, as our Master saw it, was the Twelve Tribes. This is why He selected twelve apostles -- it was no coincidence. Even the angel in Luke 1:21-33 said, "He will reign over the house of Jacob forever." The house of Jacob is the Twelve Tribes of Israel, those who rule with God, no longer under the dominion of Satan. These have been transferred out of one kingdom into another, as Colossians 1:13-14 says, "out of darkness into light." There must be a light. His city cannot be hidden.
In Isaiah 49:5-6 and John 11:52, we can see more clearly the purpose for the birth of Yahshua: the light of this kingdom has to reach the ends of the earth in order for salvation to be fully manifested. There has to be a light, a witness to all nations and then the end of this age will come. This is what our Master said in Matthew 24:14. His people must provide evidence of the Kingdom. It can't come any other way. But who can do this? Only those who are under His rulership. He needs a nation, a people who will produce the fruit of the Kingdom.1 It is not America or England or any other political state, but it is His own special nation, the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
This is why Paul wrote to the Ephesians, who were not Jews but Gentiles:
You are no longer strangers, separate from Messiah, excluded from the Commonwealth of Israel. (Ephesians 2:12)
And to King Agrippa he spoke of:
...the promise to which our Twelve Tribes hope to attain, who earnestly serve God night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by the Jews. (Acts 26:7)
These Twelve Tribes to which Paul referred were obviously not the natural descendants of Abraham, the fallen, divided, defunct Israel, because the Jews were the very ones accusing him! And their twelve tribes hadn't even had a national existence since the Assyrian and Babylonian captivity hundreds of years before. Do you think Paul held the opinion that these Jews were the twelve tribes who were serving God earnestly night and day, while knowing they were also the very ones seeking his death? Of course this is absurd.
So, who were these Twelve Tribes he was referring to?
Paul called them the Commonwealth of Israel in Ephesians 2:12 because their tribal life demanded that their wealth be shared in common.2 The pattern of the community churches in Jerusalem and in Judea was imitated by others also.3 According to Paul they were the standard or model for the church in every place or locality.
The Church as Community was the fulfillment of Exodus 19:5-6. It can be no other way. Peter and the other apostles established it the way their Savior had commanded them.4 Before the feast of Pentecost, Yahshua spent 40 days with His disciples speaking to them about the establishment of this very Kingdom. So when Peter preached "with many other words" the Gospel of the Kingdom on the day of Pentecost, the people responded in this way:
All those who believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. (Acts 2:40,44-45)
Those who gave up brothers, sisters, houses, farms, etc., in response to the words of the Messiah which Peter faithfully repeated, received 100 times as much because they entered the Commonwealth.5 So the pattern was set. The building was started. Yahshua was the cornerstone.
But shortly after they had begun, their light began to wane:
I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God ... and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is. (Romans 12:1-2)
Why the urgency in Paul's plea? A few sentences earlier Paul had warned them that as ancient Israel had been cut off from God because of their disobedience, so it could happen to them, the church. In Romans 11:22 he admonished them that if they did not continue in His kindness, they also would be cut off.
So the decline continued. Other communities stepped over the boundaries of His kindness as well. Eventually Constantine, the Roman Emperor, made Christianity the state religion. They became totally conformed to the world. Pagan rites were introduced to make it easier for people to believe. The church had lost its salt.
Without simple obedience to the Master's words, they lost their confidence to stand before Him at His return. Their ability to boast in Him was gone. Therefore, they were no longer His house. They had fallen.6 In came the clergy-laity system of the Nicolaitans. Like Satan, the Nicolaitans desired to take the glory to themselves rather than giving it all to the Master. Those promoting this system loved the approval of men more than the approval of God, rejecting God's purpose for themselves.
After nearly 1500 years, Martin Luther came and re-formed the old system but did not repent from his connection to the old anointing of clergy-laity and conformity to the world. Thus, the first daughter was born. Many more were to follow. Divisions were the order of the day. Denominations arose everywhere, each according to its own name. To our God this is confusion, "a mixture in which the distinctive nature of the elements is lost."
Do you think the church today has lost the distinctive way of the first believers? Has it fallen into confusion? Does this mean God's purpose has been left unfulfilled for the last 1900 years?
Somewhere on this earth, according to Revelation 17:5, there is a woman whose name is Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth. The Apostle John saw her and wondered greatly. He was utterly amazed at what he saw because it was the fallen Church!
Fallen, Fallen, is Babylon the Great, she has become a dwelling place of demons [demonic activity] and a prison of every unclean spirit. (Revelation 18:2)
The statement, "has become," denotes a transition from one state to another. She was originally something else. As it says in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3, the Church should have one husband and be a pure virgin, but this woman lost her virginity, corrupted herself and committed acts of immorality with the Kings of the earth. She thinks of herself as a "Queen" sitting already with the King. But what King? In reality, she is a widow. She has bereaved herself of her true husband. She is as confused as her name depicts: Babylon = Confusion. (Babylon comes from the tower of Babel where the language of mankind became confused -- babble.)
A voice will come to her and say, "Come out of her, My people." God calls all who belong to Him to come out of her who is fallen, the great Harlot, and come into another "her," the woman who is being raised up to be the wife of the Lamb.7
In the book of the prophet Daniel, it is written that the God of heaven sets up a Kingdom in the last days which will not be left for another people.8 This Kingdom is the restored Twelve Tribes of spiritual Israel who will usher in and bring about the 1,000 year reign of their King Yahshua. This priesthood is not one of robes and rituals, clothed in religious garb of the clergy-laity system which God hates.9 No, the Tribal priests, who minister to Him from the heart, dress simply and comfortably in natural clothing that suits hardworking people. And all are priests, the Kingdom of Priests He has always wanted.10
So which is it?
TRIBAL or BABEL?
COMMUNITY or CONFUSION?
UNITED or DIVIDED?
For 1900 years God's purpose for His people has been in abeyance, meaning on hold. The Scriptures say it has been left for another people to fulfill in the latter days (Matthew 21:43). The Kingdom in Daniel 2:44 is now being set up, but this time it won't be left for another generation. We are saved not only to be forgiven, but to carry out the works that He has prepared for His people to accomplish (Ephesians 2:10). These works don't save us, because that salvation is the free gift of God, but when we are saved He wants us to build His Kingdom -- to be prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Who is the wife of the Lamb?
Who will the Son of God marry?
Read Revelations 21:9-12.
When will the Messiah return? The Scriptures make it clear that the Saviour is held in heaven until the "period of the restoration of all things" is completed, as it speaks of in Acts 3:23, Hebrews 10:13, and Matthew 17:11-12. What must be restored? The Body of Messiah, the true church purchased by His death on the cross -- this must be restored again to its proper foundation. All those who love Him will obey Him and participate in the restoration of His purpose, which is His Kingdom. The end of this age and His return to earth depend upon our response to this very thing. Will we be ready? Not unless we are a part of His Kingdom, which is the new Israel -- The Body of Messiah.