Just as in the Book of Acts in the New Testament, our life together in the communities of the twelve tribes is the wholehearted response and simple devotion to the life, death and resurrection of the man Yahshua the Messiah[fn]Acts 2:42-44, Galatians 2:20; Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36:50, 21:1-4; John 12:1-8[/fn].
The Ultimate Purpose - Redemption
The vast universe, with countless trillions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, orbited by countless planets, and for what?
As beautiful and glorious as they are against the velvety darkness of night, the stars were not only meant to gaze upon in wonder, but to colonize, forever and ever...
Our loving Creator has a plan to restore humanity and to fill the earth, and ultimately the universe with His Highest Creation — Man[fn]Genesis 1:26-28; Eph 1:23 and 4:10[/fn]. His plan of restoration and redemption has waited for the fullness of time to be fulfilled. We believe the time is now...[fn]Jeremiah 30:24 - 31:1; Daniel 12:4[/fn]
Our Master, the Man Yahshua
Two thousand years ago, the Creator sent His son, Yahshua[fn]See article "Name Above All Names"[/fn] to teach a radical message of hope and true justice. To proclaim, in both word and deed a message of reconciliation and peace with the Creator resulting in a radical new society — The Kingdom of God on earth...[fn]Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 4:43; John 3:3-5; Matthew 6:10[/fn]
He was a warm, sincere and tender man whom children were drawn to. In his presence, the faint were given courage and the timid became bold. Within this man, the fullness of the Creator's Spirit dwelled bodily. When you met him, you met Love…[fn]Matthew 18:2; Colossians 2:9; John 14:9[/fn]
He Came for all the Needy...
Yahshua came to gather the heart-sick and needy… He didn't come for the healthy, for they don’t need a doctor[fn]Mark 2:17[/fn]. He came to gather into one all the children of God scattered throughout the earth[fn]John 11:51-53[/fn], for their Father has a great purpose for them[fn]John 7:17[/fn]...
Yahshua told his followers that their life together would be a demonstration of unity to all the world, a witness of a New Day dawning, a sign of hope that this troubled age would soon be over, and an age of peace for the whole world was on the horizon[fn]Matthew 5:13-16[/fn]… But first, much tribulation must come…[fn]Matthew 24:3-14[/fn]
The Kingdom of Stone
Yahshua told his disciples that they would face great trouble in this present age. In the midst of a society increasingly contrasting their simple communal life[fn]Matthew 24:3-14[/fn], their new spiritual culture would be one of great abundance, not in worldly riches, but in faith, hope, and love for one another[fn]John 13:34-35; Mark 10:28-31[/fn]. The result? That they would become perfectly one with one another; in heart and soul, so that the world would know that God actually sent His son[fn]John 17:21-23[/fn].
Yahshua told the religious leaders of his day, "the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit."[fn]Matthew 21:43[/fn]
Both he and his message were at large rejected[fn]Matthew 21:33-42[/fn]. Yahshua was the Stone that the builders rejected that became the cornerstone for a whole new world[fn]Matthew 21:42; Daniel 2:35 and 44[/fn].
Echoing the words of the prophet Daniel, (who long ago interpreted a dream of a “Kingdom of Stone” destined to come at the end of this present age[fn]Daniel 2:35 and 44[/fn]), Yahshua spoke that in the last days, a new spiritual kingdom would emerge from the dust — proclaiming the hope of an age of peace[fn]Luke 4:17-19; Mark 9:11-12; Matthew 17:10-11; Jeremiah 30:24-31:1[/fn]. We believe we are now embarking upon the very days in which His prophecies are beginning to be fulfilled[fn]Daniel 12:4[/fn].
Distinct from the World
In Daniel's prophecy[fn]Daniel Chapter 2[/fn], a stone was mysteriously hewn out of a huge mountain. Without human hands it was chipped away, little by little, until it broke free and plummeted toward a great statue, which represented all worldly kingdoms. The stone struck the statue on its ten toes, which represented ten last kings on the earth in its final days[fn]Daniel 2:31-45[/fn].
As the statue shattered into dust, a great wind came and blew it away until no trace was left of the once-mighty statue. Only the stone remained, a kingdom in solidarity. It began to grow, and filled the entire earth...[fn]Daniel 2:44-45[/fn]
The coming King has offered terms of peace to all and any who would obey his message. Every believer is called to forsake everything he has for Yahshua, for his message and his kingdom[fn]Matthew 10:34-39; Mark 10:28-30; Luke 14:26-33, 18:28-30[/fn]. A new culture, a peculiar new nation thus emerges…[fn]Mark 10:28-30; John 10:10[/fn]
Just as he promised, whoever gives all shall receive a hundred times, now in this present age — houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions — and in the age to come, eternal life.
This describes a nation of communities; homes and farms full of families and single people together[fn]Matthew 10:34-39; Mark 10:28-30; Luke 18:28-30; Acts 2:40-44, 4:32[/fn]. A radical new society with a spiritual cultural identity[fn]Jeremiah 30:24-31:1; Isaiah 49:6; 1 Peter 2:9-10[/fn]. A holy, or set-apart nation, distinct from, yet among the nations of the earth.
That is what the church is — not just a religion, but a nation made up of priests (one who expresses the love of God to those around) known as the Commonwealth of Israel with it's own distinct spiritual culture, a culture of the Love of God[fn]1 Peter 2:9-10; Ephesians 2:12; Galatians 6:16[/fn].
The Royal Priesthood - A Holy Nation
Yahshua's selfless, and therefore sinless life, culminating in his willing execution was a pleasing sacrifice to our Creator[fn]Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 10:5-10[/fn]. Having his soul spend three days and three nights in the place of torment where sin is paid for, purchased the whole earth and all its inhabitants[fn]Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 10:5-10; Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 4:12-13; Revelation 11:15-18, 20:11-12[/fn].
His payment was necessary to purchase a people for his own possession, zealous for the good deeds of unity[fn]Titus 2:14; John 17:20 - 23[/fn]. He is the "Passover Lamb" which delivered his people from Egypt (the world), to serve him where he is[fn]1 Corintihians 5:7-8; John 12;25-26; Hebrews 13:12-14[/fn].
There is to be a radical separation between the church and the world, and a very good reason for it[fn]1 Corinthians 6:16-18[/fn]. The nations of the world function on the basis of Natural Law[fn]Romans 2:12-16; Genesis 3:16-19, 9:1-7; Proverbs 13:24[/fn] — those things that all men know in their consciences to be true and right — yet, the royal priesthood has a higher law and greater accountability...[fn]1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:2 and 10; Philippians 2:14-15; Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:5-8[/fn] To be a light to the nations around them[fn]Isaiah 49:6; Acts 26:6-7; Matthew 5:14, 16; Philippians 2:14-15[/fn].
People of the Nations
The Creator has an eternal reward for all who struggled to do what is right according to Natural Law[fn]Genesis 4:7; Acts 10:34-35; Romans 2:6-11; Job 1:1[/fn]. But those who are under Natural Law cannot accomplish the purpose of God on earth[fn]John 15:5; 1 John 5:19[/fn]. Before Messiah can return to the earth, there must be a people, separate from the nations of the world, obeying His commands[fn]Matthew 5:17-20; John 14:21, 23-24; 1 John 2:4-6, 3:22-24, 5:19; Hebrews 10:13; Revelation 22:14; Isaiah 56:1-2[/fn].
It has become clear to us that the holy, set-apart nation would not even be able to exist on the earth apart from the influence of righteous men in civil government — men who would uphold free exercise of religion and other basic human rights[fn]1 Timothy 2:1-4[/fn].
As a priesthood, we gather every morning and evening to thank and praise our Creator, and pray for the rulers of those nations in which we dwell[fn]1 Timothy 2:1-4, 8-10; Acts 4:24-30[/fn]. Understanding more about the ways in which society is violating “Natural Law” — to the point of calling evil good and good evil[fn]Isaiah 5:20, 24:5-6; 1 John 5:19; Genesis 3:16-19, 9:1-7; Proverbs 13:24[/fn].
The Necessity of Righteous Judgment
There must be a thorough judgment of all mankind, to determine who is, and who is not worthy to fill the universe for eternity[fn]Revelation 20:11-15; John 5:28-29; Revelation 11:18[/fn].
The Creator makes a distinction between the Righteous, the Wicked, and the Holy — three categories of eternal human beings, with three distinct prepared places to spend eternity[fn]Matthew 25:34, 25:41 and 46; Hebrews 11:13-16; Revelation 20:15-21:2[/fn].
After purifying for Himself a holy nation for His own possession[fn]Titus 2:14, 1 Peter2:9-10; 2 Corinthians 6:17[/fn], distinct even from the Righteous men and women of the Nations[fn]Revelation 21:3, 24-26; Isaiah 61:5-6[/fn], the Creator will then have a compassionate people through whom he can rule the nations for eternity[fn]Revelation 21:4[/fn].