Many Christian’s are asking some questions today that are hard to answer. Some of these same questions we have to ask ourselves, which is causing in us, a need, to search for the answers. One such question is, just what is the church’s purpose during today’s world filled with its many problems? What is the church doing to help? The church, as the world looks upon it, seems to be an institution that has lost its purpose and its ability to help in any crisis that the world faces today. Many people are running back and forth without any purpose. Many are looking for some kind of answer as to this aimless wondering. Many are wondering who or what I can turn to for direction as to a purpose in life. Is it true, as the world suspects, has the institution called the church lost its power and glory? While there seems, in some areas, to be what they call “a great falling away,” on the other hand there also seems to be movements of spiritual activity taking place, with some being drown to these movements.
Is there a last day move of God taking place? Is there a changing of orders taking place as one order passes away, with another taking its place? In this, God does bring our attention to a truth. The truth is that Jesus did not come after the order of the Levitical priesthood, but His ministry on earth was to usher in another order. Jesus the Son of God, sent to earth to establish the order of a different priesthood. “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee, as he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”. (Heb. 5:5-6, read and study Heb. 5:1-14).
Therefore, Jesus, when He ministered on earth, established for creation a higher order of priest. In the establishment of the new priest order, He made the old priesthood order null and void by ushering in a far greater glory. Is there today the establishment of that higher order in the church? With today’s church bring trapped in the Levitical order of priest, the time is come for them to be replaced with the order of Melchisedec? The order of a far greater measure, as Christ appears again, through His people, the many member body of Christ.
In studying the history of the church, it reveals for us, that carnality and corruption was not long in coming after the passing away of the early church saints. The glory of the upper room outpouring begin to dissipate swiftly as the Holy Spirit was more and more regulated by man, to the back room, so to speak. Man’s legal customs and ordinances began to take priority over the Holy Spirits leadership, causing the light and glory to begin to go out. But, among all of mans fallen ways and traditions, history also reveals that God has always had a people for His name, a light that was always there to shine in the midst of the darkness that surrounded, by then, the carnal self organized church. Even though rebellion and idolatry seem to reign, God’s seed from each generation is to separating themselves, whenever necessary, from a movement turned cold and indifferent. One movement would pass into another as the Holy Spirit continued to lead, through revelation, restoring truth to His people until we now find that the days of Babylon’s church systems are numbered and brought to its end. To accomplish the ending of Babylon’s order and the beginning of another, God is moving by His Spirit upon a people, in the depth of their being as deep is calling into deep. This moving is the Spirit of God beginning to gather His seed, the true house of Israel, to make up the visible manifestation of the order of Melchisedec.
Hear the word of the Lord, for it is as real for us today, if not more so, than when it was written. “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permit.” (Heb. 6:1-2). God does not desire to see His people continue in the same ordinances year after year, men who ritualistically serve God through sacrificial obedience to his traditional ways, in a sense of self-righteousness. God’s desire is that we might become obedient, a people who are spirit led, to become His glory in the earth. Know and remember, “Obedience is better than sacrifice,” even as God told King Saul through the prophet Samuel. Obedience is what God is looking for in a people today, not the ritualistic services that have taken the place of true worship. True worship and praise is that which glorifies God to the place where His presence is made known to all gathered. In the changing of orders today, could this not be that which God said would take place in the last days? This is an order of life, a way of living, which begins to answer and meet the needs of all the people who are asking the questions. How is the changing of this order-taking place? (Read and study Heb. chapters 6 & 7).
As God’s people search for answers to questions that come from sincere hearts, God is always faithful. He has left for us examples through shadows and types in His dealing with the children of Israel. Israel’s idolatry and rebellion types for us the spirit that works among most of the organized church’s of today. Therefore, in God’s dealings with Israel, even as He deals with today’s churches, God is today raising up for Himself sons. Sons of God after the order of Melchisedec, to restore back into God, the church, the true bride of Christ. Remember, that Christ is not only the first-born son, but He is also the many member sons who are the adopted and are likewise coming to know the redemption of their bodies. These sons are then to go forth as Priest and Kings, to prepare the way for the restoration of the bride. Israel, a type of the church, had become an adulterous wife, Israel had become apostate and sinful, a dishonor to God, which we likewise see in the church today. There is much apostasy and sinfulness and the church is being uncovered and shown for what it is during our generation. Meanwhile, God is ever mindful of His will and purpose. Hence, He raises up ministries of reconciliation, the sons of God, to bring about this restoration.
It is not hard to understand the feelings that flow from the heart of one who was or is married to an adulterous husband or wife. Likewise, in Jeremiah 31:32 we are shown that God considered Himself a husband unto adulterous Israel, “… my covenant they break, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Lord.” What was it that Israel did to break their vows, their covenant with God? In Hosea 1:2, the land, the whole of Israel had departed from the Lord. “…. For the land [whole of Israel] hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.” These whoredoms took place as the children of Israel participated in acts of idolatry by worshipping other gods. Remember, unto Israel, as well as the church of today, God declares that we should have no other gods before Him.
These Israelites were quick to follow after the sensual, man made idols and life-styles of the people, the inhabitants of the land they were told to possess, as well as the people in the lands around them. They begin to yield themselves to other ways, while loosing sight of the commandments God had given them to follow. In accepting the ways of other nations, they were having union with another husband, another order, one that was not their true husband. In this union with other orders, these other nations, offspring were born unto them that knew not the true ways of God. Even when God pleaded with them, Israel continued in their state of rejection. Hosea 2:2 says, “Plead with your mother, plead; for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband; let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts [love of her heart]”.
Israel’s continuous rebellions also brought a promise from God that for a time He would withdrew His mercy from the offspring of such unholy unions. Hosea 2:3-4 declares, “Lest I strip her naked [the uncovering of all her hidden sins]; and set her as in the day she was born, an make her as a wilderness [a place without a man made wall of protection], and set her like a dry land [nowater of life, thus, to make her thirsty] and slay her with thirst. And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they are the children of whoredoms.” Can we not see, in this example and type, the conditions, as they exist among the many traditional churches and their members today? Is today’s churches and individuals expressing an order of life, the same order of light and life which God released, as it came out of the upper room on the Day of Pentecost? Has it grown and matured to the state wherein it expresses the life of God, in a full measure, to today’s darkened world? I think not. Could it not be for the same reasons that hindered Israel, whoredoms and idolatry?
People and organizations are accepting the gifts of other lovers (doctrinal ideals and thoughts of man), as they give themselves to a watered down gospel, weakened by mental philosophies and the traditions of men. Gathering with man’s own thoughts incorporated into church services that reject the free moving of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Doctrines that reject the increasing truth that God promised would make His people free. In giving themselves to sensual ways that feed the pride and egos of the Adam man, church leaders refuse to enter into God’s presence, while hindering those who desire to enter.
Thus, are we not finding another generation of children, traditional offspring that do not know the true pure language of God nor do they know His ways. “And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews [the language of God’s spirit and truth] language, but according to the language of each people [each separate Christian circle]”. (Nehemiah 13:24). Meanwhile, each group continues to school in the doctrinal, traditional ways of their whorish mother. This is a mother who has many lovers but rejecting the love of her one true husband, God. However, according to Zephaniah 3:9 God has made a promise, “For then will I turn to the people a pure language [God’s spirit and truth], that they may all call upon the name of the lord, to serve him with one consent”.
Let us notice the breakdown in the receiving of Israel’s gifts. God’s jealousy caused Him to reach out, even as the Holy Spirit is wooing the church today. God desires for the church to return to its first love, both individually and collectively. Hosea 2:5 states, “For their mother [church] hath played the harlot; she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers [doctrines, traditions and mind-sets of men] that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink [note: she claims as hers the food, clothing and drink]”. This speaks to us of an order that seems to supply a kind of food (life), clothing (spiritual covering), and drink (anointing) while denying its true manifestation. Note also that God begins to change the course of His dealing with Israel (the church), that He might bring her into position of restoration. Hosea 2:6-7 speaks, “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up the way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths [both individually and collectively, the old ways are no longer working or satisfying]. And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them [that which used to work doesn’t work anymore]; then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better for me than now.”
What about you, are you satisfied with the gifts you have received for your spiritual well-being? Is something lacking? The more you eat from your old gifts the hungrier you get, the more you drink the thirstier you become, your covers are too short, you seem to stand naked before God because the fig leaves, the clothing of your traditional beliefs, just don’t cover anymore. Some will say, we just need to return back to the basics of our understandings, back to the beginnings, but God is not desirous that we return back to our Egypt’s, back to our former houses with their glory, but He wants us to press our way into the glory of the latter house order of God. “The glory of this latter house shall be greater that the former ….” (Haggai 2:9).
Many are asking another question concerning the visible, fundamental church system. While there seems to be some good in some of the churches, what moves the people during some of the services if the churches are generally a part of an order that sets in a place of rebellion? They also say that sometimes the praise and worship moves me. Sometimes, even the preaching of the word affects me. With some people saved and some filled the Holy Spirit at times. However, they also agree that these movements of the Spirit only last for a short time, with most of the gatherings returning to or remaining in a lifeless condition. They also have services that do not appear to have any real lasting benefit. Yes, God does visit these groups from time to time, for we also hear Him say, “For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplies her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal [man made systems]”. (Hosea 2:8). Can we not see, that God continues to care for His people? He has much against those orders, rebellious in nature, holding people in bondage; they war against Him while God desires to have spiritual union with the people. In their state of rebellion, whoredoms, and idolatries God remains faithful. His great love keeps Him jealous for and causes Him to supply the needed spiritual substance for the individuals and groups while in their bondage. Meanwhile, God’s supply is considered as from their own efforts and while being prepared for their own continual ritualistic orders of confusion.
It is God’s love and mercy that keeps the spiritual supply coming until He returns to correct the error of their mind-set. Then, in God’s time of judgment, His wrath comes forth to bring about the needed deliverance. A deliverance that frees a people to become and receive an inheritance, one that God’s love has sealed for them. Remember, God has declared that judgment begins in the house of God, whose house you are if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Hosea 2:9 says, “Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.” Notice, from this verse that the season and time when these blessings are to be taken from them, is the time of abundance, harvest time, when everything seems to be going well, then is the time of His return to bring forth His judgment.
This is the time when God shall receive back unto Himself that which He gave during their time of rebellion. In returning, He destroys the hinderer, the adversary, the tower of Babel which man has built for self. These things He destroys that He might establish His own kingdom, His place of rulership over all His creation. Can we not see that man has taken the gifts of God and built for himself a house upon the sand? Proclaimed by man to be the house of God, but faulty in its foundation, made up of man’s doctrinal traditions and not God’s divine order. In building, man desires to establish a constitution that assures complacency, not rest.
Man desires a structured life-style that requires no change. God will never allow that building to stand, for He is a God of increase, a God that moves on from line upon line, precept upon precept, revealing Himself little by little until we come into the stature of the fullness of Christ. Did not He allow the temple’s destruction in Jerusalem that a new order, the church from the upper room might then come forth to replace the old? Likewise in the church of today, God’s purpose is to slay the old order of death that a new order is released to usher in a greater order. Therefore, once again, God returns with judgment, to uproot that passing order, to usher in the eternal. Hosea 2:10-13 declares, “And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of Mine hand, I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, these are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beast of the fields shall eat them. And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers and forgot me, saith the Lord.”
Please do not look at your neighbor or some other church group down the road and say, “that sure fits them to a tee”, but know that God is talking to each individual concerning the condition of each. Does not the word declare, “Judgment begins at the house of the Lord, and I am coming for a church without spot or wrinkle”? Does this not mean a people or group without any iniquity, idolatry, whoredoms, and adultery? Have we yielded to God only? On the other hand, have we built our house on the sand? Do our beliefs and understandings manifest God’s glory? On the other hand, have we followed lovers other than God? Also, in judgment’s from God, what about your possessions, your family or your own life also? What is the most important thing to you in this life? Do we say, God, I have forsaken all to follow you? On the other hand, has our own groups beliefs and traditions become our security blanket, our example above what the word of God would reveal and speak to us? Are we willing to follow the revealed word of God in obedience? The word of God is very strong in these areas as He declares loudly, “seek, and ye shall know the truth”.
Thus, at the appearing of the Christ, He begins to tear down that He might build for Himself a new relationship, a renewed joining with His people. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.” (Hosea 2:14). God, Himself, does intervene to begin a work of restoration. He begins by alluring her. This word “allure” means “to entice with something desirable, to fascinate, the power to have strong attraction.” I have heard this statement spoken many times, “I almost hate to go to church, for there is nothing happening that ministers to me, church does not feed my spirit. It’s the same old boring service almost every time I go.” Could this mean that the glory has departed? Does it mean that God’s manifested presence is missing? Meanwhile in the midst of this continuing condition, God declares that a spiritual movement will begin to take place. Something begins to happen that will get the peoples attention. God will bring forth His presence in such a way that it will entice the people and attract their attention. God’s presence will be so strong in its fascination that it will draw the people from their old places of complacency to a fresh attractive order, a presence that shall grab the people’s attention.
In getting their attention, they shall willingly follow God into the wilderness. In speaking, God will declare unto them words that will reveal who He really is. This word “wilderness” speaks to us of a place outside man’s normal dwelling places. Outside man’s religious governments and laws, into a freshness of creation that man has not touched or polluted. A place that is still virgin, where God will speak “comfortably” to them. “Comfortably” in this context is a word that means “to the heart.” Here He speaks words of mercy and love to this woman, the church, Speaking to the heart, that area which represents the place of life and love. Speaking of a restoring, the bringing forth of a people into something beyond a head-knowledge, mind-set experience. Here God brings them to the act of loving Him as He loves them. This is bringing them into a union that supports and manifests God’s life, His glory, and His nature. Isaiah speaks to us about this “wilderness” as being one of great restoration. (Read Isaiah 35:1-10). “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose … Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall water break out, and streams in the desert…. And a highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein…. “.
What a time it shall be when a restored people know God as in the beginning. Let us note the order used during this time of restoration. Hosea 2:15 reveals, “And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt”. As we recall the time when the twelve spies sent into the promise land, we can see exactly that which was theirs by inheritance. Num. 13:20, 23 shows, “…. Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes. ….and they came unto the brook of Eshcol [cluster], and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff [one cluster of grapes tooktwo men, with a staff between them, to carry it, what a vineyard]; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs”. These promised vineyards rightfully belonged to Israel. These vineyards were the vineyards they rejected as they followed the gods, idols, and nations around them. Are not these vineyards but a type of the spiritual gifts and ministries, given by God, to the upper room church? Where are these vineyards today? Why does the church seem so desolate? There are vineyards and grapes aplenty provided for the church, why then do we see a hungry and thirsty people? (Read Eph. 4:10-16). Are not these for the church today? Are these not to remain gifts and ministries from God to the church until it reaches the place of perfection, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ?
God, in bringing the church into the wilderness, purposes to give them the restoration of these vineyards, along with returning unto them a door of hope, just what is this entrance of hope spoken of here? Remember Joshua and Achan. After God had given Israel the city of Jericho, we find an accursed thing-taking place. Remember God had already declared unto Israel, “And the city shall be accursed [devoted, not for mans use, but God’s], even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: …. and ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated [holy] unto the Lord; they shall come into the treasure of the Lord.” (Joshua 6:17-19). This verse provided the warning of Achans sin.
Achan rejected the commandment of God, as he put his hand to that which was devoted to God. Achan set aside for his own use, his own desires, the things devoted to God; he kept for his own purposes. Things for God’s designated use become that which would profit Achan alone. He desired only to build up his own life-style order instead of being obedient to follow God. Achan desired to receive the things of God but to use them for his own profit. Achan departed from following God and His declared ways to establish his own ways. Is this the picture of the visible church today? I think so, but in restoration God declares that the valley of Achor would now become a door of hope, an entrance wherein man could again move with great expectancy, a time without trouble, a time when God would begin to reign supreme.
This valley of Achor (trouble), through humility, is a time of deliverance, a time of restoration. Joshua 7:20-21 speaks, “And Achan answered Joshua, and said, indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I was among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment [covering], and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty [feast of Pentecost] shekels weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it [silver meaning redemption is hidden under the Babylonish garment which has become a covering of self righteousness]”. What do men use for a spiritual covering today? Could it be that a church group takes the devoted things of God, to establish for themselves their own constitution and by-laws? Traditions established and ordered after their own mind-sets, which hide the devoted things of God under their own religious coverings, by hiding them within their hearts, (in the earth in the midst of their tent) through their own teachings.
Is this why, like Israel, the church is defeated? They become a people ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth, setting under ministers that reject Gods free moving spirit for their own orders of rebellion. Herein, they continue in their religious sacrifices and rituals, while rejecting obedience to God. God’s answer, (read Joshua 7:22-26) with verse 25 saying, “And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? The Lord shall trouble thee [our door of hope] this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.” Is this not the merciful act of God, purifying Israel so they would not remain in a defeated state? Likewise, the stone (Christ) is appearing to restore the church as they fall upon Him. In this, the purifying fire, which God is, begins to burn, to purify and lead us through that door of hope.
Entering this door brings true joy, as Israel (the church) rejoices with a breaking forth of singing. Singing represents a giving forth of all that we are, unto the one we truly love. “… and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt”. Oh, sweet deliverance has come, delivered from the earthly into the heavenlies. Exd. 15:1, “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel unto the Lord, and spake saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously:” (read Acts 2:1-7). Such were the glorious joys of the early church. A coming forth from that upper room, filled with power and glory, declaring the joyous songs of deliverance unto the captives. What happened? Is it now time for a season of restoration to be upon us? A time when a people will be adopted unto sonship, to lead the church into a kind of wilderness separation, that she might be reunited with her true husband, the making up of the bride of Christ.
“And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi [my husband]; and shalt call me no more Baali [my lord]. For I will take the names of Baalim [lords] out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.” (Hosea 2:16-17). The visible church today has many lords (lovers). These lords are those other orders they have chosen to have union. By having, union with other lovers they reject God from being over them. With each order having a separate name, they call themselves after the name of their lord (lover). However, we can rest in the fact, that the days of all these lords, these orders are numbered. God is rising up in His sons, to bring forth this word of deliverance and reconciliation. The sons, used to destroy the ways of these lords, these lovers. The sons shall ministry purity to the bride of Christ, for her day of union with her true husband is at hand. This husband is the Christ, the many member Sons of Gods. In this day of restoration, a covenant made that fulfills that which God declared. Gen. 1:26-27 by saying, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”.
Can we not see and understand that these various forms of life stated here represent orders created by God for His purpose. Each order, in a state of rebellion, because of the curse, God brings back into covenant His created man, male and female, husband, and wife, that they might have dominion. Division and warfare shall cease, as the covenant brings forth a fellowship, a life-style with God, such as the world has never known or seen. (Read and study Hosea 2:18-23). Take notice that God hears the heavens, the heavens hear the earth, and the earth hears the wine, the corn, and the oil. This word “hear” has the meaning of “answer, or respond to.” Thus, restoration begins with God, passing through each order as the next order responds. Now, take note, in the above orders, “they shall hear (respond to) Jezreel”. “Jezreel” is a name that has the meaning of “the seed of God.” This seed of God is that which is sown in verse 23, a seed sown in the earth that becomes a new order, a new way of life, an order of people, that at one time, were not God’s people, but now they have become His people and He has become their God.
Is this the time of the beginning of the restoration harvest? Have the seasons of God run their courses until we now find ourselves living in that wonderful day of release? 2 Peter 3:8 declares, “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. Recall, the church had her beginning on the day of Pentecost, over 2000 years ago. If we listen closely, we can hear the voice of man’s spirit crying, desiring to ascend before God. Even though it begins as a small remnant, we shall witness a move of God coming forth to fulfill this cry, until it touches the whole world. The conditions of the world are even now demanding a coming forth from God. Isa. 1:9 declares, “Except the Lord of host had left unto us a small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”
Again, we ask, what is the condition of the visible church today? Are we not hearing a cry? Is there not a spiritual movement-taking place? Are we in that day when the seed of Jezreel be heard? Hosea 6:1-3 says, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days [2000 years from His resurrection] will he revive us; in the third [the third 1000 years from resurrection], he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain into the earth.”
Is the above scripture not plain in its declaration? God’s word is yea and amen. He declares, He quickens, He gives power, and He brings forth the fruit. God shall reconcile, He is in the process of restoring all creation back into its proper order and place. A seed is coming forth to crush the head of the serpent, the adversary. Sons are to make an appearance at this time of adoption, to bring redemption to the bride, to purify creation, that all things will know restoration to their purpose. Can we not, even now, feel the birth pains as a woman in travail? Does not all creation groan? In this groaning, resist not, but be ye yielded unto the God of restoration, for He shall deliver. We shall be, every man in his own order, that for which God created us to be. These are sons coming forth, after the order of Melchisedec, to restore the church, the bride, back into God. Kings and priest to take dominion over God’s creation, knowing that every knee shall bow, that every order is to come forth, in covenant, to take their place in God’s kingdom. To this, we say amen.