|Posted by lora Guthrie on August 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM|
By, Lora Jeffries Shipley
A "strong delusion" has come over the Church and has blinded many to the truth and meaning of “The Restitution of All things”,which must happen first before the coming of the Lord and the great andterrible day of the Lord!
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. 20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which Godhath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
A new season is upon the Church, a season that all of creation has groaned for, the times of refreshing is coming, and the restoration of all things is before us!
Many do not understand what Jesus, Peter and Malachi the prophet spoke of concerningthe “restitution of all things”. We as a body have fallen short in our study and understanding the “restitution of all things” .
Few Christians search the matters and mysteries of the scriptures…..Prov. 25:2 says,"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. Unfortunately, the majority of the Church has chosen to follow religion and doctrines of men instead of what is written clearly in the scriptures concerning the “restitution of all things”. A strong delusion has come over the Church and has blinded many to the truth and meaning andunderstanding of “The restitution of All things”, which must happen first beforethe coming of the Lord and the great and terrible day of the Lord!
Peter proclaims in Acts 3 and all who have ears to hear the Spirit's voice that there is coming a time of restitution of ALL THINGS and reconciliation in whether they be things in heaven, things inearth, or things under the earth.
Jesus Christ cannot set foot on this earth until the restoration of all things!
20And he shall send Jesus Christ,which before was preached unto you: 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things Acts 3:19-21
Also in Malachi 4:1-3 confirms there must be a "restoration of all things" before the greatand dreadful day of the Lord. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers,
Malachi 4 Elijah the prophet must come first; the Sun of Righteous arises with Healing in his wings Mal 4: 1For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horebfor all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart ofthe children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with acurse.
Malachi4:1-3, confirms there must be a "restoration of all things" before He sets foot on earth, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord! This verse is linked to Acts 3:19, Mark 9, Mathew 17 too, which we will examine further.
The Hebrew word for restoration of all things is just that, restoring things to the former state before the fall of Adam! The Restitution of all things:1) restoration a) of a true theocracy b)of the perfect state before the fall From Stongs G600: ) to restore to itsformer state 2) to be in its former state.
The verses on: Restore all things:
· Mat 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
· Mar 9:11, 12 and they asked him, saying, why say the scribes that Elias must first come? And he answered and told them, Eliasverily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written ofthe Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
· Act 3:19 -21 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times ofrefreshing 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, whichGod hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
The "times of refreshing " and "the restitution of all things must happen before the coming of the Lord, and the tribulation there MUST be a times of refreshing, this must be prior to the catching away of the bride. Acts 3:19-21
1. Times of Refreshing shall come
2. HE shall send Jesus Christ (after the restitution of all things)
3. Whom the Heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things (the former state of the Garden)
The “Restitution of All Things” is restoring the former state before the fall of man, before he comes. Who teaches such things today? Well Jesus did,and the prophets from the beginning did! We must first understand is; God had an ultimate dream and it was that Man and Women would walk as ONE in Him with the"choice to choose good over evil. Adam and Eve fell short, and God's dream has not been yet been fulfilled. Acts 3:21 Tell us…. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preachedunto you: Whom the heaven must receiveuntil the times of restitution of all things, whichGod hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
The fulfillment of God's ultimate dream is the restoring all things back to its former state, before the fall! God’s ultimate dream will be man and women walking as ONE in HIM in a type of garden relationship, choosing holiness and righteousness over evil.....Which is the fulfillment of HIS dream, which was HIS perfect plan from the foundations of the Earth! There must be an absolute fulfillment and restoring the former state of the Garden before the Coming of the Lord. The gospels as well as the prophets verify this "restoration of all things". Acts 3:21, Math 17:11. Mal 4:5,6 this happens after the "times of refreshing", Acts 3:20.
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 2 Thess 1:20
The “restoration of all things” is declaring the end from the beginning. We are also told in Isaiah he will declare the end from the beginning. Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: The things not yet done, is the restoring of the former state before the fall, which MUST happen, before the return of Christ, again this is Jesus own words! Mathew 17, Mark 9.
Ultimately God will have his dream fulfilled; The Garden must be restored…. This is the restoration of the former state of the garden before the fall. The "restoration of ALL things" must precede his judgment Malachi 4.
Why must the former garden glory befulfilled first? Because God must be true to his nature, the garden of Eden was not a failure even though man/Adam fell short through sin; God will show all ofcreation that man and women can fulfill the Garden Glory of Eden; He will give man and women the opportunity through the blood of Jesus, HIs resurrection and through the giving of the Holy Ghost that they can and will walk in places with HIM as ONE FLESH, MOVING as ONE in HIM, having dominion over all creatures and creation! God must complete what was started in the garden thousands of years ago; this is why the “restitution of ALL things” must happen before the great and terrible day of the Lord. This is also called the times of refreshing.
Jesus said Elijah will come first and "restore all things"! Notice Jesus did not say Elijah would restore some things, not just the hearts of the children to their fathers and vice- versa, but the "restoration of all things"! This would include the garden glory before the fall. This statement is hard to get a grasp on for two reasons; these words “restitutionof all things” have not been broken down and explored at any great deepth within the church past or present! The second reason is all mankind has have ever known is a fallen world.
Our greatest witness to the restoration of all things is Jesus own words in Mat 17:11, and Mar 9:11,12 he confirms and verified the words of Malachi the prophet, the Restoration of Allthings is the former state of the Garden, this was and is God’s dream, and his plan for ALL MANKIND. Do not confuse the restoration of all things with the Millennial Reign, the scriptures clearly state that these things must happen before the coming of the lord and the great and terrible dayof the Lord.
As we know only few in the church have been looking for a catching away/rapture, even those who are looking for his return do not have an understanding of “the restoration of all things”
Question for the church? If the bride is removed prior to the restoration of all things, then there is a problem, how can God restore all things if the bride is gone? He cannot, the garden consist of those who have overcome sin, choose to flee from sin and be holy because he is holy, not that they are perfect, but these are those that choose to run from sin, we see in the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 it is the overcomer who will eat from the Paradise of GOD ( the Restored Garden) also, notice closely in Ephesians key words, he might, and they should be holy…. Eph 5:27 That he migh tpresent it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or anysuch thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
The choice is up to the individual, to choose to come out of sin throughovercoming. This company of overcomers will walk in a restored garden statebefore the coming of the Lord and before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: Mal 4.
Malachi 4:2 goes on to tellus that this company of overcomers who fear the lord will have receive healingv(restoration) from the Sun of Righteousness, 2vBut unto you thatfear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and this group ofvovercomers will vs. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet inthe day! The Garden Restoration of all things occurs prior before this great and terrible day of the Lord, because those who fear the name of the lord will be healed, restored, and tread down the wickedunder the souls of their feet.
The restoration process is still before us! God’s ultimate dream of man and women moving as one in HIM walking with HIM will be COMPLETE….because of the finished work of the cross and giving of the Holy Ghost andthose overcoming saints who fear the name of the Lord, He promises healing and restoration of all things!
The Garden Glory is dwelling as onewith the LORD known also as El Shaddai, His El Shaddai names means all bountiful and provision. The restored garden will consist of those men and womenwho will have chosen to come out of sin, letting Christ in them become victorious overcomers! Rev 2:7 he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; to him that overcomethwill I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradiseof God. In this verse,“paradise of God” in Strongs G3857 Exhaustive concordance states the following: 2) a garden, pleasure ground 4) According to the early church Fathers, the paradise in which our firstparents dwelt before the fall still exists, neither on the earth or in theheavens, but above and beyond the world. (is this the gateway to the garden of Eden that has been sealed since the fall?)
The times of refreshing, and the restoration of all thing, which is the restored garden, must happen beforethe great and terrible day of the Lord, many will have a chance to walk in this former state garden glory with El Shaddai.. Eph 4:13 gives us a good look at what this willlook like in the body of Christ. Till we all come inthe unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto aperfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: So, wehave this promise of the measure of the very stature and the absolute fullnessof Christ be fully formed in us, and then he will pour forth the "times of refreshing" and brings in the" restitution of all things".
What started in the garden …..must end with the garden, and "choice" is still an option, where man and women stillhave the choice and option to sin, and do not, why? Because they have tastedsin and have seen the effects of sin, and once they have tasted the restored garden glory with El Shaddai the choice will be to stay in the garden and NOT to fall into sin, knowing the consequences of sin, hating sin!
The question is do we have a pattern for this in thescripture? Yes, Yeshua, He is our perfect example! Remember patterns inscripture are called similitudes and are considered prophecy, Hosea 12:10. So Jesus is the pattern or similitude of Adam he is known and called in the scriptures as the 2nd Adam 1 Cr15:45, who also knew the glory of God before the foundations of the world, and after taking on the form of man, he choose towalk in holiness; He was tempted by Satan, but He unlike Adam over came temptation Mat11:5 . Remember Jesus is the head, and theovercoming bride/church is the body, now the bride/ body will walk in the footsteps of the Head which is Jesus the 2nd Adam. Just as the hands and feet of Jesus walked and brought restoration to those whom he touched, not some he touched, but all he touched; Jesus was not hit and miss on his healing and restorations! The Seas, the wind, the disease and death obeyed him! Jesuswalked as the 2nd Adam and HE took dominion over the earth bringing salvation life and restoration of body, soul and mind came from HIM. Jesus told us that greater works will WE do, Jhn 14:12 Verily, verily, Isay unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
The Restoration of All Things is before us, the bride of Christ will walk as the 2nd Adam Jesus walked taking dominion as Adam/Eve also moved dominion in the garden before the fall.
Jesus who is the 2nd Adam has overcome ALL and has brought part 1 to therestoration, he has gone before the His Church bride , He has made way, clearedthe ground; part 2 is now for his his bride, his partner, the overcoming bride found in the church body. His body will follow a blueprint pattern thatwas set by HIM; the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have thegospel preached to them.
The bride of Christ which is the body will follow in like manner as Christ the head of the body who walked as the overcoming second Adam! These things must happen BEFORE HE RETURNS, Mat 17:11 And Jesusanswered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restoreall things.
God will not be mocked, he will subdue all things, 1Cr 15:28 Andwhen all things shall besubdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that putall things under him, that God may be all in all.
The Restoration of all things is the dispensation of the fullness of times,Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of thefullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven,and which are on earth; [even] in him all ages have to do with time and times, but there comes an hour eventually when time has reached its fullness. Fullness has been regarded by the church as fullness innumber only, but the fullness Paul speaks of is a “mystery”, the scripturepoint to a fullness which means “completeness”, which is what Christ also refers to as what must come before the “Great and terrible day of the Lord”, it is the “restoration of all things”!
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorantof this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; thatblindness in part is happened to Israel, untilthe fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
This is a mystery is the completeness and thefullness of the bride of Christ is until the fullness( complete) of the Gentiles be come in. And so shall all Israel be saved." Rom. 11:25.Strongs: Fullness is completeness a.) fullness and complete b)completeness or fullness of time 3) fullness, abundance 4) afulfilling, keeping.
Fullnessis completeness, it is when we have all come into the unity of the faith, and unto a perfect man, and the measure that is the fullness the completeness ofChrist is fully formed in us! Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of theknowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: This is the body of Christ walking with Christ as ONE as the second Adam having dominion as He walked and moved on this earth. The body following the foot steps and the path of the head Christ, this is part of the blueprint pattern for the bride of Christ! The BODY (Church Bride) must follow the Head (Christ) to makethe Second Adam complete in his fullness!
The completeness and fullness as must be walked out having the authority and dominion on Earth as the First and the second Adam walked. The overcoming Bride will be the firstfruits to walk and move as ONE with Christ in this restoration of all things (Acts 3:20), which is the fullness of the gentiles, it is the Perfect man and the Measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ that willbe fully formed in them (Eph 4:13) as well as having dominion over every living thing that moves upon the earth. (Gen 1:2)
The Church body must come into the riches of the fullness and completenes sin their assurance and in their understanding which will result in speaking the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, which is… Christ the Head, the bride/church knit together as onecorporate body fully functioning as one restored body without spot or blemish moving fully functioning as one full and complete body! Col 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, andof Christ;
The supporting scripture for the “restitution of ALL things", is insurmountable,unavoidable and breathtaking beyond what can imagine!
Jesus the second Adam, walked in dominion, but he did not walk in the “garden jungle” He walked indominion over all things, subject to no man, creature or element, only subject to God himself. Because of the RESTORATION of ALL things, there must be a type “garden of Eden” perhaps even as Adam did, in a dimensionor place unknown; maybe it is this Paradise of God, mentioned in Rev 2.
Jesus the 2nd Adam did not walk in garden glory type perfection during his ministry as we know. The PARADISE OF GOD perhaps is the former garden glory that will be restored; not all will walk in this garden glory with ElShaddai, only the wise virgins, the overcomers, the bride body of Christ. Before the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, otherwise known as the Tribulation, the garden gate will be open for those garden overcomers. We see the open gate in Acts 3, the Gate Beautiful where the lame man was healed, followed by the proclamation by Peter of the “times of refreshing” and the “Restoration of all Things”!
Restoration of ALL things means just that... ALL THINGS....the first order of business begins with the children, restoring is the hearts ofthe children to the fathers; it starts first with the children, I believe thisto be part of the “times of refreshing” .
In Isaiah 35 we find the garden springing to life in blossom, with purity, and the Excellency of the garden and those who make the ways straight , and repentance, restoration and the vengeance of God. In Isaiah 35 we see the wilderness becoming a garden and the garden is glad for them, the bride, andthe glory of (whiteness/purity ) Lebanon 1The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; (the bride body) and the desert shallrejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon (purity/whiteness) shall be given unto it, the Excellency of Carmel (garden) and Sharon (make ways straight), they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.(they, the garden and the make way straight people shall see the glory of the Lord.
Isaiah 35 Continued, to those who need to repent: 3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4 Sayto them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wildernessshall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 7And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds andrushes.
Let's look at the supportingscriptures for the Restoration of All things more carefully: Before the Great and dreadful day of the Lord: Mal 4:5,6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Jesus said that Johnthe Baptist was a type of Elijah, the future ministry of Elijah is to prepare the way for the Lord, just as John the Baptist did, cleansing and washing, baptism which is the beginning of the “times of refreshing found in Acts 3:19-20 ,followed by the restoration first with the children, the fathers, and then therestoration of ALL THINGS will conclude, before the great and terrible day of theLord!
Malachi 4 Elijah the prophet must come first; the Sun of Righteous arises with Healing in his wings
Mal 4: 1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in theday that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4 Remember ye thelaw of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Malachi 4 states
1. that the day of the Lord iscoming and the wicked will be removed.
2. Those who fear the name of the lord will have The Sun of Righteousness arise with healing, and healing is RESTORATION, to the former state. And ye shall go forth, and grow up as calvesof the stall.
3. Those that fear the lord will tread down the wicked and they will be ashunder the soles of their feet.
4. Vs. 3 And ye shall tread downthe wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet.
Tribulation and Restoration of allthings:
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but forthe elect's sake those days shall be shortened. ... Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall beshaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and thenshall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
• Matthew 24:21–22, 29–30
Note the outlined order or sequenceof events