In this series we have been talking all about set-apart communities. What they are, why they are so important, and why Elohim expects His people to all take part in and help grow one of His Son’s set-apart communities.
We have seen that Yeshua’s set-apart communities are the basic building blocks of His ordered kingdom. And when we have a community ordered correctly within itself, the priesthood then comes along and connects the well-ordered building blocks, transforming Yeshua’s body it into His kingdom. And helping to build His kingdom is what He wants.
Previously we learned that, according to the Law of First Mention, the first time something is mentioned in Scripture sets the standard for everything else that is to follow. However, there can be departures from the original first use. We will see this in this final, twelfth part of our Set-Apart Community series. Because of the end-times, things are not always going to go according to plan. So please continue with us for “End-Time Concerns”. This is essential information that will affect you and your family.
It is no fun having an adversary, especially when he is out to destroy you. But on the other hand, you never play better team sports or fight more effectively as a spiritual fighting force than when you have an adversary to overcome. He is trying to overcome you; your job is to overcome him in the end.
On that topic, we know that in these end-times there will be a New-World Order established. Currently, at the time of this study, the world is strongly pushing for a New-World Order and for a One-World Religion. We know from our studies in prophecy that the New-World Order (Government) and the One-World Religion will be successfully established and will temporarily reign, before we overcome them at the end with Elohim’s help.
For instance, Revelation chapter 13 speaks of both the One-World Government and the One-World Religion.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 13:1
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea [people], having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
A One-World Babylonian Beast Religion will be set up [based on Catholicism / Chrislam, and they will fool most people].
[Study: Revelation and End Times]
We know from our studies in prophecy that the term the sea represents people. We will see a one-world Babylonian beast religion and it will be primarily based on Catholicism or a mixture of Catholicism and Islam (Chrislam). And most people will be fooled into it. Those who are hoping to live their lives in the world and to simply get along with the system. This is what we read about in verses seven-eight.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 13:7-8
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the set-apart ones, and to [temporarily] overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
[Not everyone will worship the beast. Only those who live their lives in the world.]
We need to take it seriously because we know that things get worse. We see in verse eleven that a second beast comes up out of the earth, symbolic of government. So, we know that this is a governmental type beast.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 13:11-12
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth [government beast], and he had two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon [UN].
12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
[Study: Revelation and End Times]
Many people believe that this governmental beast is a reference to the United Nations. And those who are living their lives in the world will be caused to worship the first beast (the one-world religion) whose deadly wound was healed. We talk about this in the study on Revelation and the End Times and also in the “Revelation Simplified” study on the YouTube channel. But the important thing to note is this will be a temporary phenomenon.
7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the set-apart people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.
We will become temporarily pushed underground, but not permanently. And that is the thing to remember.
What does it mean that the power of the set-apart people has been completely shattered? Well, we do not know this for sure, but we might expect that at some point the priesthood will be pushed underground. And then all that will be left at that time will be the physical set-apart assemblies. In other words, we might wake up one day and the website might simply be gone. It could very well happen. In that day you are going to need set-apart community. And so by logical extension, thinking ahead and planning ahead, it makes sense to have the materials that you are going to need already on hand, so that you can continue in that day. So, for all you preppers, it is time to prepare ourselves.
One recommendation we could make is that, for everyone reading this, please go to the books page of the Nazarene Israel website, download all the electronic resources, and save them. At least save the written studies, preferably the videos also. Because one day communications may be cut off and controlled, and we all may need those resources in that day.
Another recommendation we could make is, for those who can afford it, communities or individuals should purchase at least one printed copy of our books for reference. We sell them at our cost. But there is talk about how computers will all be connected to the internet in the future, and we all may not have full access to our own individual computers in that time. As the main internet system may control all computer systems, it may be difficult to access electronic materials in the future. So we encourage those who are able to do so to purchase printed copies.
11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says Yahweh Elohim,
“That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of Yahweh.”
[Get the materials you will need now. Prepare.]
There will come a time when most people will not hear the word of Yahweh. We can see that change happening now. So, for those of us who are called to hear and listen to the word of Yahweh, it is time to begin preparing for the day we may not have access to the word of Yahweh. Not only for ourselves, but also for those who will be called to the faith and called to seek truth during these end-times. Because one of the reasons for the tribulation is to turn up the heat for the purpose of getting Yahweh’s people to turn back to Him.
We know what is going to happen. And it is ironic, but one thing is that as persecution increases, so does the number of adherents to the faith. Let us take a look in Revelation chapter 6.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 6:12-14
12 I looked when He opened the sixth
seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake [“ra’ash”, seismic event, shakeup];
and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,
and the moon became like blood.
13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island [countries and borders] was moved out of its place.
These are the kinds of changes one might expect when the New-World Order is set up. There is going to be a shake-up in the societal order, and every country and every border is going to be altered. They are setting up a New-World system. We believe that this is also the time the body is going to grow. Because not only are the one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed after that, but we also read in Ezekiel thirty-seven, verse seven about another ra’ash (shake-up).
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 37:7
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded;
and as I prophesied, there was a noise,
and suddenly a rattling [“ra’ash”, a shaking, a seismic event; i.e., a “shakeup” in the social order];
and the bones came together, bone to bone.
[So the body will grow, and come together.]
[Study: Revelation and End Times.]
We believe this is the shake-up in the social order that is going to take place when the New-World Order begins to be set up.
Notice, that at the same time the one hundred and forty-four thousand are being sealed, Ezekiel says that the bones began to come together bone upon bone. We explain this further in Revelation and the End Times. But basically, we would liken the bones to the leadership of the congregations. Because the bones are what gives the body form and shape just as the leadership is what gives the assemblies form and shape.
We ask you please to pray with us for these other leaders and teachers to begin to understand, appreciate, and comply with what Scripture says to do, which is for all of Yeshua’s ministers to form one single ministry together. Yeshua does not want a bunch of little, bitty, competing ministries, with every man taking his proceeds home for himself. That does not glorify Yeshua. That is anti-Yeshua. What Yeshua wants is for all of His ministers to join together and to work together at His ministry, and that is what His ministers need to be doing.
We know that there will be another world war and that the New-World Order will be set up after that. We believe that the bone on bones resurrection will take place during this time. And the first thing that has to happen is for the leadership (bones) to come together bone on bone. Please pray with us for this.
To take a realistic view, we know that the body is going to start to come together after this next world war and that persecution will increase. The number of believers will also increase. We see the same phenomenon happen in China, Iran, and in many other places. We know that this [persecution] will continue for some time, at least 20 years, during the half an hour of silence in heaven. But then, during the second half of the Great Tribulation (during the Time of Jacob’s Trouble) the communication with the priesthood may be cut off.
In this case, all of the assemblies that the priesthood joins together may no longer have the priesthood to tie them together. In that day, it would be logical that the body needs to belong to a set-apart community. Because if there are no more priesthood communications, you will need to belong to a local set-apart community, simply for survival reasons. You will need to be able to support each other and help each other get along through those end-times. This calls for the need for the people to support their local community leaders.
It does not matter how good you are. Even the apostle Shaul needed a lot of help, and he had a lot of help. And then, apart from physical survival, the Great Commission of evangelizing your local city or town is a team-sport. There are a lot of people who expect the leadership to do it all on their own and they just want what they can get from Yeshua. But that is not what Yeshua wants.
Yeshua wants mature believers who want to help give back. And if you think about it, no matter how good he is or how good a man and his wife are, they cannot possibly do it all by themselves. So the Great Commission is a team-sport, it takes all of us participating.
What this says is that Elohim is giving us all an opportunity to show Him how much we love Him by helping the elders and the deacons take the Great Commission to their town. And we know already that we are going to get suppressed, we know we are going to be overcome. However, we also know that what we are doing is going to be enduring. Because it will spring back up and there will be a great reward for those helping to set it up. Also, we know that this is the control mechanism that is going to be used during the Millennium so that the saints can rule and reign over the nations. So by setting up the control mechanism, we are only helping ourselves and our children. There is no negative, there is no downside to it at all. So it is something we all need to be doing.
Well, I will never forget this. I shared all these things with a brother and his wife once. His wife was so excited, and she was practically jumping up and down in her chair. She was so excited that she could barely contain herself.
And he is just like, “Oh man, that just sounds like a lot of work.”
Just think about that, you know. If Yeshua had spoken with His disciples and He had said that He would suffer a horrible, agonizing miserable death, and that he would be whipped, scourged, and nailed to a cross (stake, tree, gallows) would His disciples reply like this?
“Ah, that just sounds like a lot of work.”
You really have to wonder how much people today in the Messianic movement take things for granted. Because the apostles went through all these things that they did not have to do. You have to wonder about that.
There are a lot of people that really do not understand the difference between friendship and true relational fellowship. A lot of people think that they go to a home fellowship. But they do not really have a home fellowship, what they have is a home friendship. They gather in home, share a meal, and read the Torah portion together. They share insights, and break bread, and then think that they do not need any leadership. But there is a lot more to fellowship than reading, learning, and sharing insights.
When we go to stand in the judgment, Yeshua is not going to give us some quiz on our knowledge. He is not going to give us a written test and an oral examination to see how much we know. Yes, we need to know and have understanding of what we are doing in order to make an effective contribution. But He is going to rate us on our contribution.
Yahweh is going to ask, “Did you read My book? How many times? Did you do what it said? Did you do what my Son’s word says to do?”
If the answer is “Yes”, then He will be happy. If we did not do what His son asked us to do in the Great Commission, He will not be happy. There are a lot of people who seem to not think about this.
In true fellowship there is an effort to organize as a team and to evangelize and pass through the local community. That is how the Great Commission grows. In order to do this as part of the effective team, to establish Yeshua’s kingdom, there have to be leaders that are appointed by the priesthood. And once again, we know that we will be overcome in time to come, but we will spring back up. There will be success in the long-term.
So, if you are a person interested in helping us build Yeshua’s ordered kingdom, according to everything we have discussed in this Set-Apart Communities study and according to the Nazarene, original faith doctrine, then please contact us. Contact: nazareneisrael.org.
We are intended to live in community and things are very definitely much better in community. However, if you happen to be someone who does not have physical community, take heart. Because Yahweh promises us in Jeremiah that He will take us one from a city and two from a family and bring us to Zion.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 3:14
14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says Yahweh; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Tsion.”
Very often it happens that those of us who are working hard in the priesthood and in support of the Great Commission are all alone at this early stage. And we do not have anyone to meet with. But we gather together online to do Yeshua’s will, and we ask for Him to join us. And we know that He does because we feel His presence. And this is just as He promises us in Matthew chapter eighteen.
20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
We know it is definitely better in community and we know that there is definitely a great reward for those who help build community. We know that the numbers will greatly increase following this next world war. There will be a need to establish structure and order. We ask you to please help us pray for the leadership to come together as the dry bones resurrection.