Life From The Dead
The Fellowship Of The Mystery Part Three
No matter how hard the modern church world tries to push the call of God on Israel aside or the destiny of the Gentile church to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy through love and passion, there is a fellowship of the mystery the Holy Spirit is birthing in the earth today. Many stand in eternal jeopardy of losing their way with God unless repentance over our ignorance and arrogance comes quick. Willful ignorance always has a root system of arrogance driving it straight to apostasy. If we don't wrestle with these issues now then when times get tough and the world at large turns against Israel and the Jewish people, so will we as the church. The key to not allowing this to happen is understanding the fellowship of the mystery! This message is just not for Gentiles, but believing Jewish people as well. The harvest will not be brought in on the shoulders of either camp, but on the backs of BOTH!!!If we can grasp the one-new-man concept of Jew and Gentile working TOGETHER in the earth to bring in the harvest we will truly see "life from the dead!"
By Chris McDonald
TEXT: Romans 11:11-12
- I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather
through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to
jealousy.  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the
diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?
Our family is asked many times "what is it exactly do you seek to do through these conferences you feel the Lord is wanting you to do?" To be frank, most think we just sat around a table one night and looked at each other and said, "hey this will be a great idea to invest everything we have coming into the family ministry money wise to put on a two-day seminar for those interested in coming to share the burden and passion of our hearts concerning the harvest of these end times, mainly the harvest of the Jewish people coming back to their Messiah." NOT!
When the Lord birthed this vision in us nearly five years ago now, believe me friend it sprung from NOTHING! As my brother Todd said in April at the conference - it was like a "root out of dry ground." To be further blunt about it, our younger brother John did not catch the same vision we had in 1999 at first. It's just been within the past 12 months that he has come to us and said, "I'm with you on this, I believe the Lord is doing something in my heart for Israel too." For nearly five years now there has been a gradual increase in the burden and focus about the seminars and conferences we conduct.
We have been shunned by many of our closest and dearest friends in the ministry and just friends in general over the past year or two. People who we thought would be jumping for joy over having a conference encouraging people to pray and intercede for Israel, to instill and exhort believers (both Jew and Gentile) to take up praying for the salvation of the Jewish people a priority, and to promote true Biblical unity among two camps LONG overdue to come together to work with each other - not against each other - for the harvest. We really thought those things would on their own merit - no matter who was presenting those issues before them - us or the church janitor at First Baptist - get people fired up. We have found out through many disappointments and yes, a few tears, that most don't care about this message.
But no matter the number who come out and support the vision we believe is from God, we must do what we are called to do. The proof of whether God has called us to do this I believe came in April in a powerful way. A 10-year old boy got saved for the very first time at our Passover conference. During the Friday night communion service many people could not even stand up under the power of God as they partook of the elements. Many that came up for prayer came up with tears in their eyes, hearts broken, a sweet aroma of the Holy Spirit abiding on them. On Saturday afternoon, we had a dear Jewish lady ask us to pray for her lost sister before we left out for the afternoon session. Her sister is Jewish who had cut off contact with this dear sister when she got saved. "You are no better than the Nazis," she screamed many times at her sister. We simply asked the Lord to touch her heart in Miami, Florida that day not knowing that just two weeks later, this same sister would call our sister in Christ, weeping, because she had found herself living out of a car through a sudden turn of events, not knowing where to go, but begging the sister in Christ to help her and asking her if she could come to Thomasville to stay with her for as long as necessary.
Friend, hear me, these type stories are just the beginning of millions more you and I will hear about really soon. It's harvest time. My Lord, my Lord, I feel the anointing of the Holy Ghost on me right now as I write this. I don't know just exactly how the Lord will orchestrate every single event to make it happen, but I do know this - He is going to use a CHURCH in the earth, who has shaken itself free from Arrogance, pride, egotism, sectarianism, selfishness, and greed - and come together as ONE NEW MAN UNTO MESSIAH JESUS - with large nets of loving hearts spread out over the earth reaching multitudes upon multitudes of lost individuals - both Jew and Gentile - in these final days before judgment will finally come.
The next words I write before I get into this journal are coming from a bit of a wounded heart so if it seems to come across as biting, please forgive us. It's not meant to sound this way. Our family this past week experienced religion in its ugliest form first hand through certain groups of people who, for whatever reason, did not see the need to even as much as pray for the upcoming conference in May. The reasons for their refusal to pray is between them and God. But underneath all the surface reasons we were given was one common ugly root of arrogance and sectarianism - a belief that if it don't come from "our camp" then we just don't support it and we certainly don't pray God's blessings on it. That has got to stop if we are going to see "life from the dead," as our text promises the church will in these last days.
I also want to say this about the Gentile church. Most of our writing over the past 3 to four years has been very much to the Gentile part of this equation. We have had some very harsh words to say at times about the attitude we have perceived to be one of non-caring and non-committal. What we have found out through a series of events just this past week is that this message is not just for Gentiles - it is for believing Jewish people as well. The division and sectarianism of the Gentile church is just as alive, ugly and well among most in the Messianic community. It's been a disappointment discovery but if we as Gentiles are going to forsake our lives to love the Jewish people for the sake of the gospel, those we seek to love in the faith, need to reciprocate that love as well. This is about the KINGDOM OF GOD! This is not about our little fellowships and camps where we think we have a corner on all truth and act like the more educated we are the more handle we have on the concept of God.
Man has NEVER comprehended God through intellectual means nor will he EVER comprehend God in such a manner! God is a SPIRIT and must be worshipped in SPIRIT and in TRUTH. The truth is more than dead doctrine and legalism written on a code of denominational standards. THE TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST. We must worship the FATHER through the SON. ALL Glory and honor belong to the SON. HE is the reason we have access to our Heavenly Father and it's a GLORIOUS access where we can walk into the Father's presence, lay at His feet, and love Him with our praise, adoration and worship. Friend, if you think just because you are educated and someone else is not and you know more about God than they do - THINK AGAIN! The cold hard truth is they probably know MORE about God because they don't have pride and arrogance built up in their heart about their own understanding of the Father.
When Peter, James and John were arrested by the Pharisees over the lame man at the temple, they took Peter and John as "unlearned and ignorant men." But, even the religious Pharisees had to say, "we perceive they had been with Jesus!" Thank you Luke, for writing it like that. My oh my oh my oh my. Silver and GOLD have I NONE but such as I have give I thee - IN THE NAME OF YESHUA Ha'maschiah - GET UP AND WALK!
God uses ignorant and foolish men to confound the wise! That gives me hope
that our family stands ready to be used in these last days. We MUST DECREASE and
get so very small that should you come to our conference you will forget about
"US" two seconds after you leave- but your heart will BURN FOREVER with the
words of JESUS burnt inside by the power of the HOLY GHOST! My Lord, I want to
I want to look at these two verses in Romans concerning the coming harvest and how the Holy Spirit has given us a blueprint for revival in the earth.
The church world today hungers and thirsts for revival to say the least. The entire thesis of Paul's letter to the church in Rome is that NO ONE has the power to save himself. Only God has the power to save. Men must choose to believe in what JESUS has done in order to be saved. This is just as true today as it ever was. The gospel does not change, nor does it lose it's power
Acts 17:30 - And
the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every
where to repent:  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will
judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he
hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
God's unchanging pattern for world evangelization is to preach the gospel - to the Jew first, then to the Greek. It is the order in which the early Church followed throughout the book of Acts. This order is not based upon favortism, but impartiality. There is always order - in the home, in the WORLD and in the CHURCH. The head of the household is not automatically closer to the Lord on the mere basis of being the head. He, however, IS given greater responsibility and authority which brings greater judgment if he refuses to accept that call. Obedience to the Lord's order always brings forth well-being.
Why is the gospel to the Jew first you may ask? One reason is that judgment is also the Jew first.
Most of Israel has not yet learned of the salvation that God has entrusted to her. All of Israel did not believe and enter into the offered New Covenant, although a great many did. God kept for Himself a faithful Jewish remnant, but to the rest:
If all Israel had believed, God's people would have been complete. Salvation would not have become available to the Gentiles, except as proselytes. God sovereignly prevented this from happening by blidning most of the Jewish people to the truth of the gospel. That is the reasoning behind Paul's statement in Romans 11:28:
Gentile believers have received salvation through the transgression of those Jewish people who didn't believe. THrough the salvation which they have received, they are to make UNBELIEVING JEWISH PEOPLE JEALOUS. This is God's plan and purpose for the end time harvest!!
This provoking to jealousy is NOT a passive provoking! Paul did everything he could to move his unbelieving brethren to jealousy and faith. He is asking us Gentile believers to do the same today as well as any believing Jewish person as well. That is why Satan laughs the loudest when division and jealous envy rip apart the two parts of the church. He knows that when we come into true bible unity there will be "life from the dead!"
Gentile believers have a God-given responsibility, because of the mercy they have received, to bring the gospel to those Jews who do not yet believe - to call them to return to the Lord. God intends to use the believing Gentiles of this generation to bring salvation to unbelieving Jewish people. It's really wrapped up in the attitude of Romans 12:1, as we discussed in part two of this series of messages, of becoming "living sacrifices," for the Jewish people:
THIS IS WELL-PLEASING to GOD. It is God's will. The Gentile believers in Macedonia had given themselves to the Lord and to Paul for this purpose according to the will of God.
Paul was willing to give his soul unto eternal death as a sacrifice that his unbelieving brethren might receive mercy. He only asks the Gentile believers in Rome to give their bodies as living sacrifices for the same purpose. Then, his "offering of the Gentiles might become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit."
In His plan of salvation at the first, God used the Jews to bring the gospel to
the Gentiles. The Gentiles, in gratitude, are to bring the gospel to the Jews
who do not yet believe. In this way, Jews and Gentiles are INTERDEPENDENT, and
NEITHER CAN BOAST AGAINST THE
Most of Israel stumbled and did not believe. Even when stumbling, Israel has brought salvation to the Gentiles. Even in transgression, Israel has brought riches to the world. Even in failure, Israel has brought the riches of Messiah to the Gentiles!
Paul asks us a powerful question in relation to this:
He basically says, "if a remnant brought all these blessings to the world, then how much greater will the blessings be when the whole people is faithful?" But what could be greater than the riches of salvation becoming available for the world? When all Israel believes, the world will pass from death unto life. The more this generation sees that reality the more revival we will see break out upon the Gentile church. The complete fulfillment of this is when Paul says, "all Israel shall be saved," at the end of the Great Tribulation period. But the spiritual repercussions will be felt far sooner than that if we as Gentile believers will take up praying for the Jewish people as a PRIORITY instead of just casually recognizing our Saviour is Jewish.
When Israel is saved, physical creation will be set free from "futility," and from "its slavery to corruption." How different will that be from the way the world is in this age? It will be LIFE FROM THE DEAD!
A Serious Warning To Us All
I have a dear friend who was in a Messianic Jewish congregation not too long ago in Boca Raton, Florida. She has a very similar vision as our family concerning one new man in Messiah. The big difference between us and her is that she is Jewish! She told me this week that the leader of that fellowship completely rejected what she taught and told her he as a Messianic leader didn't see where God wanted reconciliation between Jew and Gentile and that Jews, not Gentiles, would bring in the harvest in the end times.
That is arrogance of the rankest sort and ugly in the sight of God. How dare we, be it Jew or Gentile, ever dare to believe we hold all the truth in our little pitiful minds and hold all the keys to world evangelism? God forbid. The Jewish part of this vine does hold a vital key to the harvest. But the Gentiles do too. We MUST work together. Our religious attitudes and spirits are doing more harm to the work of God on Planet Earth than ANYTHING the world at large would do to stop us. It's not the prostitutes, alcoholics or the drug pushers keeping their people from coming to meetings where this message is being preached - it's religious leaders who think themselves above all of this who are blind to God's higher purposes in the earth. And if the BLIND lead the BLIND, they both will fall into a ditch.
These three journals continue to echo a warning from the Holy Spirit to us all - DON'T BE ARROGANT! I don't care who you are and what background you have. The eye can not say to the foot - "I'm better than you so I don't need you." Man has never been able to comprehend God's ways in giving certain individuals a voice to spread His message for these last days. John the Baptist was said to have had a demon, yet he was the forerunner of Christ. To those who believed him, their hearts burned with the love of God and they easily recognized the one John came to point us to - CHRIST. I'm so terribly afraid that in our haughtiness and efforts to be "on the cutting edge," and so "professional" in ministry, we are missing out on the very heartbeat of Jesus in this vital hour. It's not our professionalism or level of excellence that will bring in this harvest friend - it's passionate, burning hearts for our bridegroom, sold out to Him in total abandonment, willing to literally, as Paul said, give our lives as "living sacrifices." This is our reasonable service. How can we ever seek to do any less.
One last thought before we close this journal. Pray for the Jewish people. They are in great need tonight all over this world for protection and comfort against their enemies, which are many. When the world turns against Israel, and it will, if the church world as we know it today has not come to grips with this concept of both Jew and Gentile working together for God's higher call, then we too will turn against them as well. To my Messianic brothers, I say this: I am not an authority on the Messianic community. I have attended a fellowship recently of Messianic believers and have seen both sides of this coin. YOU ARE NOT PERFECT OR BEYOND CORRECTION in many areas. Don't fall into the same trap many blame the Gentiles of- arrogance and ignorance. We are not made holy by the Lord's commandments, we are made holy by Yeshua's blood! If the law could set us free, then neighbor, God would have gladly given man the law and let man fend for himself. It would have been a whole lot less painful and hurtful to our Heavenly Father to do that.
But the truth is man could not fend for himself when dealing with God's law. Man is a sinner and sinful man can never obtain righteousness through trying to keep rules and regulations. Man needs a redeemer and a mediator between himself and a holy God. That redeemer and mediator is one man and one man only - CHRIST JESUS, Yeshua Ha'maschiah. If we boast in anything, let our boasting be in HIM! Let it never be in the fact we think we are doing everything "by the book," in God's eyes. Friend, God is not keeping score in our little religious game we play. He is looking for passionate lovers, willing lovers, heart-burning, on-fire lovers of Yeshua, so He can show His glory to and put His Spirit within. Praise God.
Heavenly Father, thank You Lord, for these wonderful times of history we live in today. Pour out Your Spirit upon ALL Flesh in these vital hours prior to Your return. Help us to fall in line in our hearts and spirits with the view YOU have on earth - not ours. It's getting late Lord and we need to be very busy leading others to Christ - be them Jew or Gentile. Help us as Gentile believers provoke the Jewish people to jealousy through showing our love and compassion for them. Forgive us for the times our words and actions have been an offense and stumblingblock to them because of our ignorance and arrogance. Let us never stereotype Your chosen vessels oh, Lord. Help us today to see the fullness of the Gentiles come in and all Israel say, "Blessed is HE who COMES in the name of the LORD!" In Your name we pray, Amen.
Romans 11:25 - For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this
mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is
happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.