Part 2 “THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS”
Restoring the garden
before the great and terrible day of the lord
By, Lora Jeffries Shipley- www.loafofbarley.com
Doves, This study has caught me by surprise, but clearly words that cannot be ignored! ~Lora
Acts 3:19Repent 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: 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
The fulfillment of God's ultimate dream is the Restoration of ALL Things, which is going back to its former state before the fall where man and women walk with as ONE Flesh in HIM, choosing holiness and righteousness over evil.... fulfilling HIS dream from the beginning of time, 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, Mark 9:11,12, Mal 4:5, 6 this is also known as the "times of refreshing", Acts 3:20.
The “restoration of all things” is declaring 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, because of the finished and complete work of the cross and resurrection and giving and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The garden can be restored because The Second Adam Jesus has conquered death and all things 1Cr 15:27, 28! So the restoration of the garden MUST happen, before the return of Christ, Jesus own words! Mathew 17, Mark 9.
Ultimately God will have his dream fulfilled, man and women as ONE Flesh in HIM!
Why must the former garden glory be fulfilled before the Tribulation? Because God must be true to his nature, the garden of Eden was not a failure even though man, Adam/Eve fell short through sin; God will show all of creation that man and women can fulfill the Garden Glory of Eden. He will give man and women the opportunity through the blood, His resurrection and the giving of the Holy Ghost… all so that man and women 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.
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, “restoration of all things” is hard to get a grasp on for two reasons; the study or restoration of ALL THINGS has 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, it is hard to imagine a world without sin, or living a life free of sin, but clearly 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 verifies the words of restoration of All things, the former state of the Garden, this was and is God’s ULTIMATE dream, and his plan for the church bride.
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 day of the Lord. (Mathew 17, Mark 11, Acts 3, Mal.4, Is 35)
Few in the church body have been looking and waiting for a catching away/rapture, even those who are looking for his return do not a full understanding of “the restoration of all things”. Before we can expect his return, we must expect the “times of refreshing” Acts 3: The due measure, the decisive epoch waited for, the opportune and seasonable time, the right time and this will bring it all to the head of REFRESHING, recovering breath, and refreshing ones spirit.
- Strongs: G2540 What is meant by “the times” kairos: 1) due measure 2) a measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence: a) a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for b) opportune or seasonable time c) the right time d) a limited period of time e) to what time brings, the state of the times, the things and events of time
- Strongs: G404 anapsyxis Refreshing: 1) to cool again, to cool off, recover from the effects of heat a) to refresh (one's spirit) 2) to recover breath, take the air, cool off, revive, refresh one's self
The times of refreshing come from the “Presence” of the Lord….. His presence means; from his face, his head and from his place of sight in movement and changes…. his countenance and look!
- Presence prosōpon Strongs G4383: the face a) the front of the human head b) countenance, look 1) the face so far forth as it is the organ of sight, and by it various movements and changes) the index of the inward thoughts and feelings c) the appearance one presents by his wealth or property, his rank or low condition 1) outward circumstances, external condition 2) used in expressions which denote to regard the person in one's judgment and treatment of men 2) the outward appearance of inanimate things
The “times of refreshing” is this: The due measure, the decisive epoch waited for, the opportune and seasonable time, the right time and this will bring it all to the head of REFRESHING, recovering breath, and refreshing ones spirit from his face, his head and from his place of sight in movement and changes…. his countenance and look! The “times of refreshing” and “the restoration of all things” must happen before the tribulation… and how does this relate to the catching away/rapture of the church?
Question for the church? If the bride is removed prior to the restoration of all things, then there is a huge 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, notice closely in Ephesians key words, he might, and they should be holy…. Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Has the church bride reached the place of without spot or blemish or wrinkle? No, but he will bring the bride unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Eph 4:13. The choice is up to the individual, to choose to come out of sin through overcoming Rev 2:7. This company of overcomers, will walk in a restored garden state before 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 tell us that those who fear the lord (overcomers Rev 2:7) will have receive healing (restoration) from the Sun of Righteousness, 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; this group of overcomers will…. vs. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day. Those who fear the name of the lord, will be healed of ALL things, healed and restored from before the fall. It will be those who fear the name of the Lord (those who live by his word, keep his word walk with him) will tread down the wicked under the souls of their feet. The healing and Garden Restoration of All Things occurs prior to the great and terrible day of the Lord.
The restoration process has not happened, it 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 and those overcoming saints who fear the name of the Lord, He promises healing and restoration of all things… in the fullness and completeness of times we will have his “refreshing” presence and countenance upon us as new breath, just as he gave new breath to Adam!
The former Garden Glory restored is dwelling as one with the LORD who is also known also as El Shaddai, which means all bountiful and provision. In Genesis 17:1, YHVH said to Abram: "I am El Shaddai, Walk before me and be perfect." Jacob's blessing given in Genesis 49:25, however, indicates that Shaddai might be related to the word for breasts (shadaim), indicating sufficiency and nourishment (i.e., "blessings of the breasts and of the womb. 1 In both cases, walking perfectly before him and receiving sustenance and bounty from him applies. The restored garden will consist of those men and women who will have chosen to come out of sin, letting Christ in them become victorious overcomers with El Shaddai as their supply provision for ALL things… in the garden!
Rev 2:7 he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of 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 first parents dwelt before the fall still exists, neither on the earth or in the heavens, but above and beyond the world. (is this the gateway to the garden of Eden that has been sealed since the fall?)
Is this "paradise of God" what the early church fathers refereed to, what we are going into, the Garden Restored? Rev 2: 7, offers a promise to the overcomer that they will eat from the tree of life in this Paradise of God!
The “times of refreshing”, and the “restoration of all thing”, which is the restored garden, must happen before the great and terrible day of the Lord, many will have a chance to walk in this former state garden glory with El Shaddai. Perhaps it will be the "times of refreshing" that will lead us into the "restoration of all things", Eph 4:13 gives us a good look at what he must bring us into, fullness and completeness in HIM the Christ so we can enter into the garden and be glorified as he was he overcame and was glorified. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: So, we have this promise of the measure of the very stature and the absolute fullness of Christ be fully formed in us, and then he will pour forth the "times of refreshing" and brings in the " restitution of all things".
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Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. Proverbs 8:34