David H (31 Aug 2014)
"Social constructs: Fullness of the Gentiles"


To all doves,
In my previous letters I discussed the Social constructs of the churches, and compared them to the truth of the Gospel. The Church was started by first hand witnesses to the events of Jesus Life. Many would say that this Apostolic church is the "Pure church", or the one uncorrupted by the teachings of man. I would agree with this statement as a whole. The Question then becomes how can we possibly restore the church to this founding and pure state? My opinion, we cannot, nor do we wish this to occur.
The Apostolic church was as much a product of the culture of its day, founded under Roman rule. That combined with 2000 years of history, and error, and reformation, and revival, and further heresy shows that the problem is not the church, but the heart of its members. Any attempt to bring the church back to its original state without addressing the heart is doomed to failure. One Stronghold being replaced by another. That is essentially what a stronghold is, a hardened heart.
Though, throughout the course of one's life, we may be transformed, and our beliefs be altered in a slight way, such as going from Pre-trib to Post trib, or vice versa, Our heart is not transformed into one that receives the Wisdom of God as given to others. So wherever we may be on the scale of when the rapture occurs, we defend it adamantly and proudly to the exclusion of all others. Some even go so far as to condemn the others as Babblers, as promoting lies, and being workers of the adversary. (This of course being the unpardonable sin)
So did God intend for the church to divide? No, but I do think he knew the heart of man would lead to schism and diversity. He therefore accounted for that in his plan, by filling scriptures with Mysteries and partial truths which we would be unable to fully explain with certainty. But in this day and age, with knowledge increasing, and relativity being the buzzword, we crave that certainty. We yearn for that security that comes from this teacher or that teacher that explains the mystery the best. So we latch on to that teacher instead of Latching on to our Savior and his promises. In latching on to the teachings of man, we are in fact ignoring that great promise of our Lord, and as expressed by the Spirit through the writings of Paul, That being the Promise of Unity. This is now my umpteenth time bringing this up, and every time it is met with resistance, ignorance, or just plain disinterest. Why?
Some say I want to compromise on the truth.
Some say I am trying to do what no man is supposed to do.
Some say I am trying to unify with Catholicism, or am promoting one world religion.
I deny all those claims. The Unity I am promoting is that of Spirit led believers. Those whose hearts have been made ready to Join with other members of the same Body, and that is the Body of Christ. That is why I Post here, as so many of you are led by the Spirit. So many of you are yearning and waiting and desiring His coming in glory. So I ask all of you the following hypothetical question. What happens if Jesus' promise to return is tied to this promise of unity? Now before you mock, let this thought simmer for a moment.
Peter writes the following:
 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and HASTENING the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3)
That word hastening is the Greek word, speudo, From which we get the word Speed from, which means to Haste, or make Haste, Or desire earnestly. 
The Definition via Webster's Dictionary is:
: to cause (something) to happen more quickly
: to move or act quickly
Now let's Look at Jesus own desire regarding this. His prayer request. HIS WILL. This is directly addressed to us, those who believe by hearing....see verse 20.
21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
Is this Just Jesus desire to join together in singing Kumbayah? Or is this a profound end time mystery, which we as a church are to fulfill?
Paul, even calls this a mystery:
25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Romans 11:25)
Thus the "fullness of the gentiles, is a finality to his coming and redemption of Israel. Let's look at this phrase a bit more:
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the MYSTERY of HIS WILL, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the FULNESS of TIME, to UNITE all things IN HIM, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10)
 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the FULNESS of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23)
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all ATTAIN to the UNITY of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the FULNESS of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Notice how this epistle, directly points to the dispensation of the gentiles being completed when unity is attained. Let's quickly look at some words of Jesus regarding this.
  24 They (The Israelites) will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)
As I write this, Israel still does not have full control over Jerusalem. Yet once again, they are a nation. The church is more divided than ever, and the only moves towards unity are the false kind. When Is it that we will "Hasten his coming"? By uniting in humility, under his control, as he is the head. What happens, if we are unable to throw away our pride, and come together as one, in the fullness of his Love, and continue standing in our proud strongholds, which are merely social constructs of men? Are you full of Jesus, or full of yourself?
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." If you are not led by the Spirit, this letter will mean nothing to you. If you are led by the Spirit, HE will speak to you through these words.
God Bless.