A Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan for God's Eternal Kingdom

And [in the last days] he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the 10 lost tribes of Israel, to the Old Testament patriarchs, lest I come and strike the earth with utter destruction.   [paraphrased from Malachi 4:6]

The Bible is One Complete Book — from Genesis to Revelation

A Vision ...

The bible begins the story of salvation with 12 tribes of Israel leaving Egypt, and ends with those 12 tribes leading the Kingdom of God into eternity.

We give lip service to the statement "the bible is a complete book". In practice, we divide scripture into two basic schools of thought — Jewish and Christian doctrine — artificially creating two separate sets of instruction on how to "walk with God".

Simply put, the Jews read the Torah: the law, the writings, and the prophets. The Jews think they are the only remnant of the Israelite tribes. The Christians read what we call the New Testament. Christians simply ignor the fact that both Jesus and the apostles were sent to preach to the scattered sheep — the "lost" Israelites, in the first century of our the common era. That is matter of recorded history.

Genesis chapter 49 introduces the 12 Tribes of Israel, as the Lord's inheritance.

In Genesis 50:1, Joseph falls upon his fathers face, closing his fathers eyes at Jacob's moment of death, claiming the leadership of the family, Joseph now following in his father's footsteps. Joseph later speaks to the sons of Israel, and Joseph sets his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh, as the inheritors of the birthright (the double portion), knowing Jacob's death was imminent.

As the scripture reads:

... "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance." (Isaiah 19:25 NKJV)

What both Jews and Christians ignore, is that the Torah starts with the 12 tribes of Israel in Genesis, and the New Testament "revelation" finishes with the 12 tribes of Israel, in a leadership position for all eternity, in the Kingdom of God.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

(Revelation 21:1-27 KJV)

A stunning narrative. The number twelve is rather dominant — the twelve apostles, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve foundations of the wall, and the twelve pearl gates for the nations to enter the holy city — the New Jerusalem.

"I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel"
Jesus of Nazareth

The Mission ...

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.   (Matthew 10:6 KJV)

... to be continued.

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