Because God’s purpose is to restore the world, he will first restore his church as the “pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15). Why? Because God has destined the church, as Christ’s Body, to be the “light of the world, the city set on a hill” (Mtt 5:14).
Tragically within the first several centuries the church fell from its high destiny, particularly through its Constantinian settlement. Nonetheless, Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Mtt 16:18). And so, God’s work of re-formation and restoration began. This took a quantum leap forward through the historic Reformation of the 16th century. However, that work is still in progress. From the magisterial Reformers (Calvin, Luther, Zwingli), the Anabaptists, down to Wesley and Whitfield, through to the 20th century Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Christian Reconstruction movements God has been restoring – “line upon line, precept upon precept” – truth to the cognizance of the church.
Prophetically speaking, God has been progressively restoring all three Feasts (and sub-feasts) to the church’s experience:
- Passover (Justification by Faith – Luther, Calvin).
Unleavened Bread & Firstfruits (Water Baptism – Anabaptists; Holiness – Wesley).
- Pentecost (Holy Spirit – 1906 Pentecostal Revival & 1960-70s Charismatic Renewal; God’s Law-Word – 1960-80s Reconstruction movement).
- Tabernacles (Unity of the Body of Christ, Ingathering of the Nations, and Cultural Transformation – yet to be fulfilled).