In this video, Ps. Enoch Lavender shares about:
– the paralell restoration of Israel and the church
– the coming Jubilee restoration of both
– how to enter into restoration on a personal level
Notes from sermon:
End times are a time of restoration – not just doom and gloom
Note that for the end times to be a time of restoration, it must mean that something has been lost.
Parallel Restoration Israel and the Church
Both the church and Israel have been through the ‘dark ages’ – a time where they have lost much of their divine inheritance and purpose.
A great parallel process of restoration began for both Israel and the Church from 1897.
Restoration of Language:
a. Hebrew: Eliezer Ben Yehudah worked tirelessly for 40 years to restore Hebrew.
b. Tongues: 1901: New Years Eve January 1, 1901. Outpouring of the Holy Spirit beginning a Pentecostal revival.
Restoration of Signs and Miracles
Many Jews had lost faith in God’s power during the holocaust.
It was with the rebirth of Israel in 1948 that a renewed faith in the God of miracles came to many Jewish people.
At the very same time, God was restoring the miraculous to the church as well.
Church: Healings Restored to the Church – ‘Latter Rain revival’ 10 year healing revival from 1947.
Israel – Jerusalem Restored in 1967
– charismatic revival – unity of the church in the Spirit – now over 600 million spirit filled believers in all sectors of the church.
1967 was a significant year of restoration – for both Israel and the Church.
Russian Return + Revival
The Jews of Russia were trapped behind the Iron Curtain until it finally fell in 1989.
Today over 1 million Russian Jews are back in Israel – just as God said
Restoring a Great Harvest
60% of the land area of Israel is desert – only 20% of land is naturally suitable for growing crops.
Since 1948, Agricultural production in Israel has increased 16 times!
World’s most productive cows
Israeli cows produce the highest amounts of milk per animal in the world, with an average of 10,208 kilograms (around 10,000 liters) of dairy in 2009, outperforming cows in the US (9,331 kg (20,571 lb) per cow), Japan (7,497), the European Union (6,139) and Australia (5,601).
Church: Unprecedented Harvest
50% of all people who have ever believed in Jesus throughout history, have come to faith since the restoration of Israel in 1948. And 70% since the first Zionist congress in 1897!
There has been a dual harvest both in Israel and in the Church. God is restoring His blessing on both!
The Restoration is not yet complete
Yes, God has been restoring Israel and the Church, but the restoration still has a long way to go.
When and how will this complete restoration be? How will Israel and how will the church make progress towards it?
I believe the secret is found in the Hebrew concept of the Year of Jubilee.
I discovered that it is linked to the ultimate restoration of both Israel and the church – and that it shows us how it will come about.
What is the Year of Jubilee
In the year of Jubilee – God himself redeems his people. He redeems those who could not set themselves free. He restores the land that people could not restore for themselves.
Redemption and Jubilee are linked together.
– Redeem – pay the price for the restoration.
– Jubilee – is the restoration paid for by God
The Jubilee year takes place every 50 years. (Lev. 25)
– Jubilee could be 1917-18 – Balfour Declaration – beginning of restoration of Israel to the land
– Jubilee could be 1966-67 – Restoration of Jerusalem
– Jubilee could be 2015-16 – What now?
Jubilee and Repentance
When will the jubilee happen? When will this final restoration take place that has been sought for so long?
I believe we can see a hint of it in Peter’s first sermon.
Acts 3:19-21 He explains that the restoration of Israel is still to come
The restoration is linked to repentance.
Note Peter’s words: Repent – Refresh – Restore – Return
It is the same with the principle of the jubilee. The jubilee itself links together repentance and restoration.
God has decreed that the Year of Jubilee is not to be proclaimed on the Jewish New Year. Very peculiar!
Instead it is to be announced 10 days later – on the Day of Atonement.
It is a day of fasting and praying, confessing sin and asking God for forgiveness.
In other words – prophetically speaking – I believe the full restoration of Israel and the church that is linked to the jubilee.
God has been restoring the church and Israel in amazing ways. But I believe the full Restoration of Israel is tied to repentance.
The Full Restoration of the Church is tied to repentance.
Enoch Lavender was born in Australia, raised in Norway, spent time living in China and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. He has been studying Hebrew and the Jewish roots of our faith for the past decade, and has a keen interest in the Middle East from a Bible prophecy perspective.