REVISED: This week we wrap-up our observance of Passover and continue with the Endtime theme of our previous posts. Next week we’ll continue our review of the Book of Mormon. Yeshua prophesies that Elijah will come and restore all things at Matt. 17:11. In conjunction with this restoration, both Ezekiel and Jeremiah predict that at Israel’s Endtime restoration that Yehovah will give His people a new heart and a new spirit – Jeremiah 31,32 and Ezekiel 11,36 – so that Israel will keep His Law as fulfilled in the Messiah. Furthermore, we can link this occurrence with Israel receiving a new heart at the Endtimes and Elijah’s Endtime return because both Ezekiel 36 and Jeremiah 31,32 are set in an Endtime context. This week we’ll consider how Elijah, God’s Endtime Servant, executes Israel’s Endtime restoration in light of Yehovah giving His people a new heart making it possible for Elijah to restore all things.
Fulfilling the Law as Messiah
When we look at Jeremiah's prophesy that God's people will receive a new heart and spirit, we have to look at it in the context of the example of the Messiah showing us how to fulfill the Law - Matt. 5:17. That fulfillment would include His example of living His own law in the Torah less the sacrificial system, enduring to the end by having a committed heart and under the administration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Dr. Gileadi said recently,
"Growing out of God’s covenants with his people Israel, that salvation occurred only after those covenants were .... plainly observed how Jesus fulfilled [them] ....."
A New Heart
One of the big concepts that we see in Israel’s first restoration is Israel’s inability to place their absolute faith and trust in God. We see this as a constant theme with Israel and Moses’ utter frustration with Israel’s lack of faith. Because of Israel’s lack of faith to take possession of Canaan – the promised land, Israel was sent into the desert for forty years where God “conditioned” Israel to trust Him. We’ll see an Endtime “conditioning” and separation of the faithful and unfaithful with the tribulations of Endtime events. Those who emerge faithful from these Endtime tests will be humbled to receive the new heart and spirit from Elijah who will gather them at the end of time.
A Kingdom of Priests
The only unrealized objective that Yehovah had for His people at the first restoration of Israel is that Yehovah was going to make Israel a kingdom of priests – Exodus 19:6 - where each father in Israel would be a priest to his family. This objective was derailed by Israel’s sin with the golden calf and God gave the priesthood to the Levites and the system of animal sacrifice. However, Elijah at Israel’s Endtime restoration, he will restore the priesthood so that each father will receive the priesthood, which will be the priesthood of kings and priests – Melchizedek.
Redemption and Forgiveness of Sin
In connection with this restoration of the priesthood to each father, a knowledge of the Messiah’s atonement, death and resurrection will be taught and the concept of the system of animal sacrifice will come to an end for animal sacrifice could never absolve humanity of sin, only a Savior-God could do that. However, religious Jews won’t end the system of animal sacrifice until the Messiah appears at His return.
Law of Moses
One concepts that we see in the Book of Mormon, is that the Book of Mormon consistently links the phrase “law of Moses” with the Atonement. So the Book of Mormon is also linking the phrase “law of Moses" only to the system of animal sacrifice and is separating it from the rest of Israel’s Law code. We also see Paul teach the same concept, but he calls it the “Law of Sin and Death”. This understanding renders the balance of Torah Law intact and relevant.
Israel’s Tabernacle; Key to Understanding Elijah's Restoration of All Things
When we look at the Tabernacle that God revealed to ancient Israel, it was considered “Heaven on Earth”, a place where God dwelt. This representation of heaven had three divisions – the Outer Court, the Inner Court/Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, which we can link with the three realms of heaven – Spirit, Son and Father, and with our theme of threes. Israel's Tabernacle is key to understanding the restoration of all things that Elijah will execute. We may want to consider how God will use this design of the Tabernacle as a pattern in Elijah's restoration of all things - Isaiah 2:2,3.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.