A series of posts have come from a very important publication of the Twelve Tribes Communities in Germany. The free publication is “If the Sun No Longer Shines”. The five posts that have come from it are these:
4) “God on the Bookshelf”
There are several more to come, such as “If God lived in my village,” and “The Fatherless Generation.” Companion to the last is “Where is the real problem with hyperactivity?”
The first three posts describe the most overlooked prophecy of the Son of God. . . and what came upon the earth when His words were fulfilled.
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. We must do the works of Him who sent me while there is daylight. Night is coming on, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:4-5)
That is, night fell. It came on when these words describing the corporate life of His disciples had utterly no reality on planet earth. They could not find their good works, how they shared all things in common, turned the other cheek, and laid down the sword. No, all men could find was the icy ‘comfort’ of good doctrine.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
And when the light failed, what came upon the earth was darkness – a spiritual darkness that did not end when the Dark Ages did. No Reformation brought the Church back to the great, shining light of the Church in Jerusalem as described in Acts 2 and 4. Those that even tried were crushed under the iron heel of persecution.
Today, a light dawns
But in those long years of darkness, God did not leave men without a witness. A light did shine—the light of conscience. In comparison with the light of the Word, it was as the light of the moon. But by it men could walk in a manner pleasing to their Creator, and the day will come when those “who have done good” will rise to a resurrection of life one day.
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, See those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. (John 5:28-29)
Today, determined attempts are being made at the highest levels of government and society to quench even the faint light and quiet voice of conscience within each man and woman. That is why the Twelve Tribes are being raised up as a light to the nations—even to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. (Isaiah 49:5-6)
It is for this high calling that we endure hardship and persecution, and even entrust our precious children to our God. Certainly we are being tested by this, but we have been touched by His love. What greater honor can we give Him than passing the test?