Right now, only the Jews are being restored. We don't know who the other tribes of Israel now are, but we DO know they exist, as God said they do. The only ones who kept their national ID are the Jews.
But the rest of Israel hasn't generally undergone nearly the same punishment, persecution, & abuse the Jews have. Remember the stories of Aholah & Aholibah? Aholah (the 10 tribes of Israel whose capital was Samaria) were punished with exile for idol worship, (playing the harlot, in Scriptural symbolism) while her sister Aholibah (Judah) saw Aholah's punishment, but exceeded her in harlotry (idol worship) & other sins, & thus, her punishment was much-greater. Furthermore, the Jews went on to reject Jesus & have Him murdered. For the rejection, Jesus prophesied the "days of vengeance" against that generation of Jews, which came about in 66-70 AD, and for having Him murdered, they received much-greater punishment, beginning in 135-136 with the Jews' being expelled from their land by Hadrian & the Roman army. For over 1800 years, the Jews were hated & persecuted wherever they went; this culminated in the nazi holocaust, but after that, God began to lift their punishment. But they are not at all restored, and still reject Jesus as Messiah & believe the Old Covenant is still in force.
I don't think this has anything to do with a jubilee.
You only read and/or addressed the first part of my post.
Israel IS being restored. Personally, I believe that the next Jubilee will see a rebuilt temple. Reappearance of Messiah is years away.
Paganism IS being restored. This is the second part of my post I meant to relay to readers. Restoration doesn't necessarily imply rebuilding or forward movement
- as in the restored fortunes of the State of Israel. It also implies reversal of fortunes.
According to Mosaic LAW with regard to the Jubilee, all debts are to be forgiven/reduced to zero. All traded real estate is to be returned to the original owner. Slaves are to be freed or given the option to remain so for the rest of their natural lives. It goes on and on. For those who've made profit by their real estate trades and their loan business, Jubilee is NOT forward movement. Its a reversal.Paganism is being restored worldwide.I've witnessed this personally
in remote locations and I've spoken to
disappointed missionaries who've returned home with little or nothing of value to report with regard to advancement of the gospel. We don't hear about it during fund raising campaigns that deliberately ignore the truth, but its out there and is reported by people without financial or political agendas.The church is dying.
Several years ago the Pope stated Europe had become a secular continent. Ironically, some churches in Africa have declared Europe to be a mission field and have sent teams there to reintroduce the gospel to the unchurched of Europe. They aren't meeting with much success as Europe has traditionally been hamstrung by institutionalized religion - first the Catholics and now the Muslims.
In Asia, the gospel is barely treading water. Teams returning from mission trips to Japan have told me there is a wave of fundamental traditionalist revivals for the old ancestor worship. In Communist China, every mall has kiosks selling crucifixes and Bibles. Home churches still exist, but church property has been confiscated to the point that almost nothing remains of religious venues. Chinese Christians aren't imprisoned, but they are subject to bureaucratic harassment - lost jobs, lost medical benefits, public humiliation, etc. Less than a half dozen Christian leaders are in prison and nobody, repeat nobody, has any idea how many or few actual believers actually exist in China. Anybody that tells you they know - is a liar.In America polls such as PEW and Gallup record fewer than half professed Christians attend church on a regular basis.
By 2050 the figure is expected to fall to 10% of 1948 levels. The church is heavily divided between evangelicals, who no longer practice evangelism on a large scale, cult types and independent churches. Mainline Christian denominations are heavily infected with political correctness and no longer hold to the principles of the faith in any traditional sense. In other words, the American church is infested with secularism and is already dead in large part.
What will Jesus find when He returns to earth? He will no doubt find a pagan planet heavily opposed to Judaism and those gentiles who've decided to risk freedom and property for their faith.The night is coming when no one will be able to work.
- Jesus as quoted by John 9:4bJubilee means the death of Christianity as we have known it.
It's already history. It's already in the wind. Those that deny the truth of it do so for their own advantage - or simply to hide themselves from disquieting news.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...