The Coming Day of Restoration
By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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The process of restoration is not an easy one, nor is it a walk that many will understand. But it is a walk that is necessary if we are to return to the presence of the Father. The prophet Isaiah wrote of our day when He proclaimed:
"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil and none saith Restore". Isaiah 42:22
Those who are trapped in their prison houses are not hearing the message of restoration. As Isaiah proclaimed, "NONE SAITH RESTORE."
Where is the message of overcoming in today's church? Those who are not seeking to overcome have no hope in restoration.
When the outer man is served, the soul is intent on serving the flesh. This outer man must perish. But our hope lies in the fact that the inner man is being renewed day by day.
"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." II Corinthians 4:16
Restoration begins with putting off the old man and putting on the new:
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:" Colossians 3:10
The new man is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. When we desire to have our soul restored, then we move into God's restoration plan.
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein." Jeremiah 6:16
The prophet Isaiah knew the day would come when God would again call a people unto Himself. He knew that God was going to restore a people again to their created position:
"And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in" Isaiah 58:12
This people that God has called into restoration will build the old waste places where man formerly dwelt in God. They will raise up the foundations of many generations. The foundation is the base, the strength on which the truth of the Creator can build His Spiritual house. These will be called the "Repairers of the Breach", the breach that was caused by sin between man and God. Paul also spoke of a change coming to the body:
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." I Corinthians 15:49
This is all part of God's restoration plan. As we have born the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. The earthy is the body we have now. Paul speaks of a change that will come in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when this corruptible [apt to die] will put on incorruption [cannot die], and this mortal will put on immortality, I Corinthians 15:53. This is God's restoration process when we will bear the image of the heavenly or Spiritual man. Praise the Lord! As we come into the knowledge of the truth, then the joy of our salvation can truly be restored, and that is what God has prepared for His people. God's restoration plan encompasses many parts of our lives. First the soul or heart of man must be restored, the joy of the knowledge of who we are in God and what God did for us. But this is not the end.
"After that He put His hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly." Mark 8:25
When our God lays His hands on our Spiritual vision, we will look up. Our eyes will no longer be on man and the ways of the world. Then we will see every man, not as man sees him, but as God sees him. This is when our Spiritual vision will be restored.
One day Jesus entered the synogogue and found a man with a withered hand, Mark 3:1. The word withered means "to dry up".
"And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other." Mark 3:5
Jesus told this man to stretch forth his hand. And when he did, his hand was healed. Looking at this dried up hand through Spiritual eyes it is easy to see that the withered hand Jesus healed is the right hand of ministry. This right hand of ministry has been dried up because it has dwelt among the Pharisaical, organized denominational system. But God is calling forth His right hand ministry, and it will be healed on the seventh day. The right hand ministry of God will again go forth in full power and authority. This right hand ministry of God will do the greater works that Jesus spoke of in John 14:12. The prophet Joel spoke of this time of restoration:
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." Joel 2:23
Joel speaks of the promised Double Portion anointing when we will receive the former rain and the latter rain together. This is the fullness of the Spirit. Joel relates that this will come in the first month, or the beginning of the Seventh Day. This is when God will anoint His restored right hand ministry to do the greater works. Joel also recorded God's promise to those who will come out of their Pharisaical orders to be healed:
"And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you." Joel 2:25
The cankerworm, the caterpiller, and the palmerworm are all in the locust family and mean "destroying power." These represent the destroying power of the spirit of darkness that have been given place in the lives of God's people. The Lord has promised to restore all the things that the spirit of darkness has destroyed in the lives of His chosen ones. God's promise to restore is total, nothing left out or missing, but total, complete, absolute. This restoration must be complete if we are again to enter into the presence of the Father.
When Jesus and His disciples came down from the Mount of Transfiguration where Elijah and Moses appeared unto Jesus - - - Peter, James, and John, the disciples, being puzzled, asked Jesus,
". . . Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things." Matthew 17:10 - 11
Jesus told His disciples that Elijah would come first and restore all things. The Elijah ministry is in the earth today to restore all things. This ministry will turn the hearts of the children back to the Father, to be healed and begin to walk in communion with the Father.
Luke spoke of John:
"And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias (Elijah) to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Luke 1:17
The angel, Gabriel, appeared unto Zacharias, John's father, to reveal that his son would go before Jesus in the Spirit and power of Elijah and do three things:
1. He would turn the hearts of the fathers to the children
2. He would turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the just
3. To make ready a people for the Lord
Jesus revealed that Elijah must come and restore all things. When this ministry appears, it will restore all things. The Day of Restoration lies upon the horizon.
The Elijah ministry is crying, "Restore". The church system is proclaiming Rapture, and the world is proclaiming Peace. But this is the day of Restoration.
God has had His Elijah ministry in the place of refinement, feeding them with the pure Word of God by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Restoration has begun, but we must recognize what needs to be restored.
True praise and worship must be restored. We need to worship Him in Spirit and in truth, John 4:23-24..
Faith must be restored because, without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Trusting in God and each other must be restored.
Love must be restored. We must let the world know who we are by our love for one another. We need to let God know who we are by our love for Him.
Yes, the Elijah ministry must come and restore all things. The Kingdom principles must be restored in our lives. We must stop trying to please God by the precepts and doctrines of men of the religious system.
Jesus spoke of John being Elijah:
"For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias (Elijah), which was for to come." Matthew 11:13-14
When Jesus came down from the Mount of Transfiguration where he had met Moses and Elijah, His disciples asked about the coming of Elijah.
"And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias (Elijah) must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias (Elijah) truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias (Elijah) is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them." Matthew 17:10-12
When do the Scriptures reveal that Elijah will come?
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:5-6
God's creation has been waiting for this day since Jesus left the earth. It is going to be the day of judgment spoken of all through the Word, the day of darkness; the day of wrath. We are now living in the evening time just before the day of darkness; the great and terrible day of the Lord.
The Elijah ministry is in the earth now, and His voice is beginning to be heard. This is not one man, but a multi-faceted ministry who is crying, "Restore". They are also proclaiming the overcoming, manifested sons of God.
How will the people recognize the Elijah ministry?
"And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the Word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth." I Kings 17:24
The Word of God in our mouth will be brought forth by the Spirit of truth. We must come to the place as Jesus said, "I only do what I see My Father doing, and I only say what I hear My Father saying." The Father is the Holy Spirit, and as He speaks and as He does, we must speak and do.
This all takes place in Zarephath; the place of refining. We must come to this place before God can use us in ministry.
God is unfolding the Elijah ministry in all its power and glory in the earth today. This will be God's anointing, that even the early church did not receive.
The Elijah ministry will bring forth the manifested Sons ministry; the double portion Elisha ministry. This is when the Spirit will be poured out without measure, as Jesus received, that we may do the greater works.
"For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel." I Corinthians 4:15
There are many instructors in Christ, but there are not many fathers. God has raised up few fathers with the Kingdom message. These are the Elijah ministries bringing forth the double portion Elisha ministry in the earth. Those, upon whom the early and latter rain will come upon, will go forth in power, reclaiming that which rightfully belongs in the Father's Kingdom. It will be those who have the true Word of God in their mouths.
Isaiah prophesied about the manifested sons of God.
"The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel." *** Isaiah 60:14
The sons of the prophets recognized the Elijah mantle, but there was a greater anointing. There is no record of the sons of the prophets bowing down to Elijah. But they did bow to the anointing that was upon Elisha, and they will bow to the anointing which is coming upon the manifested sons of God.
The Elijah ministry is proclaiming the coming of these sons, but before the Elijah mantle can rest upon anyone, the flesh must be subject to the Spirit. We must become that sacrifice Elijah built on Mt. Carmel. We must be consumed by God. Only that which He produced in the earth must be seen. All the prophets of Baal must be destroyed in our lives. Only then will the Elijah mantle fall into place.
There is a day, and that day is at hand. We are at the end of the sixth day. The seventh day of creation is about to break forth in all God's glory. It is the seventh day that the little hand ministry will come forth as a storm upon the earth. The Elijah mantle will rest upon those who have come to that place in God; those who are falling on their faces and proclaiming, "He is God! He is God!"
This last day Elijah ministry will bring forth the Double Portion Ministry, with Christ as their head, and will rule and reign with Christ on earth for 1000 years. This Elijah ministry is proclaiming the beginning of God's Kingdom Age. During His kingdom age all things will be restored to their created place in God, including man himself, who again will dwell in the presence of God as man did in the beginning.
Jesus gave Peter the keys of the Kingdom. Peter's message is for the coming Kingdom Age of man. Peter quoted the words of Isaiah to reveal that the gospel to be preached in this day is the Gospel of the Kingdom. The only gospel the people have been preached up to this time is the "Gospel of Salvation". Jesus proclaimed:
"And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14
The gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached into all the world, then shall the end come.
The Elijah ministry today is proclaiming, "Repent, grow up, deal with the old, carnal man. Be ye separate from the religious systems. Don't look to government. Look only to God and get prepared for the coming of the Lord."
Those who stand afar off from the changes God desires to make in their lives will perish in their man-made promise land. They are serving the system that scratches their religious itch. But God has a people who are going all the way with Elijah. These will receive the double portion anointing and will rule and reign with God for the one thousand year millennial reign. John recorded:
"For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him (Jesus)." John 3:34
Jesus received the Spirit of God without measure. It was only then that God spoke, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." When we come into this place in God, we, too, will receive the fullness of God's anointing. Then we will hear the Father say, "This is my beloved son who will inherit all things."
The Double Portion Anointing will empower us to completely overcome our wilderness experience. The double portion anointing will be ours when we overcome the river of death. When the river of death is destroyed then we will become part of the river of life that flows from the throne of God. The beloved John recorded Jesus' words:
"He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
Those who overcome the river of death will receive the double portion anointing. The river of life that flows from the throne of God will issue forth from their innermost being. That water of life will produce life in everything it touches. Jesus is our example of overcoming. Once He overcame the river of death, death had no more dominion in His life.
The body of Christ must come to a place of total commitment. All must be laid on the altar of sacrifice if they are to partake of the Elijah ministry that will bring forth the Elisha ministry, the double portion anointing. Until we deal with all the things that tie us to the earth, we can never cross the river of death. Those who will be part of the Elisha ministry have determined to go all the way with God. The prophet Hosea proclaimed:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:2-3
The Elisha anointing comes after two days. It will be in the third day, that the Elisha anointing will come upon those who follow on to know their God. They will know Him, not just know about Him. We may know Him by coming into a personal relationship with Him. These who know their God are going to receive the early and latter rain anointing.
Yes, beloved, that anointing is coming on the third day to the body of Christ. This is the Double Portion Anointing that God is going to pour out on those who overcome the river of death, those who have come out of their wilderness experience victorious in the Kingdom of God.
God has His anointed voice in the wilderness today preparing those who will receive the Double Portion Ministry of Elisha. Today the Elijah ministry is searching the Father's field for those who are willing to sacrifice all and follow on to know the Lord. The Elijah ministry is ready to pass on its mantle to the Elisha ministry. Those who have never taken their eyes off the Elijah ministry are standing at the river of death, ready to overcome all the old fleshly nature. They are ready for the Elijah ministry to part the waters that they may cross over on dry ground. They are being prepared to receive their double portion anointing of the Spirit. This anointing will be poured out without measure.
The beloved John recorded Jesus' words:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12
The Elisha ministry God is raising up in the earth today will do the greater works, greater than Elijah, Elisha, or Jesus. God has ordained that those who totally lay down the flesh and follow on to know the Lord will be endued with the early and latter rain on the third day. These will do the greater works.
The "Greater Works" Ministry lies just ahead for those who will hear God's anointed voice in the wilderness. These are those who are willing to follow the "Anointing" all the way. Those who refuse to follow on will turn aside to their old religious orders. They will follow the mouth of false prophets who have risen up in the earth to declare, "We have it all now, and there is no need to change". Only those who follow on, totally willing to shed their mantle of flesh, will receive the Double Portion Anointing. Those who receive this anointing will go through times of great testing.
The Elijah ministry is in the earth today to restore all things and to prepare a people to receive the Double Portion Anointing in their earth (their heart). The prophet Isaiah spoke of the day when God is going to glorify His people with Himself:
"Arise, Shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1
When we arise from the Adam sleep and put off the old, Adam, carnal man, then we will arise and shine. We will shine because the light of the glorious gospel of truth will have completed its work in us. The river of death will no longer have a hold in our lives. We will become part of the river of life that flows from the throne of God, that will bring life to everything it touches.
God has a new day, a new time, a new anointing for those who are going all the way with Him. Those who are determined to go all the way with God will not turn to the right hand nor the left. They will not stop to see what the old religious system is doing. They will not look to past victories.
Those who are determined to go all the way with God will have dealt with the river of death in their lives. These are those who will restore all things. These are those who have grown tired of God's provision in the wilderness. They are desiring to partake of the old corn in their Promise Land, the corn the ancients have planted, the corn that will produce fruit in their new land on the other side of the Jordan. It takes the old corn to feed our new creation man who is created after righteousness and true holiness.
Christ Jesus is standing at the Jordan River (the river of death), beckoning all who will come to the river of death to shed the old nature and become part of that new day. The Double Portion anointing is waiting for those who are willing to follow on to know the Lord. Only those who will never take their eyes off Him will overcome victoriously. We can only enter into the Promise Land that God has prepared for us if we keep our eyes on Him.
Related Books by George Kirkpatrick
Repairers of the Breach First the Natural, Then the Spiritual Look Up and Open Your Eyes
Anointed For The Greater Works Ministry The Seventh Day The Elijah Mantle
The Changing of the Mantle God's Call To Judgment Day of Fire
The Overcoming Sons of God The Gospel of the Kingdom Trees Planted By The Living Waters
Mount Zion, The Holy City The Third Day The Church in the Wilderness
Awake Unto Righteousness The Corn, The Wine, and The Oil Children of Promise
The Spirit Without Measure Why Me, Lord? Christ Jesus
The Coming Power of God's Right Hand Anointing
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give