“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:18-21)
It was God’s intention to speak directly to the people of Israel. Their fear prevented this. Later, they moved further from God by asking for a king, like the other nations. By the time Yeshua, Messiah came, they were far from knowing God. Yeshua came and revealed God in contrast to dark smoke, trembling, lightning, and thunder. He came as a humble, loving, merciful healer, credible teacher, prophetic voice, forgiving and restoring those with faith. He spoke to the people with words of life and transformation. Multitudes crowded near to hear His words and instruction. Those who had no need or desire for God doubted and rejected Him. However, all who recieved Him, were given the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit and eternal life through Yeshua’s resurrection power. God who is Spirit gave His people an embedded Spirit translator. He wants to speak directly with His people.
It takes courage and faith to enter into a conversation with the Almighty. God did not want Israel to have a king like the other nations, because He is their King. He acquiesced to their desire, but it was not His best. He also let Moses be their intermediary, but that was not His best either. Today, God wants to live in and have relationship with each believer. Some people prefer to keep Him at a distance and look to a priest or pastor as an intermediary, but this is not what scripture teaches, nor what Yeshua taught. The Holy Spirit is given to each believer. Yeshua prayed, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)
The unity of the end times congregation of Believers throughout the world will be possible by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. No men, no organization, no external message will be adequate, but the leadership and guidance of God through His Spirit is able to fulfill the promises of God because it is His desire and His prayer. The congregation of Believers will be unified as never before in the history of the world. Yeshua prayed, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22-23) When God brings His people into “complete unity”, not just with each other, but as He designed as one with God and God in each believer, then the world will know Yeshua’s mission. Yeshua’s prayer will be answered; the united body of Believers will fulfill its mission on earth by the supernatural leading of the Holy Spirit in each believer. The church in the nations and Israel will be united together in Yeshua and it will be glorious. Scripture explains, “But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! …For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (Romans 11:12, 15) God has good things in store for His Children.