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BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY


CHRIST is in PATRIARCHY + PATRIARCHY is in CHRIST

WHAT IS BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY?
THE TRUTH MUST BE BIBLICAL AND PATRIARCHAL
ADHERENCE TO THE ROOTS – The Instruction of Jesus
DEPARTURE FROM THE ROOTS – The Warning of Apostle Paul
JUDAISM & CHRISTIANITY
BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY & HEBRAIC CHRISTIANITY
PATRIARCHY IN THE LAW - The Law of Moses
THE RETURN TO PATRIARCHY - The Work of Elijah


WHAT IS BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY?
Contrary to common understanding, true Biblical Patriarchy is not man dominance, but God dominance through man as head of his household, where he must love his household as Christ loves the church and if necessary lay down his life for it. 
It is having God in the center, which means that God is first in the lives of the involved parties who must commit to live in the principle of what I term “Loving Christ and Submissive Bride” – looking at how Christ and His Bride should function, which is the ultimate principle that rules the Kingdom of God and our families. The part of the man is to be responsible, to rule and to love, if necessary lay down his life for those he loves. The part of the wives to know that he, like Christ, loves them even more than his own life and so they must be willing to trust him and his decision in all matters. It takes faith and time to see the fruits of it, while following the life principles of the Biblical forefathers, whose lives were great exemplary. The walk keeps increasing and escalating with a Kingdom purpose. That’s what keeps it strong and exciting. Biblical Patriarchy is the essence and timeless aspect of the Hebraic Roots. Biblical Patriarchy is the walk of the Biblical patriarchal fathers, where God’s ways were made known in these fathers in Kingdom-principled obedience, commitment, covenant, leadership, relationships and all other aspects of life - not just on earth but in the ages to come. It is the experimental part of the abundant life that Jesus promised but few have attained. It is the universal law and life of the Spirit of God in Christ. It is the full gospel. It is not another gospel but that which the Apostles declared (compare the first sermons in the Book of Acts).

It is definitely not about the suppression of women. It is about spiritual men and women living out their lives as patriarchs and matriarchs like Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah and Rachel, all of them in their specific roles. It's not about men and women setting themselves against one another. Christ is in Biblical Patriarchy and Biblical Patriarchy is in Christ. The underlying culture and true foundation of the true gospel had long been renounced, removed and replaced with Hellenism and Romanism that gave birth to the Roman worldview of the modern culture. The present Christian Gospel is influenced by the Western European culture, and not by the Middle-Eastern culture wherein the gospel was ordained to be originated and interpreted. The truth is now twisted and denuded, yet the Church is totally oblivious of it. It must be restored!

THE TRUTH MUST BE BIBLICAL AND PATRIARCHAL
It is Biblical in that it embraces the Old and New Testaments with Christ as Lord, Savior and King. It is Patriarchal in that it walks in the footsteps of the Patriarchs. It is undeniably clear that even though these Patriarchs did not have the accumulated knowledge of the modern world in science and technology, the timeless God and His ways were made known and taught through their lives. Thus they are not to be considered uncivilized and backward as supposed by modern man because they lived their lives in the presence of the Living God whose ways remain unchanged to this day. There can be societal changes through the generations, but the basic needs of man and the answers given by his Creator God as manifested in these patriarchs never change. God’s Truth must transcend all cultures and ages, otherwise He is not the GOD that the entire creation should yearn for. If He is, then this Truth will remain as the answer for modern man. And He is. Where can we find this Truth? It was entrusted to Judaism and Christianity, but both had been robbed of it in some way, Judaism of the Christ and Christianity of Patriarchy. Biblical Patriarchy must be restored!

ADHERENCE TO THE ROOTS – The Instruction of Jesus
"You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22, NKJ). Jesus said this to the Samaritan woman at the well who claimed to be worshipping the same God. It’s not what one’s claim is. It’s what the truth is that matters. For thousands of years, the Israelites were taught the patriarchal teachings and were supposed to be the forerunner and foundation of the coming move of God, Christianity. Christ was the manifestation of this promised abundant life, the manifested essence of Patriarchy. He said that salvation belonged to the Jews, who were supposed to recognize the Savior and bring the gospel to the world. "..and in you (Abraham and children), all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen 12:3 NKJ). Why were they chosen? Because they were the children of Abraham and they have the roots for correct foundation and doctrines of the gospel. "What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God" (Rom 3:1-2 NKJ). Alas, the Jews failed to receive Christ and the new move of God that was about to conquer the world. Instead, the Gentiles gladly received Him and embraced Christianity. But they were pagans who did not have the understanding of the oracles of God (the patriarchal foundation, Abraham to Christ, that took 2000 years to establish), and began to spread a gospel that was according to their own cultures and pagan interpretations. It’s another 2000 years now, and it’s time for the testing of the Gentile Christians to recognize and identify herself with her forsaken forefather, Biblical Patriarchy.

DEPARTURE FROM THE ROOTS – The Warning of Apostle Paul
"And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you (Church) do not support the root (Patriarchy), but the root (Patriarchy) supports you (church)" (Rom 11:17-18, NKJ). These were the exact words of the epistle written to the Roman believers, warning them of the infiltration of Roman paganism, of dead works, and of how they ought not to be haughty but to fear, and to remember the Hebraic patriarchal roots. He further prophesied, "that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in" (Rom 11:25, NKJ). But alas, the Church fell right into this very pitfall and plight of bringing in the Replacement Theology, a deception declaring that the Jews were rebellious and their roots were backward and had to be done away with, REPLACED with the new "spiritual Israelites – the Christians". But they did not know Patriarchy, and therefore interpreted the Scriptures from the pagan Greco-Roman culture that they were raised in. This was where the Church in her haughtiness departed from her patriarchal roots and its understanding of holiness and righteousness and began to bring into the Church pagan teachings and practices that were packaged into the gospel wherever it went. And much still remains to this day. The Jews were persecuted by the Christians for crucifying Christ, and Patriarchy was replaced with paganism. Why was Patriarchy inadvertently replaced? Because the ways of the patriarchs were always abominations to the Greek and Roman cultures and will always be, as long as the world is still under that influence. Christ and grace are now preached, not against the backdrop of Patriarchy culture, but according to paganistic Greco-Roman culture and interpretations, that has its roots all the way back to Babylon. Thus the next prophecy of Paul, "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock" (Acts 20:29, NKJ) came to pass.

(Note: You will be surprised that highly regarded fathers of early Christianity, like Saints Augustine and Origen, were among those who persecuted the Jews severely. They have done it ignorantly perhaps, but much of their theology remains deeply rooted in modern Christianity despite awakenings in this century to recognize the Jews. )

Why God allowed the Church to sink so deep into the heathen mire, nobody can give a satisfactory answer, considering the mass blindness and terrible devastation of the spiritual dark ages that followed. But one thing we do know, we have to get out of it "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues" (Rev 18:4 NKJ). How do we get out? God foreseeing all these knew exactly how. He closed the Book of Malachi with this warning not to depart from the Law (Patriarchy) and then gave an assured hope that the ministry of Elijah will come and restore the Truth of the Patriarchal Fathers. But this will only be apparent to those who care for the gospel and the Kingdom enough to see that modern pagan Christianity is just not good enough an answer for the world as God has intended and promised.

JUDAISM & CHRISTIANITY
Judaism has Patriarchy, but not Christ. Christianity has Christ but not Patriarchy. Biblical Patriarchy is both, reconciled in full essence. One cannot do without the other. Christ is in Patriarchy and Patriarchy is in Christ. This Truth must be restored, otherwise Christianity and Judaism will never reach their fullness in God and the world would remain ignorant, deceived and helpless. God is bringing about an increasing awareness of tracing the Hebraic roots of Christianity, at the same time turning the heart of the Jews to Christ. The present Western brand of Christianity is not Hebraic rooted but Greco-Roman rooted, and present Judaism is without a Savior. Both would have to be thoroughly purged by tribulation and persecutions until one returns to her original roots, and the other calls upon the Savior whom they crucified. Whatever it is, Hebraic Christianity or Biblical Patriarchy, it means a return back to the God of the Patriarchs. It is the fulfillment of prophecies of Malachi 4:4–6 and Romans 11.

BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY & HEBRAIC CHRISTIANITY
Biblical Patriarchy does not in any way contradict Hebraic Christianity which emphasizes on the significance of the Hebraic Roots like the Law and the festivals but Biblical Patriarchy emphasizes on living out the life and spirit thereof. The difference between Biblical Patriarchy and Hebraic Christianity lies in the area of ministry emphasis. Hebraic Christianity deals with the Hebraic roots and culture as the fundamental basis for Christianity while Biblical Patriarchy is the essence and timeless aspect of the Hebraic Roots. It emphasizes on the practical and experimental spirit life of the Patriarchal Fathers, dwelling especially on 2 vital elements, namely Patriarchal Relationships and Kingdom Leadership. It does not just challenge Roman and other heathen values in living life but boldly imparts the depth, life power and dynamism of the Patriarchs. For example, it does not avoid addressing controversial and practical issues like strong Kingdom leadership, loyalty, submission and polygamy. One may say that Hebraic Christianity is a shield while Biblical Patriarchy is a sword. One is defensive while the other is life-changing to the point of being stumbling or offensive to those who are not able to see it. The practical aspect of Biblical Patriarchy is indeed potent in life transformation. It is for those who are spiritually hungry enough to pay a price and perhaps a hefty price.

BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY IN THE LAW - The Law of Moses "Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments" (Mal 4:4).

THE RETURN TO BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY - The Work of Elijah
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers (Patriarchy) to the children (Christianity), and the hearts of the children (Christianity) to their fathers (Patriarchy), lest I come and strike the earth with a curse" (Mal 4:5-6).

Do you see a revelation, a revolution and a revival on the horizon? It is now at its infancy and God is calling all His own, the blinded Jews to receive their Christ, and also the wayward, haughty Church to return to her roots, Biblical Patriarchy. He that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

 

RESTORATION OF BIBLICAL PATRIARCHY

HEBRAIC ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY

Copyright © Israel CS Lim, Dec 1997

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