The Bible speaks of ‘seasons of refreshing’ and a ‘time of restoration’ two focuses, events that our world and society will be impacted by, these times are spoken of in Acts 3:19 – 21
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.
21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”
Within a season of Restoration is everything the prophets addressed which included the reformation of society seen in picture forms in their writing –‘ swords into plough shares ‘. It’s the fulfilment of promise spoken and written of throughout the scriptures. We live in a time when the “season of Restoration” is breaking in upon us, how exciting it is to live in this challenging world that Gods finger prints are all over it, bring a season of restoration. Be careful in order we don’t get lost in times of refreshing only by camping around them and creating monuments while God has a greater purpose for us. Enjoy the refreshing and be enlarged, instructed and empowered but our goal is to bring around and advance the season of Restoration being a people of Restoration.
The Message translation pens it thus “Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus. For the time being he must remain out of sight in heaven until everything is restored to order again just the way God, through the preaching of his holy prophets of old, said it would be”.
Until order has come to our world, this is the task for which we were brought into the Kingdom of God, to restore order, Gods order. We are those working for the restoration of the ‘image and likeness’ of the Father, to see restored back to our created world the image of God for this is the Kingdom of God established fully. That Christ will fill everything, inside and outside.
O God Restore come and be established, times of refreshing we recognise that these times are in your process, they are necessary, this process means times of refreshing that will come and go, they will grow to a crescendo and pass away, they are supposed to. “Times” plural that mean one comes and one goes and there will be more than one. Yet there is a “time” to arrive a “season” to come that is sustaining and remaining that will herald and welcome that will come and not pass away a Time of Restoration, will be that which release the culmination of Gods plan and ultimate intention. We have been invited to partner with the Father to be fully involved to be part of this heralding work. Let us all get on Gods time seeing transformation and order coming to pass around us, in our individual lives that will then seen in community life.