By: Asher Intrater
The message of Yeshua not only changes us personally, it also changes the whole world. The message of personal change may be called, “the gospel of salvation;” the message to change the world may be called, “the gospel of the kingdom.” The Word of God is a little seed in our heart that grows until it becomes a tree that fills the whole world (Matthew 13:32).
Therefore Yeshua calls us to change ourselves first and then to change the world. The gospel contains a challenge to personal holiness and to world redemption. The aspects of changing the world may be seen in three steps:
- World Evangelism
- World Revival
- World Restoration.
We can see these three steps in a “theme” verse from Acts 1, 2 and 3. (The book of Acts is not just a historical record for us; it is a pattern for biblical lifestyle and also a prophetic guide for the future.)
- In Acts 1:8 Yeshua gives us the great mandate to “be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- In Acts 2:17 Peter quotes Joel as prophesying a great revival in the end times, “it will come to pass in the latter days that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh.”
- In Acts 3:21 Peter summarizes the final stage of the gospel message taking place at the Second Coming of Yeshua as, “the restoration of all things.”
(The concept in Judaism of World Redemption is called Tikkun Olam from which we derive the name of our family of ministries, Tikkun International.)
It’s as clear as one, two, three:
The Millennial generation is looking for truth that can give them personal hope and security but also challenges them to change the world.