Church in the wilderness

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When the people return to the pagan ways of the Golden calf Moses "called out" the faithful. The Levites were appointed the Church in the wilderness. When the people again left the ways of God under the Pharisees Jesus called out the apostles and appointed the kingdom to them and they were the early Church established by Christ. Both were God's government operating under the perfect law of liberty.
  • Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Acts 7:38 is drawing parallels between the institutions of Moses and even Abraham and what the Church established by Jesus Christ was doing in those early days. The Levites were called the Church in the Wilderness because they were called out of the walled-in camp of the Golden calf by Moses to restore and keep the people as a free nation under God.

The Church in the Wilderness were called out by Moses and became the Levites who served the tents of the people much like the early Church or "called out" by Jesus who was the Christ, anointed king of Judea, and who appointed "a kingdom" to His Little flock. They too provided a daily ministration for the needy of the Christian community through charity. While the rulers of the world offered welfare through free bread offered by men who exercised authority. The Church, e.g. called out or ekklesia, appointed by Christ provided similar benefits to those who would follow "the righteous way" of Jesus by the practice of Pure Religion through charity alone "unspotted" by those systems of the world that used force.

The people provided Breeches for these ancient ministers of a nation without rulers, no king. Those breeches of the Levites were symbolic of a covering which made them titular leaders of one of the earliest pure republics in recorded history.

How their government operated in a practical way will give you a better understanding of the Church and the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

As we have said, among the Levites there was a unique political structure with corporate elements to the formation of its society. Early Israel was classified in history as a Republic.

Were there parallels between the Church in the Wilderness and the Church called out and appointed by Christ to serve the people?

  • "Bishops, presbyters(Elder) and deacons occupy in the church the same positions as those which were occupied by Aaron, his sons, and the Levites in the temple." Jerome, Ep. 146

Jesus called His Church to be one form of government so that His followers would and could be free souls under God.

Edward Gibbons in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire identified the early Church as a "viable Republic" and early American churches were called "embryonic republics" by historians.

The Corban of that early Church was not like the Corban of the Pharisees. Nor is it like the Corban of the Modern Christian who depend far more on the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other than upon ministers an congregations who live by faith, hope and charity through the perfect law of liberty.

Understanding the Sophistry of the Pharisees and their civil altars under Herod can help those who want to see the truth about Religion and the Covetous Practices of Public religion. The modern False religion of today keeps people from practicing Pure Religion.

If we are willing to admit the truth about our own sloth and covetousness we may be able to view those Levites of the Church in the Wilderness in a new light. Their role as Ministers of a nation kept the people free for generations until they rejected God and sought a king which led to the dividing of the Kingdom of God. They, like the Church, established and appointed by Christ, they were to be Priests to all nations, preaching an teaching The Way of God.

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