Yahshua spoke as a prophet when He said, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work." It was "day" during His time on earth because He was the light of the world. He made it clear that at some point in the future the darkness of "night" would come when no one would be able to do the works of God. He also told His disciples that they were the light of the world.1 He knew He was going to go away and that the Holy Spirit was going to be poured out on His disciples at Pentecost.2
The Holy Spirit filling the souls of His disciples is what makes them the light of the world. So, when He was in the world and when His true disciples were in the world, light was in the world. That light manifested itself in the life of Acts 2:44, which began on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit brought to the apostles' remembrance all that Yahshua had taught them.3 Three thousand responded by obeying what Peter and the apostles said that day. They were baptized, sealed with the Holy Spirit, fulfilling the prophecy of Joel.4 The result was that "all who believed were together and shared all things in common."5 The light that was in Him had gone into His disciples, manifested in a life together, proving their love for Him and for one another.6
So, when and how did the darkness come? It was a progression. The light dimmed and faded into darkness.
While Yahshua was still on earth, He said that those who had His commandments and obeyed them were the ones who loved Him, and that He would come to them and reveal Himself to them. And right after that He said again that if anyone loves Him, he will obey His word, and His Father would also love him, and that He and the Father would make their home with him.7 That's amazing! No one can be a part of the light of the world unless Yahshua reveals himself to that person, and unless the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit, come and live in that person's soul. All disciples spend their entire lives learning how to keep His Spirit ruling in their souls, putting Revelation 3:20 and 1 John 1:5-9 into practice.
But when the disciples' love for Him began to wane, their love for one another did also, because the Holy Spirit withdrew from their souls and into their spirits, one by one. Thus, the light became dimmer and dimmer because they were no longer obeying His commandments.8 Love and obedience didn't go hand in hand anymore, as it did in the beginning. That is how the light of the early church went out. What was left was darkness. Only form and doctrine remained. The light in her became darkness.9 This is how the religion of Christianity was born. The prophetic words of Yahshua in John 9:4 became a reality. Since that time, no one has been able to do the works of God by faith to build up the Body of Messiah. As it says in Revelation 2:4, they left their first love, drifting apart from the devotion of Acts 2:42 and the resulting life of Acts 2:44.
You do not love God if you do not obey His commandments.10 It is that simple. Yahshua made it clear in John 14:24 that these were not His words but the words of His Father in heaven. The truth of these three verses in John 14:21,23,24 opens the eyes of our understanding to explain why what calls itself the church today does not even resemble the way the Way was when it was called the Way. Acts 4:32-37 is the only way the Way can be -- the way it was back then, when it was called the Way. The first-century church was indeed called the Way.11
Some say that all the believers being together and sharing all things in common in Acts 4:32 was the church's first mistake. But how could it have been a mistake when abundant grace was upon them all and everyone's needs were met?12 Oh, that such a mistake might be made again!
In contrast, Christianity today is the way the Way went off the way for the past 1900 years when it has not been the Way. For all those centuries Christianity has been the way the way was after the darkness of John 9:4 became a reality. The fruit of that way is that a Christian can think he loves God and at the same time think he doesn't have to obey Him. Since that time, no one has been able to do the works of the Spirit,13 for without faith (the persuasion of the Holy Spirit), works are just sin.14 In those 1900 years of darkness there has been no fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is the making of disciples,15 not Christians.
Originally, the Way was the Truth and the Life in His Body. But then the drifting came.16 The Way dwindled away, lost in the night which came as Yahshua prophesied in John 9:4, lost as love faded away into the realm of the natural mind. Few overcomers were left, and the Nicolaitans,17 the preachers in the emerging clergy/laity system, took over. No more light of the world!
To drift from the truth and the life is to forsake the way the Way was before the Way dwindled away. The believers came under the sway of the evil one, Satan.18 So, why did it happen? How did it dwindle away? By not doing what is commanded in the Gospels by Yahshua (such as Luke 14:33), and by not doing all that one must do in response to the Gospel in order to be saved. The "many other words" that the apostles spoke to those who were cut to the heart by the Gospel on the Day of Pentecost were no longer required.19 There was no longer love that demanded obedience, but only the mental or emotional belief that requires nothing but saying the sinner's prayer. That would have been no problem for the rich young ruler, but he would not do what Yahshua told him he must do to inherit eternal life.
Those who were added to the church after the Night came, and even before, in the dusk, were not called to obey the Gospel, so Acts 4:32-37 was not essential in what the rich young rulers were called to do.
They hardly noticed the evidence that they were in darkness as the love of Messiah no longer compelled them.20 They no longer lived together and surely didn't have all things in common. They changed the Sabbath to Sunday and started going to church on Sunday mornings instead of being the church 24/7. Church history records the sad legacy of darkness that has ruled for 1900 years. Today the 45,000 denominations of Christianity attest to the division and chaos that is the fruit of the darkness that rules this religion. But there are still many sincere people within the walls of Christian churches who are willing to do the Father's will.
There is a tremendous need for the restoration of the light of the world in a special people for His own possession.21 Yahshua, speaking as a prophet in Mark 9:12, made it clear that the restoration of all things in the church would come before the end of the age. In the restoration of all things, the light will come back to the earth as the Spirit of God once again begins to dwell in those who are willing to do His will. To do His will is to do His works.
So, what are the works of God? Are they the same as the works of Abraham? Abraham did the works of God. Abraham obeyed the commands of God and it was credited to him as righteousness. To obey His commands is to do His works. Yahshua said to the Pharisees, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.22" Yahshua also said, "I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father."23 The light of the world said that. When the light is present once again in His people, they will do the same.
Our Twelve Tribes are located in nine countries on four continents. Currently there are around 50 communities, each consisting of one or more households full of disciples. This tiny candle of restoration was lit over 40 years ago. We are growing, increasing in love and unity among us. We're not there yet but we can't be until all His children are gathered out of the darkness and brought into His marvelous light. Please come and see. Our homes are open and always have room for the lonely, desperate ones who want to do our Father's will.