Synagogue at Capernaum

Ancient Synagogue at Capernaum, Israel.

The Galilee Project
A Short History

In late August 2012 as I was sitting under the gooseneck of my horse trailer at 7,000 feet in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Lord spoke to me, “Rick I’m rebuilding my Church and I’m starting in the Galilee and nothing will stand against it. Not the gates of hell, not the Devil, not the nations of the world, but most importantly, not the religious Christian leaders of today.”  (My thought was, “Lord, they are all your churches.” But then I heard no.)

The Lord went on to say, “Rick, I’m a Galilean like Mitch (my friend Mitch Kersh) is a Texan and you can take Mitch out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of Mitch.” It then became very clear to me that, as Mitch has a Texas “drawl,” Jesus has a Galilean accent. We see this in the story of Peter sitting outside in the courtyard after Jesus has been arrested and before the cock crows when a maid came to him, saying, “You were also with Jesus, the Galilean!” And in Mark 14:70, “After a little while again, those who stood by said to Peter, ‘You truly are one of them, for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”’

Then the Lord said it is “The Galilee Project,” not Galilee Project or a Galilee project, but “The Galilee Project.” As I set under the gooseneck I wondered the significance of all of this? Why is the Lord pointing out to me he is a Galilean? I have friends living in the Galilee. I was just there a year earlier. Then I thought, why start in the Galilee? Why not Texas? Why not Kansas City? Why not Jerusalem? Does the rebuilding actually start physically in the Galilee, or is the Galilee a model? Like the Jerusalem model or the Antioch model for church government that the Lord showed me in the early 1970s. 

As I set under the gooseneck I wondered what is the significance of all of this? Why is the Lord pointing out to me that he is a Galilean? I have friends living in the Galilee. I was just there in 2011. But why start in the Galilee? Why not Texas? Why not Kansas City? Why not Jerusalem?

40 years earlier

In the fall 1972, the Lord started speaking to me in this same manner. He talked to me about His church. About the original blueprint. About Divine Order. About the governmental structure and how it was designed to provide safeguards against doctrinal error and achieve His purpose. How it actually operated under Paul’s leadership. And why we were seeing the restoration of the apostles and prophets. The original teaching series Grace & Government. We started putting this into practice in our fellowship in Kansas City. Read more.

Jesus (Yeshua) in The Galilee

The Galilee is where Jesus first established His church, performed His first miracles, called His first disciples and appointed His apostles. The Galilee is where Jesus first declared the message of His and His Father’s Kingdom, and it is the place He returned to after His resurrection.

The Galilee was the physical place chosen by the Father to be the home of Jesus. (No, for some strange reason He didn’t choose Texas). As you read the first three Gospels, you will see they are mainly about Jesus’ public ministry in the Galilee Region.  

Of Jesus’ thirty-two parables, no less than nineteen were spoken in the Galilee, and no fewer than twenty-five of His thirty-three great miracles were done in the Galilee Region. Also, His first miracle, the wedding in Cana of Galilee, and his last miracle, after his resurrection, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

In the Galilee Region Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, the discourses on The Bread of Life, on ‘Purity, on Forgiveness,’ and on Humility, walked on water, and twice fed thousands of people with just a few baskets of fish and bread. In the Galilee Jesus cast seven demons out of Mary Magdalene from Migdal, the first person Jesus chose to reveal Himself to after His resurrection.

And after His resurrection Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb where an angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So now that the Lord is reestablishing His church and returning it to His original blueprint, we must learn how to do our part. In this church age, Jesus the Galilean sits at the right hand of the Father. He is king of kings and lord of lords, but doesn’t take his rightful place on David’s throne until the Messianic era. Until then we are in His church age.