Restoring the Man Vision

The church of tomorrow

December 8, 2021

The future church in America

As we look toward the end of 2021 and on into 2022 we have to be honest as christians as to the "spiritual state" of the church in America. In the pursuit of a much needed honesty about these things, we must make an honest assessment which is required for all of us who call upon the Name of the Lord for salvation even if our assessment isn't good.

As “christians” in America have allowed our churches to become ultra divided over issues that are not important to the salvation of souls. The salvation and gathering together of souls is the dominant concern of Our Lord Jesus before He lifted up off the face of the earth and sat down on The Throne of His Glory.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore[fn] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen

I believe the largest obstacle in connecting believers with lost sinners are the buildings we call churches. Even our tents and tent revivals can have a bad connotation for millennials we seek to reach; these are the most unfamiliar with the church culture having not been raised in that context. But my contention is that these are the ones most searching for answers to the questions that haunt our time. 

Looking back in the first century at the launch of the Great Commission we see that the apostles didn’t primarily preach the Gospel in the synagogues, but rather they preached in the open marketplaces where all kinds of humans live and operate. Once converted and baptized, the first century believers gathered in the homes of fellow believers and had what historians call "love feasts". This simple way of faith led to real intimacy and fellowship that would be the envy of any materialistic American today. In my estimation this method of reaching humans is still the best way to achieve a real "human to human" connection and is more likely to effective to bring a new convert into a place of spiritual maturity.

When I listen to the voices of modern day Christendom I hear words related to “end times” and “rapture” and “mark of the beast” and "tribulation". These words are uttered in buildings we call churches. Natural questions arise such as, “Is this the end of time as we know it?”, “Is the vax, "the mark of the beast"?, “Will the "rapture of the church" happen at any time soon?” “Is America going to be destroyed by the beast system?” Etc.

If we can return to earlier days in our American history, not so long ago in the late 1960s, “Woodstock'' became a natural amphitheater for gathering souls for those protesting government overreach and for those who were in need of real community and a peaceful coexistence during a time of contentious and ill conceived war in Vietnam. The end result was not good for our nation but nonetheless Satan used that method to reach the masses, why don’t we consider this option in light of the times and the obvious questions?

The outdoor setting in an open, not concealed space, is a great way to begin the process of reconnecting the true Body of Christ with those who are in search of answers to the deepest questions of life. We can also "touch" them in the Name of Jesus for emotional and physical healing. 

Let’s be honest, we are all living in a sad broken and myopic malaise created by gobs and gobs of poisonous disinformation created by all factions of news outlets, whether they be from a conservative perspective or otherwise. The Mockingbird media has caused so much damage to our trust in God and the preachers of His Words that we have to, in essence, begin again the "seeding" the Gospel message on earth's soil.

What society needs now is lots and lots miracles just as Jesus employed to win hearts in His Time on His earth. The wet washcloth across the face of those who are asleep or those who are desperate for remedies to their real health problems is the Divine breakthrough require to heal the mental and emotional maladies of this season of world history.

If we could poll our population it would be interesting to know how many of our fellow countrymen struggle with physical sickness versus emotional sickness. I personally believe it is the latter.

We have received a very clear Heavenly edict to go out to the highways and byways and compel men and women to come into the Kingdom of Heaven. Those of us who have been truly "born again" really have only one real job, our assignment is to bring in the lost sheep of the house of Israel. We don’t know who they are but we know they are out there by the millions.

Instead of sending our evangelists out to the highways and byways to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, over the course of time, we allowed the church buildings to become religious clubs that mirror social clubs that promote a human agenda verses fulfilling a heavenly edict. I used to say the modern church has become the “optimist” club rather than a real family setting where broken people bear their soul. We need to establish a triage setting rather than a Ruritan club setting. If we lay a conducive foundation that presents itself as an attractive triage setting, like a living room on Main Street Cafe, we will have to be ready to be transparent with our struggles and their struggles as they bear their soul. These holy places must maintain a climate filled with agape love. So in the final analysis I believe we can agree that the family-like cafe setting best fits what we all need.

Well then, what is the next step Jonathan?

Here I introduce the LLI Fellowship model. Our website shows just a little slice of what we experienced back in 2006 - 2008 when we opened our “Living Room” on Main Street in Pilot Mountain, NC. You’ll see pictures of gatherings mostly of young people who were having a real good time inside of our intimate cafe setting. There was tremendous fellowship without the cliques which mark most church gatherings.

If you could round up those high schoolers and college age kids from that season in time and ask them about “Livin Lattes” they will tell what the place felt like. 

Our fellowship model was a byproduct of obedience to Jesus and His Spirit. We let Him guide every aspect of the experience. The end result was people who entered the space felt something different. We did not create that feeling, the Holy Spirit did. The essence was the aroma of Jesus Christ.

People got saved, they were healed, and they had peace enter their hearts for the first time. But the enemy brought trouble as he will often do. We ran into town officials trouble from the loudness of our Christian rock music, we ran into church trouble due to fear that we were trying to recruit their youth from coming to their church meetings.

No matter how much I tried to tell folks that we were not wanting to steal souls from the local churches, the church people didn’t believe us. That spirit of jealousy must die in this season of great hardship. We need an all hands on deck mindset if we are gonna see positive change in our communities.

Church leaders must collaborate and share resources, those who do will experience hypergrowth from a spiritual and numerical point of view.

Aside from the cafe model of church or fellowship gathering I see another critical angle that must be employed. As a father of college age children I believe we need to raise up young men and women on the college campus to share this cafe style agape love connection to those who have never felt the love of Jesus.

This work of connecting can happen anywhere, it could be in dorm rooms, on campus cafeteria spaces, work spaces, auditoriums, or on campus chapels and so forth. 

We know that on campus ministries exist but they are contained in a spiritual system that has a hierarchical structure that prohibits viral growth. Doctrinal statements hold back the power of God in healing sickness, casting out demons, and freeing people from mental healing.

In conclusion we must let the Holy Spirit be our Moses to lead us to the work we are supposed to do for our community. Our natural burdens are a great place to begin. Marriage counseling, parental advice, and career counseling for the college age, entrepreneurship classes, health and fitness training, and teaching and training the next generation of leaders in the Ekklasia.

Rapid growth is the natural way a revival-restoration work happens. There is a contagion that happens that no human can control. We have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. The cafe system outreach naturally breeds an inviting atmosphere that shows no partiality or racial bias.

The goal is to bring all factions together. Satan hates this plan. He has always fought any move of God that is contagious. But we are living in times where we no other choice but to move out in a different way.

No more hero worshiping preachers, no more rock concert church services that fight for the show rather than the substance of the gathering. No more prejudicial gatherings that are geared to meet the demands of your people, we must get past our current knowledge of “church” and move into a Christ-centered offensive strategy to take back our communities by spiritual Heavenly and Godly force.  

Jesus is the commander and chief of our army. He laid His life down for the sheep. We must lay our lives down in this move of God. I believe that Jesus is into smaller gatherings where real love can be shown through the laying on of hands and discipling of souls. The cafe system layout or home church setting naturally creates intimacy and limits the numbers.

When your original cafe layout starts to get crowded the obvious next move would be to launch another cafe setting in a neighboring area. This is where collaboration occurs. The word gets out about what God is doing in the midst of our local effort then natural opportunities open up for people to gather in new places. The Spirit of Lord moves in these new places replicating the experience in the original location and God, not man, is magnified in the process.

May the Lord bless this feeble effort to explain what he has placed on my heart to share.



What's next for the Body of Christ?

August 31, 2019

What has been missing in my life and yours the last several years?

More Intimate Fellowship and holy divine Connections

So where are we on Jehovah’s timeline for the culmination of the end of this age?

Answer: ​very close to the ​Parousia​ (2nd coming of Christ), yes, evil has lifted itself up on a worldwide scale, like never in my lifetime, the presentation of darkness has become and will become more and more visible to the world population.


A generation of traditional people, not nec...

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What holds for 2019

January 1, 2019

What holds for the future and 2019

Riots and more riots, emergency broadcast announcements, temporary bank runs, and marshal law will mark the first half of this year.

Our nation and the world is at a breaking point after decades of media driven falsehood and deception in the worlds of science, international conflict, and operation of our financial markets. More humans will come to know this year that there exists an incredible Satanic monolith seeking to control the thoughts of men through mi...

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The Reality of Dualism in our American Culture

May 22, 2018
What I have learned over the course of a very eventful life is that no matter who you try to fool eventually the truth will rise to the surface. Many of us had no idea that for decades the secret esoteric beliefs held by some of our conservative so-called Christian congressmen and women was in line with ancient idolatry of Egypt until the internet introduced the truth movement and it began to take hold in culture and reveal the dark side of what I am calling "modern day dualism".

With election...

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2018 - Justice will be served

December 31, 2017

Decades of crime against the weakest among us will be exposed to the general public this year, at times it will be hard to read the latest news headlines. This work of revealing evil is a necessary work. The heavenly forces perform this work in order for godly prosperity to come to the nations. A calamitous end has been prophesied for decades BUT God has a work He will perform before THE END.

An understanding of the work of heaven will be more clear to mankind as the Lord unravels the sinister...

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A Word for 2017 - a year of battle

January 2, 2017

This is the year to fight in the spirit realm. We have always known that a war wages in the heavens, right above our collective heads. This year a door has been opened to help us wrestle with principalities and powers and to win those battles, to take territory back that has been lost, and to recover stolen goods. 

Yes, Satan has stolen much from the people of God, those who walk with Him, those who seek His face. There are items that have our name emblazoned on them that si...

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What is wrong with the local church?

March 26, 2015

What is wrong with the local church?

Jesus choose four businessmen to be His frontline disciples and future leaders of the Church, the Bride of Christ. These men were the brothers Peter and Andrew and brothers James and John. He choose them immediately following the torments of a very challenging forty days in the wilderness, and post a full onslaught from the Son of Perdition, the most devious sinister instrument of evil the world has ever known.

Our Lord responded to this satanic onslaugh...

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A Believer's Position on Climate Change

October 1, 2014
It's been a good while since I last deposited a word or two on this page. Since my last post I have come to learn more about how the Lord is calling us to serve Him. 

We moved back to Pilot Mountain this past February following a period of much struggle and searching for direction in my calling and career track. It was in Northern NJ that I found solar energy and fell in love with the idea of clean energy. The thought that my four boys could live in a world where they are not "called" up (draf...

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This is Personal

August 5, 2014

Have you ever heard someone say, “this isn't personal, just business!”?  This they say after they just robbed you blind.

Honor. Money. Promotion. All come from the Lord, but we live in a fallen world and a fallen church.  Does the fact that unscrupulous business people use this oft quoted moniker really bring you any comfort after you been cheated by their wicked schemes?  In turn, do these words really salve their guilty conscience?  Do these words in any way absolutize them of wrong doin...

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Spiritual Declension Defined / Renewal Explained

June 8, 2014

Over the last few years I have come to realize a measure of decline in my determination and drive to take the message of the cross to our lost and dying world. At the outset of my call to preach I had so much fire in my belly I could not but preach, sadly, as the Word predicts, decline comes and the passion fades.

Back in 2012 I asked the Lord to reveal to me the state of my heart. We had moved back to NJ, I was tired physically and emotionally, and I knew I was spiritually sleepy to the n...

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Jonathan Keener - Overseer Our call is to be true "christ" ians. Those little christ's who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Who spread God's fame by proclaiming His message of reconciliation to our world. Playing our part in the epic work of the regathering of the Body of Christ in the Last Days.

Where are the prophets?

The calling on my life is to walk in a path similar to those called as messengers of God's revelation to their generation. This would in no way conflict with the work of prophets who wrote the scriptures. The work of the modern day prophet brings his audience back to the written Word. 

This job or assignment is not typically for the pulpit, many times this call leads men and women to connect one on one with pastors, business leaders, divinely selected individuals, and in public forums which the Lord opens to proclaim His message of Reconciliation

If you had $10,000.000 

what would you do?

LLI Mission & Values

The Path of Restoration of the Bride of Jesus Christ 

  • Intercessory Prayer of agreement by two or three like-minded believers in a geographical location.
  • Establish clear strategic geographic targets to undo Satan's government of the targeted area - bring your will and skill to connect to local community and its government to help better local community.
  • Build a community (cities of refuge) in targeted and strategic areas that include access to natural resources where training in skills, working with your hands, basic functional education, restore the man and his soul, train in leadership by example - mentoring rising generation.
  • Re-preach the gospel according to manner that Our Jesus (Yeshua's) showed in His lifestyle, calling men everywhere to repent and receive all of Him and His soon coming kingdom.
  • Restore the role of "ambassadors" of the ministry of reconciliation. We stand between heaven and hell to call men to a peace treaty with heaven to restore peace with their Maker and Judge.
  • Walking as Our Lord walked to raise up true life-giving disciples, followers of Our Lord's words and ways making a clean break from the world and any false loyalty to man-made ecclesiastical Nicolatian  religious orders.
  • To inspire unity in the Body of Christ around the essentials of the historic faith bequeathed to us from our forefathers. In His way, and in His time, that the world may see that we are one as our Father and His Son are One.
  • Build a team of diverse God the Father ordained leaders that fit the Biblical model of those called to be ambassadors of Christ, a group called to raise up leaders who hear the Voice of Spirit. A true five fold group of leaders.
  • To love sinners enough to go evangelistically where they hang out and meet them in their ditches in the love of Our Savior.
  • Equip the saints by praying over them and speaking prophetically into their lives. Give them Spiritual guidance.
  • To encourage the Body of Christ to work together, using all their spiritual gifts, and so we can foster positive change in any community where we have been strategically placed by the Lord. 
  • Gather the elders, those the Father is calling out to be the next generation shepherds of His Flock, the David's, not the Saul's of the past, men and women who have sold all to follow the Lamb.
  • Gather called out elect  Jews, Gentiles, and Muslims that make up the remnant of God, a diverse and unique gathering of saints from every tongue and nation.
  • Sponsor trips to Israel to establish our understanding of Our unified place in the Land and with all of His People scattered abroad.
  • Get involved in all work and in all facets of life.
  • Raise up teams of Holy Spirit trained and prepared ambassadors of His peace who come through the process of training as priests to God are sent out to the Spirit-led places where sinners like us live and operate.
  • Open up homes and "other" intimate settings for the purpose of training and equipping the "saints" and where we openly display Christian hospitality and where we share material things. 
  • Sending out Gospel workers who establish churches that are biblically-governed and prepared to be houses of agape love and purity and in whom the power of heaven dwells.
  • Reestablish the family to the rising generation so the newly converted can visibly  "see" and "feel" firsthand the love of husband and wives and the brethren manifested in real and tangible ways.

The Life and Times of

The Keener Family 

Over the last few years

Scattered Israel to be regathered

Jer. 31:10

"Hear the Word of the Lord, O you nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say: He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd does his flock." 

 Reader, in touching on this point, I would not have you for a moment suppose that the future gathering of Israel depends on anything that man can do. God's counsels and purposes are independent of human strength. The sun will set tonight at its appointed hour, and neither Queen, Lords, nor Commons, Pope, President, nor Emperors — can hasten, prevent, or put off its setting. The tides of the sea will ebb and flow this week in their regular course, and no scientific decree nor engineering skill can interfere with their motion. 

And just in like manner, the promises of God concerning Israel will all be fulfilled in due season, whether we will hear, or whether we will forbear.

Bishop JC Ryle 1879

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Photos that tell our story

32 years of learning agape love!

The place where many a sincere conversation took place, the place where our family served our  community the very best coffee and smoothies we could deliver.

The crazy day of living on faith in 2007

Livin Lattes event downtown Pilot Mtn, NC

We felt the Power of His Presence in an alley

A most cataclysmic life event...2001

little did I know that witnessing this single event from the banks of the NJ side of the Hudson would be such an integral part of launching the LLI ministry

 The night that revealed that the Holy Spirit could use any 

kind of music to bring glory to His Name

Swing Low Sweet Chariot 

Baptizing McKenzie in Tom's Creek

back in NC - 2008

 Waterfall in En Gedi

Israel trip early 2007

A Time of Remembering

In our very brief time on the West Coast in 2011 


We ask you to pray for the Living Water of Zion to flow to our world, to all our cities, and to every unique people group, that all would seek the power of His Spirit and be saved!

Our Eight Growing Children & Grandchild

Our little baby girl - 11

Zoe Hannah Grace Keener

Who knows.... 

Zachariah - 15

4th boy - a chaser 

Taught himself how to ride a bike and swim, now football, we didn't know he wanted to do these things until we saw it happen with our eyes

Steve - 16

A good kid - God made him that way

a lover of people 

Matt - 18 

athlete - winner who loves sports mostly football

unknown skills yet to be revealed...

Seth - 21

Athlete - Baseball player

Wake Forest Baseball

Wants to help the world get smarter 

 Kayla - 24

loves Josh and life

married to Josh in 2020

Ap State graduate and Wake Forest Masters of Accounting Graduate works for Grant Thornton Accounting firm. Josh a great husband happens to be a native South African

Becca - 27

Princeton grad & London School of Economics grad ....seeking peace and happiness

Jenna - 30

An Entrepreneur who can do anything artistic

Mom of Jerry

The best barista / baker @ The Songbird House

The big time Jeremiah - our first grandson


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