But, Rebbe/Teacher, Melech HaMoshiach/King Messiah said in reply, I was not sent except to the Seh Oveid Beis Yisroel (the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel)” (Mattityahu/Matthew 15:24 OJB- definitions mine)
And another tzon/sheep I have which is not of this mikhla (fold [enclosure]); those also it is necessary for me to bring, and my voice they will hear, and they will become eder echad with Ro’eh echad (One flock with one Shepherd). (Yochanon/John 10:16 OJB- definitions mine)
The above are the words of our blessed Master, Rebbe Yeshua. He plainly states in the Gospel of Mattityahu/Matthew that He was NOT sent except to the Lost Sheep of the House of Yisrael. Knowing now, that using this name, which is one of three that the Northern house of Yisrael came to be known by (house of Yosef, house of Ephraim), our Master was letting all who read know that one of His great commissions as The Mashiach of the Whole House of Yisrael, was to regather this scattered outcast house from among the nations. (see Yeshayahu/Isaiah 49:1-6)
Then in the Gospel of Yochanon/John Rebbe Yeshua makes it crystal clear that He indeed understood, and that it was His mission to bring these scattered sheep back home to Yisrael! The resultant regathering would be that there would be ONE flock with ONE Shepherd. These are the very words, as we saw in our last lesson, promised by YHWH through the prophet Yechezk’el/Ezekiel in chapter 37 verses 15-28 (please read). This plainly shows that our Master understood the condition of the nation of Yisrael as a divided house and kingdom, and that He was the One who would bring this divided kingdom back to Wholeness again.
And at yechidus/private, having come together, they were asking him saying, “Adoneinu/Our Master, is it at this time that You are restoring the Malchut/Kingdom Hashem/YHWH to Am Yisroel/The People of Yisrael?” (Ma’asim/Acts 1:6 OJB- definitions mine)
Now further we have here the eleven talmidim/disciples who had come together in private with Rebbe Yeshua. Out of all the questions which they could have asked Him, what is it they asked? Is this the time that you will restore the Kingdom of YHWH to the People of Yisrael? Did Rebbe Yeshua understand the dividing and reunion of the Two Houses of Yisrael? What about His talmidim/disciples?
We saw last week, that Kefa/Peter wrote to those among believing Yisrael who were scattered in the Diaspora from the house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael. He used the same terminology familiar with that of the book of Hoshea/Hosea, which was written specifically concerning the Northern house of Yisrael. He says that those to whom he was writing were once known as Lo Ruchamah/No Mercy and Lo Ami/No Longer a People. This terminology would have made no sense to those believer’s in Mashiach Yeshua from the house of Yehudah/Judah. Though their avot/fathers had been guilty of their own sinful, torahless behavior, YHWH had never called them not My people. These believer’s from the Jewish house of Yisrael had never been put away and divorced. YHWH had never withdrawn His mercy from them. This had only been done to the Northern house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael. Now look to whom Ya’akob/James addresses his letter to,
Ya’akov, eved (servant) of Hashem/YHWH and of Rebbe/Teacher, Melech HaMoshiach/King Messiah, Adoneinu/Master Yehoshua/Yeshua [Shortened Aramaic form]; To the Shneym Asar HaShevatim (Twelve Tribes) in the Golus/Exile, Shalom!”(Ya’akob/James 1:1 OJB- definition mine)
There are those today who wish to say that the Ten Northern tribes of Yisrael have already been regathered and are in actuality become a part of the Jewish house alone. However, Ya’akob/James did not recognize this. He wrote to ALL twelve tribes who were in Diaspora/Exile into the nations of the world at that time! Remember from Yeshayahu/Isaiah both houses are referred to as either scattered or dispersed among the nations. (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 11:14-16) In the book of Revelation there are 12 gates into the city of the New Yerushalayim/Jerusalem. Each gate represented by one of the twelve tribes! (Revelation 21:12)
The Torah And The Grafting In Process
Now for a moment let’s look at Rav Sha’ul and the famous portion of his letter to the Roman assembly on the grafting in of the so-called Gentiles. As we discussed earlier, the use of this term Gentiles is a very poor choice of words. It was only from the 15th century that this term began to be used to speak of those outside of the Jewish house of Yisrael. The actual biblical term is Goy (Goyim pl.) or Nation(s). In chapter 11 of Romans Rav Sha’ul speaks of those branches which were broken off of the natural olive tree (Jewish Yisrael) in order to make room for those (so-called Gentiles/Goyim/Nations) which would be grafted back in. The grafted-in branches were in fact from a wild olive tree. Beloved, Rav Sha’ul understood about the Two Houses of Yisrael…one Jewish; one not. Most of the world of Christendom treats those branches being grafted back in as though they have NEVER had a relationship with the natural branches of Jewish Yisrael. However, let me ask one important question. What is the difference between a natural olive tree and a wild olive tree? While you think about that I am going to make a few important statements.
First, Torah forbids the mixing of different types of things, especially when it comes to seeds and fruit. (see Wayikra/Leviticus 19:19) In other words according to Torah you cannot take a branch from an apple tree and graft it into an orange tree. The trees may not belong to the same orchard, but they MUST be of the same kind of tree.
Here’s the answer to the above question. The only difference between a natural olive tree and one that is wild is: One is cultivated, usually within an orchard, and one is not. A wild olive tree is STILL an olive tree by nature. It’s just that it has been scattered outside the cultivated orchards of the other olive trees which are said to be natural. Rav Sha’ul knew who these wild olive branches were. They were that zera/physical seed from among the Northern house of Yosef/Ephraim/Yisrael which had been scattered among the Nations! In Yisrael, when you look at the olive trees, it looks as though there are two trees growing out of the same root. It’s a perfect picture of the Two Houses of Yisrael.
Further, and we have alluded to Rav Sha’ul’s statements in his epistle to the Ephesians concerning our true stature before YHWH as believers in Yeshua HaMashiach. Rav Sha’ul makes it quite clear here to those who have believed upon the redemptive work of Yeshua HaMashiach, that though they may have been at one time so-called Gentiles, strangers and separated from the covenants of YHWH. Now in Him and through His blood shed for our redemption we have been made near and are partakers of all the covenants of YHWH ever promised, INCLUDING being a part of the nation of Yisrael itself. This is not a spiritual connection alone. It is meant to be understood as both natural and spiritual.11 Therefore, have zikaron (remembrance) that formerly you, the Goyim/Nations in the flesh, who are called “arelim” (uncircumcised ones) by the ones being called “nimolim” (circumcised ones) which is a Bris Milah/Covenant of Circumcision performed in the flesh by human hands. *[Please note that Rav Sha’ul clearly states in this verse that those who are Gentiles/those from among the Nations/Goyim…the uncircumcised (a Scriptural code-word used by Torah legalists to refer to anyone outside of the Jewish nation of Yisrael, regardless as to whether they were actually from the assimilated tribes of the Northern kingdom or were actually true Goyim/Gentiles with no physical connection with Abraham- there is a difference)…that is our/their FORMER status…but now that we/they have come through Yeshua HaMashiach by trusting faithfulness in His redemptive work, those who are of the outcast, scattered house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael are re-entering the nation of Yisrael through Him [while those who are true Goyim/Gentiles with no physical relation to Abraham have simply entered the nation also through their act of trusting faithfulness) we/they are a part of YHWH’s covenant nation/the commonwealth of Yisrael] 12 Have zikaron (remembrance) that you were at that time bazunder (unrelated and separate) from Rebbe/Teacher, Melech HaMoshiach/King Messiah, having been alienated from the torat haEzrakhut (the citizenship/the commonwealth nation of Yisrael) in the Am Brit/People’s Covenants, from Yisroel, being zarim (strangers) to the Beritot HaHavtacha/Covenants of Promise, farloiren (lost) and having no tikvah (hope) and without G-d in the Olam Hazeh/Present World. [YESHAYAH 14:1; 65:1] 13 But now in union with Rebbe/Teacher, Melech HaMoshiach Yehoshua/King Messiah Yeshua, you, who FORMERLY were in the outermost courts, have been brought near by the kapporah/covering; atonement of the dahm/blood of Moshiach/blood of Messiah. 14 For Moshiach himself is our shalom/peace, who made the Shneym/Two into Echad/One, having broken down in the basar/flesh of Moshiach the barrier of the Mechitzah (the dividing partition), the Soreg (barrier of the holy precinct in the Beis/House HaMikdash/Sanctuary between Jews and non-Jews- *[Those who are the house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael as well as those true Goyim/Gentiles], the Eyvah (Enmity), 15 By annulling the chok (decree, law) of mishpatim/judgments in ordinances/NOT THE TORAH ITSELF, but the list of transgressions in which we were all guilty of violating the Torah [see Colossians 2:14]- The Torah could only demand our death that the Shnaym/Two He might create in Himself into Adam Chadash Echad (One New Humanity), arbitrating shalom/peace, 16 And that Moshiach might bring the ritztzuy (reconciliation, cessation of enmity), reconciling to Hashem/YHWH the Shnaym/Two into one guf (body) through the Moshiach’s Etz/Tree or Execution Stake, having put to death the Eyvah/Enmity by it. [see Romans 8:3-4- the weakness of the Torah is that it could not answer our debt to the broken ordinances of that Torah. It could only demand justice…our death- However, YHWH answered that weakness by sending His own Son to die in our place AND be resurrected. Thus providing a means of redemption and reconciliation through the blood of His Execution Stake!] 17 And having come, Moshiach preached shalom/peace to you, the ones in the **outermost courts/those of the Nations [the house of Ephraim- see notes below for Yeshayahu/Isaiah 11:11-13], and shalom/peace to the ones near/Jewish Yisrael;] 18 Because through Moshiach we both have HaSha’ar laHashem (gate to approach G-d’s/YHWH’s presence, access of the tzaddikim/righteous ones TEHILLIM 118:20) by one Ruach Hakodesh/Holy Spirit to Elohim/The Mighty One HaAv/G-d The Father. 19 Therefore, then, NO LONGER are you zarim/strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens of the Kadoshim/holy ones and bnei bayit/sons born in the house members of the household of G-d/which is Yisrael,” (Ephesians 2:11-19 OJB- my notes- definitions mine)
Understanding The True Intention Of Proclaiming The Gospel Of Redemption
The Gospel is not only a declaration of personal redemption culminating in eternal salvation, but it is a message of the national restoration of the Whole House of Yisrael. Look at the words of YHWH through the prophet Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah. Look to whom the promise of a ReNewed Covenant is made,31 (30) Hinei/Behold, the days come, saith Hashem/YHWH, that I will cut a Brit Chadasha/literally in Hebrew a ReNewed Covenant with Bais Yisroel/House of Yisrael-(Yosef-Ephraim) , and with Bais Yehudah/House of Judah; 32 (31) Not according to the Brit/Covenant that I cut with their Avot/Fathers in the day that I took hold of their yad/hand to take them out of Eretz Mitzrayim/Land of Egypt; which My Brit/Covenant they broke, although I was Ba’al (Husband) to them, saith Hashem/YHWH; 33 (32) But this shall be the Brit/Covenant that I will cut with Bais Yisroel [This is a reference to the Whole House of Yisrael after its restoration from Two Houses into One restored nation again] [After those days, saith Hashem/YHWH, I will set My Torah in them inwardly, and I will write ketuvim/the words on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim/Mighty One, and they shall be My People. (Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31:31-33 OJB- my notes– definitions mine)
It is nothing less than the physical Two Houses of Yisrael…house of Yosef-Ephraim…house of Yehudah/Judah! This covenant IS NOT made with a replacement entity called church! Neither is it made with an entity called spiritual Yisrael! The words of YHWH’s Torah will no longer be written on tablets of stone, but upon the fleshly tablets of the heart of His people…Yisrael!
The Restoration Of All Things19 “Therefore, make teshuva (repentance, turning from chet [sin] to G-d) and turn in order that your chatta’im/sins, your averos/iniquities may be removed, [TEHILLIM 51:1; YESHAYAH 43:25; 44:22] 20 In order that times of rest may come from the presence of Adonoi/Our Master YHWH, and that he may send the one having been proclaimed beforehand to you, that is, the Rebbe/Teacher, Melech HaMoshiach/King Messiah, 21 Whom it is necessary for Shomayim/the Heavens to receive/hold until the times of the Tikkun/Restoration of ALL things of which Hashem/YHWH spoke long ago through the mouth of his Nevi’im hakedoshim/Prophets the holy ones/the promise of the restoration of the Whole House of Yisrael. (Ma’aserot/Acts 3:19-21 OJB- my notes– definitions mine)
Within the words of Kefa’s/Peter’s message after the outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh on the feast of Shavuot, you find a promise of what will, in time, bring about the Second Return of Yeshua HaMashiach. Our blessed Master is not coming to create a Kingdom, but to receive one! As we have seen in the TaNaKh/Hebrew Scriptures along with the Messianic Writings are full of the promises that the Kingdom of Yisrael will be ONE again. We are living in the days of the restoration of ALL things as promised above. The 2730 judgment upon the Northern house of Yosef/Ephraim/Yisrael is being lifted. Ephraim as the outcast house of Yisrael among the nations is waking up. He is shaking off the pagan practices which he learned while among the Nations. He is being repatriated to his Hebraic nature and culture. This is provoking jealousy among his elder brother Yehudah/Judah. (read Master Yeshua’s parable of the Prodigal son in this light Luke 15:11-32) As he watches his younger brother becoming more and more Hebraic, leaving the pagan traditions of the church of Christendom, returning to the Torah and feasts of YHWH. This return is causing mixed emotions among the house of Yehudah/Judah. However, there is a promise in Yeshayahu/Isaiah of this day and its end result. We have alluded to it in our study, but we will quote it below.11And it shall come to pass in Yom HaHu/That Day, that Adonoi shall/YHWH will set His yad/hand again the second time – [a reference to the coming 2nd Exodus [see Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 23:1-8] to recover the She’ar (Remnant) of His people, which shall be left [as survivors], from Assyria, and from Mitzrayim, and from Patros, and from Kush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Chamat, and from the islands of the sea/all the nations where the outcast house/Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael and the dispersed/house of Yehudah/Judah. 12 And He shall raise up a nes [a banner, i.e., send a signal] for the Goyim/Nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Yisroel/Yosef-Ephraim– [the term outcasts is used to describe the house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael because when they were taken captive into Assyria and then further scattered among the nations, they were looked upon as having become lost to their relationship with Yisrael as a nation and the house of Yehudah/Jewish Yisrael views them as having been removed from that relationship also], and gather together the dispersed of Yehudah/Judah from the four corners of ha’aretz/the earth. [The house of Judah has been scattered among the nations too. However they never lost their identity and remain as Yehudah/Judah. Therefore in the prophetic writing of Yeshayahu here they are referred to as the dispersed house of Yehudah/Judah] 13 The kinah (envy, jealousy) also of Ephrayim/Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Yehudah/Judah shall be cut off; Ephrayim/Ephraim shall not envy Yehudah/Judah, and Yehudah/Judh shall not harass Ephraim. (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 11:11-13 OJB- my notes– . emphasis/definitions mine)
In time, as the latter portion of this passage promises, Ephraim will no longer be driven by envy of his elder brother Yehudah/Judah. In the same way, Yehudah/Judah will no longer harass Ephraim. He will come to see his younger brother as who he really is…his true brother in the flesh. Together, under the rule of their Great Shepherd King, Yeshua HaMashiach, who will return to answer the very question the talmidim/disciples asked in Acts 1:6. The Kingdom will be restored to Yisrael. The Kingdom of the Heavens will be established on the earth for a thousand years. Our Master Yeshua will reign as King from His throne in Yerushalayim/Jerusalem. All the nations of the earth will come to Mt. Zion and will be taught the ways of YHWH’s Torah. It will be a time when as the nevi’im/prophets have promised, “The glory of YHWH will cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea!” (Chabakkuk/Habakkuk) We are living in the fulfillment of these very things today!
Beloved, please use this study as more of a handbook, rather than a group of articles to be read and laid aside. For all of us who know ourselves to be a part of YHWH’s returning house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael, we must let these things sink down into our heart. We are being repatriated to our forgotten Hebraic heritage, and readied to assume our place in the restoration of the Whole House of Yisrael. Religion is not only blind, but it is resistant, even intolerant of these things. YHWH spoke to me once by His Ruach when I was studying prophecy from a Hebraic perspective:
“The devil doesn’t mind you studying prophecy as long as you are looking in the wrong direction!
The same can be said of studying all Scripture. Religion is Hasatan’s (may his memory be blotted out forever) greatest scheme for confusing, hiding, and misappropriating YHWH’s Truth about Himself and His Kingdom. He doesn’t mind us studying Scripture as long as we never pick up YHWH’s Hebraic glasses that reveals His Truth. Truly, as Rav Sha’ul warned Timothy, the Last Days are perilous time. (II Timothy 3:1) Now, that we are living in the latter portion of those Days, that fact is even more profound. I urge you not to accept my words in this study at face value. Test every spirit. Truth is unafraid of questions. Darkness is! May YHWH help all who read and study these pages. To Him, and His glory alone. Amein!Joe Snipes Yosef Gates To Zion Ministries