by Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
Favorite evangelical Christian preacher’s quote:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
… as radio announcer Paul Harvey used to say, “And now, the rest of the story . . .”, or, the rest of the verse, which they always seem to forget:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: because you have forgotten the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children. [Hosea 4:6]
“But that’s for the Jews! That doesn’t apply to believers!
We’re not under the Law, we’re under grace!”
Then what are we to make of the words of our Lord Yeshua himself, who said:
17 Do not imagine that I am come to destroy the Law/Torah, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil (Greek: pleroō, to complete).
18 For verily I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one period or comma shall in any manner pass away from the Law/Torah, until all be fulfilled (Greek: ginomai, accomplished).
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of the least of these commandments, and shall teach other men to do likewise, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach all of the commandments, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)
Or what of the words of the Apostle Paul (Romans 2:11-13):
11 For there is no partiality with God.
12 For all who have sinned outside the Law/Torah will also perish outside the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law;
13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law who will be justified.
Or in Romans 3:31:
Do we then make void the Law/Torah through faith? God forbid: truly, we establish the Law.
Or what of the words of the apostle Jude, brother of James:
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3)
What was this “original faith” which was taught and practiced by our Lord Yeshua and by ALL of his original disciples? Was it any version of today’s “Christianity”? Or something else entirely?
There are today well over one thousand different Protestant denominations, and various versions of Catholicism, plus many different cults which claim to be “Christian”. Is this what the Lord of Glory really intended for his disciples? Or something else entirely?
The Hebraic Roots Movement . . .
Faced with the obvious discrepancies between the literal teachings of our Lord Yeshua and his disciples as recorded in the New Testament, and those of so-called “evangelical Christianity”, a large and growing number of Christians have come to understand that “the original faith which was once handed down to the saints” (Jude 1:3) is surely NOT the “Christianity” which they have been taught, believed in and accepted all their lives.
In fact, even the most superficial examination of the New Testament shows that the “original faith” of the disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth as referred to by Jude was Mosaic Judaism, plus faith in the Promised One, the Messiah of the Jews. These original followers of BOTH the Torah and Yeshua called themselves Nazarenes, or followers of “the Way”. They are precisely described by one of the so-called 4th Century “church fathers” (of the Roman Catholic church), Epiphanius, as follows:
But these sectarians… did not call themselves Christians – but “Nazarenes,” … However they are simply complete Jews. They use not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well, as the Jews do… They have no different ideas, but confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion – except for their belief in Messiah, if you please! For they acknowledge both the resurrection of the dead and the divine creation of all things, and declare that God is one, and that his son is Jesus the Messiah. They are trained to a nicety in Hebrew. For among them the entire Law, the Prophets, and the… Writings… are read in Hebrew, as they surely are by the Jews. They are different from the Jews, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Jews because they have come to faith in Messiah; but since they are still fettered by the Law – circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest – they are not in accord with Christians…. they are nothing but Jews…. They have the Gospel according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew. For it is clear that they still preserve this, in the Hebrew alphabet, as it was originally written. (Epiphanius; Panarion 29)
So here we have an admission by a proto-Roman Catholic that the Gospel of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew! <Gasp!> Why this should come as such a shock to most evangelical Christians today is a mystery to us, since ALL of the authors of the New Testament (with the possible exception of Luke) were Jews, whose native language was Hebrew. It is also obvious that, there being NO WORD in the Greek language for the Hebrew word “Torah”, that some other Greek word would have to be substituted. Since all of the translators of the King James Version shared the Roman Catholic Church’s aversion to all things Jewish, especially including the Torah, it should come as no surprise that they would choose a word which would reflect these beliefs and prejudices, regardless of whether it distorted the clear original meaning of the verses involved.
It is also perfectly clear from a study of the history of the Roman Catholic church that these Nazarenes and their Jewish practices were not to be tolerated. Persecuted wherever they were discovered by both the Pharisaic Jews and by the Roman Catholic church, by the sixth century A.D. they had apparently been martyred completely out of existence. But, down through the centuries, the lessons of the Bible persisted as a testimony to the truth of those same beliefs, even in the distorted, anti-Torah translations which have served to create what passes as “Christianity” down to our day.
Today’s Truth-seeking saints are earnestly striving to RE-discover what to discard and what “new” beliefs to adopt, in order to return, as much as humanly possible, to that original Torah-true faith which was lived and preached by the Lord Yeshua and all of his original disciples. This quest originates in the individual believer in any number of ways, and it poses exactly the same difficulties to today’s seeker as were faced by the original disciples of Yeshua, after his ascension. How do we DO this?
The Keys to the Kingdom . . .
Some are led, as we were, to question the underlying anti-Torah presumptions of evangelical Christianity through their own independent Bible study and the inspiration of the holy Spirit of YHVH. Others hear teachings on the subject from sources outside the existing “Christian” information channels, and are led by the same Spirit to investigate further. Still others are Jews who come to Messiah Yeshua, and are trying to understand all this in terms of their study of the Hebrew Tanakh. The end result is that all of us have come to understand that the prophetic references to “Ephraim” in the Tanakh all have to do with Gentile believers in Yeshua HaMashiach (the Messiah), and how they are to be included in the Mosaic Covenant.
The Gentile inclusion in the Mosaic Covenant is what Paul called the “mystery” of the gospel which he preached, which had been concealed in the Tanakh until it was revealed to Paul in his office as Apostle to the Gentiles!
Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by those who are called “the Circumcision” in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13 But now in Messiah Yeshua you who sometimes were far off are brought near by the blood of Messiah. … [Which is Paul’s reference to the prophecy in Hosea 1:9-11]
Eph 3:3 How by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words,
Eph 3:4 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Messiah by the gospel: …
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, who has made us suitable to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has transported us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
There is even a strange passage in the gospel of John which may actually be a cryptic reference to this entire mystery. When it became obvious that the Jews planned to kill Yeshua at their earliest opportunity. . .
John 11:54 Yeshua therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
Is this just a Biblical “coincidence”? Or a clue? Hounded out of his own “Holy City” by “the synagogue of Satan”, Yeshua seeks refuge among, and takes his message to, the “Gentiles”, in one of their cities which just happens to be named after the super-blessed son of Joseph, Ephraim! “Coincidence”? Or clue?
WHAT Happened to Ephraim?
Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Rev 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of ALL the tribes of the children of Israel.
Rev 7:5 Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:6 Of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Naphtali were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:8 Of the tribe of Zebulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
In Chapter 7, verse 4, of the Book of the Revelation, the Apostle John says, via divine revelation, that the tribes listed there are ALL of the tribes of “the children of Israel” as of the mid-point of the Tribulation. But what about Ephraim, Joseph’s second son by his Egyptian wife Asenath, while he was in Egypt? It is even recorded that, when Israel/Jacob adopted and blessed both of Joseph’s son’s (thus making them Jacob/ Israel’s own, and legally “brothers” to Joseph, their father!), Joseph placed his elder son Manasseh on Jacob’s right hand, so that he would receive the superior blessing as the elder son, but before Jacob actually blessed the boys, he intentionally (and prophetically) crossed his hands! The reason he did this is found in Genesis 48:14-20…
And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands intentionally; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
And Joseph said unto his father, “Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head.”
And his father refused, and said, “I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.”
And he blessed them that day, saying, “In you shall Israel bless, saying, ‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh’: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.”
This means that Ephraim received the blessing that was due to the firstborn, yet it is Manasseh, the actual elder son of Joseph who is listed among the tribes of Israel in Revelation 7:6, and Ephraim is not mentioned there by name at all!
So, what happened to this prophecy? What happened to Ephraim? Did YHVH change his mind? Not according to Jeremiah 31:9 and 17-20, where he states:
Jer 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I (YHVH) lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
Jer 31:17 “And there is hope in your (Ephraim’s) end,” says YHVH, “that your children shall come again to their own border.
Jer 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; ‘You (YHVH) have chastised me, and I (Ephraim) was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn me, and I shall be turned; for you are YHVH my God.
Jer 31:19 Surely after that I (Ephraim) was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.’
Jer 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my heart is troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him,” says YHVH.
It is recorded that, after the kingdom of Israel was split into the Northern Kingdom (the ten tribes given to Jeroboam : 1 Kings 11:31) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah and Benjamin), those ten tribes of the Northern kingdom came to be referred to (variously) as “Israel”, “Ephraim”, or “Joseph”. By the time of the Assyrian conquest, Ephraim had already grown to be the largest of the remaining ten tribes, and so these were often collectively referred to as “Ephraim”.
These were taken into captivity by the Assyrians in 722 B.C. , and dispersed among the other pagan kingdoms which the Assyrians had conquered. It was the Assyrians’ established policy to resettle conquered people in territories other than their original lands, to reduce the possibility of revolt. Moreover, they moved peoples from other lands into the newly conquered territories, effectively removing any remaining traces of the previous inhabitants. And so it was with “Ephraim”, which included all ten tribes of the Northern kingdom. In time, with intermarriage among the pagan nations into which they had been dispersed, these ten tribes completely lost their Hebraic identity, their religion, their names, etc., and were truly dispersed among the nations of the world as Gentiles, exactly as prophesied (Isaiah 7:8), and as recorded (2 Kings 17:23) in the Tanakh.
2Ki 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel (“Ephraim”) away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
2Ki 17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against YHVH their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had revered other gods,
2Ki 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom YHVH cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
2Ki 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against YHVH their God, and they built them high places (pagan shrines) in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
2Ki 17:10 And they set them up idols and shrines in every high hill, and under every green tree:
2Ki 17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom YHVH carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke YHVH to anger:
2Ki 17:12 For they served idols, whereof YHVH had said unto them, You shall not do this thing.
2Ki 17:13 Yet YHVH testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the Torah which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
2Ki 17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but stiffened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in YHVH their God.
2Ki 17:15 And they rejected his commandments, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom YHVH had charged them, that they should not do like them.
2Ki 17:16 And they left all the commandments of YHVH their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a shrine, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
2Ki 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of YHVH, to provoke him to anger.
2Ki 17:18 Therefore YHVH was very angry with Israel (Ephraim), and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
2Ki 17:19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of YHVH their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made (their “oral law/Torah”).
2Ki 17:20 And YHVH rejected all the seed of Israel (Ephraim), and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
2Ki 17:21 For he ripped Israel (Ephraim) from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drove Israel from following YHVH, and made them sin a great sin.
2Ki 17:22 For the children of Israel (Ephraim) walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
2Ki 17:23 Until YHVH removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
This later became a real problem for the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, since there were some individuals from the Northern Kingdom tribes who were returning to Jerusalem, and seeking to practice Mosaic Judaism again, but their ways were so corrupted, that the Sanhedrin ruled that they were to be treated as Gentiles until they could go through the ritual conversion process for Gentiles, even though they were every bit as much “children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” as were the Pharisees of the Sanhedrin!
Is THIS why “Ephraim” is not included among the 12 tribes listed in Revelation 7? Because even by that time they were only “Jews” genetically, having forgotten and abandoned the Mosaic Covenant which was based on their KEEPING ALL of the commandments in the written TORAH?
Consider that Ephraim was half-Hebrew and half-Gentile, being the second son born to Joseph, from his marriage to Asenath, a pagan Egyptian (Gentile) woman, while he was “sojourning” in Egypt. Consider that both Ephraim and Manasseh were adopted by “Israel”/Jacob, who was Joseph’s father. Under normal circumstances, Joseph’s children would have remained his children alone, and only entitled to their share of their father Joseph’s estate. But, for some unprecedented (and unexplained) reason, YHVH moved Israel/Jacob to ADOPT Joseph’s half-Gentile children as his own! This had several enormously important consequences for them and for all of their descendants.
First, it removed any stigma that may have attached to their having mixed blood. Under Hebraic Law, the result of adoption is that the adoptee is considered every bit as much a descendant of Abraham as one whose blood lineage is physical. This has special significance for all disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth, since it is through him that we are all ADOPTED sons and daughters of YHVH Elohim:
Gal 3:26 For you are all the children of God by faith in Yeshua HaMashiach.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Mashiach have put on Mashiach.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor non-Jew, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Mashiach Yeshua.
Gal 3:29 And if you be Mashiach’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Second, it not only allows for the future return of these “lost” tribes who have become paganized and spread throughout the world, it gives a means of describing the return process symbolically and prophetically in the Hebrew Tanakh (Christian “Old Testament”), without actually stating it.
Third, it shows that, although having a blood relationship to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel has importance IF one keeps the written Torah of YHVH Elohim, if one does NOT keep that Torah, one is actually OUTSIDE the Mosaic Covenant unless and until one returns to it. Think about the consequences of THIS to both today’s “Jews” and today’s “Christians”, most of whom are perhaps equally disobedient to the written Torah, i.e., to the commandments of God!
Ephraim Is Rejected by God
The Mosaic Torah (Deuteronomy 24:1) makes a clear and binding provision for a “writ of divorce.” Although its interpretation has changed through the ages, the original Hebraic interpretation was much stricter than those which are prevalent today, both in Judaism and Christianity. Messiah Yeshua also confirmed this restrictive view of divorce (Mark 10:3-12, Matthew 19:4-9), namely that only adultery is a valid cause for divorce, and remarriage to the same person after such a divorce is tantamount to adultery and is also therefore forbidden.
Deuteronomy 24:4 confirms Yeshua’s declaration: “… her first husband who repudiated her, may not take her back as his wife now that she has been defiled in this way. For that is detestable in the sight of YHVH, and you must not bring guilt on the land that YHVH your God gives for your inheritance.”
This has monumental implications in the divine repudiation (divorce) by YHVH of Ephraim, which is also “the House of Israel”, the ten northern tribes. YHVH was therefore bound by His own eternal Torah Law, so that once He had divorced “her”, He could never take back the ten tribes of the House of Israel/Ephraim! BUT, He had previously made an oath to Abraham and the patriarchs, that all of the descendants of Jacob (all 12 tribes) would inherit the promised land! Plus there are specific prophecies concerning the future redemption of Ephraim (Jeremiah 31:20), and the entire Book of Hosea is about the same topic!
This very question of the apparent impossibility of reconciliation between YHVH and His rejected bride, is raised by YHVH Himself in the same chapter of Jeremiah which confirms YHVH’s divorce from Israel:
Jeremiah 3:1 YHVH said to the people of Israel (Ephraim): If a divorced woman marries, can her first husband ever marry her again? No, because this would pollute the land. But you have more gods than a prostitute has lovers. Why should I take you back?
According to Torah, the prohibition against any remarriage by the original bride would normally stand for as long as the “bridegroom” (YHVH in this case) lived – and this “bridegroom” lives forever! But at the death of the bridegroom, a divorced woman (Ephraim) would be legally free to remarry without breaking the law.
The Key to Understanding the Two Houses in Prophecy . . .
Bear in mind, YHVH caused Ephraim/10-Israel to be carried away into captivity to Babylon because of their idolatries, and these tribes were eventually TOTALLY assimilated into Babylon and the other Gentile (non-Hebraic) nations of the world, COMPLETELY losing their individual Hebraic identities, except in the mind of YHVH. The “genealogy” of every person who has ever lived is perfectly known by our Father YHVH Elohim, and that surely includes every last one descended from “Ephraim”, yesterday, today and tomorrow! The descendants of all these myriad peoples still have the DNA of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel in their blood, but not any external clue that such is the case! Are YOU one of them? Are we? If we are, what does this mean in terms of Bible prophecy, and the out-working of the end-times plan of YHVH Elohim?
Much has been written and taught in the “Christian” Church about the sacrifice and redemptive process involved in the death and resurrection of Yeshua of Nazareth (“Jesus Christ”), but virtually nothing about this all-embracing and earth-shattering truth, that the House of 10-Israel/Ephraim, which had been divorced/rejected by God, had no hope of salvation and no possible share in the eternal Covenant promises. YHVH was prohibited by His own eternal Torah Law from “remarrying” the faithless whore of a bride whom He had divorced. At that point, Ephraim/10-Israel was doomed forever and could never return to a covenant relationship with God! The “Christian” Church has generally not understood that a large part of it IS “Ephraim”!
But then YHVH enacted a redemptive solution which must have astounded even the angels of heaven! YHVH would Himself provide the ultimate sacrifice to redeem 10-Israel/Ephraim which was otherwise utterly lost and hopelessly beyond redemption! He would send His personal representative, His proxy, His Shaliach, to be the uniquely qualified, totally human redemptive sacrifice in His place! Only in this way could He also eliminate the legal barrier which prevented Him from taking his rejected bride back! If the original bridegroom died, the divorced bride (Ephraim/10-Israel) would be entitled to marry again! Having died in his Father’s place, the Father will reward his faithfulness by allowing him to RE-wed Ephraim in the Father’s place, again serving as His Shaliach! And THIS will be “the Marriage Supper of the Lamb” celebrated throughout all Scripture. Praise YHVH Adonai! Praise our Lord Yeshua!
The Rôle of the Shaliach, Key to Understanding Ephraim . . .
This particular concept, that of the shaliach (Strong’s H7975 – one sent) or fully-empowered agent of another person (what we would call a proxy in Common Law), was absolutely essential to the entire salvation plan of YHVH for mankind. Without it, that salvation would have been impossible, and the entirety of creation pointless.
The prototypical Biblical example of the duties and powers of a shaliach in Hebrew culture is found in the story of Eliezer, servant of Abraham, who was sent to find a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac (Genesis 24). Eliezer had the same authority to bind his principals, Abraham and Isaac, to the terms of a marriage covenant as if he were Abraham and Isaac themselves. And so it is with Yeshua and his “principal”, YHVH Elohim, who is also his literal Father. This example is given to us for our understanding, not just to have another cute story to memorize in Sun-day (!) school.
As mentioned, the Hebrew word for such a fully-empowered “emissary” is shaliach (sha-LEE-ock – Strong’s H7975). The following discussion of the shaliach concept is from a Chabad-Lubavitcher web site. Obviously, since this is a thoroughly rabbinic Jewish organization, the quote below represents the standard rabbinic Jewish view, not simply the Chabad view. This quote should be quite useful to help us understand the mission of Yeshua the Messiah, and to consider Yeshua as the Shaliach of YHVH and of our responsibility to be his shaliachim (sub-emissaries).
From the Chabad Lubavitcher website (our commentary inserted in brackets [ ] below, emphasis added)…
“Shaliach — the word means “agent” and “emissary” — is a halachic (rabbinic-legal) term for a person empowered by someone else to act in his stead. [Yeshua was empowered by YHVH to act in His stead.] The shaliach first appears in the Torah in the person of Eliezer, whom Abraham commissioned to find a wife for his son, Isaac. Rebecca was selected and betrothed as a wife for Isaac by Eliezer — she was legally Isaac’s wife without her actual husband having ever set eyes on her or having exchanged a single word with her. In the words of the Talmud, “A person’s shaliach is as he himself.”
[Our note: Consider this in light of Yeshua saying, “I and the Father are one.” As his Father YHVH’s shaliach, Yeshua was acting on behalf of Him; thus, YHVH’s emissary or representative was as YHVH, since he was fully empowered to legally act as YHVH’s chosen agent. However, just as Eliezer was NOT Abraham, Yeshua is NOT YHVH/God. This is what Yeshua meant when he said such things as:
John 8:28, 42, 50 (NASB)
28 Yeshua therefore said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught me.”
42 Yeshua said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me; for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on my own initiative, but He sent me.”
50 “But I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. … ]
There exists an halachic model (the eved or “slave”) for one who has abnegated his own will, personality and very identity to that of his “master.”
[Our note: Yeshua was also YHVH’s “slave” in the sense that he submitted his will to YHVH’s, just as we should; however, he did not submit his identity or personality. Recall prior to Yeshua’s death him praying to his God and Father, “not my will, but thine, be done.” (Matt. 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42). Yeshua is confirming that their wills are separate and distinct. We should submit our will to the same God that Yeshua did, which is NOT the God promoted by Trinitarians and all others that promote a pagan 3-in-1 God/man messiah.]
There also exists the model of the “employee” (sachir), who assumes the obligation to perform a certain task for someone else, but whose personality and identity remain separate and distinct from the personality and identity of his “employer.” The shaliach is unique in that he or she retains a great degree of autonomy in carrying out his mission, yet at the same time becomes a virtual extension of the person who commissioned him (the meshaleiach).
[Our note: Likewise, as YHVH’s unique emissary (shaliach), Yeshua became a virtual extension of YHVH. Again, this is what he meant when he said that he was “one” with his Father. It is also what he prayed for when he prayed that his followers would likewise be “one” with the Father just as he is:
John 17:11; 21; 22 (KJV)
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. …
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
But how would such a union between us and the Father be possible if Yeshua were God, part of an incomprehensible 3-in-1 “trinity”? It’s not possible. What IS possible is for us to seek to be echad/“one” with the Father exactly as Yeshua is, in perfect alignment with the Father’s will, plan (logos – Strong’s G3056) and purposes!]
The shaliach does not abnegate his intellect, will, desires, feelings, talents and personal “style” to that of the one whom he represents; rather, he enlists them in the fulfillment of his mission. The result of this in not a lesser bond between the two, but the contrary: the meshaleiach is acting through the whole of the shaliach — not only through the shaliach’s physical actions, but also through the shaliach’s personality, which has become an extension of the meshaleiach’s personality.
[Our note: YHVH Elohim, as the “Meshaleiach”, was “acting through the whole” of Yeshua – He was utilizing the unique set of gifts and personality Yeshua the Messiah possessed.]
The Rebbe [They are here referring to M. Schneurssohn, a Rabbi they greatly admire.] took the halachic concept of shelichut (agency, or proxy) and transformed it into a calling and a way of life. In the five decades of his leadership, he recruited, trained, motivated and commissioned thousands of men, women and children to act as his personal representatives and emissaries in hundreds of communities throughout the world. [Is this not what Yeshua – our “Rebbe” – did, and more?]
Intrinsic to the role of shaliach is the challenge to bring one’s own initiative, resourcefulness and creativity to the task. The Rebbe did not allow his sheluchim the luxury of mindless obedience to his dictates. Instead, he insisted that Chabad’s programs and activities arise from the particular strengths and inclinations of the shaliach and the particular needs and circumstances of his locality.
But neither did the Rebbe send his emissaries to tackle their mission on their own. He empowered them to be “as he himself”, so that a shaliach’s every deed is imbued with the awareness that he is acting as an extension of the Rebbe’s very person; that his thoughts and feelings, choices and deliberations, efforts and satisfactions, while the product of his own prowess and personality, are now serving as extensions of the Rebbe’s prowess and personality.
[Our note: Again, is this not what Yeshua the Messiah – our Rebbe – did? He did not send us out alone on our mission. We, as the emissaries of the Father’s unique emissary, are not alone and are empowered just as described, only we are so empowered via the holy Spirit of YHVH, as the Messiah-rejecting Jews are likely not.]
Never before in the history of our people has one man built a following so large in number, so diverse, so highly motivated, and so successful in the furtherance of his vision. [Well, these Orthodox Jews obviously ignore Yeshua of Nazareth. The numbers of his followers dwarf those of ALL other men, despite the fact many who think they are following him are not.] At the core of this phenomenal success is a seemingly benign legal dynamic, first employed more than 3,600 years ago when Abraham sent Eliezer to find a wife for his son.”
Additional information useful for understanding the shaliach concept is found in The Jewish Encyclopedia, page 232. It describes the “Jewish Law of Agency”. The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of another (the principal), and thereby legally binding the principal in his connection with a third person. The person who binds a principal in this manner is his agent, known in Jewish law as sheluach or sheliach (one that is sent): the relation of the former to the latter is known as agency (shelichut). The general principle is enunciated thus: A man’s agent is like himself .
[Our note: Yeshua, as the agent of YHVH, is FULLY empowered to LEGALLY and FULLY represent YHVH. As the agent (shaliach) of God, Yeshua is “like”, or the “likeness” and “image” of God; however, just as the agent (the one sent) is not the principal (who sent him), Yeshua is NOT God!]
1. Under the Jewish law an agent may be appointed without the formality of writing, that is, by spoken words; and witnesses are not needed to give effect to these words, except to prove, in case of dispute, that authority had been given, and the extent of such authority. The standard authorities draw this conclusion from the remark in Kiddushin, 65b, that witnesses are needed only to meet denials. …
An agent may appoint a subagent
[Our note: The apostles, and WE who continue to spread the “good news” of Yeshua’s rule and the Kingdom of God, are subagents/shaliachim sent by Yeshua!] …
It should also be noted that a shaliach has his emissary status revoked either by failure (such as Israel did) or death.
[Our note: Yeshua did NOT fail and HE LIVES!! Therefore, he is STILL the Shaliach of YHVH.]
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So, there you have it. Yeshua is the Shaliach (emissary) of God, but he is NOT God. Since he is the FULLY empowered agent of God, he has the power to forgive sins, heal, resurrect, etc. But his power does NOT prove him to be God. All it proves is that he is FULLY empowered by YHVH Elohim to be His Shaliach and to so act on His behalf as if he were himself God, which he is NOT!
And the following astounding testimony – from God Himself – is found
in the Book of Isaiah, immediately after Isaiah 53, the Suffering Servant verses, which are surely some of the clearest Messianic prophecies in the Tanakh!
“Shout for joy, you barren woman who bore no children (for God had ‘divorced’ her, i.e. northern ten-tribed Israel) break into cries of joy and pleasure, you who were never in labor. For the sons of the forsaken one (Ephraim/10-Israel) outnumber the sons of the wedded one (Judah, whom God never ‘divorced’, though he complained bitterly about her wickedness, stubborness and whoredoms), says YHVH … for you will burst out to right and to left. Your race will take possession of the nations. (verse 4) Do not be afraid … for you will forget the shame of your youth and no longer remember the curse of your widowhood (having been cut off from the covenant). (verse 5) For now your Creator will be your husband. His name, YHVH of hosts, your Redeemer will be the holy one of Israel. He is called the God of the whole earth.” Isaiah 54:1
This is the completion of what Messiah’s death and suffering truly signifies! By dying (as only a 100% human being really can) and as the Father’s Shaliach, Yeshua would free the Father’s disloyal and unfaithful bride (10-Israel/Ephraim), thereby redeeming her so that she could re-enter into the Covenant. In his resurrection, Yeshua returned as the 100% human Shaliach of his Father. After his Second Coming, the Father YHVH Elohim will honor him further by allowing him to re-marry Ephraim in His place again, as His Shaliach! THIS will be the “Marriage of the Lamb”! God, as eternal spirit, cannot die – but his fully-empowered, fully human proxy, His Shaliach, could and did! Praise YHVH!
It seems that this concept was clearly understood by the apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”), for he went into the same subject at some length, in Romans 7:1-4:
1 Don’t you know, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the Torah) how the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
2 For the woman which has a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3 So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
4 Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the Law [that is, dead as far as Law/Torah is concerned] by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
John 11:51 confirms this overwhelming truth when Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest, unwittingly confirmed this prophecy at a critical point, when Messiah’s resurrection of Lazarus from the dead posed a threat to the nation. John says, quoting the high priest:
“ ‘… it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed.’ He did not speak in his own person, it was as high priest that he made this prophecy that Yeshua was to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but to gather together in unity the scattered people of God.”
Indeed, under Torah law, which YHVH himself declares is eternal, the death of Yeshua acting as the Shaliach of the Father was the only thing that could have made it possible for the Two Houses of the children of Israel to EVER be united again. Without that, the promise of YHVH to Abraham would have been rendered impossible of fulfillment! The eternal promises would have been invalidated!
But the ramifications of Yeshua’s death would eventually reprimand those scoffers referred to in Jeremiah 33:23 who despise his nation. This would be brought about by the re-uniting of the “two families” again, after their extended animosity which would last for nearly 3 millennia (a re-uniting prophesied for the end time in Ezekiel 37:15). It would prove to the scoffers that YHVH has not rejected his people and that he ultimately will reign supreme, as the righteous and loving God who does not renege on, nor fail his promises, no matter what!
This is what the sacrificial offer of Messiah Yeshua was all about! God almighty would “repurchase” his own “bride” which He had divorced because of her acceptance of false pagan gods. This is what the entire Book of Hosea is about! This reacceptance of the formerly divorced whorish ex-“wife” Ephraim/10-Israel could only be accomplished by almighty YHVH himself! Apparently because Yeshua was prophesied to be born into the tribe of Judah, YHVH could not “divorce” equally-corrupt Judah (the Jews) as the other covenental bride, so “she” could not be “divorced” until after the Messiah was born! But although YHVH could not “divorce” Judah because of its essential role in the birth of the Messiah, He could blind “the Jews” to the significance of his advent 2,000 years ago – thus conforming to the divine decree as described by the apostle Paul in Romans 11.
That chapter from the Book of Romans, reveals (v.25) that this whole matter was concealed by God in previous times. It concludes that Judah’s rejection of the Messianic Gospel served to benefit the Gentile peoples, who were then granted the opportunity to receive him, instead. (Romans 11:11-15; 28,29) And this exclusion of the Pharisaic/rabbinic Jews is surely the theme of the Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:
1 And Yeshua answered and spoke unto them again by parables, and said,
2 “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were invited (Judah – the Jews) to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, ‘Tell them which are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.’
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants (the prophets), and treated them disrespectfully, and even killed them.
7 But when the king heard of it, he was furious: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city (the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD & the Diaspora).
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Go therefore into the streets (of the world), and as many as you shall find there, invite them to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the streets, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
The last part of this parable from our Lord confirms that those who will be invited to replace the apostate Jews are also a mixed bag, including “both bad and good”, and that some of those who accept the invitation and show up for the Marriage (who believe themselves to be righteous, but who are not, to God) will be rejected for their failure to understand that more is required of a “guest” at the wedding of a king than merely showing up. We know that at the real wedding of the Lamb, ALL of the acceptable participants will be attired in white, which is a sign of righteousness, and righteousness is solely a consequence of obedience to the written Torah.
Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who did not have on a wedding garment:
Mat 22:12 And he said unto him, “Friend, why did you come in here without a wedding garment?” And the man was without excuse.
Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, “Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that does not bring good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits shall you know them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that says unto me, “Lord, Lord”, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?”
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, “I never knew you: depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Greek anomia/anomia: a– without,+ nomos – law; i.e., Torah-lessness, or disobedience to the commandments of God!)
Ephesians 3:5, 6 “In past generations it was not made known to mankind, as the Spirit is now revealing it …that in union with the Messiah and through the gospel, the Gentiles were to be joint heirs, a joint body and joint sharers with the Jews in what God has promised.”
One problem standing in the way of a broader understanding of the prophetic issues involved in any consideration of the “Two House” movement, lies in the translators’ use of the word “Gentiles” to mean “all non-Jewish people/nations”, when it should be saying “Ephraim/10-Israel” which, at the time, were intermingled with the Gentile nations as exiles. Though our present study is limited to specific scripture verses on the subject, there is a concealed (parashat) theme of the reuniting of the Two Houses underlying much of the rest of Scripture.
Another part of our problem with understanding the Two-Houses theme stems from the fact that virtually ALL of the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic, and only later translated into Greek, Latin, and English. The translations which have come down to us (the identifiable originals having all been lost) were all translated by Catholics and Protestants who continued the anti-Jew, anti-Torah prejudices of their religions in the work of the translations. So anything in the New Testament which was concerned with the fulfillment of prophecies in the Tanakh which did not have to do with establishing the IDENTITY of the Messiah were either misunderstood or intentionally concealed by the translators. This is obvious in the frequent non-contextual meanings they assigned to specific words, as in Romans 10:4 (KJV) below:
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. – Romans 10:4
The word translated as “end” above is the Greek word telos, which actually means “goal” or “purpose”, yielding the following original senses:
For Christ is the goal of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. – Romans 10:4 – OR
For Christ is the purpose of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. – Romans 10:4
This “New Testament” translator’s trick is used repeatedly to convey the erroneous idea that the eternal Torah of YHVH Elohim has somehow ended for Christians, which is a Satanic LIE specifically contradicted by the words of our Lord Yeshua himself.
As shown in this study and in texts quoted, this whole concept of the Gentile inclusion in the Mosaic covenant was only gradually revealed by YHVH Elohim, and was surely not widely understood before Paul’s time. It was one of the “mysteries” of his gospel, as he went to some considerable lengths to describe. [Romans 11:25 & 16:25; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:26; et al.] This development in Biblical revelation of formerly hidden things surely did not stop at the time of the writing of these texts which confirmed such a development. The last few decades, and notably the 1990’s, saw an explosion in understanding of the scriptures and the prophecies, exactly as had been predicted by the prophet Daniel (12:1-4).
With all the new evidence provided today, 2,000 years later, and the astonishing re-identification of “lost Israel” (prophesied for the “end times”) over the last decade, as well as the “increase in knowledge” predicted by the prophet Daniel for the end time (Daniel 12:3,4), it seems clear that the apostles of the New Testament did not fully grasp this implication or Yeshua’s specific instruction to “go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But if the Messianic reconciliation was for the sake of “lost Israel” and not for Judah,
why were the first Messianic believers mainly Jews?
It was vital, but also logical, that the initial Messianic congregation and message had to be based on Torah principles, being a development within the Jewish nation and based on ancient divine promises to the “chosen nation” of YHVH, the God of Israel, according to the original true Hebraic faith and prophetic scriptures. It is usually “assumed” by Protestant Christians that the original Messianic congregations were somehow based on “Christian principles”, which is not only contradicted by Scripture and history, it is an impossibility! Today’s anti-Torah “Christian principles” were not even imagined by any of the disciples of Yeshua, much less have his approval. The forerunner of today’s “Christian church” is a sacrilegious blending of the original apostolic Christian faith with Mithraism – pagan Roman sun-god worship! It was not even formalized (as Roman Catholicism) until three hundred years after the apostolic era, and is based entirely on pagan concepts which utterly oppose the Torah-true Mosaic Judaism upon which it was supposedly founded! (We speak as ex-Catholics ourselves, who were both born, raised, and schooled in that false religion.)
But we wonder, how else could the divine purpose in providing a Messianic sacrifice ever have been achieved, other than by establishing the Messianic reconciliation between God and mankind on the foundations of Judaism – even if only for a kind of “jump start”? Could it even possibly have been handed directly to any idolatrous pagan (non-Hebraic) nation? Inconceivable! But did this paganized version of “Christianity” (Roman Catholicism and “evangelical Protestantism”) which we have inherited from our fathers , as corrupted as it was and is, still have the ability to save those who believed? Shockingly, according to the explicit written word of God in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”), it does not!
“Now if a person sins and does any of the things which YHVH (“the LORD”) has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment.” (Leviticus 5:17)
“For I am YHVH (“the LORD”), I change not;” (Malachi 3:6)
So, in terms of the ultimate fate of all those millions of faithful believers in any of the religions following a non-existent God/man “Jesus Christ”, their only Scriptural hope is in the merciful provision of a loving God! And exactly this discovery process which we describe here is prophesied in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”)!
O YHVH, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the Gentiles come from the ends of the earth and say: “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit.” – Jeremiah 16:19
Another question which may occur to the dedicated Truthseeker is, if today’s Roman “Christianity” nevertheless does have the ability to save those who believe, WHY would a return to the original faith of the Nazarenes even be considered by such “Christrians” as even being desirable, much less, necessary? Most do not consider it so, being comfortable in their errors, even as we ourselves were until 2009! This is why it is so very important that “Christians” examine their beliefs themselves, as we did, in the light of Scripture itself, and not in any denominational “commandments of men, taught as doctrines”, which are equally condemned by the Creator Himself (Isaiah 29:13) and by His Son Yeshua HaMashiach (Mark 7:6-7).
And, there is a lot more to the Gospel of the Kingdom than the salvation of individuals. The Gospel of the Kingdom is all about the restoration of the rule of YHVH to the earth, and the Law of that Kingdom is surely the eternal Torah, as all of scripture attests!
And, freed from the restrictive requirements of the Judaic ceremonial laws (especially circumcision!), the bastardized religion called “evangelical Christianity” has spread like wildfire around the world, and continues to do so today.
We look around the “religious” world today, and all we see is division. Judaism is divided into those who follow the “oral law” of the Pharisees and today’s Talmudist rabbis, most of whom are Zionists, and those who reject the oral law, rabbinism and Zionism, called Karaites. “Christianity” is divided into thousands of warring sects, each of which believes that it alone sees something special in Scripture which none of the others sees. Is it even possible that this is what the God of the Bible really intended? Or is it rather prima facie evidence of diabolic influences? Is this not “a house divided”, exactly as warned against by the Lord Yeshua? (Matthew 3:25) It surely is.
It should be clear to any unbiased reader of Scripture that God’s original plan for the salvation of mankind is quite clearly spelled out in the Hebrew Tanakh (the Christian “Old Testament”), and that it involved the practice of Mosaic (NOT Rabbinic) Judaism PLUS acceptance of Yeshua of Nazareth as the Messiah which was promised in it. In fact it was just this faith which was being practiced by the original disciples of Yeshua, who called themselves “Nazarenes” or followers of “the Way”. It was this “original faith” which is being referred to by the apostle Yehudah (“Jude”):
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 3)
The reason for the need for Jude to urge them to fight to preserve the original faith was that “antinomian” (anti-Torah) false teachings had already arisen in the local churches, false teachings which sought to separate them from the observance of Torah. This is what the entire epistle of Jude is about. The same topic is addressed by Peter in 2 Peter 2:1-22, excerpts below:
1 But there were false teachers also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who by deceit shall bring in teachings which lead to damnation, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their poisonous ways; by whose arguments The Way of true salvation shall be condemned. (“The Way” is what the original disciples of Yeshua called their faith. See also Paul’s testimony in Acts 24:14, et al.)
3 And because of their greed, with insincere words they shall make merchandise of you: whose judgment has been a long time in coming, and their damnation awaits them.
. . .
12 But these (false teachers), as natural brute animals, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the penalty of their unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to carouse drunkenly in the day time. Stains they are and blemishes, displaying themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; enticing unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; accursed children:
. . .
17 They are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a storm; to whom the mists of darkness are reserved forever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those who were previously escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the slaves of corruption: for by whatever a man is overcome, by the same is he enslaved.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Yeshua Messiah, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end will be worse for them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, “The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
In short, a false teacher is ANYONE who teaches against the necessity to keep all of the commandments of God as they are recorded for us in the written Torah/Tanakh (“Old Testament”), to be deemed righteous before YHVH Elohim and His Son the Lord Yeshua. Period.
Anyone who questions that the commandments of God as recorded in Torah will be observed during the Millennial Reign of our Lord Yeshua should re-read Zechariah 14:16-19 …
Zec 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, YHVH of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles (Hebrew: Succot).
Zec 14:17 And it shall be, that whoever will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, YHVH of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
Zec 14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith YHVH will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
And there is our Lord’s reference to our need to be keeping the weekly seventh-day Sabbath (Hebrew: Shabbat) in Matthew 24, speaking of the Tribulation period just before his (only!) prophesied return:
Mat 24:15 When you therefore shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet (Daniel 9:27), stand in the holy place, (whoever reads this, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judah (per the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew) flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to those who are nursing infants in those days!
Mat 24:20 But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath:
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be again.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
The Nazarenes correctly understood that their obedience to the Torah of Moses, keeping the commanded feasts, the seventh-day sabbath, circumcision, the dietary laws, and all the rest, were surely NOT unto righteousness, but things to be done in simple obedience, as befits a loving bride who understands – and wholeheartedly agrees with – every aspect of the Royal Covenant into which she has been sealed.
The Hebraic foundations of the initial Messianic faith were soon undermined as pagan customs (“Christmas”, “Easter”, “Lent”, etc.) infiltrated and corrupted the fast-spreading gospel of Yeshua of Nazareth amongst “lost Israel” and the nations. Nazarene Israel, “the Way”, which began as a sect within Mosaic Judaism, soon morphed into the Great Whore of Revelation 17, the Roman Catholic church. But the Father’s divine plan (Logos) will still be achieved regardless, when, in the “latter days”, sincere believers re-discover their Hebraic roots and return to the original true Hebraic root of the olive tree, spiritual Israel. This is the original Nazarene faith, now seen to have been intentionally shrouded by YHVH Elohim in the fatal doctrinal errors which are inherent in Romanism and Protestantism alike.
We believe that this is all according to divine intention, so that, finally freed from the anti-Torah “Babylonian contortions” of Roman Catholicism, Protestant Christianity and “Messianic” and rabbinic/Talmudic Judaism alike, the original true gospel of the kingdom of God and Torah-true Hebraism could be restored to the true Body of Messiah according to prophecy, as we currently have the blessed joy to proclaim!
In Our Father’s and Our Lord Yeshua’s Wondrous Love,
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick email@example.com http://torahkingdomliving.com
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