Sunday, February 10, 2019

A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON IDENTIFYING WHO THE ISRAELITES ARE TODAY

Sticks of Judah And Joseph/Ephraim Entwined Into One Stick
Represents The Two Houses of Israel United As One In The End
A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON IDENTIFYING
WHO THE ISRAELITES ARE TODAY
By Helena Lehman of the Pillar of Enoch Ministry

Let me start this short history lesson with this radical but true statement: The Israel of Yahshua's day no longer exists. Yes, that's right. In fact, shortly before Yahshua's First Advent Ministry, the Promised Land wasn't called Israel. Instead it was the called the Kingdom of Judah before the Romans took it over. After that, it became the Province of Judea under Imperial Roman rule. This province was occupied by Israelites from only a few select tribes, as most of the other Israelites had been scattered abroad by this time, and did not choose to return to the Promised Land.

Interestingly, Israel is NOT a piece of real estate such as the Promised Land, but is the name that was given to Jacob, who fathered 12 sons that fathered all 12 Tribes of Israel. But his father Abraham is the one who was considered righteous by his faith in Yahweh, and we are all considered to be children of Abraham by our faith in Yahshua. Furthermore, all the born again saints are betrothed to Yahshua and will be wedded to Him one day soon, which means that they are all already considered to be children of Israel through Yahshua, and honorary Jews via both adoption by Yahweh and marriage to Yahshua.

The fact that Abraham's faith in Yahweh was credited to him as righteousness is a significant fact. This means that all those who place their faith and trust in Yahweh and His promised Son and Messiah Yahshua are considered to be righteous also. Now, it was this same Abraham that fathered most of the people groups of the Middle East. This was done through Ishmael and his 12 sons, Isaac and his 2 sons, and the 6 sons born to him through Keturah, who was Abraham's concubine and second wife after Sarah died. The many tribes descended from Abraham were SCATTERED ALL OVER THE WORLD during their migrations to different lands, and also during 4 different Diasporas out of the original Promised Land after the undivided Kingdom of Israel was first established.

It is also a well known fact that most of the Jews that returned to Israel after the Babylonian Captivity were from the Tribe of Judah, along with Israelites from the Tribes of Levi and Benjamin. In fact, the other tribes were only found in large numbers outside of Israel, mostly to the North in Parthia and Europe, although some Israelites settled in ancient Ethiopia and Asia also. In fact, the Kingdom of Parthia was mostly made up of displaced Israelites, and their kingdom rivaled Rome's at one time. The Wise Men that worshiped Yahshua when He was born in Bethlehem actually came from the Kingdom of Parthia during its heyday, and Parthia occupied part of the land where the ancient kingdom of Persia had been, and where my mother's ancestors are from. So it is highly likely that I am an Israelite by blood as well as by faith.

The displaced Israelites are called the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, and these people make up the populations of most of Europe, the United Kingdom and her British Commonwealth nations (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc) and the Americas today. Though they do not replace the Jews or Judah, they are nonetheless counted as an integral part of Israel. There are also small pockets of Israelite descendants in parts of Africa and Asia. As already mentioned, these Israelite descendants were scattered throughout the world during 4 different Diasporas.

The first Diaspora was when the Assyrians destroyed the apostate Northern Kingdom of Israel in the 8th Century BC. The second Diaspora was when Nebuchadnezzar of Persia conquered the Southern Kingdom of Judea in the 5th Century BC. The 3rd Diaspora happened when the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD, and the 4th and final Diaspora occurred in 136 AD after the Bar Kokhba Revolt. At that time, the Romans chased most of the remaining Jews out of Judea and the surrounding areas. So as far as being Israelites via ancestry or blood lineage, there are many people groups scattered all over the world that qualify.

But during His First Advent Ministry, Yahshua (and later His chosen Apostle Paul) made it clear that the true Israelites are only found by their faith In Yahshua, and by their spiritual rebirth that allows them to keep His 2 Commandments. Yahshua's 2 Commandments, which call us to love Yahweh and one another, embody all of the original 10 Commandments, as well as the Moral Law found scattered throughout Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. So true Israelites are not found via blood heritage or tradition, but by faith in Yahshua. So the answer to the question of where Israel is located today is ONLY in the hearts of born again believers that love and follow Yahshua.

Now, as for the tiny nation called Israel today that is occupied by Christian and Muslim Arabs, and non-believing people of Jewish and Israelite descent as well as some Messianic Jews, it is indeed a prophetic fulfillment of the regathering of Israel in the Last Days. Prophetically, the tiny modern nation of Israel is known as the House of Judah. However, Judah is not the only part of Israel that Yahweh warned would be regathered in the Last Days.

There is also the regathering of Israel that is going on in all of the Gentile and Lost Israelite nations of the world that is described in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, and the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. The saved Gentile and Lost Israelites that believe in Yahshua are prophetically known as The House of Ephraim or Joseph. According to Yahweh's prophetic words as shown on the graphic at the beginning of this article, these Two Houses of Israel are to be united in the Last Days to fight the unholy enemies of Israel that are united with the Antichrist. Yahshua also spoke of these Two Houses of Israel, identifying them as different sheepfolds in the following Scripture:
John 10:15-16  ~ “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”
The divinely initiated division of today's world into two different and opposing groups is being done via many diverse political and spiritual polarities that exist in all the nations of the world. These have served to divide the population of the whole world into two distinct ideological groups, one that is often too rigid in its conservative orthodoxy, and the other that is often too lax in its socialistic approach to Yahweh's Moral Law or Commandments. Today these opposing groups are identified as Liberals and Conservatives in America and elsewhere, and they are constantly warring with each other. The constant opposition and turmoil caused by this ideological war is also causing all the political chaos, and the widespread emergence of wickedness that manifests itself as unrestrained violence and rebellion in the world today.

Thankfully, this division of the world into two distinct ideological groups that hate one another because they are spiritually divided is also a sure sign that Yahshua is coming again soon to rescue all the true Israelites that love and follow Him alone. When Yahshua does come for His Bride in the Rapture, He will only rescue those who are born again from both of the Two End Time Houses of Israel. These are the Jews of the House of Judah and the Gentiles and Lost Israelites of the House of Joseph or Ephraim.

The Scriptures from Ezekiel Chapter 37 and Zechariah Chapter 9 quoted on the introductory graphic, and several other Scriptures not quoted here indicate that the Houses of Judah and Ephraim are working together with Yahweh to fulfill some of the End Time prophecies of the Bible. Furthermore, the House of Judah is representative of all the Jews living in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Israel today. Likewise, the House of Ephraim is to be identified with all of the born again Christians living around the world. United together as they will be in the very last moments of history before the Great Tribulation, they will fight on the side of Yahweh until Yahshua returns in the Rapture to take them to a place of safety in Heaven. These same saints will then become a part of Yahshua's army of angels and saints that will witness His victory over the military forces of evil and darkness in this world that are aligned against Him, as described in the Book of Revelation Chapters 18 and 19.

To that I say: "MARANATHA! 
COME, ADONAI YAHSHUA!"

With Love From
Your Sister In Yahshua
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
http://pillar-of-enoch.com
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