Yehovah – the True Pronunciation of YHWH, God’s Name

Yehovah – the True Pronunciation of YHWH, God’s Name
By Douglas Hamp

God declared his name to Moses by the four Hebrew letters, Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh. This name is used over six thousand times in the Bible and yet the pronunciation has remained a mystery the Massoretic Jews reduced the vowels to only an “eh” and an “ah” respectively. The reduction of vowels, based on the notion that God’s names was too sacred to be pronounced, has caused a lot of theories to rise up on precisely how to pronounce the name. I too used to think that Yahweh was the most likely pronunciation based on the scholarly research I had read. Other theories about the pronunciation range from Jehovah to Yahh-weh (with a heavy “h”) to a more recent, though implausible, “Yahuwah” to the more known “Jehovah”.

It was only when I heard a scholar by the name of Nehemiah Gordon challenge the paradigm by stating that the original “Yehovah” is still in the text that I decided to investigate for myself. I went through the Bible and found 39 places which retain the complete vocalization of “Yehovah.” Now that I have done the research, it makes complete sense when one considers the many Hebrew names that have retained the first part of Yehovah in them such as “Yehoshua” (Joshua), “Yehoshaphat” (Jehoshaphat), “Yehoram” (Jehoram), “Yehonadav” (Jehonadab) and many more.

Here is the complete list of all the places in the Bible where YHWH’s name is vocalized as Yehovah. What you need to look for is יְהֹוָ֨ה   – look for the shvah (two vertical dots) pronounce “eh” then look for the cholem (dot above) pronounced “oh” and then for the kamatz (looks like a small “t” below the word) pronounced as “ah” – (read right to left). All of the examples have been highlighted. I hope this study serves to help you more fully appreciate God’s true name.

1.        Gen 3:14 וַיֹּאמֶר֩ יְהֹוָ֨ה אֱלֹהִ֥ים ׀ אֶֽל־ הַנָּחָשׁ֮ כִּ֣י עָשִׂ֣יתָ זֹּאת֒ אָר֤וּר אַתָּה֙ מִכָּל־ הַבְּהֵמָ֔ה וּמִכֹּ֖ל חַיַּ֣ת הַשָּׂדֶ֑ה עַל־ גְּחֹנְךָ֣ תֵלֵ֔ךְ וְעָפָ֥ר תֹּאכַ֖ל כָּל־ יְמֵ֥י חַיֶּֽיךָ׃  HiSB

2.        Gen 9:26 וַיֹּ֕אמֶר בָּר֥וּךְ יְהֹוָ֖ה אֱלֹ֣הֵי שֵׁ֑ם וִיהִ֥י כְנַ֖עַן עֶ֥בֶד לָֽמוֹ׃  HiSB

3.        Exod 3:2 וַ֠יֵּרָא מַלְאַ֨ךְ יְהֹוָ֥ה אֵלָ֛יו בְּלַבַּת־ אֵ֖שׁ מִתּ֣וֹךְ הַסְּנֶ֑ה וַיַּ֗רְא וְהִנֵּ֤ה הַסְּנֶה֙ בֹּעֵ֣ר בָּאֵ֔שׁ וְהַסְּנֶ֖ה אֵינֶ֥נּוּ אֻכָּֽל׃  HiSB

4.        Exod 13:3 וַיֹּ֨אמֶר מֹשֶׁ֜ה אֶל־ הָעָ֗ם זָכ֞וֹר אֶת־ הַיּ֤וֹם הַזֶּה֙ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יְצָאתֶ֤ם מִמִּצְרַ֙יִם֙ מִבֵּ֣ית עֲבָדִ֔ים כִּ֚י בְּחֹ֣זֶק יָ֔ד הוֹצִ֧יא יְהֹוָ֛ה אֶתְכֶ֖ם מִזֶּ֑ה וְלֹ֥א יֵאָכֵ֖ל חָמֵֽץ׃  HiSB

5.        Exod 13:9 וְהָיָה֩ לְךָ֨ לְא֜וֹת עַל־ יָדְךָ֗ וּלְזִכָּרוֹן֙ בֵּ֣ין עֵינֶ֔יךָ לְמַ֗עַן תִּהְיֶ֛ה תּוֹרַ֥ת יְהוָ֖ה בְּפִ֑יךָ כִּ֚י בְּיָ֣ד חֲזָקָ֔ה הוֹצִֽאֲךָ֥ יְהֹוָ֖ה מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃  HiSB

6.        Exod 13:15 וַיְהִ֗י כִּֽי־ הִקְשָׁ֣ה פַרְעֹה֮ לְשַׁלְּחֵנוּ֒ וַיַּהֲרֹ֨ג יְהֹוָ֤ה כָּל־ בְּכוֹר֙ בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם מִבְּכֹ֥ר אָדָ֖ם וְעַד־ בְּכ֣וֹר בְּהֵמָ֑ה עַל־ כֵּן֩ אֲנִ֨י זֹבֵ֜חַ לַֽיהוָ֗ה כָּל־ פֶּ֤טֶר רֶ֙חֶם֙ הַזְּכָרִ֔ים וְכָל־ בְּכ֥וֹר בָּנַ֖י אֶפְדֶּֽה׃  HiSB

7.        Exod 14:1 וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־ מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃  HiSB

8.        Exod 14:8 וַיְחַזֵּ֣ק יְהֹוָ֗ה אֶת־ לֵ֤ב פַּרְעֹה֙ מֶ֣לֶךְ מִצְרַ֔יִם וַיִּרְדֹּ֕ף אַחֲרֵ֖י בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וּבְנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל יֹצְאִ֖ים בְּיָ֥ד רָמָֽה׃  HiSB

9.        Lev 25:17 וְלֹ֤א תוֹנוּ֙ אִ֣ישׁ אֶת־ עֲמִית֔וֹ וְיָרֵ֖אתָ מֵֽאֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ כִּ֛י אֲנִ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם׃  HiSB

10.     Deut 31:27 כִּ֣י אָנֹכִ֤י יָדַ֙עְתִּי֙ אֶֽת־ מֶרְיְךָ֔ וְאֶֽת־ עָרְפְּךָ֖ הַקָּשֶׁ֑ה הֵ֣ן בְּעוֹדֶנִּי֩ חַ֨י עִמָּכֶ֜ם הַיּ֗וֹם מַמְרִ֤ים הֱיִתֶם֙ עִם־ יְהֹוָ֔ה וְאַ֖ף כִּי־ אַחֲרֵ֥י מוֹתִֽי׃  HiSB

11.     Deut 32:9 כִּ֛י חֵ֥לֶק יְהֹוָ֖ה עַמּ֑וֹ יַעֲקֹ֖ב חֶ֥בֶל נַחֲלָתֽוֹ׃  HiSB

12.     Deut 33:12 לְבִנְיָמִ֣ן אָמַ֔ר יְדִ֣יד יְהֹוָ֔ה יִשְׁכֹּ֥ן לָבֶ֖טַח עָלָ֑יו חֹפֵ֤ף עָלָיו֙ כָּל־ הַיּ֔וֹם וּבֵ֥ין כְּתֵיפָ֖יו שָׁכֵֽן׃ ס  HiSB

13.     Deut 33:13 וּלְיוֹסֵ֣ף אָמַ֔ר מְבֹרֶ֥כֶת יְהֹוָ֖ה אַרְצ֑וֹ מִמֶּ֤גֶד שָׁמַ֙יִם֙ מִטָּ֔ל וּמִתְּה֖וֹם רֹבֶ֥צֶת תָּֽחַת׃  HiSB

14.     1Kgs 3:5 בְּגִבְע֗וֹן נִרְאָ֧ה יְהֹוָ֛ה אֶל־ שְׁלֹמֹ֖ה בַּחֲל֣וֹם הַלָּ֑יְלָה וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים שְׁאַ֖ל מָ֥ה אֶתֶּן־ לָֽךְ׃  HiSB

15.     1Kgs 16:33 וַיַּ֥עַשׂ אַחְאָ֖ב אֶת־ הָאֲשֵׁרָ֑ה וַיּ֨וֹסֶף אַחְאָ֜ב לַעֲשׂ֗וֹת לְהַכְעִיס֙ אֶת־ יְהֹוָה֙ אֱלֹהֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל מִכֹּ֨ל מַלְכֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר הָי֖וּ לְפָנָֽיו׃  HiSB

16.     Ps 116:5 חַנּ֣וּן יְהֹוָ֣ה וְצַדִּ֑יק וֵ֖אלֹהֵ֣ינוּ מְרַחֵֽם׃  HiSB

17.     Ps 116:6 שֹׁמֵ֣ר פְּתָאיִ֣ם יְהֹוָ֑ה דַּ֝לּוֹתִ֗י וְלִ֣י יְהוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃  HiSB

18.     Jer 2:37 גַּ֣ם מֵאֵ֥ת זֶה֙ תֵּֽצְאִ֔י וְיָדַ֖יִךְ עַל־ רֹאשֵׁ֑ךְ כִּֽי־ מָאַ֤ס יְהֹוָה֙ בְּמִבְטַחַ֔יִךְ וְלֹ֥א תַצְלִ֖יחִי לָהֶֽם׃  HiSB

19.     Jer 3:1 לֵאמֹ֡ר הֵ֣ן יְשַׁלַּ֣ח אִ֣ישׁ אֶת־ אִשְׁתּוֹ֩ וְהָלְכָ֨ה מֵאִתּ֜וֹ וְהָיְתָ֣ה לְאִישׁ־ אַחֵ֗ר הֲיָשׁ֤וּב אֵלֶ֙יהָ֙ ע֔וֹד הֲל֛וֹא חָנ֥וֹף תֶּחֱנַ֖ף הָאָ֣רֶץ הַהִ֑יא וְאַ֗תְּ זָנִית֙ רֵעִ֣ים רַבִּ֔ים וְשׁ֥וֹב אֵלַ֖י נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָֽה׃  HiSB

20.     Jer 3:13 אַ֚ךְ דְּעִ֣י עֲוֹנֵ֔ךְ כִּ֛י בַּיהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהַ֖יִךְ פָּשָׁ֑עַתְּ וַתְּפַזְּרִ֨י אֶת־ דְּרָכַ֜יִךְ לַזָּרִ֗ים תַּ֚חַת כָּל־ עֵ֣ץ רַעֲנָ֔ן וּבְקוֹלִ֥י לֹא־ שְׁמַעְתֶּ֖ם נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָֽה׃  HiSB

21.     Jer 3:21 ק֚וֹל עַל־ שְׁפָיִ֣ים נִשְׁמָ֔ע בְּכִ֥י תַחֲנוּנֵ֖י בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל כִּ֤י הֶעֱוּוּ֙ אֶת־ דַּרְכָּ֔ם שָׁכְח֖וּ אֶת־ יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיהֶֽם׃  HiSB

22.     Jer 3:22 שׁ֚וּבוּ בָּנִ֣ים שׁוֹבָבִ֔ים אֶרְפָּ֖ה מְשׁוּבֹֽתֵיכֶ֑ם הִנְנוּ֙ אָתָ֣נוּ לָ֔ךְ כִּ֥י אַתָּ֖ה יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ׃  HiSB

23.     Jer 3:25 נִשְׁכְּבָ֣ה בְּבָשְׁתֵּ֗נוּ וּֽתְכַסֵּנוּ֮ כְּלִמָּתֵנוּ֒ כִּי֩ לַיהוָ֨ה אֱלֹהֵ֜ינוּ חָטָ֗אנוּ אֲנַ֙חְנוּ֙ וַאֲבוֹתֵ֔ינוּ מִנְּעוּרֵ֖ינוּ וְעַד־ הַיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֑ה וְלֹ֣א שָׁמַ֔עְנוּ בְּק֖וֹל יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ׃ ס  HiSB

24.     Jer 4:3 כִּי־ כֹ֣ה ׀ אָמַ֣ר יְהֹוָ֗ה לְאִ֤ישׁ יְהוּדָה֙ וְלִיר֣וּשָׁלִַ֔ם נִ֥ירוּ לָכֶ֖ם נִ֑יר וְאַֽל־ תִּזְרְע֖וּ אֶל־ קוֹצִֽים׃  HiSB

25.     Jer 4:8 עַל־ זֹ֛את חִגְר֥וּ שַׂקִּ֖ים סִפְד֣וּ וְהֵילִ֑ילוּ כִּ֥י לֹא־ שָׁ֛ב חֲר֥וֹן אַף־ יְהֹוָ֖ה מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃ פ  HiSB

26.     Jer 5:2 וְאִ֥ם חַי־ יְהֹוָ֖ה יֹאמֵ֑רוּ לָכֵ֥ן לַשֶּׁ֖קֶר יִשָּׁבֵֽעוּ׃  HiSB

27.     Jer 5:3 יְהֹוָ֗ה עֵינֶיךָ֮ הֲל֣וֹא לֶאֱמוּנָה֒ הִכִּ֤יתָה אֹתָם֙ וְֽלֹא־ חָ֔לוּ כִּלִּיתָ֕ם מֵאֲנ֖וּ קַ֣חַת מוּסָ֑ר חִזְּק֤וּ פְנֵיהֶם֙ מִסֶּ֔לַע מֵאֲנ֖וּ לָשֽׁוּב׃  HiSB

28.     Jer 5:9 הַֽעַל־ אֵ֥לֶּה לוֹא־ אֶפְקֹ֖ד נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָ֑ה וְאִם֙ בְּג֣וֹי אֲשֶׁר־ כָּזֶ֔ה לֹ֥א תִתְנַקֵּ֖ם נַפְשִֽׁי׃ ס  HiSB

29.     Jer 5:15 הִנְנִ֣י מֵבִיא֩ עֲלֵיכֶ֨ם גּ֧וֹי מִמֶּרְחָ֛ק בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָ֑ה גּ֣וֹי ׀ אֵיתָ֣ן ה֗וּא גּ֤וֹי מֵעוֹלָם֙ ה֔וּא גּ֚וֹי לֹא־ תֵדַ֣ע לְשֹׁנ֔וֹ וְלֹ֥א תִשְׁמַ֖ע מַה־ יְדַבֵּֽר׃  HiSB

30.     Jer 5:18 וְגַ֛ם בַּיָּמִ֥ים הָהֵ֖מָּה נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָ֑ה לֹֽא־ אֶעֱשֶׂ֥ה אִתְּכֶ֖ם כָּלָֽה׃  HiSB

31.     Jer 5:19 וְהָיָה֙ כִּ֣י תֹאמְר֔וּ תַּ֣חַת מֶ֗ה עָשָׂ֨ה יְהֹוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֵ֛ינוּ לָ֖נוּ אֶת־ כָּל־ אֵ֑לֶּה וְאָמַרְתָּ֣ אֲלֵיהֶ֗ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֨ר עֲזַבְתֶּ֤ם אוֹתִי֙ וַתַּעַבְד֞וּ אֱלֹהֵ֤י נֵכָר֙ בְּאַרְצְכֶ֔ם כֵּ֚ן תַּעַבְד֣וּ זָרִ֔ים בְּאֶ֖רֶץ לֹ֥א לָכֶֽם׃ ס  HiSB

32.     Jer 5:22 הַאוֹתִ֨י לֹא־ תִירָ֜אוּ נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָ֗ה אִ֤ם מִפָּנַי֙ לֹ֣א תָחִ֔ילוּ אֲשֶׁר־ שַׂ֤מְתִּי חוֹל֙ גְּב֣וּל לַיָּ֔ם חָק־ עוֹלָ֖ם וְלֹ֣א יַעַבְרֶ֑נְהוּ וַיִּֽתְגָּעֲשׁוּ֙ וְלֹ֣א יוּכָ֔לוּ וְהָמ֥וּ גַלָּ֖יו וְלֹ֥א יַעַבְרֻֽנְהוּ׃  HiSB

33.     Jer 5:29 הַֽעַל־ אֵ֥לֶּה לֹֽא־ אֶפְקֹ֖ד נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָ֑ה אִ֚ם בְּג֣וֹי אֲשֶׁר־ כָּזֶ֔ה לֹ֥א תִתְנַקֵּ֖ם נַפְשִֽׁי׃ ס  HiSB

34.     Jer 6:9 כֹּ֤ה אָמַר֙ יְהֹוָ֣ה צְבָא֔וֹת עוֹלֵ֛ל יְעוֹלְל֥וּ כַגֶּ֖פֶן שְׁאֵרִ֣ית יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל הָשֵׁב֙ יָדְךָ֔ כְּבוֹצֵ֖ר עַל־ סַלְסִלּֽוֹת׃  HiSB

35.     Jer 8:13 אָסֹ֥ף אֲסִיפֵ֖ם נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָ֑ה אֵין֩ עֲנָבִ֨ים בַּגֶּ֜פֶן וְאֵ֧ין תְּאֵנִ֣ים בַּתְּאֵנָ֗ה וְהֶֽעָלֶה֙ נָבֵ֔ל וָאֶתֵּ֥ן לָהֶ֖ם יַעַבְרֽוּם׃  HiSB

36.     Jer 30:10 וְאַתָּ֡ה אַל־ תִּירָא֩ עַבְדִּ֨י יַעֲקֹ֤ב נְאֻם־ יְהֹוָה֙ וְאַל־ תֵּחַ֣ת יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל כִּ֠י הִנְנִ֤י מוֹשִֽׁיעֲךָ֙ מֵֽרָח֔וֹק וְאֶֽת־ זַרְעֲךָ֖ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ שִׁבְיָ֑ם וְשָׁ֧ב יַעֲקֹ֛ב וְשָׁקַ֥ט וְשַׁאֲנַ֖ן וְאֵ֥ין מַחֲרִֽיד׃  HiSB

37.     Jer 36:8 וַיַּ֗עַשׂ בָּרוּךְ֙ בֶּן־ נֵ֣רִיָּ֔ה כְּכֹ֥ל אֲשֶׁר־ צִוָּ֖הוּ יִרְמְיָ֣הוּ הַנָּבִ֑יא לִקְרֹ֥א בַסֵּ֛פֶר דִּבְרֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה בֵּ֥ית יְהֹוָֽה׃ ס  HiSB

38.     Ezek 44:5 וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֵלַ֜י יְהֹוָ֗ה בֶּן־ אָדָ֡ם שִׂ֣ים לִבְּךָ֩ וּרְאֵ֨ה בְעֵינֶ֜יךָ וּבְאָזְנֶ֣יךָ שְּׁמָ֗ע אֵ֣ת כָּל־ אֲשֶׁ֤ר אֲנִי֙ מְדַבֵּ֣ר אֹתָ֔ךְ לְכָל־ חֻקּ֥וֹת בֵּית־ יְהוָ֖ה וּלְכָל־ [תֹּורֹתֹו כ] (תֹּֽורֹתָ֑יו ק) וְשַׂמְתָּ֤ לִבְּךָ֙ לִמְב֣וֹא הַבַּ֔יִת בְּכֹ֖ל מוֹצָאֵ֥י הַמִּקְדָּֽשׁ׃  HiSB

39.     Nah 1:3 יְהֹוָ֗ה אֶ֤רֶךְ אַפַּ֙יִם֙ [וּגְדֹול־ כ] וּגְדָל־ כֹּ֔חַ וְנַקֵּ֖ה לֹ֣א יְנַקֶּ֑ה יְהוָ֗ה בְּסוּפָ֤ה וּבִשְׂעָרָה֙ דַּרְכּ֔וֹ וְעָנָ֖ן אֲבַ֥ק רַגְלָֽיו׃  HiSB

Who Are the House of Jacob?

THE HOUSE OF JACOB

The Bible is full of stories of betrayal, adultery and redemption; of covenants made with man and broken by him. However, there is one that although you may have read, you will, perhaps, have not understood. In this article I will uncover it for you, and hopefully, by the end, you’ll be as amazed as I was when YHVH revealed it to me.

ISRAEL’S BLESSING

We pick up the biblical narrative after the flood and the lives of Abraham and Isaac, when Jacob has misappropriated his brother’s birthright and blessing, fled and returned from Laban’s house, has wrestled with YHVH, lived in Shechem, settled in the land of Canaan with his sons, moved to Egypt and been reunited with the son he thought lost to wild animals, Joseph.

YHVH has given Jacob the name ‘Israel’ which means ‘struggled or wrestled with God’. The descendants of his twelve sons would become the twelve tribes of Israel. As he was approaching the end of his life, he blesses them all (along with Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh who he adopts as his own (Genesis 48:5-6)).

Jacob (Israel) split the firstborn blessing between Joseph (and his lineage through his sons) (Genesis 48:14-20) and Judah (Genesis 49:8-12), who would become the house of Israel and the house of Judah respectively. To Joseph he gave a double material portion and to Judah he gave the priestly blessing, the pre-eminence and kingship (which is why Y’shua came from this line). This is key, in understanding how everything played out from then onwards.

When Israel blessed Ephraim (Joseph’s son), in Genesis 48:17-19, he uses a phrase that will become very significant:

17 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.

18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

19 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.

Multitude of nations’ in Hebrew is מְלֹֽא־הַגֹּויִֽם ‘melo ha’ goyim’ which can be translated into the Greek phrase πλήρωμα τῶν ἐθνῶν which we have rendered as ‘fullness of the gentiles’ in Romans 11:25. This will be discussed below.

A gentile is simply a member of a nation other than Israel and hence implies that they are out of covenant with YHVH. We as Christians are not gentiles. There is no such thing as a gentile believer; only people who used to be gentiles but are now believers. In the context of Ephraim, Jacob is saying that he is going to become a group of people who are out of covenant with YHVH and no longer a part of Israel, and indeed they do. We will look at that more fully below as well.

In Exodus 19, Moses goes up unto YHVH who makes a covenant with all of the children of Israel (house of Jacob) at the base of Mt. Sinai. Consistently through the scriptures, when we draw close to YHVH, things go well for us; we reap His blessings.

Deuteronomy 4:40
40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which YHVH thy God giveth thee, for ever.

When we stray from YHVH’s teaching and instruction (a more accurate translation of ‘Torah’) and start to think that we can be wiser than God, things go badly for us; we reap the curses described in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. God lays the whole situation out in Deuteronomy 30:15-18:

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day to love YHVH thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and YHVH thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

Among the specific curses that are listed in Deuteronomy 28, this is mentioned in verse 64:

64 And YHVH shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

By the time His people were about to cross the Jordan, into the promised land, a generation had passed and YHVH reiterated the words of His covenant.

Deuteronomy 29:1
1 These are the words of the covenant, which YHVH commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb [Mt. Sinai].

YHVH reiterated the words of the covenant He made at Mt. Sinai with the sons and daughters of those with whom He had made the original covenant. Their parents had seen the miracles that YHVH had done, their children had not. YHVH reiterated the promises of Leviticus 26 by saying He would scatter His people throughout all the nations of the Earth if they broke His Torah. He makes it clear that this is not only true for the people standing before Him that day but with their future descendants:

Deuteronomy 29:14-15
14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;

15 But with him that standeth here with us this day before YHVH our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day:

YHVH made this covenant with you if you are a believer. He is and will be the same yesterday, today and forever. The covenant is with the Israelites, then and in the future, and with anyone who would attach themselves to the Israelites and become grafted into them.

When the Israelites were leaving Egypt, there were Egyptians who wanted to go with them. In Exodus 12:49, YHVH said:

49 There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.

Ephesians 2:12 talks in the same terms when it says:

12 That at that time ye 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:

Anyone who follows the terms of the covenants and submits to YHVH’s Torah, are counted as His people:

Isaiah 56:2-8
2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to YHVH, speak, saying, YHVH hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

4 For thus saith YHVH unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to YHVH, to serve him, and to love the name of YHVH, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

8 The Lord YHVH, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

THE SPLIT OF THE TWO HOUSES

When the Israelites took back the land of Canaan, they wanted to have a King to rule over them like the nations that surrounded them; to appease them, YHVH gave them Saul, David and Solomon. The twelve tribes (the house of Jacob) were ruled as one, until events described in 1 Kings:

1 Kings 11:31
31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith YHVH, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

The rule of the kingdom would have been passed to Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, who succeeded him as king, but Solomon took many foreign wives whom he allowed to worship other gods in contravention to YHVH’s law. Solomon even built shrines for his wives to sacrifice on and granted special privileges to the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, thus alienating the ten northern tribes. The prophet Ahijah of Shiloh prophesied that Jeroboam, son of Nebat, would become king over ten of the twelve tribes, instead of Solomon’s son.

YHVH split the northern kingdom, the house of Israel, and southern kingdom, the house of Judah. The house of Israel were ruled by Jeroboam, the servant of Solomon, and consisted of the tribes of Reuben, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim, Manasseh and part of the tribe of Levi. The house of Judah (from where we get the name ‘Jew’), was the southern kingdom and consisted of the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin (and part of the tribe of Levi). 1 Kings 11:33 states YHVH’s reason for doing this:

33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

The worship and glorification of false gods among YHVH’s people who are still engaged in pagan rituals, instead of the Biblical celebrations that He has commanded, is still a major issue today but that’s a different subject for another day.

1 Kings 22:39 talks of ‘the annals of the Kings of Israel’ and in 1 Kings 22:46, about ‘the annals of the Kings of Judah’. By the reigns of Ahab and Jehoshaphat (the Kings of Israel and Judah respectively) the two Kingdoms had quite distinct identities.

THE KING OF ASSYRIA

The house of Israel (also referred to as the house of Joseph and Ephraim (Ezekiel 37:16)) and the house of Judah are of the same father (Jacob) but of different mothers. Joseph was born to Rachel and Judah was born to Leah. They were the two sons amongst whom Jacob’s firstborn blessing was split. There was fighting between them until the house of Israel were taken into captivity by the king of Assyria. Both houses were in open rebellion to YHVH, and following after pagan gods but the house of Israel were the worst offenders and in c.722bc, they were taken into captivity:

1 Kings 17:13-18
13 Yet YHVH testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in YHVH their God.

15 And they rejected his statutes, 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.

16 And they left all the commandments of YHVH their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

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.

18 Therefore YHVH was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

The pagan worship continued in Judah, until the reign of Hezekiah who trusted in YHVH and turned from the evil practices of the rulers before him.

2 Kings 18:1-7
1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.

2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.

3 And he did that which was right in the sight of YHVH, according to all that David his father did.

4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

5 He trusted in YHVH, God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

6 For he clave to YHVH, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which YHVH commanded Moses.

7 And YHVH was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

Hezekiah came under siege by the King of Assyria, who had taken the northern kingdom into captivity. He prayed to YHVH to ask His will, concerning the matter. Isaiah was sent to him with this word, as detailed in 1 Kings 18:30-34:

30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of YHVH Tzeva’ot shall do this.

32 Therefore thus saith YHVH concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.

33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith YHVH.

34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

YHVH saved the city. The angel of YHVH came that night and destroyed the 185,000 Assyrians encamped around it and Sennacherib retreated to Nineveh.

This break in pagan worship and the rebellion of the people was not long lived however. After Hezekiah’s reign, the house of Judah were involved in pagan worship, divination, enchantment and idolatry of all kinds again.

THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY

In 589bc, Nebuchadnezzar II besieged Jerusalem which fell after an 18 month siege. After killing all of Zedekiah’s sons, Nebuchadnezzar took Zedekiah to Babylon, putting an end to the independent kingdom of Judah. Much of Judah was devastated and the temple was destroyed:

2 Kings 25:1-11; 21
1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.

2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king’s garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him.

6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.

7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.

8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:

9 And he burnt the house of YHVH, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.

10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away.

21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.

THE PROMISED REJOINING

After the Babylonian captivity, the house of Judah returned to the land (in part; some remained in Babylon) but the house of Israel, have never returned since they were taken by the king of Assyria and divorced by YHVH (Jeremiah 3:8). They are commonly referred to as ‘the lost tribes’. However, as we know, YHVH does not renege on His promises:

Deuteronomy 30:1-6
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither YHVH thy God hath driven thee,

2 And shalt return unto YHVH thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

3 That then YHVH thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither YHVH thy God hath scattered thee.

4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will YHVH thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

5 And YHVH thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

6 And YHVH thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love YHVH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Judah returned to YHVH and obeyed His voice but the house of Israel are yet to do this. The first century Jewish historian, Josephus tells of how those of the northern kingdom, who had not yet fully dispersed, lived just outside of Israel in Y’shua’s time. John refers to the dispersion himself in John 7:35:

35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

The northern kingdom, are referred to as the house of Israel, the house of Joseph or just Ephraim. When you see these references in the scriptures, this is what is being referred to. The house of Jacob is both the house of Israel and the house of Judah together. YHVH promised to bring the house of Judah (the Jews) and the house of Israel (the multitude of nations) back into relationship with Him; and thereby, bring the house of Israel back into covenant.

Ezekiel 37:19-24
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord YHVH; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord YHVH; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

Also in Jeremiah 31:31 (also quoted in Hebrew 8:8), YHVH says:

31 Behold, the days come, saith YHVH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

The new covenant is only between YHVH and these two houses but as we saw, YHVH will welcome anyone who seeks Him and does the things which He finds pleasing, as His people.

Y’SHUA

Y’shua’s incarnation started the chain of events prophesied in Ezekiel 37, and this is something that is rarely taught in our churches. This is a tragedy, as it is such an integral part of our heritage.

Y’shua states that He only came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel:

Matthew 15:24
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

When He sent the disciples out, He instructs them that they are to only go to the house of Israel:

Matthew 10:5-6
5 These twelve Y’shua sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Y’shua was only sent ‘unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel’. He says so himself. Judah had not been divorced by YHVH as Jeremiah 3:8-11 says:

8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith YHVH.

11 And YHVH said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

In Ezekiel 16:30-32, speaking of Israel, YHVH says:

30 How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord YHVH, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;

31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!

There was a great mystery in the time before Y’shua’s incarnation; YHVH had divorced the northern kingdom and yet had promised to bring them back into covenant with Him.

Hosea 11:8-9
8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

How shall I deliver thee, Israel?’ was indeed the question. Paul discusses this issue in Romans 7:1-4 and reveals YHVH’s amazing solution:

1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

3 So then if, while her husband liveth, 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, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Messiah; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

By sending Y’shua to die, YHVH was releasing the northern kingdom from His own law, which said an adulteress could not remarry unless her husband had died. Y’shua (who is YHVH (Jeremiah 23:6)) was the husband to whom the house of Israel had been unfaithful; His death released them to be betrothed again to Him when He was raised.

Ezekiel 36:17-27 speaks of the return of the house of Israel, it is striking how much it speaks of Y’shua’s salvific work as an integral part of it:

17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.

18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:

19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.

20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of YHVH, and are gone forth out of his land.

21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.

22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord YHVH; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am YHVH, saith the Lord YHVH, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Of course, the scope of Y’shua’s ministry was beyond this mission alone:

Isaiah 49:6
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Although it is stated that Y’shua’s mission was to ‘restore the preserved of Israel’ Y’shua’s ministry was to be ‘a light to the gentiles’ amongst whom the house of Israel were scattered. Luke 2:25-32 also speaks of this:

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Ruach HaKodesh was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Ruach HaKodesh, that he should not see death, before he had seen YHVH’s Messiah.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Y’shua, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Here all of Israel is referred to together. Simeon was ‘waiting for the consolation of Israel’ which Y’shua will eventually bring. In Romans 11:25, Paul says:

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

If you remember, the term ‘fullness of the gentiles’ can also be translated as ‘multitude of nations’ and refers to Ephraim or the house of Israel. The Bible always defines itself, and the mystery that Paul speaks of is the blindness of the house of Judah (the Jews), which will continue until the house of Israel, Ephraim (who became that multitude of nations when the northern kingdom were scattered), have come back in. Paul refers to those that are blinded in contrast to those of ‘the election’ in verse 7:

7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

The whole of Israel has not obtained righteousness, which comes by faith in Y’shua (Romans 3:22, 4:13), only ‘the election’. This term will become relevant shortly, as you will see it refers to those whom YHVH had foreknowledge of and who constitute ‘Israel’ in His eyes. Paul speaks of Israel (both houses) as a whole in verses 26-28:

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the Father’s sakes.

As Ezekiel 36:22 says, ‘Israel’, are saved for YHVH’s sake; the sake of His name. They were His chosen people and He fulfils His promises and covenants.

John 10:14-16
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I 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 shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

The elect refers to all believers, as we see in Matthew 24:22:

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.

They are elected because YHVH had foreknowledge of those who would employ their freewill to choose Him, not according to Calvinist doctrine.

Two separate ingatherings were prophesied; the house of Judah (Jeremiah 29:14) and the house of Israel (Ezekiel 11:15-17, Ezekiel 20:40-42, Amos 9:9). The fact that both houses will eventually be gathered together is often prophesied (Isaiah 66:8, Jeremiah 23:3, 31:8-10, 33:7-10, Zechariah 10:6-10). However, until the house of Israel have come in, Judah will be blinded to the truth of their Messiah being Y’shua. They are the ‘other sheep’ ‘which are not of this fold’ (this fold being the house of Judah in context).

Isaiah 11:10-13
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that YHVH shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

Y’shua is that ensign, the root of Jesse (David’s father) that Isaiah 11:10 speaks of, and we are one people under Him. Peter’s first epistle makes it clear that Y’shua’s mission was to the house of Israel in 1 Peter 1:1-2:

1 Peter, an apostle of Y’shua HaMashiach, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Ruach HaKodesh, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Y’shua HaMashiach: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

He speaks to ‘the strangers’ who are ‘scattered’; the ‘elect’. The house of Israel made up the majority of YHVH’s people that were scattered. The house of Judah, came back to the land after the Babylonian captivity:

James 1:1
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Y’shua HaMashiach, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

Not all of Judah had come back after the Babylonian captivity but this emphasises that Y’shua’s mission specifically concerned the scattered tribes. The issue is written about throughout the New Testament but two epistles are specifically addressed to these people.

Y’shua called himself ‘the gate for the sheep’ (John 10:7) but who are these sheep?:

Jeremiah 50:17
17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.

Micah 2:12
12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

Ezekiel 11:16
16 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord YHVH; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.

Ezekiel 34:12
12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

Y’shua’s incarnation started the process of healing that would lead to the two houses being rejoined as one flock, with one shepherd. His death allowed the then gentile house of Israel to come back into covenant. Y’shua’s ingathering of the house of Israel is spoken of throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament). When He arrived on Earth, the situation He had come to rectify was already clearly understood.

THE TWO HOUSES ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE

The two houses are characterised throughout scripture:

Characteristics of the House of Judah

Will have the law of God (Genesis 49:10)

Would reject the Messiah (Isaiah 53:1-6)

Did not lose their identity after their scatterings

Known as ‘those that are near’ (Daniel 9:7)

Characteristics of the House of Israel

Live amongst the gentiles (Hosea 8:8)

Will forget the name of their God (Jeremiah 23:27)

Do not know or understand the law of God (Hosea 8:10-12)

They are called ‘my people who are not my people’ (Hosea 2:23), ‘those that are far off’ (Isaiah 57:19) and ‘lost sheep’ (Jeremiah 50:6)

The majority of them will come from the west when they are regathered (Hosea 13:15)

Today, the Christian world satisfies the characteristics of the house of Israel exactly. Most strikingly, we have forgotten God’s real name (YHVH); ‘the LORD’ replaces ‘YHVH’ (the Tetragammaton) 6823 times in most translations of the Bible.

Most of the Christian world have come to the erroneous conclusion that Y’shua came to do away with YHVH’s Torah (teaching and instruction), because of a complete misinterpretation of what Paul says (2 Peter 3:15-17). This is why the Jews today don’t recognise Him as their Messiah, because they are expecting a Messiah who is the Torah made flesh. Most Christians completely misunderstand what the Torah is, even thinking that it is some kind of curse to people if they seek to follow it. They teach, not that Y’shua came to do away with the curse of the law (our penalty under it) but the law itself. It is ‘counted as a strange thing’. Mistranslations and misinterpretations of Scripture have led to this, but there is a growing awareness of it, just as YHVH said there would be in the end times.

As believers, we are grafted into Israel. The New Jerusalem will only have twelve entrances, one for each of the tribes. The tribe to which we belong will be determined by whom we ‘sojourn with’. I’ll leave the meaning of that to your imagination:

Ezekiel 47:21-23
21 So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord YHVH.

Finally, this now reveals what is meant in what is one of the most hotly debated passages in the New Testament;

Ephesians 2:11-19
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh (remember ‘gentile’ implies ‘out of covenant’), who are called Uncircumcision (circumcision was the sign of the Abrahamic covenant and this was a derogatory term that was used for those not in covenant with YHVH including the house of Israel) by that which is called the Circumcision (the Jews, or the house of Judah who bore the sign) in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye 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:

13 But now in Messiah Y’shua ye who sometimes were far off (the house of Israel) are made nigh by the blood of Messiah.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances (Greek word is dogma and refers to man-made laws); for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off (the house of Israel), and to them that were nigh (the house of Judah).

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Remember, ‘those who are far off’ refers to the house of Israel and those that are near (or nigh) refers to the house of Judah. Y’shua made both houses ‘one new man’, by coming and dying for His adulterous bride who He had promised not to forsake. The house of Israel, are no longer strangers and foreigners (exactly the language used by Peter in his first epistle) but ‘fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God’.

The Bible is a love story involving YHVH and His people. YHVH refers to those that keep His covenant or ketubah (wedding vows) as His bride all throughout the scriptures. The story can be followed throughout the following verses: Exodus 19:3-5, Isaiah 49:5-6; 53; 54; 56:7; 59:20, Jeremiah 3:1-18; 31:31-37, Ezekiel 16:1-14; 15-32, Hosea 2:19-20; 11:8-9, Matthew 16:8; 22:2; 24:44-47; 25:10, Mark 11:17, Luke 12:35-37, John 3:29; 17:6-26,Acts 17:27-29, Romans 11:16-27, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 2:11-22; 5:23-32, Revelation 5:9; 19:6-9; 21:2,9; 22:17.

Without understanding the beginning of the Bible, the church (the house of Israel), to whom the law of God is counted as a strange thing, misses this; and without understanding the back of the book, the Jews (the house of Judah) do too.

Revelation 19:7-9
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Shalom

John-Paul McMahon

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Seek First the Kingdom…and All These Things Will Be Added (Part 3)

All These Things Added by James Allen (Devotional) Continued (Part 1, 2)

I believe that James Allen has a unique understanding of our quest for righteousness that is worthy of bringing to your attention. Be blessed by his insights about how to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all these things will be added. – Doug

Every phenomenon in social and national life (as in Nature) is an effect, and all these effects are embodied by a cause which is not remote and detached, but which is the immediate soul and life of the effect itself. As the seed is contained in the flower, and the flower in the seed, so the relation of cause and effect is intimate and inseparable. An effect also is vivified and propagated, not by any life inherent in itself, but by the life and impulse existing in the cause.

Looking out upon the world, we behold it as an arena of strife in which individuals, communities, and nations are constantly engaged in struggle, striving with each other for superiority, and for the largest share of worldly possessions.

We see, also, that the weaker fall out defeated, and that the strong — those who are equipped to pursue the combat with undiminished ardour — obtain the victory, and enter into possession. And along with this struggle we see the suffering which is inevitably connected with it — men and women, broken down with the weight of their responsibilities, failing in their efforts and losing all; families and communities broken up, and nations subdued and subordinated.

We see seas of tears, telling of unspeakable anguish and grief; we see painful partings and early and unnatural deaths; and we know that this life of strife, when stripped of its surface appearances, is largely a life of sorrow. Such, briefly sketched , are the phenomena connected with that aspect of human life with which we are now dealing; such are the effects as we see them; and they have one common cause which is found in the human heart itself.

As all the multiform varieties of plant life have one common soil from which to draw their sustenance, and by virtue of which they live and thrive, so all the varied activities of human life are rooted in, and draw their vitality from, one common source—the human heart. The cause of all suffering and of all happiness resides, not in the outer activities of human life, but in the inner activities of the heart and mind; and every external agency is sustained by the life which it derives from human conduct.

The organized life-principle in man carves for itself outward channels along which it can pour its pent-up energies, makes for itself vehicles through which it can manifest its potency and reap its experience, and, as a result, we have our religious, social and political organizations.

All the visible manifestations of human life, then, are effects; and as such, although they may possess a reflex action, they can never be causes, but must remain forever what they are—dead effects, galvanized into life by an enduring and profound cause.

It is the custom of men to wander about in this world of effects, and to mistake its illusions for realities, eternally transposing and readjusting these effects in order to arrive at a solution of human problems, instead of reaching down to the underlying cause which is at once the centre of unification and the basis upon which to build a peace-giving solution of human life.

The strife of the world in all its forms, whether it be war, social or political quarrelling, sectarian hatred, private disputes or commercial competition, has its origin in one common cause, namely,individual selfishness. And I employ this term selfishness in a far-reaching sense; in it I include all forms of self-love and egotism— I mean by it the desire to pander to, and preserve at all costs, the personality.

This element of selfishness is the life and soul of competition, and of the competitive laws. Apart from it they have no existence. But in the life of every individual in whose heart selfishness in any form is harboured, these laws are brought into play, and the individual is subject to them.

Innumerable economic systems have failed, and must fail, to exterminate the strife of the world. They are the outcome of the delusion that outward systems of government are the causes of that strife, whereas they are but the visible and transient effect of the inward strife, the channels through which it must necessarily manifest itself. To destroy the channel is, and must ever be ineffectual, as the inward energy will immediately make for itself another, and still another and another.

Strife cannot cease; and the competitive laws must prevail so long as selfishness is fostered in the heart. All reforms fail where this element is ignored or unaccounted for; all reforms will succeed where it is recognized, and steps are taken for its removal.

Selfishness, then, is the root cause of competition, the foundation on which all competitive systems rest, and the sustaining source of the competitive laws. It will thus be seen that all competitive systems, all the visible activities of the struggle of man with man, are as the leaves and branches of a tree which overspreads the whole earth, the root of that tree being individual selfishness, and the ripened fruits of which are pain and sorrow.

This tree cannot be destroyed by merely lopping off its branches; to do this effectively, the root must be destroyed. To introduce measures in the form of changed external conditions is merely lopping off the branches; and as the cutting away of certain branches of a tree gives added vigour to those which remain, even so the very means which are taken to curtail the competitive strife, when those means deal entirely with its outward effects, will but add strength and vigour to the tree whose roots are all the time being fostered and encouraged in the human heart. The most that even legislation can do is to prune the branches, and so prevent the tree from altogether running wild.

Great efforts are now being put forward to found a “Garden City,” which shall be a veritable Eden planted in the midst of orchards, and whose inhabitants shall live in comfort and comparative repose. And beautiful and laudable are all such efforts when they are prompted by unselfish love. But such a city cannot exist, or cannot long remain the Eden which it aims to be in its outward form, unless the majority of its inhabitants have subdued and conquered the inward selfishness.

Even one form of selfishness, namely, self-indulgence, if fostered by its inhabitants, will completely undermine that city, levelling its orchards to the ground, converting many of its beautiful dwellings into competitive marts, and obnoxious centres for the personal gratification of appetite, and some of its buildings into institutions for the maintenance of order; and upon its public spaces will rise jails, asylums, and orphanages, for where the spirit of self-indulgence is, the means for its gratification will be immediately adopted, without considering the good of others or of the community (for selfishness is always blind), and the fruits of that gratification will be rapidly reaped.

The building of pleasant houses and the planting of beautiful gardens can never, of itself, constitute a Garden City unless its inhabitants have learned that self-sacrifice is better than self-protection, and have first established in their own hearts the Garden City of unselfish love. And when a sufficient number of men and women have done this, the Garden City will appear, and it will flourish and prosper, and great will be its peace, for “out of the heart are the issues of life.”

Having found that selfishness is the root cause of all competition and strife, the question naturally arises as to how this cause shall be dealt with, for it naturally follows that a cause being destroyed, all its effects cease; a cause being propagated, all its effects, however they may be modified from without, must continue.

Every man who has thought at all deeply upon the problem of life, and has brooded sympathetically upon the sufferings of mankind, has seen that selfishness is at the root of all sorrow—in fact, this is one of the truths that is first apprehended by the thoughtful mind. And along with that perception there has been born within him a longing to formulate some methods by which that selfishness might be overcome.

The first impulse of such a man is to endeavour to frame some outward law, or introduce some new social arrangements or regulations, which shall put a check on the selfishness of others.

The second tendency of his mind will be to feel his utter helplessness before the great iron will of selfishness by which he is confronted.

Both these attitudes of mind are the result of an incomplete knowledge of what constitutes selfishness. And this partial knowledge dominates him because, although he has overcome the grosser forms of selfishness in himself, and is so far noble, he is yet selfish in other and more remote and subtle directions.

This feeling of “helplessness” is the prelude to one of two conditions—the man will either give up in despair, and again sink himself in the selfishness of the world, or he will search and meditate until he finds another way out of the difficulty. And that way he will find. Looking deeper and ever deeper into the things of life; reflecting, brooding, examining, and analysing; grappling with every difficulty and problem with intensity of thought, and developing day by day a profounder love of Truth—by these means his heart will grow and his comprehension expand, and at last he will realize that the way to destroy selfishness is not to try to destroy one form of it in other people, but to destroy it utterly, root and branch, in himself.

The perception of this truth constitutes spiritual illumination, and when once it is awakened in the mind, the “straight and narrow way” is revealed, and the Gates of the Kingdom already loom in the distance.

Then does a man apply to himself (not to others) these words—And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shall thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thine brother’s eye.

When a man can apply these words to himself and act upon them, judging himself mercilessly, but judging none other, then will he find his way out of the hell of competitive strife, then will he rise above and render of non-effect the laws of competition, and will find the higher Law of Love, subjecting himself to which every evil thing will flee from him, and the joys and blessings which the selfish vainly seek will constantly wait upon him. And not only this, he will, having lifted himself, lift the world. By his example many will see the Way, and will walk it; and the powers of darkness will be weaker for having lived.

It will here be asked, “But will not man who has risen above his selfishness, and therefore above the competitive strife, suffer through the selfishness and competition of those around him? Will he not after all the trouble he has taken to purify himself, suffer at the hands of the impure?”

No, he will not. The equity of the Divine Order is perfect, and cannot be subverted, so that it is impossible for one who has overcome selfishness to be subject to those laws which are brought into operation by the action of selfishness; in other words, each individual suffers by virtue of his own selfishness.

It is true that the selfish all come under the operation of the competitive laws, and suffer collectively, each acting, more or less, as the instrument by which the suffering of others is brought about, which makes it appear, on the surface, as though men suffered for the sins of others rather than their own. But the truth is that in a universe the very basis of which is harmony, and which can only be sustained by the perfect adjustment of all its parts, each unit receives its own measure of adjustment, and suffers by and of itself.

Each man comes under the laws of his own being, never under those of another. True, he will suffer like another, and even through the instrumentality of another, if he elects to live under the same conditions as that other. But if he chooses to desert those conditions and to live under another and higher set of conditions of which that other is ignorant, he will cease to come under, or be affected by, the lower laws.

Let us now go back to the symbol of the tree and carry the analogy a little further. Just as the leaves and branches are sustained by the roots, so the roots derive their nourishment from the soil, groping blindly in the darkness for the sustenance which the tree demands. In like manner, selfishness, the root of the tree of evil and of suffering, derives its nourishment from the dark soil of ignorance. In this it thrives; upon this it stands and flourishes. By ignorance I mean something vastly different from lack of learning; and the sense in which I use it will be made plain as I proceed.

Selfishness always gropes in the dark. It has no knowledge; by its very nature it is cut off from the source of enlightenment; it is a blind impulse, knowing nothing, obeying no law, for it knows none, and is thereby forcibly bound to those competitive laws by virtue of which suffering is inflicted in order that harmony may be maintained.

We live in a world, a universe, abounding with all good things. So great is the abundance of spiritual, mental and material blessings that every man and woman on this globe could not only be provided with every necessary good, but could live in the midst of abounding plenty, and yet have much to spare. Yet, in spite of this, what a spectacle of ignorance do we behold!

We see on the one hand millions of men and women chained to a ceaseless slavery, interminably toiling in order to obtain a poor and scanty meal and a garment to cover their nakedness; and on the other hand we see thousands, who already have more than they require and can well manage, depriving themselves of all the blessings of a true life and of the vast opportunities which their possessions place within their reach, in order to accumulate more of those material things for which they have no legitimate use. Surely men and women have no more wisdom than the beasts which fight over the possession of that which is more than they can all well dispose of, and which they could all enjoy in peace!

Such a condition of things can only occur in a state of ignorance deep and dark; so dark and dense as to be utterly impenetrable save to the unselfish eye of wisdom and truth. And in the midst of all this striving after place and food and raiment, there works unseen, yet potent and unerring, the Overruling Law of Justice, meting out to every individual his own quota of merit and demerit. It is impartial; it bestows no favours; it inflicts no unearned punishments:

It knows not wrath nor pardon; utter-true
It measures mete, its faultless balance weighs;
Times are as nought, tomorrow it will judge,
Or after many days.

The rich and the poor alike suffer for their own selfishness; and none escapes. The rich have their particular sufferings as well as the poor. Moreover, the rich are continually losing their riches; the poor are continually acquiring them. The poor man of today is the rich man of tomorrow, and vice versa.

There is no stability, no security in hell, and only brief and occasional periods of respite from suffering in some form or other. Fear, also, follows men like a great shadow, for the man who obtains and holds by selfish force will always be haunted by a feeling of insecurity, and will continually fear its loss; while the poor man, who is selfishly seeking or coveting material riches, will be harassed by the fear of destitution. And one and all who live in this underworld of strife are overshadowed by one great fear—the fear of death.

Surrounded by the darkness of ignorance, and having no knowledge of those eternal and life-sustaining Principles out of which all things proceed, men labour under the delusion that the most important and essential things in life are food and clothing, and that their first duty is to strive to obtain these, believing that these outward things are the source and cause of all comfort and happiness.

It is the blind animal instinct of self-preservation (the preservation of the body and personality), by virtue of which each man opposes himself to other men in order to “get a living” or “secure a competency,” believing that if he does not keep an incessant watch on other men, and constantly renew the struggle, they will ultimately “take the bread out of his mouth.”

It is out of this initial delusion that comes all the train of delusions, with their attendant sufferings. Food and clothing are not the essential things of life; not the causes of happiness. They are non-essentials, effects, and, as such, proceed by a process of natural law from the essentials, the underlying cause.

The essential things in life are the enduring elements in character—integrity, faith, righteousness, self-sacrifice, compassion, love; and out of these all good things proceed.

Food and clothing, and money are dead effects; there is in them no life, no power except that which we invest with them. They are without vice and virtue, and can neither bless nor harm. Even the body which men believe to be themselves, to which they pander, and which they long to keep, must very shortly be yielded up to the dust. But the higher elements of character are life itself; and to practice these, to trust them, and to live entirely in them, constitutes the Kingdom of Heaven.

The man who says, “I will first of all earn a competence and secure a good position in life, and will then give my mind to those higher things,” does not understand these higher things, does not believe them to be higher, for if he did, it would not be possible for him to neglect them. He believes the material outgrowths of life to be the higher, and therefore he seeks them first. He believes money, clothing and position to be of vast and essential importance, righteousness and truth to be at best secondary; for a man always sacrifices that which he believes to be lesser to that which he believes to be greater.

Immediately after a man realizes that righteousness is of more importance than the getting of food and clothing, he ceases to strive after the latter, and begins to live for the former. It is here where we come to the dividing line between the two Kingdoms—Hell and Heaven.

Once a man perceives the beauty and enduring reality of righteousness, his whole attitude of mind toward himself and others and the things within and around him changes. The love of personal existence gradually loses its hold on him; the instinct of self-preservation begins to die, and the practice of self-renunciation takes its place. For the sacrifice of others, or of the happiness of others, for his own good, he substitutes the sacrifice of self and of his own happiness for the good of others. And thus, rising above self, he rises above the competitive strife which is the outcome of self, and above the competitive laws which operate only in the region of self, and for the regulation of its blind impulses.

He is like the man who has climbed a mountain, and thereby risen above all the disturbing currents in the valleys below him. The clouds pour down their rain, the thunders roll and the lightnings flash, the fogs obscure, and the hurricanes uproot and destroy, but they cannot reach him on the calm heights where he stands, and where he dwells in continual sunshine and peace.

In the life of such a man the lower laws cease to operate, and he now comes under the protection of a higher Law—namely, the Law of Love; and, in accordance with his faithfulness and obedience to this Law, will all that is necessary for his well-being come to him at the time when he requires it.

The idea of gaining a position in the world cannot enter his mind, and the external necessities of life, such as money, food and clothing, he scarcely ever thinks about. But, subjecting himself for the good of others, performing all his duties scrupulously and without thinking of reward, and living day by day in the discipline of righteousness, all other things follow at the right time and in the right order.

Just as suffering and strife inhere in, and spring from, their root cause, selfishness, so blessedness and peace inhere in, and spring from, their root-cause, righteousness. And it is a full and all-embracing blessedness, complete and perfect in every department of life, for that which is morally and spiritually right is physically and materially right.

Such a man is free, for he is freed from all anxiety, worry, fear, despondency, all those mental disturbances which derive their vitality from the elements of self, and he lives in constant joy and peace, and this while living in the very midst of the competitive strife of the world.

Yet, though walking in the midst of Hell, its flames fall back before and around him, so that not one hair of his head can be singed. Though he walks in the midst of the lions of selfish force, for him their jaws are closed and their ferocity is subdued. Though on every hand men are falling around him in the fierce battle of life, he falls not, neither is he dismayed, for no deadly bullet can reach him, no poisoned shaft can pierce the impenetrable armour of his righteousness. Having lost the little, personal, self-seeking life of suffering, anxiety, fear, and want, he has found the illimitable, glorious, self-perfecting life of joy and peace and plenty.

“Therefore take no thought, saying ’What shall we eat?’ or, ’What shall we drink?’ or, ’Wherewithal shall we be clothed? . . .’ For your heavenly Father knoweth ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Back to the Future Conference! July 25-26

Back to the Future Conference
There is nothing New Under the Sun…..Ecclesiastes 1:9
July 25 – July 26, 2014

Austin, Texas

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My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Hosea 4:6

 

A awake up call to Yeshua’s (Jesus Christ) bride the church. A call for her to come out of Babylon and prepare for the time of trials and tribulation that are coming in the near future.  An understanding that we are, as the whole world, headed back to the future! We need start asking the hard questions about the times in which we live, and begin to gain the knowledge to decode these times as Yahweh (the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) reveals all thing to his Servants and Prophets first. (Amos 3:7) This conference is designed to answer questions like:

– The Days of Noah, and why Yeshua would reference that time specifically when speaking with His Disciples about his return?

– America says in GOD WE TRUST, which god, Yahweh or some other god or gods.?

– Do America’s symbols, icons, and monuments reveal what this countries role is in the end times?

– Aliens, Angles, Demons, UFO’s and the corrupting of Yahweh’s creation what do they all have in common?

– What about Yeshua’s Millennium Kingdom?

 

These questions and more will be asked and answered using Gods word, because the Scripture is profitable for teaching, for correcting, for reproof, and instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:13-14

 

Join Award Winning Film maker Rob Skiba, and Biblical Scholar / Hebrew Expert Douglas Hamp as they share what God has taught them from His word and through their research on prophecy and the End Times. This will be a jammed pack two days of learning, and fellowship.

 

 

Rob Skiba
Film Maker, Researcher, and Author

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Doug Hamp
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The Certain Coming of Yeshua (Excerpt from The Millennium Chronicles)

“He is right,” one of the Knesset members agreed. “His coming is certain. He will make the weak among us like David and the mighty among us will be like the Angel of Adonai.[i] This is now the time when we will see Yeshua as a man of war who will destroy our enemies. We have not believed our King in the past. Today we will trust. We must, for there is no other way if we desire to live. The King has struck our enemies in the past and he fought against the Nephilim of old whose height was like the cedars and whose strength was like the oaks.[ii] He will fight for us today just like he fought for us in Egypt. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Not one of us will die if we go now. We must hurry to the valley so that we may see the victory.”

“Then it is agreed, we will all meet in the valley and there await Yeshua who will rescue us,” Caleb said, opening the door expectant of what Yeshua would do but still slightly apprehensive as he thought of the horrors that awaited them in the darkness.



[i] Zech 12:8

[ii] Amos 2:9

The Millennium Chronicles Chapter 1: The Escape!

Chapter 1: The Escape

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On the surface of the earth, two illustrious beings were coming out of the massive, golden, gemstone-covered temple. Their bodies looked like dazzling gems; their faces emitted flashes like lightning, like the rays of the sun.[i] Their arms and feet shone like polished bronze.[ii] Their clothing was shining[iii] whiter than any snow[iv] and they wore belts of pure gold around their waists.

They walked past six guardhouses, each artistically engraved with palm trees, until they passed through one of the eastward, ten-foot-tall gates in the mile-long wall that encircled the temple.[v]

“It is with great satisfaction I tell you that the time of the Covering is over,” Adam said to Michael, his companion as they crossed over a bridge. Michael thought back to the first time when Adonai offered the life-force of an animal as a covering for Adam and Eve, which they needed when they were mortals. Adam glanced over at Michael as they shared the memory of that ancient day of shame and mortality.

They continued walking next to the crystal clear water of the River of Life that proceeded from the very throne of Adonai and of Yeshua at the apex of the mountain.[vi] The water collected in a pool before the throne and looked like a sea of glass as clear as crystal.[vii] Half of it flowed to the Western Sea and the other half flowed to the Eastern Sea, branching off into multiple streams on the way down the mountain, making glad the City of Adonai.[viii] One branch flowed under the Temple and came out of the eastern-facing threshold where it continued toward[ix] the eastern territories and its water flowed toward the Eastern Sea (formerly the Salt Sea). The Living Water had transformed the Sea so that it could support all kinds of living creatures that thrived abundantly. Wherever the river flowed, everything lived!

A pair of fiery horses[x] adorned with bells inscribed with ‘Holiness to Adonai’ galloped by on the ornate gold-covered streets in front of the massive temple structure.

Michael suddenly stopped. “He’s coming,” he said solemnly to Adam, looking to the south, to the gate of the Abyss.

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Under the surface of the earth, deep in the lowest recesses of the Abyss, on a remote slope of that ancient pit void of light,[xi] the unbreakable, everlasting chains[xii] that had fully immobilized Lucifer for the past thousand years began to shake. He knew that the time of his emancipation was at hand.

How he loathed his prison of darkness in the belly of Tartarus, the lowest rung of the Abyss. A foul and putrid stench of sulfur and rotting flesh, like the smell of death, permeated the stale, lifeless cavern of despair while wailing voices and gnashing teeth were faintly heard[xiii] far above them. It was here in this place, thousands of years earlier, in the days of the Great Deluge, that some of Lucifer’s Watchers had been imprisoned until he had acquired the Key and released them,[xiv] before being ingloriously cast into it himself.

Lucifer was still seething with rage over his last debacle. He had been on the verge of victory when Adonai’s mighty Angel swooped down with that unbreakable chain and single-handedly bound and thrust him into the pit, sealing him in and locking the gate with the Key.[xv] This same Key was once his when he had robbed Adam and Eve of the earth and left them in abject slavery binding their entire lives by the fear of death.[xvi] Both this Key of death and the Key of the Abyss[xvii] had been in his possession until Lord Yeshua intervened on behalf of the mortals and repossessed the Keys and the Scroll of Destiny.[xviii]

The unyielding and relentless chains that had shackled his neck, hands, and feet, shook violently and suddenly clicked open. Immediately Lucifer ripped them off, throwing them to his side. Finally free, he stood up from his bed of maggots, shook off the blanket of worms that had smothered him,[xix] and watched as the chains of his entire Watchers army also fell away. At that moment they roared mightily like a horde of lions seizing their helpless prey, shaking the Abyss. The reverberation traveled out of their dungeon and up the jagged sides of the shaft where it crashed against the mighty door, fracturing the great seal which the powerful Angel had placed over it one thousand years[xx] earlier, allowing the din of their voices to escape to the world above, announcing their return.

All eyes were on Lucifer, eagerly awaiting instructions from their leader.

“The Adamites have had one thousand years of Lord Yeshua their King ruling with his rod of iron,”[xxi] Lucifer said sarcastically, “while we have been unjustly locked away in the Abyss. Now we shall go and test the hearts of the Adamites to see if they truly desire him as their King.” He paused, then spoke slowly and deliberately, “Or to see if perhaps they missed me. I know their hearts, for they are utterly deceitful and incurably wicked![xxii] They have served him for these past thousand years because they had no choice! We shall go and liberate them from their oppression!””[xxiii] He said, triumphantly holding up the chains that had fallen off him. “I guarantee you; there will be billions of defectors who will march with us to sack Adonai’s City of Light[xxiv] because the Adamites are weak and feeble-minded!”

“My unjust incarceration these past one thousand years has only given me time to calculate every possible combination of scenarios and their potential outcomes. As you know, our battle with Adonai has never been one of strength, for he is stronger and we cannot defeat him that way. Ours has always been a battle of legality, which is his greatest weakness; we shall exploit it to the fullest. Our strategy is simple and our victory is certain because Adonai is obligated to keep his word; he cannot lie.[xxv] He has magnified his word above his name[xxvi] and therefore any contradiction of his word will create an irreparable rift in the cosmos which will force him to abdicate his throne.”

“Each of you must go out to your former regions,” he said to Prince Parás, lord over the land of Persia. Then turning to Prince Yaván, lord over Greece, “You must oh-so-subtly share our plan of attack,” he said with a malicious smile. “Then I will climb up to the peak of Jerusalem, the City of Adonai, and set up my throne.”[xxvii] The legions of the underworld cackled spitefully in the darkness, eager to realize the final fall of the Adamites and even Adonai himself.

“Take courage, my brothers,” Lucifer said, looking around at the countless faces of Watchers who were once luminous Angels resembling Adonai’s image but were now disfigured like him. “Our sacrifice to restore justice in the cosmos is nearly complete. Soon all of the Adamites will learn their true place – at our feet!” he said, reviving the ancient hatred in the hearts of the fallen. “Now, great ones, destined to rule the cosmos with me, let us rise, never to fall again and, henceforth, never to taste defeat! We shall feast on the life-force of the Adamites!”[xxviii] Lucifer bellowed. Immediately, he and countless hordes shot upward as if from cannons to the world above them. In just moments, they reached the massive gate which had shut them in and smashed through it, sending it flying thousands of feet into the air and landing miles away. Hundreds of millions of the rebel Watchers launched through the smoke billowing from the dungeon of deepest darkness and out into the agonizing light of Adonai, exposing their sunken cheeks, and shriveled arms and legs on their colorless grey, disfigured and grotesque bodies.

They hovered for a moment as they transformed themselves into Angels of light, disguising themselves as Angels in Adonai’s service, just as they had done in the previous age, though their light had a bluer hue to it than did their counterparts’.[xxix] Their hideous true-selves could not endure Adonai’s blazing brilliance. They then flew out like balls of lightning in every direction, returning to their former regions.

A strange shadow of darkness began to fall upon the pristine planet for the first time in one thousand years.[xxx] “I feel the same wickedness, greed, and depravity[xxxi] emanating from Lucifer like those of seven millennia ago,” Adam said, surprised by the sensation caused by the release of his ancient nemesis. Adam looked at the lush orchards brimming with vibrant flowers of every color that flanked the street. He inhaled deeply the rich scent of apples, passion fruit, peaches, oranges, and fruit of every kind that permeated the untainted air. The light of the rays of the setting sun poked through the wings of a thousand beautiful blue butterflies clinging to the side of one of the tall, majestic trees, home to animals of every sort. Hummingbirds drank of the nectar from the boundless fruit trees. A warm glow emitted from every leaf, and every blade of grass, every wing, and every creature. A lion gently played with a deer near a tree, and animals were everywhere.[xxxii]

Adam observed one of two wolves that were lying down together with a lamb nestled between them. It warily raised its head, tilting it sideways, and thrust its ears back for the first time in a thousand years. “It is the same bloodthirsty, invincible, and willful arrogance of Lucifer as when he strolled up to the Tree so long ago, covered with his precious gems of brilliant colors that refracted his light in every direction.”

“We met his gaze yet suspected nothing,” Adam continued, remembering his first encounter with Lucifer. “Eve and I simply admired his beauty, for none but Adonai himself compared in splendor. His presence was not surprising, for Adonai had stationed him in Eden to keep Adonai’s special places.”[xxxiii]

Michael nodded, remembering the treachery of Lucifer, once a member of the divine council of the Angels[xxxiv] on the Mountain-City of Adonai and Guardian cherub to Adonai himself![xxxv] “There has been no noble thing that the mortal Adamites could not have during the past thousand years,” he said, looking down at the sparkling crystal clear water and the many fishermen who had plenty of room to spread out nets along the banks of the River.

“And yet,” continued Michael, finishing his thought, “many have ungratefully lingered; waiting, imagining, anticipating his ascension,” he said, turning his head back to the place where Lucifer and the Watchers had re-entered earth’s atmosphere. “Now Lucifer has returned, and he and his minions will slowly begin sowing seeds of discord, just as before, so that they may eventually dare to show their faces to the Adamites and encourage them to rise against their Maker.”

Adam walked down to the bank of the river and cupped some of the water and let it pass through his fingers, remembering how Lucifer’s subtle scheme had excited his pride and desire to be wise[xxxvi] and so, being lured and trapped by it, sank his teeth into the deadly fruit,[xxxvii] savoring its flavor while Lucifer looked on, masking his devilish delight.[xxxviii]

“Not only have earth’s inhabitants been abundantly satisfied with the fullness of God’s house, but he has even invited them to drink from the river of his pleasures! Indeed with him is the fountain of life and it is in his light that we see light.[xxxix] How sad to think that,” Adam reflected, “just as the ancient Hebrews previously forsook Adonai, the fountain of living waters, and carved themselves broken cisterns that could hold no water,[xl] so too now some will prefer Lucifer, who is nothing but a broken cistern full of stagnant water.”

Adam stood and turned, looking to where Lucifer had come from the Abyss. “Adonai has placed before them life and death; they must choose their destiny.”

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[i] Mat 13:43

[ii] Dan 10:6-7

[iii] Rev 19:8

[iv] Dan 12:3; Luke 20:35, 36; Phil 3:21; 2Tim 4:8; 2Pet 1:4

[v] Ezek 40:6-16; 42:16-20

[vi] Rev 22: 1, 2, 14; Ezek 47:1

[vii] Rev 4:6

[viii] Ps 46:4

[ix] Zech 14:8, 10; Joel 3:18; Ezek 47:1

[x] 2Kgs 6:17

[xi] Isa 14:15

[xii] Jude 1:6; 2Pet 2:4

[xiii] Rev 16:10

[xiv] Rev 9:1-2

[xv] Rev 20:1-2

[xvi] Heb 2:14, 15

[xvii] Rev 1:18

[xviii] Rev 5:3, 5

[xix] Isa 14:11

[xx] Rev 20:1-3

[xxi] Isa 11: 3-5

[xxii] Jer 17:9

[xxiii] Ps 2:3

[xxiv] Rev 20:7-8

[xxv] Num 23:19

[xxvi] Ps 138:2

[xxvii] Isa 14:13

[xxviii] 1Pet 5:8

[xxix] 2Cor 11:14

[xxx] Rev 9:1-2

[xxxi] Rom 1:29

[xxxii] Isa 11:6-9

[xxxiii] Ezek 28:12-18

[xxxiv] Ps 82:1

[xxxv] Ezek 28:14, 16

[xxxvi] Gen 3:6

[xxxvii] Jas 1:14-15

[xxxviii] Prov 10:18; Rom 1:30; 2Tim 3:3; 1Pet 2:1; Col 3:8

[xxxix] Ps 36:8, 9

[xl] Jer 2:13; Zech 14:8, 10