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Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Lost Sheep Scriptures

Restoration is the great promise of God's word. I have learned from my Scripture studies that the "restoration" of the people called "Israel" is perhaps the "the" most misunderstood promise that is recorded throughout the narratives of the prophets of the Bible.

This great restoration "promise" of the Kingdom is one that I misunderstood and was blind to for years as I did not understand the full identity of the name and the people "Israel" that appears some 2,568 times in the King James Bible.

"Lost Sheep"
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Because of that, prophecy and the words of Messiah like those below seemed very confusing and extremely difficult to understand.
"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, 'Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" Matthew 10:5-7
It was as if these words were a mystery. But this was not a mystery for the Disciples, that is exactly why they asked Jesus… "is it at this time that you will restore the Kingdom?" It is also why we read: "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting." James 1:1. And we also read: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia" 1Peter 1:1

It was not a mystery to Paul either.

They all understood the "restoration" of the "kingdom" and of all "Israel". And now, the time is full, we too can understand what they knew and looked forward to. It is time to recover from the traditions of doctrine and restore the Biblical identity of Israel so that we can understand. Paul wrote of this to the Roman and Ephesian citizens. Remember, as you read, the Romans and the Ephesians were not Jewish...
"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." Romans 11:25

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?" Romans 11:33-34

"What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day." Romans 11:7-8

"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]" Ephesians 2:14

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God" Ephesians 2:19
The beginning of the Bible's restoration story starts in the Scriptures with the story of a husband (Adam) and his bride (Eve) and at the end of Scripture it closes with a husband (Messiah) and His bride. Many today call this bride the "Church", but believe it or not, God uses another name for His household. Throughout the Bible, God says has a chosen people, a people saved by His grace, a people He calls "Israel", just as Paul tells us.

So, if you think of yourself as a Gentile believer, think again, you've been grafted into Israel. (please read Romans 11:8-27)

And believe it or not, the Bible does not tell us that God is the God of the "Jews" or the God of the "Christians". Just read your Bible for the mysterious truth on this matter. The people He calls "Israel" are His chosen, His redeemed. But who are they?

They are His bride "Israel" which is the name He gives all the children of His Kingdom whether native or adopted stranger. This may change your perception of the Bible and I pray it does - because Israel's story, from Abraham until today, is your story.

It does not matter who your are from birth on this planet, what matters is who you are on the inside, in Messiah Yeshua as a part of His Kingdom people. Yeshua is the King of all Israel! (John 1:49 )

So, look again for yourself... in the Bible!! There you will find that beginning with Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Joel, Zechariah, Ezekiel and others who are all quoted below to show you the "Lost Sheep Scriptures" as these prophets all declare that in the latter days a people group would arise from the dust and become restored with the tribes of Judah. These are redeemed Israel the children of God.

As already noted above, the Savior of the world is quoted in the book of Matthew stating that His purpose is to gather the lost sheep of Israel and in the book of Revelation, He told John that in the end, His saints would not only have His testimony as a believer in Messiah Yeshua, but that they would be a follower of His ways by keeping God's commandments. Check it our for yourself, see Revelation 12:17 and Revelation 14:12.

Isaiah penned these important words as he quoted God's voice:
But thou, Israel, [art] my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Isaiah 41:8
God gives a surname to His children! A surname is a name added to a given name and is part of one's personal name. It is a family name shared in common to identify the members of the family group. Webster's says a surname is "an added name derived from occupation or other circumstance". Today we call it our last name. The Hebrew word is 'kanah' it means a flattering title.
One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. Isaiah 44:5

For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. I [am] the LORD (YHVH), and [there is] none else, [there is] no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that [there is] none beside me. I [am] the LORD (YHVH), and [there is] none else. Isaiah 45:4-6
Yet Jeremiah warned Israel as he wrote of a divorce. In divorce, one loses their surname:
"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." Jeremiah 3:8,
Isaiah quotes God's promise of a restoration and a second exodus from the nations greater than the first from Egypt:
And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord 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.

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. 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. Isaiah 11:11-13
The rest of this Scripture study is devoted to looking at the Scriptural plan of restoration for backsliding Israel, it is the story of the great reconciliation with Judah... because the "husband" of "all" Israel gave His life so that the divorce could be restored. Because of this mighty work He is able to bring His bride back to Himself in keeping with His Torah as described in Numbers 5. This great chapter describes His mysterious promise that was solved by the crucifixion and resurrection of Messiah.

Why? Because God's teaching, His Torah shows us the husband must first die to take His bride Israel back into His covenant which she broke. This is what Jeremiah wrote about:
"They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 3:1
Paul understood this and taught about the mysterious reunion of the people God calls Israel. Paul understood the ancient truths of Scripture, the covenant promise - that marriage is the covenant tie to being named God's chosen people:
"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? 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. 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. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7:1-4

"But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named. This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring." Romans 9:6-8
Do you know the story of Israel (Jacob) when he blessed Joseph's two sons?

The patriarch "Israel" was almost blind when this happened. This fact establishes prophecy for us today because every detail in God's word is there for a specific reason and purpose. Jacob could not see his two grandsons when he adopted and blessed Joseph's two boys Manasseh and Ephraim.

So too, perhaps like you, I have been blind for quite awhile when it came to understanding the story of the promise of their blessing for us as today's believers and recipients of God's promise to His children which is interwoven throughout the Scriptures. I am blessed as I have participated in learning God's word, I once thought I was wise in my own understanding as I was taught by others, but Paul admonishes us about a mystery:
"For I don't desire, brothers, to have you ignorant of this mystery, so that you won't be wise in your own conceits, that a partial blindness has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved. Even as it is written, "There will come out of Tziyon the Deliverer, And he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob." Romans 11:25-26
Like Jacob who was unable to see Joseph's sons, many of God's people are just like me, they are the very ones that God calls "Israel", yet they do not see themselves for who they really are in God's eyes. They are like "lost sheep", without the identity God gives them in Scripture - they are Israel and are the same people called Israel throughout the prophetic word of God. The key to understanding Israel and restoration is to understand God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us and He never changes His mind. He teaches us some simple guidelines about how we are to live... near Him. It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer.

Basically, if we are to understand the promise of the restoration of Israel, we need to know it is not about some of the messages that are circulating such as a "two house" movement, "replacement theology" or genetics. The restoration is all about one house, one family of God. It is about 'grafting theology'. As "lost sheep" we need to see who we really are right there in God's word so that we can understand this. As in the first exodus, we need to understand that "restored" Israel includes those ancient people in Scripture and those who at this very hour that are re-awakening to the truth and light of Messiah - whether they be Jew, scattered lost on of Ephraim, a stranger, alien or sojourner.

Why are these scattered and lost? It is due to the little understood covenant that God made with the descendants, the second generation of those that left Egypt in the wilderness desert. As they stood before the Jordan river, ready to enter the land, few people of the generation that crossed through the sea remained from the Exodus. They included Moses, Joshua and Caleb. The rest heard this little understood covenant to be a people to God. It was given at Moab. You too must know and understand the covenant given to you:
"These [are] the words of the covenant, which the LORD 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)." Deuteronomy 29:1

"Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. You stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your heads, your tribes, your captains, and your officers, even all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and your foreigner who is in the midst of your camps, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water; that you may enter into the covenant of the LORD your God, and into his oath, which the LORD your God makes with you this day; that he may establish you this day to himself for a people, and that he may be to you a God, as he spoke to you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath, but with him who stands here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him who is not here with us this day" Deuteronomy 29:10-15
The good news today is the lost, the ones like us that were not there at Moab back in the day are finding themselves in the covenants including the Moab covenant, finding their identity in God's promise of a Kingdom restoration as the people called "Israel". Paul wrote to the Galatians and we must note, they were not known to be Jewish. After all, Paul was known as the Apostle to the Gentiles:
"If you are Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to promise." Galatians 3:29
Heirs to the promise given to the family name Israel. Now we can know the mystery, the identity of the people Israel. They are the chosen people described throughout the Scriptures. They are those whose faith is in Yeshua (Jesus) as Savior, Messiah and Lord. If you are His, He is in "you" and like an adopted child, you have a new family name and a promise. So too, you must also know that not unlike Messiah who is in the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, your identity, your family name as a believer, is also found in the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. The whole Bible not only describes Messiah, it speaks of "you" - if you follow Him - His people "Israel"!

Once you understand this great truth hidden by man's theology and doctrines, the integrity and thematic continuity of the promise of restoration found throughout the entire Bible becomes an amazing personal blessing just as it was for Jacob.

There is no such thing as replacement theology. Israel equals you, if you are one in Messiah!!

We are just getting started here, The following is an extensive study (in Scripture) because the mystery has been great. As you study the verses quoted here I pray that you can truly begin to understand why the Messiah Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) said:
"For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" John 5:47
And when you believe His words - you will begin to understand the critical importance of Judah, the importance of your Jewish brothers and your Messiah from the family of Judah as the shepherd of "all Israel":
"But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel." Matthew 2:6
But we have gone astray from this full truth:
My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray... Jeremiah 50:6
That is why Paul tells us something VERY MUCH worth repeating again today…
“If ye be in Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:29
And “Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.” Galatians 4:28.

We need to see ourselves, the "lost sheep" for who we REALLY ARE and “the promise” IS given to us for what it is, a story of restoration. It is all there in God's Word, but to understand it we have to not just read it, we must study it and seek the truth. For that reason, the majority of this study is filled with direct quotations from the unchanging truth of Scripture, not just words from me.

That is why I have called this study "Restoration: The Lost Sheep Scriptures" and why you will see so many Bible verses quoted here. Please prayerfully and patiently study and re-consider every verse from how you may have read them in the past. My sincere prayer is that since you are here that you will be like Paul who's eyes were opened after three days of blindness in Damascus (look at Acts 9). Consider as you read that in the Bible, God refers to "a day" as "a thousand years" for good reason and Israel is not the "who" you have been thinking of all this time, because many "shepherds" have mistakenly (and innocently) led God's people astray from the truth of the family name for the children of God. But God has a clarion message we must now understand because its been 3,000 years since the Kingdom of Israel was united under King David and it is time to open our eyes to the truth. There's more on that later, so keep reading and don't take my word for it, take God's - - alone.

Remember too that the the Disciples were called “fishers” of men for good reason and we need to think about that.

After all, God's plan and word is much like fish that cannot be seen below the surface of the water. His people must be found and pulled unseen out of the "sea" of humanity. To do that, we have to keep our line in the water. While studying Scripture it is important to know that the ”sea” is a metaphor for all nations of people. That is exactly why Yeshua (Jesus' Hebrew name) began His ministry in Galilee. It was the land of Ephraim, and by no coincidence, it is the reason His first four disciples Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen...
"Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, [by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles [the nations]; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Yeshua began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Yeshua, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:12-19
Hosea tells us (7:8) "Ephraim mixes himself with the nations..." we need to understand this statement from the great prophet. It is central to understanding the Bible literally. In Hebrew, "nations" is the word goyim, in Greek it is ethnos. This term "nations" is critical to understanding Scripture. It does vary somewhat but it is care to understanding all of God’s repetition of His message of restoration.

Understanding the restoration of the people Ephraim or "Israel" and Judah is one of the hidden keys to opening an understanding to what one of the the major themes of all Bible prophecy is about. It is the same theme given by God in the Garden of Eden when He instituted marriage. Just as a bride and groom become one when they are married, Judah and Ephraim will become one when they are restored by Messiah.

The multitudes of Ephraim will be healed when they follow Him, repent and return to His walk:
"It happened when Yeshua had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judah beyond the Jordan. Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there. Matthew 19:1-2
Did you know that the Greek word translated as "healed" is "therapeuĊ"? It literally means "restore" to health.

Healing is the hidden theme of the Restoration of the Kingdom of God that must be known and thankfully there are many wonderful resources well beyond this commentary to help open your eyes to these awesome truths of Scripture. I have assembled many of the "Lost Sheep" Scripture verses into this study as a witness and presentation that I hope will provide you with a meaningful "outline" that will allow you to begin your own lost sheep "restoration". After all, the "healing" theme is declared by all of the prophets about the Kingdom of God. A Kingdom of faith and reliance on God, a complete theme you may have not heard from the pulpit, but one that is critical to your future.

It will also help clarify Paul's word's in his first letter to Timothy when he wrote of Messiah's first appearance. Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great:
...God was revealed in the flesh,
justified in the spirit,
seen by angels,
preached among the nations,
believed on in the world, and
received up in glory. (1Timothy 3:16)
First, let's look at an explanation of "the nations" from history that I have assembled from a couple of sources from which the background and foundation of the Lost Sheep Scriptures begins. It starts from the outline of history:

After the division of the Kingdom of the twelve tribes, the northern tribes of Israel were called "Ephraim" by the people and prophets of Scripture after the tribe of their first king, Jeroboam. They are also called the northern kingdom of "Israel" or "Ephraim" in many places in Scripture since his family or tribe received the blessing of greater numbers of descendants. The southern kingdom was called "Judah" after the tribe of Judah and it was led by King Rehoboam whose father was King Solomon and whose grandfather was the great King David a direct descendant of Judah. Even today, the descendants of the family of Judah are called Jews.

So Jeroboam of the tribe of Ephraim and Rehoboam of the tribe of Judah appeared on the scene and the Bible records that they led the division of the unified kingdom of Israel after the death of King Solomon.

The Lord God sent a prophet named Ahijah with a message for Ephraim's King Jeroboam. When they were alone in a field just outside the city walls of Jerusalem, the prophet found Jeroboam alone in the open country and told him:
"Then Ahijah laid hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. And he said to Jeroboam, "Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon and will give you ten tribes (but he shall have one tribe, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel)"" 1Kings 11:30-32
When Solomon heard about God's message to Jeroboam, he became enraged as he wanted his son alone to rule. Against the word of God that was given to Ahijah, Solomon tried to find a way to kill the Ephramite, but Jeroboam ran for cover and fled south into the safe haven of Egypt and remained there until he had heard the news of the death of King Solomon.

As soon as King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam from the tribe of Judah became the successor king over the entire twelve nations of tribes. But due to the huge tax burdens levied on the nation by King Solomon (he was rich for a reason), the leaders of the people came to the new King Rehoboam and brought Jeroboam with them to plead their case for lower taxation. They said to the young king, "Your father put a heavy tax burden upon us and made our lives very difficult. If you will lighten our tax load and treat us kindly, we will be happy to serve you as we did your father."

Rehoboam replied, "I must have time to think it over. Come back to me in three days and I will tell you what decision I make."

Rehoboam's arrogance and poor judgment resulted in the his accepting the advice of his inexperience young advisors with whom he had grown up ... he should have listened to the words of the older and wiser men who had served his father. Three days later, the people returned for King Rehoboam's answer, and he spoke roughly to them and said, "You think my father treated you severely? Here's my answer.... I will tax you more heavily that he did! Now go, and don't bother me about the matter of taxes again!"

As we can see the people and Jeroboam were very angry at the King's decision. Only the two family tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained in Jerusalem with King Rehoboam. Many people heard the news that Jeroboam had returned from Egypt, so they sent for him and they made him king over the northern kingdom of tribes that would now become known as "Israel". After all, the majority of people were behind him.

That's only the beginning of the story. I know that this is a pretty long read for some, but I know you will find it well worth your time, thought and prayerful study. So I'd encourage you to print it or copy it so that you can study this at your own leisure. Grab a highlighter, mark it up and feel free to write me if you have any questions. Or if you like to use the two resources that I have found below, just scroll down to the bottom of this post to access them.

Above all, check everything you see here out for yourself in Scripture, it is critical that you get you own Bible out and look up the many Scriptures noted here on your own.

Never simply take my word or anyone else's, get a second witness from the Scriptures. Open and study God's word and let it simply be your witness.

It is my sincere prayer - that the Scriptures will give you an incredible sense of the wonderful and eternal weave of God's unconditional covenant with the people He choose to call "Israel". I also pray that you pause and carefully think about something... Just who is "Israel", not where is Israel.

Once you get your mind around who the the "who" is, the next step is just what is God’s plan for their "restoration" and what does it mean to you today and in your future? The prophets promise the restoration of these twelve tribes as one nation. This is part of the eternal, unchanging and living covenant that was given to the people called "Israel" at Mount Sinai.

Like I did, you too may think Sinai's covenant is a so called "old covenant" through some "old" shepherd preaching, but it is not "old", it is eternal. God's covenants His words and His promises are all eternal and unchanging. They build upon and tie to each other just like the laws of physics that He established at creation. Thankfully this is so; otherwise the universe would literally implode. This may be the first step in understanding this mystery:
God is not a man. He does not change His mind. See Numbers 23:19 and Malachi 3:6
If we study the Bible carefully, we find that the Sinai covenant was not just given to those that were present there at the mountain - but to those that were not there.

God started with the giving of the Ten Commandments so that those that were there at the base of the mountain could become His people, His "bride" forever and that His people could know His love, mercy, grace and blessings. All He asks is that His people, whether it is the Israel of the wilderness of Sinai or whether it is the Israel today that demonstrate love through faith and obedience to His word. Remember, this began with the Ten Commandments, the Ten Words.

God's covenant with Israel is eternal but He tells us we have to hear it, we have to respond to it, remember it and do it through love of our Father. His promise is a covenant relationship, and like all of God's seven covenants, it remains eternal, but the time to dwell within the land given to the people Israel in the wilderness was not unconditional.

Whenever, the people Israel persisted in disobedience to God's holy teaching and instruction (Torah) they were exiled from His chosen promised land just as He warned. It started with Adam and Eve, they were cast out of the garden for a reason… disobedience.

Due to His covenants, there remains the eternal promise of God to re-gather all of His lost sheep. I know that this regathering of lost sheep, this restoration of identity within God’s family of believers has now been initiated on a broad, worldwide scale by God, the Great Shepherd. In Genesis (49:10) Moses provides us a prophecy that The Messiah would gather His people: "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be]."

Moses also recorded that Joseph's son Ephraim would become the fullness of nations that Paul referred to when he wrote these words: "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." Romans 11:25

The Greek word here is often translated in our English bibles as "Gentiles" but again it is actually the Greek word "ethnos" whose Hebrew counterpart is "goyim", meaning "nations". Did you notice Paul also mentioned blindness; just like that Jacob suffered from?

When Jacob blessed Ephraim, he gave us the prophecy of the fullness of the nations that Paul writes of:

"And his father refuseth, and saith, 'I have known, my son, I have known; he also becometh a people, and he also is great, and yet, his young brother is greater than he, and his seed is the fullness of the nations;'" Genesis 48:19 [Young's Literal translation]

Jesus, the one whose Hebrew name Yeshua means "salvation" refers to Himself as the good shepherd: "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:11

This is important because Jacob was renamed "Israel" by God. Jacob knew without a doubt who the good shepherd was. Just look at his words to his son Dan: "I have waited for thy salvation (Yeshua), O LORD (YHVH). Genesis 49:18

Messiah Yeshua said, "I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 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." John 10:14-16

Jesus, our Yeshua (Salvation) is the great shepherd and the rock of our salvation, the stone that Jacob tells us about in Genesis: "But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel)" Genesis 49:24.

Scripture tells us, there are sheep and "other sheep" ... Which of these are you, the sheep or the other sheep? Why did Messiah Yeshua say I must bring those other sheep?

Consider and think about this. Why did Peter's letter say that it was written to a specific audience? Have you ever noticed this? In the salutation of His letter he says: "Peter, an apostle of Yeshua Messiah, To those who reside as aliens of the diaspora in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father..." 1Peter 1-2.

Hum, Galatia that would be the Galatians right? So much for thinking that the Galatians were just some group of foreign pagan Gentiles, they were those who were the "aliens" of the diaspora… as in diaspora of Northern Israel - the "nations" of the lost tribes living in Galatia.

Please don’t give up on this, read on.

Peter goes on to tell those scattered people of the nations of Ephraim: "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot." 1Peter 1:14-19

Peter is referencing the perishable idol making of their forefathers who used gold and silver. He continues his encouragement to the scattered exiles of Israel and he references the words of the prophetic book of Hosea (2:23) and the words of Moses from Exodus chapter 19 when he writes: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1Peter 2:9-12

James, known as the half brother of Jesus wrote in the very same manner: "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Yeshua Messiah, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting. Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations; Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience. And let patience have [its] perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing." James 1:1-4

It is my prayer that perhaps when you read this you will no longer see the Bible as just a story about others... but that you will see yourself hidden among its words.

To start, let's look back for a moment at the events just before the great Passover week of Messiah as described and explained by John. The high priest Caiaphas not only proclaimed a death sentence for Yeshua (Jesus), but he provides us with a KEY prophecy of the sheep of Judah and the other sheep of Ephraim just days before "His" Passover week. My {comments} are added for clarity:
"And one of them, [named] Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation {of Israel} perish not. And this he spoke not of his own authority: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yeshua should die for that nation{Judah}; And not for that nation {Judah} only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God {Ephraim} that were scattered abroad {by the Assyrians}. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Yeshua therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, {look it's right there} and there continued with his disciples {in the land given to the nations of Ephraim}." John 11:49-54
Have you ever considered this great truth as it is plainly written - that He died to "cover" our sins (the sins of Israel) and to provide redemption for their breaking of God's "marriage" covenant given at Mount Sinai, but also that He would return to gather together all of His children into the covenant land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

These two missions are described by the prophets!

The disciples understood this purpose very clearly, they also knew the prophecy of Isaiah 49:6:
"And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the {all twelve} tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of {ALL} Israel {not just Judah}: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles {THE NATIONS}, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth." 
The end of the earth where Ephraim {the lost ten tribes were scattered}. That is why the disciples asked Yeshua...
"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" Acts 1:6
They were not referencing Israel as the land or as "Jews" but as all the children of God, the people Israel.

The High Priest in Jesus' time, Caiaphas, gave us a truly amazing prophecy that we need to understand. Now ask yourself, why else would he say scattered abroad? Hey, weren’t the Jews {Judah} basically living in the land at the time of His coming? Of course they were! Furthermore, to understand this you must know where the Master went with His disciples... the city called Ephraim. Caiaphas, because of the office of the high priest that he held during The Messiah's ministry and the Passover, declared this great mystery of the Scriptures! But, if this is a bit confusing, you may have come from where I did with this teaching, hidden within His Word - and this is going to take much more study, but first things first.

First of all, if we accept that God became flesh and blood as the Messiah of Israel, Jesus (the one whose Hebrew name is Yeshua), and if we acknowledge that He offered Himself, His life as an atonement for our transgressions, then He promises you and I salvation and eternal life through mercy and grace and He gives us freedom from Eden's law of sin and death whose sentence, without atonement is eternal separation from Him regardless of the genetic information written in the in the chemical alphabet of our DNA or our effort and good works. The judgment given Adam is the same given to each us unless we receive Messiah's blood covering and atonement.

Second, if we do this, we receive the name given to Jacob and we become a part of and grafted into the assembly of people, the other sheep God calls "Israel". The "other" sheep are grafted into God's family!

Throughout Scripture God also calls His people Israel the chosen, the elect and the remnant. Many people, perhaps like yourself equate this term "Israel" with the land or perhaps just one tribe - Judah, the Jews, but I know that you will see the truth when you study His word that most assuredly defines His chosen people, His children in much broader terms than Israel = Jews. I hope that this Scripture study will give you the big picture of the Bible, the plan of the coming restored Kingdom to consider and understand "who" is a part of the whole Kingdom united by the blood of Messiah, not our own.

This in no way disparages the honored position of the Jewish people, after all, the Bible gives two witnesses in Matthew and Luke that Yeshua (Jesus) is of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah (see Luke 3:23–38 and Matthew 1:1–17).

Third, as His children... "Israel" we will become one in a family reunion with Judah, as "one new man", a royal priesthood to serve Him in unity in His Kingdom. Revelation clearly tells us there are twelve gates to New Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:12-14).

We have to understand the words of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) when He said: "thy will be done on earth" before we can know our role, but to know those responsibilities we have to listen to what He has to say - we have to study, seek truth and hear His word. In His word we can learn that our duty is to have faith first, which is to do His word. To do is to love and worship God by following in the path of His teaching and instruction for living, His Torah.

Most people stop right there at number three, but there is a fourth point that is just as certain as there are four letters in the Hebrew name of God YHVH.

Fourth, we are promised that we can be a part of His plan for gathering together His people and restoring all things the way He intended them to be! He did not do this at His first coming so we must reconsider our future just as the disciples did. Perhaps you will see that His return will be quite a bit different story line than you thought it to be. Many have certainly heard about such end time matters as the battle of Armageddon, the desolation of abomination, pestilences, famines, swords, earthquakes, the mark of the beast, wars and rumors of wars and the tribulation of Jacob's trouble, but the lost sheep restoration is not big on many people's list. But if we read His word literally, it needs to be central to our understanding of all Scripture.

It is time today to understand the central prophecy that the disciples concerned themselves with, the restoration of the Kingdom of the people of God, the children He has named "Israel".

Moses speaks of this restoration prophecy in the "King's declaration" which we know as the book of Deuteronomy. Just look at chapter five, there Moses gives us a big clue as to a problem so many have in their worship today. He calls it "the following of Baal Peor". When I first realized that I should dig into this to find out what Moses was really talking about I was BLOWN AWAY and SHOCKED at what I learned about my own "church" worship! It seems that I was following the traditions, teaching and instruction of men, of pastors, not my Creator and His word.

So in the past ten years, my family and I sought the manner of worship not according to man, but instead we began to hold fast to God and His instruction so clearly stated in His word. It was always there but somehow we had missed it. I am not trying to be harsh, but Jeremiah prophesied of this:
"...Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit." Jeremiah 16:19
The promise give to Moses are still valid. Here's what Moses says:
"And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal-peor, for the Lord your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor." Deuteronomy 4:1-2
There are also great - yet unfulfilled promises that The Lord Himself will do. These are His words, His prophecies. Take a look, like me you may never have assembled these verses in your mind before, I had not, but it is important that you do - so that you can understand what is described for you in the unchanging word of God:
"For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. Your territory shall be from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea. No one shall be able to stand against you. The Lord your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you." Deuteronomy 11:22-25
The Hebrew word "yarash" translated as "drive out" also means "to destroy, bring to ruin". When we understand that we can see that Moses writes a prophecy that later re-engages within the writing of John in Revelation chapters 14 to 19 we can see the detailed description of how The Lord "drives out" any nation of people who opposes His people, "the saints" whom He chose to call "Israel", which means "God prevails".

I encourage you to study Revelation 14-19 with these words from Moses in mind.

Notice John's admonition as to the instruction and commandments of God: "Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12

Hosea gives us a key prophecy as to the timing of the beginning of the restoration, revival and in gathering as the 20th century, two thousand years after the final destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD.

To understand it let's look and keep in mind that in the Bible, a day equals a thousand years (Numbers 14:33, 34; Ezekiel 4:4-6; 2Peter 3:8, 10; Psalms 90:1,3,4).
"Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth. O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away." Hosea 6:1-4
We can also see this promise recorded by the gospel writer we know as Mark: "We heard Him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.'" Mark 14:58

He referred to His body and His body of believers. Do you remember Jacob’s dream?

He took one of the stones there at the place that many believe to be the location of the Temple Mount and Jacob lay down and “slept”. Then in his ladder dream, he heard The Lord YHVH God promise him that his offspring will “spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south”.

With this dispersion the many “stones” of the families of Israel have been cast and interspersed around the four corners of the globe, this promise has now been completed. Indeed, the final land of this dispersion was the great west, North America. Its settlement by mass immigration halted at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, nearly 100 years ago.

In the U.S., the first Immigration Quota Law was passed by Congress in 1921 after post-war immigration resulted in 590,971 people passing through Ellis Island. In 1910 the law allowed only 3% of an ethnic group living in the U.S. to enter the country in any given year. With the Immigration Act of 1924 restricting further immigration, the annual quota of immigrants was reduced to 164,000. As the buildings on Ellis Island began to fall into neglect and abandonment after 1924 with the end of mass immigration, soon too America began experiencing decline. But what does that have to do with Jacob?

In that dream, God promised Jacob that “in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed”. I believe God has used America to fulfill this promise in many ways. However, I also believe that the U.S. now represents the “rented” vineyard described in the parable of Matthew 21. America was founded on Biblical principles but those fruits have rotted and decayed as the harvest time approaches. Prayer has been tossed out of school, the Bible and prayer stoned from the public eye. Like the killing in the vineyard, abortion is rampant and like Sodom, homosexuality is now common. Divorce and homosexuality is the accepted norm.

Thankfully, the chief cornerstone, Yeshua Messiah has blessed all families of the earth by overcoming the curse of sin which is death, through his own death and resurrection to new life. Today, the lost sheep of Ephraim are coming to understand that the Master not only compared His three day burial and resurrection to a restoration of His bodily Temple, but at the same time He also gave a prophecy of all Israel’s restoration.

I like to think of this restoration as a resurrection of sorts. Consider this:

"We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands." "And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."

We need to know that the finale of God’s promise to Jacob is not yet complete.

Today, because of the laws of Aliyah, Israel has returned only in part through the partial return of one brother, one family to the land, Judah: “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

But Israel's immigration law will change.

God gave the prophet Jeremiah more detail on this visionary promise made to Jacob of the reunion of the two families of Israel. "For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it."

Take note, God told Jeremiah that this will not happen until the time of Jacob’s trouble "Alas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it.”

Like the cycle of the seven feasts of The Lord YHVH that repeat each year, the chronology of this future end time restoration experience will be much like the ancient Passover in Egypt. First salvation, then the 12 tribes of Israel and the strangers among them will enter the Promised Land at the end of "Jacob's Trouble".

Perhaps the restrictive Israeli laws of Aliyah will change very soon. With the fear of Mideast conflict on the horizon, I believe this may be very possible in the near future. The nation of Israel will need every friend, every ally, and every brother possible in the land to help them after they divide and break up the land. Scripture says the nations that surround the land will attack them, but:

“Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease and none shall make him afraid.”

Many Sunday school, church going Christians like me simply have not realized that the Lord (YHVH) says Jacob’s trouble applies to them today since they do not know "who" they really are... they see themselves as “the church”, something that is separate and apart from the people called Israel. Something that will rapture away into the sky. They do not understand the Biblical themes and concepts of adoption and grafting. They do not understand the Biblical concept of suffering. Most think Jacob’s trouble is something just for the “Jews” as they plan to opt out in the end for a “rapture” ride out on the clouds of glory. Many subscribe to a super secret “pre-trib” rapture away to an unearthly place or dimension called heaven, a place that they may even envision with clouds, winged angels, harps, golden crowns and huge white mansions in heaven. But God has a better plan, a real one, a tangible one. For more understanding on how many in Israel have come to this belief I can share another Scripture study: Pre-Trib Rapture... A Golden Calf.

God’s Word is plainly written for us to see with our own eyes, but as I've said we have to study it.

His word gives a promise of the restoration of God’s people “Judah” and “Israel” to His land and into His Kingdom at the end of "Jacob's trouble" on this earth, His creation. This is not a story of two houses but of the unity of one house, the people of God.

Paul told the Romans plainly about this, “it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring”. Jeremiah says: “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Have you not observed that these people are saying, 'The Lord has rejected the two clans that he chose'? Thus they have despised my people so that they are no longer a nation in their sight.”

Jeremiah goes on to tell us that in the end, many of “Israel” will come to understand: “The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind. In the latter days you will understand this.”

Wandering Ephraim does not yet understand, he does not recognize that he is scattered out among the nations just as he does not understand who the Galatians were, but God will re-gather him from the all four corners of the globe back to the land of the covenant.

Why the land of Israel?

Because the land itself is a key part of the covenant given to Abraham who was told all nations will be blessed and receive the land as an inheritance. To receive this promise, Ephraim must discover his identity and overcome the mixed pagan doctrines of Balaam and Jezebel that are hidden and embedded in today’s church traditions if we just stop and look. I know those are strong words, but they are not a condemnation, the church fathers started them 1,600 years ago. We didn't know, we have been innocent, but Messiah Yeshua promised these words when He said: “he that overcomes, and keeps my works (righteous acts) unto the end, to him will I give power (influence) over the nations (of peoples).”

The great mystery, the thing you need to know, is that exiled "Ephraim" as part of the family of Israel will soon be called out by God to return to His promised covenant land too, just like Judah has been returning in large numbers, most assuredly since 1948. It can be hard to grasp, but the Bible is about heaven on Earth. That is why He is coming back!

As you consider this, did you know that Judah has always led first?

This pattern is clearly seen in all of Scripture. In fact, Easton's Bible Dictionary tells us: "It was Judah that interposed in behalf of Joseph, so that his life was spared (Genesis 37:26, 27). He took a lead in the affairs of the family, and "prevailed above his brethren" (Genesis 43:3-10; 44:14, 16-34; 46:28; 1 Chronicles 5:2.)"

There is a prophetic day is coming (soon) that the watchmen of Ephraim will shout this:

"For there shall be a day, [that] the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, [and] with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim [is] my firstborn. Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare [it] in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd [doth] his flock. Jeremiah 31:6-10

Like Jeremiah, Joel and Isaiah also recorded the same promise that God had given:

"And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you." Joel 2:25

“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. 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.”

Ezekiel too writes for us: “For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, [even] I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 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. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.”

From Ezekiel chapter 37, we know that the sinews and flesh will come together first, but there will be no life in them. Spiritually, this is exactly where we have been in this great restoration process. Yet the key to renewed life and restoration is in the wind, in His Spirit.

When those remnant watchmen in "the church" shout and come out as Ephraim, they will be called by God and they will be ready to receive His Spirit of “Truth”. They will reject the traditions of man and return to the ancient paths of God, they will first return to seek out His word, they will return to His Sabbath, to His Feast Days, to His separation of Clean and Unclean. Once God has called these out in fullness He will call them into His land where he will bind them in His hand with Judah. Ephraim as a people will feel the individual calling of His Spirit and each will be willing to do what is pleasing in God’s sight which is the straight way by the waters of His word. They will know they have been called when they will want to follow His teaching and instruction for living from their heart as a demonstration of love for God, they will seek His instruction in the word as to how God wants us to worship Him and live set apart for Him.

Indeed, the remnant, the called out ones, part of "grafted" Israel will be adopted into the olive tree whose root is Messiah. It is the tree of life.

We are beginning to see today, many will repent and return to their Biblical Hebrew roots and observe His rest on God’s seventh Sabbath day of rest, not on man’s traditional - Sunday. Ephraim is being called out by Go to return to honor the unchanging gifts of God's worship, His ordained Sabbaths, His seven feast holidays (holy days) not the green trees of Christmas nor the bunny eggs of Easter, the hearts of Valentines or even the ghosts of Halloween. Ephraim is even adopting God’s healthy diet plan and turning away from Easter ham and hot cross buns as they wave goodbye to their beloved shrimp, lobster, bacon and catfish!

If you sense the restlessness and yearn to return to your Hebraic truth, you too are hearing this call. The prophets speak over one hundred times in Scripture of the scattering, exile, and regathering of Israel. This "move" of the Spirit of God is a prophetic sign of the return of Yeshua the Messiah. YHVH’s Kingdom is comprised of both Jews and those from the nations that accept the call because: “If ye be in Messiah, then ye are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” Galatians 3:29

Jeremiah the prophet received the promise directly from YHVH of these signs that would come about to those in the "church" that are called Ephraim in the Scriptures:

“Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, 'Return, faithless Israel, declares YHVH. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares YHVH; I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt, that you rebelled against YHVH your God and scattered your favors among foreigners under every green tree, and that you have not obeyed my voice, declares YHVH. Return, O faithless children, declares YHVH; for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:12-15

God promises that after Ephraim's return to listen and follow God’s voice and true Biblical worship - that Judah, our brother in the family of Israel will become "jealous" and want to know the Messiah which is Yeshua (Jesus). Yeshua (Jesus) meant it when He spoke of the Scripture's great promise and quoted Nehemiah 1:9 and said: “If you love me, keep my commandments”. John 14:15

He not only read and taught from the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, but He is The Master, The very Holy One who speaking to Moses that wrote out His words at Sinai and to those prophets beyond the mountain. Many in the “church” today, many of Ephraim do not grasp or understand this great truth of whom they are or who Yeshua really is. Please read: Who Is the One Called Jesus?

So too, many of Judah and Benjamin do not understand that Yeshua was who He said He was, but that is changing too as more Jews, those of Judah have recognized and believed Yeshua for who HE IS in the past 40 years than over the past 2,000!! Amazingly, as the people, the ones the Scriptures call "Ephraim" have been returning to follow God’s voice and instruction, Judah has been returning to Messiah Yeshua too.

The eternal One YHVH says, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established”. That why in Scripture there were two Kingdoms of Israel, two families of Israel representing the twelve: Judah and Ephraim, two witnesses, two olive trees, two lamp stands, and two loaves of leavened bread.

We must understand that we are close, in not now in the generation of THE TWO WITNESSES, the two voices for the God and creator of Heaven and Earth, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel. Many are to be restored and re-united into one Kingdom of God's children. As we are restored, The Messiah is being revealed to both Houses of Israel, both to Judah as the truth of Messiah and to Ephraim as the truth of Torah as well as ALL other families - the nations of peoples as promised to Abraham.
And you shall be a blessing… And all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you" Genesis 12:2-3

I pray you will consider how YOU fit into these promises today...

"The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather [others] to him, beside those that are gathered unto him." Isaiah 56:8

"For I [know] their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory." Isaiah 66:18

"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish forever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah." Psalms 89:3-4

"My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." Psalms 89:33-34

"At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers. The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel. And all the people shall know, [even] Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars. Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together " Isaiah 9:7-11

"At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers." Jeremiah 3:17-18

"And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name [is] The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." Zechariah 6:12-13

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory" Matthew 25:31

"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David" Luke 1:32

"Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Messiah to sit on his throne" Acts 2:30

"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Revelation 3:21

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever." Revelation 22:1-5

What!!!! He was sent unto Whom? Look again:

"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, 'Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" Matthew 10:5-7

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

We all need to look into this further.

Yeshua met the Samaritan woman after he told His disciples to not follow the way of the Gentiles. But what really happened and why? To answer that let's look at more detail of the encounter recorded by Matthew:

"And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying out after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly." Matthew 15:21-28

In my study (Who Is the One Called Jesus?) it was noted that it is out of Abraham's seed that God in the incarnation as the divine Messiah, made salvation possible for all. The words "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel" come from the Lord's meeting with a Gentile, a "goy", the Canaanite woman. Even though she begs Him for help for her daughter, it seems that He first appears to reject her pleas by saying, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs." Using the term dog which was used of outsiders such as Canaanites as Gentiles would at first appear to be a derogatory description of this woman. However, as a mother, she knew what a mess children make while eating. They drop many crumbs under any table! This gives any household dog quite a treat. In her declaring this, Yeshua declared her "great faith" and promised her prayer request! Yeshua was born into a Jewish family. There is no contradiction in Yeshua being "sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel" since His offering of salvation to ALL comes out the family of Judah, as Yeshua said, "Salvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22)!

To the Jew first, then to the Gentile.

Some one has to go first, it is that simple. Let's look even more closely. When we read Matthew 15 in its full context, you’ll notice that Yeshua (Jesus) did not say those words, “sent to the lost sheep of Israel” to the Canaanite woman, He spoke those words only to His disciples. He was teaching His disciples; letting them know the truth, that anyone who accepts Him and recognizes Him as Messiah is grafted in to the people He calls "Israel" as a child of God. At the end of the day, Yeshua was instructing His disciples that the woman was part of the lost sheep of Israel that He came to save.

Paul tells us that Jews were ordained to keep the oracles of God (the Bible). He loves all the world (John 3:16), but He choose only one of the twelve tribes through which He would maintain His Hebrew word to all nations over the ages. The family of Judah, the Jews, were given the high honor of bringing both the written word (the Scriptures) and the living - breathing word (Yeshua) into the world. So how did the Messiah come to find the lost sheep of Israel? The answer is there right in front of us... without the Jewish people we would not know Yeshua.

Biblical numbers are important!

Numbers carry many common threads and themes in Scripture. Just take a look at these verses and consider why. Have you ever noticed the numbers "Two", "Five" and "Twelve" in the miracle on the hillside of Galilee? They are used for a reason!

Mark 6:41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave [them] to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

Mark 8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. Revelation 11:3-4 And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

I pray that you can see the purpose of this assembly of Scriptures is to allow you to "see" the simple words of Scripture that declare the truth and to clear any confusion of the words of Paul when he said:

1Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Where did Paul come up with this scenario?

Like most of the New Covenant or New Testament Scriptures, this is taken from the Hebrews scrolls of the Torah, The Prophets and the Writings, the books Yeshua called "the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms" that many know today as the Old Testament. Did Paul simply describe a new concept, the concept many today call "rapture"?

If so, what is the "rapture" really about and why doesn't this word appear in Scripture? To learn this we must take a closer look at the five books (the five bread loaves) of Moses from Genesis to Deuteronomy as well as the Scriptures from the Prophets and the Writings. Paul confirms this in Romans:

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

So we must look at those words that speak of the "restoration" and "re-gathering" of the people of Israel so that one can seriously contemplate and consider why The Messiah used the powerful words about His "lost sheep" and His "other sheep".

I pray He will reveal the mystery of the two fish, the multitude and the five loaves to you. These "numbers" fed the masses and afterward there were twelve baskets of bones. The foreshadowing, the mystery of this miracle must be understood. When it occurred, it was not even understood by the disciples at the time. How do we know this? Mark tells us:

Mark 6:50-52: ...But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

This was prophesied by Jeremiah:

My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. Jeremiah 50:6
The "Kingdom", the "Gathering" and the "Restoration" of Judah and the House of Israel or Ephraim is the common theme that permeates throughout all of Scripture. You will see that in His word, just open it and follow it.

When there is perfect balance between "Law" and "Grace" we will see restoration from The Messiah and the end of Jacob's trouble.

What is "law"? It is His instruction, His commandments, His teaching and instruction (Torah). The "law", without understanding the nature and work of The Messiah, does not easily reveal Jesus (Yeshua) to the world. Likewise, "grace" alone without the demonstration of our love for Him by following His ways and keeping His commandments (His Torah) does not reflect the full reality of His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the book of Kings we learn about the two divided "houses" 1) Ephraim and 2) Judah: "Yet the LORD 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." 2 Kings 17:13

Nehemiah, the prophet recorded this great promise of repentance, the restoration when Judah and Ephraim return to Him:

But [if] ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, [yet] will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. Nehemiah 9:1

Mark made note of this promise that was repeated by Messiah when He foretold of a future time and of the signs marked by both solar and lunar eclipses as well as meteor and/or asteroid showers:

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mark 13:24-27

There is an instruction that goes with the re-gathering as recorded by John.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Deuteronomy 5:22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

God declares the end from the beginning.

What final word does God have to say about this restoration, to bring man back to His "original" fellowship design, plan and will?

Revelation 22:12-14 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega (Aleph Tav), the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed [are] they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Where does this promise begin?

From the Torah, the Bible Jesus read and taught from.

Genesis 3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Leviticus 27:24 In the year of the jubilee the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, [even] to him to whom the possession of the land [did belong].

Numbers 36:9 Neither shall the inheritance remove from [one] tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance.

What words did Moses record for us?

Genesis 35:10-12 And God said unto him, Thy name [is] Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And God said unto him, I [am] God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

Deuteronomy 7:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, if you give heed to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord your God shall keep with you the covenant and the mercy which he swore to your fathers;

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.

Deuteronomy 11:22-23 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

What about "the kingdom" spoken of by Samuel and Isaiah?

2Samuel 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

Isaiah 1:26-27 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

So what went wrong?

2Kings 17:7-9 For [so] it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. And the children of Israel did secretly [those] things that [were] not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

2Kings 17:22-23 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
Why the Curse?

Leviticus 26:14-28 But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. 'And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit. 'Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate. 'And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied. 'And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

Deuteronomy 28:15-16 But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: Cursed [shalt] thou [be] in the city, and cursed [shalt] thou [be] in the field.

2Kings 23:26-27 Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.

What did Paul tell us about making, restoring, reconciling man and slaying the enmity between the seed of the one of the tree of good and evil and one of the tree of life?

Paul understood. So should you.
The wall of partition between Gentile and Jew was broken by Messiah. Let's look at again at the letter to the Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:14-22 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) himself being the chief corner [stone]; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Nathan gave a prophecy to King David about these things.

After King David’s son, Solomon died the Kingdom of Israel was divided into North and South. Israel and Judah. It was divided, but look at the words Nathan was instructed by our Creator to tell King David:

1 Chronicles 17:7-15 “Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, [even] from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel: And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that [are] in the earth. Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them anymore, as at the beginning, And since the time that I commanded judges [to be] over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house. And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go [to be] with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took [it] from [him] that was before thee: But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.”

Now think about the great prophecy of Moses and the words of Messiah Yeshua.

Do you recall Messiah's parable about the two prodigal sons? It is important!! Do your also recall the story of the two criminals that were crucified with him and the story of the two walking threescore furlongs along the road to Emmaus.

Deuteronomy 30:1-8 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, 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; 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. 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: 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. 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. And YHVH thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. And thou shalt return and obey the voice of YHVH, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

John 5:46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

These scriptures show His plan is to honor what was spoken to the prophets and to Moses, to David as well as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Read, but as you read, let His Spirit show you the answer to the question...

We all seem to know who Judah is, after all the Jews returned from Babylon after the dispersion in 586BC but... Who is Israel? They never returned as a people group from the Assyrian dispersion in 722BC. Where are these scattered lost sheep?

Luke 15:11-32 And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to [his] father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth [to me]. And he divided unto them [his] living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to [his] father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Why are there always "two"?

Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; [but] at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

Jeremiah 33:24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.

Luke 23:32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

Luke 24:13-21 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications [are] these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.

Luke 24:27-32 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Revelation 11:3 And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

The restoration of "two" – it is shown by the names Ephraim and Judah. They are the sons of the prophets..

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of The Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, Yeshua, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. Moses said, 'The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.' And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.' Acts 3:19-25

So what did all the prophets say? Let's look at Micah's words:

Micah 4:6-7 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Micah 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Micah 5:5-9 And this [man] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver [us] from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from YHVH, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

Ezekiel lays it all out for us. Just take a look at chapter 37:
Ezekiel 37:1-38 The hand of YHVH was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was] full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, [there were] very many in the open valley; and, lo, [they were] very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?

And I answered, O YHVH GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of YHVH. Thus saith YHVH GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I [am] YHVH.

So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but [there was] no breath in them.

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith YHVH GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith YHVH GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith YHVH.

The word of YHVH came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and [for] all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou [meanest] by these? Say unto them, Thus saith YHVH GOD; 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.

And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith YHVH GOD; 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: 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:

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 dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 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. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince forever.

Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I YHVH do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
Can you just imagine that Ezekiel's two sticks when held together in his hand looked just like the ancient Hebrew letter Tav, formed together as the sign of the covenant? Amazingly, the ancient Hebrew letter Tav is graphically a cross and its word meaning is covenant.

The prophet Isaiah declares the restoration of the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah:

Isaiah 11:11-12 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord 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.

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.

Joel 3:20-21 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood [that] I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

Amos 9:14-15 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Jeremiah 30:11 For I [am] with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

Obadiah 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Zephaniah 3:14-20 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, [even] the LORD, [is] in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: [and to] Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

I will gather [them that are] sorrowful for the solemn assembly, [who] are of thee, [to whom] the reproach of it [was] a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

At that time will I bring you [again], even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

Zechariah 10:6-10 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I [am] the LORD their God, and will hear them.

And [they of] Ephraim shall be like a mighty [man], and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see [it], and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.

And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and [place] shall not be found for them.

Hosea 3:4-5 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and [without] teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
The 12 tribes represent the 10 tribes of northern Israel and the 2 southern tribes of Judah which includes the tribe of Benjamin.

Matthew 10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jeremiah 2:4 Hear ye the word of YHVH, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

Isaiah 2:1-5 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, [that] the mountain of YHVH's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of YHVH, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of YHVH from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of YHVH.

Isaiah 44:1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:

The Restoration of Israel is Happening NOW.

Isaiah 49:6 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.

Restoration = Return. It will be fulfilled. God said so. To understand this we have to read the promise.

Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Jeremiah 33:26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, [so] that I will not take [any] of his seed [to be] rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.

Jeremiah 46:27 But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make [him] afraid.

Jeremiah 46:28 Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith YHVH: for I [am] with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.

The Re-gathering of the Assembly is "The End" of the Age of the Exile we know as Jacob's trouble, the end times. This is revealed throughout the word of God:
Ezekiel 28:25 Thus saith YHVH GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.

Deuteronomy 4:26-31 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong [your] days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And YHVH shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither YHVH shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek YHVH thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even] in the latter days, if thou turn to YHVH thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For YHVH thy God [is] a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Zephaniah 3:18-20 I will gather [them that are] sorrowful for the solemn assembly, [who] are of thee, [to whom] the reproach of it [was] a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you [again], even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith YHVH.

Micah 2:12 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.

Zephaniah 2:1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired

Zechariah 10:8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.

Zechariah 10:10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and [place] shall not be found for them.

Numbers 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it...

Exodus 3:16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and [seen] that which is done to you in Egypt:

Genesis 49:1-2 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.

Exodus 23:10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:

Leviticus 8:3 And gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Leviticus 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

Numbers 8:9 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together:

Numbers 10:4 And if they blow [but] with one [trumpet], then the princes, [which are] heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.

Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

Numbers 21:16 And from thence [they went] to Beer: that [is] the well whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

Deuteronomy 4:10 [Specially] the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.

Deuteronomy 30:3-4 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If [any] of thine be driven out unto the outmost [parts] of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

Deuteronomy 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that [is] within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:

Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them.

2Samuel 3:21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.

1Chronicles 16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, [and] glory in thy praise.

Ezra 10:7 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

Nehemiah 1:9 But [if] ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, [yet] will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

Job 39:12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather [it into] thy barn?

Psalms 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

Psalms 106:47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, [and] to triumph in thy praise.

Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Jeremiah 4:5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.
Abraham is the promised father of many Nations.
Romans 4:16-22 Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Leviticus 26:40-42 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And [that] I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

Leviticus 26:45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I [am] the LORD.

Genesis 13:14-17 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
Abraham's Vision is Important.
Genesis 15:1-21 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
The Covenant of Blessing is for Many Nations.
Genesis 17:1-8 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
Next, we see that the promise of the the stars and the sand. Anywhere you look up from earth, you see stars surrounding it. Anywhere you look down at a seashore you see sand. The same is true of all believers, all the seed of Abraham. They are in a sense, a multitude scattered all over the earth!
Genesis 22:15-18 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
So what is a Multitude?
Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebecca, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

Genesis 26:3-5 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Stars, sand and Abraham obeyed my voice.


Ever wonder why God compares people to the sea?

Believe it or not, it's about boundaries, the sea shore. Can you see that the seas have their boundaries that are set by God. Yet the sea by its very nature constantly opposes the shore with its waves.

Any time they over flow their boundaries, there is chaos.

The boundaries God set forth are His instruction manual for living... the Torah. Genesis 2:2-5; Jeremiah 5:22; Proverbs 8:29

Isaiah tells us: Woe to the multitude of many people, [which] make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, [that] make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters. Isaiah 17:12

What did Yeshua do with chaos?

He calmed the sea. Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still. Mark 4:29

Ever wonder why does God compare the descendants of Abraham to the sand of the shore? Because we are to uphold the boundaries He set. That is the same reason He compares those of the faith of Abraham to the stars. We are to be bright lights in darkness.

Both the sand and the stars are God's workmanship.
Ephesians 2:10; 14 For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. For He is our peace...
Hard to believe but "good works: is a term constantly used by Paul. It means following Torah, doing something in love for others.

So, the entire Bible is an instruction manual in which God encourages us to walk within the boundaries the word of God that He has set for us in all areas of life because when we walk within these boundaries, we can enjoy peace given by Him despite the tempests of life.

Like Isaac we as Israel are “The” Children of Promise.
Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Genesis 28:3-4 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.

Genesis 28:13-14 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 35:11-12 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

Genesis 48:3-5 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

Genesis 48:14-19 1And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
And... from what we see and hear what has happened with the blessing that was first promised to Abraham?

It was given to Isaac, the second boy born to Abraham as the Scripture says, then Jacob the second born son to Isaac. But from Jacob it was given to his grandchildren, the adopted sons of Joseph. Consider the birth order of Manasseh and Ephraim. In Genesis 41:51-52 the scriptures read, "And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: for God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house. And the name of the second called he Ephraim...." Of the two sons of Joseph, Manasseh was the first child to be born. Ephraim was the second child to be physically born.

But Jacob was giving the two sons of Joseph his final blessing. Joseph made sure that Manasseh was standing on Jacob's right hand due to the fact that he was his firstborn. He also guided Ephraim over to Jacob's left side as the one on the right side should receive the blessing of pre-eminence. Nonetheless Jacob crossed his arms and put his right hand on Ephraim's head and his left hand on Manasseh's head. Of course Joseph protested but it was the second born son who received the blessing of inheritance and pre-eminence who was adopted as the "Firstborn".

This is verified by Jeremiah 31:9:
"They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn."
In Scripture, genealogy does not always coincide with the birthright and blessing. For example, Esau was the firstborn but the second born, Jacob, received the birthright thus becoming the firstborn. Also, in 1 Chronicles 5:1-2 we see:
"Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, for he [was] the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him [came] the chief ruler; but the birthright [was] Joseph's."
We also see God calling David His "firstborn" in Psalms 89:27: "Also I will make him my firstborn..." It is evident that God said He would make David His firstborn. However, 1 Samuel 17:13 says that Eliab was the first son born to Jesse. So we have to understand adoption - grafting in.

Adoption... it’s metaphor is “grafting”.

Adoption goes hand in hand with forgiveness and mercy. Paul knew this. He was a natural branch from the family of Benjamin that was cut off in unbelief and grafted back in by Messiah on the road to Emmaus. Because of this, he wrote with authority:
Romans 11:22-27 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 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. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Wake up to Your Identity!!!

The fullness of the Gentiles is the fullness of the nations of Ephraim and Manasseh. Together, they became known in Scripture as "Ephraim", the northern ten tribes who became separated from Judah and the covenant, promised land.
Psalms 24:1-6 The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.
Like All Seven Covenants - The Promise Still Stands.
Jeremiah 31:3-9 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee. Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Hebrews 7:13-14 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

1 Kings 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
We Must Look at the Rebellion of the Ten Tribes.
1 Kings 11:29-39 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field: And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces: And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee: (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) 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. Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes: But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee. And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.

1 Kings 12:19-24 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only. And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying, Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.

1 Kings 12:26-33 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
Why a Restoration?
Genesis 49:8-10 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Hosea 1:1-9 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son. And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel. And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away. But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son. Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.

Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

Hosea 8:8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.

Hosea 8: 11-17 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them! Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Hosea 10:1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

Hosea 12:1-6 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him. He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial. Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

Hosea 1:10-11 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Hosea 2:19-23 And I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
There will be a Return to Torah, the Land and to Jerusalem.
Zechariah 1:16-17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

Zechariah 2:10-12 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

Amos 9: 8-9 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

Amos 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Matthew 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Acts 15: 14-21 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.

Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

Acts 7: 37-38 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the assembly (ecclesia) in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Galatians 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Matthew 16:16-19 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my assembly (ecclesia); and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
There will be a Restoration into His Kingdom.
Jeremiah 23:3-8 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Luke 24:20-21 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.

Ezekiel 37:15-28 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 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. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 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: 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: 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 dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 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. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince forever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

Isaiah 49:5-12 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 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. Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
Yet There is Much Unfinished Business.
Deuteronomy 7:1-2 When YHVH thy Elohim shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when YHVH thy Elohim shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, [and] utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Deuteronomy 7:23-24 But YHVH thy Elohim shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed. And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.

Isaiah 59:15-20 Yea, truth faileth; and he [that] departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw [it], and it displeased him that [there was] no judgment. And he saw that [there was] no man, and wondered that [there was] no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. According to [their] deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. So shall they fear the name of YHVH from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of YHVH shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith YHVH.

Psalms 149:6-9 Let the high praises of El be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye YHVH.
We Need to Ask for the TRUTH to be revealed to us by His Spirit.
Psalms 25:4-5 Shew me thy ways, O YHVH; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the Elohim of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
How shall we discern His plan?
1Corinthians 2:9-11 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Elohim hath prepared for them that love him. But YHVH hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of YHVH. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Elohim knoweth no man, but the Spirit of Elohim.
We will receive Resurrection in the Spirit of Truth.
1Corinthians 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
After the appointment of the Day of Trumpets comes the Day of Judgment.
Jude 1:14-15 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, YHVH comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are wicked among them of all their wicked deeds which they have wickedly committed, and of all the harsh things which wicked sinners have spoken against Him."
What did YHVH God command Israel to do?
1Chronicles 12:38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel [were] of one heart to make David king.
What did David and his Army Do?
1Samuel 25:13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.
All Believers will sing a Victory Song.
Revelation 14:1-5 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and His Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being first fruits to YHVH and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of YHVH.

Revelation 15:2-3 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of Elohim. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of Elohim, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous [are] thy works, YHVH Elohim Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.

Exodus 15:1-3 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto YHVH, and spake, saying, I will sing unto YHVH, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. YHVH [is] my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he [is] my Elohim, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's Elohim, and I will exalt him. YHVH [is] a man of war: YHVH [is] his name.
Indeed... The Good News is, The Gospel is.... His Covenant Kingdom Comes after the day of battle.
Zechariah 14:3-4 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Zechariah 14:8-11 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

Hebrews 8:9-13 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
There are Twelve Tribes and Twelve Gates for ALL Israel.
Revelation 21:12-14 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Isaiah 43:15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

Isaiah 43:18-21 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

James 1:1-2 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

1Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Jeremiah 33:24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
The People Israel are Chosen as a Royal Priesthood.
1Peter 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Hosea 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Romans 9:24 - Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 4:28-31 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

1Corinthians 10:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

1Corinthians 5:7-8 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Acts 3:19-26 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

John 10:15-18 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 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. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

John 11:49-52 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

Isaiah 49:1-6 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God. And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 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.

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Acts 24: 5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
Return to The King's Authority. Everyone wants to know when. It takes 2,000 Years = Two Days.
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Hosea 6:2-7 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth. O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. Therefore have I hewed [them] by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments [are as] the light [that] goeth forth. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

Luke 1:54–55 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Mark 12:28-29 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

Luke 2:25-32 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 Holy Ghost was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the spirit into the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for him the custom of the law, and he took him into his arms, and blessed God and said, "Now Lord, You are releasing your bond servant to rest in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen Your Salvation (Yeshua) which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel."

Luke 1:67-70 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Matthew 6:9-15 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Summary... A Restoration to life in the Kingdom - Under The King.
2Samuel 7:8-17 "Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great [men] that [are] in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them anymore, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges [to be] over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
So How Does this Happen? Just read on for yourself.
Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

1Corinthians 15:51-55 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

1Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Matthew 24:37-42 But as the days of Noah [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];

Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Luke 17:35-37 Two [women] shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two [men] shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body [is], thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Amazing!! Can't we just believe the Bible? The Tares are Gathered First- The Wheat are then Left Behind, Not the Tares!
Revelation 19:17-18 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great.

Revelation 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

2Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

1Thessolonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Deuteronomy 30:4 If [any] of thine be driven out unto the outmost [parts] of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

Deuteronomy 30:1-8 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 the LORD thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the LORD 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; That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If [any] of thine be driven out unto the outmost [parts] of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the LORD 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. And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

Jeremiah 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Jeremiah 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, [and] with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.

Jeremiah 31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare [it] in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd [doth] his flock.

Jeremiah 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:

Ezekiel 11:16-20 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 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. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 37:12-14 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith the LORD.
Ezekiel 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 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:

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Joel 3:11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

Matthew 13:29-30 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Luke 3:17 Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

Revelation 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea.

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.

Hosea 8:10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.

The Two Houses, the sheep and the other sheep will be Restored as One House, One Kingdom People.

Ezekiel 37:19-28 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 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. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 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: 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: 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 dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 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. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince forever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

Isaiah 27:12-13 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Isaiah 43:5 Fear not: for I [am] with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

Isaiah 49:18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, [and] come to thee. [As] I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them [on thee], as a bride [doeth].

Isaiah 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isaiah 54:15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, [but] not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD
The Restoration of Judah and Ephraim Will Have a Global Impact as they ARE NOT Left Behind.
Zechariah 10:6-10 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I [am] the LORD their God, and will hear them. And [they of] Ephraim shall be like a mighty [man], and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see [it], and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and [place] shall not be found for them.
The Tree of Life - There are Twelve Verses in Scripture that mention it!
Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:

Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Deuteronomy 20:19 When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field [is] man's [life]) to employ [them] in the siege:

Proverbs 3:18 She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Restoration is Coming - Back to the Garden here on Earth - Back to Eden!

The Bible, the word of God describes God's desire and plan to restore His people to Himself as one house, one family. There is really only one house, one body of Messiah. When His people were divided and scattered in God engaged His plan to restore His people to His Kingdom, His garden.
Revelation 22:1-6 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings [are] faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Ezekiel 20:30-44 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations? For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you. And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye everyone his idols, and hereafter [also], if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the first fruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you with your sweet savor, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country [for] the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
Ezekiel 34 provides the gospel outline of the "Lost Sheep" Scriptures.

- Gradual, worldwide immigration from the nations. Ezekiel 34:11-13
- Improvement of the land for living. Ezekiel 34:14
- Messiah's Kingship rule when restoration is complete. Ezekiel 34:23-24
- Israel will have a covenant of peace. Ezekiel 34:25-31

Ezekiel 36 reveals more great promises:

Ezekiel 36:24-38 “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign YHVH. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel! On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. Then the nations around you that remain will know that I YHVH have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I YHVH have spoken, and I will do it.' Once again I will yield to the plea of the house of Israel and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep, as numerous as the flocks for offerings at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts. So will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am YHVH.”
As does the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 6:13-14 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
Incredibly, Two Brothers are to be Reunited as One New Man in Messiah.

Let's look at the story of the Prodigal son, the story of two brothers. This is perhaps the most significant parable told by Messiah Jesus-Yeshua since the parable of the prodigal son is actually a thematic prophecy that describes the future restoration of the people of God called Ephraim and Judah.
Luke 15:11-32 "And He said, A certain man had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.” And he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be in need. And he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he was longing to fill his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. But when he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.’” And he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.” And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things might be. And he said to him, your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound. But he became angry, and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began entreating him. But he answered and said to his father, Look! For so many years I have been serving you, and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a kid, that I might be merry with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him. And he said to him, My child, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to be merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found."
Paul understood this mystery of the restoration. That is why he wrote to the Romans:

"For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written of Israel, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.” Romans 11:25-26

Jeremiah and Ezekiel as well wrote about this promise:
Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for Thou art the Lord my God. For after I turned back, I repented; and after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh; I was ashamed, and also humiliated, because I bore the reproach of my youth. “Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him,”" declares the Lord. Jeremiah 31:18-20

Therefore, say to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, it is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “When I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, that you may not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations.” Ezekiel 36:22-31
At the End of The Day - Who will enter The Kingdom Land after the day of trouble?
“For, behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.” The Lord says, “I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers, and they shall possess it. Jeremiah 30:3

"Alas! for that day [is] great, so that none [is] like it: it [is] even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." Jeremiah 30:7
For the full picture you will need to read all of Jeremiah chapter 30 and chapter 31 and consider the question, just how do we take the journey to the gates? Revelation tells us:
Revelation 22:13-14 I am Alpha and Omega (Aleph and Tav), the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Studying the words of Hosea is where will will begin to conclude this Scripture study. Verse 1:10 records that many will enter and the number of the sons of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered; and it will come about that, in the place where it is said to them, “You are not My people,” It will be said to them, “You are the sons of the living God.”

But before this restoration concludes, there will be a time of great difficulty and calamity for God's people. Judah has always led first so this again is a time for Judah to lead first. We have already seen this in Hitler's Holocaust of World War II and before that the pogroms and the inquisitions. Immediately after WWII, Judah led the way and began to return to the land of Israel in great earnest in 1948 after the state of Israel was recognized by the UN on May 14, 1948.

But Zechariah tells us about another tribulation for Judah. This time in Jerusalem and the Promised Land. One we are beginning to see in today's headlines:
Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment, and his rider with madness.” But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, “A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the Lord of hosts, their God.” In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem. The Lord also will save the tents of Judah first in order that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be magnified above Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. Zechariah 12:2-8
Next, we will see tribulation not only for Judah but also for his brothers known in Scripture as Ephraim.

Just as with Judah, who went first, this will begin to occur just before Ephraim's restoration with Judah and return to the land to greet the returning Messiah. Are you prepared for this time of refining or are you looking for a secret rapture escape ride out of town before the test of God's people? If so, you may miss the blessings of His refinement and His reward.

Messiah is not a liar:
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you Matthew 5:10-12

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. John 15:18-20

When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:21-22

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:8-11

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 2 Timothy 3:12

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 1 Peter 4:16
So... YOU NEED TO KNOW, just Who Is ALL Israel?

Just as the family of Jacob AND the mixed multitude that have were redeemed AND followed the God of Abraham were called Israel... so today all redeemed believers that follow Him share in that same identity. I hope you have seen by reading these Scriptures that one of the least understood end-time prophecies is focused on the restoration of Ephraim and Judah, indeed all of Israel.

Why is this called an "end-time" prophecy?

Simply, it is the end of the Diaspora, the scattering and separation of all the people God calls Israel. It is the end of the separation of the family, the restoration of the Kingdom people of God. It is the time the disciples questioned Messiah about described in Acts 1:6:
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
There is no so called "end of the world" as many would have you believe before the return of Messiah Yeshua. There is no super secret pre-trib rapture. Instead, there is a restoration of both houses of Israel and the strangers and sojourners with them. Every prophet understood this. The disciples understood this. Just like Joel, they all knew that God's Kingdom will be restored by Messiah and that Israel will one day prophesy to all people, all nations about His ancient path called Torah. Restored Israel will become the promised priesthood.
Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God and there is no other; and My people will never be put to shame. And it will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Joel 2:27-28
Many of faith, many Christians may find this unbelievable since they have not been taught these Scripture truths that are there in plain sight for all to see. Many like myself have been taught that there are two Bible, an old and a new, but God is One, His word is one and it does not change!

You may have been taught that the "church" replaced "Israel", that you are a sinner, just a plain gentile or that your destiny was headed up, up and away to sit in the clouds in a mansion in a far away heaven. But we must never forget the Lord's prayer, the prayer of our Savior:
..."thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven."
The Prayer of Manasseh is Important to Consider.

The Prayer of Manasseh is a short prayer of king Manasseh. Manasseh is recorded in the Bible as one of the most idolatrous (2 Kings 21:1-18); however, after having been taken captive by the Assyrians, he prays for mercy (2 Chronicles 33:10-17). The Prayer of Manasseh is included in certain editions of the Septuagint and the Codex Alexandrinus. It is in 2 Chronicles in the 1599 Geneva Bible and the Latin Vulgate; it even appears in the Biblical apocrypha of the King James Bible!

It Should be Our Prayer today:
"O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed; who hast made heaven and earth, with all the ornament thereof; who hast bound the sea by the word of thy commandment; who hast shut up the deep, and sealed it by thy terrible and glorious name; whom all men fear, and tremble before thy power; for the majesty of thy glory cannot be borne, and thine angry threatening toward sinners is importable: but thy merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable; for thou art the most high Lord, of great compassion, longsuffering, very merciful, and repentest of the evils of men.

Thou, O Lord, according to thy great goodness hast promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against thee: and of thine infinite mercies hast appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved.

Thou therefore, O Lord, that art the God of the just, hast not appointed repentance to the just, as to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, which have not sinned against thee; but thou hast appointed repentance unto me that am a sinner: for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea.

My transgressions, O Lord, are multiplied: my transgressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities. I am bowed down with many iron bands, that I cannot life up mine head, neither have any release: for I have provoked thy wrath, and done evil before thee: I did not thy will, neither kept I thy commandments: I have set up abominations, and have multiplied offences.

Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, beseeching thee of grace. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge mine iniquities: wherefore, I humbly beseech thee, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, and destroy me not with mine iniquities.

Be not angry with me forever, by reserving evil for me; neither condemn me to the lower parts of the earth. For thou art the God, even the God of them that repent; and in me thou wilt shew all thy goodness: for thou wilt save me, that am unworthy, according to thy great mercy. Therefore I will praise thee for ever all the days of my life: for all the powers of the heavens do praise thee, and thine is the glory forever and ever. Amen."
How do we tie all this together from beginning to end?

Exodus 28:9-10 And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel: Six of their names on one stone, and [the other] six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.

Exodus 28:17-21 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, [even] four rows of stones: [the first] row [shall be] a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: [this shall be] the first row. And the second row [shall be] an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, [like] the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

Revelation 7:4-8 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Judah [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Asher [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Naphtali [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasseh [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zebulon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin [were] sealed twelve thousand.

Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Matthew 10:2-4 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.

Revelation 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city [were] garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation [was] jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Revelation 21:1-3 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Revelation 7:9-10 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
We, the people "Israel" have been blind in one way or another, one "house", one group to the identity of Yeshua as Messiah and the other "house" another group to the unchanging spoken word of God, the Torah.

The Re-unification and Restoration of the two houses of Israel (Judah and Ephraim), their return to the Word of God and the Covenant of YHVH as given to Abraham is coming together. Together they will reconcile Law and Grace which is Torah. Together they will become on stick on the Land in the Hand of God. You do not want to miss it!

In geography and government, today Israel is known as a sovereign country, but in Scripture we must know Israel is also a people. The people God calls Israel!

Israel is the name that means "God prevails". Israel is the people who hear the Creator's words of life and follow them. Israel is the nation of people who are the assembly. They are a "nation" of people that have many names such as believers, the body of the Messiah, the remnant, the saints and so on, but throughout Scripture they are called "Israel" by God.

Israel as a "whole" people still do not know who they are, but it is time to restore your identity. Virtually all the prophecies concerning Israel speak of Israel as being restored and returning into the Promised Kingdom where they will be restored by faith in the Messiah and His Word. We can now see that there has always been an assembly that came out of Egypt, a people saved by the Passover lamb, baptized in the sea crossing, a people wandering in the wilderness and a people constantly disputing God's word. But in the end, they will finally arrive together at the Jordan to cross over into the Promised Land to serve in the Kingdom of God.

God revealed this promise to Jeremiah when He told him:
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD (YHVH), the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go and seek the LORD (YHVH) their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, [saying], Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD (YHVH) in a perpetual covenant [that] shall not be forgotten. My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. Jeremiah 50:4-6
The Lost Sheep Scriptures are summarized by Ezekiel 34:
The word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and tell them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Shouldn't the shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, and you clothe yourself with the wool, you kill the fatlings; but you don't feed the sheep. You haven't strengthened the diseased, neither have you healed that which was sick, neither have you bound up that which was broken, neither have you brought back that which was driven away, neither have you sought that which was lost; but with force and with rigor you have ruled over them. They were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and they became food to all the animals of the field, and were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill: yes, my sheep were scattered on all the surface of the earth; and there was none who searched or sought. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As I live, says the Lord GOD, surely because my sheep became a prey, and my sheep became food to all the animals of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my sheep, but the shepherds fed themselves, and didn't feed my sheep; therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my sheep at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves anymore; and I will deliver my sheep from their mouth, that they may not be food for them. For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture; and on the mountains of the height of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie down in a good fold; and on fat pasture shall they feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will cause them to lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek that which was lost, and will bring back that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but the fat and the strong I will destroy; I will feed them in justice. As for you, O my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, the rams and the male goats. Does it seem a small thing to you to have fed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture? and to have drunk of the clear waters, but you must foul the residue with your feet? As for my sheep, they eat that which you have trodden with your feet, and they drink that which you have fouled with your feet. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you thrust with side and with shoulder, and push all the diseased with your horns, until you have scattered them abroad; therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken it. I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause evil animals to cease out of the land; and they shall dwell securely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. I will make them and the places around my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there shall be showers of blessing. The tree of the field shall yield its fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bars of their yoke, and have delivered them out of the hand of those who made slaves of them. They shall no more be a prey to the nations, neither shall the animals of the earth devour them; but they shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. {34:29} I will raise up to them a plantation for renown, and they shall be no more consumed with famine in the land, neither bear the shame of the nations any more. They shall know that I, the LORD, their God am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord GOD. You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, says the Lord GOD.
For over ten years now I have continued to study The Lost Sheep Scriptures and I want to heartily recommend that you seriously consider your own further personal study of The Scriptures.

The people "Israel" are the chosen priesthood by which YHVH God manifests His presence in this world, His creation. Man is made in the image of God and our Creator will restore his image among the nations of All people. Our job is to restore His name and the name of His people.

Israel’s restoration is dependent upon YHVH’s presence in their midst.

The importance of our understanding of Israel's identity and our role in God's plan of restoration is important beyond imagination, and it is beautifully and elegantly explained in this MUST BUY book Redeemed Israel by Batya Wootten which is also available direct from Key of David Publishing.

You can click on this link to download a free eBook summary of the larger work Redeemed Israel. You can download it here: Ephraim and Judah: ISRAEL REVEALED.


Another excellent witness is from an excellent teacher, Tony Robinson. His Ministry is known as of "Restoration of Torah Ministries". His study follows Tony's gift of thematic teaching and you can read it here and learn much more about the importance of the thematic study of Scripture: The Torah's Introduction to the Two Houses of Israel.

God's word is plain...

When you believe and follow in the footsteps of the Messiah of Israel, you are a full member of His household and citizens of His commonwealth Kingdom. A Kingdom He calls "Israel" (look once again at Paul's letter to the Ephesians 2:11-22). For through Messiah we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Because God has determined what He will do, we must believe His Word and His promises there. When the Father restores “both the houses of Israel” (Isaiah 8:13-14), when He makes the two sticks of Judah and Joseph - Ephraim, as one stick in His hand, that restoration will of course includes their companions and sojourners. After all the blessing is for all people, all nations as God told Ezekiel:
“‘Son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions;’ then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.’

Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. And when the sons of your people speak to you saying; ‘Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?’ say to them, ‘Thus says YHVH Elohim,’ ‘Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand....I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations, and they will no longer be divided into two kingdoms. And they will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions....And they will be My people, and I will be their God....They will all have one shepherd....and I will...set My sanctuary in their midst forever. My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people’” (Ezekiel 37:16-27).
Our God does not make a distinction between native and sojourner because we are no more strangers and foreigners when we know and follow Him just as those that left Egypt followed the cloud of glory through the wilderness!!

God also told "former aliens" to the commonwealth Kingdom how they were to learn to regard themselves:
“Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to YHVH say, ‘YHVH will surely separate me from His people....The foreigners who bind themselves to YHVH...these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer....for My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations.’ The LORD God [YHVH Elohim], who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, ‘Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.’” Isaiah 56:3,6-8
In the end, the Promised Land will be given to the faithful people in God's inheritance. He said:
“‘You shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And in the tribe with which the alien stays, there you shall give him his inheritance,’ declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 47:22-23
Yet there is still an uncompleted assignment in the West Bank for the multitude, the family of the House of Joseph:
"Then Joshua said to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, "You are a numerous people and have great power. You shall not have one allotment only, but the hill country shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders. For you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong."" Joshua 17:17-18
And John describes quite an amazing scene with every people group in Revelation 5:9 and Revelation 7:9-10:
"And they sang a new song, saying, Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation."

"...I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
Again, never simply take my word or anyone's for granted, get a second witness from the Scriptures and remember the "Church" has not replaced Israel and we are not British Israelites.

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now!

Then open and study God's word and let it be your witness so that you too may sing the song of Psalms 107. You can hear it and read here.

Update May 2012: Also, be sure to see this excellent video teaching from 119 Ministries:

2 comments:

Carol said...

Thank you for your fine study on Judah and Israel.Without this knowledge, we are not able to know His faithfulness to His Word.
By the way, my husband's Grandfather was Rabbi Max Wertheimer. He was a very humble and godly man.
I am forever a student of scriptures and forevermore humbled by my lack of knowledge.
Thank you again, Carol Worth

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your study on the 'lost sheep of Israel.' I have read Batya Wooten's Israel Revealed and highly recommend it for anyone who really wants to understand "Who is Israel?" Grateful to the Lord for revealing the truth of His plan of restoration!

A daughter of Zion,

Shelly