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Don't Be a Victim of Identity Theft... Part 2

Consider how Jacob's name was changed.

Israel is the eternal family name God chose for both the "native" and adopted "stranger":
Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Exodus 12:19
The day I realized that all people that follow the "God of Israel" are Israel, the Bible came alive. We need to know our identity comes from God's word because understanding "Israel" as ONE people seeking God's will on Earth as it is in Heaven join Messiah in His prayer for "ll people" shown in John 17 when He prayed:

"Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word."

That's why know that prayer! But if we assume another identity, our lives are left seeking deeper meaning with a feeling there has to be more.

The Bible tells us God is "The God of Israel". That exact phrase occurs 201 times in the KJV and 191 times in the NIV translation and exactly 12 in the NIV's 'Newer' Testament. The words "God and Israel" are repeated in 453 verses in the KJV.

The God of Israel is our Father and King. Israel is the family name He chooses to give the people of His Kingdom, the domain name of His people. Luke writes:
"He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God." Luke 1:16
“Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had father Abraham. I am one of them and so are you…,” so the old children’s song goes. In Romans 4:1–16, the Apostle Paul explains that Abraham is “the father of us all.” If we are one of His children, we can also know our identity from God's fatherly perspective, not ours. Abraham stood on the promise of the salvation of God to come in the Messiah just as we can stand on the promised salvation of God in the Messiah who has come. The Almighty God declared Abraham righteous because he believed, just as the Lord will declare us righteous if we believe.

Adoption into God’s family and eternal covenant assembly of Believers, the children of the promise is achieved not through having the right DNA or an earthly family name. True Israel is believing, faithful Israel, and only faithful Israel inherits God’s promise as children of the promise. Faithful Israelites are those that are circumcised in their hearts, those who have trusted in the Messiah of Israel. True Israel is faithful because they have faith in the only faithful Israelite who has ever lived righteously. Only Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, from the tribe of Judah in the line of David faithfully fulfilled all of the Father’s righteous Torah for all Israel.

Yeshua is an Israelite according to the flesh and the Spirit of God. Jesus is the true King of Israel because He is the true Son of God and like the people Israel he literally came up from Egypt:
"So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."" Matthew 2:14-15
The Bible repeatedly tells us that God's goal is Israel’s full restoration in the Kingdom of God, even the harlot bride that repents is welcome and it’s ALL about ONE HOUSE... one family, one new man with one new heart no longer made of stone (Jeremiah 3:39 and Ezekiel 36:26). It just so happens God call those that have a heart for Messiah by Yeshua's family name: Israel. After all, the bride always take the name of the husband.

God call Himself a husband by the covenant He gave a Mount Sinai. He even told the prophets He is a husband:
"For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth." Isaiah 54:5 NIV

""Return, faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will choose you--one from a town and two from a clan--and bring you to Zion." Jeremiah 3:14 NIV

"But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to me," declares the LORD." Jeremiah 3:20 NIV
Your identity in Messiah is a covenant thing and its important. Just as a bride takes on the name of her husband. The bride of Messiah takes on His name. The salvation of the bride of Messiah is a gift of eternal life incumbent on faith in the tree of life Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). Salvation is NOT based on DNA, bloodline or religious identity in the end. God's redemption invitation is open to EVERYONE.

God's plan of redemption IS NOT a part of someone's religious doctrine of "Replacement Theology" either. Exclusivity as a type of replacement theology gave birth to the horrors of The Inquisition, The Crusades, the Pogroms and the Holocaust.

God's invitation is for all, its about one House not what some mistakenly call a "Two-House" theology. There are so-called Brit-Am Movement theories which have error as well because, while they may contain truth about the migration of the Ten Lost Tribes they do not understand the truth in the adoption by faith which is God's message. The promise of "grafting" described throughout the Bible is summarized in a teaching from the book of Romans that the Apostle Paul brings to a focus in Romans 9:8:
"That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants." Romans 9:8
Did you know that an adopted child ultimately has rights greater than a natural child around the world. Throughout history, legal standards around the globe since the days of the 6th Babylonian King Hammurabi have allowed natural children to be disowned by their parents. The earliest legal references to adoption outside of the Bible go all the way back nearly 3,000 years to the Code of Hammurabi, the ancient Babylonian law of Mesopotamia, dating back to about 1780 BC.

Since that time, it has been exceedingly difficult, if not impossible in most cases for adoptive parents to annul an adoption no matter where the culture or society exists.

In the end, Israel is not about family genetics, it's about God's promise of adoption for the House Of Israel that cannot be annulled. That promise is for who? God tells us the answer:
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. Jeremiah 31:33
So, the question of your identity is this: Do you believe God?

The identity of Israel is the Bible's unending story of one united people of faith in God's promise, both native and stranger "under God" whose "identity" in His Kingdom is ultimately found in the promise of salvation from Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) under the authority of the "God of Israel". There are over 450 verses in the King James Version of the Bible that attest to this.

The verse 'witness count' throughout the word of God is:

Genesis (5)


Exodus (22)


Leviticus (5)


Numbers (6)

 


Deut (7)


Joshua (21)


Judges (19)


Ruth (1)

 


1Samuel (29)


2Samuel (5)


1Kings (27)


2Kings (20)

 


1Chron (22)


2Chron (45)


Ezra (21)


Nehemiah (4)

 


Psalms (17)


Isaiah (22)


Jeremiah (55)


Ezekiel (64)

 


Daniel (2)


Hosea (7)


Joel (1)


Amos (3)

 


Zephaniah (1)


Malachi (2)


Matthew (1)


Mark (1)

 


Luke (2)


John (1)


Acts (10)


Romans (2)

 


Galatians (1)


Ephesians (1)


Hebrews (1)


 

 


Israel is the lost identity of "all people" that follow the God of Israel as His children walking in the faith of His promise and in His path of instruction which was given to lovingly guide us through the wilderness journey of life.

And this must be known... the word of God requires two witnesses, two voices - to be in unity. So, there are two branches, two sticks in the family tree of Israel. Ezekiel 37 describes the restoration process that has now begun.

And if you are wondering like I did, how did this ever happen? God gave the answer to Ezekiel, but it's not an easy message:
The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they [are] a rebellious house. Ezekiel 12:1-2

In their sight shalt thou bear [it] upon [thy] shoulders, [and] carry [it] forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee [for] a sign unto the house of Israel. Ezekiel 12:6
As Paul taught, we need to know that in God's view, family restoration is not about genetics despite the desire of many throughout history to make it so because that is how earthly families work.

Every Believer is certainly not a "biological" descendant of Jacob and the "chosen people" are not just Jewish as want to define.

Jacob is the earthly name given by his parents, Israel is the heavenly name given by God. In fact, the Bible teaches us over and over again that genetics are not a key to eternal life. Just look at the story of Jacob's twin brother Esau. He too was the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Yet Malachi 1:3 clearly tells us that God says this of Abraham's descendant:
"And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste".
The Bible tells us eight times (8x) that God is not a respecter of persons! The lesson is this: eternal life is not about genetics (just read Deuteronomy 16:19; 2Chronicles 19:7; Proverbs 24:23, Proverbs 28:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:10-11; Ephesians 6:9 and 1Peter 1:17).

Eight (8) is also the number in the Bible that represents eternity's regeneration and restoration. There is no accident that the Bible teaches us about God's character in this way. So, let me repeat again, the Bible does not teach that every Believer in Messiah is a biological descendant of Abraham. Instead, it teaches that every Believer must be "born again", adopted as a descendant of one's faith in God's promise of Messiah. That is the the cornerstone.

Abraham understood the promise, that is why John 8:56 tell us from Messiah's own voice that "Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming..."

After all, if you believe the Bible, you must believe all of it and if you believe God created this Earth and the Heavens above, then you must know everyone genetically came from the two in Eden. The books of Acts teaches this basic concept:
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;” Acts 17:26-27 (NKJV)
So, it is not about the genetic descendants of Abraham, but rather the descendants of his faith.

After all, we are all "physically" rooted in the DNA of Adam who was formed by our Creator God from the dust of the Earth in His' image. And Eve was formed from Adam's rib, she came from him, so something else is being shown to us in the Bible because all mankind are of Adam.

God told Isaiah that He would even reveal Himself to a people that didn't even seek or call in Him:
“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ Isaiah 65:1
Paul taught about the unity of the "children of God" who are one body - one spirit for very good reason:
"Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Master, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:3-6
Paul also said… you once were separate, excluded "strangers" from Messiah and the identity of none other than… "Israel". Notice again, it is not about the identity of "the saved" or the "church" or even "Christianity", but the key of identity is in the commonwealth of Israel because the people Israel are the sons of God.

If we are now the people of the book, then who were we? Here are Paul's words:
“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles… remember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” Ephesians 2:11-12
Gentiles (Goyim) in Messiah, are as much an adopted part of the whole commonwealth of Israel as the strangers that left Egypt were.

And, we need to "remember" that Paul was subtly referencing the character of Manasseh, Joseph's son.

Manasseh was born in Egypt yet faithful to his heritage Joseph gave him a Hebrew name which is pronounced as "MÄ•nashsheh". It literally means: "One who forgets".

The point here is the Ephesians were not to "forget" that they had been separated from "Israel" the commonwealth people of Messiah's Kingdom. If they did forget, the spirit to tell others how to join the commonwealth of Israel might be forgotten. So today, we must no longer be one who "forgets" our reborn birthright, but we are to be restored in it at this time (Acts 1:6).

Like Manasseh, we must not continue to forget and deal treacherously with our identity in Messiah as His chosen. We must remember that we, like Manasseh and Ephraim, the sons of Joseph born in Egypt were adopted by Jacob as firstborn sons into the Commonwealth of Israel.

Like them, it is our privilege to be adopted into Israel by Messiah because God betrothed Israel His bride at Sinai (See Isaiah 61:10 and Isaiah 62:5), and may we never forget again because we can be born-again wherein our identity is not ours, instead we are to die daily (1Corinthians 15:31) so that we can return with Judah (Jeremiah 3:18) and receive the identity given to us by our Heavenly Father because the cup of astonishment and desolation has been poured out.

The crazy thing about Manasseh's name is that God knew "Israel" would forget who they were in His eyes, but now its time, time to remember, and remember we must that God adopts His children of faith into His promise of resurrection and eternal life.

He alone as our Father gives us our heavenly family name because the promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are the "charter" for God's kingdom on Earth.

So, it is time to remember, to return, to repent of transgression against God's teaching and instruction, if we don't, our brother Judah will never recognize Joseph as a brother or Yeshua as Messiah.

By adoption as our Father, God calls all people, all nations to receive the blessing of His commonwealth Kingdom - under the same family name that He chose to give Jacob, adopting all God's children that follow His invitation into the name of His elect family... "Israel".

This is critical to understanding the consummation of your identity and purpose to be a blessing to others in the body of Messiah and God's eyes. It's what Paul taught the Galatians, the Colossians, the Romans and those at Ephesus. See for yourself:
"If ye be in Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29

"And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye." Colossians 3:10-13

"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 9:8

"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" Ephesians 2:17–19
God calls "all people" that follow Him, the children of His promise, and He calls them by the family name and identity that only God gives - it is “Israel” because with sincere repentance, our sins can be forgiven not for our name's sake, but for His. So we must know Israel is the identity of all God's chosen, His family of adopted and native born people that believe on Him in faith, both yesterday, today and tomorrow. These are both native and stranger, both Jew and Gentile!

Yet, God's chosen people, a people He calls "Israel" have a servant's duty to walk in footsteps of Messiah, to be priests to teach all nations His ways in the spirit of love and in truth. This is our servant duty, to show others how to worship God in faith and walk while spreading the good news of His eternal Kingdom plan of salvation and restoration for all mankind and creation. God's design for us is a glorious plan of redemption that prevails over the death penalty of sin through the Passover and First Fruits resurrection of Messiah Yeshua. It's the divorce decree, the death penalty of sin which is the law that was hung on the cross because “Israel” literally means "God Prevails". Death does not prevail in God's Kingdom of the elect. Yeshua, the husband made sure of that for his bride even though she acted as a harlot.

In this way, we can see that the name "Israel" the family name that means God prevails declares the ultimate promise from God!

“Israel” has an identity crisis as a family name for God's children. This is because we are ALL descended from Adam, we have ALL rebelled with a sinful mind, we have ALL been hostile to God’s instruction and teaching (please re-read Paul's message in Romans 8:6-8).

This is not meant to be offensive in any way, I plead and pray you will understand.

It is time to reconsider labels such as "Christian", the "Church" or lately "Messianic"? In a way, when we do this, we demonstrate we don't know the family name He gives us, and we actually place our name above the one He chose. And we live by "membership" within a religious system established in Rome or by Synod, a Board of Deacons or Elders which are titles found in many thousands of denominations.

Here's a reality check for you, denominations are religious divisions within a religion that defines its own system of identity.

When you just think about it, which one of these would our Savior choose to "join" or lead if He were sent to be among us today?

Again, no offense, but I dare say none. Instead, He would call us to join Him as redeemed Israel. Here's the critical answer from His own voice. Read it for yourself:
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15:24
Sadly, many with religious labels chosen by mankind do not realize that they may unwittingly add to or take away from Messiah's simple words. So, by choosing our own name and identity, do we actually "take away" and diminish His unchanging Scripture and God's promises held within it?

Today, many that see their identity in "Judaism" do not "know" their Messiah, perhaps because they think Christians do not worship one worthy to be Messiah. After all, the Messiah would never undo God's word, He would uphold it and teach it. And so they continue to uphold fences around God's word and "add to" His teaching (Torah) with many interpretations and precepts found within the Talmud, the oral law and Rabbinic authority.

Indeed, because of self-imposed, religious "identity theft", many do not "know" the Messiah as the King of Israel, the "One" who is declared in God's word, the "One" who is the living word of God, the "One" whose words cannot be broken, altered or amended (Matthew 5:18).

Is it possible that as a divided family, we unwittingly act in opposition to each other and God's instruction in Deuteronomy 4:2 and Deuteronomy 12:32?

But the good news is that the days of a "lame" walk in Torah and the days of "blindness" to Messiah is now ending in this latter time albeit with a great and monumental struggle because it takes a miracle of the Spirit to heal a cripple or the blind.

It takes a miracle of faith, but this is the time of restoration, so know who you are and spread the gospel, the good news!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
This revival is THE end day work of the Spirit of the God of Israel. It is the key to the prophetic promise of Messiah's work 2,000 years ago.

Remember... He healed the crippled and the blind that walked in darkness. The lame were healed by their "faith" and the blind by His "touch". His physical actions, two days ago (2,000 years) revealed what He would do for His people in the third day. Today, is the promised time of revival. Hosea 6:2 speaks of this time before us right now:
"After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him."
Matthew prophetically describes what the Spirit of the God of Israel is now doing right now:
"Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel." Matthew 15:31
Praise the name of YHVH, He was, He is and will be the God of Israel. His children now are coming to know their identity and speak the truth about Him as they walk in His teaching and instruction and see Yeshua the Messiah in all of His word because the volume of "the book" is written of Him by the witness of Psalm 40:7, Luke 24:44 and Hebrews 10:7.

Many now have come to realize that religion or genealogies do not matter when it comes to living in the identity of the family and children of God.

This identity message is not easy. It's not what many have heard, but it is what we can read if we just open the Bible. I pray you can now see the clarity of the second coming in the words of Isaiah 11:11-16 which include: "the Lord shall set His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people... and assemble the outcast of Israel."

Time is short, don't be a victim of identity theft any longer... because in God’s word, the children of God are not just called "Christians" or "Jews" or all the thousands of points in-between. Yet, these two branches of the family tree are deeply rooted in Messiah.

From God's viewpoint, the identity and name of His family is established from His perspective alone, not man's institutional musings. If we study the plain Word of God and believe it, we can know this as a surety - that we are given the family name He chose to give us while we are divided in the wilderness.

Throughout the Bible, "in division" these are the names "Ephraim and Judah", but this IS NOT about a "two-house" message. United by God, the children of the God of Israel are the ones called Israel, It is the one house identity of the people of the kingdom of God.

How can we know?

Because the prophets declare we are destined to be joined together as one family, brothers united in Messiah, restored to His Kingdom as wide-eyed children walking together in His millennium teaching and instruction, joined in His Spirit as the body of Messiah He calls Israel.

This is a "one house" message because our identity is to be restored in His eternal covenant of life.

But please don't misconstrue, the Jewish people and the land of Israel are of ultimate significance and importance. The state of Israel we know today is the future home base of God's Kingdom and the scepter, the place of the sanctuary and His return to the restored Kingdom of Israel which is in the hand of none other than Judah and it will be ruled by Messiah Yeshua!!

The Disciples were Jews and Jesus is from the line of King David and Judah. Yeshua is His name and He will be here as the ruling King as heaven comes to Earth.

In God's Kingdom, no one loses their place as the apple in God's eye. Don't mourn and weep Rachel, Joseph is alive!

One allegory that Messiah Yeshua gave about this is that He is our shepherd, the jewel stone of Israel declared to Joseph in Genesis and we that follow Him are His sheep:
"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

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand. I and [my] Father are one." John 10:27-30
As His children, we are called out by God to be what He intended, priests to the world(see Deuteronomy 7:6 and Deuteronomy 14:2) This is clearly seen in 1Peter 2:9-10.
"But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 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."
But there is a requirement for priesthood. It's the same that was given by God in the wilderness:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6
We are now living 2,000 years (two Biblical days) after the time of Messiah's first coming as a humble servant. We are entering the third day, this is the time of the end of the latter days when the "One" called Messiah Yeshua will return as "King" to fulfill the promise given to the family of Jacob, to the people God calls "Israel". His promise is sure, we will be revived "after" two days and restored on the third day (see Hosea 6:1-2 - this is very important)!

Consider this too, their must be a reason that a grafted olive branch takes three days to take hold. God created it that way to teach us of His promises. Grafting is the cultivation of young budding stems into an established olive tree to ensure the tree produces the desired fruit. Ann White, an "eHow" contributor notes:
"Wild olive trees possess something that cultivated varieties are lacking, unchanged and sustainable seeds. This attribute of wild olive trees makes them very desirable..."
Bonnie Grant expands on the characteristics of a wild of the olive tree. Consider this:
"There are several types of olive species, many of which grow wild. The wild varieties were naturally propagated either by seed or in rare cases by a fallen branch that took root. Such plants are genetically different each time and there is no way to ensure that they have the same characteristics of the parent plant.

Wild olives entered cultivation around 2,500 BC and were domesticated, earning them the name "tamed" olives."
Wow, imagine that. Olive tree cultivation began only after the division of the Kingdom of Israel. To learn more about this amazing tress and why God chose it to describe His children, we must consider grafting the olive tree.

Now, as we think about the coming restoration, we need to go back to the "day" long ago when Esau was to meet Jacob as he came into Canaan. Like that time, in our day, the family of God has been divided as broken branches and opposed to each other like foes. Yeshua told us of this in Matthew 10:36.

In a very mysterious way, it has provided protection, just read Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. The message in Acts 1:6-7 shows us that the disciples thought that Christ, our anointed Messiah was going to restore the kingdom during their lifetime. Before now, the story of Jacob's entry into the land was not seen as a prophetic story. Yet it is an image, a shadow picture if you will of how Jacob’s family will be restored by God's promise during the time of Messiah Yeshua return who was "sent" for the lost sheep of the House of Israel (see Matthew 15:24).

Like Jacob, we need to wrestle with this and get face to face with God to see who He really is and to learn our forgotten identity, our name that only He can gave.

The Disciples did not yet understand this mystery of the Gospel described in Matthew 13:17, but the mystery was revealed. This mystery was also made known to Paul as a witness to the nations (see Romans 16:25-27, Ephesians 3:1-3, Ephesians 3:6-9, Ephesians 6:19 and Colossians 1:25-27).

Because "Jacob's Trouble", darkness has now approached once again since 9/11, we must all (both Ephraim and Judah) place our trust in the promise of protection by God's hand as He takes us out of confusion. We need to prepare now and start with "the blessing" of knowing our identity, because Messiah Yeshua-Jesus tells us a house divided cannot stand in the end.

We must both walk in His path because He did not come to "abolish the Law" but to fulfill it. The mystery is the restoration of Israel (Matthew 5:17). Abraham was considered righteous for his actions. His faith was made complete by what he did. A person is justified by what they do and not by belief alone (James 2:21-24). The new covenant is the renewal of the covenant that Jesus-Yeshua began at Sinai. He wants to put His Law in our hearts today.
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. Jeremiah 31:33

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: Hebrews 8:10
God gives us these eternal promises in His word. We can see this in the promises of Jeremiah 31:31-33, Hebrews 8:10 and Ezekiel 36:26-28.

We will be united as one stick one in His hand, restored into the one tree, the tree of life, as "one" new man as promised in Ezekiel 37, Jeremiah 11 and Romans 11.

The Book of the Revelation of Jesus even gives us the 7th Seal "Trumpets Day" final timing of this mystery restoration given by the Prophets:
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets." Revelation 10:5-7 NIV
"Israel" is the mystery identity of God's people, the hidden prophetic message of the Bible that started when the angel gave Jacob his blessing... but he only received that "after" wrestling through the darkness of night!

Isaiah 46:10 tells us God declares the end from the beginning. This "struggle in darkness" and the following blessing occurred during Jacob’s journey "back to" the Promised Land before he met up with his estranged brother Esau.

There is a reason that "Israel" means ‘God Prevails’.

My prayer is that you will see the blessing and your identity> When you do you will understand why God renamed Jacob. It is your blessing and identity too if you just accept Yeshua as your Savior.

God does not want His own to be known by a name given by man which is “Jacob”. After all, Jacob is one who "grasps at the heel", struggles with “the walk”. Jacob the “heal catcher” became Israel and God wants us to take the new name He gives to His children, a people whose identity is "Israel". Yet it is not about a birthright. It has never been about genealogy or the first born, but about faith, about adoption. Just look at the Bible. It's not about Ishmael or Esau and it's not about Reuben.
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. 1Chronicles 5:1
Jacob's blessing was passed on his adopted grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Ephraim means "multitude".

Today, everywhere you look in the world, in every nation, a mixed multitude of Christians are learning to return, to repent. They are returning to the Messiah's covenant of Torah and at the same time, many Jews are now returning to the Jewish Messiah Yeshua.

The two camps and the strangers with them are becoming "one", they are being restored and reunited as the one people of the covenant, as redeemed "Israel”. Exodus 12:38 and Numbers 11:4 tell us that a "mixed multitude" left Egypt to journey together with God to the Promised Land. Today, all Israel - both Hebrew and alien are learning the same teaching and instruction from God (see Numbers 15:15-16).

God wants us to know that when He speaks of "Jacob's Trouble", it is the time that will give a laser focus on the restoration of all “Israel”. This message appears throughout His word, He speaks of "all" Israel as His chosen and not just Judah (Jews) or Ephraim (Christianity) as being His people. If we do not understand our identity, we are still divided and avoiding each other as brothers in the one family of God!

The Old Testament, the assembly of scrolls that has for many, many years been called the Tanach, is full of the promises of restoration for all Israel. This then continues within the books we call the New Testament, but we miss it because we are blind to the prophecies. Restoration is the overriding Kingdom message in God's word, front to back cover, Alpha to Omega, Aleph to Tav.

His promise to enter into His great Kingdom are not just for one tribe, but for all twelve. This also includes as it did in the wilderness journey, all the strangers and the mixed multitudes from Egypt who sojourned with Israel! The restoration of the Kingdom always has been and always will be a salvation plan for all mankind to be adopted into the one family of God and enter into the twelve (12) gates (just read Revelation 21:12). If you are a Believer in the Jew you call Jesus, you are no longer of the nations, Gentile. You are of the nation, the children of God. That's why Jesus told His disciples:
"You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Luke 22:28-30 NIV
He did not say judging the 12 tribes and the Gentiles.

This judgment by the 12 disciples comes from the deeper storyline of Exodus 22:9...
"In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,' both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare guilty must pay back double to the other."
The illegal possession is that of Satan as he steals our identity when we go astray.

The reason is that in God's eyes, the lost sheep, the people He adopts as His own children like Jacob adopted Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob adopted Joseph's two sons. Ephraim and Manasseh went from being Jacob's grandsons to his number one and two sons. IN the same way God calls his own by the name "Israel" and these represent all people groups reunited that listen to my voice, ingrafted in covenant with Him and restored as His children, the faithful. Please take a moment and read Revelation 6:12-17; Revelation 8:1; Jeremiah 30:7 and Revelation 7:4-8. And there are others too, the "other" sheep:
"I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd." John 10:16
They are the ones that join the flock, we see them in Revelation 7:9-17 as "a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb."

United together, "restored" we are to be one new mn, a people of one sure faith, a people who like Abraham are to keep the commandments of God and live in the faith of Messiah Yeshua, this is "the way" and they are recipients of His great mercy and redemption. This is described plainly by Messiah in Revelation 12:17 and in Matthew 4:4:
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
So this "restoration" is not based on our DNA. The story of Ruth shows us that. After all, Ruth was a Moabite, a descendant of a clan of Esau, not Jacob. Don't forget it was the people of Moab that hired Balaam to curse Israel. The Moabites worshiped Chemosh. Yet, Ruth faithfully declared the "God of Israel" to be her God not the false idol of Moab. She came into the faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and she was obedient to God's ways (see Ruth 1:16).

No matter our background, we can all live like Ruth, and be like Rahab the redeemed harlot of the red light district of Jericho. We can choose to turn back to the God of Israel, in repentance. When we do, the veil is lifted off our stony heart as it is taken away by the work of Messiah (2Corinthians 3:13-16). In Messiah, we become a part of "the kingdom" of Israel, united by His blood under the rule of The King.

Once we join "His camp", as one people in the sight of His Shekinah Glory, there is only one name that He gives us as His chosen people... it is Israel. Believe it or not, it is the name given by God. He does not use a religious description created by man. It's hard for some, but when we look through the lens of Scripture from God's viewpoint, there is no "Church" and no "Judaism" found within God's word. It is mind bending to consider, but the truth is: YHVH God - Yeshua Jesus has no religion.

He gives a family name to His children to reveal His character. Israel means "God Prevails". This is the way God operates. God is the "one" that chose the name for the promised son Isaac and He renamed Abram, Sarai and finally Jacob. The apostles understood this. We too need see the plain truth! After all, Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is for none other than... Israel:
"And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O'Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment." Mark 12:29-30
Consider these verses:
“The God of our fathers raised up Yeshua, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey Him” Acts 5:30-32

“Of this man’s seed hath God according to [his] promise raised unto Israel a Savior, Yeshua: When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not [he]. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of [his] feet I am not worthy to loose. Men [and] brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent” Acts 13:23-26
To understand our identity in the stock, the faith of Abraham from God's eternal perspective vs. our own changing opinions, we need to understand these words, then we can know...
"If ye be in Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29
We need to understand the olive tree, read Romans 11 and Jeremiah 11. If we look closely, we can see Paul said: "I also am an Israelite" following Messiah.

Paul wrote:
“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” Romans 11:26

Moses warned that some of the people of Israel, not just Judah, would ignore truth, not just blind to Messiah but also crippled by not walking in Torah until the fullness of the Jewish roots of the faith are restored. As we have seen, Paul wrote about this: “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
All people are called to be grafted in as a part of Israel... a part of the body just as Hosea’s teaching tells us!!

Paul was not telling the "gentiles" of Ephesus that they were separate in God’s word from Israel, but that all the mystery of the promises throughout the Bible are actually about them. Paul knew that they needed to know their identity, so he told them and he prophesied Gentiles would return to the Jewish roots of the faith and at that time the Jewish people would become jealous and recognize Messiah.

Paul’s consistent message is that if you are one in Messiah -- then Israel is your true identity. The branches of the olive tree have been there all along, both the natural and the grafted.

In his article, "Israel and The Church" John J. Parsons explores the misnomer of Replacement and Separation Theology, he explains:
"The metaphor of the Olive Tree clearly indicates that the Gentile is to be incorporated into the remnant of Israel. The church must repent regarding its arrogant attitude toward the Jewish people and express profound gratitude to God for their miraculous preservation over the centuries. Moreover, the church should stand with ethnic Israel by considering them as “eschatological brethren,” that is, future followers and partakers of the LORD Jesus Christ. For “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29), and “if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? (Romans 11:15).

The overarching plan of the LORD is to redeem both Jew and Gentile by means of the unconditional covenants and promises given Adam, Abraham, David and the promise of the new covenant given to Jeremiah. The church does not exist instead of Israel (replacement theology); nor does it exist outside of Israel (separation theology); but rather it is incorporated within the faithful remnant of Israel."
Importantly, this teaching of Paul is focused on the ban of "Replacement Theology". That false teaching is that God’s law, His Torah instruction was "done away with" and "hung" on the cross. God forbid!! (see Romans 3:31). The "law" Paul wrote about was the first one spoken by God in the Garden of Eden. It was the curse, the death penalty given to Adam (mankind) that was abolished on the cross for those that follow Messiah and receive the gift of God's grace - the promise of eternal life.

Paul wrote this:
“That at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers [unknown identity] from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Messiah Yeshua you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Messiah” (Ephesians 2:12-13).
This promise was for the Jew first but not for the Jew alone… The Father says:
“This [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days… 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 YHVH: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest” (Hebrews 8:10-11).
Many say we are in the "end days". Do you know what that means? It is the latter days of the separation of the Kingdom. The division of those He calls Ephraim and Judah. A division that ends at His return. It is the letter days, the end of the scattering among the nations - out of His covenant.

In these latter days, the Messiah is now being seen by Judah and the Torah is being restored to Ephraim as the identity of Israel is being restored. Why else would we read "of all the tribes" and the "twelves tribes" in the book of Revelation:

“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed a hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:4).

“And [the city] had a wall great and high, [and it] 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” (Revelation 21:12).

Paul taught there is only one body, one identity in Messiah, he was right and it is “Israel”. Today we too need to understand this just as he did - in Messiah, there is not a separation of a New Testament “Church” and an Old Testament “Jew”.

Paul was teaching that those coming into the family of God are part of Israel. I know it is shocking, but despite what you may have heard in a pulpit, Paul was never trying to start a new "religion".
For, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body; whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free; and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
There is really no difference between believers that are “saved” and true “Israel” according to Scripture. There is just one identity, one name given by God to His people. Once again, it is Israel.

“Jesus” whose true Hebrew name is “Yeshua”... is The Creator, He is the Living Torah and He is the firstborn of resurrection as The Son of man. He is the anointed Messiah and He is the head of His family – His children, the restored House of Israel.

Because of His incarnate life, His authority on Earth are those that follow Him as the faithful saints. They are His people, the assembly, a people He has always called Israel. And soon, Yeshua will return just as YHVH told Moses. Just as the Disciples understood, He comes "to complete", the fulfill the covenant He gave to Abraham:
Behold, I send a Messenger before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Exodus 23:20
If you see your identity as the Bride of Christ and wear the badge of faith as a "Believer" in your Redeemer, you need to know that the Bible is your story too, just as it is written and you do not have to "spiritualize" it to understand it. But to understand the prophecies it contains, you must know your lost identity because it is embedded everywhere. Just look at Isaiah:
"For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called." Isaiah 54:5
As a Believer, the identity of the family name given by God is Israel, so…

Don’t be a victim of Identity Theft any longer. Take the name God gave you and all the promises of the Bible are yours.

Now is the time to learn about your inheritance, your "identity" in God’s family name. That's why you are here reading this today. In the Bible, God (YHVH) changed the names of three faithful people after they meet Him personally. Each time this happened, their heart was changed by "an act" of faith as they were obedient to God’s voice creating a change in the path of their life. Abram became Abraham, Sarai became Sarah and Jacob became Israel. There was no need to change Isaac's name because God gave the name to Abraham before he was even born. God did this immediately after He renamed Abram and Sarai.

But this blessing of a name from God is not just for these three. If you have met God, if you are faithful, do you know who have you become? God does.... claim it.

Paul plainly wrote in three of his seven letters about this so let's repeat the truth, it is worth it:
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. Romans 10:12

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. Galatians 3:28

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor un-circumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all. Colossians 3:11
Members of the family of God are called "Israel". This identity of God's children are shown throughout the Scriptures. The Bible also tells us that God declares the end from the beginning. This is important when we consider what has happened over the past 2,000 years.

Just think back to the Genesis story-line and how Jacob sought the birthright blessings from Isaac his father that were to be passed down from the promises given Abraham... Jacob took on another identity... that of Esau!!

Little did Jacob know that the identity theft was completely unnecessary as he strove with God's word. After all, God had already promised, even before his birth (Genesis 25:23) that Esau would serve under Jacob.

Please understand that there is no insult intended, but in much the same way, the religious traditions of both Christianity and Judaism that take away and add to God's word and are man's assumed identities as we have impatiently sought the blessing of our Father. Religious identity is the label that you may have adopted. But you are to have patience as one new man and you can know who you are from God's perspective. If you have the faith of Messiah and walk in God's word of instruction you are Israel, the "saints" of revelation in God's eyes. Revelation means the revealing or disclosing of truth. (see Revelation 14:12)

As you consider this, the story of Ruth and Rahab is well worth repeating. It is worth more thought, after all, did Ruth become a part of the family of Israel or does she remain a Moabite? Her confession is:
"Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Ruth 1:16
How about Rahab, is she still the harlot of Jericho? Her actions tell us otherwise:
"And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho." Joshua 6:25
Consider the amazing family tree of Messiah Yeshua where we see these two adopted women of Israel, Rahab then Ruth identified:
"The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king." Matthew 1:2-6

"So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations..." Matthew 1:17
Can you see your identity in adoption among these fourteen? If we use a narrow "religious" definition of "Israel" instead of God's perspective, then we miss our blessing that was promised to Jacob. He was renamed by God for a reason. Have you ever asked yourself: why is this name a blessing? It's because of God's adoption plan, his plan of grafting in the Canaanite Rahab and the Moabite Ruth. And, the same adoption can be for you and me. God's word does not change. God knows who you were and He knows who you are despite the identity that you may have assumed. He knows "Israel". God knows were like Rahab, but He adopts us, He plainly says:
"I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; For now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot, Israel has defiled itself." Hosea 5:3
Despite our flaws, the children of God are chosen, adopted and grafted into the family tree by the Father. They have crossed over from death to life. That is the meaning of the word Hebrew, "to cross over".

Don't be a victim of identity theft any longer.

It is now time to see yourself and your identity from God's point of view. It's a part of His plan and will for your life. Israel is the name given by God to the people, His children who "as a father", He knew would again walk in His word and do it. Israel is the name of people the who would be His assembly. Israel is the name of God's assembly, His children. If you stop and consider the name Israel, you can know it is the name of the people called "the body" of the Messiah.

To understand this might truth, study God's word and find yourself "set-apart" as you walk in it. You too can live out the Bible's promises and rediscover your identity. It is time to recover from the dark ages of tradition and religion as God restore the identity given to His children.

Please consider reading another study on this website that provides many of the Scriptural references to the mystery of the identity of the people God calls "Israel". It is titled "The Lost Sheep Scriptures".

If you carefully study the Scriptures offered there, you will find yourself in them and at the end of the study you will find other excellent teaching resources to help you dig deeper into your heritage.

As the song of Moses tells us, dark days are ahead, these are called the "Great Tribulation". In Scripture, Judah has always led the way and we are a witness to that history in Europe with the horrors of the holocaust. Today, we must consider that Ephraim will join the trouble, and 9/11 is the wake up call, the beginning of Jacob's Trouble, so seek your identity and heritage in Messiah today. It will reveal your prophetic future and protection from God.

Hard times and war are soon coming to the land of Israel as they defend themselves, the deception will be the same as the headlines will declare self defense as a crime against humanity. But this is not just a Mideast woe, the events will be a precursor to the trouble coming around the globe. Just keep your eyes on the news. Economic distress will be a part of the picture just as it was in ancient Canaan. In those days the entire economy was based on agriculture. When drought came, it not only created famine but the economy of that ancient time collapsed first.

Today, despite smart phones and computer technology we are still an economy based on agriculture because we all have to eat. Dought will come again and affect us us here in the U.S. How can I say that? Well I don't, but the Bible does. We are the modern day land of Joseph, whether you agree or not.

Half our fruit and vegetables come from California and drought will engulf the valley between Los Angeles and Sacramento. In fact, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center 90% of the wine grown in the U.S. comes from California's vineyards. In addition: "Today, California remains the only U.S. state to commercially produce olives." Not only that... "Olive production has been highly variable over the years, largely due to the alternate-bearing nature of olive trees. The 2012 crop totaled 160,000 tons and was valued at more than $130.0 million. That year, California accounted for 44,000 acres of olives in the United States. Total acreage has remained between 30,000 and 40,000 acres since 1980."

America's farmland will face drought because we are turning against Biblical principles by kicking prayer and God out of our public squares. We are killing our children through abortion like Baal worshippers, building our economy on debt and legalizing homosexual marriage as we turn against God's promise for the land of Israel forcing a peace plan for perceived security.

Just look at the judgement declared from the Scriptures for yourself. God's judgement begins with drought:
"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways." Haggai 1:11

"And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands." Haggai 1:11
To help with your discernment, I will post critical Biblical studies related to the Middle East headlines that will ultimately affect the U.S. as they unfold to help you separate truth from deception.

Make no mistake, today is a prophetic time for God's people and if you consider yourself a child of God, you need to be a ready watchman who knows your identity. If you think for a moment you are not a part of this prophetic picture, think again.

There is a reason our U.S. Military has been deeply engaged in Iraq (ancient Babylon), and a reason our troops have been fighting terrorists in Afghanistan under "Operation Enduring Freedom" since 2001.

You need to also know that ancient Israel would have never been subjected to slavery in Egypt, outside of the land promised to Abraham, had it not been for the distress, the drought and famine that first came on the Mideast land of Canaan, the land of a people called Israel. The story-line is now beginning to repeat and the Bible tells us this time ultimate distress will come on the nations and people that oppose God's covenant for the land we now call Israel. If you seek to follow God, you need to understand your identity, because it is a part of your future.

I pray that you and your family will make the decision to return now to God's teaching and instruction (Torah) and look to the matters of the heart to find your identity and purpose in His instruction for living His way. The key to understanding what you must now do is to know that God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves you, and because of that love, He wants to protect His children in the coming times of drought and trouble and restore us just as He did 3,500 years ago.

God never changes His mind as His word stands today to teach us some very simple guidelines about how we are to live and walk in His path. His words, every one of them are our blessing, our battle armor, our shield of righteousness in the coming judgement on America.

It's the original message of "the deceiver" to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He ever changes His mind. Don't listen to that lie any longer. Your life depends on it.

Stop wrestling with God like Jacob, stop assuming another identity, it's time to know who you are and claim your blessing as Israel. The ancient promise of life was given by Messiah at the end of two days in the grave. We are now at the end of two days (two thousand years) since His Passover.

These are prophetic times and you can know who you are in the identity of a people God calls Israel. The government and nation we now call Israel is not the only Israel spoken of in the Scriptures. In God's eyes, Israel are His chosen people. Religion and tradition has deceived us. Because of this confusion and man's doctrine has distorted the truth of God’s Word. The deceiver is behind this, but it is now time to know your identity in Messiah.

Colossians 2:11 tells us this:
"In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead."
These words were written in Paul's letter do not address a people who only define themselves by their ancestry or religion, but they describe a people God calls Israel, the daughter of Zion. They are those that have turned from sin and desire to walk in the ways of The Lord Yeshua, the One called Jesus.

Paul also tells the Romans the truth that was also declared by Hosea, Isaiah and Samuel:
“I will call those who were not my people,
‘my people’ " Romans 9:25-27

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee,
O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel,
Fear not: for I have redeemed thee,
I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. Isaiah 43:1

"Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world,
Say ye to the daughter of Zion,
Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
And they shall call them, The holy people,
The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called,
Sought out, A city not forsaken. Isaiah 62:11-12

And what one nation in the earth [is] like thy people, [even] like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself... 2Samuel 7:23
Babylon is a place of confusion, come out of there, this is God's plea because the cup of iniquity is now full:
"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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double." Revelation 18:4-6

The former demise of Babylon was God's doing (see Daniel 5). From the beginning to the end of captivity in Babylon, many events showed that God rules the kingdom of mankind. In the latter half of the book, Daniel sees and records events yet-to-be and Revelation shows us Babylon is still engaged. In Revelation 17:5, the key is 'mystery Babylon. The mere fact that God reveals the future as mystery Babylon proves His sovereignty as domestic evil works unwittingly against God’s providence.

That is just one reason you don't be a victim of identity theft any longer, so come out. The sovereign God of the universe is looking for a relationship with you and He wants you to take on the family name of the God of Israel! If you do, what will you do when you learn you are not who you thought you were? What will you do when you learn you are a part of the 'house' of David, the very people the entire Bible is written about?

The answer is a remarkable transformation and like the days of Egypt you will be called to make a move.
For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel [to be] a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God. And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish [it] for ever, and do as thou hast said. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD {YHVH} of hosts [is] the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 2Samuel 7:24-26

Your "identity" in the family of God has nothing to do with your genetics or bloodline, but everything to do with the blood of Messiah and your decision to walk after and follow Him.

So, show the God of Israel that you love Him:
"Now, Israel, what does the LORD [YHVH] your God [Elohim] require of you, but to fear [in awe, reverence, honor] the LORD your God, to walk [come, depart, proceed, way of life] in all his ways [direction], and to love him, and to serve [do work as servants for] the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, to keep the commandments [precepts] of the LORD [YHVH], and his statutes [ordinances], which I command you this day for your good. Behold, to the LORD your God belongs heaven and the heaven of heavens, the Earth, with all that is therein." Deuteronomy 10:12-14
What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time 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.

Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Shalom.

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