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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Chronicles of Messiah



The Hebrew Bible does not follow the order of the modern English Bibles published today. That means we need to reorder what we think we know.

The order of the Hebrew Bible concludes with the books of Chronicles that begin with an extensive listing of the genealogies of the families of Israel and if we read the Bible in the proper order, we can easily see it leads directly to the chronicles of Messiah outlined in Matthew 1:1-17.

According to Eusebius, an early follower of Jesus named Papias was the bishop of Heirapolis, and he made the earliest attempt to give names to the authors of the writings we call the gospels. Regarding the disciple Matthew, the historian Eusebius summarizes a fragment he read from the bishop:

"So then Matthew composed the oracles in Hebrew, and every one interpreted them as he could."

The historian is telling us that Matthew first compiled his account in Hebrew, not Greek and there's good reason.

Without a doubt, Mattityahu aka Matthew was a Jew. In fact, Mattityahu is the only Jewish writer of the oracles we now call the gospels that is known by early witnesses to have recorded the gospel story in his native Hebrew tongue. Not only that, Matthew regularly references the writings of the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings in an effort to illustrate the importance of the identity of Israel’s long-awaited Messiah revealed in the Tanach aka the Hebrew Bible.

So, if we are to understand the Hebrew Bible as Mattityahu did, we have to reorder our persepctive like his to get a better understanding of Matthew's chronicle of Messiah.

He started his story of Yeshua with a genealogy list that takes off where Chronicles begins as Matthew brings focus to the order of the Hebrew Bible by saying:

"So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations."

When we consider the focal point in the books of Chronicles is king David's son Solomon and his assignment to build the Temple, the family tree that Matthew provides as the chronicle of Messiah offers a decidedly Jewish perspective on the eternal purpose of the Temple of God.

This is not a matter of faith, it's fact.

Following his introduction and arrangement of the two thousand year family tree that includes four incredible women, Matthew's account continues and includes more than 60 direct and indirect quotes from the Tanach aka the Hebrew Bible that is mislabeled as an Old Testament.

Matthew quotes the Hebrew Scriptures more than any other gospel account from Mark, Luke or John and it clearly demonstrates that Matthew knew his Bible basics. Matthew's account references point to Messiah not only from the two books of Chronicles but also Ruth, Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Deuteronomy, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Malachi, Jonah, Genesis, Zechariah, Daniel and Psalms.

Matthew used Chronicles, the book of Ruth and Genesis to compile his list and by writing in Hebrew, he definitely had the faithful Jewish people living around Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria front and center as the audience of his Hebrew manuscript that was almost lost in a Greek world.

Today, the Jewish people have returned to Matthew's backyard. Not only that, the language of the Bible, has been restored there, so we need to take another look at this Jewish man's Hebrew story. By the way, if you are reading this from Israel you can buy a Hebrew copy of Matthew at Amazon or get the Hebrew Matthew eBook at Google Books.

Matthew’s connections with the Hebrew Bible begin with his link to Chronicles and the listing of generations that are described in 1Chronicles 2 and on to 1Chronicles 9.

The family tree in Chronicles is not some boring old list, it was put there for good reason, a God reason. The list Matthew provides gives ample evidence for Yeshua’s connection to Abraham and a critical glimpse into how first-century Jews viewed the Hebrew Bible with a Messiah mind-set.

Whether you noticed it before now or not, Matthew starts his gospel and connects his readers directly to Chronicles, so it's important to study.

Just when you thought Matthew is the first book of a New Testament, the author does just the opposite, directing everyone to the Hebrew Scriptures and a name list you may have never studied... from the so-called Old Testament. The reason Matthew does this is likely from something Solomon wrote:

"That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by." Ecclesiastes 3:15

Matthew begins where the Hebrew Bible ends weaving an unbreakable Messianic connection embedded with Chronicles and Solomon's assignment from king David as Matthew writes: "The record of the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham."

Basically, Matthew tears the blank page out of the King James Bible with his list of three sets of 14 generations.

The Hebrew Bible contains 24 books, they too are organized into three sections. They are called the Torah or Teaching (Genesis to Deuteronomy), the Neviʾim or Prophets (Joshua to Malachi) and Ketuvim or the Writings (Psalms to Chronicles).

Order is important to God. Think about it, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:33 likely thinking of Malachi: "...For God is [a God], not of disorder, but of peace.. . ."

“For I, the LORD, do not change..." Malachi 3:6

In the end, Matthew’s gospel answers the big question that was on the minds of virtually every Jewish person including the disciples. It remains in the hearts of many today and it is hidden in the Messianic themes of Solomon's story in Chronicles.

The question is:

“If Yeshua is the Messiah, then where is the promised Kingdom of God?”

The kingdom answer can be found in the hidden story line of the chronicles of Solomon, the son of David. It is outlined at many levels, so we have to look closely at Chronicles to see it

Jewish scholars teach that the Bible should be studied and viewed on at least four different levels of critical study of God's Word. These four levels of exegesis are called PaRDeS, which is an acronym for Peshat, Remez, Derash and Sod. The first three mean literal, symbolic and seek. The fourth is Sod, it means hidden and it involves interpretation of the deep or mystery Messianic promise embedded within the Scriptures.

At the Peshat and Remez level, Matthew's account reveals that Yeshua, the son of David, like Solomon the son of David offered the kingdom to Israel. After all, Yeshua preached the gospel of the Kingdom wherever He went and that's why so many people flocked to hear Him, but it was rejected by the religious authorities (see Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 16:13–28; Matthew 21:42–46).

Although under different circumstances, this was much like Solomon's kingdom that was rejected, torn and divided after Solomon's death by his two sons Rehoboam the faithful leader of Judah in the South and Jeroboam the rebellious leader of Ephraim in the north.

After Solomon died, his son Jeroboam led Ephraim astray in revolt against Rehoboam of Judaea, the Torah and Jerusalem. The result was devastating for the kingdom.

If you think about it, Jeroboam was like the early Greek thinking church Fathers that turned against the Jewish people as well as Jerusalem and the front of the Bible. They were like Jeroboam who was in "constant war with the house of Judah."

When you think about it you realize their early antisemitism was the same... "constant war with the house of Judah."

Judah is important. Matthew's list shows us Yeshua's lineage is of Judah. No rational person disputes this family heritage. The good news is that Chronicles tells us that David reveals something critical about God's Kingdom:

"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel."

David knew he would not live forever, but he also knew the house of Judah was chosen and those that say God has no son need to listen to David and Almighty God, He does not change, God even declares Solomon as a chosen son, so that old argument is pretty weak:

"Of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons), He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him." 1 Chronicles 28:4-6

David understood from what the Lord God had told him about a son that is to build God a house and forever Kingdom is the one in the line of Judah. David even tells us another mystery:

He knew another son of Judah had to build the Temple of God because of shed blood. We see this in 1 Chronicles 28.

"Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I had intended to build a permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it. But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’"

David knew he was not immortal, and he knew Solomon would be king and by God's choosing would build God a house and courts of stone, but David understood a forever"Sod" message:

"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever."

Solomon's assignment was temporary, because it had a condition from the Lord God that he was faithful to:

"I will establish his kingdom forever if he resolutely performs My commandments and My ordinances, as is done now.’ So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever."

Solomon was not resolute. In the end, he missed The Father's assignment and Solomon missed the mark and sinned, he did not meet the standard of the king, so his kingdom was divided and fell, but David knew the forever promise to Judah, so another man of Judah had to arrive on the scene to keep the forever "Sod" promise of a house and a kingdom to be bequeathed forever after him.

Yeshua of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem the childhood home of David was resolute and 100% Torah observant to God's written commandments, statutes and judgments. Yeshua lived out the Torah and served God The Father with a whole heart and mind and kept Solomon's assignment as He served God with a whole heart and willing mind:

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.

If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever."

Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act." (Summary of 2 Chronicles 28:2-10)

Yeshua was courageous and He acted unlike Solomon did in the end. Because of that He is still building a living house for The Lord. Yeshua alone meets the requirements for Messiah King. The Temple Yeshua is building is bigger than the stones Solomon used, but it is still from God's creation, living earth, alive like Adam with the breath of God and offering sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD, a broken spirit and a broken and a contrite heart that seeks God with sacrifices of thanksgiving.

The thing we have to remember about the living Temple of God is that in the beginning, Elohim made man to be in resemblance of His image:

"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." Genesis 1:26

The disciple John reveals the "Sod" meaning of Messiah hidden in these words:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 [fn]He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men." John 1:1-4

As it was meant in the beginning, the living Temple of God are to be the image of God, His children that seek Him, in the end it is not built stone by stone, but the soul by soul in life, living out God's word.

The Jewish Rabbi Paul of Tarsus explained this ongoing work of life in typical Jewish teaching by asking a "Sod" level question:

"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Peter confirmed the living stones as a second witness and like Matthew, he backed up what he said with Scripture:

"Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. For this is contained in Scripture:

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER STONE,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,

“THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER STONE,” and,

“A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;

for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed." 1Peter 2:1-8

Messiah is the person of this precious corner stone in Zion. A corner stone is set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner.

The Lord God of Israel is the architect and owner.

Modern Israel is another proof of this. Israel is not great today because it is made of the bricks that men have been built or uncovered there but it is the people that make it Israel. People are Israel's past present and future.

A Temple of stone cannot contain God but it has a purpose. We know this because the wise Solomon said so:
"But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?" 2 Chronicles 2:6 NIV
Yeshua is the answer to Solomon's question, and the sacrifices that are required in the living temple are declared by David and Almighty God at Solomon's Temple gate:

"Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD." Psalm 4:5

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."  Psalm 51:17

"Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And tell of His works with joyful singing." Psalm 107:22

"The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, “Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house and proclaim there this word and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the LORD!’” Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place." Jeremiah 7:1-3

"For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’" Jeremiah 7:22-23

The prophet Micah repeats the requirements for mankind:

With what shall I come to the LORD
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?

Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8

Micah's answered questions are pointing to Moses big question in Deuteronomy 10:12-13: “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?

What does the LORD your God require of you?

The Temple in Jerusalem is missing but take note that the commandments concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices were not written on the two stones of the tablets of the covenant of the ten words written by Almighty God's hand. They were given at the mountain of God after the Ten Commandments to point toward repentance and obedience and the righteous offering of the redeemer lamb of God that Abraham told Issac God would Himself provide.

In Matthew's lineage list, Judah's scepter promise declared by David is verified in people not bricks. Judah is the fourth name noted. Judah's name is critical and it means "praised." The important thing to know about Judah is that his life is heralded not for his transgression with Tamar but his remorse and repentance and transformation as a man of God.

Judah emerged as a kinsman redeemer ready to lay down his life for his brother Benjamin proving to Joseph that he was a changed man.

Judah's change proves that God brings his blessing of a living Temple to the world through deeply flawed people that repent of the wrongs that we do and turn to God transformed from a heart of stone and a stiff neck to a humble heart living for God and a bowed head.

In the books of Chronicles, Judah first appears in 1 Chronicles 2:1, there he is listed as the fourth son of Israel. He is connected to David and Solomon and connected to God's promise about His living house and its precious corner stone in Messiah.

Yeshua is both Lion of the tribe of Judah and kinsman redeemer: “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” John 10:17-18.

Yeshua is the son that held firm in God's Word where Solomon failed and David shows us God knocks a hole in all the theories that want to dispute the son of God:

"He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him."

God’s primary work in the world is now being accomplished through the building of God's living Temple through the building blocks, the repentant living stones of the multitudes of people that seek the heart of The Father.

Believe it or not, for the living stones, Yeshua the chosen son will come again to rule the Messianic Kingdom and the world from Jerusalem, the King's place. Yeshua is Messiah ben Joseph, first a humble shepherd (of people) and He will return as King Messiah ben David, the lion of the tribe of Judah.

Take note, David was first a shepherd before he was king. So is Yeshua and His desire is to bequeath God's Kingdom and living Temple as a house of prayer for you.

David prophetically said this: "In the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, he observed and sought after all the commandments of the LORD God so that you may possess the good land and He will bequeath it to you forever if your follow the King." 1Chronicles 28:8

David set the standard first for Solomon and Messiah is building God a living house, don't willfully reject Him:

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." 1Chronicles 28:9

"If you seek Him, He will let you find Him..." These are big time "Sod" messages from Chronicles about the son that would build a house for God as the precious corner stone.

I pray you can see the account of Matthew provides the answer to the mystery and order of the bigger picture in the Chronicles storyline. That is why Matthew begins with Yeshua's genealogy and it includes David, his son Solomon and the Temple to be built by the one called and chosen to be a son of The Heavenly Father.

Messiah Yeshua is the chosen lamb of God offering for the living Temple of God, His children. God knows we are weak like Judah and Solomon, and He wants a house not for man, but for the LORD God.

"Then King David said to the entire assembly, 'My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen... the work is great; for the temple is not for man, but for the LORD God.'" 1 Chronicles 29:1

The critical name list of Matthew with its focus on David and Solomon points directly to the day David bequeathed kingship and an assignment for a righteous one to build a Temple for the LORD God. David's words are prophetic and they point directly to Messiah Yeshua:

"Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.

Now behold, there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and every willing man of any skill will be with you in all the work for all kinds of service.

The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command.”" 1 Chronicles 28:20-21

Without ever knowing it Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest of the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of Yeshua's trial as well as the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate the Roman governor of Judaea and even the crowd were all entirely at Yeshua's command to fulfill The Father's goal of offering redemption for sin through a repentant heart so that His chosen one in the line of Judah could build the living House of The Lord for the service of the House of God.

The amazing thing about Yeshua's command at His trial is that by courage He did not provide defense against His accusers, yet He was accused of things He never did to break the written Torah of God. They falsely accused Him of breaking the Sabbath of the Lord by healing and his only condemnation was agreeing with them about His identity as King.

In all of the Gospel accounts, Yeshua gives few direct answers to the accuser's questions, according to John 18:22 this prompted one official to slap him in the face. In Matthew 26:62-64, the lack of response from Yeshua pressed the high priest to arrogantly demand: “Do You not answer?

"The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” But Yeshua kept silent.

And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Yeshua said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”

In the Luke 22:67 account of this Passover trial, Yeshua is asked: "If thou art the Messiah, tell us. But he said unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe".

In Luke 22:70, when asked "Are you then the Son of God?" Yeshua only answered: "You say that I am."

The accusers forgot what God had told David, the forgot the words of Moses too. Yeshua was in control, at that point, they decided to condemn Yeshua to death against the Torah of God, yet the accusers were the only witness. They defied Moses saying: "What further need have we of witness? for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth."

The thing is... the religious men were ignoring Deuteronomy 19:15-17:

"A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before The LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days."

Convinced from a defense of silence, the accuser's religious stony hearts weres based on self serving pride and opinion, so the men took Yeshua of Nazareth over to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judaea, and they demanded that he be tried under Roman law for claiming to be the King of the Jews because they knew their verdict did not meet true orthodox faith and its timeless truth of judgment Moses' conveyed.

They knew they did not seek to honor God rightly and appear before The LORD so their cop out was to transfer their verdict to the rule of law of the Roman and appear before him.

Do you remember the answer given to Pilate's question?

Matthew 27:11-14 provides the account. "Now Yeshua stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Yeshua said to him, “It is as you say.”

Matthew 26:57 tells us that Yeshua was taken back to the house of the high priest of Israel, where the scribes and the elders of the Sanhedrin were gathered.

Like the account of the spies Moses sent to explore the Promised Land, at Yeshua's trial, only two men dissented against the bad reports of Yeshua. According to Luke, only Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were against the ranting Torahless decision led by Caiaphas.

Mark 14:53 states that Yeshua was taken that night "to the high priest," where all the chief priests and the elders gathered, and Mark 15:1 adds that another consultation was held among the priests the next morning. Matthew 27:1 also adds that the following morning, the priests held yet another meeting.

The record from the Jewish disciple John adds something prophetically important that occurred:

"One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” John 11:49-50

In the end, one died for the sins of mankind and Yeshua's silence controlled not only Caiaphas to declare the requirement that one man die for the people that the whole nation not perish, but Pilate to declare His innocence so that He could accomplish God's work willingly.

The trial unfolded just as David spoke to Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:21... "The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command.”

This included the crowd at Pilate's hearing. We see this in Matthew 27:24-26 as the death penalty was taken back from Roman rule by the crowd's declaration:

"When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified."

At the crucifixion, the Roman soldiers did something critical that points us back to Chronicles and king David. They hung a sign above His head saying: "This is Yeshua King of the Jews" (Matthew 27:37) and they put a crown of thrones on His head (Matthew 27:29).

As we have seen, Matthew 's account weaves the truth to Chronicles but it's much more than the list as 1 Chronicles 29:15-19 shows us the willing hope offering of Yeshua for the entire world.

Yeshua is the faithful son, the one David spoke of with a perfect heart to keep God's commandments, testimonies and statutes. He did them all to teach all believers in repentance there is hope in the living house for God's holy name.

With a "Sod" mystery prophetic voice, Chronicles tells us God's House is from His hand, not man's.

King David said:

"For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.

O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours.

Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.

O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.” 1 Chronicles 29:15-19

After David spoke these words, "On the next day they made sacrifices to the LORD and offered burnt offerings to the LORD... in abundance for all Israel."

The day following His dark night and silence in trial, Yeshua, the one that kept God's testimonies and statutes and with a perfect heart, offered Himself as a willing sin sacrifice as a burnt offering of redemption for God's living House.

The account in 1Chronicles 29:23 also tells us what has happened since that fateful Passover day:

"Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father; and he prospered..." 1 Chronicles 29:23

Yeshua prospers at the right hand of God instead of Solomon, but something is missing that was granted Solomon that will come to pass with Yeshua: "and all Israel obeyed him."

Solomon was a shadow picture of Messiah Yeshua our King: "Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and exalted him greatly." 2 Chronicles 2:1

Jesus always quoted Scripture, so we might expect that the Messiah King may use words like these of Solomon when He returns on the cloud of glory first seen at the exodus from Egypt:

“You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place. Now, O LORD God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth." 2 Chronicles 1:8-9

When Yeshua ben David returns, He will show that He too will count the Gentiles for the work of God's House just like Solomon did: "Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, following the census which his father David had taken; and 153,600 were found..."

Chronicles shows us that the Temple of God has always been a house for the foreigner and all peoples of the earth:

"Also concerning the foreigner who is not from Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your great name’s sake and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray toward this house, then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, and fear You as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name." 2 Chronicles 6:32-33

Isaiah 56:5-8 confirms God's house is for all people that join themselves as servants to The Lord:

"I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”

The Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”

In 1948, God began regathering the outcasts of Israel and remember God also promised; "I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered."

When Yeshua returns, He will keep the seventh month agenda just like Solomon:

"Then Solomon assembled to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel...  All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast, that is in the seventh month." 2Chronicles 5:2-3

The trumpets of Revelation will also be heard for the returning Messiah King:

"When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God." 2 Chronicles 5:11-14

God's living house will be completed as it was with Solomon by the fulness of the Gentiles and The Lord's promise fulfilled.

"Now the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for I have risen in the place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel."" 2 Chronicles 6:10

All will respond: "We have sinned, we have committed iniquity and have acted wickedly..." 2 Chronicles 6:37

Then there will be a celebration, like a wedding festival at the final Feast of Dedication and Ingathering like Solomon's but much greater:

"So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt.

On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days.  Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the LORD had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel." 2 Chronicles 7:7-10

Zechariah tells us more about the millennium day of the Kingdom. There's still a wise choice to make:

"And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them." Zechariah 14:17

The prophet was thinking on the mystery of Messiah and he likely got his message from Chronicles:

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them; then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance." 2 Chronicles 6:26-27

Many will be shocked by this when Messiah Yeshua keeps David's ordinance honoring the saints described in Revelation 14:12 as He opens the gates described in Revelation 22:14 to the whole assembly of the House of The Lord:

"Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Yeshua."

"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city."

Yeshua will give a command like David: "Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests according to the daily rule, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at every gate; for David the man of God had so commanded.

And they did not depart from the commandment of the king to the priests and Levites in any manner or concerning the storehouses.

Thus all the work of Solomon was carried out from the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished.

So the house of the LORD was completed." 2Chronicles 8:14-16

It's up to us to help Yeshua finish the house on the foundation He has built. Tell others about Him, be a gatekeeper until the House is complete.

Shalom.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bringing Life to The Dry Bones



"Son of Man can these bones live?"


Ezekiel was asked this amazing question and given the prophetic answer by Almighty God.

It's a question with many levels of promise.

On one hand, it speaks of literal resurrection.

On another, it speaks to the restoration of the Jewish people to the Holy Land, the times of refreshing spoken of by the Prophets. You and I are living in Biblical times called the latter days and the prophecy has not ended, it is fully engaged...

The question can these bones live points to a once parched land that has now blossomed into orchards and vineyards following Hitler's fire of the Shoah - Holocaust that mysteriously has sanctified the new birth of Israel and dedicated it to God's promise to Abraham.  In 1948, life by the power of God came into the bones of the Jewish people and the land of promise where many returned.

Yet God's question is for you too: “Son of man, can these bones live?”

The answer is seemingly hidden, It is tied to the promise given Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob.

Today, the House of Judah is a modern miracle of God because many Jewish people are now back in Israel restoring the Promised Land to life for the coming of Messiah. This fact is a process that will bring redemption to all people that seek to follow the God of Israel.

You may have never realized what Almighty God has been up to over the past 70 years in this generation, but it time know to know.

Incredibly, God is blessing the Jewish people. The reason, they have been given the responsibility to prepare for the most extraordinary event since creation, to prepare the world for King Messiah.

In the beginning, darkness was over the surface of the deep, but the Spirit of God was moving above the void and He is moving above the void again. Do you remember what God said? “'Let there be light' and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness."

The eretz-land of Israel, the place that God chose to put His name and fame was once a void needing cultivation but over the past 70 years hat has all changed. The preparation we have seen is for the millennium Olam Ha-Ba, the blessing of the light of the world to come. Its bright light is Messiah. If you can not see this, it's time to get rid of the blinders.

The question God posed in Ezekiel 37 does not stand alone, it is a continuation of Ezekiel 36 and God's promise to the land He chose to vindicate the reputation of His name that promise stands forever:
But you, O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come. Ezekiel 36:8
It's not just about the land. 

People's hearts need to be prepared too and that is now happening before our eyes!

Preparing people's hearts is like preparing land and that is the mystery of the promise of Ezekiel 36 which is the promise from day one of an outpouring of God's Spirit and power on people to prepare them for the light of Messiah the King.

As we consider the great promise seen in the restoration of the land of Israel and its people, we have to remember the Bible tells us that a mixed multitude of companion came up from Egypt. That's a fact and Ezekiel unveils more on the big promise given Abraham that seems to have been almost forgotten, so we need to dig in and study the depths of Scripture including the scroll of Ezekiel in a multi-faceted.

That way is called "PaRDeS." It a term for taking a proper prism-like approach to at least four known levels of Biblical study, understanding and engagement. The term PaRDeS is an acronym the Jewish people take from four Hebrew words:
  • Peshat = "surface" or the literal, direct meaning.
  • Remez = "hints" or the deeper, symbolic meaning beyond the literal.
  • Derash = "inquire" or seeking comparative meaning through similar references.
  • Sod = "secret" or hidden meaning given through inspiration or revelation.
The "Peshat," "Remez," "Derash" and "Sod" or hidden, inspired meaning of Ezekiel's vision brings life to the "bones" which can be understood with hidden meaning embedded as Torah instruction and teaching in the framework of God's voice to the world, the Messiah.

Bringing life to the dry bones is not meant to be a hidden mystery, we know because Almighty God first points Ezekiel back to His mountaintop teaching:
I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances Ezekiel 36:27
This promise has not been fully realized, but it is happening because the Torah was never broken at the cross, the statutes and ordinances were never done away with. The same is true for Yeshua, the living Torah whose bones were not broken just as king David's Psalm 34:19-20 prophecy declares.

The framework teaching and instruction of Almighty God does not rest in peace. But now after 2,000 years of darkness, God's Word is now bringing life to the resurrection of the real Jesus, the Jew in an assembly of believers in Yeshua the Messiah whether scattered abroad or at home in Israel.

God's question is the "Sod" part of the prophet's vision: "Son of Man can these bones live?"

Let me explain.

In the beginning there was darkness before light. In the second century, after the original disciples had been martyred one by one, the so-called church "fathers" from the Gentile nations changed Messiah Yeshua's identity and Israel's as well when they turned against the Jewish people and adopted replacement theology. The church fathers planted the dark seed of replacement theology and ate the evil of the fruit of it that we now call anti-Semitism, but 70 years ago something changed.

The Jewish people engaged the first phase of the prophecy parable described in Ezekiel 37.

The vision of the dry bones went into first gear in 1948 and shifted into second in 1967 when Jerusalem, the place of God's name was restored to the Promised Land as the Polish born Chief Rabbi of the IDF, former Brigadier-General Shlomo Goren blew his shofar with the Torah in his arm at the Western Wall after shouts came over the radio that the Temple Mount had been retaken.

Rabbi Goren's trumpet blast announced the beginning of the liberation of the mountain of God in the Old City just as the IDF's General Motta Gur announced over the IDF troop's radios... "the Temple Mount is in our hands. I repeat, The Temple Mount is in our hands."

Incredibly, after the June 1967 Six-Day War and in the years since, many Jewish people in Israel and across the world began to see Messiah for who He really is. Fifty years ago, perhaps only a few thousand Jewish people believed in Yeshua as their Jewish Messiah. Yet today, just 50 years later, despite all the opposition of religious opinion, the number has soared and multitudes around the globe believe and the assembly of Jewish believers in Israel is growing like a bright beacon on a hill.

There is no census, but many polls estimate the number of Israeli Jewish followers of Yeshua at 30,000 or more that have not turned their backs on their Jewish heritage. I believe the number of Jewish Yeshua followers will soon reach 144,000.

So, you need to be ready.

Two new life giving events occurred after May 7, 1945, following the unconditional German surrender signed by General Alfred Jodl at Reims marking the end of the Holocaust. The Spirit of God began to move above the darkness of war to sanctify Israel as the people who came out of great tribulation.

Jesus the Jew is now being revealed in the light of truth as Yeshua HaMachiach despite the fact that for some 1,800 years, some Christians unwittingly disguised the gospel of The Kingdom as a counterfeit as they hung the Bible Jesus taught every Sabbath on a Sunday Roman cross.

The influence of the Greco-Roman church "fathers" painted Jesus with a halo above His head, gave Him a Christmas birthday and an Easter resurrection. The problem, there's no such thing as "Good Friday" or "Palm Sunday" and there is no Easter egg or Santa either. Fake identities and diversions from truth were imported from Mithraism and embedded into the church fresco of Jesus Christ.

Could that be one reason so many people have not seen Jesus the Jew?

Since 1967, the tectonic shift from Jerusalem to Rome has been ending in teshuvah. The world now focuses its attention back on Israel for good reason. Following the liberation of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, many Christians have experienced a steady global inner awakening and hunger for more meaning and a deeper relationship with God and the Jewish people.

Somehow, the Temple Mount liberation stirred the hearts of people and a big part of that liberation includes the restoration of Jesus Christ to Yeshua Ha-Mashiach.

The shift has been tectonic for many people like me. Like any earthquake, there remains a lot of chaos and confusion as a remnant of believers seek a path of repentance back to the front of God's book and a growing group of Jewish people are turning to see the back of the book and their Jewish Messiah.

The Spirit of truth is pouring its voice out on people's hearts.

It's as if the written Torah and the living Torah are coming alive in a heart transplant, a resurrection that engaged at the time of the liberation of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. That timeline included the Jesus Movement and many that had read the front of their Bibles began to understand the truth that the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings are not "old" or left behind hanging on the cross because they are Messiah's Bible.

The bones of believers began to come to life in 1967 as hearts were changed.

This is proof from the power of the breath from the Ruach Spirit of Almighty God. Slowly but surely, non-Jews began to understand that God's Word is alive and well despite the fact that some of the early church fathers had tried to bury it like old bones that were done away with. Eyes and ears were opening to the fact that Jesus was not only alive, He was Jewish!

Slowly but surely, many Jews began to understand that the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings are alive and pointing to the living Jewish Messiah Yeshua of Nazareth.

The re-birth of the land and the restoration of people's hearts wheter Jewish or not is the proof of God's promise declared in Jeremiah that wraps up with this promise:
"And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,  “Have you not observed what this people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the LORD chose, He has rejected them’? Thus they despise My people, no longer are they as a nation in their sight.  Thus says the LORD, ‘If My covenant for day and night stand not, and the fixed patterns of heaven and earth I have not established, then I would reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, not taking from his descendants rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.’” Jeremiah 33:23-26
If you have questions about the big picture of the restoration of the dry bones described in Ezekiel 37, it's important to remember that God designed bones to provide the structure and living foundation frame of the human body and that design points us to the body of "one new man" Jew and Gentile united in Messiah.

After all, bones give us the ability to live life to the fullest. As they develop and grow, they give us the ability to crawl, to walk and then run the race of life.

Thinking in "Sod" mode let's reconsider the amazing foundation frame (bones) of God's Word. They are the framework of teaching and instruction for life in The Kingdom of God and they point to the life and ministry of Yeshua-Jesus.

God's word gives the foundation principles to live life to its fullest as it was and is meant to be. They give us the spiritual ability to crawl, to walk and then run.

But somehow they lost life in the body for awhile and dried out in the sun baked Greco-Roman influence of the church steeple. They were baked and burned by the church fathers as they ignored the Ruach Spirit of God that had poured out in wind and fire over Jerusalem on the Jewish disciples of Yeshua. The truth and purpose of God's word had dried up and withered in many hearts and minds sitting in a Sunday pew, but many are being awakening and being restored in the process of new life as a remnant of believers are returning in repentance (teshuvah) to understand the great value God has placed on His Sabbath and the Feast Appointments of the Lord.

At the same time, many open hearts of brother Judah are awakening to see Messiah Yeshua for who He is.

Thank God the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings were never dead bones to brother Judah. Without knowing it, he always believed Yeshua's promise: "not one jot or tittle of the Torah shall pass..." while the early church fathers turned their back on Yeshua's words.

Men like Marcion rejected the Hebrew Scriptures that Jesus explained, saying they were old and done away with, ready for the boneyard. Although Marcion was rejected and called a heretic, over time some of the poison of his beliefs were adopted in a diluted form if you will and peoples backs were turned against the Jewish people and the Hebrew Scriptures.

Not only that, the canon order of the Prophets and the Writings had been re-arranged at the 4th Counsel of Trent in 1546. Open up any King James Bible and in the preface your likely see it says the books are arranged in their "proper order." Yet, the Hebrew Scriptures read by the Jewish people does not end with Malachi. The order of the Scriptures concludes with Chronicles and a list of chronologies providing a direct path to Matthew 1.  

The fact is Elohim God is One, He is the unchanging Almighty One, He is the creator and restorer of life, He has no new religion formed in the precepts of men. His instruction for life and conduct in His Kingdom to come is this truth from the beginning:
"There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you." Numbers 15:16
A "Sod" view of bringing life to the bones means that Jews and Gentiles can and will live in peace and in harmony in the Kingdom of God with one law and one ordinance for all. That Torah is God's.

If you believe in God, believe what He says.

This means that the Torah is not old and done away with as has been taught by so many since Marcion, and it means that Jews are not to stand alone to honor God's commandments and Sabbaths. It also means that non-Jews are not limited to a rabbi's list of seven (7) Noahide laws as a Gentile path for the Ger aka Bnei Noach.

None of these religions doctrines and traditions of opinion can be found in the writings of the Bible as the set apart path to believe and follow Almighty God. We must remember the truth Yeshua proclaimed in Luke 16:17 when He simple said it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Torah to fail.

It's that simple. Why argue with God or Messiah?

In a "Sod" way, we might see that Heaven and Earth are connected by every jot and tittle of God's Word.

Remove or add a jot or tittle and you can corrupt the connection to the message of forgiveness, mercy and lovingkindness in the Scriptures. That's why repentance is critical... its time turn back to the Bible.

If we could travel back in time to England in 1604, we would find that King James following the lead of King Henry VIII. Seventy years earlier King Henry served in title as supreme head and governor of the Church of England. Following Henry, thirty-nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England were put into place during the reign of Elizabeth I to resolve debate during the Reformation. King James immediately followed Elizabeth in monarchy as supreme head and governor of the Church of England and he lifted church censures and authorized an English translation of the Bible to replace the Geneva Bible and the Bishop's Bible as well as others that were not authorized by the monarchy already in circulation along with the Coverdale Bible.

If you want more insight on the perception of the king's authorization, can read its 400-year old dedication in the front of most any King James Bible.

Tyndale Bible Photo by Steve Bennett 
If you have not heard of the Coverdale Bible, it's the English Bible translation Myles Coverdale finished based on William Tyndale’s English translation of the Gospels, Epistles and the Hebrew Torah.

Tyndale used what is now known as the Textus Receptus Greek text that had been compiled by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam Holland.

The Dutch linguist scholar Erasmus was published by his friend Johann Froben in his print shop located Basel Switzerland. Erasmus used several Greek manuscript sources because he did not have access to a complete manuscript. Erasmus' Greek Bible not only constituted the baseline for the translation of the New Testament into English by William Tyndale, it was used to publish the 1577 Geneva Bible and years later the famous Church of England authorized King James Version in 1611.

The Geneva Bible made it way to America with the Pilgrim's onboard the Mayflower. It was the first English version of the Bible in which all of the Hebrew Bible was translated directly from the Hebrew. It was also the first English Bible to use verse numbers based on the work of Robert Estienne of Paris aka Stephanus who lived in Geneva at the time.

In fact, all of the English Reformation translations came in some way from William Tyndale's English translation work.

Tyndale deserves tremendous credit as the first person to translate and publish into English from Erasmus' Greek Textus Receptus into English in 1526. Tyndale was also the first to translate from Hebrew into English as well but he did not get to finish. Tyndale was a man of righteous conviction, but due to persecution he was never able to publish a complete Bible so Coverdale finished the project in 1535 after Tyndale's murder.

The reason Coverdale had to help is because Tyndale opposed the church establishment at Oxford that outlawed English translations, so Tyndale worked in hiding outside England. His story is beyond belief as he was tracked down like a criminal, in-prisoned and strangled to death, then burned at a stake standing for truth and the great commission.

Sound familiar?

Murder and martyrdom is the reality of the first English translator. Persecution and death were dark men's response to his attempt to bring light to the world by upholding God's Word and simply print it in English.

The King James' authorized version was published some 85 years after Tyndale's bludgeoning by the church. The King's commission missed the mark on some words as their version had inserted some influence from the podium and pogrom against Tyndale who held to the faith in keeping the instruction of God "as it is written."

In keeping with this, Tyndale did not use the word church in his translation. He used the English word congregation because it was the proper way to translate the Greek word "ekkelsia" ἐκκλησία which is an assembly of people not a religious institution nor a clergy ordained building. Tyndale knew the truth. He knew Greek and he knew "ekkelsia" came from the Hebrew word "qahal" קָהֵל which started with the "congregation" crowd, the "assembly" promised by God to Abraham in Genesis 35:11 and Genesis 48:4 that was present at Mount Sinai as plainly shown in Exodus 12:6 and Deuteronomy 5:22. Tyndale knew the truth and opposed the authority of the Catholic Church and its dominance on the Church of England.

Tyndale's translation of the Greek word "presbuteros" πρεσβύτερος in the Greek manuscripts as "elder" instead of priest also challenged the religious doctrine of the Catholic Church as it unwound the Catholic Mass and the role of the Catholic priest to offer the sacrifice of Christ's body in the Catholic ritual called the Mass.

Translation, by its nature can paint opinion into what is written, but Tyndale held true and brought life to the dry bones. He was murdered and burned at the stake because he understood Numbers 16:3 "so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”

One other problem during King James' royal rule is that the Church of England translators had little understanding concerning the weekly Sabbath or the Feasts of The Lord as they worked under the influence of men like Marcion thinking those things were Jewish and had been done away with.

This is not a blast against their past, but the fact is that they were under the influence of the church of Rome and the Latin Vulgate so its time to finish Tyndale's work. The King's translators opposed the Jewish people and had little understanding of the Hebraic concepts embedded in all the Scriptures. They had little understanding of God's calendar that did not line up with the Julian calendar edict of Julius Caesar in 45BC nor Pope Gregory's re-write of time that arrived on the church's clock just 30 years earlier in 1582 before they began their "authorized" project for the king.

In a way, the leg bone got confused with the hip bone and the living bones, the unchanging foundation of the Word of God that Jesus read and held fast to as the liging word of God somehow got rebranded as if dry bones with the title "Old Testament" that is attributed to a Greek Christian, Melito of Sardis around 170 AD.

When published, the English Bibles were labeled as old and new and divided by a publisher's blank page. Despite the religious flaws of opinion, the good news is astounding. The Bible finally became available in English and it spread across the globe over the next 300 years with the growth of British Empire and the English language. All the while the King James Bible came along for the ride.

All this might lead us back to consider another "Sod" perspective... one on the Exodus story.

Joseph knew that Almighty God had not only changed his father's name to Israel, the sovereign Creator promised an oath to his father Jacob that was passed on from his grandfather Isaac and his great grandfather Abraham by THE LORD. A part of the promise of blessing many nations of people was a land grant, so Joseph insisted that his bones be carried back up to the Promised Land:
"Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.” Genesis 50:24-25
Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob and his story of this faith in God's care is a reflection of the Jewish people still linked to his promise and what he required at the end of his mortal life.

In the fire of all horrors, six (6) million Jewish men, women and children died in the death camps of slavery during Hitler's Final Solution Holocaust. Incredibly, mocking God and the Bible, the Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, Flossenbürg and Mauthausen forced labor concentration camps were selected by the SS because of their proximity to soil suitable for making bricks (for reference see Genesis 1:8-14).

The vile and evil daily burnt sacrifices at the blasphemous altars of Hitler's SS came to an end when the slaughter of millions stopped on May 7, 1945 on the 39th day of the Omer Count when Germany surrendered seven (7) days after Hitler committed suicide on April 30th. It was one (1) day before Shavuot - Pentecost that year when Joseph's promise that God will surely take care of you was realized for the Jewish survivors of The Shoah.

That 39th day of counting was Iyar 17 and it is important. It was orchestrated by the working of The Lord in God's providence in honoring Joseph. For that reason, it is critical to look back and also know Messiah Yeshua the Jew arose from death and ascended in glory on the 40th day of the Omer Count.

Stop and think about that long and hard before you read on...

The prophetic sworn oath God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel was re-engaged as the survivors of the greatest tribulation to date in all of history. Six million Jewish people were destroyed in WWII and including those precious souls, 70 million others (like sojourners with them) died during the horrific war that engulfed the nations of the world.

In the Scriptures, the number 70 points to the nations because in Jewish tradition in keeping with Genesis 10 and Genesis 11. we can see the "The Table of Nations" in the Bible. There were 70 nations named after the devastation of the flood. So seventy has a sacred meaning in the Bible and it can represent a period of judgment connected to the exile in Babylon that lasted 70 years.

The fact is in front of us all, the dry bones of the Jewish people were restored and ascended, carried back to the Promised Land on May 14, 1948 from the grave of the concentration camps ovens ending an exile that had begun in the Jewish War of 66-70 AD when the Legions of Titus attacked and destroyed Jerusalem and The Temple and put the Jewish people in diaspora in 70AD.

Despite the horrors that followed and culminated in WWII, the 70th anniversary of the nation born in a day trumpeted around the world in 2018, after President Trump ratified the bill introduced by introduced in the Senate as S. 1322 by Bob Dole of Kansas. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 passed the Senate and the House that was left unsigned by President Clinton was finally signed by Trump providing the Congressional recognition of Jerusalem given in 1995 as Israel's capital and the American Embassy finally opened its doors in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

In the end, the war and this event showed the world that the Jewish people and Jerusalem could not destroyed by Titus nor by the German Reich. The reason, their bones were miraculously restored from death in 1948 in keeping with Joseph's promise to his brothers shown in Genesis 50:24:
“I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.”
Joseph's promise is bound to Abraham, Issac and Jacob. It was given to Abram after Almighty God changed his name to Abraham. It was passed on to Isaac, then given to Jacob.

Joseph's promise links the word of God passed on to his father Jacob after God changed his name to Israel and it does not end there. Jacob passed the promise on to Joseph's two sons by adoption as Ephraim was adopted as a firstborn son of Jacob as well as Manasseh. They inherited the promises as sons of adoption. Read Romans 11 and you will see, that by faith, you can too.

Almighty Lord God shared this promise as a "fearful thing" for Moses to record pointing toward the mystery outcome of the fire and horrors of Titus that led to the Holocaust and its miracle outcome, the birth of the modern State of Israel established on May 14, 1948 on the 20th day of the Omer Count that year.

The heritage line of the everlasting promise is:

First to Abraham:
“No longer shall your name be called Abram,
But your name shall be Abraham;
For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations." Genesis 17:5 
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18
Then to Issac:
Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” Genesis 26:3-5
And Jacob:
"God said to him,
'Your name is Jacob;
You shall no longer be called Jacob,
But Israel shall be your name.'
Thus He called him Israel. 
God also said to him,
'I am God Almighty;
Be fruitful and multiply;
A nation and a company of nations shall come from you,
And kings shall come forth from you.
The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac,
I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you.'” Genesis 35-10-12
And to Ephraim:
"But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” Genesis 48:19
Moses was told that fulfillment of promise would be a fearful thing and it has been:
"Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you." Exodus 34:10
There's much more to this promise that is not fully unrolled in the scrolls of the Bible-- just yet.

The reason? The mystery of the adoption promise of blessing all nations given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was extended through Ephraim's adoption much in the same way that the Torah given on the first Shavuot at Sinai was expanded by at Shavuot at Jerusalem in 30AD.

Part of Moses' assignment was to carry Joseph's bones and return them to the place they belonged.

When the families of Jacob escaped Egypt with Moses as the spokesman with the duty to carry up Joseph's bones, "a mixed multitude also left with them" (Exodus 12:38). Many people honored and revered Joseph, in God's providence he had saved many people and nations from famine and starvation years earlier and he was well remembered for doing so.

We must realize, God's promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was expanded too with the firstborn adoption of Ephraim. The man renamed Israel passed the Almighty's promise on to Ephraim, the son of an Egyptian mother that Jacob adopted as his son along with his brother Manasseh.

Through this picture of family expansion by adoption, multitudes as companions came up out of the Egyptian dust as a mixed crowd of people that wanted to be a part of the big promise and walk with Joseph's bones joining the sons of Israel and God's Glory fire to the Land of Promise:
Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. A mixed multitude also went up with them... Exodus 12:37-38
The blessing of sojourners joining with the families of the descendants of Israel happened because of Abraham's obedience:
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18
In Exodus 13:19 we learn that Moses was the surety to Joseph. He honored his request and Moses took Joseph's bones up with him as he followed the cloud and the Shekinah glory pillar of fire of Almighty God. The work of the Lord God of "all" Israel began to fulfill Joseph's promise as God took care of his brothers, and we must remember God's promise to Abraham was the promise of blessing many nations, so a "a mixed multitude" left with them.

Joseph wanted his bones to be brought out of Egypt for good reason.

In his heart of hearts, he understood the resurrection power of God's glory. So Moses made sure that no one abandoned Joseph so the sons of Israel brought his bones up from Egypt to Shechem.

Today, Joseph's resting place at Shechem has been turned into an Islamic Mosque in a vain attempt to wipe Biblical history off the map, but that undertaking to desecrate the place of Joseph's bones, like the slavery of Egypt and the Holocaust will only be temporary and like the birth of the nation state of Israel, it will serve to reveal God's Glory and the promise of bringing resurrection life to dry bones.

The Muslim men bowing toward Mecca while firing rockets from Gaza will be shocked and stunned one day when the Messiah King of Israel returns to Jerusalem as Joseph's bones come the life, but some may not see Messiah coming as they bow with their heads on the ground leaning toward a Kaaba stone while praying to a false moon-god believing the words of a false prophet.

Joseph's bones will be restored in Shechem to resurrection life in God's Kingdom when the promise shown in Ezekiel's vision is fully revealed by Messiah Yeshua to the world and all nations will know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob is Y-H-V-H and not any other name.

In any study of Ezekiel 37, it's important to know the vision began when The Spirit of The Lord by the hand of Almighty God set Ezekiel down in a valley full of dry bones. It's also important to know that the vision reveals that the Ruach Spirit of God moves in stages. First, the bones stood up, then God restored sinews and flesh to the bones in the valley before the eyes of the prophet. The next stage of the vision is the outpouring of the breath and power of the Ruach Spirit of God, and the "Sod" picture is the impact this has on the heart and the mind -- "you will know that I am The LORD Y-H-V-H."

That is the big picture of revival and Abraham's promise!

Before the vision of restoration and revival, the Spirit of the LORD required that Ezekiel do something before God would act to bring back life in the valley of dry bones. Like Abraham before him, God required that Ezekiel make a choice to obey God's voice!

The Spirit of Elohim God then asked Ezekiel if the bones could be brought back to life, and Ezekiel gave the correct answer: only God knows.

With the righteous answer given, Almighty God then told Ezekiel that he had to do something, he had to speak the word of God over the dry bones:
"O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord (Y-H-W-H)! 
Thus said the Lord to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live again. I will lay sinews upon you, and cover you with flesh, and form skin over you. And I will put breath into you, and you shall live again
And you shall know that I am Y-H-W-H! Ezekiel 37:4-6
Ezekiel did as he was asked and he declared the cycle of the blessing of God's life giving Spirit.

There was no debate, no question as Ezekiel declared to the dry bones "shema" (hear and do) the word of The Lord God and then Abba Father said" "you shall know I am Y-H-W-H!"

If we read Luke 11:28 we can see that Yeshua taught this same message: "Blessed rather are those who hear ("shema" (hear and do)) the word of God and keep it!"

The message to anyone with dry bones reading this is the same: Hear and do the word of The Lord and He will put His breath (His Spirit) into you and you can live as He intended from the beginning and know I am Y-H-W-H.

Only God's Spirit can give or restore life and that is the "Sod" message in Ezekiel's vision just as Elohim God gave life to Adam by breathing into the dust He formed on the sixth day of creation. In the beginning, God moved in stages one day at a time to prepare the planet for life, then The Almighty breathed life into mankind on the sixth day.

Incredibly, after World War II, during the sixth (1,000 year) day after creation, the bones of the Jewish people began to come together and stand up in Israel in 1948 from the valley of death that began seven years earlier in the death camps of Poland and the Ukraine.

Those death camps included Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Chelmno, Janowska, Majdanek, Sobibor, Treblinka. Each only served evil as seven death pits of the travail of attempted annihilation, but God used death as a miracle to give life and honor Abraham and Joseph to restore Israel as the Promised Land and answer the Isaiah 66:8 prophecy:
Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Can a land be born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth all at once?
As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. 
Long before Joseph was restored to his brothers in Egypt, they threw him in a pit, this is important to remember and you'll see why if you continue on.

In 1948, many surviving Jewish people began to make Aliyah up to Israel to join those that had moved there over the 70 years before them. Once they were standing on the land, the Jewish people drained the swamp valleys and watered the desert areas as they began to restore life to the ancient garden-like land of milk and honey.

Just as the Jewish people travailed in Holocaust tribulation, they miraculously arose from death and began to grow sinews and flesh in the Promised Land that had been promised to Abraham, and the land began to flourish because of them.

Do you remember why God renamed Abraham?

It's important to the "Sod" picture of Ezekiel's dry bones vision fulfills it:
As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you,
And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.
No longer shall your name be called Abram,
But your name shall be Abraham;
For I have made you the father of
a multitude of nations. Genesis 17:5
That Hebrew word multitude is "hâmôwn," it points to a "crowd" of nations, a "gowy."

  הָמוֹן    גּוֹי  
gôwy hâmôwn 

The Jewish exodus from the Holocaust in Europe was followed by miraculous exodus from Ethiopia, Russia and other places across the four corners of the globe as a crowd of bones journeyed back to the Promised Land born in a day on May 14, 1948 but this time the Aliyah was different than the first exodus from Egypt.

A big difference is that a "hâmôwn gowy" the crowd of nations present in the exodus journey with the sons of Israel as the sojourners and strangers embedded in the covenant of the name change from Abram to Abraham were missing. In the first exodus they were there in Egypt and at Mount Sinai and they arrived in Jericho along with descendants of Israel, but the gôwy hâmôwn were missing in the 1948 exodus return.

In 1948, the sojourners and strangers, the companions did not return to Israel alongside the survivors of the slain from the House of Judah.

This is very important.

We have to remember that God gave Ezekiel the promise of a family reunion between the tribe of Judah and Joseph aka the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.

For some, these are only represented by the lost ten tribes of Israel. In the Bible, after the division of the Davidic kingdom following Solomon's death, the northern tribes were called Ephraim. The reason, their capital was in the northern territory of none other than Ephraim.

There has to be a reason that the crowd of nations, the multitude of companions that love the Lord and the Jewish people are not citizens of modern Israel or even eligible to be a citizen under the Israeli law of return.

Perhaps one reason is as basic as geography. The fact is that the nation state born in a day was not given the full allotment of the land promised to Abraham by the UN, but the Bible is the record of the title deed of truth and it points to restoration and expansion.

So, the questions remains. Why were the crowd of sojourners and companions missing in 1948? 

Could it be because some of us aren't really sojourners and companions, but a people living in a twilight zone of a dry spiritual diaspora that turned its back on the front of the Bible and the Torah while without even knowing it as a church ignoring the greatest teachings of Jesus the Jew?

Could it be that we have been hearing but not doing the word of God in unity with the faithful of Judah by rejecting Yeshua's sermon on the Mount about the jots and tittles and the Kingdom of God?

What a bizarre paradox, but it has a solution from Heaven that is connected by Shavuot.

Looking back to Ezekiel's prophetic vision, we have seen that the prophet had to do something.

Ezekiel had to make a critical declaration, his job was to declare a move of the unseen “wind” of the Ruach-Spirit of The Lord across the four winds of the globe:
"Come, O breath, from the four winds, and breathe into these slain, that they may live again. The wind comes and the corpses breathe and come to life again in great numbers." Ezekiel 37:9
The amazing "Sod" realization of the requirement for this prophetic declaration is the fact that the four winds point toward not only to the Jewish people, but to the four corners of our crowded planet as well. Breathing life into great numbers includes a multitude of nations, a host of strangers and sojourners, and the fact according to Abraham's promise is that they can become companions in a Torah walk like those that went up with Moses from Egypt with the sons of Israel.

Following Moses is like following Messiah by hearing and doing the word of The Lord in the four corner wilderness before entering the Promised Land.

If you still doubt the Ezekiel precepts that the prophet's vision presents, think about this:
 "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God." 
That is a quote from the Almighty.

It's critically important to know that Abba Father sets His standard for adoption and restoration in Leviticus 19:33-34.

By Abraham's covenant and Joseph's promise The Lord God of Israel points to a latter day miracle of adoption and a foster family expansion for many nations with Isaiah's words so you can know, believe and understand this prophetic promise from Leviticus that ties to Judah:
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 
It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
and many peoples shall come, and say: 
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.” Isaiah 2:1-3
Thus says the Lord GOD: 
“Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their arms,
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
Kings shall be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers. Isaiah 49:22-23
Expanding the family like a foster father and restoring life to the nations is Abraham's promise to come since the mixed multitude was missing in 1948. That's why Judah is alone in the land today, but this is not the end of the dry bones vision.

Praise God, the hearts of many Christians after WWII began to believe their Bibles and seek to understand the front of the Bible.

But then it happened. 

Jerusalem was restored in 1967. Every serious Bible believer was amazed at the miracles seen in the Six-Day War, a few noticed the restoration timeline of the Old City and the mountain of the LORD matched the six days of creation, a few even realized the Temple Mount was restored to Israel immediately after Passover and the week of Unleavened Bread in the timetable of the Exodus.

Some linked the six day war to the six days that Israel marched around Jericho before its walls fell on the seventh day:
You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. Joshua 6:3 
Some noticed the connection to the shouts at Jericho to those over the radio, even Goren's shofar:
Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. The LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. Joshua 6:1-2 
At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the city. Joshua 6:16
Few noticed the Six-Day War started on the 41st day of the Omer Count up to Shavuot (Pentecost) and fewer still knew Jericho was taken during the Omer Count:
While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho. Joshua 5:10
Those that knew Yeshua ascended on Day 40 saw a connection to the latter days noted in Isaiah chapter 2 to the same time recorded in Matthew as the end of the age:
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 25:18-20
Jesus taught the great precepts of Torah and there's a latter day connection to the end of the age of a world and a land still without complete restoration.

There's more...

We need to know about the Six Day War and it connection to the Torah portion read by the Jewish people on the Sabbath across the globe that ended the war in June 1967.

On June 10th 1967, the war ended on the weekly Sabbath, the day of rest, a day God says is a prophetic sign (Exodus 31:17) and the Torah portion that was read that very day in synagogues around the globe was "Naso" or in Hebrew "take a census" or "lift up."

Naso is the second parashah in the Torah scroll when it is rolled open to the book of Numbers.

The portion of the Torah scroll read that week was Numbers 4:21–7:89.

That portion describes the "census" of Israel and God's instruction for the "organization of the camp" of the tribes around the "Tabernacle."

It includes the Holy Place duties of the Kohathites and the outer court duties of the Gershonites and the Merarite Levites. Te portion Naso outlines responsibility for camp "purification" and this parashah also includes the "consecration" of the Tabernacle as it teaches "restitution" for wrongs committed.

Can you see the "Sod" connections?

In this amazing Naso reading portion of the Torah, God told Moses to instruct Aaron and his sons that they should bless the Israelites with this blessing of favor, protection and peace:
"The Lord bless you and protect you! The Lord deal kindly and graciously with you! The Lord bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace!
Few noticed outside Israel and connected the jots and tittles of "Naso" to Jericho and the incredible Six-Day War and the peace that resulted, but all of this is true. Not only that, the seventh day reading of Naso includes Numbers 7:72–89. The conclusion of the seventh reading is עליה aliyah, the chieftains from the remaining tribes bought their dedication offerings for the altar. When Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with God, Moses would hear the Voice addressing him from above the cover that was on top of the Ark between the two cherubim, and thus God spoke to him.

The blessing of protection and favor as well as going up (aliyah) to the Temple Mount came before world's eyes in 1967 without many knowing or understanding it. We were all witnessing the beginning of the Temple Mount's "Naso" process of consecration and restitution for wrongs committed and it was announced with a shofar blast at the threshing floor from rabbi Shlomo Goren.

The final peace blessing is coming with the "Naso" camp purification and the sanctification of the Tabernacle sanctuary are now in process with Jerusalem's restoration. Today is the time of a living prophecy.

The proof that the Messiah King of Judah is returning is that the land and it is being prepared by the Jewish people.

In the short years that followed the conclusion of this six-day miracle, the modern Aliyah exodus of the Jewish people intensified. From the South, the world watched as Operation Moses unfolded with US assistance in 1984 after famine struck Ethiopia. Operation Solomon began seven years later in 1991 as the Jews that left Ethiopia and the Sudan were airlifted to Israel.

They were followed by nearly a million Jewish people that left Russia in an even greater exodus to Israel from the North.

Incredibly, many believers began to finally awaken to this restoration miracle to understand that God does not change and therefore Jacob was not consumed in the German furnaces, the Russian pogroms or the persecutions in Ethiopia where Jews had lived for some 2000 years since the days of Titus.

The Beta Israel as they call themselves had survived in spite of continuous massacres of the Amhara, religious persecution, enslavement, and forced conversions by Ethiopian Christians. It's not over, Ethiopian Jews that remain in Africa may still be the most threatened Jewish community on any map.

This gives us all a big time "Sod" picture that began with the furnace of the Holocaust in WWII. It was as if there was "One" unseen with the Jewish people of Europe, Africa and Russia. One like the fourth man in the furnace of blazing fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego...

Not only that, beginning in 1967, the dry bones of a remnant of non-Jews like myself that had once thought that God's Word was old and done away with, hung on the cross, began to repent and realize we were all dead wrong because God does not change, He is not like a man.

Slowly but surely, a worldwide remnant began to look back at the Hebrew Scriptures Jesus taught every Sabbath as was His custom (Luke 4:16) and believe the words in the witness of Malachi 3:6. Many also turned to begin to believe the second witness of 1Samuel 15:29:
“Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” 
Today, many in the north, south east and west now realize that Abba Father's covenant given at Sinai remains unbroken and hearts are turning toward Israel and the Jewish people. Minds and hearts are understanding that there are Ten Commandments, not nine. The Sabbath of the Lord was not changed even if the so-called "church fathers" said so, and the so-called Old Testament with its unchanging promises and prophecies must be seen for what it is, not old at all. It is eternal just as Jesus declared in Matthew 5.

A big part of the blessing is that a remnant of sojourners are awakening to new life and the fact that the Lord that saves, declares His Sabbaths and His Feasts as His appointments for blessing all nations, not only the Jewish people.

Many dead bones are coming life and beginning to realize what God meant when He declared is the truth:
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem." Psalm 51:17-18
Eyes are opening and seeing the apple of God's eye is looking on Jerusalem.

They now see the Sabbath and the Feast Days of The Lord honored by the Jewish people are very real. The restoration of Israel and Jerusalem are just as real.

Many Christians now in the wilderness can now see glimpses of Almighty God's divine appointments for what they are, a big part of the appointment plan of God for humanity's redemption and the outline of the restoration plan described in the Torah for Abraham's blessing of a multitude of nations in the journey toward the Kingdom of God.

It's true God has a plan, so get with the Master's plan for your life and purpose and heed God's word not the idols of a church father like Marcion that tosses any part of the Bible aside as old and done away with:
"Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them through the countries, because they had not obeyed my rules, but had rejected my statutes and profaned my Sabbaths, and their eyes were set on their fathers' idols. Nevertheless, my eye spared them, and I did not destroy them or make a full end of them in the wilderness." Ezekiel 20:15-17
Not only that, some now realize that the Creator God of life gives us His simple guidelines for health and that a Sunday kitchen is no place to bake a ham or fry catfish on a Friday because God's teaching and instruction is easy, a light yoke for a healthy, long life. The reason is simple, God loves us all!!

Repent. Judah is not supposed to remain alone in Israel.

There's more to the scene of the valley of dry bones.

From a "Sod" perspective, what was shown to the prophet Ezekiel is the answer to God's question:

"Son of man, can these bones live?”

Understanding the promise given to Abraham to bless the nations of the world points to the blessing that transforms the vision of resurrection into a vision about the restoration of the bones of Judah and how that new life from the Shoah, pogroms and persecution can shine a light and bless a believing world of a multitude of nations as the Mishpachah of Abba.

We have all lived in slavery to sin and just as the Bible declares.

In Egypt, years before the Exodus, something dramatic occurred. Just before his death Jacob adopted Ephraim as a firstborn son.

To grasp the importance of this, we have to remember that Ephraim's mother was not Jewish, his mother was Asenath, the Egyptian daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On, the home of the false-god of Egypt. Biblical On is now known as ancient Heliopolis, “The City of the Sun,”  and it was the center of the cult practices of the Egyptian sun-god, Ra.

According to Britannica: "Little remains today of this great ancient Egyptian city. The sole surviving monument is the obelisk of Sesostris I, the oldest obelisk in existence. Of the pair of obelisks erected by Thutmose III in Heliopolis, now known as Cleopatra’s Needles, one stands on the Thames embankment in London and the other in Central Park, in New York City."

Those obelisks remain in existence as a witness to Asenath and Potiphera and proof God used Joseph’s marriage and his children to serve as the banner of an amazing adoption blessing. And remember too that years later, the Bible tells us that the Exodus journey from slavery also included a large company of sojourners and strangers that chose to follow the mighty God of Jacob and they were welcomed to join the family of Israel.

Consider Deuteronomy 6:4, it declares "shema" hear and do: “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one "echad"!

Almighty God is "echad" אֶחָד one, so Abba Father extended His perpetual, forever teaching as one instruction "echad Torah" אֶחָד תּוֹרָה one law and "echad mishpat" אֶחָד מִשְׁפָּט one ordinance for everyone in the "qahal" קָהֵל assembly before The Lord that followed His glory cloud in the wilderness.

If you want to carry a burden of old traditions or opinions to reject this fact - - your argument is with Moses and God's eternal voice of authority recorded for everyone to wake up and hear:
"As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the LORD.  There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.” Numbers 15:15-16 
"You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the sons of Israel and for the alien who sojourns among them.” Numbers 15:29
That Hebrew word "qahal" קָהֵל means assembly or company. It's a crowd, a gathering for common purpose. The "qahal" crowd is the same word pointing back to the promise God gave to Abram when his name was changed to Abraham and to Jacob when Elohim God repeated his name change blessing to Israel. At Bethel God reminded Jacob that he had given him a new identity as he passed on the blessing given to his grandfather:

"A nation and a company of nations shall come from you... and kings..." (Genesis 35:10-11 from Genesis 17:5-6)

In a "Sod" perspective, consider the native born and the sojourning company of aliens and strangers with them representing a big picture of Jew and Gentile as one echad new man restored under the promised "melek" King like it was in the first Exodus to follow and serve the Elohim God of Israel.

It's all there in the big promise given to Abraham when Almighty God changed his name as well as Jacob when his name was changed by Abba Father.

If you are like I was, you may have missed this, thinking Paul was part of a new religion that started in Acts 2. A new spirit filled "qahal" assembly if you will called the church. The problem is if you simply read Acts 2 you can see nothing new, but rather something very old. Peter explained to the crowds... "this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel." In Acts 3 Peter (the rock) explains more from the Prophets including the second coming saying:
"But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Messiah would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, 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."
Paul, the Jewish rabbi to the company of strangers and aliens in the Greco-Roman Empire, taught in synagogues and he wrote followup letters to them (Ephesians 2:15) about the Ezekiel 37 requirement given to the prophet to "shema" (hear and do) the word of the Lord. Paul was preaching that the resurrection will occur as God intended it, a restoration of all nations, all believing people, whether native born, sojourner or stranger adopted as children walking as on e family of the Elohim God of Israel fulfilling His promise to Abraham that was passed on to Isaac and Jacob, and expanded by the love of God in adoption...

Just as Ezekiel recorded what God promised and did as he was asked, the Ruach Spirit breath of God's mighty power came to the valley to start the restoration of the bones. Beginning in 1948, the first group stood on their feet. In 1967, an exceedingly great army of companions slowly began to be restored as one-echad just as God had promised:
“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Then you will know that I am The LORD." Ezekiel 37:11
The word "whole" is a key to the "Sod" understanding of these words. The Hebrew word translated as "whole" is "kol" כֹּל meaning totality, everyone that knows. Everyone that believes like children that trust their father whether born as a son or daughter or adopted, walking as companions in unity to follow the glory of Elohim God of the whole house of Israel.

If your bones are still dry and you reject God's plan for the restoration of the nations of this planet, listen to the sovereign words of The LORD:
"The word of the LORD came again to me saying, “And you, 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. 
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 the Lord GOD, “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.”’ 
The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes." Ezekiel 37:15-20
Those two sticks are becoming one as the whole house of the olive tree Israel, the living bones, the sticks include the companions fulfilling the prophecy of Ezekiel stage by stage. There's much more life and Kingdom restoration to come to the bones of the companion nations to be blessed by the power in the Spirit of Almighty God through the faith of Abraham no matter what people in prejudice may say. The reason, Abraham heard Go and he listened, in great faith, the man from the Ur of Chaldees believed God's promise, then he did something about it.

This is Abraham's great promise of the "melek" king and the world to come that was explained to Ezekiel:
“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 
They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and 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. 
And the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.” Ezekiel 37: 24-28
This shepherd is the promise of King Messiah Yeshua from the line of the shepherd, king David.

Have you ever considered, who are the nations in this covenant of peace?

They include the "gowy" of Gentiles, the nations with an adoption promise given to Abraham and carried out by his grandson Jacob. The companions will know that The Lord sanctifies all He calls by the family of God name... Israel, whether native born or adopted like Ephraim and Manasseh. His sanctuary will be in their midst forever.

Paul tied the promised vision of life from the death shown in Ezekiel 37 with the faith of Abraham as he also spoke against the darkness of replacement theology that infected the Sunday worshippers following his letter delivered to the Romans:
"That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring--not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"--in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.  
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, "So shall your offspring be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness."  
But the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus [Yeshua] our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification." Romans 4:16-25 
"I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin." Romans 11:1
What does Ezekiel's vision teach us about God's everlasting love and His promise?

Almighty God is sovereign and unchanging. He is the loving, kind, merciful, gracious forgiving Abba Father and He has provided the Torah, the Prophets and Psalms as a road map to Kingdom life to point all people, both Jew and Gentile toward repentance on life's restoration journey which is the living Messiah Yeshua - Jesus the Nazarene and the living Torah given for all that seek to follow in "the way."

That's the "Sod" part of Ezekiel's vision, the bones and sinews of Torah are to be restored, alive in the companions, just as Yeshua the Jew, the living Torah of life calls everyone that will believe as children walking in unity with Judah to follow the one Elohim God of Israel.

If you are not familiar with a kosher Torah scroll, now a good time to let you know that before the writing has been completed, the many pieces of parchment are sewn together with thread made of animal veins to form one scroll.

The finished scroll is attached to wooden rollers by clean animal sinews. The two pieces of wood are called the "atzei chayim" (tree of life). They are the two wooden shafts attached to both ends of the scroll, around which it hung attached to the wood.

To be considered kosher or clean, a Torah scroll may only be written on parchment from the skin of a kosher animal, preferable lambskin. Incredibly, the animal does not have to be killed in a ritually acceptable manner. Think about that.

Also, like Yeshua was scourged before beginning to write a Torah scroll, every scribe must scratch lines on the parchment skin. Not only that, every Torah scroll is draped in a garment of scarlet or blue or even white linen and crowned like Messiah:
They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  Matthew 27: 28-29
Each scroll is adorned with a crown typically made of silver, a Biblical symbol of redemption. The crown rests above the wooden shafts of every kosher Torah scroll, which extend above the scroll just a Messiah's crown of suffering was seen on the wood.

Did you know the Bible honors the “families of scribes” by first mentioning them on 1 Chronicles 2:55 and 2 Chronicles 34:13 and Yeshua did the same in Matthew 5:20.  If you are still a stranger and have not experienced a new life restoration in God's Word written on your heart, Almighty Elohim God is calling you like Ezekiel to answer His question "can these bones live?"

The Abba Father wants to be your Father, He offers you and the world redemption and salvation's exodus from sin by His forgiveness through Messiah's life, death and resurrection with a path to not just consider what would Jesus do, but to do what Jesus did.

Stand up. Walk like Him in covenant living out and teaching others about God's unfailing Word as the same guide for life that Yeshua taught.

You too can become a part of the promise given to Abraham and accept Messiah's gospel gift of blessing of life in The Father's Kingdom. Like Jesus said, the words Moses recorded all point toward Him. The Torah points to Messiah, and His Kingdom walk is outlined in the same Bible Jesus read and taught from every Sabbath as was His custom.

Remember too, all bones require sinews and power from the breath of God's Spirit for true worshippers to live as a people just as The Father intended. The bones of Ezekiel are like a Torah scroll. Every person can revived in the spirit and truth found in the scroll of life.

Yeshua of Nazareth gave a prophecy to His disciples about this:
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers." John 4:23
The Father is seeking you out in the spirit and truth of Hs unchanging Word. That's why you are here.
You can make a decison. Consider carefully what your life can be, look at your dry bones and repent of any wrongdoing, depravity, immorality or transgression sin against God and others.

Repent and ask Elohim God for His grace and blessing only found in His forgiveness and accept His forever promised gift of love, grace and supplication through Messiah Yeshua, the lamb of God.

Pray to The God of all creation. If you want a prayer to guide you, consider these words from the prayer Psalm 51 of king David and pray them as your own:
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge. 
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me. 
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness, 
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. 
Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit. 
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will be converted to You.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. 
O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering. 
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Then stand up and walk, sanctified in new life with Him and follow the Pillar of Fire through the difficult wilderness journey sustained by God's Spirit back to The Kingdom of God. If you don’t believe in Messiah, then you can believe the message God gave to Yeshua to offer the good news of the final redemption.

If you understand that you need to get your life right, follow the real Messiah Yeshua, don’t wait for tomorrow, start your walk of power in the Spirit breath of life from God that will breathe His power in you now. You too can be restored to new life and grab hold of the robe of the resurrected Messiah Yeshua of Nazareth. The Father will deliver you from bloodguiltiness, He is the God of my salvation Yeshua.

The King who is Lion of the Tribe of Judah is the Messiah. In your repentance, the power of God's Spirit will walk with you as your teacher and comforter on your life's journey out of sin's slavery of death.

Accept Messiah for who He is and receive the Spirit of God's power of life. God proved His power in creation. If you'll open a Bible, read and listen to God's voice and Yeshua's teaching about the jots and tittles. You will will learn how the things which are written in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms are concerning Him and you can teach others to live life just like Messiah, God's way:
"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
Today is the time, open your eyes if you're dead in your own valley of dry bones and recognize Messiah from Abraham's promise passed onto Isaac, to Jacob, Ephraim recorded by Moses and the Prophets and the Writings.

Repent and walk your life's road with Messiah. Study the Scriptures He taught every Sabbath that are filled with life's meaning because of Him.

His bones were never broken nor was His Torah walk. King David was inspired by the Spirit of God to give us the Messianic prophecy about Yeshua in Psalms 34:20 that is like Joseph's promise and Ezekiel's vision:
"He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken."
The unbroken Holy Scriptures reveal that if you now consider yourself one of the bones of the body of Messiah, you can walk unbroken just as He did, because no bone of the Word of God was ever broken, not even one jot or tittle at the cross.

Yeshua lived a righteous Torah life and He taught others to do the same. This is shown by the unbroken bones of Yeshua in His Passover death as the lamb of God resurrected on First Fruits.

When God gave His instruction in Exodus 12:46 for the Passover lamb against breaking any bone of the lamb that is given for each household, He did this for good reason pointing to Yeshua's life offering to redeem yours and mine.

The record John 19:31-34 is true, it tells us that when the Roman soldiers came to speed up His death by breaking the bones of his legs they found that he was already dead, so instead one of them horrifically pierced his side to make sure. That Roman fulfilled David's prophecy and no one broke a bone in the body of the lamb of God because:
“These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken’” John 19:36
In a similar way, you too can honor the Word of God, don't break it, even if you have pierced it thinking it is dead and hung on a cross.

To the last detail, Yeshua fills the Scriptures up with life and meaning and His desire is to fill your life, overflowing with meaning:
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me." John 5:46 
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  
Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19
The bones of Ezekiel testify of Messiah, the living Scriptures and you.

The Messiah's name is Yeshua, it means salvation and He is the Jew many call Jesus of Nazareth, yet His Hebrew name has come back to life expressing His identity and His kingdom mission to save us all from our own broken bone death grip on sin and restore us to new life in the Kingdom of God.

"O dry bones, hear the word of The Lord Y-H-W-H!

It's now time to become restored, incredibly that restoration includes being one with Judah, one living stick in God's hand bringing life to our dry bones with one Shepherd. Be like Ezekiel, do something because you can, shema (hear and do) so you know the I am that is the LORD who sanctifies "kol" all of Israel.

The land of Israel is under preparation by Judah as the earthshaking event of Messiah's return draws near.

In this generation, our generation - we are close to the day of His return. It will to be marked by a trumpet shofar call, it's high time to prepare for the extraordinary resurrection and prepare for Messiah's judgment.


Shalom.