Introducing: Commonwealth of Yisrael | natsab
Negotiations between two adversaries are always delicate. This is especially true when the adversaries have expended much blood and treasure to hurt one another. Trust is always the most delicate, most elusive, and most necessary element of the process. Negotiations cannot happen without trust, and trust cannot happen without risk. Of all the questions the adversaries must ask the first is, “Does the potential benefit of this negotiation outweigh the potential risk should my opponent violate my trust?”
All diplomatic breakthroughs begin with this cold calculation. Such was the case when Richard Nixon opened relations with China in 1972, and when Ronald Reagan concluded the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. So it was also with the Korean Armistice Agreement of 1953. The conference site at Panmunjom still stands today as a tangible reminder that even bitter enemies can find some common ground and begin to build hope for their children.
If enemies can do this, what about brothers? Jews and Christians have been at odds for about two thousand years, yet they worship the same God and have hope in the same Messiah – although they differ on the identity of that Messiah. The Torah Awakening of the past generation has acquainted many followers of Yeshua (Jesus) with an astounding revelation: their faith in Messiah Yeshua, the Son of David and Israel’s King, makes them just as much a part of Israel as their Jewish brethren who have never left the Covenant. In fact, it appears that these disciples of Yeshua who are learning to keep the Torah as He did are fulfilling the largest topic of prophecy in the Bible: they are reconstituting the Lost Ten Tribes of Northern Israel, known in Scripture as Ephraim and as Joseph (Yosef).
If that is true, then perhaps these returning Israelites should find a way to talk with Jews, the Israelites who never left the nation – and who, in fact, are awaiting Yosef’s return. Of course, there is the touchy issue of trust. After twenty centuries of aggressive Christian persecution and evangelism, Jews are understandably hostile of any perceived attempts to convert them to faith in Jesus. Similarly, Yeshua followers are understandably leery of any attempts to draw them away from Yeshua and convert them to Judaism. How, then, is there to be any progress?
As with any breakthrough, it requires risk. That risk is now being taken by two men who believe in the promises of Abraham’s God to reunite His divided and scattered people. Pete Rambo, author of natsab, explains this initiative in a recent post reproduced here.
Posted on natsab, February 2, 2016
Over the last couple months, I have been in communication with OvadYah Avrihami of Kol ha Tor in Israel. You will remember the advert from the Jerusalem Post that I wrote about titled Yosef Is Alive!! The originator of that advert was Kol ha Tor (Voice of the Dove).
Long story short, Kellen Davison of Vancouver, BC and fellow Ephramite who longs for reunification of the divided and scattered family, partnered with OvadYah and an organization called Commonwealth of Yisrael was born. Commonwealth of Yisrael’s purpose is to facilitate dialogue between Ephraim and Judah in a ‘safe’ environment while at the same time helping Kol ha Tor represent Ephraim to Judah.
In the coming days, I will share more, with at least one big announcement likely coming in the next month or so. For now, here is a neat abbreviated history of the division and what we can begin doing about it. Enjoy…