Israel’s Restoration

 Two Sticks Forming 011st B’Ney Yosef (Children of Joseph) National Congress.  Proceedings of the First Congress convened by believers in Yeshua acknowledging their identity as Ephraimites of the House of Joseph and connection with the exiled Northern Kingdom of Israel.   The Congress took place May 25-27, 2015, at the Eshel HaShomron Hotel in Ariel, Israel.

ARI 01Alliance of Redeemed Israel (ARI).  ARI welcomes you to the reunion of both the houses of Israel, to the place where the two sticks of Ephraim and Judah—and their companions—are being made one stick in the Father’s hand! (Isaiah 8:14; Ezekiel 37:15-28).  We desire to see all Israel restored in the Messiah.  Our hope is to bring great and wonderful changes to Ephraim, to non-Jewish Israel, and help them be a blessing to their Jewish brothers.  In this way, we seek to help build up the Father’s two chosen families, to help them to know that He has not forsaken nor forgotten either one of them—and that He never will! (Jeremiah 33:24-26).

Awakening the One New Man 01Awakening the One New Man.  Whether you are a Jewish person wondering about your connection to people who believe Yeshua is the Messiah, or a Christian who has accepted Him as your Savior you are called.  We are called by God to join together.  God’s plan is for all His children, Jew and Gentile, to join together in prayer, worship, and in righteous acts of service to our community.  By uniting in acts of compassion we are releasing the favor of God and changing the course of each community to focus on worthy causes.  The pathway to peace requires us to overcome our differences and join forces under the banner of the Kingdom of God.  Make the difference.  Be the One New Man.

B'ney Yosef National Shabbat 01B’Ney Yosef National Shabbat.  An idea whose time has come!  The B’ney Yosef (Children of Joseph) National Shabbat is a monthly gathering in North Georgia based on the promise of Hosea 1:9-11 that brings people from fellowships, congregations, and homes to express and declare that we are the people of Northern Israel.

Beit Yaaqov 01Beit Yaaqov.  World Union of the Lost Tribes from Israel, Yehudah and Ephraim and their friends in the reconciliation with the Jews under the Divine Mandate of Messiah Ben Yoseph who we love to call Yeshua Rabbeinu our Mashiach.  President: Gaddi Ephrayim.  Representative:  Ariel van Kessel.  For information please contact Beit-Ya’aqov Representative Ariel van Kessel, Email: watchmenfromisrael@beityaaqov.org, Mobile: +972 545683031, Int. Regd. no: 26538, Address:  Rechov Ein-Karem 10b, 95744 Jerusalem, Israel.

Brit-Am 01Brit-Am/Hebrew Nations.  Ten out of the Twelve Tribes of Israel were exiled and lost their identity.  Their descendants are now to be found amongst Western Peoples.  This is proven from the Bible, Talmud, and Rabbinical Sources as well as from Secular Studies in Ancient History, Archaeology, Mythology, Linguistics, and related fields.  The Prophets spoke of this.  Peoples that emerged from the British Isles (including North America) represent Joseph.  The Jews of the State of Israel and the Diaspora are Judah.  Joseph and Judah are destined to re-unite!  The Tribes will be united in One Kingdom.  Each Tribe shall dwell in its own territory.  This information deserves to be studied and internalized.

Etz Bney Yosef 01Etz B’Ney Yosef can be translated as the stick (or tree) of Joseph.  Ezekiel 37:19 reads:  “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.'”  We believe that in these End Times, God is fulfilling this prophecy.  

Hebrew Nations Radio 01Hebrew Nation Radio.  Building a nation, not a denomination.  Hebrew Nation Radio is a gathering place for those who believe in and practice Biblical living and culture as expressed through Torah and Messiah.

House of David Ministries 01House of David Ministries, a Hebraic and Apostolic itinerant teaching and worship ministry focused on bringing Jewish and Gentile Christians together as One New Man in Christ Yeshua (Ephesians 2:14-16).  The House of David is the lineage of our Savior, and the Tabernacle of David is the priestly and apostolic governmental authority of Christ; bestowed on the Church and established as the dwelling place of intimacy with our Father.

Israelite Return 01Israelite Return.  Anticipating the Restoration of the Whole House of Israel.  Ephraim and Rimona Frank have been involved in the restoration of the whole house of Israel since 1982.  Ephraim is American born, and has been in Israel since 1978, having lived on a kibbutz for 5 years, he and Rimona were married there in 1982.  Rimona is Israeli born.  Ephraim has been studying and teaching the “Gospel of the Kingdom from the Torah and the Prophets” as a full time vocation.  Rimona has been mainly writing on the “Hebraic mindset” as reflected in Biblical Hebrew.

Kol Ha Tor 01Kol ha Tor. Kol ha Tor undertakes the dissemination of knowledge, news and facts on the topic of the great division between the two Houses of Israel (i.e. Judah and Yoseph/Ephraim, the Northern kingdom of the ancient 10 Tribes of Israel).  This End Time re-identification process for the reconciliation of the 2 Houses of Israel and the formation of a re-united 12-Tribed Kingdom of Israel forms the main theme of Biblical Prophecy.  It entails the total and complete concept of Redemption.  It is the main theme of the Bible Message which has been faithfully preserved in the Scriptures of the Bible.

March of Remembrance 01March of Remembrance, a simple prayer walk and / or event taken annually since 2007 on Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) to “honor, educate, remember, & engage”.  The March of Remembrance seeks to honor Holocaust survivors and their families, educate the public about the reality of the Holocaust, remember the tragic consequences of silence, and engage people in battling indifference and prejudice.  We choose that day as a clear stance against anti-Semitism and as a powerful symbol of what happens when people remain silent about abuse, prejudice and righteousness.  The March of Remembrance is a sister to the March of Life (Europe).

Restoration Down Under 01Restoration Down Under Ministries. This Australia-based network had its beginning in 2012 and exists as an independent ministry facilitated by a group of believers who mutually and willingly agreed to develop and oversee the ministry while contributing to it with their gifts and abilities.  We clearly see in the Scriptures that YHWH (the LORD) is revealing His plan of restoration of all things (Acts 3:21).  Our responsibility is to return to and walk according to His Way as we are convinced that salvation is by our Heavenly Father’s grace through faith, and is the fruit of repentance that leads to following the Messiah Y’shua’s (Christ Jesus’) example of obedience.

Shaar Israel 01Shaar Israel.  Throughout the Torah God inspired instruction and guidance for Israel to be understood in the latter days.  According to the Hebrew calendar, we have entered the final years of man’s dominion.  At this time all the tribes of Israel are called to awaken to their identity, return to Torah and its Covenants, (Mal.4:22), pray for the two houses of Israel, (Jer. 33:24; II Chron. 7:14), and follow the prophetic directives in the books of the Prophets of Israel.  All the tribes of Israel will be regathered toward brotherhood with Judah (Gen. 49:10; Zech. 8:20-23) who alone has kept his name and has been faithful to the God of Israel (Hos.11:12; 14:8-9).  Shaar Israel provides “an Internet community” for those who identify as a “remnant of Israel” according to these basic Biblical tenets.

United2Restore 01United2Restore.  United 2 Restore is a mission, even a vision, to unite those who identify with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His Israel.  While we understand there will always be diversity of opinion and we acknowledge each individual’s right to come to their own understanding, we hold the view that Judah (the Jewish people) and Ephraim (found mainly within Christianity), after 2700 years apart, are slowly being drawn toward each other and will soon return to a land promised as one United House of Israel. We are not seeking to create a sect or denomination; rather, we prayerfully seek to network with like-minded servants of the Most High.

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The Shemitah and The Yovel:  Examining The Relevance of God’s Appointed Times, Part VIII

Walking Through The Open Gate

The Vision of the Dry Bones is the most graphic illustration of God's promised restoration of the Kingdom of Israel.  The establishment of the State of Israel opened the way for Judah (the Jewish portion of Israel) to return to the land, but to the way for Ephraim (Northern Israel) is only now beginning to open.  (Ezekiel's Vision, The Coloured Picture Bible for Children, available on Mannkind Perspectives.)
The Vision of the Dry Bones is the most graphic illustration of God’s promised restoration of the Kingdom of Israel. The establishment of the State of Israel opened the way for Judah (the Jewish portion of Israel) to return to the land, but to the way for Ephraim (Northern Israel) has remained closed until now. (Ezekiel’s Vision, The Coloured Picture Bible for Children, available on Mannkind Perspectives.)

An Enduring Standard

We see from Scripture that the Creator’s processes are lengthy, thorough, and often completely different from what humans desire or expect.  This should not be a surprise.  YHVH says quite plainly that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  Nevertheless, He does tell us what we need to know, and He reveals things at the appointed times to those who bother to seek Him.  What we often learn is that the answer has been there all along, but we have never understood it correctly until the right time and until we approach with the right heart.  When it comes to the purpose of the Lord’s processes regarding His people Israel, the answer has been staring at us for about 3,000 years.  He spoke it through Moses to prepare the people for their first great meeting with Him at Sinai:

In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.  When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain.  Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel:  You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.  Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”  (Exodus 19:1-6 NASB, emphasis added)

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The Shemitah and The Yovel:  Examining The Relevance of God’s Appointed Times, Part VII

Managing Expectations:  Case Studies in God’s Processes

The Scriptures tell us that God designated two men to be Nazirites from the womb:  Samson and John the Baptist.  The engraving Samson and Delilah, by Gustave Doré, features Samson's uncut hair, the sign of a Nazirite.  Their hair indicated their special status as set apart to God, and in the case of the Bible's two most famous Nazirites, that the Holy Spirit rested on them for similar purposes of judging the nation of Israel and proclaiming the Lord's salvation.  In John, the Spirit's presence manifested in uncompromising preaching; in Samson the Spirit imparted supernatural strength.
The Scriptures tell us that three men were designated to be Nazirites from the womb: Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. The engraving Samson and Delilah, by Gustave Doré, features Samson’s uncut hair, the sign of a Nazirite. Their hair indicated their special status as set apart to God.  In the case of the Bible’s famous Nazirites, the Holy Spirit rested on them for purposes of judging the nation of Israel and proclaiming the Lord’s salvation. In John, the Spirit’s presence manifested in uncompromising preaching; in Samuel it was unquestioned authority to anoint the kings of Israel; and in Samson the Spirit imparted supernatural strength.

Ancient Hair Care

One of the most colorful characters in the Bible is Samson, the Judge of Israel from the tribe of Dan.  His story is in Judges 13-16.  It begins like this:

Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children.  And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.  Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean.  For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son.  And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”  (Judges 13:2-5 NKJV, emphasis added)

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The Shemitah and The Yovel:  Examining The Relevance of God’s Appointed Times, Part VI

No Idle God

Since Messiah is the Bridegroom for Israel, His Bride, it is fitting that Yeshua's first recorded miracle occurred at a wedding.  (James Tissot, The Wedding at Cana.)
Since Messiah is the Bridegroom for Israel, His Bride, it is fitting that Yeshua’s first recorded miracle occurred at a wedding. (James Tissot, The Wedding at Cana.)

Fast, Cheap, or Good?

Let us step back a bit and consider why the Creator of the Universe would allow this people He has chosen to languish in exile for a seemingly indeterminate period of time.  Better yet, let us consider why the Creator created the people on this earth in the first place.  Judging from the numerous references in Scripture about God taking a bride it would seem that He is seeking a co-regent to help Him run the universe.  At the very least, the Bride of our King has a destiny to have dominion over the earth.  That, after all, was the first instruction YHVH gave to our ancestors in His Garden.  Beyond that, there is very little to tell us what He really wants.  We know quite a bit about this seven thousand year experiment called human history, both how it has unfolded in the six millennia that have preceded us, and how it is to take shape in the last millennium under Messiah’s direct rule.  But then comes eternity, with a new heavens and a new earth.  What would God want us to do in eternity?  Sit around and play harps, stuffing our mouths with whatever tastes good and with no fear of consequences?  Probably not.

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The Shemitah and The Yovel:  Examining The Relevance of God’s Appointed Times, Part V

Is The Time Now?

It Is Finished, by James Tissot, follows  the standard Christian depiction of Messiah's work on the cross.  He did indeed complete the work of redemption, which is cause for great rejoicing among the prophets of Israel who foretold it.  However, the world continues to wait for the promised fulfillment of His work of restorating all things.
It Is Finished, by James Tissot, follows the standard Christian depiction of Messiah’s work on the cross. Yeshua did complete the work of redemption, which is the cause for great rejoicing among the prophets of Israel who foretold it. However, the world continues to wait for the fulfillment of His work of restoring all things.

Expectations of Messiah

Let’s think for a moment why the disciples would ask Yeshua if the time had come for Him to restore the kingdom to Israel.  This question does not even enter the consciousness of the average Christian.  That is because Christian theology over the last 1,700 years has taught that Jesus Christ completed the work of the promised Messiah by dying for the sins of the world and returning to life on the third day after His crucifixion.  This is a standard feature of Christian belief across the entire spectrum of traditions, from Catholic to Orthodox to any of the thousands of Protestant permutations, whether conservative or liberal.  At the heart of this interpretation are the words of Yeshua just moments before He died:

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”  Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.  So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!”  And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.  (John 19:28-30 NKJV, emphasis added)

A person who had no knowledge of the rest of Scripture might assume from these words that Yeshua meant He had accomplished everything He had been sent to earth to do, and thus would conclude that everything Yeshua did as recorded in the Gospels was all that Messiah was supposed to do.  Yet that is clearly not the testimony of the Prophets, nor does it match the expectations of the Apostles.  Messiah Yeshua did indeed accomplish the crucial tasks of salvation and redemption, but He did not complete the work of restoration.  Even though Christian traditions teach that Messiah will return at the end of the present age to rule the world, for the most part the teaching is scanty on details.  The emphasis usually is on the events leading up to Messiah’s return, but skips over the extensive prophecies regarding how Messiah will rule from Jerusalem, and about life under His rule.  Moreover, the typical Christian perception is that those prophecies have little relevance to the church, being only for Israel (meaning the Jews), or having already been fulfilled somehow.

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