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Predestined Identity?

James Arminius (Jakob Hermanszoon) and John Calvin, two highly influential figures of the Protestant Reformation whose opposing doctrinal positions illustrate the fact that we still see YHVH's plans imperfectly.

James Arminius (Jakob Hermanszoon) and John Calvin, two highly influential figures of the Protestant Reformation whose opposing doctrinal positions illustrate the fact that we still see YHVH’s plans imperfectly.

Among the many things for which I frequently thank YHVH is that I got to grow up in a Southern Baptist church and a Presbyterian school.  From an early age I came to appreciate the doctrinal positions of both and their roots in Arminianism and Calvinism.  Concerning the key elements of free will and predestination, I concluded long ago that they are not mutually exclusive.  I do not understand exactly how they work, but I do know that both are part of God’s operation in human affairs.  God’s sovereignty and human responsibility intertwine in very complicated and intricate ways to produce outcomes that YHVH declares from the beginning, but which finite mankind must play out in faith and obedience – or in ignorance and despair, depending on one’s perspective.

But what if predestination means something different from what we suppose?  What if it refers to the fate of a nation rather than individuals?  Consider this:  YHVH has promised from ancient times to establish permanently the seed of Abraham on the Promised Land in the form of a nation called Israel.  Moreover, He has promised to open the way for people of all nations to come into that holy nation and be part of His eternal covenant of peace.  What if predestination refers to YHVH’s intent to do this thing just as He said?  If “nation” is the real object of predestination, then we have no need to speculate about whether God has chosen certain individuals for salvation and others for damnation.  The way of salvation is open to all individuals through the nation He has predestined as His vehicle of salvation.

This line of thinking requires far more development than is possible in a short blog post.  However, it is unquestionable that God, through Messiah Yeshua, has opened the way for every person on earth to exchange his or her identity of birth for an identity as Abraham’s children, and therefore as Israelites.  This is a point Ephraim Frank explores in the following commentary.


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Predestined

Ephraim Frank

Etz B’ney Yosef

October 16, 2015

Shalom Fellow Israelite,

Trust you all had a wonderful Succot celebration.  I’m sure you have heard about the various happenings here in the land, with the spirit of violence manifesting again through Israeli Arab citizens, Arab residents of Jerusalem, and others, in the Palestinian territories and Gaza (while this spirit is not totally sidestepping Israelis either).  Thank you for your prayers during these troublesome times.

As we continue into the unpredictable future (a phrase that some may take exception to), our faith and confidence in a faithful covenant keeping Elohim should reach new heights of revelation-understanding.  Yeshua’s purpose in returning to the heavens was to send the Spirit of the Kingdom into the hearts of those elected and predestined for the promise of this Spirit, as is evidenced by the following:  “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will…”  (Ephesians 1:11).  “For whom He [the Father] foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:29-30).  He also “predestined us to the adoption as sons by Yeshua the Messiah to Himself [the Father], according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:5-6).

The question that arises from the above scriptures is, who are the predestined ones that have been called, foreknown and chosen beforehand, justified, glorified and adopted for His purposes?  The apostle states very clearly in Romans 9:4-5a, when he makes reference to those “…who are Israelites, to whom belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Torah, the service of Elohim, and the promises; of whom are the fathers…

Most of the Israelites (those who are not Jewish) have lost their identity, but as prophesied have become multitudes in many nations.  Those from among them who are still lacking the knowledge or realization of their true identity will not fully understand the New Covenant, their destiny and the reconstitution of nationhood, nor the above-cited predetermined characteristics, even though what is written in Ephesians 2:11-13, concerning those who were “once far off”, but who are now part of the “commonwealth of Israel” should cause them to at least question their present (“gentile”) identity.

However, through Yeshua the Kinsman Redeemer, and the working of the Holy Spirit many are now embracing Torah, and as a result their hearts are turning back to the forefathers and to the identity (or, conversely, for others, the discovery of the identity is what restores them to the forefathers and the Torah).  The light of this revelation points to the importance of reconciliation within the House of Jacob (which is the whole House of Israel).  Hence efforts are being made toward the re-gathering of our nation.  One such meeting took place last May in Ariel, Israel, in the form of the “B’ney Yosef National Congress”, and now follow-up summits are due to occur in Texas, Germany, and Florida.  The next B’ney Yosef National Congress will be held, Yah willing, once more in Ariel Israel October 26-31, 2016.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ephraim


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Invitation to the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 (Central Region) Conference

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For all of you in the I-35 Corridor (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota), please prayerfully consider joining us at the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 (Central Region) Conference in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area December 4-6. The attached letter gives you as much information as we have at the moment.  We expect to have further details before the end of the week.  Among the many purposes intended for this conference is to establish a network of Ephraimites in this region to help us prepare for the North American Summit in Orlando next March.
If you don’t live in the I-35 Corridor, but are interested in attending, you are also welcome!  Just send us an email at bneyosef35@gmail.com and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.

Please click here to learn more and register for the BYNC Region 35 Conference.


Two Sticks 01Update #4, November 8, 2015

In less than one month the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference will convene in Denton, TX!  Just one month ago this conference was merely an idea thrown out in a conversation at our Feast of Tabernacles celebration.  Now we are one month from the event itself.  Registration is in full swing.  There is still plenty of room, but remember to register and pay by the deadline of November 28 to secure your place in this historic undertaking.  To register please visit our website at:

http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/.

There is much to share in this update.  First of all, our list of speakers and presenters is now complete.  We will be blessed to hear from:

One of the most important features of the conference will be a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon addressing the question, “How can Christian, Hebrew Roots, and Messianic Jewish believers work together as disciples of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ)?” 

We invite all conference participants to take part in this discussion by submitting questions for the panelists to consider.  To submit a question you must be a registered conference participant.  Please email your question to bneyosef35@gmail.com, with the words “Panel Question” on the subject line.  All questions must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

The next important item is that we are able to welcome ministry partners to display their resources at the conference.  Those who would like to do so must coordinate with us ahead of time to make sure we reserve space for you.  If you would like to set up a display for your ministry or organization, please email us for details. 

There are two important things to remember about ministry displays.  First of all, please wait until after Shabbat is ended on Saturday evening to sell books and other resources.  Second, since the focus of the conference is on repentance and reconciliation in the interest of doing our part in YHVH’s Kingdom building process, we ask that the ministry partners and resources contribute to this focus.

Finally, we ask for prayer!  Our planning and coordination team is very small, and so far we have been able to handle the task.  We will need a few volunteers to help with jobs at the conference, and may need some help before then. 

Perhaps the biggest need is finding someone to make video and audio recordings of the key presentations and help us make them available afterward.  If you are able to help, or know someone who can, please let us know!

Thanks once again to everyone who has expressed interest in the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference.  Please help us get the word out by sharing this update, and be sure to register soon to reserve your place in Denton!


 

Two Sticks 01Update #3, November 1, 2015

We have had good response since registration opened for the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference opened one week ago.  Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and who has registered!  We still have plenty of room, but do expect to reach our capacity of 300 people before long.  Once again, the conference is December 4-6 at the Tally Retreat Center, Camp Copass, Denton, TX.  Full information is at our web site, http://bneyosef35.com/.

There are some points to clarify about registration.  First of all, there has been a little confusion about the registration deadline.  Our initial invitation letter asked for those interested to respond by November 1.  That was not the registration deadline; all we wanted to do was get an idea of the interest in holding this conference.  We praise YHVH that the interest has been very encouraging!  So do not worry if you have not registered yet – just go on our website and fill out the registration form.

This brings up the second point:  If you are going to attend the conference, you must register and pay by Sunday, November 28, 2015.  We will not be able to accept registration after that date, and will have to cancel any registrations that are not paid in full by then.  To register please go to our website and fill out the online registration form.  Preferred payment options are PayPal or credit card, which can be done online.  If you would like to pay by check please let us know.  The registration form is at this link:

http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/

We have had a question about having booths or tables set up for ministries and vendors.  That is a question we are asking our hosts at Camp Copass this week.  If you are interested in setting up a table for your ministry please let us know.  As soon as we get the answer on whether this is possible and how to do it we will pass on the details.

Our schedule for the weekend is continuing to evolve.  By the end of this week we hope to have full information on our speakers and worship leaders.  Come expecting to pray!  The sense on our hearts is that the Holy Spirit is directing a move of repentance and reconciliation in this event, so we are being careful not to fill up every minute of the schedule so that conference participants can have time to respond to the Spirit’s leading.

We continue to ask for your prayers for the Region 35 Conference.  This is just one of many things our God is doing in this season to awaken His people to their destiny and responsibility for their part in building His kingdom!


Two Sticks 01Update #2.5, October 30, 2015

Registration for the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 (Central Region) Conference is now open!  Please visit our web site where you can register and find out the latest conference news.  The address is:  http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/.  Here is a summary of the information you will find there:

What: B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference, with emphasis on nation-building, particularly on reconciliation within the entire Body of Messiah

When: Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Where: Tally Retreat Center, Camp Copass, 8200 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX 76208.  Information on the facility is available at:  http://campcopass.com/facilities/accomodations/tally-retreat-center/.

Who: The invitation extends to everyone in the Body of Messiah who has a love for Israel and desires to see the restoration of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).  This includes not only Hebrew Roots believers, but also Christian and Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters, primarily from the I-35 Corridor (states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, as well as Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota).

Capacity: 300 people, including overnight guests and participants for the day only.

Cost: Conference Rates per person include lodging on Friday and Saturday nights, and six meals (Dinner Friday & Saturday; Breakfast and Lunch Saturday & Sunday).  Rooms can accommodate up to four (4) people.  The rates are:

  • 4 person Room: $125 per person
  • Triple Room: $150 per person
  • Double Room: $200 per person
  • Private Room: $275 per person
  • Commuter Rate (no overnight stay): $75 per person
  • Married Couple Double Room Discount Rate: $350
  • Married Couple Commuter Discount Rate (no overnight stay): $125

We have set up payment options via PayPal (which includes credit card payments).  If you would prefer to pay by check please let us know.

Schedule: Registration and check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.  The evening meal will be at 7:00, followed by a praise and worship service at 8:00 p.m.  We will gather for worship on Saturday morning, and for afternoon and evening sessions with invited speakers.  The final gathering will be Sunday morning, followed by lunch at noon and departure.  We will build in time for small group break-out sessions to discuss organizational matters and other business as the Holy Spirit leads.  You can expect a draft schedule at our next update.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and encouragement in this initiative!  We have been blessed by your prayers, and continue to ask for your intercession on behalf of this effort to follow Abba’s lead at this critical season.


Two Sticks 01Update #2, October 25, 2015

We are happy to announce that registration for the B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference is now open!  Please visit our web site where you can register and find out the latest conference news.  The address is:  

http://bneyosef35.com/2015conference/

The web site will improve as we go along.  For now it has only the basic essentials, but it is good enough to move us forward!  If you have any suggestions on improvements or any questions we have not yet answered, please let us know!

Here is the information many of you have been waiting to hear:

  • Where:  Tally Retreat Center, Camp Copass, 8200 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX 76208.  Information on the facility is available at:  http://campcopass.com/facilities/accomodations/tally-retreat-center/.
  • When:  Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6, 2015.
  • What:  B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference, with emphasis on nation-building, particularly on reconciliation within the entire Body of Messiah
  • Who:  The invitation extends to everyone in the Body of Messiah who has a love for Israel and desires to see the restoration of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).  This includes not only Hebrew Roots believers, but also Christian and Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters, primarily from the I-35 Corridor (states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota).
  • Capacity:  300 people, including overnight guests and participants for the day only.
  • Cost:  Conference Rates per person include lodging on Friday and Saturday nights, and six meals (Dinner Friday & Saturday; Breakfast and Lunch Saturday & Sunday).  Rooms can accommodate up to four (4) people.  The rates are:
    • 4 person Room:  $125 per person
    • Triple Room:  $150 per person
    • Double Room:  $200 per person
    • Private Room:  $275 per person
    • Commuter Rate (no overnight stay):  $75 per person
    • Married Couple Double Room Discount Rate:  $350
    • Married Couple Commuter Discount Rate:  $125

We have set up payment options via PayPal (which includes credit card payments).  If you would prefer to pay by check please let us know.

  • Schedule:  Registration and check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.  The evening meal will be at 7:00, followed by a praise and worship service at 8:00 p.m.  We will gather for worship on Saturday morning, and for afternoon and evening sessions with invited speakers.  The final gathering will be Sunday morning, followed by lunch at noon and departure.  We will build in time for small group break-out sessions to discuss organizational matters and other business as the Holy Spirit leads.  You can expect a draft schedule at our next update.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and encouragement in this initiative!  We have been blessed by your prayers, and continue to ask for your intercession on behalf of this effort to follow Abba’s lead at this critical season.


Two Sticks 01Update #1, October 18, 2015

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest and support for this conference!  We had hoped to have registration information by now, but we are still a few days away from that.  We have literally started this process from nothing more than an idea.  More accurately, it is a vision which grew out of our Sukkot celebration a little more than two weeks ago.  Since then there have been three of us in three cities in Texas working on this project, and all of us have other things going on in our lives which demand attention.  That is the reason we are a little slower getting things in place than we had hoped.  We are already moving on reserving a venue, setting up a bank account and post office box, establishing a web site, creating a registration form, and building a schedule for the weekend’s program.  All of those things will become available to the public soon – and at that point we’ll be gladly accepting help to complete this work!

Here is what we know so far:

  • What:  B’Ney Yosef Region 35 Conference, with emphasis on nation-building, particularly on reconciliation within the entire Body of Messiah
  • When:  Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6, 2015.
  • Where:  We are looking at a Christian retreat center in Denton, TX, about 30 miles from DFW airport.  We would appreciate prayers to ensure the facility remains available as we get things in order to reserve it.
  • Who:  The invitation extends to everyone in the Body of Messiah who has a love for Israel and desires to see the restoration of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).  This includes not only Hebrew Roots believers, but also Christian and Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters, primarily from the I-35 Corridor.
  • Capacity:  We hope to accommodate 300 people in the conference meetings, including both overnight guests and participants for the day only.  Lodging on site is available for at least 200.
  • Cost:  Somewhere around $100 per person, with varying rates for those who would like a private room.  This includes meals (Dinner Friday & Saturday; Breakfast and Lunch Saturday & Sunday).
  • Schedule:  Currently we are planning on arrival and check-in to begin on Friday afternoon, with an evening meal at 6:00, and the first meeting at 7:00.  The final gathering will be Sunday morning, followed by lunch at noon and departure.  The schedule includes worship services on Friday and Saturday, several speakers, and a break-out session to discuss organizational matters in small groups.

Wildbranch Ministy 01There is one more thing.  We are aware that Brad Scott will be holding a praise conference in Oklahoma City the same weekend.  Information about his conference is at the following link:

https://www.wildbranch.org/conferences/OKpraise2015.html.  

We did not believe there would be a conflict since these two conferences are convening for different purposes and with different audiences.  However, just to make sure we talked with Brad, and are happy to report that he is in agreement and will be offering prayer support for us from Oklahoma City – just as we will be offering prayer support for him and those with him from Denton!

That is all we have to tell at the moment.  Please keep this process in prayer.  All indications so far are that this is something very much on the Father’s heart as part of a much bigger process He has initiated to awaken and regather His people.


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About That Second Stick: Positive Harbingers

IsraelAre we really about to see the restoration of all Israel?  And what exactly does that mean?  If the Bible says that it means all twelve tribes descended from the sons of Jacob constituting a national entity in the Land YHVH promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, then perhaps we should be looking for that very thing.  That is what the apostles meant when they asked Yeshua when He would restore the kingdom to Israel.

The restoration means both Houses of Israel – the House of Judah, whom we know today as the Jewish people, and the House of Ephraim, also known as the House of Israel or House of Joseph.  Ephraim consists of the Ten Tribes of Israel’s northern kingdom which never returned from exile.  Most of the Bible is incomprehensible if not viewed in the context of the Two Houses.  Who they were in ancient times, how they separated, and the promise of their restoration form the framework of the Gospel of the Kingdom which is supposed to be preached to the whole world before Messiah comes.

Would it be a surprise to realize that the end of the world as we know it means the beginning of the reign of Messiah over His reestablished Kingdom of Israel?  Christians have anticipated the Great Tribulation and the end of this age, but have seldom considered what is on the other side of that Tribulation.  Jews have considered what is on the other side, but have seldom considered that much of the nation of Israel would be coming from Christendom.  And yet that is just what we are seeing today:  the beginning of the reconstitution of Ephraim, largely through the awakening of Christians to their identity as Israelites based on the covenantal promises of YHVH and the redemptive work of Messiah Yeshua.  The “Torah Awakening” is a major component of this process as Christians are beginning to realize that the entire Bible, including the Feasts of the Lord and the Sabbath (Shabbat), are still applicable to all of God’s people.

Remnant Road 01If this is so, then how far along is this restoration?  Well, within the past year we have seen the Torah Awakening accelerate around the world, and we have seen people begin to identify themselves as Ephraimites in a very public way.  That was the purpose of the First B’ney Yosef National Congress held in Israel in May 2015.  The process has continued throughout the summer, and it promises to continue and expand in the coming months.  That was the subject of a conversation on The Remnant Road, the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  In a broadcast that aired on September 7, David Altman from the Alliance of Redeemed Israel (ARI) talked about the awakening of Believers to their identity as returning Israelites according to the promises of Scripture.  The conversation started with developments since the Congress, and then covered ideas on how to strengthen the ties among individuals, congregations, and communities now identifying as Ephraimites.  David also discussed the upcoming North American Ephraimite Summit, planned for March 4-6, 2016, in Orlando, FL.  To listen to the broadcast and learn how you can get involved please click here.

Another perspective on this process comes from Ephraim Frank, a key organizer of the B’ney Yosef Congress.  In a recent post on his blog, Etz B’ney Yosef, Ephraim provided some interesting and encouraging observations about what we are seeing even now.


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Positive Harbingers

Ephraim Frank

Posted on Etz B’ney Yosef September 6, 2015

Shalom Fellow Israelite,

On 12th of May 1948 a decision on the name the newly formed State of Israel had to be voted on by ten council members.  The choices were Yehuda, Tsyion, Tsabar, and Erets Yisrael.  Most assumed that it would be Yehuda, but a divine harbinger manifested in a last minute suggestion by David Ben Gurion, and that was the name “Yisrael”.  Seven of the council members voted for that name, which was a prophetic sign of the future return of all the tribes of Israel. The order of the restoration and return in Ezekiel 37 places Yehuda/Israel first, and thusly Yehuda’s dry stick became at that time a nation once again.

Perhaps you are not aware that also in 1948 a contest was held by the temporary government for a national emblem.  One hundred and sixty-four individuals submitted 450 ideas.  The one chosen, which the State of Israel adopted, on February 10th 1949, was designed by two brothers, Gabriel and Maxim Shamir.  Their suggestion included the seven candle branch Menorah with two olive branches on each side.  The final draft, however, did not totally resemble the brothers’ original design, as the committee decided to incorporate a few other features into it and changed the shape of the Menorah to the one depicted in the Arch of Titus (in Rome).  The two olive branches which flank the Menorah, were meant as peace symbols, and only later were associated with Zechariah 4:11.  I believe that this design was another harbinger of the restoration of the two sticks of Ezekiel 37:16.

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In his book The Harbinger, Jonathan Cahn makes mention of the significance of trees in the Bible.  He specifically notes the two cited in Isaiah 9:10 – the sycamore and the cedar, both in relationship to the 9/11 terror attack in New York, as being symbolic of judgments upon the United States.  In an interview about his latest book, The Mystery of the Shemitah Unlocked, he noted how Shemitah years are associated with judgments and changes, both positive and negative.  The rise and fall of nations in connection to Shemitah is one example he brings up in this book.  Hence, if the USA is indeed spiraling down, and if that began in a Shemitah year (2001), what about the rise of the nation of Yehuda in 1917 (another Shemitah), or the reconstitution of the second stick/nation of Yosef/Ephraim in the current Shemitah?  Is the latter also a harbinger of this eventuality, with the first Yehuda-Yosef “United 2 Restore” group marching in the Jerusalem Succot parade last year and then with the convening of the first B’ney Yosef National Congress on Shavuot?  Is this the Shemitah year in which the second stick/nation of Joseph/Ephraim is beginning to bud?  By the same token, should many of the harbingers of judgment be also interpreted positively, in that YHVH is going to bring back and restore the whole House of Israel?  The branch of Yehuda in the national emblem is fully leafed, but what about the second branch in that national emblem, what should it look like at this time?  Here is my rendition:

Yehuda’s stick has become a nation.  Yosef’s is just beginning to bud.

Yehuda’s stick has become a nation. Yosef’s is just beginning to bud.


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