Month 3:13, Week 2:5 (Chamshee/Teruah), Year 5935:069 AM|
Omer Count Day 5/50
Gregorian Calendar: Tuesday 14 June 2011
The Kingdom of Joseph
Restoration, the Two Sticks and Judaism
Messianic Evangelicals have a Statement of Faith that I believe nearly all evangelicals and messianics would agree upon. This is the foundation of our fellowship. Where we disagree is in many of the details and 'extra's'. For those of you who are catechumens (covenanted investigators) or simply non-commited investigators, I would ask you to carefully look at this Statement and the simple Apostles Creed which is a distillation of the early believer's faith from about the third century. Though unlikely to have been penned by the apostles themselves, it does accurately summarise their core doctrines arranged in an easily memorisable manner suitable for liturgical use. For us, as Messianic Evangelicals, this constitutes Biblical Orthodoxy and we happily fellowship with all those who accept it, messianic and evangelical alike.
Today I wand to address the subject of Judaism. There are many Messianics who claim that the true faith is Judaism + Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus). Then there are those who say that all Jews must subscribe to this form of faith if they are truly Messianic and those who say that all Jews and 'Gentiles' must conform to what they call the 'Ancient Sect of Nazarene Judaism'. They claim that Judaism is the religion of the Tanakh or Old Testament and that Nazarene Judaism is the continuing religion of the B'rit Chadashah Scriptures or New Testament. The underlying assumption is that the Tribe of Judah has been given the Kingdom Mandate in the New Covenant as well as the Old. (We will not here go into who the people calling themselves Jews are in relationship to the Israelite Tribe of Judah though you can study that further here if you want to).
The thesis of this ministry is that the Kingdom was given to Judah until the first coming Messiah (Shiloh) and shortly thereafter because of the apostacy of Joseph-Ephraim (northern Kingdom of Israel):
When Messiah came in New Testament times, to Him was given the Kingship by rightful descent from David and by the Word of Yahweh speaking from Heaven in front of witnesses. Yah'shua (Jesus) proved that he was the Eternal King and by virtue of His work for us on the Cross. He simultaneously assumed the rôle of Eternal Cohen Gadol or High Priest by becoming our Paschal Sacrifice. He is the acknowledged "Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev.5:5, NKJV).
"The scepter (the authority to rule) shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh (Messiah) comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people" (Gen.49:10, NKJV).
This marked the final end of the Kingdom administered by Judah and the Judahite people. In fact, their continuing existence in the Holy Land following the Babylonian exile was only to enable the coming forth of the Messiah for as rulers with authority, they were cut off as a permanent theocratic entity long before being taken into captivity:
Most Messianics claim that Yahweh divorced Israel/Joseph/Ephraim but not Judah, which is impossible on two main counts:
"Thus says Yahweh of hosts: 'Even so I will break this people (Judah) and this city (Jerusalem), as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot be made whole again; and they shall bury them in Tophet (a place of cremation) till there is no place to bury. Thus I will do to this place,' says Yahweh, 'and to its inhabitants, and make this city like Tophet. And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah shall be defiled like the place of Tophet" (Jer.19:11-13, NKJV).
Why would Yahweh spiritually divorce the less wicked of the two but remain in covenant marriage relationship with the more wicked? Indeed, how can He be metaphorically married to someone smashed, cremated and buried?
- 1. "Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah" (Jer.3:11, NKJV);
- 2. Judah was permanently cremated (Tophet) as a nation - you can't repair a shattered and cremated potter's vesseh = Judah - she can not be made whole again!
Israel, by contrast, though apostacising before Judah did, did not apostacise to permanent destruction (represented by cremation and burial):
Israel did evil as did Judah but not unto permanent destruction. The clay of Israel is yet unbaked, wet and mouldable unlike Judah which was baked and brittle. This is the difference between the two. That is why after the final dispersion of Judah after the Roman occupation that no independent Kingdom of Judah will ever be created or restored again. For a comprehensive study of this subject, please read: Jacob's Trouble and in particular, Part 5: The Final Countdown has Begun.
"The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying: 'Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.'Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying: 'O house of Israel' (Joseph-Ephraim), can I not do with you as this potter?' says Yahweh. 'Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it'" (Jer.18:1-10, NKJV).
Yahweh divorced both Israel and Judah. He had to 'die' in the form of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) so that according to Torah they could 'remarry'. Both may now 'remarry' - enter into a personal relationship with the Creator through emunah (faith) and obedience to Torah. However, the Kingdom of Judah is permanently over. Now it is the Messianic Kingdom of Israel with Joseph at the head.
Which brings us back to the reunification of the Twelve Tribes - 10 Tribed Joseph-Ephraim and 2 Tribed Judah - how is this to occur? Firstly, let's be clear that it will occur. Scripture attests to this everywhere. It also teaches that Joseph and Judah will return to the Promised Land together, not separately. As the Jacob's Trouble series proves, the Israeli Republic in the Middle East is not Biblical Israel or Judah. It cannot be because Judah "can not be made whole again" (because it has been shattered, burned to a cinder and buried for good) and Joseph-Ephraim has not returned. Neither is this Republic remotely a Messianic Theocracy.
There is much pride and resistance to this emet (truth). However there are some honest Jewish commentators who, faced with the witness of Ezekiel 37 (which we will now study), acknowledge the primacy of Joseph in the last days, even if somewhat hesitatingly and perhaps reluctantly. Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, commenting on Genesis 44:18, grudgingly conceeded that "Judah must first do as the Patriarch Judah did when he came near unto Joseph and he acknoqledged the authority of Joseph" though he adds "and initially was influenced from Joseph". Nevertheless, Joseph held the firstborn right, removed from Reuben for his wickedness. Judah never held that right though he exercised it as a proxy when the northern Tribes were in apostacy.
Meir Leib ben Yechiel Michael [Weiser], known colloquially as 'the MALBIM' (1809-1879 AD) grudgingly acknowledged the same truth as Schneerson did, saying that Judah will be attached to Joseph:
The MALBIM understands the Scripture to be sayimng that Judah will be joined to Joseph and not the other way round but his pride is so hurt at this thought that he insists Judah will only be "at first" attached to Joseph as a "secondary attaché" because of the prejudice and bias of those who claim to be Judah.
"'Thus says Yahweh-Elohim: 'Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand''" (Ezek.37:19, NKJV).
Nevertheless the Ezekiel 39 prophecy is clear: JOSEPH IS THE PRINCIPLE PARTY. Why is this important? Because anyone who claims that Judah is the principle party, as so many Messianics do, will not only be in error but will be leading believers into a false restoration. Joseph-Ephraim is the tribe of warrior and rulers around which all the other tribes, including Judah, are to rally, acknowledging his headship under the Eternal Judahite King, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).
Commenting on this passage in Micah the MALBIM said:
"Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; he has laid siege against us; they will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek" (Mic.5:1, NKJV).
Because Jews have not understood (or wanted to understand) that the Messiah would come twice - first as the Suffering Servant in the days of the apostles, and then as the Conquering Lion of Judah at the Second Coming - many have concluded that there will be two Messiahs, one of the seed of Joseph and one of the seed of Judah. They have also confused this 'Josephite Messiah' with the Messiah (Yah'shua/Jesus) when he is, in truth, an 'anointed one' or 'messiah' (with a lower case 'm') or prince over the believers in the last days. Yah'shua is BOTH 'messiahs' coming the first time in the spirit of Joseph, who was a messianic figure prefiguring Yah'shua (Jesus) when he redeemed the other tribal heads in Egypt, and coming the second time in the spirit of Judah like his conquering ancestor David.
"It has already been clarified in Ezekiel 37, that in the End Time, the Ten Tribes (Northern Kingdom) will be the first to rouse themselves and over them will reign the Messiah Descendant of Joseph and they will accomplish great things. The Tribe of Judah who are scattered amongst the nations weakly and few will attach themselves (to the Ten Tribes). They (Judah) will be of secondary importance in the kingdom of the Anointed Descendant of Joseph"
Though the first converts to Messiah were by and large Judahites (and Benjamites like Paul) that is because Israel had already been scattered beyond the borders of the Holy Land, as Judah would be within a century. When the first believers were persecuted they left the borders of Judea and spread the Gospel to the 'gentiles', in reality, a very large number of the Ten Tribes who took up the banner of the Gospel enthusiastically as was their calling. And even though this Gospel became corrupted with antinomianism and paganism, it was Joseph, by and large, who spread the basic elements of the Gospel around the world as a valiant spiritual warrior. The Judahites (and those who came to be known as Jews) only accepted the gospel in very small numbers. But as they did, so Joseph began to repent of his lawlessness (antinomianism) and for the first time start walking fully in his spiritual endowment.
So we are at an interesting crossroads historically. Judah is slowly accepting Messiah here and there and bringing his blessings to the other tribes in the form of his Torah-knowledge. Unfortunately, and with few exceptions, he still views himself as the Head of the Tribes and therefore possesing the right to theocratic rule. He demonstrates this, not infrequently, by his haughiness and rudeness when challenged. As we have seen from Scripture, ths is not his right at all and his demand for it is hampering (with his penchant for titles) the Kingdom Mandate.
The Messianic Movement will remain impotent and deceived by false spirits and doctrines (see Messianic Heresies) until it comes to this emet (truth), and evangelicals will rightly remain suspicious of it, if somewhat curious by his Torah knowledge, until then. To Joseph - and specifically the firstborn Ephraim - belongs the leadership of the Kingdom in the end times and he will demonstrate it by possessing the same redemptive messianic spirit as the Patriarch Joseph did.
What of the Holy Land? Yah'shua (Jesus) will not return physically until Joseph, united with Judah, is back in the land given to Abraham and in charge of it as its head and can hand over the Kingdom to the Lion of Judah - Messiah - when He returns. This means that the current arrangement in the Republic of Israel, set up by the Illuminati Rothschilds, will first have to be removed for this to happen, along with any Palestinian entity. We have long predicted that the 'Republic of Israel' (and doubtless the Palestinian Authority too) will be wiped out at some point before Messiah returns.
Many Jewish Messianics today are sounding like the Mormons did when they came claiming to have the sole legalistic authority by ordination (semikhah) to 'restore' the kingdom following two millennia of 'apostacy'. Some of them have even produced their own one-man Bible translations to establish their 'authenticity' In spite of impressive Hebrew terminology that sounds very Torah-like, they are all sounding like Catholics. Evangelicals must be especially wary of their carnal kingdoms dressed in spiritual garb for some of them are, like the popes and Joseph Smith, truly wolves in sheep's clothing though with varying motives.
Rabbi Schneerson, commenting further on this passage, said:
"Then Judah came near to [Joseph] and said: "O my master, please let your servant speak a word in my master's hearing, and do not let your anger burn against your servant; for you are even like Pharaoh" (Gen.44:18, NKJV).
Unfortunately, David is not an Eternal Prince, but rather the "Son of David", Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)! Thus in drawing close to Joseph, Judah merits the promises of the Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus)! It is through Joseph that Judah will hear the undefiled Gospel of Redemption preached for it is spiritual Joseph who walks in the pureness of the Emet (Truth). It is only when the spirit of Judah is linked to the spirit of Joseph that there is true echad (oneness) in Emet (Truth)!
"Judah meant to say that Joseph is as powerful as Pharaoh and that Judah acknowledges his authority. Judah acknowledged the authority of Joseph. Because of this Judah merited the promise in Ezekiel 37, 'MY SERVANT DAVID SHALL BE THEIR PRINCE FOREVER'"
In proclaiming the primacy of Joseph I am not speaking of any race. Racially all the tribes are mixed up. And though the British may be predominantly Ephraim, they are no more spiritually Joseph than the Jews are spiritually Judah or the Americans are spiritually West Manasseh. We are what we are by our SPIRITUALITY - by our ahavah (love), our emunah (faith, trusting), our passion for emet (truth), our submission to divinely-appointed toqef (authority), our obedience...and so on. Therefore let no man boast in his works or his DNA!
"Joseph is a fruitful bough,
A fruitful bough by a well;
His branches run over the wall.
The archers have bitterly grieved him,
Shot at him and hated him.
But his bow remained in strength,
And the arms of his hands were made strong
By the hands of the Mighty Elohim (God) of Jacob
(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
By the Elohim (God) of your father who will help you,
And by the Almighty who will bless you
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
The blessings of your father
Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors,
Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.
They shall be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers"
There will be no progress in the establishment of the end-time Kingdom under Joseph until the illusion of Judaism (a semi-pagan religion that has hybridised the Tanakh or Old Testament with Talmudism and the Babylonian mystery religion) and of Roman Christianity (a lawless religion that has hybridised the New Testament with the Babylonian mystery religion) and its off-shoots have been properly exposed and dismissed. Though they may take souls part of the way, they are ultimately dead-ends.
The voice of Joseph is even now being heard and drawing souls to the Kingdom with the same spirit that Messiah draws souls to Himself and to salvation. Most are going to miss it because they have succumbed to the pride of life which is of the dust (1 Jn.2:16). We invite you to come to know more of this work of Joseph by immersing yourself in this website.
One final thought - Joseph may not appear in the way you expect! He had his brothers fooled...
 Into the Heart of Joseph: True Rulership in Messianic Israel
Comments from Readers
"Jer 30, 31... Ephraim has done... a reality made true. Every word Yahuwah Yahushua has spoken is true. Could anyone have gone up to the great court room, that described of the Revelation, even in the land Yisrael? Could only be possible in Spirit and Truth if Yahushua made it possible... maybe even while in a Dust Body... though seeing and hearing of the Spirit...? Yahushua received the birth right authority of Judah 2000 years ago and made it impossible for un-redeemed 'horns' rebellious to Him to succeed in forming any kind of righteous nation. Though the rebellious 'horns', all (7--10)+2+1==(13) (Rev 13), are allowed and given to do as they must. Yahushua left the house of Judah desolate in the dust form of men... though any can come to realize the reconciliation is found in Him ... His Name, to call Him blessed because He is the true prophet (Deu 18) and has been forming His nation for quite some time of His reconciled people of any 'house' or of any color, nationality, who will call on His name and do what He said to do. We in dust body must see from His perspective to understand what is happening in the progression to His righteous nation being revealed. There are things that we know must happen in this world of people in dust body concerning the people Yisrael, the nation Yisrael even until the righteous nation is revealed, Yahushua! The peril is that we could wake up from our long sleep and wind up staying in Babylon even by following what we think is 'new' stuff tailored by the desolation to look like Yahushua,... though in Yahushua of renewed Heart/Mind we make it all the way past that mess... and He shows us where the Honey is found in the Dead Carcass! Though His people are still scattered worldwide He will regather All in Heaven and Earth together at His appointed time. Also, another viewpoint or perspective is to see that all blessings, attributes spoken by Yahushua Yahuwah in the scriptures wind up in Yahushua the Head, His body His people, as Yah'Isha'El together as one. The attribute, as the blessing of Joseph/Ephraim and of all tribes was passed from generation to generation in dust men, at first known in Yisrael though in scattering a hidden blessing to the scattered but a blessing still known by the rebellious horns and the taskmasters who were given charge over we whom were sold into bondage and chased by the sword, pestilence and famine... though in these days was/is being revealed to some who were as sleeping blind men as Yahuwah has aroused us out of our long sleep. So how does the blessing of Joseph/Ephraim wind up back where it was destined to belong in the Head/Body Yahushua? Could it be that someone of Ephraim had to give it to him? And took that away from being abused by the taskmasters? They knew it must happen? But were unable to prevent it? Who knows? And if that blessing were to be given to Yahushua could it mean that we are near a transition prophesied so long ago? Watching and waiting! (Jeremiah 30/31... reality is stranger than fiction...) And like we read about David... I will Bless Thee Oh Yahuwah!! i will lift up my Hands Unto You!! If we think about that, what blessing could I/we ever give to the Creator of all things? Isn't that just pure love? And like a Father to a son? Yahushua is so wonderful at His right hand! And just to mention, the nation as 'Ephraim' is the youngest not the elder as 'Manasseh'... and they are all about the 'head' that was, was not, and now is..." (RDR, USA, 15 June 2011)