Month 6:01, Rosh Chodesh, Year 5935:144 AM|
Rosh Chodesh VI (Sheshi haChodesh), Teshuvah 1/40
Gregorian Calendar: Tuesday 30 August 2011
Rosh Chodesh VI
Dry Bones & the Restoration of Israel
Chag Sameach Rosh Chodesh kol beit Yisra'el - a blessed festival of the New Moon to all the House of Israel!
I come with a revelation for this Rosh Chodesh that Yahweh started giving me yesterday evening and then gave me the rest this morning. As many of you know I took a week off writing to get a break and resumed last night. We have much to talk about today though I will try and keep this as concise as I can. What I have to share is a further unfolding of what has been revealed before on divine tavnith (pattern).
Before I share what Yahweh showed me, let me first draw your attention to the many Messianic ministries out there which I know many of you are following, as I am. Many have understood that a restoration of Israel has to take place before Yah'shua (Jesus) returns but there are as many ideas about this as there are ministries. Not only that, but there is a pot pourri of disjunstive doctrines and practices out there amongst Messianics that are heavily influenced by what I can only describe as the "Synagogue of Satan", "those who say they are Judahites ('Jews') and are not" (Rev.2:9,
NKJV - also 3:9). In other words, there are those who say they are Judahites ('Jews') but who are, in fact, of the House of Edom, who possess the same carnal and devilish spirit as their ancestor Esau. And for those of you who don't know what is really going on in the Middle East, please carefully study my sermon series, Jacob's Trouble. Until Messianics get past this grand end-time deception they will never be able to restore, as they suppose, the 'House of Israel. And that which calls itself the 'House of Israel' is, in most cases, the House of Esau pretending to be the House of Israel. In their blind hatred of anything and everything Roman, they blind themselves to the emet (truth) that they are both as divided amongst themselves as the Roman Churches and their Protestant offshoots are, and teach and practice doctrines which are equally "blasphemous" (Rev.2:9). Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself prophesied that these imposters would be forced by Him to come and worship the true Elohim (God) at the feet of those who teach and practice the authentic besorah (gospel):
The House of Edom is so full of hatred for the real House of Israel (including the true House of Judah) that their only desire is to enslave and kill them. Until you properly understand who the end time Houses of Edom and Israel are you will never be able to restore the House of Israel for what we have is the House of Edom claiming to restore something it is not and never can be. Indeed, Yah'shua (Jesus) says that these Edomites will not convert which is why Yahweh has openly stated that He hates Esau and loves Jacob (Mal.1:3; Rom.9:13). It's why He told John in the Book of Revelation that He would compell these false Judahites to worship at the feet of the authentic Tribes of Israel, including the real Judah. Remember - and remember this well, because it is so important - just because someone called themselves a 'Jew' or a 'Messianic Jew' does not mean they are the true House of Judah (even though some, of course, are). Yah'shua (Jesus) calls them liars, pretending to be what they are not. These false Judahites or 'Jews' have even claimed that a tribe of Israel - East Manasseh - is their own House of Edom to thereby blame-shift!
"These things says He who is set-apart (holy), He who is emet (true), 'He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens': I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My Name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Judahites (calling themselves 'Jews') and are not, but lie -- indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth" (Rev.3:7-11, NKJV).
There is so much nationalistic and cultural pride tied up in these false labels that they have within them a murderous spirit. There are many Messianics who have this Spirit of Edom who deny that Yah'shua (Jesus) is Elohim (God). I have seen the blind hatred and rage in them when you testify that Yah'shua (Jesus) is Divine - the same hatred and blasphemy that some ultra-religious non-Messianic Jews possess. They actually loathe the true Messiah because their father is the devil, as Yah'shua (Jesus) also testified concerning their ancestors in His day:
There is most definitely a remnant of the House of Judah amongst the Jewish people (about 5% of them at a rough guess) but they are not only there - the House of Judah is amongst many other peoples too, including Africans (Ethiopians, Somalis, some Zimbabweans, and others) - but not, I hasten to add, another one of those lies, the so-called 'Black Hebrew Israelite Heritage' which parallels a white deception called 'British Israel' and other blasphemous racial supremacist groups. Why am I saying all of this now? Because the House of Israel can never be restored until all Edomite and Talmudic Jewish lies, along with Roman-Pagan lies, have been completely removed from amongst believers calling themselves 'Messianics'. And what I am about to share with you today won't make a lot of sense until this has been done.
"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the emet (truth), because there is no emet (truth) in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the emet (truth), you do not believe Me" (John 8:44-45, NKJV).
If you are lifted up in your pride because you are Jewish, white, black, Israeli, Arab, American, British, Russian, Chinese, African, Zionist, Protestant, Messianic, or anything else you will both never come to the full emet (truth) and you will never have anything to do with, or be a part of, the restoration of true Israel. All of this "pride of life" (1 Jn.2:16) has to die. It's got to go. Your only label must be "in Messiah" (e.g. Rom.8:1). I am not saying you shouldn't love Jews, whites, blacks, Israelis, Arabs, Americans, Britons, Russians, Chinese, Africans, and indeed all people (because we must) but what I am saying is that partisan labels and identities have to go because all our allegiance has to be to Messiah! And then - and only then - when all of us belongs to Him, can we be about restoring true Israel - Messianic Israel - at the time of His choosing.
Today's message - after that long but necessary introduction - is about the well-known prophecy of the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 36-37. We don't have time to read all of this which I shall leave you to read again privately afterwards. There are many prophecies yet unfulfilled in the Book of Ezekiel which we need to study carefully, from chapter 34 to the end of the book, which pertain to our time and the coming and last generation. Let us take a look at the core section of this prophecy as it peratins to what Yahweh showed me this morning:
The hope of the restoration of Israel is tied up in these verses and it has nothing to do with the political entity, nor the vast bulk of its people calling themselves 'Jews', calling itself the 'Republic of Israel'. Neither is this prophecy to be understood literally - this is not principally about the resurrection of dead ancient Israelites coming back in the Millennium, though on one level it doubtlessdoes refer to this. It is primarily about the gathering of the Twelve Tribes of Israel in their two known biblical groupings, the so-called 'lost' Ten Tribes of Northern Israel (called 'Israel') in prophecy, and the Two Tribes of the Southern Kingdom (called 'Judah'). Both these nations were scattered, long ago, by the Assyrians, Babylonians and finally Romans, and are mixed up in all the nations and races of the earth, where, as Yahweh prophesied to Abraham, they are blessing the world today:
"The hand of Yahweh came upon me and brought me out in the Ruach (Spirit) of Yahweh, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' So I answered, 'O Yahweh-Elohim, You know.' Again He said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh! Thus says Yahweh-Elohim to these bones: 'Surely I will cause ruach (breath) to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put ruach (breath) in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am Yahweh.'''
"So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no ruach (breath) in them. Then He said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says Yahweh-Elohim: 'Come from the four winds, O ruach (breath), and breathe on these slain, that they may live.''' So I prophesied as He commanded me, and ruach (breath) came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
"Then He said to me, 'Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!' Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says Yahweh-Elohim: 'Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am Yahweh, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Ruach (Spirit) in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, Yahweh, have spoken it and performed it,' says Yahweh.''
"Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 'As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: 'For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.' Then take another stick and write on it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.' Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand''" (Ezek 37:1-17, NKJV).
How is this seed blessing "all the nations of the earth"? By bringing them the emet (truth) of the besorah (gospel) of salvation in Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). The counterfeit Edomite seed, by contrast, is cursing all the nations of the earth by turning them into slave-states through economic, political, religious and social subversion. The promised seed of Abraham brings freedom and liberty from sin - the false seed brings only bondage.
"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice" (Gen.22:18, NKJV).
In Ezekiel's prophecy of the dry bones we are being symbolically shown how the restoration of Israel will take place in the last days. And what Yahweh showed me this morning is that this will take place by a total reversal of the order of the divine festivals, beginning with Sukkot (Tabernacles) and ending with Pesach (Passover). The Way of the Messiah - the process of salvation, beginning with divine conception and ending with the consummation of the Marriage Feast of the Lamb, is the complete reverse of the process whereby the True Nation of Israel will be restored.
In Ezekiels's vision Israel is 'assembled', starting with the dry bones which come together as skeletons. This is paralleled by Sukkot or Tabernacles/Booths when we assemble tents, tabernacles or booths under which we sleep, eat and worship for the duration of the eight day long festival. The construction of a booth or sukkah begins with a framework corresponding to the human skeleton.
After the coming together of the bones, sinews and flesh were added that correspond to Shavu'ot or Pentecost, the time when Israel entered covenants of obedience consisting of the Ten Commandments and all the other mitzvot (commandments) of Torah.
Then a layer of skin was added to the skeleton, sinews and flesh, the final outer 'covering', that corresponds to Yom haBikkurim or the Feast of Firstfruits - the first visible 'results', as it were. This festival corresponds to baptism which is itself a sign of "putting on Messiah" that is the result of dying fully to self and being fully reborn as a new creature in Messiah. Messiah becomes our 'skin' like the actual sukkah or tent which covers the poles that form its 'skeleton'.
Finally, into this lifeless body of bones, sinewsm flesh and skin, the ruach (spirit or breath) is breathed to give it chayim (life) - it becomes alive, the same way Adam was made by Yahweh-Elohim. This corresponds to Pesach or Passover which represents divine conception when we first say 'Yes' to Messiah and the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) enters us, conceiving us and leading us to the point of rebirth at Yom haBikkurim.
||Restoration of Israel (bottom to top)
||Way of the Messiah Yah'shua (top to bottom)|
||Adding of ruach (breath)
||Divine conception by the Ruach|
||Growth and purification|
||Adding of skin
||Rebirth by the Ruach - Baptism - putting on the covering or 'skin' of Messiah|
||Adding of sinews & flesh
||Betrothal - the substance of the covemnant consisting of mitzvot or commandments to be obeyed - the Israelite lifestyle|
||Summonse and gathering|
||Judgment and sifting|
||Dry bones assembled into skeletons
||Full marriage under a sukkah or tabernacle/booth consisting of a 'skeleton' or frame for the covering (skin)|
All of this was shown very plainly to me this morning. The restoration of Israel takes place in the reverse order to our life in Messiah as individuals. In this we start with chayim (life) but in the restoration of Israel, as a community we end with chayim (life) - it's a lifeless entitity until the last moment, just as Adam was. Israel is to be constructed the same way Adam's body was, because Israel is the Body of Messiah, with each of us being the various limbs and organs of their living entity. In other words, the restoration of Messianic Israel takes place in distinctive steps in reverse order of individual salvation, and Israel does not finally come 'alive' until the very last stage. And when does that take place? JUST BEFORE THE MESSIAH RETURNS TO THE EARTH. Messianic Israel or the Body of Messiah is a long construction project that continues until just before Yah'shua (Jesus) returns (see The Final Gathering) and anyone who tells you that 'this group' or 'that group' is "Restored Israel" is lying to you. Israel as a nation does not come into being until Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself breathes into it - into all His people when they are properly assembled in all emet (truth) and in divine tavnith (pattern) as Twelve Distinct Tribes, when the two sticks of Ezekiel have been joined together. This building project is still under way today and we have quite a way to go still.
Therefore I have to say, categorically, that Messianic Israel only exists as a forming idea for now. The bones of correct tavnith (pattern) aren't even, for the most part, in place yet, and attempts to add the 'sinews', 'flesh' and 'skin' of doctrine and practice (which is so many instances are themselves corrupt) to an improperly fashioned skeleton will only create a Frankenstein-type monster into which Yah'shua (Jesus) will not breathe His Ruach (Spirit)! Until the assembly of Messianic Israel is done correctly we remain, globally - all of us (to which ever temporary group we belong) - no more than individuals in Messiah, families in husbands/fathers, and congregations-under-early-construction in pastors-under-construction - all of us - so that separate 'organisations' with their special 'apostles' and beit Din's or 'rabbinical courts', private 'canons' of Scripture, and pretended authority, are just partly or wholly man-made things, temporary expediencies that will be for the most part dissolved when "the Prince" (Ezek.48:22) has received the complete revelation from Yahweh, has completely extirpated all that is false, and has demonstrated by his undeniable anointing his calling which others who are anointed will recognise and confirm. Then a set-apart body of believers will be ready for the in-breathing of the ruach (breath) that will make Twelve-Tribed Israel come alive, something we anticipate happening in the seven years before Yah'shua (Jesus) returns. But not before.
When individual Israelites, fully sanctified in Messiah and under the Sukkot anointing assemble together in correct tavnith (pattern) and are echad (one) in all emet (truth), then completion has arrived for the children of the first resurrection! This diagram shows the coming together of the Body of Messiah as Messianic Israel (the top part) built on the foundation of individually sanctfied believers who are the Bride - the sons and daughters of the First Resurrection.
A final word about the bones in Ezekiel's revelation. Those bones were totally dry - there was no life left in them, they were without marrow. This is the condition of the set-apart ones when Yahweh decides to start building Israel again. They are dry, lifeless and at the end of themselves. They know they are nothing without the breath of the Most High. They are fully surrendered, possessing no self-will other than to do the will of Him whom they are seeking and serving. They boast of no one and nothing except the cross of Messiah (Gal.6:14). They do no boast of their knowledge, their following, their gifts, their achievements, or anything they have done - they have discovered, from being "dry", that they are nothing. They have been stripped of all self-glory and if there is anything left to boast of, it is scattered, dry bones...which is nothing to boast of at all.
These are the children of the First Resurrection, the firstborn of Israel, the Sukkot anointing...in case you didn't know.
May you have a blessed Rosh Chodesh and may Yahweh continue working in you, shaping you in the way that He wants. May you overcome your carnal tendencies and wrestle as Jacob until you have won against the flesh, as our ancestor did. And then may you present yourselves for service. Amen.