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Proof of Dispersion of the House of Israel in the Book of Zechariah

Proof of Dispersion of the House of Israel in the Book of Zechariah

God promised to bring back the house of Israel whom he had scattered to the nations in the book of Hosea. Some people believe that the house of Israel was assimilated into the house of Judah and then when they came back from the Babylonian captivity that the prophecy had been fulfilled. Yet, evidence from the book of Zechariah proves otherwise. Zechariah was the prophet to the house of Judah after the Babylonian captivity and yet, there is still a clear distinction made between the house of Judah and the house of Israel (Ephraim).
“I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the LORD their God, And I will hear them. (Zech 10:6) Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. (Zech 10:7) I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; And they shall increase as they once increased. (Zech 10:8) “I will sow them among the peoples, And they shall remember Me in far countries; They shall live, together with their children, And they shall return. (Zech 10:9 NKJV)
I checked the Hebrew for “I will sow” which the NKJV translated as future tense, yet, the Hebrew is a  vav-hahipuch, which flips the tense from future to past (yeah, it is one of those weird features of biblical Hebrew). It isn’t I WILL SOW… but I HAVE SOWN. This difference is huge! Other translations note this as well.
Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations, still they will remember me in distant lands. With their children, they will survive and come home again to Israel. (Zech 10:9 NLV)
Though I had them planted among the peoples, they will keep me in mind in far countries: and they will take care of their children and will come back. (Zech 10:9 BBE)
We see that other translations also understand the Hebrew as I do…it had already happened. God had already scattered the house of Israel when the Assyrians took them away and they were sown into far countries. With this in mind, the next verse makes better sense:
I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, And gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, Until no more room is found for them. (Zech 10:10)
We need to remember, Zechariah is AFTER the Babylonian captivity – the Jews are back in the land and where is the house of Israel? Back with Judah as many like to claim? NO! They are OUT THERE among the nations where God scattered them. This is powerful proof that “Jew” does NOT include the house of Israel and that Jesus did indeed come to seek out the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Old Covenant vs New Covenant-It’s About God’s Divorce and Remarriage to Israel

Old Covenant vs New Covenant-It’s About God’s Divorce and Remarriage to Israel

Would you be surprised to discover the Old and New Covenants are actually about God’s divorce and remarriage to his wife? In this study we explore the how God married Israel under the first covenant and then divorced the House of Israel and how the New Covenant is the solution to fix the divorce. This study will connect a lot of dots for you.

Was Abraham Jewish? (The House of Israel and House of Judah Restored as One)

Was Abraham Jewish? (The House of Israel and House of Judah Restored as One)

Were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Jewish? No! Before the break of the united monarchy ca 930 BC, there were NO JEWS. There were Hebrews who became the nation of Israel, which then split into the House of Judah and the House of Israel.  Despite this historical fact, nearly every modern Jew uses the term loosely to mean any descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; there are many that anachronistically refer to the Jews in Egypt and the Jews at Mt Sinai. So what? Not understanding this seemingly minor detail causes a lot of confusion about who is a Jew, who are gentiles, and even what is the church.
 
The central focus of the New Covenant was to reunite the two houses and make them one again!
Jer 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
The united kingdom became two houses because God divided it due to their forsaking God by not doing what was right in his eyes. Ten of the tribes (the House of Israel) were given to Jeroboam, and two (Judah and Benjamin) remained for the House of Judah.
1Kgs 11:31-33 ‘Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you ‘(but he shall have one tribe for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel), ‘because they have forsaken Me, and worshiped Ashtoreth…and have not walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes and keep My statutes and My judgments, as did his father David.
After the death of Solomon, that his son, Rehoboam, tried unsuccessfully to restore the united monarchy:
1Kgs 12:21 And when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
The House of Israel went further and further away from God’s instructions becoming ever more adulterous, so God swore to not have mercy on the House of Israel though he would have mercy on the House of Judah:
Hos 1:6-7 “…For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, But I will utterly take them away. Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah…”
God stated that he was longer their God and they weren’t is people:
Hos 1:9 Then God said: “Call his name Lo-Ammi, For you are not My people, And I will not be your God.
He even stated that He divorced the House of Israel and exile her:
Jer 3:8 “… for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce…
Nevertheless, God promised to mercifully restore the House of Israel and to make her his bride:
Hos 2:19 “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy.
Not only would he restore the House of Israel, but he would mend the division between the two Houses and make them one. He illustrated this with two sticks in Ezekiel’s hands, which represented the two houses restored:
Ezek 37:19 “say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “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.”
A main point of Paul’s teaching is that the two houses have been restored and the middle wall of separation has come down:

Eph 2:11-16 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh…Eph 2:12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

This was prophesied in nearly every prophet and it is the heart and soul of the New Covenant: the House of Judah (Jews) and the House of Israel have been reconciled so that there is no longer a middle wall; they are no longer two sticks but one! This is the fulfillment of the New Covenant which the Father spoke of through Jeremiah:

Jer 31:31 “… I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
Paul consistently taught the good news of the New Covenant in his writings demonstrating what Jesus did through his death, freeing the divorced and adulterous wife, Israel, from her perpetual state of divorcee/whore status.
Rom 7:2-4 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law [of the husband] through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
Consequently, the two houses can reunite as one, without the wall, and will never be two nations:
Ezek 37:22 “and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
While the absolute fulfillment of this will only be realized completely in the age to come, the inception happened at the cross and therefore there is technically no longer any distinction between the two houses…which is what Paul repeatedly said:
Rom 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
And again:
1Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
And again:
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Paul spoke of the House of Israel as “gentiles” because that is where they were scattered… first foretold in Leviticus:
Lev 26:33 I will scatter you among the nations [ba’goim בַגּוֹיִ֔ם, Greek ἔθνος ethnos=gentiles]
And later in Deuteronomy:
Deut 4:27 “And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples,  and you will be left few in number among the nations [ba’goim בַגּוֹיִ֔ם, Greek ἔθνος ethnos=gentiles] where the LORD will drive you.
Before God scattered them, He first split the united nation into two nations:
2Kgs 17:21 For He tore Israel from the house of David, and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then Jeroboam drove Israel from following the LORD, and made them commit a great sin.
Then day came when God made good on this warning against Israel:
2Kgs 17:23 until the LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.
Through the prophet Hosea, God confirmed they would be scattered among the gentiles:
Hos 9:17 My God will cast them away, Because they did not obey Him; And they shall be wanderers among the nations [ba’goim בַגּוֹיִ֔ם, Greek ἔθνος ethnos=gentiles].
When we speak of the Kingdom of God, there is no longer a House of Judah (Jews) and House of Israel (who were scattered to the gentiles/nations). As far as tribes go, there were twelve tribes and there always will be twelve tribes, as evidenced by the twelve tribes in Revelation 7 and 14 and by the twelve gates of the New Jerusalem. Hence, there will always be those who are from the tribe of Judah and those from the tribe of Levi, Benjamin, Asher, Naphtali, etc. But these twelve tribes are no longer divided in two nations – they are now one.
In conclusion, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were not Jews; they were Hebrews. Jacob’s sons became the Israelites and when the nation split, two nations emerged known as the House of Judah and the House of Israel. God divorced the House of Israel because of their incredible adultery and then scattered them to the nations/gentiles. He promised to remarry them back and the only way for that to happen was for Immanuel to die thereby cancelling the initial marriage contract (Old Covenant). When he arose, He was free to marry her under a new marriage contract (New Covenant)  in Jesus’ blood. This new covenant brings the two houses together and the two shall never again be two nations.
If you are under the New Covenant, you have come either from the House of Judah or the House of Israel (who were wanders among the gentiles). You might be genetically Hebrew but if you aren’t then you are part of the mixed multitude. Assuming you are not Jewish, then you are no longer a “gentile”: you have been grafted in to the commonwealth (all twelve tribes) of Israel! You are now a Hebrew and you can enter the kingdom through the work of Jesus on the cross, who removed the middle wall of separation between the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
Debate: Is the New Covenant Jesus Instituted the Same as Jeremiah 31:31?

Debate: Is the New Covenant Jesus Instituted the Same as Jeremiah 31:31?

In this episode of the Awakening Report, Dr. Doug Hamp contends that the New Covenant Jesus instituted is the same New Covenant foretold in Jeremiah 31:31; while Morgan Sorensen argues that they are not the same. Listen and let the evidence be the judge.

“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (Jer. 31:31).

“Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD” (Jer. 31:32).

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jer. 31:33).

“For this is My blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28).

Commonwealth Theology Basic Introduction

Commonwealth Theology Basic Introduction

The foundation of Commonwealth Theology is taken from Paul’s statement that the gentiles are no longer “without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). Paul recognized God’s promise that He would create a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jer. 31:31) – which Yeshua/Jesus enacted with His own blood at the cross. A new covenant was needed because Israel broke the marriage covenant God made with them at Sinai leading God to state: “My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them” (Jer 31:32).

When the united kingdom of Israel split in 932 BC, (or cir. 929 BC) ten tribes broke off from Judah and became the

northern kingdom of Israel, also known as Ephraim (aka Samaria, Jezreel). Ephraim’s sin continued to grow until God declared “For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, But I will utterly take them away” (Hos 1:6).  “Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah” (Hos 1:7).

He also divorced the northern kingdom of Israel: “Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce” (Jer.. 3:8).  They were then swallowed up by the gentiles (Hos 8:8) and became wanderers among the nations (Hos 9:17). Nevertheless, God promised to make them His people once again so that instead of saying: “You are not My people,” it would be said to them, “You are sons of the living God,” (Hos 1:10) and He would make them His bride “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In loving-kindness and mercy” (Hos 2:19).

The apostles Peter and Paul understood this when they both quoted directly from Hosea 1:10 declaring that the believing gentiles among the nations were in fulfillment of this promise: “who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Pet 2:10). In Romans “As He says also in Hosea: ‘I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved. And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God‘” (Rom 9:25-26).

Therefore, Paul’s declaration concerning the gentiles (nations) who were once far off and aliens from the COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL signifies that they are now part of the commonwealth of Israel and no longer strangers. Paul is acknowledging that those who were not His people [Ephraim] have now been brought back into covenant with God and are now His people (as at the first).