Understanding The Truth About Yisrael and Restoring The Hebrew Roots to the Christian Faith [The Nations]
To understand the truth about all Yisrael, we need to see that there are;
– 2 Houses [Isaiah 8:14, Jeremiah 31:31]
– 2 Nations [Ezekiel 35:10]
– 2 Choosen Families [Jeremiah 33:24]
– 2 Backslidden Sisters [Ezekiel 23:2-4]
– 2 Olive Branches [Zechariah 4:11-14]
– 2 Sticks [Ezekiel 37:15-28]
– 2 Witnesses [Revelation 11:3-4]
– 2 Lamp Stands [Revelation 11:3]
– 2 Silver trumpets To The Whole Assembly [numbers 10:2-3]
– 2 Advent [Hebrews 9:28]
– 2 Cherubim [Exodus 25:18-20]
The Replacement Heretic Doctrine… Beware
There is a dangerous heresy gaining traction among believers who parrot men’s precepts and memes without regard to what Scriptures forbid – often giving higher weight to what man has said. Not only do they believe forbidden concepts, and distort their own understanding of YAHOVAH’s Word [Torah], but they also virulently teach these forbidden doctrines to others. With any doctrine, we must search the Scriptures, and ask, What has YHVH said on these matters?
The false teaching that the church has somehow replaced Israel, and that God has forsaken Israel, was introduced by HaSatan and his Catholic church to give it perceived legitimacy, and to corrupt people’s understanding of prophecy. It also serves Ha Satan’s purposes to garner hatred and persecution of the Israelites, trying to pin the blame for Yahshua’s death on them (YAHSHUA laid down His own life of His own accord, I John 3:16).
The false teaching also seemingly justifies an unimportance to evangelizing the Jewish people (contrary to Romans 11). It also serves to belittle and keep many from realizing the power of YAHOVAH’s covenants and promises.
Early proponents of this allegorical interpretation were Augustine and Origen. Many cathedrals from the Middle Ages have this false teaching depicted by dual feminine statues or stained glass art depicting their distorted concept of Ecclesia et Synagoga (Latin for the church and the synagogue).
Ecclesia is depicted as prideful with a staff/cross and the catholic chalice. Synagoga is depicted as dejected, blindfolded with a broken staff/spear. Some depictions have Ecclesia attacking Synagoga – a true revealing of the Catholic Church’s burning hatred for Israel and root behind her many persecutions. Unfortunately, this vitriol and Satanic teaching has crept into many true Christian’s broader doctrinal beliefs and outlooks. It also influenced John Calvin and Martin Luther.
The Primary Effects Of This False Teaching
This fruit of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21) flourishes in the condescending elevation of one group while putting down another as lessor. YHVH hates this mindset and attitude (Proverbs 6:16). The Apostle Paul warned the Romans specifically that embracing this heresy is accompanied by boasting (11:18), and high-minded superiority (11:20), and conceit (11:25).
“Only by pride cometh contention…” (Proverbs 13:10). It has been my observation that those who hold tightly to this heresy usually give frequent proof to its bad fruit by their virulent banter in defense of their position.
A Clouded Vision
Since prophecy entails many symbols and sayings to paint a larger picture, having a twisted concept of the major ‘hebrew sayings’ will only lead to guaranteed misinterpretation of Scripture. It has been my observation that those who hold to this heresy, and read themselves into symbols and saying with a ‘greek-roman mindset’. As a result, they end up living for, and watching for, the wrong focus or event.
Taken to its ‘logical’ end, this false teaching would naturally condone or ignore persecution of the Jewish people, relegating them to a ‘lower’ status, etc. – as has been repeatedly used down through history (Inquisition, Black Plague, Crusades, Holocaust, etc.) – in the name and ‘sanction’ of religion. With that, it has also served to elevate their oppressors and enemies, since they would be ‘legitimate’ in their actions.
Holding on to Meme
It has been my observation that those who will give more weight to man’s precepts, quotes and memes instead of Scripture usually have to resort to man’s precepts to plug up holes in their arguments and positions. It goes part and parcel that they are mixed with the same prideful and contentious banter if anyone questions their memes or tries to point out Scripture as being a more sure witness.
Most of their stupid memes (Greek is a dead language, etc.) that they parrot have zero credibility and do not stand logical scrutiny – yet they must resort to them to defend their position since they can’t get solid support from Scripture and they must belittle and browbeat any evidence that poses a threat to their petty prideful position.
Making a Proper Distinction
Do not confuse the Hebrews or Yisraelites with the “Nation of Israel”; one is a people, and the other is a governmental entity; they do not necessarily equal or represent each other – just like any other national government does not always represent the views and opinions of the people. When we talk of the Hebrews and Yisraelites, we are referring to individuals who have crossed over and are part of the Commonwealth of Yisrael – The 12 Tribes of Yisrael.
Likewise, believers in YAHSHUA – Jesus (Christians) should not necessarily be equated with corporate institutions that also go by the same name. When we refer to ‘Christians’, we are talking about the individual believers in the ‘Nations’ – Gentiles, not a legal entity that often just goes through the motions.
In the Old Covenant, YHVH illustrated his accessibility through His Tabernacle and Temple layouts. The outer court was for the Gentiles. Even though they were the secondary audience, they did have a much larger courtyard. The inner courtyard was for the Hebrews; although it was smaller, it was closer and had more privileged access.
At YAHSHUA’s death, He removed the partition wall, and has given equal access to all – not to the exclusion of any; both are equal in one.
“That at that time ye were without Messiah YAHSHUA, being aliens from the Commonwealth of Yisrael, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without YAHOVAH in the world: But now in YAHSHUA The Messiah ye who sometimes were far off, are made nigh by the blood of YAHSHUA. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us…” – Ephesians 2:12-14
In the New Covenant, YHVH has turned down the volume a large degree for the Hebrews – but not all the way; those who will listen to His still small voice can hear and heed. Just because Paul switched audiences did not mean the majority of the Apostles headquartered in Jerusalem closed up shop. The volume has been turned up for the Gentiles, but one day it will be turned down for them as well – for the same reason – they eventually largely tuned Him out.
The Tribulation events will be used by YHVH to get His people to tune back into what He has been quietly calling them to, the whole time before.
The Christians or Messianic Assembly is the group of believers (both Hebrew and Gentiles) that can now worship together; the distinction of Hebrew or Greek has been eliminated. The corporate body of believers is now called the “Commonwealth of Yisrael” – a called out assembly. it iis time we understand our Hebraic roots and heritage.
The Truth About Apostle Paul [Shaul]
In Scripture, who YHVH has chosen to pen a certain passage adds extra weight, consideration, and emphasis to what is written. Paul [Shaul], of all the Apostles, was chosen to minister directly to the Gentiles; he was also a Hebrew as well; therefore, any writer who would know the correlation and standing of both parties (Hebrews and the Gentiles) would be Paul. No one else (even in modern times), has more divine authority or greater expertise to weigh in on this subject, than Paul.
Also, when we look at his audience, we find that he made clear the matter to his Gentile audience. Why? For the same reason that groups today make wild claims: they think that YHVH is completely done with Israel. The Apostle Paul nips that in the bud real quickly, and warns them to not even consider the thought. Even though Israel had largely tuned YHVH out, Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, knew that it had zero bearing on their standing and position with YHVH – and he sternly reminded the Gentiles of that fact repeatedly.
“I say then, Hath YHVH cast away his people? YHVH forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. YHVH hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. No ye not what the scripture saith of Eliyahu? how he made intercession to YHVH against Israel, saying, YHVH, they have killed thy prophets, and dug down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what said the answer of YHVH unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. …I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? YHVH forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.” – Romans 11:1-5,11
Paul is filled with horror or shock, and twice warns that “YAHOVAH forbid” against even entertaining the idea that YHVH has cast away Israel! For YHVH to say it once should catch and arrest our attention, but that fact that He mentions it twice doubly underscores that this is a very dear subject close to YHVH’s heart – and you tread on very dangerous ground if you entertain or promote such heresy; you might as well spit in YHVH’s face!
On top of that, Paul goes on to specifically warn the Gentile believers not to stray into this heresy and think that they have replaced Israel, either! He then reminds them that he is the Apostle to the Gentiles saying this, underscoring his statements about YHVH’s people and that he Paul is an authority to speak authoritatively and conclusively on such matters.
“For I speak to you Gentiles [Nations], inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I esteem my service… if somehow I might provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them” – Romans 11:13-14.
Paul goes on to explain to the Romans that the Gentiles have not replaced Israel, but that they are added in addition to; the believing Hebrews still occupy their same original place. He reminds them that they are grafted into YAHOVAH’s plan which focuses largely on the Hebrews – it is not uprooting and replacing the plan or covenant. The Hebrews have their distinct branches, and the Gentiles have their distinct branches – but both have the same roots – YAHSHUA Ha Moshiach.
“…if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, have been grafted in among them, and came to share the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. And if you boast, remember you do not bear the root, but the root bears you. You shall say then, the branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Good! By unbelief they were broken off, and thou stand by belief [faith]. Be not high-minded [arrogant], but fear: For if YHVH spared not the natural branches, take heed He might not spare you either.” – Romans 11:16-21
Don’t confuse the unbelieving individual branches that were broken off (because of their rejection) with the tree! Anyone who rejects YAHSHUA as the root (Jew or Gentile), will never have life. Anyone who does believe, though, shall be grafted in, and receive eternal life.
“And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for YAHOVAH is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not wish you to be ignorant of this secret [mystery], brothers, lest you should be wise in your own estimation; that blindness [hardening] in part has come over Israel, until the completeness of the Gentiles [Nations] has come in.” – Romans 11:23-25.
What Did YAHSHUA Say
Didn’t Messiah YAHSHUA curse the fig tree (the Israelites) forever?
“And YAHSHUA answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever…” – Mark 11:14.
This snip is usually used as justification for the replacement heresy; however, we know He was not talking of a permanent situation, but used hyperbole exaggeration. Several times Scripture uses hyperbole for time periods that are so long it might as well feel like forever. Usually the context or related passages reminds us it is only exaggeration, and to the audience at that time, the time spans would have felt like forever.
Even today we use this hyperbole when we say we stood in line forever, or the trip took forever. The Greek wording in the passage is the same that we get our transliterated English word eon from; it is a very long period of time, what we would typically call an age.
Messiah YAHSHUA was illustrating to them that He was condemning the Jewish nation of that day, for a substantial amount of time, but that they would be revisited at the end of time (in the latter days).
This is fiercely reinforced by other passages, especially by the Jewish Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul, as well as the context where YAHSHUA and the disciples then gone on to talk about the fulfilment of the promised replanting of the fig tree. YAHSHUA wasn’t negating His previous promises and covenants; He was just letting the disciples know the promises were going to be on hold for what would seem like forever.
“…Hath YAHOVAH cast away his people? YAH forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. YHVH hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.” – Romans 11:1-2.
The Hebrew Yisraelite is Not Cast Away!!!
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee and thou be found a liar.” – Proverbs 30:6
On our judgment day, we will not be held accountable to man’s precepts or memes – only YAHOVAH’s precepts [The TORAH]. Search the Scriptures and prove all things. YAH Blessings always.
Much thanks to Bro. Daniel Valles of informedchristians.com for his research and sharing on this matter.