|"...not by observation - the Kingdom is within." Luke 17:20-21|
Part Four - the Land
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there YHVH will gather you, and from there He will take you." Deuteronomy 30:4
"I will bring against 'Eylam the four winds from the four quarters of the sky and scatter them to all those winds. There will not be one nation to which the dispersed of 'Eylam will not come." Jeremiah 49:36
"And then YHVH will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven." Mark 13:27
In the previous article of this series what has come to be known as the Church (click on highlighted words to view content), was exposed as not being a scriptural entity but, rather, an artificial construct of human design to exercise control over masses of people. The establishment of the papacy (specially anointed "leaders"), the concept of "the Church" as a hierarchical organization, the issues of power and the abdication of a Hebraic heritage (all embraced in some form by every branch of the tree of Christianity) are implements Yeshua never advocated and, in spite of His Words of Matthew 5:17-19, people have still used the phrase "the church" to justify their engagement in all of these beliefs. "The Church" has becomes the source of segregation from anything Hebrew and the foundation of a "new" covenant that replaced the Holy One of Israel along with His promise to Israel. However, once the term is translated back to its original Hebrew, the word in Greek, ekklesia (translated as "the church"), becomes qehelah (from the Hebrew root qahal, meaning "to assemble") used in the Tanakh (OT) to describe the gathering or assembly of Israelites (Numbers 8:9). In classical Greek, however, ekklesia is never used to describe a religious assembly. It is certainly never used to describe a building, an organization with property ownership or a hierarchy of offices/positions. In classical Greek, ekklesia simply means a political or social gathering of people. The translators could have used synagoge, the correct Greek word for a religious assembly. But they did not. So, then, why did the translators choose ekklesia to stand for "the church"? Could it possibly be that those controlling the translations were following another agenda - one of their own making?
An assembly of followers of YHVH is correctly called a qehelah. A common response when reading this information is to ask, "...OK, then where is there a congregation (assembly) that meets in my area?" This question, however, is posed through a filter of conventional culture by simply replacing terminology to describe the same thing when a paradigm shift in approach to scripture is required. The gathering of YHVH's people described in the Messianic Writings is no different from what is portrayed in the Tanakh. YHVH's "qehelah" began among individual tents of families at the base of Mount Sinai and continues that way today. Acts 2:46-47 says that after the Resurrection, believers in YHVH who embraced Yeshua as Messiah met "from house to house and daily in the temple". Believers in YHVH who embrace the Life exemplified by Yeshua in keeping the words of YHVH now are the temple (1Corinthians 3:16)) and Yeshua says wherever "two or three are gathered (assembled) in My Name, there am I in the midst of you" (Matthew 18:20, see What's In A Name?). Our thinking needs a change from terms which invoke images of brick and mortar structures where masses of people converge "to be taught" to, instead, engage ourselves in relationships with those the Father has placed before us - in the same Way Yeshua gave Himself to the twelve. The qehelah is not a place to go to - it is who you are. Yeshua's words in Matthew 11:28 are: "Come to Me…" - not "Go to church". The purpose for being a member of the Body of Messiah is to work in tandem with the Head of the Body in the restoration of the Kingdom of YHVH here on earth (Luke 4:43, Matthew 6:10). The Kingdom of YHVH is founded in individual relationships reflecting the image of YHVH (2Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 2:22). The first of those relationships is with the Father - you can not give what you do not live. He will teach you all you need to know about His Truth IF (big little word) you diligently seek after Him and obey His Voice - which has been His message from the beginning (1John 2:27, Jeremiah 29:13, John 14:17, Jeremiah 7:22-23).
|"Then YHVH formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Hebrew nephesh)" Genesis 2:7|
|...from the dust of the ground|
All Yuds believe in YHVH, even if they deny it. Why? Because it is in their blood - they can not help it (see how the Glory of YHVH is in their blood). They can corrupt that blood and forfeit their birthright in serving other gods as did Esau, but like the prodigal son of Luke 15:11-32 - they all know their way home when circumstance compels them. There is a clear distinction made in scripture between believing in the Only True Holy One of Isreal and believing Yeshua to be the promised Messiah of the Holy One. However, it should be noted that those Yuds who believe in YHVH are also looking for YHVH's Messiah - they just do not know His Name as yet. Those Yuds who believe in YHVH and have purified their heart according to YHVH's words are under His Canopy - they are still His Family. However, that does not negate personal responsibility for believing in the Name of Yeshua as the promised Messiah to Israel when they are eventually confronted with that revelation - and revelation can not be forced upon anyone. Presently though, as Sha'ul, (the apostle Paul) says in Romans 11, the Yuds have all been blinded by the Father for purpose; but, that all Israel WILL be saved when those blinders are removed. As noted in the previous article, most interpret those words to mean every single Yud on the planet who ever lived will be saved. However, in all of scripture, YHVH has never concerned Himself with masses of numbers. As seen in Mark 13:27 at the start of this article, there has always been and He always keeps a remnant of those who are set aside and holy given to Him (1Kings 19:14-18, Revelation 7, Luke 13:23-24).
In the article the Bride, attention is drawn to the responsibilities given to a husband found in Numbers 30:6-12. One of those responsibilities says that if the wife shall make a vow that is detrimental to her soul, the husband has the authority to nullify that vow. As the Body of the Groom, in participation with the Head, we have been granted the authority to nullify sin (Matthew 18:18-19). How is sin nullified? - the same way darkness is nullified by light. It is absorbed in love. The scriptural definition of love is found in 1John 3:16 - a voluntary obligation to another at cost to myself. This is the same way Yeshua forgave sin, by absorbing sin as though it were not there - never to be remembered anymore. The same way darkness is absorbed in Light (Micah 7:19, Psalm 103:11-12). As mentioned earlier, however, this forgiveness does not preclude personal responsibility nor is it indiscriminately applied - which is why Sha'ul says there are Jews by birth who are not Jews because they have given themselves to the gods of this world. They are not pure in heart. Those of the Bridegroom are responsible today for our brethren who are pure in heart but remain in darkness resulting from their vow of ignorance concerning Who He Is - because they are still part of YHVH's family (see what it means to Cultivate Virtue).
The "end of the world" is often associated with the coming appearance of the Messiah, the King of Israel. However, just as Yeshua showed us the fulfillment of Torah (not the destruction of it by abolishment), so YHVH's purpose is not the destruction of His Creation but the restoration of His Kingdom here on earth and that restoration is an ongoing process that will be completely fulfilled with the gathering of His Remnant at the marriage supper of the Lamb (see why the Atonement was necessary). The restoration of the Kingdom of YHVH will be made complete when the Land promised to Abraham is fulfilled - that is, made complete. The fullness of that mass of Land is pictured on the back of the smallest piece of Israeli currency, an agarot, and it is huge - from the Nile River in Egypt through a huge portion of Saudi Arabia, taking in Jordan, a huge swath of Iraq plus all of Lebanon and Syria.
the Land as depicted on Israeli currency
Ever since the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel were taken to Assyria in captivity, there has been much speculation concerning their disposition. However, scripture clearly speaks of the coming together of all Twelve Israelite Tribes forming one Jewish Nation after that captivity. The other two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, were later taken captive to Babylon, but eventually they returned to rebuild Jerusalem and re-establish their nation in the Land of Promise - along with their brethren from the other tribes (2Chronicles 15:9-12). Even before the Assyrians, after Jeroboam led the ten tribes away from Rehoboam to establish his Northern Kingdom there were many YHVH fearing Israelites within those ten tribes who decidedly chose to stay with Jerusalem (2Chronicles 11:13-16). Scripture records numerous accounts that most of the deported ten tribes, or their descendants, eventually came back to the Land of Promise and were all called Jews (taken from the name Judah) in the time of Yeshua haMaschiach. Such as the prophetess Anna (Hannah), Phanuel's daughter, of the tribe of Asher (Luke 2:36). Though most Jews cannot trace their lineage since the time the Temple was destroyed and all records burned, the Father still has a people who are called according to HIS purpose. HE knows those who are His and of what tribe they are from as recorded in the last book of scripture (Revelation 7:4). Although Dan and Ephraim are not shown in this numbering (deliberately for a specific reason), all the tribes are accounted for - the ten tribes were never "lost" at all. There will never be a complete recovering of every individual of every tribe - that is man's accounting. The Father has always kept a remnant set aside for Him containing representatives of each of the twelve tribes. Yeshua's reference to the lost sheep of Israel was not addressing any "lost tribes" but the separation of YHVH's People from the Kingdom of Echad lost by the first Hebrew, Adam, in the Garden and is a direct quote from Jeremiah 50:6. The research for this statement is found in the article Without to Within.
|...the pure in heart are invited|
Part One - the Gentile
Part Two - the Church
Part Three - the Bride
Part Four - Children of the Bridechamber
Part Five - the Covering
Part Six - the Land
|"Truly YHVH is good to Israel, to those who are of a pure heart." Psalm 73:1|
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