Lost GOMER and the Lost 10 tribes of Israel
GOMER as the lost, wandering whore hedged in by YHWH God
Like the other so called “Minor Prophets”; the book of Hosea cannot be interpreted correctly outside of the context of the “Two Houses of Israel” that Yahweh is dealing with and as He is addressing their status as “lost Ephraim.”
“Lost and whoring Gomer” is used by YHWH as a type and word picture of lost and whoring Ephraim. Ephraim is just another name for Israel, the Northern Kingdom that is lost today among the Goyim [Gentile] nations.
Having been a resident of this planet earth for nearly 80 years now, I have seen it all in American Churchianity. People ask me, “What is your theological/doctrinal position?” my answer is, “I have no position at all theologically, but my boss, Yeshua has one and my job is to implement His position in this world.”
Another big difference between this writing and others of its kind is the denomination of its author. I have none. The works of people are biased by their beliefs. Most people belonging to a denomination are biased, and they tend to change the Bible to suit their beliefs. As I am non-denominational, I change my beliefs to suit the Bible. So you can rest assured that when I try to convince you that the Bible says something, it really does say it.
I cannot overstress the importance of the book of Hosea in reference to the 10 lost tribes, Israel/Ephraim, residing in the pagan nations and within the modern church systems of today. The book of Hoshea is filled with what I call “laundry “ lists that contain two opposing views that YHWH God has of both the picture/type of “lost Gomer” the whore and her comparatives to lost “Ephraim” whoring among the Goyim nations. These lists remind me somewhat of the contrasting lists of Deuteronomy 28. I will try to organize these lists in this study so that you can understand them in the positive and in the negative context with which YHWH Elohim presents them to us in his own Holy and eternal words.
THIS ARTICLE HAS SEVERAL PURPOSES
1. Showing the trail of tears experienced by wayward Israel for over two millennia from Divorce to Restoration into Covenant Israel with Judah.
2. The prophetic Pathway only available through Yeshua and his TWO illustrative WITNESSES as the so called “beatitudes’” of Matthew 5 and the Woman at the Well story of John 4!
3. Exposing the missed mark of modern Christianity and the Messianic movement of late and that is:
The number one purpose of Yeshua as He ascended into Heaven was and is for us all to go and make Disciples of all nations. This is the SALVATION MESSAGE so ignored by modern believers who either teach Torah exclusively or delve into prosperity doctrines, bunny trails and gnostic teachings.
First Corinthians 2:1-9
“As for me, brothers, when I arrived among you, it was not with surpassing eloquence or wisdom that I came announcing to you the previously concealed truth about God; for I had decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Yeshua the Messiah, and even him only as someone who had been executed on a stake as a criminal. Also I myself was with you as somebody weak, nervous and shaking all over from fear; and neither the delivery nor the content of my message relied on compelling words of “wisdom” but on a demonstration of the power of the Spirit, so that your trust might not rest on human wisdom but on God’s power. Yet there is a wisdom that we are speaking to those who are mature enough for it. But it is not the wisdom of this world or of this world’s leaders, who are in the process of passing away. On the contrary, we are communicating a secret wisdom from God, which has been hidden until now but which, before history began, God had decreed would bring us glory. Not one of this world’s leaders has understood it because if they had, they would not have executed the Lord from whom this glory flows. But, as the Tanakh says,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” _Isaiah_52:15
Hosea has 14 chapters, which deal with one theme and that is how YHWH God, in his role as the creator of darkness and light; deals with wayward and whoring Israel both in his role as Eternal Judge and Eternal Husband. God’s marriage to Israel is eternal and from the beginning with Adam and Eve, the wife has been unfaithful to the marriage covenant in one way or another. Chavah (Eve) was a picture of covenant Israels unfaithful wife and Gomer was a picture also of covenant Israels unfaithful wife. Almost all of scripture deals with Israel as the unfaithful or divorced wife and then, the restored covenant wife of Yahweh. The book of Hebrews talks about this very thing and thus confirms the Tanakh drama in the book of Hosea and other scripture examples [ensamples].
“Who is Israel” is the key! “Lost and found” is the theme!
Isaiah 50 says:
Yahweh says: “Where is your mother’s divorce document which I gave her when I divorced her? Or: to which of my creditors did I sell you? You were sold because of your sins; because of your crimes was your mother divorced. Why was no one here when I came? Why, when I called, did nobody answer? Is my arm too short to redeem? Have I too little power to save? With my rebuke I dry up the sea; I turn rivers into desert, their fish rot for lack of water and they die of thirst; I dress the heavens in black to mourn and make their covering sackcloth.”
Yahweh Elohim has given me the ability to speak as a man well taught, so that I, with my words, know how to sustain the weary. Each morning he awakens my ear to hear like those who are taught. Yahweh Elohim has opened my ear, and I neither rebelled nor turned away.
My other Article References, some of which are on our website:
1. The Mount of reversal
2. The Two Houses of Israel
3. Blessings or curses
4. Creator of darkness and light
5. Eternal blessings and curses, Deuteronomy 28
6. The “Beatitudes”
7. The Pathway of Words
8. The Scriptural Hebraic roots of Christianity
THE WORD OF YAHWEH ELOHIM TO WAYWARD ISRAEL AND ITS LOST CHILDREN, EPHRAIM, GIVEN THROUGH HOSHEA, THE PROPHET OF YHWH
The three curses in Hoshea 1:
This is the word of Yahweh that came to Hoshea the son of Be’eri during the reigns of `Uzziah, Yotam, Achaz and Y’chizkiyah, kings of Y’hudah, and during the reign of Yarov’am the son of Yo’ash, king of Isra’el.
Yahweh’s opening words in speaking to Hoshea were to instruct Hoshea to do something really stupid and offensive in our eyes.
“Go, marry a whore [a pagan temple whore], and have children with this whore; for the land is engaged in flagrant whoring, whoring away from Yahweh [and into paganism].”
The kind of ancient paganism practiced by the many Arab Canaanite wives of Solomon, then the House of Judah and the House of Israel, which got them in trouble with Yahweh, is clear in scripture. It was the setting up of grove temples to worship the popular Moongod of prosperity, SIN, who the Muslims call by the name of Allah, whose symbol is the crescent moon of Islam. Temple prostitutes were a part of this moon cult. Moongod religion is present in Islam, Hinduism, Wicca, some “Christian” cults and many New Age religions today.
The Hebrew Bible uses two different words for prostitute, zonah (זנה) and kedeshah (or qedesha) (קדשה). The word zonah simply meant an ordinary prostitute or loose woman. But the word kedeshah literally means, “consecrated (feminine form)”, from the Semitic root q-d-sh (קדש) meaning “holy” or “set apart”.
Whatever the cultic significance of a kedeshah to a follower of the Canaanite religion, the Hebrew Bible makes it clear that cultic prostitution had no place in Israel. Thus Deuteronomy 23:18-19 in the Torah tells Israel:
“None of the daughters of Israel shall be a kedeshah, nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a kadesh. You shall not bring the hire of a prostitute (zonah) or the wages of a dog (kelev) into the house of the Lord your God to pay a vow, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.”
“Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity.”
Prostitution was closely linked to idolatry in pagan practice. It was often the case that pagan centers of worship included male and female prostitutes, whose services, it would seem, were designed to “enhance” the “worship” experience and to enrich the coffers of the pagan priests. Perhaps in pagan cultures a man who offered his daughter as a cult prostitute would be considered to be doing a good thing for the community—at least, the men might think so. But in Israel it was not to be so.
Transgression done in the name of any religion soon spreads transgression and depravity throughout the entire culture. Israel is our model.
“So he went and married Gomer [a pagan temple whore] the daughter of Divlayim [a dividing layman], and she conceived and bore him a son.
Yahweh said to him, “Call him Yizre’el, because in only a short time I will punish the house of Yehu for having shed blood at Yizre’el; I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Isra’el.
When that day comes, I will break the bow of Isra’el in the Yizre’el Valley.”
She conceived again and bore a daughter. Yahweh said to him, “Name her Lo-Ruchamah [unpitied], for I will no longer have pity on the house of Isra’el. By no means will I forgive them.
But I will pity the house of Y’hudah; I will save them not by bow, sword, battle, horses or cavalry, but by Yahweh their God.”
After weaning Lo-Ruchamah, she conceived and bore a son.
Yahweh said, “Name him Lo-`Ammi [not-my-people], because you are not my people, and I will not be your [God].”
The restoration Blessings
“Nevertheless, the people of Isra’el will number as many as the grains of sand by the sea, which cannot be measured or counted; so that the time will come when, instead of being told, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said to them, ‘You are the children of the living God.’ Then the people of Y’hudah and the people of Isra’el will be gathered together; they will appoint for themselves one leader; and they will go up out of the land; for that will be a great day, [the day] of Yizre’el.
The three curses are enclosed in the names of the children of the pagan temple prostitute, who is the wife of the Prophet, who himself is a type and shadow play of straying Israel by being unequally yoked with unbelievers. Hosea is under orders and instructions from Yahweh to stray from Torah by marrying a pagan temple whore, which seems to be a really weird solution on the face of the order, but Yahweh always has an underlying purpose that sometimes makes no sense to us up front. Verses 10-11 give us a clue if we look back on the eternal, and unconditional covenant promises that Yahweh made to Avraham in Genesis 12, 15 and 17-18. Man can stray from this but Yahweh cannot; therefore a way of “redemption” or reversal of the offense is always available to the side road taking child, family, and tribe or nation/ nations off YHWHs track.
Remember and consider this! If you consider yourself to be Israel or adopted Israel [Romans 9-11] and not a phony other and separate “church replacement covenant” [Jeremiah 31: 31-34 refutes that lie]; then you are Yahweh’s eternal wife! You already had your FIRST MARRIAGE SUPPER at the Passover Feast when you left Egypt for the journey into the Kingdom of YHWH God. The curses on Gomer, the whore and her three mixed children representing the inheritance of the wandering and unfaithful wife, Israel/Ephraim, are in Hoshea.
Then later, Yeshua did two things in the Gospels.
1. He set up the triple reversal of the Ephraim curses in Matthew 5 to be fulfilled in the Acharit Hayamim [end of days] and
2. He rehearsed and confirmed at the “last Seder [supper]”, as fulfilling the Passover victory Seder Feast [Exodus 12, Leviticus 23], but also, He prefigured and rehearsed His re-marriage Seder [Supper] of the Lamb [Revelation 19].
The MARRIAGE SEDER [SUPPER] OF THE LAMB in Revelation 19 is your celebration of the Final Covenant Re-Marriage with Yeshua at the end of days that has already rescued you through the shed blood of Yeshua, from the three curses of Hoshea’s children and Gomer’s [Israel’s] divorce that surely accompanies the curses given to Gomer/Israel/Ephraim! FREEDOM FOREVER!
Hoshea, Chapter 1, verses 1 through 11, is one of the most important judgment prophecies in the Bible that pertain to the future dealings in Yahweh God’s judgment for the TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL as Northern Israel and Southern Judah, up to and including the End of Days. One needs to, as a mature, trained Bible student, understand the many Hebrew word pictures and Hebrew idioms present in this passage, or an immature Bible student will veer off into bunny trails and Bubbe Mysehs [granny tales]. This prophecy has three applications in time.
1. The first and immediate application by Yahweh, and the initiating of the triple fulfillment of the three tiered prophecy where Hoshea was required by Yahweh to physically demonstrate in his own life, the three results of Yahweh’s word to the prophet in Yahweh’s own Hebrew personal names given to Hoshea’s children. This does not mean that the kids were bad per-se, but they were given the names of Yahweh’s triple judgment formulas.
2. The second application by Yahweh. The divorce and dispersion of the Northern Kingdom, the House of Israel throughout the Gentile, pagan nations in 722 BCE and the 70 year captivity of Judah in Babylon in 586 BCE and their Diaspora into the same Gentile, pagan nations in 70CE until 1948.
3. The third and final application by Yahweh. The End of Days judgment that will happen in the future Acharit Hayamim that was preceded by the Reversal of the three curses by Yeshua on the Mountain of Reversal [Roman Catholic mis-named as Be-attitudes].
Now we will look at the three curses individually.
Curse #1, called in English, Jezreel [Yizre’el], is the judgment name given to the firstborn son of the prophet. It is that Yahweh will remove the Northern kingdom; the 10 tribes, from the 12 tribes of Israel, which is accomplished by the heathen Assyrians victory over them and then Yahweh, will cause the pagans to scatter and disperse Israel/Ephraim across the entire earth. The HIDDEN PURPOSE of Yahweh is to spread the Gospel of Salvation by Yeshua/Jesus later after His resurrection from the dead, to all nations through the “Lost sheep of the HOUSE of Israel”!! Paul understood this as he looked for the same lost sheep among the Gentiles! Did he find them? OH, YES! The 7 Ecclesia [“churches”] in the large southwest Turkish province of Galatia and those great Bereans were some of the other lost sheep that are not of the pasture of Judah, and others of Ephraim that are scattered abroad. Yeshua said, “I have not been sent, but to the LOST SHEEP of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL”. Now we know who they are!!
Yizre-el (Strongs #H3157, TWOT #582) literally means, “El will scatter, and then El will sow”! This means that Yahweh will gather and collect the previously scattered seed of all of the tribes of Israel [Yizre’el] as a part of the restoration of all things happening in the Yom Yahweh [Day of Yahweh] at the end of days, the Acharit Hayamim.
Curse #2, Lo-Ruchamah, is that Yahweh will have no mercy or compassion toward the unfaithful Northern 10 tribes as He scatters them in all four directions. Lo-Ruchamah (Strongs #H3819) has the meaning that a people known as “no mercy” shall be taken away into exile for a scattered season, and then, by a greater MERCY, through Grace, to be restored to full Covenant relationship, this time as the Bride of the Lamb, Yeshua Ha Moshiach at the End of Days, the Acharit Hayamim.
Curse #3, Lo-Ammi, meaning that Yahweh God is to no longer recognize the 10 Northern tribes as His people (lo-ami) during the time of dispersion and assimilation into the pagan nations. Lo-Ami (Strongs #H3818) means “not my people”. This is essentially a “bill of divorcement” that is conditional and reversible upon future repentance, a recognition of who they are, and Yeshua’s Graceful sovereign Covenant restoration. Repentance is central to both Salvation and to the full restoration of all of Yisrael and her companions, which are now scattered and absorbed into the world religious church system until such a time as this when Yeshua opens their eyes that now see through a glass darkly.
The promises of the reversal of the curses upon rebellious Israel are also found in the Torah and the Tanakh and are eternal in scope and are set forth by Yahweh as Torah LAW and that not one jot or tittle of the Torah cannot ever be done away with according to Yeshua in Matthew 5:17-19. Yeshua applies these truths in the case of Israel’s 10 tribes that are to be forgiven and restored in the Matthew 5 Reversal Midrashim [discourse] given By Yeshua.
THE BREACH OF YHWHs COVENANT BY JEROBOAM LED THE SEPARATED NORTHERN 10 TRIBES INTO DEEP IDOLATRY. THE NORTHERN KINGDOM WENT INTO ASSYRIAN CAPTIVITY AND LOST THEIR YHWH GIVEN SOVEREIGNTY AS the KINGDOM of ISRAEL. THE FORMERLY UNITED ISRAEL SPLIT INTO TWO NATIONS/KINGDOMS; ONE VISIBLE IN MODERN JEWRY, AND THE OTHER INVISIBLE AS LOST ISRAEL/EPHRAIM. THE DIVISION OF COVENANT ISRAEL INTO TWO SEPARATE KINGDOMS CONTINUES TO THIS DAY AND THE LOST TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL AFTER 2,730+ YEARS ARE STILL OUT THERE, SOMEWHERE.
From this point on, until the end of this age, Israel would be a divided kingdom of two houses. One kingdom, the royal house of Judah is visible to the world and can still be seen. They still have their Hebrew language, Hebrew genealogy, Hebrew religion, and connection to their past in greater Israel. The other, the northern kingdom is hidden from view. They just disappeared into the fog. And how about the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel? Did they curse themselves? And if they did then will they find the grace they have sought? Will they to find redemption and restoration? Will lost Israel ever be found and re-unified into one Elect people?
This is one of the great mysteries of history. And most in Judah [the Jews] along with many in lost Israel have their reasons for not wanting to find out what has happened and not seeking the restoration of Covenant Israel, even today. They have a vested interest in the religious status quo, both in Judaism and in Christianity. Regrettably many are heavily devoted to their own religious tradition and to the support systems of this world. And in spite of rough treatment by the western political powers the Church and Jewish communities have nearly always ingratiated themselves to the dubious graces of the princes of Europe and America and to the dark angelic powers behind them that pull their strings. They think that this compromising 501c3 type of policy will always ensure security for themselves and their communities. But repeatedly they are proven wrong. Their faith in the powers of this world is misplaced. History shows this time and time again.
The northern ten tribes did an awful thing. They took it upon themselves to cut off the Jewish House of Judah. They cut themselves off from the royal throne of David, the seat of their very own national sovereignty. This would bring tragic consequences to them.
The ten tribes would go on to lose their sovereignty, their national roots, and their true identity.
“Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying:
‘What share have we in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, O Israel!
Now, see to your own house, O David!’
So Israel departed to their tents.” (1Kings 12:16 and 2Chronicles 10:16)
This was the great divorce of Israel, the awful ‘breach of Jeroboam’. King Solomon had died. The year was 922 B.C. And Israel was now divided into two houses. This is a situation, which continues to this day.
We have abundant Biblical poetic and prophetic evidence to show that God will heal the breach of Jeroboam and the Northern House of Israel. YHWH-God will find and restore His covenant people even as Hosea found and restored lost Gomer. He will regather and restore all Israel as a single Elect, a royal priesthood and a holy nation. (1Pet.2: 9) Israel will be a complete nation once again. All 12 tribes will be rejoined and restored in the latter days of this age.
And how will this happen? There will in fact be a great future restoration of both Houses. It will draw in the end time saints from both houses of Israel. We have not seen this yet. We have only seen faint little glimmers of the great Light that will eventually shine out to Israel in the latter days, the Acharit Hayamim. This great restoration will come even in a time of great darkness and a period of great apostasy. But the prophet Isaiah spoke about this, as did Joel and many others. (Isaiah 60, Joel 2:28-32) Finally, at the end of the story Isaiah said that
“The redeemed of the Lord shall return. And come with singing unto Zion”. (Isaiah 35)
The Apostle Paul concurred with Isaiah. He said, “All Israel will be saved”. (Romans 11) The Apostle James addressed his epistle to the entire 12-tribe company of God’s extended family. And the Apostle John saw the New Jerusalem, the glorious Holy City accessed by 12 gates representing the 12 tribes of Israel. He saw the Holy City, the Bride of the Lamb descending from heaven. (Rev. 21)
LOST ISRAEL’S WAYWARDNESS AND HER WANDERINGS AMONG THE NATIONS.
As we trace the history of Israel we see that after the split under Jeroboam the northern ten tribes entered into deeper and deeper idolatry. The separation of the ten tribes from the royal tribe of Judah led to a great spiritual decline. When the ten tribes rebelled from the royal house of Judah in the south they departed from the true worship of YHWH God. The venue for this worship, of course, had been in Jerusalem as the tribes went up to the Feasts three times a year. Jeroboam would have none of this. He handed them a substitute worship involving two golden calves, one way up in Dan and one way down in Beersheba. This would have awful consequences for the lost ten tribes. The early part of the saga would see them scattered into the heathen nations. There they would be lost to view.
And so like Gomer with Hosea, the ten tribes were drawn away from their true Husband. YHWH, the God of Jacob would be replaced with other lesser gods. Lost Israel wandered off into gross idolatry. The love they had for YHVH-God, the Holy One of Israel, faded away. And so they became spiritually lost.
As we shall see, it was not long after they became spiritually lost that they became politically lost as well. The Assyrians came into ascendancy and Israel soon lost its sovereignty as a people. The lost ten tribes of Israel was taken off captive to Assyria and then intermingled and scattered into the nations. Eventually, after many wanderings the lost House of Israel, lost the memory of their homeland. Unlike their brethren in the House of Judah, they were cut off from their roots. They never came home again.
The Holy Scriptures tells us that both houses of Israel ended up in abominable idolatry. And both companies of God’s covenant people went into captivity. The Assyrians led off the northern kingdom in 722 B.C. The southern kingdom lost their sovereignty to the Babylonians and went into exile in 586 B.C.
Only the southern kingdom returned to the land. Only the “Jewish” tribe of Judah, with Benjamin and many of the Levites with them, were able to re-establish sovereign presence in the land. They are there today.
LOST ISRAEL IS NOW MOSTLY IN THE WEST. SHE HAS BEEN OFFERED THE FULL GOSPEL OF GRACE AND RESTORATION BUT SHE IS STILL EMBRACING HER PAGAN WAYS AND SO SHE STILL SUFFERS FROM AMNESIA. SHE HAS YET TO FULLY REPENT AND FIND REDEMPTION AND RESTORATION.
LOST ISRAEL IS PROPHETICALLY FORSHADOWED AS GOMER.
GOMER’S WAYWARDNESS, HER WHORINGS AND HER WANDERINGS IN THE WILDERNESS OF RELIGION AMONG THE NATIONS. YAHWEH SAYS, “I SENT YOU MY MOSES AND YOU DID NOT BELIEVE HIM; I SENT YOU MY PROPHETS AND YOU DID NOT BELIEVE THEM; I SENT YOU MY SON AND YOU KILLED HIM! I SENT YOU GOMER THE WHORE AND I CURSED WAYWARD ISRAEL THROUGH HER AND HER CHILDREN.” THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE!
Hoshea 2 says: “Say to your brothers, ‘ `Ammi [My People]!’ and to your sisters, ‘Ruchamah [Pitied]!’ Rebuke your mother: rebuke her for she isn’t my wife, and I’m not her husband. She must remove her whoring from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts. Otherwise, I will strip her naked and place her as she was the day she was born, make her like a desert, place her like a dry land and kill her with thirst. I will have no pity on her children, for they are children of whoring — their mother prostituted herself, she who conceived them behaved shamelessly; she said, ‘I will pursue my lovers, who give me my food and water, wool, flax, olive oil and wine.’
Therefore, I will block her way with thorns and put up a hedge so she can’t find her paths. She will pursue her lovers but not catch them. She will seek them but won’t find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband; because things were better for me then than they are now.’
For she doesn’t know it was I who gave her the grain, the wine and the oil; I who increased her silver and gold, which they used for Ba’al. So I will take back my grain at harvest-time and my wine in its season; I will snatch away my wool and flax, given to cover her naked body.
Now I will uncover her shame, while her lovers watch; and no one will save her from me. I will end her happiness, her festivals, Rosh-Chodesh, and Shabbats, and all her designated times.
I will ravage her vines and fig trees, of which she says, ‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me.’ But I will turn them into a forest, and wild animals will eat them.
(Hoshea 2:13) I will punish her for offering incense on the feast days of the ba’alim, when she decked herself with her earrings and jewels, pursuing her lovers and forgetting me,” says Yahweh.
As we trace the life of Gomer in the history of Israel we see that after the split under Jeroboam her waywardness only got worse. The separation of the ten tribes from the royal tribe of Judah led into a great spiritual disconnect. When the ten tribes rebelled from the royal house of Judah in the south they departed from the true worship of YHWH-God. The venue for this worship, of course, had been in Jerusalem as the tribes went up to the Holy appointed Feasts of the Almighty three times a year. Jeroboam would have none of this. He handed them a substitute worship involving two golden calves, one way up in Dan and one way down in Beersheba. This would have awful consequences for the lost ten tribes. The early part of the saga would see them scattered into the heathen nations. There they would be lost to view.
And so like Gomer with Hosea, the ten tribes were drawn away from their true Husband. YHWH, the God of Jacob would be forgotten. Lost Israel would become children of lesser gods. Lost Israel, as Gomer departing from Hosea, wandered off into gross idolatry. The love they had for YHWH-God, the Holy One of Israel, faded away. And so they lost their fear of YHWH God and became spiritually lost. As we shall see, it was not long after the Lost Ten Tribes became spiritually lost in idolatry that they became politically lost as well. The Assyrians arose into ascendancy in Mesopotamia and Israel soon lost its sovereignty as a people. Lost Israel was taken off captive to Assyria and then deliberately and systematically scattered into the nations. Eventually, after many wanderings the northern 10 tribes, (the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel), lost the memory of their homeland.
The Tanakh (Old Testament) Scriptures tell the story. Both houses of Israel ended up in idolatry. And both companies of God’s covenant people went into captivity. The Assyrians led off the northern kingdom in 722 BC.
The “lost ten tribes” were carried off. In typical Assyrian fashion they were mixed in with other nations. The 10 tribes subsequently lost their true identity. The Assyrians transported foreigners to live in the land where the Northern ten tribes had once lived in their God given territory. The House of Israel never returned to the land in numbers sufficient to repopulate their national land or to re-establish sovereignty in Eretz Israel. As we read the awful prophetic judgment upon the northern kingdom in Hosea’s prophecy as represented by the names of the children of Hosea and Gomer we realize that under the Old Covenant the Northern tribes would suffer national disruption. They were scattered into the nations. YHVH-God had written them a bill of divorce. And like lost Gomer they had been cut off from the covenant.
Hoshea 3 says: Yahweh said to me, “Go once more, and show love to [this] wife [of yours] who has been loved by her boyfriend, to this adulteress — just as Yahweh loves the people of Isra’el, even though they turn to other gods and love the raisin cakes [offered to them].” For the people of Isra’el are going to be in seclusion for a long time [2730 years now] without a king, prince, sacrifice, standing-stone, ritual vest or household gods. Afterwards, the people of Isra’el will repent and seek Yahweh their God and David their king; they will come trembling to Yahweh and his goodness in the Acharit Hayamim.
Hoshea 4 says: Hear the word of Yahweh, people of Isra’el! For Yahweh has a grievance against the inhabitants of the land: there is no truth, no faithful love or knowledge of God in the land; only swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery! They break all bounds, with one blood crime following another.
Therefore the land mourns, and everyone living there languishes, wild animals too, and the birds in the air; even the fish in the sea are removed.
But no one should quarrel or rebuke, because your people are having to quarrel with the Cohen.
Therefore you will stumble by day, and the prophet will stumble with you at night. “I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed for want of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as Cohen for me. Because you forgot the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children.
The more they increased in number, the more they sinned against me. I will change their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people and are greedy for their crimes.
But the Cohen will fare no better than the people; I will punish him for his ways and pay him back for his deeds.
They will eat but not have enough and consort with whores but have no children, because they stopped listening to Yahweh.
Whoring and wine, both old and new, take away my people’s wits.
My people consult their piece of wood, their diviner’s wand speaks to them; for the spirit of whoring makes them err, they go off whoring, deserting their God.
They sacrifice on the mountain peaks and offer incense on the hills under oaks, poplars and pistachio trees; because they give good shade. Therefore your daughters behave like whores, and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
I won’t punish your daughters when they act like whores, or your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery; because the men are themselves going off with whores and sacrificing with prostitutes. Yes, a people without understanding will come to ruin.”
If you, Isra’el, prostitute yourself, still Y’hudah has no need to incur such guilt. Don’t go to Gilgal or up to Beit-Aven, and don’t swear, “As Yahweh lives.”
For Isra’el is stubborn as a stubborn cow, will Yahweh now feed them like a lamb in a big pasture?
Efrayim is joined to idols; let him alone!
When they finish carousing, they start their whoring; their rulers deeply love dishonor.
The wind will carry them off in its wings and their sacrifices bring them nothing but shame.
PARTY WITH THE PAGANS
It seems that Lost Israel was predominantly a pagan party as they wandered west. They were disconnected from their God, no longer celebrating the 7 Feasts of Yahweh given to Israel and no longer seeing the Holy City or being ministered to by the Levitical priesthood. They no longer remembered their Hebrew roots. The pagan female deity worship of the Queen of heaven and the Moongodess is still apparent even in the so-called “Christian Era” of the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages and today’s New World Order Dark Age. We are now learning that a significant number of these legends stowed away inside our culture are actually based upon historical fact. These are the half-forgotten memories and a culture of vaguely remembered, even the stories of ‘Lost Israel”. These storylines lie buried in our ancient Celtic, Gaelic and Gaullist subculture.
Idolatrous Israel then, (as the West is now), was steeped in gnostic paganism. God was “up there” in His heaven, and not down here in this evil place with men and women of clay. Israel as a lost nation never has yet really come to know her true Beloved in any personal sort of a way. But this will surely happen, in times to come. Why all this tragedy? And why are the nations raging more and more and wars becoming more and more destructive? What is the root cause, the essential rebellion going on that is causing us all this grief?
There is an answer, and an explanation for the great dangers we are now facing.
THE LOST TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL DRIFTED WEST.
THERE IN THE NEW RELIGION OF WESTERN ROMAN CATHOLIC BASED CHRISTENDOM THEY ARE STILL LOST.
IN THEIR SELFISM AND IN THEIR PAGANISM, THEY CAUSED THEIR OWN AMNESIA.
THEIR IDOLATRY AND GREENMAN RELIGION WITH GOVERNMENT SPONSORED WITCHCRAFT STILL BIND THEM.
THEY DO NOT REMEMBER THEIR GOD, YAHWEH, OR WHO THEY ARE.
THEY AWAIT IN IGNORANCE, THE PROMISED MAGNIFICENT REDEMPTION AND RESTORATION.
Here we see the spiritual and moral misbehavior of lost Israel. We see the worship of the female deity Gaia, the Green goddess of the green religion today. Ashteroth was the goddess worshiped in Egypt, Assyria, Israel and in Babylon. It was because of this evil practice that YHWH-God allowed the enemies to come. Both houses of Israel were conquered and taken off into captivity.
The house in the Southern Kingdom of Judah learned their lesson temporarily. And the royal house of Judah returned to idolatry soon enough in modern Talmudic Judaism. But in the westward migrations of a group of people who came to be called, (by others), the Celts, we still see the pagan worship of female deities. In fact we still see it, somewhat cloaked and underground, but still present in our present culture and in the feminist led politics of the left.
Only Judah, the southern Jewish kingdom, the Kingdom of Judah, returned home to the land of Israel in numbers sufficient to re-establish any sovereignty in 1948 for the returning exiles. The reason for this was so that the Torah and Tanakh would be the only scriptures present in the land when Yeshua appeared at His first advent and will also be present at His second advent that is soon to come. Remember the road to Emmaus? “Beginning with Moses and all of the Prophets, He began to tell…”
So what became of the Northern Kingdom? Whatever happened to the lost ten tribes? Will they be restored? And shall we see all 12 tribes of the nation of Israel re-emerge as a single sovereign nation again? Shall we see the “royal priesthood and the holy nation” of which Moses and our Apostle Peter both spoke? (Exodus 19:6 & 1Pet. 2:9)
So the lost 10 tribes will eventually be found.
Jesus/Yeshua declared that:
“I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Mat.15: 24)
If they were lost in the Old Covenant 2700 years ago, then is the situation completely hopeless for them?
Are the lost sheep of the House of Israel to remain lost and cut off forever?
Apparently not. From what we read in the scriptures it would appear that there is still hope. Because the grace the ten tribes went looking for and failed to get from Rehoboam in the matter of taxes and servitude in Judah is now available through Yeshua the Messiah. This grace now comes to them from another newer and better covenant as Jeremiah 31 states. It is from the same Source in YHVH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But this grace is available to them in this New Covenant. And this is precisely what Jeremiah spoke of in Jeremiah 31:31-36.
(Jer 31:31) “Here, the days are coming,” says Yahweh, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Yahweh.
“For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Yahweh: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know Yahweh’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.”
This is what Yahweh says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar — Yahweh-Tzva’ot is his name:
(Jer 31:36) “If these Torah laws leave my presence,” says Yahweh, “then the offspring of Isra’el will stop being a nation in my presence forever.”
The national salvation will be seen again as the returning Messiah does His work of deliverance at the end of the age.
The story of the covenant people of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is truly a magnificent story of redemption and salvation. The lost ten tribes will not end up in a lost oblivion. Their restoration will turn out to be a ‘wonder’, a word in Hebrew, which means, “Surprise!” The story of the lost tribes of Israel will re-emerge after a passage through over 2700 years of history. These great hidden secrets are yet to unfold. And God’s great mysteries will be unveiled in the Apocalypse at the end of this age.
National Israel’s history has been heating up in recent years, as we well know. And the Light of Israel is going out to the nations and even to the ends of the earth. The history of God’s covenant Congregation for this era has not yet come to its grand and glorious conclusion. The fulfillment of Holy history is still up ahead. The crucible of the end time will see the refining and the regathering of both houses of Israel. This will surely come to pass at the consummation of this age.
Does Judah escape the same or similar fate as Ephraim/Israel?
Watch what YHWH says in warning Judah through Isaiah:
Isaiah 3 says: For see! The Lord, Yahweh-Tzva’ot, will remove from Yerushalayim and Y’hudah every kind of support — all reserves of food and water; heroes and warriors, judges and prophets, diviners and leaders, captains of fifty, men of rank and advisers, skillful magicians and expert enchanters.
I will put children in authority; capriciousness will govern them.
People will oppress each other — everyone his friend, everyone his neighbor. The young will be insolent toward their elders, the insignificant arrogant toward the respected. A man will take hold of his brother in his father’s house and say, “You have a coat, so rule us! Take charge of this ruin!” But on that day, he will protest, “I don’t have a remedy, I lack food and clothing for my own house; don’t put me in charge of people!” For, Yerushalayim is ruined, and Y’hudah has fallen, because their words and deeds defy Yahweh, in open provocation of his glory.
Their very look witnesses against them! They parade their sin, like S’dom; they don’t even try to hide it — all the worse for them! — They bring evil on themselves. Say that it will go well with the righteous, that they will enjoy the fruit of their actions; but woe to the wicked, it will go badly with him; for what he has done will be done to him. My people — children oppress them, and women are ruling over them. My people! Your guides lead you astray and obliterate the paths you should follow. Yahweh rises to accuse, he stands to judge the peoples.
Yahweh presents the indictment against the leaders and officers of his people: “It is you who devour the vineyard; in your houses is plunder taken from the poor.
What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding down the faces of the poor?” says Yahweh Elohim-Tzva’ot. Moreover Yahweh says: “Because Tziyon’s women are so proud, walking with their heads in the air and throwing seductive glances, moving with mincing steps and jingling their anklets — Yahweh will strike the crown of the heads of Tziyon’s women with sores, and Yahweh will expose their private parts.” On that day Yahweh will take away their finery — their anklets, medallions and crescents, their pendants, bracelets and veils; their headbands, armlets, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets, rings and nose-jewels; their fine dresses, wraps, shawls, handbags, gauze scarves, linen underclothes, turbans and capes. Then, there will be instead of perfume, a stench; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of well-set hair, a shaved scalp; instead of a rich robe, a sackcloth skirt; and a slave-brand instead of beauty. Your men will fall by the sword and your warriors in battle. Her gates will lament and mourn; ravaged, she will sit on the ground.
The case has been presented and confirmed by scripture that YHWH God’s chosen people are eternally the 12 tribes of ISRAEL and their adopted companions and is not a replacement church. The Almighty says throughout the Bible that this is the case by Him and for Him. No twisted theologian can change that fact.
I want to take a moment and show some of the familiar verses in Hosea that are jerked out of the scriptures by Christian theologians and turned into numbered soundbites by Pastors and then used to create church “granny tales” [Bubbe Mysehs] that are fed to brainwashed pew puppies. This is replacement theology at work destroying biblical truth and replacing it with inherited lies.
1. “The Hosea Hedge
(Hoshea 2:6) Therefore, I will block her way with thorns and put up a hedge so she can’t find her paths.
This is speaking of Gomer and lost Israel.
(Hoshea 2:7) She will pursue her lovers but not catch them. She will seek them but won’t find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband; because things were better for me then than they are now.’
Gomer/Israel searches for relief where there is no relief.
“The Hosea hedge” is lifted out of its intended place in scripture to then become a “mantra” for different denominational churches to build a doctrine on that is extra biblical. Church members that presume to control the actions of someone that is considered to be “backslidden” from the particular church body, use this. It does not matter what the person has determined for him/her self to either leave the group but is considered guilty of questioning church doctrine. There is an up front assumption of guilt to make this mantra work in the first place. Prayer meetings are formed for the purpose of “declaring” that the “in group” is “constructing” the “Hosea hedge” around the offender in order to bring them back into the “FOLD” of the group. This practice is easily construed to be “Christian Witchcraft” because it has nothing to do with the context or content of the now disconnected verses. The disconnected root is that, “we are not Israel” which is the key to all of heresy in the churches.
2. (Hoshea 4:6) My people [Israel] are destroyed for want of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as Cohen for me. Because you forgot the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children.
Second witness and confirmation
(Mat 13:13) Here is why I speak to them in parables: they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.
(Mat 13:14) That is, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Yesha’yahu which says, ‘you will keep on hearing but never understand, and keep on seeing but never perceive,
(Mat 13:15) because the heart of this people has become dull — with their ears they barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, so as not to see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and do teshuvah, so that I could heal them.’
3. (Hoshea 6:6) For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
(Hoshea 6:7) “But they, just like men, have broken the covenant, they have been faithless in dealing with me.
Churches use verse 6 a lot but fail to include verse 7 about breaking the Covenant that YHWH God made with Israel. They fail to acknowledge that the Covenant with Israel spoken of here is eternal and replace it with another non-scriptural replacement covenant of their own making that denies the Torah Law of God, the Father.
(Hoshea 8:11) For Efrayim keeps building altars for sin, yes, altars are sinful for him.
(Hoshea 8:12) I write him so many things from my Torah, yet he considers them foreign.
There are more, but these 3 are sufficient to get the point.
Next, beginning with chapters 5 through 14 of Hoshea, Yahweh admonishes and judges both Israel and Judah, but the bulk of his rebukes are reserved for backsliding and lost Israel. There is always an underlying theme of the restoration of both houses into the original covenant relationship with the Almighty. The so-called “New Testament” carries forward the same relational shadow play to its logical and inevitable conclusion as, “All Israel SHALL [legal imperative] be restored.”
Get out your Bibles and read these chapters correctly with scriptural discernment and you will expand your knowledge and be blessed thereby. Remember, bible fans; Israel is Israel.
The “BE-ATTITUDES” or “REVERSING THE CURSES?”
THE MOUNTAIN OF REVERSAL
The BE “ATITUDES” – NOT!
The TRUTH about what YESHUA Really said in those “9 Blessings”.
A Scriptural study on the Mount of Reversal
In introducing this study on the “Beatitudes”, we must first assume a theological base for our remarks, supported of course, by Scripture, which, in turn, is anointed by the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).
- The word “beatitudes” is a coined Latin word not found in any of the original documents, scrolls or scriptures and means the same as “Beatification”, such as the Roman Catholic process of creating a saint by the pope; the word being added by the rewritings of the Roman Catholic Church and carried forward by her wayward daughter, Protestantism. The word as a title (preamble) describing the first 12 verses of the “Sermon on the Mount” then developed a life of its own; creating a story based on carefully crafted lies; which has since been codified by Protestant Pastors into a Centuries old “story” based upon Latin fables. This information is based upon Websters Dictionary, c. 1948 edition and the KJV Bible, 1611 edition; which text was taken mostly from the patched up Greek based Textus Receptus and the Latin Vulgate Bible.
- The “Sermon on the Mount” is a classic Hebrew Midrash/ drash (discourse); the 1st one of 5 in Matthew’s gospel, which was given by Rabbi Yeshua/ Jesus using the Hebrew language and was given to a Hebrew (Jewish) audience on the Mount of Reversal, using Hebrew idioms and Jewish word pictures as was normal in those days.
- Greek was not the lingua franca of Israel in those days. Greece was simply another backwater Roman Province; of little consequence to its Roman rulers, except for produce and taxes. At the time of Yeshua, the common language of His area was Aramaic; a bridge language between Hebrew and Arabic as it is today. 26 copies of the “New Testament” in Hebrew, predating the Greek translation exists today in Europe, Russian and Middle Eastern Libraries, Universities and Museums. This fact is deliberately hidden from the Western Churches. The Shem Tov 15th Century Hebrew Matthew exists today. Western “scholars” denigrate it as it blows their skewed theology. Most of the ancient “Church fathers” state that the Gospels were first written in Hebrew, a language created to worship the Holy God of Israel, YAHWEH; then translated into Greek, a simplified Pagan language; created to worship the solar gods on Olympus.
- I use the original Hebrew names, place names and descriptives as much as Scripturally possible; followed by the English or Latin equivalent, so that those who use the many modern Latin and Greek based Bibles may easily understand that the Hebrew word used is familiar to them.
- The two houses of Israel, Judah, the Southern Kingdom and Israel, the Northern Kingdom, as described in both Testaments, must be understood historically and Scripturally, in order to rightly divide the “Word of Truth” in the Bible and to understand what Yeshua was saying to us in His Midrash English: Discourse) on the Mountain of Reversal. This subject will be explored in depth as we study the Scriptures together.
There were 3 curses pronounced upon Israel through Hoshea’s 3 children.
Yeshua REVERSED these curses 3 times for each one as He opens His first Midrash on the mountain of Reversal. The reversals directly connect and nullify the curses and open the door to the forgiveness and the restoration of the House of Israel to Covenant status!
MATTHEW 5:1 Seeing the crowds, Yeshua walked up the hill. After he sat down, his talmidim came to him, 2 and he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
3 “How blessed are the poor in spirit for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 “How blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.
5 “How blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Land!
6 “How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.
7 “How blessed are those who show mercy for they will be shown mercy.
8 “How blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
9 “How blessed are those who make peace for they will be called sons of God.
10 “How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me! 12 Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.
In closing the reversal of the curses of Hosea’s 3 children, Yeshua referenced the Eternal Covenant of SALT made by YHWH with Israel. See my teaching on the Eternal Covenant of Salt.
13 “You are salt for the Land. But if salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on.
Here is the pattern Yeshua chose to speak:
REVERSAL #1: in Matthews’s gospel, Yahshua REVERSES the loss of the Kingdom of Heaven to the lost sheep of Israel, Yizre-El, and their companions. This is accomplished in the 1st “blessing” seen in verse 3 and affirmed in verse 10 and 12 and Luke 6: 20.
REVERSAL #2: Yahshua REVERSES the curse of Lo-Ruchamah, no comfort/ no mercy to the daughters of Israel and their companions. This is accomplished in the 2nd “blessing” seen in verse 4 and affirmed in verses 6, 7 and 11 and Luke 6: 21.
REVERSAL #3: Yahshua REVERSES the curse of being Lo-Ami, “not My people” to being Ami, the children of Yahweh who know Him and His NAME. This is accomplished in verse 5 and affirmed in verses 7, 8 and 9 and Luke 6: 22-23.
Only the BRIDEGROOM can bless and restore the straying BRIDE!
THE WOMAN AT THE WELL, ANOTHER WITNESS and PATTERN
John 4: 5-41, a perfect picture TYPE of ISRAEL in a straying Woman
“He came to a town in Shomron called Sh’khem, near the field Ya‘akov had given to his son Yosef. Ya‘akov’s Well was there; so Yeshua, exhausted from his travel, sat down by the well; it was about noon. A woman from Shomron came to draw some water; and Yeshua said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” (His talmidim had gone into town to buy food.) The woman from Shomron said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for water from me, a woman of Shomron?” (For Jews don’t associate with people from Shomron.) Yeshua answered her, “If you knew God’s gift, that is, who it is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink of water,’ then you would have asked him; and he would have given you living water.”
She said to him, “Sir, you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep; so where do you get this ‘living water’? You aren’t greater than our father Ya‘akov, are you? He gave us this well and drank from it, and so did his sons and his cattle.” Yeshua answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again! On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!”
“Sir, give me this water,” the woman said to him, “so that I won’t have to be thirsty and keep coming here to draw water.” He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” She answered, “I don’t have a husband.” Yeshua said to her, “You’re right, you don’t have a husband! You’ve had five husbands in the past, and you’re not married to the man you’re living with now! You’ve spoken the truth!”
“Sir, I can see that you are a prophet,” the woman replied. “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain (Gerizim and Eival), but you people say that the place where one has to worship is in Yerushalayim.” Yeshua said, “Lady, believe me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Yerushalayim. You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews. But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him. God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.” The woman replied, “I know that Mashiach is coming” (that is, “the one who has been anointed”). “When he comes, he will tell us everything.” Yeshua said to her, “I, the person speaking to you, am he.”
Just then, his talmidim arrived. They were amazed that he was talking with a woman; but none of them said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water-jar, went back to the town and said to the people there, “Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could it be that this is the Messiah?” They left the town and began coming toward him.
Meanwhile, the talmidim were urging Yeshua, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he answered, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” At this, the talmidim asked one another, “Could someone have brought him food?” Yeshua said to them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants and to bring his work to completion. Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’? Well, what I say to you is: open your eyes and look at the fields! They’re already ripe for harvest! The one who reaps receives his wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the reaper and the sower may be glad together — for in this matter, the proverb, ‘One sows and another reaps,’ holds true. I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have done the hard labor, and you have benefited from their work.”
Many people from that town in Shomron put their trust in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all the things I did.” So when these people from Shomron came to him, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed two days, and many more came to trust because of what he said. They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
In the mouths of two or more WITNESSES every FACT is CONFIRMED!
In closing, Yeshua says this to you in Matthew 13. I am repeating myself, but that is OK:
Then the talmidim came and asked Yeshua, “Why are you speaking to them in Midrashic ‘parables’?” He answered, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it has not been given to them. For anyone who has something will be given more, so that he will have plenty; but from anyone who has nothing, even what he does have will be taken away. Here is why I speak to them in parables: they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding. That is, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Yesha’yahu which says, ‘you will keep on hearing but never understand, and keep on seeing but never perceive, because the heart of this people has become dull — with their ears they barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, so as not to see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and do t’shuvah, so that I could heal them.’ But you, how blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear! Yes indeed! I tell you that many a prophet and many a tzaddik longed to see the things you are seeing but did not see them, and to hear the things you are hearing but did not hear them.
Walking on the road to Emmaus with Israel, its own two witnesses,
Because of Yeshua,
Rabbi James and Erlene Talbott, Yeshua HaTikvah Yisrael ministries