Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Two States Solution

In the past few decades the world body of nations has been in an uproar over the ‘most serious’ issue that has ever faced the modern world, it is known as “the Arab Israeli conflict.”  What is that conflict and what has been the suggested solution?  We all know that it has to do with “two states living securely side by side - a Palestinian State and an Israeli/Jewish State.”   It seems that the international body of nations feels that if it could only solve this one problem, peace would descend upon their world. 

Well, I think they are right, and so does the Almighty One of Israel.  The only difference is that in this drama one of the players has been replaced.  The “two states” that YHVH is desiring to put together and make into one, are the state of Southern Israel (the house of Judah) and the state of Northern Israel (the house of Joseph/Ephraim).  This is His two state solution, and this is the only union that will bring His peace to this “major conflict if not to the world.”  

For the past one hundred years the Almighty has been gathering the people of the Southern Nation of Judah, resulting in a Jewish state (est. 1948) which has its place among the nations of the world. This has been in accordance with the prophecy of Zechariah, who predicted that “… YHVH of the Armies will visit His flock, the house of Judah, and will make them as His royal horse in the battle” (Zechariah 10:3).  I don’t think that any would dispute that ‘Southern Israel’ has a military next to none here in the Middle East.  But what about Northern Israel?  Who are its nationals?  Where are they?  Are they a people, and do they even know who they are? With Judah occupying its own (present) territory, when the time comes for the return of the other house, which territory will the latter occupy? For a (partial) answer see Zechariah 10:10. Elohim declares emphatically through the mouth of His prophet: "Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; and the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of YHVH” (Jeremiah 8:7).  

The judgment of YHVH is clearly seen in the Torah of Moses:  "Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where YHVH your Elohim drives you, and you return to YHVH your Elohim and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that YHVH your Elohim will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where YHVH your Elohim has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there YHVH your Elohim will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then YHVH your Elohim will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.  And YHVH your Elohim will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:1-6).

Driven nadach, meaning: to impel, thrust, drive away, banish, outcast.

Scattered poots, meaning: to scatter, be dispersed (like a seed).  

These two words, respectively, are typically descriptive of the prophetic destiny of both “Israels,” as seen in Isaiah 11: “He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts/rejected [from the same root as “nadach”] of Israel, and gather together the dispersed [“naphats” - to break in pieces] of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12). Certainly Judah has been a scattered and broken people throughout history, not least when YHVH tore the northern kingdom off of them (see 1Kings:11:30-31). This is still very grievous to the soul of Judah.

The above Isaiah scripture states that YHVH will lift a banner, or an ensign (‘end sign’), a banner that is seen in the hand of the prophet Ezekiel (37:16).  That description depicts two olive trees/sticks (“etzim”) that are being lifted by the “son of man,” the prophet, and are being held in front of the sons of his peoples, until they ask:   “Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?" (Ezekiel 37:18).  In a way we also lifted that ensign before the people of Judah, when over a 100 of us marched through the streets during the Succot 2014 Parade, with the declaration of “United 2 Restore.”

Before Succot we had already announced plans to have an Ephraimite/Northern Israel National Congress, and in the wake of the march it seems that the momentum should not be lost.  The fast moving world events and more so the YHVH’s Spirit’s stirring point to the need for the people of Am Israel (Northern Kingdom) to begin to define themselves as a ‘national entity,’ a single “AM/people” in spite of the current dispersion. Such a move will enable B’ney Yosef to deepen and extend the groundwork for their eventual return. We know without a shadow of a doubt that Abba will not allow Israel/Ephraim to return in the same heart condition that characterized them before their banishment. Thus, the success of any kind of practical undertaking will depend on the depth of the heart transformation and true repentance (the proverbial black, blue and yellow marks on one’s smitten thigh):  " I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself: 'You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained bull; Restore me, and I will return, for You are YHVH my Elohim.  Surely, after my turning, I repented; And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh; I was ashamed, yes, even humiliated, because I bore the reproach of my youth'” (Jeremiah 31:18-19).

At the moment we are working on the details of the Congress and agenda and are hoping to send it out to those who have a sincere interest.

This event, Yah willing, will take place in the Eshel HaShomron Hotel in Ariel, from the 25th through the 27th of May (immediately after Shavuot which is on the 24th. We are hoping that most will be able to be there from Friday 22nd so as to enable us to fellowship and bond during the Shabbat and the Feast).  We are proposing that organizations, communities, home groups, congregations, etc. which identify with the message presented above, will send delegates to this historic Zionist Congress.

If you are interested in coming or supporting this effort, please write us. For obvious reasons, the congress will not focus on theology, but will be based on Deuteronomy 30:1-6; Exodus 20:1-6; and 1John 1:1.  The prayer Psalm for the Congress is Psalm 80.    

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