10-Israel need to realize their historic short comings and how to rectify it
Although the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel (also referred to as: 10-Israel, Ephraim, Yoseph, House of Israel, etc.) have come a long way on their homeward journey, an honest and practical assessment of the evidence demonstrates that they have not yet fully returned in accordance with the words of the Prophets in the Bible (Tanach).
Key Action Points
To help 10-Israel continue and further their prophetic return, the Kol HaTor Vision presents key action points for their consideration. This list is not a typical “Statement of Beliefs“. Rather, it is more of a “Statement for Action“. We list them to help Returnees come to grips with just how far they have wandered away from their original Divine Heritage, and therefore, just how far they must journey back to return to it. They also show just how far the belief-system that 10-Israel in exile inherited as vain tradition from their fathers, is divorced from the truths of Scripture. These points are not listed in any particular order of importance.
→ 10 Tribers in process of Return to their Hebrew Roots, have distanced themselves away from the Church. Though they are at various stages of returning to the Jewish Faith, most are generally still believers in the purported Messiah proclaimed by the “New Testament” which they still follow in addition to the Tanach. These Returnees have to realize that proselytizing or missionizing of Jews is contrary to the Will of HaShem. “Salvation is of the Jews“, according to their Apostolic Writings (also referred to as ‘The New Testament’) (Yochanan/John 4:22).
→ The Apostolic Writings affirm that the Scribes and Pharisees, i.e. the Orthodox Rabbis, “sit in the Seat of Moses” and that their teachings on Halachah, i.e. Jewish Law, should be followed and practiced (Mattityahu/Matthew 23:1-3).
→ The Ten Tribes must literally, i.e. physically and practically, join and be grafted into the existing Israelite ‘Olive Tree’. Contrary to popular misconception, this Olive Tree does not represent Christianity or even those involved in a separate “Messianic” movement who call themselves “Ten Tribers”, “Ephraimites”, or “Israelites”, etc. but rather the historical Jewish people (Romans 11:24). Neither Yechezqel (Ezekiel) of the Tanach, nor Sha’ul (Paul) of the New Testament, referred to any spiritual joining or grafting apart from a literal, physical one (Yechezqel/ Ezekiel 37:15-28 and Romans 11:16b-27).
→ The orthodox Jewish apostles of the early Notzrim congregation who lived and worked in Jerusalem 2000 years ago decreed that returning Ten Tribers should go to the orthodox synagogues to hear and learn Moses, i.e. to hear and learn all of Torah (Ma’aseh/Acts 15:13-21).
→ The Apostolic Writings demonstrate the importance of the traditions and customs of the Jewish people for those of 10-Israel who are returning to Hashem from among the nations.
→ The Torah is the legitimate culture for the people of Israel. Historically, this has been the culture that the Jewish people have preserved for centuries. There is no legitimate alternative since “Ephraim” has no historic Torah culture. Current attempts, no matter how well-meaning and seemingly honourable, by organizations, associations, and individuals to recreate an “authentic” Torah culture while avoiding or circumventing the traditional Jewish culture of Torah as expounded by and as lived by the Jewish people (including the early Notzrim congregation in Jerusalem) for 3000 years, is simply more “Ten Triber” arrogance and/or ignorance.
→ Contrary to most English language translations, the Apostolic Writings do not sanction the establishment of a Church, or for that matter, any separate religious or corporate institution apart from the Jewish faith which was dominant amongst the Notzrim of the time.
→ Christianity and all forms of replacement or separation theology (even as they may remain cloaked within the “Messianic” movement) are contrary to Scripture. Moreover, they function within, and underpin a framework of anti-Semitism. Not surprisingly, various forms of anti-Semitism still exist among re-awakening Ten Tribers. All of it will need to be uprooted for the reunited 12-Tribed Kingdom of Israel to be established. Refusing to acknowledge the authority of the Orthodox Rabbis, after being shown their legitimate authority from Scripture, reveals a deep-seated and pernicious form of anti-Semitism.
→ Without the writings of Sha’ul in the Apostolic Writings and the numerous misunderstandings that go along with them, Christianity and much of the “Messianic” world have little justification for their beliefs and practices. For example, Sha’ul did not teach against the validity of the Torah (Written and Oral), nor did he teach against the importance of the physical sign of circumcision for those who are subject to the Covenant at Sinai or for those who willing join themselves to it, nor did he teach against the importance for men to wear head coverings during prayer.
→ One of Judah’s important roles today is to serve as the appointed Lawgiver (Mechoqeck) in Israel (Bereshit/Genesis 49:10, Tehillim/Psalms 60:7, 108:8). This chief office of religious and civil authority in Israel was delegated to the Rabbis by HaShem. Those from the Ten Tribes who are returning to Torah must therefore become subject to their authority. These authorities were ordained and appointed by HaShem, and resisting such authorities is equal to resisting His will (Romans 13:1-7).
→ The “Shema” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21 and Bemidbar/Numbers 15:37-41) is of central, not peripheral, importance for returning Ten Tribers.
→ There is one true G-d only – the G-d of Israel (Deut. 6:4). This is also confirmed in the Apostolic Writings (a.k.a The New Testament). Hashem is one, not two, and certainly not three (cp. Yochanan/John 10:30).
→ Two main schools of Pharisees (Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai) existed in the waning years of the second Temple. Generally, the Nazarene’s criticisms as presented in the New Testament, were directed only at Beit Shammai.
→ The Oral Torah is a valid component of Torah. In part, it explains how to keep the Commandments (Mitzvot) and is itself referred to in and supported by the Written Torah (cp. Devarim/ Deuteronomy 17:8-13).
→ The Hebrew Scriptures (Law, Prophets, and Writings) and the Apostolic Writings (Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Letters, and Revelation) cannot be understood correctly without an in-depth working knowledge of the Oral Torah.
→ The Ten Tribes, known as the “foolish nation” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:21 and Romans 11:11) have a prophetic role to provoke Judah to jealousy. Christianity has never accomplished this task, nor will it ever accomplish it. Only by faithfully observing the Torah and subjecting themselves to Rabbinic guidance in Torah, can they ever hope to provoke Jews with this prophetic jealousy.
→ Hebrew is the set-apart language of the Torah. Therefore, it should be learned to the best of one’s ability for prayer, worship, and praise (Tzephanyah/Zephaniah 3:9). Doing so will equip the people of HaShem to serve Him in unity with purity and truth, especially within the community of Judah and within the greater Congregation of Ya’akov (12-Israel). In this regard, it is important to understand and remember that one is rewarded according to one’s efforts.
→ Love can be defined as obedience to the Mitzvot (Commandments) of HaShem. A good understanding comes from doing the Mitzvot, not from just studying them (Tehillim/Psalms 111:10, Yochanan/John 7:16-17 and Yochanan Aleph/1 John 5:3).
→ Just about any theological or doctrinal viewpoint about practically anything can be “supported” or “justified” from Scripture. Therefore, we must work at acknowledging our biases, prejudices, insecurities, and fears in order to seek the Truth. This is particularly important since the Truth may (and often will) not be in accordance with what we may want it to be.
→ Some 10-Triber scholars maintain that the mission of 10-Israel’s purported Messiah, the Nazarene (Jesus, Yeshua), was to regather the lost sheep of the House of Israel, i.e. the Ten Tribes. (Mattityahu/Matthew 15:24). They maintain that he came to reconcile Lost Ten Tribers who, since 2800 years ago, had been cut off from the Covenant because of their forsaking of Torah, their rejection of the appointed guardians of Torah, and their rebellion against the House of David. This Messiah, they maintain, brings them back into Covenant relationship through teshuvah (repentance). Accordingly, he did not come for the House of Judah (the Jews), who had never been cut off from Covenant relationship and who need to practice ongoing teshuvah only.
→ The Torah (Oral and Written) and Orthodox Rabbis speak of two Messiahs. The first Redeemer is known as Mashiach ben Yosef. He fulfills the office of High Priest (Cohen Gadol). The second Redeemer, known as Mashiach ben David, will fulfill the office of King (Melech) of restored 12-Israel. The historical Yosef (Joseph) and the historical David were important anti-types of the two sides of this one eternal and universal coin. By studying the lives of Yosef and David, we may come to a deeper and more profound understanding of Mashiach. Some Ten Triber scholars lay claim to the authenticity of their Messiah, from the statements of the Gaon of Vilna, one of the most explicit Jewish expounders of the nature of Messiah ben Yosef, when he claimed that: “The sole mandate of Mashiach ben Yosef is to bring the Exiles of Israel back to the Land.”
Refer to the following Chabad Link: www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/101747/jewish/Appendix-II.htm
See also www.amazon.com/Voice-Turtledove-redemption-according-Kabbalah/ – The writings of the Gaon of Vilna who excels on the topic of Mashiach ben Yosef.
Where Does All of This Lead?
All of these points lead us to one or two inevitable conclusions which are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Read them carefully lest you misunderstand what we are saying.
- We should be preparing to move to and work within Eretz Yisrael.
- We should be studying Torah under the guidance of the Divinely mandated guardians of the Word of G-d, the 3000-year-old Rabbinic Order (Genesis 49:10 and also Romans 3:2).
Both are incredible challenges, but let us not rule out either one. Rather, let us keep an open mind to both. Do not judge a thing ahead of time (Mishlei/Proverbs 18:13). Learn to focus on today (Mattityahu/Matthew 6:34), not allowing the enemies of faith (fear, doubt, anxieties, and carnal reasoning) to impede or destroy your ability to move forward in the present.
Since we are living in monumentally significant prophetic times, we must face all of these challenges head-on. We are the ones to whom the ends of this age have come. We did not choose this way. It was chosen for us by HaShem and for the sake of His great, set-apart, and honourable Name, when all the nations will acknowledge Him as the Redeemer of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
May His great Name be blessed forever and ever!
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