"I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to Me," declares ETERNAL. "Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your SOVEREIGN, O Israel." Amos 4:11-12 (NIV)
Reuniting the Tribes of Israel
One of the Mysteries of the Ages
by Charles Voss
There have been many articles written on the subject of the Lost Ten Tribes. Most of the articles have informed us how the tribes came to be "lost." Some were written to prove the existence of the Ten Tribes and where they might be located today. Other articles were written to attempt to show how all thirteen Tribes might be reunited. Some Jews as well as others are doing just that--trying to find a way to reunite all the tribes. Therefore, I feel compelled to write about what our CREATOR has to say about the reuniting of all 13 Tribes of Israel. Isn't what the SOVEREIGN says on the subject is the one really matters Let's open our hearts and ears to hear what Scripture has to say.
If we look in the pages of the Hebrew Scriptures, we find that the main theme is about the children of Israel, their disobedience, and how they provoked ETERNAL by their idolatry, wickedness, and haughtiness. In addition, we see how most of the children of Israel (the Lost Ten Tribes) were so rebellious and wicked that ETERNAL divorced them and dispersed them among the nations.
ETERNAL scattered Israel, the Ten tribes, among the Gentile countries so that most of them do not even realize who they are. The stories of their dispersion were not passed down through their families. There are numerous books on the subject, but most people do not even know enough to ask questions concerning this very important topic. The Lost Ten Tribes were dispersed among the nations approximately 2,700 years ago and Scripture states that all 13 Tribes of Israel will be reunited and returned to the Promised Land.
Most people falsely think that the Jews are all that there is left of ETERNAL'S chosen people. If you are wondering who the Lost Ten Tribes are, well, depending on your family heritage you may be part of the Lost Ten Tribes.
This is a very important topic, please get your Scriptures and do a thorough search yourself, concerning the regathering and reuniting of the tribes back to the Promised Land. Moreover, you probably thought that the "Bible" times were over. Not so. We, living in the latter days, are as much a part of Scripture as those living in the time of Moses, Samuel, and King David. The CREATOR has a lot to say on this topic. An estimate of 1/3 of Scripture is prophecy and most of that if for the latter days.
Israel Provoked Their SOVEREIGN
The entire House of Israel rebelled against their SOVEREIGN, polluted His Sabbaths, and did not live by His statues and judgements. Then ETERNAL said that He would pour out His fury on them in the wilderness, but instead He listened to Moses and put off the time of His fury until the latter days. However, ETERNAL made an oath, there in the wilderness, that He would scatter Israel and disperse them among the nations and later send fury.
Ezekiel 20:21-23. Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statues, and were not careful to observe My judgments, which, if a man does, he shall live by them; but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness. Nevertheless I withdrew My hand and acted for My Name's sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the Gentiles, in whose sight I brought them out. Also, I lifted My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries.
It is interesting that the ETERNAL CREATOR SOVEREIGN of the entire cosmos would heed the council of Moses, a mere mortal man (Exodus 32:7-14).
The "Lost Ten Tribes" are not lost, ETERNAL knows where they are. In addition, He knows of their sin and knows that He alone will bring them back. Yes, that is correct. ETERNAL Himself will cause the return of the Tribes--all thirteen. Scripture makes that very clear. Let's find out why the Tribes were dispersed, how they were dispersed and where they were dispersed. Then we can approach the subject of how they will be returned back to the Promised Land.
Israel Separated from David's Throne
After King David's death, his son Solomon succeeded to the throne. Solomon taxed the people excessively. He married Gentile wives, sacrificed to their idols, and committed other sins. The ETERNAL CREATOR spoke to Solomon saying...
1 Kings 11:11,13. "...you have done this, and have not kept My Covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you ...However, I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David..."
Although the Kingdom will be torn away, a part, one tribe, would remain--because of CREATOR'S Covenant with David. Right here is expressed the great reason "why" there has to be a reuniting. The Tribes were "torn away" because of Solomon's sin. All of the Tribes will have to be regathered and reunited into one Kingdom and then united to the CREATOR in a New Covenant.
Although Solomon himself deserved to have the Kingdom torn away from him--ETERNAL left one tribe, not because of leniency toward Solomon, but again "for David's sake." David's dynasty, through Solomon, cannot be broken. The Mighty One will not break His Covenant!
When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded to David's throne. At once, the people demanded a reduction in the heavy taxes imposed by Solomon. Their spokesman, Jeroboam (Solomon's servant), pleaded with Rehoboam in verse 4, below, and Rehoboam answered in verse 11.
1 Kings 12:4. "Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you."
...12:11. "And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!"
...12:16. Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered ..."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."
...12:19-20. So, Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the House of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
...12:21. Then Rehoboam assembled all the House of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin to fight against the House of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom...
...12:24. Then ETERNAL said, "You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel, for this thing is from Me."
Israel Divided into Two Nations and Separated
Notice carefully! The House of Judah, which includes the tribe of Benjamin and part of Levi, under King Rehoboam of David's dynasty, was about to fight against the other ten tribes, headed by Ephraim and Manasseh. What that means is that Judah and Israel became different and separate nations.
The term "Jew" is merely a nickname for the people of the House of Judah. It applies to the one nation or House of Judah only--never to the House of Israel. The Jews are Judah and not the House of Israel. Wherever Israel is today, remember that Israel, as a national name does not mean Jew. Whoever the lost Ten Tribes of Israel are today, they are not Jews. Furthermore, it is wrong to call the Jews of today "Israel."
Immediately on becoming king over the House of Israel, Jeroboam (tribe of Ephraim) set up two golden calves, introducing idol worship in the kingdom (I Kings 12:28-33). Thus they were worshiping the Queen of Heaven.
This idolatry combined with Sabbath-breaking (Ezekiel 20:10-24) was the great national sin which became such a curse to Israel. Generation after generation the Mighty One pleaded with the House of Israel to turn from tradition--from their fathers' ways--and to return to keeping CREATOR'S Commandments. Yet, through nine different dynasties under 19 kings, Israel continued these national sins--sins so great in CREATOR'S sight that finally He caused them to become a conquered, captive nation.
Israel Never Returned
2 Kings 17:18. Therefore ETERNAL was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.
In the years 721-718 BCE the House of Israel was conquered and its people were soon driven out of their own land--out of their homes and cities--and were carried away as captives to Assyria, on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. Then they moved west and became lost from view. They have not changed; they still have the same worship they had when Jeroboam sat up the golden calves and they still worship the Queen of Heaven.
In worshiping the Queen of Heaven on Sunday, the House of Israel lost the identifying sign--the Sabbath that identified them as Israel. They utterly lost their identity! They even lost knowledge of their national name and they came to be considered Gentiles just as Moses said they would.
Over time Israel migrated northward and westward through the Caucasus Mountains on into Western Europe, England, and throughout the Commonwealth. Over time the Tribal nations became major nations in the world. These nations are described and identified in Scripture. Beside them thinking they are Gentile, they observe the Ancient Mystery religions described above.
The 49th chapter of Isaiah speaking of Israel begins the first verse with this: "Listen, O Isles, unto Me." Israel is called "O Isles" and in the third verse they are addressed as "O Israel." This term "isles" or "islands" is sometimes translated "coast lands." In addition, the next three verses add some interesting information.
Jeremiah 31:9-10. "...I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the word of YHWH, O nations [Ephraim, Manasseh], and declare it in the isles afar off...
Isaiah 41:1,8. "Keep silence before Me, O coastlands ...But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend."
Jeremiah 31:7. "...Sing with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, "O ETERNAL, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!"
Hence, Israel of today is the same as the Israel of Jeremiah's day, specifically they are northwest of Jerusalem, and in the sea! Let us locate this land more specifically. It is in the isles, which are in the sea, the chief of the nations, northwest of Jerusalem. Thus Israel is scattered in the far flung continents away from the Middle East. They are coast dwelling and therefore a sea dominant people.
Certainly, there can be no mistaking that identity. Take a map of Europe. Lay a line due NORTHWEST of Jerusalem, across the continent of Europe, until you come to the sea, and then to the islands in the sea. This line takes you directly to the British Isles.
There is much proof that our Anglo-Saxon, English-speaking peoples of today--Britain and America--are actually and truly the Birthright tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh of the "lost" House of Israel. There is just so much space we have here and refer to a small portion of that proof in this article.
Many authors have researched this topic, a few of them are Yair Davidi, Stephen Collins, E. Raymond Capt, Colonel J. C. Gawler, and Walter Baucum--see our article "Tracing Dan." Of course, I must not fail to mention J. H. Allen the author that Herbert Armstrong used almost exclusively.
One of the major proofs of who the Birthright nations are in Scripture is that the nations who controlled all of the gates of their enemies (until the gates have begun to be lost). So who controlled the gates such as the Suez Canal, Panama Canal, Straight of Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Khyber Pass, Malta, Singapore, and many, many other areas? In other words, who fulfilled the prophecies of Genesis 22:17; 26:3-4 and controlled these important areas? There are no nations other than the United States and Britain.
Another proof we will cover briefly is that of languages. A most interesting fact is the Hebrew meaning of the names of the British people. The House of Israel is the Covenant People. The English word "covenant" comes from the Hebrew word "beriyth" (Strong's #H1285 pronounced ber-eeth'). The English word "man" is sometimes translated from the Hebrew word "`iysh" (Strong's #H376). Pronouncing the two Hebrew words together would give us "ber-eeth«-eesh" and transliterating the sound into English, gives us "British." Putting the meanings of the two Hebrew words together we have "covenant-man" showing that the English word "British" actually means "covenant-man."
Thus, the meaning for "covenant-man," or "covenant-people," is simply "British." So, is it mere coincidence that the true "Covenant People" today are called the "British"? In addition, they reside in the "British Isles!" To review a promise made to Abraham that we covered earlier:
Genesis 21:12. But CREATOR said to Abraham, "...for in Isaac your seed shall be called."
Even though Sarah was barren and in her old age, the Great CREATOR intervened and she gave birth to a son and Abraham named him Isaac, (Genesis 21:2-3). Isaac had two sons Esau and Jacob. The Birthright of Isaac passed to Jacob (Genesis 25:24-33). Jacob's name was changed to Israel, (Genesis 35:10). Thus all the sons that Israel (Jacob) had became known as the "sons of Israel," and the resulting nation became the nation of Israel. Yet, the overriding name would still be the "sons of Isaac" with Isaac being Jacob's father.
In the late 1800's, some Assyrian cuneiform clay tablets were discovered and they were later translated in the 1930's. These tablets were Assyrian records of the 8th century BCE Israelite deportation. There were records of four deportations that proved the ten tribes of the northern Nation of Israel were assembled into Assyrian culture and became identifiable as the Camerians, the Sycthians, and the Goths. Our records of ancient history show that over several hundred years, and through different paths, the Sycthian, Camerian and the Goths migrated essentially to Northwest Europe and became known as the Anglo-Saxon Celtic people.
Genesis 48:16. The Angel which redeemed me [Jacob] from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac.
Remember that immediately on becoming king over the House of Israel, Jeroboam (tribe of Ephraim) set up two golden calves, introducing idol worship in the kingdom (I Kings 12:28-33) Thus, they were worshiping the Queen of Heaven in total idolatry combined with Sabbath breaking (Ezekiel 20:10-24). This is the great national sin which has been such a curse to Israel; it is as if a great millstone were tied around Israel's neck.
Down through the generations, the Mighty One of Israel plead with the House of Israel to turn from tradition--from their fathers' ways--and to return to keeping CREATOR'S Commandments. Yet, through different dynasties of kings, Israel continued these national sins that are great in CREATOR'S sight. Israel did not change while in captivity and turn from tradition to the SOVEREIGN and has not changed until this very day in the twenty-first century. Therefore, the Lost Ten Tribes are still in apostasy and subject to ETERNAL'S wrath.
The House of Judah
When the House of Israel was taken into Assyrian captivity in the eighth century BCE, the Kingdom of Judah had not yet rejected the government and belief in their SOVEREIGN. Before Judah's apostasy, ETERNAL had said:
Hosea 4:15. "Though you, Israel, play the harlot, let not Judah offend..."
Then later He said about Judah:
Jeremiah 3:8,11. "...yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also." ...Then ETERNAL said to me, "Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah."
Thus, more than 130 years after Israel's captivity, the time came when ETERNAL drove out the Jews, also, into national captivity and slavery. He sent them as slaves to Babylon--not to Assyria, where Israel had been taken. Judah refused to carefully observe ETERNAL'S Covenant and therefore, ETERNAL instructed Jeremiah that he was not to even to pray for Judah.
...7:14-16. ...therefore I will do to the house which is called by My Name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren; the whole posterity of Ephraim. Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you.
The same thing that was stated about King Solomon's sins can be repeated here for the House of Judah. Although Judah deserved to have the scepter torn away--ETERNAL will leave the House of Judah, not because of leniency toward Judah, but "for David's sake"! David's dynasty, through Solomon, cannot be broken. The Mighty One will not break His Covenant!
Memory Note: The House of Israel did not return to Palestine with the Jews in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, as some erroneously believe. Only those of the House of Judah returned to rebuild the Temple and restore worship in Jerusalem at that time, 70 years after Judah's captivity where Nebuchadnezzar had carried them to Babylon.
The Jews still have not, until this very day in the twenty-first century repented and returned to the true worship as the Fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob observed. Therefore, the House of Judah is still in apostasy and subject to ETERNAL'S wrath.
Why Will Britain and America be Punished?
The reason is plain, but you will not like the answer, as it has to do with wooden images with a figurine on them. To begin with, YHWH, the ETERNAL CREATOR is a single Being, One not three. Therefore, He demands that we worship Him in a monotheistic manner not the polytheistic manner such as a trinity or twinity--made of a godhead of two or more beings.
Deuteronomy 6:4. Hear, O Israel: YHWH our SOVEREIGN, ETERNAL is One! [How many? One!] and you shall love ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."
Folks, we just do not, do that. We worship a savior on a wooden cross! We worship idols symbolized by steeples, churches, and books other than the Hebrew SCRIPTURES. However, the Mighty One states that He is our only Savior and there is no other. The book of Isaiah is said to contain the most references to the Mashiach (Messiah), so we will give two.
Isaiah 43:3. "For I am ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place."
...43:11. I, even I, am ETERNAL, and besides Me there is no Savior.
Why Will the Jewish People be Punished?
What I have to say are hard words, they are not smooth to the ear, but please read on. For the Jewish people to have peace with their neighbors they must, as a whole, repent bitterly as their ancestor, King David did in Psalm 51. However, you might ask, "what do the Jews have to repent of?"
For starters, not only failing to nationally keep the Sabbath as the Hebrew Scriptures proclaim, but they must turn from the words of men and their tradition, Seek out the Word of YHWH in the Scriptures (Exodus 24:7), and nationally put their faith in Him. How does one do that? Obey only YHWH words from the Tanakh, especially the Torah and obey it exactly. The Tanakh is not way off somewhere (Deuteronomy 30:11-16; Isaiah 45:19; 48:16) or mysterious that they cannot keep it. It is plainly written and does not need interpretation or explanation--so even the average person can read it and understand it. Note: what it says is what it says -- what it means is what it says.
DO NOT obey the words of extra books or writings such as the Talmud, Mishnah, Koran, and the New Testament that conflict with the Hebrew Scriptures (OT). DO NOT obey the "oral traditions" or any words of men such as rabbis, sages, or popes that conflict with Torah (Tanakh). In addition, do not engage in the mysticism of Kabbala.
The Jews might say that they have to follow "their heritage or traditions." To see where their heritage and tradition is taking Jerusalem, check out the prophecies of Ezekiel 4 & 5 and Isaiah about Judah. Their heritage is taking them, along with all of Israel, to utter destruction and desolation.
One last thing, DO NOT try to reinstate sacrifices (Leviticus 17:2-9; Deuteronomy 12:13-14, 16:5-6; Joshua 22:19) or try to build the third Temple as these are things the Mashiach will do after his Advent (Zechariah 6:12-13).
The Handwriting is on the Wall!
You need to open your eyes to the fact that Britain's sun has already set. You need to wake up to the fact that the United States, even while still possessing unmatched power, is afraid and filled with fear. The Mighty One said: "I will break the pride of your power" and that is exactly what is happening.
The United States has stopped winning wars; America was unable, with all its vast power, to conquer little North Vietnam. In addition, in Somalia we tucked our tail and ran for cover because some local yokel "warlord" did not like us and before that it was the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Yes, we slammed insignificant Panama and Grenada. Then with the world's help the US slammed Iraq in Gulf War 1 (GW1)--but quit before finishing the job!
Now, with the world's help, and with their consent, we are now slamming Afghanistan and Iraq (at present) in an extended GW2. President Bush had asked NATO to protect us and to this date, they have sent Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), electronic monitoring planes. An AP story, dateline Brussels:
AP - 7 Oct 01 At Washington's request, NATO will soon deploy surveillance aircraft for anti-terrorist operations in the United States in response to the attacks on New York and Washington; NATO officials said Sunday, an unprecedented use of foreign military forces to defend the U.S. homeland.
The United States is fast riding to the greatest fall to befall any nation!
You need to understand the remainder of this prophecy of Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28, and the many prophecies relating to them and events soon to violently affect your life!
You need to look at the prophecies describing how much more intense the calamities will be when our CREATOR lays heavy punishment on the British and American people. For many prophecies warn us of this certainty that it will be trouble such as never has happened to any nation or people before!
Now that you know the Scriptural identity of the Israelite peoples you need to become aware of what is said about them in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Hosea, Amos, and the other prophecies as well as in the prophecies written by Moses.
In addition, you need to know why our just and loving CREATOR is going to punish His chosen people that He chose for a glorious purpose--a purpose we have refused to perform.
The very fact of punishment implies correction. We need to understand that correction is applied to correct wrong ways that are harmful to us--to turn us around into right ways that will cause desired blessings. Understand! ETERNAL punishes every son He loves (Proverbs 13:24).
In addition, understand human nature. Human nature wants to consider itself good, while at the same time it wants only to do evil (Jeremiah 17:9). It wants the good result; nevertheless, it wants to receive the good while it sows the evil. It somehow fails to grasp the truth that, "as we sow, so also shall we reap!" It is all a matter of cause and effect.
CREATOR'S punishment of us only reflects His love--turning us from causing evil results to the way that brings happy results. The Mighty One is now about to stop us from bringing colossal evils on ourselves. ETERNAL is not angry because we are harming HIM. He is angry because we are harming ourselves--those whom He loves!
The prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented, multiplied intensity, of punishment already descending upon America and Britain. The prophecies also record the result of that intensified punishment. The result will be a corrected people. The result will be an eye-opening realization of what we have done to ourselves.
The supreme punishment will teach us, at last, our lesson! The punishment will break our spirit of rebellion! It will lift us up from the cesspool of rottenness and evil we have sunk into. It will teach us the way to unlimited peace, prosperity, and abundant well-being. Correction means a change of course. It means repentance--and repentance means turning around and going the other way, going toward our SOVEREIGN and not away from Him!
In Summary to this Point
1) ETERNAL decided while all of the children of Israel were still in the wilderness to separate Israel and Judah into separate parts.
2) Immediately upon separation the House of Israel turned to idol worship.
3) Soon after that, the House of Judah also turned to idol worship even worse than that of the House of Israel. Thus, more than 130 years after Israel's captivity, the time came when ETERNAL drove out the Jews as well into national captivity and slavery. He sent them as slaves to Babylon--not to Assyria where Israel had been taken.
4) Only a few individuals of the House of Jacob, the House of Israel or the House of Judah, have returned to the Abrahamic Hebrew Faith and worshiped our SOVEREIGN as did the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A few individuals have and they will become the Righteous Remnant as described in Scripture in the end times.
5) All of the thirteen tribes are still in apostasy and subject to ETERNAL'S wrath.
The Time of Jacob's Trouble Overview
Since both Houses of Jacob are in abject idol worship, from their time in the wilderness unto the Time of Jacob's Trouble in the latter days (the 21st century), what did our loving SOVEREIGN say about that condition?
In Leviticus 26:1-12 (NIV), ETERNAL lists the conditions of His promise. In verse 13 He reminds us who He is, "For I am YHWH your SOVEREIGN." He also tell us that He gave us freedom, "I have broken your chains so that you can walk with dignity;" then He states...
Leviticus 26:14-16. "But if you will not listen to Me or obey Me, but reject My Laws, this is what I will do to you..."
Then ETERNAL lists six stages of punishments to fall on Israel for disobedience.
First (Vs 16-17). He states: "...I will bring upon you sudden terror" that certainly happened on September 11, 2001. "...I will bring wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life" the only thing the news media seems to be reporting is the Anthrax and other biological, chemical things coming upon our nation. "You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it."
Second (Vs 18-20). "If after all this you will not listen to Me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over"--meaning an increase in intensity sevenfold. "I will break down your stubborn pride..." For "stubborn pride" the King James states He will break the "pride of your power." ETERNAL could not speak about breaking the pride of our national power until after that Birthright promised had been bestowed. We had great pride in that national power--in our national prestige prior to W.W.II. However, today even little nations dare to insult, trample on, or burn the United States flag--and the United States, still having power, does no more than issue a weak protest. What has happened to the pride of our power? We have already lost it! True we bomb small powerless countries, but we shall see where that leads us.
Continuing "...and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit." Other prophecies reveal we are to have such drought and famine that disease epidemics will follow, taking millions of lives. Drought and famine do not necessarily have to come from lack of rain. A terrorist biological attack combined with shutting off electricity to pump water and process food would have that same effect. But, will America and Britain heed? They never have. Then what--after all that, then what?
Third (Vs 21-22). Again there will be a sevenfold increase in intensity, then ETERNAL states "...I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted."
Therefore, if twenty-first century Ephraim and Manasseh--Britain and America--refuse to turn to their CREATOR in obedience and refuse to live the way that causes, retains, and increases blessings, the Mighty One will punish them in a manner far more intense. He will entirely strip away this colossal, unprecedented national blessing and return them to captivity and slavery--as continuing verses of this prophecy show.
Do you think so great a fall could not come to such great powers as Britain and America? Do you say or think, "It cannot happen here?" Do you think the Great CREATOR who was able to give us such unprecedented world leadership and power and wealth is not able to take it away from us and throw us, like our ancient forefathers, back into slavery?
Sevenfold More Plagues
Now notice again what is written in Leviticus 26, continuing with the six stages of punishments to fall on Israel for disobedience:
Fourth (Vs 23-26). Again there will be a sevenfold increase in intensity, then ETERNAL states if we "...do not accept My correction but continue to be hostile toward Me, I myself will be hostile toward you... In addition, I will bring the sword upon you to avenge the breaking of the Covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. When I cut off your supply of bread ...they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied." What people do not seem to realize is that sin does bring upon the sinner the consequences of sin--the plagues of suffering. The Scripture defines sin as the breaking of CREATOR'S Law (Amos 2:4). Our sins will bring punishment.
Fifth (Vs 27-31). Again there will be a sevenfold increase in intensity if we continue to be hostile to ETERNAL'S ways. This time He adds "...in My anger I will be hostile toward you, and I Myself will punish you" and "...you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters." That is total starvation, like the Donner Party stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains; that ate each other to survive the winter. After that, He states He will tear down the false churches and destroy the idols. Then He "...will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries..." That action cherished fellow citizens, is total destruction of all the material things that we the people hold dear. Up to this point, however, we still have not been taken into captivity!
Sixth (Vs 32-39). Abraham was told in Genesis 15:13 that his descendants would serve 400 years in Egyptian slavery. Thus, the awesome Birthright promises will end as they began, in slavery. Notice this sad fact: "I will lay waste the land ...I will scatter you among the nations [captivity] and will draw out My sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. Then the land will enjoy its Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies..." We have spurned the Sabbath, therefore, "...All the time that it [the land] lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it.
As for those of you who are left [alive], I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies [captivity and slavery]. ...You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers' sins they will waste away."
Do you get the real meaning of this? This is punishment we have brought on ourselves! We have brought the consequences of sin on ourselves--now the Mighty One, Himself will bring on us punishment that is correction!
Our CREATOR is going to keep multiplying chastening until our peoples turn to the ways that cause peace, happiness, prosperity, and all the material blessings!
The Coming Time of Great Affliction
On the day that Moses died on Mount Nebo, ETERNAL gave him a brief overall picture of history from then until the latter days, the Time of Jacob's Trouble. This brief history is short and to the point. There are no wasted words, so read it slowly analyzing what you read.
Deuteronomy 31:16. Behold, you [Moses] will rest with your fathers; and this people [children of Israel] will rise and play the harlot with the g-ds of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My Covenant which I have made with them.
That is brief history based on what ETERNAL gives as He looks ahead to the latter days.
...31:17-18. "Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our SOVEREIGN is not among us?' And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other g-ds ..."
Summary points: Moses will die and Israel will worship the Queen of Heaven. In doing so, Israel will forsake their SOVEREIGN, break His Covenant, and arouse His anger against them. Then our SOVEREIGN will forsake the House of Jacob, hide His face from them, allow them to be devoured killed and taken back into captivity a second time for worshipping the Queen of Heaven.
...31:19-21 (TLB). Now write down the words of this song, and teach it to the people of Israel as My warning to them. "When I have brought them into the land I promised their ancestors--a land 'flowing with milk and honey'--and when they have become fat and prosperous, and worship other g-ds and despise Me and break My Contract, and great disasters come upon them, then this song will remind them of the reason for their woes." (For this song will live from generation to generation.) I know now, even before they enter the land, what these people are like.
The House of Jacob (all 13 tribes) is to be scattered a second time because they refuse to carefully observe ETERNAL'S Covenant and He states that they are not to even be prayed for .
Jacob's Trouble Begins with the House of Judah
Ezekiel was told to shave off all his hair and divide it into three parts and the following scenario will be what happens to Judah before the rest of the nations of Israel. In addition, Ezekiel is told to inscribe a map of Jerusalem on a flat stone because it would show what would befall Judah in the latter Days. Ezekiel Chapters 4 and 5 state statistics concerning the House of Judah in the time of Trouble: 1/3 will die in war, 1/3 will die of famine and pestilence, and 1/3 will be taken into captivity.
Ezekiel 5:2. You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of the [map of the] city, when the days of the siege are finished. Then you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and one-third you shall scatter in the wind: I will draw out a sword after them.
...5:12. One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
To see this described in Zechariah for Judah of the house of David: 2/3's will die in famine and war and 1/3 will live through it, but be refined.
Zechariah 13:1. In that day, a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
...13:8-9. "And it shall come to pass in all the land," Says ETERNAL, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it. I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My Name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; and each one will say, ÔETERNAL is my SOVEREIGN.'"
Part of this last one-third will live to fight another day, as we will see below in the Day of the Wrath of our SOVEREIGN. Returning in to Deuteronomy 28 we see a breakdown on this.
Deuteronomy 28:15 (TLB). If you won't listen to ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN and won't obey these laws I am giving you today, then all of these curses shall come upon you.
Following are curses that will happen to the House of Judah...
Deuteronomy 28:16-24 [the 1/3 who die of famine and pestilence]. Curses in the city and fields, shortages of (bread, fruit, and crops due to blight and mold), barren wombs, non-productive herds, much confusion and failure, diseases (tuberculosis, fever, infections, plague,), too much rain (mildew and mold), drought (dust storms), and scorching fires.
...28:25-26 [the 1/3 who die in the war]. ETERNAL will cause you to be defeated by your enemies. You will march out to battle gloriously, but flee before your enemies in utter confusion; and you will be tossed to and fro among all the nations of the earth. Your dead bodies will be food to the birds and wild animals, and no one will be there to chase them away.
...28:27-31 [those still alive]. He will send plagues for which there is no cure, madness, blindness, fear, and panic upon you. You shall not prosper in anything, you will be oppressed, continually robbed, and nothing will save you. Someone else will marry your fiancée, live in your house, eat your food, your possessions dispersed, and there will be no one to protect you. Your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break with longing for them, but you will not be able to help them.
Sudden Destruction if no Repentance
Memory Note: all thirteen tribes of the Commonwealth of Greater Israel have turned their back on our loving SOVEREIGN and are not seeking Him with all their hearts and minds. Therefore, the time of Jacob's Trouble will fall upon us all.
Ezekiel was told that what happened to Judah (see 4:3) "will be a sign to the House of Israel" (also 12:6). Notice in the following punishment on the House of Israel that no percentages are given.
Please note that the House of Israel can prevent a lot of the scheduled punishment by turning to the CREATOR in repentance.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (TLB). If I [ETERNAL] shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust swarms to eat up all of your crops, or if I send an epidemic among you, then if My people will humble themselves and pray, and [ Quest ] for Me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.
Did you read the above carefully? The setting is the Time of Jacob's Trouble because in verse 13, ETERNAL is sending plagues. These curses are also listed in Leviticus 26 and in several places ETERNAL states, "If you still disobey Me, I will punish you seven times more severely for your sins." We will quote Leviticus 26 to close the article.
The increase in the intensity of punishment on Israel will continue "if we continue" to be hostile to the CREATOR'S ways. Because the punishment of Judah is a sign for the House of Israel, the House of Israel still has the opportunity to change and turn to the CREATOR. If they will humble themselves and truly repent THEN they can avoid the multiplication of the intensity of plagues during these end times that is promised in the absence of their repentance. When the end comes it will come suddenly.
Isaiah 30:12-13 (NIV). "...Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant."
At this time the wall is slowly beginning to crack and bulge.
Micah 5:10-11. "And it shall be in that day," says YHWH, "That I will cut off your horses from your midst and destroy your chariots. I will cut off the cities of your land and throw down all your strongholds."
"In that day" generally refers to the "Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7). For "horses" Moffatt says "war horses," our machines of war will be cut off as well as our cities--by atomic bombs (Joel 2:30 pillars of smoke?). The Mighty One says He will do this! Our CREATOR determines the outcome of wars (Psalm 33:10-19).
How plain can ETERNAL get? Here He identifies the great peoples of the earth who are the most wealthy, beneficent, and powerful. Yet at the very time their power reaches its zenith, He suddenly "breaks" the pride of their power (Leviticus 26:19), cuts off their implements of war and destroys their cities.
Micah 5:11-15. I will cut off sorceress from your hand, and you shall have no soothsayers. Your carved images I will also cut off, and your sacred pillars from your midst; you shall no more worship the work of your hands [idols]. I will pluck your wooden images [crosses, steeples, and idols] from your midst; thus I will destroy your cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury on the nations that have not heard.
No Letup for the House of Israel
Israel refuses to heed the sign so our SOVEREIGN instructs Ezekiel...
Ezekiel 6:2-4. "Son of man, set your face toward the mountains [nations] of Israel, and prophesy against them, and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of ETERNAL SOVEREIGN'! Thus says ETERNAL SOVEREIGN to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: 'Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places [of religious worship]. Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.'"
...6:5-7. "And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am ETERNAL."
...6:8-10. "Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries. Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations. And they shall know that I am ETERNAL; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them."
This remnant will live to fight another day, as we will see below in the Day of the Wrath of our SOVEREIGN. Now returning to Deuteronomy 28, we see a breakdown on this.
Deuteronomy 28:32-36 [some taken captive, famine, and pestilence]. You will watch as your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break with longing for them, but you will not be able to help them. A foreign nation you have not even heard of will eat the crops you will have worked so hard to grow. You will always be oppressed and crushed. You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you. ETERNAL will cover you with boils from head to foot. He will exile you and the king you will choose to a nation to whom neither you nor your ancestors gave a second thought; and while in exile you shall worship g-d's of wood and stone!
...28:37-46 [those still alive]. You will be an object of horror, locust and worms will eat what few crops you grow that don't drop off. Your sons and daughters will be snatched away from you as slaves. Foreigners living among you shall become richer and richer while you become poorer and poorer; they will be the head and you will have to borrow from them. All these curses shall pursue and overtake you until you are destroyed--all because you refuse to listen to ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN. These horrors shall befall you and your descendants as a warning:
...28:47-48 [more taken captive]. You will become slaves to your enemies because of your failure to praise the SOVEREIGN for all that He has given you. You will be hungry, thirsty, naked, and in want of everything. A yoke of iron shall be placed around your neck until you are destroyed!
...28:49-57 [war and famine]. ETERNAL will send a distant nation who you cannot understand and they will be fierce, angry, and will have no mercy on young or old. They will eat all of your food and siege your cities. In starvation, you will even eat the flesh of your children and families who are still alive.
...28:58-63 [those still alive]. If you refuse to obey all the laws written in this book, thus refusing reverence to the glorious and fearful Name of ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN, then ETERNAL will send perpetual plagues upon you and upon your children. He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt that you feared so much, and they shall plague the land. And that is not all. ETERNAL will bring upon you every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this book, until you are destroyed. There will be few of you left, even though before, you were as numerous as the stars. All this will happen "IF" you do not listen to ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN. Just as ETERNAL has rejoiced over you and has done such wonderful things for you and has multiplied you, so ETERNAL, at that time, will rejoice in destroying you; and you shall disappear from the land.
...28:64-68 [scattered and tormented]. For ETERNAL will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship heathen g-d's that neither you nor your ancestors have known, g-d's made of wood and stone! There among those nations you shall find no rest, but ETERNAL will give you trembling hearts, darkness, and bodies wasted from sorrow and fear. Your lives will hang in doubt. You will live night and day in fear, and will have no reason to believe that you will see the morning light. In the morning you will say, "Oh, that night were here!" And in the evening you will say, "Oh, that morning were here!" You will say this because of the awesome horrors surrounding you. Then ETERNAL will send you back to Egypt in ships, a journey I promise you would never need to make again; and there you will offer to sell yourselves to your enemies as slaves--but no one will even want to buy you.
Those who are remaining will just be left out in the cold to die. Brethren, if you are still reading this, please understand that I hate writing this worse than you hate reading it. All the people of the 13 tribes of the Greater Commonwealth of Israel must begin a Quest for the Ancient of Days. I wish that I will be proven wrong, but it appears that it is too late to save the nations, but you as an individual, if you are breathing, you still have time to seek the ETERNAL CREATOR our loving SOVEREIGN. If you do not then the next verse is what will happen...
Amos 4:12. "Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your SOVEREIGN, O Israel!"
Israel Will be Gathered Again
Memory point: Israel sinned very badly requiring ETERNAL'S sending the traumatic circumstances of captivity during the Time of Jacob's Trouble upon Israel to turn them around. All 13 tribes will be released from captivity together for the second time.
"In that Day" is the time when ETERNAL will send all thirteen tribes of Israel into captivity amongst the Gentiles for their continued worship of the Queen of Heaven.
Deuteronomy 30:1-3. 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 ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN drives you; and you return to ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN 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 ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN has scattered you.
Did you notice what is said in the above Scriptures? Our SOVEREIGN states that He will bring Israel back again after they repented. Now notice what ETERNAL states a few verses further down.
Deuteronomy 30:9. "...For ETERNAL will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers."
ETERNAL says He will rejoice over us as He rejoiced over our fathers, meaning when He brought them back out of Egyptian captivity. There are two captivities where He rescued all of Israel. The first when our forefathers were led out by Moses and the second when all of Jacob will be lead out of captivity by the Mashiach. (When the House of Judah was freed from Babylon captivity it was only 3 tribes and not all 13.)
There is not room to quote the entire context here, so it is your responsibility to check these things out for yourself to see if they are so.
Isaiah 11:11-12. It shall come to pass in that day that ETERNAL shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea. He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth...
...11:16. "...There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt."
Once again, ETERNAL will be the true Shepherd. ETERNAL is such a loving Savior. He will gather the lambs with His arm and carry them in His bosom. He will gently lead those with young.
Isaiah 40:11. He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.
Our loving SOVEREIGN states that as The Shepherd, He will rescue His people bringing them to His Hill, and pour out on them showers of blessings. All of a gathered and reunited Israel will be His people. That is a beautifully written passage in Ezekiel 34:11-31.
All the Nations of Greater Israel will be gathered back to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: to The Promised Land.
Jeremiah 16:14-15. "Therefore behold, the days are coming," says ETERNAL, "that it shall no more be said, ÔETERNAL lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,' but, ÔETERNAL lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.' For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers."
Jeremiah 23:7-8 (NIV). "So then, the days are coming," declares ETERNAL, "when people will no longer say, ÔAs surely as ETERNAL lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' but they will say, ÔAs surely as ETERNAL lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live in their own land."
Jeremiah 31:10,11. Hear the word of ETERNAL, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, "He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock." For ETERNAL has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he..."
This is just a preview of past and future events. We will cover them individually as we go along.
The next "way mark" in the history of prophecy is the "fall of Jerusalem." Immediately following that will the fall of all 13 tribes of Israel. Then ETERNAL Himself, not the Mashiach (Messiah), will stand on the Mount of Olives and the Mount will split in two. ETERNAL will call the Mashiach and the Prophet to stand from their graves. ETERNAL will use them to "Gather" Israel out of captivity to bring them to the wilderness outside the Valley of Jezreel. In the wilderness, ETERNAL will separate the sheep from the goats, take the sheep (the Righteous Remnant) into the Valley of Jezreel where He will remarry Israel, and give them a new heart and a new language.
During that time, ETERNAL gathers the nations for the final battle. After that event is over, the 1000-year Wonderful World of Tomorrow will begin.
The Remnant Brought to Jezreel
Just to recap with Scripture: We will have the downfall of Judah and the rest of Israel. We will start with the downfall of all of Judah with the 2/3's who die and the 1/3 that goes into captivity to later to be brought to the Valley of Jezreel.
Zechariah 13:7. "Awake, O sword, against My shepherd, against the man who is My companion," says ETERNAL of hosts. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; then I will turn My hand against the little ones."
...13:8. And it shall come to pass in all the land," says ETERNAL, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it."
So, what will happen to those who are brought out of their respective countries? The remnant, those brought out of captivity, will be taken to the wilderness outside the Valley of Jezreel and separated into two groups.
Ezekiel 20:34-35. "I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face..."
Ezekiel 20:38-39. "...I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they sojourn, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am ETERNAL."
The rebels will be left in the desert until after the war and the Righteous Remnant will be taken into the valley because they gladly embrace their SOVEREIGN's ways. Since ETERNAL knows our hearts, He knows who is righteous and who is unrighteous. Remember to be "righteous" is to be "lawful"; to be "unrighteous" is to be "unlawful." In other words, those who follow CREATOR'S ways, to the letter, are the righteous.
Ezekiel 34:13. "And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country..."
...34:16-17. "I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment. And as for you, O My flock," thus says ETERNAL SOVEREIGN: "Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats."
The righteous will be taken home to the Valley of Jezreel where both Houses will be united into the House of Israel as when they were under King David. The first awakening will occur and all the righteous until that moment will stand from the grave or will be changed into spirit beings.
The Day of Wrath of The ETERNAL
When the Righteous Remnant are safe in the Valley Of Jezreel, the Mighty One of Israel will go forth in battle. A warning trumpet will be given that ETERNAL is coming and is ready to do battle with the enemies of His people.
Joel 2:1. Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My [ Pure ] Mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of ETERNAL is coming, for it is at hand.
Joel 3:2,12. "I [ETERNAL] will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there... Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat: 24 for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
The trumpet is blown to warn of war and ETERNAL gathers all the nations to battle.
Zechariah 14:1-2. Behold, the day of ETERNAL is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
The Mighty One stands on the Mount of Olives next to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
...14:3-5. Then ETERNAL will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His [ETERNAL'S] feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus ETERNAL my SOVEREIGN will come, and all the saints with You.
The saints are the newly changed righteous spirit beings. Therefore, the saints are with ETERNAL when He stands on the Mount of Olives. The saints must be the Righteous Remnant who are now changed to spirit beings along with as the Mashiach and Prophet. How does ETERNAL fight a battle?
Zechariah 14:12-13 (TLB). And ETERNAL will send a plague on all the people who fought Jerusalem. They will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away; their eyes will shrivel in their sockets, and their tongues will decay in their mouths. They will be seized with terror, panic-stricken from ETERNAL, and will fight against each other in hand-to-hand combat.
In verse 5 above the saints will be with ETERNAL, so what will they be doing?
Zechariah 14:14-15 (TLB). All Judah will be fighting at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the neighboring nations will be confiscated--great quantities of gold and silver and fine clothing. (This same plague will strike the horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in the enemy camp.)
The Two Sticks
The Two Houses of Jacob will become one House when ETERNAL joins them together.
Ezekiel 37:15-17 (TLB). Again, the word of ETERNAL came to me, saying, "As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions. Then take another stick and write on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions. Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand."
...37:18-20. And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, "Will you not show us what you mean by these?"; say to them, "Thus says ETERNAL SOVEREIGN: Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand. And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes."
...37:21-22. Then say to them, "Thus says ETERNAL SOVEREIGN: Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again."
...37:23-25. "They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their SOVEREIGN. David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever."
...37:26-28. "Moreover I will make a Covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting Covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My Tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their SOVEREIGN, and they shall be My people. The nations also will know that I, ETERNAL, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."
The Start of the Wonderful World of Tomorrow
ETERNAL will make a Covenant of Peace with His people. He will make them dwell safely. He will make them a blessing for the world. King David will be their King.
Isaiah 11:1-5. There shall come forth a Rod [David] from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch [David] shall grow out of his [Jesse's] roots. The Spirit of ETERNAL shall rest upon him [David]. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of ETERNAL. His delight is in the fear of ETERNAL, and he [David] shall not judge by the sight of his eyes, nor decide by the hearing of his ears. But with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his loins, and faithfulness the belt of his waist.
Everything will be wonderful and peace will flow like a river.
...11:6-9. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling [calf] together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy Mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of ETERNAL as the waters cover the sea.
The next series of verses are a look back to see how the Davidic Kingdom began, how it is set up, and some of the blessings.
Isaiah 11:10-11. And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious. It shall come to pass in that day that ETERNAL shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.
...11:12-13. He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
Israel will now work together to keep peace in the world and a look back on how it began.
...11:14-16. But they [Israel] shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; together they shall plunder the people of the East; they shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; and the people of Ammon shall obey them. ETERNAL will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; with His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, and strike it in the seven streams, and make men cross over dry-shod. There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.
More on the Wonderful World of Tomorrow
Ezekiel 34:22-24 (TLB). So I Myself will save My flock; no more will they be picked on and destroyed. And I will notice which is plump and which is thin, and why! And I will set one Shepherd over all My people, even My Servant David. He shall feed them and be a Shepherd to them. And I, ETERNAL, will be their SOVEREIGN, and My Servant David shall be a Prince among My people. I, ETERNAL, have spoken it.
...34:25-28. "I will make a peace pact with them and drive away the dangerous animals from the land, so that My people can safely camp in the wildest places and sleep safely in the woods. I will make My people and their homes around My hill a blessing. And there shall be showers, showers of blessing, for I will not shut off the rains but send them in their seasons. Their fruit trees and fields will yield bumper crops, and everyone will live in safety. When I have broken off their chains of slavery and delivered them from those who profiteered at their expense, they shall know I am ETERNAL. No more will other nations conquer them nor wild animals attack. They shall live in safety and no one shall make them afraid."
...34:29-31. "And I will raise up a notable Vine [the Mashiach King David], in Israel so that My people will never again go hungry nor be shamed by heathen conquest. In this way they will know that I, ETERNAL their SOVEREIGN, am with them, and that they, the people of Israel, are My people," says ETERNAL SOVEREIGN. You are My flock, the sheep of My pasture. You are My men and I am your SOVEREIGN, so says ETERNAL."
Others Will be Gathered
The sons of the foreigner who join themselves to ETERNAL to serve Him will be gathered along with the outcasts of Israel. They are the foreigners who love the Name of ETERNAL. They want to be His servants. They keep the Sabbath and do not defile it. They hold fast His Covenant. ETERNAL will bring them to His set-apart mountain and make them joyful in His house of prayer. They will offer burnt offerings and sacrifices to ETERNAL and He will accept them. ETERNAL'S House shall be called a House of Prayer for all nations.
Isaiah 56:1-3. Thus says ETERNAL: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to ETERNAL speak, saying, "ETERNAL has utterly separated me from His people"...
...56:6-8. Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to ETERNAL, to serve Him, and to love the Name of ETERNAL, to be His servants. Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My Covenant; even them I will bring to My holy Mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all nations." ETERNAL SOVEREIGN, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, "Yet I will gather to him others besides those who are gathered to him."
A New Covenant
Memory points: "Israel sinned very badly provoking ETERNAL. Both the House of Judah and the House of Israel are sent into captivity during the Time of Jacob's Trouble. Israel repents and our SOVEREIGN sends the Mashiach to bring them from among the Gentiles."
The Mashiach (Messiah) brings the captives of both Houses to the wilderness outside of the Valley of Jezreel. There ETERNAL separates the sheep from the goats (Ezekiel 34:17). Those who have chosen ETERNAL and are not rebellious to Him and those that loathe themselves in their own sight are taken home to the Valley of Jezreel where ETERNAL marries Israel.
Jeremiah 31:31-32. "Behold, the days are coming," says ETERNAL, "when I will make a new Covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah--not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. My Covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them," says ETERNAL.
A New Heart and a New Spirit
This is a very important passage because it gives us a very good picture of the whole house of Israel and what will happen to those who will follow ETERNAL and those who will not follow ETERNAL. He cast the House of Israel in its entirety far off among the Gentiles (Ezekiel 11:16). ETERNAL scattered them among the countries yet He did not abandon them completely. Then, He says that He will gather the House of Israel from the people, assemble them, and give them the land of Israel. Then He is going to make a new Covenant with them and give them one heart and put a new spirit within them for those who will walk in His statues and keep His judgments. THOSE WILL BE HIS PEOPLE! NEVERTHELESS, those whose hearts follow their own desire and follow after detestable things will have to pay the price.
What a wonderful thing! ETERNAL will give those who remain one heart and put a new spirit within them. They won't have a stony heart any longer. Hurrah! They will have a heart of flesh and walk in ETERNAL'S statues and keep His judgments and do them. They will be His people and ETERNAL will be their SOVEREIGN.
Ezekiel 11:19-20. "Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their SOVEREIGN."
Everyone who is reading this has a choice. You can follow CREATOR now and choose His way, or you can go through unimaginable suffering until your pride is broken and you finally choose Him. Thankfully, the CREATOR has given those who are in the House of Israel a choice. When Jerusalem falls it is a sign for the House of Israel to see and know the time has come. IF we choose CREATOR'S way, we will not have the plagues intensity multiplied sevenfold repeatedly trying to get us to correct our evil ways. In essence, this can be hard or it can be VERY hard--it is all up to us individually--we have a choice. Lets recap:
Leviticus 26:14-16 (TLB). "But if you will not listen to Me or obey Me, but reject My Laws, this is what I will do to you..."
The CREATOR is speaking here. By our pride and disobedience we will be putting the CREATOR in a position to have to correct His chosen people.
...26:16-17. "...I will punish you with sudden terrors and panic, and with tuberculosis and burning fever; your eyes shall be consumed and your life shall ebb away; you will sow your crops in vain, for your enemies will eat them. I will set my face against you and you will flee before your attackers; those who hate you will rule you; you will even run when no one is chasing you!
...26:18-20. And if you still disobey me, I will punish you seven times more severely for your sins. I will break your proud power and make your heavens as iron and your earth as bronze. Your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its crops, nor your trees their fruit.
...26:21-22. And if even then you will not obey Me and listen to me, I will send you seven times more plagues because of your sins. I will send wild animals to kill your children and destroy your cattle and reduce your numbers so that your roads will be deserted.
...26:23-26. And if even this will not reform you, but you continue to walk against My wishes, then I will walk against your wishes, and I, even I, will personally smite you seven times for your sin. I will revenge the breaking of My Covenant by bringing war against you. You will flee to your cities, and I will send a plague among you there; and you will be conquered by your enemies. I will destroy your food supply so that one oven will be large enough to bake all the bread available for ten entire families; and you will still be hungry after your pittance has been doled out to you.
...26:27-31. And if you still won't listen to Me or obey Me, then I will let loose My great anger and send you seven times greater punishment for your sins. You shall eat your own sons and daughters, and I will destroy the altars on the hills where you worship your idols, and I will cut down your incense altars, leaving your dead bodies to rot among your idols; and I will abhor you. I will make your cities desolate, and destroy your places of worship, and will not respond to your incense offerings.
...26:32-39. Yes, I will desolate your land; your enemies shall live in it, utterly amazed at what I have done to you. I will scatter you out among the nations, destroying you with war as you go. Your land shall be desolate and your cities destroyed. Then at last the land will rest and make up for the many years you refused to let it lie idle; for it will lie desolate all the years that you are captives in enemy lands. Yes, then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths! It will make up for the rest you didn't give it every seventh year when you lived upon it. And for those who are left alive, I will cause them to be dragged away to distant lands as prisoners of war and slaves. There they will live in constant fear. The sound of a leaf driven in the wind will send them fleeing as though chased by a man with a sword; they shall fall when no one is pursuing them. Yes, though none pursue they shall stumble over each other in flight, as though fleeing in battle, with no power to stand before their enemies. You shall perish among the nations and be destroyed among your enemies. Those left shall pine away in enemy lands because of their sins, the same sins as those of their fathers.
All of the punishment that will be multiplied upon the House of Israel, we have brought on ourselves. We can stop the punishment by turning to the CREATOR! Do you think this will happen? Are you willing to give up your religion to embrace the CREATOR and Him alone? Yes, we have brought the consequences of sin on ourselves--now the Mighty One, Himself will bring on us punishment unless we choose the right way and only HE is the right way. Notice that Israel will repent, finally...
Leviticus 26:40-42. But at last they shall confess their sins and their fathers' sins of treachery against Me. (Because they were against Me, I was against them, and brought them into the land of their enemies.) When at last their evil hearts are humbled and they accept the punishment I send them for their sins, then I will remember again My promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will remember the land (and its desolation).
Amos 4:11-12 (NIV). "I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to Me," declares ETERNAL. "Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your the SOVEREIGN, O Israel."