Ever wondered why it’s so hard to convert a Jew to Christianity?
You tell them to forget about YAHUAH’s Feasts and Sabbaths and to come to worship on Sunday and celebrate Christmas, erecting a Christmas tree in direct violation of Jeremiah 10, and substitute the pagan festival of Ishtar (Easter) for Passover. This pagan festival was highlighted by sunrise worship services and the sacrificing of children in whose blood, Easter eggs were dyed red.
The Jew is told to forget Torah, which the Scripture calls eternal, and that the Law is no longer in effect. Then he is told that the Messiah’s name is Jesus, (the “us” ending in Roman names was to honor Zeus, i.e Claudius, Gaius, Titus, etc., just as the “el or yah” endings in Hebrew names are to honor YAHUAH, i.e. Mattithyahu, Yehezqel, etc. ).
Not many Jews are going to buy into this system. We need to return to the first century belief and practices of the Messianic Nazarenes. (I will explain this term later on.) Remember, Paul said the “mystery of iniquity” was already at work in his day.
Iniquity or “anomia” in Greek is defined as a condition of being without the law or Torah-less-ness. Paul called this a mystery of “law-less-ness” or not observing the law (Torah).
It is interesting to note here, what YAHUSHA said in Matt. 7:21-23:
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Master, Master, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Master, Master, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Here again “iniquity” is the Greek word “anomia” (Strong’s no. 458) – look it up! It means lawlessness or violation of the law. How can you violate the law if it is done away? You can’t.
The very definition of sin is the breaking of the law (1John 3:4). If there was no law, you couldn’t sin. Don’t let some preacher deceive and tell you the law is done away. (And heaven forbid that you are a pastor teaching this.)
If the Law is abolished, then YAHUSHA lied and can’t be the savior. He said it would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one jot or tittle of the law to pass away (Matt. 5:17-19). He had a reason for saying this which I will explain when we get to Matthew 5:17-19.
YAHUAH is also tired of being called “Lord” which means Baal.
He says in Hos. 2:16 that in that day (usually a reference to the Day of YAHUAH and beginning of Millennium), that thou shalt call me Ishi (husband) and no more call me Baali (Lord). Naturally, those who are the future bride of YAHUSHA will call him husband at that time.
The next few verses make it clear that this is during the Millennium. YAHUAH says He will take away the names of Baalim (Lords) out of her (Israel’s) mouth and they shall be remembered no more. He says in that day, He will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and fowls of heavens and the creeping things of the ground and He will break the bow and sword out of the earth and cause them to lie down safely. He will betroth us to him forever (Hos. 2: 17-20).
The earth shall hear Jezreel (YAHUAH sows) and I will sow her (Israel) unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy (Lo- ruhamah); and I will say to them which were not my people (Lo-Ami), Thou art my people (Ami); and they shall say, Thou art my Elohim. (Hos. 2: 22-23). This is the millennium. Those that were sown into all the earth, who were not a people (Lo- Ami) and had not obtained mercy (Lo-ru-hamah) is Ephraim Israel, who had become gentiles and forgotten who they are.
This is another proof that the re-gathering of Israel that went into exile 2700 years ago will soon begin. These are not the Jews as can be plainly seen from the text, although the Jews will once again rejoin Ephraim and the kingdom of Israel will once again be one. The Two Stick Prophecy of Ezekiel 37 makes this crystal clear. We will look at this in detail when we study the book of Ezekiel.
YAHUAH says his people are destroyed for lack of knowledge or understanding. They have no love for the truth. Because they have rejected knowledge, He will also reject them, seeing that they shalt be no priest to Him; seeing they have forgotten His LAW, He will also forget their children (Hos. 4:6; Isa. 5:13; 5:24).
This is pretty heavy stuff. It is not something that is long past, this is a current warning for us now. This is something we’re trying to rectify here in this study.
Israel and Ephraim shall fall in their iniquity and Judah shall fall with them (Hos. 5:5).
Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke (Hos. 5:9). YAHUAH will be unto Ephraim as a lion and as a young lion to the house of Judah. YAHUAH will go and return to His place until they acknowledge their offense and seek His face. In their affliction (tribulation), they will seek Him early (Hos 5:14-15; Jer. 30:7-11).
It looks like there are some pretty rough times ahead for both Judah and Israel. In Hosea 6:2 is a prophecy of when we will be raised up. After two days will He revive us and in the third day will He raise us up and we shall live in His sight. The principle of 1 day as a thousand years with YAHUAH seems to be in view here. Israel has to date been in dispersion for a little over 2700 years.
In Hos. 6:3, it speaks of Messiah’s first and second advents. Ephraim and Judah have transgressed the covenant (Hos. 6:7). Ephraim has mixed himself among the people (gentiles) (Hos. 7:8). They have transgressed His covenant and trespassed against His Law. (Hos. 8:12). Ephraim Israel is swallowed up among the gentiles (Hos. 8:8) and has rejected the Law (Hos. 8:12). And Ephraim (as the church) still rejects the law today in spite of YAHUSHA’s warning in Matt. 5:17-19, due to a misunderstanding of what Paul was teaching elsewhere.
Ephraim (Israel) shall return to Egypt (symbolic of the world) and will eat all kinds of unclean things (Swine’s flesh, etc.) – (Hos. 9:3). (This is a picture of the parable of the “Prodigal Son” of Luke 15:11-32. The two sons are Judah and Ephraim.) The question is posed, “What will they do in the solemn day and in the day of the Feast of YAHUAH?”
(Hos. 9:5. The answer is they have forgotten the Feasts and the Sabbaths. Ephraim shall be a wanderer among the nations (Hos 9:17). There are numerous passages that bear this out. Ephraim feeds on wind and follows after the east wind (Hos. 12:1). The East wind blows towards the West and this is the direction Israel went into Europe out of Assyria.
They were instructed by Jeremiah to set up way markers as they went so they would know how to return (Jer. 31:21). YAHUAH asks in Hos. 11:8, “How shall I give you up, Ephraim?” And in verse 9, He says He will not execute the fierceness of His anger, He will not return to destroy Ephraim, for He is Elohim and not a man (Not destroy all of them in the Day of YAHUAH). YAHUAH says that when Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself, but when he offended in Baal (Lord), he died (Hos. 13:1). He will have to be reborn.
YAHUAH tells Israel there is no savior but Himself (Hos. 13:4). And in Him is their help (v.9).
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid (Hos. 13:12). YAHUAH says He will ransom them from the power of the grave; He will redeem them from death (Hos. 13:14).
We now know the price He paid for our redemption, the life of His only begotten son.
Return to me O’ Israel and ask your iniquity be taken away and YAHUAH will receive us graciously (Hos. 14:1-2). YAHUAH will heal their backsliding and his beauty shall be as the Olive tree (Israel) (Hos. 14:4-6).
Study of Two House Restoration of Israel
By N. B. Parrish
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