A Gospel underwritten by an Eternal Divine Covenant
imply ‘going to church, mosque or synagogue’, won’t qualify you for escaping Divine Judgment or for entering His Kingdom, Complying with His Covenant (Contract) will. (Refer to the study on “The Eternal Covenant”).
How does one comply with His Covenant?
Firstly, and logically, you have to become a ‘contracting party’. In this way, you then become part of His Covenant People. Scripture is clear, that Israel and the Jews are His Covenant nation.
There is a general conception in the world today, that the Jews are no longer His Covenant nation. A large section of Christianity believe that they were cut off after the crucifixion of Messiah, 2000 years ago. Scripture, as well as the unblemished nature of Divine Sanctity, confirm that the Most High can never ever retract from His side of the Covenant.
Jer. 33:23 “The Word of YHVH was addressed to Jeremiah: ‘Have you not noticed what these people say: ‘The two families which YHVH chose (after the split of the 12-tribed Kingdom of Israel into two – Israel (10 northern tribes) and Judah – with Benyamin) He has now rejected?’ So, they despise My People, whom they no longer think of as a nation. YHVH says this: ‘If I have not created day and night and have not laid down Laws for the heavens and the earth, why, then I reject the descendants of Jacob … (v. 21) then My Covenant with David My servant might also be broken.”
Lev 26:44 (the first part of this chapter confirms the calamitous sevenfold punishment that God would bring over Israel, His Covenant people, for their failure to keep their part of the Covenant)”And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My Covenant with them: for I am YHVH their God.”
Psa 89:34 “I will not break My Covenant, I will not revoke My given Word, I have sworn on My Holiness, once for all and cannot turn liar to David.”
To answer this question, from a Scriptural standpoint, the non-conforming masses in the world have to be divided into two categories:
- A specific category of people which almost 3000 years ago was part of Israel, but due to a Divine Order of banishment for choosing not to comply with the Covenant, were exiled and cut off from the Covenant Promises (earning eternal doom), became integrated with the other nations and became known as “the Lost ten Tribes of Israel“, and
- The rest of humanity, made up of all other nations, races and cultures.
The authentic Scriptural Gospel of the Kingdom, will identify itself by the way in which it provides for these 2 categories of people to become part of the Covenant.
As regards the second category, they have throughout history and time been welcome to be part of the Divine Grants under the Covenant, simply by accepting its terms and joining the ranks of the nation of Israel or Judah. One entire book of the Bible is dedicated to such a person who chose to make Israel’s God her God – Ruth. Scripture also confirms that many Egyptians chose to leave Egypt in the Hebrew Exodus and become Israelites (Ex. 12:38).
Up to the time of the Messiah’s Appearance in Israel, there were no other requirements put on non-Jews, but that they formally accept and join the nation of Israel or Judah. The Advent of the Messiah and His Sacrifice was so enormous, that, in fact, it became the point of the Division of universal historic Time into what is commonly referred to as BC and AD, reckoned from the year ‘0’ which was calculated to be His Birth Date.
This was the Hebrew Messiah – rejected by the majority of Judah though, but accepted by great sections amongst the ‘other’ nations. The Messianic Gospel was carried outside of the borders of Israel to the surrounding non-Jewish nations. What was originally a Jewish Messianic Sect which accepted Him, gradually became formal ‘Christianity’ three centuries later, under the banner, mainly, of Roman Catholicism. Another main branch of this Messianic Gospel became Protestantism, bringing a great ‘reformation’ from Catholic domination, in the Middle Ages. Religious freedom of the modern times, gave rise to a myriad of Christian sects – and then, miraculously over the last few decades, and notably in the nineties, masses of religious individuals through serious self-study of the Scriptures, started discovering their “Hebraic Roots”. Gradually the various Hebraic Tenets of the original True Faith were restored, and, in fulfilment of ancient prophecies (Ezek 37 etc) a surge developed towards re-identifying with Judah – the one House of ancient Israel which maintained its identity throughout the ages and which was never cut off from the Covenant, notwithstanding God’s dissatisfaction with their integrity and dedication to Him.
Through the religious upheavals caused by the Messianic Advent and its progressive proclamation, gradually the vision and true Purpose of the Messianic Reconciliation became clouded. The gradual restoration of the Original True Faith, brought about by the Hebraic Roots Restoration Movement of the last few years, have shed much New Light on the redefining of the Messianic Gospel and its relation to the age-old ‘Gospel’ to the Israelites.
And this is where our first category of non-conforming claimants to the Kingdom fit into the Messianic Gospel – that ‘lost’ House of Israel, inter-mingled with and integrated into the multitude of nations. Serious contemplation and consideration of the Scriptural evidence in this monumental subject, reveals that Messiah’s Sacrificial Mission was for the reconciliation and retrieval into the Original Hebraic Covenant, of this ‘lost’ section of the original parties to that Covenant.
To understand this seemingly audacious statement, we need to be aware of the great historic events that gave rise to this situation. But, firstly also, we will consider the Scriptural confirmation of this statement by quoting the Words of Messiah Himself:
Matthew 15:24 “But He (Messiah) answered and said, ‘I was sent only unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel.'”
To many Bible students, the ‘House of Israel’ simply means ‘The Jews’. Thus, “Messiah was sent to “the lost Jews” they conclude. As we will shortly show below (as also in our comprehensive studies on this topic), the “House of Israel” specifically refers to the Northern 10 Tribes of Israel which were exiled 8 centuries BCE and became intermingled with the nations of the world, totally loosing their Hebraic identity with time. Considering the above text in context with the main theme of the entire Bible, the NT Messiah was sent “ONLY unto the lost sheep of the (Lost) House of Israel.”
Matthew 10:5 “These twelve (apostles) YAHU’SHUAH sent out with the following instructions: ‘Don’t go into the territory of the Goyim (other nations) and don’t enter any other town in Shomron, but go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. As you go, proclaim ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is near.'”
A thorough consideration and re-evaluation of the true purpose of the Redeeming Messiah, will confirm that He was sent “”ONLY unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel” in order to bring them BACK into the fold again – in Covenantal relationship, together with Judah (the Jews), under the God of Israel, as part of His Kingdom.
About Paul’s mandate Messiah said: Acts 9:15 “This man is My chosen vessel to bring My Name before the nations and kings and before the Sons of Israel.”
Paul’s insistence to go to the Jews rather, in conflict with the above Calling, and to his own eventual personal detriment, forms an entire different topic discussed elsewhere in our library. The book of Acts chapters 22 – 24 deals with this conflict.
Bear in mind, that in those days the exile of the lost ‘House of Israel’ was well known. The great historian, Josephus, who was appointed by the Roman Empire to record the history of the Jews, refer to multitudes of these ‘lost Israelites’ who were still identified and living ‘across the Euphrates river’ in his time. The later books of the Tanach (Old Testament), make a clear distinction between ‘Israel and Judah’. Messiah’s reference and instructions quoted above, must therefore refer to this ‘Lost House’, not to the ‘lost souls’ within Judah as it is generally interpreted.
Ps. 89:34 “I will not break My Covenant, I will not revoke My given Word, I have sworn on My Holiness, once for all and cannot turn liar to David.”