The Arrogance of 10-Israel against The Inviolable Covenant
1 Kings 11:9 records how YHVH became angry with the Judean King Solomon because his heart had turned away from YHVH who favoured him particularly. YHVH undertook to tear His Kingdom away from Solomon.
1 Kings 11:9 “For your father David’s sake however (from the Tribe of Judah) … I will not tear the whole Kingdom (away). For the sake of David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen, I will leave … one Tribe..” This Tribe would be Judah, as both history and Scripture confirm:
2 Kings 17:18, “YHVH was enraged with Israel and thrust them away from Him. There was none left but the Tribe of Judah only.”
His Purpose with retaining one Tribe, is explained in 1 Kings 11:13, “So that My servant David will always have a Light in My Presence in Jerusalem, the City I have chosen as a Dwelling Place for My Name.”
This links up with His Divine Intention of selecting Judah as His Shevet (Tribe) and Mechoqeck. This is part of the fulfilment of the Divine Blessing of Judah to remain an ongoing, identified Tribe before Him.
This is re-affirmed in 2 Chronicles 13:5 “Do you not know, that YHVH the God of Israel, has given the sovereignty (Kingdom) of Israel to David for ever? It is an inviolable Covenant!.”
In the chapters (1 Chron. 11-13) surrounding this monumental statement, we read of the straying of 10-Israel under their own appointed king Jeroboam, who disowned and rejected the Levites and Priests of Judah who were in Northern Israel. These priests returned to Judah and Jerusalem to serve YHVH with Judah, They were joined by “members of all the tribes (of 10-Israel) who were wholeheartedly devoted to the worship of YHVH.” (1 Chron. 11:15) .
Surely, here is a clear indication of the spirit of YHVH’s elect? – to come OUT of paganism and anti-Judah opposers and to return to and join Judah, YHVH’s sole remaining Kingdom Tribe!
In these chapters (and many others in these ‘hidden records’ of Chronicles and Kings) we also find clear defining of the spirit, attitude and actions of 10-Israel:
1 Chron. 12:1 They soon rejected the Law of YHVH.
1 Chron. 13:9 They drove out the priests of YHVH to make priests of their own liking.
1 Chron. 10:16 10-Israel called out: “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse! … henceforth, look after your own House, David!” They thus rejected the House of Judah and the Faith and Law of YHVH.
1 Chron. 10:19 “And the House of (10) Israel remained separated from the House of David until the present day.”
Micah 1:5, “All this is because of Jacob’s transgression, because of the sins of the people of Israel. What is Jacob’s transgression? Is it not Samaria? 6 “Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble, a place for planting vineyards. I will pour her stones into the valley and lay bare her foundations.”
In these seldom read books we also find a clear description of the spirit that is so prevalent in 10-Israel today, sifted amongst the nations, from whence many of them are waking up to the Call of Return to their ancient Roots. Thus, we read in 2 Kings 17:18 onwards, how that the king of Assyria brought foreigners back to the land of Northern Israel (Samaria) to replace the exiled 10-YTribers. It is said that because the once fertile land no longer provided its bountiful produce to the strangers, they were taught the Ways of “the God of the Land (of Israel).
2 Kings 17:33 “They worshipped YHVH and their own gods at the same time, with the rites of the countries from which they had (come) been deported … They did not … conform to the Statutes of YHVH, or the rituals, or the Law or the Commandments which YHVH had laid down for the sons of Jacob … Israel.”
10-Israel in exile amongst the nations would experience the opposite. Having rebelled against and lost these Laws of YHVH, they would be exposed to the rites of the strange nations amongst whom they would be exiled. At their return, it is obvious that they would return to the Way and Laws of YHVH, while retaining and clinging to some of these pagan rites. It is for this very reason that YHVH has retained the Tribe of Judah to serve as His Lawgiver and Interpreter (Mechoqeck) at their Return. It is also logic that they would resist this corrective Guidance, due to their exposure to the pagan ways and their total loss of proper Guidance in His Ways.
Prophecy of Redemption
In these hidden books we also find a wonderful Prophecy:
2 Chron. 15:3 “Many a day Israel will spend without a faithful God, without priest (Cohen, Rabbi) to teach, without Torah (for they have rejected and pulled away from the Mechoqeck of YHVH). But in their distress they will return to YHVH, the God of Israel. They will seek Him, and He will let them find Him.”
But it will be in a time of trouble amongst the nations – verse 5 – 7. There will be those who try to twist this as applying to the Jews (Judah) Verse 1-3 of this chapter however clearly defines that it refers to 10-Israel and not to Judah.
In 1 Kings 12:26 onwards, we read about 10-Israel’s king Jeroboam, how he declared his anti-Judah religious practises, after rejecting the Judah leadership – for fear that 10-Israelites would return to the Jewish Faith and thus cause his death:
- he built a new non-Jewish Temple at Bethel
- he appointed priest from ordinary non-Levite families.
- he moved the ‘Jewish’ feasts a month on, from the 7th to the 8th month.
This all sounds peculiarly familiar to the attitude of modern 10-Israelites who reject the Mechoqeck leadership of Judah and insist on having their own Beth Din’s, their own temples distinctly separated from Judah, their own ‘corrected’ Bible Calendar, their own appointed teachers and priests.
It is also conspicuous how these rejecters of Judah’s Mechoqeck authority, generally will dodge these clear Scriptural records of ancient 10-Israel’s rebellion against Judah’s authority, by attributing it to “the higher taxes that Judah enforced on them.” Closer analysis will show that they are simply persisting today in the very same rebellion of their forefathers.
Do they not know, that YHVH the God of Israel, has given the sovereignty (Kingdom) of Israel to David for ever? It is an inviolable Covenant!
Is it not clear, also in light of the Prophecies of re-uniting 10-Israel and Judah into ONE nation, ONE House again, that the Divine Intent according to this inviolable Covenant must be to join His Kingdom, the rulership of which had been allotted to Judah – the Kingdom of David?
Is this not the Kingdom which YAHU’SHUAH told us to pray for: “Let thy Kingdom come …?” Is there another Kingdom, another inviolable Covenant?
All that will change, and all that can possibly change in a future dispensation, is the leadership guidance. When the Ruling Messiah comes, He will take over the Rule from Judah – until that Time, Judah is in charge!
Significantly, 10-Israel under the influence of their King Jeroboam, pronounced their own (temporal) doom when they proclaimed:
1 Kings 12:16, “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the Son of Jesse!”
Every returning 10-Israelite today, stands before this vital decision: Who will they join:
- that part of 10-Israel which rebels against Judah’s Mechoqeck appointment?
- or, will they return in humility to Judah to learn from its teachers?