Ezekiel 37 (ESV): 19 say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him (lost identity, forgotten, scattered, intermingled and adopted Israel, among God's Commandment-keeping Christians yet to be gathered to their ancestor, Jacob son of Isaac, son of Abraham's Covenant Land). And I will join with it the stick of Judah (God's Torah-keeping Jews partially gathered to their ancestor, Judah son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham's Covenant Land), and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand ...
Blessed be all the nations of the earth through the Creator's Covenant with Abraham
For Ephraim's (Israel's northern ten tribes's kingdom nation who went into Assyrian captivity in approximately 740 B.C. from which almost all northern kingdom tribe Israelites never returned to the land, and lost their identity and intermingled with all the nations of the world, to the four corners of the earth) scattered Israel's descendants of Pentateuch / Torah observing Christian Gentiles of Deuteronomy 28:64 , of whom most are yet to be gathered, and called upon to do so:
Isaiah 45 (ESV): 20 "Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you survivors of the nations! They have no knowledge who carry about their wooden idols, and keep on praying to a god that cannot save. 21 Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. 22 "Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: 'To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.' 24 "Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. 25 In the Lord all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory." 1 John 2 (ESV): 4 Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
John 11 (ESV): 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish." 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death. 54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.
... Judah's Jews, Israel's Christians and Ishmael's Islam, is to prophetically return peacefully amongst themselves as brothers, to be all gathered eventually, in their separate tribes' covenant territories in the Middle East (to be gathered by God's spiritual working, from the outreaches of the four corners of the earth, before extreme calamities will come, over their originating geographic areas of the earth), together as the scattered descended remnant of Abraham's seed. Islam in their promised nation territory as Ishmael's seed, and Judah's Jews together with the scattered Israel's Christian Gentiles (who keeps God's Pentateuch's or Yahweh's Torah's commandments, in accordance with His newly restored city, and land covenant of Jeremiah 31 (ESV) vs 31 , 32 , 33 & 38 , written already on their hearts by the sacrifice of the Jew, Yeshuah the Messiah or Jesus Christ, as the new covenant replaced God's old covenant with Abraham, of Genesis 15 (ESV): 18 , 19 , 20 & 21 , because Abraham's descendants violated it, as was forewarned in Deuteronomy 28 ), from Jacob's seed as Isaac's son, in their promised, restored Judah & Israel united one-nation territory, with its tribal divisions. Jacob was renamed Israel, after he wrestled with God ... Genesis 32 (ESV): 28 Then he said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed."
Genesis 12 (ESV): 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
Our omnipotent Creator God, Yahweh, transcending time and space, and with the knowledge that his covenant with Abraham would be broken in accordance with Deuteronomy 28 , held his foreseeable knowledge, of his required future sacrifice at the time, for a new covenant that would in future have to be established with the descendants of Abraham, by having his commandments written on their hearts, in accordance with Jeremiah 31 vs 31 , 32 & 33 . This new covenant God initiated, for the atonement of Israel's descendants' breaking of their old covenant with God, was achieved by the sacrifice of his only begotten Son in John 3 (ESV): 16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." God/Yahweh tested Abraham beforehand, if he would also sacrifice his only remaining son (as his son by his wife's Egyptian slave Hagar, whom he also took as wife, was lost to him, after he sent them away at God's command to do so, following the request of his ridiculed first wife Sarai, to do that), in Genesis 22 (ESV): 2 He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."
Israel's children come home
For Judah's / Benjamin's / Levi's, sons of Jacob's scattered descendants (southern kingdom of Judah who went into Babylonian captivity in 597 B.C, later mostly returned, and were exiled from Jerusalem in 70 A.C, and entirely scattered from Judea, by the Roman's following the defeated false Messiah: Simon Bar Kokhba's revolt in 136 A.C) of Torah observing Jews of Deuteronomy 28:64, of whom some are already gathered, and the remainder are called upon to do so:
Zechariah 12 (ESV): 10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
Let us bow down in prayer to our heavenly Father, Lord God Yahweh, the Creator, and pray like the divinely sent Jew, from the Nazarene Judaic "sect", from the tribe of Judah, Jesus the Christ, or Yeshuah the Messiah, who came to unite all God's people as the scattered descendants of Israel, has taught us:
Matthew 6 (KJV): 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Sukkot 2015 (5776) Nazaret
Ark of the Covenant
John & Ezekiel's New Jerusalem
More than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ or Yeshuah the Messiah, came in accordance with God's new covenant , to write God's commandments on Israel's descendants' hearts, and in accordance with John 11 (ESV): 52 "... to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. ", back to the covenant land, so Israel may be restored in accordance with Ezekiel 37 . The children of God mentioned, is the new covenant people of Judah and Israel's tribes, as they are the scattered remnant of Jacob's descendants. Today they are the worldwide intermingled descendants of Israel, found among all the tribes, tongues, and nations of the earth, on whose hearts God's commandments are written under the new covenant, because God's old covenant of Deuteronomy 28 were broken, and his old covenant people subsequently experienced the Assyrian & Babylonian Captivity & Exile. From there they were further scattered and intermingled, subjected to slavery and fell into idolatry, unto the ends of the earth.
Ezekiel 37 (ESV): 19 say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand.20 When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes,21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land.22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.
Islamic prophet Mohammed, has prophesied in his writings in the Islamic Quran, that the Madi-leader of the Islam nation, as the descendants of Ishmael, as promised by God (Allah as He is called in Islam) in the Hebrew Torah's Genesis, will oppose Dajjal the Anti-Christ or Anti-Messiah, as will Isaac's descendants of Israel and Jesus Christ, or Yeshuah the Messiah, at his second coming.
The land the prophet Mohammed has indicated where Islam will persist, is around Mecca and Medina, in Saudi-Arabia. Israel's promised land in accordance with God's covenant with them is around Jerusalem, as defined by God in Numbers 34 , together with the land across the river Jordan of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh as defined by God in Numbers 32 .
Ishmael was Abraham's first born son as the half-brother of Isaac, born from Isaac's mother Sarai's slave Hagar. Abraham entered into a covenant with God, where God promised that he will have a multitude of descendants, through his children Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac became the father of the nation of Israel, and Ishmael the father of the nation of Islam. Ishmael was born, following Abrahams's wife's Sarai's disbelief in God's promises, in Genesis 16 (ESV): 2 And Sarai said to Abram, "Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her." And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.5 And Sarai said to Abram, "May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!"6 But Abram said to Sarai, "Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please." Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.7 The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.8 And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai."9 The angel of the Lord said to her, "Return to your mistress and submit to her."10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, "I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude."11 And the angel of the Lord said to her, "Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction.12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen."
When Sarai's own son Isaac was born, at least 13 years after Ishmael was born, Ishmael and his mother Hagar, the Egyptian slave of Sarai was sent off into the wilderness by Abraham, at the demand of Sarai, and following God's command, in accordance with Genesis 21 (ESV): 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.6 And Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me."7 And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."8 And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing.10 So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac."11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.12 But God said to Abraham, "Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named.13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring."
The Old Covenant that was: Deuteronomy 28 (ESV): 1 And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 15 "But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. 64 "And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.
God's Old Covenant was replaced with a New Covenant, by the sacrifice of our Messiah, who was sent divinely to earth by God, for all that let all of God's commandments (of which Deuteronomy 5 's ten commandments, as was kept in the Holy of Holy's, forms the core of the Torah's or Pentateuch's 613 extensive commandments of God as the 613 Mitzvot, as this is included in the Masoretic five books of the Hebraic Torah, or the 70 to 72 Jerusalem's Jewish or Judaic Rabbi's translated Septuagint Greek Pentateuch, of God's spoken commandments, as is expected to be obeyed by His covenant people) be written on their hearts, by Him: Jeremiah 31 (ESV): 31 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord.33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
The New Covenant that is: John 11 (ESV): 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all.50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish."51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
Through the divine workings of our divine Creator God, Yahweh, a Son, Jesus the Christ, Yeshuah the Messiah, was born from a virgin as prophesied. Without the workings of man, all worldly governments will be overruled by God's Messiah, Jesus Christ's Kingdom on Earth with its seat in Jerusalem, and that Kingdom commenced with him overcoming death and Satan itself, with his resurrection from the dead after conquering the forces in hell single-handedly being God's divine sacrificial offspring. He subsequently, after anointing his believers with God's Holy Spirit as our Comforter, ascended into the heavens, like Eliah and Enoch, from where he now rules with God as the heavenly anointed King, over God's restored earth, as the King Messiah. He sits in heaven, on the throne to the right hand, of the throne of God his Father, as the Righteous One, to return to earth at his second coming in accordance with Daniel 2 (ESV): 34 As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
In accordance with Revelation 3 (ESV): 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. God will appoint the real Davidic righteous, earthly men, as kings to sit on the earthly throne in Jerusalem as prophesied in Ezekiel 37 (ESV), whilst effecting the reconstruction of his Temple in Jerusalem as prophesied in Ezekiel 40 (ESV). His appointed earthly righteous servant, and his earthly servant's righteous offspring-servants (except the last of the earthly servant's successors, who will instead be the prophesied anti-Christ, dajjal or anti-Messiah, who will serve satan instead, during the seven years of great tribulation for God's elect, in the seven years immediately before his reign will be destroyed, at the final earthly Second Coming of Messiah, who will effect the righteous final judgement on all who lives and ever lived), will be serving righteously, in accordance with God's commandments, for earthly kings in Deuteronomy 17 (ESV): 15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, 'You shall never return that way again.'17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold. The restoration of an earthly king (not to be confused with Jesus the Christ or Yeshuah the Messiah) in Israel is also further prophesied in Ezekiel 45 (ESV): 17 It shall be the prince's duty to furnish the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the new moons, and the Sabbaths, all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement on behalf of the house of Israel.
However, a successor of these kings, will at some point in time, when not being held back anymore, and when God's elected covenant people had lost all their power, ominously ascend as prophesied, not only the earthly throne, but will enter the Temple of God, wanting to be worshipped. He will be the prophesied 666 beast, anti-Christ, dajjal or anti-Messiah, demanding to be worshipped, and in order to financially enslave all people on planet earth, he will demand that all buy and sell agreements be transacted in his forceful excessive 666 financial enslaving ruling beastly name, and he will become the earthly beast man with the mark of 666, as was also symbolised by the kingly excesses of Solomon, the earthly man's 666, who ended up as a forceful excessive gold collecting enslaver, of his countrymen who was God's covenant elected people (and Solomon returned God's people to an enslaving financial Egypt, with his yearly excessive gold collections, whilst ruling contrary to God's commandments for an earthly king in Deuteronomy (ESV) 17: 16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt - as in all his wisdom, he dishonoured God's commandment for the king in Deuteronomy (ESV) 17: 17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.) Before Israel's Kingdom was split into Judah and Israel, according to 1 Kings (ESV) 10: 14 and 2 Chronicles (ESV) 9: 13 Solomon started worshipping idols, and after attempting to impress the queen of Sheba, whilst giving her all that she desired, he demanded 666 talents of gold from his countrymen, God's covenant people (Solomon acquired his 666 idol worshipping obsession from the ancient kaballah mysticism and sun worshipping idolatry, from the ancient false gods of Egypt and Babylonia), and also acquired himself many wives (whilst also adopting some of his many wives' idolatry practices), contrary to God's commandments for the earthly king in Deuteronomy 17 quoted above.
The shadowy forceful 666 beast's store of value financial control and enslavement would be for instance like the outright forceful excessive 666 Solomon's enslaving excessive gold & silver skimming collections, or it would be the more subtle laymen confusing Babylonian originating currency debasement by interest rate charging - when done by excessive inflation of fiat paper currency (for which some benevolent country leaders may even be assassinated, if daring to intervene in this type of financial forcefulness' detrimental effects to their fellow countrymen), or it could be a future electronic cashless system with excessive negative interest rates - whilst the countrymen's funds are simultaneously being locked-in in this controlled electronic cashless system with no option to opt-out, or it could be a bitcoin block-chain history ledger with controlled excessive transacting fees, or it could be excessive carbon-credit collections for any living or non-living organic carbon entity - that consumes oxygen, or it could be whatever futuristic magically invented financial enslavement instrument. It would be the excessive 666 ruling-beast financial enslavement, if this would be imposed by force, to be used without alternative, and without any freedom of transacting choice left, to God's elected covenant people, as an alternative way to escape the bondage of a financial enslavement, of a forceful excessive 666 financial ruling-beast, wanting to return them to a financially enslaved Egypt, against God's wishes. God has made it clear to his covenant people, in Deuteronomy 17 (ESV): 16 'You shall never return that way again.' , as He had freed them with a mighty arm from Egypt's bondage and enslavement. This would come to pass if free market barter, the freedom of the use of any choice of medium of exchange, or the freedom of the use of any other freely chosen store of value is prohibited, by the forceful excessive 666 financial enslaving ruling-beast (similar to what Solomon made to come to pass, by unlawfully to God's commands for kings, became an enslaving excessive store-of-value collecting ruling-beast, under the name of 666 ancient Egyptian and Babylonian kaballah mysticism idolatry, in his latter days).
After the future 666 beast's reign during the seven years of the great tribulation, it will be ended spectacularly with the Second Coming of the earthly return of Jesus the Christ or Yeshua the Messiah, accompanying the resurrection of all the dead. The final judgement will be passed, after which the lost souls, being those who had not repented from the breaking of the old covenant and accepted God's new covenant, will together with Satan and his anti-Christ beast forever be banished from heaven and earth, to be cast away to eternal damnation, devoid of any Godly presence (eternally experiencing Christ the Messiah's state of being, when he cried out in agony, whilst being devoid of God, for being punished for the sins of the repenting, delivered new covenant, restored people of God, in Mark 15 (ESV): 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" ). These lost souls would shortsightedly selfishly in an eternal self destructive manner, deceived by forces devoid of God, not have allowed themselves, through sincere repentance, to have God's commandments now be written on their hearts, by God's new covenant, through Christ's sacrifice of atonement. The elect, chosen by God to have chosen Him, to obey all His commands, as written on their hearts, through the new covenant of God's Messiah's atonement sacrifice, will eternally dwell in harmony with God, in the absolute perfect, sinless, restored heaven and earth, devoid of the presence of anything that is not of God.