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God’s Chosen People–The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel

In these latter days, God is searching for His people.  The unenlightened will respond, saying that the people known as Jews today are His people, so no problem finding them.

But they are wrong.  85% of today’s Jews did not spring from the loins of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel [1].  They are not the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” that Christ was only sent to, but are of a Turko-Mongol tribe known as the Khazars who converted en masse to Judaism at the heighth of their power during the Middle Ages.

These people are not God’s chosen people who He scattered in 721 B.C. and 603 B.C.–the House of Israel (ten tribes) and the House of Judah (two tribes), respectively.  Yahweh likens His chosen people to sheep, the sheep of His pasture.

And although they strayed and sinned against Him and He scattered them, He is jealous in His watching care over them, having something wonderful planned for them at the end of this age.

Our job as His elect, is to sift through all the information out there, both true and false, and share the truth with those who are slated to come into His government, His kingdom.

But some teachers are persisting on teaching falsehoods and lies about God’s plan and purpose, about the endtimes, and about just who His people are.

In the scriptures, He refers to the religious leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel down through the centruies as “the shepherds of Israel.”  These shepherds–the rabbis, pastors, ministers, priests, evangelists, prophets, teachers, and pastors–have not fed the flock of Yahweh with His truth.  In fact, they have hidden the truth about Yahweh’s identity, His name and its significance and meaning, and His plan and purpose in reproducing Himself in this earth in His elect.

Another Gospel

They have substituted “another gospel,” another name, and another false vision that does not agree with the prophets’ and apostles’ vision of Yah in His kingdom glory.

Furthermore, these false shepherds grow rich from His people.  They fleece the people of their money, deceiving them into supporting a system that churns out falsehoods, misconceptions, and myths about the Creator.

Because of all this, Yahweh through the prophet Ezekiel prophesied against these shepherds.  “Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” (34: 2).  He is saying, You profit from my people, but you don’t do anything good for them.  You don’t feed them; you don’t comfort the sick or gather the lost.  “But with force and cruelty have you ruled them” (v. 3-4).

And because of you wicked pastors, my sheep were scattered and “wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill…upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them” (v. 5-6).  No one eaten up by the world system cares about the “lost sheep of the House of Israel,” who Jesus/Yahshua said He was only sent to.  What great importance He placed upon them!  Christ’s Spirit through the apostle James wrote his book to them!  “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.”  To the twelve tribes that were already by then, 700 years 0n, scattered “north and west” of Jerusalem.  James’ mind was thinking the same thoughts as his Master Jesus/Yahshua.  He knew that he was sent to the lost sheep.

Should we think that all the other apostles were any less mindful of these “lost sheep of the House of Israel”?  This proves that the above message delivered by the Holy Ghost through His prophet Ezekiel about His sheep and their false shepherds was far-reaching, spanning many centuries, even to the end of our age!

And so the Spirit has a message for the sheep and their false shepherds today.  “O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD (Yahweh)…Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand…”  And the false pastors will stop feeding My people, and they will stop making their living from them.  “For I will deliver my flock from their mouth” (v. 7-10).  Falling into the hands of the living God is a fearful thing!  I would not want the Creator to be angry with me and be against me because I was teaching false doctrines!

God Is Searching for His Lost Sheep

Yahweh goes on to say that “I will search my sheep, and seek them out.”  God will find them where they are scattered all over this world.  He will feed them with truth, seeking out His lost ones.  They are lost, for they know not who they are; they do not know that they are the descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.  They not only do not know who they are, they do not know that God Almighty is seeking them out.

Yes, He is seeking them out by first placing in them a hunger and a need to know their spiritual roots.  Meanwhile, God is placing in the hearts of true shepherds the true knowledge of His plan and purpose, and they will with the Great Shepherd at the helm teach the lost sheep about Him and His kingdom and how He is regathering and restoring His people to the original prominence they once had with Him.

God will find them where they are scattered all over the earth.  He will heal them and save them, and will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even His servant David (v. 23).  Yes, King David in his new spiritual body will be over us in the kingdom.  Christ is coming back to establish His government of the entire earth.  There will be peace in His kingdom and “showers of blessing” will fall on the land for His people (v. 26).

To be a part of this, we, the sheep of His pasture, must prove all things out that are taught to us.  Question everything and pray for God’s guidance in proving a teaching–whether it is true or false.  We must dig deep, very deep into the spiritual matters if we want to reign with Him at the end of this age.  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

1.  See Arthur Koestler’s The Thirteeneth Tribe

http://www.fantompowa.net/Flame/koestlerindex.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirteenth_Tribe

2.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khazars

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The Lost Sheep, The 144,000–God Searching for His People

God is searching for His people in these latter days.  Granted, He loves the whole world and everyone in it, but there is only one people on the face of this big wide earth that He is actually searching for.  It is the people He chose way back in Abraham’s day, who would be called by Abraham’s grandson’s name—Israel, meaning “Prince with God.”  Yes, salvation is open to all of His creation, but He has “not cast away His people which He foreknew.”   He is searching for them now.  To understand His heart and the importance that His people have in His plan for our day, we must rehearse their trail through Bible history.

You know the story about His chosen people—how Yahweh the Creator chose out a people to reveal Himself to and through—a people who came out of the loins of Adam and Eve about 6,000 years ago, a special creation with a special purpose in the mind of God.  How Abraham and Sarah were promised a miracle son in the book of Genesis—how he would be called Isaac, and he would have Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.  And Jacob/Israel had 12 sons, and they multiplied and remained the chosen people of God.

And then for most people it gets fuzzy.  Most remember a few “Bible stories.”  Few study the Bible in depth to see where the thread of prophecy leads.  The 12 sons married and multiplied into small clans or tribes. Jacob/Israel’s favorite son Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  Famine gripped the land and Jacob/Israel and his 11 sons and their families had to go down to Egypt to buy food.  In the mean time,  Joseph had by the miraculous hand of God become the governor of Egypt, Pharaoh’s right hand man.

Joseph, a type of the Messiah, has mercy on his brothers and their families, forgiving them and setting them up.  The Hebrews then stay in Egypt and have it good there and grow over the next 400 years to 3 million, a country within a country.  In the course of time, these 12 tribes of people, all the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel, are enslaved by the Egyptians.  Moses, a Hebrew child reared as an Egyptian prince by Pharaoh’s sister, is called by Yahweh to deliver the children of Israel (all 12 tribes).  Through many miracles like the parting of the Red Sea, Moses leads God’s people into the Promised Land, into the land of Canaan.

After much adventure and misadventure, Joshua, Moses’ protégé, leads them on in, and they conquer the land.  Each of the 12 tribes gets an inheritance of actual real estate and they take up residence.

Their form of government is a theocracy—God ruling them through His representatives, the prophets and the judges.  They are, however, extremely unruly, and seek after other gods and provoke Yahweh to anger and jealousy.  When things go bad for them, they cry out to Yahweh and He comes to their rescue.  When things are good, food and prosperity plentiful, then they forget Him and, what He calls, “whore after other gods.”  He likens them to His wife.

This goes on for about 500 years, from about 1500 B.C. to 1,000 B.C.  At this time they want to be like the other nations around them; they want a king like they have.  And so, against Samuel the prophet’s warning, God gives them King Saul, who is later deposed for His sins, and then has Samuel anoint “a man after God’s own heart,” the illustrious David, the son of Jesse, the ancestor of Jesus/Yahshua.

Later, David’s son Solomon is crowned King of Israel, meaning he is the king of all twelve tribes of  Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.  Solomon was a great man, but his kingdom would be torn in two because of His idolatry.  For he “loved many strange women…of the nations concerning which Yahweh said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go into them…” (I Kings 11: 1-2).  So God told Solomon that because you have done this, “I will surely rend the kingdom from thee” (v. 11).  For David’s sake, Yahweh waited until after Solomon’s death to divide the 12 tribed kingdom.

In about 975 B. C., a civil war broke out and it split into two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Israel with ten of the twelve tribes, and the Kingdom of Judah with the other two tribes.  The Kingdom of Israel (10 tribes) lay to the north with its capital Samaria.  The Kingdom of Judah lay to the south with its capital Jerusalem.  They both had their own kings, with their own religious and political systems.  In fact, one can read about  them at war with each other in many parts of the Bible.

Yahweh warned them that He would punish them for their evil ways going back hundreds of years.  And really nothing changed after the split.  Both Houses, both the House of Israel (10 tribes) and the House of Judah (2 tribes), kept doing evil in God’s sight over the next 300+ years.  They kept breaking His 10 commandment law.  Yet He was faithful, sending prophets to both kingdoms, admonishing them to turn from their evil ways.

Until, finally, Yahweh had had enough.  For His chosen people’s own good, He would do the unthinkable.  He would scatter them to the four winds.  He would raise up terrible nations to sweep down upon their little kingdoms, and to gobble them up and slay some of them and to lead them into captivity.  He had warned them through His prophets of this very detestable thing, yet they would not hearken.  Prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, among many others cried unto them, reminding them of the great heritage, and warning them to repent and turn their hearts back to God, but they would not hear of it. They were smug in their assurance that their new way of worship was proper.  But they had other gods before the true Creator God, and had forgotten the Rock “from which they were hewn.”

And so, in 721 B. C., the fierce Assyrian Empire swooped down upon the northern Kingdom of Israel (ten tribes) and led them back east to their capital city of Nineveh.  And these enslaved offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel became lost.  They lost their identity as part of God’s chosen people.  They disappeared into the mists of time, and modern scholars are hard pressed to shed light on just where they went or what happened to them.  But “God has not cast away His people which He foreknew” (Rom. 11: 2).

They are mentioned in the “New Testament,” however.  Christ said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Matt. 15: 24, NIV, ESV, RSV).  He spoke no idle words.  The lost tribes of Israel are extremely important to Christ, and consequently, to the Father.  And the apostle James addresses his book “to the twelve tribes scattered abroad, greeting” (1:1).  That has to be the descendants of the Kingdom of Israel (ten tribes) or to the whole House of Israel (12 tribes).  James, who had the same mind of Christ, cleared that up by writing to the 12 tribes that were already scattered all over the world.  Also, the apostle Paul said that as of A.D. 62, the twelve tribes were not only in the earth, but were “instantly serving God day  and night” in hope of the promise of the resurrection of Christ (Acts 26: 6-7).

Kingdom of Judah Carried Away

That same fate that happened unto the northern Kingdom of Israel (10 Tribes) happened to the southern Kingdom of Judah around  603 B. C. by the Babylonians.  Citizens of this two-tribed kingdom, by now called “Jews,” were carried away captive, but they did not lose their identity.  The original Hebrew religion instituted by Moses had by now changed into the beginning of the modern religion of Judaism, which, according to the Savior Yahshua, was hypocritical, evil, and was not pleasing to God (John 8:44).  By 29 A.D. many Edomites (Idumaens) had converted to the Mosaic religion and had changed it into something altogether repulsive to Christ.  In fact, He told them, “You are of your father the devil.”  Judaism had become now the religion of the “serpents” and “vipers,” the Pharisees and Sadducees, who are the progenitors of the modern Jewish religion today.  This is the “synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie,” spoken of by Jesus/Yahshua Himself (Rev. 3: 9).  85% of modern Jewry are not from the loins of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe). 

Because the Israelites (10 tribes) were lost to history, people now think that the only Israelites left are Jews.  But the true Jews made up only two tribes out of the original twelve.  That leaves the vast majority of the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” out here in the world, their identity lost, waiting for God to reveal it to them.  For these of the lost ten tribes do figure prominently in prophecy for these latter days.  144,000 of them are detailed specifically in Revelation 7 and 14.  12, 000 from each tribe are mentioned by name.  “Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand.  Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand.  Of the tribe of Gad…” and on through Benjamin “were sealed twelve thousand,” to a total of 144,000.  So a remnant of the lost tribes will be revealed in these latter days in order to fulfill these scriptures.

The 144,000 from the Lost Tribes of Israel

These have a very precious and wonderful calling, for they will be sealed by God as His servants before His throne (7: 3, 15).  They will have “their Father’s name [Yahweh] written in their foreheads” (14: 1).  They were “redeemed from among men,” meaning that they are not super heavenly entities, but came from the loins of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  They were washed in the Lamb’s blood like every other Christian, but they have grown to full spiritual maturity and are the “firstfruits unto God” (v. 4).  They are “without fault before the throne of  God” (v. 5).  Without fault!  Perfectly mature manifested sons of the living God!

And they come out of the twelve tribes of Israel.  That may not be politically correct to say, but that is what Revelation 7 says.  This is the reason that it is extremely important for us to study the prophecies concerning the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” out.  Christ said that He was sent to them!  It was important to Him.  Is it important to us?

Some doubters will say that the 12 tribes are lost, and “What difference does it really make anyway?”  Well, it would not make any difference if the future of His chosen people did not matter to Him.  God says that His manifested sons will come out of these twelve tribes, and it does matter to Him.  He said, “My ways are not your ways; my thoughts are not your thoughts.”

We are told to seek the mind of God.  Know His thoughts.  What is He thinking about?  Is He still thinking about His people, the lost sheep of the House of Israel?  Yes.  “Has God cast away His people? God forbid…The gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:1, 29).  Yahweh called them and a remnant of them will come back to Him in these latter days.  The question for us is this: Are we one of them?  Will we be one of the “firstfruits of God” who are very close to the Lamb and do the greater works that He promised some would do?

Kenneth Wayne Hancock   {Please make a comment.  I would love to hear from you and where you reside in the earth.}

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The High Calling of God

Chapter 24 of the book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality    

 Yahweh has a special calling for His people.  “Many are called, but few are chosen.”  Those that “make their calling and election sure” become the elect.  But what is this calling exactly?

      “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  When they don’t have the vision for themselves that Yahweh has for them, then they will perish and wither on the vine.  What is this vision that Yahweh has for this special people in the earth?

     He said that He wants to make His people a kingdom of priests and kings.  For He is the “King of kings.”  He also is the High Priest of many priests.  He says that He is making us a “peculiar nation, a royal priesthood, a chosen generation” (The word “priest” in your center column reference is rendered “teachers,” teachers of Him and His precepts and His government). 

     If we as Israel the people of God don’t know where we have come from and where we are going in His plan, then we are still part of the Lost Tribes of Israel.  We are not found yet.  We have not discovered our identity yet.  But when we awaken, when His vision is quickened in our hearts, and we really see what He wants us to be as His chosen people,  then  it changes everything.  We begin to get on fire.  We begin to say, Wait a minute.  I can do this.  I can be what He wants me to be.  But that brings us back around to the question that we must ask: What is it exactly that He wants His chosen people to be? 

     Paul talks about a “high calling” for the people of God.  In Phillipians 3:7-15, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge.”  His people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge of who they are, who He is, and what His plan is.  The knowledge of what now?  Paul is saying that he is counting everything that this world has to offer as a loss for this one thing–“the excellency of the knowledge of Yahshua Messiah my Master, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Him,” that I may be part of His company of many sons. 

     Many times when we say the words “Savior, Messiah, the Son of God,” we think of one historical personage, but there are many members of His one body where many will walk as He walked. That is what He is wanting.

     But someone will question this and say, “What do you think you are, a bunch of little Jesus Christs?” No.  It is His Spirit; He wants to multiply Himself.  He wants us all to manifest His Spirit of love, joy, peace, just like Paul and Peter and the other early followers.

     And then someone will gainsay, “You can’t be like Him! You can’t be like Him!”  And I don’t claim to be.  But if you won’t let me be like Jesus, is it okay if I be like Peter?  Is it okay if I be like Paul?  That would be good enough.

     So in the above passage Paul is going to win Yahshua and be “found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is of the law.” That means when one tries to keep the ten commandments on their own strength and not with the Spirit’s help. “But that which is through the faith (belief) of the Messiah, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (v. 8-9). 

     “That I may know Him” (talking about this knowledge without which we as His people are destroyed) “and the power of His resurrection…”  Many times in the past I thought that knowing the power of His resurrection meant that I know what it is to have raised somebody from the dead.  But that thought is all centered on ME and how great and powerful I have become! I was musing on this mighty resurrection power of the Creator and how it  would surge through me to raise up a dead body.  No.  That is not it. Knowing the power of His resurrection means experiencing HIM changing me from a mortal to an immortal being!  It is Him granting this vessel of mine immortality!  Praise Yah!  When this mortal puts on immortality! That  is really knowing the “power of His resurrection!”

     In verse 11: “If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”  These are fine phrases; these are wonderful words, but what exactly is this knowledge that He is talking about, this resurrection of the dead?  “Not that I had already attained…”  I am still mortal, Paul is saying.  “Either were already perfect…” When that which is perfect is come—being changed from mortal to immortal—all the other temporary things like our earthly bodies will be done away with—“but I follow after, if that I may  apprehend  that  for  which also I am apprehended of the  Master.”  The Master says that you have not chosen me, but I have chosen you to bring this glorification upon. 

     Pretty heady stuff.  It just sounds so prideful when you are talking about getting glorified.  The Master said in John 17:22, “And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one.”  That was His prayer! That all of us would be glorified and be one with Him!  But it is difficult to fully be one with Him if we are still living in a fleshly, earthly body, for He now dwells in a glorified, spiritual body.  But some will say that He was just talking about the original 12 disciples 2000 years ago, but in 17:20 He states that it is not just the 12 that He’s praying for but for “all those who shall believe through their word.”  That is us!

 Immortality: The High Calling

 

     Paul continues in Phil. 3:13: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended…” He is saying, I’m going after this thing; I want to be one of those who He is going to change into an immortal.  And He knows there are many of us that it is going to happen to.  “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God” (I John 3:1).  But Paul now is going to forget “those things that are behind and reach forth unto those things which are before.” 

     What is the greatest thing in our life that we have in front of us, before us?  It has got to be immortality,  everlasting  life,  life eternal.  Paul says that he is forgetting all the things in his life that have gone on before.  He is forgetting the old conversation, the old worldly things that he used to talk about, forgetting the old ways of thinking, the old habits, the old way we used to be.  Counting all those things that we were and that we did as dung—that old pride and arrogance—and start walking in this newness of life. Paul is saying that he will forget all the old things of his past and reach forth for this immortality that is coming.  He says that he is pressing on for “the mark of the prize of the high calling” of Yah-in-human-form.

      “Let us, therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded.”  He didn’t say as many as “are” perfect.  “Be” is the infinitive which speaks infinity, a place where there is no time or tense.  He is saying, in other words, those of you that lay hold of this message of your soon coming immortality, you need to think on these things that I am telling you.

     Yahweh’s high calling is for Him to be fully formed in you.  Paul talks more about this in Roman 8:18.  “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  In us?  For the creation is waiting for the making known of the sons of God, Paul says in the next phrase. God subjected the whole creation to vanity, to no profit, to futility.  “Because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption…” (the physical corruption of our mortal bodies) “…into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (His immortal ones, just like Him).

     Paul is talking immortality here, as he did in I Cor. 15,  the  resurrection  chapter.  At  His coming,  this earthly body, that may die and turn to dust, will be changed like unto His immortal body. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things God has prepared for those that wait upon Him and that love Him.”  Immortality!

     The whole creation is groaning.  The people of this earth need to be delivered from the deception of worldly governments and economic systems.  Look at the evil in high places.  And we are groaning under the high taxes that we have to pay to the private banking corporations, the Federal Reserve System and the other Central Banks all over the world that are squeezing the people dry.  These private banks, that sound so governmental, print the paper money, loan it to our government so that they can throw it away on $500 toilet seats, and we, the taxpayers, have to pay the interest on this national debt with our income taxes!  This nation and all the nations of the world are in bondage, for the borrower is servant to the lender.

     America is in trouble.  “The creation is groaning and travailing in pain until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit.”  Even us who have a bit of truth, a small portion of His Spirit, we are groaning right along with the rest of creation waiting for one thing; we are waiting for this great event to happen: the adoption, the redemption of our bodies, the putting on of immortality!

     This is the high calling: to be one of the immortal ones, one of the manifested sons of God.  He knew beforehand all those that He places this high calling on.   And  He also  gave them this destiny—to be one of His immortal offspring.  To be just like Himself in human form. These are the elect, the ones He has chosen before the world ever was.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified…Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” (Romans 8:28-30,33).

 Destroyed for lack of knowledge

     But, His people are being destroyed because they do not know who He really is.  They do not know who they are nor the wonderful, pre-destined promises that He has made especially for them.

     We Israelites need to realize that in not knowing this, we don’t know where we have come from.   We don’t know our history nor the prophecy given over us.  We don’t know where we are going.  The word of Yahweh spoken over our ancestors, the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel through His prophets, all this is there to be quickened within us by belief.  For His word will not return unto Him void, but will accomplish the purpose for which He spoke it.  He spoke it over our ancestors, and He is speaking it over us today.  And if we will take it to heart and walk in it, this world will turn around.

     His purpose for His elect is immortal sonship!  In Revelation 7 and 14 there are 144,000 “redeemed from among men and are the firstfruits unto God.”  They are with Him in Spirit and truth, and they are standing as an army, immortal as He, for each seed bears its own kind.  And where does Rev. 7 say He gets these immortal ones from?  He will select them from the 12 tribes of Israel.  Not from just Judah, but from the 12 tribes!

     To be like Him—that is the high calling.  And we need to make this calling and election sure by studying and proving all things.  We must read, dig deep and put our house upon the rock where these truths will be solid.  And after we have finished, we will be able to stand with Him and walk with Him.      Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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“The Ancient People” of YAHWEH–His Everlasting People

Chapter 23 of the book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality

All the way through the scriptures you can see the way Yahweh lavishes His love on His special people in the earth, even calling them the “ancient people.”  The Hebrew word translated “ancient” is the same word used in many places for “everlasting.” And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient (everlasting) people? Fear ye not, neither be afraid…you are even my witnesses. Isa. 44:7.  In other words He is saying, I will use you true House of Israel descendants as a testimony and fulfillment of this scripture by granting you everlasting immortality!

     The Spirit of Yahweh is addressing Jacob/Israel from verse one on.  Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen. There it is.  Jacob/Israel is an appointed people, some of which will be elected by Yahweh to fully reveal Himself to the world.  They will be His testimony in the earth, His witnesses that will give evidence and a witness to this whole earth. 

     This is the very reason that Yahweh took the 12 tribes of Israel on as a wife in the first place.  He needed a wife in order to reproduce Himself.  The Word, the Seed, bears its own kind, and fully manifested sons of God will be the 100 fold fruit that will  come out of the womb of the 12 Tribes of Israel.  They will be the full fruit 100 fold offspring of Yahweh.  “Can the children of the bridechamber fast as long as the bridegroom is with them.”  He spoke that about His disciples.  They were the children, the sons, the offspring of the relationship of the Seed and fleshly Israel, Yahweh’s wife. 

     His plan from time immemorial was that He would fully reproduce Himself through His chosen people—a line from Adam, Seth, on down through Enoch, Noah, Shem, and on down through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel and his 12 sons, and on down through to us.

     You mean that He will choose out certain individuals from this line of people to be just like Him and  to do great things in the earth?  Yes. 

     But a thought will come up?  What about these people over here who are not of the 12 tribes of Israel, who are not of the Nordic, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Western European, Caucasian lineage of people?  It sounds so elitist, so racist. You mean they are all okay in the sight of God just because they are the descendents of Jacob/Israel?

     Absolutely not. If they do not repent, they shall all likewise perish.  For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.  Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children.  On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Rom.9:6-8. If the natural descendants of the Hebrew patriarchs do not repent and believe, then they are not the children of God. 

     Yahweh is fair.  Just because a person is of the lineage of Jacob/Israel, that does not guarantee anything.  He does take a special interest in these people.  He definitely said He did, and if we ignore this fact, we shall have ignored the thoughts of Yahweh’s mind.  And we ignore this fact at our own peril.  He is fair and kind to all.  Anyone who repents and turns their heart to Him, He will in no wise cast away.  Yet His fairness must not be construed as His total plan and purpose.  He has an everlasting people who He loves with an eternal love.

      And Yahweh made promises and a covenant with them in Abraham that He would not only bless him and his descendants, but would also bless the whole world through them. You may read in the first 10 chapters of Genesis how like a mother hen, Yahweh meticulously protects and keeps His chosen people separate from the other nations around them.  They are a heavenly race, not of this world.  They were strangers and foreigners and looked for a heavenly country, their country.  They were different than the others.  The whole conflict of the Hebrew people was Satan trying to deceive them into thinking that they were the same as the other nations! 

     And now in our time the Spirit will fuse with some of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel.  They will become the body of Yahshua in the earth for these last days.  When we read about the Messiah’s body, we usually only see Yahshua, the Savior.  Yes, He is the Head. But He is the Head of a whole body of sons.  “Can the head say to the hand, I have no need of thee?”  Who is going to be His arms?  Who is going to be His legs?  Who is going to be His mouth?”   It is a corporate body  of many sons.  These will have full power, just like their Head Yahshua. They are His body.  They will be strong and do exploits in the land.  These are they who have answered the high calling.

 Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Who Is “the Apple of God’s Eye”?

Chapter 22 of the book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality

 If someone is the “apple of your eye,” you think about them and are greatly concerned about them. You care about them deeply and wonder how they are doing, how they are feeling, if they have any needs or necessities. It is interesting that most of us who have an “apple of our eye” have a child or a grand child as that loved one.

 But who or what is the apple of God’s eye? Who or what entity occupies His thoughts? Who is He mindful of? Who does He think about all the time? The answers to these questions will lead us to the thoughts that we should be thinking on, for they will be the very thoughts of Yahweh Himself!

 We are exhorted in the scriptures to have the Master’s mind. We are encouraged to let His mind be in us. What was His mind like? What kind of thoughts did He have? Yah-in-human-form claimed that He had no original thoughts. If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father…I and my Father are one…I came not to do my own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. When the Son spoke, it was the Father speaking. So then, if we go back into the old writings, we can directly see just what are the thoughts of Yahweh!

 Yahweh’s thoughts are far-reaching, permanent and unchanging. “The counsel of Yahweh stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.” Psm. 33:11. Whatever it is that He is thinking about, it is forever, and it will stand for all time. Speaking about Him, Job says in 23:13 that when the Creator gets it in His mind, it is permanent. “But he is in one mind, and who can turn him?” Yahweh is single-minded; He has a plan and purpose, and it really does not matter if Satan or man tries to spoil it. Yahweh will perform it. His thoughts will not be denied their fruition.

 So, who are these thoughts about? Many, O Yahweh my Elohim are your wonderful works which you have done, and your thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto you: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Psm. 40:5. His thoughts are wonderful and without number toward “us,” David says. The “us” here is Israel, for David was king of Israel, the whole 12-tribed House of Israel. And Yahweh is mindful of His covenant with His people Israel (Psm.111:5).

 So there we have it. Yahweh’s thoughts are about His chosen people. His people under David and Solomon were direct descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel. After sojourning in Egypt for 400 years, they were delivered by Moses and took the land of Canaan, the land promised to Abraham, under Joshua. There each of the twelve tribes except Levi received land grants for their families. After several centuries of the Judges and prophets ruling over them, all twelve tribes became a kingdom with Saul and then David as their king.

 During the reign of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, the Kingdom of Israel (12 tribes) was torn into two separate kingdoms around 950 B.C., the Kingdom of Israel with the 10 northernmost tribes and the Kingdom of Judah with the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to the south. At that time they had separate capitals and were different kingdoms with a different line of kings ruling. Many times we find them at war with each other.

 The Kingdom of Israel (ten tribes with their capital at Samaria) sinned greatly against Yahweh. Their leaders changed the sabbath day and set up worship of false gods throughout the northern tribes. True prophets were sent to them, yet they repented not from the false worship. They were warned that Yahweh would allow Assyria from the east to lead them into captivity. This happened in 721 B.C. Assyria put the entire nation of Israelites into their Assyrian cities and eventually the 10 tribes would migrate “north and west” of Jerusalem “into a country thou knowest not.” They eventually ended up in Western Europe, the British Isles, and North America. They include the Scandinavian, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Scots-Irish peoples. Exhaustive studies have been made of this throughout the centuries and are easily attained though libraries and internet sources under the “lost tribes of Israel” and “British Israel”[See Appendix A].

 These 10 tribes of Jacob/Israel became lost. They lost the sabbath; they lost their own identity as being the fleshly chosen people of God. They became lost in the paganism that they embraced—the same paganism that had caused their captivity in the first place. But something of a spark was left in some of them—an ability to respond to the truth.

The 2-tribed Kingdom of Judah with its capital at Jerusalem lasted until the sieges of the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C. when they fell to his armies. They were carried captive to Babylon, and after 70 years a remnant was sent back to restore worship in Jerusalem. At this time Judaism, the religion, was born of the Babylonian Talmud, which superimposed many manmade ordinances and replaced the ancient Hebrew worship established by the patriarchs and prophets. Many converts like Herod, who was a descendant of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother, converted to this religion. Esau, known as Edom, father of the Idumaens, had sold his birth- right to Jacob and had gone against the word of Yahweh in taking wives of the other races.

The Pharisees and Sadducees, leaders of sects of this Judaism religion, were strongly rebuked as “children of the devil” by Yahshua, the Son of God. What they had, evidently, was the opposite of what He is.

“I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel”

And so in the heat of this cauldron of religion and politics of a Roman-dominated Judea, we have the Master, the Messiah, say, “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” An astounding statement, but it proves that His thoughts toward His chosen people in the earth are solid and permanent. And even if they did not know who they were at that time (as most do not in ours), He still did not forget them 750 years after their captivity! He was still thinking about them and had not forgotten them! He is ever mindful of his covenant. He has shown His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. Psm. 111:5.

So we see that Yahweh was and is thinking about a lineage of people out of the loins of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel. This people He made a covenant with that He would stick with them and eventually, even though they rebelled against Him, they would return to Him and be His people.

His people are His portion

These people are so special to Him that “when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For Yahweh’s portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance” (Deut. 32:8-9). The true people Israel are so important to Him that they are His portion; they are what God gets out of all of this. We get Him; He gets us. We are getting the better deal. God “found Jacob in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye” (v. 10).

Jacob/Israel is the apple of God’s eye. They are special to Him; they are his chosen people. God is no respecter of persons, “not willing that any should perish,” but He is a respecter of nations and peoples.  A mild perusal of Genesis 1-10 will show that some nations were cursed and some were blessed.  And from the beginning, God was blessing a certain seed line from Seth through Enoch and on down through Noah, Shem, and on down through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whose name He changed to Israel.

And Jacob/Israel had 12 sons, but the apple of Jacob/Israel’s eye was his son Joseph, who was the firstborn son of Jacob’s wife Rachel and who received the birthright.

Jacob loved them all, but Joseph was special, as we can see in Genesis 37:3. This is that same Joseph who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children.” We see this also in the blessings of Jacob on his 12 sons in Gen. 49:1: “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” And Jacob begins to give prophecy as to the future of his sons’ families who would become nations in the earth. Most are rather short and uneventful, until he gets to Joseph:

 “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: the archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: but his bow abode in strength and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of IsraelJ Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: the blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hill: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren” (v. 22-26).

Jacob/Israel in this prophecy says what shall befall his sons in the last days. Of course, he means the descendants of his sons. It is here that many reject that the descendents of Jacob/Israel, the lost tribes of Jacob/Israel, are in the earth today. Many just do not believe that the lost tribes of Israel can be nations in the earth at this present time.

Proof that the descendents of Jacob/Israel are nations in the earth today and not just the modern day Israeli nation

But the prophet Jeremiah tells us that they positively are in the earth as nations! And Yahweh puts His ordinances of the lights in the heavens on the line to insure the continuance of Israel as a nation in the earth! “Thus says Yahweh, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the seas when the waves thereof roar; Yahweh of hosts is his name: if those ordinances depart from before me, says Yahweh, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.” Jer. 31:35-36.

To prove to ourselves that the 12 tribes of Israel are a nation today, we have to only ask ourselves one question: Can we count on the sun and moon and stars to do what He made them to do? Are they still giving light and helping us to keep time and seasons? If we can answer yes, then we know that the seed, the descendants of Israel, are still a nation in the earth today.

Jeremiah prophesies that Yahweh’s people “Israel and Judah will return to the land that I gave their fathers, and they shall possess it” (30:3). Some say that that was fulfilled when the Israeli state was set up in 1948. One thing is wrong with that statement. Jeremiah says that both “Israel (10 tribes) and Judah (2 tribes)” will come back.

He says that during “Jacob’s trouble (v.7)” (the Great Tribulation) that His people will turn to Him and return to the land He promised to their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. “In the latter days you shall consider it” (30:24). “At the same time, says Yahweh, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people” (31:1). In the latter days all the 12 tribes will be restored to Him as His people. Question: How can the Jews fulfill all this at this present time when the lost tribes of Israel don’t even know who they are, much less be restored into the promised land? He said, “All the families of Israel” would be His people. The Jews cannot by definition fulfill that. If modern day Jews were from the fleshly lineage of Jacob, they would only be the two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, with a few of Levi thrown in [85% of today’s Jews are not natural descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, according to Arthur Koestler’s The Thirteenth Tribe].

“God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew,” says the apostle Paul in Romans 9. But Yahweh will take the whole House of Israel through Jacob’s trouble, the tribulation. He then will restore them through a remnant that He is calling out from them to be a light to the rest of the world. The Israelites that respond are the “apple of His eye,” a peculiar nation of kings and priests (teachers). He will bring these sons and daughters to immortality to be just like Him. Those are His thoughts toward the “apple of His eye.”

That is what He is thinking about—reproducing Himself in His people. Those are His thoughts toward the true fleshly lineage of Jacob/Israel. They are His special people with a special calling. They are the apple of His eye, the fruit of His vision. And inside the fruit, is the seed, the word of God, if so be that they have received Him. And as the Word (the seed) was made flesh and dwelt among us, so also shall that same word/seed grow in Israel and come to full fruit.

The Word will once more be made flesh and dwell among the other nations, and Immortal Ones shall tread the earth and show forth Yahweh’s thoughts and nature throughout all eternity, until He fills the whole universe with His essence and nature. And that essence and nature is loving the good and hating the evil.

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Finding the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”–Why It Matters, Part II

In part one of this article, we saw that finding the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” does matter to God because of Christ’s very words: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 15: 24 NIV).  That is who Christ is sent to, to the twelve tribes of Israel.  If they are not in the earth today, then Christ cannot fulfill His own calling!  For being sent to them is part of His calling.

Furthermore, the Spirit of God in Jeremiah promises to bring them back to Jerusalem (32: 37-40).  He is pouring out His heart to “the children of Israel and the children of Judah,” (v. 30) telling them that their sins have provoked His anger, that He should remove them from the Promised Land.  Only because of “all the evil” that they have done did God exile them to the four corners of the earth.  But, He says that He will bring back a remnant of them and “will gather them out of all countries…and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”  He goes on to say that He will plant them back into the promised land.

The Lost Sheep Are Not the Israelis

To the untrained eye, it looks like that the Israelis have fulfilled the above prophecy.  But this cannot be because the Jews were never lost!  They have always called themselves Jews.  It is the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel that were lost in history.  Where did they go?  Where are they today?  That is one of God’s mysteries that He is revealing today. 

God’s servants knew in their day.  The apostle James wrote to them 700 years after their captivities: “To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting” (James 1: 1).  Many Christians today believe that they are Gentiles and not Israelites.  If they are
Gentiles, then the book of James is not written unto them.  Why then do they persist in reading someone else’s mail?  James wrote a letter to the twelve tribes.  James would not have written to them had he not known of their existence and their location.

Huge Proof that Lost Sheep Are in the Earth Today

 But some will persist in saying, Oh that is all ancient history.  What difference does it really make whether the lost sheep of Israel exist or not?  The answer is that the destiny of a remnant of  all 12 tribes of Israel is literally spelled out in the Book of Revelation–twice!

Thousands of Israelites are sealed by God and are given a special calling in Revelation.  If it really doesn’t matter about the literal offspring of Israel being around today, then why does Christ make reference to them by name twice in the book of The Revelation?  

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass” (Rev. 1: 1).  And a part of these eminent things to happen is the appearance of thousands of descendants of fleshly Israel being called out to do a special spiritual work in these last days.  

Where in Revelation Are They?

We find them mentioned in the 7th and 14th chapter.  These cannot be the modern-day Jews, for the Jews only came from the House of Judah, which only had two of the 12 tribes, and they were never lost; they along with everyone else knew they were Jews.

During the tribulation period, the four angels on the corners of the earth are admonished to “hurt not the earth…till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads…an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of Israel” (Rev. 7: 4).  Then they are all cited by their specific names: 12,000 from each tribe.  “Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand,” and so on for the rest: Reuben, Gad, Aser, Nepthalim, Mannaseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zabulon, Joseph, and Benjamin.  Twelve thousand from each tribe with a very special calling for the latter days.

They appear again in Revelation 14 where we see these 144,000 with the Lamb of God Himself!  They are about to do a great work in the earth.  They meet Christ on Mt. Sion, “which is Mt. Hermon,” 125 miles north of Jerusalem.  Again: These are not the Jews because they come out of all twelve tribes!

Now the Big Question

If it doesn’t matter whether the Lost Tribes are still in the earth, then why are they the very ones whom God will seal ?  How will they be called?  How will God’s prophecy concerning them be fulfilled if it doesn’t matter?

Bottom line: It does matter to the Creator.  We are told to “let this same mind be in you that was in Christ.”  As we get more of His thoughts and mind and Spirit, then we will begin to grasp the significance of finding and alerting the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel as to their destiny.  [To read more on this go here:   https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/finding-the-lost-sheep-of-the-house-of-israel-why-it-matters/ and here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/abraham-father-of-many-nations-but-which-nations-are-they/ They are just two of several articles on this subject.  For more go to “Categories” and scroll down and click “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.”]   Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Finding the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”–Why It Matters, Part One

Why does it matter?  The short answer: Because it mattered to the Savior.  Christ said, “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”  He said that He was sent to them.  So then we must ask, If Christ is sent to them, and we are His followers because the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, then are not we sent to them, too?

Letting our understanding of spiritual things be the standard as to what is important to God is a weak position to be in.  Evidently He knows much better than we do as to fleshly Israel’s importance in the plan and purpose of God.  He also said that “man will give an account of every idle word spoken.”  I do not believe any of His words were useless, void, or idle.   They are important, whether I understand them at present or not.  Believing His words about the Lost Tribes of Israel propels us on our search for the meaning of His words, which is truth.

Some history is needed.  After the captivity of the House of Israel (Ten Tribes) )and the House of Judah (Two Tribes), Yahweh promised that He would make a new covenant or agreement with both Houses after their respective captivities around 721 B.C. and 600 B. C.  “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the House of Judah…After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people…They shall all know Me” (Jer. 31: 31-34). 

Wait a minute.  He through His prophet Jeremiah, 120 years after the northern Ten Tribed Kingdom was scattered by the Assyrians–He now utters a prophecy that He will indeed inhabit His chosen people placing His Spirit within their hearts and promising that they will be His people!  Nothing has changed in God’s heart.  What He does, He does forever.

The Question

How will He make this New Covenant with His Chosen people, who are the fleshly descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob if they are lost forever, especially unto themselves?  If they are not in the earth today, then the above prophecy in Jeremiah cannot be fulfilled.  And it simply must be fulfilled because He said that His word “shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isa. 55: 11).

Lost Forever?  Not so fast…

Yet the naysayers persist in saying that the old tribes of Israel are lost, thrown out into the dust heap of history and, therefore, are unfindable in the earth today.  And so they say, what’s the difference anyway?  In anticipation, as if to refute this thought, the Spirit through Jeremiah continues to speak, “Thus saith the LORD (Yahweh), which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars by night…If those ordinances depart from before me, saith Yahweh, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me foreverIf the heaven above can be measure, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel…” (v. 35-37). 

Wow.  Homo ingnoramus has not measured the heavens nor the foundations of the earth, nor indeed can he.   Therefore, if we are to believe His word, He has not cast off all the children of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.  In fact, they are a nation today, only they do not go by “Israel”, obviously, for they are lost at present, according to His word.

[To be continued…]

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