Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.John 15:26
Have you ever given any thought to how it is that professing Christians sing in their hymnals about and say prayers unto "the God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" and then turn right around and refer to them as Jews!
Think about this.
None of those three were Jews, for Judah was a son of Jacob (see chart below).
Do you know that the words Hebrew, Israelite, and Judah (Jew) are NOT synonymous terms.
God's appointed watchmen, those who have eaten the Scroll, the Word of God, and digested it in their bellies, do know the difference.
In fact, they are instructed to educate their people about those differences and so it is a very important 21st. century "end times" job of the watchmen.
Let's read about it.
The Hebrew word for "Moreover" is "owd", #5750 in Strong's Concordance and it means "iteration" or "continuance", also again, repeatedly, "all life long".Ezekiel 37:15
The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
(Note: Two different sticks,
one for the descendants of Judah and for the Israelite children, his companions:
and one for the descendants of Joseph/Ephraim and all the house of Israel his companions, i.e. the Christians nations)
There is something so extremely important that our Father wants His watchman to continually teach it, all their lives!
What is it?
It is the fact that "the house of Judah" IS NOT "the house of Israel"!
They are split into two houses!
Judah, along with their allotment of Levites and many from the tribe of Benjamin, comprise the "House of Judah",
while Joseph, of whom the tribe of Ephraim was the largest, along with the rest of the 10 northern tribes comprise the other house, the "House of Israel".
There are, in this 21st century,
two sticks, NOT ONE!
Here is why this is so important:
If you do not understand these two houses, then you are not a watchman unto the house of Israel, for you know not who to watch over.You see, watchmen know that if you go out among the dry bones (the people, the professing Christians who live in the Christian nations of Europe and the Americas, and speak with them and ask them where the house of Israel is today, they will all point their phalanges to the Middle East and say "over there"!
Furthermore, if you do not understand who these two houses are, then you cannot possibly understand Bible prophecy!
Here's the test question, "Can you show someone where the United States of America, which has many times more Bibles in the land than people, is mentioned in God's Word?" You should not only be able to do that, but as a watchman you are commanded to show the two sticks to the dry bones!That's what this section of the 37th chapter of Ezekiel is all about!
So here's what you do: You say to one of these bone heads when you encounter them, "Don't move, I'll be right back." Then go over to the nearest tree and rip off two small limbs... wait a minute! Check and make sure this action is not in violation of one the 57,002 environmental regulations in your township. Next, take a permanent black Sharpie and write "Judah" on one of the sticks, hand it to skeleton man**, and say, "Hold this up in your left hand a minute." Take the other stick and write "Joseph" on it and tell your sinew challenged friend to hold this up in his right hand.
Now say to him/her, "Are you holding one stick or two sticks?" If he says, "Wow man, I don't know", that means you are in a really arid section of town where the bones are becoming petrified, i.e. getting stoned. Just say "Ok dude" and go repeat this process perhaps in the suburbs somewhere. (This is a fairly close analogy to the teaching job of a watchman.)
Anyway, you've got the picture in your mind concerning the TWO sticks, not one stick, right?
**Note: Gender cannot be readily determined by looking at a skeleton. Gender is a thing of the flesh. So doesn't that make you wonder why all the prehistoric skeletons they discover are always called "men", you know, Neanderthal Man, Pilton Man, etc. Maybe those who made the discoveries were totally wrong and it was really Neanderthal Woman they found! Women just aren't treated equally with men in the theory of evolution.
For the less theatrical among us, there is another way to use "sticks" to demonstrate that which God wants His watchmen to continually educate the dry bones about, and that is simply to write on and hold up the two branches on the Family Tree, one for Judah and one for Joseph.
Here it is:
You can get a copy of the little booklet, "The Abrahamic Covenant", by E. Raymond Capt, from Artisan Publishers 1-918-682-8341.
Now you know why... Ezekiel 37:16!
By the way, the star of the House of Israel has 5 points on it. "5" in Biblical numerics means "grace", as in "God shed His grace on thee!" (See appendix 10 in the Companion Bible for the significance of numbers in scriptures.)
Let's continue with verse 17 where God now tells Ezekiel that once the two sticks have been shown to be two separate sticks, demonstrate that they will be joined together and become just one stick.
This is prophecy and will happen at the restoration in the Millennium, which begins at the 7th Trump, the return of Jesus Christ.
Then after you join the two sticks back together so that they are now one in your hand, just smile and wait for the fish to bite, or the bones to shake and rattle and start coming together.Ezekiel 37:17
And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
That is because they are two separate houses right now."
They shall be one in HIS HAND, the Lord's hand! Remember what we learned earlier in this book of Ezekiel. Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
You keep showing them and keep telling them dry bones about those two separate houses, watchman! You stick to it!Ezekiel 37:20
And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
Earlier we learned that there is something very important that our Father wants His watchman to continually teach, all their lives!
And that something is who the lost tribes of the House of Israel really are. They are NOT the same as the house of Judah. They are TWO separate sticks, even two separate "branches" of the family tree.
It is so clearly written in God's Word that Judah was only one of the twelve sons of Israel (the name God gave to Jacob), so that while all the people we today call Jews (those from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, whose ancesters made up the ancient "House of Judah") are Israelites, the majority of Israelites are NOT Jews.
It also clearly written and should be common knowledge among Christians that following Solomon's reign over the whole house of Israel (all 12 tribes) that the kingdom was split into TWO separate houses, the northern 10 tribes retaining their name as the "House of Israel" and southern two tribes, Judah along with Benjamin becoming known as the "House of Judah". Anyone who has a Bible with maps in the appendix can find a map showing these two separate houses. So how is it that so many people think that the little nation in the Middle East is the whole house of Israel? (they aren't even all Israelites from the "house of Judah" anymore, They've mixed with Kenites, ancestors of Cain) Let's just say it is a case of mistaken ID (Ignorance and Deception).
We have read many times already in this incredible Book of Ezekiel that both the house of Israel, i.e. the 10 northern tribes, along with much of the two southern tribes from the house of Judah (those who lived outside of the fortified City of Jerusalem) were to be taken captive and scattered among the nations by Assyria and so they were. Then 135 years later the remainder of the house of Judah was also taken, but not by Assyria. They were taken and carried off to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. God's Word always comes to pass exactly as it is written. Even the early apostles knew where the tribes were scattered. Have you ever noticed that the apostle James addresses his book specifically to those twelve tribes which were already scattered abroad?
What postal address did he use?
You should know.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
The northern kingdom, "House of Israel", along with many from the southern kingdom, "House of Judah" were taken by Assyria, in 721 B.C. well over eight hundred thousand Israelite men 2 Samuel 24:1 - 9 and their families from ten different tribes of the house of Israel. (2 Kings 17, 18, and 19.) and the two tribes of the house of Judah (the Jews). In 2 Kings 19:32-34 we learn that only Jerusalem was spared..
(All total approximately 1,300,000 men plus their wives and children were carried away)
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Are you a Israelite?
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Did you also know that the apostle Paul made it a point to tell us (twice) that he was not of Judah, (a jew) but that he was a Benjamite, from the tribe of Benjamin. Here is Paul writing in Romans:
The same thing noted earlier applies here: All Benjamites are Israelites but not all Israelites are Benjamites. And while both Benjamites and Judahites are Israelites, Benjamin is NOT his brother Judah! Here's Paul once again declaring his nationality, this time in his writing to the Philippians:Romans 11:1
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Though they lost their identity as the house of Israel, it is written that God's children would be called by a "new name", even "His name". Today they are called "Christians".Philip. 3:5
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
We also learned that God was going to gather His lost children from among those nations and bring them into a land of their own. And so He did!
Wherever the House of Israel resides today, you will find them in their own land/lands!Ezekiel 37:21
And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
The House of Israel will be made "whole" and will once again include all 12 of the tribes. And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of thetribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
So even though Judah is a separate house (stick) today, all the 12 tribes will be joined back together and restored as one house, one stick (at Christ's return), and will be united forevermore. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of thetribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of thetribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of thetribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Do you know who sits upon the throne of David at this present time, for it is written that "David shall never want for a man (no gender implied) to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel" (Jer. 33:17)?Luke 1:32
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
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Continuing with what Jeremiah wrote:
This is the restoration when both "sticks" shall be joined together under one King and one Shepherd, the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.Jeremiah 23:56
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Under Messiah, the Prince of Peace, the Shepherd of Israel, ALL of the House of Israel shall safely dwell forever.John 10:11
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
The covenant of peace is even that the Prince of Peace shall be with them, and His holy place, His sanctuary, shall be in the midst of His children. It is important to note that both the words "everlasting" and "evermore" are exactly the same word in Hebrew which means "eternally", which is "from the beginning of time and continuing on without ending". You see, His covenant is eternal! Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
The reason this is important is because it shows that it was God's purpose and His plan from the very beginning, not just from henceforth. Of course one must understand the beginning, the first earth age, the time of spoken of by Paul in Eph. 1:4 which was "before the foundation of this world (earth age)", called "the world that then was" by Peter in 2 Pet. 3. For only with that understanding can the in-depth meaning of John 3:16 be understood.`owlam, o-lawm', Hebrew 5769; or olam, o-lawm'; from Hebrew 5956 (`alam); properly concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practical) eternity; frequent adverb (especially with prepositional prefix) always :- alway (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end). Compare Hebrew 5331 (netsach), Hebrew 5703 (`ad).
The Greek word translated "everlasting" here also means "eternal", which is from the beginning on without end, even before Genesis 1:1.John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
aionios, ahee-o'-nee-os, Greek 166; from Greek 165 (aion); perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well) :- eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).
Here is the second witness as it is written in the Book of Revelation:Ezekiel 37:27
My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And that will be the name of that great eternal city, i.e. "God himself shall be with them"!Rev. 21:2
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, thetabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And as we have seen time after time, chapter after chapter, how all encompassing the plan of God is to include ALL of His children of all races and nationalities.Ezekiel 48:35
It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.
Let's recap the basics of what we have learned in this study.Ezekiel 37:28
And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
1.) God promised He would gather His people from among the nations and bring them into their own land, where they dwell even now. Do you know where they are?
2.) God promised to restore both the house of Israel and the house of Judah into one stick during the Millennium and His sanctuary will be among them, even the Millennial Temple, and Jesus Christ will reign as King and Shepherd over all forevermore.
3.) God Himself will come (at the end of the Millennium) and He Himself will tabernacle with His children forevermore.
In chapters 38 and 39 of Ezekiel we will preview the final scenes on earth just before the 7th Trump sounds and then we will move on to the "Millennium chapters" beginning with chapter 40 to the end in chapter 48.
This series of pamphlets about the Book of Ezekiel which covers a 21 year period from about 484 B.C. to 463 B.C. but ranges in subject matter dating from the world that then was [the age of dinosaurs] to the world to yet come [the third earth age].
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