Why YeshuaHad To Die
Messiah’s Marriage and Divorce
- The Truth
- What About Judah
- Law (Torah)
- The True Gospel
- Restoration of All Things
In this series so far, I have been discussing The Lost Sheep of Israel, who were originally the people of the Kingdom of Israel, the Northern Kingdom. They were taken captive and dispersed when the people continued to sin by worshiping pagan gods, and were consequently destroyed by Shalmaneser the king of Assyria (722 BC), as a judgment by their God, YHVH. I have also discussed the fact that Yeshua our Messiah was sent by His Father to find and redeem His people, the descendants of these Lost Sheep, who have grown in number as “the sand of the sea” and spread all over the world by now. Then, I shook up your identity a little by saying: If you are a Christian, there is a good chance that you may be a Lost Sheep of Israel.
Now, as we move on to the next phase of this journey, let us remind ourselves of the main question of this series: Why Yeshua Had to Die.
We are getting very close to the heart of the matter. Yes, He died for our sins, and I am not saying that it is untrue. But, I am saying that there is much more to it, and that there is a deeper reason for it, and that His dying for our sin was only one aspect of the whole reason. What I am going to tell you is a truth that has not been talked about or understood by the majority of Christians and the Jews. It is mainly because many truths have been misunderstood, ignored, and even suppressed by our predecessors from the time of Roman Emperor Constantine, beginning all the way back in 300s AD. They, the church fathers, taught that God forsook the Old Covenant and the Israelites, and that “Jesus Christ” came to save the world and create a brand new group of people for Him, the Church. They also taught the “Replacement Theory” and have effectively removed the Hebraic Roots of Christianity; therefore, turning our Messiah into a non-Jew Christ who is “the Savior of the World,” not the Messiah of His people, the Children of Israel. As a result, we have been ignorant of the true reason for which our Messiah came and died, for 1,700 years.
You will learn the true reason by the time you finish reading this part.
How can we worship Him in “spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24) without knowing the truth — the true reason why He came in the flesh and died?
Yeshua clearly said:
Matthew 15:24 (NKJV)
(24) But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
He came to find and redeem them. And, He died specifically for The Lost Sheep of Israel, as He undeniably said it more than once (also in Mt 10:6).
It was also prophesied by the archangel Gabriel:
(21) “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
He was to save “His people,” particularly, not strangers. It is very specific in the Bible, and again, undeniable.
The truth is Yeshua our Messiah came down to earth in a mortal human body like us, lived a sinless life, allowed Himself to be sold for 30 pieces of silver, and allowed the Jews and Romans to execute Him on a cross only for “His people,” the Children of Israel. It was not for His people “to be” in the future, but for people who were already His.
The term “My people,” as YHVH calls them, is used about 217 times in the King James Version of the Bible. They are all in the Old Testament, and it only applies to the Israelites, both the House of Judah and the House of Israel even after the division.
They are YHVH’s people because of the Covenant. Those who are not in the Covenant with Him are the Gentiles. Let us again look at a Scripture we have studied in the previous parts to see the contrast between “My people” and “Not My people” (Part 2 – “Not My People, But My People”).
YHVH told Moses that He would take the children of Israel as His People:
(6) “Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. (7) ‘I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
At Mount Sinai, in Exodus 19, when they said, “Yes,” to His proposal, all the Twelve Tribes became His people (will be discussed below). But, fast-forwarding about 730 years, YHVH’s longsuffering would be about to run out because of the obdurately idolatrous people of the House of Israel. And, He said to them:
(9) Then God said: “Call his name Lo-Ammi, For you are not My people, And I will not be your God. (10) “Yet the number of the children of Israel Shall be as the sand of the sea*, Which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people*,’ There it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the living God.’
“You are not My people*” here means they have become the Gentiles, as you can see in the next verse:
(8) Israel is swallowed up; Now they are among the Gentiles Like a vessel in which is no pleasure.
Therefore, when YHVH calls a group of people, “My people,” it means only those who are in Covenant with Him; and when they violate the Covenant by disobeying Him, they become “Not My People.” That is what “My people” means as shown in these Scriptures. I also might add, as we have studied previously, the word, “gentiles” in Hebrew (גּוֹים ‘goyim’ <H1471>) means “out of covenant.”
And, did you know that this Covenant between YHVH and His people is a marriage contract of the most binding and strictest kind?
Then, how can we say it was a marriage that happened at Mount Sinai? We will study that next.
Let us go back to Mount Sinai to witness the wedding:
The giving of the Torah, His Commandments, was on the first Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, on Sivan 6), seven weeks after the children of Israel left Egypt on the first Pesach (Passover, on Nissan 15). I will try to put it in comparison with the customs of the modern Jewish wedding. Even in these modern days, the Jewish people are still living prophecies.
Moses plays a role of the Rabbi who officiates the wedding. This is how it went:
1. Marriage Proposal — After showing His mighty power, YHVH asks the Israelites to be His people.
(3) And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: (4) ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. (5) ‘Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. (6) ‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.*’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
* “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” — This is the very purpose of choosing them.
2. Acceptance — All Israel says “Yes.”
(8) Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.*” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD.
* “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” — The Israelites said this two more times in Exodus 24:3; 24:7.
3. Two Days of Consecration — Preparation of the Bride.
(10) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow*, and let them wash their clothes. (11) “And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
* “Today and tomorrow “ — This means 2 days.
(17) And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. (18) Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke*, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
* This “smoke” is represented by the canopy, “Chuppah” חוּפָה, that is used in every Jewish wedding. There are many variation of the design, but it is a covering, which is placed over the bride and the bride groom, usually made of some whitish decorative fabric supported by four pillars at the corners.
On the Side Note: It is a tradition in Ashkenazi Jewish weddings that the bride circles around the bridegroom seven times at the end of the officiation, then the bridegroom breaks a glass by stepping on it, and celebration continues on. There are a few interpretations of these prophetic acts I have heard of, but they are clearly alluding to the 7,000 years given to men on this earth and the destruction of the enemy at the end. The bridegroom is the picture of the Messiah, and the bride His people. At the end of the bride’s circling around the bridegroom seven times, the bridegroom steps on a glass and crashes it with his foot. Sounds familiar? Please refer to the account of the “Jericho March” in Joshua 6:1-21, where the children of Israel, led by Joshua (“Yehoshua,” or “Yeshua” in Hebrew), circles around Jericho wall once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day. At the end of the seventh round, they shouted at the top of their lungs along with loud trumpets blown by the priests, and with the great trembling, the wall of Jericho came crashing down. The Jewish people have been doing this prophetic act at every wedding for hundreds of years!
5. Marriage Contract (Ketubah כְּתוּבּה *)
Torah תּוֹרָה (His Covenant; His Commandments) is the contract.
* “Ketubah” כְּתוּבּה : It’s root word is כ.ת.ב, means “to write.” In the rabbinic tradition, it is a prenuptial contract by which mainly the groom is bound to some obligations that protect the bride, such as providing food and clothes, and monetary compensation in case of divorce. It is an integral part of the Jewish marriage, and it is usually decoratively printed and displayed in homes. It has become largely a symbolic act, but it is still enforceable legal document. A quick learning is provided here.
Of course, the faithfulness of the bride and the groom are the foundation of the marriage contract. In Torah, the Husband’s faithfulness is repeatedly mentioned and fulfilled, and He is still faithful never forsaking His wife. It is the wife’s faithfulness that is in question.
On the Side Note: Torah was given on the first Shavuot (שָׁבֻעוֹת) <H7620> after the exodus. It is the plural form of the word, שֶׁבַע, “shevaha” <H7651> meaning “seven” or “week.” But also, another primitive root word for “Shavuot” is related to שָׁבַע “shavah” <H7650> meaning “wear” or “take an oath.” Therefore, “Shavuot,” שָׁבֻעוֹת, has at least a double meanings, which are “weeks” and “swearing”, or you could say signing a contract (covenant). The vowel symbols may be too small to recognize the difference, but the most important thing here is to recognize that spelling of the syllables is the same: shin–beit–ayin.
Hebrew letters are all syllables, and vowel symbols (nikkudot) were created and added by the Masorets, who faithfully kept the Word of God, after approximately 500 AD (Wikipedia on nikkudot).
6. Promise of the Land — Restated Covenant with Abraham (Ge 15:17-21), and YHVH promises to give the children of Israel the Land of Canaan. And, Jerusalem is the “home” He will prepare for Him and His Bride to live.
(18) On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates–
(20) “Behold, I send an Angel* before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. (21) “Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.
* This “Angel” who has YHVH’s name in Him, is actually the pre-incarnate Yeshua our Messiah Himself.
7. Consummation — Before the Presence of All the Twelve Tribes.
(3) So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the LORD has said we will do.*” (4) And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. (5) Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. (6) And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. (7) Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient.*” (8) And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you according to all these words.**”
* Notice, this is the second and the third time (the first was in Ex 19:8) that they said this for confirmation.
** The term, “the blood of the covenant” is very significant. If it is broken, one of the involved parties must die. And, this is “the Blood of the Covenant” He will renew by shedding of His own blood (Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24). See section “Grace” below.
Now, the marriage is complete. Everything He has, including His life, is hers, and everything she has, including her life, is His. That is the meaning of the “blood covenant,” in this case: a marriage.
Then, to whom was He married specifically? . . . . He was married to the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
There are many passages in the Bible where YHVH treats Israel as His wife, you may be thinking of some of them already. But for the main purpose of this series, we will now focus on “divorce” first. Yes, “divorce.” You may say, “They have just gotten married . . . , already divorcing?“ Yes, I know . . . But, the fact of the matter is that the all Israel was never a faithful wife to YHVH.
They could not keep the Covenant, the First Commandment alone, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Ex 20:3), even for a few months! They made and worshiped the molded calf, a golden calf, while Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the tablets of the Ten Commandments (Ex 32:1-9). The first Commandment is equivalent to a husband saying to his wife, “You shall have no other husband other than me” to his wife, is it not? It is the most foundational part of any marriage contract in any culture or religion. So the idolatry is exactly the same as adultery. Throughout the history of Israel as a nation, and even after the division, this was the main sin as the each nation, and still is. That is what caused both Judah and Israel to get themselves in major troubles over and over, and brought them to face the ultimate consequences of their sin: The Exiles.
He did not divorce all of them, however; He gave the “Certificate of Divorce” to the House of Israel. Remember, when the Northern Kingdom was taken captive, they resettled in place called “pain” (Halah or Chalach) over the River (Euphrates) that went through the land of “cut off” (Gozan) (2 Ki 17:6), as we discussed previously (Part 2 – “Summary of History”)? The term “cut off” is a covenant term meaning “separate,” “destroy,” or even “kill,” or “ending the relationship,” to put slightly mildly. Basically, the House of Israel was cut off from the Covenant.
Here is what YHVH said to Israel:
(6) The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree*, and there played the harlot. (7) “And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. (8) “Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.
* “Ever green tree” is a symbol of fertility of sun god, Baal, which is called in various names all over the world. Its phallic symbols are worshipped by the Satanist all over the world even today, for example as “obelisks.” The “ever green tree” is still continually worshiped as Christmas Trees. “Christmas’ Pagan Origin”
And, it came to pass when the Assyrians came with power to destroy and take all the Northern Kingdom in 722 BC, they were “put away,” because, “She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot,” meaning that they placed altars and idols on high mountains and under green trees (Christmas Trees), as the acts of worshiping sun god, Baal, which usually involved orgies and other extreme indulgence of the flesh. And YHVH calls it “harlotry” and “adultery” in the Scripture. It is the same as committing “sexual immorality” against her Husband, YHVH. YHVH says Israel is “defiled”(unclean) due to her harlotry (Ho 5:3), therefore; He legally divorced her. How legally? I will show you with Scriptures right after this section (“Law [Torah]”). He expelled the House of Israel from the land, and, as we have learned in Part 2 and 3, they eventually became “wanderers among the nations” (Ho 9:17).
That is a tragedy! Divorce is always extremely traumatic, but even more so when your God divorces you. Not only they were divorced, to compound the problem, the people of the House of Israel were expelled from the land. Of course, it was the land that belonged to their Husband with a capital “H.” The divorced wife would have to move out.
They would disperse and completely disappear and blend in “among the Gentiles” (Ho 8:8). And, after many generations, they forgot their God. It seemed that it was over . . . “it seemed” so, for 722 years. But, this story of the Husband and His wife (His people) did not end here with a divorce. . . , but rather, it was actually the beginning of the best part of the story.
The life of the Prophet Hosea tells it all.
It goes like this: He marries a harlot, “Gomer,” גֹּמֶר <H1584>, means “complete,” and names their children, “Jezreel,” יִזְרְעֶאל <H3157>, meaning “God sows”, “Lo-Ruhamah,” לֹא רֻחָמָה <H3819>, meaning “no mercy,” and “Lo-Ammi,” לֹא עַמִּי <H3818>, meaning “not my people,” then, his wife goes astray and commits adultery. She eventually gets sold in the slave market, but YHVH commands Hosea, a type of the Messiah, to go and find for her, and redeem her, and Hosea buys her back for “fifteen shekels of silver,” as Yeshua was sold for silver, and for “one-half homer of barley,” that is His Body. (Ho 3:1-2).
The prophetic meanings of the names of Hosea’s children are explained in this verse:
(23) Then I will sow(a) her for Myself in the earth*, And I will have mercy(b) on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people(c), ‘You are My people!‘ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ “
(a) Jezreel; (b) Lo-Ruhamah; (c) Lo-Ammi
* “Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth” — “Sowing” His people is also spoken in Zechariah 10:9: “I will sow them among the peoples, And they shall remember Me in far countries; They shall live, together with their children, And they shall return.”
YHVH clearly had a purpose in doing this; He had a big plan. He “sowed” people so that they would grow all over the world, then He would have mercy (grace) on them (by sending His Son to die for them), and would make them His people again (marry them again)! It was YHVH the Father who told His Son to “go and redeem her, your wife, Israel.”
On the Side Note: But, why is Hosea’s wife’s name Gomer, which means “complete,” when she is unfaithful and adulterous? You may ask. It is because she “will be” complete when she is redeemed and returns to him as His wife gain. She is the type of the House of Israel, the Church. We will discuss more on this in Part 7: The Bride of the Messiah.
The Book of Hosea is the best book to read to understand what happened to the House of Israel and YHVH’s plan for her. It also includes the announcement of the charges and judgment on Judah, and their future reunion with Israel, which will be the topic for the next in the series, Part 5: One New Man.
I am getting ahead of myself . . , excuse me, but I could not help it. Talking about the “reunion” of Israel and Judah gets me a bit excited every time. And, it is important to know that YHVH had a different plan for Judah.
Then, what happened to Judah?
Judah found mercy in His sight:
(7) Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, Will save them by the LORD their God, And will not save them by bow, Nor by sword or battle, By horses or horsemen.”
He eventually exiled Judah by the Babylonians (597 BC), and after 70 years, He brought them back “peacefully,” without any war or battle (538 and 458 BC). In Babylon, the people of Judah created the rabbinic Judaism in attempt to adapt to the life out side Jerusalem without the Temple, and began compiling the Babylonian Talmud. Although some of them went astray in a similar way as the House of Israel, mixing Judaism with Babylonian pagan worship, a small group maintained their Hebrew identity and kept the Covenant by continuing to practice circumcision, observing the Feasts, and keeping the Sabbath. In another word, they remained in the Covenant. The remnant returned with Ezra and Nehemiah and rebuilt the Temple and Jerusalem. And, among those who stayed in Persia, many generations later, many would be further dispersed mainly to the Eastern Europe, Russia, and Africa, becoming the Ashkanezi Jews. (connect to foot note)
But, for the purpose of the theme we have been discussing, let us stay on the House of Israel for now.
Next, we will learn what YHVH’s prescription was for this tragedy happened to the House of Israel, and you will see how He solves the seemingly insolvable problem by Law with Grace, beautifully and perfectly together, not separately. Of course, they are supposed to be in perfect sync.
Well, so He gave His wife, Israel, a “Certificate of Divorce.” She was repeatedly unfaithful despite many warnings, and was eventuallyexiled. She was told to leave her Husband’s house.
Let us see what the Torah has to say about it:
(1) “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, (2) “when she has departed from his house, and goes and becomes another man’s wife, (3) “if the latter husband detests her and writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her as his wife, (4) “then her former husband who divorced her must not take her back to be his wife after she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the LORD, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.
The House of Israel is considered to be defiled because she has become pagan, which is equivalent to marrying another husband after a divorce. This means that, even if the House of Israel repented and wanted to come back to her former Husband, YHVH, He would not be able to legally marry her again. The people of the House of Israel cannot be His people any more.
Our Messiah also said this:
(31) “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ (32) “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery*; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.
* The House of Israel committed sexual immorality, adultery; therefore His divorcing her was legal.
This is a problem: The Torah prohibits a re-marriage of a divorced woman; especially, the former husband (YHVH) cannot take her back because she (Israel) is now defiled by her act of harlotry:
(7) Thus she committed her harlotry with them, All of them choice men of Assyria; And with all for whom she lusted, With all their idols, she defiled herself.
It does not look good . . . , does it? We thought Hosea was able to remarry his divorced wife, Gomer, and it was a prophecy of what will happen to Israel. Will YHVH break His own Law to re-marry His divorced wife? That is not possible according to this law, and He does NOT violate His own Law.
But, there is a way . . . .
Paul, whose original name was Saul or Shaul, שָׁאוּל “Sha-ul,” and he was a Pharisee. He studied under Gamaliel, one of the best law professors of all time in the rabbinic Judaism. Shaul would have had to memorize by heart at least the whole five books of Moses to have qualified to be his student. Now, this Rabbi Shaul, the Law scholar, explains “the way” for a man to legally re-marry the wife he divorced:
(2) For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. (3) So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.
Do you see it?
If the husband who divorced his wife dies, even if the divorced woman is defiled by marrying another man, she would be able to “legally” marry another man again! It is the only way for her to get re-married according to the Law (Torah). In the case of Hosea, it would have been illegal to re-marry Gomer, because she was defiled.
Here, Paul confirms it in his Letter to Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 7:39
(39) A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
But, Hosea did not have to die, because the “fifteen shekels of silver” and “one-half homer of barley” represented the Messiah, so that Hosea was able to redeem and re-marry her, alive. It was a prophecy for this very event which was to be fulfilled by the Messiah.
This is also prophetic of the future event: When the believers in Yeshua unfortunately end up in a divorce, it is not unlawful for the woman to remarry, because Yeshua has paid for it by His death. That is because of the Renewed Covenant. Hallelujah!
Therefore, the only way for YHVH to bring the House of Israel back and re-marry her was to send His Son in the flesh in the perfect image of Himself, have Him lay down His own life, and resurrect Him. He died so that He could marry her again; that is the ultimate sacrifice of the Husband for His wife. And, at the same time, He completely satisfied the atonement for her sin also, so that she can be forgiven for her sin forever. This is why Yeshua came and died.
He came and died for her, the House of Israel, who are called the Lost Sheep who went astray and was “swallowed up in among the Gentiles” (Ho 8:8), because He “was” her Husband already. It was because He loved them so passionately according to the Covenant, the marriage contract:
(31) “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– (32) “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.
She was not faithful to Him, but He was to her, because He is a jealous God (Ex 20:5; Dt 5:9: et al.), and never forsakes His people:
(31) “(for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers* which He swore to them.
* Yeshua did what He did for all the later generations of the House of Israel because of the Covenant He made, at Mount Sinai, with the original children of Israel whom He brought out of Egypt, our forefathers. YHVH keeps His promises forever!
Thus, the phrase written by Paul the Apostle:
(25) “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church* and gave Himself for her.”
* “The church,” means “assembly” or “congregation.” The Twelve Tribes at Mount Sinai was also called a congregation. It means His people, and we are learning that it means The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel for whom He came.
He gave Himself for the House of Israel who had been lost among the Gentiles. And, now He is offering a Renewed Covenant for her, which He came as the “Lamb of God” (Jn 1:29) to ratify by His own blood.
YHVH calls Israel home by the Gospel:
(12) “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry forever.
— He says, “Return,” because He will be merciful to them; “Come back to Me.”
2. Confess your sin
(13) Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the LORD your God, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree*, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the LORD.
— “Confess your sin of idolatry against Me.”
* Christmas Tree here again . . . I did not plan to mention it this often, but I believe that YHVH is sending us a message: “Stop worshiping sun-god by erecting a Christmas Tree.” If you are still doing that, could you consider repenting of it? Christmas is not His birthday. We are not commanded to celebrate His birthday anyway. The Bible does not have His birthday recorded. It would be a hard change to make, but is the right things to do according to the Covenant.
After these 2 steps, repenting and confessing your sin, you are an eligible virgin, who is awaiting for the return of your Bridegroom. Then, He says:
3. I will remarry you at the “End”
(14) “Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
— He clearly says, “I am married to you.” This verse is speaking of the end result. As a result of Yeshua’s Death and Resurrection, now He can be married to Israel again. The term “Zion” here means the New Jerusalem where His new Bride will live with Him: Among the Lost Sheep of Israel, Judah, and the Gentiles, who were sanctified, saved, and made it through the tribulation. And, there are not going to be many: “one from a city and two from a family.” (I will discuss “Zion” in more detail in Part 7).
In between the step 2 and the final step, the marriage, there is a long and rough road. That is called “living in the world,” because you are not of the world (Jn 15:19; 17:16). “In the world, you will have tribulation” (Jn 16:33). Remember, how long was the consecration time of the bride when the Twelve Tribes married YHVH at Mount Sinai (Ex 19:10-11)? It was “two days.” According to the prophetic time unit conversion system: 1 day is 1,000 years, and vise versa (Ps 90:4; 2 Pe 3:8). Correct? Therefore, it means 2,000 years of consecration time He has given to His Bride to be. And, that is about to be over!
During the consecration time, the Children of Israel were commanded to wash your clothes; that is to be purified.
(10) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.
Are you ready for the Bridegroom to return for you?
Behind the overly simplified and universalized Gospel, lies this truth:
As it was prophesied in Gen 2:24, “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh,” the Son of God left Heaven and came to earth to marry His wife, the Nation of Israel. But, the Husband was forced to divorce His beloved wife, the House of Israel, due to her repeated adultery, and she would become lost in the world married to another man, a pagan god. As Torah prohibits, it would not be possible for Him to remarry her. But, in order to redeem His wife, He willingly reduced His Divine-Self in a form of a mortal body, and came down from Heaven to the world to find her, who had gone astray, and had been sold, lost, and trapped in the pagan world. And, He sold Himself for 30 pieces of silver so that He could redeem her, and died so that He could legally free her to be able to marry again and forgive her for all her sins, and finally, He was resurrected so that He would be able to marry her again when He returns as the King of all the earth.
Here is what He is passionately saying to her:
“Come back to Me, My beloved, for I died for you and was resurrected so that I can re-marry you. And, I shed my divine blood to atone for your sin as the blood of the New Covenant (Mt 26:28), to seal it forever. Now, if you believe in Me, repent and confess your sin, I will forgive you. And, then, if you keep My Commandments, the prenuptial contract, (Jn 14:15; 15:10; 1 Jn 2:3; et. al.) the best you can and purify yourself, I will marry you, and will give you a new heart and new spirit, and put My Spirit in you so that you will be able to walk in My statues and do them (Ez 36:26-27). I will put my Torah in your mind, and write it on your heart, and I, and My Father, will be your God and live in the midst of you, and you will be My people forever (Jer 31:33).”
And, at His return, 3,500 long years after the first marriage on Mount Sinai, the Son and His purified virgin wife will finally become one flesh forever.
Wow . . . . !
What an amazing love story! If you are a man and a little uncomfortable imagining yourself being a bride, try imagining yourself loving your wife this way. He loves you more than you can imagine.
Did you know the account of “Adam and Eve” is a prophetic picture of this whole story? Just as Eve was created from Adam’s flesh and bone, our spirits were created out of YHVH’s Spirit. Then, Adam and Eve become one flesh again, just as YHVH married Israelites, but the woman sins being unable to keep the law given by her God, just as all Israelites would do a few thousands years later. And, the husband, Adam, inexplicably eats the fruit of sin just as his wife did . . . Why? He did not have to do that. The Bible does not explain why. I always wondered why he did it. But, I now believe it was a foreshadowing of what our Husband, the Messiah, would do: Taking on all the sin of all of us, and dying for us. But, the difference is that Yeshua, while the “First Adam” died with Eve, the “Last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45), and our Husband, was resurrected and is alive again and gives us Life so that we will live with Him forever more. That is why He came.
At the Gate of the Temple called “Beautiful” (Ac 3:21), where he and John healed a lame man through the faith in Yeshua, Peter preached that all things will be restored when the Messiah returns from heaven:
(19) “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (20) “and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, (21) “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
“Restoration of all things,” meaning “time of refreshing,” which is the rest on the 7th thousand year: the Millennium. It is the restoration of His people: (1) “all Twelve Tribes”; (2) His Word and the Righteousness: “Torah”; and, (3) “Peace” under the reign of our “Price of Peace” (Is 9:6), שַׂר שַׁלוֹם, Yeshua our Messiah. Now, the restoration has begun and has been intensifying.
For this purpose, the Spirit of YHVH is moving mightily to reveal the following to us now, at this hour:
- The true identity of Yeshua
- The truth about Torah (His Commandments)
- The true identity of The Lost Sheep of Israel
That is why YHVH has commissioned me to write this series. He is saying, “You are My people, and you always have. Be purified and prepared.”
What is the next step?
Copyright © 2013 Olivet JournalFootnotes:
- Hebrew for Christians Web site has a detailed study on these dates and the step-by-step process after the exodus. The article includes the study of the background of Shavuot. <↩>
- I do not know why “fifteen shekels,” not 30, and “one-half homer of barley,” not one full homer. YHVH has not given me the revelation yet. My current speculation is that the other halves are for the House of Judah . . . may be (?). Nevertheless, I recommend that you read the entire Book of Hosea carefully, but here is a succinct commentary that might give you a quick grasp of the book: Hosea Commentary. <↩>
- It is a translation of ἐκκλησία “ekklēsia” < G1577>, meaning “assembly” “gathering,” is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word קָהַל “qahal” <H6950>, meaning “congregation” “assembly” “gathering.” The same Greek word is translated as “congregation” in Acts 7:38, in the New Testament, as Stephen speaks of the congregation of the Israelites at Mount Sinai, while it is translated as “church” in other places. The “church” is not really a new entity, but it had existed in the Old Testament. It is just a new name for “His people,” which the English translator of the King James Version chose to use. And, the sad misunderstanding is that “the Bride” He is looking for is “brand new” and “stranger” who came to believe in Him out of no where. No, He is not looking for a stranger, but He is looking for the one whom He had already known. He had known her from before the foundation of the earth, and married her at Mount Sinai. That is why He already loved her so much when He came, and willingly laid down His life for her. <↩>
- Jim Staley produced an excellent teaching video on this topic: Truth or Tradition? I strongly recommend that you watch it, pray about it, and consider repenting of any pagan worship traditions. <↩>