June 2015
God’s TWO Covenant Peoples: Christians and Jews to Unite  
by Jonathan Israel

The Bible describes the TWO covenant people of the Lord in many ways; as TWO Sticks, TWO Olive Trees, TWO lampstands and TWO witnesses! After two millennia, the TWO covenant people of the Lord, Jews and Christians, are still divided peoples. However, a prophesied true spiritual union is coming.

According to Bible Scriptures listed further down in this article, the Jews will eventually repent when the blinding vail is removed from their minds and they finally behold (know) the Lord Jesus whom they have pierced. Meanwhile, followers of Jesus (“Yahshuah”) would do well to know and understand all of what they’ve been grafted into.

It’s important to note that in a great act of kindness, Jesus will show/reveal Himself mighty and faithful for all the world to see one more time, and He is using His covenant land, a backslidden nation and a half-baked people to do it.

Ezekiel 38:23, “And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

So, just what do Christians and Jews have to do with each other?

Romans 15:27, “For if the Gentiles (grafted in through Jesus “Yahshuah”) have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.”

Ephesians 2:11-22, “Wherefore remember, that ye being IN TIME PAST GENTILES in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That AT THAT TIME you were without Christ, being aliens from the COMMONWEALTH of ISRAEL, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now IN Christ Jesus YOU who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made BOTH one, and hath broken down the middle WALL of PARTITION BETWEEN US; Having abolished in his flesh THE ENMITY, even the LAW of commandments CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES; for to make in Himself of TWO, ONE new man, so making peace; And that he might RECONCILE BOTH unto God in ONE BODY by the CROSS, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

“For through him (Jesus) WE BOTH HAVE ACCESS by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners (of Israel), but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom you also are built TOGETHER for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

The world named them Christians but Jesus calls them “sheep”.

2,000 years ago, Jesus told His Jewish brethren (House of Judah) that he had other sheep not of their fold, whom he would gather and bring in to be one with them (John 10:16). He identified those He would unite with His Jewish brethren as “lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Matthew 15:24). The only way one can truly identify these lost sheep of House of Israel today is by Jesus’ own words, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:…” John 10:27

Covenant people from both Jew and Gentile Houses to be gathered together by God!

Jeremiah 31:27-28,  “Behold, the days come, said the Lord, that I will sow the House of Israel (redeemed from Gentile nations) and the House of Judah (Jews) with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, says the Lord.”

Ezekiel 37:22, “I will make them ONE nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be TWO nations or be divided into TWO kingdoms.”

The end-time unity between God’s TWO covenant people, Christians and Jews, is happening and will happen in a major way when the Jews are eventually delivered from an end-of-the-age, major attack by many nearby enemy nations (Islamic) who will surround them. Prophecy in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 both reveal that at that time of such victory, when almost 84% of the enemy troops are killed, the House of Judah (Jews) will behold Jesus “Yahshuah” whom they have pierced and wholly repent with brokenness and tears. In fact, the Lord declares that the whole world will know Him at that time.

But first, prophecy reveals that the two houses, two sticks, two covenant people of God from among Jews and Gentiles to be united as one in Christ!

Ezekiel 37:15-23, The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah (Jews) and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim the House of Israel prophesied to become fullness among Gentile nations, see Genesis 48) and all the Israelites associated with him.’  Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become ONE in my hand.’

“Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the ISRAELITES (Judah and Joseph) out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them BACK into their own LAND. I will make them ONE nation IN THE LAND, on the MOUNTAINS of ISRAEL. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be TWO nations or be divided into TWO kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their SINFUL BACKSLIDING, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”

Yes, God Saves and Restores His Covenant People

Jeremiah 30:18-24, “This is what the Lord says: “‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s (named Israel who fathered leaders of Israel’s 12 tribes) tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place. From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained. Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be established before me; I will punish all who oppress them. Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler (Jesus/ Yahshuah) will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me— for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the Lord. “‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God.’”

“See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in WRATH, a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand this.”

Are you an outcast from Americanized Christianity? Have you been driven from the Holy and everlasting covenanted land promised in to your forefathers? A prophetic millennial day of ingathering (Sukkot/Tabernacles) is coming to God’s holy mountain when the Lord gathers His dispersed ones BACK into the LAND of Israel as a show and a sign of His power and faithfulness.

Isaiah 11:9-13, They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the EARTH shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a ROOT of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his REST shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the SECOND TIME to recover the REMNANT of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the NATIONS, and shall assemble the OUTCASTS of Israel (followers of Jesus), and gather together the DISPERSED of Judah (Jews) from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim (also known as Joseph and House of Israel) shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

The following unity of God’s TWO covenant peoples happens when Babylon falls…

Jeremiah 50:4, “In those days, and in that time, says the Lord, the children of Israel (house of Israel) shall come, they and the children of Judah (Jews) TOGETHER, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God.”

Jeremiah 23:6, “In his days Judah (Jews) shall be saved, and Israel (God’s covenant people gathered from Gentiles) shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.

YES! God is still faithful to His initial unending, unbreakable covenant and covenant people.

Jeremiah 33:13-24, “In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that tells them, says the Lord. Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the House of Israel and to the House of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute JUDGMENT and righteousness In The Land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she (the land) shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.

“…Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, Consider thou NOT what this people have spoken, saying, The TWO families which the Lord has CHOSEN, he has even cast them off? Thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.”

Jews see Jesus “Yahshuah” and repent! After GREAT victory over enemy nations, backslidden nation of Jews will soon see and know the Lord God, whom they have pierced.

Zechariah 12:6-10, “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first (Jews return first), that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to DESTROY ALL THE NATIONS that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

The end-of-the-age TWO witnesses, TWO chosen covenant people of the Lord are both described in a final powerful stand prophecy!

The following is a PROPHECY hidden in Revelation that reveals God’s TWO covenant people groups will be anointed at a certain time and appointed by God as His witnesses for a certain special final event. These TWO will FINISH their testimony with great power for three and one-half years before the beast rises from the Abyss to attack and kill them. These witnesses have been around for thousands of years and are also identified in Zechariah 4 (House of Israel and House of Judah).

Revelation 11:3-7, And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” They are “the two olive trees”…  -(both house of Israel and the House of Judah are called Olive Trees, Jeremiah 11:16.  And the Lord also refers to these TWO olive trees/TWO houses as TWO witnesses and TWO lampstands. YES! Bible Scripture identifies the church as a lampstand. Scripture also describes followers of Jesus as those who are GRAFTED into NATURAL olive tree, Romans 11:24)- …and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want. Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.

Revelation chapter 20 reveals what happens next after Jacobs trouble and the great falling away. Zachariah 14 provides another view of the same 1,000 year coming government reign of Jesus; the millennial government in Israel, after He destroys the final 10 governments of the beast and casts satan into a prison.

Zachariah 14:16&17, “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). And it shall be, that whosoever will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

GET READY!

Meanwhile, evening is upon us and Western Christianity should wisely prepare for extreme hatred, persecution and much tribulation. A night of darkness is coming!

Why do you think the devil hates the Jews and Israel with such passion that he strives to nullify, vilify, criminalize, penalize and destroy them? Why do you think the persecution of Christians is now at historic levels and rising exponentially? Get ready! The impending destruction of Damascus will signal the great falling away and the prophetic time of Jacob’s trouble (see Isaiah 17).
 
Yes, Jacob, whom God named ‘Israel’, is the father of all 12 tribes of Israel, not just the tribe of Judah (Jews). And since ALL followers of Jesus are grafted into Israel, they will also be affected during this time of Jacob’s trouble.

But the promise is that the Lord will save and deliver His people out of such great trouble (Jeremiah 30).

So, when will the Lord gather (Ephraim/Joseph/House of Israel), His followers from among Gentile nations, back into the land of Israel?

Hosea 11:9-10 , "I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again For I am God, and not a man—
the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities. They will follow the Lord: He will roar like a lion.
When He ROARS, His children will come trembling from the west."

Proverbs 20:2, A king’s WRATH is as the ROAR of a lion.

Jeremiah 25:30, “‘The Lord will roar from on high; He will thunder from His holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land." (see Zachariah 14)