The Regathering of Israel
THE HOPE FOR THE NATIONS
THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL
In this study we will approach the teaching of theTwo Houses of Israel.This topic has mixed opinion and is viewed by some to be erroneous. It is the purpose of this study to gain a deeper understanding into who the two houses are and what indeed is the message of the commission given to all believers in Messiah.
Matt: 24....11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Some of you may have come across the term ‘The Two Houses of Israel’. Where does it come from? As you read on, you will find that we will see it through out the scriptures. If you are unaware of what the Bible says about the ‘The Two Houses of Israel’, then I pray this will be a journey of discovery. In the process you will also come to know what Jesus meant when He spoke the gospel of the kingdom and why He said that He had come for the lost sheep of Israel.
What is surprising is that, amongst Messianic groups, there seems to be either a rejection or a complete ignorance of this teaching, though it is plainly expressed within the Bible text and the thread of the Genesis to Revelation narrative. In this article I hope to unravel some of the conflicts and issues it presents. But first let me say as a founder of this ministry, that this understanding is one that we adhere to.
When I first came across the term ‘The Two Houses of Israel’ I was somewhat perplexed. What on earth did this mean? How can there be two houses? Surely, Israel is Israel. I understood that when scripture refers to Israel and Jacob they are referring in general to two different aspects ; either the man or the nation. But this term inferred that Israel was somehow split and that thought proved to me that that was in fact the case. Those perplexing thoughts were some time ago and now in this study I will also present to you what scripture says through prophecy and how I began to understand it through the patterns the Lord uses and through the many learned discussions I found myself in.
All of Israel Shall be Saved
SCRIPTURE TELLS US THAT YHVH WILL REGATHER THE LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL
In Matthew 15, having debated with the pharisees and highlighting their hypocrisy and departure from the Torah, Yeshua departs to Tyre and Sidon, and there He meets with a Canaanite woman.
The initial response by Yeshua is to establish among those present the argument of the woman.
She wanted what only Yeshua could do — the healing of her daughter. Let us read:
Matt 15: 21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Tyre and Sidon were in what is now Lebanon, North of Israel. Biblically the cities belonged to the tribe of Asher, but became idolatrous places where the practice and worship of Baal prevailed.