Malachi 4: 4Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
In the final words of Malachi we are given a clear warning to remember the law of Moses and then promises Elijah will come and turn the hearts of the children to their fathers. YHWH's warning to the houses of Israel is clear, yet many have attempted to spiritualize the message away. Is this just the restoration of happy relationships within families or is there something more here?
Malachi warns us to remember the law (torah/covenant with YHWH) of Moses and he reminds us that YHWH personally gave this torah for all of Israel. The torah is not meant just for those who are religious or those who seek to avoid death, it is the law of the land of Israel for all its people and inhabitants. It would appear that many were not keeping the torah and as a result they were dispersed from the land promised to them by YHWH.
Is this all that needs to be restored? Is it just the keeping of Torah, or is there more? There is the promise of a united kingdom under the Messiah. Many have attempted to say this kingdom is in heaven and will not be of this world, yet the Tanach (Old Testament) clearly shows that this united kingdom was Israel under the messianic figure of David and his son Solomon. In order for something to be restored it has to have been there originally and then been broken.
Israel's kingdom was broken and 10 of the tribes then formed the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim/Israel) and the rest in the Southern Kingdom (Judah). Both were sent into Diaspora for failure to keep the Land Sabbaths and Jubilee Years of the torah among other sins. One kingdom has since returned, Judah. Ephraim still has yet to return. This is the kingdom that has yet to be restored under Messiah. The implications are not merely temporal but are also personally eternal.
Christianity feels no tie to this kingdom for one reason. We have failed to have the Restoration of the Testimony of Yeshua, which has everything to do with the keeping of the Torah, the redemption of all of Israel, the identity of Yeshua, the condition of His and our flesh, baptism, and the resurrection of the dead, and the fullness of the gentiles. It is why He was killed and why we live in Him. We cannot understand the true meaning of His work unless we let go of 2000 years worth of programming by those who snuck in unaware and our fear that salvation can come through an organization.
Salvation came through only ONE. There is salvation through no other and until we grasp hold of this truth we are still in bondage. It seems like we are eating food, but it leaves us hungry because there is no nutrition in it. The Prodigal son of Yeshua's parable was in the same circumstance. Picture YHWH as the Father, Judah as the older brother and Ephraim (Northern Kingdom) as the younger brother. The older brother has held onto the Torah and did not let go. Not that they have kept it perfectly since many adhere to an Oral Torah (traditions of men) that the Apostle Paul repeatedly taught against where it violates the written Torah.
The Prodigal son is Ephraim, still lost in Diaspora without the Torah, starving from lack of spiritual nourishment. He comes to his senses, seeks to return to YHWH merely as servant, and YHWH slaughters a calf rejoicing that His son has returned to the covenant. Yet, his older brother Judah is not happy since YHWH never slaughtered a lamb for him. YHWH declares that he has always been with the Father and all that He has is his. We see a restoration of Ephraim to the Torah Covenant with YHWH. So he must first realize he is starving, then remember who he is and then restore what he gave up when he left his Father's house. Once he does this he returns through the sacrifice of a lamb. We will go into the identity of the lamb and who provides it at a future time.
Luke 15:11-32 (King James Version throughout), 11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
Who is the lost son, Ephraim (the Northern 10 tribes) identified as in the world? Without speculating on the exact identity let's look to Ephraim's actual father Joseph for a hint at who Ephraim may be on today's world scene. Joseph the beloved son of Jacob and Rachel, is the 2nd to last son to the house of Israel. Joseph saved the house of Israel through involuntary exile, imprisonment, and eventually was given rulership of the great world empire of his time.
As you may recall, Jacob married two sisters, Leah and Rachel. And of these two women and their handmaids all the house of Israel is built, two great houses. Joseph apparently had a knack for causing controversy and by it division between his mother's house and the house of Leah and her sons. It would appear that through Jacob's gift of the coat of many colors the brothers knew that he would receive the birthright from Jacob.
This would not be the first time that the firstborn did not receive the birthright, as Jacob received it in lieu of Esau. It appears that Esau was not worthy of it and YHWH fully intended for Jacob to receive it. Perhaps Joseph's brothers were equally concerned that Joseph might also be unworthy and that Jacob could see no better than his father Isaac, who was still going to pronounce the birthright blessing on Esau. Perhaps this was why Joseph’s brothers felt justified in their treatment of Joseph and sending him into slavery and exile. After years of slavery, imprisonment, and finally freedom and service as second only to pharaoh, the blessings were so great that Joseph declared,
Genesis 41:50And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him. 51And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.
52And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
It appears Joseph’s exile to another land is so blessed by YHWH that he forgets his father's house. He is ruler of the most powerful nation on earth, placed there by YHWH and he is so blessed that he doesn't recall his father's house. Sounds a bit like the prodigal son who suddenly remembers how good it was in his father's house and then returns. In Joseph's case this was all brought about by YHWH for the purpose of saving Israel's house.
Genesis 45:3And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. 4And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Joseph's whole purpose, unknown to him while going through it, was to serve as a Messianic figure saving the life of his whole Father's household. And with Leah's sons turning in reconciliation and repentance with love towards their exiled brother the two houses are reunited once again. The descendants of these same children of Israel will once again turn toward the fathers of their faith, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel), united, redeemed, restored to life.
All Israel is currently blind in part.
Romans 11:24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
This reunification of Judah and Ephraim is symbolized in Romans as the re-grafting of the two trees, two houses, two sons. Blindness in part has happened to both houses (Judah & Ephraim) of Israel. This blindness is lifted when the "Fullness of the Gentiles" comes in. The "fullness of the gentiles" is clearly linked in Romans to two trees being rejoined. This blindness likely has to do with the same issues that separated the two families in the first place, Torah & Yeshua. These are the two controversies that will become clear at the time of the "Fullness of the Gentiles". Ephraim will see that Torah must be followed and Judah will see that Yeshua is YHWH. Blindness to Yeshua and deafness to Torah will be healed and all re-grafted Israel will see the light of Yeshua's millennial day. In that day we will also see the "Fulness of the Gentiles" or the return and joining of the two houses of Israel.
Revelations 12:16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Saints are qualified as those who keep the commandments and those who have the testimony of Yeshua. Until both of these are restored how can an accurate testimony of the reunification of the Kingdom of YHWH be given? We have defaulted too long to generalizing what commandments we think Jesus meant and what the testimony of the Kingdom of YHWH really is.
Our people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of two great Mysteries:
The Mystery of Lawlessness (Torahless-ness):
II Thesolonians: 2: 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
The failure to accurately discern the Body of Messiah (Identity of the Messiah) and the link this has to an effective testimony, healing, and resurrection:
I Corinthians 11: 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
What Needs to be Restored:
The Re-Unification of Judah & Ephraim-the Two Houses of Israel
The Kingdom of YHWH
Israel’s adherence to the whole Written Torah
Re-Unified Israel to the Land of Israel, full redemption to all the lost tribes of Israel
The Baptism into the Un-Corrupted Flesh of Yeshua
The full Testimony of Yeshua to the whole House of Israel
The healing of the nations via the redemptive work of YHWH
Reconciliation of the Shema, “The Lord our God, the Lord is One” with the Redemptive work of Yeshua
The Restoration of the Image of YHWH in man
The identity of YHWH and Yeshua literally being ONE
Properly discerning the body of Yeshua that results in the healing of the nations
The marriage of YHWH to the bride of Yeshua and their becoming one flesh
The great missed Testimony of Yeshua and the Apostles on being baptized into the body/flesh of Yeshua
Understanding that Yeshua’s flesh is the uncorrupted manna from heaven and has no fallen part
Restoring of sight to the blind and ability to walk to the lame (Israel), Judah’s ability to identify the Messiah, and Ephraim to the adherence to the Torah.
The Tabernacle of David
Many more, much has been lost and are in the process of being found, etc.