James Trimm <jstrimm@h...>
Date: Mon Nov 8, 1999 4:15pm
Subject: Jews, Gentiles and Ephraimites
The following is my humble opinion (it is not an officaial SANJ
This is a complex issue. Allow me to offer my own expanation:
The original true followers of YHWH (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, etc.) did not call their religion "Judaism" (obviously). We do not
know what they called it or if they called it anything. For our own
purposes we will just call it YHWHism as oposed to Ba'alism.
The "YHWHism" involved a covenant (or series of covenants) between
YHWH and the Am-Yisrael (the people of Israel).
YHWH had initially mad a Covenent with all mankind (Gen. 9) the
Later YHWH made a unique Covenant with Abraham and with his
seed Isaac and Jacob. (Gen. 17) This covenant required circumcision)
The Abrahamic Covenant.
Still later YHWH made a further covenant with Am-Yisrael (the people
of Israel) and gave us the Torah (Ex. 34) The Mosaic Covenant.
A non-Israelite could enter this covenent and become part of the people
of Israel if he/she so chose to (Ruth) by joining into this covenant and
Am-Yisrael became YHWH's chosen covenant people. There were still
other followers of YHWH who were not part of Am-Yisrael, but Am-
Yisrael was chosen to be YHWH's covenant people who would one day
rule the world. They were to be a nation of priests to the rest of the
Eventually Am-Yisrael split into two houses:
The House of Israel/Ephraim/Joseph (10 Tribes)
The House of Judah (2 tribes)
The House of Israel was divorced by YHWH (Jer. 3:8) but for whatever
reason the House of Judah was not.
The House of Isreal was scattered, mostlikely into Europe. They
abandoned Torah and the covenants and turned entirely to pagan gods.
Eventually they embraced Christianity and continued in paganism.
Judah however always had a remnant maintaining the covenant.
As a result "YHWHism" became known as "Judaism"
When the Messiah came many thousand embraced him as Messiah.
These were the Nazarenes. They took the message to the Gentiles,
many of whom were Ephraimites but did not know it. These people
almost immeditaly paganized the message. Eventually the Nazarene
movent disappeared, although there have always been Torah observant
Jews who believed Yeshua was Messiah.
Now the there were two Torahs to the Mosaic Torah of the Mosaic
Covenant. A Written Torah and an Oral Torah. Without the Oral Torah
one would not know how to kill an animal, what a "bill of divorcement"
is, how the Hebrew calendar functions, etc. In short without the Oral
Torah there is no way to observe the written Torah and no Covenant.
Eventually many Ephraimites and Gentiles started to wake up from
their paganism and seek Torah. Typical of this is the Yahwist
movenent and the old WWCG movement.
During the same time period many Jews started to wake up from their
messiah-blindness and see Yeshua as Messiah. Typical of this was the
Messianic Movent and more recently the Nazarene Movement.
Now when the Ephraimites attempted to embrace the Mosaic Covenant
they found a problem. There were no Ephraimites who had
maintained the covenant and preserved the Oral Torah for them to join
to. So while they decided to start keeping the feasts, they had no idea
how. They had no idea what to do on these days. Even worse they still
cannot agree on a calendar.
There is no way for Ephraimites to enter the Mosaic covenant as
Ephraim. Ephraim was divorced and has not preserved the covenant.
However Judah HAS preserved the Mosaic Covenant. Judah HAS
preserved both the written and Oral Torah. Moreover a remnant of
Judah has woken up to who the Messiah is. Moreover Judah's
understanding of these things gives Judah a better understanding of
Messiah as well.
The hope of Ephraim is not to reestablish herself as a separate House.
The hope of Ephraim is to be runited with Judah and come back from
her rebelion in the first place. This is the prophetic picture in the
scriptures. The stick of Ephraim is joined to the stick of Judah (Ezek.
37). Branches from Ephraim are grafted into Judah to be fed by the root
of Judah. (Rom. 11) and Ephraim will come to Judah and grab hold of
her tzitzit (a sign of the covenant) and say: "We have heard that Elohim
is with you (plural) and we will go with you (plural)." (Zech. 8 last
In other words Ephraim should rejoice that Judah has preserved the
covenant as Judaism and join Judah.
Now the gentiles who are not Ephraimites (and who knows who is and
who isn't anyway). could theoretically just keep the Noachdic covenant
(Gen 9) and never progress into the Chosen people by entering the
House of Judah through the Abrahamic and Mosaic Covenants (Ge, 17
& Ex. 34). However they would not be part of Am-Yisrael. They
would NOT be part of the bride. They would NOT be a nation of
priests (they would be the ones we are priests to). They would NOT
rule with Messiah from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. Instead they would
make pilgrimages to Jerusalem at Sukkot (an the other feasts?) to pay
homage there. They will be ruled over BY Am-Yisrael.
I am reminded of the comercial where the stork is looking at the two
hamburgers each with a pickle on it. One with a small pickle and one
with a big pickle. He looks back and forth at each of them and then
Now in theory a person could in my opinion remain outside of Am-
Yisrael and still be saved and still be a righteous gentile. But I cannot
imagine someone choosing that position in the Kingdom when they
could rule with Messiah.
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