God’s greatest commandment was given through His servant Moses, as it is written, “Hear O Israel: The LORD is your God, The LORD is one. And you shall love The LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” Deut 6:4-5.
In this, a question arises, Who is Moses talking to? As witnessed by Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), the greatest commandment starts with the words, “Hear O Israel.” So who exactly is Israel? This question should be of the utmost importance in our minds, because if believers in The Messiah of Israel do not belong to Israel, then the greatest commandment to love The LORD, the Gods of Israel with all our heart and soul does not apply, nor does any other covenant. We can start to determine just who Israel is by discerning the blessings and prophecies given to Israel.
After Jacob found out that Joseph was alive, he and his family moved to Egypt. It was there that Jacob blessed Joseph before he died, declaring that he would adopt Joseph’s sons as his own. Gen 48:5 Joseph’s sons through adoption became Jacob’s sons with Ephraim inheriting the rights as Jacob’s firstborn over Reuben. Meanwhile, Joseph would loose his right of inheritance. In this blessing, the twelve tribes first became eleven with the loss of Joseph and then became thirteen with the addition of Ephraim and Manasseh. Later, The LORD declared that Levi’s inheritance would no longer come through Jacob, but directly from Him, so for the purposes of inheritance, Israel would become twelve tribes again.
The prophecy was contained within the blessing of the firstborn that Ephraim would become a “multitude of nations”. Gen 48:19 In this passage the word nations comes from the Hebrew word “goyim.” 01471 The word “goyim” is derived from two parts. The first part, “goy,” is the Hebrew word for nation. The second part,” im,” is appended to the word goy to make it plural. Goyim is also construed as the world and translated as the English words heathen and gentiles. The phrase, multitude of the nations could just as easily be translated as the multitude of the gentiles.
To understand how the single tribe of Ephraim became a multitude of nations, we must go back to the time of King Solomon. When King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam was crowned king. Unhappy with the king’s heavy taxes, the ten northern tribes, led by the tribe of Ephraim, rebelled against King Rehoboam, and formed their own nation apart from the tribe of Judah. 1Kings 12:16 Since then, the nation of Israel has been divided into two houses which includes the House of Judah and the House of Israel. The tribe of Benjamin aligned itself with Judah, as did the tribe of Levi, for the House of Israel had fired them as priests so they all fled to Judah and Jerusalem. There were also a small portion of every tribe that remained loyal to Jerusalem, and subsequently moved to Judah, but for the most part, the ten northern tribes were led by the tribe of Ephraim with the southern tribes led by the tribe of Judah. This division had also been prophesied earlier by the actions of Jacob Gen 32:7 when he returned home with his family and was met by his brother Esau, who had vowed to kill him. In this, Jacob divided his family into two “camps or bands,” thinking that if Esau killed one, the other would escape.
After the division, the House of Israel stopped worshipping in the temple in Jerusalem and built their own temples and worshipped idols. God sent them prophets to warn them to repent, as it is written, “The LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, that did not believe in The LORD their God. They rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were all around them, concerning whom The LORD had charged them that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of The LORD their God.” 2Kings 17:13-16
The House of Israel had rejected the covenant of God made at Mount Sinai. They called it old, or what is called today by many as the old testament. They had rejected God’s covenant given through Moses and created a new covenant that allowed them to worship at home and not have to come to Jerusalem to worship God. Because of this, God had all of the House of Israel, the northern ten tribes led by the tribe of Ephraim, brutally killed or taken captive by the King of Assyria, as it is written, “Therefore The LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only”. 2Kings 17:18 Unlike the House of Judah, the House of Israel lost its identity and never returned to the land. They were completely assimilated into the nations, the goyim or gentiles, fulfilling the prophecy given to Ephraim concerning becoming a multitude of gentiles, or nations.
The House of Israel is now dispersed among all the Nations. They don’t know who they are, but God does, and He has promised to bring a remnant of them back home to Israel in the latter days when they repent of their disobedience. Deut 30:3 It will be a second Exodus, Jer 16:14-15 for just as Israel was redeemed from Egypt, so will the remnant of the children of Israel be redeemed from the four corners of the earth where they were scattered. These remnant can be recognized by their fruit, for they can be seen loving God with their hearts and souls, following The Spirit of God to obey the covenant of God given through Moses Eze 36:26-27 and the Voice of God, given through Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), The Messiah and Holy One of Israel. Deut 30:10
Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!