State of the Reunion: Part II

by Hale Harris

Editor's Note: In the Article, "State of the Reunion: Part I," Hale asked us to consider the state of the reunion of Judah and Ephraim in the last days-to consider our frame of reference and to question whether or not we have a proper perspective in the matter. Hale showed us that our challenge is to have a frame of reference that is centered in Messiah Yeshua - because that is the only way that we will be able to move forward in our Reunion.
 
Part II:
     Let us begin Part II with Galatians 2:19-20: "For through the Law I died to the Law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me."

     These are ultimate frame of reference verses. This is foundational New Covenant understanding. This is why we are told to be baptized, or immersed in the mikveh, if you prefer. Baptism is a New Covenant ritual that speaks of our death, burial, and resurrection in Messiah. This concept is all-important as it regards living out our New Covenant life. By faith we are placed IN HIM. When it says you have been crucified with Messiah, this is not just figurative language. Somehow, someway, in a dimension that transcends time you were put on the cross with Yeshua and you died. The scriptures say our "old man" (anthropos), the old nature we inherited from Adam that was steeped in sin, was put on the cross with Messiah and crucified with Him. That's a done deal. Today's program is not about trying to reform and fix the old man; the old man has been put to death.

     So you do not have two natures. You now have the nature of your Heavenly Father. You are a new creation-the Holy Spirit and your spirit have become one (1 Cor. 6:17). This is the heart of the good news. 

     Most of us know about Yeshua's death. But we often overlook the reality of our own death. I probably don't have to tell you that death is very final. You ever hear about people who stage their own death so the bad guys (or maybe even the good guys) will quit looking for them? Well, this was not a staged or fake death-this was the real thing. You were placed IN HIM and you died IN HIM. If you look up the scriptures concerning this, they are all in the past tense.  Yeshua kept the Law perfectly, something we can't do; He took the punishment for the sins of all the sons of Adam, and He died. We were immersed (baptidzo) into that death (Rom. 6:3). 

     Why wasn't Yeshua's death all that was needed? Why did we have to die also? The reason is twofold: According to the Law it's illegal for a husband who has divorced his wife to remarry her if she has gone and been with another man. The House of Israel went and committed spiritual adultery. In the book of Romans, Paul, writing from the wife's (our) perspective, explains that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as that person lives. A married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living, but if he dies, she is free from the law binding herself to her husband. But then Paul writes something startling: "Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God" (Rom. 7:4).

Click here to for the balance of Hale's article, and an article by Batya Wootten about Retired Israeli Army Colonel David Yaniv, the International Ambassador of the MIA.

Click here for State of the Reunion: Part 1.



MIA Gathering - Register Now!
 
We are excited to be able to revisit the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Internationaldrive in Orlando, Florida - and to be able to offer a reasonable room rate to our friends. It is with nostalgia that we remember our initial Conference there in 1999 and the many Conferences we have had in various places in later years. Nonetheless, we want our Gathering this year to be different. And, we sincerely hope that you, and your family and friends, will join us! We want old and new friends to come together, and, we want to have our lives changed for the better. Our prayer is that our 2012 Gathering will help us take a giant step toward this end goal. The MIA will be 13 years old this year, and we want to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration. However, we do not speak of a traditional Bar Mitzvah - but of us becoming true, Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) empowered Sons and Daughters of the Commandments! 

     Our Father says, in the last days things will happen, "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit" (Zechariah 4:6). We need the power of the Holy Spirit - and at the same time - we need to be true Sons of the Commandments. We need to put away our childish ways, jettison mistaken concepts, and resist all knee-jerk reactions in regard to the Holy Spirit. It is time for us to grow up in the LORD and learn how to properly embrace the Ruach HaKodesh (1 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 6:1-3). Resisting the Ruach is a serious offense that has long-afflicted our fathers: "You...are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit...just as your fathers did" (Isa 63:10; Mat 12:32; Acts 7:51). We must not grieve the Spirit Who "seals us for the day of redemption" (Eph 4:30). Israel's dry bones will not be revived apart from His works (Eze 37:9). We must not resist the Spirit, nor embrace things that misrepresent the Spirit. "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). We want nothing that is false, but we long to be filled with the real thing. To this end, we are humbly planning a special celebration, a special intimate Gathering, a time wherein we will seek the Face of our Father and ask Him to please help us learn how to truly walk in His ways: Genesis to Revelation. We want to learn how to walk in His ancient paths and be empowered by His Ruach. If you, too, are hungry for these things, please join us for this special event. We will have two days of intense teaching in the Ballroom, followed by a corporate Bar/Bat Mitzvah for all who want to join us in this special time of empowerment. 
     To help us plan the event, we will need to know in advance how many want to participate in this special celebration. For more information about the conference and to register for it, see the gathering.messianicisrael.com. And, or, see the attached Gathering Registration form for more information and to register by mail, or call  425-745-1396.

     We are truly looking forward to being with you. We thank you for your prayers and support, and we ask you to please continue to remember us at this important time. Pray that the Father alone, and not man, would have His way at this Gathering. In turn, we pray that He will pour out overflowing blessings on you and yours.

Sincerely,
     
Angus and Batya
The MIA Shepherds Council

 


 MIA Bar Mitzvah Invitation

The MIA will soon be 13 years old, and we feel it is time for our Bar Mitzvah!

We believe it is time for us to become true, Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) empowered Sons of the Commandments! It is time for us to put away childish ways and grow up in the Lord.

We are planning a special celebration, a special intimate Gathering, a time wherein we will seek the Face of our Father and ask Him to please help us learn how to truly walk in His ways.

If you are hungry for something more, we hope you will pray about joining us for this special event. Come! Join us as we seek to learn how to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit!

Details will soon be published on our Events page.

If you are spiritually hungry, please be there.

 

We are excited to be able to revisit the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International drive inSave the Date Orlando, Florida. It is with nostalgia that we remember our initial Conference there in 1999 and the many Conferences we have had in various places in the following years.

We want our Gathering this year to be different. And, we sincerely hope all of our friends will join us! We want old and new friends to come together, so we can begin to prepare our hearts for the return of our King. 

We ask you to reserve these dates and to take full advantage of the Special Invitation that you will soon be receiving. 

We truly are looking forward to being with you.

    Sincerely,
    
    Angus and Batya
    The MIA Shepherd's Council
    Plus, All the good folks who are working to make this upcoming event a Gathering to be remembered!




As the Founder and President of the MIA, with a smile on my face, I want to heartily affirm the "Announcement" that is herewith being made by my wife, Batya.
 
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Messiah Yeshua said, "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops" (Matthew 10:27).

     With this verse in mind, please pardon me while I climb up on my rooftop and kevetchand complain a little bit.

     With all of my heart, I believe that the Holy One of Israel, through Scripture, "whispered" the truth about "both the houses of Israel" and their full restoration in my ear (Isaiah 8:14Ezekiel 37:15-28). To me, the truth about Israel's redemption is a high and holy truth that should be treated with utmost respect. Therefore, I have something that I would like to shout and maybe even scream about. It is something that bugs me, because it is such a terrible misnomer.

     It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I tried to depict our "announcement/complaint" in the attached graphic, which Angus and I dubbed, "Two House - One House Theologies."

     If you like it, we wish you would forward it and this article to every friend you have. Please, please, send it around the world!

     I ask this because I never liked being called "Two House." I dislike the title because it was made popular by someone who copied our teachings and then added some terrible errors. I would love to be able to escape that negative association. Beyond that, I see an absolute irony in the way the title was picked up and is now often used by people who reject the truth about the restoration of Ephraim and Judah. Every time I hear us being labeled as "Two House," I feel like it is an incorrect, unsuitable name, one that does not describe us - or our ultimate goal - but it instead well describes those who oppose the truth of Scripture that we teach!
 
    An irony is said to be an expression in which the intended meaning of the words is the opposite of their usual sense; an event or result that is the opposite of what is expected. To me, the "Two House" title is incredibly ironic because those who are against what they call the "Two House" teaching, are themselves "Two House" teachers! They are the ones who do not embrace the idea of the "One House" theology that we teach! They instead want to continue with a middle wall of partition that Messiah Yeshua tore down long ago. They do not accept the fact that, in Messiah, "former" non-Jewish Believers are "brought nigh" to His commonwealth of Israel, and "now share citizenship with the saints" (Ephesians 2:11-22). They do not embrace the truth that the Messiah of Israel said, "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd" (John 10:16). These "two house teachers" reject the fact that the God of Israel has sworn that He will make the two sticks of Ephraim and Judah - and their companions - one stick in His hand (Ezekiel 37:19).

     In the Garden of Gethsemane our Messiah prayed that we might be "one," even as He and the Father are one. He prayed for His Disciples, and for those who would believe in Him through their Word (meaning, the New Covenant). He said, "I do not ask on behalf of these [Disciples] alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me" (John 17:11, 20-21).

     Messiah's last wish was that we might be one! He even declared that this is the very testimony that will convince the world that the Father has sent Him!
Friends, we need to stop opposing, stop focusing on, and stop even thinking of ourselves as being "Two House." We need to instead become "One House."
Yes, it is absolutely true that there were two houses, and to the extent that they have not entered into the New Covenant, those two houses continue to exist - even in our day. For this reason, our critique of the "Two House" title is done "tongue in cheek." We know there are two houses of Israel that have not yet been fully reunited, but "Two House" does not at all represent the stated goal of the New Covenant.
 
     We see that goal when we read of the Father's New Covenant promise, which was given to both Ephraim/Israel and Judah - however - the New Covenant was made with an entrance caveat, a conditional clause, if you will.

     In Jeremiah 33:14-15 we read, "'Behold, days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth." The Righteous Branch of David is Messiah Yeshua. He said of Himself, "I am the root and the offspring/branch of David" (Revelation 22:16). He came, lived, and died for us, that He might pay the price for our sins, and thus offer us, a "new and better covenant" (Hebrews 7:19; 9:10; 12:24).

     Jeremiah foretold this coming New Covenant: "'Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers...which they broke, although I was a husband to them,' declares the LORD. 'But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,' declares the LORD, 'I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people" (Jeremiah 31:31-33).

     Notice that, while the New Covenant promise was given to both Judah and Israel, the Covenant was only made with the "house of Israel" (also see  2Corinthians 3:6Hebrews 8:8-13; 9:15; 12:24). The message we need to glean from this is that, while the promise was given to two divided houses, the conditional clause is, when we enter into the New Covenant, we are thereafter only to be known as the one, redeemed, reunited and restored, "House of Israel" (Ephesians 2:11-22).

    When we founded the "Messianic Israel Alliance," we knew this to be the case. When the twelve tribes come together in Messiah, they do so under the all-encompassing title of "Israel." For, it is written that, Jacob had twelve sons, whom YHVH "named Israel" (2 Kings 17:34). For this reason, we chose our title. And today, we still prefer to be called "Messianic Israel," or "Redeemed Israel." To be called "Two House" goes against the goal of the New Covenant.

    Friends, we believe that we need to have a paradigm shift. We desperately need to change our focus at this time. We need to concentrate on our Father's desire, which is to make us "One House," to make us one, united, New Covenant people. We need to realize that, those who fight the truth of the One House of Israel, are in essence fighting the declared New Covenant intent of the Almighty Himself.

     Long live the "One House!"

     I'll get off my rooftop now.

     Batya (and Angus)
 

 

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MIA Gathering - Register Now!

     We are excited to be able to revisit the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Internationaldrive in Orlando, Florida - and to be able to offer a reasonable room rate to our friends. It is with nostalgia that we remember our initial Conference there in 1999 and the many Conferences we have had in various places in later years. Nonetheless, we want our Gathering this year to be different. And, we sincerely hope that you, and your family and friends, will join us! We want old and new friends to come together, and, we want to have our lives changed for the better. Our prayer is that our 2012 Gathering will help us take a giant step toward this end goal. The MIA will be 13 years old this year, and we want to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration. However, we do not speak of a traditional Bar Mitzvah - but of us becoming true, Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) empowered Sons and Daughters of the Commandments! 

     Our Father says, in the last days things will happen, "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit" (Zechariah 4:6). We need the power of the Holy Spirit - and at the same time - we need to be true Sons of the Commandments. We need to put away our childish ways, jettison mistaken concepts, and resist all knee-jerk reactions in regard to the Holy Spirit. It is time for us to grow up in the LORD and learn how to properly embrace the Ruach HaKodesh (1 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 6:1-3). Resisting the Ruach is a serious offense that has long-afflicted our fathers: "You...are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit...just as your fathers did" (Isa 63:10; Mat 12:32; Acts 7:51). We must not grieve the Spirit Who "seals us for the day of redemption" (Eph 4:30). Israel's dry bones will not be revived apart from His works (Eze 37:9). We must not resist the Spirit, nor embrace things that misrepresent the Spirit. "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). We want nothing that is false, but we long to be filled with the real thing. To this end, we are humbly planning a special celebration, a special intimate Gathering, a time wherein we will seek the Face of our Father and ask Him to please help us learn how to truly walk in His ways: Genesis to Revelation. We want to learn how to walk in His ancient paths and be empowered by His Ruach. If you, too, are hungry for these things, please join us for this special event. We will have two days of intense teaching in the Ballroom, followed by a corporate Bar/Bat Mitzvah for all who want to join us in this special time of empowerment. 
     To help us plan the event, we will need to know in advance how many want to participate in this special celebration. For more information about the conference and to register for it, see the gathering.messianicisrael.com. And, or, see the attached Gathering Registration form for more information and to register by mail, or call  425-745-1396.

     We are truly looking forward to being with you. We thank you for your prayers and support, and we ask you to please continue to remember us at this important time. Pray that the Father alone, and not man, would have His way at this Gathering. In turn, we pray that He will pour out overflowing blessings on you and yours.

Sincerely,
     
Angus and Batya
The MIA Shepherds Council 

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