We Declare These Truths
by Angus and Batya Wootten and the Messianic Israel Alliance
The purpose of this article is to make known the position of the Messianic Israel Alliance in regard to the following subjects:
The Messianic Israel Alliance believes that salvation is a free gift that is available to whomsoever will respond to the Holy One of Israel. We believe that He is gathering people from every nation, kindred, tribe, and tongue. When the Redeemed of Israel are fully regathered, they will shine with every skin tone known to man. We believe that, the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua is the source of eternal life for every human being, including the twelve tribes of Israel. We believe that, the doors to Israel's commonwealth are open to whomsoever the Almighty invites to go through them, and, once they come to a saving faith in Messiah Yeshua, they thereafter belong to His eternal "commonwealth of Israel" (Ephesians 2:11-22; Revelation 5:9).
The Deity of Our Redeemer, Messiah Yeshua
We believe in Messiah Yeshua's Deity and Eternal Presence. We believe that we need to repent of our sins and have faith in His finished work on the Cross, that He is our Redeemer, and therefore, He is our Elohim, our God come in the flesh. "Israel's King and Redeemer, YHVH Almighty [says], I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God."And, "I, YHVH, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob" (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 60:16). The Word reveals that, "No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him." And that, "God [alone] will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol" (Psalm 49:7-15). As followers of Israel's Messiah, we are "redeemed with...the precious blood of Messiah." He was "slain, and purchased for God with His blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (1 Peter 1:18-19;
Revelation 5:9). He is the First and the Last, the mysterious Alef and Tav of Scripture, the Mighty God, and our Creator (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-3; 10:33; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 21:6; 22:13).With child-like faith, we believe in the plurality of the One and Only God, in His compound unity as defined by the Hebrew word, "echad" (Matthew 18:3). We declare this to be a cardinal and immutable truth upon which our faith rests.
The Twin Sins of Replacement Theology
We do not believe in Replacement Theology, meaning that the "church" has replaced the Jewish people in YHVH's divine plan. We instead believe that He brought the people of Judah back to the Land, and we support the modern Nation of Israel. On the other hand, we believe that separating the true ekklesia/ congregation of the Messiah from its rightful identity as part of the people of Israel leads to misunderstandings. Thus, we teach about "both the houses of Israel" and about their full restoration (Isaiah 8:14; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Ephesians 2:11-22). Even as those of Judah cannot be replaced, so those of brother Joseph cannot be replaced. Neither house can be replaced by the other. We believe that both houses need to be fully restored in Messiah Yeshua, and to forgive, love, and appreciate the good in each other.
Anti-Semitic and Anti-Christian Attitudes
We believe that, in different ways, "both the houses of Israel" have "stumbled" over the Sanctuary/Temple that is Messiah Yeshua (Isaiah 8:14; John 2:19-22). And that, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Collectively, "we acknowledge our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers," and that "we have indeed sinned against You,"O LORD (Jeremiah 14:20; Daniel 9:11; Romans 3:23). However, we also know that forgiveness is available for those who repent of their sins (Luke 24:47).
Both houses of Israel, both Ephraim and Judah, have stumbled, because both were partially hardened to different truths about the Messiah (Romans 11:25). But now is the time for that blindness to come to an end. It is time for all involved to seek to comfort and uplift each other, and to "honor those to whom honor is due." It is time to honor each house for the different truths that they have brought forth (Romans 13:7). We therefore honor the Jewish people for seeking to maintain the eternal truths of Torah; and, we honor the Church for seeking to maintain the truth about the Only Begotten Son of God. Neither house has done a perfect job, and we choose to leave behind the errors of both, to embrace the positive things that both offer, and, to add to those good things, the truths from Scripture that our Father is revealing in this hour of final restoration.
We believe that now is the time to, "Go through, go through the gates, clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples" (Isaiah 62:10). Israel's staff of "Union," which signified the "brotherhood between Judah and Israel," was broken long ago, but now is the time for our two sticks to again be made one in our Father's hand (Ezekiel 37:19; Zechariah 11:14). It is time for us to seek restoration, and, Anti-Semitism and Anti-Christian attitudes will have no place in that restoration. Both are sins in the eyes of our Heavenly Father.
- The Church/Ekklesia, and the Commonwealth of Israel
- Spiritual Israel-physical Israel
- Use of the Titles "Ephraim and Judah"
- How Many Physical Heirs?
- The Olive Tree of Israel and Her Blindness
- Denials, Bloodlines, Conversions to Judaism, and Our Glorious Future
- Honoring Torah and the New Covenant
- Restoring the Kingdom to Israel
- A Foundation-But Not Our Focus