his message at our 4th annual “Judah You’re Not Alone”
My friend, Ben
Cohen, says that he
felt that the 13 to 18 million
Jewish people in the
world today does
not fulfill God’s promise
that his seed would be as the stars
the sky and the sands of the sea. That
startle me per se, but what he
then said did!
Ben said that he believed
Christians are of the
lost tribes of Israel.
I’d never heard that,
my Jewish friends, rabbis or
else – but I heard it first from Ben.
Newman did a fine
morning teaching about the
division of Israel
into Judah and
Ephraim, and how the tribes on
North were scattered and lost their
That was all well put, but we still have a dilemma.
We might say several dilemmas that are unresolved.
We know that
Judah and Ephraim both broke the covenant. Both were scattered. Judah went
into captivity into Babylon during the time of Daniel and came back under
Ezra and Nehemiah. Israel — the 10 northern tribes went into captivity into
Assyria to the north. Jeremiah, chapter 3, says that when God scattered
Israel to Assyria He handed her a “bill of divorce”. God passionately loved
Israel when he married her at Sinai. How do you think He felt when He found
His wife Israel unfaithful when she fell in love with other lovers? But even
as He handed her the bill of divorce, I’m sure with strong feeling He said,
“Only repent and return unto me and I will yet be your God and you will yet
be my people.” (Read the book of Hosea.)
tracked their scattering by several means: The Biblical account, history,
archeology, grammar, etc. It’s a fascinating story and the end is going to
be phenomenal when God keeps His promise and regathers all Israel.
Jew is from Judah, which means worshiper or praiser of God. But
the “ten lost tribes” of Israel are yet to awaken to their true identity as
Abraham’s seed. When Israel awakens and discovers his identity and realizes
his destiny, he will return to Zion and reunite with his brother Judah. It’s
going to be phenomenal. It literally will be one of the biggest events the
universe has ever seen. When the dry bones of Ezekiel 36 and 37 wake up from
the paganism and the idolatry where they have been ensnared, and begin to
receive the commandments, the ordinances and the statutes of HaShem as a
gift, it will shake the entire Middle East and the world.
The people of
the former Soviet Union had a major obstacle when I visited Russia in
’63.Thank God, that problem no longer exists. That problem was an obstacle –
a hindering wall — to the regathering of all the tribes and the reuniting
the two houses. The wall, or obstacle, then was an atheistic military
dictatorship. This obstacle led me to over 80 nations and islands, lobbying
for their freedom. Thankfully with the fall of the Kremlin and the Berlin
Wall, over 1 million of the 3 million former Jewish refusniks of the Soviet
Union are living in Israel today.
What are some
of the other hindering walls or obstacles? After the Holocaust, survivors
that came back to the land didn’t come back to developed cities, standing
groves and fertile crops in the fields. They came back to a desert. That was
an obstacle. These who came out of the ashes of Auschwitz had to roll up
their sleeves, sweat and remove the rocks and boulders. They had to prepare
the soil and bring water to a dry and parched land. They had to bring in
drip irrigation equipment and lines, then plant and fertilize the seed, Now
today when you see the Middle East from a satellite, or a picture from a
space shuttle, it’s the only green spot in the Middle East. That in itself
is a fulfillment of the promise that God has made to the land and to the
people of Israel. It is important to note, these survivors of the Holocaust
came to Zion; they didn’t come to America. They sacrificed by paying a great
price. But their efforts reclaimed a desert and turned it into a garden.
Think of This:
In 1947, there
were only several hundred thousand Jews in the land, then they became 3
million and today there are over 5 million Jews there. They have been able
to turn a desert into a garden in much of that area. But not all of it;
there’s much yet to be reclaimed and redeemed. Now, if that few people could
come and turn that barren land into a garden, what do you think is going to
happen when Israel, the ten lost tribes awake to their identity and to their
destiny of returning and reuniting with their brother Judah in reclaiming
the rest of Judea, Samaria and all of Eretz Israel?
East is destined to be the Europe or the United States in the Messianic age.
It will be literally the Garden of Eden again. We’re not there yet. We have
some serious problems in front of us.
confronted with tremendous threats from fanatic Islam today. It is stirring
a strong hatred against the Spirit of God that is awakening the Jews and
Israelites to their destiny. That destiny being to return and reclaim and
redeem all of the Promised Land. Fanatic Islam does not want any Jews or
Israel in the Middle East.
John Stembridge’s book, “Sh’ma” means “To hear” The
artist did the cover by John’s description. It says much, showing the Tanach
[Hebrew Bible] with roots from Job (who predates Abraham) to Yahshua
[Jesus]. The author was inspired to write the entire first draft of this
book in a single night while on a mission trip to Brazil. The Scripture
triggering the writing was the story of the young scribe who asked Yahshua,
“What is the first commandment?” Yahshua quoted the Sh’ma from Deut 6.
Like a trunk of a tree, the roots coming out of the Tanach teach that there
is one God. The tree branches are made up of children, old and young adults
reflecting all nationalities, languages and colors. Coming out of the top of
the tree is an ear, emphasizing “hearing”. If we don’t have a spiritual ear
to hear the voice of HaShem, we can’t get far on the road to His Kingdom.
And once you understand that God has a kingdom, you learn His statutes for
the Kingdom are Eternal. John says this perhaps means more to him than some
theologians and writers, having been involved with government as a mayor of
one of the cities of Miami and dealing with ordinances and statutes.
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showed Ezekiel the valley of dry bones, he asked the prophet, “Son of
man, can these bones live again?” And Ezekiel said, ‘I don’t know. You
know the answer.’ And God said to Ezekiel, ‘You prophesy the Sh’ma. You say
to these dry bones to hear the Word of the Lord.’ As Ezekiel began to
speak to these dry bones, there was a rattling, a shaking and a trembling as
the dry bones began to awaken and come up out of the dust. The bones began
to run into each other and I’m sure they made a loud noise, trying to find
out “Am I a toe, an ankle, a leg? Where do I fit in to this skeleton that’s
When they all
find where they are to be fitly joined together and Israel is finally
resurrected out of the dust of the goyim [nations], then the sinew, the
muscle and the skin begin to fill out the skeleton: Israel.
At that point
HaShem puts His Ruach, His Breath, His Spirit, His Glory back into
regathered, resurrected – and yes, REDEEMED Israel from the nations. We’re
not there yet. We have a portion. But we are not at the fulfillment of His
There is so
much for everyone in this conference to do. Everyone of us have the
opportunity to be a part and to have a role in seeing God’s promise
fulfilled and completed in such an hour as you and I are living today.
Observing the Walls
I thank God
for my father and I want to honor him today. He told me there are two ways
to get an education: through reading books and through travel. He spoke a
prophetic word into my life and I have had the joy of traveling into many
countries. Every young person needs an adult who will believe in them and
speak positive words to them. As you do this to the youth in your life, you
don’t know what those words will bring forth in truth later on.
So I had
studied and learned much before going to Russia, but when I went there I
saw the oppression caused by persecution on these people. One thing that
grabbed my heart in ’63 and again in ’75 and other times dealing with it,
was not the political leaders, but just the common people. They would come
up and give me that Russian bear hug, then out of the pain of their
suffering and torment of the persecution they were going through, hot tears
would come down their cheeks. As they put their cheek next to mine, those
hot tears came onto my cheek! Do you think I could come back to beautiful
sunny south Florida, sit on my rear and twiddle my thumbs and do nothing? I
HAD to get involved.
I had a little
saying when I ran for mayor and it is apropos for us now:
It’s true, I’m
only one, but I am one.
I may not be able to do everything,
But what I can do, I WILL do by the grace of God.
Many of my
Jewish and Christian friends didn’t understand my working for freedom of the
refusniks and would say to me, “Why would you go?”
Number one: I
knew the promise that God had made. Yes, I know, we broke the covenant. We
were unfaithful; we were sleeping around with other lovers, other gods. We
were given a bill of divorce. We were scattered. But that’s not the end of
the story. The end of the story is we’re going to wake up! We’re going to
awaken and receive the commandments, the mitzvot, just like they did around
Sinai and we’re going to love the statutes, the ordinances out of the mouth
of our Commander in Chief in heaven. We don’t love them today. We love our
pork; we love our lobster. We love our sun god day rather than the Sabbath,
the Lord’s Day.
It’s not just
the Ephraimites; it’s the Judites, too. Both love the life style of the
Goyim. But at some point we’re all going to wake up and say, “Hey, where did
I miss it? I want to get connected again. I want to be obedient. I want to
be blessed; I’m tired of the curse. I want to receive the blessing.” And it
is going to come to us, as a group and as a people.
A friend of
mine said he believes the 2 sticks of Ezekiel 37 are allegorical, but in my
approach to our topic this weekend, I don’t see any allegory in Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob and the 12 sons of Israel. I don’t see any allegory in what
Ruth Newman so ably shared with us today — how that it was HaShem that
divided the tribes and Who will reunite them.
But Ezekiel 37
tells us who these dry bones are. They are the whole house of Israel. They
are going to come back and be reunited on the holy soil of Zion and then He
said in verse 15 of Ezekiel 37:
thou son of man, take one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and … then
take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim …
and join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in
I love to read
the prophets. They say over and again and it’s recorded, “The word of the
Lord came unto me”. It’s not a figment of their imagination. God was
speaking to them and they were recording it that we may benefit from it in
our day by having a road map leading back to Zion.
Hurdle the Wall
It is very
interesting at this point to consider that the prophecy Jacob gave, at the
time of his death, concerning Joseph was that Joseph’s branches would run
over the wall (Gen. 49:21). And here in Ezekiel HaShem says, “Behold, I
will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the
tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with the stick of Judah and
make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand…Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen
whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them
into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the
mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall
no more be two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms
any more at all. Neither shall they defile themselves any more … I
will cleanse them: so shall they be my people and I will be their God … They
shall walk in my judgments and observe my statutes and do them”
Now, there was
a division that God clearly foretold. He tells us here that there is going
to be a healing. There’s going to be a re-uniting. This is not “replacement
theology” but a reunion of both the House of Judah and the
House of Joseph before the coming of our Great King Mashiach.
interject here: Ben called me one day and was all excited. We met for lunch
and he was telling me about the time when Moses was getting ready to die. He
knew that he was not going to be allowed to go into the Promised Land. What
did Moses do? He called all the heads of the tribes together. They
were united. Moses said, “He was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of
the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together” (Deut.
33:5). Ben said, “John, we had no king in Jeshurun [poetic name for
Jerusalem.]. The kings came later. This is prophecy in the Torah. John, I
believe this is a prophecy that before we get the King that all the tribes
will be regathered and reunited.” This is to happen before the two sticks,
houses or kingdoms, become one and we finally receive our King Mashiach.
interesting point that Ben and I discussed when we met was that of didactic
tracking. Ben believes that through DNA we are going to discover the seed of
Abraham. I mentioned to him that I didn’t believe the computer has been
invented that knows where the seed of Abraham is, but one thing I do believe
is that the Spirit of HaShem knows where every seed of Abraham is.
In Joel God
said that He is going to pour out His Ruach, His Spirit on all flesh. I
believe that those of us who have the natural seed of Abraham in us will
awaken like it mentions in the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37. We will
know our destiny and go to help Judah reclaim and redeem all of Eretz
Israel, including all of Judah and Ephraim, the Temple Mount, Hebron,
Bethlehem and all the Holy Places. But it’s not going to happen until this
massive group awaken to who they are and say, “Yes, by the grace of God, I
will go and I will be and I will do all that I can do to help fulfill Your
Kingdom fulfilled in the earth in this day.”
But in the
area of didactic tracking, how do we go about it? I believe that HaShem gave
us the formula in the prophets when He said He would gather all who will
gather. Only 5 million of the some 18 million of Jewish people in the world
are willing to be gathered to Zion today.
It’s not easy
to give up the comforts in the West and to be regathered to Zion today.
There’s a price to pay. Survivors of the Holocaust paid a dear price to
develop the land of Israel into what it is today. At the Jerusalem business
conference in ’93 we learned that annual per capita income of the
Palestinians was $800 a year and at that time it was over $10,000 per person
in Israel. Today it is over $20,000. That’s due to the promise of HaShem.
Two Sticks in One Hand
Now, let’s go
back to verse 19: He puts the two sticks together. I understand the allegory
could be “the two sticks”, but in my opinion they are representing a much
bigger picture than just two sticks. The “sticks” are a
parable, but there is a reality
about to come forth regarding all of these tribes of the
seed of Abraham. We have some 5 million Jewish people who have been
regathered to the Land.
prophecy in Zechariah, God says for every Jew that returns there will be 10
non-Jews I choose to call them Ephraimites or Israelites. Now, let’s say
that hypothetically for the 5 million Jews regathered by God today there are
another 50 million Israelites or Ephraimites from the ten lost tribes who
will come to join them.
hypothetically again, let’s say that another 5 million Jews are willing to
be gathered to Zion. That will make 10 million Jews in the Land: then add 10
Israelites or Ephraimites for every Jew and you will see the number
increased to 110 million Jews and Israelites in Zion when God’s promise is
fulfilled. In reality when it is fulfilled, I believe it could be several
Shaking Down Massive Walls
believes, also, there could be several hundreds of millions if not a billion
or two. I think that possibility is there from Abraham’s seed. When the
awakening in Ezekiel 37 of these dry bones takes place, it’s going to be
more earth shaking than the fall of the Kremlin or the Berlin Wall. The
upheaval among nations is going to be enormous. Personally, I believe that
what we are experiencing today is that a Holy God is beginning to shake the
heavens and the earth with His divine presence to accomplish this
there are heads of government today whose thoughts are churning. They are
perplexed. It’s going to get worse and many will be overturned in this hour.
Moses is a
shadow and a type of that remnant that will meet with HaShem and will live
with the Meshiach in the Messianic age. When God met with Moses not
everybody was invited to meet God on Sinai. Only Moses.
Had Moses attempted to go into that mount with any evil intent in his heart,
he would have been stricken dead. All of the tribes of Israelites around the
mountain had to be warned, “Don’t come near that mountain lest you be
stricken dead.” The same will happen to us. We, too, will not be allowed to
meet the Messiah with evil controlling our hearts.
aliyah really means rapture. But the ultimate rapture, the aliyah that is
yet to take place, is when HaShem invites us to join Him on the Temple
Mount. That’s His throne on the earth. He is going to come to rule the earth
there through the Messiah’s coming. And there is going to be a remnant that
will be invited as Moses was invited to join HaShem on Sinai.
But this time,
God is not coming down on a little mountain in the Middle East. When He
spoke there, His Holiness shook the whole earth. This time it says He will
be coming down over “all the heavens and all the earth”. There’s
going to be a tremendous upheaval in the Heavens and the earth. Every wicked
ruler and nation will be brought low. All rebels against God at this time
will be taken out by God.
I have more
fear for those nations that are setting themselves in opposition to God’s
will to regather the tribes than I do for Israel or for those who are
obeying the commandments of HaShem. The mistake made by Hitler, Haman,
Pharaoh, Goliath and all the haters of Jews, or of Israel or the Land of
Israel, is that they think there are so few Jews that they can run right
over them. But they don’t see the invisible hand of an all-powerful God, and
they know nothing about Judah’s brothers – Ephraim or Israel who is waking
up and coming soon to join his brother Judah.
dig a hole for Israel or the Jewish people, they are only digging that hole
for themselves. Haman thought, “Oh, this group is a problem to the kingdom”
and he had an edict of death placed on the head of every Jew from India to
Ethiopia, but he didn’t know when he was preparing the gallows that it would
be for his own neck instead of Mordecai’s.
And that’s what the haters do;
they always fall into their own trap.-