There are essentially three “Israels” in Scripture, Israel according to bloodline, the Israel of Elohim according to the Spiritual Kingdom and the third is Israel according to both blood and spirit.
Israel according to Bloodline
Israelites by blood are born into one of the 12 tribes of Israel and their generations. Ya’akov was given the name “Israel” by YHWH, which means “Prince of Elohim.” Some translators suggest that the Hebrew sarah is better translated as overcomer, but this is simply a theological persuasion. The Hebrew sar is well established as prince, as in Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace. This is important to recognize because Ya’akov the supplanter (cheater) becomes a prince of Elohim according to his bloodline and spiritual calling and by overcoming his own nature with B’siyata d’shmaya (the help of heaven), but there is much more going on here than meets the eye.
The promise that Israel received is linked directly to the promises given to Avraham and Sarah. Ya’akov’s new name “Israel” indicates that he is a prince of the chosen line, even the bloodline that carries the spiritual promise, as we read accounts of Israel’s life we see that YHWH refers to him as Israel when he is obedient, but as Ya’akov when he falls short. This is how we ourselves are trained in spiritual matters, our forefathers teach us what is and what is not acceptable to YHWH.
The toldot (line or genealogy) of man according to the physical seed (family) has been chosen by YHWH to retain the knowledge of the Kingdom of Elohim, from Adam and Eve until the last human takes the last breath on planet earth every generation has had a prince of El to bear witness to the Kingdom of Elohim. The first mention of a Prince of El is in B’resheet/Genesis 23:6 “Hear us, my master: you are a prince with Elohim among us: in the choice of our sepulchers bury your dead; none of us shall withhold from you his sepulcher, but that you may bury your dead.” Avraham is referred to as a nasi with Elohim, rather than a sar with Elohim, nasi comes from the prime root of nasa which means lifted up, in the context Avraham is lifted up by Elohim and is indeed a Prince of Elohim. It is this spiritual quality of Avraham that was planted among and offered to the Israelites according to YHWH’s will.
Israel according to birthright is a people that was predestined before sin entered Adam and Eve, even if the label “Israel” was only revealed at the time of Ya’akov it makes no difference. The coming forth of Mashiyach through a race of people was promised in the seed of woman (Eve) in Genesis 3:15. The ancients knew very well that this seed prophesied in Genesis would be Mashiyach and that Mashiyach was to come out of this “line.”
From the beginning of time YHWH has employed genetics to secure His Name and His Kingdom so that the inhabitants of the earth could hear of the One True Elohim Creator of all things. Genesis 5 & 11 are clear evidence that YHWH has established a Set Apart bloodline, even the New Covenant Writings begin with: “The book of the generation of Y’shua Mashiyach, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1) Clearly Mashiyach could only come through one chosen bloodline, any other “messiah” would be a laughingstock and completely illegitimate. Avraham was a Prince with Elohim, as was Noach, Enoch and Adam and it is through this bloodline that our forefathers received Instruction in Righteousness and taught their children about YHWH.
Israel of Elohim
Israel of the natural world is used to reveal the nature and qualities of Spiritual Israel, these Spiritual Israelites are they who are called by the Ruach haKodesh, who by Faith accept YHWH’s Word as Covenant and who recognize His Government over all others. The Word of YHWH (Torah) is the covenant that the citizens of YHWH’s Government welcome into their hearts and walk according to. The Israel of Elohim are referred to as a Kedoshim (Set Apart People), they distinguish between good and evil according to YHWH’s Word as demonstrated through His Mashiyach Y’shua. The Israel of Elohim are a Kadosh Goyee (Set Apart Nation) that is a spiritual “nation” planted among all other nations where each one is given direction by the Ruach haKodesh. Natural Israel was physically scattered among all the nations for being disobedient, but their disobedience became opportunity for others. At the time of Babylon when language was confounded and peoples were scattered, YHWH was orchestrating the Jewish people to bear His Name before the rest of the nations, and by doing so He established the Israel of Elohim as a people within the people of Israel:
“Not, however, that the Word of Elohim has actually failed. For all are not Israel who are of Israel. Neither are they all sons because they are of the seed of Avraham: for it was said, In Yitzak shall your seed be called. That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of Elohim; but the children of the promise are accounted for the seed.” (Romans 9:6-8)
Throughout history the Israel of Elohim are they who by Faith observe Torah, and who by Faith put trust in Mashiyach Y’shua for deliverance and atonement. Those who are NOT Spiritual Israel do not see any need for a “physician” or deliverance because they measure themselves according to the flesh, not the spirit. Israel after the flesh demanded a king to be like the other nations and a king was granted, but there was also a provision given that all kings of Israel were required to fulfill:
“And it shall be, when he sits upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this Torah in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear YHWH his Elohim, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.” (D’varim/Deut. 17:18-20) Of course it was a relatively rare king who was obedient and followed this instruction, nevertheless YHWH raised up prophets to judge the kings and people of Israel according to His will.
The Israel of Elohim are they who become a New Creation and by entering into Covenant resist lawlessness and falsehood of man’s temporary religions. “And to those who follow this path: Let there be peace and mercy upon them and upon the Israel of Elohim.” (Galatians 6:16)
The Israel of Elohim is Spiritual Israel who walks by Faith according to the Torah Mashiyach and who sanctifies the Word of YHWH. Herein is where many religious sects make wild-eyed claims to be part of Spiritual Israel yet many are extremely anti-Torah, anti-Semitic and anti-Mashiyach by inventing their own “messiahs.” The Israel of Elohim is not a divided people, it is not a denomination or one race of people and there is One covenant for both Jews and Gentiles that is unified according to Mashiyach for all souls equally. The Israel of Elohim is a kingdom of people who temporarily abide within the kingdoms of the earth, but are not part of these kingdoms.
Israelites of Blood and Spirit
Bloodline Israelites who are “born from the beginning” into the Malchut Elohim are they whom Jeremiah spoke of in regards to the New Covenant. The New Covenant was made with the house of Israel and Judah together, Mashiyach raised up his own people, then his people presented the Kingdom of Elohim to the rest of the world. These first generation followers of Y’shua held to the Way and entered into the New Covenant through believing upon Y’shua ben Yoseph and having Torah written upon their hearts. These who followed Y’shua were originally called those of the Way (derek in Hebrew). YHWH also said of Avraham, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the Derek (Way) of YHWH, to do justice and judgment; that YHWH may bring upon Avraham that which he has spoken of him.” (Genesis 18:19)
Y’shua raised up talmidim (disciples) who were filled with the Ruach haKodesh and became sent ones or messengers Shlichim (Apostles), all the original followers of Y’shua were Jewish, they were both blood descendants and the spiritual line of Avraham. Many Levites and Priests accepted the Kingdom Offer that Y’shua made, the Kingdom Y’shua offered is a continuum of the Tree of Life that was planted in the Garden of Eden and was borne by Noach, Avraham, Moshe, David and then Mashiyach.
The original word for Jew is Yehudah which means Praiser of YHWH. YHWH chose Yehudah to carry the Scepter of Mashiyach’s government. The physical and spiritual line of Yehuda brought Mashiyach through Ya’akov to Yitzchak to Avraham to Noah to Enoch to Adam all these men were spiritual Praisers of YHWH. It’s only semantics to say that Ya’akov or Avraham weren’t Jews because YHWH is very much employing genetics to secure His Promises for Jews and all others, He raises up a Set Apart people so the rest of the world will learn of Him and fear Him.
YHWH fulfills All His covenant promises to His people, even toward those who totally reject Him. Within Torah are blessings and curses that each one will experience according to their free choice to obey or disobey YHWH’s Word. YHWH’s people are in fact His Covenant. He created His people, chose His people and uses His people for His great Names sake and the rest of the nations are either learning to respect the Elohim of the Jews or they want to make war with YHWH and His people, so the Israel of Elohim has become the standard by which the rest of the world will be judged. Paul even says that YHWH blinded His people so that salvation could come to the Gentiles, but that He will open their eyes, indicating YHWH’s Sovereign authority over everything in heaven and on earth, including His chosen people. Jews have free choice like everyone else and can obviously choose rebellion against YHWH, but the Renewed (New) Covenant makes every soul more accountable to YHWH, the Torah is magnified upon the heart, each soul is judged by the “spiritual priesthood” of Mashiyach. Mashiyach exemplifies the universal standard for all who would enter into the Malchut Elohim.
Spiritual Israel & Gentiles
Gentiles who accept the Kingdom offer to join with Israel are referred to as “Fearers of Elohim”, when sojourners dwelled with Israel they were called Ger Toshav and they also were circumcised and kept Torah:
“And when a stranger shall sojourn with you, and will keep the passover to YHWH, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourns among you.” (Exodus 12:48, 49)
“And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto YHWH; as you do, so he shall do. One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourns with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as you are, so shall the stranger be before YHWH. One Torah and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourns with you.” (Numbers 15:14-16)
Torah is very clear that Gentiles are to turn from pagan practices and observe Torah as equals with the Jewish people. To demonstrate this concept YHWH raised up men like Caleb the Kenezite who had a “different spirit” and who exemplified those who were not bloodline Israelites but who were called to very high offices within Israel. Ruth the Moabitess is another who exemplifies a Gentile woman who was called by the Ruach haKodesh to join with Israel. It would be unconscionable to think of Caleb or Ruth as Gentiles because they were called by YHWH to be part of Israel and their part in the Kingdom is much more secure than bloodline Israelites who choose to slight YHWH and His Word.
The Ruach haKodesh guided the Apostles of Y’shua and gave them discernment for how Gentiles could make the transition from heathenism to Mashiyach.
“But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.” (Acts 15:20-21)
Notice that the Gentiles were attending synagogue and learning about Moses and Torah, and notice that the Apostles recognized that it was a process for Gentiles to enter into the Kingdom, there was a recognition of transition rather than an expectation of immediate compliance with Torah. However in the course of time, even within the next hundred years the Gentiles became a law unto themselves and put off joining with Israel to invent their own self made kingdoms, today denominational Christianity labels itself as “Spiritual Israel”, but most have little or nothing in common with the Israel of Elohim or the remnant of Jewish people who hold to Y’shua as Mashiyach.
Paul teaches that the Goy shouldn’t get so haughty, the unnatural branch is not born from the root and is not so familiar, knowledgeable and acquainted with Mashiyach and Torah as the natural branch. The fact that many Jews reject the Torahless Jesus is a credit toward Jews who understand very clearly that Mashiyach and his followers are not and cannot be anti-Torah, nor is their identity in Greek, Hellenized or pagan traditions.
Gentiles entered into the Kingdom of Elohim because the disciples and apostles of Y’shua were led by the Ruach haKodesh to offer the Kingdom of Elohim to people of all nations, Gentiles who come to Faith in Mashiyach are referred to as Fearers of Elohim in New Covenant writings and are part of Spiritual Israel, not a kingdom unto themselves. In reality many Gentiles are shedding the anti-Torah, anti-Mashiyach religious garments and turning to YHWH in Spirit and in Truth as they are led by the Ruach haKodesh to be part of one people whom YHWH is calling out for Himself, but most of these Gentiles have had to endure great animosity and resistance by their churches and family members.
The teaching that “the church” replaced Israel is both shameful and disgusting because the modern church would not even be recognized as the Faith of the First Century followers of Mashiyach. The church today has adopted most of the customs of the heathen, it is anti-Semitic, it is anti-Torah and yet it tries to command an equivalent or higher place than the Israel of Elohim, but of course this is simply a satanic deception that lulls sinners into believing that they are “justified in their sins.”
Many Christians believe in a doctrine about justification by Faith modeled after Avraham, but in reality they practice a justification by Faith modeled after their own invention of Paul, because they are certainly NOT preaching circumcision and a perfect heart before YHWH. Many self proclaimed Israelites take on all form of Christian ideology as if to legitimize their own religion, but Mashiyach said, if you love me, keep my Commandments… and it’s a big IF, so if a person has Faith they will observe Torah. Torah observance increases a persons capacity for Faith and that’s what Avraham taught us.
Most Christians or Believers have a perspective of Israel that is based on their Christian identity, whereas Israel is also bound to the Covenant of Avraham by promise, by lineage and by a piece of real estate that is part of an eternal Covenant. The idea that the church replaced Israel, which is known as Replacement Theology is akin to haSatan replacing the Kingdom of Elohim with his own kingdom. In fact we have clear evidence that this is what the Christo-Pagan church is doing, with all the justification for Christmas trees, Ishtar eggs, Ishtar sunrise services, Sun-Day worship, using pagan names like JeZeus for the Mashiyach are all evidence of the fallen world trying to wear an Israelite label. Another telltale sign of the Church being a counterfeit Israel is by their own testimony of label, each Christian will tell you the name of their denomination as their spiritual identity. They say I’m a (name of denomination) when questioned about their faith and give glory to man’s religious denominations by following the doctrines and traditions of their various churches, but far be it for most Christians to be engrafted into the Commonwealth of Israel and observe Torah and cease from their sins. The sad truth is that Christianity today is as Ya’akov the cheater, who has not become Israel the prince. And of course YHWH will judge the Church during a time called Jacob’s trouble, because they say they are Israel but are not, they deceive themselves and others into breaking Torah and not upholding the Word of the Living Elohim.
The false church has invented comforting doctrines of demons for itself to even be rewarded with a “rapture” into heaven for it’s insolence, rebellion and curses towards the Jewish people. The fact of the matter is that the false church is extremely easy to identify, read Scripture and compare the lifestyle of Y’shua Mashiyach to those who call themselves “Christ-like” (Christians), there is a great gulf between the two kingdoms. To be “like” Mashiyach means to be true to the calling of Israel and live as Y’shua lived, he observed Shabbat, he sanctified the Name of YHWH, he observed Torah and he loves the Jewish people, so why don’t Christians do these things? This is what it means to be Israel after the Spirit, it is to recognize oneself as belonging to a people whom YHWH has chosen from before the foundations of the world. Every race of people has their failings so it is extremely foolish for Christians to point their fingers at Jews and slander them for their failings in an attempt to make themselves look better off. Are Christians any better off? I say NOT!!! As a overall general category there are about 1.3 Billion Christians who are hell bent on setting idols before themselves, the mother harlot church has a massive symbol of the sun at the heart of it’s identity and all the Protestant Churches bought into many of their Mother’s lies, there are pagan rituals throughout Christianity borrowed from Zeus and sun worship.
Oh foolish Christians, who hath bewitched thee, you are only begging for a harsher judgment because you claim to be Israel after the spirit of Mashiyach, yet you speak evil against Torah and break the Word of the Living Elohim. The global remedy to arrogant Christianity is Ya’akov’s time of trouble, and this will certainly divide the sheep from the goats, many Christians will shake their fists at heaven and curse the Living Elohim when their pagan ideals come under judgment. Make no mistake about it, if Israel after the blood and the Jewish people have suffered because of wearing a “Jewish” label then the Church will suffer more for wearing the label of Mashiyach but scorning Torah and the perfection of the spiritual man.
YHWH be with you,
Baruch ben Daniel
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