Ephesians 4:4-6 tells us that there is one body of believers, one Spirit of God, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all. Yet too many people seem to believe that there are two bodies of believers (Jewish from the Old Testament and Christian from the New Testament) and two Gods (one of laws from the Old Testament and one of grace from the New Testament). Nothing could be further from the truth.
There is only one God and he has called only one body of believers. There is only one Messiah, and if Yeshua is not the Messiah to the Jews, then he is not a Messiah at all. There is no non-Jewish/Hebraic Messiah promised anywhere in Scripture. All of Scripture is for all of God’s children. It is not divided into parts for different groups.
There is one new covenant, and it is only made with the reunited house of Israel. There is no gentile covenant, nor a lawless covenant, found anywhere in Scripture. Hebrews 8:10-12: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Right now, it would seem that the Jewish believers and the Christian believers are both on different ditches on either side of the narrow road that leads to salvation (Matthew 7:13-14). The Jewish believers (the tribe of Judah) have rejected Messiah, and the Christian believers (the descendants of the tribe of Israel – see footnote) have rejected his Torah despite claiming to believe in and worship the Torah made flesh, Yeshua.
It is God’s plan, as prophesized, that the two houses that split into Judah and Israel will again become as one. There are many recorded prophecies that show God’s desire for the two houses to be united. Among them are Jeremiah 3:18, Jeremiah 30:3, Jeremiah 50:4-5, Ezekiel 11:17-20, Ezekiel 37:15-22, Hosea 1:11, and John 11:49-52. To enter into the gates of the New Jerusalem, you must be associated with one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Revelation 21:1-27. (Verse 12 specifies twelve gates with the names of the twelve tribes.)
But for the two houses of Israel to rejoin into one, both sides are going to have to get out of the ditch they are in and stop rejecting half of God’s message. Both sides need Torah and both sides need Messiah for the two to become one. Likely, it will only be a remnant from both sides that make this shift. Remember that the verse in Matthew 7 warned that many will go in the broad road to destruction instead of the narrow path of salvation. Also recall the sad reminder just a few verses later, in Matthew 7:21-23, that many would think they had done works in Yeshua’s name, but he tells them he never knew them.
By these words, it sadly appears that the majority will not get out of the ditch they are in. You can’t wait on your entire denomination to change, or you very may well be lost with them. The entire Jewish nation at large is not going to accept Messiah, after centuries of denouncing him as an imposter, in lock step. Nor is the entire Christian church at large going to give up their pagan worship practices of Sunday and Christmas and Easter to begin observing Torah and keeping the Sabbath and God’s holy feast days. But individuals from both groups are already heeding the call from the Holy Spirit to come out to worship in truth and unity with the entire Bible. For those who refuse to hear, God does allow them to pay the consequences for their choice. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.
If you are sensing that call in your heart, if the Holy Spirit is putting people in your path who are sharing these truths, you are being spoken to by the Holy Spirit to come out of Babylon. May you heed that calling while there is still time.
God’s prophecies will be fulfilled and the two houses will reunite and walk together into the twelve gates of the New Jerusalem that bear their names. The question is: will you be among the few that walk in or the many that get turned away, to their surprise? The spirit and the bride say “come”. Will you stop rejecting half of Scripture, get out of the ditch, and follow the Spirit’s leading along the narrow way?
FOOTNOTE: If you are not familiar with the fact that the twelve tribes of Israel split into two groups, Judah and Israel, refer to 1 Kings Chapters 11-12. To see how the tribe of Israel became the western nations of Europe and America, since this happened after the New Testament was completed, you will have to go to post-Biblical historical records. Google “lost tribes of Israel Europe America” and you will find many articles showing this progression. Israel also encompasses the Gentiles who were grafted in by faith in Messiah. Romans 11:11-31.