The house of Israel has been divided for over 3000 years, since the reign of David and Solomon. However, YHVH has said: “I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph, And I will bring them back, Because I have had compassion on them; And they will be as though I had not rejected them, For I am the LORD their God and I will answer them. Ephraim will be like a mighty man, And their heart will be glad as if from wine; Indeed, their children will see it and be glad, Their heart will rejoice in the LORD. I will whistle for them to gather them together, For I have redeemed them; And they will be as numerous as they were before. When I scatter them among the peoples, They will remember Me in far countries, And they with their children will live and come back.(Zechariah 10:6-9).

For this remembrance to take place something must happen to Ephraimites that brings to mind someone or something from the past. Surely, Who is Israel? Redeemed Israel – A Primer, is an excellent tool to help someone ‘call to mind’ and remember oneself.

From the Book 

 

O house

of Ephraim Israel

and house of Judah…

the Father called your name,

a green olive tree, beautiful in fruit

and form. But because of your sins, He

pronounced evil against you. Yet take heart,

O house of Israel, take heart O house of Judah,

  for YHVH has promised: It will come about that after

I have uprooted and scattered them, after some have

become like degenerate, foreign vines, then My com-

passions will again be kindled and I will regather them.

I will bring them back, each one to his own inheritance,

each one to his own land.  Yes, this is My promise to

them.  For these two olive branches are My two

chosen witnesses. And I will grant authority to

them, for they are the two sons of fresh oil

who are standing by the LORD

of all the earth.

(Jeremiah

2:18-21;

11:10,16

-17; 12:15;

Hosea 1-2;

Zechariah 4:11-14;

Revelation 11:3-4.)

Long ago the Father divided Israel into two houses, Ephraim (Israel) and Judah. As His two witnesses He sent them in different directions to serve two purposes, to establish His immutable truths of Law and Grace. Now, in these last days, He would have them come together and confirm His truth in the earth. That is the simple truth behind this book. As you read it, remember the simplicity behind it: Two houses – Two directions – Two different purposes – Now is the time for them to be reunited.

Who Is Israel?
Redeemed Israel – A Primer

From the Back Cover:

Who is Israel?

Why do we even need to know? Is it not enough for Believers to know that we are “in Messiah”?

Our answers to these questions are extremely important. They set the course for how we interpret Scripture, how we determine who the Father’s “chosen” people are, and how we define His end-time plan for them.

Whether realized or not, our answers to these questions play a profound role in our lives. In the game plan of the God of Israel, the people of Israel are the primary players. If we do not know who His players are, we will not understand His game plan or be able to properly play the game.

The people of Israel are the family of the God of Israel. They are His chosen people. But who makes up this family, the Jewish people or the New Covenant Believers? Both?

Batya’s classic books about Israel have changed thousands of lives. In the Primer she offers a brief overview that quickly explains Israel, the Church, the mystery of the fullness of the Gentiles, the blindness that has affected both houses of Israel, and the Father’s master plan to fully unite their two sticks in the last days (Genesis 48:19; Isaiah 8:14; Ezekiel 37:19).

Great change is coming to Messiah Yeshua’s Body. Read this little book and find out why so many Believers are getting so excited! Power-packed and only 96 pages long, the book includes illustrations, maps, charts, plus three review chapters that can be used as Bible studies! Just read the outline statements and the verses listed and you have a quick study of life-changing truths!

Batya makes a complicated subject easy to understand. The information found in it will enrich your relationship with the Holy One of Israel. It will inspire Jewish and non-Jewish Believers (Judah and Ephraim) to become the promised one new man, and it will help us to better prepare for the return of our Messiah. Read it today and be blessed!

This handy book offers charts and graphics, plus three chapters with outline statements followed by Scripture references that can be used in a quick Bible Study. The following note is typical of the type of response we receive from the book:

“I am just ‘coming into the Messianic study’ and I am thrilled Someone has given me several copies of your book, Who Is Israel?, Redeemed Israel, A Primer. I have a hard time keeping one since there’s always someone, especially family, who I hope will be helped and blessed by an under-standing of who we are. May you be blessed daily for your sharing this with so many. It just seems such an ideal place to start. Blessings, PW.”

Imagine what would happen if each person who reads this Herald would pass out 10 copies of the Primer: Thousands of people would be able to quickly learn the truth about both houses of Israel and their coming restoration! That is not to mention the seeds that would be planted with those who receive a book!

We make the Primer available at a low price because we understand the need for inexpensive and effective handouts.

We offer it an extremely low prices:
1 copy $4.95, 3 copies $10, 5 copies $15, 10 copies $25.00. Copies in quantities of 25 or more are only two dollars ($2) each.

Order your copies today!

Online: http://www.redeemedisrael.com/products/who-is-israel-redeeemed-israel-a-primer/

By Mail: Download an order form: http://www.redeemedisrael.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ARI-Order-Form-July-2013-1.pdf

By Phone: 800.829.8777 or 407.344.7700

We want to thank all of you who helped spread the word with the First Edition and pray that you will do the same with this Second Edition. Remember, for “All Israel” to be gathered, many more need to hear the truths that are so concisely told in this Primer.

We are sending a prayer your way that your Shabbat might be especially blessed!

“Psalm 89:15 “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD!”

In case you missed it, we posted a Poll titled, “On Which Feast Day Do You Think the Messiah Will Return?”

Once the survey is closed we will write an article that includes a brief Summary plus all of your comments. To participate in this interesting survey and cast your vote, click here: http://conta.cc/127TEAK

We have added new teachings to our Teaching Page and new links to our Helpful Links Page. We invite you to check out both Pages:
http://www.redeemedisrael.com/teachings/
http://www.redeemedisrael.com/helpful-links/

Exciting News! A small christian TV channel that operates in Finland, Estonia and Sweden, and has a studio in Jerusalem, asked about translating “Israel’s Feasts and their Fullness” into Finnish. They wrote, “It contains very current message for our nation. Finland has a long history of friendship with Israel and Jewish people. Now the revelation of the two houses is spreading fast. Your book would help many in their search of their true identity and help with a deeper understanding of the feasts of Israel.”

Please pray for this project. Neither of us are wealthy organizations and both of us would love to be able to reach the people of Finland.

Please also pray for our upcoming ARIse to Worship Gathering. With all of our hearts we want it to be a special time wherein the God of Israel moves on the hearts of His people with a new and greater understanding of His call on our lives.

Again, we pray that your Shabbat might be very special! May Abba bless you in a very personal way! May you know, feel, and be blessed by His unending love for you!

Shabbat Shalom!
ARI

by Batya Wootten

Scripture reveals that “Peacemakers” will one day be called “the children of Yah.” They are “blessed” children in the eyes of their Father. To them, He extends His benefits; they are blessed, meaning to be envied, both in this life, and in the world to come.

Making peace brings blessings in this life and it makes for good works that will follow us for all eternity. Making peace even serves as proof of our sonship.

YHVH’s children are called to be “Peacemakers.” And, in this day and hour we especially need to hear from them. Right now, today, we need to see them at work, we need to experience the results of their particular gifting.

We need peace. But at what price will true peace come?

Our God is a God of Peace. However, He sternly warns us against saying, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace” (2 Thessalonians 3:16; Jeremiah 6:14). He wants us to seek true peace, true shalom.

In Hebrew, the word for peace is “shalom.” It is a word that is filled with great meaning, including, completeness, soundness, and welfare. Thus, a true peace/shalom/maker will declare God’s terms under which people can be made whole.

Peace will not come through compromise or by covering up the truth. Only the truth can set us free and bring us true peace. We therefore need to have the truth spoken in peace and without partiality.

In James 2:8-9 we read, “If you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,’ you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

Showing partiality is sin. Messiah Yeshua warned His followers, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24).

Judgments that are based on partiality or superficial appearance feed into media frenzies that thrive on bias’ and negative news. For the sake of ratings, media moguls often try to stir people up against each other, pitting bias against bias. They set up false conclusions and encourage debate for the sake of debate. Sadly, they use stories about human failings to seek the limelight. Such things will not bring peace.

Many are doing that with the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman tragedy. And yes, it is a tragedy. It is first of all a story of human suffering – and we must be careful when we speak speak of it.

The problem is that sometimes, in cases that involve man’s inhumanity to man, we find that only God knows the full truth. Only He can truly and equitably judge the thoughts and intent of a man’s heart. And sometimes, we need to allow Him time to do just that.

This is not to say that we do nothing and just “let God take care of it.” But we must be careful about our judgments, because judging a situation will establish a measuring rod that will determine how the Father will one day judge us. “By that which you measure, so shall it be measured unto you” (Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38).

The mistaken idea of “not judging” others is not based on a true understanding of Scripture. The Word says, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:1-5).

In these verses Messiah Yeshua was addressing the idea of being unnecessarily critical of others. He was in essence saying, if we have a critical spirit we will set in motion divine judgement against our actions. Meaning, the Father will try to correct us by helping us to realize what we are doing to others. He will let us know how our wrong actions feel.

We are not to be unnecessarily critical of others, but on the other hand, the idea of not judging anything is equal to licentiousness, it is equal to saying, “Anything goes.” And, that is an unscriptural form of lawlessness. 1 Corinthians 6:3 says, “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”

We are supposed to judge matters in this life, but we need to be very careful about how we do it. “These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates” (Zechariah 8:16). We, those who follow the Messiah of Israel, of all people, must seek to judge matters with truth for the sake of having peace within our gates. We must seek to be the Peacemakers.

That is indeed a tall order. It is much easier to just keep quiet. Nonetheless, I will speak up and say that my decision in this matter is that, for better or worse, the court has decided this case and any further redirect needs to be peacefully handled in the courts.

But herein lies a problem: Most black people do not feel they are treated fairly in our courts. And the truth is, that is often the case. On the other hand, it is not right to resort to lawless behavior and destroy the property of innocent people because you have been wronged. Neither is it right to make one person a scapegoat for the past wrongs of others. Zimmerman (and family) must not be made to pay for past sins. Unfairly punishing him will not take them away. It will only add sin to sin. Unwarranted retaliation will tend to turn away those who might otherwise want to help right past wrongs.

We need to let every man pay for his own sins and not those of others. If we want to help equitably settle this matter, it is imperative that we isolate the various problems and deal with them individually. To do that, we will have to separate this case from the larger case of man’s unfair treatment of others, and that too, is a tall order.

I once had a prominent Jewish brain surgeon ask me to explain the Holocaust. His question took my breath away. I knew he had lost much family in it and I did not know what to say in the presence of his pain. All I could say was “I have no answer for man’s unspeakable actions against man.” I could not glibly explain away his pain. All I could do was to weep with him.

I felt the same way when I read a recent post written by a dear black friend of mine. It was a powerful message written by an honorable man who, like the Jewish brain surgeon, has suffered unspeakable actions against himself and his family for no worthwhile reason. Two of his uncles were hanged by whites because they participated in a peaceful protest, and their killers were never brought to justice. That is indeed a bitter pill to swallow. It has the potential to forever sour one’s stomach. There is nothing for outsiders to do but to weep when confronted with the truth of such wrongfully inflicted pain.

Sadly, some white people are smug and condescending when they feel they have “power” over others. They even think they have the right to mistreat them. But theirs is a fleeting power in the hands of fools and one day they will have to pay for their actions. Only “a fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes.” Of such people Yah says, “Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice and rob the poor of My people of their rights…” (Proverbs 10:23; Isaiah 10:1-2). Wise people know that Almighty God will hold all of us accountable for any and all
sins from which we do not repent in this life.

However, waiting for justice in the presence of those who don’t care really about your plight is very difficult. Their plight cannot be ignored. There will be no peace unless we truthfully attended to it.

Feelings that stem from wrongful suffering for many years cannot be ignored. Wrongs suffered need to be righted. Those who see this truth need to understand why many black people feel that there is no justice in our system. They feel that they get labeled and mistreated.

On the other hand, criminal records prove an inordinately high number of black instigated crimes. For these things too, repentance will have to come. But, that is not the whole story. This story is affected by the fact that whites, who largely control our system, do not have proper compassion for, and understanding of the things that people of color often have to suffer. They are often made to feel “less than,” simply due to the color of their skin. Because some see them in this light, it is often hard for those of color to find adequate employment, and we all know that poverty can lead to crime. And high crime rates tend to make others think of the people as “criminals.” And when everyone thinks in advance that you are a criminal, you give up hope and don’t even try any more. Round and round the ugly story goes with an unending cast of characters and circumstances.

All of us need to be aware of the problems that people of color face and try to do what we can to change things. This is especially true in regard to Believers. We are taught to “bless and not curse,” and, to think of ANY race in the wrong light, be they black, white, red, yellow or brown, is to inflict a curse of sorts on them. We must remember that, if a child hears nothing but curses and doubt spoken over him, it will make it much more difficult for him to succeed in life. Thus, we need to begin to consciously think in terms of speaking and thinking of “blessings” over those who suffer from prejudice.

The fact that we now have a black President gives evidence to the truth that many people in this country do not embrace prejudices. Blessings need to be spoken over them too, for the sake of their right actions. Those who seek to right the wrongs of the past likewise need to be encouraged, so they will want to do even more good. Just as blacks should not be painted with a broad brush of condemnation,
neither should white people be broadly painted the color of prejudice.

The only way we can get away from the type-casting that is being foisted on us by those who using this terrible situation to seek some sort of limelight is to stop assuming the worst about each other and stop participating in their negativity.

The Martin/Zimmerman case is truly a tragedy for all involved. It has so many potential shades of gray that the evil one himself must have orchestrated it, so that we would all be at each others throats, further ripping and tearing us apart. We need to instead learn from this tragedy and begin to work toward healing wounds that should never have been inflicted in the first place.

We know that the people of Israel were scattered into every nation, tribe and tongue, and that, therefore, regathered Israel must include every nation, tribe and tongue. If we don’t see present, EVERY skin color known to man, we can know that all Israel is simply not present. We who see this truth need to do all that we can to help bring healing and restoration. Let us therefore seek to be Peacemakers whenever and wherever we can. Let us seek to be a collective light to those who are living in the hurtful darkness of prejudice.

Let the blessed Peacemakers arise.

Advanced Orders are Being Shipped

   

O house
of Ephraim Israel
and house of Judah…
the Father called your name,
a green olive tree, beautiful in fruit
and form. But because of your sins, He
pronounced evil against you. Yet take heart,
O house of Israel, take heart O house of Judah,
for YHVH has promised: It will come about that after
I have uprooted and scattered them, after some have
become like degenerate, foreign vines, then My com-
passions will again be kindled and I will regather them.
I will bring them back, each one to his own inheritance,
each one to his own land. Yes, this is My promise to
them. For these two olive branches are My two
chosen witnesses. And I will grant authority to
them, for they are the two sons of fresh oil
who are standing by the LORD
of all the earth.
(Jeremiah
2:18-21;
11:10,16
-17; 12:15;
Hosea 1-2;
Zechariah 4:11-14;
Revelation 11:3-4.)

Long ago the Father divided Israel into two houses, Ephraim (Israel) and Judah. As His two witnesses He sent them in different directions to serve two purposes, to establish His immutable truths of Law and Grace. Now, in these last days, He would have them come together and confirm His truth in the earth. That is the simple truth behind this book. As you read it, remember the simplicity behind it: Two houses-Two directions-Two different purposes- Now is the time for them to be reunited.

Who is Israel? Redeemed Israel – A Primer

Batya’s classic books about Israel have changed thousands of lives. In the Primer she offers a brief overview that quickly explains Israel, the Church, the mystery of the fullness of the Gentiles, the blindness that has affected both houses of Israel, and the Father’s master plan to fully unite their two sticks in the last days (Genesis 48:19; Isaiah 8:14; Ezekiel 37:19).

Great change is coming to Messiah Yeshua’s Body. Read this little book and find out why so many Believers are getting so excited! Power-packed and only 96 pages long, the book includes illustrations, maps, charts, plus three review chapters that can be used as Bible studies! Just read the outline statements and the verses listed and you have a quick study of life-changing truths!

This book makes a complicated subject easy to understand. The information found in it will enrich your relationship with the Holy One of Israel. It will inspire Jewish and non-Jewish Believers (Judah and Ephraim) to become the promised one new man, and it will help us to better prepare for the return of our Messiah. Read it today and be blessed!

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The following email is typical of the responses we receive:

Dear Friends,
I am just “coming into the Messianic study” and am thrilled. Someone has given me several copies of your book, “Who Is Israel?, Redeemed Israel, A Primer.” I have a hard time keeping one since there’s always someone, especially family, who I hope will be helped to also understand the blessings of the Torah, and especially an understanding of who we are.

Please let me know how to order copies of this book.

May you be blessed daily for your sharing this with so many. It just seems an ideal place to start.

Blessings,
P. W.

************
We are happy to report that the Second Edition has been printed and is now available for shipment. It is essentially the same book with a new cover designed by Graphic Artist, Joshua Shallenberger.

Imagine what would happen if each person who reads this email would pass out 10 copies of the new Primer during the coming year! Thousands of people would be able to quickly learn the truth about both houses of Israel and their coming restoration! That is not to mention the seeds that the book recipients could potentially plant themselves!

Because we well understand the need for inexpensive, but effective handouts, we make this book available at a very low price:
1 copy $4.95, 3 copies $10, 5 copies $15, 10 copies $25.00.
Copies in quantities of 25 or more are only $2 each.

Order your copies today! See:
http://www.redeemedisrael.com/products/who-is-israel-redeeemed-israel-a-primer/

Or Order by Phone 800.829.8777 or 407.344.7700

We thank all of you who helped spread the word with 10,000 copies of the First Edition and we pray that you will do the same with this Second Edition. Remember, for “All Israel” to be gathered, there are still millions who need to hear the truth, and this little book tells it concisely.

Shalom to you and yours,

Angus and Batya

We want to again thank all of you who helped the MIA/ARI to contribute to the support of our late and beloved Ambassadors, Israeli Lt. Col. David Yaniv and his wife Sheila.

Thanks to you and your help, we were able to be there for them in their latter years. They often told us how much they truly appreciated the help, and we felt honored to be able to walk with them. They loved the truth about Israel’s full restoration, and they had an incredible testimony that included a powerful healing in the Name of Messiah Yeshua. Batya made a video about Israel’s restoration set to the touching song, “Pioneer” by Nancy Honeytree. It includes pictures of David and Sheila in it. http://www.redeemedisrael.com/songs-and-videos/

On our site, we have a brief biography about the two of them, plus links to various sites that tell about their lives. Please see it at the bottom of this page: http://www.redeemedisrael.com/who-we-are-2/

David and Sheila established and pastored their beloved Roots Messianic Congregation, Kehilat Shorashim, for 17 years. Through their ministry they touched many people and helped change many lives for the better. They were humble people who never met anyone they did not like and they wanted to help as many people as they could.

We are now honored that the Yaniv family has allowed ARI to provide a dual River View Headstone to honor this awesome couple. It will be unveiled at 10 AM, August 18, 2013, at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, 8602 Road, Snohomish, WA, 98290. The ceremony will be conducted by their son, Doron. Family friend Garry DeJong will officiate at the ceremony and Doron will help with the Hebrew prayers. The service is open to anyone who would like to attend.

 The story of our late friend, Israeli Lt. Col. David Yaniv (shown at left) has been included in a new film, “The Miracle of Israel” narrated by Leonard Nimroy.

On their site, they list times in which the film is being aired on TV, plus they offer a free book in case it is not being shown in your area, and you can also purchase the DVD from them.

One of the comments made about the film is:

“I really enjoyed the personal testimonies from people who were actually there during the wars – especially the officer who was wounded, unable to move and saw a bright light from Heaven that lit up the battlefield and caused the Syrian unit to retreat! Amazing!”

The film is about the restoration of the Modern Nation of Israel, and the people who made it do not understand about “both the houses of Israel” and their coming reunion (Isa 8:14; Eze 37:15-28). Nonetheless, we hope you will check out this wonderful testimony to the faithfulness of our God. David and his Israeli Army Company experienced a powerful miracle during the ’68 War, and the film includes his story.
http://www.themiracleofisrael.com/

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart”

(Proverbs 27:19).

Just as the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, so we are called to reflect the image of our Messiah in the earth.

What we reflect through our lives is visible to those around us and that reflection includes what we say and what we actually do. In fact, our actions are usually thought to speak louder than our words. That is why the above Proverb says that our “life” reflects our heart; that is why Proverbs 23:7 tells us, as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (KJV). We are called to reflect both the heart and the actions of our Messiah….

Silver similarly gives off a reflection and Malachi 3:1-3 says of it, “‘The Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.”

A silversmith applies fire to silver so as to rid the silver of its impurities. He carefully watches over the silver, and when he can see his reflection in it, he knows that it is ready. In the same way, our God will apply enough heat, and watch over us so as to rid us of our impurities. He does this because He wants us to truly reflect the image of our Messiah.

In our day, many Believers in Messiah are returning to the faith of our fathers and have begun to honor the eternal truths of Torah. However, there is more, and Shavuot is about receiving that something more.

According to Jewish tradition, the Law was given to Israel on Mt. Sinai on Shavuot. Most Jewish celebrations focus on that aspect. But, on the Shavuot that followed Messiah Yeshua’s Resurrection, the Holy Spirit was poured out on His Disciples and they were thus empowered to walk in the Law, to honor it, even as He had honored it while here on earth.

In our celebrations we need to remember this vital point: The Holy Spirit empowers us to walk in the Father’s Way. The “Signs of the Spirit” were given to help direct us in that path, to affirm to us that we are on the right road, to confirm that we are headed toward the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel. (For more information please see the companion article: http://www.redeemedisrael.com/do-we-really-understand-shavuot-and-why-yhvh-gives-us-the-ruach/ .)

We desperately need the power of the Ruach HaKodesh. He is given to be our “Helper.” It is He Who will “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” He will also teach us all things, remind us of the Words of Yeshua, and tell us what to say in times of trouble. He will give us insight into how to minister to people – and, He will convict us of our own sins and help us to overcome them (Mat 10:19; John 14:26; 16:8-9; Jude 1:15). Receiving the Holy Spirit is not about doing crazy things that oppose Scripture, but about helping us to more effectively walk in its truths. As we seek to return to our Hebraic Roots, we need to realize that there is more to our walk than just outwardly “keeping Torah.” Messiah Yeshua took everything a step further. He warned us to carefully guard our hearts against so much as a sinful thought (Mat 5:21-30). And the Holy Spirit can help us to that. That is why we need Him. He will help us to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and help us take captive every thought and make it obedient to the Messiah (2 Cor 10:5).

Again, we are called to be melted and molded into Yeshua’s image. We are supposed to reflect His character to hurting people. Romans 8:29 says, “Those whom Yah foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” So, what are the primary attributes of our Messiah? What do people need to see in us?

Yeshua went “throughout Galilee… proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”

The Good News that He proclaimed was the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel!

Yeshua came to reunite Israel’s divided house, to restore both of Israel’s stumbling houses; to gather all of Israel’s lost and scattered sheep and make them one people in His eternal commonwealth (Isa 8:14; John 2:19-22; Rom 11:25; Eze 34; John 10:11; Eph 2:11-22).

Moreover, Yeshua said that His “Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mat 4:23; 24:14; Mark 1:39). We therefore need to preach that Gospel, and we need to have His signs and wonders follow us, even as they followed Him. Moreover, the signs, the wonders that gave testimony to Yeshua’s Messiahship were, casting out demons, healing the sick, and raising the dead. Most important, He did these things because He “felt compassion for them” (Mat 9:33,36; 10:8; 14:14; Mark 1:34; 6:34; 8:2).

If we mistakenly seek to do these things to draw attention to self, we will become part of the problem and ultimately be chastened by a Holy God. He wants us to do these things out of love for our fellow man. 1 John 4:20: “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

Friends, if these things are not in our hearts to do, if we are not at least hoping to learn how to walk in them, and to help others to walk in them, then we are not offering the world a proper reflection of our Messiah. Our lack of action is instead reflecting the truth about our own life, our own heart intent.

It is wonderful that we have learned that the truths of Torah are eternal; it is good that we have begun to walk away from all errant teachings – but we need to move on even further down this road that leads to Zion. We need to learn the value of compassion.

Like our Messiah, we need to have compassion for those who do not yet see the truths that we have been granted the mercy to see. We need to remember from whence we came, and truly care about those who have been left behind. We need to stop beating up on those who do not yet know what we know. If we think some of the things the people teach are “spiritually sick,” then let us remember that once, when Yeshua was questioned about eating with sinners and publicans, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mat 9:10-13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31-32).

We are supposed to help heal sinners, not belittle them with condescending appraisals of their mistakes – all of which are declared in the name of “telling them the truth.” Neither can we choose to avoid them, or just leave them lying wounded on the side of the road. Messiah Yeshua spoke against such behavior in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). Yes, we are called to speak the truth, but our heart motivation must always be one of mercy.

There is supposed to be something more to our walk, Friends. Shavuot is coming, and we need to ask for an abundance of new wine so we can pour it on the wounds of the needy. We need to be eagerly counting these last few days, we need to be crying out to our Father, asking Him to please come and fill us to overflowing with His love, compassion, and power!

May it be so!

May great change come to us. May we become a people who are known for their mercy and yet walk in the life-changing power of our Messiah! When it comes to our selves, let us determine that we will have commitment without compromise, but when it comes to others, let us show mercy without measure!

Fall on us, Ruach HaKodesh! Fall on us!

Amen and Amen!

 

Those who know me know that I do not often declare prophetic words, but I have something that I keep hearing in my heart and I think it is a word for us from the Holy One:

“Many of my children think they fully understand the feast of Shavuot, but they do not. They think they fully understand My Spring feasts and are now ready for the events foreshadowed in My Fall feasts, but they are not ready. They have not yet grasped some important points about Shavuot as it is related to My giving of My Ruach. I especially want this generation to understand these things because they have to do with empowerment to walk in My plan for them in the latter days. I want them to see and understand the foreshadowing of the two leavened loaves that were to be waved before Me on Shavuot, and to reexamine the reason why I poured out My Spirit on this day.”

To see Shavuot in context, we need to see that it is inextricably linked to the Day of the Wave Sheaf, which speaks of Messiah Yeshua’s Resurrection. On that day, we begin a 50 day count that is to end on Shavuot. We read about these two feast days in Leviticus 23:5-21.

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD’S Passover. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread…for seven days….On the first day [and] …the seventh day is a holy convocation….When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it….You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD. You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits…they are to be holy to the LORD….On this same day you shall make a proclamation [and]…have a holy convocation….It is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.”

Yeshua is our Passover Lamb and High Priest. When we believe that He paid the price for our sins, then presented Himself to the Father as the “First of Firstfruits,” we become “acceptable” in YHVH’s sight and are given the incomparable gift of eternal life (1 Cor 5:7; 15:23; 1 John 5:11; 1 Pet 2:5; James 1:18). But, Yah wants to give us even more…

On the First of Firstfruits we are to begin an expectant 50 day count. Scripture says it begins on the “morrow after the [weekly] Sabbath.” Judaism interprets this to mean the “High Sabbath” that is the First Day of Unleavened Bread, so Shavuot always falls on the 6th of Sivan on the Jewish Calendar. But their counting system does not work because their 49th day will seldom be a Sabbath, and Shavuot is supposed to fall of the “day after the Sabbath” (Lev 23 11-16). Starting the count on the day after the weekly Sabbath is the only way to meet the above four prescribed rules of Scripture.

Shavuot must:

* Be preceded by 7 Sabbaths (not more or less)
* Be the next day after a Sabbath
* Be a 50th day
* Be the end of a count begun the day after a Sabbath.
(For more info, See the book, “Israel’s Feasts and their Fullness” at www.RedeemedIsrael.com)
One Stick PrintWe also see that on Shavuot, two leavened loaves of bread made of fine flour were to be presented as a first fruits wave offering to YHVH. We suggest that even as the “two sticks” of Ezekiel represent the two houses, so do these two “imperfect leavened loaves.” Leaven was not fit for the altar, yet the two loaves were acceptable as a “wave offering.” Similarly, the two houses of Israel, Ephraim/ Israel and Judah, have stumbled over the Sanctuary that is Messiah Yeshua – in different ways – but Yah nonetheless calls them unto Himself so He can make their two sticks “one stick” in His hand (Exo 23:18; 34:25; Lev 2:11; Isa 8:14; John 2:19-22; Rom 11:25; Gen 48:19; Eze 37:15-28).

Both houses have fallen short of the Almighty’s high call (Rom 3:23). Yet, “fine flour,” or “good bread” (which is the source of life), can be found in both houses. Both bring forth leaven that now needs to be left behind, and both bring forth good truths that need to be carried forth in our restoration.
The Father wants to restore the fallen, divided house of David – He wants to to restore the Kingdom to Israel (Amos 9:11; Luke 11:17; Acts 15:16). His salvation plan is outlined in Romans 11: The wild olive branches are to be grafted into Israel’s Olive Tree and be greatly changed by its Life-giving Root: Messiah Yeshua. Their change is to be so great that Judah will become jealous and want to be “grafted in again” (Rom 11:23; Rev 22:16).

The problem is that Israel’s two houses, or two congregations of people, have been two imperfect witnesses for Yah. We see that lamp stands are congregations, and Yeshua said His “two witnesses…are the two olive trees and two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth” (Rev 1:20; 2:5; 11:3-4). (See Israel’s Olive Tree stages in the graphic to the right).

We are an imperfect people, yet the Father has great plans for us. In this hour, He especially wants to empower us to be able to walk in His Way.

Shavuot and Jubilee

In Israel, every fiftieth year is a Jubilee year. Shavuot comes on a fiftieth day and represents a type of Jubilee. In Hebrew, fifty represents liberty, freedom, and deliverance. Jubilee was a time when slaves were set free (Lev 25:8-17). So too, Shavuot is about us being set free from the sins that enslave us; it is about us being liberated, having spiritual yokes broken, and being empowered to walk in Abba’s Way.

Shavuot, the giving of the Ruach HaKodesh, is not supposed to be about crazy antics, but about Believers being empowered to walk in the Father’s Commandments, to have them written on their hearts. That is the promise of the New Covenant. If we want people to learn to truly honor Torah, we should want them to be empowered by the Spirit – because that is how Believers are destined to learn it: “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel…I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.” Moreover, it will be done, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Jer 33:33; Zec 4:6; 2 Cor 3:6; Heb 8:8; 10:16).

In Luke 24:49 Yeshua said to His disciples, “Behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (see “The Promise of the Father” by Jim Brown: www.thepromiseofthefather.com/).

The Father’s Promise is one of “Power.” Messiah Yeshua worked many powerful signs and wonders that testified to His anointing, or Messiahship. The Disciples walked in the same power (John 12:37; Acts 2:43; 5:12; Rom 15:19). Unfortunately, false messiahs and prophets seek to perform signs and wonders (Mat 24:24; Mark 13:22). In our day, because we have seen their false signs, we tend to reject the gifts of the Spirit. Such unbelief can cause us to miss the mark. We are told of a time when Messiah Yeshua did not do many miracles because of “unbelief” (Matthew 13:58). We want to instead please the Father by our faith (Heb 11:6; James 2:18).

Some seem to think the signs of the Spirit are a place to “camp out.” But signs instead give direction; that is the propose of some of the spiritual gifts, such as words of wisdom and knowledge. Signs also affirm that we are “on the right path.” When we see deliverance and healings taking place, we know that we are on the Road to Zion; we are on the Kingdom Glory Path. For, Messiah Yeshua went “throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” He told us that His “gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mat 4:23; 24:14; Mark 1:39). If we want to see the Kingdom come, we need to reflect the image of our Messiah and teach and preach about the hallmarks of His Kingdom: Casting out demons, healing the sick, raising the dead.

Friends, we have been missing the mark here. We have not fully understood Shavuot and the Giving of the Ruach. We therefore need to come together and support one another as we seek to walk both circumspectly, and in the same sort of Kingdom power that our Messiah walked in.

Shavuot is coming. Let us therefore cry out to the Father for a powerful infilling of the Ruach HaKodesh of Israel! Let us ask Him to help us to properly honor both the houses of Israel, and to point both of them in the direction of the Torah-honoring-power of the Ruach!

Amen and Amen!

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We ask you to please continue to pray for Daniel and Sylvia Calderon, for Maria Marty, and for Lenny and Varda.

We pray that your Sabbath will be truly blessed! May YHVH lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace! May He bless you and yours in ways that reach beyond anything you have ever known! May He grant you a vision for Messiah Yeshua’s restored Kingdom. May He empower you by His Ruach to be able to walk in it!

We will soon be celebrating Shavuot/Pentecost (May 19th). During this time of expectant counting we are praying that the hearts of those of Redeemed Israel might be filled with a powerful, life-changing infilling of the Rauch HaKodesh.

On a Shavuot day long ago, the children of Israel were given the Ten Commandments. Moses said of them, “He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Command-ments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone” (Deu 4:13).

Sadly, they were not able to walk in YHVH’s eternal Covenant and that lead to the death of 3000 souls. So He promised His children a “New Covenant,” one in which His Holy Spirit would write His commandments on their heart (Exo 32; Jer 31:31-33; Heb 8:10). This giving of the Spirit also happened on a Shavuot Day, and 3000 souls came to know the precious gift of eternal life. They became new creations in Messiah Yeshua. He had told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were filled with power from on High (Acts 2:41; Luke 24:49; 2 Cor 5:17). Why was this power given?

In our day, many people focus on the gifts and “signs” of the Spirit. We might even say they “set up camp” at them. But signs are meant to give direction. The signs of the Ruach HaKodesh are meant to give evidence that we are walking in YHVH’s Covenant. The Holy Spirit is given that we might be empowered to walk in the Commandments that were long ago given to our fathers.

That is the primary reason why we want a profound fulfillment of the Feast of Shavuot. It symbolizes us being empowered to walk in the ways of our Heavenly Father.

If you are looking for study materials for Shabbat, check out the Scripture Studies posted by various friends and see the Jewish Coloring Pages for the children. Also, please keep us in prayer as we move forward in creating coloring pages that will reflect our Redeemed Israel faith to children. If you have suggestions for this project, please drop a note to Batya right away.

We also invite you to check our our “Teachings” Page, and to read our latest Herald Newsletter, “Shall We Gather” by Susan Hardin:
www.redeemedisrael.com/category/commentaries/
http://www.redeemedisrael.com/teachings/
http://www.redeemedisrael.com/category/the-herald/

Finally, if you want to be greatly encouraged in your faith, watch this awesome song/video, “Blow the Shofar” by James-Gayle OHare! Excellent! Well done!

The initials for ALLIANCE of REDEEMED ISRAEL are A.R.I., the Hebrew word for Lion; which comes from arah, which means to gather. As you gather for Shabbat, we pray that you will know that the Lion of Judah is watching over you and that you will be greatly encouraged!

 

 

 

We have a very encouraging update on Dan’s health!

Sylvia Calderon writes,

“Yah has been with our family throughout this whole situation. He has been our strength. Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

In January Daniel was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and clogged arteries. Last Thursday, after months of tests, the cardiologist said there are no visible signs of an enlarged heart and that Daniel’s arteries are well, and he released Daniel to start a walking program. Praise YAH!

Yah is our Elohim of deliverance and salvation; to Him belongs escape from death. He alone can set us free! (Psalm 68:20).

Daniel’s kidney function is improving! His reaction to the Dialysis three times a week, four hours per day has been great. Because of it, he is spending more time reading and studying scripture during the treatments. “I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word” (Psalm 119:16).

Daniel is still having some problems with his eyes. His Retina Consultants are monitoring his vision very carefully with the hopes of clearing up some eye diseases that have occurred: Matthew 6:22: “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body
will be full of light.”

We thank Yah for everyone who has, is and will continue to intercede for Daniel’s full recovery. For those who’s heart is so moved, your continued prayers and contributions would be most appreciated, since they have been a vital part of Daniel’s precious recovery. May the Father bless you in this life for helping to keep Daniel alive.

More good news to come…

Blessings and Shalom,

Daniel & Sylvla Calderon

You can send funds directly to Dan and Sylvia, or contribute through ARI. See our Supporter box on this page and choose Daniel and Sylvia Calderon on the Drop Down Menu. The entire amount will be sent to them. http://www.redeemedisrael.com/

We are asking our friends to please pray for our friend Maria Marty. She, too, has serious kidney problems. Maria is a long-time ARI friend, a worshiper and dancer, and she is on a kidney transplant list. Both Maria and Daniel have amazing attitudes despite their difficult tests. We believe that both of them represent “Golden Opportunities” for us to see our God at work, and that we need to be a people who pray to Yah for fellow Believers, and then watch His blessings unfold!
http://www.redeemedisrael.com/category/prayer/

Lenny and Varda also send their thanks to those who are helping them with the production of their new CD! They wrote:

“Shalom Shalom:

Just a quick note to say thank you for your encouraging E-mail. The battle for this CD is at hand but the Victory is won!
Please keep us in your prayers.
Chazak Chazak V’Nitchazek
Let us be strong and strengthened.
All our love,
Lenny and Varda
If you would like to contribute to this important project, donations can be made through:
http://lennyandvarda.com/blessings.html

We want to again remind you of our Shavuot offering of three special books. Israel – Empowered by the Spirit by Wallace Smith and Batya Wootten; The Promise of the Father by Jim Brown; and, The Voice – Hearing the Almighty by Batya Wootten. The three books are a $47.60 value for only $30.00, including US shipping.
Read these inspiring works and be empowered by the Ruach!
See: An Empowering Package.pdf

The initials for ALLIANCE of REDEEMED ISRAEL are A.R.I., the Hebrew word for Lion; which comes from arah, which means to gather. We hope you will join us for our upcoming Labor Day A.R.I.SE Gathering in Orlando. Some of our Speakers are:

Dr. John Conrad, Wally Smith, Marvin Taylor, Frank Houtz, Kelly Ferrari, Daniel and Sylvia Calderon, Angus and Batya Wootten, plus many others.

Some of our music ministers will be Lenny and Varda, Kelly Ferrari, and Will Spires! Our Rooms Rates are an incredible bargain price for such a nice Hotel! Mark your calendar today! Join us! http://www.redeemedisrael.com/events/

 

We want to wish you a most blessed Shabbat!

Our prayer is that you will have a time of growing in your under-standing of, and love for the Holy One of Israel. May His Ruach, His Spirit, fill your home as you prepare for a special set-apart time. May He bless you and those with whom you gather. If you are alone, we especially ask that Abba would give His angels charge over you and make you know that, in Him, you are never alone!!

We hope you will check out the Torah Portions and Scripture Studies posted by our various friends, plus see the Jewish Torah Portion Coloring Pages that are available for the children. See them here:
www.redeemedisrael.com/category/commentaries/

In addition, we ask you to please pray for our plans to move forward in creating Redeemed Israel coloring pages for children. Batya is working with an artist who helped her many years ago with her feast book, Lelani Delacruz. Batya is writing the teaching text to go with the pictures and she feels there is a special sweetness to Lelani’s artwork. Our plan is to post a link to one downloadable picture per week for a year, and then to put them into a coloring book, and then start with a second book.

If you have suggestions for this project, please drop a note to Batya right away.

The initials for ALLIANCE of REDEEMED ISRAEL are A.R.I., the Hebrew word for Lion; which comes from arah, which means to gather. As you gather for Shabbat, we pray that you will know that the Lion of Judah is watching over you and that you will be greatly encouraged!

 

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