Prophecy was fulfilled in 1996 by the establishment of the International Nazarene Beit-Din and the Worlwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim (then known as the Society for the Advancement of Nazarene Judaism).
This year began a call from Judah to Ephraim to “come out of Babylon”.
In a footnote to Isaiah 1:9 the Ryrie Study Bible has the following comment:
"Quoted in Rom. 9:29 with reference to Christian Jews."
Now I do not always agree with Ryrie's comments and I certainly do not agree with the usage of the term "Jewish Christians", what Ryrie would call "Jewish Christians" we would identify as "Nazarene Jews"
However it is very important that Romans 9:29 does quote Isaiah 1:9 with reference to Nazarene Jews. The "remnant" of the House of Judah in Isaiah 1:9 does in fact refer to Nazarene Judaism.
This brings us to the encounter between Yeshua and an Ephraimite woman (a
Samaritan). There is no doubt that this Samaritan woman is to be counted as an Ephraimite because she refers to "our father Jacob" (Jn. 4:12) and Yeshua makes no attempt to correct her on this point. (Note she mentions the two different places of worship on different mountains in 4:20). Then Yeshua tells her her religion is false and that the Jewish religion is the one true faith saying:
"You worship what you do not know.
We worship what we know,
because the deliverance is of the Yehudim.
"But the hour is coming, and now is,
when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth,
for the Father also does seek such to worship Him.
(Jn. 4:22-23 - The Scriptures Version)
Yeshua makes it clear that the "true worshipers" are the Jews who practice
Judaism "in spirit and truth" as opposed to an Ephraimite religion. ("in
spirit and truth" - a reference to the Torah - see Ps. 119:142, 151; Ezek.
Moreover Paul writes:
"...what is the advantage of the Jew? Or what is the profit of
circumcision? Much in everything!..."
Now the question is: What is the prophetic hope of the House of Israel? Is there to be a last days restoration of a distinct and separate House of Israel (as opposed to the House of Judah) or is the hope of divorced Ephraim to be joined to the House of Judah?
One of the most beautiful prophecies of the reunion of the two houses of Israel is the "two sticks" prophecy in Ezekiel 37:15-20. In this prophecy each of the two houses of Israel are symbolized by two "sticks" which are brought together and made as one (Ezek. 37:15-18) the text goes on to specify that YHWH 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 him,
even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick,...
Now lets look at another prophecy in Zech. 8:23:
Thus said YHWH of hosts, 'In those days ten men
from all languages of the nations take hold,
yea, they shall take hold of the edge of the garment of a man,
a Yehudite, saying, "Let us go with you,
for we have heard that Elohim is with you .
Now lest anyone think that the "Jew" (Yehudite) in this passage is a certain Jew, such as the Messiah, I must point out that in the Hebrew the word "you" in "let us go with "you" and "Elohim is with you" is PLURAL and therefore refers not to an individual Jew, but to the House of Judah. No doubt the number "ten" here implies the lost ten tribes of Ephraim. Note that Ephraim says to Judah:
"let us [Ephraim] go with you [Judah]
for we [Ephraim] have heard that YHWH is with you [Judah]."
Finally let us look at the olive tree prophecy of Romans 11. This prophecy parallels the two "sticks" prophecy of Ezekiel 37 (note that the word STICK in Ezek. 37 is ETZ which also means "tree").
Rom. 9 begins the contrast of the "Jews" and "Gentiles" by quoting Hosea 2:25(23); 2:1 (1:10) in Rom. 9:25-26. But if we look up the context of the people "which were not my people" which he calls "my people" in Hosea we find that they are the "children of Israel" (Hosea 2:1 (1:10)) as opposed to "the children of Judah" (Hosea 2:2 (1:11)) So if Paul is quoting Hosea in context and contrasting Jews and Gentiles (Rom. 9:24) using Hosea 2:1-2 (1:10-11) then the "Jews" of Rom. 9:24 are the "Children of Judah" of Hosea 2:2 (1:11) and the "Gentiles" of Rom. 9:24 are the "children of Israel" of Hosea 2:1 (1:10). If this is true then as this contrasting pair advances into Rom. Chapter 11 the two trees are the two Houses.
Now the uncultivated olive tree in Romans 11 is clearly therefore Ephraim and the cultivated olive tree is clearly that of Judah. This prophecy tells us that branches from the tree/stick of Ephraim will be broken off and grafted into the tree/stick of Judah, are to be fed by the root of the tree/stick of Judah and are not to boast against the natural branches
Now we read in Rev. 18:4 of a last days prophetic call: “Come out from within her [Babylon], MY PEOPLE…” It is here that Ephraim is again called “MY PEOPLE” in fulfillment of Hosea 2:1(1:10). But when does this call come forth?
Ezekiel 4:4-5 reads:
4 Moreover lie you upon your left side, and lay the iniquity of the House of Yisra’el
upon it. According to the number of the days that you shall lie upon it, you shall bear
5 For I have appointed the years of their iniquity to be unto you a number of days, even
three hundred and ninety days: so shall you bear the iniquity of the House of Yisra’el.
Ephraim was not to be called “My people” for 390 years. This takes us from the Assyrian invasion in 734 BCE forward 390 years to 344 BCE. One might have expected the call to come then, but Ephraim still did not repent, and the Torah says:
14 But if you will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments,
15 And if you shall reject My statutes, and if your soul abhor My ordinances, so that you
will not do all My commandments, but break My covenant,…
18 And if you will not yet for these things, hearken unto Me, then I will chastise you
seven times more for your sins.
(Lev. 26:14-15, 18)
Seven times 390 is 2730 which brings us to 1996 CE.
This very year the International Nazarene Beit-Din was established and Nazarene Judaism was reorganized via the founding of the Worldwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim. This year we began a call to Ephraimites that they are YHWH’s people, to come out of Babylon and be grafted into Judah.