To the twelve tribes that are scattered among the nations, and to those who may now be in the Land. The prophet Ezekiel warned us all:
2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Yisra’el! Prophesy, and say unto them--
even to the shepherds, Thus says the Adonai YHWH: Woe unto the shepherds of Yisra’el
that have fed, themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the sheep?
3 You did eat the fat, and you clothed you with the wool; you killed the fatlings: but you
fed not the sheep.
4 The weak have you not strengthened, neither have you healed that which was sick,
neither have you bound up that which was broken, neither have you brought back that
which was driven away, neither have you sought that which was lost: but with force, have
you ruled over them, and with rigor.
5 So were they scattered, because there was no shepherd: and they became food to all the
beasts of the field, and were scattered.
Since the apostasy began the sheep have abundantly furnished their [false] shepherds with wool and fat, but the false “shepherds” of Christendom have done little or nothing for the sheep.
7 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of YHWH:
8 As I live, says the Adonai YHWH: Surely forasmuch as My sheep became a prey, and
My sheep became food to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd,
neither did My shepherds search for My sheep, but the shepherds fed themselves and fed
not My sheep--
9 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of YHWH,
10 Thus says the Adonai YHWH: Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require
My sheep at their hand: and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep. Neither shall the
shepherds feed themselves any more, and I will deliver My sheep from their mouth, that
they may not be food for them.
That’s right, the established religious denominations are NOT going to be reformed and accomplish YHWH’s great work. These organization are to set in their ways to be of any use to Elohim. To the contrary the established religious leaders are the single greatest deterrent to the promotion of the truth today!
But YHWH takes matters into His own hands:
Therefore behold, I will again do
a marvelous work among this people,
even a marvelous work and a wonder.
And the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the prudence of their prudent men shall be hid.
(Is. 29:14 HRV)
… but in the land of their captivities they shall remember themselves.
And shall know that I am YHWH their Elohim: for I will give them a
heart, and ears to hear: And they shall praise me in the land of their
captivity, and think upon my name, And return from their stiff neck,
and from their wicked deeds: for they shall remember the way of their
fathers, which sinned before YHWH. And I will bring them again into
the land which I promised with an oath unto their fathers, Avraham,
Yitzchak, and Ya'akov, and they shall be masters of it: and I will
increase them, and they shall not be diminished. And I will make an
everlasting covenant with them to be their Elohim, and they shall be
my people: and I will no more drive my people of Israel out of the
land that I have given them.
(Barukh (Baruch) 2:30-35)
This restoration is now upon us, even as Churchianity continues to proclaim a "Jesus" that came to free them from the "bondage" of the Law. And notice this restoration begins BEFORE the return of the Messiah to bring all Israel into the land.
Not long after I had become a believer in Messiah (in the 1980’s) I had a dream which I recorded in a journal I was keeping:
In my dream I was rebuilding the ruins of an ancient stone alter.
As I finished rebuilding this alter, it shined with a great light so bright that I
could not look directly at it, brighter than the sun. I turned around
and saw several shafts of blue light shining down out of heaven. It was
shear beauty like I had never seen. Behind me was the Messianic
Synagogue I was attending at the time. I ran inside to tell all of my
friends in the synagogue about what I had seen, but most of them seemed
disinterested, and only a few were willing to come outside and see what I
I believe this was a calling to restore the ancient sect of Nazarene Judaism to the world. This calling has been an awesome responsibility over the last quarter of a century, and it has not one that I have taken lightly. This was a call to restore Nazarene Judaism to this world. YHWH called me to call his people Judah to the Messiah and his people Israel out of Babylon.
There is a great picture of the restoration in the book of 1st Esdras. In this book Zerubabbel proves to the king that truth is mightier than all of the strengths of Babylon, and the on this foundation of truth Zerubabbel returned to the Land of Judah to rebuild the Temple of YHWH which had been destroyed by Babylon.
This event was not the final regathering of Israel, but it was an antitype of that event which is occurring even now. Many came out of Babylon and participated in the great restoration (as recorded in 1Esdras, Ezra and Nehemiah).
Now YHWH has called us out of spiritual Babylon to restore and rebuild that which Babylon has destroyed, Nazarene Judaism.
Key to this antitype of the restoration under Ezra, Nehemiah and Zerubabbel was the tithe of YHWH. It was at this very time that Malachi wrote:
7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, says YHWH Tzva’ot. But you say: ‘Wherein shall we return?’
8 Will a man rob Elohim? Yet you rob Me. But you say: ‘Wherein have we robbed You?’ In tithes and heave-offerings.
9 You are cursed with the curse, yet you rob Me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring you the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now herewith, says YHWH Tzva’ot, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall be more than sufficiency.
(Malchi 3:1-10 HRV)
Our forefathers responded faithfully to YHWH in building the tabernacle and two temples. They responded faithfully in bringing in the tithe of YHWH to bring about restoration. Shall we do any less in these last days? Elohim has given us greater blessings that He has given our forefathers, shall we fail to show our appreciation by being less faithful than they? Let each believer will have to answer this question for himself (and one day to YHWH).
The time has come for us to make the most profound move yet since this restoration work began. The time has come for us to build a badly needed physical Yeshiva and headquarters. There is a tremendous need in the movement for a physical place in a peaceful rural setting where students can learn Torah in depth (and from which it can transmitted by audio/video to remote students all over the world. This Yeshiva will be modeled after the Yeshivas in Israel, but it will offer an even higher level of education (as subjects will also include the Ketuvim Netzarim (writings of the Nazarenes commonly known as the “New Testament”) the Dead Sea Scrolls, the writings of Philo as well as the Rabbinic literature. (Not to mention Hebrew and Aramaic language studies).
The plan will be to purchase about 100 acres of rural Texas land on which to build a small number of modest buildings: A synagogue with classrooms; dormitories; a small cafeteria, an administration building to house publishing and audio/video production facilities, and a modest parsonage. At some point a library might also be added. There is not the slightest thought in mind of large expensive buildings, for this has always been contrary to our vision. These buildings will be inexpensive, possibly pre-fabricated structures. These facilities would also host annual Sukkot and Passover gatherings etc. for which Nazarenes from all over the USA and the world might gather.
There are many reasons for placing the Yeshiva and headquarters in Texas, one of which is its central location. One does not place a light in the corner of a room, but in the center of it, and this is a light to shine the restoration throughout the USA and abroad. A central location will make it more accessible to the entire USA (as well as DFW airport, a mjor world hub of air travel).
As in the antitypical restoration under Ezra, Nehemiah and Zerubabbel, a key to this restoration effort will be the tithe of YHWH gathered into the storehouse. In recent months, even recent years, this ministry has barely gathered enough in tithes and offerings to simply support my full time effort in the ministry. But I want to now raise the bar higher. There is much to be done and so little time in which to do it.
We welcome any suggestions concerning how we might most effectively develop this project into something that will be nearest to that which we have all longed to see established among us to represent every aspect of this work, to the Jewish people, to the scattered Lost Tribes, and incidentally to the Gentile world in this last days restoration.
What other ministry is reaching the Jewish people with Messiah like this ministry is?
Now is time to step up to the plate!
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