Two Lies that Hinder the Double Portion
Pictured to the left is an artist’s depiction of Ya’aqob (Jacob-Yisra’el) giving his son Yahuwceph (Joseph) a coat of many colors. This represents our Heavenly Father giving his son Yahuwshuwa the Messiah “the heathen nations for an inheritance” (Psalms 2:8).
But two things seek to hinder our Messiah from receiving his “Double Portion Inheritance.” What are these two lies of the enemy designed to sabotage our Messiah’s inheritance?
There are three views in modern day Christianity and also in Judaism regarding the relationship between the Christian Church & Yisra’el (two of which are erroneous).
What are these two erroneous views?
1.) The Church is a Substitute for Yisra’el: (I don’t adhere to this view)
The dominant view in Christianity has been that the Church is the New Yisra’el, a replacement of the concept of Yisra’el from the Old Testament (TaNaKh). This view teaches that the Church is the replacement for Yisra’el and that the many promises made to Yisra’el in the Bible are fulfilled in the Christian Church----not in the literal modern State of Yisra’el or the natural born Yisra’elites.
The prophecies in scripture concerning the blessing and restoration of Yisra’el to the Land of Promise are “spiritualized” into promises of Yah’s blessing for the Church. The prophecies of condemnation and judgment, however, still remain for national Yisra’el and the Jewish people.
This view has been called “Replacement Theology” because the Church replaces Yisra’el in the program of YaHuWaH. Major problems exist with this view, such as the continuing existence of the Jewish people throughout the centuries and especially with the revival of the modern state of Yisra’el since 1948. If Yisra’el has been condemned by Yah (there being no future for the Jewish nation), how do we account for the supernatural survival of the Jewish people, Yisra’el’s rebirth among the gentile nations, victories in major wars with the Arabs and a flourishing modern Democratic Jewish state? The Catholic Church since the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 3rd Century has been the main proponent of this doctrine and it has spread into Modern day Christianity today. There is another form of Replacement Theology on the side of Judaism where they refuse to acknowledge that the other ten tribes today in the nations could be lost tribes of Yisra’el. They contend that “all twelve tribes of Yisra’el returned after the Assyrian Captivity , and there are no more lost tribes of Yisra’el in the nations today.” This, of course is false reasoning since the end-time prophecies in Ezekiel 37:16-17 about “the two sticks” (Ephrayim & Judah) have not happened yet.
2.) The Church is Totally Different and Distinct from Yisra’el: (I don’t adhere to this either)
The view that Yisra’el and the Church are different is not accurate either. In this view, the Church is completely different and distinct from Yisra’el and the two are never to be confused or used interchangeably.
This view erroneously teaches that the Church is an entirely new creation, which came into being on the Day of Pentecost (Feast of Weeks or Shabuwoth). The only problem with this view is that all those on the day of Pentecost were Yisra’elites from various tribes or Jewish. None were Gentiles. It was not until 15 years later that Cornelius received the Holy Spirit and thus began what is called the “Gentile Church.” This view holds that the Church has no relationship to the curses and blessings for Yisra’el, the covenants, promises and warnings are valid only for literal and physical Yisra’el. Yisra’el has been set aside in Yah’s program during these past 2,000 years of dispersion. YaHuWaH has preserved the Jewish people through great persecutions, though they are largely in unbelief. This view comes from another erroneous doctrine called “Dispensationalism.”
3.) The Engrafting of the Church with Yisra’el: (This is the view I adhere to)
YaHuWaH changed Jacob’s name to Yisra’el, and later on when Yisra’el was dying, he gave his blessing to all twelve of his sons. But the priestly blessing & the blessing of wealth went to only two of his sons: Joseph and Judah. Joseph had two sons born to an Egyptian woman, Ephrayim & Manasseh. In Genesis 48, we read that Yisra’el blessed the younger son of Joseph named Ephrayim and called him a “multitude of nations.” Jacob gave the “scepter” or authority to teach the Towrah (Mosaic Law) to Judah (Jews). Judah is the English word for Yahuwdah from where we get the word Yahuwdiy which means “Jews” in Hebrew. In this story, Joseph is a prophetic picture of our Messiah being married to the Gentile Church. Since Yahuwceph (Joseph) married an Egyptian (Gentile) woman, and raised his sons in an Egyptian culture, Ephrayim & Manasseh thought they were Gentiles. But it wasn’t until Ya’aqob (Jacob-Yisra’el) prophesied over these grandsons of his and said “let my name be named upon them,” that they suddenly realized that they were every bit as much a part of Yisra’el as the original 12 sons of Jacob, even though they were living in the foreign land of Egyptians. Likewise, today many born-again believers have no clue who they are, and they continue to call themselves “Gentiles,” even though they are in reality Yisra’elites through the blood covenant of Messiah. Ephrayim & Manasseh inherited the same promises of Yisra’el with Judah (Jews) because of the Covenant that Yah made with Abraham and his descendants. Likewise we are told in Galatians 3:29 that we are all “Abraham’s seed and heirs to the promise” when we belong to Messiah Yahuwshuwa.
In Ezekiel 37:16-17 we read a prophecy of YaHuWaH taking the tribe of Ephrayim (Gentile Believers) and the tribe of Judah (Jews) and grafting them into one stick or one Olive Tree. The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) speaks of the same thing in Romans 11:16-19, when he calls Gentiles “wild branches” and he calls the Yisra’elites who are grafted back into the Olive Tree with Judah (Jews) the “natural branches.” Sha’uwl & Ezekiel both show us that we are grafted into one Olive Tree called Yisra’el if we are trusting in Yahuwshuwa for salvation. Hence, there should be no difference between what we call “the Church” and Yisra’el. We are one body of people in one covenant who keep the same commandments if we are in Messiah. As a matter of fact, the word “Church” is a poor translation in our English Bibles. That word actually comes from a Greek goddess in mythology named “Circe” who gave men the wine of her fornication and turned them into pigs! This word “Church” is where we derive the word “circus.”
The pagans in Greece & Rome would meet in large round stadiums shaped like the sun for their pagan sun-gods, and worship pagan deities. This is where the term “Church” comes from. The Greek word for “Church” in our English Bibles is Ekklesia which means “called out, separated ones.” In the book of Exodus, YaHuWaH called out and separated for himself the people of Yisra’el, called “the Congregation in the wilderness” and they are the same people who are his covenant people today. Hence, those in the Christian Churche should see themselves as Yisra’el with the same covenant promises and the same Laws to live by (Towrah). The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) even confirmed this in Ephesians 2:11-12 by calling those who have been “brought near by the blood of Messiah” former Gentiles! He said that they were at one time “Gentiles in the flesh,” but now they are part of the “Commonwealth of Yisra’el” and they are no longer deemed as strangers, foreigners!
The Church has NOT “replaced Yisra’el” with regard to the promises of Abraham. But instead the Christian Church has been “grafted into” the same Olive Tree with Yisra’el. They are being called out now in these last days to forsake their pagan ways and to fully embrace the same covenant promises with Yisra’el through the blood of Messiah.
Galatians 3:29 And if you be Messiah’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Messiah by the Besowrah (Gospel)
Below you can read a blog entitled “Dispensationalist versus A Covenant View of the Sabbath.” The artwork on this book-cover was taken from an oil painting done by a Messianic friend named Angela Mae Cheetham. Visit her website to see all of her anointed paintings: