Is a Knowledge of Your Heritage Really Important in Our Day?

The mission of the Messianic Israel Alliance (MIA) is to equip the people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to accomplish the restoration of all things. We know that the fulness of the restoration of all things will occur when the new Jerusalem comes down from heaven. Then the tabernacle of our God will be among His people. He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people (Rev 21:1-3).

Our question is, what can we do in our generation to fulfill, or at least make significant strides  towards fulfillment of this goal? Thankfully we have the lessons of history from the 99 generations from Noah, which have preceded our generation to guide us. But most importantly we have the good fortune to live in the time when the regathering of the people of Israel is taking place.

We are seeing the tents of Judah coming up first (Zec 12:7). Some six million have returned to the land. And we Messianic forerunners are actually part of this second exodus as we participate in the gathering of the tents of Joseph/Ephraim for their return.

To insure that we are fully prepared to be used by YHVH in gathering the remnant of His flock out of all the countries where He had driven them and bring them back to their own soil (Jer 23:2-8), let us take a look at the First Exodus.

Was it important, when Jacob went down to Egypt and joined Joseph, for his descendants to remember their heritage?

“All the persons who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy in number, but Joseph was already in Egypt. Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them” (Exodus 1:5-7).

If these sons of Israel had been integrated into Egyptian society and no longer remember their heritage, would the exodus from Egypt some 400 hundred year later have occurred?

The answer if not an emphatic no!, is a the very least, not likely. So how can we reasonably expect a second exodus in our day when the sons of Israel, especially Ephraimites, have been scattered throughout the world and integrated into every nation, tribe tongue and kindred. They have forgotten their heritage, and for the most part no longer remember who they are!

YHVH is well aware of this challenge.

“Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in Me. I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; and they shall increase as they once increased. I will sow them among the peoples, and they shall remember Me in far countries; They shall live, together with their children, and they shall return” (Zechariah 10:1-9).

The key to the  fulfillment of this prophecy is fulfilling, “and they shall remember Me in far countries.” The word shall is speaking of something that is going to take place in the future. To fulfill this prophecy given in the book of Zachariah, which was written during the period of 480 B.C. – 520 B.C., several things have to take place.

1. The people of Ephraim had to be scattered among the nations.

We have surely seen that take place (Deu 30:3-4; Ezek 34:6; 36:19; Zec 7:14; John 11:52).

2.  They had to be redeemed.

Surely Christianity has redeemed many, by affording people whose punishment for a period of time was they were not to be a people, therefore many did not remember their heritage, or fully understand that they were citizens of the Commonwealth of Israel. However, over the centuries and in our day, many established a personal relationship with Israel’s Messiah (Hosea 1:9-10; Ephesians 2:12-19; Galatians 3:29).

3.  The numbers of people who will remember YHVH and understand that they are part of the people of Ephraim needs to be increased for Ephraim to once again be a mighty man. .

Half of the people that have ever lived on this planet are alive today. And of the 6.3 billion people some 2.5 billion claim some sort of relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Quite an increase. Also, in a way a potential fulfillment of Moses’s prophecy when he spoke to the 2.5 million Israelites preparing to cross the Jordan into the promised land, “May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you!” (Deu 1:11). A thousand times 2.5 million is 2.5 billion.

4.  They shall remember Me while they are in far countries.

“I will leave a remnant, for you will have those who escaped the sword among the nations when you are scattered among the countries. Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive” (Ezek 6:8-9).

“When I scatter them among the peoples, They will remember Me in far countries, And they with their children will live and come back.” (Zec 10:9).

5. Ephraim has to become a mighty man.

“Ephraim will be like a mighty man….and they will be as numerous as they were before” (Zec 10:8).

6. YHVH will whistle for Ephraim and he will return to the Land.

“I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel”   (Ezek 11:17).

Jeremiah outlines how this will take place by replacing bad shepherds [dividers] with good shepherds [uniters]….As the LORD lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil” (Jer 23:1-8; 31:10).

“I will whistle for them to gather them together” (Zec 10:-8).

Conclusion    

We can say that to a large extent items one, two and three have, or, are taking place. Item four, They shall remember me seems to be the key for the fulfilment of items five and six. The existence of the Messianic Israel and Hebrew roots movement is evidence that this remembrance is currently taking place. However, it is only reasonable to assume that YHVH will not whistle for Ephraim to be a mighty man until sufficient Ephraimites have remembered who they are, and  added to those currently aware of their identity and prepared to answer the call of the whistle.

How are these additional Ephraimites going to be awakened to their identity? Common sense says, “Is it not reasonable to anticipate in a manner like the ones who have already come to a knowledge of their heritage?” Lost sheep who have been given verbal or written information regarding their lost heritage and received confirmation through the Ruach Ha Kodesh. Are not these the ones YHVH is expecting to be messengers with beautiful feet and serve as heralds to preach the good news? (Romans 10:15).

If you believe that you are one of those messengers, then we encourage you to exercise the talents you have been given and take full advantage of opportunities you are given to be an active and effective herald. Thus running your race in a manner pleasing to YHVH, and therefore worthy to receive the accolade, “Good and faithful servant well done.”

Like Paul, and all the messengers that have gone before us, we are face with the challenge that the people we are trying to reach are for the most part aptly described by Isaiah, “people who will keep on hearing, but will not understand; and keep on seeing, but will not perceive;for the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return” (Acts 28:25-27).

Quite naturally, there are a variety of ways and methods of providing lost sheep with the knowledge that will help encourage them to remember their heritage. Key of David Publishing Books and materials have over the past thirty years been a great help in providing messengers with material and tools to accomplish this task of remembrance. The latests additions to the arsenal are, Who Is Israel? Redeemed Israel – A Primer, and the CD Album The Return. Both are proving to be extremely effective.

You may review a complete list of Key of David books and materials at  kodpublishing.com

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5 Responses to Is a Knowledge of Your Heritage Really Important in Our Day?

  1. Deborah Bean says:

    Hello to the Family! I love this website! I don’t feel so isolated, I come here to read what like minded believers have to say. Like letters from home! I live near Tulsa, Ok. and find it difficult to find fellowship. I plant seeds when possible, but find those that I have shared with avoiding me. They must have conviction, you think?

    This morning I am reading the chapters in Isaiah 52-54. Everything said by all who replied ties in with these two chapters. Isaiah 52:6, Therefore, MY PEOPLE shall know my name; therefore, they shall know in that day that I am HE who doth speak: behold it is I.

    The reference to Zechariah 10:8 about YHWH whistling for us to gather us gave me a sweet reminder of my earthly father. He could whistle very loud and many times that is how he called us to the house. We knew we better come in when Dad was doing the calling!

    We serve such an awesome Father! Praise HIM! He brings All things to our remembrance!!

    I don’t know exactly how the end of the age will unfold. But Psalm 25:14 tells us, The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. Fear is REVERENTIAL TRUST. That is the basis to our relationship with Him.

    I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Yeshua be blessed! I believe we are in for a rough ride and we have to hang on with all our trust in Him.

    The Ruach ha Kodesh will lead us and be our COMFORTER. I learned it for a fact last December when my beautiful 2 month old grandson died suddenly. I know I am not alone and that others have experienced similar losses. I have lost my father and grandparents over the years, that was difficult. It was more challenging though with my grandson’s passing. Being isolated as I am, I had to go to my knees alot to find the comfort I so desperately needed. My daughter needed me in a way that I had no experience in dealing with. We found ourselves searching for and sharing scriptures to deal with our grief. YHWH has given us such peace !

    Recently my daughter made friends with a young mother who was losing her baby girl to cancer. I believe YHWH used this friendship to help my daughter heal. This in turn has linked other young mothers going through the same experience. In fact they have created a website where people can share words of encouragement and share scriptures, I believe it is called “Thaya’s Letter,” even though Thaya has passed on the website has remained active. What a wonderful way to turn heart ache into a positve and uplifting vehicle to steer people to the real COMFORTER.

    I had to share that story for some reason. Blessings to all! Baruch haba b’Shem YHWH! Blessed is he who comes in the name of YHWH!

  2. Sally R says:

    Dear Angus,

    May our Father continue to bless you and dear Batya for all you have done in the past and all you are seeking to accomplish to help His Ruach in the re-gathering of the whole House of Israel.

    To encourage you both I write to say that I sense that THE FAMILY IS GROWING AND GROWING AND STARTING TO BECOME A MIGHTY ARMY FOR YAHWEY, as you have spoken about, Angus. May we all be like the men of Issachar discerning the times we are in, seeking to be prepared and ready for what is happening on this earth in these days before Yeshua’s return.

    Some of Ephraim will be going ‘ home’ soon, I believe, to stand with Judah in their time of great need – some of Ephraim will be travelling with Judah helping them as they flee to the land of Israel (in the UK and around the world ‘half-way’ houses of refuge have been prepared for this).

    As the persecution of both Judah and Ephraim begins (yes, we Ephraimites I believe, will not escape persecution – it is already happening) it is in the toughness of the walk we are being trained for this so that we have NO FEAR OF MAN BUT ONLY OF YAHWEY) He is setting our faces like flint!!

    I have prayed Angus for you and Batya to receive more encouragement from members of the House of Israel and continuing good health, strength and much simcha from our Father in both your lives.

    As it is almost Shabbat – Shabbat shalom (for you later) in our great Messiah Yeshua,
    from Sarah (latterly Sally – in the UK)

  3. George Oja says:

    These days, if I have opportunity to talk to an inquiring non-believer, I will often not start with ‘Who is HE (Yahushua)?’ , rather, I will start with ‘Who are you?’ Checking out my own heritage has helped persuade me of my connection to Israel thru Norway and Finland and descendants of Yaakov who settled there. It turns out my grandfather from Finland was named Yaakov, and the lady he married came from the border area of Finland/Russia, and may well be from Yahudah. My wife was raised Catholic, but some research has discovered her name (Fiorentino) on the roles of Jews in at least three European countries. The fact that she and I spend much time studying restoration of Israel, coming from our different backgrounds, we know is not a casual coincidence!

  4. This article leaves out the most important detail for the regathering. It is not enough to “remember” from whence we came and whose we are, as none of that will do us any good if we do not OBEY what God has commanded us as the “cause” that would be instrumental for that regathering. I submit the requirement for our regathering with Neh. 1:9 “But if ye TURN unto Me, and KEEP My COMMANDMENTS, and DO THEM; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I GATHER THEM FROM THENCE, and WILL BRING THEM UNTO THE PLACE that I have chosen to set My Name there.” Here we are CLEARLY told that our regathering will be the result of OBEYING the Law and DOING it. That is what “remembering” is. It is the Law of God that we are to remember, and DO IT, and then God says that HE will be the One who regathers us and bring us back. The Church, and I use that term lightly here, is basically LAWLESS!!! This isn’t saying that the sacrifices need to be instituted, as they have clearly been done away with, but Sabbath keeping, the Feasts observances, keeping Kosher in our diet, and a striving to keep the Moral Law, should be what we SHOULD be doing. It was because Israel would NOT keep the Covenant is the reason WHY we were expelled from the Land, and it is only by our returning to that Covenant which would induce God to bring us back. Without this condition being fulfilled on our parts, genealogy will avail us nothing!!!

  5. Devora Clark says:

    As a Messianic Christian Praise & Worship leader, I am studying about the reconciliation of the 2 Houses of Israel, Judah and Efrayim, through the Torah and Glory School. YHWH Elohim has given me a desire to study about the reconciliation of Arabs into the sheepfold of Beit Yisrael in Yahshua HaMoshiach, and I am praying for the shalom of Israel as a covenant bride of Christ Messiah:) Thank you for providing knowledge for us to know YHWH’s Truth and Ruach Spirit.

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