I have lost some friends lately, gained other also, because of some of the writing that I have recently done that run contrary to the doctrines and traditions of many who even call themselves Torah keepers. Some things are just too difficult it sometimes seems for even the word of YHVH to overcome. Here is an article by a brother, Avi ben Mordechai that challenged me to think differently. It is longer than anything I ever write, but well worth the read. Remember – it is only those who seek – that find; the satisfied – get nothing, and may lose what they thought they had.
The Detoxification of Ephraim
By Avi ben Mordechai and Dina Orit bat Avraham
On September 15, 2010 my wife and I safely returned home following a very long and arduous three-month journey of teachings in thirty-eight cities, on three continents. We traveled to Iceland, North America and Mexico, and Europe. I won’t weary you with all the details. However, I want to share with you some thoughts about what I perceived and learned out there, over my three months on the road meeting so many different wonderful and deeply spiritually-minded, Torah-positive non-Jews. Perhaps what I saw may even be as a portent of what is yet-to-come.
The movement that many of you are familiar with (and if you are not familiar with it, you will soon find out more) has lots of names associated with it: the Two-House Movement; the Ephraimites; the Returning House of Israel; Nazarean Israelites, the Two Sticks of Israel and Judah coming together (Ezekiel 37), etc…. Regardless of the names that are being used to describe this interesting phenomenon of our day (and it is incredibly remarkable what is happening with so many people that are not recognized as “Jewish”), there is this one thing of what I see that is happening globally: a strong, growing core amongst the world’s populace not acknowledged as “Jewish” people (i.e., “Gentiles”) that are responding in large numbers to a penitence that is based on the teachings of the Hebrew book of D’varim (Deuteronomy) — a collective teaching that is like a spiritual magnet if you will, drawing the repentant not just to Deuteronomy, but to the whole written Law of Moses and the Prophets of Israel, to take their warnings and lessons seriously.
You know, I like teaching with real-life physical illustrations that we can see and relate to because it helps me to make sense of lots of spiritual things that quite truthfully, we cannot see or comprehend 100% with the human eye. In fact, Yeshua used this method with his parables such as the Sower and the Seed; the Bread that comes down from Heaven; the collective gathering of the Sheep and the Goats; the formation of light which comes out of darkness. Further, Yeshua was not the only one who taught this way. Look at the words of Isaiah the Prophet in Chapter 55, verses 10-11. Look at Ezekiel Chapter 37. Regardless of whether it was Yeshua or Isaiah or Ezekiel or any of the prophets, they all taught using numerous metaphors, parables, and illustrations that are all based on real life observations. I can say in all truth, that I too enjoy using these same types of methods of teaching because I’m a visual learner and I learn with images and symbols.
Illustration of the Magnet
Have you ever done this little experiment? Take a pile of metal filings and put them in or on a dish or tabletop. Then, take a magnet and draw it near to the mound of filings. What happens? One of two things: either the magnet will repel all of the metal bits because of the magnetic properties of the magnet or it will amass them together depending on which way you tip the magnet, right? Another similar experiment: put the mound of metal filings on a paper or glass plate. Then, take your magnet and put it underneath the plate and move it around. What happens? The magnetic energy travels through the matter and conveys its energy towards the scattered metal filings and pulls or draws all of them into whatever direction you move the magnet. It’s not a miracle; it’s just plain science. So also, these two experiments reflect a spiritual principle.
The whole House of Israel, which is the 12 tribes of the families of Jacob, collectively is like a mound of metal filings that have been strewn to the four-corners of the earth. By the Divine Will, these 12 tribes of Jacob — Israel and Judah – have been living in the midst of the nations (the “Goyim”) for a very, very long time, and shall remain so until the Holy One of Heaven – the “Divine Magnetic Energy of the Universe” moves His eternal power into place in such a way, so as to draw them together into a whole unit; that when He is ready (in His timing), the twelve tribes of Israel will collectively respond to the Holy One of Israel like millions of tiny little metal filings respond to a large magnetic source! I tell you, the nations will no longer be able to hold the families of Jacob back and keep them in their control. Rather, they will come from the east, south, west, and north! Actually, scripture says that this will happen in a moment, in the twinkling of the eye – in Hebrew, “rega.” I believe that this is what defines the concept of what is called the “rapture,” that the Christian church speaks of – the re-gathering of the scattered whole House of Israel from the four-corners of the earth as it is among the goyim (nations).
In any case, right now in these present days in which we live, the Eternal Name – that huge unseen “Magnet of Heaven” is keeping His distance so as to not allow the total re-gathering to happen too fast or too soon, but the effects of the Divine Power of Heaven is definitely at work, and I could see it happening in many different places where I travelled between June and September of 2010. But in truth, I haven’t seen anything yet! When the “big” re-gathering happens (like that spoken of in Ezekiel 36-37), we are all going to recognize it and it will be quite obvious and global! For now, I like to illustratively think of Israel’s exiles as a kind of huge heap of metal fragments on a global plate. He – the Eternal Divine One of Heaven – YHWH, is guiding us by His protective power (illustratively, a “magnetic energy”) to bring us into conformity with His Will. Like the “wheels within wheels” of Ezekiel’s vision (Ezekiel 1:21), where He moves, we are destined to move with Him because of a kind of spiritual magnetism that there is, one to another. With this illustration of the magnet behind us, let us now look at yet another illustration or metaphor.
Illustration of the GPS
Some of you may have heard me use the illustration of the GPS, which refers to the earth’s Global Positioning System using Satellites, which is a mainstay for so much of what is being used today in numerous civil and military applications. However, for lack of a better term, rather than call this the Global Positioning System, I want to call this the “God Positioning System.”
First, let us take a look at the physical aspects of the GPS. With so much regular worldwide mobility of people, many these days are growing more dependent on using GPS in their cars, on their wilderness hikes, or even while riding bicycles or in walking to places. Of course, GPS is useful to get from one location to another, especially when you really do not know where you are going! Once, a friend of mine jokingly quipped, “I can’t get out of a brown paper bag without it.” These days, many companies are cashing in on the GPS obsession. You can buy them as standalone units or you can get them installed into most cars, new and old. For other applications, you can get them as portable devices from retail stores all over the world. Their one downfall is the electronic mapping. It is only as good as the people that do the programming! But we will not concern ourselves with that aspect for this illustration. The main functions that come standard with the GPS that most people use are as follows:
1) Its ability to plan a generally well suited route based on one’s input data from point A to point B.
2) Its avoidance tools that allow for the user to program it to plan a route using or avoiding toll-roads, u-turns, and the like. In the case of using GPS in Israel, avoidances include crossing into the political (and sometimes dangerous) boundaries of the Palestinian territories.
3) Its voice prompt that will speak route directions to you and inform you when to turn left, to turn right, to go straight, to turn on such and such a street, etc….
Okay, ‘nuf said. Let’s look at the spiritual application of using the “God Positioning System” – the GPS of traveling or walking in the Spirit.
When using the system, it requires that you give up your Will as you want to do things your way and follow the quiet voice instructions of the GPS. The same thing goes for the “God Positioning System”-a voice from a higher authority – YHWH. So, in order for a spiritual GPS to work well, you have to want to hear truth and be willing to trust something that you cannot see or necessarily perceive with the human eye. Further, you have to love truth because YHWH is Truth. So, you respond and say, “Okay, give me truth!” “Give me Scripture!” Now, I do hope you realize that if you are pleading for truth, it also means that you are begging for pain. It is a simple law of life: you cannot be completely surrendered to the search for truth and avoid pain. It is just not possible. Why, you may ask? The answer is because our minds and hearts are not given over to receive truth; although we are wired for truth, we don’t naturally walk it. Rather, we tend to justify beliefs that are not true; that is, we justify lies, principally religious ones! However, we do not see them as lies. You can tell yourself something so many times, over and over again, that within a certain period of time, the eventuality is that you will likely believe something to be true, even if it is not. You see, avoiding truth is more comfortable; let’s admit it. It doesn’t require much from us to embrace a lie. Truth on the other hand, demands something from us. It demands that we recognize the Law of Moses, because that is defined in scripture as Truth in totality (Psalm 119:142, 151, 160 and John 17:17). The Yehudi (Jewish) prophet Jeremiah said something quite remarkable in Chapter 16, verse 19:
O YHWH, my strength and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of distress, to you the goyim (“Gentiles”) will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, futility and things of no profit.” Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are not gods!
There are hundreds of millions of people out there living twisted and self-justified “truth” every day. You can find them in churches, synagogues, universities; in schools of all shapes and sizes, and of course, in the work place. Wherever there are people, there is always a mixture of truth and lies, period. So, let us return to our spiritual GPS illustration.
Whether people are conscious of it or not, each of us has a programmable GPS inside our mind; it is called our Will. You see, the actions of our daily lives come from the source of our Will: what I want to do and what I don’t want to do at any given moment, plain and simple. From these two functions inside of our spiritual GPS, we run the gamut of life, from the moment that we first begin to reason as children to the time that we breathe our last breath and die. However, at some point in your life, you absolutely will (no doubt, whatsoever) come face-to-face with your own spirituality and destiny. In other words, because we humans are souls in physical bodies, there will come a time when each of us will have to consider our Creator, when He comes knocking on our door, to show us truth. What you do with that encounter is up to you since it is His character to never force it upon you.
Now, what you do with that “at-some-point-in-your-life” confrontation with truth is the real key here! You can choose to ignore it; to fight it; to replace it; to download new spiritual “truth” drivers and replace them with drivers that are more to your liking (an excellent computer analogy for all you computer users out there!). You can justify anything and even lie to yourself or let others lie to you and be content with it for a very long time. What I am saying is this: you have full “administrator rights” (again, another computer term, because I use and depend on computers every day of my life) to change your internal files, to add, subtract, and delete anything and everything that you want to for your life, end of story. You are indeed, the Captain of your own ship, the Master of your own soul and the Creator YHWH designed you this way. So, you go through life interacting with your own internal self-programming, with the result of reaping from the results of each of your decisions. So how does this relate to our GPS analogy?
You (and everyone else in this world) are busy every day in the exercise of the Will; your personal route planning. Your determination communicates to you and you respond by planning an appropriate route; point A to point B, so forth and so on. The internal GPS in your soul gives you personal “voice prompts” and you can choose to ignore them or follow them. Your internal GPS also has a tools menu that you can go in and tweak for certain avoidances; things that you don’t want the voice prompts to bother you with. Now, how does this apply to the Ephraimite – House of Israel re-gathering and its draw to the Torah? Well, let us take a look.
All throughout your life, you are constantly interacting with religion and religious ideas. Again, we are built this way. Life is a series of confrontations with spirituality and religion. Some will in fact say, “I am not religious.” I am sorry, but everyone is religious because everyone believes in something, whether it is outside or inside of one’s self. However, it is also true that your soul is a cocktail of truth and error and sometimes you just don’t know what to believe, so you decide to believe in nothing; but nothing is also something. Specifically concerning religion, you come to some point where you say, “I’ve had enough of this or this or this,” and you make an immediate exit to decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong; what your life is and is not; what you can and cannot do and no one, nobody is going to tell you differently. Singer/Songwriter Billy Joel sings it this way in his song, “My Life”:
You can speak your mind
But not on my time
I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone.
So you go looking for a way out of all the religious nonsense because you just want to be left alone. It could be a way out from the Protestant Christian System, the Jewish Religious System, and/or the philosophical Eastern Meditation System or simply, you’ve had enough of yourself and your miserable way of life and you plainly want a change. So, what happens? A friend, a family member, someone that you respect and know in this growing, “return-to-the-Torah-of-the Hebrew-scripture,” movement tells you some things that you had never considered or thought about and it intrigues you. Some call it, “The Hebrew Roots of our Faith.” I call it Torah Truth. There are cases where some people get a direct revelation of Torah Truth meaning some begin anew in this walk without any human intervention whatsoever. The interesting part of this whole story is that most of the people experiencing this new way of life and thought are not regarded as “Jewish;” they are thought to be “Gentiles.” However, this is another subject for a different time.
Regardless of the method that YHWH uses to communicate to you this awe-inspiring Torah Truth, you nonetheless, respond positively, if you are looking for some changes in your life and spirituality is large part of it. It’s a special call from Heaven and with your willingness to accept the calling; it becomes a beautiful thing to you. As you move forward in this new-found life of yours, invariably, you will run across a number of others that are on a similar path, as you are – truth seekers. Conversely, you will also run into a number of other people that appear to be truth seekers but are in reality con artists; religious holiness fruitcakes and control freaks. Their definition of Faith is much different than what YHWH (Yehovah) teaches.
In time, the Almighty Eternal One of Israel, who remains invisible to the human eye, decides in His timing and wisdom to test you, to challenge you, to discipline you, and move you another step forward in spiritual maturity and in the ability to discern truth seekers from con artists. (This, by the way, is the biblical definition of “grace” – a state of being divinely chosen with the intention to show you favor and goodness. He does this by giving you His perfect and pure Divine Law, because the Torah –the Law — is the essence of His Name, Revelation 19:13.) So, the Eternal One of Israel causes a number of challenges to harass your faith, but always with the empowerment to take wing and soar in the Ruach HaKodesh – the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13 and Ezekiel 36:27). Challenges can come in all shapes, sizes, and packages. They can be theological, physical and/or spiritual challenges. This is where your GPS – “God Positioning System is supposed to kick in and work, like this:
1) You desire to identify yourself with something highly spiritual; that is, the “born-from-above” Truth of the Torah, and become part of the renewed House of Israel.
2) The start of your journey is when you first learn of these things and then act upon that knowledge.
3) The end of your journey is when you pass on and into the Eternal Mashiach of YHWH – The Word
4) The voice prompts of the system that you are following (the Spirit) echo only what is in written scripture, but you have your own internal voice prompts, based on your own will, that resist what you are learning through the written scripture. These are the “avoidances.”
5) The route that is given to you is based on the parameters of points one through four in the list above.
As you travel the Divine route that has been planned for you since before the foundation of the world, you inevitably will make wrong turns and get off the route. It will happen! Don’t feel guilty. It happens to everyone! However, the key is in allowing the Divine GPS with its written scripture program to guide you back onto the assigned route. Of course, you can choose to ignore the given route, and in fact, you will justify ignoring it from time to time and decide that you want to navigate your own route without any assistance whatsoever. At times, you might even go into your internal “tools” menu and choose which avoidances you want turned on so that you don’t have to be restricted and deal with things that might make you feel uncomfortable. Turning on the avoidances in your tools menu will for sure shut the Spirit (Ruach) down in those areas and you are on your own. You program your internal GPS to avoid the following:
1) Uncomfortable changes in your personal theology
2) Uncomfortable changes in your personal lifestyle
3) Deeply held beliefs about how you should define morality and justice
As you travel your road of Torah Truth and share the joy of walking in the Torah with your Ephraimite friends and family in the faith, you find yourself with a renewed meaning and purpose in life. Further, no longer do you call yourself a “Gentile.” Now, you are joined to YHWH as an Israelite. The results of your new faith: you eat kosher (clean) foods. You rest on the Shabbat. You have friends in the local Torah congregation and gather with them on Shabbat and Holy Days. You attend regular gatherings for the annual festivals mentioned in Scripture. You throw away Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Sun-Day Worship as a replacement for the biblical Sabbath, etc…. Most of the time, all is well in the GPS of your mind until you come face-to-face with things that are not so fun and comfortable to deal with: to forgive someone who has really wronged you; to risk losing your job security or seniority because you asked your boss to give you the weekly Seventh Day as a day off for rest; to experience trouble and lack of harmony in your family with your spouse and/or children because they don’t see things like you see things and don’t agree with your Torah Truth beliefs.
Aside from a handful of these annoyances, you have friends, community, family, meaning and purpose in the Torah! But then YHWH wants to advance you, to bring you to greater maturity. He sees some areas of your life that need more challenges. After all, He doesn’t want you to be obtuse like the Children of Israel of old! He desires that you grow out of the flesh and walk in the Ruach (the Spirit). Thus, to grow you up and become more mature, He will show you that you just don’t know everything, though you sometimes think that you do. Perhaps He will toss some theological ideas at you that are not what you grew up with. Perhaps you have a big mouth and can’t seem to shut up when you are supposed to shut up; you justify gossip and tale bearing in the name of being the Sheriff of Sinai. Perhaps, you have a gift for being a shrewd businessman or businesswoman and with this, you know how to make lots of money, but you do all of this by using others instead of serving others. Perhaps you are an intellectual and you just can’t seem to understand why everyone else out there is so brainless and that they are all ignoramuses. I’m sure this list can be expanded over pages and pages but I think you get my point.
So, the Ruach (the Spirit) that programs your Torah Truth GPS starts squawking at you, day after day saying things like, “No, this way! Here is the way of shalom; walk in it.” “Not that way! Your missed your turn. Turn here to get back on the route.” “Please turn off your avoidances,” etc…. Perhaps all of this prattling on by the Ruach HaKodesh (the Spirit of the Holy One) gets to be a bit too much for you. So, you order a command in your mind to shut down the GPS; just shut the thing off! You say, “I don’t want to hear the voice prompts for now. Just shut up!” And so the Ruach doesn’t talk to you for a while, until you decide to turn off the avoidances. Meanwhile, you go on looking and acting “religious” to your friends and family. You go about your regular holiness routine – keep Shabbat; eat kosher; go to a holy festival gathering like Sukkot; blow the shofar at the new moon, wear tzitziot, and other things like this. I’m sorry to tell you, but you cannot grow out of this hypocrisy until you turn on the GPS and get back on the preplanned divine route that has been set in place for you. Of course, this will require that you listen to and obey written scripture; to listen to and obey the voice prompts of the Ruach HaKodesh; to make the turns that YHWH gives you based on what is written in scripture. I think Sha’ul says it well in Galatians 5:16-25:
But I say, walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law (the religious teachings of men that do not know the written Torah of Moses). Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, ?idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, ?envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Elohim. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Mashiach have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. ?Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
This concludes my illustration of the GPS of the Torah and how it works.
A Spiritual Colonic
With all this being said, I now want to use one last teaching parable or illustration to try to help us all to understand why there are so many problems going on in the body of Mashiach (referenced as the actions of Galatians 5:16-25 above); why some “messies” out there are bent on making it their business to become Ephraim’s “prophets” who use their own special blend of brow-beating and brandish their heaven-issued police “ID” and “night-sticks” to whack everyone at the knee joints, amongst those that are not in compliance with the exacting standards that these people say are the standards; why the “Two-House Movement” (the Ephraimites) have ugly enemies in the camps of the “One-House” movement — those who say, “there is no Ephraimite Movement,” “Gentiles will always be Gentiles,” “Jews are Jews,” “the House of Israel and the House of Judah are already unified – they are called Jews; “Jews control, Gentiles obey;” why some “messies” are far too messy with the Torah by adding to it and taking away from it and being very creative with their interpretations but taking things totally out of their local context; why other “messies” are just flat-out bullies and overbearing control freaks instead of being loving servants bent on building up the body and doing things according to Torah protocol but instead, believing and justifying only one thing in their head: “it’s-got-to-be-my-way-or-you-are-not-in-the-right-way” dogma.
To be truthful (and I want nothing less than to be truthful), I have come to believe that there is a detoxification (“detox”) going on in the Ephraimite movement; in short, an internal house-cleaning. It has got to start with someone. Don’t wait for your brother Judah to extricate himself from the doctrines of Akiva, Yehudah HaNasi, the Vilna Gaon, the Rambam, the Rashi, and countless others like them. Don’t wait for Christianity as a religious system to find its way out of the mud and mire of the 4th century “Mother Church.” Rather, I think the changes (and ultimately, the whole House of Israel re-gathering) are going to be maximized and fulfilled by YOU Ephraim! “Why so,” you may ask? The answer is because the problems started with your forefathers, through the sin of Jeroboam (1 Kings 12), and you inherited those sins. And collectively, the sins of the nation that is called by the spiritual term “Israel,” started with the golden calf at Mount Sinai (Exodus 32).
A famous 1700s Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist by the name of George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” Another 1700’s philosopher as well as a British Statesman by the name of Edmund Burke writes, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Finally, in the Bible at Proverbs 6:20, we learn this:
“My son, observe the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the Torah (teaching) of your mother,” referring to YHWH and His commandments of the Holy Torah of Moses.
Hummm. A spiritual awakening is accompanied by a spiritual detoxification! Now, THAT IS an interesting idea! And I have just the illustration for it. Again, allow me to reiterate what I essentially began to say at the beginning of this rather long missive to each of you.
It is true; the national sins of the whole House of Israel at Mount Sinai (Exodus 32 worship of the golden calf) cannot be rectified until we make it a point to remember so that we shall never, ever repeat the sins of our fathers again. We, the whole House of Israel united (Judah and Israel) should be a body of Israelites that want to and strongly desire to observe and obey the written Torah of Hebrew Scripture. We should want to unify under a common prophetic banner as per the predictive words of Jeremiah 31:31-32. What is all of this going to require? I believe it is going to require a spiritual detoxification.
Those of you who know this concept also fully know that physical toxicity and poison is oftentimes stored in body fat. Similarly, spiritual toxicity and poison is stored in the mind. Thus, Sha’ul put it this way in Romans 12:1
I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Elohim, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to Elohim, your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of Elohim is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Sha’ul then goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 2:16
For who has known the mind of YHWH, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Mashiach.
Another stronghold for physical toxicity is in the colon. Years and even decades of eating an unhealthy diet, and not getting enough rest or exercise often take their toll on us in the form of impacted fecal matter that is hard to remove. I would like to use this illustration to show what also happens to us in our spiritual being. There is also a place for the storage of stuff that is not good for our human soul. From a spiritual perspective, Yeshua quite candidly put it this way:
And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him; because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man that is what defiles the man. ?”For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, ?deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23:
Using this series of illustrations – that of renewing our spiritual mind and that of eliminating spiritual “fecal matter” from our hearts”, I think the Ephraimite movement is going to require that we pay a visit to Yehovah (YHWH), the “Colonic Therapist” of Heaven. The Ephraimite movement has been around the customs of the goyim (the nations) far too long. Their ideologies, philosophies, theology; all of this collectively needs to be eliminated from our system. We need spiritual colonic hydrotherapy, colonic irrigation. �See, for instance, Ezekiel 36:22-28
“Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says Adonai YHWH, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. ? “And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am YHWH,” declares Adonai YHWH, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. ? “For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own land. ? “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. ? “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ? “And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. ? “And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your Elohim.
The world is full of its movements – religious, secular, political. I think it is rather telling that Ephraim is also referred to as a “movement.” It is a movement of the Ruach HaKodesh performing a colonic on the House of Israel. Spiritually, Ephraim’s intestines, liver, and kidneys – the body’s collective carwash of sorts along with the life blood of the whole system is being transfused and irrigated. Over the past 2,700 years, Ephraim has had a tremendous build up of compacted fecal matter in its system; essentially since the days of Jeroboam and yes, even before then. Thus, what you are seeing in the “Messianic Movement” these days is a work of YHWH, the Spiritual Colon Therapist, forcing all of the House of Israel’s toxicity and poison to come out. He desires to eliminate the build-up of toxicity in the body and He will accomplish this by His Holy Word.
This leads me to my next question: why does YHWH allow for all this spiritual poison from the goyim and their “Mother Church” to proliferate and yes, even to make us sick? “Why doesn’t He do something?,” you might ask. I believe that He is doing something! You see, if all this stuff were not “out there” for us to see it; to witness it; to hate it so, then, how would any of us know how to identify it and get it out of our system? In other words, all this spiritual fecal matter is there in our face and in our nose so that we will say, “Man, this is horrible stuff!” However, some amongst our numbers are not reacting in the same way. Some are saying, “This is a non-negotiable doctrine,” content to justify bad interpretations and thus, keep the spiritual fecal matter built up inside. In other words, they don’t want a spiritual colonic. They already have certain things figured out beforehand, and they don’t want YHWH to confuse them with the facts. YHWH speaks exactly this way to the Kohanim in the days of Malachi, through the prophet Malachi in Chapter two, verse three, saying to them:
“Behold, I am going to rebuke your offspring, and I will spread refuse on your faces, the refuse of your feasts; and you will be taken away with it.
The English translators did you a favor by translating the Hebrew word Peresh – Pey Resh-Sheen in a polite way because they didn’t want to offend the ears of any English readers. However, the verse should read this way:
Behold, I am going to rebuke your seed, and I will spread fecal matter on your faces, the crap of your feasts; and you will be taken away with it.
Now, that’s what scripture says and the context is very clear in Malachi Chapter two. ?Colon crap is what it is. We need a true Ephraimite movement to clean us out. Meanwhile Ephraim learns from both Jews and neighboring Gentiles that:
-Paul was a false prophet and a liar
-The Sabbath is counted from the new moon -A day begins in the morning, not in the evening
-Observing the Law of Moses is purely optional; you do what you want, on your terms
-You can eat whatever you want so long as you bless it before “the Lord”
-Gentiles and Jews in the body of Mashiach don’t have the same obligations and rules to obey
-Jews rule; Gentiles obey
-Gentiles need to convert to Judaism to become bonafide members of the body of Israel
-The rabbis need to be obeyed and dissenters are just doing what is right in their own eyes
-You must never say the Divine Name. Always use “HaShem”
-Pronouncing the Name with the wrong sounds is idolatry
-The New Testament is irrelevant. Only the Torah of Moses is valid
-There could never have been a physical resurrection
-Searching the scriptures to understand the exact identity of Jesus or Yeshua will send you to hell
-Discussing biblical pros and cons of the Virgin Birth will send you to hell
-Questioning the Mother Church Trinity doctrine will send you to hell
I am certain that any of us could add to this list with pages and pages of additional ideas. However, my point is this: let the spiritual detox of Ephraim work its cleansing effort from the body. Allow for the build-up of spiritual Peresh (English: fecal matter) to get eliminated from the system and let it all get pushed out.
My friends and family in the faith, welcome to the Ephraimite cleansing and thank the Almighty One of Israel that He is allowing for so many issues to be brought out into the open, because it should drive us to go to our written source texts – the Torah, the Prophets, the Writings, and the Brit haChadasha – to study to show ourselves approved and to handle accurately the Word of Truth, and to prove all things by the whole counsel of Elohim’s Word and not just to cherry pick a few verses of scripture out of their local context to make a doctrine, dogma, or point.
In closing, it is my opinion that the more we learn, the more we understand that we really don’t know much of anything. We’re in a spiritual detox program and when the internal cleansing is over, we’re going to feel much better! Again, there has to be a cleansing. So, YHWH is bringing all this stuff down and out. In the meantime, we’re going to feel sick. That’s what a detox is all about! In other words, what made us sick initially –all the heavy metals and poisons that started with Jacob’s daily spiritual food intake a long time ago; now, all of it has to come out and it comes out through the spiritual bloodstream and through the internal organs, so-to-speak, and eliminated through the intestines metaphorically. Now, with a preparatory “before-the-return-of-the-Mashiach detoxification going on (a divinely appointed one, I believe), the very things that made us sick at the start are also going to make us sick again for a time, especially as the stuff comes out and gets flushed. Think of it this way: the water (of the Torah) goes in, and the internal waste comes out.This is essentially what Yeshua said to the Pharisees in Luke 11:39-40:
“Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. ?You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?”
…and again speaking to His disciples in Mark 7:18-23:
And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him; because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man that is what defiles the man. ?”For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, ?deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”
Ephraim! Welcome home to your own personal spiritual colon hydro therapist; to a lesson on how to interact with your Messianic GPS, and to the blessings that have been given to you and your fathers, that you will be re-gathered together to the Land of Israel, as a heap of metal filings are attracted to a magnet!
Kol tuv (All good) to each of you
Shalom from Jerusalem
Avi and Dina
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