About whom the Messiah came for: He came for the lost sheep of the
house of Israel AND ALL WHO WOULD JOIN WITH THEM. That’s very different from “He came to the whole world.” That teaching has made it much easier for Christianity to ignore and bypass the people of YHVH and say that everything was always intended to be for the church. (And we have that in writing in the front of a Bible.)
Now, back to the verse mentioned earlier, John 8:39-40, “They
answered and said to Him, Abraham is our father. And Y’hoshua said to
them, If you were children of Abraham, you would do the works of
He was only speaking to the disobedient ones, wasn’t He, not those who
are obedient? The obedient ones trust YHVH, so they do what He said they must do.
As to whether or not there are two sets of Jews, physical and spiritual, what about Ezekiel 43:22-23? “And it will be, and you shall divide by lot for an inheritance to yourselves, and to the strangers who reside among you, who shall father sons among you. And they shall be to you as native born among the sons of Israel. They shall have an inheritance fall among the tribes of Israel. And it shall be, in the tribe in which the stranger resides, there you shall give his inheritance, declares Adonai YHVH.”
The future division of the land of Israel: Those who do not have the
DNA of any of the tribes will be given an inheritance among the tribe with whom they are making their home. Those who do have DNA of the tribes of Israel or Judah will receive an inheritance among the appropriate tribe.
Is this the physical land they are to inherit, or is a spiritual land they are to inherit? Personally, I am looking forward to shouting for joy from the tops of the hills of Ephraim.
Note: The word “strangers,” Hebrew ger, is referring to those who voluntarily join with the sons of Israel, just like Ruth and Rahab.
Everything has to be voluntary, and this includes obeying the instructions in the Torah. YHVH did not set up a Luby’s style set of instructions: you either obey them (obedient), or you disobey them (lawless – transgressors of the Torah). One cannot pick and choose which ones he thinks he needs to obey. We all must do everything YHVH’s way, not our own way. However, no one can force anyone to do anything – it has to come from a person’s own desire to love (obey) YHVH with his whole being.
Also, for further explanation, let’s go back to Romans 2:28-29,“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that outwardly in the flesh, but he is a Jew that is one inwardly, but circumcision is of heart, in spirit, not in letter, of whom the praise is not from men, but from YHVH.”
And, Matthew 23:24, 28, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! For you pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin, and you
have left aside the weightier (matters) of the Law (the Torah); judgment, and mercy (kindness), and faith (trust). It was right to do these, and not to have left those aside. Blind guides, straining out the gnat, but swallowing the camel.” Verse 28, “So you also indeed outwardly appear righteous to men, but within are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Of course, these Jews were circumcised in the flesh, but they were lawless (disobedient) on the inside – they were Jews on the outside, but not on the inside.
What about those who say they have the Torah written on their hearts, but fail to do all the commands of YHVH? Even though one professes to be a believer in the Messiah, and is supposed to imitate Him, does he do it? If they are not obedient to the Word as He was, are they any less hypocritical than this disobedient Pharisees?
The word “spirit” has been a tool of the Roman Catholic Church for many, many centuries. Why? Because they created all of their doctrines and customs to put distance between themselves and those “vermin,” the
And did her harlot daughters (the protestant churches) do any better? No, they did not! They have twisted the Scriptures unmercifully, mostly following the doctrines of the R.C.C., with a few extra twists of their own.
The belief that they are “spiritual Israel” is a way to set themselves apart from the people created by YHVH; and, in their eyes, this makes them superior. In fact, most believe that they have replaced the tribes of
Israel, the people created by YHVH who must then become Christians instead of the other way around. Both must accept the true Messiah in the Torah, the Prophets and the Psalms that teach about Him.
Christianity, from the beginning, has always been a false religion, with
a false messiah, and false doctrines. Don’t forget that Revelation calls them whores and of the abominations of the earth. (Revelation 17:5)
That’s why we have to keep washing all those false teachings out of our minds, for the washing by the Water of the Word will give clear understanding. So, whatever one hears that contradicts the Word of YHVH will become evident to him: “By Your precepts I know, so then I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:104
And Zechariah 8:23 says, “So says YHVH of Hosts: In those days ten men out of all languages of the nations shall take hold, and will seize the
skirt (the zith-zith) of a man, a Jew, saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.”
And Jeremiah 16:19, “YHVH, my strength and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the nations (the gentiles) shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, Our fathers have inherited only lies, vanity (worthlessness) and there is no profit in them.”
The Messiah did not come to start a new religion, nor did Paul change
one iota of the Torah, as is popularly claimed. Not one word he wrote
in his letters ever contradicted the instructions given by YHVH. Think
about it: contradict means to deny, so, if he contradicted the Torah,
he would have been denying the Word Made Flesh, the Messiah. And the
Messiah said that if we deny Him before men, He will deny us before the
Father. Can anyone really believe that applies to Paul?
Galatians 3:10, “For as many as are out of the works of the Law (the
Torah) are under a curse. For it has been written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the book of the Law (the Torah), to do them.’” Taken from Deuteronomy 27:26.
Romans 9:1-5, I tell the truth in the Messiah, I do not lie, my conscience bearing witness with me in (the) Holy Spirit (Set-apart Breath), that my grief is great, and a never ceasing pain in my heart, for I myself was wishing to be a curse from the Messiah for the sake of my brothers in the flesh, who are Israelites, whose (are) the adoption and the glory, and the covenants (#1242, disposition), and the Lawgiving, and the services, and the promises; whose (are) the father’s, and from whom is the Messiah according to the flesh, He being El over all, blessed forever. Amen (pronounced aw-mane)”
Disposition: The act of disposing, or state of being disposed. The
first disposition covered the repentant people’s confessed sins with
the blood of animals; the second disposition was permanent for all past
sins and future confessed sins through the Messiah’s blood. Again,“.. . to give to Israel repentance and remission of sins.” Matthew 5:31b
Those things given in Romans 9:4 were never given away to anyone else: They were given to Israel and they still belong to Israel. If you want
to partake of them, you have to go where they are.
Also Romans 9:1-5 gives a very good reason why Paul was chosen to go
to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, so he could bring the Truth
to them and bring some of them home again, as well as anyone else who
heard the Truth and believed (trusted).
And what about 1 John 2:3-6? “By this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commands. The (one) saying, I have known Him, and not keeping His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in that one. But
whoever keeps His Word, truly in this one the love of El has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him. The (one) claiming to rest in Him ought so to walk just as that one walked.”
Doesn’t 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 tell us that, “For if we discern ourselves, we would not be judged. But being judged, we are corrected by YHVH, that we not be condemned with the world.” A good way to do
that is to read the Torah with understanding, slowly and carefully; then, as we read each commandment (all of them, not just the ten) ask, Am I being obedient to this command?
A definition of spiritual: “Gods law is spiritual; it is a transcript of the divine nature, and extends its authority to the acts of the soul of man.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary