To the Jew First

When our Master Yahshua died on the cross the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom. For the first time worshipers in the Temple saw into the Holy of Holies and realized that the presence of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was no longer there. At that moment, their God’s only presence was in His Son who was being crucified for the sins of mankind outside the camp of the religious system of that day — Judaism. His sacrifice would soon make room for God to dwell in the hearts (not in a building) of all those who would truly believe in the Savior, Yahshua the Messiah.1 When the life-giving presence of the Holy Spirit filled the first disciples, a new nation began made up of those who were able to love one another with an ever-growing bond of unity and affection.2 Yet it wasn’t long before this new nation of vibrant communities collapsed. How did this happen? How did it become a religious system void of the presence of the Spirit of Messiah?3

Part of the answer lies in Romans 11:22, “Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.” Paul exhorted the community in Rome to keep their hearts in a place where the lovingkindness and tender mercies of God could constantly reach them. This word lovingkindness was a covenant term. It implied loyalty and faithfulness. Paul warned the Roman disciples that if they disobeyed the covenant they would be cut off just as old Israel had been cut off when they disobeyed the covenant by not producing the fruit of the kingdom4 and were scattered among the nations.5 The author of the book of James, writing to the churches of the Twelve Tribes scattered among the nations6 in the second century, told them that they had no more faith7 and in their fallen condition they were on their way to becoming a harlot.8 Paul, himself, also warned the Romans much earlier that the fruit of falling away would be living without revelation. They would become “wise in their own opinions” about God, about salvation, and about what the church is,9 but blind to the revelation of the Holy Spirit.

The severity Paul warned about in verse 22 soon took place. The revelation of Messiah given to Peter in Matthew 16:18 was lost and true faith ceased. The church in Rome was turned over to blindness10 and a massive religious system (wise in her own opinions) developed. Taking the place of the revelation given by the Holy Spirit was a belief system based on decrees and “right” doctrine. Since this belief system came from man, not God, it could not produce the fruit that could only be produced through revelation by the Holy Spirit. Only through the Spirit can a twelve-tribed nation producing the life that demonstrates the kingdom come about. Only through revelation that Yahshua is the Son of God can someone go into the waters of baptism and die.11

Without this revelation belief becomes a lifeless ritual. When the “church” was filled with this other kind of “belief,” then the fruit of Matthew 16:18 was produced. This fruit occurred when the powers of the underground or unseen realm (the gates of Hades) prevailed over what used to be the spotless Bride of Messiah.12 For the last 1900 years, the unseen realm (where the enemy works and deceives with every deceiving spirit) has ruled over men’s lives. Through a belief system of decrees13 the evil one has come to stand over that house as its prince. Its bloody history proves that those with the “right” doctrine (or decrees) will always persecute those with the so-called “wrong” doctrine. This is not the house our Master Yahshua rules over. His house is filled with the fruit of abundant life, love, and unity, not abundant decrees.

The fate of this unfaithful, disloyal religious system that has become a harlot will be the same as that of any harlot — she will be burned with fire,14 yes, and be executed by the state. She will be gathered as fruitless branches and burned with fire.15 Burning is how she will experience death, and all those in her at that time will go to the second death, the lake of fire.16

Ezekiel 37:6-14 and Romans 11:23-27 speak about the death of a nation. Paul said this death was only temporary, until the end of this present age when the life of the Spirit is given to the Twelve Tribes of Israel, a nation that will produce the fruit of the Kingdom in the next age.17 But first, before the next age can come, we, the Twelve Tribes in this present age, must destroy all the spiritual enemies of the King of Kings, putting these spiritual enemies under His feet.18 Then and only then will He come.19

At that time the Master Yahshua will return and a remnant20 of the natural seed will look upon Him whom they pierced and will believe.21 Their blindness will be stripped away and the revelation of Yahshua the Messiah will fill their hearts, thus beginning the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham. But again, before this can happen, Romans 9:25-26 must come into fruition (the state of bearing fruit) to bring about all that has been spoken by the Hebrew prophets of old.

  • 1. Hebrews 13:12-13
  • 2. 1 John 3:16
  • 3. John 14:18
  • 4. Matthew 21:43
  • 5. Ezekiel 35:13-20
  • 6. James 1:1
  • 7. James 2:18
  • 8. Revelation 18:2
  • 9. James 2:19
  • 10. Romans 11:25
  • 11. Romans 6:1-5
  • 12. 2 Corinthians 11:2-4
  • 13. Of “flesh and blood” origin, Matthew 16:17
  • 14. Revelation 17:16; 18:8,10; 19:2-3
  • 15. John 15:6; Matthew 13:30,40
  • 16. Revelation 18:4-5
  • 17. Matthew 19:28
  • 18. Hebrews 10:13
  • 19. Revelation 11:15; Acts 3:21
  • 20. Romans 9:27
  • 21. Zechariah 12:10

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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