Are Ewe The Prodigal Son?

“When Yisra’ĕl was a child, I loved him, and out of Mitsrayim I called My son. They called to them, so they went from their face. They slaughtered to the Ba‛als, and burned incense to carved images. And I taught Ephrayim to walk, taking them by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with ropes of man, with cords of love, and I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. And I bent down, fed them. No, let him return to the land of Mitsrayim, and let Ashshur be his sovereign, because they refused to repent! And the sword shall whirl in his cities, and it shall demolish his gate bars, and consume, because of their own counsels. My people are bent towards backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High, He lifts none of them up. How could I give you up, Ephrayim? How could I hand you over, Yisra’ĕl? How could I make you like Aḏmah? How could I set you like Tseḇoyim? My heart turns within Me, all My compassion is kindled. I shall not let the heat of My wrath burn, I shall not turn to destroy Ephrayim. For I am Ěl, and not man, the Set-apart One in your midst, and I shall not come in enmity. Let them follow יהוה. Like a lion He roars. When He roars, then sons shall tremble from the west. They shall tremble like a bird from Mitsrayim, and like a dove from the land of Ashshur. And I shall let them dwell in their own houses,” declares יהוה. Ephrayim has surrounded Me with lying, and the house of Yisra’ĕl with deceit. But Yehuḏah is still wandering with Ěl, and is true to the Set-apart One.”
Hoshea 11:1-12 (ISR98)

Many have been taught that readings such as the one above are to be taken allegorically which blinds them to the promise that Yah is making that he will once again call Isra’el out of Egypt and take him home. This is one of the reasons that many misinterpret
the Renewed Covenant spoken of by the Prophet Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah as having already come to pass. Y’shua himself addresses this issue at the meal with his talmidim/disciples when he says he will not drink this cup again until he drinks it with us in the Kingdom. He is here speaking in Marriage terms as a Bride and Groom drink the cup together as a Covenant between them.

And YAHWEH spoke to Moses, saying, Set apart to Me every first-born, the one opening the womb among the sons of Israel, among men and among livestock; they shall be Mine. And Moses said to the people, Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slaves. For by the might of His hand YAHWEH brought you out from here. And no leaven shall be eaten.
Sh’mot/Exodus 13:1-3 (HRB)
This is the passage the Prophet Hoshea is referencing when Yah tells him to say these things to Isra’el. Remember the First-born is of the Mother, not the Father; therefore Yosef, Efrayim’s father, was Rachel’s first-born. Under this concept Re’uven is also a first-born, as Leah is his mother; even though Ya’akov is the father of both of them.

Efrayim is one of several names used to refer to the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom, also House of Isra’el, and Samaria. These terms are used interchangeably by the Prophets when they speak of the exiled tribes scattered by Assyria. Sin is the cause of Yah’s actions which are to provoke Isra’el to repentance. The sins are Isra’el’s, not Yah’s. The Father desires the son to return home but he must allow the son to make his own decision in this regard. This is the premise of the Prodigal Son, in the parable given by Y’shua.

A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, he loves to oppress. Ephraim has said, “Ah, but I am rich; I have found wealth for myself; in all my labors they cannot find in me iniquity or sin.” Hoshea 12:7-8 (ESV) These verses are echoed in the following “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Chazon/Revelation 3:16-19 (NIV)

The blindness of Isra’el is why she cannot see her sin. As she is also the false prophet and the harlot who deceives herself and others. It is no coincidence that the ten kings in the Revelation must be the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom, the Lost Sheep of the House of Isra’el. Many will dispute this reasoning as they have been taught the above mentioned entities are not his people. However a false prophet can only be one who speaks instructions and calls them Yah’s Torah even though they are contrary to what the Word has told us. If there arise among you a Prophet or a dreamer of dreams, (and give thee a sign or wonder, And the sign and the wonder, which he hath told thee, come to pass) saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them, Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of the prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him, and shall keep his commandments, and hearken unto his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. But that Prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, he shall be slain, because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God (which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and delivered you out of the house of bondage) to thrust thee out of the way, wherein the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk: so shalt thou take the evil away forth of the midst of thee. D’varim/Deuteronomy 13:1-5 (GNV)

Since most are taught that scripture is mental or emotional, they have been led astray from understanding the instructions are for a government. For unto us a yeled (child) is born, unto us ben is given; and the misrah (dominion) shall be upon his shoulder; and Shmo shall be called Peleh (Wonderful), Yoetz (Counsellor), El Gibbor (Mighty G-d), Avi Ad (Possessor of Eternity), Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace). Of the increase of his misrah (government) and shalom there shall be no ketz (end), upon the Kisse Dovid, and upon his kingdom, to strengthen it, and to support it with mishpat and with tzedakah from henceforth even ad olam (forever). The Kinat Hashem Tzva’os will fulfill this. Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 9:6-7 (OJB) Authority over humanity and the rest of Creation will never come to an end. Logic tells us that to establish a system and to abolish it would create chaos; this is exactly what Yah is against and is eliminating.

Those who proclaim the false prophet will come from Islam are not acknowledging the Word of Yah. Muslims do not claim Torah as the basis of their belief, thereby they cannot be a false prophet. Nor can any other person representing any other system be a false prophet either. As long as someone does not claim to speak of the Covenant with Isra’el and proclaims it has changed they are not false prophets. It does not mean that we have to regard their proclamations as pertaining to us in any way. The most devastating enemy comes from within the family, however this does not mean those outside may not also be enemies. This scenario played out with the Northern Kingdom and Assyria. An enemy from the outside can only succeed if there are also enemies within the people.

Rome also decayed from within before an external enemy was able to defeat it. Greece likewise fell also internally due to moral decay in its culture. How similar are certain countries in today’s world, to this on going destruction. Intelligence may be a peoples greatest adversary when it is not accompanied by wisdom. This theme has occurred numerous times throughout mankind’s history and we have not learned that history does repeat itself. Insanity has been defined by some as performing the same actions repetitively and expecting a different outcome. When will we learn that we cannot outsmart our own stupid decisions.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has written a book and other material pertaining to the similarities of Americas current dilemma and those of the house of Isra’el before its fall and exile. His writing is based primarily on the information contained in Yesha’yahu chapter 9. This chapter deals with the arrogance of the Northern Kingdom and its refusal to seek Yah’s will instead of their own. Most people do not understand the basis of Idolatry is self worship which means giving myself authority instead of seeking the Fathers Way. How many realize Mal’akhi is speaking of the House of Isra’el’s restoration when he says that “Yah will send the Prophet Eli’yahu/Elijah before the great and dreadful day to turn the fathers and the sons back to him”. Another aspect of this prophecy is that the sons will return to the ways of the fathers; Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya’akov.

The theme of return is also included in Hoshea’s encouragement to Efrayim in the 14th chapter of his writing when he says Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I will hear him, and I will make him flourish like a green fir tree: from me is thy fruit found. Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know these things? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall in them. (DRA) As with the other Prophets restoration is the hope held out for Ya’akov’s descendants. Y’shua still uses this theme when he said he was “sent only for the lost sheep of the house of Isra’el”.

“This is what ADONAI the God of Isra’el says: ‘Write all the words I have spoken to you in a scroll. For the day is coming,’ says ADONAI, ‘when I will reverse the exile of my people Isra’el and Y’hudah,’ says ADONAI. ‘I will cause them to return to the land I gave their ancestors, and they will take possession of it.'” Yirmeyahu 30:2-3 (CJB) Return is the promise that will be fulfilled when we are ready to do what Yah says. The land is the Promise made to our Fathers and there is no other place that is ours. To expect anything else is to not trust the One who made the Promise.

Y’shua introduced us to a format for prayer and in that example; we are instructed to request your Kingdom come, your Will be done. He followed this example himself in the garden when he submitted himself to his Father’s will. Sha’ul likewise encourages us to imitate him as he imitates Mashiach. How can anyone teach that we do not have to do what Y’shua himself did and expect a real seeker to believe them? The Word comes alive when we live it, not when we just read it. When we are instructed on a job, how to perform our task, we are given some leeway but not given free reign in executing it. Scripture provides us with the same guidelines. Why should we throw out the model that actually functions properly? Would this not be the recipe for failure?

“I am יהוה your Elohim. Walk in My laws, and guard My right-rulings, and do them. ‘And set apart My Sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between Me and you, to know that I am יהוה your Elohim.’ But the children rebelled against Me. They did not walk in My laws, and My right-rulings they did not guard to do them, which, if a man does, he shall live by them. They profaned My Sabbaths, so I resolved to pour out My wrath on them to complete My displeasure against them in the wilderness. But I held back My hand and acted for My Name’s sake, not to profane it before the eyes of the gentiles, before whose eyes I had brought them out. Also, I Myself lifted My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, to scatter them among the gentiles and disperse them throughout the lands, because they had not done My right-rulings, and they rejected My laws, and they profaned My Sabbaths, and their eyes were on their fathers’ idols. And I also gave them up to laws that were not good, and right-rulings by which they would not live. And I defiled them by their own gifts, as they passed all their first-born through the fire, so that I might stun them, so that they know that I am יהוה. Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, In this your fathers have further reviled Me, by committing trespass against Me. When I brought them into the land for which I had lifted My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, they offered their slaughterings there and provoked Me with their offerings there. And they sent up their sweet fragrance there and poured out their drink offerings there. And I said to them, ‘What is this high place to which you go?’ So its name is called High Place to this day. Therefore say to the house of Yisra’ĕl, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, Are you defiling yourselves in the way of your fathers? And do you whore after their abominations? For when you lift up your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Yisra’ĕl? As I live, declares the Master יהוה, I am not being inquired of by you. And what comes up in your spirit shall never be, when you say, ‘Let us be like the gentiles, like the tribes in other lands, serving wood and stone.’ As I live, declares the Master יהוה, do not I, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out, reign over you? And I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out. And I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and shall enter into judgment with you face to face there. As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Mitsrayim, so I shall enter into judgment with you, declares the Master יהוה. And I shall make you pass under the rod, and shall bring you into the bond of the covenant, and purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me. From the land where they sojourn I bring them out, but they shall not come into the land of Yisra’ĕl. And you shall know that I am יהוה. As for you, O house of Yisra’ĕl, thus said the Master יהוה, Go, serve each of you his idols, and afterwards, if you are not listening to Me. But do not profane My set-apart Name any more with your gifts and your idols. For on My set-apart mountain, on the mountain height of Yisra’ĕl, declares the Master יהוה, there all the house of Yisra’ĕl, all of them in the land, shall serve Me. There I shall accept them, and there I shall require your offerings and the first-fruits of your offerings, together with all your set-apart gifts. As a sweet fragrance I shall accept you when I bring you out from the peoples. And I shall gather you out of the lands where you have been scattered. And I shall be set-apart in you before the gentiles. And you shall know that I am יהוה, when I bring you into the land of Yisra’ĕl, into the land for which I lifted My hand in an oath to give to your fathers.” Yechezk’el/Ezekiel 20:19-42 (ISR98)

When the Cohen and Prophet quotes Yah in the previous paragraph he is informed to remind Isra’el, especially the Northern Kingdom, that their descendants will have to repent and pursue the Covenant made by their fathers in the Wilderness. Return only occurs when change of behavior causes us to give up our own agendas to adhere to the Torah of Yah. If we persist in our attempts to defy the Master and claim to be obedient and innocent, we will find ourselves on the wrong end of judgment. Mercy and Grace are not extended to the arrogant and defiant, so we must be careful not to fall into the trap of self-righteousness. This is what has put us into the situation we are in now.

Let us remember that our creator does not desire our destruction but wants us to turn back to his ways. If we are following the narrow path, we are headed in the right direction. The city gates will not allow permanent residence for the defiant, so let us not rebel against the Just Ways of the Word. I hope that we all want to go home to a city whose builder and maker is Elohim.

Shalom Aleichem

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh written by Rabbi Danny Palmer.
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