Do Ewe Know Where The Kingdom Is?

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. Bresheit/Genesis 2:7-8 (NKJV) And God said, Behold, Adam is become as one of us, to know good and evil, and now lest at any time he stretch forth his hand, and take of the tree of life and eat, and so he shall live forever– So the Lord God sent him forth out of the garden of Delight to cultivate the ground out of which he was taken. And he cast out Adam and caused him to dwell over against the garden of Delight, and stationed the cherubs and the fiery sword that turns about to keep the way of the tree of life. Bresheit 3:23(22)-25(24) (LXX-B) Take notice of the fact that the Torah account states the human being was not created in the garden but was placed there. Also all of Eden was not the garden. Sin caused US to be expelled from Paradise and WE have not returned as WE want to go back on our own terms and Yah will not permit this.

The Eternal has laid out an avenue of return for us, provided WE abide by His guidelines. Most people who claim to trust the Almighty have refuted His plan of redemption and inserted their own interpretation. The following is how the plan of Yah took a man and gave him a promise that restoration will happen in the future. Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran, and Haran fathered Lot. And Haran died in the presence of Terah his father in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of the wife of Abram [was] Sarai, and the name of the wife of Nahor [was] Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. And Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot, the son of Haran, {his grandson}, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, the wife of Abram his son, and went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. And they went to Haran, and they settled there. And the days of Terah [were] two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran. And Yahweh said to Abram, “Go out from your land and from your relatives, and from the house of your father, to the land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great. And you will be a blessing. And I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse. And all families of the earth will be blessed in you.” And Abram went [out] as Yahweh had told him, and Lot went with him. Now Abram {was seventy-five years old} when he went out from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot {his nephew}, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and all the persons that they had acquired in Haran, and they went out to go to the land of Canaan. And they went to the land of Canaan. And Abram traveled through the land up to the place of Shechem, to the Oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanites [were] in the land at that time. And Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” And he built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him. And he moved on from there to the hill country, east of Bethel. And he pitched his tent at Bethel on the west, and at Ai on the east. And he built an altar there to Yahweh. And he called on the name of Yahweh. Bresheit 11:27-12:8 (LEB)

Avram takes his wife, nephew, and all the other people he had acquired (in red) to the place the Most High instructed him to go to. These ‘other people’ will be elaborated on, later in this teaching. The location of Avram’s destination is the land occupied, at that time, by the Kena’ani/Canaanites and alludes to no other place on earth. Only this specific area (in magenta) is promised to Avram’s descendents and it is a physical reality. We are never promised that we will leave planet earth. The theme of what our father Avram was promised is clearly spelled out by Yah. We do not get to alter how or where this promise will be fulfilled.

After Lot had separated from him, the Lord said to Abram, “Look from the place where you are. Look north and south, east and west, for I will give you and your offspring forever all the land that you see. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if one could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted. Get up and walk from one end of the land to the other, for I will give it to you.” So Abram moved his tent and went to live beside the oaks of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the Lord. Bresheit 13:14-18 (HCSB)

Our father Avram could literally see the region his heirs would inherit … he could not see Los Angeles, New York City, London, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Sydney, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, or any other place outside of the Middle East. Many false teachings have been introduced concerning the promise made to Avram. If we are heirs to this Promise, there is only one destination we should be looking to. A major flaw arises when people see the current situation in the Land of the Promise and assume it will be the same as it is now.

And he led me in spirit upon a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city Urishlem, descending from heaven from Aloha; having the glory of Aloha, as the clearness of light, like a stone of great price, as the stone Jaspon, resembling crystallos; having a wall great and high, which had twelve gates, and names written upon them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. On the east three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations; and upon them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he who talked with me had a measure, a rod of gold, that he might measure the city and the gates and the walls thereof. And the city was set four-square, and the length of it was as the breadth: and he measured the city with the rod, upon twelve stadia of twelve thousand. And the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. Chazon/Revelation 21:10-16 (Peshitta Etheridge)

As we examine the above passage, the distance mentioned has been estimated to be between 1200 to 1500 miles cubed or around 2200 plus kilometers cubed. This is a huge area of land encompassing the ancestral homelands of the descendents of Avram, Lot, and Nachor. This region does not all belong to the 12 tribes of Isra’el as this inheritance is specifically mapped out by the Eternal. Any claim contrary to what the Torah proclaims is theft from Yah. The Most High established boundaries for all the inhabitants of the earth and those designations are His … not ours. The RENEWED Earth is not all in the New Yerushalayim/Jerusalem. “For just as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, will endure before Me”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“so your descendants and your name will endure. And it will come to pass, that from one New Moon to another, and from one Shabbat to another, all flesh will come to bow down before Me,” says Adonai. “As they leave, they will look on the corpses of the people who rebelled against Me. For their worm will not die, and their fire will not be quenched, and they will be a horror to all flesh.” Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 66:22-24 (TLV)

And he made me turn back to the opening of the house. And, behold, water came out from under the threshold of the house eastward. For the face of the house is east, and the water came down from under the right side of the house, at the south from the altar. And he led me out by way of the north gate, and led me around the way outside to the outer gate, by the way facing east. And, behold, water was dropping out of the right side. When the man went out eastward, and the line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits. And he passed me through the water, water to the ankles. And he measured a thousand and passed me through the water, water to the knees. And he measured a thousand, and passed me through water to the loins. And he measured a thousand, and there was a torrent which I was not able to pass, for the water had risen, water to swim in, a torrent that could not be passed. And he said to me, Have you seen, son of man? And he led me and made me return to the lip of the torrent. When I returned, then, behold, on the lip of the torrent were many trees on this side and on that side. And he said to me, These waters go out toward the eastern circuit, and go down into the Aravah, and enter the sea. They are brought out into the sea, and the waters shall be healed. And it shall be, every soul that lives, which swarms in every place, there where the two torrents go, that soul shall live. And there shall be very many fish, because these waters shall come there. And they shall be healed. And all shall live there where the torrent goes. And it will be, the fishermen shall stand on it; from En-Gedi even to En-Eglaim, a spreading place for nets shall be there; their fish shall be by its kind, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many. Its swamps and its marshes shall not even be healed, they shall be given to salt. And all trees for food shall go up by the torrent, on its lip on this side and on that. Its leaf shall not fade, and its fruit shall not fail; it will bear by its months, because its waters come out from the sanctuary. And its fruit shall be for food, and its leaf for healing medicine. So says Adonai YAHWEH: This shall be the border by which you shall inherit the land, by the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions. And you shall inherit it, each man like his brother, that I lifted up My hand to give it to your fathers, even this land shall fall to you for an inheritance. And this is the border of the land to the north side, from the Great Sea, the way of Hethlon to the entrance of Zedad: Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazarhatticon, which is by the border of Hauran. And the border shall be from the sea to Hazarenan, at the border of Damascus; and the north northward, even the border of Hamath. And this is the north side. And you shall measure the east side from between Hauran, and Damascus, and Gilead, and the land of Israel; shall be the Jordan, from the border to the Eastern Sea, and this is the east side. And the south side southward from Tamar to the waters of Meriboth-Kadesh, the torrent to the Great Sea. And this is the south side to the Negev. And the west side is the Great Sea from the border until beside the entrance of Hamath; this is the west side. And you shall divide this land for yourselves by the tribes of Israel. And it will be, you shall divide by lot for an inheritance to yourselves, and to the foreigners 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 foreigner resides, there you shall give his inheritance, declares Adonai YAHWEH. Yechezk’el/Ezekiel 47:1-23 (HRB)

The Promised Land (in red) is divided between the 12 tribes of Isra’el and the gentiles who come to live, in their territory, must abide by the rules Isra’el is required to live by. An uncircumcised male is prohibited from consuming the Pesach/Passover meal and therefore is not in the promised Covenant made to Avraham. And it came to be when Aḇram was ninety-nine years old, that יהוה appeared to Aḇram and said to him, “I am Ěl Shaddai – walk before Me and be perfect. And I give My covenant between Me and you, and shall greatly increase you.” And Aḇram fell on his face, and Elohim spoke with him, saying, “As for Me, look, My covenant is with you, and you shall become a father of many nations. And no longer is your name called Aḇram, but your name shall be Aḇraham, because I shall make you a father of many nations. And I shall make you bear fruit exceedingly, and make nations of you, and sovereigns shall come from you. And I shall establish My covenant between Me and you and your seed after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be Elohim to you and your seed after you. And I shall give to you and your seed after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Kena‛an, as an everlasting possession. And I shall be their Elohim.” And Elohim said to Aḇraham, “As for you, guard My covenant, you and your seed after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant which you guard between Me and you, and your seed after you: Every male child among you is to be circumcised. And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall become a sign of the covenant between Me and you. And a son of eight days is circumcised by you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with silver from any foreigner who is not of your seed. He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your silver, has to be circumcised. So shall My covenant be in your flesh, for an everlasting covenant. And an uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, his life shall be cut off from his people – he has broken My covenant.” And Elohim said to Aḇraham, “As for Sarai your wife, do not call her name Sarai, for Sarah is her name. And I shall bless her and also give you a son by her. And I shall bless her, and she shall become nations – sovereigns of peoples are to be from her.” And Aḇraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Is a child born to a man who is a hundred years old? Or is Sarah, who is ninety years old, to bear a child?” And Aḇraham said to Elohim, “Oh, let Yishma‛ĕl live before You!” And Elohim said, “No, Sarah your wife is truly bearing a son to you, and you shall call his name Yitsḥaq. And I shall establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Yishma‛ĕl, I have heard you. See, I shall bless him, and shall make him bear fruit, and greatly increase him. He is to bring forth twelve princes, and I shall make him a great nation. But My covenant I establish with Yitsḥaq, whom Sarah is to bear to you at this set time next year.” And when He had ended speaking with him, Elohim went up from Aḇraham. And Aḇraham took Yishma‛ĕl his son, and all those born in his house and all those bought with his silver, every male among the men of Aḇraham’s house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that same day, as Elohim told him. And Aḇraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Yishma‛ĕl his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. Aḇraham and his son Yishma‛ĕl were circumcised that same day. And all the men of his house, born in the house or bought with silver from a foreigner, were circumcised with him. Bresheit 17:1-27 (ISR98)

Once again (in red) the Covenant Promise is land, not some mystical fairy-tale. Any claim that says that Promise is something else is bearing false witness against Yah. Our father Avraham (in magenta) was instructed to guard the B’rit/Covenant and likewise all of his descendants are to do so. The B’rit we are to guard is the circumcision. Any who do not want to be circumcised are outside the Covenant. Interestingly one would be cut off for not cutting the foreskin of the male organ. This instruction cuts both ways … similar to a two edged sword. A foreigner can benefit from the Covenant without being in the B’rit but certain promises are only guaranteed to those of the circumcision. These standards are mentioned throughout Scripture. Yitz’chak/Isaac is the son of the Promise (in blue) and therefore must adhere to the instructions Avraham was given. This means all of Avraham’s descendants have to uphold the obligations we are under. Note that Yishma’el was brought into this B’rit by his father with the cutting of his foreskin. So what has happened since then? Are not most of the conflicts in the world between kinsman who may not even realize who they are?

How long will brothers be at each others throat in the selfish attempt to be the top dog in the family? The colors in the above banner are symbols of this ongoing struggle. The blue is the whole house of Isra’el, regarding the tzitzit/fringes; it also represents the current Y’hudah/Jewish state of Isra’el. Most will have no problem seeing this picture we have described above. However the lower half, in green, portrays the predominant color of Arabic Islam and interestingly the Gaelic people also hold this color in high esteem. There is a reason for this similarity as many within the Gaelic people are descendants of east M’nasheh who are Rachel’s progeny. Remember Rivkah, Rachel, and Leah, were from the area of Syria. Many Syrians also have freckles and red hair … curious, is it not? Why do so many in the western world despise those in the Middle East? Especially since many of them are distant relatives.

To often teachers neglect the aspect that our father Avraham looked ahead to the Promise being fulfilled despite his own doubts as to how and when it would come to pass. Some of his own actions have created complications that we continue to deal with today. I lament the fact that some have placed our father Avraham on a pedestal of perfection of which he did not himself establish. Faith does not mean we do not have doubts but that we strive in spite of them. If doubt alone were judged to be our downfall, we would have no hope of restoration at all. Ancestor worship is idolatry.

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh, written by:
Rabbi Danny Palmer and Bernard Yosef Honigfort

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