Will be reunited
A while back the spirit of the Lord gave me a beautiful word image of the bride of Christ. I was impressed by the Holy Spirit that I was to be shown what this bride meant to Him. Who was she? Some say she’s the Christian church of today, however she was much more than just that.
Then why did I ask the Lord who she was when I already assumed she was the church. But who was the church? The New Testament was very clear on who it was, as well the Old Testament. However, who were the saints of old and the saints of the new and how do they fit into God’s House.
I didn’t start finding out who Christ was referring to until I did the two olive trees, the two churches and the two testaments study, What was he was referring to in revelations?
When I dug a little deeper into the study of what this passage was saying, this also lead me to another similar passage in the Old Testament. I found that the two olive trees, candles sticks and the two anointed ones were two sons standing before throne of God.
Who were these two sons?
Recently I posted another study of the Prodigal Son, “the Prodigal of the Prodigal” I posted this on my blog.
While putting the study together, I noticed a pattern, the two sons, and a Father. One strayed while the other remained faithful. A father’s love had great hope for them both. However the Father set his priority of the remainder of his promises of his inheritance to the older who stayed with him, but his love for the younger deepened upon his son’s return, promises were also given. The two sons are two different messiah events for two different houses.
Those who place their trust and faith in Jesus the Christ as Lord is the younger, and those who place their trust and faith in the Lord of Heaven and Earth, in the Old Testament is the older. He is one Lord. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Same Lord.
One Messiah comes for both houses at different times. Today we are seeing turn of events gearing up to His later arrival.
So here the journey begins.
Now ask yourself, is Jesus Christ going to throw out the old wine from the old wine skins, to be replaced with the New Testament wine in new wine skins? He is not going to throw out the old for the new. He has one wine cellar for both, my own impression. The new wine has yet to be aged and mature properly. No I’m not putting new wine in old wine skins and pass it off as old. Nor am I putting old wine into new skins and pass it off as new.
Partaking of the Old for the New
When Jesus and his Disciples drank from the one cup during the Passover, did he did say the cup was the blood of the New Testament, or was he saying this is my testament to all to be carried out upon my death and return, he was observing from the old law set by Moses in observance of the Passover, the vine of the old is saying this was the blood of his new convanant, and he will not drink it new with until we’re all present with him in his fathers kingdom. This is a promise he made to his disciples when they are present with him in his kingdom, the new vine. We are to partake in remembrance of Him, is as a testament to his sacrifice.
I’m going to start the study by giving a brief review of the Two Olive Trees, the Two Candle Sticks(two churches), & the Two Witnesses (2 testaments).
In a earlier study I went over what this passage and context was actually referring to. Not Fire Breathing, holding back the clouds and turning rivers into blood prophets.
In verse 7 the word used for witnesses in verse 3 is translated as testaments. Not referring to an individual but a message or a testament.
This narrative sounds so much better that the two fire breathing prophets. If you want to understand more about my take on this passage go to: The Two Candlesticks & the Two Olive Trees
A similar image is also given in Zachariah 4:1-14
Understand that the two anointed ones actually translates as: bēn which is defined as the two sons.
The two olive trees pouring its oil into the 7 bowl lamp stand represents the two anointed testaments of the two sons of the two covenants, one ratified with the House of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob as the prince, and the other with Jesus as the prince, old & new, to the two princes of the covenant Jacob & Jesus.
The Lord’s Conditional and Unconditional Promises to Abraham
The Lord continues His promises to Abraham for keeping his covenant with the Him.
Becomes the Unconditional Promises
I do find that in verse 6 of this chapter that Abraham straps the wood for the offering to his son Issac back, this is not the only time that the wood for the offering was placed on the back of that which is to be sacrificed. God spared Isaac but didn’t spare his only begotten Son. I love parallel patterns in God’s word. The new patterns itself from the old. The old overshadows the new.
So here we see a conditional promise to Abram in chapter 12 & 17, then we see Abraham meeting the conditions in chapter 22.
Promises made to Abraham carries over to Issac & Jacob as birthright promises
The Lord confirms his promises he made to Abraham carries over to Isaac; Genesis 26:3-5, 24. Handed down to Jacob genesis 27:28&29, Genesis 28:14&15.
Jacob gets a name change, a new blessing & a limp from the Lord
In Genesis 32:24-32;
After Jacob had his family and possessions moved across the river, he was alone with a man that wasn’t a known part of the group, he had a wild notion to wrestle the man, and wouldn’t let go from night to daybreak, this man with no name touched Jacob’s thigh and withered the joint and the marrow of the bone and persistent Jacob still wouldn’t let go. So this Man gave Jacob the new name, Israel and a blessing that he will be as a prince that has power with God. Get this, Jacob prevailed in the wrestling match because the man gave up and gave a blessing to Jacob, the power of a prince or a son in the kingdom of God. A Sceptre promise.
My only wrestling match with the Creator was begging and telling Him off because I didn’t get my own way. I didn’t prevail, much.
The Promises to Blessings of God isn’t always a easy road
Great strength & Wealth from suffering.
The enslavement if the Israelites in egypt was of the promise and blessing the Lord made to Abraham that did come to fruition until around 400 years after srael(Jacob) and Joseph, during the captivity the Israelites grew in great numbers in their 400 years stay, and during their exodus they will have brought much of egypts wealth with them.
Enduring suffering for a appointed time leads to the to the blessings God promised. The why of suffering isnt for us to know, we need to understand that he is with you in it. Its not an easy road to take. Partaking of the promises and blessings of God isnt an easy road to go down. We will be tested.
There are conditional and unconditional promises. We obtain the unconditional status when we meet the condition. Once we are obedient to the condition, they become unconditional and un-repenting. God will not turn his back no matter what.
Do we have to go through hardship so that others can live in the blessings of God. Are we willing to pay the price for others.
In spite of appearing that Abraham had everything going against him; age, heirless, a wife way past child bearing years & time. The Lord made a covenant and a promise to him, and he did not doubt God and this was counted to him as righteousness even though Abraham didn’t live to see the promise fulfilled.
When God makes a promise He makes a way, as long as we stay true to the path.
God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, split between two houses
When we start thinking about the two specific promises God made to Abraham, Isaac & Jacob; scepter promise and the birthright promises, we also have to keep in mind that when Jesus came to us the first time, was to re-establish the birth rite of the house of Israel or the lost sheep of Israel, His second arrival establishes the scepter promise and the lawgiver promise to the House of Judah. Then there will be a uniting of both houses into one house.
I’m going to try to make this clear as I can with scripture references.
First of all, we need to ask, how did the unconditional promises handed down line of Abraham split in two parts?
We need to understand the story behind Joseph that which foreshadows Christ’s first Advent. I may cover a little of this in the study, however you can go online and search it out yourself. It’s wonderful to read how the life of Joseph parallels with the life of Jesus Christ’s time with us.
I’m not going to get too much into the life of Joseph, only what lead him to his captivity and the family reunion towards the end of Jacobs life.
A promise of a son to Jacob and Rachel
The first Miracle promise to Jacob and Rachael. Rachael was barren.
There has been debate that Joseph was conceived when Jacob was 91 years of age or 74 years of age, however Rachael was 10 year younger than Jacob. So both well beyond their child baring years. Genesis 30:22-24; God remembers Rachel and opens her womb and she bares to Jacob a son and calls him Joseph.
Genesis 35:16-19. Later after Joseph was born she bares Benjamin and she dies from child birth complications. Jacob buries her in Bethlehem.
In Genesis 35:22-26; breaks down who’s who in regards to Jacobs sons and Reuben being Jacob’s firstborn through Leah. Notice that the scriptures doesn’t really start referring to Jacob as Israel until Joseph is born.
Reuben lay’s in his fathers bed with one of Jacob’s concubines and defiles the bed of Israel(Jacob), Jacob knew about it.
In Genesis 37 the Lord starts stirring up Joseph’s gifts at 17 years and he has a dream, and the dream didn’t go over two well with his father and other siblings.
In the following passages, as with all siblings, they become quarrelsome and jealous. There is always a fathers favorite and the favorite always knows it. Joseph and Benjamin were the only sons of Rachel, his most love wife of all. And the sons from his other wife Leah and his other two concubines knew it as well.
Now we all know the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers to the Midianites, he ends up being sold to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard in Egypt, and eventually becomes the second most important official next to Pharaoh in Egypt.
Now let’s read of Judah’s fiasco in obtaining an heir in Genesis 38.
Judah and his Daughter in-law Tamar gets busy
And so the story goes like this: Don’t laugh.
Judah gives Tamar for his Son Er for a wife, the Lord slays Er for his wickedness before he has an heir, So through a levirate arrangement, Judah forces his second son Onan to impregnate her for an heir for his firstborn Er. So Onan went into to her, instead of impregnating her he spills his seed on the floor, so the Lord slays him as well(the Lord slayed Onan for not doing his duty to Tamar and not for spilling is seed on the ground, we need to get this in the correct perspective and context). Now since the Lord slayed his two first sons, Judah refuses the levirate right with his other Son Shelah and who was too young at the time.
So then Tamar remains a widow in Judah’s house up until Shelah was grown, then she cooks up a scheme.
She hears that Judah is going to Timnath to shear sheep with a friend, she does a change of clothes and puts on a face covering and goes on her way. Judah sees her on the way, thinking she was a harlot. She asks Judah for payment and he promises her a kid from his flock, she wanted collateral until he gives her what is due, she asks for his signet, bracelets and staff, Judah promises and goes into her.
She parts by leaving her vail and changes into her widow garments. Judah sends the kid goat with his friend for payment, she wasn’t present.
Eventually it comes to Judah after three months, that Tamar played the harlot and conceived. Judah was not pleased and sends for her to be burnt.
When she arrived she sent for her father in-law and presented the signet, the bracelets and staff and said that these belonged to the father of the child. Judah got burnt instead.
Judah was humbled, and he said to Tamar, you were more righteous than I, for not giving you to his remaining son. Judah knew her no more.
Tamar conceives twins by Judah, when it comes for her to give birth, one child sticks his hand out, the midwife ties a red string to its hand, then the child pulls his hand back in and the other child breaks forth first calls him Pharez, then the child with the red string tied around his hand is called Zarah.
Joseph’s masquerade was over, he comes clean with his brethren
Then we get to the part where Joseph reveals himself to his brethren, and states to them basically, that what they meant for his evil, the Lord turned around for their good..
We need to understand that it was Joseph that designed and had build the silos that the grain was stored and he designed and had build the first pyramid, by all other pyramids were designed after. The first was done by free labor, all others was done by slave labor after Joseph and the pharaoh that favored Joseph had died. Then 400 years later Moses comes on the scene. The Israelites free labors stops.
When it comes to delving out the blessings, what goes around eventually comes around. Who were the good little boys this holiday season?
During the final days of Israel(Jacob), about 147 years, Jacob make his son Joseph swear to bury him with his fathers.
Jacob’s next actions will have set the course of house of Joseph and Judah for centuries to come.
Who get What? And those who don’t get it
In Genesis 48 Jacob delves out the blessings that God promised him in the place called Luz in the land of Canaan.
Joseph was present with his father along with his two sons and Joseph’s brethren.
Birthright to The House of Joseph
In Genesis chapter 35, after Jacob wrestled with God, he settled in Luz or Bethel where where the Lord blessed him with above blessing, after which cleaning out the gods and cleaning up their attire and burying it under an oak tree in Shechem.
Israel(Jacob) claims Joseph’s two sons as his own just as Rueben and Simeon are his. He adopts them as his very own.
Israel(Jacob) makes clear that all that is multiplied in Joseph family after Ephraim and Manasseh is Joseph’s. Verse 6; Any of His children following the two will be listed under their two brothers inheritance.
Joseph’s two sons takes part in the first fruits of Israel’s blessings
Reuben and Simeon gets replaced. More later.
In verses 8 through 12 leads up to Joseph bringing his two sons next to Jacob’s(Israel) bed.
Joseph knowing his fathers poor eye sight, and how the firstborn is placed at the right, he placed Manasseh at Israel’s right hand and Ephraim at Israel’s left hand. In knowing the tradition of fathers birthright blessing is passing down from the right hand. Verse 11-13.
Israel(Jacob) passes on his name to both Manasseh and Ephraim, along with the birthright promises of becoming a multitude of peoples and Nations to take possession of the land that was promised and handed down to him from his fathers to Joseph’s two sons.
So Joseph’s two sons get the birthright promise with Ephraim getting the greater of the promise. The name of Israel rests on them both.
A Father knows best
In Verses 17-22; Joseph corrects his father because of his fathers poor eyesight, that he blessed the youngest as the eldest, and the youngest as the eldest.
Does this sound familiar? It’s not carved in stone anywhere that the birthright always goes to the eldest, such as Esau and Jacob. The Lord has the right to mix it up if He has a divine purpose in mind.
Jacob’s blessing or curse between his sons
In the part of this study where Jacob wrestles with God, because Jacob was victorious, by God giving in, he received a Prince of promise, a kingly unconditional promise being given to Jacob(Israel), the power of a Royal Prince in God’s kingdom.
Now this promise was not handed down to the House of Joseph, because it wasn’t part of the birthright promise in my personal view. It came to Jacob at a later time for not giving up as a separate promise.
First lets go through the blessings or not, handed down to the brethren.
Genesis 49:1-4; Rueben’s blessing should have been: Birthright, Jacob’s might, the beginning of his strength, excellent dignity and power.
The Curse: he has been reduce to unstable as water, will not excel, because of his betraying all this by defiling Jacob’s couch with one Rueben’s aunties or Jacob’s concubines. Depending on how you want to look at it.
Genesis 49:5-8; Simeon & Levi are brothers in instruments of cruelty, which they dwell in. Let not my honor dwell with them for slaying an honorable man, and their self-will they lamed oxen. Their anger is a curse, the fierce of their wrath was cruel.
The curse: I will divide them from Jacob, and disperse them in Israel. When the Israelites took the land of Canaan and divi’d up the parcels of land, two tribes didn’t receive any parcels of land, Levi and Simeon. The Levites were priests and were scattered through out the tribes however they were condensed in the southern tribe of Judah. They were not allowed to own property as a priestly nation however their lodging and care was provided by the other tribes namely Judah. Simeon however found their place in Judah’s parcel and condensed as it’s own tribe as Simeon.
Joseph’s tribe was the house of Joseph; Ephraim and Manasseh.
I will save Judah till last.
With the other sons, Jacob’s blessings will mark their place in the Promised Land at some point in their tribes history, Promised to Jacob and his fathers. Read verses 13- 21 & and Benjamin in verse 27.
Genesis 49:22; Joseph is a fruitful vine, who’s branches will run over the wall. The rest of Jacob’s blessing to Joseph encompasses his two sons.
Genesis 49:23-24; Jacob poetically and prophetically spoken of Joseph and of his trials brought about by his brethren, and how by God’s help Joseph brought him out from the trials to his destiny.
Genesis 49:25-26; Jacobs blessings are greater than that of his fathers, and shall be placed on the head of Joseph apart from his brethren.
When we understand the story of Joseph how his troubles were brought on him by his brothers, eventually saved the house of Jacob from famine.
Judah gets the other part of the birthright blessing
Judah was in good rapport with his father Jacob. Judah was also the one who talked his other brothers out of killing Joseph, “Judah said to his brothers, ‘What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelite’s and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.’ His brothers agreed.” Genesis 37:26-27.
Now here is where God’s promise handed to Jacob and given to Judah is un-repentant. It can never be undermined or taken away until Shiloh come.
Shiloh is used 32 times in the Old Testament, all but one is a place, a place of peace and tranquillity, however in this instance, which is the first instance of this word in scripture, referees to Shiloh as a person. The other references are a place named by the House of Joseph. The location was on the Mount of Ephraim, as a place of religious gathering in the northern nation of Israel before the temple site in Jerusalem. There was also a city In Samaria that was called Shiloh.
The literal meaning of Shiloh, “to the one whom it belongs”, or generally accepted as the Messiah. The line of Judah is eternal, and his scepter can not be taken away from his line as a unconditional promise made to him and his fathers, the scepter is handed down to the next ruler and lawgiver in power in his line, it’s a inheritance. Who gave us the original laws in the Old Testament? The same I AM? I see this as the original Messiah, who was with the Israelites through their whole journey. I was handed or I trusted to Jacob as a Prince and makes it’s way down to the Prince of Peace.
Lots Cast in Shiloh for their portion
In Joshua chapter 17 & 18 we find that the promise land has been taken, and the spoils of the region is being divided amounts the tribes and the houses. House of Joseph to the north & House of Judah to the south with tribe of Benjamin as the dividing line between the two houses. As for the other tribes Joshua cast lots before the Lord and borders were drawn on who get what part of the portion of land. Joshua sends out three of each tribe to survey the land and divide it into 7 parts that the other Tribes will get a portion to call home.
There was also a predetermined portion to the east of the Jordan River that was promised by Moses to Reuben and Gad.
Some tribes got their portion within the house of Judah. The Levites got their priestly role as their portion of inheritance and no land rights but priestly rights and were housed as such. They were scattered mostly throughout in the house of Judah.
The Promised Land Divided Between Two Houses
Before we get to the split Judaea into two nations, we have to know what lead up to it. This began with Solomon and his strange women. With that brought strange gods which the Al Mighty was displeased with.
Solomon finishes what he purposes in his heart
Solomon finished the House of the Lord, according to how he saw it in his heart. God chose and sanctified the House that Solomon built for the Lord to dwell. The Lord promises to bless Solomon house if he follows after his father David foot steps, if the people will follow after the Lord and His statues and commandments, he will bless them, if they don’t, all that you see will be taken away.
The house of the Lord and the house of the King has a symbiotic union. One affects the other. If the house of the king fails then so the house of the Lord of the Lord will be affected also.
Solomon’s House Fails
Because of his actions and the lack of, the Lord fulfilled a promise to Solomon: Judgement.
To make a long story short, the Lord goes on to say that for David’s and Jerusalem’s sake he will leave Jerusalem & Benjamin to his son, He will remove the rest of the kingdom from him.
The Lord prepares the to be king of the North
Solomon showed notice to his servant Jeroboam, a descendent of Ephraim, a industrious mighty man of valor, and Solomon spoke to him that he will set him to rule the northern tribe, the House of Joseph.
Jeroboam, later on, left Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite caught up with Jeroboam, Jeroboam was wrapped with a new piece of clad, the prophet took the piece from him and rent the fabric into twelve pieces, giving him 10 pieces and kept 2. Then the prophet said that Lord will rent 10 kingdoms from Solomon and keep two for David’s sake. Ahijah list of whys and therefores of Solomons sins and the reason for the divided nation of Israel into the nation of Israel and Judah.
King Solomon got wind of what the prophet said and sought to kill Jeroboam, Jeroboam fled to Egypt.
The Battle of the Boams
Jeroboam got wind of the passing of King Solomon while he was in Egypt. The people of Israel sent for Jeroboam to come and talk to Rehoboam during his coronation as the new king.
Jeroboam arrived from Egypt and called the congregation of Israel together and he spoke to Rehoboam on behalf of the people of Israel, addressing concerns they have.
Basically the concern was that he would make his yoke less grievous than his father’s on the people of Israel and we will serve him. Sounds like an ultimatum to me.
Why was Solomons yoke so grievous to the people of Israel? Taxation. Someone had to pay for all the gold, renovations of Solomon’s House, Towns and Temple.
As for we Americans, does this sound familiar? Does the Boston Tea Party ring a bell? A coincidence? Maybe, but I don’t think so. Prophetically there is a association between the two houses within the house of Joseph. Coming up.
Jeroboam and the People of Israel gets an answer to their ultimatum
Old wise Council or young a wise ass council? Who will the New King listen to?
The Politically Correct Answer
Rehoboam took council from the older men that stood before Solomon, the answer was no more than, be nice to them they’ll be nice to you.
The non-politically correct counsel
To put in a nutshell, the younger was more creative in their response. Basically the council Rehoboam accepted from his buddies was to reave up the burden place on them, by showing them a personal image in their minds, his little finger is much bigger than his fathers loins. Sounds like envy to me. Had to have something to prove to the masses. And if you didn’t like the whips my father provided then how about my scorpions.
One response was politically correct and the other not so much. What response was sanctioned by the Lord through his prophet. Was God going to repent of His judgement if Rehoboam was going to pick the correct answer. Or was the non-politically correct response was to set the course of the Lords will. If it was the earlier and the people of Israel followed Rehoboam as king, then this blog wouldn’t have been written.
So do we have to be politically correct in our government decisions to please everyone or are we to please the Lord’s will even if it’s not acceptable by every one. Think about it.
The Council didn’t go over too well
After three days the people of Israel came to hear the council chosen by Rehoboam. He announced his decision and the congregation of Israel refuse to accept it by their return answer:
Rehoboam to the people of Israel, “Pay up”.
The king sent Adoram, who was charged over the tribute(taxes) and all the people of Israel stoned him. The king made hast to get Adoram and himself back to Jerusalem.
At this moment
At this point the house of David and the tribe of Judah was separate in the hearts of Israel, Rehoboam of the House of David was not their king but just recognize as the tribe of Judah. When God heals the separation this separation will come into play.
Jeroboam returns to the House of Joseph or now the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and is coronated as the new king of Israel.
A civil war in the brewing
Rehoboam would not have it that the House of Joseph would not bow down to him, so he gathers over a hundred thousand from all the House of Judah and the Benjamin, warriors in all, to fight against the house of Israel.
However the campaign was interrupted and diverted by a prophet named Shemaiah.
Keep in mind that there were some of the House of Israel that made residence in the House of Judah, they remained and Rehoboam was ruler over them. And I’m sure it was the same the other way around. Many that teach this theology will overlook this fact. Wether the remained or went to their tribes in the north is now history.
Did the Lord throw out all the old wine in place of the new wine?
When do the conditional promises of God become unconditional and unrepentant?
When it comes an heir of birthright promises, does the promises come before the chicken or the egg?
Is making all the people happy politically correct?
The Old Testament will foreshadows the New Testament in the things to come.
This is the first installment of this study series, “House Divided will be Reunited”.
Next in Series:
A House Lost
A House Found
A House Reunited