By Wes Myhre
We live in a very strange time. A period in which most of us never thought was possible, a new era when YHWY’s ecclesia embraces most things as relative, an age when YHWY’s people accept and endorse pagan worship, a time when people who identify with YHWY’s own shun His’s commands and precepts, and a time when some of YHWY’s church sees wrong as right and right as wrong. We find YHWY’s people have divided YHWY and Yeshusa, where YHWY has Israel as a bride and Yeshua and the Church are an item, one of the misconceptions produced by the movement of Dispensationalism.
We can blame many things for the heart of the mainstream church, but logically we must go back to biblical basics to understand what actually is going on. Let us first, though, examine briefly what the church instructs normal, run-of-the-mill, new Christians to read and study within the pages of the bible in an effort to educate them on grace and love.
Remember, we have YHWY who knows the beginning from the end, the aleph from the Tav.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. 12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: 13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. Isaiah 46:9-13 (Emphasis added.)
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:12-14 (Emphasis added.)
Yet the church advises new Christ followers to begin reading the book of John, and move on through the New Testament, starting two thirds the way into a book of knowledge to build a solid foundation! The church informs new believers that Ravi Shaul (Paul) preached against the commandments and encouraged lawless behavior. This concept of a lawless Paul comes by way of Dispensationalism. We need to juxtapose this with the method of learning math in that we start at the beginning of mathematical knowledge by teaching students the fundamentals of the numerical elements, in that each student learns their numbers, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division before moving on to more complex analysis such as Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus. Most all red, blooded humans understand and accept this truth in order to comprehend math. Yet, we, churched people, have such a great understanding of biblical knowledge that we can afford to start in the middle of the book and disregard the beginning principles, those basic elements.
At the risk of offending Dispensationalist of which I identified, the teaching majority of this theory do not adhere to biblical hermeneutics as discussed in earlier blogs: YHWY is never changing: was, is, and will be; it takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter; and YHWY will reveal a matter to His Prophets. In fact these biblically endorsed and scripturally provable, investigative provisions, which the Ruach Hako’desh deems necessary in order for us to understand biblical truths, are never taught to the fledgling coming into contemporary Christianity.
Today’s church leadership, willingly ignorant as well as blissfully tolerant of wickedness, is without excuse. The system of velvet-censorship (a term coined by a friend of mine) parallels that of the Herodian system of Temple Priests during the silent years and moving on to the destruction of the temple. History informs us Herod actioned off the temple high priest position during this time (High Priest Corruption), and it is alleged in 70 AD these corrupted priests set the temple on fire and threw themselves into the fire prior to the Roman army entering the Temple grounds, but that is a different discussion all together.
So, in essence the Mainstream Church has new Christians building their foundation two-thirds the way up into the Bible, not on the solid footing. YHWY/Yeshua intended as seen in Isaiah 46:9-11 and Revelation 22:12-14 that everyone coming unto Him have an understanding from the beginning to the end. Again, this thinking of beginning to read in Matthew or John to understand Yeshua stems from the faulty teaching of Dispensationalism, a profane notion when first introduced by Darby, in which man’s existence on earth has been divided into ages, which are addressed through the old and new testaments.
How did this all start? How did all this disoriented view of biblical studies become so convoluted that fair-minded people have resorted to promoting lawless activity in which they believe is endorsed by Yeshua Himself? Well, like YHYW says, “ Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning,” Isaiah 46:9-10a. So let us start where He started, the same place where every disciple, apostle, prophet of YHWY began learning about YHWY/YESHUA, at the beginning, Genesis. That is right Genesis not John or the “Gospels.” There is no division of Old and New Testament. The whole Bible bubbles of good news.
How often has Satan divided YHWY’s own through deceptive practices? The first was Adam and Eve. Satan separated man from Creator, next, Cain and Abel, onto Noah and Ham, Abraham and Lot, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, David and Saul, Solomon and Adonijah, Jeroboamand and Rehoboam, the house of Judah and Israel, the Jews and the Church and finally, the Old and New Testaments. All these associations divided against one another; and such relegate their kingdom’s effectiveness moot. Here is how Yeshua remarks on this type of division.
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: Matthew 12:25
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:25
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. Luke 11:17
About 200 years ago the main culprit to this division came by way of satanic influence which flowed from the pen of John Nelson Darby. His writings of Dispensationalism were made famous by the Scofield Reference Bible, authored by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (1843-1921). Since that time, different individuals have parsed the Bible into many diverse Dispensational ages; however, the website Compelling Truth in its article “The Seven Dispensations” states:
“The seven dispensations are part of a system of biblical interpretation called dispensationalism. Some dispensationalists identify more dispensations, but for the purposes of this article we will discuss the seven common dispensations found in the Bible. Generic dispensationalism divides the history of mankind into seven distinct dispensations: The Dispensation of Innocence, The Dispensation of Conscience, The Dispensation of Human Government, The Dispensation of Promise, The Dispensation of Law, The Dispensation of Grace, and The Millennial Kingdom of Christ” (Seven Dispensations).
The author of the website Compelling Truth goes on to say,
“It is important to note that these seven dispensations are a man-made way of understanding what the Bible has revealed to us about God’s purposes towards men. Dispensationalism is not a biblical concept, nor is it found anywhere in the Bible. It is a theological system of organizing and understanding God’s work, but it is not itself Scripture” (Seven Dispensations).
Here is where deception has crept into YHWY’s Holy Word, through manmade doctrines, admittedly not Scriptural. Yeshua explains this type of behavior in Matthew 15: 8-9,
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
And again we read in Mark 7:7, “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Nothing has changed much, and in fact the terms and concepts of Dispensational Ages are not found in the Bible; however, with much tugging, pulling, and manipulating scripture this ages can be construed, but any honest biblical scholar will agree the ages of Dispensationalism are completely framed in the mind of man and not brought to us through that of YHWY’s Word. YHWY did not give us two or three witnesses telling us about these Dispensational Ages. He did not first give it to a prophet. And above all, the adherence to these ages changes the steadfastness of YHWY in that He treats man differently in the different ages.
Remember, YHWY never changes.
6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Psalm 102:25-27
15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:15-17
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:7-9
For the sake of time let us look specifically at the Dispensation of Grace. According to many Dispensationalists this comes by way of Ephesians 3:2, “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward” (Emphasis added), and from this today’s mainstream church embraces the idea that Yeshua rid the world of YHWY’s law by his death on the cross and blesses everyone who accepts this great truth of “Salvation by Grace. Grace abounds for all. THE AGE OF GRACE.”
Well, first of all let us read all of Ephesians 3.
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Ephesians 3:1-6 (Emphasis added.)
All right, did you catch that? “fellowheirs and same body.” Here is where most people move off the pages of the Bible and into a land of deceit and anguish, all the while never knowing of the subtle move brought to them by the spirit of confusion. We suffer the folly of ignorance through the unwitting circumstance surfacing by way of the mainstream church instructing all new believers to begin reading the New Testament, particularly in the Book of John, thus losing the important germinal information for vital foundational knowledge of which all disciples and apostles obtained through the teaching and belief of Torah. This knowledge has escaped the mainstream church, an incongruity enabling all to suspended their disbelief and buy into unbiblical ideology known as Dispensationalism.
Yet, by design these people, who are drowning in a sea of Dispensational lies, refuse to lay hold of the life line of a biblically described and proved exegetics. They will fight tooth and nail to the bloody stump defending an ideology, which at the time it was introduced, was considered by the learned of the day to be heresy. I suppose we can recognize this loyalty through the lens with which we used when we attempted to swim in the same Dispensational cesspool.
So then, let us return to Ravi Shaul.
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Ephesians 3:2-6 (Emphasis added.)
There is a whole lot to unpack here, but the learned who understood the history of the faithful Hebrew mind set will inform us, Ravi Shaul speaks of a history found throughout the Tanakh.
So for a quick lesson of YHWY/Yeshua divorcing the ecclesia let us first look back to the Blog Post 5, Not All Israelites Are Jews, beginning in Jerimiah.
Beginning quote of Blog Post 5.
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. Jerimiah 3:8 (Emphasis added.)
To stress this further, study out Ezekiel 23 the whole chapter, but for our discussion here, I will pull verses out of the chapter. Here we see YHWY using allegory, teaching a conceptual or divine meaning through the use of a tangible frame work. In this case we find YHWY using the two cities: Samaria, the capital of the house of Israel and Jerusalem, capital of the house of Judah. He refers to them as sisters. First though we need to establish Samaria is the capital of the house of Israel.
2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: 3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. 4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. Ezekiel 23:2-4 (Emphasis added.)
We find that King Omri reigned over Israel and purchased a hill building the city of Samaria, and looking at 1 Kings 16 we find the city became a capital of Israel.
23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah. 24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria. 1 Kings 16:23-24 (Emphasis added.)
And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years. 1 Kings 16:29 (Emphasis added.)
Of course we know Jerusalem was the capital of Judah, but for skeptics we will confirm this knowledge as well.
And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 1 Kings 14:21 (Emphasis added.)
So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 2 Chronicles 12:13 (Emphasis added.)
Going back to Ezekiel 23 looking at verse 5, “ And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,” (Emphasis added) and 8-9:
“8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her. 9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted” (Emphasis added).
As per the allegory, we know Samaria, representing the house of Israel, had fornicated with the Assyrians, who by the way represented the harlot of Baal, harkening back to Babylon, the tower Babel, and Nimrod.
Turning over to Hosea, I suggest you read this book completely to understand the whole context and the gravity of Israel and Judah’s sin, but for now we will look at a few verses highlighting YHWY’s actions.
4 And the Lord said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel. 6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away. 7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. Hosea 1:4-7 (Emphasis added.)
Here, we can see Hosea confirms Jeremiah 3:8, “…backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce…” as well as Jeremiah 31:32 “…which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord.”
Now we need to use our principles of biblical hermeneutics to filter our understanding, and to recap those principles, YHWY is never changing; it takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter; and YHWY will reveal a matter to His Prophets. As shown in Jeremiah 3:8 YHWY told Jeremiah he would divorce the house of Israel but not Judah, and He reestablished His divorce again in Ezekiel 23 and in Hosea 1; thus, confirming without a shadow of a doubt, He divorced the house of Israel.
YHWY stated what He would do through three sources and prophets, and He did it. YHWY does what He says. He revealed it to three prophets: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea as well as providing three witnesses to His plans.
“So what does this mean to me?” you may be asking yourself. Well, I am glad you asked. Let’s start at Jeremiah.
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:31-34 (Emphasis added.)
I will not unpack everything in these four verses, but for our discussion let us just hit the very high points in this passage. YHWY announces He will make a new covenant with both houses of Israel and Judah, but later He states just the house of Israel. Here we see an emphasis on the house of Israel, and yes it would be easy to speculate as to why YHWY did this, but suffice it to say, He makes it clear the house of Israel is part of the new covenant.
End quote of Blog Post 5.
The following is taken form Doug Hamp’s God’s Divorce and Remarriage And The Restoration of Israel Through the New Covenant, A Study of God’s Marriage to Israel under the First Covenant, at Sinai, Their Divorce Due to Israel’s Adultery, And their Restoration Under the New Covenant Established by Yeshua/Jesus. If you have not yet read this whole article, you need to do so, You can find it here, God’s Divorce.
Begin quote of God’s Divorce by Doug Hamp.
The Devine Delema
How could Israel be brought back into a marriage covenant without Yahweh violating His own law?
“Then her former husband [Yahweh] who divorced her [Israel] must not take her [Israel] back to be his wife after she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before Yahweh.” (Deut 24:4a)
The only way the wife (Northern Kingdom Israel) could be released of her fate of having been put away [shlichah] וְשִׁלְּחָ֖הּ] [Hebrew word] and divorced [kritut כְּרִיתֻת֙] [Hebrew word] by Yahweh was for Yahweh (her husband) to die which would annul and dissolve original marriage contract. Paul understood that when, using the law to explain, he reminded the Jews (who knew the law) that the law only has jurisdiction over a person until their death. When the person dies, any judgments, contracts, or obligations are then dissolved:
Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? (Rom 7:1)
Paul then explains how a woman is covenanted to her husband only as long as he lives. When he dies, she is free to remarry at will.
For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. (Rom 7:2)
Continuing with Deuteronomy 24:1-4 in mind, Paul explains how the wife is freed from the “law of the husband” (the marriage contract), which had kept her out of the covenant relationship with her former husband. It should be noted, that Paul is only speaking of the cancelling of the divorce status; he is not suggesting that the entire “Torah” (Laws given at Sinai) are repealed. (“Yahweh” and “Israel” have been inserted below in brackets to make the relationships clearer).
So then if, while her husband [Yahweh] lives, she [Israel] marries another man [Ba’al etc.], she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. (Rom 7:3)
Following that, Paul reaches crescendo with his exciting conclusion that through Yeshua/Jesus (the incarnate Word of Yahweh), the wife, Israel, can be married to a different man – which is none other than the Risen Yeshua – Wow!
Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law [of her husband c.f. Rom 7:2] through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Rom 7:4)
In other writings Paul explains how the curses of the broken marriage covenant died with Yeshua, being nailed to the cross.
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements [death because of adultery] that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Col 2:14)
End quote of God’s Divorce by Doug Hamp.
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This is the great mystery Ravi Shual speaks of in Ephesians.
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Ephesians 3:3-6 (Emphasis added.)
It is not a new age of Grace: grace and mercy existed from the beginning. You see it was Yeshua’s grace and mercy in which man was not wiped out from the beginning.
Remember through Yeshua all things were created.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John1:1-5, 14 (Emphasis added.)
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:13-18 (Emphasis mine.)
The MYSTRY was the new covenant in which all can come to Yeshua through His remarriage to the church or ecclesia, better known as Israel. And we know this was established before the foundations of the world were set into place. You will, also, find salvation has been and always was through that of Yeshua Hamashiach, which was established before the foundation of the world was set into place.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8 (Emphasis added.)
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24 (Emphasis added.)
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Ephesians 1:4 (Emphasis added.)
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 1 Peter 1:20 (Emphasis added.)
So ask yourself, why would YHWY/Yeshua, loving and kind God, need six other ages to show man sin, when all along sin is lawlessness?
Please go back to the Bible and check out these things we have discussed.
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- “High Priest Corruption.” JewishRoots. 6 June 2016. http://jewishroots.net/library/miscellaneous/high_priest_corruption.html
- “The Seven Dispensations.” Compelling Truth. 8 June 2016. http://www.compellingtruth.org/seven-dispensations.html
- “The Divine Dilemma.” God’s Divorce and Remarriage And The Restoration of Israel Through the New Covenant. Douglas Hamp Ministries. 8 June 2016. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwcPbrWwzGfAjeIEjdCSd9Q