Two-House Theology and Unpleasant Truth

Cognitive dissonance is the strange discomfort of having two or more thought patterns that clash and cannot coexist. Messianic and Hebrew roots believers, and especially most Hebrew roots teachers, have a few blatant areas of cognitive dissonance that they try to ‘explain away’, however closer inspection reveals foundational cracks in their theology if the dissonance continues.

Common to the majority of Hebrew roots believers and teachers is an understanding from Scripture, usually called ‘Two-House Theology,’ that God in His wisdom divided Israel into two parts, the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Those two parts had/have differing paths to the common destiny of restoration of kol (all) Israel. Multiple books and many teachings have been done explaining this very clear sequence from Biblical history, secular history, and the unfulfilled prophecies. Ten Parts in the King is one such example.

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What is the basis of your moral standard?

If you ever find yourself thinking, ‘I have higher moral standards than Abraham and David’, then you have entered dangerous territory.

~ a friend

Everyone has a moral standard. Most of those standards are founded on nothing more than personal opinion or preferences. Even Messianic, Hebrew roots, and Christian morality is often based in something other than the Torah, God’s standard of righteousness.

But, will your standard be deemed ‘self righteous’ by the One who gave the Torah and established the only standard by which we will be judged?

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The Big Chart of Biblical History and Eschatology

Recently, I have been working on a big chart of Biblical History as a visual aid in understanding Scripture and how the pieces fit together. This is not complete, but I am posting for your thoughts and input as well as to get ideas for further expansion, etc.

Please review and give me your thoughts! Click here below for a four page PDF doc

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Ephraim is not a wise son…

The guilt of Ephraim is wrapped up; His sin is stored up. The pains of childbirth come on him; He is not a wise son, For it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.

Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death?
Death, where are your thorns? Sheol, where is your sting?


Compassion will be hidden from My sight.

Hosea 13:12-14

And,

That which is, is what has already been, and that which will be has already been; and God seeks what has passed by.

Ecclesiastes 3:15

Why is the house of Israel not yet gathered? And, what happens next?

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A conversation with men, re: headship and women…

Among the great blessings in my life, as a result of pursuing and understanding God’s Creation Order, is a tight group of men that understand the Word and are willing to unflinchingly take a firm stand. These men are warriors who Elohim is using in their respective circles to bring hard truth to an upside down culture and Assembly.

We have a small text thread for discussion, prayer, mutual support, and general shenanigans of 30-60 year old boys.

I’d like to share the following discussion between a few of them from earlier today. There is much wisdom and great insight here that teaches me so much. I do have their permission as seen in the thread…

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The coming judgment of men and women, and why…

I read an excellent post this morning explaining, from Scripture, one major reason why – and how – men and women are punished in the coming judgment. Getting this part right is critical for the second exodus and beyond. Failing this invites the sword!

End Time Judgment of Men and Women: Isaiah 3-4

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“…because…”

In Genesis 30:17-18, Leah ascribes the blessing of a fifth son to God “because I gave my maid to my husband.” And she names her son, forever a tribe of Israel, Issachar, meaning ‘there is recompense.’ ‘Wages,’ from ‘sakar’ שְׂכָרִ֔ is the root of ‘Issachar’s’ name, יִשָּׂשכָֽר.

God doesn’t correct her, but gives her a sixth son!

Did God bless her because ‘I gave my maid to my husband?’ If so, then He approved of her action. There is precisely zero evidence anywhere in Scripture that Leah did wrong or that God in anyway disproved of her action. In fact, if it is God who opens and closes wombs, then we can safely understand that God closed Rachel’s womb precisely to create the situation wherein the nation of Israel has four mothers, Jcob’s four wives.

The point: It is time for Hebrew roots teachers and Torahkeepers to honestly evaluate the Scriptures and cease to denigrate God, the Patriarchs, and righteous men and women who choose a Biblically legitimate and righteous family structure other than monogamy.

I’ll close with a difficult statement.

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Suzerain-Vassal relationships in God’s Authority Structure

Last year, when writing the Torah Commentary series that became Authority, Headship, and Family Structure (According to Moses), I touched on suzerain-vassal relationships in Mishpatim, Exodus 21-24. Here’s the quote to set the stage for additional consideration.

A second concept central to understanding authority as it relates both with Messiah and in marriage and personal relationships is Suzerain-Vassal relationships. Numerous scholars from various backgrounds argue well that God’s relationship with Adam and later with Israel was a Suzerain-Vassal relationship whereby the Great King has complete authority over the vassal king. When intimacy and relationship are present, the language often used is ‘father’ and ‘son.’

Suzerainty covenants typically include a historical prologue, obligations, and forms of subordination, as well as blessings and curses for obedience or disobedience. All are clear elements visible not only in the Garden of Eden, but even more so in Exodus 20 and the book of Deuteronomy.

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Joash and the Third Temple

The picture is repeated yet AGAIN! The pattern is undeniable.

As I have recently reminded my readers, Biblical history often IS prophecy. We explored this years ago with a close look at Joseph, then later explored several end times prophecies revealed in David and through Elijah. More recently, we have explored several very interesting connections between Lot, David, and the Second Exodus.

Yesterday, something teased my mind concerning Joash and I had to look at 2 Chronicles 24 again!! And, there is another shadow picture paralleling and confirming several recent articles!

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‘It’s Good To Be A Man’ has a great weekly email…

The weekly email from the It’s Good to be a Man blog challenging and encouraging men is a terrific piece to get each Shabbat morning. I highly recommend it for my male readers. Ladies, it is worth your time as well. Maybe you know a man you can pass this along to.

Following is this week’s complete email. I hope you find it interesting and challenging enough to subscribe.

Shalom!

It’s Good To Be A Man men@itsgoodtobeaman.com 7:38 AM (2 hours ago)
to me
Here’s a kind of broad theme for this week:

Wisdom is pattern recognition. You can learn about the pattern from a book, but you can’t learn to recognize it in the world, and act on it rightly, without actually seeing it in the world—repeatedly and in different ways.

So many men have one foot hovering over the gas and the other tapping the brake.

Why?

Because they’re afraid they’ll be successful, and then everyone will find out they’re a fraud.
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Lot and the Second Exodus

While reading some notes about this week’s portion, I noticed something regarding Lot that I’ve never noticed before that connects the Lot story with the Second Exodus!!

As many others have pointed out before, Lot’s escape from Sodom is a Passover story. The basis most recognize for this assertion is Genesis 19:3.

19 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he stood up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said, “No, but we shall spend the night in the public square.” Yet he strongly urged them, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

While ‘feast’ does not connect with ‘moed’, the word ‘matzah’ does. And, Genesis 18 is believed to have happened right before Passover.

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King David as prophecy of the Second Exodus…

The lives of many prophets, patriarchs, and other Biblical characters serve as prophecy. Joseph is a major example that we have explored on several occasions. David, also, is one we have explored as the face-off with Goliath parallels several sections of Revelation.

Recently, a friend pointed me to another interesting picture of David in the Scriptures that confirms something I have pointed to multiple times. Let’s read and then make the connection.

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UPDATED: Dear Ephraim Frank (Re: It’s Not Polygamy – It Is Polygyny)

The article originally published 10/24/2020 has been updated on 11/15/2020. See notes at the end.

My dear brother Ephraim,

It was recently brought to my attention that you published a paper titled It Is Not Polygamy – It Is Polygyny. I count you as a dear brother and hold you in the highest regard, but I was very disappointed at the number of errors in the paper, so much so that I find it necessary to address them in detail. Please  understand, I love you, but I love my King and His Word even more.  Please, walk with me as I share some corrections and counter points to your assertions.

It Is Not Polygamy – It Is Polygyny

It seems that every couple of years, the necessity arises to address one more unsavory issue plaguing the Hebrew Roots Movement, and especially the precious Israelite Identity adherents. The enemy is relentless in trying to turn this group into an esoteric-cum-occultic sect and having everyone in it vilified by virtue of association with those who espouse strange and nonbiblical ideas.

While this may be an attention grabbing and well-poisoning opening paragraph, what we are about to consider from the everlasting Word of our Elohim is far from ‘esoteric-cum-occultic’ and ‘nonbiblical.’

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Three challenging videos…

The 113Restoration.com blog has launched a YouTube channel. Here are three thought provoking offers from this week.

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Updated: Intro Video for 113Restoration

And.. the next in the series…

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