One factor that has proven to be a stumbling block for many who adhere to the notion that the so-called “New Testament” was written to a “Gentile Church” is this: if Yeshua’s mission to earth was to redeem the Lost Sheep of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, then why have they not yet been restored? It is very important here to understand that there is a huge distinction between the redemption of Israel and the restoration of Israel.
Deuteronomy 28-30 prophesies that Israel, if they did not obey the Torah that God had given them, would be punished by being scattered to the other nations (aka Gentiles). It came to pass that they did break the Torah, over and over again, so that God went so far as to divorce a whole nation- the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom called Israel. The Southern Kingdom, called Judah, was never divorced, and still remains in existence to this day- they are called “the Jews”, and they currently occupy the land that had been promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Through the shedding of the blood of the Messiah, has already been redeemed. Yeshua has opened the door for the return of the Lost Sheep of the Northern Kingdom to come back to God at any point- but the our restoration will not come until the time at which God appoints us to return to the land, united with our sister Judah (i.e. the Jews) in the promised land, which will be divided out by tribal allotment, (as per Ezekiel 48) and with Yeshua the Messiah appointed as one King over a unified Kingdom. (as per Hosea 1:11)
Let’s take a few steps back here for a moment- God told Moses and the people of Israel in Exodus 23:30, during their departure from Egypt and sojourn in the wilderness, “Behold, I send an angel before you, to keep you by the way, and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.” This place which God had prepared for the Israelites was the promised land, i.e. the physical land of Israel. Yeshua said this very same thing to His followers in John 14:2-3, “I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to Myself; that where I am, you may be there also.”
Where does the Messiah rule and reign from, that He will receive us back to Himself? From the land of Israel! So where is this place that He has promised His followers that He would prepare for us? None other than the land of Israel!
Even when His disciples questioned Him in Acts 1:6-7, “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (Meaning, would He establish His imperial rule on earth now?) He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within His own authority.” In other words, “Not yet, and don’t worry about it.”
In summation: Israel has already been redeemed by the shedding of the blood of the Messiah, but we have not yet restored. He has gone to prepare a place for us in anticipation of the restoration, and this place is the same place as His father had already determined. This is very simple to understand if we would just take the words of the Messiah at face value- He meant what He said, and that’s that. The redemption of Israel has already come; we now await our future restoration at the return of Yeshua the Messiah.
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