Two Houses of Israel? – 18 August, 2016

In a recent YouTube video podcast, Zachary Bauer of New2Torah offered “7 Scriptural Proofs for Two House,” mainly referring to the Tanach passages: 1 Kings 12:21; Jeremiah 3:18; 5:11; 11:10; 31:31; Zechariah 8:13; Isaiah 8:14; 11:13. He then proceeded to say that today’s Messianic Jews are widely blind to this truth because they are “Judah.” Half of his presentation dealt with the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), which he concluded is representative of Ephraim and Judah. Many assumptions were made which need to be challenged.

There is little doubting that in many sectors of the Messianic movement, when the issue of the Divided Kingdom era in Ancient Israel arises, that extreme tensions manifest. Today’s Messianic Judaism has not done a very good job at analyzing the proposals of the Two-House sub-movement, providing a reasonable alternative that has taken into account the relevant Biblical passages, positions on the Lost Tribes offered by both Jewish and Christian examiners, and more than anything acknowledging that there are people groups on Earth today outside of the Jewish community to be legitimately recognized as members of the Lost Tribes (although a Messianic Jewish evangelistic ministry like Jewish Voice does go to these people with various medical missions, etc.)

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee addresses how today’s Messianic people are long overdue for resolution on the whole Two-House controversy. This video podcast, “Two Houses of Israel?” serves as an introduction to the upcoming study on Israel in Future Prophecy, starting next week as a part of our Audio Archive series.

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