Two Houses of Israel?

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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J.K. McKee (B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary) is the editor of Messianic Apologetics (, a division of Outreach Israel Ministries ( He is a 2009 recipient of the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award for Greek. He is author of numerous books and commentaries, dealing with a wide range of topics that are important for today’s Messianic Believers.


  1. Thank you for referencing this. Of course, I have known that various strident Two-House supporters have Mormon roots. Others among them would say that there is some “Truth” in Mormonism. I think a wider number of Two-House supporters would be found to have their roots in the former World Wide Church of God by Herbert Armstrong.

    The concentrated movement calling itself Two-House found itself influencing people in the Messianic world around the turn of the Millennium. This the problem we need to see fixed, now in the 2010s.

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