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And It’s Still A Mystery

Christians are intrigued by prophecy. We all want to know what's going to happen. But it is the underlying theology that allows us to identify the prophecies that are taking place right now, that affect our daily lives. It also gives us the solid foundation upon which to build our faith. Very few Christians today understand redemption as it applies to us, much less the current day significance of that first century Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ. This is the most consequential day in Christianity, as opposed to those two popular false traditions that lead us into perdition. It officially marks the beginning of the Christian era. It is the first time that the Spirit of God was available to Christ's chosen people. Yet, it's origin before the beginning of time, and who was redeemed is absent from most Christian literature, and therefore is absent in our day to day awareness of who we are, and what prophecies concern us. As a result, and to our detriment, the Christianity of the Biiblical record remains a mystery. Let's draw back the curtain, and see what this mystery that pertains to us is all about. " ... we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the ages [or beginning of time] unto our glory." [1 Cor. 2:7].

During the apostle Paul’s second trip to Corinth circa 55-56 CE, he wrote to the ekklesia in Rome, “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel and preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret before time began." [Greek, chronos aionios, Rom. 16:25] “For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own conceits; that a part of Israel is blinded until the fullness of the nations [Greek, ethnos] be come in.” [Rom. 11:25].

It is a common mistake in Christianity today to assume that the mystery Paul is writing of here is that Christ came to save the gentiles of the world. This is largely due to the lack of understanding on the part of the translators of the popular King James Version, and their Roman church predecessor Jerome. [See the Feature article, Moving Forward]. They translated the word ethnos in this verse as Gentiles as do most, though not all, of the other 100 plus English versions. The one major problem with this Gentile interpretation is that it’s not the mystery of which Paul wrote.

To get this misunderstanding out of the way from the get go, Christ said in plain and simple language to a gentile Samaritan woman, “I am only sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” [Mat. 15:24]. Samaria was the former capital city of the House of Israel's kingdom before their divorce from God and their captivity by the Assyrians. Therefore, any deviation from this clear statement of the truth by Christ sets us wandering down the wrong path in understanding the mystery Paul wrote of in his letters. Before the beginning of time, it’s been about the covenants and the inheritance, as the Biblical record’s context will show us, made with Abraham by promise, and with the children of Israel. [For all the John 3:16ers, see the Feature article, Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall and the Sneakers article, We Don't Believe You]. It also is important to realize that the current day secular Zionist nation-state of Israel is not Biblical Israel, which is comprised of the descendants of both the House of Judah and the House of Israel.

In the Book of Romans, when Paul made the first point concerning the mystery, that a part of Israel was blinded to Christ’s first coming until the fullness of the nations come in, he finished with the conclusion of the matter, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written [in Isa. 59:20], ‘There shall come out of Sion [Jerusalem] the Deliverer, and he shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant with them when I shall take away their sins.’” [Rom. 11:25-27]. This, of course, refers to Christ our Redeemer. [See the Feature article, Why Was Jesus Jewish, But Not Moses?].

In Isaiah 59, the context is clear that what Paul quoted applies to Israel, not to the gentiles of the world. Isaiah used the Hebrew word ga’al. It is translated into English as the Redeemer. This is opposed to the New Testament Greek rhyomai, which is translated as the Deliverer in the KJV. In Hebrew, ga’al refers not just to a redeemer, but to a kinsman redeemer. This is a very important and key distinction.

It was custom in ancient Israel that the younger brother, or the next closest kinsman depending on circumstances within the family, would marry the widow of the deceased elder brother if there were no heir to claim his inheritance, which otherwise would be lost. Thus, the eligible brother or kinsman took to wife the widow in order to raise up an heir to continue the family name, thereby redeeming [ga'al] the deceased’s inheritance. [See Gen. 38:8-10; Ruth 4:1-17; also Col. 3:24]. The concept of redemption by a kinsman was tied to inheritance in ancient Israel. It is the same for us in our Christian age. This fact lies at the core of the mystery of which Paul wrote. And this fact is lost on us, which is why the significance of Christ's redemption remains a mystery for most of us.

By the first century, our ancestors of the House of Israel had been divorced from God for their ungodliness since 732 BCE. [Jer. 3:6-8]. Being divorced, they were cut off from God. But, the law covenant cannot void the promise of God made to Abraham and his Seed Christ, our Redeemer. “And this I say, the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot annul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, then it is no more of promise, but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” [Gal. 3:17, 18]. As our kinsman, Christ bought our debt to the law with his blood. Our inheritance was redeemed according to the terms of the covenant promise made with Abraham. Today, we have no idea of our inheritance because we don't know who we are in the Biblical record. We are blind to our rightful ancestry. And because of this, we have ditched our inheritance for a guy in a red suit, and for a bunny rabbit, with huge negative repercussions for us. We commonly call it the Apocalypse.  

The case of Boaz and Mahlon, in the Book of Ruth, is the penultimate example in the Biblical record that illustrates redemption [ga'al, Ruth 4:6]. “And Boaz said to the elders and to all the people, ‘You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilton’s and Mahlon’s [deceased brothers], of the hand of Naomi [their mother]. Moreover Ruth, the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up a name of the dead upon his inheritance ….’” [Ruth 4:9, 10]. Boaz was the closest kin able to redeem the deceased Mahlon’s inheritance. The heir raised up by Boaz, Obed, was King David’s grandfather. And Christ, fourteen generations removed was “the son of David,” the King of Israel who came to redeem his kin, to raise up the name of the dead [Mat. 4:16], the lost sheep of the House of Israel, as he said. [See Mat. 1:1-6; Luke 1:68]. This is not the Christianity practiced today.

All twelve nations of Israel were promised by God to be partakers of eternal redemption and eternal inheritance. [Heb. 9:15]. The mystery the apostle Paul is explaining is that Christ redeemed [ga’al] the House of Israel to their eternal inheritance. We are joint-heirs with our kinsman Christ, who God raised up from the dead for the sake of our inheritance. [Rom. 8:17; Acts 2:32]. With the Christian nations of the West under increasing attack from within and from without, part of the reason for this is that we have lost this knowledge that Christ is our kinsman Redeemer, and did not come to save the "gentiles of the world." This is a lie perpetrated on the House of Israel by the Antichrist false prophet. And it needs to be corrected. We can't get back on track with our Redeemer if we haven't a clue as to who we are in the Biblical record. [Again, see the Feature article, Moving Forward].

All Israel, Judah and Israel were dead to sin. [Rom. 6:11]. But our kinsman Christ redeemed our inheritance for us. In this sense, Christ’s resurrection raised up the name of the dead, all Israel, upon our eternal inheritance. “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s.” [1 Cor. 6:20]. This is why Isaiah prophetically references Christ as Ga’al, the kinsman Redeemer of Israel. In no way would this be misunderstood as Christ raising up the name of the gentiles upon Israel’s inheritance. For as we read in Isaiah 44, “Thus says the LORD [Christ], Israel’s King and Redeemer [Ga’al], the LORD of Hosts; I am the first and I am the last, and beside me there is no God.” [Isa. 44:6]. The Redeemer [Ga’al] is the Holy One of Israel, not the Holy One of Gentiles. [Isa. 41:14; see the Sneakers article, What About Everyone Else?].

Disagree with Christ about being sent only to redeem the lost sheep of the House of Israel in this age if you will. But in so doing, you walk off in a direction of your own making. And this lack of understanding our heritage, and Christ’s raising up our name upon our eternal inheritance has lead to all sorts of crazy doctrines1 and caused all sorts of problems throughout the world as a result. The whole thrust of Churchianity today is way off the mark. While many of our articles cover this subject to some extent, The Tale Of Two Covenants and We're Abraham's Seed And Heirs are the key Feature articles that address it.

If we wish to understand the mystery that Paul explains, then we have to see it through first century eyes, unfiltered by the 2000 intervening years. As we’ve said on many occasions, the Biblical record defines itself when given the chance. And the Biblical record is one book written to the same people. So let’s look into the Biblical record to find out what it says.

There are several points at work here in Paul’s statement to the brethren. First, “ … a Deliverer shall come out of Sion to turn ungodliness away from the gentiles.” While this is what mainstream Christianity has come to accept, this is not what the Biblical record says. In Isaiah it reads, “And the Redeemer will come to Sion, and to them that turn away from transgressions in Jacob, says Jehovah.” [Isa. 59:20, DBY]. Jacob in context here is Israel, all Israel, not gentile nations of the world. Christ, as King and our kinsman Redeemer, came to Jerusalem to raise up the name of all Israel upon our inheritance, specifically the divorced House of Israel in this age. [See 1 Pet. 2:9, 10]. That which is written in Romans 11 by Paul affirms Christ’s plain statement to the gentile Samaritan woman in Matthew 15.

The next important and telling point Paul makes in quoting the prophet Isaiah is that “ … this is my covenant with them ….” The covenant was made with Abraham and his Seed, Christ. And Christ said he was only sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel in this age. While the covenant was made with our patriarch Abraham, he passed it on to Isaac who then passed it on to our patriarch Jacob/Israel. This is the “them” mentioned here. And as the House of Israel, this is our covenant today given to us by Christ. [See Gen. 17:5-7; see the Feature article, Isa. 63: Big Brother]. There is no Biblical record of God ever having made a covenant with, or given a promise of inheritance to the gentiles of the world. It is a fiction perpetrated on us by false prophets who seek to take our inheritance. And due to our ignorance, they are succeeding.  

And Paul also writes, “ … when I [Christ] shall take away their sins.” Sin is the transgression of the law. [1 John 3:4]. The law covenant was made only with Israel, and all Israel was dead to sin. As Paul also pointed out, “And for this cause he [Christ] is the mediator of the new testament [covenant made with Abraham], that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [sins] that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” [Heb. 9:15]. Christ came to redeem those who transgressed the first covenant, the law covenant so we can receive our eternal inheritance as promised. This too confirms Christ’s plain words and Paul’s explanation in Romans 11 reflecting Christ as our kinsman Redeemer.

And with whom was the first covenant, the first testament made? It’s no mystery that we read in the Biblical record, “These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel ….” [Deu. 29:1]. The Biblical context is all Israel. It is our family record. It is not for gentiles. [See the Feature article, Why Can't A Christian Sin?].

Keep in mind, the LORD of the Old Testament is Christ of the New Testament. [See the Feature article, The Tie That Binds]. So it stands to reason that when Christ said he was sent only to redeem those who were dead to sin under the terms of the first testament that Christ our LORD made with Moses and the children of Israel, he would know of what he was speaking. For our LORD of Hosts was the one who divorced our ancestors of the House of Israel and sent them into captivity. [See the Feature articles, Damascus A Heap Of Ruins and Our Corrupted Compass].

As our LORD caused the House of Israel to be taken captive after their divorce, the prophecy in Ezekiel tells us, “Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, which has caused them [the divorced House of Israel] to be led into captivity among the heathen [gentiles] … neither will I hide my face from them, for I have poured out my spirit upon the House of Israel, says the Lord God.” [Eze. 39:28, 29]. Verse 28 is historical in its perspective. Verse 29 is a prophetic reference to events recorded in the New Testament Book of Acts. Keep in mind, the prophet Ezekiel was sent and made a watchman to the House of Israel about 140 years after their divorce from God, circa 590 BCE. Ezekiel's prophecies apply to the rebellious House of Israel in the Christian age. [See Eze. 3].

In the Book of Acts, on the inaugural day of the Christian age, that first century Pentecost day in Jerusalem, Peter, the apostle upon whom Christ said he would build his church, said, “Therefore let the House of Israel know assuredly that God has made that same Jesus, whom you crucified [for our transgressions under the first testament], both Lord and Christ. And when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

“Then Peter said to them, Repent [Greek, metanoeo, to change one’s mind, i.e., to be spiritually minded rather than mindful of the flesh] and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” [Acts 2:36-38].2 This is exactly as was written by Ezekiel, the Old Testament prophet of the House of Israel. This, too, affirms what Paul wrote in Romans 11 and Christ’s clear statement. There’s no mention of gentiles here either.

As Peter wrote in his first epistle in addressing the strangers, the foreigners from the dispersed House of Israel [also see James 1:1] who were living among the gentiles in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, “The reward for trusting him [Christ] will be the salvation of your lives. This salvation was something even the prophets [such as Ezekiel in the Old Testament] wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. The prophets wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ's suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this good news [gospel] has been announced to you by those [the apostles] who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.” [1 Pet. 1:9-12, NLT*; see the Sneakers article, Nope To Pope].

This is the point Paul is making. This is the mystery. Think of it through first century eyes for a moment. Because our ancestors of the House of Israel abandoned the word of God for idolatry, they were divorced from their covenant relationship with our LORD. Those who weren’t killed, were taken into captivity and scattered all over the place, initially from the areas of the Assyrian Empire’s Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the east to the western parts of the Roman Empire centuries later. They ceased being a people or nation. And this situation had been ongoing for over 700 years at this point. You are apt to converse in Greek, Aramaic or perhaps Latin rather than Hebrew.

And daily you see the Jews, the House of Judah, apparently still in the covenant relationship with God, something that once belonged to you, but was lost by your ancestors. So, here you are divorced from God, a stranger in a foreign country, dispersed from your historical land of the kingdom of Israel, living among gentiles, outside your covenant relationship with God. You are lost. To put it in our vernacular, it sucks to be you.

But now the apostle Peter tells you that in this age our kinsman Christ has redeemed you as spoken of by the prophets. The blood of Christ bought redemption for the House of Israel. The inheritance promised to Abraham and his heirs is yours once again. And the gift of the Spirit of God is given to you as well that you might have eternal life. [See 1 Ths. 4:8; 1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 John 2:25]. Talk about a huge upgrade from Covenant 1 point 0. This would be good news to you for sure, a wonderful revelation to say the least. And as a descendant of the House of Israel in the first century, redemption of one’s inheritance by a kinsman is a historical concept you could understand without hesitation. [See the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution].

This is why Paul explained, “For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own conceits; that a part of Israel is blinded until the fullness of the nations be come in.” Christ redeemed us, the ten nations of the House of Israel. But in redeeming, raising up the name of the House of Israel in this age, those of the House of Judah part of Israel, the Jews, were made blind to Christ’s first coming. "What Israel is in search of (that is, Justification, or acceptance with God); this he found not; but the election (the elect remnant of Israel) found it [this is the redeemed House of Israel], and the rest [the House of Judah] were hardened, or judicially given over to the "hardness of their own hearts." And so it is to this day. [JF&B Commentary, Romans 11, David Brown, 1871; see Rom. 11:9, 10; Psa. 69:23].

This is the point Paul was making in the preceding verses of Romans 11 about the natural branches, the children of the House of Judah, that were broken off. And as the prophet Zechariah wrote, “Then I [Christ] cut asunder my other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.” [See Zec. 11:10-14]. Paul was warning the House of Israel not to get bigheaded about the role reversal with the House of Judah because all Israel is saved. It’s all according to plan from the beginning. [See the Feature article, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan].

But when the time of the nations of the House of Israel is fulfilled, when the Christian age between Christ’s first coming and his return is complete, then all Israel, including the House of Judah will be joined again as one people, one nation. “ … Behold the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah, not according to the covenant I made with their fathers [the law covenant] in the day I [Yehovah/Christ] took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt [immediately following the passover of the children of Israel]; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not [the divorced House of Israel] says the Lord.”

“For this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” [Heb. 8:8-10; also Jer. 31:31-34; Eze. 34:30]. And after Christ’s return, once again ” … they [Judah and Israel] shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all …” [Eze. 37:22]. Again, the context is all Israel in both the Old and New Testaments.

The mystery Paul wrote about is simply that after being divorced from God due to our ungodliness, we, who were no longer a people before God, the House of Israel, obtained mercy. [See Isa. 7:8; 1 Pet. 2:10]. We were redeemed by his death, the payment that bought us back into our promised eternal inheritance as heirs in Christ. Christ was our Passover lamb [see the Feature article, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist], which has relevancy for Israel, but not for gentiles, as the children of Israel were passed over while the gentile Egyptians lost their firstborn sons. Christ sacrificed his life to bring us, the House of Israel to a new covenant, not one of the flesh, but one of grace, and truth through faith in Christ. [1 Pet. 1:19]. This is the good news, the gospel. And while in this age, concerning the good news, those of the House of Judah [Greek, Ioudas or Judas, Mat. 1:2] are an enemy for our sakes [See Acts 12:1-3]; they are beloved for the sake of the fathers of the children of Israel. [See Rom. 11:28; read John chapter nine, especially v. 22. For an in-depth discussion of why this is, see chapter six, The Blind Man’s Elephant].

Knowing what the mystery is that Paul wrote of in Biblical record, let’s take a look at some of the other verses where this mystery is mentioned regarding the nations of the House of Israel. [See the Feature articles, What Exactly Is The Gospel? and Ten Nations, Ten Horns].

Paul says later in Romans, “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel [good news],3 and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revealing of the mystery, which was kept secret since time began, but now is made manifest by the scriptures of the [Old Covenant] prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations [ethnos of the House of Israel] for the obedience of faith ….” [Rom. 16:25, 26]. Remember, Christ said he came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, only written to and for all the nations of Israel. “These are the words which I [Christ] spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and the prophets and the psalms concerning me.” [Luke 24:44].

Paul is saying that the mystery that the House of Israel to be redeemed by Christ was kept secret since the Big Bang, the creation of the cosmos. Millennia after the creation of Adam, the Old Testament prophets wrote of it. And now in the first century, it is coming to pass. “But we speak the hidden wisdom of God in a mystery [a secret], that God foreordained before the ages to our glory.” [1 Cor. 2:7, YLT; see the Sneakers article, Past The Future].

Concerning our eternal inheritance Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessing in heaven in Christ: according as he has chosen us [the House of Israel] in him before the foundation of the world [kosmos], that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us to the adoption4 as sons of God by Jesus Christ … In whom we have redemption [ga'al] through his blood [Christ the Redeemer literally being blood kin to us of Israel], the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace … having made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself … you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise [given on that first century Pentecost], which is the earnest [Greek arrabon, a pledge or downpayment] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession ....” [Eph. 1:3-14]. This is to say that the Spirit of God, given to us who repent and are baptized, is a goodwill downpayment, and that which God foreordained before the ages for our glory as the sons of God will come to pass. As Paul notes, "That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus." [Eph. 2:7].

In other words, before time began, before the building blocks of this cosmos were created, we of the House of Israel were predestined, chosen to be the sons of God, kinsmen, not just by blood, but also with the Spirit until the fullness of the nations, the purchased possession, come in beginning with the return of Christ and the first resurrection. [See Rev. 20:6]. As the apostle John wrote, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world does not know us because it knew him not.” [1 John 3:1].

This is no fictional Da Vinci Code Holy Grail tale of ancestry. The Biblical record's mystery regarding us is the truth of the word of God. It is fact. It’s who we were destined to be. It’s who we are. It's time for us of the House of Israel to grab hold of the knowledge of our eternal inheritance once again, forsaking the specious nonsense that we are gentiles, a falsehood perpetrated on us by those who covet our inheritance. [See the Feature article, Is That You, Big Brother?]. In both the Old and New Testaments, it is written concerning us, we are our LORD’s holy people, his kinsmen, a royal priesthood chosen above all the other nations on the Earth by our Father in heaven. [See Deu. 14:2; 1 Pet. 2:9; Tts. 2:14].

“Thus they shall know that I the LORD their God [Christ] am with them, and they, the House of Israel are my people [Hebrew, ‘am, to whom God is kinsman], says the Lord God.” [Eze. 34:30]. This explains why Christ said what he did to the gentile woman in Matthew 15. And this is why we are joint-heirs in Christ, the Son of God. Christ, the apostles Peter, Paul, and John are all telling us the same thing. When we know and understand that the mystery pertains to us, that Christ redeemed the House of Israel in this age, that all Israel will be saved as heirs receiving our eternal inheritance, predestined before the foundation of the cosmos, in fact the sons of God in this age, we have a true picture of what our kinsman Christ’s redemption means for us.

We can put other misinterpreted verses that pertain to us into proper perspective knowing that Christ, our Shepherd came not to save the gentiles of the world, but to redeem his kinsmen, his lost sheep of the House of Israel just as he said. [See 1 Pet. 2:24, 25; Mat. 25:31, 32]. “For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you nations [Greek, ethnos, meaning for the nations of the House of Israel] … how that by the revelation he made known to me the mystery (as I wrote before in a few words, whereby when you read you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now [in the Christian age] revealed to his holy apostles by the Spirit; that the nations [of the divorced House of Israel] should be fellow-heirs [Greek, sygkleronomos] and of the same body and partakers of his promise [given to Abraham, i.e., our lost, but now redeemed inheritance] in Christ by the good news ….” [Eph. 3:1-6]. As our kinsman Redeemer, Christ said he was only sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.

When Christ sent out the apostles to spread the good news, the ones to whom the mystery of the promise was revealed, “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans do not enter, but go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” [Mat. 10:5, 6; also Acts 10:36].

On the night of the Passover prior to the crucifixion, Christ said to the apostles, “I assure you that when there is a new heaven and Earth [Greek, paliggenesia, to make new, renewal, see Rev. 21:1-5] and the Son of Man is seated upon his glorious throne, you who have followed me will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes [nations] of Israel.” [Mat. 19:28]. This is why there were twelve apostles and not ten or fourteen. Israel had twelve sons. And all twelve nations of Israel shall be saved.

Christ spoke in parables to all those other than the apostles. In addressing the apostles, to whom he sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, Christ said, “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without [the scribes and Pharisees, the House of Judah] all these things are done in parables ….” [Mark 4:11; see the Feature article, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares].

“And the disciples came and said to him [Christ], Why do you speak to them [those of Judah] in parables? He answered and said to them, ‘Because it is given to you to know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away, even that he has.5 Therefore, I speak to them in parables because seeing, they see not, and in hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."6

“And in them [Judah] is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah [see Isa. 5:3, Isa. 6:1, 9, 10, Uzziah was King of Judah], which says, ‘By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand, and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive: for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have been closed; lest at anytime they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart and should be converted and I should heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes for they see: and your ears for they hear. For verily I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them and hear those things which you hear and have not heard them.’” [Mat. 13:10-17].

This mystery, that the House of Israel was to be redeemed under the terms of the new covenant made with Abraham and that we were to be given our eternal inheritance, was made known only to the apostles. It wasn’t until the sending of the Spirit of God on the first Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection that it was made known to those of the House of Israel. It is still unknown by the House of Judah as written in the prophecies.

And this is why Paul explained the mystery, the gospel to those of the nations of the House of Israel scattered throughout the Roman Empire. They needed to know that while they were now redeemed, it wouldn’t be so for the House of Judah until the beginning of the next age, just after Christ’s return. This is the prophetic fulfillment of the annual holy Day of Atonement. It is the day of national reconciliation for both the Houses of Israel and Judah as written about by the prophet Ezekiel. It is why Paul wrote, “And so all Israel shall be saved.” [See chapter six, The Hijacked Elephant for a detailed look concerning the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement by Christ].

The important point for us to know is that Christ was not sent to save the gentiles of the world. Rather he was sent to redeem, which is to buy back the eternal inheritance of his kinsmen, the lost sheep of the House of Israel in this age according to the blessing of our Father. This is exactly as he said and did. And this is supported by the entirety of the Law and the Prophets, and the Psalms, which Christ came to fulfill. [See Mat. 5:17]. The Biblical record is one book written to the same people, Israel, all Israel.

The mystery that we’ve read about here is interwoven with the birthright that was promised to Abraham, then to Isaac which then passed to Israel, the legacy throughout the Biblical record from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. [See chapter six, The Genesis Birthright in The Blind Man’s Elephant, bottom of Home page; also the Feature article, Is The US [And UK] In End Times Bible Prophecy?]. And it was all put in place before the foundation of the world. The narrative of first century Christianity in the Biblical record is far different than what has taken its place. Our current day customs and traditions have just about obliterated the gospel that Christ and the apostles preached so long ago. And its the reason why our nations have become an anathema to our Redeemer today. [See Gal. 1:6-10; also Our Corrupted Compass].

Christ was not sent to save the gentiles of the world. [See 1 Tim. 4:10; John 6:69; Rev. 20:12; 2 Tim. 1:9].7 Christ, with no uncertainty, said he was sent only to the House of Israel. If we don’t trust Christ’s word, how do we claim to be Christians? The mystery of the gospel, the good news is that the lost sheep of the House of Israel, our LORD’s people, were redeemed, bought back into our covenant relationship with God by our kinsman. Christ raised up the name of the House of Israel upon our promised and rightful eternal inheritance as was intended before the foundation of the world, before time began. Yet, where in the 21st century are "the sheep of the House of Israel?" It is as the apostle John wrote, “ … the world does not know us because it knew him not.”

It is vital for a Christian in the 21st century to understand the mystery Paul wrote of in Romans 11, the good news message of our eternal redemption and inheritance that was delivered to our divorced ancestors of the House of Israel in the first century, which applies to us today. And yet, 2000 years into our Christian age, for Churchianity, it’s still a mystery.


To help with visualizing the big picture, see the Covenant Flow Chart in the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants. Also see the Sneakers article, This Old House.


1 One of these doctrines, of course, is the wrong idea that Christ came to save the gentiles of the world. In turn, this has lead to no shortage of absurd ideas, one of which is that “Christians need to claim the world for Christ.” Really? Do these people think Christ, the creator of heaven and earth, the omnipotent LORD of Hosts [Heaven’s army], is so feeble that he needs their misguided help?! Perhaps they should read Revelation 19 again. And which one of the 30,000 plus denominations, that is the true representative of Christ, is going to do this? Churchianity misses the pre-school level Biblical fact that the wise men brought their gifts to Christ when he was a young child living in a house rather than as a baby in a manger. [Mat. 2]. Yet, with ignorance as their two-edged sword, these same folks are marching forth to claim “the world” for Christ!? Just crazy. Apparently, they must have skipped over "Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven," [Psa. 148:13], not to mention Nahum 1:3-6. [Nahum 1].

2 Biblical commentaries about the early first century church often refer to the ekklesia, the brethren as “Jewish Christians.” However, this is a misnomer. They weren’t Jewish, or of the House of Judah, but were Israelites of the redeemed House of Israel. See Genesis 49 for a list and circumstances of the nations of Israel in the last days.

3 The point Paul is making about his gospel is that “ … in conformity with the truths of that Gospel which I preach, and not I only, but all to whom has been committed ‘the preaching of Jesus Christ.’” [JF&B, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary, Romans, chapter 16].

4 Adoption is the Greek word huiothesia. “In the N.T. [New Testament, not the Old Testament] it is used to denote: a. that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations. b. the nature and condition of the true disciples of Christ, who by receiving the Spirit of God … become the sons of God.” Thayer’s Greek Lexicon.

As part of the children of Israel's eternal inheritance, we were predestined to become the sons of God in this age, rather than gentiles of the world, becoming part of God’s family through the Spirit of God. And in turn, we are our LORD’s inheritance [Psa. 33:12], the holy nation, the royal priesthood. [1 Pet. 2:9]. We are to be kings and priests with God, reigning on the new Earth. [Rev. 5:10].

But Christianity, the House of Israel today disavows this inheritance, and denies our unique Biblical relationship with our LORD. Forsaking the gospel delivered to our ancestors in the first century, we've abandoned our sonship over the past two millennia, mutating to become theological orphans. We've adopted the false notion that we're “Gentiles who die and go to heaven.” [To find out where this idea came from, read the Feature article, Heaven Can Wait ]. Talk about settling for something inferior. Our Savior and Redeemer gave his life to buy back,  and raise up our name upon, our incredible eternal inheritance. Yet, we've traded it away for a deadly substitute.  

But it's not too late to make a change. As our watchman Ezekiel wrote, "Therefore I will judge you, O House of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, O House of Israel? [See Rev. 13:7]. For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the Lord GOD: wherefore turn [to the gospel of our eternal redemption and inheritance delivered to the apostles by Jesus Christ] and live." [Eze. 18:30-32; see Gal. 1:1, 9-12].

We need to seek the truth delivered to us in the first century by Christ and the apostles embracing the truth of the word of God, standing up for the knowledge of our Biblical ancestry and inheritance as sons of God. Rather than traipsing after malignant antichristian fables, we need to throw off the yoke of the twin pillars of deceit, Christmas and Easter, realizing we are not gentiles of the world as Christianity has been duped into believing. Bottom line it all comes down to one thing. We are either with our kinsman Christ in truth, or we are against him as the events in the Book of Revelation make all so clear. [Mat. 12:30; read the Sneakers article, His Treasured Possession; also see the Feature articles, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist, Back To Square One and Christ Against Christians].

5 When Christ said to the apostles, “ … but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away, even that he has,” he is referencing the prophecy in Zechariah 11:10-14. “And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant, which I had made with all the people. [Deu. 29:1]. And it was broken in that day.”

That day was the Passover day on which Christ was crucified. This is why in Romans 11 Paul talks about the natural branches being broken off. The House of Judah, unlike the divorced House of Israel, was still living under the terms of the law covenant until that Passover day when Christ broke the covenant. The law covenant no longer exists. The veil to the holiest part of the temple was rent. [Mat. 27:51]. The centuries of Israel sacrificing bulls and goats under the terms of the law covenant ended with the sacrifice and death of Christ as the Redeemer of all Israel. [See Rom. 3:21; also the Sneakers article, The Veil Was Rent].

Therefore, when Christ said “ … but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away, even that he has,” he was referring to the House of Judah. Christ breaking of the law covenant took away the covenant relationship they had with God. Judah is in the same situation now as the House of Israel had been for more than 700 years until Christ was sent to redeem the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Hence Paul’s warning to them not to “be wise in your own conceits.” But as Paul needed to explain to those of the House of Israel, God has not cast away the House of Judah. [Rom. 11:1, 2]. It’s just that they will not receive the new covenant promises until Christ returns.

On the day of Pentecost, when Peter addressed the men of the House of Israel, that day the House of Israel received a better covenant according to the promise given to our forefather Abraham. Until the return of Christ, for the remainder of the Christian age, the brotherhood between Judah and Israel remains broken. [Zec. 11:14]. Nevertheless, “all Israel shall be saved” just as Paul wrote. [See Eze. 37:16-28]. For a detailed look at why Judah is in this situation, read chapter six in The Blind Man’s Elephant.

6 Read the parable of the tares, the House of Edom, as it pertains to the House of Judah in this age in Mat. 13:24-30, 36-40; then the Old Testament prophet, Obadiah. Note: v.18 refers to the House of Jacob. Jacob was Edom/Esau's non-identical twin brother. See Gen. 25:26. The House of Joseph is the House of Israel in Obadiah. Given our current events, the symbolism of v.4 is quite telling. See the Feature articles, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares and Is That You, Big Brother? Also check out our Newslink section on our Home page regularly for relevant secular articles.

7 "For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the God of the living, who is the Saviour of all [Greek, pas, each individually] men, specially of those that believe." [1 Tim 4:10]. "And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the God of the living." [John 6:69]. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." [Rev. 20:12]. "[Our Lord]  ... who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began ... " [2 Tim. 1:9]. All Israel will be saved according to the will and grace of God. Those not of Israel, i.e. gentiles, will be judged according to their works.


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