It is my Brothers Whom I am Seeking
We, the Jewish Nation that lives in Israel, have a surprise coming. Individuals from all over the world, in growing numbers, are waking up to the possibility that they might belong to the People of Israel. Are they Jews? Are they descendants of Jews? The answer is “not necessarily”. How is it, then, that they assume some kind of relatedness to the People of Israel? Well, these individuals view themselves as belonging to that part of the Nation of Israel which has assimilated, and supposedly has been lost among the nations of the world for thousands of years. That, however, will not always be the case . . .
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Zionism 101 Website
From an historical perspective, we are following in the footsteps of our brother, Judah. Under the leadership of such men as
Theodor Herzl and David Ben-Gurion, the term "Zionism" was coined in the late 19th century. These men, among many others, drove
the movement that led to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. As Ephraimites, we are seeking to complete their work by bringing back the remainder of God's people who have been sown in the nations.
Much can be learned by a careful examination of the history of Zionism and the work done by our brothers in Judah. The website, Zionism 101, presents a total of 20 short video courses that relate the history of the Zionist movement. It is an easy way to learn this material and is a good starting point for those interested in the Nation of Israel, both historically and in the future.
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The Rebirth of Israel
Combining archival footage with dramatic reenactments, this powerful docudrama gives viewers an inside look at some of the most significant — and unlikely — moments in modern history. Witness the struggles and victories of Israel's founders and visionaries as they worked to re-establish a Jewish homeland after nearly 2,000 years in exile.
Give Me A Place Where I May Dwell
“For nearly three millennia, the only people recognized as Israelites have been the Jews, and thus the only possible description of an Israelite identity has been Jewish. Yet the Scriptures clearly teach that Israel includes many more nationals beside the Jewish people, and that one day the non-Jewish portion of Israel will be restored to their ancient inheritance and reunite with the Jews to become a complete nation, under the leadership of Messiah. But who are these non-Jewish Israelites?
Scripture testifies as to the Israelite identity of believers in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), but that identity has never been completely understood. What has been lacking until recent years is the realization that as Israelites these believers are heirs to the promises, blessings, and responsibilities of the Law, Teaching, and Commandments of God contained in the Torah (Books of Moses). In these modern times, a Torah Awakening is sweeping the church worldwide, shedding light on the Hebrew Roots of the Christian faith, and on the very identity of believers in Yeshua. This identity question is not about a religion (either Christianity or Judaism), it is the restoration of the nation called ISRAEL.
In embracing this identity, these awakening Israelites are affirming their destiny as the House of Ephraim, the remnant of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, who are in the process of returning to the fullness of their heritage.”
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Letters to the Host
from Tzefanyah Ben Yochanon
Zionism: The Act of Living and Breathing
Zionism. What is it? Zionism is a modern movement which began in the 19th century. But its roots date back to the Bible. It represents an age-old longing of the Jewish people to reconstitute itself as a sovereign nation in its ancient land. (see definition on the Zionism101.org website). I am going to change the definition ever so slightly. Zionism is a modern movement which began in the 19th century. But its roots date back to the Bible. It represents an age old longing of all the people of Yisrael to constitute itself as a sovereign nation in its ancient land. (emphasis added)
A Heavenly Initiative
We hear terms like Secular Zionism and Biblical Zionism. However, can Zionism be separated out into different definitions? If its roots are in the Bible, can we make a distinction? May I suggest that the word Zionism alone is appropriate? In fact, I will also suggest that modern Zionism is simply an outgrowth of an ancient longing of all Yisraelites to return to their ancestral homeland. Who moved these individuals and why? The Elohim of Avraham, Yitzhaak, and Yaacov was the driving force behind it all. The modern fathers of Zionism such asTheodore Hertzl, Chaim Weizmann, Vladamir Jabotinsky, and David Ben-Gurion were all moved by Elohim. Whether they were disconnected or not with the God of Yisrael does not matter. Elohim lit the fire to return to Eretz Yisrael.
Preservation as A People
Yesheyahu/Isaiah 10: 20 It will come to pass in that day that the remnant of Yisrael, and those who have escaped from the house of Jacob will no more again lean on him who struck them, but shall lean on YHWH, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return, even the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. 22 For though your people,Yisrael, are like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For Adonai, YHWH of Hosts, will make a full end, and that determined, in the midst of all the earth. 24 Therefore Adonai, YHWH of Hosts, says “My people who dwell in Zion, don’t be afraid of the Assyrian, though he strike you with the rod, and lift up his staff against you, as Egypt did. 25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation against you will be accomplished, and my anger will be directed to his destruction.” (emphasis added)
The fervor of Zionism hit Theodore Hertzl while witnessing the Dreyfus affair. This event in France caused Hertzl to realize that a homeland for the Jewish people was the only solution to centuries long hatred throughout the world. For those who are not familiar with the Dreyfus affair, Alfred Dreyfus was an obscure captain in the French army. In 1894 papers discovered in a wastebasket in the office of a German military attaché made it appear that a French military officer was providing secret information to the German government. Though the handwriting of these papers did not even match the handwriting of Dreyfus, he was charged with treason. This was another example of Jewish hatred throughout Europe; blame the Jew. Without a shred of evidence Dreyfus was found guilty of treason. It wasn't until 1906 that Dreyfus was finally exonerated of charges and set free. Twelve years of imprisonment all because of Jewish hatred. Hertzl and our later Zionist fathers realized that we should no longer lean on those who are striking us. The prophet Yesheyahu all along spoke of the day of others who would see that we can no longer lean on those striking us. Zionism is the very preservation of our people.
Yeheskel/Ezekiel 37:4 Again he said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and tell them, you dry bones, hear the YHWH’s word. 5 Thus says Adonai Elohim to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will lay sinews on you, and will bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am YHWH 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 I saw, and, behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and tell the wind, Thus says Adonai Elohim: Come from the four winds, breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Yisrael: behold, they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off. 12 Therefore prophesy, and tell them, Thus says Adonai Elohim: Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, my people; and I will bring you into Eretz-Yisrael. (emphasis added)
Let me propose to you another definition of Zionism. Zionism is the act of living and breathing. If we remain satisfied in our graves (the nations), we will cease to live and breath. We will die as a people. Elohim built Zionism into us for our preservation. I know I am not the only one, but since it was declared that the first Zionist Congress for Bney Yoseph was going to happen; I have experienced an amazing energy that has charged my very being. An energy which is Zionism, the act of living and breathing.
Am Yisrael Chai,
Tzefanyah Ben Yochanon
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[ This is just a partial list of supporting scriptures - more will be added ]
- I Kings chapters 11 and 12
- II Kings chapters 17 and 25
- Isaiah chapter 49
- Jeremiah 3:6 - 4:2, 10:1-16, 16:10-18, chapters 30 and 31, 32:30-41, 50:17-20
- Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37
- The entire book of Hosea
For more information about the restoration of the whole house of Israel, visit the websites and blogs below:
- Israelite Return
This is Ephraim and Rimona Frank's own website which contains information on their books, recent interviews, and links to their blogs. In particular, their blogs, Etz B'ney Yosef blog and Thus Says Elohey Israel blog may be of special interest.
- Joined to Hashem
Mike Clayton, a former pastor, is a leader in this movement. His website, www.joinedtohashem.org, contains a wealth of information about all aspects of our Hebraic roots and living a Torah observant lifestyle.
- United 2 Restore
United 2 Restore is a mission, even a vision, to unite those who identify with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His Israel. www.united2restore.com contains many posts and comments which argue that the time for the reunification of ALL Israel is very near at hand.
- The Barking Fox
Albert McCarn, whose recent book entitled, "Give Me a Place Where I May Dwell", was a prominent presenter and key leader at the First B'ney Yosef National Congress. His website, thebarkingfox.com contains his personal blog as well as Bible commentary and links to his programs on Hebrew Nation Radio.