Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mount Ephraim Newsletter (latest)

For the record, I am sharing this Mount Ephraim Newsletter of Stephen Spykerman from Great Britain, even though I am not fully convinced what to think about it. I have my prayerful reservations, but am keeping these things in mind like Jacob did with Joseph's dream (if that is an acceptable comparison) since I am for the prophetic knowledge of the Israelite origins of the West to become known among Jews and non-Jews, among the "Gentilized" Israelites of the North and West, among the Anglo-Saxons and white peoples of Northwestern Europe.

Must the Sabbath-keeping Church of God members (who agree on the basics of what Herbert W. Armstrong taught) agree perfectly with others who profess to be Christians before we can work together? I've encouraged the Church of God to support Yair Davidiy of Brit-Am Israel and he's a Torah-observant Jew who doesn't recognize Yeshua as the One but knows that we (Anglo-Saxons) are his brother Joseph.

May God lead and guide us, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and glorify His Name and fulfill His Word that Joseph and Judah will be reconciled.

For Zion's Sake,
David Ben-Ariel


MOUNT EPHRAIM NEWSLETTER

NO: 5 – Monday, 29th January 2007


Dear Friends,

OUR LAST NEWSLETTER FELL INTO STRANGE HANDS
It was never my intention that our last Newsletter should fall into the hands of the Orthodox. This is especially the case because the content referred to our beloved Saviour Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, and King of the Jews. In my dealings with our Orthodox friends in Jerusalem, I invariably do not refer to the Captain of our Salvation, simply out of the utmost respect and in deference to their faith. Nevertheless, I know that they know I am a believer in Yeshua, and they know that I know that they know. What brings us to agreement is the belief that the Two Houses of Israel, Judah and Ephraim, are destined to come together into one UNITED KINGDOM OF ISRAEL, as prophesied by all of the prophets. We also believe that we live in the very days when these two nations will be reunited into one Kingdom once again.

LETTER DIVERTED BY DIVINE APPOINTMENT
Judging by the subsequent amazing developments the letter clearly had been placed in Orthodox hands by Divine appointment. Whilst in Jerusalem for the last three days of our stay we were invited to become part of a work which, for the past year, has been witnessing about the imminent return of the Lost House of Israel to none other than the Rabbis of Israel. Whilst this work initially has met with huge resistance the encouraging fact is that by now over 2,000 rabbis have been reached. Can you imagine how significant this is? It is the Rabbinate of Israel that controls the gates into the land – that is, the Gates through which Ephraim will have to enter the Land. Thus through this ongoing work YHVH, the Holy One of Israel, is re-charging/re-activating the mindset of the Rabbinical Gate keepers without anyone being aware of what He is doing behind the scenes.

SURPRISE RESPONSE FROM OVADYAH AVRAHAMI
Imagine my surprise when I received an Email from OvadYah Avrahami, an Orthodox gentleman (an Ephraimite-become-one with Judah) from the so-called ‘occupied territories’ in Israel, referring to our Newsletter in the most glowing terms. Apparently without knowing I had really lit this gentleman’s fire with my Newsletter comments that ‘The message simply has to go to Judah. It also resonates with the Word which states that, the WORD of the LORD shall go forth from ZION! As you may remember, I posed the question; does this WORD GOING FORTH FROM ZION INCLUDE HIS PROPHETIC WORD TO THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL? I then proceeded to demonstrate from the Scriptures that the answer was a resounding YES! Our Orthodox friend was also struck by my comments about the KEY OF DAVID being in Judah’s hands, as Judah ultimately holds the key to the tribes coming back home to the land of their fathers.

INVITATION TO JOIN THE KOL HA TOR PROJECT
OvadYah told me that my statements had opened a window in his understanding which he wished to share with me. i.e. If the reunion of the Two Houses of Israel is not ‘steered’ from Judah, it cannot be Scriptural, for, “The WORD of YHVH shall go forth from ZION!” i.e. His Plan, His Purpose, His Torah & His Kingdom! He then proceeded to tell me about the highly confidential KOL HA TOR Project of which he was the administrative coordinator. I was asked a number of pertinent questions such as my views on missionising and proselytizing the Jews etc. We then entered into an exchange of views, at the end of which he invited me to join a closed group of supporters for the KOL HA TOR PROJECT.

WHAT IS THE KOL HA TOR PROJECT?
The Kol Ha Tor Project is an end-time prophetic work currently spearheaded by an Orthodox rabbi who is filled with a divine zeal and passion to convey the reality of, and to awaken the awareness of the now imminent return of the Lost House of Israel to his Rabbinical colleagues in the land. He has written a book in Hebrew, which reminds them of the rich layers of proofs to be found in the words of the great Sages of Israel. He also sites the emergence of the Christian Zionist movement and the massive surge of the Hebrew Roots Restoration movement as evidence that Hashem is stirring the Christian/Israelite world to return to Zion. Through his book and personal discussions with rabbis, he manages to quell their fears of being flooded by a proselytizing wave, by assuring them of the new and different spirit which is prevalent in this new ‘breed’ of Torah loving Ephraimites. Thus far some 2,000 books have already been distributed, and it has been officially included in the curriculum of one important Yeshiva with 200 rabbis in training. I can report that as a direct result of his efforts some 1,600 rabbis are now on side about the return of Ephraim, and their numbers are growing each week. Amongst those rabbis there are six who are of major national importance, and our aim is to multiply this number by a factor of at least ten, as it is only when we achieve this goal that the process becomes an unstoppable force for change.

WHAT IS THE OBJECT OF THIS PROJECT?
The main objective is to bring awareness to both the Houses of Judah and Ephraim of the need to make peace with each other in this 3000 year old ‘family feud’ between them in order to hasten or to make possible the establishment of God’s Kingdom – which requires the Return of the Shekinah Presence (the direct and visible Presence) of God. For this to happen there needs to be a huge mental shift in the hearts and minds of both the Rabbinate of Israel, (who hold the keys to entry for Ephraim) and the returning House of Ephraim (who generally refuse to pay the Rabbinate the respect they deserve as the Divinely mandated guardians of the Torah. Our rabbi is courageously tackling head on the massive prejudice that exist in the ranks of Judaism against Christianity spawned by millennia of Christian persecution. Through the centuries Jews have thus obtained a terribly jaundiced view of Jesus, the Christian Messiah.

JESUS IS NOT THE ANTICHRIST!
For those religious Jews who live by every precept of the Torah, the name of Jesus has become one of the vilest names under the sun. This is due mainly through the terrible things Christians have done to the Jews in that name, and then persisting in proselytizing them – even under the threat of the sword! They have come to look upon Jesus as an Anti-Christ, or Anti-Messiah. To try and change these ingrained attitudes is humanly virtually impossible, yet we know that with Our Heavenly Father, all things are possible. It is as a matter of correct perspective and awareness that our rabbi manages to influence them positively.

CHANGING PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES
The amazing thing is that the Kol Ha Tor Project has taken up this consummate task of bringing a healing of attitudes between Judah and Ephraim. Our rabbi has started by changing the perceptions of his own Rabbinical colleagues about their Prophetic responsibility towards Ephraim, the reality of the Prophetic fulfillment regarding the Return of Ephraim taking shape at this very time. He does this by pointing out how the original Torah foundation of the New Testament has been suppressed and high-jacked by the Roman State religion in the days of Emperor Constantine, and contrasts this with the current phenomenon of a Return to Torah amongst re-awakening Ephraim.

JESUS WAS TORAH OBSERVANT
The rabbi points out that the Gospels are not the raging anti-Semite sources they are made out to be in Judaism’s circles. Jesus, according to the NT record, being Torah observant himself, preached adherence to the Torah, and also that in many of his statements and so-called rebukes of the Jewish religious leaders, he actually upheld the Oral Law in a style similar to normal Rabbinic debate regarding differences of opinion or interpretation. The rabbi points out that, according to NT writings, most of the time Jesus/Yeshua would support the School of Hillel, whereas on occasion he would support the School of Shammai. In his view it was the influence of Rome which turned this sect into the Jew and rabbi hating religion of Christianity.

CHANGING JEWISH HEARTS AND MINDS
I must add here that our rabbi emphatically does not accept that Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel, and neither does he accept the veracity of the New Testament as being the divinely inspired Word of YHVH. Nevertheless, this man is doing a wonderful work of pointing out to the Rabbis the Halachic Torah base of the NT, and the negative and contorting anti-Semitic onslaught of the Roman authorities against the Jewish influence in the NT. This immediately changes their conception of Christian Zionists and removes for them the threat of the ‘sword’. What is more, he is doing a work only an Orthodox Rabbi can do amongst the Rabbis – hence our confirmation that the Restoration must be ‘steered’ from out of Zion. It is noteworthy here that several attempts have been made towards the Rabbis over the last decade, regarding the promotion of the Restoration of the Two Houses of Israel. These were all driven by Messianic leaders, and they all failed miserably. The Kol Ha Tor project is the first of its kind, to be steered from within Judah, right in the heart of Jerusalem e.g. Zion! This courageous man of God deserves our unqualified support, and we should support him all we can.

OUR MEETING IN JERUSALEM
It took me nearly a whole day searching on the Internet to find our hotel in Jerusalem. Then on the 22nd January we finally booked into room 712 on the seventh floor. No sooner had we unpacked our cases than the telephone rang and it was Ovadyah Avrahami saying hello from room number 612 immediately below us. It transpired that OvadYah and his wife had been presented with a gift of a whole weeks stay in the same hotel we were in. Another divine appointment if ever there was one!! We subsequently spent many hours over the next three days in discussions with OvadYah and the rabbi, whose name I cannot mention because of the highly sensitive nature of his mission. In our discussions I was invited to translate my “WHO ARE YOU AMERICA?” booklet into Hebrew, so that it too can be printed in Israel. Our message with its dramatic full colour illustrations would then be taken down the same rabbinical channel, as further confirmation of the message about the imminent return of Ephraim.

THE DOOR INTO JUDAH IS NOW OPENING!
This is surely a momentous development – to me it is the fulfillment of a dream! Thousands of rabbis are BEING WOKEN UP to the extraordinary news that Judah’s long lost brothers of the House of Israel are in the spiritual process of being re-identified to their ancient Hebraic ancestry. For the moment we are concentrating our message on the religious leaders of Israel, and there will come a time when we will impart it to the secular leaders also. For the moment though the decision is to hold fire on this, as Israel is currently cursed with the worst anti-Israel & anti-G-d government in its history.

THE RABBIS ARE PETRIFIED AT THE PROSPECT OF MILLIONS OF RETURNING MESSIANICS.
Can we not understand their fears? They are afraid the Jewish society is going to be swamped by Christians with an evangelizing zeal to make converts of Jews. They are also most afraid of assimilation, as their sons and daughters are swept away in marriage to the newcomers. The Tanach (O.T.) prophesied that this kind of reaction would occur. Ezekiel prophesied that in the end times Judah would fear the return of her wayward brothers to the point where they will not want to receive them: “Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your countrymen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Get far away from the LORD; this land has been given to us as a possession.’” V17 Therefore say, “Thus says the LORD GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” V19-20 “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them, and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11: 15,17,19-20. The prophecy is that they will be given the land of Israel. Notice it does not mention that they will be given the land of Judah. In other words those returning Israelites will be given the former territory of the Northern Kingdom of Israel to dwell in. This fact alone should make Judah feel a whole lot better. This is the very point our rabbi makes to the rabbis he speaks to.

REMEMBER THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON?
Yeshua in his parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’ in Luke 15:11-32 speaks of a certain man who had two sons. The allegorical interpretation is that of a father who had two sons, e.g. one representing the House of Israel and the other the House of Judah. The son representing Israel asks to be given his inheritance, only to go away and waste his inheritance on riotous living. He end up totally destitute taking care of another mans pigs. He then comes to his senses and returns to his father’s house where he is received with great joy. His father orders the fatted calf to be slaughtered and makes a great feast for his prodigal son. The story then goes on to relate that the faithful son who had stayed at home with his father, e.g. Judah was upset and would not join the party. The parable goes on to relate the fathers words to Judah: “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found!”
Can you imagine what a celebration there will be both in heaven and in all the earth when both the Houses of Judah and Israel become One again, having been separated for 2,700 long years? Can you imagine what a party that will be when finally Messiah Ben David rules over the REUNITED KINGDOM OF ISRAEL?

YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR THIS KINGDOM WORK
Did Y’shua not ask his disciples to pray “THY KINGDOM COME?” Well, with this Kol Ha Tor Project now in full swing in Judah we can do a lot more than pray. We can become doers of the word and not hearers only by generously contributing to this vital groundbreaking work. At the moment our project to the Rabbinical Gate keepers of Israel has barely a score of supporters who finance the operation. Some months there are only enough funds to print just a hundred Hebrew books, when we need to print thousands more. The rabbi in question also has considerable other responsibilities, and he needs to take on administrative staff to lighten his almost impossible load, so that he can spend more time on the work that matters to us all.

The work of Mount Ephraim too needs the funds to translate our publications into Hebrew, so that our confirmatory message may go down that same Rabbinical trail, thus hugely reinforcing the message already given. It will go to rabbis who have already been mentally prepared to receive it. Yet, despite all of this, none of us can accomplish anything if others do not jump in to help us. Now is the time to really get behind this work, not just with your prayers but also with your tithes, offerings and funds. I estimate that only some $ 25,000.00 is needed to complete this phase of our work. By the way, for those of you who wondered about the meaning of Kol Ha Tor – it means – ‘The Voice of the Turtledove.’ That same voice is right now calling for your support!

Yours until the reunification of the whole house of Israel,

Stephen Spykerman MOUNT EPHRAIM PUBLISHING
The Coach House 2 Woodman’s Court Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8PY Great Britain
E-mail: stephen@mountephraim.info

P.S. Can you think of a better way to bless Israel than to let the Jewish people know who and where their Lost Israelite brothers are? Our work relies on His providence which is invariably expressed through His people. You feel the Holy Spirit is leading you to support the work of Kol Ha Tor & Mount Ephraim you can simply send a contribution to the above address, or contact us by Email for further details.

1 comment:

Elder(:)Child said...

sadly the "imag"ined "jesus christ" of pagan "christianity" is Anti-Messiah, of which there are many ;-( just as John testified! and because of such, "The Way of Truth is evil spoken of" ;-(

i submit the following:

“Love Your Enemies”

Are you a disciple? Now a disciple is one who follows the teachings of another. Do you follow the teachings of another or are you “self-disciplined”? The One called The Messiah teaches His disciples to, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father, HE WHO is in Heaven;” (Matthew 5:44-45a)
Hope is your desire is to be a Child of “your Father, HE WHO is in Heaven”? Hope is you have chosen to follow the teachings of The Messiah, He Who is “The Prince of Peace”. As you continue, remember that The Messiah testified, “the words you hear are not My words, but they are The Words of The Father(Creator) WHO sent Me.” (John 14:24)
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the Children of your Father, HE WHO is in Heaven;”
(Matthew 5:44-45a) Such was a teaching of The One called The Messiah. He taught His disciples to “Love Your Enemies”! Now there will be those reading this who are “christians”. I would ask of the “christians”, “Do you desire to be a disciple of The Messiah? The Messiah desired to do His Father’s Will above all else. And you? Do you desire “Our Father’s” Will, or are you “self-willed”?
“You have heard that it has been said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that you resist not evil: but whoever smites you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. And whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two. Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you, turn him not away.
You have heard that it has been said, “you shall love your neighbour, and hate your enemy”, but I say unto you, Love Your Enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the Children of your Father WHO is in heaven: for HE makes HIS sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love them who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even politicians do so? And if you salute your brethren only, what are you doing more than others? Do not even politicians do so? Therefore be perfect, even as your Father, WHO is in heaven, is perfect.” (Matthew 5:38-48)
The teachings of The Messiah you just read were preceded by the following verse in what the religions of this world call the “bible”. “Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:19) Some believe that this scripture spoke of the laws within the Old Testament, yet it seems this verse actually applies to the teachings(commandments) of The Messiah that followed, and one such teaching was to “Love Your Enemies”! The Messiah also testified, “Why do you call Me, Master(Lord), Master(Lord), and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46) and He testified, “If you love Me, keep My commandments!” (John 14:15, also read verses 16-24)
At the end of The Messiah’s teachings, in what is commonly called “the sermon on the mount” (Matthew 5,6 and 7) the following testimony was given by The Messiah. “Not every one that says unto Me, Master, Master, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of My Father WHO is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me,
you that work iniquity. Therefore WHOEVER HEARS these sayings of Mine, AND DOES them, I will liken him unto A WISE MAN, who built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And EVERY ONE THAT HEARS these sayings of Mine, AND DOES THEM NOT, shall be likened unto A FOOLISH MAN, who built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:21-27)
“HEARS these sayings AND DOES them”! May The GOD and Father of The Messiah, HE WHO is also The GOD and Father of The Messiah’s Brethren, may HE help us that we would “HEAR and DO”! For except “Our Father” gives the grace, strength and love, except HE gives of HIS Spirit, none could do! “ And so the elect Children of The Great Spirit “cry unto their Father day and night” for they know how “poor and needy” they are! (Luke 18:7b)
The letters in what this world calls the “bible” are in perfect harmony with The Messiah’s teaching of “Love Your Enemies”. “Bless them who persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:14) “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not your selves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink: for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)
“See that no one renders evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” (I Thessalonians 5:15) “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you were called to do so, that you should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if you are followers of that which is good? But and if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the LORD GOD in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you for the reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in The Messiah.” (I Peter 3:9-13)
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through GOD to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of GOD, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of The Messiah;” (II Corinthians10:3-5) “You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of The Messiah. No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please HIM who has chosen him to be a soldier.” (II Tim 2:3-4)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, Will of GOD.” (Romans 12:1-2) Many desire and expect ease in this temporal life, but tribulation awaits those that follow the teachings of The Messiah in this world! “Through much tribulation you will enter into The Kingdom of Heaven”. “As The Messiah suffered, so also will we suffer”.
Yet, what a blessed end!
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12) “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of GOD.” (Acts 14:22)
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 12:33) “For unto you it is given in the behalf of The Messiah, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake; having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.” (Philippians 1:29-30) “Forasmuch then as The Messiah has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the Will of GOD.” (I Peter 4:1-2)
Whom do you follow? Do you desire The Will of “The One GOD, Father of All”? Have you chosen to serve GOD and follow HIS Only Begotten Son, The Messiah, on “The Way to The Truth of The Life”? The Messiah “Loved His Enemies” and The Messiah was “a servant of The Only True GOD”! Whom do you serve? “No man can serve two masters!”(Matt 6:24a)”You can not serve GOD and money”! Choose rightly! Choose to follow The Messiah! Choose to be His disciple! Call upon GOD day and night for the strength needed to “Love Your Enemies” so that you might “enter in at the strait gate”: “for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter that gate: And strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto Life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) Be one of the few! Be of those who have denied themselves and have chosen to follow The Messiah on “The Way, to The Truth of The Life”, be of those who “Love Their Enemies”.
And while there is breath(spirit) there is hope……. For Miracles do happen!
Hope is there would be those who experience the Miracle that is “receiving a love of The Truth” for they will “Love Their Enemies”
Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this wicked world……. francisco