“Ya’akov, a servant of Elohim and of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, to the twelve tribes which are spread out among the Goyim: Shalom.” ~ Ya’akov 1:1 [James]
So, many who know me know that I have been frustrated in the past by the ‘two-house’ doctrine. The very nature of it divides the body of Messiah, and that alone is enough for me to despise it. It separates “Jews” and “Gentiles”. Don’t get me wrong, many of our Messianic people who are Jewish do contribute to this division. They say the gentiles do not need to keep all the Torah, that it is our job [Jews]. They are, of course, wrong. Yet so many think for some reason that Messianic Jews cannot commit error. But, the ‘two-house’ people who think, in WHATEVER measure, that they were given Salvation because they are of the “ten lost tribes”, are far more guilty of that division. They will not worship with anyone who disagrees with them, unless they feel they can persuade them to believe in this erroneous myth.
The verse above was written by the brother of Yeshua. Ya’akov lived at the same time as Yeshua, obviously, since he was his younger, half-brother. The theory of two-housers is that people who today are gentiles who believe in Messiah are in fact descended from one of the ten ‘lost’ tribes. They believe that this is why they received the gospel; that it was directed at them, because of their newly-discovered genealogy. They say that the migrations of the ten tribes show that they went north to Europe, and then west, and that all of Europe, especially Brits, Irish, Celts, and Danes, et al, are the lost tribes of Israel. There is not ONE shred of historical evidence to support this, other than made-up ‘evidence’. No serious historian agrees with them [including this author, a historian].
If this is so, that they were ‘lost’ into Europe, why did Ya’akov take up his quill to write to them? Those peoples, Brits, Irish, Celts, Danes, already existed in the time of Ya’akov, but NOT ONE had as yet become a believer! Ya’akov died around 62Ad. So, his letter had to be written before then. There was not ONE Talmid of Yeshua who had made it into those outer reaches to declare the B’sorah of Yeshua! That did not happen until the mid 6th century! 500 Years LATER! Neither had they made it as far as going beyond the Euphrates river, where Josephus, a Jewish historian of the first century, claimed the ten tribes who were scattered had actually gone [this is where scripture says they went]. So, NOT ONE PERSON who two-housers today claim they descend from had as yet received the B’sorah of Yeshua when Ya’akov wrote to them! NOT ONE!
To whom, then, was Ya’akov writing?
The answer is SO SIMPLE.
First, NOTHING that is a doctrine of scripture, including CREATION itself, has to use ANY history or outside evidence in order to be established as the Truth of G-d! If man’s interpretations of history are now our standard for interpreting the Word of Elohim, then mankind is in a far bigger mess than any of us will ever understand.
My personal stance, and hopefully that of our congregants, is that it is the WORD of Elohim, and that ALONE, that settles matters of doctrine. And ‘two-house’ thinking IS a doctrine. They SAY they use the word of Elohim, but in truth, they do not. Every single one of these people with whom I have discussed this issue have gone to outside sources to prove their point. Sure, they cite scripture, but they have never successfully refuted my corrections to their bad Hebrew [most of whom do NOT read Hebrew at all], but they turn to maps of migrations written by pseudo- or quasi-historians, to etymological gymnastics on English words, conjectural assertions based on DNA of the wishful, in order to support their THEORIES.
Ya’akov wrote to a KNOWN audience. Or, do we really want to go down the rabbit hole of mythology and say that Ya’akov wrote to “Lost Tribes.” If so, how did HE find them? And would that not have been the BIGGEST NEWS of the day? “Jewish man discovers the lost tribes of Israel and writes them a letter!” Can’t you see the headlines? Can’t you see CNN lining up in front of Ya’akov’s house in Yerushalayim to get the scoop?
The truth of the matter is that the REMNANT of the ten tribes, that ABBA SAID that He would preserve, returned to Yehudah! ALL of the tribes who returned BECAME “JEWS”. They submitted to the rulership of Yehudah, having ‘lost’ their KINGDOM, and are now, to a man, called Jews.
Sha’ul is the proof. He is of the tribe of Binyamin. Yet, he calls himself a Yehudi [Jew], as well as he calls himself an Yisra’elite. The two words are INTERCHANGEABLE in scripture. One does NOT have to be purely of the tribe of Yehudah [Judah] in order to be JEWISH.
But, more importantly, the ten tribes of the northern Kingdom were invited back to become part of Yehudah again. THAT is the REMNANT of the NORTHERN KINGDOM that Abba said He would set aside, and He did. And they RETURNED! ALREADY. Some of the prophecies about their returning HAVE ALREADY BEEN FULFILLED! Because they already returned.
Divrei HaYamim Bet Chapter 30 [2 Chron]
“5So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Yisra’el, from Be’er Shava even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Pesakh unto יהוה Elohei Yisra’el, at Yerushalayim; for they had not kept it in great numbers according as it is written. 6So the posts went with the letters from HaMelekh and his princes throughout all Yisra’el and Yehudah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, “You B’nei Yisra’el, turn back unto יהוה , the Elohim of Avraham, Yitz’khak, and Yisra’el, that He may return to the remnant that are escaped of you out of the hand of the kings of Ashur. 7And be not like your fathers, and like your brethren, who acted treacherously against יהוה , the Elohim of their fathers, so that He delivered them to be an astonishment, [They are FORGOTTEN! NO WHERE does Scripture call them ‘lost’; that is a MANMADE idea! ]as you see. ….. 10So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Efrayim and Menasheh, even unto Zevulun; but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11Nevertheless many of Asher and Menasheh and of Zevulun humbled themselves, and came to Yerushalayim. 12Also in Yehudah was the hand of Elohim to give them one heart, to do the commandment of HaMelekh and of the princes by the D’var יהוה . And13 there assembled at Yerushalayim much people to keep Khag HaMatzot in the second khodesh, a very great congregation. 14And they arose and took away the altars that were in Yerushalayim, and all the altars for incense they took away, and cast them into the brook Kidron. 15Then they killed the Pesakh lamb on the fourteenth day of the second khodesh; ….. For18 a multitude of the people, even many of Efrayim and Menasheh, Yisakhar and Zevulun, ….did eat the Pesakh ……. For Khizki-Yahu had prayed for them, saying, “May יהוה HaTov pardon 19every one that sets his heart to seek Elohim, יהוה , the Elohim of his fathers, though he is not [cleansed] according to the purification that pertains to HaKodesh.” 20And יהוה hearkened to Khizki-Yahu, and healed the people. 21And B’nei Yisra’el that were present at Yerushalayim kept Khag HaMatzot seven days with great gladness; and the Levi’im and the Kohanim praised יהוה day by day, singing with loud instruments unto יהוה .”
It is very important to know, WHEN did this happen?
This happened AFTER the ten northern tribes were destroyed and SCATTERED to the four winds!
The short of it is this: Elohim said that He would DESTROY the Northern Kingdom and FORGET THEM FOREVER! Yet, at the same time, He said He would preserve a REMNANT of them. And that this remnant would become ONE with Yehudah! And HE records in His Word that He did keep a REMNANT, and that they DID return JUST AS HOSHEAH and Yekhezkel prophesied!
So, when you now see END TIME prophecies of ALL TWELVE TRIBES coming back to be ruled by Messiah in Ha’Aretz, that is because ALL TWELVE TRIBES were driven OUT of the land TOGETHER in 70-150 AD, and they are our JEWISH PEOPLE!!!!!!
Zekhar-Yah said that in the last days, ten men from every tribe and nation would grasp the Kanaf [where the tzit-tzit hangs] of a YEHUDI, a JEW! And say, ‘we will go with you, because we have heard that Elohim is with you.’ And of course, bible-believers know that one is a true Jew, no matter the DNA, who has circumcised his HEART by keeping the Torah of G-d.
So, Ya’akov was not writing to the ten “LOST” tribes, as two-housers claim. Surely they did not get lost after this letter was written? But, if we believe they ARE lost, then we MUST believe they got lost after this letter! Otherwise, Ya’akov would be a fool to write to people for whom he had no address!
He was writing to ALL TWELVE TRIBES! JEWS! Most especially those who believe in Yeshua! But, nonetheless, he was NOT writing to the people east of the Euphrates, or the Celts, Danes, Brits, et cetera. His audience was Jewish people who had BELIEVED IN THE MESSIAH….
The TWELVE TRIBES live TOGETHER today as JEWS, all over the world. And when Messiah comes back, they will all indeed RETURN to the land, just as predicted, when they come to trust in Yeshua. Danes are Danes, and NOT ‘Danites’; Brits are Brits, and not ‘covenant people’. All of these arguments are trite, and make their adherents look like fools.
Scripture tells us the Jews today are ALL TWELVE TRIBES, and THAT is two whom the letter of Ya’akov was penned.