Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Commonwealth of Israel - Dr. Gavin Finley

Aggregated articles and videos articulating the Commonwealth of Israel

 

Dr. Gavin Finley has posted many valuable resources for understanding God's intent for the Commonwealth of Israel at his website, http://endtimepilgrim.org

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 Below are only a few highlights from the website page: http://endtimepilgrim.org/coi.htm 

Two olive trees and menorah from the Jewish Cervera Bible
Two olive trees and menorah, from the Jewish Cervera Bible, Spain, circa 1299

The Law-Grace Fracture in Israel and the EndTime Restoration in Messiah

 A video Power-Point presentation by Gavin Finley spotlighting the Law-Grace fracture line in Israel that broke at the Breach of Jeroboam, to split Israel into Two Kingdoms. Then the end-time reunion and reconciliation of the Two Houses of Israel as the Congregation / Commonwealth of Israel, along with the regathering and restoration of "all Israel" complete with a Fullness out of the Gentiles, people in Messiah, a called out assembly, from every nation,race, and tribe, even as Israel's partial blindness is healed in the latter days.


LAW AND GRACE. THE HIGH PRIESTLY GRACE OF MESSIAH. AND THE RIGHTEOUS RULE OF MESSIAH.

DUAL ANOINTINGS FROM THE TWO OLIVE TREES

THE TWO WITNESSES OF ZECH 4 AND REV. 11.

TWO LIGHTS FROM THE TWO SABBATH CANDLES.

TWO OFFICES OF MESSIAH AS HIGH PRIEST AND KING IN THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK

 

Excerpts from Dr. Finley's article below:


In the book of Zechariah the prophet is shown two olive trees. Both of them are issuing the holy oil of anointing into a golden bowl. From this the oil flows on via seven pipes into the seven branched candlestick. This is the menorah which was established as the true symbol of Israel by Moses in the book of Leviticus. This is the imagery. And in it we find the key to the story to the re-union and full restoration of both Israel and the Church. In Zechariah chapter 4 we are looking at completed Israel. And in this picture the spiritual anointing and the sustenance is coming from the two olive trees. Here we see Israel as both a Kingdom and a Priesthood. It is the combined and cross-linked Nation and the Congregation of Yehoveh-God. Its final state is the restored perfected Union or the Commonwealth of Israel. There is no separation into church/synagogue/religion and state/nation/land. There is no separation at all, - none whatsoever. 

Obviously this is not our present situation. But it will surely become a reality at the Restoration of Israel at the consummation of the age. There is a huge, dark, and forbidding gulf between Israel, (which we as Christians view only as the Jewish House of Judah), and what we like to call, "The Church". A huge legion of dark religious spirits swirl around the chasm, guarding it like trolls, forbidding access to the truth. To get to the truth of the matter here we are going to have embrace our Messiah, ask for His Holy Spirit to be our Guide, and go back to the Bible. 

We'll begin by taking a surveying trip back into Israel's past history. Our journey will take us back down a long and twisted pathway. And before we have finished this study we shall have traced out the fracture line of Israel right through to its political source at the Breach of Jeroboam. There is a blood feud here and a deep amnesia about the whole issue. Both sides are entrenched. And this sad story has gone on for 2900 years. So understandably there will be some painful lessons for us to learn along the way. We shall discover that both of the feuding parties in Greater Israel, and not just "the Jews", have cursed themselves into total blindness. This happened to each party at two pivotal point in their respective histories. Oh yes, this partial blindness is certainly in Jewish House who are blind to the first coming of the Messiah in His priestly role as the Suffering Servant. But, (and here is the rub), the partial blindness is also in the Church. They are blind to their identity in Israel which comes through the blood of Christ and the Seed of Abraham. So the blood feud, the amnesia, and the partial blindness is in both houses of Israel. This is our present situation. And this sad state of affairs extends right up to the present day. 

So what has happened? Let us begin by taking a close look at this first big issue, the two great principles of God. In Zechariah 4:11,12,13,&14 the prophet sees the two olive trees. He doesn't know what they mean. But he knows that God is showing him something. And He is told that a branch of one tree relates to Zerubbabel, their present ruler in the Kingdom and Jerusalem and another branch from the other tree represents Joshua, their office-holder in the Priesthood. He knows that the two olive trees he is seeing there in this open vision must be very important. So he asks,
"What are these, my Lord?"
The angel answers him saying,
"These are the two anointed ones who stand before the Lord of the earth"
Half a millennia later the Apostle John picks up the rest of the story connecting the two olive trees, (the two anointed ones who stand before the Lord of the earth), as the two witnesses who will prophesy in an epic final way during the final 1260 days of this age in the Great Tribulation. Revelation 11:3-4


"3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands standing before the God of the earth."
The Holy One of Israel is the God of Law and Righteous Rule. He is also the God of Grace and Mercy. But as we look at religion today and especially as we look at Israel, (as it is currently understood), and what we call "The Church" quite clearly their is a disconnect. The two have become estranged from one another. They are now warring feuding factions. Each has set out to champion one element of the God of Israel and neglect the other. And quite clearly they are at cross purposes with each other. Theologically it is very clear what has happened. It seems that the main issue and the main burden of the Church is the Gospel of Grace. And the main burden of the royal Jewish House of Judah in Israel is for God's Law. At present the two camps do not appreciate or understand each other very well. Is this destined to change in times to come? 

Oh yes! 


Christian believers do not appreciate the Law of God very much right now. They are inclined discount it all as "Mosaic Law" and insist that "the Law" has been "done away with". And so they retire to the Church to concentrate on what they call Grace. After all, this is what God in His mercy has given has he not?


Ah, but here is the rub. "Grace" can be misrepresented. It can be a cloak for license and licensuousness. Much of what is touted as Grace today is in fact antinomian lawlessness. 


Many who call themselves Christians are just as lawless and just as inclined to break covenant as the pagans in the world around them. The popular church being pushed down the skids into Godlessness by the Hegelian dialectic. Many church-going Christians are slip-sliding down the path of compromise to destruction. Indulgence to sin and the pursuit of self-centered agendas does not just come with secular humanism. Religious humanism is the poisoned apple in the mouth of the Sleeping Beauty that is the church. There is a "way that seems right to a man". But it leads to spiritual death and damnation. See Proverbs 16:25. And yet this is a conspiracy and a rebellion against God. This is the raging of the heathen that will come to a peak in the latter days. King David wrote a song about this final apex of lawlessness in Psalm 2

As we look around we see that the Church in the West today is becoming increasingly accommodating to all this rebellion. There are consequences to is lawlessness in rejection of Christ/Messiah as King and the refusal of those who call themselves Christians to honor Him on the throne of their heart. This is precisely why the Western Church is now in such serious moral decline. 


But the Christian God is the Holy One of Israel. He is the God of righteousness, the Son of David who sits upon the Throne of David. His Law, even His Torah, is part of His divine purpose. And the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith are very deep and very real. But is our calling just to "Torah observance". And is the Law just to be observed "out there" written on tablets of stone, in Holy Books, or on digital tablets? 


The Prophet Jeremiah spoke of the New Covenant. Oh yes, the New Covenant was spoken of in the Old Testament. It seems that in this New Covenant the Law brought home to its rightful place at last. The Law is not "done away with", no, not at all. 600 years before our Redeemer came to earth the prophet Jeremiah clearly stated that the Law is destined to be written not just on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh. The God of Israel spoke through Jeremiah to tell us this. The Law is to be written in human hearts. (See Jer. 31:31,32,33)
So the Law is not just an arbitrary enactment or guidelines categorized and subdivided ad nauseum and laid down and policed by men with wagging fingers. Ultimately the Law is the Law of the God of Israel, the Law of a very personal God, the God who crossed the gnostic chasm and the barricades of Hellenized compartmentalizing men to come to earth as Immanuel, "God with us". Is this a personal matter? Oh yes, it certainly is! 


The Law involves the anointing of a King to enact Righteous Rule. YHVH-God's Kingdom rule is a throne of total, absolute, and pure righteousness. But where is that king? Is he "out there"? Or is He "in here", inside our heart? The external upholding of the law is in the precinct of the Levitical priesthood which overflowed into the Church. But with the Law "out there" as an object to be assessed and talked about forever by men there is no guarantee of obedience. And let's face it, a mere following of the letter of the law has proven to be problematic. God knows this. And He has made provision for us to go beyond the external Law. Through His blood He carries us, just as He did our Father Abraham when they made covenant together. There was "one set of footprints in the blood". The God of Israel takes us beyond the schoolmaster of the Law. Then He carries us on across a threshold into the precincts of His Grace in the New Covenant. 


So when He comes in to human hearts in the New Covenant does He abolish the Old Covenant? Does He "do away with" the Law? Does He render all His righteous precepts as "null and void"? No, a thousand times no! He establishes and enthrones His Law inside the hearts of His Holy People. He does this when they are saved and "born again". This is what happens to them when they become "new creatures". 


The power to follow the Law is now very present. It comes in the Person of the indwelling Christ and by His Holy Spirit. He establishes the Throne of David upholding His Law inside human hearts and leads them in the gentle bonds of love. He guides His people and empowers them to walk in His ways. He walks with them and talks with them throughout their journey here on earth. And when they have finished their pilgrimage He brings them home to the mansions He has prepared. 


Great is the mystery of godliness. But it is a very personal reality. It is a wonder seen in the lives of men, women, and children who know God. This inner work of righteousness and law written in the hearts of men is just the beginning. The coming Millennium of Messiah will see His rule from the Throne of David going out from individuals to unify them as a corporate body, His Holy City, Jerusalem. Indeed, the Holy City, New Jerusalem, is the Bride of the Lamb, the Bride of Christ. See Rev. 21:2,3


Here is the central uniting truth that will establish the Commonwealth of Israel. Both the anointing of Law in the anointing of a King and the anointing of Grace and the Gospel that comes to us in Christ our High Priest, are brought to us by our Messiah. He will rule in the dual anointing over both offices as Priest-King in the Order of Melchizedek. Messiah Himself brings the two offices of Law and Grace into perfect Union. It is this recognition and this submission and commitment to the dual anointing of Messiah that will bring in the true double anointing ministers like to talk about and try and claim. This dual anointing will energize the End Time Revival to accomplish the full restoration of all 12 tribes of Israel.
Quite clearly the two houses of Israel in Yehoveh-God are in a serious state of disunity and dysfunction right now. The Kingdom portion of the Order of Melchizedek, the Messianic anointing of God's righteous rule, is presently alienated from the Church. God's Law and His precepts is presently championed in the Jewish house of Israel. But the promised great salvation of the Jewish house, while it has already started, will come to a head rather late. 



See Zechariah 12:10. The priestly ministry of the Messianic anointing is in the Gospel. This is entrusted to and championed by an entity we call "the Church". The word "church", by itself, and stripped of all its religious and ritualistic coverings, means nothing. The word "church" merely means "assembly". The Greek word "ekklesia" means "called out", "congregation", or "assembly". It is only when the object of the assembly is mentioned that the word has anything beyond just a generic meaning. The so-called "church" should be properly presented as "The Congregation of Israel", or "The Congregation of Israel's Anointed Messiah". Those more Biblically correct names would help connect the dots and help Christians, a word that means "of the Anointed One", into a fuller understanding of their true identity. True born-again blood bought Christians are by that atoning blood ushered into the Congregation, the Nation, and the Commonwealth of Israel. Do they know this? No, they do not. As part of Israel they are partially blind, just as partially blind, but in a different way, than their Jewish brothers and sisters. Christians, for the most part, are blind to their corporate identity in the Commonwealth of Israel. And their Jewish brethren are partially blind to their Messiah, coming as He did that first time not as King of kings but in His priestly role as the Lamb of God, Israel's Suffering Servant.

Continue reading at http://endtimepilgrim.org/coi.htm 

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Commonwealth of Israel Foundation announces Board of Directors

The Commonwealth of Israel Foundation announces its Board of Directors.


Proceeding from the Board meeting held on July 25, 2018, the Commonwealth of Israel Foundation is pleased to present the following Directors and Officers.

Douglas Krieger - Chair of the Board
Douglas W. Krieger is the owner of Tribnet Publications, editor of Tribnet.org, and a prolific author. He has served as Education Administrator for public schools for more than 20 years, as well as Public Relations and (formerly) the Executive Director of the National Religious Broadcasters National Prayer Breakfast in Honor of Israel during the 1980’s. He holds a BA/Admin. Cred. from CSU-LA/CSUS. Additionally, he was a pastor during the Jesus Movement. During the Reagan Administration Doug attended White House briefings with the Religious Roundtable and the American Forum for Jewish-Christian Cooperation.


Dr. Douglas Hamp - President

Dr. Douglas Hamp earned his M.A. in the Bible and its World from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his PhD in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University. He served as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for six years, where he lectured and developed curriculum at the School of Ministry, Spanish School of Ministry and Calvary Chapel Bible College Graduate School. He is the author of numerous books, articles, & DVDs and has appeared on national and international TV, radio, and internet programs in English and in Spanish. He is senior pastor of the Way Congregation in Wheat Ridge, CO.


Gavin Finley MD - Director
Dr. Gavin Finley is a retired anesthesiologist currently engaged as a writer, speaker, and blogger on Bible prophecy themes. He is the administrator of EndTimePilgrim.org. Gavin's autobiographical sketch can be read at: http://endtimepilgrim.org/bio.htm


Chris Steinle - Secretary
Chris Steinle is a former pastor and retired CPA with over 25 years experience in business leadership as CFO and corporate treasurer. His ministry experience includes staff assignments as assistant and administrative pastor as well as international radio evangelism. Chris has also authored several books.



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Monday, August 20, 2018

Haunted Theology: How the Modern Church is Haunted by the Ghost of Marcion

Haunted Theology: How the Modern Church is Haunted by the Ghost of Marcion - Dr. Douglas Hamp

 

We have a haunted theology today – it is inhabited by a spirit of a 2nd century heretic who continues to exert influence over how some Christians read their Bible.


The longer version is also posted on our video page. This teaching is SO CLEAR AND POWERFUL! we just had to post it here on the main blog page too.




Sunday, August 5, 2018

WHERE DID THE HOUSE OF JOSEPH/ISRAEL GO?

WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOUSE OF JUDAH - BUT WHERE DID THE HOUSE OF JOSEPH/ISRAEL GO?

Nuggets from Zechariah, Dr. DOUG HAMP MINISTRIES comment on Commonwealth Theology post http://commonwealththeology.com/the-oracle-of-damascus-messiah-judah-ephraim/

Proof of the Dispersion of the House of Israel in the Book of Zechariah

God promised to bring back the house of Israel whom he had scattered to the nations in the book of Hosea. Some people believe that the house of Israel was assimilated into the house of Judah and then when they came back from the Babylonian captivity that the prophecy had been fulfilled. Yet, evidence from the book of Zechariah proves otherwise.

Zechariah was the prophet to the house of Judah after the Babylonian captivity and yet, there is still a clear distinction made between the house of Judah and the house of Israel (Ephraim).

“I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the LORD their God, And I will hear them. (Zech 10:6)

Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. (Zech 10:7)

I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; And they shall increase as they once increased. (Zech 10:8)

“I will sow them among the peoples, And they shall remember Me in far countries; They shall live, together with their children, And they shall return. (Zech 10:9 NKJV)

I checked the Hebrew for “I will sow” which the NKJV translated as future tense, yet, the Hebrew is a vav-hahipuch, which flips the tense from future to past (yeah, it is one of those weird features of biblical Hebrew). It isn’t I WILL SOW… but I HAVE SOWN. This difference is huge! Other translations note this as well.

Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations, still they will remember me in distant lands. With their children, they will survive and come home again to Israel. (Zech 10:9 NLV)

Though I had them planted among the peoples, they will keep me in mind in far countries: and they will take care of their children and will come back. (Zech 10:9 BBE)

We see that other translations also understand the Hebrew as I do…it had already happened. God had already scattered the house of Israel when the Assyrians took them away and they were sown into far countries. With this in mind, the next verse makes better sense:

I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, And gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, Until no more room is found for them. (Zech 10:10)

We need to remember, Zechariah is AFTER the Babylonian captivity – the Jews are back in the land and where is the house of Israel? Back with Judah as many like to claim? NO!

They are OUT THERE among the nations where God scattered them. This is powerful proof that “Jew” does NOT include the house of Israel and that Jesus did indeed come to seek out the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Social and Religious Benefits of Commonwealth Theology



Reflections on the Social and Religious Benefits of Commonwealth Theology - Dr. Gavin Finley

1. Commonwealth Theology (CT) is set forth and authorized by Holy Scripture in Ephesians 2:11-14. As we see in this passage, there is to be a wider Israel than we see now, a Commonwealth of Israel; a bit like the British Commonwealth was expected to be, although never realized. The Commonwealth of Israel admits Jews and non-Jews into the adoption and the citizenship of Israel, and this by the same Messiah who established the Congregation of Israel as a company and a communion of faith. The entrance modality comes by the New Covenant. This chosen state before God is unique in that this salvation and subsequent fellowship with the Holy One of Israel, is open to Jewish believers and also to non-Jewish believers. The New Covenant gathers together an entire Commonwealth and Congregation of people. The gathering and the fellowship comes not by race, bloodline, generational lineage, or DNA. Rather it comes by the adoptive process of faith in Messiah. This is not just a religion of assent, a mere doctrine, nor a religious tradition. The “called out” people enter into a deep blood covenant union and an ongoing relationship with Messiah, the Christ of Israel. This re-gathering is not a political affair, nor an ecumenical based ecclesiastical one. Rather the election is based upon a personal salvation that comes by grace through faith.

2. A wonderful service to mankind comes in by a realization of the Commonwealth of Israel. There is an inherent engendering of peace among men. This comes by the inclusiveness in Messiah defusing the jealousy directed at the Jewish house of Judah. There is a virulent social disease that explodes from time to time among non-Jews. This is the toxic and seemingly irrational anti-Semitism. This reunion, reconciliation, and restoration in the two houses of Israel in association with the gathering to Messiah of people from all nations will change this for the better. Faith in Messiah is a peacemaker like no other. All this is part and parcel of the abiding Presence of the indwelling Christ in the New Covenant. So the positive story in the climactic re-gathering under the Messiah of Israel is a cross-linked Commonwealth and Congregation of Israel. This is a peace based upon both righteous Law and mercy and Grace. Both are upheld in the dual office of Messiah that comes in the Order of Melchizedek. Broadly speaking we might say the blood covenant union with Messiah in the New Covenant involves “politics and religion”. So an appreciation of CT is to discern both a national/international unity and a unity of the faith both of which rest upon a spiritual foundation in Messiah. The significant virtue of CT being advanced here is that it does not alienate, sideline, or replace the Jewish house of Judah, as previous replacement and dispensational theologies have done, but reunites and embraces both companies. The Commonwealth of Israel comes not by human hands but is a spiritual gathering, soul by soul, and silently by faith in Messiah. The Holy Spirit comes into human lives and restores not only the Jewish house of Judah and Benjamin but also those being saved out of lost ten tribes. But not only that, the Commonwealth of Israel also embraces, saves, and delivers a host of people from places far and wide. The prophet Isaiah spoke of a Servant being a Light to the Gentiles extending God’s salvation out to the ends of the earth. In Revelation 7 John saw the result of this. He saw a huge multitude gathered before the throne of God, people from every nation, race, and tribe.

3. So in CT we have peace on earth and a Multiculturalism that delivers. An understanding of CT and an embracing of Israel’s Messiah successfully and gloriously performs the ultimate multicultural gathering of the entire company of faith.
The gathering of all people in the New Covenant as a Commonwealth and as a Congregation will be successful because the union in Messiah is loving and personal. The God of Israel is respective of the distinctive character traits of individuals and nations. Multicultural union under Messiah is even now being achieved without erasing the distinctive character of each person or each nation. Each is capable of expressing the glory of Messiah in their own distinctive way. They achieve this even as the 12 jewels that sparkle and shine on the breastplate of the High Priest are different but yet remain in unity. So we can be assured that this union in Commonwealth Theology will bring the penultimate service to mankind, the best that can ever be expected.

4. We should expect that critics of CT, especially rabbinical Jewish authorities, and dominionist Christian hierarchies will be initially opposed to the idea of a Commonwealth of Israel. They are yet to appreciate this unfolding plan of Yehovah-God as laid out in Isaiah 49:6. They will say that proponents of CT are little more than Jewish “wanna-be’s”. This will provide an opportunity for the conversation to move forward. There will be a reopening of the discussion of the split in Israel over Law and Grace that occurred after the death of King Solomon at the Breach of Jeroboam. People will come to realize that there was an epic split of Israel into two kingdoms. The ten non-Jewish tribes rebelled from the throne of David, the Jewish House of Judah. They went their separate ways as the Northern Kingdom separate form the Southern Kingdom. The reopening of the Scriptures to examine the migration of the Northern Kingdom will also raise a big and appropriate question mark over the Jewish and Christian claims that the lost tribes were re-gathered and subsumed under Judah during the returns from the Babylonian captivity in the 6th, and 5th Centuries B.C.. The assertion is made that the Northern Kingdom and the lost ten tribes returned en-masse under Zerubabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. This claim is made to justify the belief that the Jewish house we see today is all there is left of Israel. But the assertion is without historical or Biblical foundation. As the conversation and holy history moves on to the consummation of the age we can expect that many mysteries are yet to unfold. And they will, in their time.