December 8, 2016 SnyderTalk: The Promised Land belongs to Israel—all the Tribes of Israel

“Yahweh has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” (Psalm 103: 19)



The Promised Land belongs to Israel—all the Tribes of Israel

I love Israel and the Jewish people who are holding the fort, as it were, in Israel today.  Nothing I say here should be construed in any way as minimizing my commitment to them.  They are putting their lives at risk for all of us.  For that, they deserve our respect and our admiration.

Yahweh made promises to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob/Israel.  Jacob/Israel had 12 sons:

  1. Reuben
  2. Simeon
  3. Levi
  4. Judah
  5. Dan
  6. Naphtali
  7. Gad
  8. Asher
  9. Issachar
  10. Zebulun
  11. Joseph
  12. Benjamin

Together, they are the Children of Israel.  Judah is one tribe of Israel, not all of them.  The Jewish people in Israel descend from Judah.  It’s true that the Promised Land belongs to them, but it belongs to the other 11 tribes as well.

In Genesis chapter 48, Jacob/Israel said this:

1 Now it came about after these things that Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him. 2 When it was told to Jacob, “Behold, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel collected his strength and sat up in the bed. 3 Then Jacob said to Joseph, “El Shaddai [Yahweh] appeared to me at Luz [Jerusalem] in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and He said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession.’ 5 Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. 6 But your offspring that have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance.” (Genesis 48: 1-6)

As you can see, Jacob/Israel claimed Ephraim and Manasseh as two of his own sons thereby doubling Joseph’s inheritance. (See Joshua 14: 4.)  That means the 12 tribes of Israel are actually 13 tribes.

After King Solomon died, Israel was divided into two parts: Israel in the north and Judah in the south.  In the 700s B.C., the northern tribes of Israel (the Kingdom of Israel) were conquered by the Assyrians and taken into captivity.  By that time, Judah had absorbed Benjamin.  Together, they are known as the Kingdom of Judah.

In the 500s B.C., the Kingdom of Judah was conquered by the Babylonians and taken into captivity, but they returned to the Promised Land after 70 years.  The Kingdom of Israel was scattered around the world.  Over time as they assimilated, most of them lost their identity as Children of Israel.  Nevertheless, they are descendants of Jacob/Israel and heirs to the Promised Land.

In Ezekiel chapter 37, Yahweh promised to reunite all the tribes of Israel in the Promised Land:

15 The word of Yahweh came again to me saying, 16 “And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, ‘For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18 When the sons of your people speak to you saying, ‘Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?’ 19 say to them, ‘Thus says Adonai Yahweh, “Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ 20 The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. 21 Say to them, ‘Thus says Adonai Yahweh, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their Elohim.” (Ezekiel 37: 15-23)

As I said, Judah is holding the fort, as it were, in the Promised Land, but Yahweh promised to join Israel and Judah together again.  That is beginning to happen right now, but Judah has become an obstacle.  By declaring that the Promised Land is the Jewish State of Israel and writing laws that forbid the return of all but descendants of Judah, they are standing in Yahweh’s way.  It’s time for that to change.

In a nutshell, it’s not the Jewish State of Israel.  It’s simply the State of Israel.  It includes Judah and the other tribes.  That’s not my opinion.  That’s what Yahweh said.  It’s time to get on board with Yahweh’s plan and to jettison Jewish traditions that are diametrically opposed to it.

Isaiah chapter 8 says this:

9 “Be broken, O peoples, and be shattered; and give ear, all remote places of the earth. Gird yourselves, yet be shattered; gird yourselves, yet be shattered. 10 Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; state a proposal, but it will not stand, for Elohim is with us. 11 For thus Yahweh spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, 12 “You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, and you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it. 13 It is Yahweh Sabaoth whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread. 14 Then He shall become a sanctuary; but to both the houses of Israel [both Israel and Judah], a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, and a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 Many will stumble over them, then they will fall and be broken; they will even be snared and caught.” (Isaiah 8: 9-15)

No one and nothing can prevent Yahweh from fulfilling all of His promises.  Standing in His way makes no sense.  Besides, we are stronger together, so reuniting makes perfect sense.  We want to return, so let us.  Encourage us to return.



“If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)

Change that Yahweh calls “good” begins in the hearts of believers—people who are recognizable because they are different.

We are different because we belong to Him and are called by His Name.  We are Yahweh’s people, His followers.


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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)

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