Addressing the Two-House Teaching



I'm J.K. McKee, editor of Messianic
Apologetics. If you are new to the channel, be sure to subscribe for future
teachings and updates. Where does your ministry currently stand
in regard to the Two-House teaching? Outreach Israel and Messianic
Apologetics should not at all be considered a "Two-House" ministry, given the
wide and diverse array of Biblical and theological topics we address, germane to
the broad Messianic movement. Our ministry encounters and interacts with
people in Messianic Judaism, as well as in the One Law/One Torah sub-movement,
and in the Two-House sub-movement–as we consider and analyze a wide series of
issues and subjects which are thought to be of importance to people in all of
those different sub-communities. If our ministry choice is at all to be honored
by others in the Messianic world, we would consider ourselves and
egalitarian Messianic ministry. We are a ministry which regards both Jewish and
non-Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua to be a part of the Commonwealth of
Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13, 19; 3:6), and which advocates a mutual submission
ideology (Ephesians 5:21; Philippians 2:3-4). We fully affirm that all
Messianic Believers, Jewish and non-Jewish, male and female, are equals in
the eyes of the Lord (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 2:11)–
and should be encouraged to develop all of their gifts, talents, and skills as is
proper in Him. We also believe that the Messianic movement's shared Judeo-Protestant spiritual and theological heritage must be steadfastly honored. As
it concerns the specific issue of the Two- House teaching, our ministry has made
considerable efforts to disavow the popular or populist
variety of the Two-House teaching which has been promulgated since the 1990s, via
a number of pseudo-denominations, sensationalistic groups, and dominant and/or presumed-prophetic personalities –which has not allowed itself to be often
subject to constructive criticism and/or further theological refinement and
engagement with conservative Biblical scholarship. Yet, we do believe it is
entirely appropriate for any Bible reader to consider the questions posed
by the Divided Kingdom period in Tanach history, and to evaluate what happened
with the Northern Kingdom exiles taken away by Assyria. There are certainly pre-millennial
theologians who affirm that there is a prophesied, yet-to-occur reunification,
involving those from the exiled Northern Kingdom of Israel/Ephraim and the
Southern Kingdom of Judah. But this hardly requires, as the Two-House
teaching advocates, that almost every non-Jew in today's Messianic movement be a
descendant of the Lost Tribes. We would acknowledge a greater, end-time
restoration of Israel to come that is prophesied, going beyond the rebirth of
the State of Israel in 1948, as important as this has
surely been. Such a larger restoration of Israel definitely involves the Jewish
people, as well as descendants from the exiled Northern Kingdom, but also many
welcomed and valued scores of companions from the nations themselves as co-participants and co-laborers. There are pockets of people in remote corners of
places like Southeast Asia, Southern Asia, the Middle East, the Eastern
Mediterranean, and the environs of Central Africa, who claim to be descendants of
the exiled Northern Kingdom via some kind of oral tradition, and/or what can
appear to be Jewish-style customs–and most probably are. (Sometimes this has
been enjoined with some credible DNA analysis, confirming distant Semitic
descent.) These are the areas which generally fall within the sphere of
influence of the old Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Empires, and where the exiles of the Northern Kingdom could have been legitimately deported,
scattered, and/or assimilated (Jeremiah 1:10; Hosea 8:8-9; Amos 9:8-9).
We believe that the Lord will bring together as one people in Him: the Jewish
people, such aforementioned descendants of exiled Israel/Ephraim, and their
many associated companions from all nations as one broad and inclusive
community of people in Messiah Yeshua, before His return, in fulfillment of end-time prophecy (Isaiah 11:12-16; Jeremiah 31:6-10; Ezekiel 37:15-28;
Zechariah 10:6-10). We do not at all encourage non-Jewish Believers
(particularly those of Western European ancestry) who are a part of today's
Messianic movement, and who recognize themselves as a part of the Commonwealth
of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13) or the Israel of God (Galatians 6:16), grafted into Israel's olive tree by faith in Israel's Messiah (Romans 11:17-18), to
identify themselves as some sort of "Ephraimites." We especially do not
encourage such non-Jewish people to make any kind of permanent pilgrimage or "aliyah"
to the Holy Land, as there is no indication that all Messiah followers will,
in total, ever live in the Land of Israel, even in the Messiah's Millennial Kingdom
(Isaiah 19:23-24; {correction: Zechariah} 14:16-19). An eschatology-based approach toward
addressing this subject, with obviously various details needing to be left to an
Eternal and Sovereign God, is frequently not the approach which one encounters in
much of the well-known literature surrounding the subject matter. It can be
said that there is a distinct difference between a populist Two-House teaching,
which essentially advocates that the majority of non-Jewish Believers are
distant descendants of the exiled Northern Kingdom (with various
connections to be likely made with Nineteenth Century British Israelism), versus a more
Biblical approach to the issue that focuses on the specific prophecies of a
larger restoration of Israel. While we would affirm a wide number of Tanach
prophecies involving the exiled Northern Kingdom as a participant, as being
unfulfilled at the present time, our ministry
would not at all be considered a part of a Two-House sub-movement which practices
a great deal of theological eisegesis, where many Biblical references
to "two" are applied to Judah and Ephraim, whose Hebrew and Greek examination is
often limited to Strong's Concordance, and which even promotes polygamy as a
valid lifestyle for today's men. When this subject matter has been raised, we
have definitely strived as a ministry–as best as we humanly can–to focus the
attention of today's Messianic people on a larger scope of expectations regarding
the restoration of Israel, with the exiled Northern Kingdom of Israel/
Ephraim as a noticeable participant. How does this affect our view of the end-times, and what is to transpire regarding the restoration of Israel before the
Messiah's return? Unlike the populist Two-House teaching
that has garnered the most attention since the late 1990s, our ministry has
made it clear that non-Jewish Messianic Believers thinking that they are
mostly descendants of the exiled Northern Kingdom, is not at all useful or
profitable. Jeremiah 31:10 certainly directs Bible readers, "He who scattered
Israel will gather him" (NASU). Many of the finer details of such a larger restoration of
Israel to be anticipated are only known by our Eternal and Omnipresent Creator.
And not at all to be ignored, is the steadfast Torah word of Deuteronomy 28:62, "Then you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as numerous as the
stars of heaven, because you did not obey the LORD your God" (NASU). Much of the popular/populist Two-House literature has actually posited that the physical
numbers of descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are in the hundreds of
millions, if not billions, whereas the tenor of the Pentateuch itself does not
at all convey this. Not only does this seem like a significant over-exaggeration, it makes the known Jewish population
seem absolutely miniscule–
especially in light of the six million Jews who were slaughtered in the
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