These religions and their denominations teach that it does not matter who you are. This encourages our people to stay asleep, not knowing or caring who they are (Isa 1:2-3) and ignore their heritage (Jer 17:4).
In other words, it keeps the dry bones dry (Ezek 37:3). Without acknowledging this heritage, they will not awaken and put on flesh (Ezek 37:1-14).
As a result, most will remain in the idolatrous religions of Satan and his children. These include Christianity and Islam. So understanding what “and the strangers shall be joined with them” means is very critical to the awakening of the whole house of Israel: the fulfillment of Ezekiel 37 in these end times.
By the way, another one we hope to look at soon in another article, is what does the seed of Abraham actually mean.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IS ABOUT ONE PEOPLE, NOT A WORLD RELIGION
The Bible is not about religion. It is about a nation (Israel) and its interaction with other nations (Gentiles, strangers, heathen). It is about promises to this one people and how these promises will be fulfilled.
Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
A kingdom: a nation, not a religion.
1Ch 17:21 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom Elohiym went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?
The Bible is about a nation, not a religion:
Psa 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
That is why the people who gave us Christianity (the Gentiles) want us to forget the true nation of Israel that exists today. Their religion is designed to prevent Israel from being a nation.
Of course, we are not speaking about the people in that country called Israel, but his true hidden people scattered over the face of the earth.
Psa 83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
THE RELIGIONS OF THE GENTILES
The religions of the Gentiles, however, always seek to unite everyone into one. This way was recorded way back from the days of Antiochus Epiphanes in the book of the Maccabees.
1 Macabees 1:41-43 Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, and abandon their particular customs. All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king, and many Israelites delighted in his religion; they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.
This is then a trademark of Gentile religions. Strangers always want to unite all into one for the sake of conquest and rule. Religion, of course, is the greatest tool of control. Unite everyone into one religion and we can rule them all.
ONE WORLD RELIGION
That is why they are at it again. In order to achieve a one-world order, they are executing a one-world religion. Christianity has outlived its usefulness and another religion is being created to replace it. They are syncretizing all religions into one (just as they did when they created Christianity), and creating a unified world religion once again.
That is why their slogan is “Coexist.” There is nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:9).
THE GOD OF EVERYBODY?
Why do they do this? Because their master is Satan.
Let this sink in: any deity that is said to be the “God’ of everybody” is none other than the master deceiver himself: HaSatan. He is the god of this world:
2Co 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Messiah, who is the image of YAHUAH, should shine unto them.
Satan is the god of “everybody.” You need to take a look at our “Who Is God?” series to understand more about this deception.
THE ELOHIYM OF ISRAEL
The Elohiym of Israel never claimed to be the Elohiym of everyone. He only claimed to be the Elohiym of Israel and none other people:
Joe_2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am YAHUAH your Aluahym, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
He never claimed any other people to be his! Even when it appears that he is calling other people his, he is actually speaking of his people who are among those nations. He is only the Elohiym of Israel. The other nations have their own elohiym, who are idols.
Psa_96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but YAHUAH made the heavens.
Can you then see why the nations gave us the image of “Jesus Christ” to worship as “God?” They are idolaters.
SATAN AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT
These mighty ones of the nations are nothing other than Satan himself masking as an angel of light behind false names to get worship.
1Co_10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to YAHUAH: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Therefore, anything we get from the nations is unclean. Any deity they give us are devils. Remember, they are the ones who gave us “God” and “Jesus Christ” to worship. See Who is God of Fortune (Who is God? Part 2).
That is why “God,” the mighty one of the world is Satan himself masking as an angel of light. Again, I advise that you read our “Who is God?” series to understand. Otherwise, you just might think I am absolutely crazy.
So to enforce the point, YAHUAH is not the elohiym of the nations (strangers). He is the Elohiym of Israel.
Exo_34:23 Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before YAHUAH ALUAHYM, the ALUAH of Israel.
Psa_72:18 Blessed be YAHUAH ALUAHYM, the ALUAHYM of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.
ISRAEL IN END TIME BONDAGE
Now we have laid an initial background, we will begin our look at the meaning of “and the strangers shall be joined with them” by looking at promises YAHUAH made pertaining to Israel coming out of end-time bondage.
Jer 16:14-15 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith YAHUAH, that it shall no more be said, YAHUAH liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
But, YAHUAH liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
Eze 11:17 Therefore say, Thus saith YAHUAH ALUAHYM; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
There we see a common promise that is consistent in prophecy; to gather Israel and take them back into the land of Israel. This is telling us that they will be in bondage in the end time; they will be oppressed.
END TIME ISRAEL IGNORED BY ORGANIZED RELIGION
Unfortunately, this is ignored by the religions of the Gentiles such as Christianity. On the contrary, this religion says Christians will be taken to “heaven.” See Who Will Be Taken and Who Will Be Left.
Psa_94:14 For YAHUAH will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
However, that is not the promise of the scriptures. The inheritance in the Bible is for Israel, the promises are to Israel, and not for the whole world.
Rom 9:3-5 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Messiah for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh the Messiah came, who is over all, Elohiym blessed for ever. Awmane.
With oppression comes the oppressor and the oppressed and the Gentiles are Israel’s oppressors in the end time (See Psalms 83). Israel was promised to be scattered among the Gentiles (nations). Let’s see the significance of this.
PROMISES TO PUNISH THOSE WHO OPPRESS HIS PEOPLE
Guess what? The Most High promised punishment on those who afflicted his people! Punishment for the strangers/gentiles/nations.
Isa 14:21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
The children of the oppressors shall be punished. They will not go unpunished. This is righteous judgment.
Prov 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
Again, from the prophet Yirme’Yahu, speaking of when Israel will be restored (yet to be fulfilled in these end times:
Jer 30:16-17 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
STRANGERS SHALL GO INTO CAPTIVITY
There is also a very eye-opening proclamation by the Messiah in the book of Revelations. Remember, when he gave John the revelations, he told him:
Rev 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
That means when he said the following, it is something that is still yet to come:
Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The strangers are those who have led Israel into captivity. Therefore, the oppressors, the sons of the strangers, will go into captivity!!! That has not yet happened because the strangers (Gentiles) are still ruling the earth. Still yet to be fulfilled
YAHUAH has not yet turned the captivity of Ya’aqov when the children of Israel will rule the earth and the strangers shall be their servants. The following is also still yet to be fulfilled:
Isa_49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am YAHUAH: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
Isa_61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of YAHUAH: men shall call you the Ministers of our Elohiym: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
So now we have it established that Israel was oppressed and that YAHUAH promised that the children of the oppressed shall be slaughtered for the sins of their fathers.
More specifically for the title of this post, he promised that those who lead others into captivity (bondage/slavery) shall go into captivity. That means the strangers still have captivity coming in their future.
PROVISION FOR STRANGERS TO JOIN TO ISRAEL
Now here is something Hebrew Israelites refuse to see. I love my Hebrew Israelite brothers and sisters, who have much truth. However, there are many things they refuse to accept, as they mix emotions and their personal desires into interpreting some scripture.
Unfortunately, what is developing among them is a religion. This is where an end is assumed, and scriptures are used to justify the end. They do a great job of using scripture to interpret the word. However, where they desire judgment (against Gentiles), they refuse to follow the same pattern.
They largely refuse to see that strangers will also be in the kingdom. Because of that, there are some verses of scripture that they flat out ignore. Here is one of them:
Isa 56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to YAHUAH, speak, saying, YAHUAH hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
Isa 56:6-7 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to YAHUAH, to serve him, and to love the name of YAHUAH, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
They ignore those verses that tell us that the strangers shall be brought to Mount Zion (his holy mountain). Their teaching is that only Israelites will be in the kingdom.
They ask, “how can strangers enter the kingdom if the 12 gates are of the 12 tribes of Israel?” They will quote this:
Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
But ignore this:
Eze 47:22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. Eze 47:23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the YAHUAH ALUAHYM.
Just a Word realizes that if we cannot find synergy between all scripture, then we still have not fully come to the knowledge of the truth.
Therefore, it is clear that strangers will join themselves to Israel, but we shall soon see that joining themselves to Israel does not make them equal to Israel. There will be greatest and least in the kingdom (Mat 5:19).
STRANGERS REMAIN, STRANGERS
There is no record in scripture that when strangers join themselves to Israel, they become Israelites. This is even though, as previously mentioned, provision was made for them:
Exo 12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
However, in that “one law” there are restrictions for strangers. They cannot partake of the holy things and remain strangers that sojourn among Israel.
Exo 29:33 And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy.
This word sojourn is very important, so let us look at its biblical use and then its meaning.
Lev 18:26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
The preceding verse shows the emphasis on Israel as a nation. “Your own nation” is from the Hebrew “ezrach,” which means “home-born or born in the land.
Contrast that with the word “stranger” which means a foreigner, alien, sojourner. To make it even more profound, if we look at the word “sojourneth,” we get:
H1481 גּוּר gûr goor A primitive root; properly to turn aside from the road (for a lodging or any other purpose), that is, sojourn (as a guest); also to shrink, fear (as in a strange place); also to gather for hostility (as afraid): – abide, assemble, be afraid, dwell, fear, gather (together), inhabitant, remain, sojourn, stand in awe, (be) stranger, X surely. Total KJV occurrences: 98
This shows us that a stranger (foreigner, alien) that joins themselves to the Israelite nation (those homeborn/Israelites by lineage) remain, strangers, that sojourn (dwell/abide as guests). They cannot become Israelites and there are separate laws for these strangers!
YAHUAH does not change. This is the same thing today. Strangers who join to Israel through belief in the Messiah cannot become Israelites! This is inferred from misunderstanding of the New Testament “no more strangers and foreigners,” not realizing that it was addressed to Israelites who had become Gentiles.
That is another story which I will hopefully look at in its own article.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO END TIME STRANGERS WHO FOLLOW YAHUSHA?
So the next relevant thing to ask is, what will happen to strangers in the end time who are believers in the Messiah? Will they escape punishment? Will they become Israelites? Will their inheritance be equal to Israel’s? What is prophesied to happen to them?
For that, we must lay a foundation as to how we will approach answering this question:
To the law and the prophets (Isa 8:20)
Law a shadow of things to come (Heb 10:1)
Nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:9)
Precept upon precept (Isa 28:9-12)
1. TO THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS
The word says if we do not speak according to the law and the testimony, it means there is no light in us. That means we are in darkness. So because we are children of the light, we will speak according to the Tanakh (the law and the testimony).
Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
2. THE LAW IS A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME
The Torah (the law) is a shadow of things to come. Therefore, mirroring the journey of the children of Israel in the wilderness tells us of what is happening today, and what is still yet to come.
Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
3. NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
There is nothing new under the sun. If we want to see what will happen, we only have to look at what has already happened.
Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
So if we want to look at what will happen to those who believe in the Messiah, we only have to look at what happened to the mixed multitude that was with the Israelites going into the promised land.
4. PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT
Finally, there is only one main recipe given for us to understand the word.
Isa 28:9-11 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
Therefore, we must use this formula, otherwise our belief can easily be contrived. That is what the religious do, ignore precepts and throw up one or two verses to justify a doctrine.
However, the word warns us that if we do not follow the rule of precepts, then we will be snared:
Isa 28:13 But the word of YAHUAH was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY – CHILDREN OF ISRAEL IN THE WILDERNESS
The Most High stipulated several times that there should be one law for Israelites as well as strangers. Therefore, if strangers cannot join themselves to Israel in the kingdom, then why this?
Exo_12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Although it proves that provision was made for strangers to join themselves to Israel, it also shows that strangers cannot have their own thing (as they do with Christianity, Islam and other religions). They cannot bring in their own way and say they are worshiping the Elohiym of Israel.
Likewise, Israelites cannot exclude strangers, because even now, there is one body (Eph 4:4-6)
Exo_12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Lev_19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am YAHUAH your Aluahym.
However, there are limitations for strangers (they cannot be equal to Israelites)!
Lev_22:10 There shall no stranger eat of the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat of the holy thing.
Lev_22:25 Neither from a stranger’s hand shall ye offer the bread of your God of any of these; because their corruption is in them, and blemishes be in them: they shall not be accepted for you.
Num_18:7 Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for everything of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
The last two verses show us that strangers cannot be a royal priesthood. In other words, strangers who join themselves to Israel cannot be priests in the kingdom. By the way, we dealt with that exclusively in this post entitled “Am I a Priest?
So we already have established from Torah, that the strangers WILL NOT BE EQUAL TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL in the kingdom. On what basis can we do this? The law is a shadow of things to come and precept must be upon precept, line upon line, upon line, here a little, there a little (Isa 28:9-12).
So imagine, it took us over 3000 words, and we still have not looked at our feature, which is Deuteronomy 29. This is why I can no longer do Facebook debates. The word is too deep to be contained in a textual debate. It is better laid out in an article backed with scriptural proof.
Also, this chapter would be too long and deep to write about, so I made a video with a teaching, not only on Deuteronomy 29, but also explaining the entire question as to what does Yesha’Yahu (Isaiah) mean by “and the stranger shall be joined with them.”
This teaching continues and ends on the video featured above. I wrote this background to make it easier for anyone watching the video to understand this very important question. Please go to the video.