THE LAWKEEPERS

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GO HOME?
By Tziona Yisrael

"For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it." Jeremiah 30:3

May 26th, 1999

Today, while starting my daily Scriptural readings, I thought to myself that this was going to be a wasted day. And as I was regretting not being able to open my computer (for fear of catching another virus set for the 26th of each month) to continue typing the Shabbat Readings, it came to me that I had to write another Message:

We sing GOD's Praises, we acknowledge ONLY HIM as being the ONE True GOD, and we show Israelites and the World GOD's Truth. But GOD's Chosen still have more, much more than just this to do. We must Love and fear our GOD and DO HIS Law, of course. But in order to manifest all GOD's Promises, we must RETURN to our homeland just as GOD told Abram, the Children of Israel who were in the Wilderness, and just as GOD has advised the Remnant of this latter day that HE will call.

How can we even think of serving our GOD in Gentile lands? We eat defiled bread among the Gentiles. Regardless of how kosher one attempts to be, the "bread" (food) is defiled (Ezekiel 4:13). Also, three of our Holy Days, GOD's Feast Days, must be kept in Jerusalem (Passover, Shavuot, and the Feasts of Tabernacles). But some of us are satisfied with celebrating GOD's Feast Days in exile. Don't let us believe that we are fully complying to the Word of Our GOD when we keep these Holy Days in our enemies' lands. I, personally, cannot wait, and it even plagues me to have to wait, to worship the Holy ONE of Israel in Jerusalem in HIS Holy Temple that hasn't even been built yet. However, this remains my goal, my heart's desire, and I won't be satisfied until I do or with anything less.

Canaan is GOD's Special land that HE prepared specifically for HIS "Special People." It is the Glory of all lands. And when the Righteous Remnant of Israel returns home, then we will begin to see all GOD's Promises manifest. They will not fail. They will come to pass for HIS Holy Name's Sake (Ezekiel 36:22). If Israelites, those who desire to keep GOD's Law, do not seek to return home, how then will the Law go forth out of Zion (Isaiah 2:2,3)? How can we make GOD's Name Great in our enemies' lands? How can the Righteous Remnant show forth GOD's Praises from Jerusalem if we do not go home? EVERYTHING about the GOD of Abraham entails HIS Law, HIS Chosen People, and the Land of Israel. Therefore, this should be our concern every waking moment!

"For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:

"Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days." Hosea 3:4,5

The operative words here are "seek" the Lord their GOD…in the latter days. O Israel, what are we waiting for? What is the delay?

Our GOD, the Holy ONE of Israel has a plan for the Righteous Remnant to fulfill, and it cannot be accomplished in exile in our enemies" lands. This Plan must and will take place in GOD's Land - the Land of Israel and ONLY in GOD's Land, the land HE swear to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

"For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.

"I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.

"And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.

"And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.

"And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD." Ezekiel 20:40 - 44

When GOD called Abram out of his country and took him from his relatives and gave him the Land of Canaan, the Nation of Israel was not yet established. There was only Abram, Sarai, and their servants. Hence, numbers were of no significance. Therefore, we need not worry about numbers. We should be worrying about doing that which will enable us to fulfill the above prophecy and establish GOD's Kingdom.

In time, GOD tested Abraham to see if he feared HIM or not. As badly as Abraham wanted a son, of all things to do, GOD told him that he had to sacrifice Isaac, a child you know he loved with all his heart, a child conceived in his old age for whom he had wished for a very long time. What on Earth would Sarah have said had she known? Of course Abraham did not tell her what GOD had told him to do. No, of course not. If he had, she might have convinced him to do otherwise. Thus, by not telling her, he created an even more difficult test for himself. However, we all know that Abraham passed this test and with flying colors. He proved to the Holy ONE that he not only feared HIM and trusted in HIM, but that GOD would be his GOD and that HE would be obedient to HIM at all costs.

We can all talk a good game, and I am right there with the best of them! But how many of us have learned anything from this Scripture and can match Abraham's test?

How do we know it's time? What should we do if we do not have the money? Deuteronomy 30th Chapter has but one stipulation concerning returning home and that is: We must keep GOD's Law to DO it in righteousness. Has it ever occurred to you that if the genuine desire is there that the Holy ONE will make this Exodus possible???

There is something about going home that every Nation realizes but Israelites. Before we knew the Truth of our history, we harped about there being "NO NEGRO LAND." Black folks wanted their own land! Now, we know the Truth, have the True and Living GOD, that is the ONLY GOD, know our heritage, but we don't seek to go home. There is something wrong with this picture, and we cannot blame our GOD for it. HE has told us already about what it takes to go home, and the fact that we are not there is because our hearts are not yet there, Israel! And that is what it takes to go home!!! The mind and the heart must want to go to the land of our nativity before the actual journey. Otherwise the trip won't take place or would be in vain.

If we don't make the attempt to get home, we have no one to blame but ourselves. When we want to enter a room, we put our hands on the knob, turn it, and push. We don't stand on the outside and wait for the door to open on its own. There must be an effort on our part. And this is what the Holy ONE is looking for. As we all know, GOD looks at the heart, and if it is truly in your heart to go home, your desires will manifest. Just as the Most High GOD advised Abram and Moses to go home and made a way for them, HE will make it possible for us, as well.

Don't be left out. If GOD doesn't deliver one more person out of North America, Europe, and Asia, HE has enough to choose from in Africa and the Middle East. But we know that the Holy ONE is going to gather Israel from the four corners of the Earth. What we don't know is whether or not HE has done this already and whether or not we are in that number. And you can be sure you are not numbered among this Righteous Remnant that GOD will call if your heart and mind have no desire to go home and if you are satisfied in your enemies' lands. But how can you be satisfied in affliction, in oppression, in your enemies' lands? You are aware of the prophecy for every country that has held Israel captive (Jeremiah 30:11; Ezekiel 46:28).

"For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee…"

Obviously, some of us don't believe this Scripture. These words came from Our GOD. Knowing that HE is going to destroy these places, why then would HE want those of us who believe and trust in HIM to stay in the lands of our captors???

Maybe you never thought about making the effort to go home, maybe you are putting it off and making excuses, maybe you don't care, and maybe you really aren't interested in going home. Whatever the reason, please know of a surety that because of GOD's Manifold Mercies, you have been warned, O Israel; you have been warned thoroughly!

The holy ONE has raised me up to seek to follow HIM and to see wonderful and amazing marvels. HE knows that my constant hope and trust is in HIM. HE knows that my desire has always been to go home to my own land and live HIS Law and my Hebrew Culture that HE gave to HIS Chosen People. Even before I knew my history, I knew something was wrong. And upon learning the GOD's Truth, my heart sought to go home from that very instant. Am I unique? Yes, I am most unique and pleased to exult the GOD of Israel and represent and serve HIM. And I seek to bond with others who are just as "special" and unique as myself. Because I know the Scriptures, I seek to return home to Praise and Exult the Holy ONE of Israel for HIS Holy Name's Sake. Therefore, let the Righteous Remnant come forward to DO GOD's Law and to re-establish Jerusalem and HIS Kingdom upon this Earth. These are the Israelites GOD is seeking. Know this, O Israel, GOD will gather and save ONLY those who have the desire to DO HIS Law and to return home. Don't you realize that it would make no sense for HIM to do otherwise? Need I inform you of others who have gone home, have returned back into captivity, and have forsaken the Holy ONE of Israel?? The Most High was not in their hearts. They did not fear HIM as did our Patriarch Abraham.

If you know GOD's Law and the Scriptures wherein is HIS Word, be it concerning the keeping of HIS Sabbaths, observing our dietary laws, wearing fringes and a ribbon of blue, loving your Israelite family to do righteously by them, etc.etc., then DO IT! This is what DOING GOD'S LAW is all about. And returning home to show forth the Praises of our GOD is very much a Commandment of GOD, as well. Actually, it is our reason for being formed:

"This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise." Isaiah 43:21

We should not have to be told to do what makes us a "Peculiar People." However, when we do GOD's Will, then we call attention to the Holy ONE of Israel, if we say not even a word. Whatever, the Most High GOD of Israel gives me, I share with you. Please, I beg of you, Israel, to hear and consider all that I say. Search the Law and the Scriptures and, better yet, search your hearts and see if I speak the GOD's Truth. See if I even have reason to lie. See if all that I say measures up to prophecy concerning the return of the Righteous Remnant, and see if it is indeed time to go home.

For GOD's Holy Name's Sake, let us be engrossed with going home to establish a Righteous "New Community" that is determined to bond under GOD's Laws and fulfill prophecy. This is our only chance. We have to do it right this time or go down with the wicked who will taste of the wrath of the Most High GOD of Hosts, The Great and Dreadful GOD.

Therefore, give the Holy ONE an opportunity to show you that HE still chooses the Nation of Israel. Let HIM search your heart and find that you are serious about DOING HIS Law and about returning home. Let HIM manifest the prophecies of old. Let HIM prove HIMSELF! Let the Most High GOD of Israel be exulted. Let's enable HIM to show the World that HE still exists, though HE has been quiet and has refrained HIMSELF. Let us do what's expected of the Nation of Israel and seek to follow our GOD in Righteousness according to HIS Ways and HIS Paths that lead us home to our heritage. And let us pray daily several times a day, in our minds and on our knees, that the Holy ONE will put HIS Laws and HIS Spirit in our hearts so that we never, ever again commit the Sins of our forefathers. O Israel, let's go home and be about the business of Our GOD, and let's not delay. It is late!

ALL PRAISES AND GLORY DUE TO THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.

Tziona Yisrael

Servant of the Most High GOD of Israel