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From: Yair Davidi
Subject: Isaiah 65
NOTE FROM EDDIE:
Yair Davidi is an ORTHODOX JEW who lives in Jerusalem, Israel and has a ministry (Brit-Am) devoted and dedicated to doing research and spreading awareness of the Ten Lost Tribes and their reunification with the house of Judah in the end of days.
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ISAIAH 65 AND THE TEN LOST TRIBES
[Isaiah 65:1] I AM SOUGHT OF THEM THAT ASKED NOT FOR ME; I AM FOUND OF THEM THAT SOUGHT ME NOT: I SAID, BEHOLD ME, BEHOLD ME, UNTO A NATION THAT WAS NOT CALLED BY MY NAME.
Referring to the Lost Ten Tribes.:
A NATION THAT WAS NOT CALLED BY MY NAME: This must mean "Joseph" i.e. the
Lost Ten Tribes since the Jews of Judah are recognized as the People of
God: They may not always act accordingly but nevertheless they are recognized as
the People of the Book whereas "Joseph" is not so recognized.
NOTE FROM EDDIE:
It is interesting to understand the Yair Davidi (an Orthodox Jew) in using traditional Jewish sources (the view of the rabbis) see that Isaiah 65:1 is referring to the Ten Tribes / Ephraim or the house of Joseph.
The Apostle Paul uses the SAME verse in Romans 10:19 to explain how the "Gentiles" / non-Jewish believers in the Messiah will make Judah jealous in the end of days.
However, the prophecies in the Tanach are not written to "Gentiles" but to the Northern Kingdom who later assimilated into Gentile culture.
KJV Romans 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
KJV Romans 9:25 As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
The Gentiles ... as he says in Hosea.
BUT, Hosea wasn't written to the "Gentiles" but was written to the Northern Kingdom who LATER became assimilated into Gentile culture after being taken by the Assyrians.
KJV Romans 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
MOSES PROPHECIED .... that there would come a day when a people who would be called, "NOT MY PEOPLE" (Hosea 1 or the Northern Kingdom) would provoke Judah to jealousy (when they were redeemed and embraced Torah). What verse is Paul quoting from in Moses in equating these "Gentiles" who would later be called, "NOT MY PEOPLE" ???
KJV Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will MOVE THEM to JEALOUSY with those which are NOT A PEOPLE; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
KJV Hosea 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are NOT MY PEOPLE, and I will not be your God.
NOW, Paul equates these "Gentiles" who were prophecied to be "NOT A PEOPLE" (actually the Northern Kingdom) to what is written in Isaiah 65:1.
KJV Romans 10:20 But Isaiah is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
Orthodox Jewish rabbis see Isaiah 65:1 being a prophecy about the Ten Tribes.
The Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 65:1 as a STRONG ARGUMENT ... Isaiah is VERY BOLD ... that these "Gentile" believers in Messiah who would provoke Judah to jealousy ... and makes a connection to the Ten Tribes.
To Paul, these "Gentiles" who are believers in Messiah are fulfilling the prophecies made to the Northern Kingdom or the assimulated house of Israel / Ten Tribes when they were taken captive by the Assyrians.
KJV Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
These "Gentiles" are those spoken about in Hosea 1 or the assimilated house of Israel.
Paul sees "Gentiles" (non-Jews) who are REDEEMED in Messiah as fulfilling the prophecies made to the Northern Kingdom in the book of Hosea. They are the "wild branches" in Romans 11 who are united in Messiah with a REDEEMED house of Judah..
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[Isaiah 65:2] I HAVE SPREAD OUT MY HANDS ALL THE DAY UNTO A REBELLIOUS PEOPLE, WHICH WALKETH IN A WAY THAT WAS NOT GOOD, AFTER THEIR OWN THOUGHTS; "ALL THE DAY": God is calling us all the time.
[Isaiah 65:3] A PEOPLE THAT PROVOKETH ME TO ANGER CONTINUALLY TO MY FACE; THAT SACRIFICETH IN GARDENS, AND BURNETH INCENSE UPON ALTARS OF BRICK; GARDENS, i.e. groves as the ancient Druids used to do.
[Isaiah 65:4] WHICH REMAIN AMONG THE GRAVES, AND LODGE IN THE MONUMENTS, WHICH EAT SWINE'S FLESH, AND BROTH OF ABOMINABLE THINGS IS IN THEIR VESSELS;
"LODGE IN THE MONUMENTS": the word translated as "monuments" is
"natzurim", literally (perhaps) "covered up places". The word "Natzurim" however is
linked with a type of worship that once prevailed amongst the ancient
Israelites. This is connected to Christianity and indications that the
prophets foresaw that the Lost Ten Tribes would be Christians in the End
Times. This is explained in detail in our work "Ephraim", chapter nine.
[Isaiah 65:11] BUT YE ARE THEY THAT FORSAKE THE LORD, THAT FORGET MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, THAT PREPARE A TABLE FOR THAT TROOP, AND THAT FURNISH THE DRINKO FFERING UNTO THAT NUMBER.
"THAT FORGET MY HOLY MOUNTAIN" i.e. Israelites who abandoned the Temple in Jerusalem and everything connected with it.
"PREPARE A TABLE FOR THAT TROOP": The word translated as "Troop" is Gad. Gad was the name of an Israelite Tribe. It also can mean "luck". It can also connote a particular pagan deity. The Medieval Commentator Radak (Kimchi) quotes ("Safer HaShorashim") another authority (Rabbi Moshe Cohen) as saying that "Gad" was the name given by the Arabs to the planet Jupiter. Gad could be pronounced as "God" and is the source of the word "god" in English.
AND THAT FURNISH THE DRINK OFFERING UNTO THAT NUMBER.
"NUMBER": in Hebrew "Mani" which was also the name of a god, i.e. they were preparing a table for the god "Gad" and drink for the god "Mani". Cf. Alexander Hislop, "The Two Babylons", chapter three:
The name of the Lord Moon in the East seems to have been Meni, for this appears the most natural interpretation of the Divine statement in Isaiah lxv. 11, "But ye are they that forsake my holy mountain, that prepare a [table] for Gad, and that furnish the drink-offering unto Meni." There is reason to believe that Gad refers to the sun-god, and that Meni in like manner designates the moon-divinity. Meni, or Manai, signifies "The Numberer," and it is by the changes of the moon that the months are numbered: Psalm civ. 19, "He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth the time of its going down." The name of the "Man of the Moon," or the god who presided over that luminary among the Saxons, was Man=E9, as given in the "Edda", and Mani, in the "Voluspa." That it was the birth of the "Lord Moon" that was celebrated among our ancestors at Christmas, we have remarkable evidence in the name that is still given in the lowlands of Scotland to the feast on the last day of the year, which seems to be a remnant of the old birth festival for the cakes then made are called N=FBr-cakes, or Birth-cakes. That name is Hogmanay. Now, "Hog-Manai" in Chaldee signifies "The feast of the Numberer;" in other words, the festival of Deus Lunus, or of the man of the Moon. To show the connection between country and country, and the inveterate endurance of old customs, it is worthy of remark that Jerome, commenting on the very words of Isaiah already quoted, about spreading "a table for Gad," and "pouring out a drink-offering to Meni," observes that it "was the custom so late as his time [in the fourth century], in all cities especially in Egypt and at Alexandria, to set tables, and furnish them with various luxurious articles of food, and with goblets containing a mixture of new wine, on the last day of the month and the year, and that the people drew omens from them in respect of the fruitfulness of the year." The Egyptian year began at a different time from ours; but this is as near as possible (only substituting whisky for wine), the way in which Hogmanay is still observed on the last day of the last month of our year in Scotland. I do not know that any omens are drawn from anything that takes place at that time, but everybody in the south of Scotland is personally cognisant of the fact, that, on Hogmanay, or the evening before New Year's day, among those who observe old customs, a table is spread, and that while buns and other dainties are provided by those who can afford them, oat cakes and cheese are brought forth among those who never see oat cakes but on this occasion, and that strong drink forms an essential article of the provision. We see from the quote of Hislop that the worship of Mani was practised amongst the Scandinavians (Edda), Saxons and Scottish as well as amongst other peoples.
CHRISTIANITY AND PROPHECY:
The followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26=) in ca.50 c.e. Before that time they had been known as Nazarenes which in the Middle East is pronounced the same as, or at least very similarly to, "Nosairi". In local Arabic the very name "Nosairi" is a diminutive for Christian!
Verses in Isaiah indicate that the exiled Israelites will be adherents of a form of worship whose ideas paralleled those later adopted by mainstream Christianity:
Isaiah 49:6 " ..Raise up the Tribes of Jacob and the preserved [Hebrew:"Notseri"] of Israel to return for I have given you as a light unto the Gentiles for my salvation to reach unto the ends of the earth.
The word "NOTSERI" (translated in the KJ above as "Preserved") also connotes "enclosed" or "locked away", sometimes it is translated as "watchman"..In the verse above "notseri of Israel" refers to the Ten Tribes. As indicated the name "Notseri" hints at a form of Hebraised semi-pagan religion which may then have been extant and from which one form of Christianity may have developed. In Hebrew "Notsri" was the name given to a Christian and is derived from the appellation they called themselves in the beginning. Whatever one thinks of Christianity, this interpretation and related expressions indicate that the Lost Ten Tribes at the time of their return (or just before it) will be practising a form of Christianity.
HEBREW VERBAL ROOTS: In Hebrew every single word may be considered as derived from a verbal root of three letters. All words based on the same three letters in the same order are assumed to have a similar internal meaning. The root "n-ts-r" is that from which the word "notsri" meaning Christian is derived allegedly in honor of Natsareth (Nazareth) which was considered the home-town of Jesus. It was suggested above that "notsri" had previously been the name for a type of religious practice ultimately perhaps derivable from the Lost Ten Tribes.
The above mentioned words "Nosairi", "Nasaraioi",
"Nazareth", "Nazerini","Nazarine", and so on (though transliterated differently) all are based on
the same Semitic "n-ts-r" word root.
THE MEANING OF THE HEBREW ROOT "N-ts-r".
"N-ts-r" and its derivatives generally connotes preservation or guarding. The sprig (shoot) of a young tree is called a "n-ts-r" since it preserves and continues qualities of the parent. "N-ts-r" may therefore be applied to an heir or descendant.
A rod will come forth from Jesse and a "NeTSeR" (English: "branch") shall grow out of his roots (Isaiah 11:1); meaning the future Messiah who will be a descendant of David son of Jesse.
Isaiah (ch.19) speaks of Hillel Ben Shacher whose name is translated as" Lucifer, son of the morning". Whoever this person was, or will be, his image seems to be based upon that either of the King of Tyre or of the King of Babylon. This man (i.e. "Lucifer") claimed to be like God (Isaiah 19:13-14) yet he will be thrown out of his grave like an abominable "NeTSeR" (English: "branch" , Isaiah 14;19)*
The Children of Israel in the future will be the "NeTSeR" (English: "branch") of God's planting (Isaiah 60;21).
God promises that the Tribes of Jacob (according to the context, meaning the Lost Ten Tribes in their places of exile) will be raised up, and the "NaTSuRi" (English: "preserved") of Israel restored; they shall be a light to the gentiles and salvation unto the end of the earth (Isaiah 49:6).
Isaiah, chapter 65, speaks mainly concerning the Ten Lost Tribes.
"I was sought of them that asked not for me; I made myself found to those who did not request me; I said, I am here, I am here, to a people who did not call my name (Isaiah 65:1).
"I spread my hand out all day long to a deviating people (65;2)
"...a people who were angering me...sacrificing in the gardens and offering incense...(65:3).
"Which remain among the graves and lodge in NoTSRim [English (KJ): "Monuments(*l)] who eat the flesh of swine and dishes made of improperly slaughtered [i.e. non kosher] meat..(Isaiah 65:4).
Isaiah continues his description and depicts the northern Ten Tribes as eating bread and wine in a religious ceremony:
" ...for the sake of my servant I will not destroy all of them (Isaiah 65;8).
"I will bring seed out of Jacob and an inheritor of my mountains from Judah and he who is my chosen will inherit them and my servant shall inhabit there....(Isaiah 65:9).
"And you who abandoned The LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who lay out a table for God (*) and for Mani(*m) fill the glass with consecrated wine (Isaiah 65:11).
Isaiah, Chapter 66, is addressed to, and speaks of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, the Jews of Judah, individual Jews and Israelites whose ancestors were assimilated amongst the Gentiles, and the Gentiles themselves.
The root "n-ts-r" as mentioned connotes preservation and lends itself to the formation of words that are somehow connected with each other. Amongst these words is the Hebrew "notser" applied in the sense of "guard" or "watchman" since both are occupied with preservation:
Jeremiah (31:6) later again talks of "Notsrim" and in this case both the simple sense of the passage as well as the opinion of most major commentators (e.g. Yehonathan, Rashi, Radak, etc.) says that those spoken of are the exiled of Israel. Jeremiah predicts that these Lost Israelite "NoTSRim" (English: "watchmen") upon the mount of Ephraim,
"Shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God" (Jeremiah 31:6).
The only Commentator who does not think that this verse refers to the returnees of Israel is Don Isaac Abarbanel (1437-1508) who interprets it differently. Even so, the opinion of Don Abarbanel is interesting since he also suggests that the word "Notsrim" used here refers to members of the Christian faith as it was received by the Romans of old:
"The Prophet foresaw through Divine Inspiration that the Roman descendants of Edom would believe [in that faith] and therefore they would be called by name Notsrim"30.
Don Abarbanel therefore at least supports our opinion that the appellation "Notsrim" was used by the prophets as referring to Christians.
The name "Notsrim" and its derivatives was later applied to the Christians who at least superficially held parallel notions. References in Isaiah (and Jeremiah?) to "Notsrim" in connection with the Lost Israelites together with other passages also in Isaiah (such as described religious practices, etc.) leave room to suppose that the Lost Ten Tribes right up unto the End Times will be of a Christian persuasion and therefore must be searched for amongst the "Christian" nations. The fact is that the Lost Ten Tribes are amongst these peoples so why should the prophets have not mentioned it?
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