First Posted: 12/30/2014
To the editor:
In my opinion, those of us who refer to God in our letters to the editor should also study his Word for the Messiah is his word that dwells in each Messiah confessor (1st Cor..6:19-20). We have overlooked many truths by not interpreting Scripture correctly.
It is not possible for any of us to understand the New Testament with first knowing the Old Testament like the Apostles who penned the New Testament did. When we study the Old Testament, we find that Joseph had two sons named Ephraim and Manasseh. We know that Ephraim received the birthright blessing from Jacob even though Manasseh was the oldest. We know that many times Ephraim is used in the O.T. referring to all ten Northern Tribes that went into captivity about 722 B.C. and never returned.
During Messiah’s ministry only Judah (the law-giver) and Benjamin were in the land. In the parable in Luke 15:11-32, we can see that Messiah is speaking of the 10 Northern tribes returning to the land in the end days, that were dispersed into the nations because they followed not his commands .
They went into the nations and ate the mouse and swine flesh which is forbidden to his chosen people. They also went into the forest and cut trees and decorated them, which is forbidden in Jeremiah chapter 10.
The son who stayed home is the tribe of Judah who came home from Babylon and are still in the land today.