THE SECOND EXODUS

WildernessMost believers in the Christian church have never heard of “The Second Exodus” nor is it taught as it relates to His Kingdom.  Is there a basis for such a teaching and what role does it play in Y’shua’s return?

We are still examining the various teachings pertaining to this subject, but our focus is to learn what Scripture has to say about it.  What we are finding in Scripture is totally different from the teachings we have come across thus far.  We have studied this topic fairly thoroughly in the Word, but there is still more to be considered.  Nevertheless, at the request of friends and family, we present what we have learned so far.

YHVH Will Gather His Scattered Remnant

The scriptures tell us that, during a time just prior to the return of Messiah, YHVH will gather the scattered remnant of His people Israel ‘out of the nations’ into which they were dispersed, and will bring them into a ‘wilderness’.  There He will pass them ‘under the rod,’ bringing them under His kingship, and will bring them ‘into the bond of the Covenant’.  When this process has been completed, Messiah will lead those who have proven their love for Him into the Land of Israel with Him to set up His seat of government, headquartered in Jerusalem.

As I live, saith YHVH Elohim, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.  And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people [עַם: ‘am, the nations], and there will I plead with [שָׁפַט shafat: judge] you face to face. Like as I pleaded with [judged] your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with [judge] you, saith YHVH.  And I will cause you to pass under the rod [שֵׁבֶט shebet: staff, sceptre], and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am YHVH.  Ezek 20:33-38

Countless similar verses appear in scripture, [1] creating a constant theme of YHVH’s promise to gather His people Israel out of the nations and to offer them fellowship with Him in His Kingdom, establishing His seat of government in Jerusalem.  We, the authors, believe in the literal fulfillment of this Plan, though we depart from:

  • The traditional Christian view of its fulfillment, which sees Christians as “True, Spiritual Israel” and which envisions missionaries spreading the Gospel of Salvation around the world, and then being ‘raptured.’
  • The view often taught among Messianics today – a literal gathering of all the faithful in a literal wilderness location somewhere in the Middle East prior to the Second Coming of Messiah.  We do not discount that such a gathering will occur; however, we believe that such a gathering is not the primary event of the Second Exodus.
Who is ‘Israel’?

As we discuss this topic, it is important to keep in mind that when YHVH speaks of Israel, He is speaking not of only the blood descendants of Abraham, but also of those who have been “grafted in” or adopted into the Nation of Israel through faith.

Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh … at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Messiah Y’shua you who once were far off  [from the Kingdom of Israel and the covenants of promise] have been brought near by the blood of Messiah.  Eph 2:11-13 (NIV)  (Also Eph 2:19)

Have you been grafted in?
Have you been grafted in?

If some of the branches [of the Nation of Israel] have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others [genetic or ‘natural’ Israel] and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root [genetic Israel], but the root supports you. … And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness [Torahlessness] away from Jacob [aka Israel]. And this is my covenant with them [all Israel, including ‘grafted-in’ Gentiles] when I take away their sins. Rom 11:17-18, 26-27 (NIV)

And if ye be Messiah’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise [the Covenants]. Gal 3:29

1 Thus saith YHVH, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. 3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to YHVH, speak, saying, “YHVH hath utterly separated me from his people”… 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to YHVH, to serve him, and to love the name of YHVH, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 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. 8 Adonai YHVH which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. Isa 56:1-4, 6-8 KJV

The Promise of “Ingathering” is made to the Faithful Remnant of Israel

Believers are “Abraham’s seed”. (Gal 3:29)  Just as YHVH called all the Israelites out of Egypt in the First Exodus and invited them to become a nation under His Name (Deut 14:2, 1Peter 2:9), He is calling all believers (those who call themselves by His Name) out from the people, and out of the countries wherein ye are scattered.

Have you set yourself apart, as HE is set apart?
Have you set yourself apart, as HE is set apart?

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Rev 18:4

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  John 15:19

Into the Kingdom

Believers are being called out of the corrupt cultures and traditions of men and into YHVH’s Kingdom, which is based on His ‘Way of Righteousness’ (Torah).  Just as the Jews have always taught, Messiah will rule this Kingdom: His ‘Constitution’ will be the Ten Commandments, and His body of Law will be Torah.

Behold my Servant [Messiah], whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his Torah…. YHVH is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the Torah, and make it honorable.   Isa 42:1-4, 21

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To the Torah…!

Sanctify YHVH of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Bind up the testimony; seal the Torah among my disciples. … To the Torah and to the testimony [2]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isa 8:13-16, 20

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation [Heb: yeshuah] shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my Torah; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.  Isa 51:6

We Must Walk as Y’shua Walked

Just as the Israelites of Moses’ day had forgotten how to walk with YHVH in righteousness, many in the church have the same problem. They have forgotten – or more accurately, they have ignored – Torah.  Even though “Believers” have declared in word to belong to Messiah, many of them do not demonstrate faithfulness by their actions.  From YHVH’s perspective, it is our actions that show the true intent of our hearts, and He expects our actions to line up with His Torah.

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (Note: Psalm 119:142 tells us that ‘thy Torah is truth.’) 1John 3:18

I, YHVH search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”  Jer 17:10

[Paul speaking] But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: Rom 2:5-6

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? … In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds”.  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.  You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that–and shudder.  You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?  Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.  You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.   James 2:14, 17-24

Lambs Book of LifeAnd I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.   Rev 20:12

To James, John and the Jews of their day, the word works was mentally followed by the phrase of righteousness.  The full phrase, works (or deeds) of righteousness, in their minds always referred to the actions called for in Torah, because it is Torah that reveals and describes both sin and righteousness.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1John 3:4

YHVH defines righteousness as our genuine, love-based desire to adhere to and follow His Ways, which are spelled out for us in Torah.

And he [Abraham] believed in [אָמַןaman: trusted] YHVH; and he [YHVH] counted it to him for righteousness.  Gen 15:6

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26:5

Without faith in and love for YHVH / Y’shua, obedience to Torah is truly useless and meaningless.  Our obedience must be the demonstration of our faith and love!

He that saith he abideth in him [Y’shua] ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.  1 John 2:6

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

Our Loving Father is Gracious

YHVH has been Gracious to us in that He does not condemn us when we fall short of perfect obedience, but rather He looks for the Seal of Redemption given to us by the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit gives us that Seal when we demonstrate by our actions that our hearts are devoted to YHVH and that we do our best to live by His Way of Righteousness (Torah), despite the frailty of the flesh.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Messiah Y’shua, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  Rom 8:1

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled [Greek plēroō – performed] in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:4

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Rom 8:16

So how does all this tie in to the Second Exodus?
and their shoes never wore out....
… their shoes never wore out….

Just as the Israelites were in an impossible position in the wilderness – no food, no water, no compass – so believers today are in a seemingly impossible position in the wilderness of the nations.  We are surrounded by every circumstance the enemy can contrive to draw us away from obedience to Torah and into the corrupt values of this world.  BUT just as YHVH gave food, water, provision, protection and direction – and His Covenant – in the wilderness experience of the ancient Israelites, so He gives all those same things through the Holy Spirit to modern-day Israelites wandering in the wilderness of the nations.  As we keep our eyes on Him and obey His directions, we will – like Joshua and Caleb – come into His Promised Land: His Kingdom!

Ezekiel 20 tells us that during the time of the Second Exodus, those Israelites/believers who have not yet acknowledged and begun living by Torah will have it explained to them, and those who receive it will be brought ‘into the bond of the Covenant.’ [3]  Then, just as the Israelites were tested in the wilderness, believers, too, will have the opportunity to demonstrate their faith through their obedience.  Those who fail the test “shall not enter into the land of Israel” (Ezek 20:38).  Those who prove faithful “shall be priests of God and of Messiah, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”  (Rev 20:6)

The Bond of the Covenant

If we desire to be part of Y’shua’s Kingdom, the covenant relationship is not optional, but neither does it imply bondage.  The term bond  (masoreth) is speaking of the kind of bond or connection that is found between covenanted parties – those who are devoted to one another, as in marriage.  Nevertheless, it is a tying together, from which neither party expects to be untied.  (Strong’s definition as used in this verse is: to bind; put in bonds; used as a man taken with the love of a woman.)

This wilderness-of-the-nations’ experience of living according to Torah and in opposition to the world’s system is particularly for the generation living just prior to Messiah’s return.  We believe that it is currently being experienced by those who have declared their allegiance to Y’shua.  They are receiving YHVH’s call to come out of the world’s system and away from the traditions of men as taught by the church system.  Those who hear and accept the call have passed under the sceptre of YHVH into His Kingdom; they have been brought into the bond of the Covenant!

We are the generation that is experiencing the ‘restoration of all things’ as promised in Matt 17:11.  We are the generation that will see Y’shua come in power and glory, and it is our desire to be prepared to live in His Kingdom, spotless and ready to be His bride!

Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time. Dan 11:35

Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. Dan 12:10

We believe that The Second Exodus has begun!

We believe that we are NOW in the ‘wilderness of the nations,’ on the journey to the Promised Land!  Messiah will establish His Kingdom – SOON!  Every believer has been called out of the world’s system, though sadly many have a hard time discerning what is of the world and what is of YHVH.

This generation of believers is specifically being called back to righteousness in TorahMany are heeding the call!  YHVH is meeting and wooing  believers, face to face, and is offering His marriage contract – His Torah – to us.  Many of us have already accepted the call, and now we are demonstrating whether or not we are truly willing to live within Torah’s precepts.  Some of those who respond to the call will struggle with obedience, just as the Hebrews in the wilderness struggled with obedience even after agreeing to the contract.  If we prove rebellious, we will not enter His Rest, because our rebellion proves our lack of love.  If, however, we joyfully live in the Covenant with Him, we will indeed enter His Rest!

Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. Ps 95:11

And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not [ἀπειθέω – ä-pā-the’-ō: not to comply with; to refuse belief and obedience]?  Heb 3:18

Betrothal Brings the Bride under the Authority and Protection of the Groom
a Ketubah (marriage contract)
A Ketubah (marriage contract)

We believe that we are presently in the ‘Time of Betrothal,’ prior to the Wedding Feast and prior to being taken to the new home our Bridegroom has prepared for us – The Kingdom.  Ezekiel tells us that after we have been brought into the wilderness of the nations, we will be brought under the sceptre and into the bond of the Covenant.

Messianic believers are already under the sceptre (the authority of YHVH/Y’shua) and are already united in the bond of the Covenant (Torah) – therefore, we have already been brought into the wilderness!  We are in the wilderness now! [4] 

Others are being offered the contract, which they may or may not accept.  Those of us who have agreed to the terms of the marriage contract (Torah) are presently living in the Time of Betrothal prior to the return of the Bridegroom.   We are now demonstrating whether or not we will be faithful to the Bridegroom.  If we prove faithful and remain spotless, He will consummate the marriage and bring us into His Kingdom, but if we prove unfaithful, we will be rejected in disgrace.

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Mat 7:23, NKJV)

YHVH is in charge – just as He was in the First Exodus.

Once they were in the wilderness, YHVH took upon Himself the task of leading the people and providing for them, with Moshe as His ‘right hand man.’

And I [YHVH] have led you forty years in the wilderness…. Deut 29:5

In the days of the First Exodus, all of the Israelites were already living in one area – the Land of Goshen in Egypt – and they were fully aware of their Hebrew and tribal ancestry.  They spoke one language and had one cultural background.  It was a comparatively simple matter for YHVH to send one man, Moshe (Moses), assisted by his brother Aharon (Aaron) and their sister Miriam, to obtain the freedom of the Israelites and lead them out into the wilderness.  There YHVH could show His Love for them and offer them His marriage contract, the Torah.

Today, believers are scattered all over the world; they speak many languages and come from many cultural backgrounds.  If they ever had a tribal ancestry, most have forgotten what it is.  Vast numbers are grafted-in ‘used-to-be-Gentiles’. [5]   Leadership is scattered and by no means all of one mind.  But just as in the past YHVH provided a ‘right hand man’ – Moshe – today He has given us the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)!  The Ruach can work simultaneously in hearts all around the world, speaking any language known to man, and teaching in ways that any culture can comprehend!  The Ruach is gathering the Remnant today!

For thus saith Adonai YHVH; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. Eze 34:11-12

How can we be sure that this is the time of the Second Exodus?

Not only are countless numbers of believers abandoning the world’s system and returning to Torah, but world affairs also seem to indicate that we are in the time of the Second Exodus.

In 1948, the political entity called ‘Israel’ was established by the will of the nations, but it was not until 1967, when Jerusalem came once again into the hands of the Jews, that the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ came to an end.

Temple Mount retakenAnd they [Israelites] shall fall by the edge of  the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke 21:24

Prior to 1967, although there were Jews in Israel and around the world who acknowledged Y’shua as their Messiah, they were part of the greater Christian church and were indistinguishable from their Gentile brethren.  Since 1967, the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) has been calling these dear brothers, as well as their adopted brethren, back to Torah.  The first Messianic fellowships began to emerge in the late 1960’s, and today there are many hundreds of these fellowships in Israel and around the world!

What does the Second Exodus ‘look like’ today?

The First Exodus gives us a clear ‘picture’ as to what to expect in the Second Exodus:

  • The First Exodus: Preceded by a time of oppression and confrontation with the world system (Pharaoh), with a miraculous release of His people, and the establishment – through miraculous conquest – of a special place for His people to dwell, the Land of Israel.
  • Prior to the Second Exodus: YHVH’s people were subjected to massive oppression for 2,000 years, culminating in the Holocaust of WWII.  After the War, there was an appeal for release (national identity), resulting in the literally miraculous establishment of the political entity known as the Land of Israel, defended by generations of Israeli soldiers, followed by the miraculous Six Day War and the return of Jerusalem to the Jews.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWho hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Isa 66:8

  • First Exodus: YHVH invited the people to join Him in the wilderness – a time of betrothal in which they got to know Him, as He revealed His Love, Power and Righteousness, offering the people a love relationship with Him, based on His Way of Righteousness.
  • Second Exodus: We believe that YHVH is now calling out Israelites/believers, both genetic and grafted-in, who have not previously walked in obedience with Him.  He is offering them His Torah and calling them into a Love relationship with Himself based on His character of Righteousness.  Countless believers are responding to the call of the Holy Spirit and are returning to Torah!

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Rev 18:4

  • First Exodus: It was a difficult journey from the land of oppression toward the Promised Land, during which time YHVH continued to reveal His Love, His Power, and His Righteousness, and provided every need for His people.  YHVH led them in the wilderness Himself, with the column of smoke by day and the column of fire by night, as well as His Shekinah presence in the Tent of Meeting.
  • Second Exodus: When we accept this gift of a Love relationship governed by Torah, we find ourselves quite literally on a journey in a wilderness of the nations: We are no longer citizens of our nation of birth, for now we are citizens of Y’shua’s Kingdom.  We are no longer acknowledged as members of the traditional Christian faith, or even as Jews.  We are alone, and the only friend we have in this wilderness is the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), who leads us, teaches us, beseeches YHVH in our behalf, comforts us, and provides for us.  The Ruach personally guides each one.  For each one, it is a very difficult and even desperate journey, but for those whose hearts are fastened on YHVH, it is also a time of great joy.  His Shekinah presence dwells within us!
  • First Exodus: Many of the people who said they would love and obey YHVH ultimately listened to their flesh – their own self-interest and desires – rather than trusting the Elohim who had abundantly proven Himself trustworthy.  He forbade them entry into the Promised Land (His Kingdom).
  • Second Exodus: We believe this is the period we are experiencing now – a period of living in the Covenant Community prior to entering Y’shua’s earthly Millennial Kingdom based in Israel.  During this time, rebels will reveal themselves as they choose self over obedience to Torah.  They will either refuse to acknowledge Torah, based on the traditional teaching of the church that ‘The Law has passed away,’ or they will acknowledge Torah but then pick and choose what portions they want to obey rather than simply following instructions.  They will be “excused” (removed) from the Covenant Community and will not be allowed to enter Israel, the seat of The Kingdom’s government. This is exactly what happened during the First Exodus. YHVH does not change!

Depart from Me 2These are the folks Y’shua is speaking of in Matthew, Chapter 7: [6]  Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness [Greek: anomia – Torahlessness]! (Mat 7:21-23, NKJV)

What about leadership?

There are some hints in Scripture as to how YHVH carries out this Second Exodus.  For example, just as Moshe was instructed to assign leadership among the ancient Hebrews to teach them Torah and help resolve issues, [7] YHVH tells us that He will assign particular individuals to hunt for His people and to begin building communication between them in preparation for this Second Exodus.

But, YHVH 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. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith YHVH, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. Jer 16:15-16

It is a beautiful thing that for 2,000 years, He has sent ‘fishers’ among us!

And Y’shua said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.  Mar 1:17

Now, in our day, YHVH is sending the hunters!  All things are being restored to the original Hebraic (biblical) Plan.  The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is calling to those who are ready, and they are responding!  Many of the called-out-ones are bewildered by their growing love for and fascination with their Hebrew heritage in the Faith.  They don’t understand why they feel this way, and they do not know what to do with it or about it.  Should I follow the rabbis?  How do I know which day is really the Sabbath?  What about my friends and family in the church?  So many questions arise for the new Messianic believer!

YHVH has prepared for their questions and needs.  There are a great many Messianic believers who are literally hunting for these dear brothers.  They are hunting for the hidden descendants of Abraham and the grafted-in believers who are heeding the call to Righteousness (Torah).  When these dear ones are identified, the hunters disciple them and help them find their answers in scripture.  Hunters are also trail-breakers – they lay down signs for others to follow after them.

this-waySet up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, O Virgin Israel, return to your towns. (Jer 31:21, NIV)

On one level, this verse is referring to the teaching that needs to be done.  The teachers’ job is not to tell us what to believe, but rather to teach us how to study YHVH’s Word so that HE can tell us what we need to know!  Our primary source of leadership will come from the Ruach HaKodesh.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  John 16:13

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  John 14:26

At the appropriate time, YHVH will send human leaders to us as well, and we will recognize them, just as the Israelites recognized Moshe (Moses) and the seventy elders.

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith YHVH.  Jer 23:4

Regardless of when these leaders appear, this same passage tells us that YHVH will provide for our needs during this time of the Second Exodus, just as He provided all the needs of our forefathers in the wilderness.  Neither shall they be lacking.”  We do not need to be concerned about clothing, food, housing, etc.  Just as in the days of the First Exodus, He will provide them, and it will be our joy to watch Him at work!

Is there a gathering of believers during the Millennial Kingdom?

The following is a long passage, but well worth the time to read it:

Who hath heard such a thing?  Who hath seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?  Or shall a nation be born at once?  For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth?  Saith YHVH: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb?  Saith thy Elohim, Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.  For thus saith YHVH, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.  As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of YHVH shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.  For, behold, YHVH will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.  For by fire and by his sword will YHVH plead with all flesh: and the slain of YHVH shall be many.  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith YHVH. [These are practices of idolators.] For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.  And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.  And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto YHVH out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith YHVH, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of YHVH.  And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites [8], saith YHVH.   For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith YHVH, so shall your seed and your name remain.  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith YHVH.  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. Isa 66:8-24

As far as we can tell, this entire passage indisputably pertains to the Millennial Kingdom which is established after the Second Coming of Messiah.  The passage begins by foretelling the re-establishment of the nation of Israel as a political entity, which we have seen miraculously unfold in our generation.  It goes on to relate the peace and blessing that Israel will experience in her land when YHVH is her ruler, which can only be after Y’shua returns and sets up His government

sendThe Books of Daniel and Revelation tells us that there will be unbelieving survivors after the Tribulation, and that nations will still exist.  This passage in Isaiah tells us that during this period of the Millennial Kingdom, YHVH will send messengers out to all the nations to tell them of His glory and to bring those who love and desire to serve Him back to Israel!  The nations will actually send them – providing for their travel needs – in recognition of YHVH’s claim on their lives!  These are apparently people who came to faith during the last days of the Tribulation, or perhaps who will be born during the generations following the establishment of Y’shua’s earthly Kingdom.  Some among them may even be believers who had previously rebelled against Torah, but who have repented and now gladly obey their King!

This certainly sounds like an Exodus of sorts to us!  This passage alone reveals that there is so much yet to come about which we do not have all the details – exciting days ahead!

CONCLUSION

We believe that the Second Exodus is already in progress, and that it is a profoundly challenging period demanding the believers’ complete faith and trust.  Those who accept the call MUST remove themselves from the world’s system and follow only YHVH’s commands, as given in Torah, in every way available to them.  There can be no half-hearted approach to this, because it is not about us – it is all about YHVH and pleasing HIM!

hiker_silhouetteJust as on the first Passover Night before the First Exodus, when the Israelites were instructed to eat standing up with their travel clothes on and shoes on their feet, in the same way we should be ready to “move out” with our Master!  Just as our forefathers left most of their belongings behind and trusted YHVH to provide for them, so we should disregard the things the world tells us that we “must have,” and put our focus instead on following our Master.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matt 6:33

When this is our mindset, THEN we will be ready when He calls us out of the nations and into our own wilderness experience to meet with Him!!

And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with [judge] you face to face. I will bring you into the bond of the covenantEzek 20:35, 37

By John and Sue Wyatt (lambs.servant@gmail.com )


© Sue Wyatt and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, 2014.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Lamb’s Servant Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Sue Wyatt and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


FOOTNOTES

[1] Just a FEW of these references are: Isa 56:6-7, Jer 31:31, Eze 20:33, Luke 1:67, Isa 10:20, Isa 11:11, Jer 23:3, Micah 5:3, Micah 5:8, Rom 11:5, Jer 31:35-37, Micah 7:20, Isa 9:7, 2Ki 19:31, Eze 6:8, Joel 2:32, Micah 2:12, Micah 5:7, Micah 7:18, Jer 31:31, Isa 10:21

 [2]  In the Old Testament scriptures, every reference to “the testimony” is a reference to the Ark of the Covenant and its contents: The tablets with the Ten Commandments, the manna from the wilderness, Aharon’s rod, etc.

[3]  Some will argue that this is speaking of the New Covenant, which the church teaches does not include obedience to the instructions of Torah.  For our reply to this viewpoint, please our article entitled Y’SHUA TAUGHT US TO WALK IN TORAH. (Not yet published, but available upon request.)

[4]  Messianic believers often speak of their sense of being alone – feeling like ‘the odd man out.’   We are no longer Americans or Frenchmen or any other nationality – we are citizens of the Kingdom of Y’shua. We are often not even considered to be Christians, and the Jews do not consider us to be Jews. We live in a “No Man’s Land,” a wilderness of the nations, bearing the standard of our King and doing our best to act as His ambassadors. (2Cor 5:20)

[5]  Non-Jews who have believed in Y’shua as their Savior are no longer Gentiles!  They have been grafted in to the Olive Tree (the family and nation of Israel), and YHVH sees them as Israelites –  descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and privy to all the promises and covenants made with them!  See Ephesians 2:11-13, etc.

[6] See the discussion of this passage in the chapter entitled: Y’SHUA TAUGHT US TO WALK IN TORAH. (Not yet published, but available upon request.)

[7] Exodus 18

[8] And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith YHVH. The Hebrew word translated here as ‘Levites’ is ‘leviyim‘.  The normal association here is ‘descendants of Levi.’  However, Levi received his name because the word ‘lavah‘ has a meaning: joined toAnd she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. [he who has been joined] (Gen 29:34)  Examples of the use of the word lavah/levi with this meaning of ‘having been joined to‘ can be viewed here: Strongs H3867.  It is tempting to consider that the actual meaning in this verse (And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith YHVH) is that YHVH will consider all who love and obey Him as having been JOINED TO Him.

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10 thoughts on “THE SECOND EXODUS”

  1. Wow… admittedly this is a bit long for my morning coffee 😉 – but this sentence “We are no longer acknowledged as members of the traditional Christian faith, or even as Jews. We are alone, and the only friend we have in this wilderness is the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), who leads us, teaches us, beseeches YHVH in our behalf, comforts us, and provides for us. ” rings true what the Lord told me this morning in His Word: Galatians 4:17 “Those people are trying hard to win you over. But it is not for your good. They want to take you away from us. They want you to commit yourselves to them.(NIrV)”. It was on a different subject, but surely speaks on the same core. I’m amazed. Thanks for the sharing of this!

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  2. Leni, thank you so much for taking the time to read the whole thing! (I have a problem with being too wordy!!!) I love being dependent on the Ruach now! I know you feel the same way. He always brings to our attention exactly what we need at just the right time – Praise YHVH! 🙂 Blessings, sweet sister. And Happy Hanukkah!

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  3. Yes,it’s long, but very much worth the read. You’ve helped me understand several things, especially the Wilderness of the Peoples. We’re certainly on the same page with this topic, with differences of opinion here & there that the Ruach will clarify for us at the right time. Thanks very much for responding to His nudge to publish this even though it might be a bit earlier than you expected!

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    1. Thanks so much for not jumping all over me – I DO feel a little premature and ‘out on a limb’, because there are still aspects to study. I would be VERY interested to hear your input – I don’t pretend to have it nailed down. This topic is so involved, with so many possibilities as to what it will actually ‘look like’ when it’s all over. I think what was most important to me was realizing that THIS is the time for me to demonstrate my love for Him and for my neighbor, and that I MUST walk in the power of the Spirit, or I stand without excuse. Kinda puts things in perspective and challenges the tendency to be lazy and self-centered. It also makes me so grateful for His loving guidance!!! Looking forward to hearing your input, brother. Thanks again. Shalom, and Chag Sameach!

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  4. You’re a groundbreaker, and that’s always risky! Yet I think the time for this message is here. If so then we’ll hear much more about it in the coming year.
    Did you get my email earlier today? I’ve got much to contribute on the Second Exodus and related topics, and at the moment email is probably the best way to do it.

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    1. Oh, how wonderful that I will get to MEET you!!! We will have to share photos or some other way to identify one another. Hubby John and I are counting the days. 🙂 What exciting days we live in!

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  5. Our bags are packed to head for the mountains>> Eze 7:16 But those of those who escape shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys]…..<<, when the economy collapses.
    Get out of the cities when you can no longer draw money from the ATM's
    Cannibalism will take over in the cities.

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