The purpose of this article is to give insight on words and phrases when reading the Word of God.
A quote from Evangelist F. F. Bosworth, written before his death in 1958:
“Today there is much teaching on the subject of prophecy, and it is important that there should be. It is very important for every student of prophecy, in fact, it is absolutely necessary for their understanding, to see the distinction the Bible makes between the Jews and the other Tribes of Israel. Until this distinction between the two Houses, Israel and Judah, as that distinction is taught in the Scriptures, is clearly understood, a great portion of the Bible will remain a closed book. This clear distinction between the two Houses is never lost sight of in the Bible, and until it is understood, it is impossible to follow the truth of Scripture on this subject, or to understand the Bible story of Israel. If we had time we could show you that ignorance of this distinction is responsible for much of the infidelity today. Because the pre-millennial promises God made to the “House of Israel” have not been fulfilled to the “House of Judah,” they have accused God of unfaithfulness”.
Note: Our article “Who are the Jews” is a must read before continuing the remainder of this article.
NOTE: In no way are we suggesting that its is only thru genetics that one will enter the kingdom. On the contrary! The Good News is you don’t have to be of a certain blood line to enter the kingdom. One can become Israel in different ways: One is by linage and the other is by adoption, or being “grafted in” (Romans 11:19), and the third is by marriage (Revelation 19:7-9). But in any case, one will enter the Kingdom only through the righteousness of Jesus, whom we call Yeshua.
The House of Israel and The House of Judah are NOT the same people. Both are Israel but divided into two different Kingdoms. Bible prophecies tells us that Messiah will rule over a restored Kingdom during his millennial rein, as King David ruled over both Houses during his reign.
The12 tribes descended from Jacob were not always divided. The 12 tribes were still united when they and the mixed multitude left Egypt at the Exodus. Shadows were already shown in Jacob splitting his family into groups when returning to Canaan to meet with Esau. (Genesis 33:1-2)
The House of David under King David ruled over Judah (2 Samuel 2:4) and Israel (2 Samuel 5:3). After King David, Solomon was King over both Houses. The split came during King Rehoboam’s reign, after the death of Solomon. (1 Kings 12:16-20). And it was at this time that the House of Israel turned from God’s instructions and returned to strange gods. (1 Kings 12:27-33). From this point to present, the House of Israel and the House of Judah have been divided. They will only be reunited during the rein of Messiah. (Jeremiah 3:18, 50:4; Ezekiel 37:22)
Why is this important to understand? As stated at the start of this article, the Bible will not be clearly understood without understanding the two House teaching. Following are quotes from the bible that may not make sense without the Two House understanding:
Hebrews 8:8 – “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”
Matthew 10:6 – “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matthew 15:24 – “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Acts 2:36 – “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Ezekiel 37:19 – “Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.”
The following are the number of times The House of Israel is mentioned:
1 Kings 2 verses found 2 matches
Psalms 3 verses found 3 matches
Isaiah 4 verses found 4 matches
Jeremiah 19 verses found 20 matches
Ezekiel 78 verses found 83 matches
Hosea 5 verses found 5 matches
Amos 8 verses found 8 matches
Micah 3 verses found 3 matches
Zechariah 1 verse found 1 match
Matthew 2 verses found 2 matches
Acts 2 verses found 2 matches
Hebrews 2 verses found 2 matches
The following are the number of times The House of Judah is mentioned:
1 Kings 2 verses found 2 matches
2 Kings 1 verse found 1 match
1 Chronicles 1 verse found 1 match
2 Chronicles 3 verses found 3 matches
Nehemiah 1 verse found 1 match
Isaiah 2 verses found 2 matches
Jeremiah 11 verses found 11 matches
Ezekiel 5 verses found 5 matches
Hosea 3 verses found 3 matches
Zephaniah 1 verse found 1 match
Zechariah 6 verses found 6 matches
Hebrews 1 verse found 1 match
The following are the number of times The House of Judah and The House of Israel are mentioned together: (Kitty says, “Why would they be mentioned separately together if they are the same?”)
2 Samuel 5 verses found 17 matches
1 Kings 2 verses found 8 matches
2 Kings 1 verse found 3 matches
1 Chronicles 1 verse found 8 matches
2 Chronicles 5 verses found 17 matches
Ezra 1 verse found 3 matches
Isaiah 2 verses found 7 matches
Jeremiah 11 verses found 42 matches
Ezekiel 3 verses found 10 matches
Hosea 1 verse found 3 matches
Micah 1 verse found 3 matches
Zechariah 1 verse found 4 matches
Hebrews 1 verse found 4 matches
This insight should make your Bible reading more interesting. Remember that the truth will set you free.
We hope that after reading this article and the articles on “Who are the Jews” and “Who are the Gentiles,” that knowing their differences will give you a better insight into Bible teachings.
Shalom to all.