AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM?
Ephraim to have his own Kibbutz in the Land of Israel!
For some time I have had a vision for the establishment of a Kibbutz, Moshav or Settlement for the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, as a kind of pilot project for the ultimate return prophesied in the Scriptures. The kind of settlement, kibbutz or moshav I have in mind is a place where Spirit filled Torah observant Hebrew Roots, Ephraimite or Messianic believers can settle without the necessity of having to convert to Judaism. Clearly the candidates selected for this programme will have to undergo a certain vetting process, some of it to be determined by the Israeli authorities, as well as by the future management of the Kibbutz.
Most of you reading this already are aware that this is indeed an impossible dream. There is no question that Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, has appointed Judah to be the Gate keeper for the land of Israel in our time. This principle is very ancient, as it dates back to the time when the children of Israel left Egypt in the first Exodus. They were led by a Pillar of Cloud by Day and a Pillar of Fire by night. The pattern for their departure was set according to the will of Yahweh, as given by the hand of Moses that Judah, the head of the Eastern brigade, would lead all the tribes of Israel whilst walking behind his standard depicting the ‘Lion of Judah.’ After Judah set out behind the Pillar of Cloud, the children of Issachar followed, thereafter Zebulon, and after this Reuben and-so-forth. This pattern [Numbers 10:14-27] was established for all time throughout the wilderness years, when the children of Israel had to break Camp and move to the next destination no less than forty two times. It is no wonder then that we see this same pattern in our time today with Judah being the first tribe of Israel to establish a beachhead in the Land of our Fathers in 1948. Thus Judah does follow this same divinely ordained pattern, which should be respected by all the other tribes of Israel wishing to enter the Land. Judah today therefore is the divinely appointed Gate-Keeper for the Land of Israel. Like it or not, this means Judah calls the shots!
The kind of people chosen for this prophetic end-time project will be willing to commit their all to this venture. This means they are willing to liquidate all of their assets in order to invest into the Land of their Fathers. It means they will be encouraging their children to serve in the IDF and the Israeli air forces and navy. They need to formally declare their allegiance to the State of Israel and pledge to uphold its laws. It also means that they will be willing, if need be, to submit to an initial period of probation in order to satisfy the Israeli government that they are Kosher, and fit persons to receive Israeli citizenship at the end of their probationary period.
The fact that Judah is in charge of the Land means that we as the Prodigal Sons of the Father need to approach our older brother with due reverence and considerable humility, as we are the supplicants. Ephraim needs to be aware of this, as in no way can we come to Judah with demands, demanding our ‘rights’ to the Land. The reality is that we need Judah’s favour. I believe that if we have the right approach Judah’s heart will soften towards us in time. I also believe that our Father in Heaven above will change the circumstances, almost certainly through war, where Judah will welcome the help of as many of us willing to come, even to the point of our willingness to lay down our lives for our brother.
Well for now, this is where I stop. Please watch this space, as more articles will follow………….
Stephen Spykerman, October 27, 2016
What is a KIBBUTZ?
Kibbutz (Hebrew: קִבּוּץ / קיבוץ), literally means “a group, gathering, clustering” and the plural of kibbutz is kibbutzim קִבּוּצִים / קיבוצים which is a term used to describe more than one kibbutz. Kibbutz is a modest name for something unique in that it is a voluntary democratic community where people live and work together on a non-competitive basis. The aim of a Kibbutz is to generate an economically and socially independent society whereby everyone equally benefits from everyone’s labors.
The First KIBBUTZIM
At the beginning of the 20th Century, a group of young people got together to form what is known as a kibbutz, a “group” of people. They put their heads together to establish a plan to live in the Land of Israel as a community. After all the planning and organizing had been done, they came to Palestine to establish and set-up their kibbutz. Their dream was not just to settle in the Land of Israel but to build a whole new kind of society. This group of people had a strong desire to live in a community where everyone will benefit equally from the collective labor pool. Despite their many hardships, they succeeded in creating a social system and a way of life which has and continues to play a crucial role in the development of the State of Israel both culturally and politically.
Over the years, many different kibbutz have sprung up in the Land of Israel. They have multiplied and are now known as “kibbutzim.” They have prospered and they have adapted themselves to the many challenges that have crossed their paths since they first established the first kibbutz in the Land of Israel in 1909. As of 2010, the total number of kibbutz reached 270. Each kibbutz varies in size from 80 to over 2,000 people. They are scattered throughout the Land of Israel. With a total populace of around 120,000 they represent about 2.8 percent of Israel’s population. Their factories and farms account for 9% of Israel’s industrial output which is worth U.S. $8 billion and it is 40% of its agricultural output which is worth over $1.7 billion. Quite impressive.
In the early days of the kibbutz movement, all kibbutzim were based on a foundation of agriculture. Today, the economies of kibbutzim cannot be sustained by agriculture alone. Most kibbutzim have branched out into different industries to increase their productivity which gives them flexibility in sustaining their individual kibbutz. Thus, by expanding their knowledge and products and goods they produce, their manufacturing factories produce a wide variety of products from electronics, furniture, household appliances and plastics to farm machinery and irrigation systems.
Most kibbutz members work in some section of the kibbutz economy such as in the orchards, factories, dairy and fishponds or in one of their maintenance units. Routine jobs such as dining room duties are rotated among the kibbutz members. When too few members in a kibbutz are available to do a particular job, they will hire outside workers and pay them wages or they will offer them room and board in exchange for their services on their kibbutz.