Nothing – absolutely nothing – will destroy my faith in Jesus or my hope in Him for salvation. When I was awakened to the Hebrew Roots movement (though I didn’t know that is what it was called), this is the one thing that I determined was unshakable. I will always hold on to the fact that Jesus, who’s Hebrew name is Yeshua, is the way, the truth, and the life, and He is the only way to the Father.
Other things, however, were open to question. Maybe they were right; maybe they were wrong. I was already discovering too many “Christian” things I had believed my whole life that weren’t exactly how I thought them to be.
And So the Quest Began
There were so many things to explore, and one of them concerned the people of Israel – what I had always called, “the Jews.” And going down that trail I had come across a book by Eddie Chumney, “Restoring the Two Houses of Israel,” now out of print. It seemed to make sense, but at the same time, I didn’t fully understand it. I think that was probably because I had a predisposed negative mindset toward the subject, even though I didn’t realize it.
You see, I had read Herbert Armstrong’s “The United States and Britain in Prophecy.” With all due respect to my friends from a WWCG background, it seemed incomplete and parts of it didn’t add up. I knew a little about Christian Identity and British- or Anglo-Israelism, and wanted no association with either of them. Yet I had also read Joseph Tkach’s “Transformed by Truth” and knew that his approach was definitely a turn back in the wrong direction, throwing out the baby with the bathwater if you will. There had to be more.
Who Is Israel?
Looking for more information on the concept of the Two Houses of Israel, one name kept coming up everywhere: Batya Wootten. Her book, “Who Is Israel?” answered many of my questions and also confirmed the things I had read from Eddie Chumney. And as this picture became more and more clear, I could see how the story of the restoration of Israel permeated the whole of Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments.
Batya and her husband, Angus Wootten, are pioneers in the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movement and are the founders of the Messianic Israel Alliance, now known as the Alliance of Redeemed Israel. In my opinion, Batya is by far the leading human authority on this subject. Her first book, “In Search of Israel” published by Destiny Image in 1988, set out to answer the question, Who Is Israel? It has evolved into the most recent edition of “Redeemed Israel – Reunited and Restored.” I obtained my copy of “In Search of Israel” after reading the latest iteration, and it is truly amazing to see how this work has progressed.
“Who Is Israel? Redeemed Israel – A Primer” is a condensed version of the Redeemed Israel book. It is designed to give you a concise (the printed version is less than 80 pages) presentation of the concept of the Two Houses of Israel and the coming reunification into one house, the restored Whole House of Israel. Ten short chapters and a couple of appendices, along with many illustrations, make this an easy but very thought provoking read.
This Is Not a Book Review
Rather, it is a book recommendation. As a Kindle book, the price is only 99 cents. After giving this a read, you can decide if you want to go further with reading Batya’s other books. I think you probably will.
If you haven’t yet read my previous 3-part series on the Two Houses of Israel, you can do so here:
The Two Houses of Israel – Part 1
The Starts and the Sand – Two Houses Part 2
The Prodigal Son – Two Houses Part 3