REMARRYING THE OLD WIFE
Finally, we must address the argument of those who claim that Yahweh had to die and be reborn (as Jesus) so He could remarry Israel: his Old Covenant wife. The British Israel movement is the main purveyor of this teaching. The British Israelites, who have correctly identified themselves as racial descendents of Jacob Israel, have misconstrued Scripture in an effort to find a salvation that was based strictly upon racial parameters.
Today, there are many Anglo-Saxon Christians who have learned of their racial connection back to Israel, but who have also been lured, by a false teaching, into believing that Yahweh is bound to remarry old Israel. The scripture they use for this teaching is Romans 7:Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adultress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adultress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
The British Israel reasoning, based upon this passage, goes like this:Israel was Yahweh’s Old Covenant wife. Yahweh had to divorce Israel for her harlotry. According to law, a man cannot remarry his wife whom he has divorced. However, Yahweh had promised Israel a New Covenant and that he would remarry her. Yahweh dies, according to Romans 7:3 (above), to release Israel so she could lawfully marry again. Therefore, since Yahweh had to remarry Israel himself, He simply became a man (Jesus) and died, and then raised himself back from the dead so he could remarry his old wife without breaking the law, according to Romans 7:4 (above).
This false interpretation contains interesting facets, and just enough correct points, to make it seem almost well researched and credible. But it is fatally flawed and will not work – as I will show.
First, the theory is correct about Yahweh being Israel’s Old Covenant husband. It is also correct about his divorcing her for her unfaithfulness. But, while Romans 7:1-4 does address this issue, the churches have misinterpreted verses 3 and 4 so as to totally pervert their true meaning.
Yahweh did, indeed, promise Israel a New Covenant, and thus, a new marriage. However, it was not Yahweh (the old Husband) that was destined to die. Rather, it was Israel (the old wife) who was to die.
Israel died in trespasses and sins. Yahweh did not die, and cannot die! However, the death of Israel (lost tribes). Reborn Israelites are new creatures, washed spotlessly clean by the blood of Jesus. This body of reborn Israel is, then, the new Bride (New Jerusalem), and the risen Jesus is the Bridegroom whom Yahweh provided for her.
Now, look again at Romans 7. Verses one through three explain that Israel (the wife) is bound to her husband (Yahweh) as long as they both live. Now, look at verse four:
4. Wherefore, my brethren (Israelites), YE ALSO ARE BECOME DEAD…
Do you see? The husband wasn’t the one who died! It was "YE" – Israel – who became dead, as we read in Ephesians and Colossians. Also, in Romans 6:
3. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
7. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
11. Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reborn Israelites are New Israel: New Jerusalem. She is the Bride. Jesus is the Bridegroom. The marriage is completely clean and new. The Wife is a virgin. The Groom is the Heir of God. If you consider this, you’ll find that it fits scripture.
There are inherent problems with the idea of Yahweh remarrying old Israel. For instance:Yahweh cannot die, and therefore cannot be raised from the dead. Even if Yahweh could die, there would be no God left alive to raise him back to life. Even if, by the stretch of the imagination, Yahweh could die, and be raised back to life, He could not marry old Israel because she is an old whore and has been divorced. There are specific laws against High Priests marrying whores and divorced wives. (see Leviticus 21:1-7). If you say, "Well, maybe Yahweh would marry the new, reborn Israel, instead of the old whore." But, you see, the New Israel is not the Old Israel. According to British Israelites’ doctrine, Yahweh must remarry the Old Israel. But the law prevents it – even if the old whore repented and washed up a bit, she is still unfit for a high priest.
Furthermore, if she dies and is reborn, then she is not the old wife anymore and cannot fulfill the position of "remarrying" Yahweh.
New Israel (i.e. New Spiritual Jerusalem) is not Old Israel (Old Jerusalem). They are defined differently.
Old Israel is the racial descendents of Jacob/Israel. New Israel is the REBORN out of the descendents of Jacob/Israel. Not all of Old Israel has been reborn. Therefore, they are two entities, distinguished from one another. New Israel is out of Old Israel, but not all of Old Israel is in New Israel. See Romans 9:6-8:…For they are not all (New) Israel which are of (Jacob) Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
New Israel is identified as "the children of the promise." Old Israel is identified as "the children of the flesh". Therefore, the old wife is not the new wife. Romans 7:4 says that the New Wife is to be married to ANOTHER (other than the old husband – Yahweh). Thus, New Israel, New Jerusalem is married to the Son; the risen Jesus – heir of all creation.
Yahweh did not die! Scripture does not say He died! He cannot die! Those who claim He had to die to remarry Old Israel simply do not understand scripture.