"Stand in the ways, and look intently, and ask, in regard to the ancient paths, which one is the right way, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."                                                  (Jeremiah 6:16 in the Bible)

We’ve all been at many crossroads like this, trying to find the right path, one that will reassure us that our life has not been wasted and that we have accomplished something that will outlast us.

In the language from which the above quote was taken, the word for “progress” means “toward the primordial [time and place].” You’ve heard of “back to the future”; but this is telling us that we need to go “forward to the ancient past”!

That may not sound too exciting; after all, haven’t we made tremendous advances? But something in our hearts keeps nagging us. What we really want most is to get back to the pristine, the original intent the Creator, YHWH, had for His people.

Even when He says, “I will do something new”, it is for the sake of restoring something that had been lost in the past.

So what is that “ancient path”? The word the prophet used here, in his native language of Hebrew, is actually related to the idea of being “eternal”, so it's not just about something long ago, but something for every era and every generation.

But it also has the sense of something “hidden"-- what’s beyond the horizon, extending so far either ahead of us or behind us that we can no longer see it. We can’t tell where the road leads, so we have to ask for directions.  But where are we supposed to be heading?

    “...At that time,” declares YHWH, “the descendants of Israel will come, they and      the descendants of Yehudah together, walking and weeping as they go, and     YHWH their Elohim they will seek. They will ask the way to Zion, [with] their     faces [looking] there: ‘Come, let’s join ourselves to YHWH—an everlasting     covenant [that] will not be forgotten!’ My people have become lost sheep. Their     shepherds [pastors?] have led them astray!”                        (Jeremiah 50:4)

So YHWH said He would provide shepherds of His own—and one in particular would say that his only task was to find those “lost sheep of the House of Israel.”

So who are they? The answer will hit closer to home than you might expect. They are anyone who has heard that shepherd’s voice. 

Seen by many as Gentiles, but only because that's what their ancestors chose to be, they will come from the ends of the earth and say,

    "Truly our forefathers have inherited lies--an empty vapor, in which there is no
    profit!" (Jeremiah 16:19)

"Profit" here literally means "ascending"--moving 
higher. The steps by which everyone except the 
priests  entered the ancient Temple at Jerusalem 
were uncovered by archaeologists not many years 
ago. They all had different depths and heights so 
no one could rush flippantly into this holiest of 
physical places on earth.  Some of the steps there 
are nice and wide, and might seem like a 
tantalizing place to stop and rest a while. That’s fine as long as you remember that you have not arrived yet at the real goal of entering the Creator’s presence.  To do that you have to ASCEND!  But many believers get "stuck" on one such step. Over and over the message preached to them is that they have to start walking up the staircase. But to take the first step (coming to the Messiah for redemption) over and over is hardly the purpose for which we were redeemed! There is a much richer inheritance offered to us!

Some advance much further than others, yet still decide to stop at some point and emphasize the same aspect(s) of truth so often that they never develop their other spiritual muscles. They have one exaggerated bicep, while the rest of them is extremely flabby. Then they find ways to make Scripture appear to say that only the bicep matters, while the rest of the body is superfluous. Then they all fight over which body part is most important.

To change the metaphor again, just as the cloud that led Israel through the wilderness stopped at many places, but then would lift up and move again, YHWH has visited us in many ways throughout the ages. There are valid reasons the various denominations got started. There were real issues to contend with, and they do represent battles won for the truth. But though He Himself never changes, there remains a rest--a Promised Land to bring His people to. If His people remain camped after He moves on, just because He once stopped at that spot, their religion is little more than a historical museum instead of a living community.

Today the cloud is moving on again. Many doctrines and practices that have been adequate even for the last nineteen centuries will not stand the tests that are coming. Why? Because an exile is coming to an end, and not everything that was allowable and maybe even necessary in that condition meets the standard of the level of holiness to which YHWH wants to take us next. 

What? You didn’t know you were in exile? Very few did, and for a very important reason, but now we can see why the Scriptural name for what has long been known as the "church" is really "the called-out ones". The Messiah's puzzling statement that he had come only for "the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel" is now as clear as day. The answer has been there in Scripture all along, right in front of our eyes, but a veil has been lifted, because a curse that had specific time parameters has now run its course—if we will take up the challenge of correcting what brought it on in the first place.

If you’ve felt that pull back to something more fruitful, it’s time to stop trying to capture the "empty vapor", stop following dead-end streets, and start to ASCEND!

The House of Israel (a group related to, but distinct from the Jews--those "descendants of Yehudah" mentioned above, many of whom have already arrived back at Zion--or at least its shadow) disbanded over 2,700 years ago. Is it any wonder that the path, covered up by so much rubble and the sands of time—and all but abandoned—can be right under our feet and still be hidden?

So we’re here to uncover the path again, clearing away the obstructions, and trace where it’s meant to take us.

Recently some of the fog has lifted and a major roadblock taken out of our way so that there is access to this “high road” again. We are here to make it even more accessible by "leveling the bumps and making the rough places smooth".  This is the missing link to how the "New Covenant" fits with the one that came before.

These and many more ancient prophecies said this House of Israel would return just like the Jews, and at last this is beginning to come true. The time has come!

So we must move while the path is open.  Jeremiah 31:20 tells us to set up signposts that point back to the Way our forefathers departed from. This web site is designed to provide some of those markers to lead you in a navigable--if not always easy--way BACK to the ANCIENT PATH.

It’s anything but boring! But true adventures are always a bit dangerous. This privileged information is not a hoax, a myth, or a joke. Nor can you can afford to ignore it. If you take it seriously, it will require many changes in belief, lifestyle, and priorities. You will be held responsible for what you read. There will be many tests.

But it is well worth the risks. Once you get past admitting, "We've been wrong about so much; we've inherited lies and things with no profit!", the road is full of joy for those who love our Creator and come back into the order that He actually set in place.

This site is for any who are hearing the shepherd’s voice and realizing that they may, after all, be those “lost sheep of the House of Israel”. We're here to tell you, "You don't have to stay lost!"  But being Israel has definitions in terms of lifestyle.

That shepherd (who identified himself by saying he offered that same "rest for our souls" that is found only on the ancient path) said to enter by the narrow gate. 
That means there is little room for "baggage". The more we can streamline by getting rid of unnecessary weight, the easier the trail will seem.

One big sidetrack is that for the longest time we focused more on that same shepherd and lost sight of One even greater toward Whom he was pointing us.   YHWH says, "If you return, return to ME"--not religion, not just anything that looks ancient or Hebraic.  But the shepherd He sent is still extremely unique and indispensable; going too far and "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" may be an even worse error than the other.  The "narrow way" to which the narrow gate leads requires a careful balance between the two extremes, for both Jews and Christians need the other's perspective to be complete, for we are two halves of a once-single people that was divided, and to compensate for what we lost in that split, both have added to and taken away from the actual message.  

But we must find that right balance, or most of what he worked for--and died for--could be lost or diminished at best.  "It is good that you take hold of this, but also not withdraw your hand from that, because the one who fears Elohim will come out with both of them." (Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes 7:18) "Every every teacher of the Torah who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." (Mat. 13:52)

This site aims to be a bridge between these two estranged brothers.  It is easier to side with one or the other and settle for half of the truth.  But it requires two witnesses to establish a matter.  Israel and its purpose is so radically different from anything this world has ever seen.  We dare not sell it short by truncating it again when we have been given such weighty, costly gifts from both streams.  So take a deep breath and brave the full force of truth.  If you hear—and follow--the original call of the shepherd who set us free to return all the way home, you can indeed find a Sabbath rest for your soul.
Back to the Ancient Path 
is published by Remez Ben Yosef
and Aliyah Bat Yosef Zimmerman,
Lexington, South Carolina, USA 
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Very rarely do we find anyone who is always “on the same page” as ourselves about everything. But if we are “in the same Book”, we can find enough common ground to be able to accept, support, and encourage one another, for if we are studying the book that is so unique and hard to categorize that it is only called “the Book”, whatever page we may be on has enough buried treasure to take up several lifetimes.

If you aren’t mining the same one I am on today, does that give me a right to think less of you? If what I am reading is earlier in the book than where you are reading, can you can boast that you know more than I because you have read further? Might I not have read the whole thing many times, but found I had to turn back to a chapter that laid the groundwork in order to understand it better, to be sure I am building on the right foundation, to regain a perspective that time and emphasis have made me forget, or to get back to a balance I had lost?

If you are not on the same tangent as I am right now, does it mean I am any more right? To follow any tangent very far takes one off the circle, and a sad side effect of learning something really life-changing is often that we look on those who don’t share that viewpoint as unenlightened, worthless, or even enemies. But when we get to the next “page”, we often find that Providence has put us right where we need those very same “enemies”, and if we have burned our bridges because of the squabble, we will indeed find ourselves up the proverbial creek.

Some critique is needed to be sure we are really getting to the facts, but too much will rob us of the tools we will sooner or later need in our arsenal; usually it’s more fruitful to approach each other’s discoveries with the expectation that, despite the weeds, we can gain at least one gem from everyone who is intent on finding truth.  

We each have only part of the puzzle, and mine may not just fill in your missing parts, but also anchor and stabilize both of us against all that militates to prevent us from getting the picture as complete as it can be this side of the great veil. So let’s battle those spirits, not each other, so we can all keep advancing in the knowledge of the Holy One without crippling each other in the process. 

If we reach an impasse in our understandings, we may have to step back from each other for a while, but sooner or later, we're going to need every link in the chain to get the job done.  We are not in competition with each other.  The real winners in this “race” are those who help each other get to the finish line.

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