There is only one bride unto Messiah – Yisra’El!
Jeroboam, king of the Northern Kingdom of Yisra’El decided to ordain his own priests and did so using some of the lowest in character that were not even Levites. Jeroboam cast the Levites off from executing the office of priest. Offended, the Levites went to Jerusalem and Judah (II Chron. 11:13-14). This is how Judah came to include the Levites also.
Judah was angry over the split and wanted to go to war with Yisra’El to reunite the kingdom into one again under Rehoboam (I Kings 12:21).
But YaHuWaH spoke to Shemaiah, the man of Elohim, and told him to warn Rehoboam not to go up against Israel, that this thing was from Him (I Kings 12:22-24).
Yisra’El went into gross apostasy. They decided to worship in their own way. They made two calves of gold to be their gods, built a house in a high place and made priests out of just about anybody they chose. Jeroboam ordained his own feasts and sacrificed unto the calves on the altar he built and burnt incense (I Kings 12:28-33).
Things haven’t changed much in the last 2700 years. We have done the same thing. Our forefathers created their own feast days, Christmas and Easter etc., and rejected YaHuWaH’s Feasts that He said were to be observed forever. They decided that the Sabbath is no longer valid, with no scriptural basis whatsoever, and made Sunday our Sabbath. Yet, YaHuWaH said the keeping of the Sabbath would be a sign between Him and His people forever, (Exo. 31:16-17; Ezek. 20:12). And look too at some of the priests/ministers the Church has ordained.
Although YaHuWaH declared His name numerous times, we have chosen to substitute titles in place of His name, again with no scriptural justification to do this. We still call Him Baal (Lord) as did Yisra’El 2700 years ago. We have rejected His law, although Yahusha plainly stated in his first Sermon on the Mount, that he did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them. Fulfill doesn’t mean “terminate.” He further added that until heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle of the law shall in no way pass from the law until all be fulfilled. And whoever would break one of the least of these commandments and teach men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:17-19). The last time I looked, heaven and earth were still here. All things have not yet been fulfilled. Therefore, either Yahusha lied, and we are still in our sins and the law is still valid today.
This is the reason that Ephraim (Yisra’El) went into captivity and was scattered among the nations of the world. YaHuWaH said He would smite Yisra’El and scatter them beyond the river and would give them up because of their sins (I Kings 12:15-16; Isa. 7:8; 2 Kings 17:21-23). He told them not to make any idols or graven images, neither rear up a standing image (obelisk), but to keep His Sabbaths, walk in His Statutes and keep His commandments. If not, He would punish them 7 times more for their sins and scatter them among the heathen. All this was because they hated His statutes and law. They wanted to do their own thing, like many today. Read all of Leviticus 26. They served Baal!
They are prophesied to become “not a people” (Deut. 32:21). Paul refers to them in Rom. 10:19. They are the “Lo-Ami” (not a people) of Hosea Chapter 1.
Yisra’El is to be a people unto YaHuWaH forever (II Sam. 7:24). YaHuWaH only has one chosen people and that is Yisra’El. The church is not a separate entity and does not replace Yisra’El. When a person becomes born from above, they are grafted into the Olive tree of Yisra’El. If they are not grafted in, they are not YaHuWaH’s people (not delivered). The Jews have to come the same way and although broken off, are grafted back in also. The bride of Messiah is Yisra’El and none other.
Footnote: Yisra’El means YaHuWaH contended.