For returning members from the Ten Tribes without a specific confession of our sins and offenses, and those of our fathers, there  is no true, deep, heartfelt repentance, and there is no real return to G-d and His graces. This is the prerequisite act for individuals, tribes and the whole nation of Israel in order to participate in the Covenant-related acts Israel is to do. By confessing the sins of fathers, we do not repent on their behalf as some churches teach. Rather, we acknowledge the long road of departure from the God of Israel that we have been on for millennia. Doing so, we become fully aware that we inherited lies from our fathers.  As resurrected pioneers of the early returnees of Ephraim from the Valley of Dry Bones, it is our first task to set this example in time and space and in the fabric of Israel’s collective soul.

Why Pray the Confession Prayer?

Psalm 78 is testimony of G-d’s pleading with Israel to hear His instruction and hints to “the generation to come” that they would understand the dark, secret sayings in the Torah which previous generations were not to understand:

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law [Torah];

 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.

                                                                                           —Psalm 78:1-11

 For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them:

 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book:

 And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

                                                                       Deut. 29:26-29

Psalm 78 is also an indictment of Ephraim, where her chief sins, starting in the wilderness and continuing afterwards are enumerated:

 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

 10They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law [Torah];

   Psalm 78:9-10

 “And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;  And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.”    — Lev. 26: 39-42

“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”   — II Chron 7:13-14

Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; I will not frown upon you; for I am merciful, saith the LORD, I will not bear grudge for ever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the L-rd your G-d, and have scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the L-rd.    — Jer. 3:12-13

This warning and instruction as to what to do to return to the Covenant is an across-the-board  and  across-all-times formula for all of Israel to begin their “returning/ teshuvah” to God and His direct Guidance as to what He will have us do as the firstborn nation on this planet. Since ancient times we have failed to take seriously our calling to be the firstborn, i.e. teachers to the rest of the children of G-d, (Ex. 4:22-23)  For this reason we have been bypassed for the priesthood within Israel, (Psalm 78:67-68), as well as having lost that status for mankind:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” — Hos. 4:6

Eventually all of Israel will have to make this confession in order to come out of the punishments that are yet to come upon her in the last days,

 “For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hand.”    — Deut. 31:2).

“For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”     Hos. 5:14 -15

If we do not  return “early” to the G-d of our fathers with our whole hearts, we will not be spared the great calamities to come:

"Seek the Lord and you shall live; lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel."      Amos 5:6  

 If we are “the first contingent to arise from the Valley of Dry Bones,” it behooves us that we start this confession of “our sins and the sins of our fathers” NOW.  We need to stand in for our brothers and sisters NOW.

Combined with giving profoundly and deeply heartfelt thanks for being resurrected from our spiritual graves, making this confession from our inner being is to be our first task upon awakening.  Without it we will not have begun the process of being decontaminated from the uncleanness of being in the spiritual graves for 2700 years.  To be cleansed of this spiritual uncleanness is more than just unlearning the ideological and doctrinal contamination we have in our belief systems, logic and thinking patterns.  It is the preparing of ourselves for the the removal of the erroneous and maleficent patterning in our individual and collective souls whose parasitic roots have to be divinely excised from around the core of our souls.

To be ready for this divine act of purification to be done to us, we need to do what we can do.  Going down into a mikveh is an act we need to do to express our willingness to be oriented  toward a change of heart in order to be forgiven. Likewise we need to do this “confession of the sins of the fathers” in which we “pined away” for centuries. This “cleansing” is absolutely necessary to be ready for the G-d of Israel to purify us further so that we may become vessels of His holy Spirit.  Only then will we receive the directives we are to receive as workers in the end-time Work of Eli Y-h.


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