Two Sticks One Kingdom
How could the joining of two sticks into ONE Kingdom relate to the redemption of the Church?
JOINING TWO STICKS: SALVATION OF THE BODY?
Eze 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one <0259> stick <06086>, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
Eze 37:17 And join them one to another into ONE <0259> stick <06086>; and they shall become ONE in thine hand.
Eze 37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
Eze 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
Eze 37:22 And I will make them ONE <0259> nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into TWO kingdoms any more at all:
Mr 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Da 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Da 11:4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
1Co 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both ONE, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eze 37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Eze 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have ONE shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
Zec 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be ONE LORD, and his name ONE.
Eze 37:28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
GATHERING STICKS ON THE SABBATH: TRYING TO ESTABLISH ONE’S OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS?
Nu 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
Nu 15:35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
2Ch 36:20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
2Ch 36:21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
1Ki 17:10 So he (Elijah) arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
1Ki 17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering TWO sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
1Ki 17:15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
1Ki 17:16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
JOINING THE SCATTERED BONES
Eze 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
Eze 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Eze 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
Eze 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Eze 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to HIS bone.
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of HIS bones.
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be ONE flesh.
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their BONES, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
OTHER SALVATION LANGUAGE?
Joh 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold <833>: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be ONE fold, and ONE shepherd.
Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold <833>, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Isa 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Jer 5:19 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.
Joe 3:17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
The Bible appears to be equating the joining of two sticks with salvation. Coming into tribulation, the body was separated from God because of SIN (the same would be true individually, before salvation). It became two kingdoms the same way God split it in the days of Solomon with ten tribes to the north and two to the south. With the church in tribulation, the kingdom was divided and given over to Satan. Now, God would be saving the body (making it into ONE stick) as He brings back its captivity.