We've reached such a hideous low in our history that we have arrived at a time when Bnei Yisrael don't even know who the enemy is anymore. If Eisav falls on our neck with kisses, we are ready to clutch him to our bosom and never let go. Just forget that Chazal tell us that it is a law that Eisav hates Yaakov regardless of his proclamations.
A large part of chr*stendom in America has decided that they are descendants of the "lost tribe" of Ephraim. Trouble is, they've found a way to work this into their theology in such a way that they continue to worship Yushke as "G-d in the flesh" (ch"v). I mentioned to a friend months ago that it's more likely that they are descendants of the Erev Rav who were mixed among the "lost tribes" and assimilated with them in the Diaspora.
Now, one of their main leaders, Eddie Chumney, has admitted as much, but since he doesn't understand the concept, it's not much of an admission. He sees it as a positive thing as he writes:
The God of Israel including Yeshua / Jesus made a covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3, 15:1-18, 17:1-7, John 8:56, Galations 3:16). Through the redemptive work of the Messiah, all members of the body of Messiah from all the nations regardless of physical descent are heirs of this covenant (Genesis 12:1-3, Galations 3:8, 29).So according to Eddie Chumney, today's xians of Hebrew roots restoration aka xian zionists aka Ephraimites aka whatever they will call themselves tomorrow, are in reality the Erev Rav.
Physically, this covenant was made with the promised seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 26:1-4, 28:10-14). The God of Israel told Abraham that his promised seed would sojourn in Egypt and be redeemed (Genesis 15:12-16). After the children of Israel went to Egypt (Genesis 46:1-27) and went into bondage, the God of Israel remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and redeemed the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage when they cried out to Him (Exodus 2:23-25). Those who were redeemed from Egypt were required to put the blood of the Passover lamb upon their doorpost (Exodus 12:1-14). Those who put the blood of the Passover lamb upon their doorpost consisted of two groups of people. They were the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the mixed multitude (Exodus 12:37-38). The mixed multitude were not physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but were from native born Egyptian families and other slaves. Together, the physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob along with the mixed multitude are called the house of Jacob (Exodus 19:3).
The mixed multitude had a Torah status of being strangers, aliens and sojourners. They were grafted into the covenant made with the physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The mixed multitude from the historical Egyptian redemption foreshadowed those from among the nations (Isaiah 2:3, Isaiah 11:10, Romans 15:8-13) who could become adopted into the new covenant made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8) through the redemptive work of the Messiah. The name of the redemptive family in Messiah is also called the house of Jacob (Luke 1:33). Among the redeemed house of Jacob are those who are physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and those who are grafted in from among the nations. Therefore, the God of Israel has a covenant with the physical house of Jacob (descendents from Mount Sinai) (Exodus 19:3) and the redeemed house of Jacob (Luke 1:33) and their companions (Ezekiel 37:16-17).
The Apostle Paul makes a distinction between the physical house of Jacob and the redeemed house of Jacob in Romans 9:1-8. The unredeemed physical house of Jacob [that's us Jews who don't buy the Yushke story] still has a plan and a purpose in the redemptive plan of the God of Israel (Romans 11:11).
I made mention of this also in another post where I emphasized that their new campaign to convert us, which was termed "Israel, Behold Your God", is basically the same thing the Erev Rav proclaimed to us when they made the Golden Calf.
You must be wondering how any of this is relevant to the calendar? Well, interestingly enough, this is the anniversary date of the Golden Calf Affair and the beginning of our long exile even though we had not yet even entered the Promised Land. This is what locked us into a future where exile could happen, where Jerusalem's walls could be breached and the city sacked and pillaged and burned along with the two Batei Mikdash!
It has also locked us into a future redemption scenario of "in it's time,"---the worst possible consequences---because from generation to generation, we do not learn the lessons of the past. For this we are fasting today, because if we had done proper teshuva, the redemption would already have come.
See an excellent in-depth treatment of Chumney over at my daughter's blog.