THE UNITED STATES
BRITAIN IN PROPHECY
by Herbert W. Armstrong
1892 - 1986
Table Of Contents
Chapter I THE LOST MASTER KEY HAS BEEN FOUND
Chapter II PROPHECIES CLOSED UNTIL NOW!
Chapter III NATIONAL GREATNESS PROMISED ISRAEL
Yet the Jews Never Received It - WHY?
Chapter IV THE SEPARATION OF THE BIRTHRIGHT AND THE SCEPTRE
Chapter V THE DAVIDIC COVENANT
Chapter VI CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BECOME TWO NATIONS
Chapter VII JEREMIAH'S MYSTERIOUS COMMISSION
Chapter VIII THE MYSTERIOUS BREACH
Chapter IX ISRAEL'S NEW LAND
Chapter X BIRTHRIGHT WITHHELD 2520 YEARS!
Chapter XI WHY ISRAEL LOST IDENTITY
Chapter XII THE BIRTHRIGHT - AT ITS ZENITH - AND NOW!
Chapter XIII AND NOW WHAT? The Prophecies for the Immediate Future
Chapter XIV WHAT'S PROPHESIED TO HAPPEN, NOW - TO AMERICA AND BRITAIN -
staggering turn in world events is due to erupt in the next few years. It will
involve violently the United States, Britain, Western Europe, the Middle East.
It's already rather late for the free world to come awake to the real meaning
behind current world events! Why do not the world's leaders see what is coming?
Why are the world's best minds unseeing - the heads of state, scientists,
educators, editors, news analysts, bankers, industrialists, leaders in business
and commerce? They are totally unaware! Why?
they have been falsely educated and deceived into closing their minds to the
great causes behind world events and trends. This world has been falsely
educated to ignore causes and deal with effects! Yet all the world's problems
and ills are simply a matter of cause and effect. There is a cause that has
produced strife and war; poverty, wretchedness, inequality; crime, disease,
mental ills. But the leaders do not know!
Explosion to Erupt
world's leaders are the educated of the world. But they were not educated in
BASIC TRUTHS - the foundations of right knowledge. The most necessary knowledge
is not being taught! They do not know WHAT man is - or WHY! They know nothing of
the purpose or meaning of life! They were not taught to distinguish the true values
from the false. They did not learn the real causes - the way to peace, to
happiness, to universal abundance; nor the causes of war, unhappiness,
inequality, world chaos.
know nothing of the purpose being worked out here below. Consequently, they
guide humanity on a course in conflict with that purpose, wreaking havoc upon a
distressed, suffering, unhappy mankind. Lacking knowledge of the way to peace,
the world does not have peace. Leaders talk of peace; they profess to work for
peace; they cry out for peace - while they give approval and blind acceptance to
the way that produces war!
world has simply been going the wrong way!
world is giving assent to, and conferring civilization's acceptance on, THE WAYS
that are the CAUSES of all the world's ills.
now we are fast approaching the final grand smash explosion that is going to
stagger the mind of man beyond the bounds of sanity. Forces are at work today on
plans, programs, conspiracies, movements that soon will erupt into a world
explosion of violence and chaos such as never happened before, and never will
again. Men today are tampering with forces of nature they lack the prudence,
knowledge, ability and wisdom to control.
this folly of educated ignorance, it has become fashionable today and
intellectually titillating to ignore the great basic cause of all things; the
fact of the purpose being worked out here below, and the master plan for its
working out; the invisible but Supreme Power now soon to intervene and
drastically alter the course of history - before mankind blasts itself out of
though it may seem to those steeped in modern educational deceptions, some 2,500
years ago the Supreme Power of the universe inspired a man named Isaiah to quote
Him, saying: "I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the
beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My
counsel shall stand" (Isa. 46:9-10). The great world powers are formulating
their policies - laying their plans. But the next few years will see astounding
events explode in a manner very different than the nations plan! Why?
there is the great God who says: "The Eternal wrecks the purposes of pagans, he
brings to nothing what the nations plan; but the Eternal's purpose stands for
ever, and what he plans will last from age to age. . . The Eternal looks from
heaven, beholding all mankind; from where he sits, he scans all who inhabit the
world; he who alone made their minds, he notes all they do" (Ps. 33:10-15,
same Eternal God said: "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal?
saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these
things. . ." And again: "Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are
counted as the small dust of the balance. . . . All nations before him are as
nothing. . ." (Isa. 40:25-26, 15, 17).
His inspired prophets, the great God caused to be written, some 2,500 years ago,
and preserved in writing to our time prophecies filling approximately a third of
the whole Bible. In them, He named every city of consequence of that time on
earth - and also every nation! And He foretold precisely what would, through the
years, happen to every city and every nation! In very instance the prophecies
came to pass!
was prophesied HAPPENED to Babylon, to Tyre, Sidon, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron; to
Egypt, Assyria, Chaldea, Persia, Greece and Rome. There has not been a miss!
Those prophecies were accurate.
now, in other prophecies, the same supreme God has foretold precisely what is
going to happen to the United States, the British nations, Western Europe, the
Middle East, Russia!
Minds - Total Ignorance
the best minds in the world are in total ignorance of the unprecedented
cataclysm that is about to strike. And why have these prophecies not been
understood or believed? Because the vital KEY that unlocks prophecy to our
understanding had been lost. That key is the identity of the United States and
the British peoples in biblical prophecy.
key has been found! We present it to those whose unprejudiced eyes are willing
events prophesied to strike the American and British peoples in the next few
years are SURE!
says: "Surely the Lord Eternal will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto
his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). These colossal world events, shrinking
the first two World Wars into insignificance, WILL COME, but not until the
warning has been made available for those whose eyes are willing to see.
Lost Master Key Has Been Found
may sound incredible, but it's true. Editors, newscasters, foreign
correspondents do not understand the real meaning of the world news they report,
analyze and discuss. Heads of government are utterly unaware of the true
significance of the very world-shaking events with which they deal. They have no
conception of where these events are leading. Incredible? Perhaps - but
Churchill declared before the United States Congress: "He must indeed have a
blind soul who cannot see that some great purpose and design is being worked out
here below of which we have the honor to be the faithful servants." But he did
not understand that purpose! That great purpose long ago was master-planned by
the Master Mind of the universe.
is true, though almost totally unrealized: Mankind was put on this earth for a
PURPOSE! And the Maker of mankind sent along with the human product of His
making an INSTRUCTION BOOK to reveal that purpose and to guide man in happily,
enjoyably fulfilling it. But the human race has rejected the revelation and the
guidance and has preferred to stumble on in the darkness of its own futile
one-third of that Instruction Book is devoted to basic education - revealing to
man the necessary foundational knowledge otherwise undiscoverable and
unknowable: knowledge of what man is, why he is, where his destiny may lead, how
to reach it and live happily along the way; revealing knowledge of the true
values as distinguished from the false; knowledge of the way to peace,
happiness, abundant well-being. In other words, the most necessary of all
knowledge - the foundation on which to build discoverable knowledge.
approximate third of that Book is devoted to history - to those events and
experiences fulfilling the master plan during the first four millennia of man's
mortal sojourn, as examples for our admonition and guidance today.
then approximately a third - grasp this! - an entire third of our Maker's
revelation to mankind is devoted to prophecy - writing the history of future
events before they occur. These foretold future events reveal the great purpose
being finally worked out - being brought to its completion.
see why heads of state, news analysts, and the great minds of our time do not
comprehend the real meaning of world events as they are shaping up right
rational and right knowledge of this great purpose, of the Creator's master
plan, of where in the progression of those foreordained events we stand today,
and of major happenings prophesied yet to occur - this knowledge is the
essential basis for understanding the significance and true meaning of today's
dynamic world news. Without this vital knowledge, none dealing in news gathering
and news reporting, none responsible for government policies can understand
current world happenings or where they are leading. And not one saddled with
such responsibilities does know! Why?
reasons, primarily: 1) They have been deceived by false education appealing to
the vanity of intellect into prejudicial and disdainful rejection of the divine
revelation which alone can impart this understanding; and 2) the vital key
necessary to unlock closed doors of biblical prophecy had been lost.
great world powers of our time have been, and are, the United States, the Soviet
Union, Great Britain, Germany, France, and other Western European nations. The
missing vital KEY is simply the identity of these great world powers in biblical
prophecy! The staggering and cataclysmic world-shaking events soon to erupt upon
a shocked, stunned, bewildered world relate directly and specifically to the
United States, Britain, Germany, Western Europe, and Russia.
knowing how and where these nations are specifically mentioned in basic and
major prophecies, the educated of the world have been utterly blinded to the
plain and simple meaning of prophecy. Due to this lost key more than anything
else, the Bible has come to be discredited and rejected in this world's
educational system. The unproved and unprovable theory of evolution has been
substituted as the foundational concept which became the supposed rational
approach to knowledge.
colossal tragedy of it! Our peoples, being thus falsely and deceptively educated
from little children, have, in a supposed era of advanced rationalism and
enlightenment, actually been groping around in the darkness of ignorance,
misunderstanding and confusion, fatally unaware of the earthshaking catastrophe
into which they are being directly plunged.
our peoples have forgotten and departed far from their Maker. They have shut
their eyes and closed their ears to His dynamic revelation to mankind, which, to
ears that can hear, thunders out the life-and-death warning to those in the
responsible positions of power!
it too late? Have our leaders become so steeped in a deceptive false education,
so stultified that they cannot be aroused from slumber? God help us now! Time is
fast closing in on us!
the all-important master key has been found!
key is knowledge of the astonishing identity of the American and British peoples
- as well as the German - in biblical prophecies. This very eye-opening,
astounding identity is the strongest proof of the inspiration and authority of
Bible! It is, at the same time, the strongest proof of the very active existence
of the living God!
exciting, pulsating, vital third of all the Bible is devoted to prophecy. And
approximately 90 percent of all prophecy pertains to OUR TIME, now, in this
latter half of the twentieth century! It is a warning to us - to our
English-speaking peoples - of immediate life-and-death import. The prophecies
come alive once their doors are opened by this now discovered master key! This
book will open, to open minds, this hitherto closed vital third of all the
Bible. No story of fiction ever was so strange, so fascinating, so absorbing, so
packed with interest and suspense, as this gripping story of our identity - and
it Almighty God gives momentous warning! Those who read, and heed, may be spared
unprecedented cataclysmic tragedy soon to strike. If our peoples and their
governments will awaken, heed, and return to their living God, then our nations
may be spared. God help us to UNDERSTAND!
Chapter Two (return to table of contents)
Closed Until Now!
might ask, were not biblical prophecies closed and sealed? Indeed they
were - until now! And even now they can be understood only by those who possess
the master key to unlock them. But we have reached the approximate end of 6,000
years of biblical history. We have reached the end of an age! We are entering,
right now, the world crisis at the close of present civilization. We face,
today, conditions such as the world never before has witnessed. Today the big
problem is the stark question of SURVIVAL! For the first time in world history,
the weapons of mass destruction exist which can erase all life from the earth.
Chiefs of government and world-famous scientists have been saying publicly we
must adjust to living in fear of human annihilation, with no solutions in
those prejudicially cynical toward the Bible, I say: It is now your only hope!
Science offers no solutions. The politicians and heads of government have no
answers. In the Bible alone you will find the advance news of what is now
certain to occur - and occur it will before mankind blasts itself out of
another objector might ask, are not most of the prophecies outdated Old
Testament writings, addressed only to the ancient nation Israel, of no concern
to us in our time? And the answer is an emphatic no! These scintillating,
dynamic prophecies were, most of them, never given to ancient Israel.
plain truth is, these prophecies were written for our people of our time, and
for no previous people or time. They pertain to world conditions of today, and
could not have been understood until today.
of the very pivotal books of prophecy is the book of Daniel. Actually, the
prophet Daniel was not the author of the book known by his name. The living God
was its author! The message was transmitted to Daniel by God's angel. Daniel put
to writing, to be preserved until our time, what he heard.
the very close of his book, Daniel wrote: "And I heard, but I understood not:
then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go
thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the
end. . . and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand"
the prophecies of Daniel were CLOSED, sealed, locked up until now! But today we
are living in "the time of the end." Today the "wise" do understand! But who are
"the wise"? Only those who fear and obey God - and who have the master key to
unlock the locked-up prophecies. God says: "The fear of the Eternal is the
beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his
commandments" (Ps. 111:10). And even most professing "Christians" refuse utterly
to do that. No wonder they can't understand.
don't forget, the specific key that unlocks these closed doors of prophecy is
the definite knowledge of the true identity of the American and British nations
as they are mentioned in these prophecies.
a moment and think. If the prophecies Daniel wrote could not be understood by
him; if they were "closed up and sealed till the time of the end" - till the
latter half of the twentieth century - as the angel said and as Daniel wrote,
then they were closed to the ancient Israelites of that day; they contained no
message for Daniel's time.
a little further.
prophecies could not have been given to or known by the ancient Kingdom of
Israel. Daniel wrote in and after the time of the Chaldean king Nebuchadnezzar's
invasion and captivity of the Kingdom of JUDAH, 604 to 585 B.C. But the Kingdom
of ISRAEL had long before been invaded, conquered, and its people moved out of
Palestine - transported as slaves to Assyria - 721 to 718 B.C. (II Kings 17:18,
23-24), 117 to 133 years before Daniel wrote. Years before the book of Daniel
was written, most of the Assyrians, with those Israelite slaves, had migrated
from ancient Assyria northwest toward Europe. How far northwest - where they
finally settled - was not then known. They had become known as the Lost Ten
today we do know.
as Daniel wrote (12:4), knowledge has indeed increased. The whereabouts of the
Lost Ten Tribes is one of the ancient mysteries now cleared up. But in Daniel's
day they were lost from view - as if the earth had opened her mouth and
for Old Testament Israel
prophecy, then, was not a message to the Old Testament Kingdom of Israel!
was this prophecy a message for the Old Testament Kingdom of Judah. When Daniel
wrote, the Jews already were slaves in Babylon. Daniel was one of the brilliant
young princes of Judah, specially chosen for service in the king's palace in
Babylon (Dan. 1:3-6). Daniel's strenuous duties in the Gentile king's service
did not allow him to deliver this closed and sealed message to the scattered
Jewish slaves. In this condition of slavery, the Jews had no system of religious
meetings - no priesthood. There was no such thing as a printing press - no way
to print and distribute literature. And besides, the prophecy was "closed up and
sealed till the time of the end" - our time, now! The book of Daniel was not a
message for the Jews of Old Testament times!
realize: It is emphatically clear that these prophecies pertain to no time but
to our time, in this twentieth century!
know this, further:
greatest mystery book of the entire Bible, to most, has been the book of
Revelation. But the book of Daniel is the key to the book of Revelation. And in
the book of Revelation, solely and alone, do we find the world events of all
prophecies correlated in order of time sequence. The book of Revelation, then,
holds the key for putting together all of the prophecies in proper time order.
And Revelation, too, was a closed and sealed book - until our time, now. We
realize that the living Jesus is the Revelator -and that He has stripped off the
seals and opened this mystery book to right understanding.
where does that lead us? To the fact that prophecy generally was written and
preserved for our time today! And some 90 percent of all prophecy pertains
actually to this latter half of the twentieth century. And the one central
master key to prophecy as a whole is the identity of the United States and the
British nations in these prophecies for today!
prophecies could not pertain to any time previous to our precarious
may not be generally realized - but neither Britain nor the United States became
great world powers until the nineteenth century. Suddenly, in the very beginning
of the nineteenth century, these two - until then small, minor countries -
suddenly spurted to national power and greatness among nations, as no nations
had ever grown and multiplied in wealth, resources and power before.
1804 London had become the financial hub of the world. The United States had
exploded out of its swaddling clothes of the 13 original states and had acquired
the expansive Louisiana Purchase. It was fast sprouting up to become the
mightiest nation of all time. But Britain burst forth to greatness first, and
until the World Wars had become the greatest empire, or commonwealth of nations,
in all history.
We Be Ignored?
them the British and American peoples had acquired more than two-thirds - almost
three-fourths - of all the cultivated physical resources and wealth of the
world. All other nations combined possessed barely more than a fourth. Britannia
ruled the waves - and the world's commerce was carried on by water. The sun
never set on British possessions.
the British and American peoples be ignored in prophecies of world conditions
that fill a third of the entire Bible - when some 90 percent of all those
prophecies pertain to national and international world happenings of our time,
it is. And yet, precisely as prophesied, Britain's sun has now set. As these
same prophecies that foretold Britain's greatness revealed far in advance,
Britain has already been reduced to a second-rate or third-rate power in the
the United States? Today America finds herself heir to just about all the
international problems and headaches in this post-World-War-II, chaotic, violent
world. And the United States has won her last war - even little North Vietnam
held her at bay. Many other nations sap America's national strength, "and he
knoweth it not," as God long ago foretold!
the world scene nothing is so important right now as to know where the white,
English-speaking peoples are identified in scores and hundreds of prophecies -
prophecies which describe vividly our sudden rise to national power and reveal
the causes of that greatness; prophecies that paint a crystal-clear picture of
our present international dilemma; prophecies that open our eyes wide to see
what now lies immediately ahead for our nations - and what our ultimate and
final status shall be.
Chapter Three (return to table of contents)
Greatness Promised Israel -
Yet The Jews Never Received It -Why?
to World War II, the American and British peoples had acquired more than
two-thirds of the cultivated resources and wealth of the world. Yet, astonishing
wonder though it be, we acquired nearly all of it rather suddenly, since the
year 1800. Never in all history did anything like this occur. Never did any
people or nation spread out and grow so suddenly and rapidly into such magnitude
of national power.
we are beholding before our very eyes the diminishing and evaporating of this
national greatness, wealth and power. In the case of Great Britain, it is
disintegrating even more rapidly than it developed! Britain has been almost
overnight stripped of her colonies and her possessions - source of her wealth -
and reduced to a second-rate or third-rate power. Why? There is a reason! It is
bound up with history and divine promises pertaining to Israel. Promises never
yet inherited by the Jewish people. And now, unless the people and the
government of the United States will heed and take immediate and drastic action,
the American nation is slated to go down even more suddenly to utter ignominy
and loss of all national wealth, greatness and power!
for the SAME REASON!
behooves us without delay to quickly review that history and open our eyes to
divine promises and warnings almost wholly unrealized by our peoples. It is all
connected with the generally ignored plain and simple Bible story that leads to
knowledge of our incredible ancestry and modern prophetic identity. And it is
the most amazing, the most fascinating story you ever read. Stranger than
fiction - yet it is TRUE!
Do We Have Israel's Bible?
ago, this same national greatness, wealth and power was promised by Almighty to
Abraham. Yet few have ever noticed this astonishing fact in Scripture. We must
realize, if we would understand, a peculiar fact. The Holy Bible is the
particular Book of a definite nationality - the children of Israel.
is undeniable! Its history, from Genesis to Revelation, is primarily the history
of one nation or people - the Israelites. Other nations are mentioned only
insofar as they come into contact with Israel. All its prophecy, too, pertains
primarily to this people of Israel, and to other nations only insofar as they
come into contact with Israel. The Bible tells of these Israelites and their
God. It was inspired by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, committed to
writing through Israelites exclusively, and preserved until after the New
Testament was written by these Israelites. In its sacred passages we read that
all the promises and the covenants of God, all the sonship and the glory, belong
solely to Israel (Rom. 9:4).
we must face the astounding fact that our white, English-speaking peoples - not
the Jews - have inherited the national and physical phases of those
could this have happened?
Bible is an Israelitish Book, preeminently of and for the Israelitish
nationality, inspired by their God through their prophets. Is it not indeed
strange that we English-speaking peoples are today the greatest believers in and
exponents of this Book of the Hebrew people; that of all nations we are the
chief worshipers of Israel's God and Israel's Messiah - in name and in form, if
not in truth and in deed?
more these facts are realized, the more apparent it becomes that a full
knowledge of these Israelites is necessary to a right understanding of the Holy
Bible, which is chiefly concerned with them as a people. And this knowledge
becomes important if we are to understand the present status of the American and
British peoples in the world - and their relation to unprecedented world
conditions at this fateful hour! Let us remember as we approach this fascinating
story that the Bible is concerned with the material, the fleshly, the literal,
racial and national, as well as with the spiritual. Let us not spiritualize away
national things, nor nationalize spiritual things. Let us understand the sacred
Word of God as it is!
Began With One Man
the days of Moses there was no nation on earth known as God's particular nation.
Prior to Moses there was no written Word of God; no inspired Scriptures; no Holy
Bible. Think of it! For more than two thousand five hundred years -
two-and-a-half millennia - mankind existed without any written revelation from
God! The only historic record of God's dealing with mankind prior to Israel is
the revealed history of the Bible. And - even more astonishing - only the first
eleven of the fifty chapters of Genesis are devoted to the entire history of the
world prior to Abraham, father of the Israelites!
Only the first eleven chapters of the very first book of the Bible are used to
record for us the history of the first approximately 2,000 years - more than
one-third of its entire span.
began this world with just one man - Adam. Whatever God does through human
agencies must start the smallest, and, like the grain of mustard seed, grow big.
To this first man God communicated directly and personally. God revealed all
essential knowledge otherwise inaccessible to the human mind. The basic
essentials of all knowledge - what is man? - WHY is he here? - what's the
PURPOSE of life? - what is the WAY of life that will produce peace, health,
prosperity, happiness and joy? - what is man's END - his destiny? - God revealed
this basis of all knowledge to the first man.
Adam, God revealed Himself - the Eternal Creator-Ruler of earth and all the
universe. God revealed to Adam that he was, unlike animals, made in the
form and shape of God with powers of mind possessed by no other physical
creature; with the potential, through free choice, of developing the very
character of God and of inheriting eternal life in the Kingdom of God. To Adam
God revealed the way of life that would result in everything man desires: peace,
enjoyable life, happiness, abundant well-being.
produce these blessings - to be the cause of such desired effect - God had set
in motion His inexorable spiritual law. But Adam listened to Satan and leaned to
his own human understanding. He disobeyed God, rejected the way to every desired
result, and set out on the human course of greed and vanity.
Spurns God's Way
men began to multiply on earth, Adam's sons followed in his Satan-inspired
course of human nature. Prior to Abraham, only three are mentioned as accepting
God's way of life - only three during more than a third of the whole span of the
history of mankind. Abel was called righteous; Enoch walked with God; and Noah
was a preacher of righteousness, which is simply obedience to God's government
(Ps. 119:172). Aside from these three and possibly Shem, there is no record that
any man prior to Abraham yielded to the rule of the Eternal.
the time of Abraham men had lost all knowledge of the true Creator-Ruler, His
revelation of His purpose, and the way of God to peace and happiness and to life
eternal. Man pursued his own ways and devices, walking contrary to the spiritual
laws of God. Sin and violence filled the earth.
Started His Nation With One Man
was in such a world, which had strayed far from God and knowledge of the
glorious benefits of God's rule and the worship of the true God, that one man
was honest and upright, submissive and teachable, strong and purposeful. So God
gave him a test command of obedience. To this man, Abram, God commanded: "Get
thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto
a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation" (Gen.
was a command, which was a condition and a PROMISE, provided the condition of
obedience was met.
so now, as God had started the whole world with one man, He started His own
peculiar nation in the world from one single man - Abraham. As the world, which
has strayed far from God and the blessings of God's worship and rule, was
started with one man who rebelled against God and rejected His rule, so God's
own flesh-born nation, from which is to be reborn the Kingdom of God, was
started with one man who obeyed God without question, and accepted His divine
Abram stop to argue and reason? Did he say: "Let's reason this out a bit first;
here I am in Babylon, in the very center of all this world's commerce, society
and gaiety. Why can't you just as well give me this promise right here,
where everything is pleasant and alluring? Why must I leave all this and go over
to that uncivilized land?"
Abram quibble, resist, argue, rebel?
certainly did not!
inspired Scripture account states simply: "So Abram departed." There was no
arguing with God. There was no human reasoning that God was all wrong. There
were no foolish questions: "Why must I leave here?" "Can't I do as I please?"
There was no stopping to say, "Well, here's the way I look at it."
departed." Just plain, unquestioned obedience!
God established this man, whose name He later changed to Abraham, as the father
of His nation, Israel! To Abraham and his descendants were all the promises of
God made. And we must become like Abraham, and through Christ one of his
children, if we are to inherit the promise of eternal life in God's
His peculiar flesh-born nation, Israel, the Eternal said: "This people have I
formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise" (Isa. 43:21). That prophecy
shall yet - and soon - be fulfilled!
Promises to Abraham
have realized it, but a duality runs all the way through the plan of God in
working out His purpose here below.
was the first Adam, material and carnal; and there is Christ, the second Adam,
spiritual and divine. There was the Old Covenant, purely material and temporal;
and there is the New Covenant, spiritual and eternal. God made man mortal,
physical, of the dust of the ground and of the human kingdom; but through Christ
he may be begotten of God to become immortal, spiritual, and of the Kingdom of
in like manner there were two phases to the promises God made to Abraham - the
one purely material and national; the other spiritual and individual. The
spiritual promise of the Messiah, and of salvation through Him, is well known by
the most superficial Bible students. They know that God gave the spiritual
promise to Abraham of Christ to be born as Abraham's descendant - and that
salvation comes to us through Christ. But - and this will sound unbelievable,
yet it is true - almost no one knows what that salvation is; what are the
promises of salvation we may receive through Christ; how we may receive them, or
when - incredible though that sounds! But that truth belongs in another
is essential to the theme of this book is the fact that God also made another
entirely different, most amazing national and material promise to Abraham which
has been almost entirely overlooked.
now again how God first called Abram, and the twofold nature of His promises:
"Now the Eternal had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and
from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will Shew
thee: And I will make of thee A GREAT NATION. . . . and in thee shall all
families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:1-3).
the twofold promise: 1) "I will make of thee A GREAT NATION" - the national,
material promise that his flesh-born children should become a great nation - a
promise of RACE; 2)
. . and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" - the spiritual
promise of GRACE. This same promise is repeated in Genesis 22:18: "And in thy
seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." This particular "one seed"
refers to Christ, as plainly affirmed in Galatians 3:8, 16.
here is where those who profess to be "Christians" - and their teachers - have
fallen into error and scriptural blindness. They have failed to notice the
two-fold promise God made to Abraham. They recognize the messianic promise of
spiritual salvation through the "one seed" - Christ. They sing the hymn Standing
on the Promises - falsely supposing the promises to be going to heaven at
is a pivotal point. This is the point where professing "Christians" and their
teachers jump the track of truth. This is the point where they switch off the
track that would head them to the missing master key to the prophecies. They
miss the fact that God gave Abraham promises of physical RACE as well as
the plain fact that the "great nation" promise refers alone to race - not the
"one seed" of Galatians 3:16, who was Jesus Christ the Son of Abraham and the
Son of God, but to the plural, multiple seed of natural fleshly birth - is made
certain by God's repetition of His promise in greater detail later.
carefully! Understand these promises!
when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Eternal appeared to Abram, and
said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I
will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly .
. . . thou shalt be a father of MANY NATIONS. Neither shall thy name any more be
called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of MANY NATIONS have I
made thee" (Gen. 17:1-5).
the promise is now conditional upon Abraham's obedience and perfect living.
Notice, the "great nation" now becomes many nations - more than one nation. This
cannot refer to the "one seed," Christ. The following verses prove that.
I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings
[more than one] shall come out of thee" (verse 6). Notice, these nations and
kings shall come out of Abraham - physical generation - multiple seed, not just
one descendant through whom scattered individuals may become Abraham's children
by spiritual begettal through Christ (Gal. 3:29). The scattered, individual
Christians do not form NATIONS. The Church, it is true, is spoken of as "a royal
priesthood, an holy nation" (I Peter 2:9), but Christ's Church is not divided
into "many nations." This is speaking of race, not grace.
I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in
their generations . . ." (Gen. 17:7). The "seed" is plural - "in their
generations." "And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land
wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan [Palestine], for an
everlasting possession; and I will be THEIR God" (verse 8).
the land - material possession - is promised to the plural seed, of whom He is
"their," not "his," God. The plural pronoun "their" is used again in verse 9:
"and thy seed after thee in their generations."
now examine this PROMISE carefully!
future of great nations rests on the promises the eternal Creator made to
Abraham. The only hope of life after death for anyone - regardless of race,
color or creed - is dependent on the spiritual phase of these promises to
Abraham - the promise of grace through the "one seed" - Christ the Messiah!
Much Land - What Size Nations?
are not casual, incidental, unimportant promises. These are basic - the
foundation for the establishment of the greatest world powers; the basis for any
personal salvation spiritually; for any hope of eternal life for humans. These
are stupendous promises. The future of mankind is based, by the Creator God, on
Christ came "to confirm the promises made unto the fathers" (Rom. 15:8) -
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
carnal cynic, whose mind is hostile to God and His promises, purposes, and ways,
tosses these tremendous promises aside, saying flippantly, "Oh yeah? - but what
kind of 'many nations'? Twentieth-century style? Nations of 100 million or more
people? Don't be ridiculous! Those men who wrote the Bible knew nothing of
nations that would be 'great' by our twentieth-century standards! They referred
only to little nations like there were then - nations containing no more people
than a small township or county today!
then how much land did this promise include? Was God supposed to have promised
an inheritance out of the land of Canaan, as mentioned in verse 8 of Genesis 17?
And then in repromising this land to Jacob, all the land that was included was
'the land whereon thou liest' in Genesis 28:13. How much land was that? Not more
than a tiny plot two feet wide, and about six feet long!"
cynical objector actually argued thus!
let's answer the sneering closed-minded cynic! Let's check carefully, and see
precisely what was promised under this phase of the promises pertaining to race
- the physical, material, national promises. I leave the checking of the
spiritual phase of the promises to be explained in other booklets or
much land was promised?
first hear out the refutation of the criticizing cynic. "That promise,"
continues the objector, "of 'many nations' was written in Hebrew, and the Hebrew
word for 'nation' is goi, and for more than one, plural, it is goiim. It merely
means some people - it could mean just a little handful of Abraham's children
mention this because a self-professed "scholar" did one time make this very
ridiculous statement and professed to reject this entire important truth on
these arguments primarily. If the reader cares to check up on this Hebrew goi he
will find it means "nation" - or, in the plural, "nations" or "peoples," without
regard to size of population. This is the word most often used - actually
hundreds of times in the Old Testament - for the various nations of the world,
including the largest nations. In the prophecy of Joel 3, verse 2, God says He
will gather "all nations." That is speaking of a time yet future, in this
twentieth century - and the Hebrew goiim is used. There the word goiim includes
such nations as Russia, Germany, Italy, China, India - pretty big nations.
God promised that Abraham's literal, human, flesh-and-blood descendants should
become "a great nation" (Gen. 12:2); that He would "multiply thee exceedingly"
(Gen. 17:2); that "thou shalt be a father of many nations" (verse 4); and that
"I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee" (verse
6). As we proceed along with other promises and prophecies, we shall see that
biblical language describes these as great and large nations.
how much land? In Genesis 17:8, God promised "all the land of Canaan," but in
other scriptures He promised much more. In Genesis 15:18: "In the same day the
Eternal made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this
land, from the river of Egypt [the Nile] unto the great river, the river
Euphrates." The Euphrates is a considerable distance to the east in the ancient
land of Babylon, which is today Iraq - considerably east of Palestine.
all of this objector's arguments are refuted and made ridiculous by the very
next verse from the one he quoted when he said that all that was promised was a
plot about 2 x 6 feet. He could have read this next verse: "And thy seed shall
be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to
the east, and to the north, and to the south" (Gen. 28:14).
the size of the "many nations" is compared to the number of grains of dust of
the earth. Elsewhere God compared the populations of these promised nations to
the grains of sand on a seashore and to the stars - uncountable for
we proceed, the magnitude and the reality of these promises will become quite
Fulfilled in Jews
notice carefully - the Jews have never been more than one nation. They are not,
and never have been, many nations. So here is an amazing prophecy, a solemn
promise from Almighty God, that could not be fulfilled in Christ, in Christians,
nor in the Jews. We must look for a number of nations apart from either the
Church or the Jews. Amazing as it is, we must do it or deny God's promise!
put Abraham to the test, and Abraham, through faith, obeyed - even to being
willing to sacrifice his only son, if need be. And after that the covenant no
longer was conditional. Now it became UNCONDITIONAL.
myself have I sworn, saith the Eternal, for BECAUSE thou hast done this thing,
and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless
thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven,
and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate
of his enemies [or, as correctly translated in the Revised Standard Version,
"And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies." The Fenton
translation renders it: "And your race shall possess the gates of its enemies" -
so far the material, national promises of race]; and in thy seed [Christ] shall
all the nations of the earth be blessed [this promise is spiritual, of grace];
because thou hast obeyed my voice" (Gen. 22:16-18).
promise now is UNconditional. God has sworn to make it good. God does not
promise these things IF Abraham or his children do certain things. He promises
them to Abraham BECAUSE he already has performed his part of the agreement. If
these promises could be broken or annulled, then no promise in the Bible is
promises cannot be broken or annulled. Not if it be true that "heaven and earth
shall pass, but my word shall NOT pass away." Now God must perform His part
an additional detail of the promise - the nations who are Abraham's racial
descendants are to possess the gates of their enemies. A gate is a narrow
passage of entrance or exit. When speaking nationally, a "gate" would be such a
pass as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar. This promise
is repeated in Genesis 24:60 to Abraham's daughter-in-law: "Be thou the mother
of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate
Abraham's descendants would possess vital geographic passageways of their
enemies - "those which hate them." This has never been fulfilled in the Jews,
nor could it be fulfilled after Jesus Christ returns to rule the nations and
establish world peace. This promise could only be fulfilled in the present world
or else we must deny the Bible as God's revealed Word. We must look for a people
forming more than one nation - yet all one people, children of Abraham - either
now or in history who possess the sea gateways of the world, or we must deny the
Word of God. It is a test of the inspiration of the Bible and of God's power to
rule this world!
Nation and a Company of Nations
tremendous promises were repromised to Isaac and to Jacob. Ishmael and Abraham's
other sons were rejected from this birthright. Esau, Isaac's son and Jacob's
twin brother, sold it and was rejected. The promise, as confirmed to Isaac, is
recorded in Genesis 26:3-5: "I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto
thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the
oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; and I will make thy seed to MULTIPLY
as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries. . . ."
Notice! Twice God promised "all these countries." That is millions of times
larger than the 2 x 6-foot plot our "intellectual" cynic contended for. Also,
Isaac's descendants were to "MULTIPLY as the stars of heaven." That's thousands
of times larger than a tiny "township."
Jacob it is repeated in Genesis 27:26-29, where MATERIAL blessing of wealth in
the things of the ground is added, with the prophecy that heathen nations shall
be ruled by the birthright nations of Israel. "Therefore God give thee of the
dew of heaven, and the fatness [margin: fat places] of the earth, and plenty of
corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over
thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one
that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee."
we find the promises again in Genesis 28:13-14, where the added detail that
these nations of Israel shall eventually spread around the world is recorded.
"And, behold, the Eternal . . . said, I am the Eternal God of Abraham thy
father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give
it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou
shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the
south. . . ."
original Hebrew for "spread abroad" means "to break forth." This promise places
no limit on how far east, west, north and south Jacob's descendants should
spread. Thus it indicates they would spread around the earth. This is confirmed
in Romans 4:13: "For the promise, that he [Abraham] should be the heir of the
world. . . ."
this is not a promise that Abraham's descendants should inherit, own, and
possess the whole of the earth, leaving nothing for Gentiles - that is, prior to
the new earth - but rather that, in years and centuries to come, they would
spread and occupy certain areas in various parts of the earth. Yet, the new
earth - after the millennium - will be inhabited only by those who shall be
Abraham's children through Christ (Rom. 4:13).
is a phase of this prophecy heretofore utterly overlooked - not before
understood. Indeed these birthright Israelitish nations have spread to and
occupied various lands or areas in many locations around the world. This
occurred after they were - 721-718 B.C. - driven in a captivity out of their own
promised land of Samaria in Palestine. The next verses in Genesis 28 complete
this phase of the prophecy. "And, behold," God continued, "I am with thee, and
will keep thee in all places whither thou goest [God is here referring, not to
Jacob personally, but his descendants who were to spread abroad in all
directions], and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave
thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of" (verse 15).
This generally unnoticed, but significant prophecy will be fulfilled at the second coming of Christ. It is explained further in Jeremiah 23:7-8, and 50:4-6, 19-20, and other prophecies.
later, God appeared to Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, even further
defining the makeup of these "many nations" thus: "And God said unto him, I am
God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; A NATION and a COMPANY OF NATIONS shall
be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins" (Gen. 35:11). The Moffatt
translation renders it "a nation, [and] a group of nations." The Fenton
rendering is "a nation and an Assembly of Nations." The RSV translates it as in
the Authorized Version, above quoted. So the "many nations" are eventually to
take shape as a nation - one great, wealthy, powerful nation - and another
company of nations - a group, or commonwealth of nations.
carefully this crucial fact! This is basic, if you are to grasp the
all-important key to all prophecy - the very key to the real meaning of the
unprecedented world events of the present. This promise never has been fulfilled
in the Jews. It cannot be "spiritualized" away by interpreting it as being
inherited only through Christ. It could not pertain to the Church, for there is
but one true Church acknowledged in the Bible, and it is not a nation, or a
group of nations, but one Church of called-out individuals scattered through all
nations. Yet this amazing promise MUST stand fulfilled, unless we are to deny
the Bible and God's sacred Word!
is the enigma of the ages! Is this a divine promise unkept? Thomas Paine and
Robert Ingersoll lost faith in God and rejected the Bible because they believed
these national promises were never fulfilled.
very fate of the Bible as the revealed Word of God - the evidence of the
existence of God - hangs on the answer to this momentous question. The Jewish
people did not fulfill these promises. The promises do not refer to the Church.
The world with its great church leaders does not know of any such fulfillment.
Did God fail? Or has He made good this colossal promise unknown to the world?
The true answer is the most astonishing revelation of Bible truth, of prophecy,
and of unrecognized history?
Chapter Four (return to table of contents)
Separation Of The Birthright And The Sceptre
we come to a most vital distinction, and a bit of Bible truth known to but a
very few. Very few, indeed, have ever noticed that the promises to Abraham were
twofold. But the Bible itself makes sharp distinction between these two phases
of the promises.
spiritual promises - the promises of the "one seed," Christ, and of salvation
through Him - the Bible calls the sceptre. But the material and national
promises relating to many nations, national wealth, prosperity and power, and
possession of the Holy Land, the Bible calls the birthright.
us understand the meaning of the terms:
native right or privilege" - Standard Dictionary; "any right acquired by birth"
- Webster's. A birthright is something which is one's right, by birth. It has
nothing to do with grace, which is unmerited pardon and a free gift which is not
one's right. It has to do with race, not grace. Birthright possessions are
customarily passed down from father to eldest son.
kingly office; royal power; badge of command or sovereignty" - Standard
Dictionary. The promised kingly line culminates in Christ, and involves grace to
have seen how both sets of promises, right to birth and gift of grace, were
unconditionally made by God to Abraham. Both the birthright and the sceptre were
repromised by the Eternal to Isaac and to Jacob. But the fact that should open
your eyes, as a joyous truth newly discovered, is that from that point these two
sets of promises became separated! The sceptre promises of the kingly line
culminating in Christ, and of grace through Him, were handed on to JUDAH, son of
Jacob and father of all Jews. But the astonishing truth is that the birthright
promises were never given to the Jews!
that be repeated! Realize this! The birthright promises were never given to the
to these passages - read them in your own Bible!
sceptre shall not depart from Judah. . ." (Gen. 49:10).
. .But the birthright was Joseph's" (I Chron. 5:2).
course it is well understood that the sceptre went to Judah and was handed down
through the Jews. King David was of the tribe of Judah. All succeeding kings of
David's dynasty were of the House of David, tribe of Judah. Jesus Christ was
born of the House of David and the tribe of Judah.
eye-opening truth completely unrealized by most people today is the fact that
only a part of the "children of Israel" were Jews.
that little understood fact again!
full explanation and proof of this must be reserved for Chapter VI. Only those
of the three tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi were Jews. While all Jews
are Israelites, most Israelites are not Jews!
understand! The birthright promise did not pass on to the Jews! But the sceptre
- the promise of Christ and of grace - was passed on to the Jews! "Salvation,"
Jesus said, "is of the Jews"! (John 4:22.) "The gospel of Christ," wrote Paul,
"is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the JEW
first, and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16). The promises of grace were handed
down through JUDAH!
the promises which the Bible terms the "birthright" have not been understood at
all. Few have ever noticed that God made any promises to Abraham other than the
sceptre. Few know what is in the Bible!
Never Given to the Jews
still have understood that these great national material promises were never
given to the Jews! The astonishing and vital fact that many have overlooked is
"the birthright is JOSEPH'S." And, as we shall see later, neither Joseph nor his
descendants were Jews! Astounding as it may be, it's true!
knowledge about the birthright is the pivot of this entire truth which will
prove the key to the understanding of all prophecy! It's of supreme importance
that you get this clearly in mind!
as defined above, includes only that which comes by right of birth. No one can
receive eternal life as a right, from natural birth. If it were our right,
inherited by birth, it would not be by grace. Salvation comes by grace - God's
gift, by undeserved pardon - unmerited favor. We can receive only material
possessions as a right by birth. And when that right is passed down through
generations to ever-multiplying descendants, it finally devolves into a NATIONAL
inheritance. It confers only material possessions, power, or position. It does
not bestow spiritual blessings. It is a matter of race, not grace!
is another distinction between a birthright and grace we ought to understand. A
birthright, as before stated, is normally passed on from father to eldest son.
There are no conditions which the recipient is required to meet. The son does
nothing to qualify for it. He receives it as his right for no other reason than
that he happened to be born his father's son. He has a right to it without
earning it or qualifying to be worthy of it. He could, however, disqualify
himself to keep, or even to receive it.
the gift of immortality received by grace does have qualifying conditions! It is
not your right, nor mine, to receive the gift of eternal life - to be actually
born as God's son - literally a member of the God FAMILY! Think what conditions
would result if it were! A rebellious, defiant, hostile, God-hating criminal or
atheist could shake his fist at God and say: "Look, God! I hate you. I defy you!
I refuse to obey you! But I demand your gift of eternal life! It's my
RIGHT! I want to be born into your divine family - to receive all the vast POWER
of a son of God, so I can use that power to oppose you! I want to make your
family a house divided against itself. I will cause friction, hostility, hatred,
unhappiness among all your children! I demand that POWER, as your gift, as my
right, so that I may abuse that power - use it for EVIL!"
professing "Christians" - and many teachings of what is called "traditional
Christianity" - say there are no conditions, nothing that we must do to receive
God's glorious grace. They deny that God requires obedience to His law! They
twist the truth around by saying that would be earning one's salvation! They do
demand it of God, while they still rebel against His law and refuse to keep
where that would lead! Understand this! Eternal life is, indeed, God's free
gift. You can't earn it! But it is not your right! You cannot demand it of God
as your right, while you defy God, rebel against His government, refuse to let
Him rule your life His way!
God has imposed CONDITIONS! Those conditions do not earn you a thing! But God
gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32). He does not pay it -
but the passage speaks of the Holy Spirit which "God hath given to them that
obey Him." It is still a free GIFT!
rich man might have seven men standing before him, and say: "I will give, as my
free GIFT, $1,000 to any or all of you who will step forward to receive it."
Their stepping forward does not EARN it. It is merely the condition required to
receive the free GIFT.
word "grace" means unmerited, undeserved pardon! God pardons those who REPENT!
And "repent" means to turn from rebellion, hostility, disobedience. "Repent"
means to turn to obedience to God's law. The fact that God chooses not to give
this wonderful gift - this gift of immortality, which carries with it divine
power - to those who would misuse it for harm and evil; the fact that He chooses
to give it only to those who will rightly use it - does not mean it comes by
works instead of grace. If there were no conditions, then everyone could demand
it - and it would be received as a right by birth, instead of by grace!
very fact of grace makes necessary God's required qualifications. But it still
is an undeserved GIFT! Obedience does not earn anything - that is only what we
owe to God. A birthright requires no qualification. It is a right by birth.
the Birthright Conferred
what special material inheritance was passed on by the birthright few have
understood. yet it conferred the richest, most valuable material inheritance
ever passed from father to son - the most colossal wealth and power ever amassed
by man or empire! The magnitude of this birthright is staggering!
includes all the first phase of God's tremendous promises to Abraham. This
legacy guaranteed on the authority of God Almighty, unconditionally,
multitudinous population, untold wealth and material resources, national
greatness and world power!
only had God promised that a world-dominant nation and a company, or
commonwealth, of nations whose peoples descended from Abraham would be as
populous as the grains of sand of the seashore - as the stars in multitude; not
only did He promise they should possess the gate (Fenton translation: gates) of
enemy nations, which alone signifies world dominance and power; but the
birthright finally included vast material wealth and unlimited national
resources. That was made plain in the blessing given to Jacob, as we shall soon
Birthright Denied to Ishmael
in cases of divine intervention, which occurred three times, the inheritance of
the birthright fell automatically to the eldest son in each generation.
was chosen by the Eternal to inherit both the sceptre and birthright. Abraham
had other sons. Ishmael was the eldest. But God chose Isaac, and "Abraham gave
all that he had unto Isaac" (Gen. 25:5). Isaac, however, was Abraham's firstborn
lawful son. Ishmael was the son of Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian handmaid.
loved Ishmael and desired for him to have the birthright. "And Abraham said unto
God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!" (Gen. 17:18.)
his wife was barren. "And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed;
and thou shalt call his mane Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him
for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for
. . . will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly . . . and I will
make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac . . ."
the future nation to spring from Ishmael, the angel of the Eternal had said to
Hagar: "He will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every
man's hand against him; and he shall dwell to the east [correct translation] of
all his brethren" (Gen. 16:12).
clues are given here: 1) Ishmael's descendants were to become a great nation but
the birthright nations were to be greater; and 2) they were to dwell to the east
of their brethren - that is, of Isaac's descendants who had the birthright. The
children of Ishmael have become the Arabs of today. The nation and company of
nations who hold the birthright must, therefore, be larger, wealthier, more
powerful, and must be found geographically west of the Arab nations.
was the human type of God the Father, and Isaac of Christ. There are many
parallels. Space prohibits expounding them here, except to note that if we are
Christ's we are Abraham's children (Gal. 3:29), and Abraham is the "father of
the faithful" (see Gal. 3:7); that Abraham was called on to be willing to
sacrifice his only (legitimate) son (Gen. 22:2) even as God gave His only
begotten Son, Jesus Christ, for the sins of the world; that Isaac's wife Rebekah
is a type of the Church, and she had to fall in love with him and accept him as
her husband before she saw him with her eyes; and that Isaac was born by
promise, and by a miracle from God, even as Jesus was miraculously born of the
had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau was the firstborn, and therefore the legal
inheritor of the birthright. But Esau undervalued it and sold it to Jacob.
Sells the Birthright
had chosen Jacob to possess these promises before the twins were born. But
Jacob, influenced by his mother instead of waiting on the Eternal, resorted to
deception and took it from Esau.
Eternal had said to Rebekah, regarding Esau and Jacob, that they were the
beginning of two nations - "two manner of people . . . the one people shall be
stronger than the other people," said God, and the elder shall serve the
younger" (Gen. 25:23).
descendants, then, were to become two different types of people. The story of
Jacob's premature and deceptive acquisition of the birthright continues, in
the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was
a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his
venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage [boiled porridge -
Fenton's translation]: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau
said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint:
therefore was his name called Edom."
means, literally, "red soup," and is so translated in the Fenton version. It
will prove another "key" to Bible understanding for the reader to carefully
fasten in his memory the fact that "Edom" refers to ESAU. Many prophecies
pertaining to the present and future employ the name Edom. They cannot be
understood unless it is realized that they refer to the descendants of Esau,
primarily the Turkish nation today.
Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the
point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said,
Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto
Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose
up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright." Later, Jacob subtly
took from Esau his blessing. The story of this deception is found in Genesis
was at a time when Isaac was old, his eyesight dimmed with age. Nearing the end
of his life, he called Esau and requested that he go to the field and hunt for
venison, prepare it and bring it to him. He would then bestow the blessing
confirming the birthright.
Rebekah overheard, and sent Jacob quickly for two kids of the goats. These she
prepared in the same tempting way that Isaac loved his venison. Then she took
some of Esau's clothes and put them on Jacob. Now Esau was very hairy, while
Jacob was smooth, so Rebekah carefully placed the skins of the two kids upon
Jacob's hands, arms, and smooth part of his neck.
this disguise, with his imitation venison, Jacob went in to receive his father's
blessing. "And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn" (Gen.
was surprised he had found the venison so quickly and became suspicious. Jacob
lied again, asserting the Eternal had brought the venison to him. Isaac detected
the voice was that of Jacob.
Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son,
whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his
father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are
the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as
his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him" (verses 21-23).
the Birthright Included
notice carefully what that blessing included!
his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came
near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him,
and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Eternal
hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of
the earth, and plenty of corn and wine [Fenton's translation: increase and
possession]: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over
thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one
that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee" (verses 26-29).
it! Materialistic promises, national in nature, every one! Not one of them
pertaining to salvation. None having to do with life after death. Nothing
spiritual here! All pertaining purely to this present fleshly life! NATIONAL
prosperity - rainfall, plenty of corn and wine, the fatness of the earth, or, as
the margin reads, the fat places of the earth - increase and possession.
"Nations shall bow down to thee!" "Let people serve thee."
Esau returned and found how Jacob had supplanted him, he was very bitter. He
pleaded for a blessing, too. But Isaac could not retract the blessing given to
Jacob. So he passed on to Esau the following prophecy:
thy dwelling shall be [correct translation: away from] the fatness of the earth,
and of the dew of heaven from above; and by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt
serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion,
that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. And Esau hated Jacob . . . "
verse 39, quoted above, the Hebrew preposition min should be translated "from"
or "away from" not "of." Actually, the prophesied lot of Esau was more of a
curse than a blessing. The Revised Standard Version translates it: "Behold, away
from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of
heaven on high." Moffatt renders it: "Far from rich soil on earth shall you
live, far from the dew of heaven on high." Actually, the Hebrew words convey the
dual meaning, and both have happened to Esau's descendants.
sparse records of history, with other proofs, show that many of the descendants
of Esau became known as Turks. Therefore we must remember that all prophecies
pertaining to the latter days referring to Edom, or Esau, refer generally to the
Isaac's dying prophecy, he foretold that Esau's descendants would come to a time
when they should have dominion, and then break the yoke of the Israelites from
off their necks. That has happened. The children of Israel, through sin, were
driven out of the promised land that belonged with the birthright. The Turks
came to power and dominion and for many centuries possessed that land. Those
descendants, the Turkish people, occupied Palestine 400 years before Britain
took it in 1917. Esau's descendants always have lusted for that land, central
promise of the birthright! The Turks have truly lived by the sword!
Lesson for Us
let's return to our story. Before Jacob was born, God had spoken to his mother
and revealed to her that Jacob should receive the birthright. Instead, however,
of waiting for the Eternal to bring this about in His own way, she schemed with
Jacob to take it by lying and deception.
is a lesson here for us today. As Isaac is, in a sense, a type of Christ, so
Rebekah is, in a sense, a type of the Church, in which still dwells weakness and
we become too much in a hurry. We ask the Almighty for things He has promised in
His Word. Then we try to dictate to Him just how and when it shall be
accomplished! We need to learn to "wait upon the Lord." He always does things in
His way, and in His own time. And He distinctly tells us that His ways are not
our ways! Once we commit a thing to the Almighty, let us have not only the
trust, but the respect, for the One so great, that we will leave the matter in
Jacob trusted the Eternal instead of taking this into his own hands in a wrong
way, the birthright would have come to him more honorably. Under the
circumstances, Jacob, which name means "supplanter," had far more difficulty
securing God's blessing upon the precious possession than his predecessors.
after years of trial and test - after finally wrestling all night with the angel
(Gen. 32:24-29) - after confessing his name as "supplanter" - God bestowed His
blessing upon Jacob, took away his reproachful name, and gave him a new,
untainted name, ISRAEL - which means "prevailer," or "overcomer with God."
thus we see that through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the promises were handed
down to one man at a time. There was no branching out toward national growth
until the days of Jacob. For three generations it had been a "one-man nation."
But Jacob had twelve sons, and through them the future great nation and company
of nations were started on their way.
Lost the Birthright
next legal inheritor of the birthright was Reuben, firstborn son of Israel, by
his first wife, Leah. But Reuben, like Esau, lost it. And Joseph, eleventh-born
of Jacob, but firstborn of Rachel, his second and truly loved wife, received
birthright belonged, legally, to Reuben, not Joseph. It is related in I
Chronicles 5:1-2 how it fell to Joseph: "Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of
Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's
bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the
genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright [or, RSV, "so that he
(Reuben) is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright"]. For
Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the
BIRTHRIGHT WAS JOSEPH'S)."
at this point the two divisions of the Abrahamic promises - the birthright,
involving material and national promises, and the sceptre, including the kingly
and spiritual promises - were separated.
is of first importance to keep in mind that the birthright, including the
promised land now called Palestine, the assurance of multitudinous population,
material and national prosperity, dominance over other nations, was now given to
JOSEPH and his sons.
that well! This BIRTHRIGHT was not to be inherited by all the tribes of Israel!
It was not given to the Jews! Only a part of the Israelites - the descendants of
Joseph - was to inherit these tremendous national promises!
material promises for this life, then, belonged to an altogether different tribe
among the children of Israel than the sceptre promise of the kingly line
culminating in Jesus Christ, which spiritual promise belonged in the tribe of
national promises of the multitudinous seed then became the possession of an
altogether different tribe than the promise of the one seed, Christ, who sprang
from Judah! This fact of the two sets of promises, stressed in the preceding
chapter, ought to be plain and clear to every reader by now.
it permanently in mind. It is one of the vital keys to Bible understanding!
the time of Jacob's death, he and his sons were living in Egypt. We assume, of
course, that you are familiar with the story of how Joseph was sold by his
brothers into Egypt; of how he there became food administrator and prime
minister, next under the king and in actual rule of the nation; of the seven
years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine, in which food had been
stored only in Egypt under Joseph's supervision; of the visit of Joseph's
brothers to Egypt in quest of food, and how Joseph induced them to bring their
father and brother Benjamin down to Egypt; and finally, of the dramatic
revelation of Joseph's identity to his brethren, amid weeping and
how prophetic that was! As we shall see, Joseph, in his descendants, shall soon
once again have his true identity revealed to his brothers - and to the world.
And how hidden from the world is that identity now!
to Joseph's Sons
now the time came to pass on the birthright to another generation. Let us
re-create the dramatic scene.
occurred in Egypt, after Joseph had succeeded in having his father brought
there, as well as all his brothers. Joseph, remember, was prime minister of the
was reported to Joseph that Jacob, his father, was ill. He took with him his two
sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, sons of an Egyptian mother, and hastened to the
dying patriarch's beside.
Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. And Jacob said unto Joseph,
God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, and
said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and will
make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after
thee for an everlasting possession" (Gen. 48:2-4).
carefully these promises!
birthright is about to be passed on to another generation. Notice that nothing
whatsoever is said about all the families of the earth being blessed in his seed
- the ONE seed. Nothing is said about kings. Nothing is said about spiritual
blessings whatever. These promises are those of the birthright. These promises
are of multiple seed - a multitude of people - and possession of the promised
land. Now let us continue.
now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of
Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they
shall be mine" (verse 5).
did Jacob adopt Joseph's two sons, making them, legally, his own sons. This, no
doubt, was done because they were half-blooded Egyptians. Israel made them his
own adopted sons, so the birthright could be passed on to them. Notice, too,
that in the first verse of this 48th chapter of Genesis, Manasseh's name is
mentioned first, because Manasseh was the elder. But old Jacob now mentioned the
name of Ephraim first. Here we see supernatural guidance!
said to Joseph: "Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. Now
the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see" (verses
birthright, remember, belongs legally to the firstborn, unless altered by divine
intervention. The inheritor of the birthright, in receiving the blessing
conferred upon him, should have had Jacob's right hand resting upon his head.
That is why "Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's
left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought
them near unto him" (verse 13).
Israel Given to Joseph's Sons
once again the Eternal intervened in conferring this momentous birthright!
Jacob, though blind so he could not see the lads before him, crossed his hands,
"and Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who
was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands
wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God,
before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my
life long unto this day, the Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the
lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and
Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth" (verses
who grow into this promised multitude? Let whose descendants become that
numerous seed, which shall number into billions? Not Judah, the father of the
Jews - note it! - but EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH! Why have the eyes and understanding
of church leaders and Bible students been blinded to this plain fact of
Israel did not confer this blessing on just one, but on both - "Bless the lads,"
he said. This blessing went upon them jointly. "Let my name be named on them"
was part of this blessing. His name was ISRAEL. Hence, it was the descendants of
these lads, not the descendants of Judah, or the Jews, who were named ISRAEL.
How clear it is that the name ISRAEL was to be indelibly stamped on EPHRAIM and
shocking fact - and yet plainly proved, right before your eyes! And remember,
this scripture needs no "interpretation" or "special meaning" or "hidden
symbolism" for you to understand! Here is the plain, simple statement that
Jacob's name, which was changed to Israel, would become the very POSSESSION and
property - the label on the peoples of Ephraim and Manasseh!
then, according to your Bible, is the real Israel (racially and nationally) of
and Manasseh together received the right to the name ISRAEL. It was to become
the national name of their descendants. And their descendants were never Jews!
Fix this fact firmly in your mind!
it is that many of the prophecies about "Israel" or "Jacob" do not refer to Jews
or to any of the nations that are today the descendants of the other tribes of
Israel. Mark that well! Few, indeed, are the clergymen, theologians, or
professed Bible scholars who know that today. Many refuse to know it!
the descendants of these two lads, Ephraim and Manasseh, were to grow into the
promised multitude - the nation and company of nations. These national blessings
are poured upon them jointly. These are the collective blessings which the lads
together received - but not the other tribes!
at this juncture, Joseph noticed that Jacob's right hand was not resting upon
the head of the firstborn. He endeavored to remove it.
so, my father," said Joseph, "for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon
his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he
[Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his
younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude
[or, COMPANY] of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall
Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set
Ephraim before Manasseh" (Gen. 48:18-20). Here the promises are no longer
collective, possessed jointly. Jacob now was prophesying as to the blessings of
we have seen from the preceding chapter, the numerous seed was to become "a
nation, and a company of nations." Now we see that the "nation" to become truly
great is to spring from the seed of Manasseh, the son of Joseph. The "company of
nations" is to grow out of Ephraim. Notice that, before dividing the promises,
this prophetic blessing indicated plainly that the descendants of these lads
should remain together, and together grow into a great multitude, then become
separated, Manasseh becoming a great nation, and Ephraim a still greater company
then, is yet another detail of the future national characteristics of these
people. We must not look for the fulfillment among the sons of Judah. Nor among
descendants of any other of the twelve tribes.
promise of a future great nation and a company of nations, together great for
multitude, rich in national material prosperity, possessing the "gates" of the
earth's other nations, applies solely to these lads and the two tribes which
sprang from them.
might add here, too, that the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh never became such
in the times of Bible history. Some might suppose the house of Judah was the
nation, and the ten tribes, the company of nations. But none of these promises
went to Judah. Nor were they to be fulfilled in any of the other tribes, save
Joseph's double portion, the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh!
was Ephraim who was to become the company, or multitude, of nations, and
Manasseh who was to become the great single nation. And these promises never
were fulfilled in them, in times of Bible history. If these promises ever have
been fulfilled, we must look for their fulfillment between the close of Bible
history and the present!
still in the spirit of prophecy, Jacob called his twelve sons together to tell
them what their posterity should become "in the last days."
are prophecies which should assist us in identifying the tribes of Israel today
- for surely these are the last days! We shall here take space to consider only
the destiny of Judah and of Joseph. Joseph's descendants were actually divided
into two tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh, and usually are called by those tribal
names instead of the name "Joseph." The fact that these tribes are here spoken
of as "Joseph" plainly indicates that the prophecy applies jointly to Ephraim
Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may
tell you that which shall befall you in the last days . . . . Judah, thou art he
whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from
the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and
as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
nor a lawgiver [margin, ruler's staff] from between his feet, until Shiloh come;
and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Gen. 49:1, 8-10). The Hebrew
word here translated Shiloh means the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, or the one
"seed" of Abraham. (See Young's Analytical Concordance to the Holy Bible.)
Joseph, the combined Ephraim-Manasseh tribes, at this present day, Israel
prophesied: "Joseph is a fruitful bough [here is pictured the birthright promise
of multitudes in fulfillment], even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches
[margin, daughters] run over the wall" (verse 22).
other words, in the last days we are to find the children of Joseph a numerous
people, a great nation and a company of nations, whose daughters, or children,
shall "run over the wall" - that is, run over, or past, the nation's boundary -
in other words, be a colonizing people! Further, in the prophecy for
Joseph for these "last days": ". . . the Almighty . . . shall bless thee with
blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of
the breasts, and of the womb: the blessings of thy father have prevailed above
the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills:
they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that
was separate from [margin: is prince among] his brethren" (verses 25-26).
shall see that these descendants of Joseph, possessing these birthright promises
- to become numerous, to colonize, thus spreading to the "north and the south,
and east and the west," until they encircled the globe, to possess the "gates"
of enemy nations - never returned to Jerusalem from Assyria, where they were
driven with the ten tribes after 721 B.C., and were never again mixed with Jews
from that time! Here are promises and prophecies which never have been fulfilled
by the Jews, by the Church, by the American Indian, or any other fanciful
counterparts of modern Israel. But they are fulfilled today if the Word of God
is to stand!
Chapter Five (return to table of contents)
the death of Jacob and his twelve sons in Egypt, their children grew in about
two and a quarter centuries to a population probably between two and three
million in that land.
Israel's children became slaves: "And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all
that generation. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased
abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled
with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph . . .
. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: and they
made their lives bitter with hard bondage . . ." (Ex. 1:6-14).
God raised up Moses and fitted him in a special way to lead these children of
Israel out of the bondage that had come to them in Egypt.
they reached Mt. Sinai, in the peninsula wilderness, God made a covenant with
them establishing them as a NATION - His nation - among the kingdoms of the
world. Their government was theocratic, with the civil, as well as the spiritual
and religious laws, given directly from God. God Himself was their King and He
ruled them by a system of judges.
First King Was God
was Israel's only King! Israel was both church and state. In Acts 7:38 we are
told that the Israelites formed the church in the wilderness. The word
"congregation" of Israel used throughout the Old Testament has the same meaning
exactly as the word "church" in the New. Israel, consequently, had more than one
set of laws. God gave Israel a twofold form of government. The congregation, or
church, was given ritualistic laws - animal sacrifices, meat and drink
offerings, carnal or fleshly ordinances.
Israel also was a civil government; thus for it God established civil officers
and civil laws - statutes and judgments. The one great central code of law,
basis for both church and civil government - the overall SPIRITUAL CODE - was
the TEN COMMANDMENTS, spoken by God directly to all the congregation, written
with the very finger of God in tables of stone.
several generations after leaving Egypt, God was their King! (This history is
found through the books of Moses, Joshua and Judges.) Each tribe kept separate
by itself, but together they formed one nation in much the same manner as the
United States is one nation composed of individual states.
tribe occupied its own land, or district. The Levites became the priestly tribe,
mingling throughout the other tribes, having no inheritance in the land and no
separate territory (except for cities) of their own. To offset this, however,
the children of Joseph were divided into two tribes - Ephraim and Manasseh -
thus leaving twelve distinct and separate tribes, each occupying its own
territory or province, in addition to the Levites who were sprinkled among the
these years the birthright and the sceptre remained within the one nation - the
birthright, of course, being handed down through the tribes of Ephraim and
Manasseh, the sceptre with Judah.
children of Israel were human, even as you and I. They continually grumbled and
complained. Their carnal minds were hostile to God and His laws, even as human
minds today (Rom. 8:7). Soon they became dissatisfied with God as their King and
demanded that a man should be their king as in the Gentile nations around them.
So today, we want to be like the non-Christians around us instead of conforming
strictly to the ways of God as we are instructed in His Word! Human nature has
ever been thus.
the elders of Israel came to Samuel demanding a man be made their king, it
naturally displeased Samuel, their prophet. But the Eternal said: "Hearken unto
the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not
rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them . .
. . howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king
that shall reign over them" (I Sam. 8:7-9).
was their first human king. He refused obedience to God and was finally
rejected. He was slain in battle. His sole surviving son, Ishbosheth, was slain
after a reign of only two years (II Sam. 2:10). However, Ishbosheth never
reigned over Judah. With this short reign over part of Israel, Saul's dynasty
ceased. That is how God rejected him. His dynasty was cut off!
succeeded Saul. David sat on the Eternal's throne. David's son Solomon succeeded
him, also sitting on the Eternal's throne. "Then Solomon sat on the throne of
the Eternal as king instead of David his father" (I Chron. 29:23; see also II
wish here to impress another special point. Before Saul, the Eternal had been
King over Israel. These human kings were sitting upon the Eternal's throne. The
Eternal - "LORD" - is Jesus Christ who was with the Father before the world was
(John 17:5 and 1:1-2, 14). Jesus is both the "root" and the "offspring" of David
(Rev. 22:16). Since He was the "root," the throne was His before David was born.
David merely sat upon the Eternal's throne. Secondly, since Jesus was David's
lawful fleshly Son, this same throne shall once more become His right by
inheritance, continuing David's dynasty. And so, when Christ returns to earth,
David's throne will be doubly His right!
we come to a seemingly incredible fact - fantastic - almost unbelievable, but
true! While David was king, God made with him a perpetual covenant,
unconditionally, which God cannot and will not break! This covenant is even more
amazing, and less understood, than the unconditional covenant with Abraham!
want you now to plant firmly in mind the specific nature and character of the
covenant the Almighty made with David. For it is a vital link in the purpose and
mission of Christ - an important KEY to Bible understanding!
II Samuel 23:1, 5, we find: "Now these be the last words of David . . . . God .
. . hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure."
In other words, a covenant that shall endure forever and cannot fail!
back to the seventh chapter of II Samuel for more specific details. God gave
David this covenant promise at a time when David was much concerned over the Ark
of the Covenant dwelling in a tent. David wanted to build a great temple at
it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying,
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house
for me to dwell in?. . . When thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with
thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy
bowels [Solomon], and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for
my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his
father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with
the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall
not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: THY
THRONE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOR EVER" (II Sam. 7:4-5, 12-16).
carefully these points:
David's throne was set up and established with Solomon, David's son.
The throne - David's throne (verse 16) - was established FOREVER in Solomon
(verse 13). Observe that this nowhere says that when Christ comes, God will
establish it in Him forever. It says it was to be established forever in
What if Solomon, or the children of Israel, disobey? Would that cancel this
covenant? Verses 14-15 plainly say that if they commit iniquity, God will
Chasten them with the rod of men, but will NOT break this covenant. The throne
shall go on forever just the same!
Notice particularly, in case of disobedience, God will not take the throne away
as He took it from Saul. How did He take it from Saul? Saul's dynasty ended! No
son of Saul ever sat on the throne. But Solomon's dynasty would not end. The
punishment for disobedience would be chastening at the hands of men.
Since God did firmly establish this throne with David and with Solomon, if
David's throne ceased from existence, even for the length of one generation,
could we say it had been established forever as God here promised?
is the fact as little realized as any in the Bible! Almighty God made an
absolutely binding - just how binding we shall see! - covenant with David,
unconditionally guaranteeing that there should never be a single generation from
that time forward when there would not be a descendant of David, in UNBROKEN
DYNASTY sitting on David's throne, ruling over children of Israel! It was the
promise of a continuous, unbroken dynasty - all generations forever - that was
is hard to believe! Yet God promised and unalterably guaranteed just that! There
were no conditions. Nothing that would happen could prevent it. The sins of the
people were not to change it. The promise stood immutable!
End of the Record
where is that throne today?
history of the Bible records a line of kings, all descendants of David in
continuous dynasty, down to King Zedekiah. But in the year 585 B.C. this last
recorded king ever to sit on this throne was captured by the armies of King
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, his eyes were put out, he was taken to Babylon, and
there died in a dungeon!
all his sons were slain! All the nobles of Judah who were not already imprisoned
or enslaved at Babylon at that time were killed, so that none could remain to
sit on the throne of David! The Chaldeans destroyed Jerusalem, burned the Temple
and the king's houses, took the Jews, a captive, slave people to Babylon. There
is certainly no record of any king of the line of David ruling over Judah from
that day to this. However, the line of Jehoiakin to Jesus survived in Babylonish
captivity - so Jesus was a descendant of David.
will say, however, that this throne is established today in Christ. But Christ
has not yet taken over this throne! He pictured Himself as the nobleman (Luke
19:12) who went to a far country (heaven) to get for Himself a Kingdom, and,
who, after receiving the right to the Kingdom, would return. Jesus Christ will
not sit upon the throne of David until His second coming to earth, yet in the
what of the nearly 600 years between King Zedekiah and the birth of Christ? Who
was reigning over the Israelites and sitting on David's throne during those
generations? If no one, then we must conclude God broke His Word, or the
Scripture has been broken!
answer is a mystery more astounding than any tale of fiction! The Bible reveals
it, step by step.
then again, some will point to the expression "I will stablish" (II Sam. 7:13)
and conclude that possibly God meant at the second coming of Christ He would
establish that throne forever. And still that will not do. From whom would
Christ take over David's throne if that throne has ceased these centuries to
exist? But God plainly promised He would establish that throne in Solomon: "And
I will stablish the throne of his [Solomon's] kingdom FOR EVER." He was not
speaking of establishing it many centuries later in Christ - at His second
coming. The "he" referred to is Solomon - not Christ, for God said: "If he
commit iniquity, I will chasten him" (II Sam. 7:14).
now I give you a scripture that ends all speculation as to when this throne was
established: "Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; ought ye not to KNOW that
the Eternal God of Israel GAVE the kingdom over to Israel to David FOR EVER,
even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?" (II Chron. 13:4-5.) The
margin says "PERPETUAL covenant." This shows the establishing of the throne was
then in the past! God gave, did give, this kingdom to David and his sons - not
his Son, Christ, but his sons, plural - continuously forever.
for All Generations
have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy
seed [dynasty - Moffatt] will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to
all generations" (Ps. 89:3-4). Note it! This throne, established forever, was
built up to all generations. God did establish that throne, beginning with David
and Solomon. We have a record of it for a number of generations - as far as King
Zedekiah, 585 B.C.
was established to all generations, continuously, perpetually, FOREVER! That
term "all generations" certainly must include those generations from Zedekiah to
the birth of Christ. Who occupied that throne during those generations?
is not sitting on that throne now, but on the throne of Almighty God in heaven
what about this present generation? Where is there a descendant of David today
sitting in an unbroken line of kings on the throne of David, ruling over
children of Israel?
one wonder that men like Thomas Paine and Robert Ingersoll lost faith in the
Bible? They saw these unconditional promises, but they could not see how they
had been kept. Yet, if we have patience, we shall see!
to continue, in the 89th Psalm, with the 28th verse: "My mercy will I keep for
him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed [dynasty -
Moffatt] also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of
a moment the meaning of the word "seed" in this sense. Moffatt's translation in
modern English properly translates it "dynasty." The Revised Standard Version
translates it "his [David's] line" - that is, continuous line or succession of
sons, generation after generation. This "seed" is not the general population of
the children of Israel. This is speaking of David's seed, or David's sons. His
sons were to be kings. David was of the tribe of Judah, possessor of the
sceptre, not the birthright, promise. His "seed," therefore, was the kingly
line. So, literally, it means his dynasty, his line of successive sons.
while his throne is enduring through all generations, as the days of heaven,
consider the next verse: "If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my
judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I
visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
Nevertheless my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my
faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is
gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto
David. HIS SEED [ dynasty] shall endure FOR EVER, and his throne as the sun
before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful
witness in heaven" (Ps. 89:30-37).
is speaking of those generations when his children may disobey and forsake God's
law. Some today are excusing their inability to locate this throne by saying the
covenant was conditional - that because the children of Israel disobeyed God,
the covenant was broken. But what does the Almighty say? If the children disobey
and transgress, they shall be punished for their transgression - but not by the
breaking of God's unconditional covenant with David!
say Christ took over the throne. But He didn't. Instead He was crucified,
resurrected, and ascended to heaven. He shall come, and soon now, to sit upon
that throne as the King of kings and Lord of lords. But how could Jesus Christ,
when He returns again to earth, take over and sit upon a throne that long ago
ceased to exist?
Christ Come to a Nonexistent Throne?
the throne of David ceased with Zedekiah, then it does not exist today. And if
it does not exist, how shall Christ sit upon a nonexistent throne? (See Luke
1:31-32.) And, since it was to continue through all generations, how about those
many generations between Zedekiah and the birth of Jesus?
very important fact that the glorified King of kings is coming to sit on a
existing throne is further affirmed by the prophet Jeremiah. In the 33rd chapter
is a prophecy of events to occur at the time of Christ's coming in supreme power
and glory! At the time of writing this prophecy, the prophet was imprisoned in
Jerusalem. The armies from Babylon were taking the Jews captive. God said to
Jeremiah, "I will . . . .shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest
not . . . . concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the
kings of Judah, which are thrown down . . ." (verses 3-4).
knew the kings' houses in Jerusalem were being destroyed - the throne of David
removed from Jerusalem. He was, as will be shown later, to be God's agent in
rooting out that throne from Jerusalem. God was now revealing to him a
reassuring fact. The throne of David would, in this end time, be again planted
in Jerusalem. God now reassures the prophet that the throne will rule
continuously over Israelites until that time. It will be the same continuous
dynasty. The Messiah will sit on an existing throne!
is the prophecy of what is to happen at Christ's glorious coming to rule:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Eternal, that I will perform that good thing
which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah" (verse
14). Notice carefully! This promise of David's continuous dynasty is a promise
to the house of Israel, as well as to Judah. Since the division into two
nations, that throne had not been connected with Israel - only with Judah. But
the promise to be fulfilled at Christ's coming connects it with Israel as well
"In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness [the
Messiah] to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness
in the land" (verse 15). This speaks of Christ's rule as King of kings. Jesus, a
descendant of David by human birth (Rom. 1:3), was the righteous Branch, or
offshoot of David.
"In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely. . . . For
thus saith the Eternal; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of
the house of Israel" (verses 16-17). Note it! It does not say David shall not,
finally, after 2,500 years without a man on the throne, want for one. It says
David shall NEVER - at any time - through all generations - want for a
descendant to remain sitting on his throne!
Not Over Jew
Judah! Read it in your own Bible! During these more than 2,500 years, David
shall not want for a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel - not
throne was, at the time God revealed this prophecy to Jeremiah, being rooted out
of Judah. During these 2,500 years between then and Christ's coming, it was to
be the throne of the house of ISRAEL!
the coming of Christ to rule, it is evident that Israel is again to offer
sacrifices, burnt offerings and meat offerings. In Ezekiel's prophecy, from the
40th chapter to the end of the book, covering this period after Christ's coming,
these sacrifices are mentioned. But, after Christ's return, when they are again
to be offered, the tribe of Levi will not have been destroyed - descendants of
the priestly tribe will still be living. Notice verse 18 of Jeremiah 33:
"Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt
offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually."
does not say they shall have, all these years prior to Christ's coming,
continually offered sacrifices. Other scriptures show plainly sacrifices should
not have been offered by Christians after Christ's own sacrifice, and they were
not offered by Jews after the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. But other
prophecies already quoted show just as plainly that David's descendants should
be ruling on David's throne through all generations, beginning with
many of the Levites undoubtedly remained among the Ten Tribes - although we know
many continued among the Jews - and since those remaining among the Ten Tribes
have lost their identity along with all Ten Tribes, it is entirely possible that
many if not most, of the called true ministry of Jesus Christ through the
centuries have been of the tribe of Levi.
now, how binding is God's covenant with David. "Thus saith the Eternal; If ye
can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there
should not be day and night in their season; then may also my covenant be broken
with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne .
. ." (verses 20-21).
"Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families
which the Eternal hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? Thus they have
despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them" (verse
is what the people have been saying, as they were prophesied to say! They say
the Jews were scattered among many, if not all, nations - scattered individuals
- but no longer a nation having its own government! And the Ten Tribes were
supposed to have been "lost," or to have gone out of existence, or to be just
part of the scattered individual Jews! Yes, so the Jews themselves have said -
and so the world has said! But what does GOD say?
next verse: "Thus saith the Eternal; If my covenant be not with day and night,
and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; then will I cast
away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his
seed [ dynasty] to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I
will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them" (verses
Test of Bible Truth
words, those! Unless you can stop this old earth from turning on its axis -
unless you can remove the sun and the moon and stars from heaven, says the
Almighty, you cannot prevent Him from keeping His covenant to maintain
continuously, through all generations, FOREVER, from the time of David and
Solomon, a descendant of David in one continuous dynasty on that throne!
would not necessarily rule over all the house of Israel, or the Jews - but at
least some of them, and enough to form a nation.
cannot be applied to mean that there would not have been a continuous throne, or
that it applies only to the "one seed" - Christ - finally coming to rule.
Notice, it says specifically, ". . . so that I will not take any of his seed to
be RULERS [more than one] over" Israelites. It is speaking of continuous,
multiple rulers - not one Ruler coming to sit on a throne that 2,500 years
before had ceased to exist!
COVENANT PROMISE to David is plain and definite. Either his dynasty has
continued and exists today, ruling over the house of ISRAEL (not the Jews), or
God's Word fails!
again the sceptre promise, which includes this line of kings until it culminates
in CHRIST at His second coming: "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a
lawgiver [margin, ruler's staff] from between his feet, UNTIL SHILOH [Christ]
COME; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Gen. 49:10).
the sceptre departed from Judah? Has the throne ceased? Or does it, as God so
bindingly promised, exist today so that Christ can take over and sit upon a
functioning, continuous throne when He comes?
infallibility of the Bible is at stake! God's Word is at stake!
Chapter Six (return to table of contents)
Of Israel Become Two Nations
house of Israel is not Jewish! Those who constitute it are not Jews, and never
were! That fact we shall now see conclusively, beyond refute.
David's death, his son Solomon succeeded him to the throne over Israel. Solomon
taxed the people excessively and reigned in a gorgeous splendor probably never
equaled before or since.
also married Gentile wives from outside nations. Because of them, he burned
incense and sacrificed to Moloch and other idols. As a result of this, "the
Eternal said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not
kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely
rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in
thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of
the hand of thy son. Howbeit I will not rend away ALL the kingdom; but will give
one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which
I have chosen" (I Kings 11:11-13).
Separated from David's Throne
it! It is the kingdom, not part of it, which is to be rent away. It is the part,
one tribe, which is to remain. And note - for right here is expressed the great
WHY of this whole question - though Solomon himself deserved to have it rent
away, God will leave one tribe, not because of leniency toward Solomon, but "FOR
has made a perpetual covenant with David, unconditionally, which He cannot and
will not break. David's dynasty cannot be broken! That is the reason the sceptre
promise is not destroyed, but the ruler is to be permitted to rule on, without a
single generation's gap, over at least a part of the children of Israel.
I Kings 11:26 you read of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite, or
Ephraimite, Solomon's servant. He was made ruler over the "house of Joseph" - or
Ephraim and Manasseh.
to Jeroboam through Ahijah the prophet, the Eternal says: "Behold, I will rend
the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee. . .
Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand . . . for David my
servant's sake, whom I chose, because HE kept my commandments and my statutes.
But I will take THE KINGDOM out of his son's hand, and will give it unto thee,
even ten tribes. And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant
[remember why] may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I
have chosen me to put my name there. And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign
according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel" (I Kings
words make plain two facts: The nation Israel is to be taken away from Solomon's
son and given to Jeroboam. It is not just a tribe, or a few tribes, but the
nation called by the title Israel which this Jeroboam, of the tribe of Ephraim,
is to rule.
ten-tribed kingdom was the one to which the national title "Israel" was given.
For truly, the name "Israel" was named on the sons of Joseph! (Gen. 48:16.)
Wherever they are, the Bible calls them by the national name ISRAEL. To the
world, their identity today is lost. But, in biblical prophecy, it is they - not
the Jews - who are called ISRAEL! And they were in, and headed, the ten-tribed
the other hand, because of His promise to David, the Eternal left one tribe,
Judah, in Jerusalem under the sons of Solomon, so that a son of David might
continue to sit on the throne of David over children of Israel. God had promised
David, unconditionally, that the time would never come when he would not have a
son or descendant sitting on the throne ruling over children of Israel.
in later actual history, we see that promise being carried out - that covenant
made binding! The children of Judah, though they do not constitute all the
children of Israel and though they are not called by that national title,
nevertheless are children of Israel, and thus God can keep His promise to David;
can avoid abolishing the sceptre promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And
at the same time God can visit punishment upon Solomon by taking away the NATION
Israel and leaving a son of the sceptre promise sitting on the throne over only
one tribe. Note the very important point that, though a punishment must be
inflicted, God does not break any of His promises.
Dynasty Rules Over Judah
had promised that "the sceptre SHALL NOT DEPART FROM JUDAH." He did not break
that promise. Now note carefully that the ten tribes, rent away, are called by
the title "Israel," and that the one tribe remaining under Rehoboam, Solomon's
son, is merely called "Judah" or the "house of Judah." They go by their tribal
name, while the ten-tribed kingdom continues to carry the national name
Israel rejected its king and set a new king, Jeroboam, on Israel's throne. The
tribe of Judah seceded from the nation Israel in order to retain Rehoboam as
their king. But now Rehoboam, David's grandson, became king of a new nation.
That new nation was not the kingdom of Israel. It was the kingdom of Judah! Now
see how it happened.
Solomon's son, Rehoboam, succeeded to the throne, the people at once demanded
that the heavy taxes imposed by Solomon be reduced. They sent their leader,
Jeroboam, as spokesman, to Rehoboam.
Jeroboam: "Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the
grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us,
lighter, and we will serve thee" (I Kings 12:4).
reply was: "My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you
with scorpions" (verse 11).
rebelled. The command to the people was: "To your tents, O Israel"! The
challenge to the royal family was: "Now see to thine own house"! (Verse
Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day [the day this was
written]. And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come
again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king
over ALL ISRAEL: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe
of JUDAH only" (I Kings 12:19-20).
"Rehoboam . . . assembled all the HOUSE OF JUDAH, with the tribe of Benjamin"
(verse 21). Rehoboam commenced to fight to subdue and bring back the house of
Israel, but God said, "Ye shall not . . . fight against your brethren the
children of Israel . . . for this thing is from me" (verse 24).
Divided into Two Nations
you notice that it is now the ten-tribed kingdom (headed by the Ephraim-Manasseh
tribes with an Ephraimite as their king), the inheritor of the birthright
promises, which is called the HOUSE OF ISRAEL?
tribe of Judah left to Rehoboam, along with the Benjamites and later, after
Jeroboam kicked them out of office in Israel, the priestly tribe of Levi, is
called in Scripture, not Israel, but the house of Judah. They are all actually
children of Israel but are no longer called by that national title. This is
emphasized so much because the common conception is exactly the opposite.
average conception today seems to be that the tribe of Judah which remained
carried the title "Israel." Most people seem to think of the Ten Tribes as
merely certain tribes driven out from the nation Israel.
it is ISRAEL which now sets up its kingdom under the Ephraimite Jeroboam, in the
land of Samaria, north of Jerusalem. It is not Israel, but Judah - a mere three
tribes broken off from Israel - which is left behind in Jerusalem.
Ten Tribes were not broken off from Israel. Israel did not remain in Jerusalem.
Instead, Judah was broken off from Israel.
at War with the Jews
it carefully! The house of Judah, now including the tribe of Benjamin under King
Rehoboam of David's dynasty, was about to fight against the nation Israel - with
its ten tribes headed by Ephraim and Manasseh.
let us have scriptural proof that the ten-tribed people called Israel, often
prophetically spoken of as Ephraim, are not Jews and never were Jews! Remember
that the term "Jew" is merely a nickname for "Judah." Hence, it applies to the
one nation, or house of Judah only - never to the house of Israel.
any exhaustive concordance you can learn that the first time in all the Bible
that the word "Jew" occurs is in II Kings 16:6. Nowhere in all the Bible before
this does the name "Jew" appear. Notice it!
began to reign as king of Judah (verse 1). He sat on David's throne (verse 2).
At this time, a man named Pekah was king of Israel. King Pekah of Israel formed
an alliance with Rezin, king of Syria, against Judah, and together the armies of
Israel and Syria, allied, came up against Jerusalem. They besieged King Ahaz of
Judah, but could not overcome him (verse 5). "At that time," says verse 6,
"Rezin king of Syria [the ally of Israel, fighting with Israel against Judah]
recovered Elath to Syria, and drove the JEWS from Elath" (verse 6). The first
place in the Bible where the word "Jew" is used, we find Israel at war against
drove the Jews out of Elath? The ally of King Pekah of Israel! The army fighting
with Israel against Judah. And the children of Judah who resided in the town of
Elath are called Jews in a manner which distinguished them from the house of
Israel, with whom these Jews were at war! Observe the significance of that!
first place in Scripture where the name Jew appears, the Jews were at WAR
against ISRAEL! They are of a different nation altogether. They are,
individually, children of Israel. But they do not have that national title -
house of Israel.
is wrong to call the Jews of today "Israel." They are not the nation Israel -
they are Judah! And wherever Israel is today, remember that Israel as a national
name does not mean JEW! Whoever the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel are today, they
are not the Jews! Wherever you see the name "Israel," or "house of Israel," or
"Samaria," or "Ephraim" used in prophecy, remember this: IT NEVER REFERS TO THE
JEWS, but to Israel, which was at war against the Jews!
of Israel Not Jews
place in all the Bible does the term "Israel" refer to the Jews exclusively.
When the sense is not national but individual, the term "Israel" alone, or
"children of Israel," or "men of Israel" may, and sometimes does refer to or
include the Jews. Such an expression, for instance, as "ye men of Israel," which
frequently occurs in the New Testament, refers to Israelites as individuals in a
collective sense, not a national sense. It usually refers to Jews as individual
descendants of the patriarch Israel (Jacob).
may not, scripturally, be called a Jew. He was a Levite. Abraham was not a Jew.
Neither was Isaac nor Jacob - nor Adam or Noah for that matter. The descendants
of the patriarch Judah are racially Jews and also all who joined themselves
nationally to the tribe of Judah - those of the tribes of Benjamin and
are Israelites, just as Californians are Americans. But most Israelites are not
Jews, just as most Americans are not Californians. The Jews are the house of
Judah only, A PART of the Israelites. But when these people are spoken of as
nations, rather than as collective individuals, the term "Israel" never refers
to the Jews. "House of Israel" never means "Jews." The three tribes at Jerusalem
under the Davidic king are called, merely, the house of Judah.
of Ephraim and Manasseh, sons of Joseph, the dying Israel had said, "Let my name
be named on them" (Gen. 48:16). And truly they now bear the name of Israel.
here on, the tribe of Judah, with Benjamin and the tribe of Levi, is called
"JUDAH - not ISRAEL. The ten tribes, headed by Ephraim and Manasseh, from this
time on are called "Israel." They are not Jews and never were called Jews! From
this time on, the children of Israel, twelve tribes in all, are divided into two
now, for the first time, the birthright goes into one nation, Israel, headed by
Ephraim-Manasseh, while the sceptre remains in another nation, called the "house
of Judah." The two phases of the promises to Abraham now are divided between two
entirely separate nations!
many generations Israel and Judah remained as separate nations, in adjoining
territories, having their own separate kings. Why should ministers and professed
Bible students be in ignorance of this, when four whole books of the Bible, I
and II Kings and I and II Chronicles, are devoted to explaining it and recording
the history of these separate, rival kingdoms? Look at the maps in the back of
your Bible. There you will see the territory of each nation plainly shown.
retained the city of Jerusalem, its capital, and the territory known as Judea.
Israel occupied the territory north of Judea. Samaria became its capital city,
and the house of Israel often is called "Samaria" in prophecy. This, too, is a
vital "key" to understanding prophecy. "Samaria" never refers to the Jews in
prophecy - but always the ten tribes, the house of Israel.
want to impress, here, that Israel and Judah are not two names for the same
nation. They were, and still are, and shall be till the second coming of Christ,
TWO SEPARATE NATIONS. The "house of Judah" always means "Jew." This distinction
is vital, if we are to understand prophecy. Because most so-called Bible
students are in ignorance of this basic distinction, they are unable to rightly
next place where the term "Jew" is mentioned in the Bible, the house of Israel
had been driven out into captivity, lost from view, and the term applies only to
those of the house of Judah.
Rejects God's Rule
on becoming king over the house of Israel, Jeroboam (tribe of Ephraim) set up
two golden calves, introducing idol worship in the kingdom (I Kings 12:28-33).
Jeroboam was afraid lest his subjects, in going once a year to Jerusalem to keep
the Feast of Tabernacles, should return to Rehoboam and he should lose his new
throne. The introduction of idolatry was to prevent this and to keep the people
idolatry with Sabbath-breaking (Ezek. 20:10-24) was the great national sin which
became such a curse to Israel. Generation after generation God pleaded with the
house of Israel to turn from tradition - from their fathers' ways - and to
return to keeping God's commandments. But through nine different dynasties under
19 kings, Israel continued these national sins - sins so great in God's sight
that finally God caused them to become a conquered, captive nation.
let us note a passage which has been consistently misinterpreted. In I Kings
14:15-16 we find: "The Eternal shall smite Israel [not Judah], as a reed is
shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he
gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them [not Judah] beyond the river,
because they have made their groves, provoking the Eternal to anger. And he
shall give Israel [not Judah] up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin,
and who made Israel to sin."
is dealing specifically with the result of Jeroboam's idol worship in Israel -
in the northern ten-tribed kingdom which possessed the birthright promises. It
is these people who were to be rooted up and scattered beyond the river. Not the
Jews. Yet this passage is quoted by nearly all students of prophecy as
pertaining to the scattered condition of the Jews today - the very people to
whom it does not apply. This is one example of the fact that what we are here
covering is a veritable KEY to an understanding of many long-hidden prophecies.
Unless this is kept firmly in mind, prophecy can never be correctly
people which this passage says shall be rooted up and scattered beyond the river
never were called Jews. They were the people headed by Ephraim and Manasseh,
possessors of the unconditional promises of becoming a great nation and a
company of nations - becoming so numerous they would number into the hundreds of
millions, possessing the gates of enemy nations, becoming a colonizing people,
spreading out till their colonies spread around the globe.
many who come to see this distinction between Israel and Judah - between Jews
and the other tribes - after having seen it as a great new light, will, by force
of years of habit, fall right back into the old rut and apply texts referring to
Israel to the Jews!
terms "house of Israel" or "all Israel," when the meaning is national, or the
terms "Jacob," or "Rachel," or "Ephraim," or "house of Joseph," or "Samaria,"
often used in the Bible in prophecy, RELATE TO THE TEN-TRIBED BIRTHRIGHT PEOPLE,
NOT TO THE JEWS. This is a KEY, and a master key, to Bible understanding!
Driven Out and Lost
the years 721-718 B.C., the house of Israel was conquered and its people were
soon driven out of their own land - out of their homes and cities - and carried
captives to Assyria, on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea! And then . . .
LOST FROM VIEW!
the Eternal was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there
was none left but the tribe of Judah only" (II Kings 17:18).
Eternal removed who? Israel! It is Israel which was removed and driven from the
Eternal's sight until they became lost from view.
was left? Judah ONLY - only the Jews! Israel was now gone! They became known as
the LOST Ten Tribes and are so designated today.
Replace the House of Israel
notice II Kings 17:22-23: "For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of
Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; until the Lord removed
Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was
Israel [not Judah - not the Jews] carried away out of their own land to ASSYRIA
unto this day [written about 620 B.C.]." Observe that the people who had the
national title "Israel" and the birthright promises, who were not the Jews, were
carried away out of their own land - Samaria. They left that land - never yet to
note the following verse of this same passage: "And the king of Assyria brought
men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from
Sepharvaim, and placed THEM in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of
Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof" (II Kings
is these foreigners who were living in the land of Samaria in the time of Christ
and who were called Samaritans in the Gospel records. It is well to keep that in
mind. For the Samaritans of the New Testament were not in any sense a racial
mixture with the Israelites. Only one individual - a priest - returned from
among the captive Israelites to teach the newly planted Gentiles the corrupted
religion of Israel (II Kings 17:27-28).
people from the land of Babylon, however, did not follow God, nor God's ways,
nor His religion. The very next verse shows this: But "every nation [still] made
gods of their own . . ." (II Kings 17:29).
general state religion of the Assyrians and Babylonians was the Chaldean mystery
religion. This was the religion of Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8) who believed
Philip's miracles, appropriated the name "Christian," and started a new
counterfeit "Christianity" after the apostle Peter rejected him as being bound
in "iniquity" - i.e., "lawlessness." He took the name of Christ, rejected God's
law, and added licentious false "grace" to the Babylonian mystery religion,
calling it "Christianity." This false "Christianity" has deceived millions, down
to the present evil generation!
more detailed account of the captivity of Israel is found in II Kings 18:9-12
and 17:5-18. The house of Israel began to "abide many days without a king"
(Hosea 3:4). Since they were the people who carried the title "Israel," it is
they, not Judah, who must become lost in identity!
Not Judah, Lost
Scriptures plainly tell us that Israel was to lose its identity, its language,
its religion, its land, and its name.
Deuteronomy 32:26, God had warned them through Moses: "I said, I would scatter
them into corners, I would MAKE THE REMEMBRANCE OF THEM TO CEASE FROM AMONG
MEN." That warning cannot be applied to the Jews! The remembrance of the Jews
has not ceased. The remembrance of them could not cease unless their identity
and name were lost. This applies to the LOST tribes, not to the Jews.
notice Isaiah 8:17: "And I will wait upon the Lord, THAT HIDETH HIS FACE FROM
THE HOUSE OF JACOB." Jacob's name was changed to Israel. In other words, this
applies to the house of Israel - the ten-tribed kingdom - who were cut off from
the presence of God. They consequently lost the knowledge of the true God, and
the true religion.
Eternal would cease speaking to them in their own Hebrew tongue, but with
"another tongue will he speak to this people" (Isa. 28:11). This cannot apply to
the Jews, who still read their Bibles in the Hebrew tongue.
62:2: "And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory
[after Christ returns]: and thou shalt be called by a NEW NAME, which the mouth
of the Lord shall name." While this prophecy refers directly to the future,
after Christ's return, it has also been fulfilled, typically, foreshadowing that
time, by the fact that Israel is known by a different name today. That cannot
apply to the Jews. They were known then, and today, as Jews.
house of Israel did not return to Palestine with the Jews in the days of Ezra
and Nehemiah, as some erroneously believe. Those who returned to rebuild the
Temple and restore worship in Jerusalem at that time, 70 years after Judah's
captivity, were only those of the house of Judah whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried
well these facts.
In 721-718 B.C. ISRAEL began to be "carried away out of their own land to
Assyria" (II Kings 17:23). They were soon all removed - completely. "There was
none left but the tribe of Judah only" (II Kings 17:18). JUDAH, only,
More than 130 years later, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carried the Jews - Judah -
who only remained in Palestine away to Babylon. So none of the house of Israel
dwelt in Palestine at the time of this captivity of Judah.
Those who returned to Palestine to rebuild the Temple and restore worship 70
years after Judah's captivity were ALL of the house of Judah - all JEWS - all of
those whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away. They returned again "unto Jerusalem
and Judah, every one unto his city" (Ezra 2:1).
those of the tribe of Judah, together with remnants of Benjamin and Levi, who
constituted the house of Judah, returned at that time. "Then rose up the chief
of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites" (Ezra
are, of course, those who reject this truth God has seen fit now, in out time,
to reveal - and who falsely represent that ALL Israelites, including the
ten-tribed house of Israel, returned to Jerusalem at the time of Ezra and
will sift out instances where the word "Israel" is used in connection with
individuals or people of the HOUSE OF JUDAH and misrepresent that they are the
HOUSE OF ISRAEL. Let it be repeated for emphasis: Jews are Israelites - but only
part of the Israelites are Jews. The term "Jew" is a nickname for the national
name JUDAH. Jews are, truly, men of Israel - or people of Israel - but they are
not of the NATION called the HOUSE OF ISRAEL, or KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.
who refuse this truth turn to such a passage as this: "And the residue of
Israel, of the priests, and the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, every
one in his inheritance" (Neh. 11:20). Because the word "Israel" is used, they
will claim these are all twelve tribes. But it is specifically speaking of
priests and Levites - and they are of the house of Judah, but not of the
ten-tribed house of Israel. They were truly the "residue of Israel" - the
"residue" of the twelve tribes; they were Israelites, but they were not of the
nation called the house of Israel. They returned to their inheritance in the
land of Judah.
says plainly: "These are the children of the province, that went up out of the
captivity [the captivity to Babylon - captivity of JUDAH, not the house of
Israel], of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of
Babylon had carried away . . ." (Neh. 7:6). And none of the Ten Tribes had been
left in Palestine after the Assyrian captivity more than 100 years before (II
says: "And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of
the children of the captivity, kept the dedication . . ." (Ezra 6:16). These
were people of the kingdom of Judah - not the kingdom of Israel - but they were
"children of Israel."
and genealogies are given in Ezra and Nehemiah of those who went back to
Palestine from Babylon - and there was none from any of the Ten Tribes!
Consequently those in Jerusalem at the time of Christ were of these three
tribes, not of the house of Israel. And most, if not all, of those converted
were of the tribe of Benjamin, as Paul said he was.
house of Israel became known as the LOST Ten Tribes! Now known by another name,
speaking a different language!
what name are they known today? Whoever they are, wherever they are, it is they,
and not the Jews, who are the birthright possessors. It is they, not the Jews,
who, after the ending of their punishment in A.D. 1800-1803, must inherit the
UNbreakable promises to Abraham of national greatness, resources, wealth and
power. It is Manasseh who was to become the world's greatest single nation;
Ephraim a great commonwealth of nations! Who can they be today!
Chapter Seven (return to table of contents)
come now to one of the most fascinating and gripping phases of this strange
story of Israel - indeed, the very connecting link between prophecy and
present-day fulfillment - yet totally unrecognized by theologians.
the house of Israel, the northern kingdom whose capital was Samaria, was driven
into Assyrian captivity, 721-718 B.C., the Kingdom of JUDAH continued on in the
southern part of Palestine known as Judea. At that time Judah, as a nation, had
not yet rejected the government and religion of God. God had continued to keep
His covenant with David. David's dynasty had continued on the throne over part
of the Israelites - the house of JUDAH - the Jews.
after Israel had become lost from view, Judah turned from the ways and
government of God, going after the ways of the Gentile nations, sinning even
worse than Israel, until finally the Eternal drove Judah, too, into national
captivity and slavery.
Judah's apostasy, God had said, through the prophet Hosea: "Though thou, ISRAEL,
play the harlot, yet let not JUDAH offend . . ." ((Hosea 4:15). But later, the
Eternal said to Jeremiah: "Have you seen what she did, that faithless one,
ISRAEL, how she . . . played the harlot?. . .and her false sister JUDAH saw it.
She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, ISRAEL, I had sent
her away with a decree of divorce; yet her false sister JUDAH did not fear, but
she too went and played the harlot . . . Faithless ISRAEL has shown herself less
guilty than false JUDAH" (Jer. 3:6-11, RSV).
again, it is made distinctly plain that the 12 tribes of Israel were divided
into two totally separate nations. And yet opponents of the truth revealed in
this book deny these plain scriptures - and attempt to discredit those who
see how Judah (the Jews) - more than 130 years after ISRAEL'S captivity - also
was removed from their land. They were taken as slaves to Babylon - not to
Assyria, where ISRAEL had been taken.
the Eternal said, I will remove JUDAH also out of my sight, as I have removed
ISRAEL, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house
of which I said, My name shall be there" (II Kings 23:27).
so, more than 130 years after Israel's captivity, the time came when God caused
the Jews also to be driven out of their land in national captivity and
this purpose God raised up a very special prophet whose real call and commission
few indeed understand. This prophet was Jeremiah. Jeremiah played a strange and
little realized role in this captivity.
of the importance of this mission may be gleaned from this significant fact: The
Bible mentions three men only who were sanctified for their respective offices
before they were born - and of these three Jeremiah was the first. The other two
were John the Baptist and Jesus Christ!
Eternal first spoke to Jeremiah when he was but a young lad about, some evidence
indicates, seventeen years of age. By the time his mission was completed he was
an aged, white-haired patriarch.
vital yet little-known call and commission is described in the opening verses of
the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah. "Before I formed you in the womb I
knew you," the Eternal said to him, "and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations" (Jer. 1:5, RSV).
Jeremiah was frightened - afraid! "Ah, Eternal God!" he replied. "Behold, I do
not know how to speak, for I am only a youth."
the Eternal answered, "Do not say, 'I am only a youth'; for to all to whom I
send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak. Be not afraid
of them, for I am with you to deliver you" (verses 6-8).
the Eternal put forth His hand and touched Jeremiah's mouth. "See," said God, "I
have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break
down, to destroy and to overthrow, TO BUILD AND TO PLANT" (verses 9-10). Or, as
this tremendous commission is worded in the Authorized Version: "to root out,
and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to BUILD, AND TO
Jeremiah was set over NATIONS - more than one kingdom. He was a Jewish lad,
living in Judah. He was set a prophet over Judah - but not Judah alone. Over
NATIONS - over KINGDOMS! He was set over these kingdoms to do two things: first,
to "pluck up," or "root out," to "pull down," or to "overthrow," and second, TO
BUILD, AND TO PLANT.
at it in your own Bible! Jeremiah was used of God as a prophet to warn the
nation Judah of their transgressions against God's government and ways. He was
sent to warn this rebellious nation of impending punishment - their invasion and
captivity at the hands of the of the Chaldean armed forces - unless they
acknowledged their guilt and changed their ways. He was used as a go-between -
an intermediary - between the kings of Judah and Babylon.
is well known that Jeremiah was used in warning Judah of the impending
captivity, and the "pulling down" or "overthrowing" of the throne of David in
the Kingdom of Judah.
is generally understood that the house of Judah was invaded by the armies of
King Nebuchadnezzar; that the Jews were taken captive to Babylon; that they
ceased from being a kingdom; that there no longer existed a ruler of David's
dynasty on the throne over the Kingdom of Judah.
then, does this mean? Did God, at last, forget His covenant promise to David
that David's dynasty should never cease - that David's throne was established in
Solomon to continue through ALL GENERATIONS FOREVER? Had God Almighty now
forgotten that He had sworn that He would not alter this promise - even though
the kings and the people rebelled and sinned? The faithfulness of GOD is at
stake. The inspiration of the Holy Bible as His revealed WORD is at stake!
note it! See it in your own Bible! Jeremiah was divinely commissioned to pull
down and to overthrow that very throne of David in Judah - but notice the second
half of the commission. TO BUILD AND TO PLANT! To build and to plant WHAT?
naturally, that which he was used in "rooting out" of Judah - the THRONE OF
DAVID which God swore He would preserve forever! Jeremiah was set over not just
the one nation, Judah - but over NATIONS. OVER THE KINGDOMS - the Kingdom of
Israel as well as Judah!
was used in "rooting out" that throne from Judah. Then what was Jeremiah
commissioned to do in Israel? Notice the second half of his strange and
little-understood commission - to BUILD and to PLANT!
far as the world knows, the last king to sit on that throne of David was
Zedekiah of Judah. He was thrown down off the throne and the throne rooted out
of Judah in the year 585 B.C. - nearly 600 years before Christ!
happened to that throne? Where was that throne between 585 B.C. and the time of
Christ, 600 years later? We know Jeremiah did not plant and REBUILD it in
Babylon. God had promised that David's throne should rule over ISRAELITES
through all generations - not over Gentiles. We have the history of the
continuance of the Gentile throne in Babylon.
throne was never again planted or built among the Jews! It was not reigning over
the Jews in the time of Christ. The Jews were then under the Roman rule. Jesus
did not ascend any such throne. The throne was not functioning in Judah - it was
not existing at that place or over that people - it was not there for Jesus to
take over. And Jesus said plainly that HIS Kingdom was not of this present age!
Yet He was born to sit upon this very THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID (Luke
that throne was divinely commissioned to be planted and REBUILT by the prophet
Jeremiah - during his lifetime! Jeremiah was set over both Judah and Israel. To
be used in rooting out David's throne in Judah. But more! To plant and to build,
then, of necessity, among the house of ISRAEL, lo, these many days without a
king - among LOST Israel, now supposing herself to be GENTILE! Therefore the
identity and location of the replanting must remain hidden to the world until
this time of the END in which we live.
Down the Throne
life and work of Jeremiah is a most fascinating story. The first chapters of the
book of Jeremiah are devoted to his ministry, warning of the impending captivity
of the Jews. he warned the kings, the priests, prophets and people of Judah,
delivering God's message. They threw him in prison - and they refused to heed or
obey God. Then God caused their captivity.
is generally known that Babylon took Judah in three different stages. The first
siege was in 604 B.C., a date about two years later than has been commonly
reckoned, but a date now firmly established. The land did not completely pass
into the hands of these Gentile Babylonians, however, until a full time-cycle of
19 years later, or 585 B.C. You can read the part played by Jeremiah in this
captivity in the book of Jeremiah.
now notice an interesting fact. The last and final king recorded either in Bible
or secular history as having sat on the throne of David was King Zedekiah of
Judah. Remember his name. Now notice II Kings 24:18: "Zedekiah was twenty and
one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah."
notice briefly a description of the final tearing down and rooting out of this
throne of David: "In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth
month, came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem,
and they besieged it. And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month,
the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. . . . And it came to pass,
that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the men of war, then they
fled. . . . But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in
the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave
judgment upon him. Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah
before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah. Moreover
he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon"
the 52nd chapter, first 11 verses, we find almost a word-for-word description of
the same events with the added phrase:
. . and put him (Zedekiah] in prison TILL THE DAY OF HIS DEATH."
passages bring out these points:
The king of Babylon slew all the sons of Zedekiah who were heirs to the throne
He also slew all the nobles of Judah so as to leave no possible heirs for that
Finally, after putting out Zedekiah's eyes, the king who sat on David's throne
was himself taken to Babylon where he died in prison.
Thus, as it appears, and as the whole world has believed, the throne of David
ceased, with no possible heirs, or sons, to keep the dynasty alive. Certain it
is that from that day on, the throne never again has existed in Judah, in
Jerusalem, or among the Jews!
is true that a former king of Judah was at that time in the dungeons of Babylon
- and he had sons to continue David's line. Former King Jeconiah (Jehoiachin),
taken to Babylon in chains, was restored to honor 37 years after the captivity
(see II Kings 25:27-30). He was even given the title "king" along with numerous
other captive, vassal "kings."
of Jeconiah's sons was Salathiel, who was the father of Zorobabel, the son of
royal seed through whom Jesus Christ Himself traced His royal ancestry back to
David! (Matt. 1:12.) And Zorobabel - or Zerubbabel - was the man God caused
Cyrus, king of Persia, to make a decree giving him the governorship - not the
crown of a king - to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the House of God, the
Temple, seventy years after the captivity.
neither Jeconiah nor any of his sons or grandsons reigned as king in Judah.
there was a descendant of the line of David who lived through the captivity, why
wasn't he restored to the throne when he was returned to Jerusalem? Why? Simply
because God would not permit it!
is God who makes kings - and unmakes them! God was determined to remove the
crown of David from the ruling line of Pharez and place it on the head of a son
of Zarah. Yet a royal line straight from David had to remain in the area so the
Christ could be born of David's seed yet hundreds of years in the future. And
God also had to keep His promise to David that he, David, would never lack a
descendant to sit on the throne! Many intricate and fascinating prophecies had
to be carried out - some seemingly contradictory - a difficult job to perform,
an awesome commission from God to Jeremiah!
I live, saith the Lord, though Coniah [Jeconiah] the son of Jehoiakim king of
Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence"! (Jer.
22:24.) God had determined an end for this line of kings. He was removing the
crown - not permitting Jeconiah's sons to reign on Judah's throne! God was
turning over (overturning) the throne to another branch of Judah's family.
told Jeremiah forcefully, "Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a
man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper,
SITTING UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID, AND RULING ANY MORE IN JUDAH"! (Jer.
spoke! Jeremiah wrote! History was designed and done as God said! Jeconiah had
children - God Himself caused this fact to be recorded (see I Chron. 3:17; Matt.
1:12), but as far as the THRONE OF DAVID was concerned HE WAS CHILDLESS - none
of his children ever occupied that throne!
crown had now been removed from the Pharez line, uprooted from Judah, any
immediate candidates to the throne killed, and Jeconiah incarcerated in a
Babylonian prison, written childless as far as the throne was concerned by the
command of God Almighty!
had now accomplished the first part of his great commission. The throne had been
rooted out, the kingdom torn completely down. Judah was now beginning HER
Did Jeremiah Go?
what about the second part of Jeremiah's important commission?
was among these captive Jews. He must be free to carry out the second part of
"Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan
the captain of the guard, saying, Take him, and look well to him, and do him no
harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee" (Jer. 39:11-12). "And the
captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him . . . .behold, I loose
thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto
thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if
it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the
land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go,
thither go. . . . So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward
[money], and let him go" (Jer. 40:2-5).
Jeremiah was left absolutely free to do as he pleased, supplied even with
expense money, and given complete freedom, so that he might perform the second
half of his mission. Where did he go?
come now to an amazing, fascinating, thrilling part of the book of Jeremiah
which has been almost entirely overlooked. "Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the
son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in
the land" (verse 6).
this Gedaliah had been made governor over a remnant of Jews in the land by the
king of Babylon, and since Jerusalem was destroyed, he had made Mizpah his
headquarters. But the king of Ammon plotted with a Jew named Ishmael to
assassinate Gedaliah. The plot was executed; the governor and part of the Jews
were slain. Jeremiah was among the survivors.
Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah,
even the king's daughters, and all the people that remained in Mizpah, whom
Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard [from Babylon] had committed to Gedaliah .
. . and carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites"
Did you catch it? Read that passage again. Among these Jews were the king's
daughters! Daughters of Zedekiah, king of Judah, and of David's dynasty!
Zedekiah had died in prison in Babylon (Jer. 52:11).
his sons had been killed. All the nobles of Judah had been killed. All possible
heirs of Zedekiah to David's throne had been killed - except the king's
daughters! Now we see why Jeremiah went to Mizpah!
a man named Johanan replaced Ishmael as leader. And in fear of reprisals from
Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldean army, Johanan and the captains appealed to the
prophet "and said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our
supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God . .
. that the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk" (Jer. 42:2-3).
They were like so many professing Christians today. They come to God's minister
with solemn assurances that they surely do want to know God's will; they
promise, as did these, "we will obey the voice of the ETERNAL our God" (verse
did they mean it? Such people seldom do. Human nature wants to be good - or
think it is good - but it does not want to do good.
word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, and He told them not to fear, that He would
protect and deliver them. But the people wanted to flee to Egypt. This the Lord
warned them not to do. If they did, the sword of Nebuchadnezzar which they
feared would overtake them there, and they would die. "If ye wholly set your
faces to enter into Egypt," God said, "and go to sojourn there; then it shall
come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there . . .
and there ye shall die" (Jer. 42:15-16).
as people usually do, they rejected God's warning. "Thou speakest falsely,"
Johanan answered, "the ETERNAL our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into
Egypt" (Jer. 43:2-3). "So Johanan . . . and all the people, obeyed not the voice
of the ETERNAL" (verse 4). People who loudly profess to want to do God's will
usually will not accept God's Word as being His will, unless it is their
so Johanan "took all the remnant of Judah . . .even men, and women, and
children, and the king's daughters . . . and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch
the son of Jeriah [Jeremiah's scribe, or secretary]. So they came into the land
of Egypt" (Jer. 43:5-7).
reaching Egypt, God warned these Jews again through Jeremiah that they should
die there by the sword and famine, and "none shall return but such as shall
escape"! (Jer. 44:12-14.) Yes, a few in this company are under divine
protection. A divine mission is to be performed. They shall ESCAPE! The Eternal
continues: "Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the
land of Egypt into the land of Judah" (Jer. 44:28).
was Jeremiah's constant companion and secretary. It is important to note here
God's promise of protection to him: "Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel,
unto thee, O Baruch . . . Behold, that which I have planted I will pluck up,
even this whole land . . . .but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all
places whither thou goest" (Jer. 45:2-5). Baruch's life, like Jeremiah's, was
under divine protection!
previously the Eternal had said to Jeremiah, "Verily it shall be well with thy
REMNANT." The only "remnant" left for Jeremiah's mission of transplanting the
throne was the king's daughters. "Verily," continued the Eternal, same verse, "I
will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of
affliction" (Jer. 15:11). This God literally did, as described in chapter
39:11-12 and chapter 40:2-6, which I have covered previously.
it is to be well with the royal material given to Jeremiah with which to build
and to plant - and Jeremiah is to be protected and to go to a land that he knows
not! Who else was to go to a land they knew not? The ten-tribed birthright
Jeremiah and his little royal remnant are to escape out of Egypt, return to
Judah, and then - where? To the place where the "lost ten tribes" had gone, as
we shall see!
let Isaiah complete this prophecy: "For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a
remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts
shall do this. And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall AGAIN
TAKE ROOT DOWNWARD, AND BEAR FRUIT UPWARD" (Isa. 37:32, 31).
same prophecy is found also in II Kings 19:30-31. It is a prophecy given through
Isaiah in the 14th year of the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah, when King
Sennacherib of Assyria threatened invasion of Judah. It was a prophecy to happen
later - not during Hezekiah's reign. Some critics, seeking to overthrow this
basic and important truth, argue that this same remnant is mentioned also in II
Chronicles 30:6. But that event is not a prophecy, but a historic account of an
event in the first year of Hezekiah - and that remnant did not escape from
Jerusalem, but they were Jews who escaped from Sennacherib's forces threatening
invasion of Judah - they escaped into, not out of Judah. And nothing is said
here about "taking root downward, and bearing fruit upward," as in both Isaiah
37 and II Kings 19.
prophecy is so important it is recorded twice! It does refer to the remnant to
escape later - to Jeremiah's escape. This remnant with Jeremiah - at least one
of the king's daughters - shall take root downward! That is, BE REPLANTED!
then bear fruit upward! Be BUILT! Has God failed in His solemn covenant to keep
alive David's throne? Where was this planting and building? Can we find it in
God's Word? We can! The place and the people among whom the throne was
reestablished are clearly identified!
Chapter Eight (return to table of contents)
did Jeremiah go with Baruch his secretary and one or more of the royal daughters
of the king? History stops short at this point. Enlightened students of Bible
history have long known that the Ten Tribes - called by the name "house of
Israel" - have been lost in identity and historic knowledge, and exist today
among the Gentile nations, unrecognized. Their identity and location God has
hidden from the world.
in this end time, when knowledge is to increase, when the "wise" are to
understand (Dan. 12:4, 10), we shall find the secret revealed through PROPHECY
which could not be understood until now. But first, we must consider a
mysterious "breach" that occurred in the days of Judah, son of Jacob.
was the father of twin sons. The firstborn was royal see, for through him the
sceptre promise was to be carried down. It seems the midwife knew twins were
about to be born. It is recorded that just before birth one of the twins "put
out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread,
saying, This came out first." But the child drew back his hand and the other was
actually born first.
midwife exclaimed, "How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee
[margin, wherefore hast thou made this breach against thee?]: therefore his name
was called Pharez," meaning "breach." The other twin was named Zarah (Gen.
should this strange occurrence be recorded in Bible history unless this breach
was to be healed between the sons or their descendants at some future time? Yet
it never occurred in their lifetime.
of the scarlet thread, had five sons (I Chron. 2:6). Did a descendant of Zarah
finally get the throne, in a manner healing the breach? David, Zedekiah, Christ
- all were of the PHAREZ branch - none of Zarah.
consider: 1) the fact of the breach means the transfer of the sceptre from the
Pharez to the Zarah line. 2) Such transfer never occurred before King Zedekiah
of Judah, who was descended from Pharez. 3) Therefore it had to occur after
Zedekiah was dethroned. 4) Since David's line (Pharez) is to remain on the
throne through all generations forever, it could only occur at an OVERTURN of
the throne by a marriage between a Pharez heir to the throne and one of the
Zarah line, thus healing the breach.
shows the descendants of Zarah became wanderers, journeying to the north within
the confines of the Scythian nations, their descendants later migrating to
Ireland in the days of King David.
meanwhile, the Pharez-David-Zedekiah line possessed the sceptre - WAS HIGH -
exalted. The Zarah line, feeling it rightfully should possess the sceptre, and
some day would, was low, abased - so far as royal power was concerned.
consider a much misunderstood passage of prophecy. If you will begin reading at
the 18th verse of the 21st chapter of Ezekiel, you will see plainly that the
Eternal is here speaking of the captivity of Judah by the king of Babylon. And,
beginning in the 25th verse, He says: "And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel
[Zedekiah], whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the
Lord God; remove the diadem, and take off the crown [as did happen, through the
first half of Jeremiah's commission]: this [the crown] shall not be the same:
exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn,
overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I
will give it him."
us understand that clearly. "Remove the diadem, and take off the crown." King
Zedekiah, of David's dynasty, had the crown. This says it is to be removed. It
was removed. He died in Babylon; his sons and all the nobles of Judah were
shall not be the same." The diadem is not to cease, but a change is to take
place - the throne is to be overturned - another is to wear the crown. God's
promise to David is not to go by default!
him that is low, and abase him that is high." Who is "high"? King Zedekiah of
Judah. Now he is to be abased. He is to lose that crown. Judah has been "high,"
while Israel has been "low" - these many years without a king (Hosea 3:4). The
Pharez line has been "high"; the Zarah line "low."
will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come
whose right it is." What was to be overturned? The diadem, and the throne. Not
once - it is to be overturned three times. Overturned by abasing Zedekiah, the
house of Judah, the Pharez line, and exalting, now, the house of Israel, and one
of the Zarah line! The first of the three overturns was performed as the first
half of Jeremiah's commission.
it shall be no more." Does this mean the throne - the crown - is to cease to
exist? Not at all! How could it be overturned two more times - that is,
TRANSFERRED from one to another, if it ceased to exist? How, after these three
transfers of the crown, could it be given to Him - Christ - whose right it is,
at His second coming, if it ceased altogether to exist? How could he who was
"low" now be exalted by the crown, if that crown was to be no more? No, the
meaning is: "It shall be no more overturned until the second coming of Christ"!
And then it shall be given to Him!
will not break His unalterable promise made to David! Through every generation
David shall have a descendant wearing that crown! The second half of Jeremiah's
commission must now be performed. That throne must be TRANSPLANTED, and again
BUILT. The crown must be overturned - transferred to another! But WHERE? TO
"Riddle" and a "Parable" Tell!
strange truth of the PLANTING and the REBUILDING of David's throne is revealed
in "a riddle and a parable" couched in symbolic language never understood until
this latter day. Yet it stands today so clearly explained a little child could
fills the 17th chapter of Ezekiel's prophecy. The whole chapter should be
carefully read. Notice, first, this prophetic message is addressed, NOT to
Judah, the Jews, but to the house of ISRAEL. It is a message to give light to
the lost ten-tribed house of ISRAEL in these latter days!
Ezekiel is told to speak a riddle, and then a parable. The riddle is found in
verses 3 to 10. Then, beginning in verse 11, the Eternal explains its meaning.
"Say now to the rebellious house [God says, the "rebellious house," being
ten-tribed ISRAEL (Ezek. 12:9), to whom Ezekiel is sent a prophet (Ezek. 2:3;
3:1, etc.)], Know ye not what these things mean? tell them . . . " and then the
riddle is clearly explained.
great eagle came to Lebanon and took the highest branch of the cedar. This is
explained to represent King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who came to Jerusalem and
took captive the king of Judah. The cropping off of the cedar's young twigs and
carrying them to a land of traffic is explained to picture the captivity of the
king's sons. "He took also of the seed of the land" means Nebuchadnezzar took
also of the people, and the mighty of the land of Judah. He "set it as a willow
tree. And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature" means the Jews
were given a covenant whereby, although they were ruled over by the Chaldeans,
they might live in peace and grow. The other "great eagle" is explained to
represent Pharaoh of Egypt.
the riddle covers the first half of Jeremiah's commission. Now notice what is
revealed concerning the second part - the PLANTING of David's throne! It comes
in the parable, verses 22-24: "Thus saith the Lord God; I will also take of the
highest branch of the high cedar." From God's own explanation we have learned
that the cedar tree represents the nation of Judah; its highest branch is
Judah's king. The riddle told us Nebuchadnezzar took the highest branch - the
king. The parable now tells us God - not Nebuchadnezzar, but God - will take of
the highest branch. Not the branch, but OF the branch - of Zedekiah's children.
But Nebuchadnezzar took, and killed, all his SONS.
God, through his prophet Jeremiah, is now going to take OF this highest branch and "SET IT" (verse 22). "I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent," continues the Almighty! Ah! "A tender young twig"! The twigs of this highest branch represent the children of King Zedekiah! Certainly a tender young twig, then, represents a DAUGHTER! ". . .and will PLANT it." Could symbolic language say plainer this young Jewish princess is to become the royal seed for PLANTING again of David's throne? Where? ". . .upon an high mountain and eminent," says the Eternal! A "mountain" in symbol always represents a NATION.
the mountain of the height of ISRAEL will I plant it," answers the Eternal!
David's throne now is to be planted in ISRAEL, after being thrown down from
JUDAH! Could language be plainer? ". . .and it [the tender young twig - the
king's daughter] shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly
David's throne cease with Zedekiah of Judah? Did God forget His covenant? No!
Compare this language with the passage in Isaiah 37:31-32: "The remnant that is
escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward [be planted], and
BEAR FRUIT UPWARD." "It was PLANTED in ISRAEL, who removed from Judah! After
this Hebrew princess is "planted" on the throne, now in ISRAEL, lost from view -
that throne is to BEAR FRUIT. She is to marry, have children, and her sons are
to continue David's dynasty!
. .and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the
branches thereof shall they dwell" (Ezek. 17:23). "Lost" Israel, now having
acquired the throne and become again a self-ruling nation, shall, in time,
spread around the earth gaining dominance and power. They shall inherit the
unconditional promises of the BIRTHRIGHT, according to God's covenant with
all the trees of the field. . ." (verse 24). A "tree" in this riddle and parable
is likened to a nation. In other words, "all the nations of the earth." ". .
.shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree." Judah, the high
tree, having the throne 130 years after Israel had been taken captive, now is
brought down to the low stature of slavery. ". . .have exalted the low tree."
For 130 years Israel had been a "low tree." Now Israel is exalted, becomes again
a thriving nation with a Davidic king. ". . .have dried up the green tree
[Judah], and have made the dry tree [Israel] to flourish."
that language with Ezekiel 21:26: "Remove the diadem, and take off the crown. .
.exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn. . ." etc.
It is speaking of transferring the throne from Judah to Israel.
had already been independent in Ireland for four centuries. Israel in Ireland
already had a kingly line onto which Zedekiah's daughter was grafted. The Irish
Israelites were an ancient colony and had not gone into Assyrian captivity.
headed by the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, who possessed the birthright, now
would flourish, become prosperous in due time. "I the Lord have spoken and have
done it" (Ezek. 17:24).
that BIRTHRIGHT is in ISRAEL. Though lost, though supposed to be a Gentile
nation, they are the people who were to grow into the promised multitude - the
great nation and the company of nations, possessing the gates of their enemy
nations, becoming a colonizing people spreading around the world, being blessed
with national resources and wealth. And, when they become thus powerful and
nationally dominant, remember, David's throne will be found transplanted among
where did Jeremiah, with his royal seed for the transplanting, go to find the
lost house of Israel? Where are they today? How was the "breach" healed, and how
did a son of Zarah ascend the throne? Can we tell?
CAN! The exact, precise location is revealed in Bible prophecy! We can pick up
Jeremiah's trail in actual history besides!
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are ready now to search out the actual location of the lost tribes of the
outcast house of Israel. We know they exist today as a nation, and a company of
nations, powerful, looked upon as Gentiles. And when we find them, we shall find
the throne of David!
passages of prophecy tell of these people in these latter days. Prophecies not
to be understood until this "time of the end." Prophecies containing a message
to be carried to these people by those to whom God reveals it!
fix in mind these facts:
prophet Amos wrote, in the days of the 13th of the 19 kings of the house of
Israel (Amos 1:1): "Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom
[house of Israel - Judah had not yet sinned], and I will destroy it [the
kingdom, or government, not the people] from off the face of the earth. . . For,
lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like
as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth"
prophecy usually is applied to the scattered condition of the Jews. But it has
nothing to do with the Jews, or house of Judah, but refers to the ten-tribed
house of ISRAEL - driven to Assyrian captivity, then migrating from there and
scattering among other nations before the Jews were taken to Babylon. This
prophecy says that ISRAEL (not Judah) was to be sifted among other nations -
these Israelites losing their identity - yet God has protected and kept them:
"yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth."
was during this time that the children of the house of Israel were to "abide
many days without a king" (Hosea 3:4). That these people did sift through all
nations is clear. Many New Testament passages indicate this. Although many of
them still were scattered among various nations in the first century A.D., a
portion of them had become established in a definite location of their own by
Jeremiah's time - 140 years after their original captivity.
these Israelites who possessed the birthright eventually were to come to a new
land of their own. The Eternal says, in II Samuel 7:10 and I Chronicles 17:9:
"Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will PLANT THEM
[Jeremiah was commissioned to do the PLANTING of the throne among them], that
they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more." The context of the
whole passage shows this refers, not to Palestine, but a different land where
these scattered Israelites were to gather after being removed from the promised
land of Palestine, while that land was lying idle and in possession of the
carefully! After being removed from Palestine, being sifted among all nations,
abiding many days without a king, losing their identity, they are to be
"planted" in a faraway strange land now to become their own. And, not it, after
reaching this place they are to move no more! That is, of course, during this
other prophecies indicate these birthright holders were to become a colonizing
people, spreading around the world, it is plain that the spreading out must be
from this appointed place, which must remain the "home" seat of government for
this clearly! Once this "place of their own" was reached, and the throne of
David planted there, THEY WERE TO MOVE NO MORE. Therefore, the location of this
people today is the place where Jeremiah planted David's throne more than 2500
prophecies pertaining to this day, or to the location of this people just prior
to Christ's return, will tell us the location of Jeremiah's planting. The house
of Israel is yet to return, at Christ's coming, to Palestine - yet to plant
grapes in Samaria, their original country. Prophecies telling where they shall,
in that future day, migrate FROM will reveal the location of "lost" ten-tribed
ISRAEL! The two succeeding "overturns" of the throne, too, must be located in
this same general locale.
further suspense, let us see where prophecy locates these birthright holders,
now possessing the throne of David and having received earth's richest national
blessings. Remember they are distinguished from Judah - the Jews - by various
names "Ephraim," "Joseph," "Jacob," "Rachel" (the mother of Joseph), "Samaria"
(their former home), "Israel."
to Hosea 12:1: "Ephraim . . . followeth after the east wind." An "east wind"
travels west. Ephraim must have gone west from Assyria. When the Eternal swore
to David that He would perpetuate his throne, He said: "I will set his hand
[sceptre] also in the sea" (Ps. 89:25). The throne is to be "set," planted, "in
Jeremiah the Eternal said: "Backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than
treacherous Judah. Go and proclaim these words toward the NORTH, and say,
Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord" (Jer. 3:11-12). Israel is
clearly distinguished from Judah. Of course Israel was north of Judah while
still in Palestine - but when these words were written by Jeremiah, Israel had
been removed from Palestine more than 130 years and had long since migrated,
with the Assyrians, north (and west) of Assyria's original location.
in these last days messengers are to go "toward the NORTH" (of Jerusalem) in
order to locate lost Israel and proclaim this warning. So the location, we now
find, is toward the north, also west, and in the sea.
18th verse, same chapter, says: "In those days the house of Judah shall walk
with the house of Israel [margin, to the house of Israel], and they shall come
together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an
inheritance unto your fathers." At the future exodus, at Christ's coming, they
are to return to Palestine out of the land of the NORTH!
saying, "How shall I give thee up, Ephraim?" the Eternal, speaking through
Hosea, says: "Then the children shall tremble from the west" (Hosea 11:8,
"Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the
coasts of the earth" (Jer. 31:8). This prophecy is for consideration in the
"latter days" (Jer. 30:24; 31:1), and is addressed to "Israel" (verses 2, 4, 9),
to "Ephraim" (verses 6, 9), and "Samaria" (verse 5). Here is added another hint
- "the coasts of the earth" (verse 8) - evidencing they are dominant at sea and
indicating they have spread abroad widely by colonization.
to the house of ISRAEL, not Judah (Isaiah 49:3, 6), God says: "Behold, these
shall come from far: and, lo, these from the NORTH and from the WEST; and these
from the land of Sinim" (Isa. 49:12). In the Hebrew, the language in which this
was originally inspired, there is no word for "northwest," but this term is
designated by the phrase, "the north and the west." "It means, literally, the
northwest! The Vulgate renders "Sinim" as "Australi," or "Australia." So we now
have the location northwest of Jerusalem and even spreading around the
Israel of TODAY - Israel of the day of Jeremiah's "planting" of David's throne -
is located specifically as northwest of Jerusalem and in the sea! Let us locate
this land more specifically!
same 49th chapter of Isaiah begins with this: "Listen, O isles, unto me." The
people addressed, Israel, are called "O isles" in the first verse and "O Israel"
in the third verse. This term "isles" or "islands" is sometimes translated
31st chapter of Jeremiah, locating Israel in the "north country," says: "I am a
father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O ye
nations [Ephraim, Manasseh], and declare it in the isles afar off . . ." (Jer.
"Keep silence before me, O islands. . . thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom
I have chosen" (Isa. 41:1, 8).
Jeremiah 31:10, the message is to be declared "in the isles afar off" and is to
be shouted in "the CHIEF OF THE NATIONS" (verse 7). So, finally, today, as in
Jeremiah's day, the house of Israel is in the isles, which are "in the sea," the
chief of the nations, northwest of Jerusalem. A coast-dwelling, and therefore
sea-dominant, people. Certainly there can be no mistaking that identity!
a map of Europe. Lay a line due NORTHWEST of Jerusalem across the continent of
Europe, until you come to the sea, and then to the islands in the sea! This line
takes you directly to the British Isles!
proof that our white, English-speaking peoples today - Britain and America - are
actually and truly the birthright tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh of the "lost"
house of Israel there is so much we shall have space for but a small portion in
most interesting fact is the Hebrew meaning of the names of the British people.
The house of Israel is the covenant people. The Hebrew word for "covenant" is
Beriyth, or berith. After Gideon's death, Israel followed the false pagan god
Baal. In Judges 8:33 and 9:4, the word "covenant" is used as a proper name
coupled with the name "Baal." This is quoted in the English text, Authorized
Version, without being translated, as "Baalberith," meaning (margin) "idol of
Hebrew for "man" is iysh, or ish. In English, the ending "-ish" means "of or
belonging to (a specified nation or person)." In the original Hebrew language
vowels were never given in the spelling. So, omitting the vowel "e" from berith,
but retaining the "i" in its anglicized form to preserve the "y" sound, we have
the anglicized Hebrew word for covenant, brith.
Hebrews, however, never pronounced their "h's." Many a Jew, even today, in
pronouncing the name "Shem," will call it "Sem." Incidentally, this ancient
Hebrew trait is also a modern British trait. So the Hebrew word for "covenant"
would be pronounced, in its anglicized form, as brit.
the word for "covenant man," or "covenant people," would therefore be simply
"BRIT-ISH." And so, is it mere coincidence that the true covenant people today
are called the "BRITISH"? And they reside in the "BRITISH ISLES"!
house of Israel not only was to lose its identity, but its name. It was to be
called by a new name, since they no longer were to know their identity as
Israel, as God said plainly in Isaiah 62:2, referring to these latter days, and
to the millennium.
Abraham God said, "In ISAAC shall thy seed be called," and this name is repeated
in Romans 9:7 and Hebrews 11:18. In Amos 7:16 the Israelites are called "the
house ISAAC". They were descended from Isaac, and therefore are Isaac's sons.
Drop the "I" from "Isaac" (vowels are not used in Hebrew spelling), and we have
the modern name "SAAC'S SONS," or, as we spell it in shorter manner,
W. Holt Yates says, "The word 'Saxons' is derived from the 'sons of Isaac,' by
dropping the prefix 'I.'"
confuse the Anglo-Saxons with the German or Old Saxons who still live in
Germany. The German Saxons derive their name from an Old High German word, Sahs,
meaning "sword" or "knife."
sword-carrying Germans are an entirely different people from the Anglo-Saxons
who migrated to Britain.
a Serpent's Trail
the Eternal intended that "lost" Israel was to be located and found in these
last days, we should expect some kinds of signs or waymarks to have been left
along the trail by which ancient Israel journeyed from Assyria, the land of
their original captivity.
to Ephraim (verse 20), the Eternal says in Jeremiah 31:21: "Set thee up
waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way
which thou wentest." In Scripture we find the "waymarks," or highway signs,
which they set up along the road they traveled.
Genesis 49:17, Jacob, foretelling what should befall each of the tribes, says:
"Dan shall be a serpent by the way." Another translation of the original Hebrew
is: "Dan shall be a serpent's trail." It is a significant fact that the tribe of
Dan, one of the Ten Tribes, named every place they went after their father
tribe of Dan originally occupied a strip of coast country on the Mediterranean,
west of Jerusalem. "And the coast of the children of Dan," we read in Joshua
19:47, "went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to
fight against Leshem, and took it. . .and called Leshem, DAN, after the name of
Dan their father."
Judges 18:11-12, it is recorded that Danites took Kirjath-jearim, and "called
that place Mahanehdan unto this day." A little later the same company of 600
armed Danites came to Laish, captured it, and "they called the name of the city
DAN, after the name of Dan their father" (verse 29). So notice how these Danites
left their "serpent's trail" by the way - set up waymarks by which they may be
in the Hebrew, vowels were not written. The sound of the vowels had to be
supplied in speaking. Thus, the word "Dan" in its English equivalent could be
spelled, simply, "Dn." It might be pronounced as "Dan," or "Den," or "Din," or
"Don," or "Dun" - and still could be the same original Hebrew name.
tribe of Dan occupied two different districts, or provinces, in the Holy Land
before the Assyrian captivity. One colony lived on the seacoast of Palestine.
They were principally seamen, and it is recorded Dan abode in ships (Judges
Assyria captured Israel, these Danites struck out in their ships and sailed west
through the Mediterranean and north to Ireland. Just before his death, Moses
prophesied of Dan: "Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan" (Deut.
33:22). Along the shores of the Mediterranean they left their trail in "Den,"
"Don," and "Din."
annals and history show that the new settlers of Ireland, at just this time,
were the "Tuatha de Danaans," which means, translated, "Tribe of Dan." Sometimes
the same appears simply as "Tuatha De," meaning the "people of God." And in
Ireland we find they left these "waymarks": Dans-Laugh, Dan-Sower, Dun-dalk,
Dun-drum, Don-egal Bay, Don-egal City, Dun-gloe, Din-gle, Dunsmor (meaning "more
Dans"). Moreover, the name Dunn in the Irish language means the same as Dan in
the Hebrew: judge.
the northern colony of Danites was taken to Assyria in the captivity, and thence
with the rest of the Ten Tribes they traveled from Assyria by the overland
leaving Assyrian captivity, they inhabited for some time the land just west of
the Black Sea. There we find the rivers Dnieper, Dniester, and the Don.
in either ancient or later geography, we find these waymarks: Dan-au, the
Dan-inn, the Dan-aster, the Dan-dari, the Dan-ez, the Don, the Dan, and the
U-don; the Eri-don, down to the Danes. Denmark means "Dan's mark."
they came to the British Isles, they set up the "waymark" names of Dun-dee,
Dun-raven; in Scotland the "Dans," "Dons" and "Duns" are as prolific as in
Ireland. And so the "serpent's trail" of Dan sets up waymarks that lead directly
to the British Isles!
Annals of Ireland
briefly let us consider what is found in the ancient annals, legends, and
history of Ireland, and we shall have the scene of Jeremiah's "planting" and the
present location of "lost" Israel.
real ancient history of Ireland is very extensive, though colored with some
legend. But with the facts of biblical history and prophecy in mind, one can
easily sift out the legend from the true history in studying ancient Irish
annals. Throwing out that which is obviously legendary, we glean from various
histories of Ireland the following: Long prior to 700 B.C. a strong colony
called "Tuatha de Danaan" (tribe of Dan) arrived in ships, drove out other
tribes, and settled there. Later, in the days of David, a colony of the line of
Zarah arrived in Ireland from the Near East.
in 569 B.C. (date of Jeremiah's transplanting), an elderly, white-haired
patriarch, sometimes referred to as a "saint," came to Ireland. With him was the
princess daughter of an eastern king and a companion called "Simon Brach,"
spelled in different histories as Breck, Berech, Brach, or Berach. The princess
had a Hebrew name Tephi - a pet name - her full name being Tea-Tephi.
literature of those who recognize our national identity has confused this
Tea-Tephi, a daughter of Zedekiah, with an earlier Tea, a daughter of Ith, who
lived in the days of David.
royal party included the son of the king of Ireland who had been in Jerusalem at
the time of the siege. There he had become acquainted with Tea-Tephi. He married
her shortly after 585 - when the city fell. Their young son, now about 12 years
of age, accompanied them to Ireland. Besides the royal family, Jeremiah brought
with them some remarkable things, including a harp, an ark, and a wonderful
stone called "lia-fail," or "stone of destiny." A peculiar coincidence (?) is
that Hebrew reads from right to left, while English reads from left to right.
Read this name either way - and it still is "lia-fail."
strange coincidence - or is it just coincidence? - is that many kings in the
history of Ireland, Scotland, and England have been coronated sitting over this
stone - including the present queen. The stone rests today in Westminster Abbey
in London, and the coronation chair is built over and around it. A sign beside
it labels it "Jacob's pillar-stone" (Gen. 28:18).
royal husband of the Hebrew princess Tea was given the title Herremon upon
ascending the throne of his father. This Herremon has usually been confused with
a much earlier Gede the Herremon in David's day - who married his uncle Ith's
daughter Tea. The son of this later king Herremon and Hebrew princess continued
on the throne of Ireland and this same dynasty continued unbroken through all
the kings of Ireland; was overturned and transplanted again in Scotland; again
overturned and moved to London, England, where this same dynasty continues today
in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
interesting fact is that the crown worn by the kings of the line of Herremon and
the other sovereigns of ancient Ireland had twelve points!
Elizabeth on David's Throne
view of the linking together of biblical history, prophecy, and Irish history,
can anyone deny that this Hebrew princess was the daughter of King Zedekiah of
Judah and therefore heir to the throne of David? That the aged patriarch was in
fact Jeremiah, and his companion was Jeremiah's scribe, or secretary, Baruch?
That King Herremon was a descendant of Zarah, here married to the daughter of
Pharez, healing the ancient breach? That when the throne of David was first
overturned by Jeremiah, it was REPLANTED in Ireland, later overturned a second
time and replanted in Scotland, overturned a third time and planted in London?
When Christ returns to earth to sit on that throne, He shall take over a LIVE,
existing throne, not a nonexistent one (Luke 1:32).
the British Commonwealth of Nations is the only COMPANY OF NATIONS in all
earth's history. Could we so exactly fulfill the specifications of the
birthright, and not be the birthright people?
United States expanded rapidly in national resources and wealth after 1800, but
reached world dominance among nations later than the British Commonwealth. It
became a giant world power by the end of World War I.
United States Is Manasseh
the prophetic blessings passed on by the dying Jacob, it is apparent that
Ephraim and Manasseh were in a large measure to inherit the birthright jointly;
to remain together for a long time, finally separating.
Genesis 48 Jacob first passed the birthright on to the two sons of Joseph
jointly, speaking of them both together. Then, finally, he spoke of them
separately - Namasseh was to become the single GREAT nation; Ephraim, the
COMPANY of nations.
in his prophecy for these latter days Jacob said, "Joseph is a fruitful bough,
even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall" (Gen. 49:22).
In other words, Joseph - Ephraim and Manasseh jointly and together - was to be a
colonizing people in this latter day, their colonies branching out from the
British Isles around the earth.
Ephraim and Manasseh grew into a multitude, then separated, according to Jacob's
prophetic blessing of Genesis 48. Our people have fulfilled this prophecy.
how can we be Manasseh when a large part of our people have come from many
nations besides England? The answer is this: A large part of Manasseh remained
with Ephraim until the separation of NEW England. But our forefathers were to be
sifted through many nations, as corn through a sieve, yet not a grain to fall to
the earth or be lost (Amos 9:9). Our people did filter through many nations.
Ephraim and much of Manasseh finally immigrated to England together, but many
others of Manasseh who had filtered into and through other nations did not leave
them until the came, as immigrants, to the United States AFTER the New England
colony had become the separate nation. This does not mean that all foreigners
who have immigrated into this country are of the stock of Manasseh, but
undoubtedly many are. Israel, however, always did absorb Gentiles, who became
Israelites through living in Israel's land and intermarrying.
we have become known as the "melting pot" of the world. Instead of refuting our
Manasseh ancestry, this fact actually confirms it. The proof that we are
Manasseh is overwhelming. Manasseh was to separate from Ephraim and become the
greatest, wealthiest single nation of earth's history. We alone have fulfilled
this prophecy. Manasseh was in fact a thirteenth tribe. There were twelve
original tribes. Joseph was one of these twelve. But when Joseph divided into
two tribes and Manasseh separated into an independent nation, it became a
it be mere coincidence that it started, as a nation, with thirteen
what about the other tribes of the so-called "Lost Ten Tribes"? While the
birthright was Joseph's, and its blessings have come to the British Commonwealth
of Nations and the United States of America, yet the other eight tribes of
Israel were also God's chosen people. They, too, have been blessed with a good
measure of material prosperity - but not the dominance of the birthright.
lack space for a detailed explanation of the specific identity of all of these
other tribes in the nations of our twentieth century. Suffice it to say here
that there is ample evidence that these other eight tribes have descended into
such northwestern European nations as Holland, Belgium, Denmark, northern
France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway. The people of Iceland are also
of Viking stock. The political boundaries of Europe, as they exist today, do not
necessarily show lines of division between descendants of these original tribes
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most remarkable fulfillment of biblical prophecy in modern times was the sudden
sprouting forth of the two mightiest world powers - one, a commonwealth of
nations forming the greatest world empire of all time; the other, the
wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth today. These birthright peoples came,
with incredible suddenness, into possession of more than two-thirds - nearly
three-fourths - of the cultivated wealth and resources of the whole world! This
sensational spurt from virtual obscurity in so short a time gives
incontrovertible PROOF of divine inspiration. Never, in all history, did
anything like it occur.
why did this unprecedented national wealth and power come to our birthright
inheritors only after the year A.D. 1800? Why did not this national dominance
come to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh millennia ago - in the days of Moses,
or Joshua, or David, or Elijah?
"Nation" and a "Commonwealth of Nations"
now the birthright promise was given to the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh -
not to the other tribes or their descendants. These two birthright tribes were
part of the northern kingdom of Israel.
again the original promise: "A nation and a company of nations shall be of thee"
passing on the birthright promise the dying Jacob (Israel) said of Ephraim and
Manasseh, sons of Joseph, ". . . let my name be named on them" (Gen. 48:16).
Hence it is THEY - the descendants of Ephraim (the British) and Manasseh
(Americans) - not the Jews, who are referred to in prophecy under the names of
Jacob or Israel. Continuing, Jacob added, ". . . and let them grow into a
speaking of Manasseh and his descendants alone, Jacob said prophetically: ". .
.he also shall become a people [nation], and he also shall be GREAT: but truly
his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his seed shall
become a MULTITUDE [a company, or COMMONWEALTH] of NATIONS" (Gen. 48:19).
A.D. 1800 the United Kingdom and the United States were small and insignificant
among the earth's nations. The United Kingdom consisted only of the British
Isles, a very small part of India and of Canada and a few little islands. The
United States consisted only of the original 13 colonies and three added states.
Neither possessed any great wealth or power.
beginning in 1800 these two little nations began to sprout and to grow into vast
national riches and power such as no people ever possessed. Soon Britain's
empire spread around the world, until the sun never set upon her possessions.
Canada, Australia, South Africa were given dominion status - made free and
independent nations, ruling themselves independent of England - a company, or
commonwealth, of nations joined together, not by legal government, but solely by
the throne of David!
why was that tremendous birthright, which was promised unconditionally to
Abraham, repromised to Isaac and Jacob, never bestowed for millennia of time -
until after A.D. 1800? The answer is amazing - exciting!
understand this miraculous burst into world dominance, it is necessary to
examine the very pivot of Old Testament prophecies - the 26th chapter of
remarkable prophecy pertains to our time, as well as giving warning to the
people of Israel in Moses' day. Few realize that the prophecies of the Old
Testament pertain, primarily, to this 20th century - not, in many cases, to Old
Testament times at all.
ministers and church leaders today were schooled in the theological seminaries
of their particular denominations. They were taught, nearly altogether, from
sectarian books, not from the Bible. Many of these will say: "We are a NEW
Testament church," supposing Old Testament prophecies pertained only to Old
Testament times, having no meaning for us today. That is an error and a
delusion! Many Old Testament prophecies were written for, nor read by or to, the
Israelites of those times. The New Testament Church of God is actually built on
the FOUNDATION of the Old Testament prophets, as well as the apostles (Eph.
wrote after both Israel and Judah had been removed from Palestine as slaves. He
had no way to communicate his prophecies to his enslaved countrymen - and
besides, the meaning was closed and sealed until our time, now (Dan.
was a prophet, not to the Jews of the house of Judah, though he was among them
in their captivity. But his prophecy was to be delivered to the house of Israel
- driven out some 130 years before, and by Ezekiel's time lost from view. His
prophecy was to be delivered to the house of Israel TODAY, in this 20th century,
by God's ministers who now know their identity!
this prophecy of Leviticus 26, though written by Moses before the Israelites had
entered the promised land, is one of dual fulfillment. It was a warning to those
of Moses' day, but its final fulfillment, as we shall see, has taken place and
is now taking place - in our time. And, through the dual fulfillment, typical of
so many prophecies, it is also a WARNING to the American and British peoples of
impending events! Leviticus 26 is the basic prophecy of the Old Testament. It
contains a vital, living, tremendous message and warning for our people
this central prophecy, God reaffirmed the birthright promise - but with
conditions - for those of Moses' day! The birthright tribes of Ephraim and
Manasseh were then with the other tribes - as one nation. Obedience to God's
laws would bring the vast national wealth and blessings of the birthright not
only to Ephraim and Manasseh, but the whole NATION would automatically have
shared them at that time.
carefully that two of the Ten Commandments are mentioned for emphasis. These
were the main test commandments! They were the test of obedience, and of faith
in and loyalty to God. God said: "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image. .
.to bow down unto it: for I am the Eternal your God. Ye shall keep MY Sabbaths.
. ." (verses 1-2).
was a condition - a great big "if" - to their receiving actual fulfillment of
this stupendous birthright promise in their time! God said: "If ye walk in my
statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in
due season, and the land shall yield her increase. . ." (verses 3-4). All wealth
comes out of the ground. They would enjoy bumper crops the year round, one
harvest on the heels of another. Verse 6: "And I will give PEACE in the land. .
.and none shall make you afraid. . .neither shall the sword [of war] go through
your land." What a blessing! What nation enjoys continuous peace, without fear
course, in this world, every nation has enemies. What if enemy nations attacked?
Verses 7-8: "And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by
the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall
put ten thousand to flight. . . ."
many nations in this world always have been aggressors, Israel would have been
attacked. A nation with the military superiority to defeat all attackers would
soon become the dominant, most powerful nation on earth - especially with
resources and great wealth from the ground. Verse 9: "For I will have respect
unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant
Great Big If
here comes the alternative - IF the conditions are not met: ". . .if ye will not
hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments. . .I also will do this
unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague
[fever], that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of the heart [RSV: waste
the eyes and cause life to pine away]: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for
your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be
slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you. . ." (verses
14-17). They would be invaded, conquered, become once again slaves - as they had
been in Egypt before God freed them.
What Did Happen?
Israelites griped, grumbled, complained, doubted God almost from the very night
they left Egypt. God miraculously delivered them from the pursuing Egyptian army
at the Red Sea. God sent manna and quails from heaven to feed them. God caused
drinking water to gush from the great rock. But always they complained, showed a
children of Israel, under Moses, came to the desert at the foot of Mount Sinai.
There Moses was called up the mountain where God spoke to him. God here offered
Israel the opportunity to become HIS NATION - under His rule, and, upon
obedience and loyalty to His government, to receive the fabulous national
birthright of world dominance.
The ETERNAL said: "Now therefore, If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my COVENANT, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth in mine" (Ex. 19:5). Notice, God did not force them to become His nation - a "peculiar" nation, different from the apostate Gentile kingdoms. The choice was theirs!
Beginning of a Nation
returned to camp. he laid God's proposed agreement (covenant) before that vast
congregation of perhaps two or three million people.
all the people answered together, and said, All that the Eternal hath spoken we
will do" (verse 8).
two days the people were specially prepared for a tremendous event. They were to
hear the very voice of God from the mountain. On the third day, amid a
fantastically tremendous supernatural display of thunder and lightning and thick
clouds swirling over the mountain, God's tremendous voice - exceedingly loud -
thundered in their ears the basic law of His government - the great SPIRITUAL
law defining, in principle, GOD'S WAY of life - the way to avoid the evils
besetting the world - the way that would cause peace, happiness,
vast assemblage actually heard the voice of THE ETERNAL GOD, delivering to them
the Ten Commandments! The people were frightened! They trembled! It was an
awesome experience which had never happened before - and has never occurred
through Moses, God outlined in more detail His proposition for setting them up
as God's NATION. Again, the people answered with a unanimous voice, "All the
words which the Eternal hath said will we do" (Ex. 24:3). Moses wrote all the
terms of this COVENANT - this AGREEMENT making these ex-slaves God's nation -
this agreement which also was a marriage covenant, with the Eternal as husband,
binding the wife (Israel) to obey her husband.
read the terms and conditions - the "book of the covenant" - before all the
people. Again came the unanimous decision on their part: "All that the Eternal
hath said will we do, and be obedient" (Ex. 24:7).
Covenant a Marriage
covenant agreement between God and this people - called "the old covenant" - was
then ratified and put into effect with BLOOD (Ex. 24:5-8).
"old covenant" was mediated by Moses. It married a mortal, human people to the
Eternal. They became HIS NATION. They had promised loyal obedience as citizens.
This "old covenant" was based on the birthright promise God had made to Abraham.
But human mortals, filled with the vanity, envy, lust and greed of human nature,
seldom remain faithful. So the living Christ is now coming soon to be the
Mediator of the new covenant, bases on better promises (Heb. 8:6-10 and 9:15).
But the NEW covenant will not be made with human mortals who do not keep their
promises. God has been preparing - and still now is preparing - a people to be
made immortal. These immortals are to be married to Christ. And He died, rose,
and sent God's HOLY Spirit "that he might sanctify and cleanse" this NEW
Testament "wife" (Eph. 5:26-27).
new covenant will be made with a people who already have been proved, by their
Christian life of obedience, faith, growing in spiritual character and
knowledge, and overcoming - a people then made immortal and holy and
NEW covenant is based on the sceptre promise made to Abraham - through the
coming KING of kings, Jesus Christ, of the very dynasty of David.
Turn to Idolatry
notice how these mortal Israelites performed.
the old covenant between God and Israel had been ratified, God called Moses up
into the mountain. Moses was kept there forty days, receiving detailed
instructions for the congregation (church) and for the nation - for with the
Israelites church and state were united.
Moses had been gone some days, the people said to Aaron, "Up, make us gods,
which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out
of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him." So they took their
golden earrings and trinkets, and Aaron had them made into a golden calf for an
idol (Ex. 32:1-4).
came down from the mount carrying the two tablets of stone on which the Eternal
had engraved the Ten Commandments with His own finger. On seeing this golden
idol and the people worshiping it in merriment and dancing, he lost his temper
and in a rage threw down the tablets of stone and broke them.
course, just as some very large religious bodies who claim to be Christian
today, they merely said this calf represented God - it pictured to them what
they supposed God looked like.
making this molten gold calf, Aaron proclaimed a feast "to the Eternal" (Ex.
32:5), during which they worshiped before the IDOL. Go into an Anglican church
or a Roman Catholic church today and ask the priest or official whether the
images of "Christ" and of "Mary" are idols - whether or not they are worshiping
IDOLS. They will indignantly say, "No! We don't worship idols. We don't worship
the images. We don't claim the images actually are Christ or Mary - only that
they represent, or picture to us, what Christ or Mary look like!"
that is precisely the way ALL PAGANS ALWAYS WORSHIPED IDOLS! But God's wrath
waxed HOT at this (Ex. 32:7-10). God will NOT ACCEPT such worship! See also
the second year after leaving Egypt, God had moved the Israelites to a new camp
in the wilderness of Paran (Num. 10:11-12). God then told Moses to send twelve
men - one leader or ruler from each tribe - to spy out the promised land and
bring back a report on the land and its inhabitants (Num. 13:1-2).
men were gone 40 days. On their return, all but two - Joshua and Caleb -
misrepresented what they had seen, giving an evil report. When Joshua and Caleb
reported the truth, the people tried to stone them. They accepted the evil
report, complained against God, doubted, rebelled, disobeyed.
you ever wondered why these Israelites were 40 years in the desolate, barren,
desert-and-mountain wilderness getting to the promises land? It was not because
it required 40 years of travel. These men sent to report on it journeyed to it,
walked all over it from one end to the other and returned - round trip - in 40
days. But the people griped, disbelieved God, disobeyed, and refused to go
forthwith to POSSESS IT; instead of deciding to march ahead and POSSESS this
great prize God wanted to give them, they despised it, lacked faith to go in and
possess it, refused to march forward.
promised land is a type of the glorious Kingdom of God, which the living Savior,
Jesus Christ, offers us. But today we, the descendants of those Israelites,
despise it, prefer the "slavery" of SIN, fail to exercise the FAITH to go on and
POSSESS God's Kingdom. We, too, rebel, disbelieve, and disobey. And those who
thus despise it shall not enter that glorious Kingdom with eternal life in
happiness and accomplishment.
this rebellious population, God said: "Your carcasses shall fall in this
wilderness. . .ye shall not come into the land. . .save Caleb. . .and Joshua. .
. .But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in,
and they shall know the land which ye have despised" (Num. 14:29-31).
continued God, "your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and
bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness" (verse
now comes the "day-for-a-year principle": "After the number of the days in which
ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your
iniquities, even forty years. . ." (verse 34). And this punishment was, in fact,
a WITHHOLDING of the promised blessing for this duration of forty years.
generation of Israelites was not allowed to enter the promised land. They spent
forty years in the wilderness. Their children entered the Holy Land under
became so busy occupying their promised land, driving out the many little
kingdoms, that during Joshua's life and a little longer they served God and
prospered. They were making a nice start toward inheriting - in their day - the
tremendous blessings of the birthright.
after Joshua died "and also all that generation. . .there arose another
generation after them, which knew not the Eternal, nor yet the works which he
had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the
Eternal, and served Baalim: And they forsook the Eternal God of their fathers. .
. .And the anger of the Eternal was hot against Israel, and he delivered them
into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of
their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their
enemies. Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Eternal was against them
for evil, as the Eternal had said, and as the Eternal had sworn unto them: and
they were greatly distressed" (Judges 2:10-15).
precisely as God had warned in verses 14-17 of Leviticus 26, God did appoint
over them terror; they did sow their seed in vain, for their enemies at it. God
did set His face against them!
WORD STANDS! What a pity neither individuals nor nations seem able to believe
that was not the end. God is a merciful, forgiving God. He repeatedly gave them
another chance. Continue the history in the book of Judges: "Nevertheless the
Eternal raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that
spoiled them. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a
whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly
out of the way. . .(Judges 2:16-17).
happened repeatedly. Every time they were put under the yoke of another nation,
as vassals, they cried out to God for deliverance. But also every time God sent
a judge to free them, they quickly turned from God. As soon as things were going
well for them, these people turned again to idolatry.
were they so different from us, their descendants today? Most of us seek God
only when in trouble - only when in our self-interest we feel we need Him!
until this time, though these people had complained, lacked faith, gone contrary
to God repeatedly, nevertheless, they still recognized GOD as their only Ruler.
They may not have trusted in, or obeyed Him and His rule, but they acknowledged
no other Ruler.
Reject God as King
in the days of Samuel they rejected God even as their national King - as their
civil Ruler. They demanded a human king, like all the unbelieving Gentiles (I
Sam. 8:1-7). This probably took place near the end of 1112 B.C.
reject God as Ruler was the greatest sin. Up until this time they had recognized
Him - had looked to no other as King. This seems to have begun the years of
complete sin, for which God punished them.
under the "old covenant" of Mt. Sinai, they were still God's nation. God still
dealt with them. He did not "divorce" them until 721-718 B.C., as we shall
suffered under Saul. They began prospering under King David, and in Solomon's
reign they reached a considerable state of prosperity. However, they had not yet
flowered into the full predominant-world-power status promised under the
birthright. And Solomon's prosperity turned him to idolatry. Again they were
violating the condition for receiving the birthright.
Solomon's son Rehoboam became king, he threatened to put still heavier tax
burdens on the people. Thereupon the nation rejected Rehoboam and set up
Jeroboam, of the tribe of Ephraim, as king.
caused division! In order to retain the Davidic dynasty, Judah thereupon
seceded. With Benjamin, and most of Levi, they formed a new nation - the kingdom
of Judah! No longer did they have the national name "Israel." The people of this
new-formed kingdom of Judah are the ones who became known as the JEWS. The
people of the kingdom of ISRAEL, occupying the northern part of Palestine north
of Jerusalem, never were called Jews.
the birthright and sceptre promises were divided into TWO NATIONS. Remember,
Ephraim and Manasseh shared the birthright. If it were then inherited, the
others of the TEN-TRIBED nation of Israel would have automatically shared it
with them - since they were part of the same nation!
under Jeroboam the ten-tribed nation ISRAEL completely violated God's laws,
particularly the two test commandments. Almost the first act of Jeroboam was
setting up idols. And he changed God's autumn festivals from the seventh to the
eighth month. There is ample evidence that he also changed God's Sabbath from
the seventh to the "eighth" day (first day of the week). This will be shown in a
after all this, God gave the nation every chance to qualify for the tremendous
birthright blessings. During the reigns of nineteen kings in seven different
dynasties, God pleaded with them through His prophets. But this rebellious
nation showed no disposition to turn to God's ways. They had been punished
repeatedly. But they refused to learn the lesson experience should have taught
Seven Prophetic Times
continue in Leviticus 26: "And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me,
then I will punish you seven times more for your sins" (verse 18).
is important to UNDERSTAND this!
expression "seven times" is translated into the English from a Hebrew word which
conveys a dual meaning. The original Hebrew word Moses wrote is shibah. It is
defined as "seven times," and also as "sevenfold." The "seven times" implies
duration or continuation of punishment. But the word also conveys the meaning of
"sevenfold," or seven times greater intensity of punishment - as a punishment
that is sevenfold more intense. In this sense, the meaning would be the same as
in Daniel 3:19, where King Nebuchadnezzar, in a rage, commanded that the furnace
into which Daniel's three friends were to be thrown should be made seven times
understand the "seven times" - or seven prophetic "times." For this is a
prophecy. In prophecy, a "time" is a prophetic 360-day year. And, during
Israel's punishment, each day represented a year being fulfilled.
"day-for-a-year principle" is explained in two other passages dealing with the
duration of Israel's punishment. One of these we have already covered. God
punished that generation of Israelites Moses had led out of Egypt by withholding
from them entry into the promised land FORTY YEARS. That promised land was a
beginning part of the birthright. God punished them on the principle of a YEAR
for every DAY - forty years' DURATION of punishment for the 40 days of
"Day for a Year"
order to impress on the prophet Ezekiel the seriousness of Israel's years of
rebellion against God's rule and God's laws which would cause great blessings,
God imposed this very principle on him - but it was enacted in reverse.
sins of the house of Israel had continued from their rejection of God as King
for 390 years. Naturally God could not expect this prophet, in a human lifetime,
to undergo the bearing of these years of sin on the basis of each day of sinning
being borne by him for a year. That would have required 2,000 lifetimes. So God
reversed the actual application of the principle. Ezekiel was required to bear
Israel's sins a day for each year they had sinned. But it still was the
was told to lie on his left side, in an imaginary siege against Jerusalem,
pictured on a tile before him. "Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the
iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days
that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. For I have laid upon
thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three
hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou
shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee
each day for a year" (Ezek. 4:4-6). It is mentioned further in verse 9.
in the other application of the "day-for-a-year principle," previously
explained, where it applied also to a duration of punishment put on THE PEOPLE,
the punishment was to be borne by them on the basis of a year of punishment for
each day. Also in this case, the punishment was the number of years during which
a promised blessing was withheld.
when we come to the expression "then I will punish you seven times more for your
sins" in Leviticus 26, it is evident both by its manner of wording in the
sentence and by the fact of actual fulfillment that it was speaking of a
DURATION of seven prophetic "times," or YEARS. And on this "year-for-a-day
principle," it becomes seven 360-day years - a total of 2520 days. And when each
day is a year of punishment - in this case, as in Numbers 14:34, a withholding
of a promised blessing - the punishment becomes the withdrawing of and
withholding the promised blessings for 2520 years! For that is precisely what
is a "Time"?
now did you notice I said that a prophetic "time" is a 360-day year? Why not a
365 1/4 days? Why not a solar year?
ancient biblical times, a year was figured on a basis of twelve 30-day months.
Previous to the time, in Moses' day, when God gave His people the sacred
calendar, the 30-day month was used.
Genesis 7:11: "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month,
the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the
great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." Now verse 24: "And
the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days."
Genesis 8:3-4: "And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and
after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark
rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the
mountains of Ararat."
notice - the flood started on the 17th day of the second month. At the end of
150 days, the ark rested on Mount Ararat, on the 17th day of the 7th month. That
was five months to the day. Five 30-day months are precisely 150 days. So
months, then, were 30-day months!
find it definitely figured this way in both Daniel and Revelation. In Revelation
12:6, a prophecy of an event which in actual history did last 1260 solar years
is spoken of as "a thousand two hundred and threescore days." So here, again, a
prophetic day was a year in fulfillment. In Revelation 13:5 (referring to a
different event but the same amount of time) this same period of 1260 days being
fulfilled in 1260 solar years is spoken of as "forty and two months." Now 42
calendar months, according to the calendar now in use, would not be 1260 days,
but 1276 days - and, if a leap year occurred, 1277. Or, if the extra half-year
happened to be the last half of the year, it would be 1280 or 1281 days. But the
42 months of Revelation 13:5 is the same amount of time as the 1260 days of
Revelation 12:6. So the 42 months were 30-day months.
same amount of days is spoken of in still different language in Revelation 12:14
as "a time, and times, and half a time." The "time" is one prophetic year; the
"times" is two more prophetic years; and the whole expression is 3 1/2 prophetic
"times," which is a literal 1260 days - or 3 1/2 years of thirty-day months.
Seven of these "times" then would be 2520 days - and on a day-for-a-year basis,
in Daniel 12:7 the same expression "time, times, and a half [time]" is
space is being taken here to make this concept plain, clear, understandable. For
it is basic to several key prophecies.
prophetic "time," then, is a 360-day year - or a plain 360 days. And during
those years of Israel's punishment, as made plain by combining Leviticus 26:18
with Ezekiel 4:4-6, Numbers 14:34, and Revelation 13:5 and 12:6, each day of a
prophetic "time" was one year in fulfillment. In Leviticus 26:18, and in
Revelation 12:6 and 13:5, this meaning is verified and PROVED by the fact that
the prophecy was fulfilled in precisely the time indicated.
Withheld 2520 Years
back again to the pivotal prophecy of Leviticus 26.
Israelites had not listened to God - had not qualified to become recipients of
the fabulous, overwhelming birthright national blessing. They had broken
especially the two test commandments emphasized in verses 1 and 2 of this
chapter. God had punished them in the manner He had said He would, as described
in verses 14-17.
God said, as quoted before, "And if ye will not yet for all this" - all He had
punished them with, described in verses 14-17 - "hearken unto me, then I will
punish you seven times more for your sins."
of the manner in which this warning is worded, compared with the manner of
wording where the "seven times" is again mentioned - and because the birthright
actually was withheld PRECISELY 2520 years - it is certain that the meaning of
the "seven times" in verse 18 is a DURATION of 360-day YEARS, each day being a
year in fulfillment - total: 2520 actual YEARS! And the very enforcing of the
"day-for-a-year principle" also implies a multiplied intensity of the
they had sinned the 390 years mentioned in Ezekiel's prophecy (Ezek. 4:4-5).
Even from the time they rejected God as their national King, God allowed them to
remain in the promised land those additional 390 years! During all these years
God continued to send prophets to warn and plead with them. Had they repented
and turned back to God and His ways, they still could have received the richest
national blessing of all history. But they would not. Rather, they increased in
finally God took completely away from them - for a duration of 2520 years - this
opportunity to reap such vast material prosperity and power.
God drove them out of the promised land!
these 390 years of national sin (Ezek. 4:5), of rejecting Him and His ways, God
continued to deal with them. He kept contact with them. He sent His prophets to
them. At any time during these years of their rebellion, they could have
repented, turned to God, and received this vast national status.
now, at last, God drove them out of His land! He "removed them out of his sight"
(II Kings 17:18).
it is repeated (verse 23), He "removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said
by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own
land to Assyria unto this day."
that time, God sent no prophets to them. He gave them no more chance to receive
the greatest national blessing of all history - until the end of the 2520 years!
He hid, as it were, His face from them! He removed them out of His sight. He
pleaded no longer with them. They had not qualified for nor deserved His
blessings! Now He left them a slave people, to shift for themselves. He left
them to their own devices!
had rejected even the identifying sign by which they were to be known and
recognized as God's people Israel. So now they soon lost even their identity! No
longer were they known by the world as God's people. No longer did they call
themselves God's people.
became lost! The "LOST TEN TRIBES." Lost in name. Lost in identity. Lost
spiritually! They had lost their tremendous birthright - for a duration of many
generations! In due time, as a second and third generation came along, they lost
even their Hebrew language! They regarded themselves as Gentiles! The world
supposed they were Gentiles!
later, Jesus of Nazareth, well knowing where they had migrated, sent His twelve
original apostles to make known to them His precious gospel of God's Kingdom -
God's government! It was the apostle Paul who was sent to the Gentiles.
you never wonder why, after Acts 15, we read no more of the twelve apostles?
Except for a trip by Peter to Babylon, they had gone to "lost" Israel!
the original apostles, the Bible says: "These twelve Jesus sent forth, and
commanded them, saying, GO NOT into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city
of the Samaritans [Gentiles] enter ye not: But go rather to the LOST sheep of
the house of Israel" (Matt. 10:5-6). Yes! The lost Ten Tribes.
Jesus never begged, urged, pleaded with anyone to "get saved!" Nor did His
apostles! That is a modern Protestant method. They merely proclaimed the truth,
leaving it to every hearer to make his own decision whether to act on it.
the British Isles heard Christ's gospel! But they accepted, instead, the
idolatry of the Druids, pagan worship, and the counterfeit "Christianity" of the
Roman Babylonian mystery religion, and even spawned the devil's religion of the
Conferred at Last!
when that 2520-year withholding of the birthright had expired, God was faithful
to His unconditional PROMISE to Abraham! Not because of any British or American
goodness, superiority, or worthiness, but because of God's faithfulness to His
promise, beginning in 1800 these two birthright peoples suddenly burst forth as
the greatest world powers in all history!
national wealth and power came not because our peoples in any manner finally
qualified for it. They never did! But consider:
very fact of a withholding of the birthright from them for a definite duration
in itself implies a conferring of it at the end of the 2520 years. And remember,
God had promised this birthright to the descendants of Abraham unconditionally
because of Abraham's faithfulness and obedience (Gen. 26:5). God was bound by
His promise to confer this stupendous national blessing regardless of the
righteousness or wickedness of the descendants. But God had not bound Himself to
bestow it upon any one particular generation.
God was able to offer it conditionally to Old Testament Israel in and after
Moses' day. The people of those generations could have had it upon compliance
with the conditions! Denying it to those particular generations - withholding it
for 2520 long years, even - did not violate God's unconditional PROMISE to
the very fact of a withholding for the definite duration of 2520 years implies
the direct conferring of that national blessing on expiration of that definite
period of withholding - regardless of any further qualifying or deserving on the
part of the people. This must be so because of God's faithfulness to His
UNCONDITIONAL PROMISE to Abraham.
- beginning A.D. 1800-1803, after 2520 years - God did cause the birthright
nations - and them only - to become suddenly the recipients of such national
wealth, greatness and power as no nation or empire ever before had acquired!
Together they - the British and Americans, descendants of only one original
tribe, Joseph - came into possession of more than two-thirds - almost
three-fourths - of all the cultivated resources and wealth of the whole
sounds incredible! All other nations combined shared between them only little
more than a fourth of the world's wealth. And that includes the nations
descended from other tribes of Israel. It includes such nations as Germany,
Italy, Russia, China - all other nations on the whole earth.
most amazing fact of all history is this sudden skyrocketing from virtual
obscurity of two nations to the most fabulous wealth and economic power ever
possessed by any people. Britain became GREAT Britain - a gigantic, stupendously
wealthy commonwealth of nations - the United States, the greatest nation of
amazing still are the unbelievably shocking facts of the present - of how - and
WHY - we are losing it faster than it came!
The incredible facts, the reasons, and what's now ahead will follow!
Chapter Eleven (return to table of contents)
Israel Lost Identity
mystery is now revealed! Not only the answer to what happened to the "LOST Ten
Tribes" - but also WHY they so completely lost their identity!
main vanguard of the Israelite - the northern kingdom - who bore the national
name "Kingdom of ISRAEL" - became a nation lost in all history.
far as historic records are concerned, the earth might as well have opened her
mouth and swallowed them.
does record their captivity by Assyria, 721-718 B.C. They were removed from
their cities, towns and farms in their northern part of Palestine, taken as
slaves to Assyria, on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. But by 604-585
B.C., when the southern kingdom of JUDAH was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar of
Babylon, the Assyrians had migrated northwest - and the ten-tribed Israelites
were utterly GONE! They were lost from view! How far northwest they proceeded,
or where they finally settled, comes to a blank page in history.
do historians and theologians explain this?
knowing the true answer, they explain it erroneously. They assume, in error,
that all Israelites were Jews, and that the thirteen million Jews in the world
today constitute the entire population of Israelites remaining alive at this
time. Some theologians falsely claim that all of the ten tribes who went into
Assyrian captivity in 721-718 B.C. returned to Jerusalem with the Jews who
returned to build the Temple there seventy years after Judah's captivity,
604-585 B.C. But that is total error. Only part of Judah went back. And those
who returned were all of the three tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. Check the
genealogies in Ezra and Nehemiah.
Jews are supposed to be Israel - and all of Israel - because they never lost
their identity! There is a reason why the Jews did not lose their identity,
while the house of ISRAEL did!
had given them a very special everlasting COVENANT containing a SIGN of
Special Covenant if Identity
is not generally known or recognized that the Eternal made with His people,
while still at Mt. Sinai, a separate, special, eternally binding COVENANT,
providing a SIGN of IDENTITY.
this juncture, it must be pointed out that these people Israel were the only
people on earth with whom God then dealt personally as HIS PEOPLE.
Adam and Eve had rejected the symbolic tree that represented God's Holy Spirit,
and a Father-and-son relationship with Him. Their descendants, cut off from God,
strayed so far from His ways that by the time of Noah the earth was filled with
corruption and violence.
the Flood, within two generations the world as a whole was following the
apostate ways of Nimrod (Gen. 10:8-12, 11:1-9), and his mother-wife founded the
apostate pagan religion that has engulfed and deceived the world ever since.
This apostate religious system, started by Semiramis, flowed into different
varieties and appeared under different national names in different nations. But
it was the same basic system of apostasy. It cut the world off from God! And it
grips a deceived world TODAY - in its various forms, called by the names of
selected these children of Israel because of the OBEDIENCE of Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob. While they were in servitude and slavery He called them as HIS people, to
whom HIS TRUTH - His true religion and way of life and intended DESTINY for
mankind - should be revealed.
TRUTH and God's WAY revealed to these Israelites is simply God's TRUTH and His
WAY for all peoples in all times and ages! Israel, had they followed God's ways,
was intended to be a living EXAMPLE to all nations.
came, not to do away with God's TRUTH or God's WAY, not to bring a new religion,
but to reveal additional truth about the coming Kingdom of God and how we may be
born into it.
Old Testament Israel was given certain sacrificial rites and rituals which
served merely as a reminder of sin (Heb. 10:1-4; 9:10), only as a temporary
substitute for Christ - until He should come. When the reality came, the
substitute was dropped. But God's TRUTH and WAY remain eternally! Therefore God
was revealing to Israel what HIS WAY is for all people of all time - including
special identifying COVENANT, then, ordained FOREVER, applies to all Christians
today - to all who are reconciled to God as HIS PEOPLE!
special eternally binding COVENANT is found in Exodus 31:12-17. It has to do
with one of those two test commandments, which, we saw in the last chapter,
Israel was driven out and deprived of the birthright for violating.
the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children if Israel,
saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep. . ." (Ex. 31:12-13).
which day is "the Lord's day." The Eternal calls the Sabbaths "my Sabbaths." The
Sabbaths are His - they did not belong to Israel - they are not our days, but
the Lord's. They are not "the Jewish Sabbaths" or "the Gentile Sabbaths." The
Sabbath is a space of time. That time, whenever it arrives, is not ours, but
it applies the same to us today as to our forefathers then. If we appropriate it
for ourselves - for our own use, whether work, pleasure, or whatever - we are
stealing that time from God!
again! He said: "My Sabbaths ye shall keep." In Exodus 20:8 He commanded us to
"keep it [the Sabbath] HOLY" - God made it HOLY TIME and commanded us to keep it
holy - not to profane what is holy to God.
study this special covenant a little further: ". . .for it is a sign between me
and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that
doth sanctify you" (Ex. 31:13). What tremendous meaning is packed in that
portion of this sentence! Yet most people read right past it, failing to get the
vital TRUTH it contains!
Here is the purpose of the Sabbath: ". . .for it is a SIGN. . . ." What is a
walk down a main street in the business section of a city. Everywhere you see
signs identifying stores, offices, factories. If you want to know what a sign
is, just turn to the word in the Yellow Pages (the classified business listings
of your telephone directory). You will find such names as "Jones Neon Sign
Company" or "Smith Brothers Signs." If you call one of them on the telephone and
ask, "What do you make or sell?" he will tell you that they make signs for
business firms, institutions, or professional individuals to hang in front of
their places of business. The sign identifies whose establishment, institution
or office is inside.
sign is a badge, symbol, or token of identity. You see the sign, "A.B. Brown,
Furniture and Furnishings." The sign identifies the owner. It tells you what
kind of business he owns. Webster's dictionary defines a sign thus: "A publicly
displayed notice on a building, office, etc. to advertise the business there
transacted, or the name of the person or firm conducting it. Something
indicating the existence of a thing; a token." And, of course, there are the
special technical meanings on mathematics, medicine, astronomy.
word which Moses wrote in the Hebrew language which is translated "sign" is
'owth, and the Hebrew-English dictionary defines it as "signal, as a flag,
beacon, monument, evidence, etc. - mark, miracle, sign, token." A flag
identifies a nation. A beacon is a signal to announce the existence of something
warned about. A token is a visible sign; something that serves as an identifying
signal to make something known, as a white flag is a token of surrender.
commanded His people to keep His Sabbath as a sign. It is a sign between God's
people and God: ". . .a sign between me and you," the commandment says. It is a
badge or token of IDENTITY. It advertises, or announces, or proclaims certain
identifying knowledge. But WHAT KNOWLEDGE? God answers: ". . .that ye may know
that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you."
those words carefully! It is the sign that IDENTIFIES to them who is their God!
It is the sign by which we may know that He is the Lord! It identifies God!
doesn't everybody know who God is? Absolutely not! This whole world is deceived
- so says your Bible.
world has a god - a false god - Satan the devil! He pretends to be "an angel of
light" (II Cor. 11:14). He has his religious organizations - his churches. Not
all are Buddhist, Shintoist, Taoist, Confucianist. Many have appropriated the
very name "Christian," but their ministers, says your Bible, actually are
Satan's ministers: "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness" (II Cor. 11:14-15).
do they actually call themselves the ministers of CHRIST? Read the verse just
before the two just quoted - verse 13: "For such are false apostles, deceitful
workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ." Yes, Satan is the
great counterfeiter. He palms himself off as GOD. He is called, in your Bible,
the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4). He palms off his ministers as the ministers
of CHRIST - and they accuse the true ministers of Christ of being "false
apostles" to divert suspicion from themselves!
this world's "Christianity" really know the TRUE GOD? It is deceived into
believing it does, and a deceived world may be sincere in that false belief.
One's god is the one, or the thing, whom he serves and obeys. But the true GOD
is the One whom we should obey.
world is not taught to OBEY GOD! Its false "Christianity" teaches that God's law
is "done away." It actually puts human conscience, actuated by Satan's false
teaching, in place of God's law! It does not teach, as did Christ, that we must
actually live by every word of GOD - all of the BIBLE! It OBEYS Satan by
sinning! Satan, therefore, is this world's god!
Purpose of the Sabbath
gave man His Sabbath for the purpose of keeping mankind in the true knowledge
and true worship of the true GOD. But how does the Sabbath identify God - how
does it point to the true God, rather than the false? Does not Sunday do just as
well? Positively not!
verse 17 of this special Sabbath covenant: "It is a sign between me and the
children of Israel for ever: for six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on
the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed" (Ex. 31:17).
was on the seventh day of that creation week that He rested from the work of
creation. Not Sunday, the first day of the week. Only the seventh day of the
week points back to CREATION.
does that identify who GOD is?
you believe anyone else or anything else is God, I will prove that my God is the
true God, because whatever else you may think is God was made or created by the
true God. He who created and made everything else is GREATER that whatever He
made - superior to anything else that could be called god.
is the proof of God - of His existence. It - the act of creating - identifies
God took the most enduring, lasting, imperishable thing man can know - a
recurring space of time - the only day that is a memorial of the act of
creating. He took the only day which points, constantly, every seventh day of
the week, to God's resting on the seventh day of creation week from CREATING;
which points to the existence of the Almighty, All-Powerful, All-Ruling God -
God set that particular day apart from others as His day - God made that
particular day sacred and holy to HIM - designating it as the very day on which
HE commands His people to assemble for WORSHIP - the day man is commanded to
REST from his own work and physical pleasure - and to be refreshed by assembling
with other obedient worshipers in spiritual fellowship!
other day is a memorial and reminder of CREATION. True, Satan has deceived a
deluded world into supposing Christ's resurrection occurred on Sunday morning at
sunrise - the very time which has always been the time of pagan SUN worship. But
this supposition is not true! Write for our free booklet about the resurrection
(The Resurrection Was Not on Sunday!). You will be amazed! Also write for our
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eye-openers - and the truth you can verify and prove at your public
resurrection of Christ actually occurred on the Sabbath, not on Sunday! And,
further, nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to celebrate the day of Christ's
resurrection! That is a pagan custom of MEN, on apostate man's authority alone -
contrary to the commands of GOD!
People of God
here we find a GREAT PURPOSE in the Sabbath. It identifies God! The very day
which God set aside for assembly and worship points as a memorial to whom we are
to worship - the CREATOR-RULER of all that is!
that is not all! The Sabbath also was given as a sign which identifies WHO are
the PEOPLE of God and who are not! Notice! Not only does this special covenant
say, ". . .that ye may know that I am the LORD. . ." but read the remainder of
that sentence: ". . .that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you"
the tremendous MEANING of that!
does the word "sanctify" mean? It means "to set apart for holy use or purpose."
On the seventh day of the very creation week, the Eternal sanctified - that is,
HE SET APART for HOLY use - the Sabbath day. But now we see that God says it is
a sign that He, the Eternal, also sanctifies - sets apart from other people as
His, FOR HIS HOLY PURPOSE - those who are His people.
Old Testament times His people were the people of ISRAEL. In New Testament
times, His people are those of God's own Church - the truly converted,
HOW does the Sabbath set them apart - separate them - from those who are not
God's own true people?
if you have begun to keep God's Sabbath holy, as He commands, you have found the
answer already, by actual experience. If you haven't, just start keeping God's
Sabbath holy as He commands you - and you'll soon learn that you are
automatically set apart from all other people! The world, people you know - some
of your family and relatives, business associates, or contacts - they will set
Sabbath is God's SIGN, which identifies not only GOD as CREATOR-RULER, but it
also identifies those who are truly HIS people!
me give you still another definition of GOD. Although the only wise and true God
is the Great Creator-Ruler of the universe, there are many false or counterfeit
gods. Satan palms himself off to the deceived as God - and indeed the Bible
plainly calls him the god of this world. Idols were worshiped as gods - and
still are, today, even in so-called "Christian" churches. Whoever, or whatever,
you serve and obey is your god!
very word "Lord" means ruler, master, boss - the one you obey! Jesus exclaimed:
"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke
6:46.) If they did not OBEY Him, then He was not their Lord! So WHY did they
call Him LORD, when He was not their Lord?
again, Jesus said: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
heaven" (Matt. 7:21). Only they who OBEY God can be His children and enter His
Kingdom! Your God is the one you OBEY!
again: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to OBEY, his
servants ye are to whom ye OBEY? (Rom. 6:16.)
idols as false and counterfeit gods, the second commandment says: "Thou shalt
not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them [that is, OBEY them]: for I the
Eternal thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity [disobedience] of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate
me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my
commandments" (Ex. 20:5-6).
Real Test Commandment
significant! The Sabbath command is the ONLY one of the ten which is a SIGN
identifying WHO are the real and true Christians today! It is the real test
man may be honest and upright in his dealings with others - he may have a
reputation of not lying or stealing. But that does not IDENTIFY him - set him
apart - especially as a Christian!
non-Christians honor their parents - at least so far as other people know. Many
are regarded by others as truthful, true to husband or wife; many do not swear
or use profanity; and most are not murderers - in the eyes of others.
their supposed conformity to these commandments does not stamp them as different
- as being God's people! Actually, few keep even these commandments in the
spirit, but that is not obvious to the world. But it is VERY obvious to the
world when one keeps God's Sabbath!
why few do! People don't want to be identified as being apart from the world -
as belonging to GOD, apart from the world! People want to be identified, in the
eyes of others, as belonging to the world - but feel ashamed to be identified,
in the eyes of friends, business contacts, relatives, as belonging to God.
people of the world are willing to acknowledge the other nine commandments - but
the Sabbath command is the one they positively REBEL against! It is THE ONE that
is the crucial test of obedience! It IDENTIFIES those who have surrendered their
wills to God - who OBEY God, regardless of persecution or cost!
it sets you apart, all right! What a SIGN!
identifies the TRUE GOD on the very DAY He set apart for assembly and worship.
It identifies the REAL people of God! It identifies those who keep the Sabbath
as being God's people - to the world, that is! Actually, few Jews really keep
the Sabbath HOLY! It may not identify them to God as His people, spiritually!
But they do at least acknowledge that particular day! And even though in God's
sight they profane it, it identifies them to the world!
SIGN is one you accept voluntarily - of your own volition, or not at all. But
the "beast" (symbol of the coming resurrected, so-called Holy Roman Empire in
Europe) has a MARK, which is soon going to be BRANDED ON, by physical FORCE! And
it has something to do with "buying or selling" - trading, business, earning a
living, having a job (Rev. 13:16-17; Rev. 13 and 17). Yes, this is the TEST
COMMAND - the one on which YOUR VERY SALVATION and ETERNITY DEPEND!
have said that God made the Sabbath a separate, eternal, and perpetual covenant
entirely separate and apart from what we term "the Old Covenant" made at Mt.
Sinai. How, then, is it a COVENANT?
Is It a Covenant?
define the word "covenant." Webster defines a covenant as: "An agreement between
persons or parties. A solemn compact." A covenant is a contract, or agreement,
by which one party promises certain rewards or payments in return for certain
stipulated performance by the other party.
Old Covenant between God and the children of Israel made at Mt. Sinai imposed
upon the people certain terms and conditions to be performed: obedience to the
Ten Commandments. It promised the reward of making Israel a nation "ABOVE all
people." The promises were purely national and material, for this world. The NEW
Covenant is founded on BETTER PROMISES (Heb. 8:6), which consist of an "ETERNAL
inheritance" (Heb. 9:15).
a covenant is signed, sealed, or ratified - confirmed - it cannot be added to
(Gal. 3:15). Anything appearing beneath the signature is not legally any part of
the covenant. You read of the actual making of the Old Covenant and sealing it
with blood in Exodus 24:6-8. And notice (verse 8), it concludes with the words
"the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you." It was then already made -
do not come to the making of this special eternal Sabbath covenant until seven
chapters later. It is, therefore, NO PART OF the Old Covenant!
again, is it a COVENANT?
wording in your Bible says it is! Notice Exodus 31:16: "Wherefore the children
of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their
generations, for a perpetual covenant."
means continuous and unbroken. But was it to last FOREVER? Read the following
verse: "It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel for ever."
what is the condition to be performed? The keeping holy of the Sabbath! "It is
HOLY unto you," says God (verse 14). And what is the reward promised upon
performance of the condition? It is not only a SIGN, but also a compact or
COVENANT "between me and you," says God, "that ye may know that I am the LORD
that doth sanctify you."
it is! God promises to SANCTIFY THEM - He will set them apart as HOLY - as HIS
HOLY PEOPLE! Can you ask for a BIGGER promise?
it is a COVENANT! It is a separate, totally different covenant. Even if one
tries to argue that the Old Covenant is "abolished" and that therefore the Ten
Commandments are abolished, he cannot argue that this covenant was to last only
until the cross. The covenant is binding "throughout your generations" (verse
13); "a perpetual covenant" (verse 16) and "for ever" (verse 17).
for Israel Only?
says the rebellious one who would argue his way out of obedience, "but it is
between God and the children of ISRAEL. It is throughout Israel's generations;
it is between God and the ISRAELITES forever."
- then you admit it is binding FOREVER on ISRAELITES - and throughout their
generations? There are TWO answers to that argument that will condemn you, if
you so argue, to the LAKE OF FIRE!
No one can deny that this absolutely BINDS the people of Israel to keep the
Sabbath FOREVER, and throughout their generations perpetually. Their generations
are still going on. Therefore it is binding on them today.
you have to admit that salvation and Christianity are open to Jews and all
Israelites. The gospel "is the power of GOD UNTO SALVATION to every one that
believeth; TO THE JEW FIRST, and also the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).
then the Jew can be a converted CHRISTIAN! Indeed, the Church at the beginning
was nearly altogether Jewish! So the JEW, even though a Christian in God's
CHURCH, is BOUND to keep God's Sabbath as a perpetual covenant, throughout his
does God have TWO KINDS of Christians? Is it SIN for a Jewish Christian to break
the Sabbath, and sin for all others to KEEP it? Must Jewish Christians assemble
on the Sabbath, and those of other nationalities on Sunday? Didn't Jesus say a
house divided against itself would fall?
there TWO KINDS of Christians? Read Galatians 3:28-29: "There is neither Jew nor
Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye
are ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. And if ye [Gentiles] be Christ's, then are ye
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
since the Sabbath is BINDING TODAY on the Jewish part of God's Church, and there
is no difference - we are all ONE in Christ - it is also binding on
But there is another answer to this argument: The peoples of the United States,
the British Commonwealth nations, and the nations of northwestern Europe are, in
fact, the peoples of the TEN TRIBES of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. The Jewish people
are the house of JUDAH.
IF the Sabbath is God's SIGN to identify His people Israel, then why don't our
nations keep it today?
answer to that question is the answer to another: Why are the Ten Tribes of the
HOUSE OF ISRAEL called "the LOST Ten Tribes"? And why do our nations think they
are Gentiles? Why don't they KNOW their true identity?
now we have a staggering, startling, surprising truth to reveal! Here's a
dumbfounding truth, far stranger than fiction!
are FACTS, hidden for centuries, more intriguing than a mystery novel! Why is
the Sabbath called, disrespectfully, sneeringly, "the Jewish Sabbath"? WHY does
the world think all Israelites are Jews, and that the Jews are ALL of the
an astonishing surprise to those who have believed that! The Jews are only a
small minority of the Israelites.
in all the Bible are any of the ten-tribed nation of Israel called Jews. That
name - JEWS - applies only to the kingdom of JUDAH. Jews are Israelites, truly -
but only part of the Israelites are Jews!
immediately on being made a king, Jeroboam became afraid that, when his people
journeyed to Jerusalem to attend the annual festivals, they would see and desire
Rehoboam again for their king. He took swift action to protect his own
tribe of Levi composed the priesthood. The were the leaders - the best educated.
The Levites, living off the tithes, had enjoyed incomes two or three times
larger than the other tribes. With one swift stroke, Jeroboam demoted the
Levites, set the lowest and most ignorant of people to be the priests. He could
control them! Thus he would control the religion, like Gentile kings had always
done. Thereupon many, if not most, of the Levites went back into the kingdom of
JUDAH - and became known as JEWS.
immediately Jeroboam set up two great idols for his people to worship. He
ordered the fall festivals to be observed in the eighth month, at a place of his
choosing north of Palestine - instead of in the seventh month, and at Jerusalem
as GOD ordered (I Kings 12:28-32). Also the eighth - that is, to the day
following the seventh day, which, of course, was actually the first day of the
week. Thus he set the day for worship to coincide with the pagan DAY OF THE SUN,
now called Sunday!
the rule of 19 kings and seven successive dynasties, the ten-tribed house of
Israel continued in the basic twin sins of Jeroboam: idolatry and
Sabbath-breaking. Several of the kings added other evil and sinful
in 721-718 B.C., God caused the house of Israel to be invaded and conquered by
the kingdom of Assyria. These Israelites were removed from their farms and their
cities and taken to Assyria on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea as slaves.
But the house of JUDAH - the Jews, a separate and different nation - were not
invaded until 604 B.C.
or three generations after the captivity of Israel, however, the Chaldeans rose
to WORLD POWER, forming the first WORLD-ruling empire. Under Nebuchadnezzar the
Chaldeans (Babylon) invaded JUDAH (604-585 B.C.).
Assyrians - before 604 B.C. - left their land north of Babylon and migrated
northwest - through the lands that are now Georgia, the Ukraine, Poland, and
into the land that is called GERMANY today. Today the descendants of those
Assyrians are known to us as the GERMAN people.
people of ten-tribed Israel also migrated northwest. Though the Assyrians had
taken Israel into captivity, the Israelites did not remain as slaves of the
Assyrians in Europe. They continued on a little further - into Western Europe,
the Scandinavian peninsula, and the British Isles!
why did they come to be known as the "LOST Ten Tribes"? They had lost their
national identifying sign!
Jeroboam had changed their day of worship from the seventh to the first day of
the week - the day of the SUN - Sunday! All succeeding kings followed this
practice, as well as idolatry!
long as they remained in the LAND of Israel and called themselves "the KINGDOM
OF ISRAEL" their identity was known. But in Assyrian they were no longer a
nation with their own government and their own king. They were mere slaves. They
took up the language of the Assyrians as succeeding generations grew up. They
lost the Hebrew language as biblical prophecy said they would. They lost all
several generations, the tribe of Joseph, divided into the two tribes of Ephraim
and Manasseh, came to call themselves British. They retained a few Hebrew
earmarks. Berith or b'rith in Hebrew means "covenant," and ish means "man."
Thus, in Hebrew, British means "covenant man," which, truly, they are.
tribe of Reuben settled in the country that is France today. They had lost their
national identity. But the French have the very characteristics of their
ancestor, Reuben. Today, through our free booklet in the French language
revealing this ancestry and national identity, thousands of French people are
beginning to learn their own true identity.
TEN TRIBES, known as the house of ISRAEL, lost their identifying tag - God's
is why they lost their national identity!
Jews Are Recognized
JUDAH kept the Sabbath! They did not continue long to keep it holy, or to keep
it God's way - but they did recognize it, as they do today, as the day of rest
they acknowledge and observe. Result? All the world looks on them as the chosen
people of God! The world thinks they are ISRAEL - not merely Judah!
Jews' identity has not been lost! And since their identity as racial descendants
from ancient Israel is known - and that of the far more numerous "LOST TEN
TRIBES" is not known - the world supposes that the Jews are ISRAEL, instead of
JUDAH. The Jewish people believe it themselves! And so, here again, the whole
world is deceived, even as to the true identity of who really are the chosen
birthright people of God!
the Sabbath, God's day - the true Lord's day - is, after all, the day for our
people doubly: first, because it is for ALL people of GOD, even Gentile-born
people who are now Christ's; secondly, because racially, even by fleshly birth,
it is God's day which He gave our own forefathers and commanded to keep holy
Israel Made Slaves
you know WHY the kingdom of Israel was invaded by Assyria, conquered, removed
from their land as slaves in 721-718 B.C.? Do you know WHY the JEWS (kingdom of
Judah) were later taken captive and scattered over the world? Both houses of
Israel were sent into national punishment and banishment from Palestine because
they broke God's Sabbath!
it make any difference? It certainly made a lot of difference to GOD! And He
says He has not changed - He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! (Heb.
see why the Jews were invaded, conquered by Nebuchadnezzar and taken into
Babylonian captivity during the years 604-585 B.C.
years after that captivity, according to Jeremiah's prophecy (Jer. 29:10), many
of the Jews returned to Palestine to rebuild the Temple and restore the worship
there. The prophet Nehemiah tells why they had been driven into captive slavery
70 years before: "In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the
Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and
figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath
day: and I testified against them in the day wherein the sold victuals.
. . .Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil
thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers
thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? Yet
ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath" (Neh. 13:15-18).
it is in plain language! Sabbath-breaking was a prime cause of Judah's
captivity! It was so important to GOD that He punished His own chosen people
with this most severe national punishment - defeat in war, being taken from
their land and made SLAVES in a foreign land! SIN is defined by GOD as the
transgression of His LAW (I John 3:4). His LAW says: "Remember the Sabbath day,
to keep it holy. . . the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy GOD." To
work on the Sabbath, to defile it by your own pleasure seeking, doing business,
etc. is A MAJOR SIN, punishable by ETERNAL DEATH!
Jews were without excuse. They had been warned by the prophets. Notice the
warning through Jeremiah: "Thus saith the Eternal; Take heed to yourselves, and
bear no burden on the Sabbath day. . .neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the Sabbath
day, as I commanded your fathers. . . But if ye will not hearken unto me
to hallow the Sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the
gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates
thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be
quenched" (Jer. 17:21-22, 27).
was the warning. The Jews did not heed it. Now see what happened!
in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year
of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard [today
we would call him general of the armies, or field marshal], which served the
king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, and burned the house of the Eternal, and the
king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great
men, burned he with fire" (Jer. 52:12-13).
God warns, the punishment is SURE!
see what happened to the other nation of Israelites, the kingdom of Israel, 117
years before Judah's captivity.
had laid down the choice to these people in the days of Moses, long before they
were divided into two nations. This was fully covered in the previous chapter,
regarding Leviticus 26. Now see what God said about it through the prophet
was given a message from God to the HOUSE OF ISRAEL (not Judah - the Jews).
Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives after their captivity, which occurred more
than a hundred years after Israel's captivity. By that time the Assyrians had
long since left their land on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea and
migrated northwest, finally settling in the land today called Germany.
people of the house of Israel also migrated northwest across Europe. But they
did not stop in Germany. They continued on farther west and north - into Western
Europe - France, Belgium, Holland, the Scandinavian countries, and the British
Isles - where they are to this day, except for the tribe of Manasseh, which much
later migrated to North America and became the United States.
prophet Ezekiel was commissioned to go from where he was, among the Jews, to the
HOUSE OF ISRAEL. "Go speak unto the HOUSE OF ISRAEL," said God (Ezek. 3:1), and
again: "Go, get thee unto the house of Israel" (verse 4).
Ezekiel never took that message to the lost house of Israel. He couldn't. He was
a slave among the Jews.
he is taking it to them, today, by means of having written it in his book in the
Bible - and by the fact that it is being taken to those very people today by The
Plain Truth and The World Tomorrow broadcast!
is a prophecy! It is a message for our peoples today! You are reading it NOW!
God help you to heed!
to Us, Today
first of ancient Israel, God says, in Ezekiel 20: "Wherefore I caused them to go
forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave
them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even
live in them. Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and
them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them" (verses
this passage repeats the exact wording of the forever-binding Sabbath covenant
of Exodus 31:12-17! Now continue: "But the house of Israel rebelled against me
in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my
judgments. . .and my Sabbaths they greatly polluted" (verse 13).
God pleaded with their children, a generation later: "But I said unto their
children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither
observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am the
Eternal your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and
hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may
know that I am the Eternal your God" (verses 18-20).
entire emphasis here is differentiating between God's statutes, judgments and Sabbaths
on the one hand, and their fathers' different Sabbaths, statutes and
judgments. They were observing a different day from God's Sabbath! They had
already turned to the pagans' day, today called SUNday - the day of the SUN and
the children rebelled against me," continued God, through the prophet Ezekiel.
". . .They polluted MY Sabbaths" (verse 21).
what did God finally do - generations later?
scattered them, in national captivity and slavery (verse 23). But WHY?
they had executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted
my Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols" (verse 24). That's
why! Did it make any DIFFERENCE?
now continue on in this amazing prophecy! Notice the prophecy FOR US,
of a time, sometime soon, in OUR time, God says to OUR peoples: "As I live,
saith the Lord Eternal, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm,
and with FURY poured out, will I RULE OVER YOU" (verse 33).
expression "fury poured out" refers to the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES, at the very time
of the second coming of Christ (compare Rev. 16:1). The time when Christ will
RULE over us is at and after His second coming. So this, then, is a PROPHECY for
prophecy in the Bible showing where our people (Israel) will be, at the second
coming of Christ and the coming great exodus back to Palestine, pictures them in
captivity and slavery ONCE AGAIN.
the prophecy: "And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out
of the countries wherein ye are scattered. . .with FURY POURED OUT. And I will
bring you into the wilderness of the people [COMING EXODUS - Jer. 23:7-8], and
there will I plead with you FACE TO FACE" (verses 34-35).
it! This is the Word speaking - CHRIST! He will then be on earth again in
person! And then He is going to plead with our people FACE TO FACE.
time to awake to the immanency and the stark SERIOUSNESS of this!
only one lone voice is warning you! But God used one lone voice to warn the
world in Noah's day; one lone voice in Elijah's day; one lone voice in the day
of John the Baptist; and after John the Baptist was put in prison, one voice in
the person of Christ Himself! If you rely on the majority of sinning people, you
will suffer their penalties with them!
how He will plead!
as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I
plead with YOU, saith the Lord Eternal. . .And I will purge out from among you
the rebels, and them that transgress against me. . .and ye shall know that I am
the Lord" (verses 36-38).
did He plead with them? He pleaded: "Hallow MY Sabbaths, instead of your
fathers', so that you may KNOW that I am the LORD." And those of us who do go
into Palestine shall KNOW HE is the LORD.
shall we know?
His Sabbath sign!
verses 42-44 in your own Bible! he says our people, when they are no longer
rebellious and who will then be keeping His Sabbath, shall remember their ways
in which they were defiled and shall LOATHE themselves for their
Sabbath-breaking! This is pretty strong teaching! It is the Word of God speaking
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Birthright - at Its Zenith - and Now!
great, how powerful, and how wealthy did British and American people become? And
what is suddenly happening to us now? Why has Britain already lost most of her
colonies - her possessions - her resources, wealth, power and influence in the
world? Why is Britain no longer considered Great Britain - a GREAT world
is the United States now discredited, despised, hated throughout so much of the
world? Why could we not win the Korean War? Why couldn't the United States whip
little North Vietnam?
realize just how great - how rich and powerful - the American and British people
are prone to take their status - and that of their country - for granted. Few
realize what unprecedented affluence our countries enjoyed. We judge all things
by comparison. The average Briton, Australian or Canadian has never traveled
through the illiterate, poverty-stricken, disease-infested backward areas of
China, India, the Middle East or black Africa. He has not observed the squalor,
the stench, the poverty and wretchedness in which the largest part of mankind
has the average American visited those vast underprivileged areas, no even the
countries of Europe - prosperous compared to the teeming illiterate masses, yet
poor by comparison to American standards. No, our people generally have not
realized. Nor have they been grateful. Nor have they given God thanks, nor
accepted the responsibility that accompanies their lavish blessings.
realize that every desired, prized possession imposes with it the obligation of
responsibility for its use. Does the eight-year-old boy who is given a shiny new
bicycle by his parents feel a consciousness for the responsibility imposed on
him - unless the fact is impressed on him by his parents - for the care of it,
and the carefulness with which he must ride it to avoid injuring himself or
God lavished on our peoples such wealth and power and economic possession as no
peoples have ever before enjoyed, did we appreciate what we had or feel the
commensurate sense of RESPONSIBILITY for its wise and proper use?
DID NOT! We didn't even recognize HOW GREAT was our blessing, let alone feel a
sense of obligation for our custodianship before our Maker! Just HOW GREAT,
then, was this birthright blessing?
again the prophetic promises of Genesis 22:17.
Abraham God said: "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will
multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the
sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies."
again, the inspired prophetic parting blessing upon Rebekah, leaving her family
to become the wife of Isaac: "And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou
art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed
possess the gate of those which hate them" (Gen. 24:60).
we quoted the correct Fenton translation: ". . .and your race shall possess the
gates [ plural] of its enemies." As explained there, the "gates" of enemy
nations are the strategic SEA GATES of entrance to or exit from these nations.
Although all wealth comes from the ground, prosperity and affluence on a
national scale always have come also by industry and COMMERCE. And commerce
between nations has been transacted almost altogether by the SEA-LANES of the
world - by SHIPS, and, within a continent, by railroads.
significant, then, that Robert Fulton operated the first steamboat in 1803 -
precisely when Britain and America suddenly began to MULTIPLY in national
wealth! And also that it was the nineteenth century that saw the development of
explained before, since the birthright pertains to NATIONS, the "GATE" of our
enemies would be such passes as Gibraltar, Suez, Singapore, the Panama Canal,
and America came into possession of every such major "gate" in this world! So we
MUST be modern Israel. World War II hinged on these "gates." They had become not
only strategic passes, but the world's greatest fortifications. But today, we
have lost most of them, most recently, the Panama Canal - and it appears that
soon Gibraltar, too, will be lost. Why?
Genesis 39:2, 23: "The Eternal was with Joseph, and he was a PROSPEROUS man. . .
the Eternal was with him, and that which he did, the Eternal made it to
PROSPER." And God did prosper Joseph's descendants, Britain and America, with
the fabulous birthright promised Joseph's sons!
Moses' dying prophetic blessing, foretelling what would happen to each of the
tribes in these latter days.
of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of
heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, and for the
precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth
by the moon, and for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the
precious things of the lasting hills, and for the precious things of the earth
and fullness thereof. . .let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph [Ephraim
and Manasseh both]. . .His glory is like the firstling [firstborn - birthright
holder] of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns [Great
Britain's national seal today]: with them he shall push the people together to
the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are
the thousands of Manasseh" (Deut. 33:13-17).
is Ephraim and Manasseh today must have been in possession of the earth's
choicest agricultural, mineral, and
wealth - the great gold and silver mines; iron, oil, and coal; timber and other
nations fulfill these prophecies? Why, only Great Britain and America!
than half of all tillable, cultivatable, temperate-zone lands of this earth came
after A.D. 1800 into the possession of our two great powers alone! The rich
agricultural lands of the Mississippi Valley; the vast wheat and grain fields of
the Midwest, of Canada and Australia; the great forest lands of the Pacific
Northwest and many other parts of the world; the gold fields of South Africa,
Australia, Alaska and the United States; the great coal mines of the Unites
States and British Isles; the natural waterfalls and means of power and
consequent prosperous industrial and manufacturing districts of England and the
eastern United States; the choicest fruit lands of our Pacific Coast and
Florida. What other nations combined ever possessed such material wealth?
nearly all this wealth came to us after A.D. 1800!
to what extent has Almighty God fulfilled His promises in us to the descendants
of Joseph in these latter years since A.D. 1800 - promises of "the precious
fruits brought forth by the sun. . .the chief things of the ancient mountains. .
.and the precious things of the earth"?
Charles M. Schwab, steel magnate, before the Massachusetts Bankers Association,
January 5, 1921: "Our Unites States has been endowed by God with everything to
make it and keep it the foremost industrial and commercial nation of the
petroleum output in 1950 was almost 3,800 million barrels. Of this total the
United States alone produced more than one-half - nearly 52%. Together, the
British Commonwealth and the United States produced 60% of the crude petroleum,
not including our vast foreign investments. But by 1966 - the fateful year in
which the British Colonial Office in London closed its doors, marking the
official death of the British Empire - that 60% of all the world's crude
petroleum output had been reduced to 32%.
and America mined 1 1/2 times as much coal as all other nations combined. But by
1966 our portion had shrunk to less than one-third of the world production -
the British Commonwealth and America produced, in 1950, three-fourths of the
world's steel - the United States alone producing almost 60% or 105,200,000
short tons in 1951. We produced 1 1/3 times as much pig iron as all other
1966, this basic index of wealth had skidded down to one-third (33.6%) of steel
production and only 17l8% (one-sixth) of the pig iron.
possessed nearly 95% of the world's nickel (chiefly from Canada); 80% of the
world's aluminum; 75% of the zinc. But where did we rate in 1966? Only 3.6% of
the world's nickel; 40.2% of its aluminum (aluminium); 12.4% of its zinc.
1950, the British Commonwealth completely dominated the production of Chromite
(from South Africa). Together Britain and America produced two-thirds of the
world's rubber, and dominated the world's copper, lead, tin, bauxite and other
precious metal outputs. But by 1966, we produced only 2.3% of the world's
chromite, 23.4% of its copper, 9.9% of its lead, no tin, and 6.3% of its
British Commonwealth produced two-thirds of the world's gold - about
U.K.266,000,000 ($642 million) in 1950 - while the United States lad three times
as much gold reserve as the total for the rest of the world. But by 1966 the
U.S. gold supply had been drained so much that the dollar was in serious
produced and utilized two-thirds of the world's output of electricity - the
United States producing 283 thousand million kilowatt-hours in 1948, and the
United Kingdom and Canada outstripping Russia, Germany and France combined. But
by 1966 we produced only 20.1%!
Britain and the United States did possess well over half of the world's merchant
fleet tonnage. But by 1966 the figure was only 32.5%. The British Isles
constructed more vessels than any other place on earth. But less than two
decades later two or three Gentile nations had already outstripped Britain and
America. In 1950, we also possessed about one-half of the world's railroad
mileage. By 1966 our combined railway freight shipping was only 26% of the world
the United states alone once produced 73% of the automobiles, by 1966 the U.S.
combined with the U.K. produced 55% - 44% from the U.S. alone. Japan, Germany,
France, and Italy are making huge gains.
Did We Get It?
did we come into possession of all this vast wealth of the earth? Did we acquire
it through our own human wisdom, foresight, energy, ability and power?
Abraham Lincoln answer: "We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the
fairest portion of the earth, as regards fertility of soil, extent of territory,
and salubrity of climate. . .We. . .find ourselves the legal inheritors of these
fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or the establishment of
in his proclamation of April 30, 1863, for a nationwide day of fasting and
prayer, this great president said: "It is the duty of nations, as well as of
men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God. . .and to
recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all
history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. . . We have
been the recipients of the choicest blessings of heaven. We have been preserved,
these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and
power as no other nation ever has grown; BUT WE HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD! We have forgotten
the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and
enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness
of our hearts, that these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and
virtue of our own."
because Lincoln saw a nation who had forgotten God - a nation drunk with a
success not due to its own efforts - a nation taking all the credit and glory to
itself, this great president called upon the nation for a day of fasting and
prayer to confess this national sin before God. The fate of the nation hung in
the balance when he issued that proclamation. But God heard and answered that
great national prayer offensive - and the nation was then preserved!
today the threat to our fate is a thousand times more seriously hanging in the
balance. And today we do not have a president or a prime minister with the
vision, understanding and courage to bring our nations to their knees!
Lincoln knew these great material blessings had not been earned, but had been
given to our people by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel.
we should face the facts today and know that we were given all this vast
unprecedented material wealth because God promised it, unconditionally, to
Abraham. And He promised it to Abraham because Abraham obeyed God, kept God's
laws and commandments.
birthright blessing was denied our forefathers after Moses' day because they
REFUSED to live by God's laws.
today God warns us, through many prophecies in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Micah,
and many others, that unless we of this generation REPENT of our sins, and turn to
Him with fasting, and with weeping, and earnest PRAYER, He will destroy our
cities, all our fortresses, with the foreign sword; that He will punish us at
the hand of a CRUEL ONE; that we shall be invaded, defeated, reduced to SLAVES!
GOD HELP US TO HEED THAT WARNING!
conclusion, we ask: If we are not national Israel - the so-called "lost" Ten
Tribes - prosperous Joseph-Israel - birthright Israel - actual inheritors of the
birthright blessings which were to be bestowed beginning A.D. 1803, then who
else can be? No other nation or combination of nations possessed these blessings
of the birthright - for we held more than two-thirds - nearly three-fourths - of
all the raw materials, resources, and wealth of this entire round earth, and all
other nations combined shared among them only a small part.
you know of stronger proof of the divine inspiration of the Holy Bible as the
revealed Word of the living God? Could mortal men have written, without divine
inspiration, those prophecies we have considered in this book; made those
PROMISES to Joseph-Israel; and, after a lapse of 2520 years, beginning the exact
years of 1800-1803, have had power to bring them about in fulfillment? These are
no small or trifling promises. They involve possession of the great wealth and
vast natural resources of the whole earth.
these facts as a challenge to your atheistic and agnostic friends. Ask them to
answer, if they can, whether any but the power of the Eternal Creator Himself
could have made and had committed to writing such promises thousands of years
ago, and, at precisely the promised time thousands of years later, brought about
any American - any English-speaking inheritor of God's choicest material
blessings - can, in the face of such stupendous, overwhelming fulfillment of
prophecy - such awe-inspiring demonstration of the power and might and
faithfulness of Almighty God - accept and partake of these blessings, and then
carelessly ignore God's WARNING that our sins today are INCREASING, or fail to
get to his knees before the great Almighty, repent, and INTERCEDE in every way he
can to warn our people now of their impending PERIL, seems impossible to
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Now What? The Prophecies For The Immediate Future
birthright, once we received it, was stupendous, awesome - unequaled among
nations or empires! But what have our peoples done with that awesome
were still ISRAELITES, even though they themselves knew it not! They were still
rebellious, "stiffnecked," stubborn!
the British peoples and the Americans - the "lost" Israelites now supposing they
are Gentiles - found themselves basking in the pleasant sunshine of such wealth
and power, they were less willing than their ancient forefathers to yield to
their GOD and HIS WAYS. They felt no need of Him, now! It seems few ever turn to
God until they find themselves in desperate need or trouble.
after God had withheld the birthright 2520 years, and then, when our peoples
deserved nothing from God, He suddenly bestowed on us national blessings
unparalleled in history - the unconditional promise to Abraham was kept! No
longer is God obligated by His promise to continue our undeserving peoples in
world prestige, wealth and greatness. Once we had been given such unrivaled
position, it was up to us whether we should keep it.
now back to Leviticus 26. We had previously covered verses 1 through 18. God
said that IF, for all these previous punishments, the Israelites would not
listen to and obey Him, He would punish them the duration of 2520 years. Then
after that 2520 years of withholding the birthright, our people - with the
birthright - still rebel, God continues, verse 19: "And I will break the pride
of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass."
God has already begun that!
Had Pride in Our Power!
could not speak about breaking the pride of our national POWER until after that
birthright power had been bestowed! He put our nations in the position of
possessing the greatest national power any nation or empire ever possessed. We
had great pride in that national power - in our national prestige.
remember hearing President Theodore Roosevelt tell of HIS PRIDE in that power -
and how he used it when he was president. The Germans were sending a battleship
steaming toward Manila Bay, threatening to take over the Philippines. The
Philippines were then a United States possession. President Roosevelt sent the Kaiser
a terse note demanding that the German warship be immediately
"The Kaiser didn't know, then, that I meant it!" snapped Mr. Roosevelt. "So I sent
another note. Only, I didn't send this second note to the Kaiser. I sent it to
Admiral Dewey, in command of the United States Pacific fleet. It ordered the
entire fleet to steam full speed toward the German battleship, and if it did not
turn around and go back, to SINK IT!" said Mr. Roosevelt with emphatic force! In
those days, before World War I, we had pride in our national power!
. . But We Lost It!
even little nations dare to insult, trample on, or burn the United States flag -
and the United States, still having power, does no more than issue a weak
protest! What's happened to the PRIDE of our power?
have already LOST IT! God said, "I will break the pride of your power!" AND HE
prophecies reveal we are to have soon such drought and famine that disease
epidemics will follow, taking millions of lives. When our heaven is as iron, our
earth as brass, we will realize rain does not come down from iron, and an earth
hard as brass is not getting rain, not yielding food!
20: "And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her
increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits."
will American and Britain heed? They never have!
what? After all that, THEN WHAT?
21: "And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring
seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins."
again, as in verse 18, is that Hebrew word shibah. Actually, in the Hebrew in
which Moses wrote, there are not the two Hebrew words, one meaning "seven" and
the other "times." There is just the one word, shibah.
explained previously, the word is defined as "seven times," and also as
"sevenfold." The "seven times" conveys duration of punishment. The "sevenfold"
meaning of the same word conveys intensity of punishment.
More Intense Punishment
of its use and construction in the sentence, and because of what actually
happened, it is certain that in verse 18 this Hebrew word shibah refers to
DURATION of punishment - seven prophetic times, which, during this punishment,
was an actual 2520 YEARS!
also, because of the very different sentence structure and because there cannot
now be another 2520-year WITHHOLDING of what has now been bestowed, it is just
as certain that the shibah in verse 21 refers to a sevenfold INTENSITY of
punishment. Notice, the wording in verse 21 is entirely different from verse 18.
This time it is not worded "seven times more for your sins," but "seven times
more PLAGUES." The expression "seven times" in verse 21 is descriptive of
PLAGUES to be brought on them.
now, if twentieth-century Ephraim and Manasseh - Britain and America - refuse to
turn to God in obedience - refuse to live the way that causes, retains, and
increases blessings, God will punish them in a manner far more INTENSE - and
even strip entirely from them this colossal, unprecedented national blessing -
returning them to captivity and slavery - as continuing verses of this prophecy
you think so great a fall could not come to so great powers as Britain and
America? Do you say, "It can't happen HERE?" Do you think the GREAT GOD who was
able to GIVE them such unprecedented world leadership and power and wealth is
not able to take it away from them and throw them, like their ancient
forefathers, back into SLAVERY?
need to OPEN YOUR EYES to the fact that Britain's sun already has SET! You need
to WAKE UP to the fact that the United States, even still possessing unmatched
POWER, is afraid - fears - to use it, just as God said: "I will break the PRIDE
of your POWER"; that the United States has stopped winning wars - that America
was unable, with all its vast power, to conquer little North Vietnam! The United
States is fast riding to the GREATEST FALL that ever befell any nation!
handwriting is on the wall!
need, now, to UNDERSTAND the remainder of this prophecy of Leviticus 26 - and
also of Deuteronomy 28 - and the many other prophecies relating to them and
events soon to VIOLENTLY affect YOUR life!
need to look at the prophecies of Jesus, of Jeremiah, of Isaiah, and others
describing how much more intense is to be the punishment God is going to lay on
the British and American people.
MANY prophecies warn us of a CERTAINTY that it will be trouble such as NEVER
happened to any nation or people!
our identity - knowing how the British and American peoples are identified in
the prophecies - you need now to become AWARE of what is said about us in
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Hosea, Amos, and the other prophecies -
what JESUS foretold - as well as in these prophecies written by Moses!
you need, also, to know why a just and loving God is going to punish His chosen
people - people He chose for a glorious PURPOSE they have refused to
very fact of punishment implies CORRECTION. We need to understand that
correction is applied to correct WRONG WAYS harmful to us - to turn us around
into RIGHT WAYS that will cause desired blessings! Understand! God punishes
every son he loves (Heb. 12:6).
also human nature! Human nature wants to be good - to consider itself and be
considered good, while it wants only to do evil. It wants the good result. But
it wants to receive the good while it sows the evil. It somehow fails to grasp
the truth that as we sow, so also shall we reap! It's all a matter of CAUSE and
punishment only reflects God's LOVE - turning us from causing evil results to
the way that brings happy results! God is now about to STOP US from bringing
colossal evils on ourselves! god is not angry because we are harming HIM - but
because we are harming ourselves - whom God loves!
prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented multiplied intensity of
punishment already beginning to descend upon America and Britain. The prophecies
record also the RESULT of that intensified punishment. The result will be a
corrected people. The result will be an eye-opening realization of what we have
done to ourselves. The supreme punishment will teach us, at last, our lesson!
The punishment will break our spirit of REBELLION! It will lift us up from the
cesspool of rottenness and evil into which we have sunk. It will teach us the
way to glorious peace, prosperity, abundant well-being!
beyond the frightful national calamities now descending upon us will come a
BLESSING inconceivably greater than the national material birthright we have
have to learn that material goods are not the SOURCE of happiness. I have often
mentioned the many rich men I have known - men whose bank balances were full -
but their lives were empty! Material prosperity is indeed desirable - but it is
not the source of happiness.
all, real happiness is a spiritual commodity! The birthright was only one of TWO
major promises God made to Abraham. The sceptre promise involved not only a
dynasty of human kings. It need not have included them at all - had the
Israelites retained and been obedient to GOD as their King. The sceptre pointed
primarily to CHRIST and spiritual salvation through Him.
peoples have basic lessons yet to learn. The TRUE VALUES are spiritual.
Actually, God's law is a spiritual law. It involves physical acts - but it is
based on spiritual principles. And it requires God's Holy Spirit dwelling in the
mind to fulfill!
implies CORRECTION. Correction means a change of course. It means REPENTANCE -
and repentance means turning around and going the OTHER WAY!
before I give you these sensational prophecies, understand WHY national
punishment must come, and who needs the correction! ONLY those who are sowing
EVIL need it - who are transgressing God's right WAYS - God's law! Those, and
only those, who are bringing on themselves the evils that result from
UNDERSTAND THIS: Although the NATIONS as a whole are to be put through this
unprecedented punishment, yet those individuals who yield to accept God's
correction without the punishment shall be protected from it! No one need suffer
this intense tribulation!
fold More Plagues
notice again what is laid down in Leviticus 26.
the national birthright had been withheld 2520 years and then bestowed; after
God gave our peoples that national POWER, and has now, because of our national
rebellion against His laws, broken the pride of our power; after He shall have
punished us with unprecedented DROUGHT and epidemics of disease in its wake,
then IF the British and Americans still continue in their evil ways - still
refuse to repent and turn to their God - He warns: ". . .I will bring seven
times more PLAGUES upon you according to your sins." Read that in the Revised
Standard Version: ". . .I will bring more plagues upon you, sevenfold as many as
your sins" (verse 21).
people do not seem to realize is that SIN does bring upon the sinner the
consequences of sin - the plagues of suffering. The Bible defines sin as the
transgression of God's law (I John 3:4), and the law of God is a spiritual law
understand this! I have said that money is not the source of happiness. Money
can buy only material things or services. But there must be the spiritual
content, as well as the physical, to happiness. Material things alone do not
provide satisfying happiness. God's law is a spiritual law. In other words, it
is THE WAY to peace, happiness, abundant well-being. Going that way is what God
supplied to CAUSE real happiness.
then, can we not see that transgressing that way is to cause unhappiness, pain
and suffering, emptiness, heartaches, fears and worries, frustrations? All these
evils are caused by transgressing God's law. The sinner is really plagued with
these evils he brings on himself.
study again that 21st verse of Leviticus 26. Punishment is CORRECTION. To teach
us the lesson we have failed to learn by experience, God is going to plague our
peoples SEVENFOLD more than our sins already have plagued us - sevenfold more
punishment than we have brought on ourselves!
as the Authorized Version says, "seven times more plagues upon you according to
your sins." Sevenfold INTENSITY of punishment - OF CORRECTION!
now verses 23-25 (RSV): "And if by this discipline you are not turned to me, but
walk contrary to me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will
smite you sevenfold for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you. . .and you
shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy."
the real meaning of this! Our SINS have brought punishment. This punishment we
have brought on ourselves. If we still refuse to learn the lesson, and be
corrected for our own good, God says, "I myself will smite you sevenfold." We
have brought the consequences of SIN on ourselves - now God will Himself bring
on us sevenfold more intense punishment - punishment that is CORRECTION!
read on to verse 33 (RSV): "And if in spite of this you will not hearken to me,
but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in fury [the seven
last plagues - Rev. 15:1], and chastise you myself sevenfold for your sins. . .
.And I will LAY YOUR CITIES WASTE. . . And I will scatter you among the
is going to keep multiplying chastening - correction - upon our peoples until
they do turn from their evil ways - until they turn to the ways that cause
peace, happiness, prosperity, all the good things!
UNTHINKABLE! - that our Maker shall have to force our peoples to be happy, to
have peace, to be able to enjoy prosperity, to yield, to accept - our own choice
- eternal life in abundant well-being and JOY for all eternity!
HOW UNBELIEVABLE! - that human nature, desiring these blessings, has insisted
stubbornly in going the way that cuts them off and causes PUNISHMENT -
CORRECTION - and then refuses to be corrected until it is MULTIPLIED in
intensity sevenfold! Yes, sevenfold - three successive times!
GREAT is our God - and WHAT LOVE for our peoples He expresses, in patiently
tolerating and correcting us UNTIL we accept His boundless BLESSINGS!
Chapter Fourteen (return to table of contents)
Prophesied To Happen, Now - To America And Britain
as God has bestowed on us such material blessings as never before came to any
nations, now to correct us so we may enjoy such blessings, He is going to bring
upon our peoples such national disaster as has never before struck any nation!
Many prophecies describe this!
Tremendous Prophecy of Micah
important additional proof of modern Israel's identity is found in a fantastic,
detailed and most specific prophecy found in Micah 5:7-15. It is speaking
specifically about the "remnant" of Israel - modern Israel today - wherever it
is. It describes the wealth, the beneficent dominance among nations, and then
the coming downfall of the American and British Commonwealth peoples in
"And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people [nations] as a
dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor
waiteth for the sons of men" (verse 7). Remember that dew and showers are
absolutely necessary to agricultural productivity and are a symbol of national
BLESSING and WEALTH from God.
"And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the beasts of the forest, as a young
lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and
teareth in pieces, and none can deliver" (verse 8).
this symbolism describes the last generation of Israel as a GREAT POWER - as a
lion among the other nations of the earth.
hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be
cut off" (verse 9). They WERE cut off from the beginning of God's birthright
blessing on America and Britain starting about 1803, through the First World
War, the Second World War, until the turning point of the Korean War at the end
that time, however, these blessings are surely being taken away - and neither
America nor Britain has come out on top in any major skirmish since that
this prophecy shows that at the very time we were receiving God's blessings, we
were a tremendous BLESSING to the other nations of the earth - for it is our
peoples who have rescued the other nations of the world time and again through
the Marshall Plan, the Point Four program, the Alliance for Progress, the
hundreds of millions of bushels of wheat for India and other starving nations,
etc. The Hoover Program saved up vast food supplies after World War I. It saved
millions in other nations from starvation!
Joseph saved up the wheat and food and made it available to others. MODERN
Joseph did also. BUT - we are stiff-necked and rebellious toward God and His
law, while our ancient forefather Joseph served and obeyed God with a whole
is our peoples who have been like a "lion" among the other nations of the earth
- preserving in two great world wars the peace of the world and stability for
all human life on this planet!
in this detailed prophecy, God says: "And it shall come to pass IN THAT DAY,
saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses" ["war-horses," Moffatt
translation] - tanks, ships, rockets - "out of the midst of thee, and I will
destroy thy chariots: and I will cut off the cities [by hydrogen bombs?] of thy
land, and throw down all thy strong holds" (verses 10-11).
says He will do this! GOD determines the outcome of wars (Ps. 33:10-19).
plain can you get? Here God identifies the GREAT peoples of the earth who are
the most wealthy and beneficent, the most POWERFUL - yet at the very time their
power reaches its zenith, He suddenly "breaks" the pride of their power (see
Leviticus 26:19), cuts off their implements of war and destroys their cities!
as the prophet continues to explain, we have too much "witchcraft" and too many
"soothsayers" - false ministers - in our lands who refuse to preach with
authority the commandments and ways of the living God!
God will punish and destroy us - unless we repent - just before and leading up
to the utter destruction to come "upon the heathen" (verse 15), which will take
place at the very END of this age and at the second return of Jesus Christ as
King of kings!
is no other people that even remotely fulfills this great prophecy! But the
American and British Commonwealth peoples fulfill it precisely!
the "pride of our power" continues to be BROKEN, as the British continue to lose
their foreign sea gates and possessions around the earth, as America signs away
ownership of the Panama Canal - control over this vital sea gate - as our gold
supply drains away from this nation, weather upsets increase, this focal
prophecy alone represents giant PROOF as to where the modern "remnant" of the
peoples of Israel resides today!
on All Nations!
will now be made plain - from God's own warning prophecies - that this greatest
multiplied intensity of corrective punishment will fall on Britain and America -
including British peoples in Commonwealth countries. And it will strike them
they are not the only nations to suffer corrective disaster. God is Creator of
all other nations, too! God is concerned about the people and races we have
called "heathen." They, too, are human. They, too, are made in God's own
likeness, with the potential of being molded into God's spiritual and character
IMAGE! God sent the apostle Paul to Gentile nations!
mankind has rebelled against, rejected, and turned from God and His ways! There
can never be peace on earth until all nations will have been turned to God and
His ways, ruled by His supreme government!
mankind, right now, is caught in the vortex of the swiftly accelerating crisis
marking the utter destruction of this world's man-built, Satan-inspired
Jeremiah God says: "A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the
Eternal hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh" -
how? Right now The World Tomorrow program carries His peaceful pleading
worldwide, but the world, except for scattered individuals, does not heed this
kind of "pleading." The next words tell HOW God is now about to plead: ". . .he
will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Eternal. . . Behold, EVIL
shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up
from the coasts of the earth" (Jer. 25:31-32).
will use a Nazi-Facist Europe to punish Britain-America. Then He will use the
Communist hordes to wipe out the Roman Europe.
are entering a time of world trouble - utter WORLD chaos! There is war, strife,
violence in Asia, Africa, South America - as well as Europe and North America.
The population explosion is a worldwide threat to human existence. Crime,
violence, sickness, disease, inequality, poverty, filth, squalor, degeneration,
suffering - these infest ALL nations!
as salvation is given first to Israel, so is corrective punishment!
thus saith the Eternal; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of
peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Wherefore do I
see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces
are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it:
it is even the time of Jacob's TROUBLE" (Jer. 30:5-7).
- in passing on the birthright to the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh
(Gen. 48:16), Jacob said, "Let MY NAME be named on them" - on Ephraim and
Manasseh - who today are Britain and America. This tells ON WHOM this most
terrible of national calamities is to fall - on Britain and America!
now when is it to fall? Do not assume this is referring to anything that did
happen to ancient Israel. Read right on - see WHEN this prophecy is to be
in Jeremiah 30:7: ". . .it is even the time of JACOB'S trouble; but he shall be
saved out of it." (After he has learned his lesson IN it!) Continuing from RSV,
"And it shall come to pass in that day, says the Eternal of hosts, that I will
break the YOKE from off their neck [yoke of slavery], and I will burst their
bonds, and strangers shall no more make servants of them. But they shall serve
the Eternal their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them."
(David, at the time of the RESURRECTION - at the very time of Christ's
the time is just prior to Christ's COMING - coming to liberate our peoples -
even as Moses liberated ancient Israel from Egyptian slavery.
prophecies speak of this same time of national calamity greater than any before.
The pivotal New Testament prophecy is that of Jesus on the Mount of Olives -
recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.
apostles had asked Jesus privately WHEN His second coming would occur - and the
END of this world and the beginning of the happy world tomorrow. Jesus said the
SIGN by which we might know when this is very NEAR would be that His original
gospel of the Kingdom of God would be preached in all the world as a witness to
all nations (Matt. 24:14). But what else - just before His coming?
continued: "For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those
days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the
elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Matt. 24:21-22).
is described the greatest time of TROUBLE - TRIBULATION - in all history, or
ever to be. Jeremiah described it as "Jacob's trouble," so great "that none is
described the same most severe trouble of all history. Speaking of a time now in
our immediate future, Daniel foretold: "And at that time shall Michael stand up,
the great prince [archangel] which standeth for the children of thy people: and
there shall be a time of TROUBLE, such as never was since there was a nation
even to that same time" (Dan. 12:1).
same most intense punishment on Britain and America. And WHEN? Continue, same
verse, ". . .and at that time thy people shall be delivered [from this enslaved
trouble], every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them
that sleep [are dead] in the dust of the earth shall awake [RESURRECTION], some
to everlasting life. . ." (verses 1-2).
time is just before the RESURRECTION of the just, at Christ's coming. As Moses
delivered the ancient Israelites from Egyptian slavery, so CHRIST is coming to
deliver modern Britain and America from the now-impending Babylonish slavery.
(See Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 7:37; Jeremiah 23:5-8.)
described it as a "YOKE" on the necks of our peoples. WHOSE "YOKE" of slavery?
Isaiah tells us!
verse 1 of Isaiah 47 the prophetic message is addressed to the daughter of
Babylon. Not the Babylon of ancient days. Not Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon of 600
years before Christ - but a DAUGHTER of that Babylon, now, in our twentieth
century. In prophecy a woman, or a daughter, means a CHURCH - a religious
particular "lady" of this prophecy is pictured as a lewd harlot and "a lady of
kingdoms." That is, a great CHURCH ruling over nations. This same modern
"female" Babylon is pictured also in the 17th chapter of Revelation - there
called a "great whore," sitting on or ruling over "many waters," which are
interpreted in verse 15 as "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
Her name is there given as "mystery religion - the same religion of the ancient
Babylon - but now grown GREAT and ruling over many nations of different
KINGDOMS over which she ruled were called "The Holy Roman Empire" of A.D. 554 to
1814, briefly revived by Mussolini and SOON to have a last and final
"resurrection" by a political-military union of ten nations in Europe (Rev.
the TIME of this "great whore" sitting astride the political-military "beast,"
they shall fight in war against the glorified CHRIST at His second coming (Rev.
back to Isaiah 47. God says to this mistress of kingdoms: "I was wroth with my
people [Israel - Britain-America], I have polluted mine inheritance, and given
them into thine hand [in tortured slavery]: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon
the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke" (verse 6).
YOKE of SLAVERY without mercy is to be laid on the U.S. and Britain by the
coming united nations of Europe! It has started already, through the economic
Common Market and the recently implemented EMS (European Monetary System). Its
leaders talk continually of POLITICAL union - which means, also, military. So
far they have been unable to bring about full political union. This will be made
possible by the "good offices" of the Vatican, who alone can be the symbol of
unity to which they can look. Two popes already have offered their "good
offices" toward such union.
prophecy does not literally say so, but in all probability, by present
indications, the head of this new WORLD POWER will be in central Europe. And it
will precipitate World War III. And this time it will be allowed to
of the ancient Assyrians migrated NORTHWEST from their ancient land south of the
Caspian Sea - and settled in central Europe, just as the House of Israel
migrated from the land of their captivity to the coastlands of northwest Europe.
So when you read about Assyria in prophecies pertaining to NOW, they refer to
history is to repeat! It was ancient Assyria which invaded the House of Israel,
and carried them out of Samaria into the Assyrian's own land.
where, today, are the ancient BABYLONIANS - the Chaldeans? They migrated west
and settled in ITALY. Their religion was the Assyrian-Babylonian MYSTERY
religion. It is going to come as a breathtaking, awesome, shocking surprise when
the world learns that one Simon, the sorcerer of Samaria in the time of the
original apostles, leader of the BABYLONIAN MYSTERY religion having the title of
PATER or PETER, meaning PAPA, actually appropriated the NAME of Christ and the
Christian principle of GRACE, which he turned into LICENSE, doing away with
GOD'S LAW (Jude 4) and started what is today called "Christianity." How
astonished the world will be to discover that it is NOT, and never was, the
outgrowth of the CHURCH OF GOD, founded by Jesus Christ and His apostles!
knowledge will soon burst on an incredulous world as a BOMBSHELL! People will be
SHOCKED to learn how they have been DECEIVED! When God's time comes, the
"newsbomb" will be exploded!
Is the Great Tribulation?
it becomes painfully clear! The Great Tribulation is this sevenfold intensity of
corrective punishment which God is now soon going to lay on
a few brief excerpts from Ezekiel's description of it!
third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be
consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round
about thee; and I will scatter a third part [the remainder] into all the winds
[slavery], and I will draw out a sword after them. THUS shall MINE ANGER be
accomplished, and I will cause MY FURY [last PLAGUES] to rest upon them, and I
will be comforted: and they shall know that I the Eternal have spoken it in my
zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them" (Ezek. 5:12-13).
"In all your dwelling places the CITIES shall be laid waste" (Ezek. 6:6). This
could never have happened until the hydrogen bomb! Cities laid completely WASTE.
ALL of them - "in all your dwelling places."
- Famine, First
let the prophet Joel add more.
prophecy was for the far, far future - verses 1-3 of chapter 1. Then he shows a
plague of different kinds of locusts, devouring the fruits and food crops -
stripping off bark from fruit trees. "He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my
fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are
made white" (Joel 1:7).
- now comes devastating DROUGHT: "The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for
the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. . . because
the harvest of the field is perished. . .all the trees of the field, are
withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men" (verses 10-12).
This is to happen just prior to the terrible plagues of "the DAY OF THE LORD"
the prophecy: "The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts
groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the
flocks of sheep are made desolate. O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire [hot
sun] hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all
the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the
rivers of water are dried up. . ." (verses 17-20).
- Military Invasion and Defeat!
in time order, beginning chapter 2, the alarm of WAR: "Blow ye the trumpet in
Zion [alarm of WAR], and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the
inhabitants of the land tremble: for the DAY OF THE LORD cometh, for it is nigh
at hand" (verse 1).
also now, saith the Eternal, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with
fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your
garments, and turn unto the Eternal your God: for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil" (verses
LAST! - Repentance in Tribulation!
God does add these repeated SEVENFOLD-INTENSITY of corrective punishments on our
peoples - when they have had their wealth, prosperity, their land - the
birthright and everything they possessed and set their hearts on TAKEN AWAY FROM
THEM - AT LAST they will be humbled and will cry out to God for mercy and
now GOD'S WARNING MESSAGE of this terrifying greatest trouble of history is
being THUNDERED over The World Tomorrow program into ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD - as
a witness! Some two and a half million are reading it in The Plain Truth!
know only too well that the people as a whole will not heed! We are grateful
that God is laying it on the hearts of a few thousand every year to LISTEN
(hearken - to use biblical Authorized Version language) and to take it seriously
- to REPENT and come to God through Jesus Christ as Savior.
a few thousand every year - thousands PRECIOUS beyond estimate! But NOT the
people as a whole. Not NOW!
know full well that the real HARVEST of our labors in GOD'S WORK, preparing the
way for Christ's coming, is NOT NOW! But when everything these peoples have has
been taken from them - when they are slaves in foreign lands - when they are cruelly
treated, beaten, unmercifully even martyred and put to death - THEN
millions of those who remain alive WILL cry out to God - WILL repent - WILL turn
to live GOD'S WAY. That is when the REAL HARVEST FROM THIS PRESENT WORK OF GOD
will be reaped.
then, will remember they heard Christ's TRUE message over The World Tomorrow -
read it in The Plain Truth!
they will say: "That was the true message sent by GOD after all!" Many will take
it lightly now - just as Israelites of old took God's message to them through
His prophets. But when these things really HAPPEN - when people realize NO ONE
ELSE warned them - then they will KNOW just WHO are the real FALSE prophets
today! Then they will KNOW which is God's truth!
pitiful, pitiful tragedy of it! This realization will come TOO LATE to save the
many from this repeated sevenfold punishment! BUT, for millions, not too late
for their salvation - for God's GIFT of ETERNAL LIFE!
the prophecies of this very thing! Return for a moment to Jeremiah's prophecy.
The 30th chapter, from which I quoted, ends with these words: ". . .in the
latter days ye shall consider it." The prophecy is for OUR TIME, now!
right on in chapter 31:
the same time, saith the Eternal, will I be the God of all the families of
Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus saith the Eternal, The people which
were left of the sword [those still then alive] found grace in the wilderness;
even Israel, when he went to find him rest" (marginal rendering). Or, as in the
RSV, ". . .when Israel sought for rest, the Eternal appeared to him from afar."
Or, as in the Moffatt translation: ". . .Those who survive the sword shall find
grace in the dungeon." That is, in captivity and in slavery!
"Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou
shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of
them that make merry. . . They shall come with weeping, and with supplications
will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a
straight way [God's law!], wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to
Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn [birthright-holder]. Hear the word of the
Eternal, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that
scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock"
(Jer. 31:4, 9-10).
Jeremiah was inspired to write: "In those days, and in that time, saith the
Eternal, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah
together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Eternal their God. They
shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us
join ourselves to the Eternal in a perpetual covenant [the NEW COVENANT] THAT
SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. MY PEOPLE HATH BEEN LOST SHEEP: their shepherds
[professing Christian ministers] have caused them to go astray. . ." (Jer.
in this chapter: "In those days, and in that time, saith the Eternal, the
iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none: and the sins of
Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve [leave
as a remnant]" (verse 20).
whole matter if Israel's rebellion against RIGHT WAYS, of God's driving them
out, divorcing them, withholding the bestowal of the birthright for 2520 years -
and of Israel's final redemption after the three additional sevenfold more
intense corrective punishments - is summarized by the prophet Hosea.
Hosea also becomes very concise, direct, and specific in detailing
Britain-America's national ATTITUDE right now!
picture this whole course of infidelity, rejection, withholding of blessing,
extreme correction, and final awakening of Israel, God directed the prophet to
marry a whole - to picture what Israel was to God. She bore him a son. God
instructed Hosea to name the son Jesreel, meaning "God will disperse." For God
said, ". . .I will. . .cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. . .I
will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel" (Hos. 1:4-5). The kingdom
- the government - did cease at the Assyrian captivity - 721-718 B.C.
harlot wife conceived again, and bore a daughter. God instructed that she be
named "Lo-ruha-mah," meaning "no mercy" for, saith God, ". . .I will no more
have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away" (verse
this lewd wife had another son. "Call his name," saith God, "Lo-ammi [meaning
"not my people"]: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God" (verse
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continued the Eternal, "the number of the children of Israel shall be as the
sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to
pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there
it shall be said unto them, YE are the sons of the living God. Then shall the
children of Judah [the Jews] and the children of Israel ["Lost Ten Tribes"] be
gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out
of the land [spread out far beyond their land - Moffatt translation]: for great
shall be the day of Jezreel" (Hosea 1:10-11).
in brief, is a picture of the whole course of God's dealing with Israel. Today,
our people say they are NOT "Israel." That is, NOT God's people! They think that
the Jews, and the Jews only, are Israel. But very soon, now, they are going to
KNOW their identity. Thousands will learn it from this very book you are now
reading. The MILLIONS will learn it at Christ's coming!
Hosea 2, God says, in regard to our now having possessed the unprecedented
WEALTH of the birthright promise: "For she did not know that I gave her corn,
and wine, and oil, and MULTIPLIED her silver and gold, which they prepared for
Baal. Therefore will I return, and TAKE AWAY my corn in the time thereof, and my
wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover
her nakedness [her SIN]" (verses 8-9).
finally, when the correction becomes INTENSE enough, our peoples will
acknowledge their transgressions, WILL REPENT, WILL SEEK THEIR GOD!
People - At Last!
it shall be at that day, saith the Eternal, that thou shalt call me Ishi ["MY
HUSBAND"]; and shalt call me no more Baali ["MY LORD"]" (verse 16).
concludes this second chapter, "I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained
mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and
they shall say, Thou art MY GOD" (verse 23).
begins GOD'S MESSAGE TO OUR PEOPLES TODAY - especially to the British
the word of the Eternal, ye children of Israel [you people of the British
Commonwealth and the United States!]: for the Eternal hath a controversy with
the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge
of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and
committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall
the land [of America and Britain] mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein
shall languish. . ." (Hosea 4:1-3).
the modern ministers in the churches of Britain and America, God says: "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. As they
were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory
into shame" (verses 6-7).
of the coming manyfold INTENSITY of corrective PUNISHMENT, God says, ". . .in
their affliction they will seek my early" (Hos. 5:15).
of modern Britain God says: "Israel [Britain] indeed is STUBBORN as a restive
heifer; how can the Eternal feed them now. . .?" (Hos. 4:16, Moffatt
translation.) God "feeds" His people today with HIS WORD - HIS GOSPEL OF THE
KINGDOM OF GOD - His WARNING of what is quickly to come! The British government
would not allow any broadcasting facilities within its jurisdiction that might
be used by God's servants to proclaim GOD'S MESSAGE OF THIS HOUR to the British
GOD was determined to get His message to the British!
the first week in 1953, God's message started getting into Britain from Europe -
when The World Tomorrow program began going out on the superpowered voice of
Radio Luxembourg was no longer effective for this message, God raised up
broadcasting stations on SHIPS, ANCHORED JUST OUTSIDE BRITAIN'S JURISDICTION.
The World Tomorrow WAS THEN THUNDERED over all of Britain DAILY, from SEVEN of
these ships. They were not illegal. They violated no law of man. They DID
proclaim faithfully THE LAW OF God! But the British authorities falsely called
them "pirate" ships. They were NOT pirates. They were not marauders. They did
not invade the land and pillage or steal. They harmed no one!
most governments of MAN would like to CONTROL what their PEOPLE hear or do not
hear! They want to CONTROL your thinking for you!
British government and the national Church of England would LEGALIZE the
revolting perversion of homosexuality! They would CONDONE heinous SINS, but no
door inside the U.K. is open to broadcasting GOD'S MESSAGE!
God DID get His message to Britain.
Said It! God Did It!
has said, "Surely the Lord Eternal will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret
unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7), and in the verse just before this,
"Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid?"
has said, IN YOUR BIBLE, that He would get the warning to His people
Ephraim-BRITAIN. He has foretold: "Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of
rebuke [and Britain is rapidly headed toward that prophesied desolation now]:
among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be" (Hos.
God said of Britain and America: "Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the
people; Ephraim is a cake not turned [half-baked]. Strangers have devoured his
strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him,
yet he knoweth not. And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do
not return to the Eternal their God, nor seek him for all this. Ephraim also is
like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria
[Germany]. When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them
down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, AS THEIR CONGREGATION
HATH HEARD" - from The World Tomorrow broadcast warning! (Hos. 7:8-12.)
God said long ago He would GET THE WARNING into the hearing of Britain. Even
though He had to do it FROM OUTSIDE BRITISH JURISDICTION, God moved miraculously
to get His message thundered to all Britain.
has been warned!
the British government has NO POWER whatsoever to prevent the manyfold INTENSITY
of corrective PUNISHMENT a loving GOD is going to cause to strike!
PURPOSE SHALL STAND!
day, people will wake up to REALIZE this is the Work of GOD!
British churchianity, God says, "The Ephraimites are wedding to idolatry; LET
THEM ALONE! - a drunken band, a lustful company, in love with shameful worship,
not with my glory. When the whirlwind sweeps them off, they shall feel shame for
their altars" (Hos. 4:17-19 - Moffatt translation).
says, "I withdraw to my own place, till they feel their iniquity and seek my
face, searching for me in their distress, crying, 'Let us return to the Eternal,
for he has torn us, he will heal us, he has wounded, he will bind us up: in a
day or two [Authorized Version - after two days] he will revive us, and on the
third day he will raise us to live under his care. . .'" (Hos. 5:15; 6:2,
Moffatt translation). The coming Great Tribulation probably will last about 2
1/2 years - the "Day of the Lord" about one year - then comes the RESURRECTION
and second coming of Christ!
entire book of Hosea carries a blistering message and warning to the BRITISH
Can Escape This Punishment!
warns us through prophecy that our sins are fast increasing. And now the day of
reckoning is here! The foreign sword always has attacked us. In this fearful,
awesome atomic age, World War III will start with nuclear devastation unleashed
on London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, New York, Washington,
Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, without warning! God help our
nations to wake up before it's too late!
we are God's chosen people ISRAEL! Think what that means! Chosen, not for favors
while we defy our God, but chosen for SERVICE we have failed to perform.
should shout for joy at the discovery of our true identity - and we should be
brought to REPENT - and to TURN TO GOD - and to get back of this crusade by
radio and by printed word to WARN our people, and to call upon God in REAL
heartrending prayer for divine deliverance.
sevenfold INTENSITY of punishment now soon to come upon the American and British
peoples is simply the prophesied GREAT TRIBULATION! It will be the most
frightfully intense PUNISHMENT, and time of TROUBLE, ever suffered by any
YOU need not suffer in it.
terrifyingly severe PUNISHMENT is simply the CORRECTION our peoples have made
necessary to bring them to the ways of living which cause desired blessings,
instead of terrible curses. It is CORRECTION - for the peoples' GOOD!
GOD LIVES, this punishment is soon to strike! This book has given the WARNING
from God and His Word!
the U.S. and British nations HEED? They could yet avert this colossal national
tragedy, IF they would!
if you - you now reading this, you as an individual - will be corrected,
voluntarily, before God lets this indescribably horrendous chastening strike; if
YOU come to real REPENTANCE, realizing HOW TERRIBLY WRONG you have been; if you
can see yourself as you really are - as a rebellious wrong, evil person; and if
you can SURRENDER to the loving, all-merciful, yet all-POWERFUL GOD - and make
it an UNCONDITIONAL surrender, coming to Almighty GOD through the living Jesus
Christ as personal Savior - then NO PLAGUE shall come near you! (Ps. 91:8-11),
but you shall be accounted worthy to escape all these frightful things and to
STAND before Christ at His return (Luke 21:35-36).
in the true Body of Christ shall be taken to a place of SAFETY, until this
Tribulation be over (Rev. 3:10-11, applying to those faithful in GOD'S WORK now
going to the world; Rev. 12:14; Isa. 26:20).
you must make your own decision - and to NEGLECT doing so is to have made the
people, we know only too well, will take this SERIOUS WARNING lightly - put it
out of mind - turn to other immediate interests of no importance by comparison!
That is why a loving, just, all-wise, all-POWERFUL GOD is going to take away
from them these unimportant counter-interests, and apply such intensified
CORRECTION that they shall, finally, come to their senses, and turn to Him and
His WAY which will bring them eternal happiness and abundant blessings!
YOU need not have to suffer this intensified correction, greater than any
trouble ever suffered by humans.
God's direction and authority, I have laid the TRUTH before you! To neglect it
will be tragic beyond imagination! To heed it will bring blessings, happiness
and GLORY beyond description!
The decision is now YOURS!
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