The Children Of Israel.
The children of Israel are still here, spread all around the globe.
The Children Of Israel. Their Promises,
And The Prophecies Of Their Future.
Today, the lost 10 tribes of Israel don't even know who they are.
The United States, Britain, And The Jewish People in Prophecy.
People of the Western world would be stunned, dumfounded, if they knew! The governments of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia. South Africa, and the Jewish people would set in motion gigantic crash programs to get inline with Prophecy, if they knew! They could know! But they do not know! Why?
The prophecies of the Scriptures have been grievously misunderstood. And no Wonder! For the vital key, needed to unlock prophetic doors to understanding, has been lost. That key is a definite knowledge of the true identity of the American, British, and Jewish peoples in biblical prophecy.
Without this vital knowledge, neither the news media nor those who are responsible for government policies can understand where current world happenings are leading. The Shepherds are not leading the sheep in the right direction. Who are the shepherds? In ancient times, the king or leader was responsible for the physical protection of the people as well as their spiritual protection. Therefore, in today's world, all people who hold offices of a governmental or religious nature are the Shepherds of the people. This includes ALL public officials, whether elected or appointed, as well as ALL theologians, preachers, ministers, pastors, or anyone who speaks in any religious capacity.
It is imperative, that every person who is seeking knowledge of the ETERNAL, takes the time to learn this inportant information, in order to understand where the Hebrew Children of Israel are located today. The Hebrews consisted of thirteen tribal nations that were taken into captivity by their enemies and ten of the tribes have not yet returned to their original homeland. Today, more than ever, all mankind needs to Quest for the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, with their whole heart, and their whole mind, and their whole soul.
Why is it important to understand where the Hebrew Children of Israel are located? It is important because the prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures (OT or Tanakh) are written primarily to or about these people. So what difference does that make? Simply that when the calamities at the end of the age, the Time of Jacob's Trouble [a.k.a. the Tribulation in the so-called "™"], begin to fall upon these people, they need to know who they are, they need to know where they are, they need to know where they are mentioned in Scriptures, and they need to know why this is happening to them.
1. A Chosen People.
2. National Greatness Promised Israel.
3. The Scepter and The Lawgiver Promise.
4. The Birthright and The Scepter Promises.
5. David Son Of Jessie [Daviyd Ben Yishai] Takes The Throne.
6. The Children of Israel Become Two Nations.
7. Jeremiah's Mysterious Commission.
8. The Mysterious Overturning.
9. Israel's New Land.
10. David's Throne To Be Overturned Three Times.
11. Birthright Withheld.
12. The Birthright Wealth.
13. And Now What? The Prophecies for the Immediate Future.
14. What Is Prophesied To Happen Now?
15. The Inheritors Of The Birthright And Scepter Promises To Be Punished.
16. There Is A Way To Escape The Coming Horrors!
A Chosen People.
DID IT EVER STRIKE YOU AS MOST UNUSUAL that the ETERNAL should have raised up the ancient nation Israel to be his chosen people? Consider this seemingly paradoxical fact: the CREATOR says He is not a respecter of persons. Is He, then, a respecter of nations? Does He have a favorite nation? Did it ever occur to you that the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament, Tanakh) is the book of, and concerning only, that one people Israel? Moreover, other nations are mentioned only if and as they encountered Israel?
Another shocker that is not understood or recorded by historians, in fact is nearly totally unknown by Judaism and only partially understood by a few Sabbath keeping "Christians," is that the Northern Kingdom of Israel was not Jewish! The entire Kingdom of Israel was never Jewish even if it sometimes contained some Jewish people. The first place in the Bible that the word Jews occurs is in (2 Kings 16:1-9) in verse 6. Here, the nation ISRAEL WAS AT WAR, in an alliance with Syria, AGAINST THE JEWS!
The truth about Israel will be covered later in this essay. However, most will probably refuse to believe it even when it is pointed out in Scripture.
It is indeed true that the nation of Israel, was the ETERNAL's chosen people. However, understand that they were not chosen as teacher's pet or for special favors. They were chosen for a special PURPOSE. They were to prepare the ultimate establishment of the kingdom of the ETERNAL!
It is an intriguing story! The mystery of Israel, has great significance in the CREATOR's PURPOSE for all peoples! One cannot understand the real purpose and incredible potential of man without this vital knowledge.
Man Of Destiny.
Abram, as he was originally named, was not seeking the ETERNAL. Nevertheless, the ETERNAL chose to call and test Abram. This ancient patriarch is later called the friend of the ETERNAL, Who was calling him for a very special purpose because He had seen in this man the potentialities of obedience to the ETERNAL and of leadership. The ETERNAL was calling him to be prepared for special service and ultimately high position in the kingdom of the SOVEREIGN, the coming Wonderful World of Tomorrow. To this man Abram, the ETERNAL commanded:
(Genesis 12:1) (KJV) 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.
As the ETERNAL had started the whole world with one man, Adam, He now started his own peculiar nation in the world from one man, Abraham. Likewise, the ETERNAL's own flesh-born nation, from which is to be reborn the kingdom of the ETERNAL, was started with one man who obeyed the ETERNAL without question, and accepted His Sovereignty.
Did Abram stop to argue and reason? Did Abram quibble, resist, argue, or rebel? He certainly did not! The Scripture states simply, "So Abram departed". In addition, he did not give his opinion about it. Abram simply departed. Just plain, unquestioned obedience!
Abram was in the very center of this world's developing civilization. The ETERNAL had chosen Abram to become the patriarch of His nation Israel. He established this man (Abram), whose name he later changed to Abraham, as the father of His nation, Israel! To Abraham and his descendants were all the promises of the ETERNAL made. Therefore, we have no choice. We MUST become like Abraham, and love our CREATOR with all of our heart and mind, if we are to be a part of the Righteous Remnant and inherit the promise of eternal life in the ETERNAL's kingdom. Of his peculiar flesh-born nation, Israel, the ETERNAL said:
(Isaiah 43:21) (KJV) This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
That prophecy shall be fulfilled! Many will ask the question, "So what difference does it make?" not knowing the ETERNAL's PURPOSE AND PLAN for humankind.
There Is A Purpose.
A large, exciting, and pulsating part of all Scripture is devoted to prophecy, of which approximately 90% relates to our day, these latter days of time now in the Twenty-first Century. It is a warning to us, to our English-speaking peoples and ALL nations of the earth. The warning is of immediate life and death importance. The prophecies come alive once their doors are opened by this discovered master key! This vital part of Scripture had been closed! No story of fiction ever was so strange, so fascinating, so absorbing, so packed with interest and suspense, as this gripping true saga of the identity of the Biblical Children of Israel and the prophecies about them. Through it all, our Almighty CREATOR 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 turn to their loving CREATOR, then our nations MAY be spared. "Oh ETERNAL, help us to understand and open our eyes to see!" Our loving CREATOR states about the Children of Israel:
(2 Chronicles 7:14) (NKJV) If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
The next statement may sound incredible, but it is true. Editors, newscasters, and 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 true!
Winston Churchill declared before the United States Congress: "[A person] 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". Alas Winston Churchill did not understand that purpose! The Master-Mind of the Universe master-planned that great-unknown purpose long ago.
Why This Ignorance?
Now see WHY heads of states, news analysts, and the great minds of our time do not comprehend the real meaning of world events as they are shaping up right now. The knowledge of the CREATOR's master-plan for humankind and where we stand today in the progression of those foreordained events are a mystery to the majority of the people! Where we stand today in the cusp of these major prophetic events, seemingly now beginning to occur is needed for understanding the significance and true meaning of today's dynamic world news.
Without this vital knowledge, none of the news media, as well as none of those who are responsible for government policies, can understand where current world events are leading. The Shepherds are not leading the sheep in the right direction.
Who are the shepherds? In ancient times, the king or leader was responsible for the physical protection of the people as well as their spiritual protection. Therefore, in today's world, all people who hold offices of a political, governmental, or religious nature, are the Shepherds of the people. This includes all public officials whether elected or appointed as well as all theologians, preachers, ministers, pastors, or anyone who speaks in any religious or leadership capacity.
Sadly, not one Shepherd saddled with leadership responsibilities knows the purposed destination of humankind! Why? There are two reasons primarily:
1. They are deceived by false education that is prejudicial to and with disdainful rejection of the true Scriptural revelation, which alone can impart this understanding.
2. The vital key necessary to unlock the closed doors of Scriptural understanding has been lost.
Not knowing how or where the modern nations are specifically mentioned in prophecies, the world is utterly blinded to the plain and simple meaning of prophecy. Due to this lost key, Scriptures have come to be discredited and rejected in this world's educational system. The baseless and unprovable theory of evolution has been substituted as the foundational concept to the supposed rational approach to knowledge. Thus, from the age of little children onward, all peoples have been falsely and deceptively educated. In an era of advanced rationalism and enlightenment, our people are actually groping around in the darkness of 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 who designed, created, and maintains the unlimited universe. They have shut their eyes and closed their ears to His dynamic revelation to humankind which, to ears that can hear, thunders out the life-and-death warning to those in responsible positions of power!
The understanding of the End-Time prophecies of the Children of Israel, Abraham's children through Jacob, is based on the knowledge of the awesome fantastic promises that the ETERNAL CREATOR gave to His servant Abraham. These promises are divided into the two-fold division of the promises to Abraham, Judah's Scepter and Joseph's Birthright.
Is it too late? Have our leaders become so steeped in manipulated false education, and so brain-dead [from being drunk on power and high living], that they cannot be aroused from their slumber? O Almighty CREATOR, please help us to understand your word! Time is fast closing in on us!
There Is Purpose For Human Life.
Do YOU know why you are alive? Few people have even the vaguest idea that humankind was put on the earth for a PURPOSE, let alone what that purpose might be. Moreover, the Maker of humankind sent along with His human creation an instruction book to reveal that purpose and to guide us humans in happily and enjoyably fulfilling it. However, the human race has rejected that revealed knowledge, preferring to stumble on in the darkness of its own futile reasoning. That instruction book, the Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh, Old Testament) contains three basic types of revealed knowledge to humankind:
1. A basic education is revealed to man, to provide the necessary foundational knowledge that would otherwise, be undiscoverable and unknowable. The revealed knowledge of what man is, why he is, where his destiny will lead, how to reach it, and how to live happily along the way is described in detail in the Hebrew Scriptures. In other words, it is the most necessary of all knowledge and is the foundation on which to build discoverable knowledge.
2. A detailed history of those events and experiences, towards fulfilling that master-plan during the first six millennia, of mortal man's sojourn through life, as examples for our admonition and guidance today.
3. Prophecies, are the Almighty's advanced revelation(s) of knowledge to humankind, telling us of future events prior to their occurrence. Prophecies also foretell future events, revealing how the great purpose of His master-plan is being brought to its completion.
The Supreme Master-Plan.
Our CREATOR, the Mighty One of Israel, has been working to produce a future family of sons and daughters who will rule with Him in His coming Holy Nation, a Kingdom of priests! (Exodus 19:5-6). The CREATOR's ultimate transcendent PURPOSE for mankind is breathtaking beyond words, and the establishment of the ancient nation of Israel, was an integral part of His supreme master-plan.
Seven generations after the Flood, the ETERNAL found a man who would obey Him. His name was Abram. He lived in Haran, in Mesopotamia. This man was to become a physical example of how the CREATOR, our Father, operates. It was from Abram that the nation of Israel descended. Through Israel the CREATOR raised up his prophets and in due time the CREATOR's firstborn son, David son of Jesse will re-emerge, as the first spirit-born Son of the true living CREATOR and ruler of the universe. It is King David who will bear the title King Of Kings, as David will be [higher than the kings of the earth].
(Psalms 89:20-28) (KJV) 20I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: 21With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. 22The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. 23And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. 24But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. 25I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. 26He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my CREATOR, and the rock of my salvation. 27Also I will make him my FIRSTBORN, higher than the kings of the earth. 28My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
National Greatness Was Promised To Israel.
NOTICE CAREFULLY! UNDERSTAND THESE PROMISES that were promised to Abraham to be passed down to his descendants:
(Genesis 12:1-3) (KJV) 1Now 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: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
(Genesis 17:1-5) (KJV) 1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the CREATOR appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty CREATOR; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3And Abram fell on his face: and the CREATOR talked with him, saying, 4As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Notice the promise is now conditional upon Abraham's obedience and perfect living [walk before me, and be thou perfect], and the [great nation] then becomes [many nations], more than one nation.
(Genesis 17:6) (KJV) And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
Notice that these nations and kings shall come out of Abraham for many physical generations, and that they will be given all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession, and that the ETERNAL will be their SOVEREIGN [Ruler]:
(Genesis 17:7-9) (KJV) 7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a SOVEREIGN unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their SOVEREIGN. 9And the ETERNAL said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
Notice the land, a material possession, is promised to Abraham and his seed [plural], of whom the ETERNAL is to be their SOVEREIGN. The plural pronoun their, is used again in (verse 9); thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
Now examine this PROMISE carefully! The future of great nations rests on the promises the ETERNAL CREATOR made unconditional to Abraham after his obedience. 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 written and recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures.
How Much Land? What Size Nations?
These 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 ETERNAL CREATOR, bases the future of humankind, on them.
These same promises were re-promised to Isaac, Abraham's son, and to Jacob, the son of Isaac. After 430 years, the ETERNAL raised up his nation Israel, descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whose name the ETERNAL changed to Israel.
To lead these people out of Egyptian slavery and to the Promised Land, the ETERNAL called Moses. Moses was not seeking the ETERNAL. Nevertheless, the ETERNAL had caused Moses to be trained specifically for this commission by having him reared as a prince in the palace of the Egyptian pharaoh. So now again, after Moses had been specially trained for leadership, the ETERNAL called him out of the world to lead the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob out of Egyptian slavery.
At the end of the 40 years Moses died. The Israelites were led across the Jordan River into the Promised Land under Joshua. After Joshua died, they rejected the ETERNAL's rule and every man did what seemed right in his own mind. These people through disobedience to the ETERNAL would fall captive to surrounding kings. Then they would cry out to the ETERNAL and He would send a leader to free them. This process was repeated many times.
Israel Demanded A Human King.
After a few generations, the ETERNAL gave them a prophet to lead and guide them in the ETERNAL's ways, the prophet Samuel. Nevertheless, in due time the people rejected Samuel and demanded a human king to rule them, as other nations were ruled. Samuel was devestated, but the ETERNAL told Samuel it was not he that they rejected, but the ETERNAL. Samuel had ruled only as the ETERNAL's servant, and actually the people were the subjects of the ETERNAL's Sovereignty. Up until to now, the ETERNAL was their king.
The ETERNAL gave them what they wanted, King Saul, a tall and towering leader. However, Saul disobeyed the ETERNAL and the ETERNAL replaced him with King David. David did sin, but each time he sinned, he repented and turned from the sin. David became "a man after the ETERNAL's own heart". The ETERNAL made an unconditional and unbreakable Covenant with David, assuring that his dynasty through Solomon, ruling over Israelites, would continue unbroken forever. Finally, in the ETERNAL's due time, that throne will be taken over by the promised Mashiach [the anointed one].
Israel Splits Into Two Nations.
David's son Solomon taxed the people very heavily and when he died his son Rehoboam became king. The people sent a delegation with an ultimatum to Rehoboam. If he would reduce their taxes, they would serve him. If not, they would reject him as king. On the advice of the younger men among his counselors, Rehoboam told the people he would lay even heavier taxes on them.
Thereupon, the people of the 10 Northern Tribes decided against the Royal House of David. They named as king, Jeroboam, who had occupied the office comparable to a Prime Minister under King Solomon. Since Rehoboam was seated on the throne in Jerusalem, the people of Israel (the northern ten-tribes) chose a new capital some distance north of Jerusalem.
The remaining tribes of Judah and Benjamin decided to remain loyal to Rehoboam and they became the nation of Judah with their capital still in Jerusalem.
Upon ascending the throne, Jeroboam caused the people of the 10 Northern Tribes of Israel to sin (1 Kings 12:26-33). He deposed the Levites from the office of priesthood, changed the set-apart festivals of the seventh month to the eighth month, set up two golden calves to be worshipped, and changed the seventh day Sabbath to Sunday the first day of the week.
The Sabbath had been made an everlasting Covenant by the ETERNAL between Him and Israel, by which they would be identified from all other people (Exodus 31:12-18) as the ETERNAL's nation Israel, and by which they would be brought into weekly remembrance that the ETERNAL was their CREATOR. For in six days the CREATOR renewed or re-created the earth (creation is the proof of the CREATOR) and He rested on the Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3).
The Ten Lost Tribes.
The ten-tribed kingdom of Israel continued in sin, rejecting the pleadings of prophets that the ETERNAL sent to them. In a siege of war, about 721 to 718 BCE, Assyria conquered the House of Israel. They were moved from their homes, farms, and villages and transported as a captive people to Assyria on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea.
Within a hundred years, they migrated northwest and became known as the Lost Ten-Tribes. To their hurt, they had lost the Covenant Sign identifying them as Israel. They had lost the knowledge of the ETERNAL their Creator. They soon lost even the Hebrew language. From that time until today, the world has never known what became of them, and has mistakenly considered that all Israelites were Jews. In Scripture the term Jew applies to the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi. The Levites had joined the kingdom of Judah when they were expelled by Jeroboam.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, these nations [the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel], became the wealthiest and the most powerful nations on the face of the earth and remain so into the beginning of the 21st century. They have possessed, at their height of power, almost three fourths of all the wealth and resources of the world. All other nations combined had little more than a fourth of wealth divided among them. Never has there been anything like it in history. Never did a people spread out and grow so rapidly to wealth and power. Never were a people so rich. Do you know why?
Could Prophecy Ignore The Greatest Powers On Earth?
The understanding of the magnitude of the promises given to the Patriarch Abraham is based on the astonishing identity of the American and British peoples in Scriptural prophecies. This identity is very eye opening and astounding. In addition, it is the strongest proof of the inspiration and authority of the Hebrew Scriptures. It is, at the same time, the strongest proof of the very active existence of the living Almighty CREATOR!
If the people of the United States, the British nations, and the Northwestern European nations such as Belgium, Holland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are mentioned in the Scriptures, where are they mentioned? Consider, too, our peoples today base their laws on basic Scriptural principles. Manasseh and Ephraim have sent missionaries into every land on earth and have printed and distributed Bibles by many millions of copies in all languages. It is important to note that these millions of bibles contain two divisions. However, it is sad to realize that the false [New Testament]™ book of deception has been widely distributed worldwide as the primary biblical text, with the Hebrew Scriptures [OT] sort of as an afterthought tag along text. But at least everybody now has access to the Hebrew Scriptures [The Torah and The Tanakh]. NOTE: More on this in chapter 15.
We know the prophecies definitely refer to Russia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Ethiopia, Libya, and Egypt of today. Could these prophecies then ignore modern kingdoms like Britain and America? Is it reasonable? Assuredly, it is reasonable that Britain and The U.S. are not ignored.
The fact is, we are mentioned more often in Scripture than any other people. Yet, our true identity has remained hidden. Only in a few cases are modern nations mentioned by their ancient names, nations such as Ethiopia, Libya, and Egypt.
Usually nations are referred to by the names of their ancient ancestor from whom they sprang and in a few cases; the names are the same. Therefore, Turkey is referred to in prophecy as Esau or Edom because the Turks are some of the descendants of Esau. In like manner, the Arabs are spoken of as Ishmael, the Russians as Magog.
The Scriptural story of the ancestry of the peoples of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel and their modern prophetic identity is the most amazing, astounding, fascinating, and interesting story ever told. That story is the binding thread that runs throughout the Hebrew Scriptures [OT] binding it together.
From the time of Jamestown, the first permanent British colony in America, the British people HAVE BEEN A FREE PEOPLE! Although America was a colony of the British and gained its independence later, both peoples are of the same general bloodline and NEITHER WERE SLAVES TO A FOREIGN NATION.
Britain and the United States became great world powers in the nineteenth century. These two, until then small, minor countries, spurted to power and greatness among nations, as no previous nation(s) had ever grown and multiplied in wealth, resources and power before.
While in Egypt, Joseph became the father of two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim (Genesis 41:50-52), who were counted as sons of Jacob (Genesis 48:5-6) and whose tribes dominated the northern nation of Israel. The name Joseph is used later in the Old Testament as a reference to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (Numbers 1:32; Numbers 36:1, Numbers 36:5; 1 Kings 11:28) or as a designation for the whole Northern Kingdom (Psalms 78:67; Ezekiel 37:16, Ezekiel 37:19; Amos 5:6, Amos 5:15; Amos 6:6; Obadiah 1:18); Zechariah 10:6).
The title Children of Israel applied to all thirteen tribes until the death of Jacob (Israel) and he blessed the two sons of Joseph with the name Israel.
(Genesis 48:15-17) (KJV) 15And he [Jacob/Israel] blessed Joseph, and said, Almighty, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the Almighty which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name [Israel] 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. 17And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
Joseph protested but Jacob told him, I know it, but the younger Ephraim shall be greater sooner than the older. Jacob adopted these two grandsons to be his sons on his deathbed. Therefore, the Ten Tribes have two leading tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph. Since Ephraim received the blessing of the firstborn, the tribe of Ephraim was the chief tribe and in any combination with other tribes, the lot was called "Israel". The firstborn son replaced Reuben who had forfeited the birthright because of incest. Ephraim became the Royal Tribe.
These two Tribes have received the unconditional material blessings promised to Abraham by the ETERNAL CREATOR! These blessings were finally given after a long period of delay because of their constant rebellious disobedient attitude. This delay brought these magnificent blessings into play in order for them to culminate in the latter-day Times of Jacob's Trouble, with the older son Manasseh being the mightiest on earth at the beginning of the 21st Century.
By the early 1800's, 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 sprouting up to become the mightiest nation of all time. However, Britain first burst forth into greatness and, until the two World Wars, had become the greatest empire or Commonwealth of Nations in all history.
The British and American peoples bearing the name Israel between them had acquired the lion's share 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.
Our Wealth Was Promised Abraham.
Centuries ago this same wealth, power, and national greatness was promised by the Almighty to Abraham. Yet, few have ever noticed this astonishing fact of Scripture.
The promise of the Mashiach [the anointed one] (so-called Messiah) and of his kingdom rule is well known by the most superficial student of Scripture. They know that the ETERNAL gave the spectacular promise to Abraham of the Mashiach [the anointed one] to be born as Abraham's descendant. However, the Mighty One also made another entirely different and amazing promise to Abraham. Notice how the CREATOR called Abraham, and the twofold nature of His promise:
(Genesis 12:1-3) (KJV) 1Now 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: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Notice the twofold promise:
1. I will make of you a Great Nation. This is a national, material promise that his flesh-born children should become a great nation, a promise of national prominence.
2. In you all families of the earth shall be blessed.
That statement could have two meanings:
(a) The greatness of this promised nation would be so great that the other nations would be blessed by it.
(b) If you believe it to mean the promise of the Mashiach [the anointed one], then the same promise is repeated in:
(Genesis 22:18) (KJV) And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Greatness As Well As Blessing.
The "great nation" promise refers alone to national greatness, not to the one seed, the Mashiach [the anointed one], but the plural, multiple seed of natural birth is made certain by the ETERNAL's repetition of His promise in detail later.
(Genesis 17:1-5) (KJV) 1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the ETERNAL appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty CREATOR; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3And Abram fell on his face: and the ETERNAL talked with him, saying, 4As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Note that the promise as given is now conditional upon Abraham's obedience and perfect living. In addition, the "great nation" now becomes many nations. This cannot refer to the "one seed," the Mashiach [the anointed one]. The following verses prove this.
(Genesis 17:6) (KJV) And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
Notice, these nations and kings (plural) shall come out of Abraham, physical generations, multiple seed, not just one descendent, the Mashiach [the anointed one]. This is strictly speaking of national greatness.
(Genesis 17:7-9) (KJV) 7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a SOVEREIGN unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their SOVEREIGN. 9And the ETERNAL said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
Notice the land (material possession) is promised to the plural seed, of which the ETERNAL is "their," not "his," SOVEREIGN. The plural noun "descendants" is in all three verses.
Abraham's nephew, Lot, had moved to Canaan with him and there was quarreling between Lot's herdsmen and Abraham's herdsman. Abraham gave Lot first choice on where he wanted to go and Lot chose the watered plains. Then after Lot departed, the ETERNAL spoke to Abraham and said:
(Genesis 13:14-16) (KJV) 14And the ETERNAL said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 16And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
Again, notice the twofold nature of the promise:
1. A Great Nation: All the land in all directions, that he could see from where he stood, would belong to Abraham and his decendents forever, and in addition, his seed would be as numerous as the grains of the dust of the earth.
2. Families of the earth be blessed: The land was to be his and his descendants forever. Forever requires eternal life, which ties into the promised Mashiach.
Furthermore, Abraham's descendants were to receive all of the land between the Nile and the Euphrates Rivers (Genesis 15:7, Genesis 15:18). Notice carefully, the JEWS have never been more than one nation. They are not, and never have been, MANY nations. The Jews were given other promises that we will cover in the next chapter.
Following is an amazing prophecy, a solemn promise from our Almighty CREATOR that could not be fulfilled in the Mashiach, in the Jews, in the "Christian" Church, or in any other church. We must look for a number of NATIONS apart from either the church or the Jews. Amazing as it is, that is exactly what we must do or deny our Almighty CREATOR's promise!
The Mighty One put Abraham to the test, and Abraham, through faith obeyed, even to being willing to sacrifice his only son, if need be. Moreover, after Abraham's test, the Covenant no longer was conditional. The Covenant had become UNCONDITIONAL.
(Genesis 22:16-18) (KJV) 16And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the ETERNAL, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17That 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; 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
The promise had become UNconditional. The ETERNAL had sworn to make it good. The ETERNAL does not promise these blessings depending on whether Abraham or his children do certain things. The ETERNAL promised them to Abraham because Abraham has already performed his part of the agreement. If these promises could be broken or annulled, then no promise in Scripture is sure! Since Abraham has already performed his part of the agreement, now the Mighty One must perform His part without fail.
Notice an additional detail of the promise. The nations that are made up of Abraham and Sarah's family 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 a passage such as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Gibraltar. This promise is repeated in (Genesis 24:60). Now we will cover the promises to the Jews.
The Scepter And The Lawgiver Promise.
THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCEPTER PROMISE is based on the astonishing identity of the Jewish peoples in Scriptural prophecies. This very eye-opening, astounding identity is the strongest proof of the inspiration and authority of the Hebrew Scripture! It is, at the same time, the strongest proof of the very active existence of the living Almighty CREATOR!
The identity of the Jews is widely known; the tribal name of Judah has not been lost even through 70 years of captivity. The first portion of this chapter, therefore, will be devoted to understanding the identity of the Jewish people. Then, we will see how these promises to Abraham also affect the Jews, to whom they greatly do.
An English word, in many cases, may have several meanings depending on its use in a sentence. Thus, in a changing living language, English translators back in the 1700's may not have had access to the full range of meaning that may apply today.
An example of this is the Hebrew word "shebet" (shay'-bet) used in Scripture 190 times. "Shebet" is translated by the King James boys into "tribe" 141 times, "rod" 34 times, "sceptre" 9 times, "staff" 2 times, "correction" 1 time, "darts" 1 time, "pen" 1 time, and "screptres" 1 time. The far greatest majority of times this word is translated as "tribe".
One of the essential verses in understanding the prophecies is overlooked by most people. To understand nearly any subject we must have full comprehension of its beginning. The first chapter of the Hebrew Scriptures is Genesis, which means the beginning, and in Genesis 49, the Patriarch Jacob (Israel) is giving prophecies of the latter days to his sons, known as the Children of Israel.
The Scepter Tribe Maintains its Tribal Name.
(Genesis 49:10) (KJV) The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
The Lawgiver Maintains the Scrolls of Scripture.
To understand this verse and how it applies to Hebrew Scriptural prophecy, there are two words stated that are of prime importance to understand, they are:
The English word "lawgiver" comes from the Hebrew word "chaqaq" (khaw-kak') and means "to hack (i.e. engrave) to be a scribe simply". Remember that as the Lawgiver the ETERNAL simply engraved His Laws on two tablets of lapis lazuli (blue color stone) as a simple scribe would imprint the ETERNAL's Laws on tablets of clay or later on scrolls.
LAWGIVER - One who gives a code of law to a people (Isaiah 33:22). The KJV used lawgiver seven times. Modern translations replace lawgiver with scepter four times (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 21:18; Psalms 60:7; Psalms 108:8). At (Deuteronomy 33:21) modern translations replace lawgiver with commander (NRSV), leader (NIV), ruler (NASB, REB), or an equivalent. The remaining two cases (Isaiah 33:22) identify the ETERNAL as the Lawgiver. Contrary to popular opinion, Scripture never expressly identifies Moses as "lawgiver".
Even though the Hebrew word "chaqaq" is translated as "lawgiver" and refers to the ETERNAL as having originated and engraved the law in the beginning, it also refers to men, as scribes, who only engrave His Law, not invent it. To sum this up Scripturally a "lawgiver" is simply a scribe. Therefore, "THE LAWGIVER" is the ETERNAL Who established and transcribed His laws in the beginning, whereas "a lawgiver" is simply a scribe who transcribes the ETERNAL's Laws.
The ETERNAL CREATOR was acting as The Master Scribe when He wrote the Commandments on the two slabs of blue lapis lazuli stone, the Master Scribe but still a scribe. Keep in mind that the priests (Levites) were the first scribes (lawgivers), but Judah prevailed to become the scribes sometime after Ezra the High Priest compiled the Scriptures and later died.
Judah & Tamar.
We need to look at Judah's offspring as this could affect the lawgiver promise as mentioned by Isaiah. Judah's daughter-in-law Tamar was the Canaanite wife of his eldest son Er. After her wicked husband died without fathering a child, Tamar was given to Er's brother, Onan, for the purpose of bearing a child in the name of the dead man. Onan refused to impregnate Tamar, for which the ETERNAL killed him. She then tricked her father-in-law into fathering her child (Genesis 38:6-18).
(Genesis 38:28-29) (KJV) 28And it came to pass, when she [Tamar] travailed [gave birth], that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. 29And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
The significance of this development of twins being born is that, since Tamar had twin boys by Judah, the personalities of the two boys were different. Historically, Jews have been identified into two major groups: the Ashkenazim, or 'Germanics' ('Ashkenaz' meaning 'Germany' in Medieval Hebrew, denoting their Central European base), and the Sephardim, meaning 'Hispania' or 'Iberia' in Hebrew (denoting their Spanish and Portuguese base)".
Judah was the father of twin sons. 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 a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, 'This one came out first.'" However, the child drew his hand back, and the other was actually born first. "The midwife exclaimed, 'How did you break through? This breach is upon you.' Therefore, his name was called Pharez, meaning 'breach or breakout'" (Genesis 38:26-30). Capt states there could be no other significance here than that both of these twins were to be inheritors of the NameSake promise somewhere along the line of descendants.
You might wonder what difference that makes. To answer that, let us look again at the Scripture:
(Genesis 49:10) (KJV) The sceptre [tribal name] shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver [scribe] from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
A casual reading of this Scripture would give you the idea that Judah was the lawgiver and ruler. However, what is being stated is that the tribe of Judah will be the Scribes. (Psalms 60:7, and Psalms 108:8) both confirm that the tribe of Judah will take care of the scrolls down through the centuries, until Shiloh comes. Since each twin has his own personality that will show up in minor differences of filler words chosen to complete sentences in the versions that clan produces. This is why Jeremiah said to the people of Jerusalem.
(Jeremiah 8:8) (KJV) How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the ETERNAL is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
If the scribes of Judah wanted to change their genealogical record to include or exclude anyone, they certainly had the golden opportunity to try to make themselves the chosen Royal Tribe. Yet, (Isaiah 33:22) plainly states that the ETERNAL is Judge, Lawgiver, and King and He will save us. If the ETERNAL CREATOR refers to Himself as Scribe, what a great honor it is for the tribe of Judah to be the tribe of Scribes that maintains the Scriptures throughout history.
Since Judah was promised the honor of the job of being the Scriptural Scribes back in Genesis, that required an obligation of the ETERNAL for them to remain as a tribe because the Levites were scattered. That brings us to the second word we must understand.
To discern the setting for this understanding, we must notice something in Scripture.
(Ezekiel 20:13) (KJV) But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
(Ezekiel 20:23) (KJV) I [the ETERNAL] lifted up mine hand unto them [House of Israel] also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
Not only did the ETERNAL disperse Israel (Jeremiah 3:8, Jeremiah 3:14; Isaiah 50:1), but He divorced them (Hosea 1:3-6; Hosea 1:8-9). Israel was not alone in breaking the Laws and Heart of their CREATOR because Judah did also.
(Jeremiah 3:8) (KJV) And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Nevertheless, the ETERNAL had a job for Judah that mandated they must maintain their tribal identity. Their job was to maintain the Hebrew Scriptures, including knowledge of the Sabbath, and knowledge of the Single CREATOR, which they have done. The Jews have lost everything else including the Name of the ETERNAL, which day is the true Seventh-Day-Sabbath, and how to obey the Torah.
(Hosea 1:7) (KJV) But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the ETERNAL their CREATOR, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
The ETERNAL moved Cyrus to voluntary free the Jews from their captivity in Babylon. The Jews retained their tribal name through 70 years of captivity and in fact still maintain it today. In modern battles in 1948 until 1988, the Jewish army has been given the credit for saving the Jews. However, it does not take a military strategist to realize that in 1948 a ragtag group of settlers could not hold off the well equipped armies of four Arab nations, without the direct intervention of the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN of Hosts. Likewise, in 1967 when the Jews gained control of Jerusalem and the Sinai Peninsula in a six day war against all odds, the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN of Hosts is obviously again the source of the victory.
After their 40 years of protection ended in 1988, the record of the Jewish Armies has been very dismal on the battlefield. However, the final fulfillment of verse seven will be at the end of the Time of Jacob's Trouble. To summarize to this point:
The tribe of Judah was the tribe chosen to:
(1) Keep their tribal name of Judah.
(2) Maintain the Torah.
(3) Keep the knowledge of the Sabbath.
(4) Hold fast to the concept of a single CREATOR.
These four things they have done.
A Nation And A Company Of Nations.
The Mighty One re-promised these tremendous promises to Isaac and to Jacob. He rejected Ishmael and Abraham's other sons from this birthright. Esau, Isaac's son and Jacob's twin brother, sold the birthright and was rejected by the ETERNAL.
The birthright promise, as confirmed to Isaac, is recorded in (Genesis 26:1-5) where it also contains the twofold promise of greatness and blessings.
To Jacob (Genesis 27:26-29), material blessings of wealth in the things of the ground is added, with the prophecy that foreign nations shall be ruled by the birthright nations of Israel. Also, (Genesis 28:13-14) added still another detail, that these nations of Israel shall eventually spread around the world. In addition, these scriptures repeat the twofold promise.
Later, the Mighty One appeared unto Jacob and changed his name to Israel. The English word 'Israel' comes from the Hebrew word Yisra'el (Strong's H3478) and means, 'the CREATOR prevails', 'the second name for Jacob', 'the name of the descendants, and the name of the nation of the descendants of Jacob'.
(Genesis 35:11) (NKJV) Also the the ETERNAL said to him: 'I am the Almighty CREATOR. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body'.
So, the "many nations" are described to take shape as a Nation (one great, wealthy, powerful nation) and a Company of Nations (a group or Commonwealth of Nations that are allies.
This promise has never been fulfilled in the Jews. Neither can it pertain to any congregation because they are a collection of called-out individuals scattered through all nations. Yet this amazing promise must stand fulfilled unless we are to deny the Scriptures and the CREATOR's Righteous Word!
The Birthright And The Scepter Promises.
Now we come to a most vital distinction, a bit of Scriptural truth known only by very few. Note it carefully:
(Genesis 49:10) (KJV) The sceptre [mark of authority] [Strong's H7626] shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver [scribe] [Strong's H2710] from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [Shiloh] shall the gathering [obedience] of the people be.
This verse must be approached in two different ways.
1. LAWGIVER. The Hebrew word "chaqaq" [Strong's H2710] is translated as lawgiver. Originally, "chaqaq" referred to the ETERNAL as having brought His Law into existence in the beginning by engraviging the law in stone on Mount Sinai. Scripture also refers to men as scribes, who only simply engrave the ETERNAL's Law, not invent it. To sum this up Scripturally, "a lawgiver" is simply a scribe. However, "The Lawgiver" is the ETERNAL, Who composed and transcribed His laws in stone to give to Moses, whereas "a lawgiver" is simply a human scribe who transcribes the ETERNAL's Laws after they have been given.
2. SCEPTER. The other approach to this verse is based on the meaning of the word "Scepter". First, the Mashiach (the Messiah) is not the "Scepter," yet he is labeled this by many. However, most students of Scripture will rightfully tell you that Shiloh, to whom the gathering [obedience] of the people will be, is the Mashiach. King David, as is widely known, will fulfill this promise of the Mashiach.
The Hebrew word 'shebet' [Strong's H7626] is translated as, a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or a clan. We saw in the previous chapter that the most probable use of the word is a 'clan' or 'tribe'.
The AHD states the meaning of "Scepter" is:
1. A staff held by a Sovereign as an emblem of authority.
2. Ruling power or authority, A sign of Sovereignty.
Webster's Dictionary states: Scepter - a rod or staff, highly ornamented, held by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of Sovereignty. To summarize (Genesis 49:10) and cut to the chase, the verse does not say that the Jews are to be rulers of the people of Israel. In fact, Easton's Bible Dictionary states:
(Heb. "shebet" = Gr. skeptron), properly a staff or rod. As a symbol of authority, the use of the sceptre originated in the idea that the ruler was as a shepherd of his people (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17; Psalms 45:6; Isaiah 14:5). There is no example on record of a sceptre having ever been actually handled by a Jewish king.
Moreover, the verse plainly states that the Jews are to maintain their tribal identity and be the scribes for the Hebrew Scriptures down through history. Consequently, they would maintain the knowledge of the Sabbath and knowledge of the monotheistic CREATOR, that created the Sabbath, although they would lose the knowledge of His Name, and His People, and His Calendar, and the true day of His Seventh-Day Sabbath. In addition, the Prophecy does not say they would worship the ETERNAL, as they have their own religious traditions they brought from Babylon.
Yet, even so, the Jews will not lose their tribal name Judah, and will always be the scribes that maintain the Hebrew Scriptures, and thus the identification of a single [monotheistic] CREATOR, and His sign of the Sabbath. However, that doesn't mean that the ETERNAL made sure that the Jews would proclaim the correct day of the Sabbath, believe it or not, like it or not. It is because the Jews worshiped false 'gods' on false 'days', paying no heed to their true CREATOR, the ETERNAL took away the knowledge (Lamentations 2:1-6), of which day the true Sabbath was to be observed:
(Lamentations 2:6) (KJV) And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the ETERNAL hath caused the SOLEMN FEASTS and SABBATHS to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.
Yes, you read that right. Today, and for a long time gone by, the Jews have known ABOUT the Sabbath, but not on which day it is to be observed!
In this vein the promise / prophesy of (Genesis 49:8-10) shows that Judah would keep their tribal identity as Judah and be the Scriptural scribes for all of the sons of Jacob until Shiloh (the Mashiach) comes. Judah has thus prevailed over his brothers as the only tribe maintaining their tribal name.
Thus, the fact remains that 'the scepter', or 'tribal name', shall not depart from Judah. BUT, and here is the astonishing vital fact so few ever seem to have noticed:
(1 Chronicles 5:1-2) (TLB) 1The oldest son of Israel was Reuben, but since he dishonored his father by sleeping with one of his father's wives, his birthright was given to his half brother, Joseph. So the official genealogy doesn't name Reuben as the oldest son. 2Although Joseph received the birthright, yet Judah was a powerful and influential tribe in Israel, and from Judah came a prince.
In other words, Reuben's Birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel, so that the genealogy is not listed according to the Birthright; yet Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler, although the Birthright was Joseph's.
The Birthright Was Joseph's.
Yes, the BIRTHRIGHT was Joseph's and it remained with him and was given to his sons. Joseph is the one his brothers sold down into Egypt where he became the food administrator, and the Prime Minister. Joseph was called a prosperous man, even as his descendants were destined to become (Genesis 41:39-43).
Esau sold the Birthright (the promise of national greatness and material wealth) to Jacob and it was never given to the Jews who are of the tribe of JUDAH. So naturally, we should not expect to find this promise fulfilled in the Jews today. However, the tribe of Judah DOES HAVE and WILL KEEP the Scribal (Lawgiver) activity and NameSake (Scepter) promises until Shiloh comes.
But, just what is a birthright? It is that which comes by right of birth. The twofold promises to Abraham that passed through his children are birthrights. Isaac gave both promises to his son Jacob who gave them to Joseph's sons that he adopted.
(Genesis 48:15-16) (KJV) 15And he [Jacob] blessed Joseph, and said, Almighty CREATOR, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the CREATOR which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name [Israel] 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.
We will call the promise to Abraham of national greatness and material wealth the Birthright promise. In addition, we will refer to the promise to Abraham of scribes and ruler as the NameSake (Scepter) promise until Shiloh comes.
Note that Jacob (Israel) had twelve sons and the twofold promise passed separately through different sons. Israel gave the Birthright promise to Joseph and his two sons. Israel gave the NameSake (Scepter) promise to Judah and his sons.
What is a scepter? As we have seen it is the maintaining of their tribal name and is associated with maintaining the Scriptures.
The material birthright includes possession of the promised land, possessing the physical 'gates' to the enemies' territory, and ruling over non-Israelite peoples by spreading and colonizing lands from around the world! Early on, Ephraim became a colonizing power ruling over many foreign nations, but at the end of days, it will be King David who will be the King of Kings.
At this point, the two phases of the promises to Abraham separate into two different tribes! The interesting story in (Genesis 48) of the passing of this Birthright from the aged Israel to the two sons of Joseph, tells how Jacob (Israel) ADOPTED these two lads, Ephraim and Manasseh, as his own legal sons. You should read it in its entirety, noticing that Jacob's other sons were also recipients of blessings. Here though, we'll look at (verses 14-16):
(Genesis 48:14-16) (KJV) 14And 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. 15And he blessed Joseph, and said, O Mighty-One, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the SOVEREIGN which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my [Israel's] 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.
Thus they, Ephraim and Manasseh, ARE the House of Israel. They rightfully own the name of Israel, not the Jews! Israel continues administering the blessing of a great multitude. Who grew into that promised multitude? Notice it, NOT Judah, not the Jews, but the sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh and THEIR DESCENDANTS.
The Ten Tribes have two leading tribes: Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph. Joseph adopted them on his deathbed. These two tribes have received the unconditional material blessings given by the ETERNAL to Abraham. This, after being delayed a very long period because of their constant rebellious attitude and disobedience.
Together, they were to grow into a multitude. Eventually though, as indicated by another prophecy (Isaiah 49:20) to be explained later, the descendants of these two lads were to separate and Ephraim would lose Manasseh, then to become a separate nation. Continuing, speaking of Manasseh Israel said:
(Genesis 48:17-19) (KJV) 17And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. 18And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he [Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he [Manasseh] 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.
Therefore, Ephraim, the son of Joseph, became the Birthright holder. When in league with other tribes, the group will be called 'the House of Israel' in Scripture, and is sometimes referred to by the name 'Ephraim'. But, who are the descendants of Ephraim and of Manasseh today? Somewhere Ephraim must be a group or Commonwealth of Nations, while Manasseh must be the greatest single nation on earth! Either it is so, or scripture is not true!
David, Son Of Jessie, Takes The Throne.
AFTER THE DEATH OF ISRAEL 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. However, Israel's children became Egyptian slaves (Exodus 1:6-14; Genesis 15:13). Then the Mighty One raised up Moses and fitted him in a special way to lead these children of Israel out of the bondage that had come upon them in Egypt.
When the children of Israel reached Mt. Sinai, the ETERNAL 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 religious laws given to them directly by the ETERNAL. The Mighty One Himself was their King and He ruled them by a system of judges.
Soon the Israelites became dissatisfied with the ETERNAL as their King and demanded that a man should be their king just like the gentile nations around them. So the Mighty One gave them Saul as their first human king. Saul, however, was not a good king, nor was his heart right with the ETERNAL. Saul refused to obey the ETERNAL and so He rejected him. Saul's dynasty ended with his death.
Then the Mighty One placed David, a man after His own heart and with no relationship to Saul, upon the throne of Israel. David sat on the ETERNAL's throne.
Jacob, in returning home from his long sojourn at his grand-uncle Laban's home, came to Luz [that is, Bethel], which is in the land of Canaan; he and all the people who were with him.
(Genesis 35:19-20) (KJV) 19And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. 19And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.
Rachel died and concerning the location Dr. James Orr states: 'unto this day' refers to the time of the compiler [which was probably Ezra, the Priest]. Though the pillar [i.e. sepulchral monument] has long since disappeared, a spot is still marked, and Christians, Jews, and Muslims unite in honoring it. The present-day tomb site, which apparently is no older than the 15th century AD, is built in the style of the small-domed buildings raised by Muslims in honor of their saints. It is doubtful that it marks the exact spot where Rachel was buried. There are two traditions as to the location of Rachel's tomb. The first, based upon (Genesis 35:16-20; and Genesis 48:7), points to a place one mile North of Bethlehem and 4 miles South of Jerusalem.
In contrast to that, the second location according to (1 Samuel 10:2), states the place of Rachel's grave was on the border of Benjamin near Beth-el, about 10 miles North of Jerusalem at Ephrath. This location is corroborated by (Jeremiah 31:15), where the prophet, in relating the leading away of the people of Ramah, which was in Benjamin, into captivity, introduces Rachel the mother of that tribe as bewailing the fate of her descendants. Those that believe this northern location to be the place of Rachel's grave take the words, 'the same is Beth-lehem', in (Genesis 35:19; and Genesis 48:7), to be an incorrect gloss [veneer].
Now let us compare the Scriptures. We will begin with the Scriptures containing the identified incorrect gloss of an replacing '-el' with '-lehem' on the word Beth-el to make it Beth-lehem:
(Genesis 35:16) (KJV) And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
Genesis 35:19) (KJV) And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
(Genesis 48:7) (KJV) And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
Now to examine the other two Scriptures mentioned by Dr. Orr. We will begin with the Prophet Samuel speaking to Saul.
(1 Samuel 10:2) (NKJV) When you [Saul] have departed from me [Samuel] today, you will find two men by Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. And now your father has ceased caring about the donkeys and is worrying about you, saying, What shall I do about my son?
Notice in the verse above a point is made in passing, that Rachel's tomb is in the territory of Benjamin, which is North of Jerusalem.
Some sources claim that Rachel's Tomb is actually north of Jerusalem, at a site called by local Arabs 'the place of the sons of Israel', which is near present day A-Ram, the site of Biblical Ramah. The largest so-called tomb of the group, the function of which is obscure, has the name 'Qabr Umm beni Isra'in', that is, 'The tomb of the mother of the descendants of Israel'.
The place [Ramah] is mentioned in the 'Prophets' section [in Jeremiah] of the Hebrew Bible, as the site of Rachel's burial when King Saul visits the site in (1 Samuel 10:2). Later Jewish sources take the site near Bethlehem as the real site.
(Jeremiah 31:15) (KJV) Thus saith the ETERNAL; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
(Jeremiah 31:18) (KJV) I [the ETERNAL] have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the ETERNAL my SOVEREIGN.
That is another indication that there was some creative translations being perpetrated during the burning of the midnight oil, in glossing up the genealogical Scriptures that Ramah is near the ancient border of Benjamin and Ephraim. Much later after Jeroboam's revolt the area was then incorporated into the old land of Judah.
Bethlehem Or Bethel?
In the Old Testament, (the parenthetical reference to Bethlehem) in (Genesis 35:19), is perhaps derived from a traditional burial site for Rachel near the village.
(Genesis 35:19) (NKJV) So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
The difficulty in the determining the correct location [of Bethel or Bethlehem] has several causes. One is the general archaeological problem of identifying various ruins from ancient cities after all traces of the ancient people have disappeared. This is compounded by the past practices of the church in Rome during the Middle Ages in sending emissaries to the 'Holy Land' to determine where [New Testament]™ activities were supposed to have happened. These church determinations are the basis for all modern locations.
The village of King David's birth falls into this category of confusion. The place of David's birth, north of Jerusalem, is called 'Ephrath, (which is Bethlehem)' (Genesis 35:19). This is glossing as we saw above, because Bethlehem is south of Jerusalem and Bethel, which is near where King David was born, is north of Jerusalem.
Five times the village of David's birth is called 'Ephratah' (Psalms 132:6) and David should know since he was born there. The English word 'Ephratah' is translated from the Hebrew word 'Ephrath' as a form of 'Ephrathah' as it's translated in Scripture. Strong states both words come from H672 Ephrath (ef-rawth') or Ephrathah (ef-raw'-thaw) and means Ephrath, another name for Bethlehem, but perhaps Ephrathah simply means EPHRAIM. Scofield's Notes for (Psalms 126:6) states that the meaning of Ephrathah is Ephraim.
EPHRATAH [ehf' ruh tah] is both a place and a personal name meaning 'fruitful'. Modern translations spell the name as Ephrathah. It is the town near which Jacob buried his wife Rachel (Genesis 35:16-19); usually translated in English as Ephrath. (Genesis 35:16) seems to indicate that Ephrath(ah) must have been near Bethel. This is supported by (1 Samuel 10:2 and Jeremiah 31:15), which place Rachel's tomb near Ramah on the border between the tribal territories of Ephraim and Benjamin. (Genesis 35:19), however, identifies Ephrath(ah) with Bethlehem. Compare (Genesis 48:7).
(1 Samuel 10:2) (KJV) When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
(Micah 5:2) (NIV) But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Bethlehem is Ephrathah (Ephraim), yet is numbered as in Judah. What? Is this a conflict in Scripture? Certainly not! It is an indication of the period the text was written. Bethlehem Ephrathah refers to the time of David's youth when it was an Ephraimite village on the border between the tribal territories of Ephraim and Benjamin. Both Bethel and Bethlehem were in Judah in the period after the ten-tribes split from Judah. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin were merged into the House of Judah. Then Bethel was numbered with Judah.
Nevertheless, the King James translators strike again by hiding the meaning of the word 'Ephraim', the Royal appointed firstborn son of Israel by using 'Ephrath'. BUT WAIT, why would the King James translators care who Ephraim's descendants were? Now we will discover what Judeo-Christian values are concerning Bethlehem.
Compare (Genesis 48:7). It is part of Judah's tribal territory according to the earliest Greek translation [Septuagint] of the Old Testament, words omitted in current Hebrew manuscripts (Joshua 15:59) REB; see Tanakh verse 59, footnote 'm').
DID YOU CATCH THAT? THE GREEKS PUT BETHEL IN JUDEA AND THEN CALLED IT BETHLEHEM. Take note that for this job the King James priests AND the Jewish rabbis are working together to say Ephrathah was in Judah's original land grant and calling it Bethlehem. This move hides David's true tribal affinity making him appear Jewish and thus reconstructs the genealogical record of the Mashiach (Messiah)! Why would they do that? "Elementary dear Watson, the Jews want David to be in their blood line so they can claim to be the royal tribe. The church in Rome wants the dead Galilean to be of Jewish descent from David to gain a false claim to the throne".
EPHRATAH (ehf' ruh tah) Place and personal name meaning 'fruitful.' Modern translations spell Ephrathah Town near which Jacob buried his wife Rachel (Genesis 35:16-19); usually translated in English as Ephrath. (Genesis 36:16) seems to indicate that Ephrath(ah) must have been near Bethel. This is supported by (1 Samuel 10:2 and Jeremiah 31:15), which place Rachel's tomb near Ramah on the border between the tribal territories of Ephraim and Benjamin. (Genesis 35:19), however, identifies Ephrath(ah) with Bethlehem.
This may well be a moot argument because the words in our Bibles here in the Twenty-first Century say David was from an Ephraimite family, but born in a village in Judea. So if you think that the Ephraimite bloodline of David is correct or whether you think the Greeks are correct and go with David coming from Judea, we will just have to wait and ask him.
The time setting of the story of was during the period of the Judges. However, the book was not written until after the time of King David's birth, since it contains his genealogical background. In reading the book, remember that Ephraim was the Royal Tribe and was promised to be fruitful and spread over the wall (Genesis 49:22). In the first verses, notice the tribal affiliation of Naomi, her husband, and sons:
(Ruth 1:1-2) (NIV) 1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2The man's name was Elimelek, his wife's name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites [Strong's H673 Ephraimite] from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
Elimelech and Naomi, his wife, are from Bethlehem (Bethel), but they are Ephraimites. The English word "Ephrathites" comes form the Hebrew word "Ephrathiy" (Strong's H673) an "Ephrath [Strong's H672]" means "an Ephrathite or an Ephraimite". Thus, we see that Naomi and her family were of the tribe of Ephraim living in the village formally called Ephrath on the border of Ephraim and Benjamin, but later called Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Thus, Ruth's deceased husband was an Ephraimite. Now back to Holman article on Ruth:
The Book of Ruth takes place in the region of Bethlehem (Bethel) (Ruth 1:1-2, Ruth 1:19, Ruth 1:22; Ruth 2:4; Ruth 4:11). This story leads to the events that gave major importance to the village as the home and place of anointing of David (1 Samuel 16:1-13; 1 Samuel 17:12, 1 Samuel 17:15).
THE PLOT THICKENS! Notice who is a close relative of Naomi's Ephraimite family:
(Ruth 2:20) (NKJV) Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he [Boaz] of the ETERNAL, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead! And Naomi said to her, This man [Boaz] is a relation of ours one of our close relatives.
Since Boaz is a close relative of the Ephraimite family of Naomi's husband, then he is an Ephraimite also. This makes Boaz the person to bear seed from Ruth for her dead Ephraimite husband, since Boaz is the next closest kin. The village was elated over this prospect.
(Ruth 4:11) (KJV) And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The ETERNAL make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
(Ruth 4:13) (KJV) So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the ETERNAL gave her conception, and she bare a son.
(Ruth 4:17) (KJV) And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The next series of verses will nail down the fact that David is of the tribe of Ephraim, but was born on land that later became part of Judah. Holman states that (Micah 5:2) was understood to indicate that the Mashiach [David] was born in Bethlehem (Bethel) not Jerusalem. Remember that in Micah's time, King David was ancient history and Bethel in ancient times was on the border of Ephraim and Benjamin.
(Micah 5:2) (KJV) But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
We know the story that Goliath challenged the Israelites to send a champion to fight him and the shepherd lad David accepted the challenge.
(1 Samuel 17:4) (KJV) And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
(1 Samuel 17:12) (NKJV) Now David was the son of that Ephrathite [Strong's H673] of Bethlehem Judah [Strong's H1035], whose name was Jesse, and who had eight sons. And the man was old, advanced in years, in the days of Saul.
(1 Samuel 17:50) (KJV) So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
This is a different conclusion from my former writings; however, after prayerfully considering all of the Scriptures it appears to me that King David was an Ephrathite (Ephraimite) from the village Ephrath at or near Bethel. Later in the Greek Septuagint it was called Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Since there is confusion on the issue, you the reader are responsible for what you believe after a careful prayerful study of Scripture. However, King David, the son of an Ephraimite, was born on land that later became part of Judah and we mention this only in passing.
The Davidic Covenant.
Because of his obedience, sincerity, and honesty of heart, David, like Abraham, received a most astonishing unconditional promise from the Almighty that is as little known as the Birthright promises to Abraham.
This Coronation Chair of Ephraim resting upon four Lions representing Judah is symbolic of the reunified Two Houses. It is symbolic of the Throne that the Mashiach may sit upon to rule. The only Hope for Israel and the world, is the reunification of the House of Israel and the House of Judah in the latter days at the advent of the Mashiach (Messiah).
We only have space to quote briefly from the Scriptures setting forth this amazing Davidic Covenant. Like the Covenant with Abraham, the Mighty One made the Davidic Covenant UNCONDITIONAL and UNBREAKABLE. King David, ever thankful of the ETERNAL's blessing, wanted to build a great Temple as the ETERNAL's House in Jerusalem. The Almighty replied:
(2 Samuel 7:12) (NKJV) When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
This, of course, was his son Solomon who succeeded David to the throne. The ETERNAL continued:
(2 Samuel 7:13) (NKJV) He [Solomon] shall build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
Notice it: The throne of David passed to Solomon and Solomon's throne was to be established FOREVER! If that throne ever ceased to exist, then the Mighty One's promise has failed! Nevertheless, some will try to say the promise was conditional upon the obedience of Solomon or the future line of kings or their people. Notice the scriptural answer to this in the next verse:
(2 Samuel 7:14-15) (NKJV) 14I [the ETERNAL] will be his [Solomon's] Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. 15But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you [David].
BUT, notice this BUT: But My mercy SHALL NOT depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Saul's dynasty ceased. The ETERNAL CREATOR promises He will never take away this throne from David's line in this manner. David's dynasty through Solomon shall never cease! Continuing, next verse:
(2 Samuel 7:16) (NKJV) And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.
Again, we run into a twofold promise; this one is about the kingly line, and the ETERNAL throne that comes through a person born in the land that was to become a part of Judah. We do not have space to pursue the second promise here, so please see the article, 'Quest For The Messiah', for a detailed explanation.
Through All Generations.
Not only was David's House and Kingdom established forever through Solomon, but it was to exist continuously forever, through all generations!
(Psalms 89:3-4) (NKJV) 3I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: 4Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations. [Selah]
Note it! David's seed, through Solomon, and his throne were to stand forever 'like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky.' (verses 26-37).
(Jeremiah 33:17) (TLB) For the ETERNAL declares that from then on, David shall forever have an heir sitting on the throne of Israel".
As far as it is historically known, the last king of David's dynasty to sit upon that throne was King Zedekiah of Judah. He died in 585 BCE in Babylon with the Jews, a captive people. All of his sons were killed along with all the nobles of Judah. There is no historical record of any continuance of that throne from that year.
Then did David "lack a person" to sit upon the throne and continue his dynasty from that day on? Some say the man from Galilee took over the throne. Nevertheless, alas, he did not because he also died and, in addition, he was Jewish and not an Ephraimite. However, at the Advent, the Mashiach will soon sit upon that very throne as the King of kings. But wait! How can the Mashiach take over and sit upon a throne that ceased to exist long ago?
Will The Mashiach Come To A Nonexistent Throne?
IF the throne of David ceased with Zedekiah, then it does not exist today. Moreover if it does not exist, how shall the Mashiach sit upon a non-existent throne? Furthermore, since it was to continue through all generations, what about those many generations between Zedekiah and the coming Advent of the Mashiach?
(Jeremiah 33:20-21) (NIV) 20This is what the ETERNAL says: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21then my covenant with David my servant, and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me, can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.
Day and night still continue. Do David's descendants through Solomon still sit upon a throne? Nevertheless, what do the people say?
(Jeremiah 33:24) (NIV) Have you not noticed that these people are saying, the ETERNAL has rejected the two kingdoms He chose? So they despise My People and no longer regard them as a nation.
However, what does the ETERNAL say?
(Jeremiah 33:25-26) (NIV) 25This is what the ETERNAL says: If I have not established My Covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth, 26then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.
Strong words those! The eternal states that, unless you can stop the earth from turning on its axis, and unless you can remove the sun and moon and stars from heaven, 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 solomon in one continuous dynasty on that throne!
The descendant would not necessarily have to rule over all the tribes of Jacob, or even the Jews, but at least some of them and enough to form a nation. Remember again, the Two-Fold Promise includes this line of kings until it culminates in "Shiloh," the Mashiach at the Advent. The Advent will bring King David up from the grave to sit on his own throne that has been kept active through Solomon.
The Test Of Scriptural Truth.
Has the NameSake departed from Judah? Has the throne ceased? Alternatively, does it, as the ETERNAL has in such a binding manner promised, exist today so that the Mashiach can take over and sit upon a functioning, continuous throne of his descendants when he is awakened? The infallibility of the Scripture is at stake! The ETERNAL's word is at stake!
The Children Of Israel Become Two Nations.
Queen Elizabeth is not Jewish! The house of Israel is not Jewish! Those who constitute it are not Jewish, and never were!
We shall now see that fact conclusively beyond refute.
After David's death, his son Solomon succeeded him to the throne. Solomon taxed the people excessively and reigned in gorgeous splendor, probably never equaled before or since. He also married gentile wives, sacrificed to their idols, and committed other sins. So, the ETERNAL spoke to Solomon saying:
(1 Kings 11:11) (NKJV) Therefore the ETERNAL said to Solomon, Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.
(1 Kings 11:13) (NKJV) However I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen.
Israel Separated From David's Throne.
Note it! It is THE KINGDOM, NOT PART OF IT, that will be rent away. It is a PART; only two tribes are to remain. Notice in this verse that the reason "WHY" is given for the split between the tribes. Although Solomon himself deserved to have the entire kingdom rent away, the ETERNAL left two tribes, not because of leniency toward Solomon, but "FOR DAVID'S SAKE"! DAVID'S DYNASTY, THROUGH SOLOMON, CANNOT BE BROKEN. The Mighty One WILL NOT break His Covenant!
In preview of what we will cover is that the two tribes that remain are Judah and Benjamin. Of those two tribes, Judah is the NameSake (scepter) tribe and thus the part that is left will be called the land of Judah. Remember in (Genesis 49:10), Judah was to maintain their tribal name and their tribal territory was to increase to include the tribal territory of Benjamin. Hence, the Ephraimite village at or near Bethel, on the border of Benjamin and Ephraim, of King David's birthplace will become part of the land of Judah. The Jews were to maintain the scrolls until Shiloh (Mashiach - King David) returns and the full Kingdom is reestablished and the scribal duties are returned to the Levite priests.
When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded to David's throne. At once, the people demanded a reduction in the heavy taxes imposed by Solomon. Their spokesman, Jeroboam (Solomon's prime-minister), pleaded with Rehoboam:
(1 Kings 12:4) (NKJV) Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.
(1 Kings 12:11) (NKJV) And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!
(1 Kings 12:16) (NKJV) Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered, We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now, see to your own house, O David! So Israel departed to their tents.
(1 Kings 12:19-20) (NKJV) 19So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. 20Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none who followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
(1 Kings 12:21) (NKJV) And when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
(1 Kings 12:24) (NKJV) Thus says the ETERNAL: You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel. Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me. Therefore they obeyed the word of the ETERNAL, and turned back, according to the word of the ETERNAL.
Israel Divided Into Two Nations.
Notice it carefully! The House of Judah, including the tribe of Benjamin and Levi, under King Rehoboam of David's dynasty, was about to fight against the other ten tribes, headed by Ephraim as the first born Royal Tribe and thus was the House of Israel. Do not be confused. David and his descends are not Jewish; but since David is to always have a man on his throne the ETERNAL is separating the Throne from Israel. Why? Because the ETERNAL decided while the Children of Israel were still in the desert to send Israel into captivity (Ezekiel 20:23). David's Throne is being saved, and will later be inserted back into the Ephramite Royal Tribe.
The term "Jew" is merely a nickname for the admixture of people of "Judah, Benjamin, and Levi," comprising the "House of Judah". The term "Jew" applies to the one nation or House of Judah only, never to the House of Israel. To see the first place in Scripture where the word "Jew" is used, read this in context in your Scriptures. The story flow (2 Kings 16:1-4) is that Ahaz, son of Jotham king of Judah begins to rule at age twenty. He did not walk in the ETERNAL's truth as David did, but followed the pagan religion started by Jeroboam of Israel. Israel and Syria started a war with Judah:
(2 Kings 16:1-6) (KJV) 1In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. 2Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the ETERNAL his CREATOR, like David his father. 3But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the ETERNAL cast out from before the children of Israel. 4And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree. 5Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him. 6At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave [drove] the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.
Ahaz 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. With King Rezin of Syria as an ally, this king of Israel came against Jerusalem in war, and besieged King Ahaz of Judah, but could not overcome him (verse 5). At that time Rezin king of Syria (the ally of ISRAEL fighting with ISRAEL against Judah, the Jews) recovered Elath to Syria, and drove the JEWS from Elath (verse 6). NOTE IT! The first place in Scripture where the word Jew is used, they are at war with Israel.
Israel's ally, Syria, DROVE THE JEWS out of the town of Elath! Certainly, this proves that the Jews are a different nation altogether from Israel. It is WRONG to call the Jews of today Israel. The Jews ARE NOT the nation of Israel; the Jews are the tribe of Judah! Whatever Israel is today, remember that Israel as a national name, does not mean Jew. The Jews are not lost. They never lost their tribal name, or identity! Whoever the lost Ten Tribes of Israel are today, one thing is for sure, 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 THE NORTHERN TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL, who were at war against the Jews!
There is no place in Scripture where the term Israel refers to the Jews exclusively. When the usage of the noun is not national, but individual, then the term Israel alone or Children of Israel, or men of Israel may, and sometimes does, include the Jews, where all thirteen tribes are included. Jews are Sons of Jacob a Hebrew, just as Texans are Americans. However, MOST Sons of Jacob are not Jews, just as MOST Americans are not Texans. The Jews are the House of Judah only a part of the House of Jacob. All of the Children of Jacob are Hebrews. All Jews are Hebrews, but not all Hebrews are Jews. However, when Scripture speaks of these people 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 were merely called the House of Judah.
Concerning Ephraim and Manasseh, sons of Joseph, the dying Israel said, Let my name be named on them (Genesis 48:16). Consequently, they truly now bear the name of ISRAEL. Take special note that there are only two tribes of Israel, Ephraim and Manasseh, and Ephraim is the firstborn. In any configuration of other tribes, the alliance uses the name of the son that carries the birthright Blessings.
From this point on, the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi are called JUDAH, not Israel. The ten tribes headed by Ephraim and Manasseh from this point on are called ISRAEL. They are not Jews and never were called Jews! From this time forward, the children of Israel, thirteen tribes in all, were divided into TWO NATIONS, the nation of Israel, and the nation of Judah!
Now, for the first time, the BIRTHRIGHT goes into one nation, ISRAEL, headed by Ephraim-Manasseh, while the NAMESAKE and SCRIBAL duties remain in the other nation, called the House of JUDAH. The ETERNAL divided the two phases of the promises to Abraham BETWEEN TWO ENTIRELY SEPARATE NATIONS!
For many generations Israel and Judah remained as separate nations, in adjoining territories, having their own separate kings. Why should ministers, rabbis, and professed Scripture students be in ignorance of this when four whole books of Scripture, I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles, are devoted to explaining this very thing 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.
Judah retained the city of Jerusalem, its capital, and the territory known as Judea (Palestine) of which Bethel is now included. Israel occupied the territory north of Judea. Samaria became its capital city, and the House of Israel is often called Samaria in prophecy. This, too, is a vital key to understanding prophecy. Samaria never refers to the Jews in prophecy, but always to the ten tribes, the House of ISRAEL. We want to impress, here, that Israel and Judah are not two names for the same nation. They were, and still are, TWO SEPARATE NATIONS; YET both shall be united at the Advent of the Mashiach. The House of Judah ALWAYS means Jews. This distinction is vital if we are to understand prophecy. Because most of the so-called Scripture students are in ignorance of this basic distinction, they are unable to rightly understand prophecy!
In the next section, the House of Israel will be driven out of their homeland and lost from view; yet; the term Israel still applies only to Ephraim and Manasseh or to nation groups that they lead.
Israel Driven Out And Lost!
Immediately on becoming king over the House of Israel, Jeroboam (tribe of Ephraim) set up two golden calves, thus introducing idol worship in the kingdom (1 Kings 12:28-33). This idolatry combined with Sabbath-breaking (Ezekiel 20:10-24) was, and still is, the great national sin which became such a curse to Israel.
For generation after generation, the Mighty One pleaded with the House of Israel to turn from their tradition(s), from their fathers' ways, and to turn to keeping the CREATOR's Commandments. Yet, through nine different dynasties under 19 kings, Israel continued these national sins, sins so great in the CREATOR's sight that finally He caused them to become a conquered, captive nation.
In the years 721-718 BCE, 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 away to Assyria on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea! That is where and when they became lost from view!
(2 Kings 17:18) (KJV) Therefore the ETERNAL was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
Who did the Mighty One remove? ISRAEL! Yes, Israel was removed and driven from the ETERNAL's sight until they became lost from the eyes of the world. Who is left? Judah ONLY, only the Jews! Israel had gone into captivity! Israel became known as the LOST Ten Tribes, and are so designated today. Remember the Namesake promise to Judah was that, only the Jews [comprised of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi] were to keep their tribal name.
In (Leviticus 26), we find the CREATOR's solemn warning to all of the children of Israel. If they would worship Him alone, avoid idolatry, keep His Sabbath, walk in His Statutes, and keep His Commandments, they would inherit the national material promises to Abraham. They would become great, rich, and powerful, the dominant nation of all earth. However, they refused and rebelled, and were finally punished by the stripes of men, which resulted in captivity and slavery (2 Samuel 7:11-14).
Only during the reign of Solomon was there a time of peace for all of Israel. However, because of the continued worship of the "baals" by the people being led by Solomon and the majority of the successive kings, both nations went into captivity. Consequently, the promise to Abraham was only delayed, not forgotten. Any promise given by The Mighty One is sure. His promise of the birthright to Joseph will be fulfilled. We will explain this delay later.
Why Israel Became The Lost Tribes.
Israel simply had to obey the ETERNAL, keep His Commandments, and not commit spiritual adultery by worshipping idols [false 'gods'] (a.k.a. the 'baals'), in order to receive His blessings:
(Ezekiel 20:19-21) (NKJV) 19I am the ETERNAL your CREATOR: Walk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them; 20hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the ETERNAL your CREATOR. 21Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, and were not careful to observe My judgments, which, if a man does, he shall live by them; but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness.
Because the House of Israel lost the identifying SIGN of the Sabbath, the sign that identified them as being in the true worship, of the true CREATOR, they lost their tribal identities. It is the day that points back to the creation of Heaven and Earth, and to Israel's creation as a nation, after the ETERNAL released the Hebrews from their Egyptian bondage. Creation is the PROOF of who the ETERNAL is. It identifies HIM as the true CREATOR. The intended purpose of the Sabbath, is to keep man in the true knowledge of the ETERNAL. See the articles: 'Studying Scripture On The Sabbath', and 'Sabbath Principles', for more detail on the Sabbath.
When Israel threw aside the ETERNAL's Sabbath, they soon threw aside the ETERNAL as well, and went into idolatry. The Sabbath identified Israel as the CREATOR's own people because all other nations had long since departed from its observance and gone into idolatry. Because Israel rejected this SIGN, they were driven out and lost their tribal [national] identity (Ezekiel 20:10-24).
Judah, too, went into captivity largely because of Sabbath rejecting (see: Jeremiah 17). However, because the House of ISRAEL turned their back on the Sabbath, they utterly LOST THEIR IDENTITY! They even lost the knowledge of their national name. Israel came to be known as GENTILES!
(Exodus 31:12-17) records that the ETERNAL made the Sabbath the Covenant Sign between Him and His people. A sign identifies. At creation the CREATOR rested on, blessed, sanctified, and set apart the seventh day for man's rest and worship, which could keep him always in the true worship of the true CREATOR. At one time [seventy years later], those Jews who returned under Ezra and Nehemiah had learned their lesson. They became legalistically strict Sabbatarians, but added so many of their own restrictions to it that the Sabbath became a pain instead of a delight to keep. However, in maintaining the Sabbath the Jews maintained their tribal name and scribal function.
To this day, Orthodox Jews have retained the knowledge of the original Sabbath. Because the Jewish people who descend from the Ezra-Nehemiah leadership have retained knowledge of the ETERNAL's Sabbath, the identifying SIGN of His Covenant with the children of Israel, the world today [wrongly] looks upon them [the Jews], as ISRAEL!
Israel Never Returned. Why?
Israel's problem at the time of Jeroboam was that they discarded the Sabbath [verse 22], and thus discarded their sign and link to the ETERNAL. So, they were removed by the ETERNAL [verse 23], from the land of Samaria and have never returned! Assyria placed Gentiles in their homes and cities [verse 24]. These Gentiles were known as Samaritans, by the time of the destruction of the second Temple :
(2 Kings 17:22-24) (KJV) 22For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; 23Until the ETERNAL 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. 24And 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.
Now 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! Now they must lose their language, their spiritual heritage, and their land.
We will briefly summarize to this point. The 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 away to Babylon. Note well these facts:
1. In 721-718 BCE, Israel began to be carried away out of their own land to Assyria (2 Kings 17:23). Soon they were all removed completely. There was none left except the House of Judah only (2 Kings 17:18). Only Judah with Benjamin remained with some Levites.
2. Nebuchadnezzar more than 130 years later carried away the Jews of Judah to Babylon. Very few, if any, of the House of Israel dwelt in Palestine at the time of this captivity of Judah.
3. 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 (which included Benjaminites, and Levites), all JEWS, of those whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away. They returned unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city (Ezra 2:1).
4. Only those of the tribes of Judah, together with remnants of Benjamin and Levi, who constituted the House of Judah, returned at that time (Ezra 1:5). Consequently, those in Jerusalem in the time of the destruction of the second Temple were of these three tribes, none being of the House of Israel.
5. The House of Israel became known as the LOST Ten Tribes! They are now known by other names, speaking different languages! In addition, they kept the false religion that Jeroboam introduced, which we will cover later.
6. The Ten Tribes have two leading tribes: Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph. Jacob adopted them on his deathbed and only these two carry the name Israel. The other eight tribes are Asher, Dan, Gad, Issachar, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, and Zebulun.
What names are these lost 10 tribes known by 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, beginning in the early 1600's CE, must inherit the UNbreakable promises to Abraham of national greatness, resources, wealth, and power. Ephraim was to become a great Commonwealth of Nations and then MANASSEH was to become the world's greatest single nation! Who can they possibly be today?
Jeremiah's Mysterious Commission.
WHEN THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL WAS TAKEN INTO Assyria in the eighth century BCE, the Kingdom of Judah had not yet rejected the government and rightful authority of the ETERNAL. Before Judah's apostasy, the ETERNAL had said:
(Hosea 4:15) (NKJV) Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Let not Judah offend. Do not come up to Gilgal, Nor go up to Beth Aven, Nor swear an oath, saying, As the ETERNAL lives Though you, Israel, play the harlot, let not Judah offend.
Then after Judah's apostasy, the ETERNAL said this about Judah:
(Jeremiah 3:8 (NKJV) Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.
(Jeremiah 3:11) (NKJV) Then the ETERNAL said to me, Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.
Hence, more than 130 years after Israel's capture, the time came when the ETERNAL drove the Jews out too, into national captivity and slavery. He sent them as slaves to Babylon, not to Assyria where Israel had been taken.
The CREATOR raised a very special prophet with a very special call and commission that only a few understand. This prophet was Jeremiah and the Mighty One set him apart before birth (Jeremiah 1:5). Jeremiah was a young lad when first given his vital call and commission; tradition indicates he was seventeen years old. By the time his commission was completed, he was an aged, white-haired patriarch. Notice the commission from the Mighty One to this Jewish lad living in Judah:
(Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
There it is! Jeremiah was set over NATIONS, plural, more than one nation. The ETERNAL set him as a prophet over Judah, but not Judah alone, but over NATIONS, over KINGDOMS! He was set over these kingdoms to do two things:
1. He was to root out, pull down, and throw down. The English word destroy comes from the Hebrew word 'abad' (Strong's H6) a primary root meaning to wander away, i.e. lose oneself. The meaning of the word 'abad' in itself makes this a mysterious commission.
2. He was to WANDER AWAY (destroy), BUILD, AND PLANT. Thus, his total commission was to root out, pull down, throw down, wander, build, and plant.
Not Realized Today.
The ETERNAL used Jeremiah as a prophet to warn the nation Judah of their rebellious transgressions. He sent Jeremiah to warn this rebellious nation of impending punishment, their invasion and captivity at the hands of Chaldean armed forces, unless they acknowledged their guilt and changed their ways. The Mighty One used Jeremiah to warn Judah of the impending captivity and the pulling down or overthrowing of the throne of David in the Kingdom of Judah.
Judah did not heed this warning so King Nebuchadnezzar's armies invaded the land of Judah and took the Jews captive to Babylon. Thus, the Jews ceased from being a kingdom. Moreover, there no longer existed a ruler of David's dynasty on the throne ruling over the Kingdom of Judah.
Nevertheless, wait, note it in your Scriptures! Jeremiah was commissioned to wander, plant and to build! To build and to plant what? Why, naturally, that which he was used in rooting out of Judah, the THRONE OF DAVID. He was set over the kingdoms, the Kingdom of Israel as well as Judah. He was used in rooting out that throne from Judah. Then what was Jeremiah commissioned to do in Israel? Ah! Note it! The second half of his strange and little-understood commission, to wander, to plant, and to build!
Therefore, as far as the world knows, the last king to sit on the throne of David was Zedekiah of David's lineage. He was thrown off the throne and the throne rooted out of Judah in the year 586/585 BCE, at the time of the destruction of the Temple that Solomon built!
Judah Taken Captive To Babylon.
What, then? Did the ETERNAL CREATOR forget His Covenant with David? Did the throne cease to exist? True, the kingdom, the government of Judah ceased as had the kingdom of Israel more than 130 years before! But the question is, Did the throne of David cease to exist? No, it did not! Let us see what else Jeremiah was commissioned to do in wandering, planting, and building! Of necessity, that would have to be among the House of Israel since Judah was going into captivity. Jeremiah went among LOST Israel, now supposing she was GENTILE! Therefore, the identity and location of the replanting must remain hidden to the world, until this time of the end in which we now live!
The life and work of Jeremiah is a most fascinating story. The first chapters of the book of Jeremiah are devoted to his ministry of warning of the impending captivity of the Jews. Since the Jews rejected Jeremiah's warning, the ETERNAL caused their captivity. Babylon took Judah in three different stages over a period of about 19 years. You can read the part played by Jeremiah in their captivity in the book of Jeremiah.
Now notice an interesting fact. The last and final king recorded either in Scriptural or secular history as having sat on the throne of David was King Zedekiah of Judah (2 Kings 25:7; Jeremiah 52:10-11). When the Chaldean armies besieged Jerusalem, the city was broken up, the palace and temple destroyed. They killed ALL the sons of King Zedekiah before his eyes. So that there would be no man to carry on his dynasty, the army also killed all the princes of Judah. They put out King Zedekiah's eyes and he was bound in chains and carried to Babylon, where he died. You will read of this captivity in (2 Kings 25, 2 Chronicles 36, Jeremiah 39, and Jeremiah 52). These passages bring out the following points:
1. The king of Babylon slew all the sons of Zedekiah who were heirs to the throne of David.
2. He also slew all the nobles of Judah to leave no possible heirs for that throne.
3. 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.
4. Thus, as it appears, and as the whole world has believed, the throne of David ceased with no possible heirs to keep his dynasty alive. It is certain that from that day on, the throne has never again existed in Judah, in Jerusalem, or among the Jews!
Jeremiah's Mysterious Movements.
Now the first part of Jeremiah's mysterious commission was accomplished! As far as the world could see, or has seen since, the dynasty of David had ENDED! No king remained on the throne and the last king ruling the House of Judah was dead. All his sons were dead. All other princes who might be possible heirs to carry on the dynasty had been killed. No possible heir to the throne remained alive, so the world believes.
But wait! What about the SECOND part of Jeremiah's important commission? Was the Mighty One able to keep His Covenant with David? The integrity of Scripture and the validity of the word of the ETERNAL depend upon His oath to King David to preserve a lineage through Solomon, on David's throne. Jeremiah was among the captive Jews. Yet, he must remain free to carry out the second part of his commission.
(Jeremiah 40:2-5) (KJV) 2And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, The ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN hath pronounced this evil upon this place. 3Now the ETERNAL hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the ETERNAL, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you. 4And now, 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. 5Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people: or go wheresoever it seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward [expense money], and let him go.
Jeremiah was now FREE to perform the second half of his commission, which included wandering, planting, and building. So where did Jeremiah go? We come now to an amazing, fascinating, and thrilling part of the Book of Jeremiah that has been almost entirely overlooked.
(Jeremiah 40:6) (KJV) Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land [of Judah].
The king of Babylon made Gedaliah governor over a remnant of Jews in the land and since Jerusalem was destroyed, he made Mizpah his headquarters. However, the king of Ammon [now Jordan] 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. Now notice carefully:
(Jeremiah 41:10) (KJV) Then Ishmael carried away captive all the rest of the people who were in Mizpah, the king's daughters and all the people who remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard [from Babylon] had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive and departed to go over to the Ammonites.
Ah! Did you catch it? Read that passage again very carefully. Among this group of Jews were, the king's daughters! The daughters of Zedekiah, king of Judah, and of David's dynasty! This is why 'heirs' is a better translation in (Jeremiah 33:17) instead of 'a man':
(Jeremiah 33:17) (KJV) For thus saith the ETERNAL; David shall never want [heirs] 'a man' to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
King Zedekiah died in prison in Babylon (Jeremiah 52:11). All his sons had been killed. All the princes of Judah had been killed. All possible heirs to David's throne had been killed, except the KING'S DAUGHTERS! Note that since there are no male heirs to King Zedekiah, then his oldest daughter is now the Queen of Israel. Now we see why Jeremiah went to Mizpah!
Jeremiah Escapes With The Royal Seed.
Soon a man named Johanan replaced Ishmael as leader and, in fear of reprisals from Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldean army, the group remaining in Mizpah appealed to the prophet:
(Jeremiah 42:1-4) (NKJV) 1Now all the captains of the forces, Johanan the son of Kareah, Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people, from the least to the greatest, came near 2and said to Jeremiah the prophet, Please, let our petition be acceptable to you, and pray for us to the ETERNAL your CREATOR, for all this remnant (since we are left but a few of many, as you can see), 3that the ETERNAL your CREATOR may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do. 4Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, I have heard. Indeed, I will pray to the ETERNAL your CREATOR according to your words, and it shall be, that whatever the ETERNAL answers you, I will declare it to you. I will keep nothing back from you.
The word of the ETERNAL came to Jeremiah, and he told them not to fear, that the ETERNAL would protect and deliver them. However, the people wanted to flee to Egypt. This is what the Mighty One warned them not to do. If they did, the sword of Nebuchadnezzar, which they feared, would overtake them there, and they would die (Jeremiah 42:7-16). But, as people usually do, they rejected the ETERNAL's warning and told Jeremiah:
(Jeremiah 43:2) (KJV) Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the ETERNAL our CREATOR hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
(Jeremiah 43:5-7) (KJV) 5But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah; 6Even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch [Jeremiah's secretary] the son of Neriah. 7So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the ETERNAL: thus came they even to Tahpanhes.
On reaching Egypt, the CREATOR warned these Jews again through Jeremiah, that they should die there by the sword and famine, and none shall return except those who escape:
(Jeremiah 44:14) (KJV) So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.
Yes, a few in this company were under The Mighty One's protection to fulfill the ETERNAL's promise to David. They shall ESCAPE! The ETERNAL continues: Yet a small number who escape the sword shall return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah:
(Jeremiah 44:28) (KJV) Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or their's.
Baruch was Jeremiah's constant companion and secretary. It is important to note here the CREATOR's promise of protection to him:
(Jeremiah 45:2-5) (KJV) 2Thus saith the ETERNAL, the SOVEREIGN of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch: 3Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the ETERNAL hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. 4Thus shalt thou say unto him, The ETERNAL saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. 5And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the ETERNAL: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.
Jeremiah, Baruch, and the Royal Seed for replanting and rebuilding David's throne, all under the Mighty One's protection, were to escape and return to the land of Judah! Then Jeremiah and his company were to journey to a strange land that they did not know. Now let Isaiah complete this prophecy, which is in the middle of a longer prophecy concerning the king of Assyria and Jerusalem:
(Isaiah 37:31-32) (KJV) 31And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: 32For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the SOVEREIGN of hosts shall do this.
This remnant with Jeremiah, the oldest of the king's daughters who is now the Queen, shall take root downward! That is, BE REPLANTED! Then bear fruit upward! Be BUILT! Has the Mighty One failed in His solemn Covenant to keep David's throne alive? Where was this planting and where was this building? Can we find it in CREATOR's Word? Yes we can! The place and the people among whom the throne was reestablished are clearly identified!
Remember the amazing Davidic Covenant. Like the Covenant with Abraham, the Mighty One made the Davidic Covenant totally UNCONDITIONAL, and UNBREAKABLE.
King David In Ireland.
For a starting point of reference, we note this end time prophecy about Ephraim. The context is what is to befall Ephraim (British) in the latter days and what doctrine they will learn from it. The context is of the Crown of Ephraim and is contained in three chapters in Isaiah. Ephraim will experience this in the end-time and thus gain wisdom. However, in passing we find a key that unlocks many prophecies. Please read these three chapters to get the overall story flow.
(Isaiah 28:1) (YLT) Woe [to] the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim. And the fading flower of the beauty of his glory, That [is] on the head of the fat valley of the broken down of wine.
(Isaiah 28:3-4) (YLT) 3By feet trodden down is the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, 4And the fading flower of the beauty of his glory That [is] on the head of the fat valley, Hath been as its first-fruit before summer, That its beholder seeth, While it [is] yet in his hand he swalloweth it.
Later we shall show in detail that Ephraim is the British and their Commonwealth of Nations. Now considering the statement in the above verse concerning drunkards, which of all the British Commonwealth countries, is the one most famous for their Pubs? I think all will agree it is the Irish. Thus, the ETERNAL identifies the place where the crown will be planted to remain until Shiloh arises to reclaim it.
(Isaiah 29:1-2) (KJV) 1Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. 2Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
(Isaiah 29:7) (KJV) And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision [a nightmare].
That this prophecy refers to the House of Israel is made plain from the context. The climax of the prophecy is the time of divine intervention in all human affairs. But why should the 'city where David encamped' symbolize the center of government of the House of Israel today? It is not a fitting expression for Jerusalem and Mt. Zion, for David DID MORE than encamp there. He dwelt there and ruled Israel from there! Notice further the name ARIEL. Here is a CITY WITH THE NAME ARIEL. It symbolizes the same people as does Mt. Zion in prophecy, but it is not Mt. Zion. It is only a place WHERE DAVID ENCAMPED.
Cities in early times often changed names, or were given names, due to famous men who restored or rebuilt the sites, or to men who established the priority of their names in a genealogical line. Take for example the change of the name of Aegialea to Sicyon in Greece. Was there at Tara a famous king with the name of Ariel whose bloodline rules today in the British Royal Family? Indeed there was. Of four sons of Gede the Heremon, only the line of IRIAL (Irish for Ariel) continued to rule from Tara. His name was as RARE in Irish history as the name David was in Jewish history!
In the same vein of thought Dr. Hoeh states:
These scant evidences of history are more than mere coincidence. NO OTHER PLACE ON EARTH bears the names of Eber, of Dan, of David, and of Ariel.
At first thought, it may appear unusual that the Emerald Isle should have a recorded history far older than Rome. There is a reason. Unlike Italy, Ireland remained under the continuous dominion of one people. Irish history begins, not with the Tower of Babel, but at the end of the flood. Irish history is the only literature which specifically connects Israel with its past.
The brothers Eber, and Gede the Heremon, founded a town after gaining possession of Ireland. To be the new capital of Ireland, they named it Tea-mur the town of Tea. At [later] different times in history it has borne other names, the most common being Tara (cp. the Hebrew word 'Torah,' meaning 'Law').
Even to this day another of the names of the old site of Tara has been preserved: Dowd's Town, which means literally David's Town. The name is found attached to an area three miles north of Tara Hill (see B. M. Ordnance Survey maps, Ireland, 91, 101). Is it possible that David king of Israel visited Ireland and Tara toward the end of his life?
After the of the founding of Tea, shortly after 1016 BCE an event occurred involving a beautiful woman who was 'sorrowful to a harlot.' The passage, quoted in the poem of Cuan O'Lochain ('Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy,' vol. xviii, 1839, and other works), has never been fully understood. It can hardly refer to Tea who had long been married to Gede the Heremon. But, if David gave his daughter Tamar in marriage to Irial, the son of Gede, then all becomes clear. Her half-brother had violated Tamar. She left the scene of the unfortunate event in a torn garb and remained unmarried in her brother Absalom's house. It was not until after the death of Absalom that David was free to depart for Ireland, very probably to give his disconsolate daughter in marriage to Irial.
Thus, we see that the ruling family, in Ireland, was of the Royal Tribe of Ephraim as descendants of King David himself. This point will be folded back into the narrative later.
The Mysterious Overturning.
WHERE DID JEREMIAH GO WITH BARUCH AND THE ROYAL DAUGHTERS of the last king in Judah? Since Zedekiah's sons were killed and there were no male heirs, then the oldest daughter is now the Queen of Israel. She is the only heir to the throne of King David, which must pass through Solomon.
Under Hebrew law (Numbers 27:8-11), a daughter would inherit as though she were a son and the right of descent would pass to her male seed providing she married within her own house (Numbers 36). Since David's line (Ephraim) is promised to remain on the throne through all generations FOREVER, it will always remain. The physical location of the throne may be relocated, nevertheless an heir of King David will always occupy it. The removal of the throne could only occur at an OVERTURN of the throne by a marriage between a direct heir to the throne through Solomon and one of the ancient Davidic line, thus healing the breach and solidifying the genetic line of the Davidic throne in Ireland.
Jeremiah's job now is to find a settlement of Ephraimites of the ancient Davidic line. Thus, the young Queen will not just marry into her own tribe, but into a branch of the Davidic line. The ETERNAL's promise to King David that there will always be an heir to his throne will remain in effect until David is awakened from the grave to reclaim the throne for himself.
Within half a century of the House of Israel going into exile, the Scythians or Gimiri were mentioned for the first time in the historical documents which date from the reign of Esarhaddon, King of Assyria (681-669 BCE) and are now in the British Museum. They reveal that the Scythians were then located among the Medes, where the Bible tells us that some of the Israelites had been placed in captivity (2 Kings 18:11).
In the Assyrian language the name for Scythian was 'Iskuza,' which was derived from 'Isaaca.' The Scythians may well have called themselves Isaaca, or House of Isaac, as Amos did a few years earlier (Amos 7:16). It should be realized that in Hebrew the accent falls on the last syllable, so that Isaac would not be pronounced as it is in English. Consequently, the 'I' could easily get lost altogether to form the Greek name Skuthae.
Since only Ephraim and Manasseh carry the name of Isaac (Genesis 48:1-16), the Scythians are Ephraimites. Other tribes could be associated in the Scythian empire but the Scythians are of Ephraim. Gawler tells us:
At various times from very early periods, and during their later march westwards, the Scythians threw off in all directions, principally southwards and behind them, vast swarms, which, after sweeping all before them for a time, were in some cases cut off and broken up, though not destroyed, but losing their coherency, were eventually absorbed among the nations.
The Milesians come primarily from Scythia and the old historians agree that Ireland was ruled by a succession of Milesian monarchs until the reign of Rodrick O'Connor, the last native Irish king.
In comparing the Ephraimite Scythians to Ephraimite British, Growler states that manners of the Scythians were received by other nations as the standards of policy, civility, and polite learning, and the Irish historians note these Scythians coming to Ireland as being highly skilled in architecture.
History stops short at this point. Enlightened students of Scriptural history have long known that the Ten Tribes called by the name House of ISRAEL, have been lost in identity and historical knowledge and exist today unrecognized as nations among the Gentile nations. The Mighty One has hidden their identity and location from the world. Yet, in this end time, we shall find the secret revealed through PROPHECY.
The Three Overturns.
History shows that the descendants of Ephraim (Scythian) became wanderers, journeying to the north within the confines of the Scythian nations, and their descendants later migrated to Ireland which was ruled by descendants of Irial and Tamar, King David's daughter.
Meanwhile, the Davidic line of Solomon that possessed the Davidic Covenant, was HIGH, exalted. The Davidic line through Tamar, probably feeling it rightfully should possess the throne, and some day would, was low, abased, as far as royal power was concerned.
Now consider a passage of prophecy that is greatly misunderstood. Begin reading at (Ezekiel 21:18) and you will plainly see that the ETERNAL is here speaking of the captivity of Judah by the king of Babylon. Then beginning with the 25th verse, He says:
(Ezekiel 21:25-27) (KJV) 25And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel [Zedekiah], whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 26Thus saith the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN; Remove the diadem [turban], and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come(s) [David is awakened] whose right it is; and I will give it him.
Let us understand clearly what the Mighty One is saying. Remove the [official] turban, and take off the crown. King Zedekiah, of David's Ephraimite dynasty, has the crown. This says it is to be removed, AND IT WAS REMOVED. Zedekiah died in Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar killed his sons and all the male nobles. Nothing shall remain the same. The turban & crown are not to cease, but a change is to take place, the throne is to be overturned, another is to wear the turban crown. The ETERNAL's promise to David is not to go by default! Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. Who is high? King Zedekiah over Judah. Now he will be abased. He is to lose that crown!
In addition, the tribe of Judah has been high (with a king) while Israel in Ireland has been low, these many years without a recognized king (Hosea 3:4). The Davidic line through Solomon has been high; the Davidic line through Tamar has been low.
Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, until he comes whose right it is. What was to be overturned? The turban, crown, and the throne! Not once, not twice, but it will be OVERTURNED three times. It was overturned by abasing Zedekiah, of the Solomon line of the House of Israel, but now exalting the Tamar line ruling among the House of Israel in Ireland! The first of the three overthrows was performed in the first half of Jeremiah's commission.
It shall be no longer. 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 the Mashiach whose right it is, at his Advent, if it ceased to exist altogether? How could the crown exalt him who was low now, if that crown was to be no more? No, the meaning is: It shall be no more overturned until the Advent of the Mashiach! Then the crown shall be given to him!
The Mighty One will not break his unalterable promise made to David! In every generation, David shall have a descendant, through Solomon, wearing that crown! The second half of Jeremiah's commission must now be performed. Jeremiah must now WANDER; the throne must be TRANSPLANTED, and BUILT. The crown must be overturned, by being transferred to another in some other place! But WHERE? To WHOM?
A Riddle And A Parable Tells!
The strange truth of the PLANTING and the REBUILDING of David's throne is revealed in a riddle and a parable, couched in symbolic language now being understood in this latter day. It fills the (17th chapter) of Ezekiel's prophecy. To understand what is being said, you should carefully read the whole chapter. First, notice this prophetic message is NOT addressed to Judah, the Jews, but to the House of ISRAEL. Remember that when Ezekiel spoke this, the ten-tribes had already been taken away as captives and did not receive his message. Therefore, it is a message to give light to the lost ten tribes, specifically the House of ISRAEL in these latter days!
First, the ETERNAL told Ezekiel to speak a riddle and then a parable (Ezekiel 17:1-10). Then, beginning in verse 11, the ETERNAL explains its meaning; then in verse 12 He says: Say now to the rebellious house do you not know what these things mean? Tell them. Then the riddle is clearly explained. Now we will start at the beginning of the riddle: (Ezekiel 17:3-4) A great eagle with large wings. Came to Lebanon and took from the cedar the highest branch. He cropped off its topmost young twig and carried it to a land of trade; He set it in a city of merchants.
This is explained to represent King Nebuchadnezzar who came to Jerusalem and took captive the king of Judah along with his sons to Babylon.
(Ezekiel 17:5-6) (KJV) 5He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree. 6And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.
Nebuchadnezzar also took of the people (seed) of Judah. He set it like a willow tree. And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature means the Jews were given a treaty whereby, although ruled over by the Chaldeans, they might live in peace and grow.
In (Ezekiel 17:7-21) is the second part of the riddle. The other great eagle is explained to represent Pharaoh of Egypt and Jews who went to live in Egypt were all killed or scattered.
Thus, 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, and begins with Thus says the ETERNAL.
(Ezekiel 17:22) (KJV) I will take also one of the highest branches of the high cedar and set it out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain.
The highest branch is the Ephraimite king of Judah and a tender branch from him would be a daughter who is now the Queen of David's throne. The riddle told us Nebuchadnezzar took the highest branch, the king. The parable now tells us the ETERNAL, not Nebuchadnezzar, but the ETERNAL, will take of the highest branch. Not the branch, but OF THE BRANCH, of Zedekiah's children. I the ETERNAL will crop off from the topmost OF its young twigs a tender one.
Nebuchadnezzar captured and killed all of Zedekiah's SONS. However, the MIGHTY ONE, through His prophet Jeremiah, is now going to take OFF this highest branch and PLANT IT on a high and prominent mountain, continues the Almighty! Remember that a mountain in prophecy is an established government or the nation.
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, a Princess! And will PLANT it. Could this symbolic language say it any plainer? This young princess is to become the royal seed for the PLANTING again, of David's throne. Where? On a high and prominent mountain, Says the ETERNAL!
But Which Nation?
(Ezekiel 17:23) (KJV) In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it [the tender young twig, the king's daughter] shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
Did David's throne cease with Zedekiah of Judah? Did the ETERNAL forget His Covenant? ABSOLUTELY NOT! David's throne now is to be planted in ISRAEL after being thrown down from Judah! Could the language be any PLAINER?
Compare this language with (Isaiah 37:31-32): And the remnant who have escaped of the House of Judah shall again take root downward [be planted], and BEAR FRUIT UPWARD. It was PLANTED in ISRAEL and removed from Judah! After this Hebrew princess is planted on the throne, now in Israel and lost from view, that throne is to BEAR FRUIT. The Princess, now the Queen, is to marry and have children, and her sons are to continue David's dynasty!
The so-called 'lost' dynasty of Israel, now having acquired the throne, has again become a self-ruling nation and shall, in time, spread around the earth gaining dominance and power. They shall inherit the unconditional promises of the BIRTHRIGHT, according to CREATOR's Covenant with Abraham!
(Ezekiel 17:24) (KJV) And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the ETERNAL, have brought down the high tree and exalted the low tree, dried up the green tree and made the dry tree flourish; I, the ETERNAL, have spoken and have done it.
A tree in both the riddle and the parable also represents a nation. In other words, all the nations of the earth shall know that I, the ETERNAL 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. Moreover, have exalted the low tree. for 130 years Israel had been a low tree. Israel is now exalted, again becoming a thriving nation with a Davidic king. have dried up the green tree [JUDAH] and have made the dry tree [ISRAEL] to flourish. Compare that language with these next verses:
(Ezekiel 21:26-27) (NKJV) 26thus says the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN: Remove the turban, and take off the crown; Nothing shall remain the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. 27Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to Him.
The verse is speaking of transferring the throne from Judah to Israel. Israel had already been independent in Ireland for four centuries. Israel in Ireland already had a kingly line onto which Zedekiah's daughter could be grafted. The Irish Israelites were an ancient colony that had not gone into Assyrian captivity to which David had taken his daughter Tamar.
ISRAEL, headed by the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, who actually possessed the BIRTHRIGHT, now would flourish becoming prosperous in due time. I, the ETERNAL, have spoken and have done it:
(Ezekiel 17:24) (KJV) And all the trees of the field shall know that I the ETERNAL have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the ETERNAL have spoken and have done it.
Yes, 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, and possessing the gates of their enemy nations. They would become a colonizing people spreading around the world, being blessed with national resources and wealth. Moreover, when they become powerful and nationally dominant, remember that David's throne will be found transplanted among them!
WHERE did Jeremiah with his royal seed for the transplanting go to find the lost House of Israel? WHERE are they today? Can we tell? We CAN! The exact, precise location is revealed in Scriptural prophecy! We can pick up Jeremiah's trail in actual history, besides!
Israel's New Land.
WE 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 mighty nation and a company or Commonwealth of Nations. They are powerful, looked upon as Gentiles and when we find them, we shall find the throne of David!
Many passages of prophecy tell of these people in these latter days. These prophecies are not to be understood until this "time of the end," prophecies containing a message to be carried to these people by those to whom the Mighty One reveals it!
First, it is necessary to fix in our minds several facts. The prophet Amos in the days of Jeroboam II, the 13th of the 19 kings of the House of Israel, (Amos 1:1) wrote:
(Amos 9:8-9) (KJV) 8Behold, the eyes of the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the ETERNAL. 9For, 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.
This prophecy usually is applied to the scattered condition of the Jews. However, it has nothing to do with the Jews, or the House of JUDAH. It refers to the ten-tribes, the House of Israel which was driven into Assyrian captivity, then migrated from there and scattered among other nations long before the Jews were taken to Babylon. This prophecy says that ISRAEL (not Judah) was to be sifted among other nations. These Israelites would lose their identity, but the ETERNAL would protect and keep them so that not the least grain fall upon the earth.
A New Homeland.
It was during this time that the people 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. However, 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 possessing the Birthright eventually were to come to a new land of their own. The ETERNAL states: compare to (1 Chronicles 17:9)
(2 Samuel 7:10) (NKJV) Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously.
The context of the whole passage shows this refers, not to old Samaria, but to new different lands. These scattered Israelites were to gather to new lands, after being removed from the Promised Land, while their land of Samaria were lying idle and in possession of Gentiles.
Notice carefully! After being removed from Samaria, being sifted among all nations, abiding many days without a king, and losing their identity, they are to be planted in a far away strange lands, which are to become their own. Now, NOTE THIS! After reaching these various places, they are to move no more! That is, of course, during this present world before the Time of Jacob's Trouble, this brings us to the configurations of the present world.
While other prophecies indicate the 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. They are to spread out from this appointed place, which must remain the home seat of government for David's throne.
Mark this clearly! Once the place of their own was reached and the throne of David planted there, THEY WERE TO MOVE NO MORE, until during the Time of Jacob's Trouble as prophecies show. Therefore, the location of this people TODAY is the place where Jeremiah planted David's throne more than 2,500 years ago!
Therefore, prophecies pertaining to this present time or to the location of this people just before the Advent of the Mashiach will tell us the location of Jeremiah's planting. The House of Israel is yet to return, at the Advent of the Mashiach, to Samaria, to again plant grapes in Samaria, their original country. Prophecies telling where they shall, in that future day, migrate FROM will reveal the location of the lost ten-tribes of ISRAEL! The two succeeding overturns of the throne, too, must be located in this same general locale.
Lost Israel Located.
Without further suspense, let us see where prophecy locates these Birthright holders now possessing the throne of David and having received the richest national blessings from the beginning of time. Remember they are distinguished from Judah, the Jews, by various names: Ephraim, Joseph, Jacob, Rachel (the mother of Joseph), Samaria (their former home), and Israel. Notice the direction they went:
(Hosea 12:1) (KJV) Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after [chases] the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
Since 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:
(Psalms 89:25) (KJV) I will set his [David's] hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
The throne is to be set, planted, in the sea. In addition, through Jeremiah, the ETERNAL said:
(Jeremiah 3:11-12) (KJV) 11And the ETERNAL said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. 12Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the ETERNAL; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the ETERNAL, and I will not keep anger for ever.
Israel is clearly distinguished from Judah. Of course, Israel was north of Judah while still in Samaria. However, Jeremiah wrote these words more than 130 years after Israel had been removed from Samaria. Israel had long since migrated with Assyria. Together they had migrated north and west (northwest) of Assyria's original location. Therefore, in these last days, messengers are to go toward the NORTH (of Jerusalem) in order to locate lost Israel and proclaim this warning.
In summary, we find the location is toward the north, also west, and in the sea.
(Jeremiah 3:18) (KJV) In those days the House of Judah shall walk with the House of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.
In the future exodus of those days, at the Mashiach's Advent, they are to return to Samaria and Judah out of the land of the NORTH! The next two scriptures not only add another direction but provide a glimpse into the heart of our loving CREATOR, as did (Jeremiah 3:12) above:
(Hosea 11:8 (NKJV) How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.
Hosea 11:10) (NKJV) They shall walk after the ETERNAL. He will roar like a lion. When He roars, Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;
In a separate prophecy for the latter days, Jeremiah records another direction:
(Jeremiah 30:24 (NKJV) The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, And until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it.
Jeremiah 31:1) (NKJV) At the same time, says the ETERNAL, I will be the SOVEREIGN of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.
(Jeremiah 31:7-8) (NKJV) 7For thus saith the ETERNAL; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O CREATOR, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. 8Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.
This prophecy in (Jeremiah 31) is for consideration in the latter days and is addressed to Israel (verses 2, 4, 9), Ephraim (verses 6, 9), and Samaria (verse 5). Here is added another hint: the coasts of the earth (verse 8) is evidencing that they are dominant at sea and that they have spread abroad widely by colonization.
Hence, Israel of TODAY, the Israel of the day of Jeremiah's planting of David's throne, is located specifically in an area described as: NORTHWEST of JERUSALEM, and IN THE SEA! Let us locate this land more specifically!
Isaiah the 49th chapter begins the first verse with this: "Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar!". Israel, the people being addressed, are called O Isles, and in the third verse, O Israel. This term isles or islands is sometimes translated coastlands. In addition, the next three verses add some interesting information.
(Jeremiah 31:7) (KJV) For thus saith the ETERNAL; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O SOVEREIGN, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
(Jeremiah 31:9-10) (KJV) 9They 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, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. 10Hear 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.
(Isaiah 41:1) (KJV) Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.
Thus we see that today, as in Jeremiah's day, the House of Israel is in the isles that are in the sea, the chief of the nations, northwest of Jerusalem, a coast-dwelling, and therefore sea-dominant people!
The children of Israel went this way.
Certainly, there can be no mistaking that identity! Take 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! Moreover, Britain has ruled the waves and dominated the oceans.
There is much PROOF THAT OUR ANGLO-SAXON, English-speaking peoples of today, Britain and America, are actually and truly the Birthright tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh of the lost House of Israel. There is just so much we shall have space for here, but the small portion which is covered in this study, should be ample information to get you to understand that even though Israel is lost and don't really know who they are today, the Almighty CREATOR knows who they are, and where they are.
A major proof of who the Birthright nations are is to see who controlled ALL of the gates of their enemies (until the gates have recently begun to be lost). Who controlled gates such as the Suez Canal, Panama Canal, Straight of Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Khyber Pass, Malta, Singapore, and many, many other areas? In other words, who fulfilled the prophecies of (Genesis 22:17; Genesis 24:6) and controlled these important areas? There are no others other than the United States and Britain.
Another proof we will cover briefly is that of languages. A most interesting fact is the Hebrew meaning of the names of the British people. The House of Israel is the covenant people. The English word covenant comes from the Hebrew word 'beriyth' (Strong's H1285, pronounced ba-reeth'). The English word 'man' is sometimes translated from the Hebrew word 'iysh' (Strong's H376, pronounced eesh). Pronouncing the two Hebrew words together would give us ba-reeth'-eesh, and transliterating the sound into English gives us British. Putting the meanings of the two Hebrew words together, we have covenant-man, showing that the English word 'British' actually means 'covenant-man'.
Thus, the word for covenant-man, or covenant-people, is simply BRITISH. So, is it merely a coincidence that the true covenant-people today are called the BRITISH? In addition, they reside in the BRITISH ISLES! To review a promise to Abraham that we covered earlier:
(Genesis 21:12) (KJV) And the Almighty said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for IN ISAAC SHALL THY SEED BE CALLED.
Even though Sarah was barren and was in her old age, the Great CREATOR intervened and she gave birth to a son and named him Isaac (Genesis 21:2-3). Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. The Birthright of Isaac passed to Jacob (Genesis 25:24-33). Jacob's name was changed to Israel (Genesis 35:10). Thus all the sons that Israel (Jacob) had became known as the sons of Israel, and the resulting nation became the nation of Israel. Yet, the overriding name for all of the birthright nations would still be the sons of Isaac who was Jacob's father.
In the late 1800's, some Assyrian cuneiform clay tablets were discovered and later translated in the 1930's. These tablets were Assyrian records of the eight-century BCE Israelite deportation. There were records of four deportations, which proved the ten-tribes of the northern Nation of Israel were assimilated* into Assyrian culture and became identifiable as the Cimmerians, the Scythians, and the Goths. Our records of ancient history show that over several hundred years, and through different paths, the Scythians, Cimmerians and the Goths migrated essentially to northwest Europe and became known as the Anglo-Saxon Celtic people.
*Assimilated: To absorb (immigrants or a culturally distinct group) into the prevailing culture.
(Genesis 48:16) (KJV) The Angel which redeemed me [Jacob] 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.
Linguistic analysis by Dr. W. Holt Yates, of Yale University, of the word Anglo-Saxon, shows the word 'Saxon' to mean 'sons of Isaac'. This is exactly what the ETERNAL promised to Abraham and again to Jacob:
(Amos 7:16) (NIV) Now then, hear the word of the ETERNAL. You say, Do not prophesy against Israel, and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.
Colonel Gawler, quoting Wilson's Watchmen of Ephraim, says that Nineveh marbles record the rebellion of a people called Esakska, who had called themselves in their own country 'Beth Isaac,' or 'House of Isaac.' He also states that the word 'Saacae,' is fairly, and without straining or imagination, translatable as Isaacites.
Thus, we have linguistic proof from different sources for the connection between the Birthright promise and the Anglo-Saxon peoples of today. The first is directly from the Hebrew language. The second is from the present day English that evolved from the Old English or Anglo-Saxon language, which itself evolved from the Teutonic or Germanic language branch of the Indo-European family of languages. The truth is out there.
Dan A Serpent's Trail.
Since the ETERNAL intended that lost Israel was to be located and found in these last days, we should expect some kinds of signs or markers to have been left along the trail by which ancient Israel journeyed from Assyria, the land of their original captivity. Notice what the Mighty One tells Ephraim:
(Jeremiah 31:20-21) (TLB) 20And the ETERNAL replies: Ephraim is still my son, my darling child. I had to punish him, but I still love him. I long for him and surely will have mercy on him. 21As you travel into exile, set up road signs pointing back to Israel. Mark your pathway well. For you shall return again, O virgin Israel, to your cities here.
In Scripture, we find the road signs that they set up along the road they traveled. Jacob, foretelling what should befall each of the tribes, states Dan shall be a serpent by the way. (Genesis 49:17). J. H. Allen states that a better translation of the original Hebrew is: Dan shall be a serpent's trail. If you have ever noticed the trail of a snake in sand you will have noticed that each time it curls and pushes forward a small curved mound is formed behind it that points back the way it came. It is a significant fact that the tribe of Dan, one of the ten-tribes, named every place they went after their father Dan.
The tribe of Dan originally occupied a strip of coast country on the Mediterranean, west of Jerusalem.
(Joshua 19:47) (KJV) And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.
(Judges 18:11-12) (KJV) 11And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war. 12And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan unto this day: behold, it is behind Kirjathjearim.
This tells us that Danites encamped at Kirjathjearim, and called that place Mahaneh-Dan unto this day. Mahaneh-Dan means 'camp of Dan' Compare: (Judges 13:25). 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 (Judges 18:29). So notice how these Danites left their serpent's trail by the way. They set up road signs by which they may be traced today.
Remember, 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.
The tribe of Dan occupied two different districts, or provinces, in the Promised Land before the Assyrian captivity. One colony lived on the seacoast of Palestine. They were principally seamen, and it is recorded that Dan abode in ships (Judges 5:17).
When 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. (Deuteronomy 33:22). Along the shores of the Mediterranean, they left their trail in Den, Don, and Din.
Irish annals and history show that the new settlers of Ireland, at just this time, were the Tuatha de Danann, which translates as Tribe of Dan. Sometimes the name appears simply as Tuathe De, meaning the people of 'God.' Moreover, in Ireland we find they also left these road signs: Dans-Laugh, Dan-Sower, Dundalk, Dun-drum, Don-egal Bay, Don-egal City, Dun-glow, Dingle, Dunsmor (meaning more Dans). Also, the name Dunn in the Irish language means the same as Dan in the Hebrew: 'judge'. See HERE also.
However, 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 route.
After leaving Assyrian captivity, they inhabited for some time the land just west of the Black Sea. There we find the rivers Dnieper, Dnister, and the Don. Then, in either ancient or later geography, we find these road signs: Dan-au, the Dan-inn, the Dan-aster, the Dan-dari, the Danez, the Don, the Dan, and the U-Don, the Eri-don, down to the Danes. Denmark means Dan's mark. When they came to the British Isles, they set up the road signs names of Dun-dee, Dunkirk, Dun-raven; in Scotland the Dans, Dons, and Duns are as prolific as in Ireland.
And so the serpent's trail of Dan set up road signs that do lead directly from the British Isles back to the Promised Land! We have followed the road signs of the serpent's trail, but is the Throne of David to be overthrown?
David's Throne To Be Overturned Three Times.
(Ezekiel 21:25-27) (KJV) 25And thou, profane wicked prince [Zedekiah] of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 26Thus saith the ETERNAL CREATOR; Remove the diadem [turban], and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he [Shiloh] come(s) whose right it is; and I will give it him.
Let us understand clearly what the Mighty One said. Remove the [official] turban, and take off the crown. King Zedekiah, of David's dynasty, had the crown and IT WAS REMOVED. He died in Babylon along with his sons and all the male nobles of Judah. Nothing remained the same. The turban &crown did not cease, but a change took place, the throne was overturned and another is to wear the crown. The ETERNAL's promise to David is not to go by default! Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. Who is high? King Zedekiah in Judah. Now he will be abased [brought low].
Ancient Annals Of Ireland.
Now let us consider, briefly, what we find 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. The real ancient history of Ireland is very extensive, though colored with some legend. Nevertheless, with the facts of Scriptural history and prophecy in mind, one can easily sift out the legend from the true history in studying ancient Irish annals.
The Milesians come primarily from Scythia and the old historians agree that Ireland was ruled by a succession of Milesian monarchs until the reign of Roderick O'Connor, the last native king.
Dr. Hoeh states the brothers Eber and Gede the Heremon arrived in Ireland from the Near East and founded a town, after gaining possession of Ireland, to be the new capital of Ireland. This was before the days of David.
We must note here that a colony of the line of Milesians would be Ephraimite, and not just Ephraimite, but of the royal family, but without the kingship. This line would carry on the Davidic promise after the breach was healed. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect to find descendants of Ephraim in Ireland as the ruling family.
Then, in approximately 569 BCE (date of Jeremiah's transplanting), an elderly, white-haired patriarch, sometimes referred to as a saint, came to Ireland. He brought with him the princess daughter who was of an eastern king and a companion called Simon Brach, spelled in different histories as Breck, Berech, Brach, or Berach. The princess (now the Queen of Israel) had a Hebrew name Tephi, a pet name, her full name being Tea-Tephi. This royal party included the son of the king of Ireland who had been in Jerusalem at the time of the siege. He was prince Eochaidh son of the king of Ireland. There he had become acquainted with Tea-Tephi.
He married her shortly after 585 BCE, when Jerusalem fell; their young son, now about 12 years of age, accompanied them to Ireland. Capt states that besides the royal family, Jeremiah brought with them some remarkable things, including the harp, an ark, and a wonderful stone called lia-fail, or stone of destiny. With the thought of the Stone of Destiny in mind, notice Israel's blessing to Joseph again:
(Genesis 49:22-26) (KJV) 22Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: 23The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: 24But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty SOVEREIGN of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) 25Even by the SOVEREIGN of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: 26The 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 his brethren.
Capt points out that under Hebrew law (Numbers 27:8-11) a daughter would inherit as though she were a son and the right of descent would pass to her male seed, providing she married within her own house (Numbers 36).
Another strange coincidence, or is it just a coincidence, is that many kings in the history of Ireland, Scotland, and England have been coroneted sitting over this stone, including the present queen of England. The stone did rest in Westminster Abbey in London, with the coronation chair built over and around it. Until recently, a sign beside it labeled it Jacob's pillar-stone (Genesis 28:18). In addition, the Prime Minister and the Queen of England have recently conspired to send this identifying stone back to Scotland.
Capt states that the prince, Eochaidh, son of the king of Ireland was, the royal husband for the Hebrew Queen. Eochaidh was given the title Heremon upon ascending the throne of his father and they were coroneted King and Queen by Jeremiah on the Stone of Bethel. Since the prince was of the Ephraim line, his marriage to David's direct descendant, Zedekiah's daughter, healed the breach caused long ago by the separation of the tribe of Ephraim. Thus from this point forward, David's descendants for the throne were transferred to the Heremon line, which ruled in Ireland. Regarding the breach, it is now immaterial whether the Heremon line or the Davidic line was the correct line because the marriage healed the breach, they are now grafted back together, and this forms the Royal Family through David.
The son of king Heremon and the Hebrew princess continued on the throne of Ireland, and this same dynasty has continued unbroken through all the kings of Ireland. It was overturned and transplanted again into Scotland; again overturned and moved to London, England, where this same dynasty continues today in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Princess Of The Seed Of David.
We will leave the royal remnant for a moment to review some of the prophecies/promises we have covered:
1. Jacob's descendants would bow to Joseph and his descendants (Genesis 37:6-10) including the tribe of Judah.
2. Judah would keep their NameSake until Shiloh comes (Genesis 49:10). The name Shiloh is used as epithet [name] of the Mashiach [the anointed one] (Strong's H7886, and H7887). Also, there was a small village just inside of the land of Ephraim named Shiloh.
3. David's lineage through Solomon would sit on the throne forever (2 Samuel 7:12-13).
4. Israel is not the name of the Jewish nation, but it is the name of the ten-tribed kingdom led by Ephraim, which was driven into an unknown land about 139 years before the flight of Jeremiah and the royal remnant.
5. The ruling royal family in Ireland were Ephraimites, the line of Gede the Heremon, and they ruled the Danites and other Israelites in Ireland, then in Scotland, and then in England.
6. The Milesians in Ireland were Ephraimites. Eochaidh, the son of the Ephraimite king of Ireland of the Gede the Heremon line, married the Jewish princess from David's ruling descendants. This marriage grafted David's throne into the Heremon line.
The word Jew, is the name of the people comprised of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi. The word Jew, is also the Scriptural historic name of the Jewish people, which is composed of a smaller portion of Jacob's seed. However, because the Jews kept the 'SIGN' of the Sabbath (Exodus 31:13, Exodus 31:17), they did not lose their tribal identity, and their descendants are still known as Jews. The ten-tribed nation of Israel however, refused to keep the 'SIGN' of the Sabbath, and therefore they lost all their tribal identities. Notice that the NameSake promise, was promised distinctively to the Judaic tribes.
(2 Chronicles 13:4-5) (KJV) 4And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; 5Ought ye not to know that the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
However, the NameSake promise, is still distinctively to the Judaic family. Remember that the Mashiach [the anointed one] is to come from the line of Ephraim. Ezekiel, speaking of the Mashiach states:
(Ezekiel 37:24-26) (TLB) 24And David, my Servant, the Messiah [Mashiach the anointed one], shall be their King, their only Shepherd; and they shall obey my laws and all my wishes. 25They shall live in the land of Israel where their fathers lived, the land I gave my servant Jacob. They and their children after them shall live there, and their grandchildren, for all generations. And my Servant David, their Messiah [Mashiach the anointed one], shall be their Prince forever. 26And I will make [future tense] a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting pact. I will bless them [future tense] and multiply them and put my Temple among them forever.
At the Advent, the Mashiach [the anointed one] will be a rising light for all people.
The Birthright that Esau sold to Jacob, the promise of national greatness and material wealth, was never given to the Jews who are of the tribe of JUDAH. So naturally, we should not expect to find this promise fulfilled in the Jews today. However, the tribe of Judah does have, and will keep, the NameSake promise. The promise / prophesy of (Genesis 49:8-10) shows that Judah would maintain their tribal name. However, a descendant of David through Solomon, will rule the sons of Jacob until Shiloh [Mashiach the anointed one] is here. This is proved in recorded history, as each prior U.S. President and the Royal Family of England trace their lineage back to King David.
It is awesome how the Mighty One works out His purpose in the kingdoms and affairs of mankind! And, since He has the power to do that, He has the power to make it happen just as He wants it, even though we may not perceive it happening.
Queen Elizabeth On David's Throne.
In view of the linking together of Scriptural history, prophecy, and Irish history, can anyone deny that this Hebrew princess was the daughter of King Zedekiah and therefore heir to the throne of David? That the aged patriarch was in fact Jeremiah, and his companion was the scribe, or secretary, Baruch? That Prince Heremon was a descendant of Gede the Heremon who married the daughter of Zedekiah, thus healing the ancient breach? That when the throne of David was first overturned and Jeremiah replanted it in Ireland, later overturned a second time and replanted in Scotland, overturned a third time and planted in London? At the Advent of the Mashiach [the anointed one] to sit on that throne, he shall take over a live, existing throne, not a non-existent one. The ETERNAL's word still stands! The Mighty One has kept, and will keep, all His promises!
King George of the British Commonwealth, the king who ruled before Queen Elizabeth II, had a chart published showing his ancestry. It contains every generation back to Heremon and Tephi, to Zedekiah, on back to David! The British Commonwealth of Nations is the only COMPANY OF NATIONS in all earth's history. Could the British Commonwealth so exactly fulfill the specifications of the Birthright, and not be the Birthright People?
Since its formation, the United States expanded rapidly in national resources, but reached world dominance among the nations, only during and after WW I. Since WW II, the British Commonwealth has diminished in power, while the United States has exponentially increased in power.
The United States Is Manasseh.
From 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 and to remain together for a long time, then finally to separate.
In (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, Manasseh was to become the SINGLE great nation and Ephraim the COMPANY of nations.
In his prophecy for these latter days, Jacob said, Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall (Genesis 49:22). In other words, Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh jointly and together, was to be a colonizing people with their colonies branching out from the British Isles around the earth.
Together Ephraim and Manasseh grew into a multitude and then separated, according to Jacob's prophetic blessing of (Genesis 48). Our people have fulfilled this prophecy.
Nevertheless, how can the U.S. be Manasseh, when large parts of our people have migrated from many nations besides England? The answer is this: A large part of Manasseh remained with Ephraim until the separation of NEW England. However, our ancestors 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. However, many others of Manasseh who had filtered into other nations did not leave them until they came as immigrants to the United States AFTER the New England colony had become a 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, especially those who came from Western Europe. Ancient Israel, however, always did absorb gentiles who became Israelites through living in Israel's land and intermarrying.
Thus, we are known as the melting pot of the world. Instead of refuting our Manasseh ancestry, this fact actually confirms it. The proof that the U.S. is Manasseh is overwhelming. Manasseh was to separate from Ephraim and become the greatest, wealthiest single nation in the history of earth. It can only be the Unites States, who has fulfilled this prophecy exactly. Manasseh was in fact the thirteenth tribe. There were twelve original tribes. Joseph was one of these twelve. However, when Joseph divided into two tribes and Manasseh separated into an independent nation, it became the thirteenth tribe.
Could it be mere coincidence that the U.S. began as a nation with 13 colonies? Their flag had 13 bars and 13 stars. The Great Seal of the United States has many components and most of these contain 13 parts. The reverse side of this Seal, is the Great Pyramid of Egypt, and Ephraim and Manasseh were born in Egypt.
Davidi states in his book Joseph that, The very name AMERICA was derived historically from that of Amerigo (or Americus) Vespucci. Vespucci was a North Italian navigator in the service of King Henry VII of England. He mapped part of the North American coast and America was named after him. Vespucci had received the name Americus in honor of an Israelite Prince, Machir (maw-keer'), who had once held an autonomous principality in Southern France. The name Amerigo (or as it was also rendered Americo) was a Latinized permutation of the Hebrew name Machir or HaMachiri (the Machir).
The original Machir was the first-born son of Manasseh, son of Joseph. Machir was brought to his grandfather Joseph who was getting very old:
(Genesis 50:23) (KJV) And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.
The English word 'Machir' comes from the Hebrew word 'Makiyr' (Strong's H4353), and means salesman. Notice the pronunciation maw-keer'. Now if you drop the first letter A in America, it sounds like merica. The sounds maw-keer' and merica are very similar and could be transliterated as Machir or America.
Continuing with Davidi, Machir received his portion on the other side of the Jordan, and America is over the Ocean. Benjamin Turkia pointed out that one of the meanings of Machir in Hebrew is selling. Benjamin is a native of Finland now living in Israel. He describes his first visit to the USA after coming from quiet little Finland. He was startled by the frenzy of selling. He was not used to it. People were selling things everywhere. They were selling in the airport and on the street. When he finally reached the safety of his lodgings, almost immediately the doorbell rang. He went to the entrance and encountered a door-to-door salesman who had come to sell. Selling and the capitalist system are one of the characteristics of the USA in the eyes of outsiders. People on the whole are not really that much different from each other, so where even small differences exist and stand out, they are taken as characteristically representative. The USA is distinguished in the eyes of others by its characteristic of selling. America is Machir. Grammatically, if you wanted a word-construct in Biblical Hebrew that would express the principle of capitalism, you could not find a more apt word than Machir.
Capt states that The word Jacob is the Anglicized form of the Hebrew word Ya'aqob (or shortened to Yacob), meaning 'supplanter.' The English word that means 'supplanter' is James. Therefore, by definition Jacob = James. Since Jacob was named 'Israel,' then by extension Israel = Jacob = James. Thus the first English colony in America, 'Jamestown,' could have been called 'Jacobtown' or 'Israeltown.' Interestingly, the most widely read 'Bible' by the Anglo-Saxon peoples is the King James, which could easily be the King Jacob or the King Israel.
Many of the early settlers of the USA and Canada came from those areas of Britain in which clans deriving from Manasseh had predominated and North America as a whole which contains many from Ephraim. In addition, North and South America also contain representatives of other Israelite tribes, and from place to place the relative proportions doubtlessly vary.
Nevertheless, what about the other tribes of the so-called Lost Ten Tribes? While the Birthright was Joseph's, and its greatest blessings have come to the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America, yet the other eight tribes of Jacob were also the ETERNAL's chosen people. These other tribes have been blessed with a great measure of material prosperity, but not the dominance of the Birthright.
We lack space for a detailed explanation of the specific identity of all of these other tribes in the nations of our twenty-first 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, and 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 of Israel.
IN LOOKING AT THE PROPHECIES IN SCRIPTURE, very seldom is the starting date for a prophecy given. For example Abraham was told his descendants would serve the people of the land they would be in for four hundred years, but Abraham is not told when it would begin (Genesis 15:13-16).
The Mighty One sent Ahijah to tell Jeroboam, the first king of the separated Israel, that because of his sins, the ETERNAL would give Israel up, remove them from the land, and scatter them abroad (1 Kings 14:9-16). Even for this momentous event no time frame is given.
The ETERNAL saved Hezekiah from the Assyrians and gave him an extra fifteen years of life. Later Isaiah told him that ALL the substance his fathers had stored, and ALL of his descendant sons, would be taken to Babylon as slaves, but no time frame is given (2 Kings 19:20, through 2 Kings 20:18). Hezekiah is also told that a remnant would escape from Jerusalem, but he is not told when it would happen (2 Kings 19:30-31). However, when it did happen, a prophesy was given that they would be in captivity for seventy years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 11:25).
Even when Isaiah, speaking for the ETERNAL, told Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, that he would be captured and taken to Babylon; no time frame was given (Jeremiah 34:2-22). The only way Zedekiah knew the time, was when the Watchmen on the tower saw the enemy approaching, and blew the shofar.
A Year for A Day.
Many scholars use the principle of a day for a year and apply it to prophecy. Let us examine the subject a little to determine if that is a valid approach. When the Mighty One brought the Children of Israel to the brink of the Promised Land, Moses sent in spies to spy out the land. The spies were in the land for forty days and all brought back a bad report, except Joshua and Caleb. The people wanted to return to Egypt and the ETERNAL sentenced them to wander in the desert for forty years, a year for each day the spies were in the land (Numbers 14:34-39). In verse 34, the ETERNAL tells them that they will bear their iniquity for 40 years. The following verses speak of the day of the ETERNAL and a year of vengeance (Isaiah 34:8, Isaiah 61:2 and Isaiah 63:4), but these also concern punishment. Another Scripture the scholars use to verify a day for a year approach is:
(Ezekiel 4:4) (KJV) Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the House of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity.
The Scriptures plainly state that the day for a year principle is concerning punishment. The question is Does the day for a year for punishment carry over to include prophecy? Regardless of what we have been told by scholars, there IS NO INDICATION anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures that a day for a year carries over from punishment to prophecy, unless the prophecy is concerning a period of punishment, as in (Numbers 14:36 and Ezekiel 4:4) In both of these cases, the ETERNAL uses a day to equal a year, but that IS NOT a general rule for all prophecies.
This is especially true for Daniel, chapter nine, where so-called 'scholars' try to convince us, to accept the time they think the seventy weeks are. There is not space enough to cover the subject here, but see the article: 'Does Daniel Nine Prove 'Jesus' Is The Christ?' for an in-depth study on this topic.
Before going forward, it is important to remember that Israel was taken into captivity in the 8th century BCE, which was over a hundred years before Ezekiel was even born in the 6th century BCE. Since Israel had been taken into captivity and dispersed by the time of Ezekiel's prophecies, anything he has to say about Israel is for the future because Israel has never heard the warnings of Ezekiel, who is to be a Watchman to the House of Israel (Ezekiel 3:17). In addition, Judah was in captivity also, so we are left with a quandary. Either Ezekiel did what he did and wrote a history lesson, or it is an eschatological [end-time] prophecy. Either it had already happened by the time of Ezekiel, and he is just blowing smoke, or it is prophecy for the end-time.
The last quoted Scripture is plainly a punishment situation and days and years are concerned. The ETERNAL instructed Ezekiel to make a portrait [several translations say map] of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 4:1), then to build a siege wall and lay siege against it and put an iron plate between him and the portrait (Ezekiel 4:2-3). Now notice carefully that Ezekiel is to bear the iniquity, not to symbolize it. He was ACTUALLY TO BEAR THE INIQUITY of Israel in his own body.
(Ezekiel 4:4-5) (KJV) 4Lie 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. 5For 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.
The iron plate Ezekiel is behind (Ezekiel 4:3) and the fact that he is tied up (Ezekiel 3:25; Ezekiel 24:7), show that what he is portraying is captivity. Notice that this is different from (Ezekiel 44:12), in which Israel was to bear their own iniquity. This time EZEKIEL IS TO BEAR THE INIQUITY OF ISRAEL who, remember, had been taken captive over a hundred years earlier. Since Ezekiel personally bore the iniquity of Israel in his flesh, is Ezekiel the suffering servant, or is there something else at play here? In addition, notice:
(Ezekiel 4:6) (NKJV) And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the House of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.
This time, EZEKIEL IS PERSONALLY TO BEAR INIQUITY for Judah/Jerusalem. Since he was in captivity during the siege days, it shows that he bore their iniquity for much later, which would also be captivity. Also all the things that were to happen to Jerusalem in the latter days were to be a sign to Israel (Ezekiel 4:3).
Days Of Freedom For Israel And Judah.
To summarize the days of (Ezekiel 4:4-6), Ezekiel personally bore in his flesh for 390 days the iniquity of 390 years for the people of Israel. During those 390 days, he was tied up behind bars as a captive; thus the days portrayed captivity. Since Ezekiel is future prophecy, when he suffered on his side 390 days he suffered for Israel's future iniquity of a 390-year period. Likewise, Ezekiel personally bore in his flesh for 40 days the iniquity of 40 years for the people of Judah of Jerusalem, sometime in the future. Ezekiel was bound in cords for the entire period behind an iron wall (Ezekiel 3:25; Ezekiel 4:3, Ezekiel 4:7). Since Ezekiel bore the iniquity for 390 days, so Israel would have FREEDOM 390 years in their own country. Likewise, he was bound for Judah for 40 days, so they would have FREEDOM for 40 years in their own country.
Any punishment given to Israel or Judah would be administered by the stripes of men (2 Samuel 7:11-14). Therefore, if Ezekiel bore the punishment for Israel and Judah, what does that mean? For one thing, whatever they did as nations during those time-periods, they would not suffer at the hands of men, meaning that they would not be beaten in war. They might lose battles but they would win the wars and maintain their FREEDOM. The second consideration is that during this period of being successful at war and FREE from captivity, the Mighty One could finally confer the unconditional blessings to Abraham upon them. Remember that these blessings were promised to Abraham and would be unconditionally conferred on his descendants, regardless of their beliefs or religion at the time of conferral.
The question is: when did the Birthright and NameSake nations, ever enjoy such a period of freedom from national captivity, by other nations?
If you have read the article 'Does Daniel Nine Prove 'Jesus' Is The Christ?', you will remember that the people did not understand when the time frame of the prophecy was, until it was being fulfilled during the era of the Maccabees. The same is also true today. We can only look back into history to see when these two periods could have begun.
Starting from the days of Ezekiel, when could Israel receive the Birthright promises, while winning their wars and remaining free, for a period of 390 years and Judah for a period of 40 years?
The demise of the Roman Empire left the British in England a free but disunited people, to struggle through the Dark Ages with its many kings and kingdoms.
In 1533 Elizabeth I became Queen of England and Queen of Ireland. It was during her reign the English Navy began to ply the seas setting up vast trading companies. The original English colonies in the New World were plantations of English subjects in lands previously outside the dominions of the Crown. The first such plantation was in Newfoundland, where English fishermen routinely set up seasonal camps in the 16th century.
The early British colonies which later became known as the 'Old Empire' began in 1607 with the settlement of Jamestown, the first successful permanent colony in Virginia.
The growth of the British Empire in the 19th century, to its peak in the 1920s, saw the UK acquire over one quarter of the world's landmass. Together, the British Commonwealth and the United States produced 60% of the crude petroleum, not including our vast foreign investments. By 1966 that 60% of the world's crude petroleum output, had been reduced to 32%.
The year 1966 was a watershed year, because during that year, the British Colonial Office in London closed its doors marking the official death of the British Empire, leaving the Unites States the single greatest nation on earth.
It is interesting that the first permanent English settlement in America on May 14, 1607 CE, at Jamestown marked the beginning of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh both) receiving the promises to Abraham. From that time forward, the unconditional Birthright to Abraham began to be bestowed on Joseph. England was destined to become a Commonwealth of Nations and later America was to be the world's greatest single nation. If you count forward 390 years from the Jamestown date, we come to 1997, which signaled the end of the Birthright promise to Joseph.
That does not mean that our Israelite countries or our freedoms were to end in 1997, but that the Mighty One had completed His promise to Abraham, and that by 1997, He had completely removed the protective hedge around us. So beginning in 1997, we were totally on our own, in a hostile world that truly does not 'like us' at all, in fact 'hates us' might be a better term. To understand this, all we need to do is look about us today and see what has been happening in the last few years.
What About The Namesake Promise?
In addition to Judah maintaining the scrolls for his brother nations as mentioned earlier, the national homeland for the Jewish people was also to be set up.
The League of Nations approved the Balfour Declaration in 1922. Great Britain, exhausted by seven years of war and eager to withdraw from overseas colonial commitments, decided in 1947 to leave Palestine and called on the United Nations (UN) to make recommendations. In response, the UN convened its first special session, and on November 29, 1947, it adopted a plan calling for the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, with Jerusalem as an international zone under UN jurisdiction. In 1948, the British pulled out and the Jews won their first war with the Arabs and became a free nation.
Starting in 1947 and adding the 40 years represented by Ezekiel lying on his side for 40 days, this brings us to 1987 which is the date of the beginning of the intifada.
Before coming to the prophecies concerning the NameSake and Birthright nations, remember they are a mighty nation, a Commonwealth of Nations, and the nation of Judah. In addition, Briton has always had a monarch and previously America has always had a president that are of the Davidic family.
Then reading the rest of Ezekiel chapters four and five, we regrettably read that in Jerusalem, one-third of the people will die in pestilence and famine, one-third by war, and one-third will again be scattered abroad in captivity. In addition, all the things that are to happen to Jerusalem are to be a sign to Israel (Ezekiel 4:3).
Birthright Withheld Many Years.
Notice again the original promise: A nation, and a company of nations shall be of you (Genesis 35:11). Remember, in passing on the Birthright, the dying Israel (Jacob) said of Ephraim and Manasseh, sons of Joseph, let my name be named on them (Genesis 48:16). Hence, it is THEY, the descendants of Ephraim (the British) and Manasseh (Americans), not the Jews, who rightfully own the name Israel. Continuing (Genesis 48:17-20), Jacob added, and let them grow into a multitude. In giving the blessing, Israel's right hand was on Ephraim's head, thus making him as the first born son, and his descendants are the ROYAL TRIBE.
Then, speaking of Manasseh and his descendants alone, Jacob said prophetically: he also shall become a people [nation]. He shall be GREAT: but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a MULTITUDE [company, or COMMONWEALTH] of NATIONS (Genesis 48:19).
For awhile after coming out of Egypt, the Israelites followed the CREATOR's way, but not very long. Soon they were adopting the customs and ways of the Gentile nations around them. After Solomon's death, Israel rejected her king and split off from Judah, thus splitting the thirteen tribes into two nations.
The House of Israel sinned first. Finally, after nine dynasties beginning with Jeroboam, and the reigns of 19 kings (not David's dynasty, which was now in Judah), Israel was uprooted from its homeland of Samaria and taken captive to Assyria. Having refused the Sign of the Sabbath, they became lost in history. Then beginning in 1607 CE, the long years of national banishment from the Birthright inheritance ended. The Mighty One punished the people for their sins, yet kept His promises to Abraham. The promises must be fulfilled, and the ETERNAL decided it was time because only He knew when He would give them the 390 years of freedom before the end of the age and the time of Jacob's trouble. Remember that EZEKIEL BORE THEIR INIQUITY for 390 days in bondage, which the ETERNAL said would equal to 390 years of no bondage, thus freedom.
Little did the world, including the intended recipients of the promises, know that in 1607 CE, the ETERNAL was about to begin the promised blessings to a free people. It took about 200 years before the blessing began to really grow. By 1800, the United Kingdom and the United States were small and insignificant among the nations of the earth. The United Kingdom had only the British Isles, a very small part of India and Canada and a few little islands. The United States consisted only of the original 13 colonies and three added states. Thus, neither nation possessed any great wealth or power.
However, 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, and South Africa were given dominion status, made free and independent nations, ruling themselves independent of England, a company, or commonwealth, of nations connected not by legal government, but solely by the throne of David!
Furthermore, the British Commonwealth of Nations is the only COMPANY OF NATIONS in all of the history of earth. Could the British Commonwealth so exactly fulfill the specifications of the Birthright, and not be the Birthright people? The United States expanded rapidly in national resources and wealth after 1800, gaining a vast track of land in the Louisiana Purchase, but reached world dominance among nations later than the British Commonwealth. It became a giant world power by the end of World War I. Together Ephraim and Manasseh grew into a multitude according to Jacob's prophetic blessing of (Genesis 48). Only the British Commonwealth of Nations, and the United States, could have fulfilled this prophecy.
The Birthright Wealth.
READ AGAIN THE PROPHETIC PROMISES OF (Genesis 22:17 and Genesis 24:60). Since the Birthright pertains to NATIONS, the GATE of our enemies would be such passes as Gibraltar, Suez, Singapore, Panama Canal, etc. Britain and America came into possession of every such major gate in this world! Therefore, 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. However, today, we have lost most of them, most recently, the Panama Canal, and it appears that others, too, will be lost. Why? Notice:
(Genesis 39:23) (KJV) The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the ETERNAL was with him; and whatever he did, the ETERNAL made it prosper.
In addition, the Mighty One did prosper Joseph's descendants, Britain and America, with the fabulous Birthright promised Joseph's sons! Consider Moses' dying prophetic blessing, foretelling what would happen to each of the tribes in these latter days:
(Deuteronomy 33:13-17) (KJV) 13And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the ETERNAL be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, 14And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, 15And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, 16And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph [Ephraim and Manasseh both], and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. 17His 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.
Whoever Ephraim and Manasseh are today, they must have been in possession of the earth's choicest agricultural, mineral, and other wealth, the great gold and silver mines; iron, oil, and coal; timber and other resources. What nations fulfilled these prophecies? Why, only Great Britain and America!
After 1800 more than half of all tillable, cultivatable temperate-zone lands of this earth came into the possession of our two great powers alone! These included as the rich agricultural lands of the Mississippi Valley; the vast wheat and grain fields of the Midwest, of Canada and Australia; the great forests of the Pacific Northwest and many other parts of the world. Included were the gold fields of South Africa, Australia, Alaska and the United States; the great coal mines of the United States and British Isles; natural waterfalls provided the means of power generation 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?
The Actual Statistics.
Just to what extent has the Almighty CREATOR fulfilled His promises in us to the descendants of Joseph in these latter years? Charles M. Schwab, steel magnate, said before the Massachusetts Bankers Association, January 5, 1921: Our United States has been endowed by 'God' with everything to make it and keep it the foremost industrial and commercial nation of the world. In other words the foremost selling nation in the world!
In the 1950's, the United States and the British Commonwealth totally dominated the world's supply of all natural resources, livestock, foodstuff, fuels, electricity, merchant fleet tonnage, rail capacity, and manufactured goods. To name just a few items, the British Commonwealth completely dominated the production of chromate (from South Africa). The British Commonwealth produced two-thirds of the world's gold-about £266,000,000 ($642,000,000 in 1950), while the United States had three times as much gold reserve as the total for the rest of the world. However, by 1966 the U.S. gold supply had been drained so much that the dollar was in serious jeopardy at that time. The United States has been a world leader in the airline industry, but the events in New York of September 11, 2001, has shown how fragile that can be.
World 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. However, by 1966 that 60% of the world's crude petroleum output had been reduced to 32%. The year 1966 marked the year the British Colonial Office in London closed its doors ending the British Empire.
Both England and the United States have become only a shell of what they were in the 1950's. The British Empire is now a dead relic of its past glory. With the introduction of NAFTA, GATT, and the MAI treaty negotiations, the once proud United States is fast shrinking to the status of a third world country. The decline of the Birthright has continued and most major industrial complexes are now in Mexico or overseas. China produces the lion's share of items sold in America. We still have a mighty military machine, but we have all witnessed what has happened in New York, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Pat Buchanan stated, Tuesday [10/14/01], the U.S. reported that industrial production fell for the 12th straight month. Bethlehem Steel became the latest U.S. company to go Chapter 11. U.S. factories now produce at 75 percent of capacity. Last year, the U.S. trade deficit in manufactureds hit $324 billion and the merchandise trade deficit $450 billion. The de-industrialization of America is well advanced.
At the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 we have bailed out the banks, mortgage lenders, and auto industries to the tune of $8 trillion ($8,000,000,000)! CNN reported [yet more fake news] that even the porn industry is asking for a bailout.
How Did We Get It All?
How 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? Let 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 them.
Lincoln in his proclamation for 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 [USA] have been the recipients of the choicest blessings of heaven. We have been 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 all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Abe Lincoln saw a nation who had forgotten their ETERNAL CREATOR and we will see just how much in the next chapter. President Lincoln saw 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, not just prayer and remembrance, to confess this national sin before their ETERNAL CREATOR. The fate of the nation was uncertain when he issued that proclamation. However, the Mighty One heard and answered that great national prayer offensive, because the 390 years of the Birthright blessing were not yet over, and the nation was then preserved!
However, today the threat to our fate is a thousand times more uncertain. In addition, today we do not have a President or a Prime Minister with the vision, understanding, or courage to bring our nations to their knees in humble repentance before the true CREATOR!
President Lincoln knew the great material blessings had not been earned, but had been given to our people by the Mighty One of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob [Israel]. Today we should face the facts and know that we were given all this vast unprecedented material wealth because our CREATOR promised it unconditionally to Abraham. Moreover, He promised it to Abraham because Abraham obeyed. He kept the CREATOR's laws and commandments.
The Birthright blessing was denied our ancestors after Moses' day because they REFUSED to live by the Mighty One's laws. The ETERNAL is warning us today, through many prophecies in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Micah, and others. He is telling us that unless we, of this generation, REPENT of our sins, and turn to Him with fasting, weeping, and earnest PRAYER, He will destroy our cities and all our fortresses with a foreign sword. He will punish us at the hand of cruel ones, that we shall be invaded, defeated, and reduced to slaves! O ETERNAL, HELP US TO HEED THAT WARNING!
And Now What? The Prophecies For The Immediate Future.
The birthright, once we received it, was stupendous, awesome, unequalled among nations or empires! But what have our peoples done with that awesome blessing? They are still ISRAELITES, although they themselves do not know it! Furthermore, they [we] are still, a rebellious, stiff-necked, and stubborn people!
Once the British and American people, the lost Israelites now supposing they are gentiles, found themselves basking in the pleasant sunshine of such wealth and power, that they were less willing than their ancient forefathers, to yield to the CREATOR and HIS WAYS. They felt no need for Him, then or now! It seems few ever turn to the CREATOR, until they find themselves in desperate need or trouble.
After withholding the Birthright promises until He chose the time to bestow 390 years of FREEDOM on the descendants of Joseph, the Mighty One suddenly conferred on us national blessings unparalleled in history, He kept the unconditional promise to Abraham! He kept His promise to Abraham although our peoples deserved nothing from Him. He is no longer obligated by His promise to continue supporting our undeserving peoples in world prestige, wealth, and greatness. The debt to Ezekiel has been paid; we were given our 390 years of freedom. Once we had been given such an unrivaled position, it was up to us whether we would keep it.
In (Leviticus 26:1-12) the ETERNAL lists the conditions of His promise. In verse 13 He reminds us who He is: For I am the ETERNAL your CREATOR. He also tells us that He gave us FREEDOM: I have broken your chains so that you can walk with dignity, then He states:
(Leviticus 26:13-16) (KJV) 13I am the ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright. 14But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; 15And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: 16I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Then the ETERNAL lists six stages of punishments to fall on Israel for disobedience.
First (Leviticus 26:16-17) He states, I will bring upon you sudden terror (that certainly happened at the Waco Texas massacre, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the World Trade Center attack), and wasting diseases, and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.
Second (Leviticus 26:18-20) If after all this you will not listen to Me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over (meaning an increase in intensity sevenfold). I will break down your stubborn pride. For stubborn pride, the King James states He will break the pride of your power. The ETERNAL could not speak about breaking the pride of our national POWER until after that Birthright had been bestowed! We had great pride in that national power, in our national prestige before WW II. However, today 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 has happened to the PRIDE of our power? We have already LOST IT! True we bomb small powerless countries like the bullies we have become, but we have seen where this bullying leads: Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Bosnia, Kosovo etc., all of which we lost, or are loosing, or can't possibly win.
Continuing on, the ETERNAL will also make the sky above you like iron, and the ground beneath you like bronze. Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit. Other prophecies reveal we are to have such drought and famine that disease epidemics will follow, taking millions of lives. Drought and famine do not necessarily have to come from lack of rain. A terrorist biological attack combined with shutting off electricity to pump water and process food would have that same effect. Nevertheless, will America and Britain heed? They never have! Then what? After all that, THEN WHAT?
Third (Leviticus 26:21-22) Again a sevenfold increase in intensity: then the ETERNAL states I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted. We have no wild animals, you may say. If the electricity is shut off for just a few days the towns and cities are filled with packs of dogs and cats gone wild for lack of food. Remember Katrinia, it happened then.
Therefore, if twenty-first century Ephraim and Manasseh, Britain and America, refuse to turn to their CREATOR in obedience and refuse to live the way that causes, retains, and increases blessings, the Mighty One will punish them in a manner far more INTENSE than any thing ever witnessed in human history. He will entirely strip away this colossal, unprecedented national blessing and return them to captivity and slavery, as continuing verses of this prophecy show.
Do you think so great a fall could not come to such great powers as Britain and America? Do you say, It cannot happen HERE? Do you think the GREAT CREATOR who was able to GIVE us such unprecedented world leadership and power and wealth is not able to take it away from us and throw us, like our ancient forefathers, back into SLAVERY?
You need to OPEN YOUR EYES to the fact that Britain's sun has already SET! You need to WAKE UP to the fact that the United States, while still possessing unmatched POWER, is afraid and filled with fear. The Mighty One said: I will break the PRIDE of your POWER, and that the United States has stopped winning wars, that America was unable with all its vast power, to conquer little North Vietnam! In addition, in Somalia we tucked our tail and ran for cover because some local warlord did not like us; and before that, it was the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Yes, we slammed insignificant Panama and Grenada. Then with the world's help, we were slamming Iraq, but quit before finishing the job! That was in Gulf War I.
Then after 911, President Bush asked NATO to protect us and to this date [11/01], they have sent Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and electronic monitoring planes. An AP story, dateline Brussels:
AP 7 Oct 01 At Washington's request, NATO will soon deploy surveillance aircraft for anti-terrorist operations in the United States in response to the attacks on New York and Washington; NATO officials said Sunday, an unprecedented use of foreign military forces to defend the U.S. homeland.
In Gulf War II with the world's help, and with their consent, we are now slamming Iraq again as well as Afghanistan. But, we are only allowed to do what the World Community allows us to do or either tells us to do. The new President has pledged to pull the troops out of Iraq and send them to Afghanistan. The United States is fast riding to the GREATEST FALL to befall any nation!
The Handwriting Is On The Wall!
You need to look at the prophecies describing how much more intense is the punishment our CREATOR is going to lay on the British and American people. For MANY prophecies warn us of a CERTAINTY, that it will be a trouble so bad that such trouble has NEVER happened before, to any nation or people!
Now that you know the Scriptural identity of the British and American peoples, Ephraim and Manasseh, you need to become AWARE of what is said about us in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Hosea, Amos, and the other prophecies as well as in these prophecies written by Moses!
In addition, you need to know why our just and loving CREATOR is going to punish His chosen people, people He chose for a glorious PURPOSE we have refused to perform.
The 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! The ETERNAL punishes every son He loves (Proverbs 13:24).
In addition, understand human nature! Human nature wants to consider itself good, while it wants only to do evil (Jeremiah 17:9). It wants the good result. Nevertheless, 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 is all a matter of CAUSE and EFFECT!
The CREATOR's punishment only reflects His LOVE, turning us from causing evil results to the way that brings happy results! The Mighty One is now about to STOP US from bringing colossal evils on ourselves! The ETERNAL is not angry because we are harming HIM, but because we are harming ourselves, those whom He loves!
Punishment Is Correction.
The prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented, multiplied intensity of punishment already descending upon America and Britain. The prophecies also record 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 we have sunk into. It will teach us the way to unlimited peace, prosperity, and abundant wellbeing! Correction means a change of course. It means REPENTANCE, and repentance means turning around and going the OTHER WAY!
On beyond the frightful national calamities now descending upon us will come a BLESSING inconceivably greater than the national material Birthright we have possessed. We have to learn that material things are not the source of happiness. Material prosperity is indeed desirable, but it is not the source of happiness.
After all, real happiness is a spiritual commodity! The Birthright was only one of two promises the ETERNAL made to Abraham. The promise involved not only a dynasty of human kings, but it points primarily to the coming Mashiach and his peaceful reign.
Now, 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 the CREATOR's ways, namely His laws [commandments]! And UNDERSTAND THIS: Although the NATIONS as a whole are to be put through this unprecedented punishment, yet ONLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS who yield to accept the ETERNAL's ways shall enter the Davidic Kingdom of eternal peace.
Sevenfold More Plagues.
Now notice again what is written in (Leviticus 26), continuing with the six stages of punishments to fall on Israel for disobedience:
Fourth (Leviticus 26:23-26), Again a sevenfold increase in intensity. Then the ETERNAL states if we do not accept His correction but continue to be hostile toward Him, He will be hostile toward you. In addition, The ETERNAL will bring the sword upon you to avenge the breaking of the Covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. When I cut off your supply of bread they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied. What people do not seem to realize is that SIN DOES BRING UPON THE SINNER THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN, the plagues of suffering. The Scripture defines sin as the breaking of the CREATOR's laws (Amos 2:4). Our SINS will only bring punishment.
Fifth (Leviticus 26:27-31), Again a sevenfold increase in intensity if we continue to be hostile to the ETERNAL's ways. This time He adds in His anger. I will be hostile toward you, and I Myself will punish you and you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters. That is total starvation, like the Donner Party, which was stranded in the winter of 1846 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and they ate one another to survive the winter. After that, He states He will tear down the false churches [High Places] and destroy the idols. Then He will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries. That, my fellow citizens, is total destruction of all the material things that we the people hold dear. Up to this point, however, we still have our freedom!
Sixth (Leviticus 26:32-39), Abraham was told in (Genesis 15:13) that his descendants would serve 400 years in Egyptian slavery. Thus, the awesome Birthright promises will end as they began, in slavery. Notice this sad fact: I will lay waste the land I will scatter you among the nations [captivity] and will draw out My sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. Then the land will enjoy its Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies. We have spurned the Sabbath; therefore, All the time that it [the land] lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it. As for those of you who are left [alive], I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies [captivity and slavery]. You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers' sins they will waste away.
Get the real meaning of this! This is punishment we have brought on ourselves. We have brought the consequences of sin on ourselves. Now the Mighty One Himself, will bring on us punishment that is correction! Our CREATOR is going to keep multiplying His chastening, until we turn to the ways that cause peace, happiness, prosperity, and all the material blessings!
How UNTHINKABLE that our Maker shall have to force us 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 then refuses to be corrected until it is MULTIPLIED in intensity sevenfold, four successive times!
How GREAT is our CREATOR and WHAT LOVE for our peoples He expresses, in patiently tolerating and correcting us UNTIL we accept His boundless BLESSINGS!
What Is Prophesied To Happen Now,
To America And Britain And The Jewish People?
The ETERNAL has bestowed the birthright and NameSake promises upon the peoples of Israel and Judah; such awesome promises, as never before came to any nations. In order 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! The Time of Jacob's Trouble is coming upon Israel and Judah. When the Time of Jacob's Trouble falls upon us with the full fury of Satan behind it, I hope, as individuals, that we are close enough to Him that He will have mercy upon us. In no way am I predicting dates, but it is easy to see imminent dangers all around us, and storm clouds on the horizon. If you are watching conditions unfold, you can almost hear the hoof beats of the approaching war horses.
The Time of Jacob's Trouble.
We have seen why we will experience the Time of Jacob's Trouble, now we see how:
(Ezekiel 4:1) (NKJV) You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem.
The ETERNAL told Ezekiel to make a portrayal of Jerusalem on a clay tablet, some translations say, make a map of the city. Then Ezekiel is commanded to perform several scenarios around the clay model, which will reveal what is to happen in the latter days.
We have seen that the first thing that the ETERNAL commanded Ezekiel was to bind himself for two periods of time, 390 days for Israel and 40 days for Judah. Ezekiel was told that he was to bear their iniquity for an equal number of years. Since he was bound for those days, then Israel and Judah would have freedom for a like number of years (Ezekiel 4:2-8). In addition the things that were to happen to Jerusalem were to be a sign to the House of Israel; (Vs 3).
The Mighty One then told Ezekiel to bake defiled bread and cook it using dried cow dung as fuel, and that they would waste away:
(Ezekiel 4:15-17) (KJV) 15Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. 16Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: 17That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
Beginning in chapter 5, after the days of Ezekiel's siege, freedom for Israel and Judah, the ETERNAL commanded Ezekiel to shave the hair from his body and take scales to weigh and divide the hair into three parts. The first part was to be burned on the clay tablet of verse one, the second part was to be chopped up with a sword, and the third part was to be scattered to the wind as he is slashing at them with a sword (Vs 1-2). However, he was to have taken a few of the hairs and bound them in the edge of his garment.
The blue chord in the fringe of his garment represents keeping the Commandments (Numbers 15:37-40) which has to do with righteousness, thus the righteous are not in the three parts and are protected throughout the troubles. However, a part of those in the fringe is cast into the fire and from them a fire will spread throughout all of Israel, remember that Israel is Ephraim and Manasseh (Vs 3-4).
The ETERNAL explains why this begins in Jerusalem [we will quote Vs 6], but please read it in context:
(Ezekiel 5:6) (KJV) And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
The Jews have their own books, traditions, and the writing of their sages that they revere more than the Hebrew Scripture [Old Testament or Tanakh]. They know about the Sabbath, but as a nation, they do not keep it at its appointed time.
Starting in verse 10, Ezekiel explains the significance of the three parts of hair, this corresponds to the 4th, 5th, and 6th of the sevenfold increases in intensity of punishments for our refusal to worship the One True CREATOR. The first part of the hair represents pestilence and famine so severe that people will eat one another, both plagues together will kill one-third of the populace. Years of drought are not needed, since we have now been introduced to terrorist induced pestilence activities; simply shutting off the electricity needed to pump our water, and process or food, will produce famine.
The chopping up of the second part of the hair with a sword represents warfare that will kill one-third of the people. The last one-third is scattered to the wind, indicating captivity and slavery. Yet, a remnant will be saved out of all of this (Ezekiel 6:8-10).
With the captivity of any of the Children of Jacob [Israel], brings to mind their release, to return home to the Promised Land. Since this is not a panoramic presentation, we will have to jump back and forth to present this material, much of which is happening simultaneously.
The release of the captivities begins with the Advent of the Mashiach [the anointed one], which is the rising from the grave of King David and the prophet Elijah.
(Isaiah 11:1) (KJV) There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
(Ezekiel 37:24-25) (TLB) 24And David, My Servant, the Messiah, shall be their King, their only Shepherd; and they shall obey My laws and all My wishes. They shall live in the land of Israel where their fathers lived, the land I gave My servant Jacob. They and their children after them shall live there, and their grandchildren, for all generations. And My Servant David, their Messiah, shall be their Prince forever. 25They shall live in the land of Israel where their fathers lived, the land I gave my servant Jacob. They and their children after them shall live there, and their grandchildren, for all generations. And my Servant David, their Messiah, shall be their Prince forever.
(Joel 2:28-29) (KJV) 28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Verse 28 states that: afterwards I will pour out My Spirit on all peoples? The question is after what? The ETERNAL answers, warfare:
(Joel 2:30-31) (KJV) 30I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and PILLARS OF SMOKE. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the ETERNAL. 31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the ETERNAL come.
Can you think of anything except atomic weapons that produce pillars of smoke? Then the ETERNAL states that any who call on His Name shall be saved and brought back from captivity. Compare: (Ezekiel 39:25, and Amos 9:14).
What else is happening simultaneously that would cause the captives to be released? The final world battle:
(Zechariah 14:3) (KJV) Then shall the ETERNAL go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Note: This is not the Mashiach [the anointed one] King David, but the ETERNAL CREATOR Himself. And where does He stand, and what will He do?
(Zechariah 14:4) (KJV) And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
(Joel 3:2-3) (KJV) 2I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
(Zechariah 14:12) (NKJV) And this shall be the plague with which the ETERNAL will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
Where will some of the captives be coming from? Remember that at the time of these prophecies Israel is returning to the Promised Land during the Time of Jacob's Trouble. Where are some of the places they will be coming from?
(Isaiah 49:12) (NKJV) Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the west, and these from the land of Sinim.
The English word 'Sinim' comes from the Hebrew word 'Ciyniym' (Strong's H5515 see-neem') and means a distant Oriental region. The Companion Bible states of Sinim that it probably means China. The ETERNAL will gather all the nations together at the valley of Jehoshaphat:
(Joel 3:1-3 (KJV) 1For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
Then the Davidic Kingdom is set up, and there is finally worldwide peace in The Wonderful World Tomorrow:
(Isaiah 11:6) (NKJV) The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.
The Inheritors Of The Birthright And
Scepter Promises, Are To Be Punished.
Just as the ETERNAL has bestowed on us such material blessings as has never come to any nations, He is now going 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! We should know that the Time of Jacob's Trouble is soon coming upon Israel and Judah. And we should know the reason WHY:
The real reason in a nutshell, is that Israel and Judah have abandoned the Almighty CREATOR; The Mighty One of Israel.
The Tremendous Prophecy Of Micah.
An important additional proof of modern Israel's identity is found in a fantastic, detailed and most specific prophecy found in Micah. It is speaking specifically about the remnant of Israel of today, the U.S. and Britain. It describes the wealth, the beneficent dominance among nations, and then the coming downfall of the American and British Commonwealth peoples in detail!
(Micah 5:7-9) (KJV) 7And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the ETERNAL, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. 8And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion 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. 9Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
The symbolism of this prophecy describes the last generation of Israel as a GREAT POWER. It shows that while we were receiving the ETERNAL's blessings, we were a tremendous blessing to the other nations of the earth. We have rescued the other nations of the world many times. Remember 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! But, also remember our botched humanitarian attempt in Somalia.
Anciently Joseph saved up the wheat and food and made it available to others. MODERN Joseph did also. However, we are stiff-necked and rebellious toward the ETERNAL and His laws, compared to our ancient forefather Joseph, who served and obeyed our CREATOR with a whole heart.
It 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! Our enemies WERE CUT OFF from the beginning of the Mighty One's Birthright blessing on America and Britain during the 390 year period of freedom, through the First World War, the Second World War, and until the turning point of the Korean War at the end of 1950. Since 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 time!
Furthermore, in this detailed prophecy, the Mighty One says:
(Micah 5:10-11) (KJV) 10And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the ETERNAL, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: 11And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
In that day generally refers to the Time of Jacob's Trouble. Moffatt says war horses; our machines of war will be cut off as well as our cities, by atomic bombs (Joel 2:30) - pillars of smoke? The Mighty One says He will do this! Our CREATOR determines the outcome of wars (Psalms 33:10-19).
How plain can you get? Here the ETERNAL identifies the GREAT peoples of the earth who are the most wealthy, beneficent, and powerful. Yet at the very time their power reaches its zenith, He suddenly breaks the pride of their power (Leviticus 26:19), cuts off their implements of war, and destroys their cities! Why?
(Micah 5:11-15) (KJV) 11And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: 12And I will cut off witchcrafts [sorceries] out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers [false prophets, priests, rabbis etc.]: 13Thy graven [carved] images also will I cut off, and thy standing images [statues] out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands [idols]. 14And I will pluck up thy groves [places of religious worship] out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. 15And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
The targeted information in those 5 verses, speaks volumes about topics, of which we think ourselves knowledgeable, yet give them no more thought than swatting a mosquito off our arm. And we do that because we think we already know, all there is to know about our CREATOR. What we are about to go into next, is at the very heart of the CREATOR's message to us anciently, contemporarily, and eternally. It is the driving force behind The Time Of Jacob's Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), and The Great And Terrible Day Of The Almighty (Joel 2:31).
Why Will Britain And America Be Punished?
The reason is plain but you will not like the answer, as it has to do with graven images; wooden and stone images [statues] with a figurine [crucifix] on them, veneration of false idols [religious icons], and worshiping at the high places [churches, shrines, synagogues, temples etc.], dedicated to false 'gods'. We have all seen processions, where crosses of wood with graven images of false idols are venerated and paraded around through the streets. And with few exceptions, will you NOT find places of worship lacking idols, religious figurines, religious icons, and graven images of all kinds.
To begin with, the ETERNAL is a single Being. One, not three. Therefore, He demands that we worship Him in a monotheistic manner not the polytheistic manner of a trinity or twinity, made of a 'godhead' of two or more beings [deites]:
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5) (KJV) 14Hear, O Israel: The ETERNAL our CREATOR is one SOVEREIGN [How many? ONE!]: 15And thou shalt love the ETERNAL thy CREATOR with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
(Isaiah 43:11) (KJV) I, even I, am the CREATOR, and besides me there is no savior.
(Hosea 13:4) (NKJV) Yet I am the ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN Ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no CREATOR but Me; for there is no Savior besides Me.
(Isaiah 44:24-25) (KJV) 24Thus saith the ETERNAL, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the CREATOR that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens ALONE; that spreadeth abroad the earth BY MYSELF; 25That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;
Now lets contrast those thoughts, against the message at the very heart of Christianity. In the so-called [New Testament]™ we see the core teaching of the Christian faith:
(John 3:16) (NKJV) For 'God' so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
And this teaching is the idea that the CREATOR Himself, is His own son, who came as a man, who said he was the CREATOR, who then had himself crucified, that whoever believes in Him [the son] should not perish but have everlasting life. See the article: 'Is Blood Required To Atone For Sin?'.
The trinity. It's as clear as mud.
Worse still, this so-called 'son of god' claims the authority for himself to say, who gets 'saved' and who doesn't. Let's take a look at another colossal lie of monumental proportions, namely (John 14:6):
This, Is A Colossal Lie Of
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come
to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) Really?
The church in Rome and her proselytising Christian daughters (The Lost Tribes Of Israel), still worship the 'baals', a trinity or twinity, made of a 'godhead' of two or more various beings throughout the ages, from the days of their captivity right down to this very day. To believe (John 14:6), you must reject the plain truth that the ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of the universe has stated so many times, and in so many ways! Worse, this is a complete violation of the first three of the ten commandments:
(Exodus 20:2-7) (KJV):
2I am the ETERNAL thy SOVEREIGN, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3Thou before me.
4Thou unto thee , or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5Thou , : for I the ETERNAL thy SOVEREIGN am a jealous CREATOR, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7Thou ; for the ETERNAL will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Beyond that, we even worship [this self-proclaimed false savior] on Sunday [the 1st day of the week], as a direct result of a decree issued by the bishops at the First Council of Nicea in 325 AD by the direct order of the Holy Roman Emperor Constantine I. Instead of worshiping the ETERNAL CREATOR Himself on His true 7th day Sabbath, we continue to worship something else, on a sunday, which is a violation of the fourth commandment:
(Exodus 20:8-11) (KJV):
8"REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, to keep it holy.
8You shall labor six days, and do all your work,
10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the ETERNAL THY SOVEREIGN. You shall not do any work in it, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your livestock, nor your stranger who is within your gates;
11for in six days the ETERNAL made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the ETERNAL blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.
Sadly, we [all Israelites], have been violating these commandments, ever since we were dispersed among all the nations beginning in approximately 740 BC, and continue to do so up to this very day!
Moreover, the Mighty One states that He is our ONLY SAVIOR and there is no other. Yet, we continue to worship this self-proclaimed so-called 'savior' on a wooden cross! The book of Isaiah is said to contain the most references to the Mashiach, so we will confine this short study to that book plus one verse in Hosea:
(Isaiah 43:3) (KJV) For I am the ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
(Isaiah 43:11) (KJV) I, even I, am the ETERNAL, and BESIDES ME THERE IS NO SAVIOR.
(Isaiah 44:15) (AMP) Truly You are the CREATOR, who hide Yourself, O SOVEREIGN of Israel, the Savior!
(Isaiah 44:21) (NKJV) Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the ETERNAL? And there is no other CREATOR besides Me, a just SOVEREIGN and a Savior; there is none besides Me.
(Isaiah 49:26) (KJV) I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, All flesh shall know that I, the ETERNAL, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
(Isaiah 60:16) (KJV) You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles You shall know that I, the ETERNAL, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
(Isaiah 63:8) (KJV) For He [the ETERNAL] said, 'Surely they are My people' So He became their Savior.
(Hosea 13:4) (NKJV) Yet I am the ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN Ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no CREATOR but Me; for there is no Savior besides Me.
But a wannabe lesser deity called 'Jesus', is said to have appointed the man named Peter, to be the Rock upon which he ['Jesus' the savior] would build his [not his father's] church, thus usurping the title of Savior from the CREATOR without authority to do so:
(Matthew 16:18) (NIV) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build MY church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
However, the Mighty One Of Israel has this to say about setting up His ETERNAL Kingdom, and who will be its residents:
(Exodus 19:5-6) (KJV) 5Now 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 is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
(2 Chronicles 13:4-5) (KJV) 4And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; 5Ought ye not to know that the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David FOREVER, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
(Ezekiel 37:24-26) (TLB) 24And David, my Servant, the Messiah [Mashiach the anointed one], shall be their King, their only Shepherd; and they shall obey my laws and all my wishes. 25They shall live in the land of Israel where their fathers lived, the land I gave my servant Jacob. They and their children after them shall live there, and their grandchildren, for all generations. And my Servant David, their Messiah [Mashiach the anointed one], shall be their Prince forever. 26And I will make [future tense] a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting pact. I will bless them [future tense] and multiply them and put my Temple among them forever.
Nevertheless, what does our CREATOR state? Hint: none of these are about 'the man from galilee':
(Deuteronomy 32:3-4) (KJV) 3Because I will publish the name of the ETERNAL: ascribe ye greatness unto our SOVEREIGN. 4He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a SOVEREIGN of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Deuteronomy 32:15) (KJV) But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook the CREATOR which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
(Deuteronomy 32:18) (KJV) Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten the CREATOR that formed thee.
(2 Samuel 22:47) (NKJV) The ETERNAL lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the CREATOR be exalted, The Rock of my salvation!
(Isaiah 44:8) (NKJV) Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a Mighty One besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.
(Habakkuk 1:12) (NKJV) Are You not from everlasting, O ETERNAL my SOVEREIGN, my Holy One? We shall not die. O ETERNAL, You have appointed them for judgment; O Rock, You have marked them for correction.
Don't be confused about the CREATOR of the universe; the ETERNAL is ONE. He is not 3 in 1, or 2 in 1. He is THE ONLY ONE!
Where have you heard that last one before? Here is another hint: its NOT about 'the man from galilee'! How many times must you read it dear friend, before it sinks in? He is just ONE, not 2, not 3. The English word none comes from the Hebrew word 'ayin (Strong's H369 ah'-yin) and is a primary root meaning to be nothing or not exist. He is the ONLY Mighty One that exists, and His Name is YHWH, which means the ETERNAL. King David said:
(2 Samuel 7:22-23) (KJV) 22Wherefore thou art great, O ETERNAL CREATOR: for there is none like thee, neither is there any SOVEREIGN beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom the ETERNAL went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their 'gods'?
(Psalms 73:24-26) (KJV) 24Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26My flesh and my heart faileth: but the ETERNAL is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Notice that King David stated that our CREATOR is the One, and that there is no other 'god', period. How sad it is that we have turned from the ONE true SOVEREIGN and turned back to the trinity of 'gods' of Egypt, and because of it we will go back to the captivity from which we came. To determine if a prophet is a true prophet, the bottom line is this:
(Deuteronomy 13:1-2) (NKJV) 1If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder [miracle], 2and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods' [even if himself], which you have not known, 'and let us serve them',
The counsel of his word will guide us.
The ETERNAL states that even if a person [such as a prophet, even a self-proclaimed savior], performs miracles [such as making the blind to see, or the infirm to walk, or turn water into wine, or feed thousands with a few pieces of fish and bread, or even raise the dead], but he tells you to follow some other 'god', even himself, which you or your ancestors [Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob] have not known, you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. Because the ETERNAL was talking to the ancient children of Israel, He was referring to some 'god' unknown at that time. Therefore, He is referring to some future 'god'. Why would the ETERNAL allow that [the appearance of a future 'god'], to happen? Note the next verse well:
(Deuteronomy 13:3-4) (NKJV) 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the ETERNAL your CREATOR is testing you to know whether you love the ETERNAL your CREATOR with all your heart and with all your soul. 4You shall walk after the ETERNAL your CREATOR and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him [ONLY].
Scofield's Notes for verse four states: The chief credential of the true prophet is not to be found merely in his ability to perform 'a sign or a wonder' (v. 1), but rather in the harmony of his message and works with the objective Word of the Mighty One of Israel.
In plain English the ETERNAL is explaining that if at a later date, after Moses, a person is said to be able to perform many wonders, such as heal the sick, raise the dead, or turn water into wine, THIS IS A TEST. Since it is a test, do not fall for it! Do not be misled by the miracles; if the prophet tells you to follow a trinity of beings rather than the Mighty One of Israel, he is a false prophet. Most of the Western world has failed the test and worship at the feet of the polytheistic trinity. Therefore, since we failed the test and worship a trinity, the ETERNAL will punish and destroy us, unless we repent now, before and leading up to the utter destruction to come upon us [the children of Israel] first, and then on all the remaining nations of the earth.
To reinforce the seriousness of the ETERNAL's warning of not following false 'gods', He gives this final instruction:
(Deuteronomy 13:5) (NKJV) But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be PUT TO DEATH, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the ETERNAL your CREATOR, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the ETERNAL your CREATOR commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
Did you get the message being offered by the ETERNAL, loudly and clearly? If not this should help:
It is vital that you understand how important the ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of the universe views false idols, false 'gods', false saviors, and those who promote them, either intentionally or unintentionally. Make no mistake about it. The self-proclaimed 'son of god', met the fate of false prophets [PUT TO DEATH], even though much of what he said, and did, came to pass. It is also a test and a warning to see if you can be tricked into believing such a one. Just as the CREATOR allowed the adversary of man to deceive Adam and Eve in the garden, He continues to allow the adversary of man to deceive you today with the so-called [New Testament's]™ false covenant of forgiveness! Also see: (Deuteronomy 28:20, Deuteronomy 29:25-26, Deuteronomy 31:16-18, Judges 10:10, Judges 10:13, 1 Samuel 8:8, 1 Kings 11:33, 1 Kings 19:10, 2 Kings 22:17, 2 Chronicles 7:19-20, Isaiah 1:4, Jeremiah 1:16, Jeremiah 2:13).
Why Will The Jewish People Be Punished?
What I have to say are hard words; they are not smooth to the ear but please read on. In order for the Jewish people to have peace with their neighbors, they must as a whole repent bitterly, as King David did in (Psalms 51). However, you might ask, what do the Jews have to repent of?
For starters, repent of not nationally keeping the Sabbath as the Hebrew Scriptures proclaim. Then turn from the words of men and their traditions, seek out the Word of the ETERNAL in Scripture [The Torah and The Tanakh], and nationally put your faith in Him. Obey ONLY His words from the Tanakh, especially the Torah, and obey it exactly. It is plainly written and does not need interpretation or explanation, so even the average person can read it and understand it. What it says is what it says.
DO NOT obey the words of extra books or writings, such as the Talmud, Mishnah, Koran, or the [New Testament]™ that conflict with the Hebrew Scriptures [OT]. DO NOT obey the oral traditions or any words of men, such as rabbis, sages, or popes, which conflict with Torah. A Jew might say these are my heritage, our tradition. To see where your heritage and tradition are taking Jerusalem, check out the prophecies of (Ezekiel 4 and Ezekiel 5) and in (Isaiah 1) about Judah. Your heritage is taking you, along with all of Israel, to utter destruction and desolation.
One last thing: DO NOT try to reinstate sacrifices (Leviticus 17:2-9; Deuteronomy 12:13-14, Deuteronomy 16:5-6; Joshua 22:19) as 'Christians' would like. DO NOT try to build the third Temple as these are things the Mashiach [the anointed one] will do after his Advent (Zechariah 14:6, Zechariah 14:12-13).
Is our CREATOR interested with the events in Jerusalem? Is He interested in the relationship of the Arabs and the Jews or between the United States and the Jews? Is He even interested with the happenings on Planet Earth? Alternatively, does He even care what happens here? He has a plan for man and He wants you to seek out the knowledge of His Plan.
There are no other people on earth, who even remotely fulfill this great Scepter (NameSake) prophecy/promise! Except for the Jewish people who fulfill it precisely! Moreover, there are no other people on earth, who even remotely fulfill this great Birthright prophecy/promise! Except the American and British Commonwealth peoples who fulfill it precisely!
Take note that the pride of our power began to be BROKEN in the 1950's and it is continuing. In addition, our peoples continue to lose their foreign sea gates and possessions around the earth. This focal prophecy alone represents a giant PROOF, as to where the modern remnant of the peoples of Israel reside today! Thus, because it happened exactly as the Mighty One of Israel stated, this is also proof of Him!
Punishment On All Nations!
We have made plain, from the ETERNAL's own warning prophecies, that this greatest multiplied intensity of corrective punishment will fall on America, Britain, including British peoples in Commonwealth countries, and the Jewish people in Jerusalem. Moreover, it will strike the Jews down first! Backing up a bit to Micah, the ETERNAL states:
(Micah 5:15) (NKJV) And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury on the [foreign] nations that have not heard.
This will take place at the very END of this age, after the Advent of King David, the Mashiach [the anointed one]. Moreover, the modern Israelites and Jews will not be the only nations to suffer corrective disaster. The Mighty One is the SOVEREIGN of all the other nations, too! Our CREATOR is concerned about the people and races we have called heathen, or goyim, or much worse. They too, are human. They too, are made in the CREATOR's own likeness, with the potential of being refitted with the ETERNAL's character, and joining His spiritual family as sons and daughters, in His eternal Kingdom of priests, as heirs to the promises made by covenant(s) [past and future].
ALL MANKIND has rebelled against, rejected, and turned from our loving CREATOR and His ways! There can never be peace on earth until all nations have turned to the ETERNAL and His ways, ruled by His Supreme Government with King David, the Mashiach [the anointed one], at the helm!
All humanity right now, is caught in the vortex of this swiftly accelerating crisis, marking utter destruction of this world's satan-inspired, man-made civilization. Through Jeremiah, the Mighty One says:
(Jeremiah 25:31-32) (KJV) 31A 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; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the ETERNAL. 32Thus saith the SOVEREIGN of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
We are entering a time of world trouble, utter world chaos! There is war, strife, violence in Asia, Africa, South America, the middle east, as well as Europe and North America. However, as salvation is given first to Israel, so is corrective punishment!
Daughter Religion Of Babylon.
Notice Jeremiah's prophecy concerning the end time:
(Jeremiah 30:5-6) (KJV) 5For thus saith the ETERNAL; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. 6Ask 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?
The Time of Jacob's Trouble, will fall on all of Jacob's children. That is why it is called JACOB'S TROUBLE. Remember, in passing on the promises to Abraham, the Birthright went to the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh [the U.S. and Britain], (Genesis 48:16) and the NameSake promise to Judah [the Jews], (Genesis 49:8-10). This shows WHO WILL BEAR THE BRUNT, of this most terrible of national calamities that will ever fall on any nation. But when is it to fall? Do not assume this is referring to anything that has happened to ancient Israel or Judah. Read right on, see when this prophecy is to be fulfilled!
(Jeremiah 30:7) (KJV) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even The Time of Jacob's Trouble, but he shall be saved out of it*.
(Jeremiah 30:8-9) (KJV) 8For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the SOVEREIGN of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: 9But they shall serve the ETERNAL their SOVEREIGN, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them**.
*Note: But, only after he has learned his lesson while IN it!
** Not a self-proclaimed 'son-of-god', as the [New Testament]™ book of deception, would have you believe.
Thus, the time is just before Mashiach's [King David's] Advent, to liberate our peoples, even as Moses liberated ancient Israel from Egyptian slavery. This intense punishment is to fall on Britain, America, and the Jews. As Moses and Aaron delivered the ancient Israelites from Egyptian slavery, so the Mashiach [the anointed one] King David, and the Prophet [Elijah], are coming to deliver modern Britain, America, and Judah from their now impending slavery.
Jeremiah described it as a YOKE on the necks of our peoples. WHOSE YOKE of slavery? Isaiah tells us! To understand Isaiah's words we must realize that during his life span Israel was captured by the Assyrians and carried away. He fully understood the reason of their captivity, which was their forsaking the worship of the Mighty One of Israel, and not keeping His Sabbath on the 7th day. He understood that the Israelites worshiped the sun 'god' and kept his day on the 1st day. The religious sun worship of the Israelites was a DAUGHTER [remade version], of the even more ancient worship of the sun 'god' of Ancient Egypt and Babylon, where the worship of the three 'baals' began as the Babylon Mystery Religion. In the next verse the prophetic message is addressed to the daughter of Babylon:
(Isaiah 47:1-5) (KJV) 1Come down, and sit in the dust, O VIRGIN DAUGHTER OF BABYLON [christianity], sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. 2Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. 3Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. 4As for our redeemer, the ETERNAL of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. 5Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
This IS NOT the nation of Babylon of ancient days. Not Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon that later captured Judah, but a DAUGHTER RELIGION of that Babylon's Mystery Religion. This woman or daughter is a religious organization that will last until the Advent of the Mashiach [the anointed one] King David, who will destroy it.
The lady of this prophecy is pictured as a harlot and a lady of kingdoms, that is a great religious church organization ruling over nations. In other words, it is the Babylonian Mystery Religion, the same religion of ancient Babylon, but now grown GREAT and ruling over many nations of different languages. Her KINGDOMS, over which she ruled, were later called The Holy Roman Empire and its various revivals, which last into this the twenty-first century. Now back to Isaiah 47; the ETERNAL states:
(Isaiah 47:6) (TLB) For I was angry with my people Israel [Israel, Britain, America] and began to punish them a little by letting them fall into your hands, O Babylon [false religion]. But you showed them no mercy. You have made even the old folks carry heavy burdens.
The governments that support the daughter of the Babylonian Mystery Religion will put on that yoke. It will soon happen again, to all present-day tribes of Israel [the United States, Britain, and the Israeli state].
Many 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. Therefore, when you read about Assyria in prophecies that pertain to now, they refer to central Europe. It was ancient Assyria which invaded the House of Israel, and carried them out of Samaria into the Assyrians' own land. So is history to repeat?
Where, today, are the ancient BABYLONIANS, the Chaldeans? They migrated west and settled in ITALY. Their religion was the Assyrian-Babylonian MYSTERY religion.
Let us pause for a moment and get a background on the people who lived in Samaria. The story is in (2 Kings 17:24-33). Once the Assyrians removed ancient Israel from the land of Samaria, they repopulated the land with people from five different countries, each having its own brand of the original Babylonian mysteries, and none that worshipped the Mighty One of Israel. Thus, the Mighty One of Israel sent lions among the Samaritans, who then asked the king of Assyria to send them an Israelite priest, to teach them the manner of the Mighty One of the land. The king sent a priest to teach them to fear the ETERNAL. Verse 33 is the key: they feared the ETERNAL and at the same time served their own 'gods'. Therefore, ever since the time that Israel was taken captive and replaced, the new religion in Samaria was a smattering of Torah Hebrew faith mixed with an amalgamation of various daughter forms of the Babylon Mysteries. This is even born out in the [New Testament]™ when the woman at the well said that Our fathers worshiped on this mountain and asked Are you greater than our father Jacob is (John 4:14-20)? Their father was not Jacob, but from the time of the priests from Assyria, they claimed to be the true people. This can also be confirmed in the book of Ezra and Nehemiah who had dealings with the same people.
Back to the woman at the well, she was told that the man she lived with was not her husband, and now see her connection to Simon Magus. The story is that he was accompanied by a Helena, whom he claimed to be the reborn Helen of Troy. Simon Magus of Samaria was the leader of the Samaritans' religion. Notice what he is called in Acts:
(Acts 8:9-10) (NRSV) 9Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great. 10All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, This man is the power of 'god' that is called Great. [Strong's G3173].
The English word Great comes from the Greek word megas (Strong's G3173 meg'-as) with its root word meaning greatest or very great or maximum. The etymology of the word maximum is the Latin word Maximus. Thus, this is telling us that Simon Magus was the Pontiff Maximus of the Samaritan amalgamated Mystery Religion.
Paul and Simon Magus were regarded as the same person and Paul was referred to as Simon Magus in early writings. The fact that Paul is really Simon Magus is now accepted by scholars, despite many desperate attempts to resist this conclusion realizing how profound would be the conclusions of such an admission.
The Latin surname, 'Favored One,' was bestowed on Simon Magus early in the Christian era. It is going to come as a breathtaking, awesome, shocking surprise when the world learns that Simon; the sorcerer of Samaria, was the Pontiff Maximus of the Samaritan daughter of the Babylonian mystery religion in Rome. The religion he resided over was already a mixture of Hebrew Scriptures and their brand of the Mysteries. He had the title of PATER or PETER, meaning PAPA, and actually appropriated the title of 'Christos' which means 'the Anointed or Messiah' and was none other than Paul, who started what was later called 'Christianity.'
There Is A Way To Escape The Coming Horrors!
Millions of people have been mislead, tricked into following a false religion and drawing other people into that same whirlpool of despair. Are you one of the deceived ones?
The Almighty CREATOR of the Universe, Whom we have the very great honor and privilege to serve, wants to get this shocking news into your hands, while there is just enough time to change! It is probably too late for our nations to change, but you as an individual may still have just enough time.
When Abraham was called out from Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 15:7), the Chaldeans were the most advanced people of the time. They understood mathematics and had a very advanced system of irrigation. Abraham was called out of the best of the world's system to accept a Covenant with the CREATOR of the Universe in a desert place, requiring him to rely totally on the CREATOR of future Israel (Genesis 17:3-7). You are now being called out of the world's system just as your patriarch Abraham was. Can you come to a state of total reliance on the ETERNAL, just as your patriarch Abraham did?
The prophets of the Tanakh [OT] spoke for their times and for us in these last days. The prophecies are detailed, explicit, and very frightening, they are also the stuff of today's news headlines!
When you see the pictures of the rubble at Ground Zero where Hiroshima or Nagasaki or the World Trade Center once stood, you can relate to (Ezekiel 6:6) In all your dwelling places the CITIES shall be laid waste. Pictures of the atomic bomb blasts in Japan, and the thought of them being used on the U.S. and Britain, are enough to make ever a stout heart weak. The scare and reality of biological warfare on our people is spelled out:
(Ezekiel 5:12-13) (KJV) 12A 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 into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. 13Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury 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.
We need to understand that the ETERNAL wants us back. He is calling on us to repent, change our ways, and return to His ways. If you have been caught up in some pagan beliefs, worshipping the wrong 'god', on the wrong day, for the wrong reasons, YOU need to change! The ETERNAL spells out through Isaiah how HE works:
(Isaiah 19:22) (KJV) And the ETERNAL shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the ETERNAL, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.
The ETERNAL knows that, having seen us in the good times when we completely ignored HIM thinking that our cleverness was being rewarded, HE will get our attention only in the most dramatic circumstances. HE allows events to happen, wanting more than anything else that it will cause you to come back to HIM. HE does not change, but YOU NEED TO!
If you are keeping HIS Commandments [best as you can] and are in repentance, then the ETERNAL wants you to remind HIM of HIS promises.
(Isaiah 43:25-26) (TLB) 25I [the ETERNAL], yes, I alone am he who blots away your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. 26Oh, remind me of this promise of forgiveness, for we must talk about your sins. Plead your case for my forgiving you.
The ETERNAL wants you to be forgiven, even more than you do yourself! If you are now in obedience, remind the ETERNAL of HIS promises because they do include you.
(Ezekiel 18:21-23) (KJV) 21But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the ETERNAL CREATOR: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
(Ezekiel 18:30-32) (KJV) 30Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the ETERNAL CREATOR. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the ETERNAL CREATOR: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
Truth Or Consequences!
(Deuteronomy 28:58-60) (KJV) 58If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name [YHWH], the ETERNAL thy SOVEREIGN; 59Then the ETERNAL will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. 60Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
(Deuteronomy 28:61-63) (KJV) 61Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the ETERNAL bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. 62And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the ETERNAL thy CREATOR. 63And it shall come to pass, that as the ETERNAL rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the ETERNAL will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
(Deuteronomy 28:64-65) (KJV) 64And the ETERNAL shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. 65And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the ETERNAL shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind.
(Deuteronomy 28:66-68) (KJV) 66And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: 67In the morning thou shalt say, Would the ETERNAL it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would the ETERNAL it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. 68And the ETERNAL shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.
These passages describes the life of many people now reading this article, and many of the people they know. There are very many more diseases [plagues] around than ever before. Diseases once thought to have been eradicated have reappeared more virulent than ever, thanks to the recient explosion of forced mass migration of populations by governments, and illeagal immigration. Our prosperity and our national self-confidence have been taken away by poor trade agreements such as [NAFTA, FTAA, US-MEFTA, TAFTA, and others], to name a few. We look for answers from our governments, our religions, our doctors, and our scientists, but instead of answers we get murdered, locked up, robbed, sedated, lied to, and decieved!
We are anxious! We are tense; we are paranoid. We pop pills, we smoke, we drink, we fornicate, yet the answers still elude us. Is it because the answer is so simple, and we are a very difficult people? The ETERNAL gives you the answer but it is up to you to accept it. Your whole future depends on the decision you must make!
(Deuteronomy 30:1-3) (KJV) 1And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the ETERNAL thy CREATOR hath driven thee, 2And shalt return unto the ETERNAL thy CREATOR, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 3That then the ETERNAL thy CREATOR will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the ETERNAL thy CREATOR hath scattered thee.
(Deuteronomy 30:4-5) (KJV) 4If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the ETERNAL thy CREATOR gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5And the ETERNAL thy CREATOR will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
(Deuteronomy 30:6-10) (KJV) 6And the ETERNAL thy CREATOR will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the ETERNAL thy CREATOR with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. 7And the ETERNAL thy CREATOR will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. 8And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the ETERNAL, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. 9And the ETERNAL thy CREATOR will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the ETERNAL will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: 10If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the ETERNAL thy CREATOR, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the ETERNAL thy CREATOR with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
The Decision Is Now YOURS!
We have seen that Israel completely deserted the CREATOR and also the Jews are not following His written Words exclusively. What have we learned in going through this? The choice is yours now, it is almost too simple! Be obedient to the Teachings of the ETERNAL and live a blessed life with happiness and great joy beyond description! Continue in disobedience and be lost in tragic circumstances beyond imagination!
Footnotes For Chapter 1:
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 I will use the words Almighty, CREATOR, ETERNAL, Mighty One, or SOVEREIGN in place of the words 'God', 'Lord', 'Elohim' or 'El', when refering to the ONE and ONLY, ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of the universe. (Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 44:24):
(Isaiah 44:6) (CEB) The ETERNAL, Israel's king and redeemer, the SOVEREIGN of heavenly forces, says: I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there are NO 'gods'.
(Isaiah 44:24) (AMP) Thus says the ETERNAL, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb: I am the CREATOR, Who made all things, Who alone stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth by Myself.
 Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinstonChurchill Spencer-Churchill, was best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history.
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 For complete details, see the article, "Message To The Shepherds Of Israel".
 For complete details, see the essay, "The Wonderful World of Tomorrow".
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 When King David is awakened from the grave he will then become the Firstborn son, see the essay, "Quest For The Messiah".
Footnotes For Chapter 2:
 An everlasting covenant is without end; thus, this promise carries a promise of eternal life.
 An everlasting possession is without end; thus, this promise carries a promise of eternal life.
 Since there is only one CREATOR, He only has one set of Scriptures, the Hebrew Scriptures.
 See the essay: "Quest For The Messiah".
 Jeroboam was also an Ephraimite; See: (1 Kings 11:26)
 The English word "Judah" comes from the Hebrew word "Yehuwdah" (Strong's H3063) and "is the tribal name of Judah a son of Jacob". After the death of Solomon the nation of Israel split into the two separate nations of Israel and Judah. Due to its location the tribe of Benjamin remained with the tribe of Judah to make the new nation of "Judah". The citizens of the newly enlarged Judah are called in Hebrew "Yehuwdiy" (Strong's H3064), which in English is Judaite or Jew due to these people are now a mixture of the old tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi.
 Mystery of the Ages, by Herbert W. Armstrong, p. 149.
 Ibid., p. 150.
 This is an important point that we will tie together with the Prophet Ezekiel later.
 Holman's Dictionary Electronic Versions article on "Joseph".
 To get the full meaning of any topic read all Scripture in context in your own set of Scriptures.
 To see who this one seed is, read the essay: "Quest For The Messiah".
Footnotes For Chapter 3:
 BDB or Browns-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions, electronic version as part of "Quick Verse".
 Shiloh is the coming Mashiach; read the essay: "Quest For The Messiah", and verses 11 and 12 are also referring to Shiloh. A place in Ephraimite territory was named Shiloh
 Strong's H#2710 "chaqaq".
 Holman' Dictionary, electronic version.
 op. cit. Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SephardiAshkenazi.
 Jacob's Pillar a Biblical Historical Study, by E. Raymond Capt, Artisan Sales, 1977.
 As a side-note, to be chosen to be the Scribes for the Tanakh (Old Testament) DOES NOT include other books that the ETERNAL did not give, such as the Talmud, Mishnah, or Oral Torah.
 That point will be explained in detail later is this booklet.
Footnotes For Chapter 4:
 Shiloh is the coming Mashiach; read the essay: "Quest For The Messiah".
 (ADH) American Heritage Dictionary, Electronic Version.
 The tribe of Levi will reassume their scribal duties at the Advent of the Mashiach.
 We will discuss the ruler in more detail later.
 Please reread those two verses as they contain one of the mysteries that there are only two tribes of Israel. Q. How many tribes of Israel are there? A. Two (2).
 Joseph's two sons became two tribes and replaced Joseph; thus, there are 13 tribes as we shall see later.
Footnotes For Chapter 5:
 Note that the Covenant of Circumcision (Genesis 17:9-12) was made with Abraham and is not connected to the Mt. Sinai Covenant.
 Saul was of the tribe of Benjamin who was a full brother to Joseph.
 A very clever way to cause confusion over the birth place of King David and thus create a location for the supposed place of birth for j-esus would be for the King James translators to misname Bethel as Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:18) speaks for this place reporting the slaughter of the innocents of Bethlehem represents Rachel as weeping for her children from her neighboring grave. - Dr Orr.
 However, the fact that 'Christians,' Jews and Mohammedans unite in honoring this Muslim site of the supposed birthplace of David and j-esus adds suspicion that this is not birthplace of King David. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, article by James Orr, M.A., D.D.
 Tradition and Reality of Holy Tombsin the Madaba Map, by Khalid Nashe. See http://www.christusrex.org/www1/ofm/mad/articles/NashefTradition.html
 Holman Bible Dictionary, QuickVerse for Windows, article "Bethlehem".
 PC Bible Atlas for Windows.
 op. cit. Holman Electronic Dictionary.
 However, it appears that Jewish scribes mistranslated the Hebrew word for Beth-el into Beth-lehem. This could be due to the two different natures of the Scribes from Pharez and those from Zarah and which group translated Genesis into the Septuagint.
 ibid., Holman Electronic Dictionary
 By the time the book of Ruth was written the Bethel-Bethlehem switch may have already been in the scrolls, but remember that Bethel itself ended up in the tribal area of the House of Judah in the split up of the thirteen tribes after Solomon's death.
 Since Judah is mentioned the book must have been written after Israel and Judah split company or when Ezra canonized the Scriptures. The commentaries say, "he updated names and places".
 Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.
 Remember, Rachel, Jacob's wife, was buried near Bethel or Ephrathah so it stands to reason that Bethel was Ephrathah.
 Lit., "the man in the middle," i.e. a mighty warrior who would leave his camp and stand alone between the warring armies, challenging the opposing force (Rashi).
 (Strong's H673) An Ephraimite".
 Op. cit. Stone's Edition of the Tanakh, "Bethlehem, in the providence of Judah, was in an area known as Ephrath. Scriptures recapitulates Jesse's background because David is about to become the savior of the nation".
 David the King was from the village Ephrath, which later was incorporated into the land of Judah. If you think that a person's bloodline is the determining factor of who that person is, then David was an Ephraimite King; but if you think that the country that his place of birth was absorbed into is the determining factor, then David was a Jewish King. The point here is to note the bloodline from King David through Solomon to Zedekiah is Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, Ahaziah, Athaliah, Joas, Amaziah, Azariah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Menasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah is the same. Therefore, whatever tribal affiliation you reckon to King David, that same lineage continues to King Zedekiah (1 Chronicles 3:10-16). Since Zedekiah is the last Davidic king of Judah, this becomes very important later in this booklet.
 Refer to the essay: "Quest For The Messiah".
 "The Hebrew word 'iysh usually means man but it is a contraction of the word 'enowsh' which simply means 'a mortal' or 'person' or 'heir.'" In this case, "heir" is a better translation, as we will see later, The Theological Word Book of the Old Testament by R. Harris.
Footnotes For Chapter 6:
 Remember the Scepter promise that the tribe of Judah would maintain their tribal name, but that does not mean a Jew would sit on the throne.
 See the article "What is the Difference Between the Jews and Israel"?
 This applies only to birth Jews genealogically, not to those called Jews because of a religious conversion.
 op. cit. Holman, The first son born to a couple is required to be specially dedicated to the ETERNAL and thus is considered the Royal Son. The birthright of a firstborn included a double portion of the estate and leadership of the family. As head of the house after his father's death, the eldest son customarily cared for his mother until her death and provided for his sisters until their marriage. The firstborn might sell his rights as Esau did (Genesis 25:29-34). The firstborn of Jacob was Ruben, but he forfeited them for misconduct because of incest (Genesis 35:22; Genesis 49:3-4). In this case, Jacob then appointed Ephraim as firstborn and thus the Tribe of Ephraim became the Royal Tribe of Israel.
 The Baals are the trinity of idols that started from Nimrod, Semiramis, and Horus, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, by Barbara G. Walker, HarperSanFransico, 1983.
 The Orthodox Jews have maintained the knowledge for the true Sabbath, yet you can look at Jerusalem today and see that the Jews as a whole do not keep the Sabbath nationally.
Footnotes For Chapter 7:
 Op. cit. BDB, The Hebrew word "iysh" (Strong's H376) means "man, husband, human being, person, heir servant, mankind, champion, great man" listed in the order of usage. The (TLB) says it best: (Jeremiah 33:17) For the ETERNAL declares that from then on, David shall forever have an HEIR sitting on the throne of Israel".
 The Coronation Stone - Jeremiah in Ireland, by John D. Keyser.
 "Compendium of World History," Dr. Herman Hoeh, Vol. I, Ambassador College, Pasadena, CA. 1962, Chapter 18.
Footnotes For Chapter 8:
 Our Scythian Ancestors by W. Edmund Filmer B.A.. http://www.originofnations.org/old_bi_literature/our_scythian_ancestos_filmer.htm
 Our Scythian Ancestors, Identified With Israel, by Colonel J.C. Gawler, London 1875.
 The Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, 1910, Vol. XIV, pp 758.
 Remember that the Ephraimite descendants of David ruled the Jews of Judah.
 To be ordained and recognized by the ETERNAL, a king must be a descendant through Solomon.
Footnotes For Chapter 9:
 Note the Israelites were to be scattered "among gentile nations," not "in gentile nations" as the Jews have been. Each tribe was to become a nation and all of the tribal nations would think they were gentiles as their neighboring nations are.
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 The Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Vol. 9 article "English Language".
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Footnotes For Chapter 10:
 The Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, 1910, Vol. XIV, pp 758.
 Shiloh. A small town in Ephraim on the E. Side of the highway connecting Bethel and Shechem, "Baker's Bible Atlas," Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1977. It could have been where David was born.
Footnotes For Chapter 11:
 "British Overseas Territories," from Wikipedia Encyclopedia.
 We have seen how Jamestown could have equally been named "Jacobtown" or "Israeltown".
 Remember Ezekiel lying bound with cords for 390 days? He suffered for this 390 years of freedom for Joseph.
 I wrote this part of this booklet in early 2001 and little did I realize what would happen on 911 of that year. The booklet was not published until November of 2001 and I did not realize until now as I am rewriting it just how prophetic that statement proved to be.
 Microsoft Encarta 97 Encyclopedia "Israel (country)".
 Ruben the actual firstborn actually lost the right to it. (1 Chronicles 5:1). Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, he was indeed the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel, so that the genealogy is not listed according to the birthright.
 Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee lexicon to the Old Testament word H669, "Ephraim, as being the Royal Tribe, is applied as a name of the whole people and of the ten tribes.
Footnotes For Chapter 12:
 The statistics were taken from the 1980 version of "The United States and Britain in Prophecy".
 This free printed money will cause inflation, which will get to the point that it will take a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread as it did in Germany after WW I. At that point, the dollar will be declared worthless. Then watch for "The North American Currency Union [NAU] is a theorized economic and monetary union of the three principal countries of North America, namely Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Implementation would probably involve the three countries giving up their current currency units (U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar, and Mexican peso) and adopting a new one, created specifically for this purpose. The hypothetical currency for the union is most often referred to as the amero," Wikipedia Encyclopedia article "Amero".
 The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois January 27, 1838
 Favorable to health or well-being.
Footnotes For Chapter 13:
 See the essay: "Reuniting the Tribes of Israel".
Footnotes For Chapter 14:
Footnotes For Chapter 15:
 Regardless of how you try to explain it away, let's do the numbers: the ETERNAL CREATOR is one; [the 'Father', 'Son', and 'Holy Spirit' is three]. It is monotheism verses polytheism, which is idol worship.
 Refer to the article: "The Eternals Test".
 If the Torah does not say it, do not believe it.
 See the essay: "Quest For The Messiah".
 See the essay: "The Abrahamic Hebrew Faith".
 See the article: "[New Testament]™ Credibility.".
 From The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, by Barbara Walker.
Footnotes For Chapter 16:
 See the article "The Eternals Test".
 [a]All scriptural links point to the Bible Gateway, A Searchable Online Bible In Over 100 Versions And 50 Languages, located at "BibleGateway.Com", a vast biblical resource containing all the major texts and reference materials useful for in-depth bible studies. Most scriptual quotations are from the (KJV) of the Bible, however versions noted in (parentheses) should also be consulted. [b]All Strong's scriptural references point to the Blue Letter Bible Lexicon, located at "BlueLetterBible.Org", another vast biblical resource which has over 4,000,000 links available, pointing to more than 165,000 pages of concordances, lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, images, and several Bible versions.