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By Bertrand L. Comparet



INTRODUCTION

Much is heard in this day of the word ANTI-SEMITIC The word is a creation of the modern Pharisees who are anti-Christian. The purpose of the creation was to "smear" or blacken the name or reputation of Christians seeking to protect and defend their faith from the onslaughts of those who would destroy it.

The word "Semitic" is derived from the patriarch Shem, and is correctly applied to people descended from him. All true Israelites (NOT Jews, as this booklet shows) are therefore Semites; and today these are the great White Christian nations of the Western World. The Jews (as the second half of this booklet shows) are not Semitic at all, as their Canaanite and Khazar ancestors were not descendants of Shem. Their smear accusation "anti-Semitic" against all who oppose Jewish seizure of Palestine is, therefore, false. (Indeed, the Arabs - who are half Semitic - can truthfully accuse the Jews of anti-Semitism!)

That fact is quite obvious. It has been said that Communism seeks to make black white and white black. The word anti-Semitic is just one example of such mis-use and intended opposite meaning, in an effort to attach an ill-sounding term which should be self-applied, to him or them who are actually quite the opposite in viewpoint.

It is one purpose of this booklet to bring to the reader accurate Biblical and historic proof of the error applied in the use of the term anti-Semitic.

It is hoped that much confusion, purposely created as camouflage, will be clarified in the minds of Christians by the careful reading and study of the material so excellently presented by the author.



ISRAEL' S FINGERPRINTS

The Bible is written about, and addressed to, God's people, "Israel." It is the history of their past, the prophecy of their future, the law of their relation to their God, and the promise of God's eternal care of them, The common misconception, that "the Jews are Israel, or all that remains of them," has made the Bible meaningless, and most of it apparently false, to those who hold this mistaken belief. It is just as though you took a good history of the United States, but wherever the name "United States" appeared therein, you erased it and wrote "China" in its place. As a history of China, it would be obviously false; but if you applied it to me right nation, it would be clearly true.

The Bible's history of Israel's past is known to be accurate; and its prophecies of Israel's future have been fulfilled in every detail, down to the present day. When the police have the fingerprints of a wanted man, they know that the man whose fingerprints match those they have is the man they seek. Likewise, when we find the people to whom God has fulfilled all of His promises and prophecies to Israel, we have found Israel! Today, the Anglo-Saxon-Scandinavian and Germanic nations have Israel's finger-prints in every detail.

When we realize that WE ARE ISRAEL, the Bible becomes full of meaning for us: it is our history, it contains God's promises to us. It gives us courage to face the. terrible upheaval into which all the world is being drawn. If you will only read the Bible with an open mind, taking no man's word for it, but proving for yourself what the Bible says, then comparing that with what you know of present-day history, you will see that WE are God's People Israel, and that, however terrible the trial ahead, we will be brought safely through it when we turn to God.

FIRST - Let us briefly review the ancient history of Israel God first made His promises of wonderful blessings to Abram, changing his name to "Abraham," meaning "Father of Nations." Note that this is in the plural - nations. God repeated His promises to Abraham's son, Isaac; and again to Isaac's son Jacob, whose name God changed to ''Israel,'' which means ''He will rule with God.''

Israel had twelve sons. The descendants of each son became in time a Tribe, under its ancestor's name: thus, all the descendants of Dan became the Tribe of Dan, all the descendants of Benjamin became the Tribe of Benjamin, etc. For many centuries, all members of all the twelve tribes collectively were known as the "children" - that is, descendants of Israel. However, do not confuse this with the later "House," or Kingdom, of Israel, about which I will have more to say later.

Israel and his twelve sons, with their families, went into Egypt, as you will remember; and after about 2 1/2 centuries, their descendants left Egypt in the Exodus, under the leadership of Moses. For several generations they were ruled by "Judges" appointed by God. Later, they unwisely copied the customs of the surrounding nations and demanded a King; so Saul became their first king, ruling the twelve tribes as a single nation. This unified nation of twelve tribes (like the United States of fifty states) continued until the death of Solomon, in 975 BC., when it broke into two nations, Israel and Judah

1st Kings 11-12 tell us how Solomon finally fell into idolatry, mis-governed the people and burdened them with excessive taxes. (Yes, they babbled about "New Deals" and "Great Societies" in those days, too!) When his son Rehoboam succeeded Solomon as King, in 975 BC. the weary people petitioned him to ease their burdens; but being vain and arrogant, and surrounded by a lot of "bright" young Jewish advisors (even as today!), he threatened to make their load heavier. The exasperated people of the ten Northern tribes revolted, and set up their own. independent kingdom under Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, which is told in detail in 1st Kings, Chapters 11 and 12 and 2nd Chronicles 10 and 11 Rehoboam, the son of Solomon had left in his Kingdom only the two Southern tribes, Judah and Benjamin, with some of the Levites, who were the priests: and this Southern Kingdom was never thereafter known as "Israel," but only as the House (or Kingdom) of Judah. The Northern, ten-tribed kingdom was thereafter called the House (or Kingdom) of Israel. Just as the Southern kingdom Judah, took its name from the Tribe of Judah. which WiL5 the ruling Tribe, so also the Northern Kingdom of Israel was sometimes called "Ephraim" in the prophecies, be-cause the Tribe of Ephraim was the most powerful tribe in it. The histories and destinies of the two kingdoms were thereafter separate: they engaged separately in foreign wars and treaties, and were sometimes at war with each other, as the Book of Kings and Chronicles record.

From the time of this separation, 975 BC., the Bible very carefully distinguished between the Southern, two tribed nation of Judah and the Northern, ten-tribed nation of Israel. This distinction is kept clear, both in the historical record of what is past and the prophetic record of what is to come. It would take another volume to cover them all; but for a few examples, see the following: the distinction is made historically in 2nd Samuel 19:40-43; 1st Kings 14:19-21; 15:1-33; 16:b; 2nd Kings 3:1-9; 2nd Chronicles 16:1; 25:5-10; and many others. The distinction is kept clear in prophecies in Isaiah 7:1-9; 11:12-13; Jeremiah :3:6-18; 5:11; 11:10-17; 13:11; 18:l-6; 19:1-13; Ezekiel 37:16-22; Daniel 9:7; Hosea 1:11; 4:15; 5:9-15; Amos 1:1; Micah 1:5; Zechariah 8:13; 10:6-8; and many others.

Just as we must carefully distinguish between the two nations of Israel and Judah, so also we must carefully distinguish between the nation of Judah and the Jews.

Both Israel and Judah were carried into captivity - but separately, and at different times, by different conquerors, and taken to different places. Israel was conquered by Assyria between 740 and 721 BC., and by 715 BC. all of its people had been deported and resettled in what we now know as Armenia, northwestern Iran, and the region near Baku, around the southern end of the Caspian Sea. The Assyrians brought in other people and settled them in Samaria, the southern halt of Israel's old Palestinian land, to which the people of Israel never returned. See 2nd Kings 17. From this time onward, the historical parts of the "authorized" or King James version of the Bible do not record the further history of Israel; but in the Apochrypha, 2nd Esdras 13:39-46 records their further journey to "Ar Sereth" (the valley of the River Sereth, a northern tributary of the Danube River, in modern Romania, which still bears the name Sereth.") At the conclusion of this deportation of Israel from its Palestinian home, the Assyrian king Sennacherib also invaded the southern kingdom of Judah and captured all the smaller Cities in it, everything except Jerusalem. The people of these smaller cities were deported, along with the people of the northern Kingdom of Israel. Sennacherib's own record of this invasion says that he deported 200,150 people from the southern Kingdom of Judah. 2nd Kings 18:13 and Isaiah 36:1 mention his capture of these cities. Thus the Assyrian deportation of Israel included the entire population of the northern Kingdom of Israel and a considerable representative share of the southern Kingdom of Judah. From this time on, these people became the so-called "Lost Ten Tribes of Israel." (As we shall see, God took good care of them, as lie had promised, and you who are reading this are among their descendants.)

The Kingdom of Judah on the other hand, did not go into captivity until 606 to 585 BC., and was conquered by Babylon, not Assyria. They were deported to the City of Babylon and settled nearby, a little south of Bagdad, in what is now southern Iraq. Not quite all of them were deported, a few of the poor being left behind to cultivate the land, and no other people were brought in to settle the land. (See 2nd Kings 24-25.) This Babylonian captivity of Judah lasted 70 years, as had been prophesied by Jeremiah 20:4-5; 25:11-12; 29:10. After the fall of Babylon, King Cyrus allowed all who wished to return to Palestine, beginning in 536 BC. (See 2nd Chronicles 36:20-23.) Ezra1-2 records that only 42,360 returned, and their descendants (who have never been called "Jews" until their Babylonian conquerors gave them that name) lived in Palestine until the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans under Titus in AD. 70. This reconstructed nation, sometimes called "Jewish" was the "70 weeks" nation with the evil destiny "to finish the transgression," prophesied in Daniel 9:24. In AD. 70, those who had survived the terrible wars ceased to be a nation at all, and became scattered wanderers in all lands.

There is not one word in either the Bible or secular history to suggest that Israel either was destroyed or that they went (town to Babylon and joined Judah in the Babylonian captivity; and the Jews themselves testify that the genealogy of those who returned from Babylon shows no one from any tribe but Judah, Benjamin, and Levi, the members of the Kingdom of Judah. To the contrary, it was well known at the beginning of the Christian era that Israel THEN EXISTED IN GREAT NUMBERS: Josephus' great history, "Antiquities of the jews" Book 11, Chapter 5, speaks of them as "an immense multitude, beyond the Euphrates River." The prophetic parts of the Bible still continue to prophecy the great future of Israel several generations after they had vanished into the Assyrian captivity: Isaiah prophesied until 698 BC., Jeremiah until 588 BC. Ezekiel to 574 BC., and Daniel to 534 BC. Jesus Christ was well aware of the existence of Israel, separate and apart from Judah and the Jews; see Matthew 10:5-6. Again, compare John 7:35; 11:49-52, which cannot refer to Judah or the Jews, as the Jews were not yet "dispersed" or "scattered abroad" and would not be for another 40 years; only Israel was "dispersed" out of its own land.

The complete and permanent destruction of the Jewish nation by the Romans under Titus, and their subsequent troubles as outcasts in every land, are not a failure of the prophecies and promises to Israel, but an accurate fulfillment of the prophecies about the Jews. With the history of these nations in mind, let us examine God's promises and prophecies about Israel in the Bible.

God's promises to Abraham were unconditional. God must fulfill them or break His word. Consider what God said, in Genesis 12:2; 13:16; 15:5; 17:3-7, 19; and 22:16-18: "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great: and thou shalt be a blessing: And 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. As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of MANY nations. And I will establish MY covenant between Me and thee, and thy seed after thee in their generations, for an EVER-LASTING COVENANT. Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if thou be able to number them; and He said unto him, so shall thy seed be. BY MYSELF HAVE I SWORN, saith the Lord . . . that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies."

God did not say that He would do this "IF" or "PERHAPS" - these were all UNCONDITIONAL promises. Those promises which were made at Mt. Sinai on condition that men should obey Cod's laws, were the promises made through Moses, relating to health, prosperity, peace, etc. The promises to Abraham were UNCONDITIONAL and absolute; and in the New Testament, Paul tells us that these "the law, which was 430 years after, cannot disannul, that It should make the promises of none effect." (Galatians 3:17.) If the Bible is true, if God's word is good, then these promises must be good.

God repeated these promises UNCONDITIONALLY to Isaac, in Genesis 26:3-5: "Sojourn in this land and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee and thy seed I will give all these countries; and I WILL PERFORM THE OATH WHICH I SWORE UNTO ABRAHAM, THY FATHER. And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all of these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."

Again, in the 28th, and 35th chapters of Genesis, GOD REPEATED HIS PROMISES, UNCONDITIONALLY, to Jacob, Israel our ancestor; "I am the Lord God of Abraham, thy father, and the God of Isaac, the land wheren thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth; and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land, FOR I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE UNTIL I HAVE DONE THAT WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO THEE OF. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and A COMPANY OF NATIONS shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins."

There can't be any evasion of these promises; and God has always honored them. Even when the children of Israel worshiped the Golden Calf while Moses was on Mt. Sinai, receiving the ten commandments, God did not destroy them, for the sake of these promises. (See Exodus 32:7-14.) In many places, the New Testament recognized these promises as being still in full effect; for example, in Hebrews 6:13,17, "For when Cod made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself . . . Wherein God, being willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it with an oath." Again in Romans 11:1-2; 9:4-5; and 15:8 Paul tells us "I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the Tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away His people which he foreknew... Who are Israelites, to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the Fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ . . . Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.

SO THESE ARE THE PROMISES OF GOD: IF THEY ARE FALSE, THEN THE BIBLE IS FALSE: BUT IF THEY HAVE BEEN FULFILLED, THEN THE PEOPLE TO WHOM THEY WERE FULFILLED ARE THEREBY IDENTIFIED AS ISRAEL. But the separate, and very different prophecies relating to the Jews show that the promises and prophecies to Israel had no reference to the Jews. Let's look at a few of them.

ISRAEL WAS TO HAVE A CHANGE OF NAME, WHILE THE JEWS' NAME WAS LEFT TO THEM AS A CURSE. In Isaiah 65:13-15, God tells the Jews: "And ye shall leave YOUR name FOR A CURSE TO MY CHOSEN: FOR THE LORD GOD SHALL SLAY THEE, and CALL HIS SERVANTS BY ANOTHER NAME." Who are God's servants? In many places God repeats this: "But thou, ISRAEL, are MY servant . . . Thou art My servant: I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away." For example, see Isaiah 41:8-10; 43:1, and 10; 44:1-2, 21-22; etc. This has been fulfilled, ISRAEL is no longer called by its old name; but the Jews have retained their name for "a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse," as Jeremiah 24:9 says.

AGAIN, THE JEWS WERE TO BE KNOWN BY THEIR FACES. Isaiah 3:9 says: "THE SHOW OF THEIR COUNTENANCE DOTH WITNESS AGAINST THEM, and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves." To this day, the Jew is known by his face, and even getting his nose bobbed can't always hide it: IT IS A WITNESS AGAINST HIM - While Israelis not so marked.

ISRAEL WAS TO BECOME A GREAT NATION AND ALSO A COMPANY OF NATIONS, AND TO BE A NATION FOREVER, AND TO HAVE A KING FOREVER. See Genesis 35:11; Jeremiah 31:35-37; 33:17; Psalm 89:3-4; Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32-33; etc., which say, "A nation and a company of nations shall be of thee . . . Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night . . . If those ordinances depart from before Me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall cease from being a nation before Me forever . . . For thus saith the Lord; David shall never lack a man to sit upon the throne of the House of Israel." Since the sun, moon and stars still shine, these promises must be still in effect; and they cannot possibly apply to the Jews, who never were "a company of nations" and who ceased to be a nation at all in AD. 70. On the other hand, Israel has fulfilled all of this, as we shall see.

GOD SAID THAT THE JEWS WERE TO BE DESTROYED AS A NATION, AND TO BECOME SCATTERED OUTCASTS IN ALL LANDS. In the 18th Chapter of Jeremiah, God used the parable of the potter making a clay bottle on the potter's wheel; and on the first trial, the bottle was spoiled; so the potter mashed it back into a lump and tried again, and on the second trial he made a perfect bottle. God said that He would re-make Israel into the kind of nation he wanted, just as the potter had done with the soft clay. But in the next chapter, Jeremiah 19, God told the prophet to get an earthen bottle which had been burned hard, and to assemble the elders and important men of Jerusalem. Then God said; "Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee, and shall say to them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter's vessel that cannot be made whole again." Again in Jeremiah 15:4 and 24:29, God said of the Jews. "And I will cause them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, the King of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem. And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all the places whither I shall drive them:" In fulfillment of this, after the 70 weeks (or 490 years) of Daniel 9:24 were completed, Titus the Roman General destroyed Jerusalem in AD. 70; The Jews were broken as a nation, and have had no king of their own. In John 19:15 they spoke truly. "we have no king but Caesar."

Israel was to become a very numerous people: besides the many statements of this in Genesis chapters 13, 15, 22, 26, and 28, it is repeated in Hosea 1:10: "yet the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. The Jews on the other hand, were to be reduced to a remnant. In Ezekiel 5:11-12 God said: "Wherefore, as I live, said the Lord God, Surely because thou hast defiled My sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee: neither shall Mine eyes spare, neither will I have pity. A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee; and a third 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." See also Jeremiah 15:4-9, etc. The total Jewish population of the world is estimated to be about 16 million people, today - almost exactly what it was estimated to be just before Hitler's completely mythical massacre of six million Jews who were not killed at all. They are not so prolific that in 20 years they could increase their numbers by 60%, as would have to be the case if the alleged massacre was true. To conceal this fact, the Jews now seek to falsify the records: you will remember that in our 1960 census, it was not permitted to ask anyone his religion, so you couldn't find out that 5,000,000 of the supposedly dead 6,000,000 had been illegally admitted to the United States. But this 16 million is certainly NOT "as the stars of tile heaven or as the sand which is upon the seashore" for numbers.

For another thing, ISRAEL WAS TO BECOME BLIND TO ITS IDENTITY. In Romans 11:25, paul comments that "blindness in part is happened to Israel." This is fulfillment of Isaiah 42:19-20, "Who is blind, but my servant? Or deaf, as My messenger that I sent? . . Seeing many things, but thou observeth not: opening the ears, but he heareth not." You remember that God's servant is Israel. The Jews, on the other hand, are not blind to their identity: they know their origin and their history - although they try to fool you into thinking that they are Israel - and they generally have succeeded in this deception.

AGAIN, Israel WAS TO RECEIVE THE NEW COVENANT - CHRISTIANITY: Jeremiah 31:33 prophecied it, and in Hebrews 8:10 Paul quotes it in proof of this: "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel: after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be My people." Have the Jews received the new covenant? Of course not?. As the beloved Apostle John said, in I John 2:23, "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father." And in John 15:23, Jesus Christ Himself said, "He that hateth ME hateth My Father also."

The Jews DO NOT FULFILL ANY OF THE PRINCIPAL PROPHECIES CONCERNING ISRAEL. THEREFORE, THE JEWS ARE NOT ISRAEL.

DOES ISRAEL EXIST TODAY? OR HAS GOD VIOLATED ALL OF HIS PROMISES?

YES, ISRAEL EXISTS TODAY: FOR THE ANGLO SAXON, SCANDINAVIAN AND GERMANIC PEOPLES HAVE RECEIVED THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROMISES AND PROPHECIES.

FIRST: THEY ARE A GREAT NATION AND A COMPANY OF NATIONS, ALL OF THE SAME RACE. The United States is the largest civilized nation in the world; its population is exceeded only by China, India, and Russia; it is the richest, the most advanced, the most benevolent in its policies, and has the greatest degree of liberty of any large nation. Between the two world wars, the former British Empire was officially reorganized into the "British Commonwealth of Nations;" Canada and Australia are independent nations. The Scandinavian and Germanic nations arc of the same blood, have largely the same customs, and can be identified historically as the peoples who furnished most of the population of the British Isles and its colonies and the United States.

SECOND: THEY ARE VERY NUMEROUS, as the prophecies said Israel would be. In the last two centuries, the population of the United States has increased from a mere handful to over 200,000,000 of whom about 150,000,000 are WHITE CHRISTIANS of Anglo-Saxon-Scandinavian Germanic stock. In the last three centuries, the population of the British Isles and their colonies of Canada and Australia increased from about 5, 000,000 to over 70,000, 000 Anglo-Saxons. The nations of Germany, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland add about 96,000,000 more. So the total number of the Anglo-Saxon-Scandinavian-Germanic peoples is well over 300 million.

THIRD: THEY ARE A MARITIME PEOPLE, Of the descendants of Israel, Numbers 24:7 prophecies: "His seed shall be in many waters:" and Psalm 89:25 says: "I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers." The world's greatest navies are those of the United States and Britain: the greatest merchant marine fleets are those of Britain, and Norway (and until recently, the United States.)

FOURTH: THEY ARE THE GREATEST MILITARY POWERS. Jeremiah 51:20 gives God's word: "Thou art my battleaxe and weapons of war: for WITH THEE will I break in pieces the nations, and WITH THEE will I destroy kingdoms." Throughout history this has been true. A century after being taken captive by Assyria, the peoples of Israel (then generally known as Scythians) had bled Assyria white by their constant warfare against it, so that Assyria was an easy push-over victory for the Medes and Persians, just before they turned their attention to Babylon. It was the Israel tribes on their march to Europe, as the Visigoths, Ostrogoths, and Vandals who crushed the Roman Empire. In 713, at Tours, Anglo-Saxon Israel destroyed the invading hordes of Muslins, Jews and Moors. In the 13th Century they defeated the Tartar, Mongol, "Jewish" Khazar hordes under Genghis Khan. Later they conquered Turkey and Japan. Not without heavy cost - for the promises of EASY Victory were made through Moses and were conditional upon keeping the law. But the promise of FINAL Victory to shatter the enemy (even with heavy cost) is unconditional. This has been fulfilled consistently to only one people, those whom we identify as Anglo-Saxon Israel.

FIFTH: "THEY POSSESS THE GATES OF THEIR ENEMIES." You will remember that this was one of God's promises we found in Genesis 22:17. Obviously, this doesn't mean a wooden gate in some person's front yard, but the "gateways" of hostile nations the great water-ways of the world. Consider the fact that the Anglo-Saxon nations, and THEY ALONE, have power to close EVERY important water "gate" in the world. American and British fleets based at Scotland, the Orkney Islands, Gibralter, Malta, Aden, Capetown, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Hawaii, San Francisco and Puget Sound, Panama, the Falkiand Islands, Hampton Roads, and Iceland - these dominate and can close the Skagerrak and Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Straits of Gibralter, the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal, the Indian Ocean, the waters around Southeast Asia and the East Coast of Asia, the coasts of Africa and around the Cape of Good Hope, the coasts of North and South America, the Straits of Magellan and around Cape Horn, and all trade routes acrbss the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. They have proved this by actually doing it in two world wars.

SIXTH: THEY "POSSESS THE DESOLATE HERITAGES" OF THE EARTH. In Isaiah 49:8 God says: "Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages." No one else has so successfully developed the colonies which were desolate when they first occupied them. Compare what the United States has done in its Southwestern States with Mexico, similar land, with fully as great undeveloped riches, separated from us by only an imaginary line. Compare British Africa with the African colonies of all other nations -and especially compare it with the dismal savagery of the Negroes! Compare the development of Palestine and Iraq while under British rule, with Turkey, Arabia, Iran, etc.

SEVENTH: THEY HAVE EXPANDED IN COLONIES IN ALL DIRECTIONS. Deuteronomy 32:8 says: "When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel." Genesis 28:14 says, "Thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the cast, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed." Isaiah 54:2-3 tells us, "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of habitation; spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes: for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited:" Their colonies were established in every sea, in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Australia-New Zealand, and Asia. Who else has ever had such colonies? All the ancient empires were insignificant compared to this. Since we have allowed the Jews to teach us to turn our backs on God, we have unwisely abandoned our colonies; and the chaos in the world today is largely a result of our failure to obey God's commands to occupy and rule the uncivilized peoples. However, even this was also prophetic (though that is another subject.)

EIGHTH: THEY HAVE MAINTAINED THE CONTINUITY OF THE THRONE OF DAVID. David's descendants continued on the throne in Jerusalem until King Zedekiah was taken prisoner to Babylon, at which time all his sons were slain. But the prophet Jeremiah took the king's daughters, first to Egypt (as we read in Jeremiah 43:6) and from there, by way of Spain to Ireland, where Zedekiah's daughter, Tea Tephi, was married to Eochaidh, the Heremon (or Chief King) of Ireland. Eochaidh was a descendant of Zarah, one of the twin sons of Judah, while David was a descendant of Pharez, the other twin. Killing all of Zedekiah's sons did not end the dynasty, as it was established law in Israel ever since they first entered Palestine, that when a man died leaving no sons, his daughters received the entire inheritance. The two king lines of the Tribe of Judah were united in this marriage; and the lineage is clearly traced in the histories of Ireland, Scotland, and England, unbroken down to the present British Queen Elizabeth. Thus the prophecy that David's descendants should always be on the throne over an Israelite nation has been fulfilled - and by the Anglo-Saxon nations ONLY.

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This has covered but a tiny fraction of Biblical proof that the Anglo-Saxon-Scandinavian, and Germanic people are the Israel of the Bible. Scholars have found nearly 100 prophecies concerning Israel which have been fulfilled by this one group of, people. When you consider that the United Nations now recognizes over 100 member nations, the odds against any one nation fulfilling the first of these prophecies is obviously 100 to 1. The odds against that same nation fulfilling both the first and second prophecies again multiplies this by 100, making ten thousand to one; and the odds against the same nation fulfilling the first, second, and third prophecies becomes. one million to one. Well, you figure it out; keep on multiplying by 100 - oh, even 50 more times. But even that isn't all; a group of nations all the same blood have done this. Not a random assortment, like China and Spain, or Egypt and Brazil; but all of the same racial group. So this again multiplies the odds. Do you think that this could have happened by mere accident?

And if you do think that this was pure accident, then WHAT HAS BECOME OF GOD'S PROPHECIES AND PROMISES? Was he too ignorant to know that he couldn't make good on His word, that all the things He had promised to Israel never got there but were all taken by other people? No, I don't think that God made any failures or any mistakes. He promised and Prophesied many things about Israel. They have all come to pass; and they have all been made good to the same racial group of nations.

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THIS PEOPLE HAS ISRAEL'S FINGERPRINTS

There is also the other line of proof of the identity of these people, by tracing historically their migration into Europe, and from there Into their colonies. But that is another subject, much longer than the one just covered.



WHO ARE THE JEWS?

The identification of the Anglo-Saxon-Scandinavian Germanic peoples as the surviving members of the peoples of Israel, leaves us with two other questions to answer:

1. WHO ARE THE JEWS?

2. WAS JESUS CHRIST A JEW?

To answer these questions, we must first define what we mean by "Jew." The muddled thinking of most people on this subject is due to the fact that they never know just what they do mean by "Jew" - sometimes they mean a Jew by religion, regardless of his race (for Negroes, Chinese and Japanese have all been converted to Judaism); or sometimes they mean a Jew by race, regardless' of his religion (for example, Premier Ben Gurion of the Jewish nation in Palestine is a Buddist by religion, though a Jew by race) - and usually people don't know which of these they do mean.

Since it can be answered quickest, let us first take the question - was Jesus Christ a Jew by RELIGION? The answer is clearly "NO." Jesus had the true religion of the Old Testament, found in the Law and the prophets: and He constantly rebuked the Jews for having abandoned this for Judaism under the Babylonian Talmud (which in His day was called "The Tradition of the Elders.") In Matthew 5:17-18, he said: "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill; for verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law till all be fulfilled.

Jesus constantly rebuked the Jews for their apostasy, for setting aside the Laws of God in favor of the Tradition of the Elders. This Talmudic Judaism was very different from the religion which we find in the Old Testament. The late Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Chief Rabbi of the United States, expressed it so clearly that I cannot improve on his words. He said: "THE RETURN FROM BABYLON, AND THE ADOPTION OF THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD, MARKS THE END OF HEBREWISM, AND THE BEGINNING OF JUDAISM."

Since the true religion of the Old Testament was the religion of the real Hebrews (NOT JEWS), the learned Rabbi was quite right in calling it "Hebrewism" and noting that it came to its end when the Talmud (then called the Tradition of the Elders) was adopted; and that this WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW RELIGION - "JUDAISM," (or BABYLONIANISM.)

So we read in Matthew 15:1-9: "Then came to Jesus Scribes and Pharisees which were of Jerusalem, saying, 1Why do Thy disciples transgress the Tradition of the Elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your Tradition? Ye hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophecy of you, saying this people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoreth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."' (The same incident is found also in Mark 7:5-13.) In John 5:37-46, Jesus told the Jews: "The Father Himself, which hath sent Me, hath borne witness of . . . Search the Scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and it is they which testify of Me . . . For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he write of Me." Again, in John 8:54-55, lie said: "It is My Father that honoreth Me: of whom ye say that He is your God: yet ye have not known Him." In John 15:23, Jesus said: "He that hateth Me hateth My Father also." In the 21st Chapter of Matthew, Jesus summed up their position by saying that even the Tax Collectors and the harlots could enter the Kingdom of God before the Jews. Surely, Jesus Christ's entire ministry was a complete demonstration that He was not a Jew by RELIGION.

Was Jesus a Jew by RACE? To answer this, we must trace the racial ancestry of both Jesus and the Jews. Jesus Christ was a pure-blooded member of the Tribe of Judah-and no true Judahite was a Jew by race, as we shall see. Jesus ancestry is given in both Matthew 1 and Luke 3. Both of them show that He was a descendant of the Patriarch Judah, through one of his twin son Pharez; by His mother Mary, He came through the line of David, and Nathan, the brother of Solomon, as traced in the 3rd. Chapter of Luke. Jesus Christ was therefore a pureblooded Israelite, of the Tribe of Judah as Paul says in Romans 9:4-5.

Now, let us trace the racial descent of the Jews. First, let us note that the Jews were not - and are NOT - Israelites. Yes, I know that you have been taught that "Jew" and "Israel" as we shall see. Let us get the first proof of this from Jesus Christ himself. He stated plainly, in Matthew 15:24: 'I am not sent but unto the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. "Therefore, He was sent to those who were of Israel - but not to others. Accordingly, when he sent his 12 disciples out to preach His gospel, Matthew 10:5-6 records that He told them this: "Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not; but go rather to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel." And He added, "Ye shall NOT have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of man be come. (Matthew 10:23.) They could have gone over all the cities of Judea in a month; so it was obvious that the cities of Israel, to which he referred were the cities of the so-called Lost Tribes who had already entered Europe in their long migration. But take careful note of Jesus Christ's own words: "I am not sent but unto the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel." If the Jews were any part of Israel then they would have been some of His sheep; but He says that they are not.

In the 10th chapter of John, Jesus says: "I am the good shepherd, and KNOW MY SHEEP, AND AM KNOWN OF MINE." But he tells the Jews - and it says "Jews" - "But ye believe not, BECAUSE YE ARE NOT OF MY SHEEP, as I said unto you. MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME." Note carefully those words: He does NOT say that the reason that the Jews are not His sheep is that they don't believe, and that they could become His sheep just by changing their minds: to the contrary, He says that the reason they don't believe is that THEY ARE NOT OF HIS SHEEP: He knows His sheep, and knows that the Jews are not of His sheep.

Since the Jews are not any part of any Tribe of Israel, then WHO ARE THE JEWS? Let's trace their ancestry. We find that the true line of His people must be kept free from mongrelization with the neighboring Canaanite Accordingly, Genesis 24:3-4 records that Abraham took great pains to see that his son Isaac, should marry of only a woman of his own people likewise Genesis 27:46 -28:1 records that Isaac also required that his son, Jacob (the father of the Israelites) should also marry only within his own race line. This law had been obeyed for several centuries, to keep the race line pure. But one of the sons of Israel, the patriarch Judah, father of the tribe of Judah, violated it by marrying a Canaanite woman, who bore him 3 sons, of whom only one, Shelah, survived and left descendants. (See Genesis 38:1-5.) This half-breed, mongrel line must be distinguished from Judah's pure-blooded descendants by his twin sons Pharez and Zarah. Judah fathered Pharez and Zarah by his daughter-in-law Tamar; although born out of wedlock, they were of pure, Israel stock on both sides; and from one of them, Pharez, Jesus Christ was descended. The descendants of these twins are the real tribe of Judah.

The half-breed son, Shelah, accompanied Judah into Egypt, and in the following centuries left many descend-ants. They were in the Exodus, and accompanied the armies of Israel into the promised land. (See Genesis 46:12 and Numbers 26:20.) However, they bred true to type: they were half-breed Canaanites, lacking the spiritual insight which God gave to his own people, so they remained idolaters, Baal-worshipers, In 1st Chronicles 4:21, you will find them referred to as "the House of Ashbea." "Ashbea" is a corruption of "Ishbaal" - "man of Baal" and shows that they were still idolaters, unable to perceive the God of Israel. So these Shelanites, half-breeds, formed one of the peoples of the land, who made up the Jews in the time of Jesus Christ.

Another alien racial group who became part of the Jews were the "mixed multitude" which Exodus 12:38 says left Egypt along with the children of Israel The Hebrew word here translated "mixed" is the word "EREB," meaning half-breed or mongrel. During the two centuries in Egypt, many had violated the divine law against race-mixing, and these were the result. On the Exodus, when the going became hard in the wilderness, the Bible records that this "mixed multitude" made a lot of trouble, and led some of the Israelites into rebellion. (See Numbers 11:4-6.) This mongrelized group was still in the land after the return from the Babylonian captivity; for we find them listed in Nehemiah 13:3 as still in the land, and still a source of trouble. They also were among the Jews in Christ's time.

Then there were the various Canaanite peoples who were still in the land, chief of whom were the Jebusites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, and the Amorites When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, God gave them specific instructions to completely drive out or exterminate all of these Canaanites, saying: "When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Gergashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; and when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee: THOU SHALT SMITE THEM AND UTTERLY DESTROY THEM; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show any mercy unto them . . . But of the cities of these people which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: but thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hitties, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee." (See Numbers 33:50-56; Deuteronomy 7:1-6; 20:16-18.)

I know that it is fashionable among the "liberal" church members of today to look down their noses at God, and say, "I just can't believe in that cruel God of the Old Testament." However, I think He will manage very well with-out their belief. He always was a good reason for what He does or tells us to do. The Bible never argues with you about the reasons for its rules, it just states the rule: but there is always a good reason, if you will look for it, For about 2,000 years, the Canaanites had worshiped Baal and Ishtar - the most immoral religion in the world, with the possible exception of some Hindu religions even today. Part of the worship of Baal and Ishtar consisted of the compulsory prostitution of all the women. On certain festival days of the year, all the women of the village had to sit in the field outside the village gate: and any wandering camel-driver who came along could select the woman of his choice, hand her the coin which she must pay over to the temple, then take her aside and leave with her his syphilis or gonorrhea, as the case might be. This funneled into Palestine the venereal diseases of all western Asia, Any Doctor can tell you that one infection of syphilis, not cured, can produce degenerative changes in the children for as many as four generations. But the Canaanites had been replenishing the disease with new infections every generation for 2,000 years; they were not physically, mentally, morally, or spiritually fit to marry or even associate with our people. Therefore, God warned the Israelites to exterminate them; if you do not, He warned them, you will have "integration;" your children will grow up with theirs as playmates, they will intermarry, until you become as badly polluted as they are, and I will have to destroy you as I am commanding you to destroy them.

But the Israelites are often soft-hearted and soft-headed. While they did exterminate the people of Jericho and a couple of other cities, the Bible records that they left most of the others alive, merely making them pay a heavy tribute tax. For example, the city of Jerusalem was inhabited by the Jebusites at the time the Israelites came in. The Bible records that the Jebusites were neither killed nor driven out, but continued to live among the people of the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin. (See Joshua 15:63; Judges 1:21,27-35; and 19:10-12; and 2nd Chronicles 8:7-8.) Even after the people of the southern Kingdom of Judah returned from the 70 years captivity in Babylon, the Jebusites were still in the land, and some of the people were intermarrying among them. (See Ezra 9:1-2 and Nehemiah 13:23-29.) And the Bible records the same thing as to the other Canaanite peoples, Further proof of this is found in various places, such as Ezekiel 16:1-3: "Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 'Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, and say thus saith the Lord God unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy Nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite. and thy mother an Hittite." God could not have said this truth-fully to any real Israelites: BUT He was NOT saying it to Israelites: He said it to the city of Jerusalem and her people. 'They were in large part Canaanite Jews: and they had gained power in the manner by which Jews usually gain it: hence Jerusalem was becoming more and more corrupt, as most of the prophets record. They surrounded, and because the influential advisors of, the Kings of Judah: just as today they surround and are the principal advisors of our President, We find clear proof of this in Isaiah 3:8-9, where he says: "For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongues and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory. THE SHOW OF THEIR COUNTENANCE DOTH WITNESS AGAINST THEM; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul I For they have rewarded evil unto themselves."

Now in China, where their rulers were Chinese you couldn't say that "the show of their countenance doth witness against them" - their faces would be just like those of the rest of the Chinese; and in Sweden, where their ruling class were Swedes, you couldn't say that their faces were witness against them, for they had the same kind of Swedish faces as the rest of the people had. But in Jerusalem, the faces of the Canaanite-Jebusite Jews identified them, "were a witness against them." The true Israelites were not hook-nosed. The ancient kings of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia were very vain about their military conquests, and left carved stone monuments telling how they captured this city and that one, killed so many people and enslaved the others, etc.; and on these monuments they usually had carved in the stone pictures of the captive people. Whenever they showed Israelites, the faces had straight noses and were generally of Anglo-Saxon type; but when they showed Canaanites, the faces were those of typical hook-nosed Jews. Therefore, the faces of the Canaanite-Jebusite Jews who had gained controlling power as merchants, bankers, advisors of the King, the wealthy ruling class, identified them as separate from the real Israelites - "the show of their countenance doth witness against them." They had brought ruin upon the Kingdom of Judah. Now go back and read the many places where Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel condemn the wickedness which was found in Jerusalem; don't you find the same conditions existing in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC., where large numbers of the same people have gained power through their wealth?

So we find that there were still large numbers of Canaanites in the land, "integrated" with the real Israelites and Judahites, and bringing the lowering of standards which integration always brings: look at the City of Washington, DC. for example. Besides the Jebusites in Jerusalem, the Bible records that the other Canaanite peoples - the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, and the Amorites -were not exterminated or driven out, but merely conquered and made to pay a tribute tax, and left in the land to be integrated with the people and corrupt them. So these Canaanites were another element of the Jews in the time of Jesus Christ.

You will remember that when the people of Israel left Egypt, they were accompanied by a "mixed" - mongrel multitude. The same is true of the return of the remnant of the people of the Kingdom of Judah from their captivity in Babylon. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah record the return. They show that the total number who returned was 42,360; but they also show that among these were many who were not Israelites of any tribe; they were Babylonians who had come with them, in order to "get in on the ground floor" as the saying is; and they had even infiltrated into the priesthood. But it says that "these sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found:" When you add up the total of all these other elements listed in Ezra and Nehemiah, they equal 8,381 of these alien Babylonians - about 1/5 of all the people who returned from Babylon to Palestine. So they also formed another element of the Jews in the land of Jesus Christ's time.

One more, and we complete the list; that is the Edomites. You will remember that Esau and Jacob were twin brothers; but Esau was a man of such low character that we have God's own testimony, in Malachi 1:2-3: "Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: Yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau." Jacob kept the race-line pure, and God changed his name to Israel and made him the father of God's own chosen people, Israel. But Esau married two Canaanite wives and one Ishmaelite wife, and left only half-breed, mongrel children. (See Genesis 26:34-35; 27:46; and 36:2.) As his mongrel descendants could not marry into the true Semitic line, he moved out from among them, and went down to Mount Seir, the rugged range of mountains south-east of the Dead Sea, and this land was called "Edom" (or occasionally by the Grecianized form of the word, "Idumea"); thereafter, his descendants were called "Edomites." (See Genesis 33:16 and Genesis 36:1-9.) There they had a long and troublesome history. Esau's grandson was Amalek, father of the Tribe of Amalek, who were such an evil lot that, in Exodus 17:14-16, God said that He would have perpetual war with Amalek until they were all destroyed. The Edomites constantly harassed tile southern portion of Israel until King Saul beat them off, about 1087 BC. But Saul disobeyed God's command to EXTERMINATE them, and for this disobedience, God deposed him as king, in favor of David. See 1st Samuel 15:1-26. But even David didn't exterminate them, and there was a long history of wars between Edom and Israel (later with Judah.) (You will find It in 2nd Kings, Chapters 8 and 14, and 2nd Chronicles, Chapters 20 and 25.) The whole book of Obadiah is devoted to God's condemnation of Edom's treacherous at-tack upon the Kingdom of Judah when Judah was being conquered by Babylon.

During the Babylonian captivity of Judah, the land lay practically empty; and during this period, the people of Edom, partly from opportunity and partly from pressure against them from the east, moved into the vacant southern half of the old Kingdom of Judah. (See article "Edom,"in Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Bible Dictionary, pages 198-199, and Scribner's Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. I, pages 644-646. From this new area, they continued to harass the little nation which returned from Babylon. By about 142 BC. the returned exiles of Judah won complete independence under the Maccabean line of Kings; and about 120 BC. John Hyrcanus, one of the Maccabean kings, conquered the Edomites. He, too, instead of exterminating them, took them into his kingdom, offering them full citizenship if they would give up their paganism and adopt the religion of Judaism. This they did, and from 120 BC. they were full citizens of the kingdom. (See Josephus, "Antiquities of the Jews," Book 13, Chapter 9, and see also The Jewish Encyclopedia, article "Edom," Vol. V, page 41.)

By 69 BC. incompetent leadership and intrigue within the Maccabean monarchy, together with the rising power of Rome in western Asia, gave opportunity to Antipater (also called Antipas), an Edomite chieftain, founder of the Herodian family, to rise to power. By bribery, boldness, and military skill, he gained the favor of Rome, and the Romans made him Procurator (Governor) of Judea. His -son, Herod I, beginning as Governor of Galilee, used the same methods to secure appointment as King of Judea in 40 BC.; and by 37 BC. he had gained complete control of Judea. He maintained himself in power by extreme ruthlessness and by bribery, for which he taxed the people very heavily. (The New Deal, Raw Deal and Great Society are not so new, after all!) This is the same Herod who had all the little male children in Bethlehem murdered, trying to murder Jesus Christ.

His son Herod Archelaus, held the Governorship (the Romans didn't trust him with the crown) for ten years of astonishingly evil misrule, from 4 BC. to 6 AD.; after which the Romans convicted him of crimes and removed him: and thereafter Judea was governed by Roman Procurators (of whom Pontius Pilate was No. 6.) Nevertheless, the Romans left practically complete power of local government in the hands of the Herodian Edomites, who had complete control of the Temple and power to enforce all their local laws. (Remember how Pontius Pilate tried to get out of condemning Jesus Christ, telling the Jews: "Take YE Him, and judge Him according to YOUR law." (John 18:31.)

These Edomite Jews could say that Abraham was an ancestor of theirs, through Esau, as they did in John 8:33; but this Hebrew blood through Esau had been diluted to the vanishing point by 1700 years of marrying only people of Canaanite racial stocks. Therefore, Jesus Christ rebuked them for falsely claiming to be still of Abrahamic (and therefore inferentially of Israelite) lineage, for He told them, in John 8:44: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him." You should very carefully observe the 8th chapter of John, verses 31-47. These were Jews to whom Jesus was speaking, and the Bible identifies them as Jews. In the Jewish Encyclopedia, the article on Edom concludes with the words "The Edomites today are found in modern Jewry."



WAS JESUS CHRIST A JEW?

Now, let us review for a moment what we have covered. We have seen that Jesus Christ was NOT a Jew by religion, for the Jews based their religion on the Babylonian Talmud, which was at that time called "The Tradition of the Elders," and Jesus Christ's whole ministry was one constant battle against the evils of Judaism. We have seen that Jesus Christ was a TRUE ISRAELITE, of the Tribe of Judah, BY RACE. And we have seen that the Jews of His time included the mongrel descendants of Shelah, the mongrel "mixed multitude" which followed the Israelites out of Egypt, the various Cananite peoples in Palestine, including the Jebusites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites and the Amorites, NOW do you understand why Jesus Christ, who said that He was sent only to "the lost sheep of the House of Israel" told the Jews that "I know My sheep, and they know Me. BUT YE (the Jews) BELIEVE NOT BE-CAUSE YE ARE NOT OF MY SHEEP, AS I SAID UNTO YOU. MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME" in the 10th chapter of John?

The tiny remnant of Judah and Benjamin which came back to Palestine from the Babylonian Captivity did leave some descendants in Palestine; but THESE were Jesus Christ's sheep, and He himself said He knew them, they knew Him, and they followed Him. All those in Palestine who became Christians were true members of the Tribe of Judah or the Tribe of Benjamin, but they were NOT Jews. And the Jews were not members of Judah, Benjamin, or any other Israelite tribe, for Jesus Christ Himself said they were NOT of his sheep.

Now we know who it was who constituted the Jews in Jesus Christ's time. If you want to bring it down to date, and find out who are the Jews in our own day, we must add one more racial element. Of course, the descendants of the Jews of Jesus Christ's day are among them: but there is also another element: the KHAZARS. These make up the Slavic Jews of today.

Meanwhile, we must return to the Jews of Palestine for a few words. As you know, by AD. 68, the Romans had found the rascality of the Palestinian Jews so intolerable that they began the campaign which resulted in the fall of Jerusalem in AD. 70. The Jews were then expelled from Palestine, and most of them migrated in large numbers to what was then called Byzantium, later called Constantinople, and today is known as Istanbul, facing the Bosphorus, outlet of the Black Sea. Here, they again demonstrated the truth of the Bible's lesson, that CONDUCT IS THE PRODUCT OF CHARACTER: or in Jesus Christ's own words, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do." By about the year 300 AD. their rascality had again become so intolerable that they were again expelled; and they moved northeast, into the Khazar kingdom.

About the year 150 AD. the Khazars, an Asiatic people related to the Turks, migrated westward from Central Asia, and established a great empire which covered what is today southwestern Russia, north of the Aral Sea, the Caspian Sea, and the Black Sea, including the Don and Dnieper Valleys and the Crimea. About 740 AD. Bulan, the Kagan or King of the Khazars, was converted to the religion of Judaism, together with some 4,000 of the most powerful nobility of the kingdom. In those days, it was not healthful for a subject to be in a religion in conflict with that of the king or with the baron on whose land he lived; so in due course, most of the Khazars became Jews by religion. In fact, it became part of the kingdom's constitution that no one but a Jew by religion could be king. The principal languages spoken were the Khazar (called "Yiddish" today) and Turkish. During the great invasion by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, many of the Judaized Khazars were dispersed into what is now Poland and Lithuania. These Khazars, Jews by religion, constitute the Slavic Jews of today, those with names such as Minsky and Baranov and Moscowitz; (the latter often shortened to "Mosk") also, since much of the western part of this area has been at one time or another ruled by Austrian or Germanic peoples who brought in their own language, these Khazars also took Germanic names, such as Gold or Goldberg, Rosenberg, Eisler, and so forth. if you are wondering how they can be so much like the other Jews, historical documents written at the time the Khazar empire was at its greatest height refer to their tradition that their ancestors originally came from the region of Mt. Seir, which is Edom, the home of the Edomite Jews.

If you wish to look up further details, you will find brief articles on the Khazars in various encyclopedias such as the Britannica, the Jewish Encyclopedia has 6 pages on it In some it is spelled "Khazar" and in other Chazar and even other variations. It is also discussed in "A History of the Jews", by Solomon Grayzel, and "A History of the Jews," by Prof. H. Graetz, both works being published by the Jewish Publication Society of America. The most thorough discussion of the whole problem is found in that magnificent bit of historical research, "The Iron Curtain Over America," by Col. John Beatty. Col Beatty is an Historian and Professor of History, whose works are used as text books in more than 700 colleges and universities. "Iron Curtain Over America" is one of the most thoroughly documented and accurate works ever put in print. It should be in the library of every patriotic American and good Christian.

Perhaps you are wondering, "Why does my Bible some-times speak well of the Jews? Such as Paul saying in Romans that "the gospel of Christ . . . is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek:" and in Acts, Paul saying that he was "a Jew of Tarsus.'' If you will look up these few instances in a good concordance, such as Strong's you will find that in each instance the translators have written the word "Jew" in English, where it was not used in the original Greek from which they MIS-translated it. In such in-stances, in the original Greek, the word used was "Ioudaios' which does not mean "Jew," but simply a "Judean," a person whose home is in the land of Judea, or southern Palestine. It has no religious connotation, and it has no racial connotation either; it is purely a geographic term, like "Californian." A "Californian" could be white, black, brown or yellow by race; and he could be Christian, Jew, Buddist or atheist. So also a "Ioudaios" was merely a person who lived in Judea, where, as we saw, there were some few Israelites of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin; but there were far more Canaanite Jews, and also a general mixture of Romans, Greeks, Syrians, Egyptians, etc. It is true that Christian salvation was first offered in the land of Judea, hence to those who were living there, the Ioudaios; and later, as the Apostles traveled from city to city; it was soon offered to the Greeks. But it was never offered to the Jews as a preferred class, for you will remember that Jesus Christ taught only in hard-to-under-stand parables when there were Jews around, and explained them privately to His Disciples, explaining that He spoke among the Jews ONLY in parables "Lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them." Both Matthew 13:10-15 and Mark 4:10-12 record this. Jesus was taking great pains to see that the Jews could not understand Christianity and be converted. He was preaching only "to the lost sheep of the House of Israel" the members of the Tribes of Judah and Ben3amin, which He said were his sheep, who knew His voice, and followed Him. The Jews He rejected as the children of "their father, the devil."

Now to sum it up; the Jews are not, and never were any part of any tribe of Israel; they include various mixtures of Egyptians, Babylonians and Canaanites, the Edomites, and - later - the Khazars. Christ was a pure-blooded Israelite of the Tribe of Judah, without any Jewish ancestry; and He was NOT a Jew by religion.

Now think this over carefully; the group of nations which we loosely group under the term "Anglo Saxon," (including the people of the British Isles, the Scandinavian nations, nearly all of Germany, Holland and some few of the people of France and Belgium, with the closely-related people found in Austria, some of the Swiss, Czechs, some of the Hungarians, North Italians, and Spanish, and their descendants now living in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa) are the living descendants of the Israel of the Bible, blood brothers of our Saviour, Jesus Christ!

If you are descended from these, the true "people of the Book," - "the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel" - accept gladly the Salvation and Leadership of your Risen Saviour and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. You are called as Israelite Christians to stand up for righteousness and decency in the home, the church, the community, the nation, and the world, as Jesus directed, ". . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you . . ." Don't you appreciate your Ancestry, your Salvation, and your Calling? That truly is YOUR HERITAGE.

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WHO ARE THE GENTILES?

It is unfortunate that most people have so many mistaken ideas about their religion, due largely to the many mistranslations of words in the commonly-used King James' Version of the Bible. One of these mistaken ideas is that most of the people of the United States and Western Europe - in fact, nearly all the Christians in the world - are "Gentiles". You hear many of them - even clergymen, who should know better - say, "I'm just a Gentile, saved by grace." I think it is high time that we learned something about one of the most mis-used words, "Gentile."

First, you might be surprised to know that there is no such word in the Bible, in its original languages. Oh yes, I know that you are now riffling the pages of your King James' Version, looking for some of the many places you will find "Gentile" in it. But I said that there is no such word in the Bible IN ITS ORIGINAL LANGUAGES. The word was put into it by translators, who changed the wording of the Bible centuries after the last book in the Bible was written. If you are a good Christian, you will surely agree with me that what the prophets originally wrote in the books which make up our Bible was inspired by God. It was correct as the prophets wrote it. But not one of them wrote in English, remember, because no such language as English existed until many centuries after the prophets lived. It was written in Hebrew, as to the Old Testament; and the New Testament was originally written in the language which Jesus Christ spoke, Aramic, a Semitic dialect somewhat similar to, but not the same as, Hebrew. But Aramaic was not generally understood outside of Western Asia; so when Christianity began to spread into southern and southeastern Europe, the New Testament had to be translated into a language which was widely used in Europe. Greek served this purpose nicely, for it was understood by well-educated men over nearly all of Europe. Therefore, the New Testament was first translated into Greek. Protestant English-language translations of the Bible, today, are nearly all translated from Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament and Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. So, let's start at the beginning, with the Old Testament.

The word "Gentile" is not even once used in any Hebrew manuscript of the Old Testament, for the good reason that there is no such word in Hebrew, nor any word which corresponds to it. Everywhere you find the word "Gentile" used in the Old Testament, it is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word "Goi," which means "NATION". The plural form of it is "GOYIM". Since it means "nation," why didn't they translate it correctly? Sometimes they did; but for the most part, they translated it to fit the official doctrines of the church of their day, no matter what violence that did to the true meaning of the word. The church hierarchy had long since determined what its doctrines should be: and if the Bible didn't agree with them, so much the worse for the Bible. Men were still being burned at the stake for heresy, in those days: and "heresy" meant any religious idea which differed from the official doctrines proclaimed by the Bishops. So the translators did the best the Church would allow them to. Let's take some examples.

In Genesis 12:2, God said to Abram, "I will make of thee a great nation". In Hebrew, God said "I will make of thee a great GOI." It would have been too silly to translate this "I will make a Gentile of you," so they correctly translated it "nation". Again Genesis 25:23. Rebekah was pregnant with the twins, Esau and Jacob; and while still in her womb, the unborn children were struggling against each other; so she wondered at this, and asked of God what was the meaning of this? God said to her, "Two GOYIM are in thy womb." Certainly God was not telling her, "You are an adulteress, pregnant with two Gentile children, when your husband is not a Gentile." God said "Two NATIONS are in thy womb," and that is the way it was translated: but it is that same word, "GOYIM", which elsewhere they generally translate as "Gentiles."

Now let's take some examples from the New Testament. Here the word mistranslated "Gentile" is nearly always the Greek word, "ETHNOS" which means just exactly "NATION", the same as the Hebrew word "GOY". Luke 7 begins with the incident of a Roman Centurion who appealed to Jesus Christ to heal his servant who was sick unto death. The Elders of the Jews praised him to Jesus, saying "He loveth our ETHNOS, and hath built us a synagogue". These Jews would never praise anyone for loving the Gentiles; and the Centurion would not have built a synagogue for Gentiles. So, to avoid complete absurdity, the translators were forced to translate "ETHNOS" correctly, as "NATION". Again, in John 11:50, we find that the Jewish High Priest, Caiaphas, was plotting with the chief priests and Pharisees, to murder Jesus Christ; and Caiaphas told them, "it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole ETHNOS perish not." Nothing could have pleased this evil Jew more than for all the Gentiles to perish - using the word "Gentile" as we do today. Therefore, the translators had to translate "ETHNOS" correctly, as "nation." Yet in many other places they mistranslate it "Gentile".

The Greek word "ETHNOS"means simply "nation", nothing more or less. It has no pagan, or non-Israel, or even non-Greek connotation. The Greeks distinguished between Greeks and all non-Greek peoples, whom they called "Barbarians". All educated men of that day knew this, and the Apostle Paul was a very well-educated man, who was quite familiar with the Greek language and its idioms. He recognized this distinction in Romans 1:14, where he said, "I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians". Paul, therefore, never wrote the word "Gentile" in any of his Epistles.

What does this word "Gentile" mean, and from what is it derived? It is derived from the Latin word "GENTILIS", which means "ONE WHO IS NOT A ROMAN CITIZEN." If you use the word correctly, then you would have to say that Jesus Christ and his twelve disciples were all Gentiles, because none of them was a Roman Citizen. Only Paul could say that he was not a "Gentile," because in the 22nd chapter of Acts, Paul says that he was a Roman citizen by birth.

How, then, is it used at present when The speaker means to say that someone is non-Jewish? About the fourth century AD., its use was loosely extended to cover more than its original meaning. It was applied especially to those who were heathen, pagan; it became a term for those who were neither Christian nor Jewish, for Christians and Jews were generally called just that, (Christian; or Jew). But this was centuries after the last book in the New Testament had been written.

The word "Gentile" was never used by the writer of any book of the Old Testament, because none of them bad ever heard it, as they had never come in contact with Rome. It was not used by the writer of any book of the New Testament, for there is no such word in the Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek languages. They did not borrow the word from the Latin, for if you will look up every place it is used in your King James' Version, you will see that it is never used in the correct sense, to say that someone is not a Roman citizen; and that is the only meaning it had, the only way anybody used it, in those days. It was put in by the translators in an effort to make the Bible say what the Translators thought it should have said. Therefore, it has no authority at all.

In short, wherever you see the word "Gentile" in the Bible, remember that the correct word is "nation," "race," or "people". Sometimes it is used when speaking of ISRAEL nations or the ISRAELITE race, as we have seen in the examples I have given you in other instances, the context will show that it is being used of a nation which is non-Israelite. Only the context in which it is used will show you which meaning to give it. When used of non-Israelite race perhaps "Gentile is as good a word as any, for we seam to have no other in general use. But never be deceived by reading the word "Gentile" in your Bible, for its only correct meaning is "nation" or "race."



SUPPOSE WE ARE ISRAEL,
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

What would you say to me, or of me, if you knew I had discovered that I was the heir to vast estates, great wealth, power and responsibility, and that, instead of rejoicing in the great privilege and turning to the work with all its great issues, I simply said "Well, and what if I am the heir; what difference does it make?" I know what you'd think, even if you didn't say it.

Yet, when we show from the Bible, and from history and archaeology that the Anglo-Saxon and kindred peoples are the modern descendants of the House of Israel, to whom God has pledged with His oath so many great privileges and blessings, many say indifferently "what difference does it make?"

They want only personal salvation. Now the man who has the blessing of personal salvation is the recipient of a marvelous gift of God in Jesus Christ. But that doesn't warrant his despising and rejecting the other God given birthright - the birthright of race.

The Bible, as given by God, is a complete whole. It stands or falls in one piece. It declares the whole counsel of God and it required nothing short of the whole book to declare it. Otherwise, much of it would not have been written. It is not for man to go through the Book sorting and picking, deciding what he wishes to accept and then say about the rest, "what difference does it make?" To do so is the height of presumption.

God, in His wisdom, chose Israel to be used by Him in His great plan for the transformation of a lost world. He wrote a large portion of the Bible to tell us about Israel's part in that plan. Allowing ample space in the Bible for the presentation of the Gospel to the individual, God wrote about five-sevenths of the Book as his message to the nations. And related to almost every phase of this revelation, is the great nation Israel, promised by God to Abraham.

Infidel critics are busy all the time knifing the Scriptures, cutting out a bit here and a bit there - but the "what difference does it make" folks throw away five sevenths of the Bible in one lump. Five-sevenths is a lot of Bible to scrap!

Actually the Israel Truth is the key which opens up the Bible from the first promise made at the Fall, until Jesus delivers up the finished Kingdom to the Father. It may be likened to a spiritual thread which runs through almost every chapter of Bible history, every doctrine, symbol, promise and covenant. The thread which, when found, makes possible the unraveling of most of the mysteries of the Word. This is why the people who see this truth have declared the Bible to be a "new book;" consistent, harmonious and satisfying to mind and soul.

Centuries ago God made an unconditional, irrevocable, covenant with Abraham to increase and preserve his posterity throughout all generations. And now, here we are, the many nations of Israel, right here on the planet after almost 4,000 years - doing the work he said Israel would do. Psalm 105:8 says: "He remembers his covenant forever, the word he has commanded, to a thousand generations: The covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac. For he confirmed it to Jacob as a statute, To Israel as an eternal covenant."

The writers of the four Gospels constantly call attention to God's faithfulness to Abraham. The Apostles, every one of them, gloried in it: but you say "what difference does it make?"

It made quite a difference to Esau who despised his birthright of race. Afterwards he found no place for repentance, though he sought it with tears. The birthright of race made quite a difference to Ishmael, the son of the bond woman, Hagar. The birthright of race also make quite a difference to the sons of Keturah.

"Suppose we are Israel", then we are the descendants of Abraham through Sarah, Isaac and Jacob. There is a world of difference in the blessings of race, country, enlightenment and opportunity bestowed upon the descendants of these than that which was bestowed upon the others. Does the fact that a man is saved eternally, preclude the possibility of his appreciating the civil blessings which he enjoys under the Abrahamic covenant in these Israel countries? A short stay in the lands of the dictators would show the difference and be quite convincing.

In Isaiah 51:2, God says "Hearken unto me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah, that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him." "Ye that follow after righteousness", are certainly tbe Christians and we see that God wants them to see that they are Abraham's seed.

In Genesis 17:7, God says, "I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." Can it be possible that it means nothing to the believer to be chosen of God as an heir of that covenant, which in all of its ramifications, God unfolds through the remainder of the Scriptures?

"Suppose we are Israel", then we are members of the Kingdom of God on earth. He established that Kingdom at Sinai. Constituting that Kingdom was twelve tribed Israel. Matthew 21:43 tells us plainly that He took the Kingdom from the Jews and turned it over to a "nation." The Greek word is "ethnos". Don't tell me it was given to a church - for the Greek word for church is "ekklesia". That nation was to bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom. Those fruits are both political and religious.

True to Christ's assignment, the Israel nations lead the world in evangelistic work, missionary work, Bible translation, publication and distribution. The United States and the British Commonwealth holds the record for 90% of this work.

It is not good Bible Christianity to hug the covenant of grace so close to our heart and that we have no room for God's covenant of race. That spurns the honors conferred by God. It does not require much research to find many texts in which God reveals the exalted position given to his chosen race. A few of them are:

"But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine . . . Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable and I have loved thee." Isaiah 43:1,4

"Thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance." I Kings 8:53

"For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for a peculiar treasure." Psalm 135:4

"For thou art a holy people (meaning set apart), the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself above all the nations that are upon the earth." Deuteronomy 7:6

Note the honors conferred: He chose them, redeemed them, claimed them for his own, separated them, calls them precious, his peculiar treasure, his special people, his inheritance above all the peoples on the earth. Think of any believer reading all of that and then turning upon his heel and saying "suppose we are Israel: what difference does it make?"

It rejects God's comfort for the last days. God was anxious that His Israel people should have a clear vision of all that was to come to pass in these trying times, and consequently, sent prophet after prophet, telling of world conditions which we would experience in our day. But right along with the cataclysmic upheavals foretold, there is always a word of cheer, consolation and encouragement to his people Israel. He wanted us to have the benefit of knowing what He is doing in the world, what the world events actually mean, how He is going to make it all work out to the good of His people Israel, and through all that is happening bring in the Kingdom of God on earth. The Kingdom of God on earth is the one theme of the Bible. It is the theme Jesus preached. In Romans 15:8 Paul tells us that Jesus Christ came to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.

What is the worth of our identity with Israel? It proves God to be unchangeably faithful. It proves the Bible to be literally and historically true. It proves that God is working today, as the prophets have all foretold he would, in and through and for his people Israel - who are the Anglo Saxon, Scandinavian and Germanic peoples. Lastly, but by no means least, it proves that Jesus Christ did what he came to do, confirm the promises made to the fathers.



HISTORIC PROOF OF ISRAEL'S MIGRATIONS

In my lecture called "ISRAEL'S FINGERPRINTS", I have sketched briefly for you some of the Bible's evidence that the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Germanic people of today are the living decendants of the ISRAEL of the Bible. This evidence was in the form of many Bible prophecies of Israel's future which have been accurately fulfilled by these nations, and by no others. If the people who have actually done all the things which God said Israel would do, and who have received the exact blessings which God said He would give to Israel - if they are not Israel, how could God be so greatly mistaken? No, God was not mistaken: He knew what He would do, and for whom He would do it; and by making good all His prophecies and promises, He has identified these nations as Israel.

But there are some people who won't believe God, and will not accept His identification of these nations. In fact, one clergyman with whom I discussed this, minister of a church in this county, wrote to me demanding to know "what other historians of the time, inwhat books, chapters and verses, record theirmigrationintoNorthem and Western Europe and the British Isles?" He is but one of many skeptics who ask this; and to these skeptics, the answer is, "Yes, various historians of those centuries have traced various steps of this migration." What I propose to do for you now is to race this migration historically. Remember that, within the time limits which must necessarily be fixed on such a talk as this, I can only "hit the high spots" - you know how large a library can be filled with history books, so I can't quote them all verbatim. But I will have time enough to show you that the historians have traced this migration from Israel's old Palestinian home intotheir European homes as the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Germanic peoples. Not under their old names, of course but that, also is the fulfillment of God's prophecy that He would "call His servants by another name," and surely you now know that the Bible identifies Israel - and only Israel - as God's servants.

The migration of the Israelites covered about 12 centuries, during which time they were mentioned by various historians, writing in different languages, during different centuries - and therefore mentioned under different names. Even today, if you were to read a London newspaper1 a Paris newspaper, and a Berlin newspaper, all dated about the end of 1940, you would find that the British newspaper said that in that year France was invaded by "the Germans, ' the French newspaper said that the invasion was by "les Allemans;" and the German newspaper said that the invasion was by 'der Deutsch" - yet all three were talking about the same people and the same invasion. Likewise, we must not be surprised to find that the Israelites were given different names in the Assyrian, Greek and Latin languages. Likewise, even in the same language, names change from century to century, just as today we never speak of "Bohemia", as it was called only a century ago, but only of "Czechoslovakia."

You remember that the original 12 - tribed nation of Israel broke up into two nations upon the death of king Solomon, about 975 BC. The northern 2/3 of the land, containing ten Tribes, kept the name "Israel," while the southern 1/3, containing the Tribes of Benjamin and Judah, with many of the Levites, took the name of "Judah" after the royal Tribe. From that time on, they kept their separate existence until they were finally merged into a vast migration, as we will see.

Most of the kings of the 10 tribed northern kingdom of Israel were distinguished more for their wickedness than for any ability. However, OMRI, who reigned from 885 to 874 BC., was a vigorous and able king - although as wicked as the others - and his reign was regarded among the other nations of western Asia as the foundation upon which the national identity thereafter rested. The languages of that day spoke of a family, a Tribe, or even a whole nation as a "house" or household. If you have read your Bible much, you must surely remember God's many references to the "House of Israel" or "House of Judah" - meaning, in each case, the Kingdom of Israel or the Kingdom of Judah. But the phrase was also used in those days to refer to a nation as the "House" of a great king who ruled it. The Assyrians, among others, began calling the 10 tribed Kingdom of Israel "the House of Omri". In Hebrew, "house" was "bahyith" or "bayth" - in English usually spelled BETH and pronounced "BETH". In the related Semitic language of Assyrian, this was "BIT". The Hebrew "OMRI" was in Assyrian sometimes written "HUMRI", sometimes "KUMRI."

With this preface in mind, let's start tracing the Israelites from their Palestinian homeland, in the Assyrian conquest and deportation. In II Kings 15:29 we read, "In the days of Pekah, king of Israel, came Tiglath-Pileser, king of Assyria, and took Ijon and Bel-beth-maachah and Janoa and Kedesh and Razor and Gilead and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria." In 1st Chronicles 5:26 it says, "And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul, king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tiglath-Pileser, king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah and Habor and Hara and to the River Gozan, unto this day."

Confirmation of this is found in inscriptions of Tiglath-Pileser which archaeologists have dug up and are in our museums today. One of these says: "The cities of Gala'za (probably Assyrian for Galilee), Abilkka (probably Assyrian for Abel-beth maacha), which are on the border of Bit-Humna ** the whole land of Naphtali in its entirety, I brought within the border of Assyria. My official I set over them as governor. ** The land of Bit Humna ** all of its people, together with all their goods, I carried off to Assyria. Pahaka their king they deposed, and I placed Ausi as king." In confirmation of this change of kings, we read in II Kings 15:30, "And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against PEKAR son of Remaliah and smote him and slew him, and reigned in his stead."

The conquest thus begun in the northeastern and northern parts of the kingdom about 740 BC. worked southward, down to the heavily-fortified capital city of Samaria, which was captured about 721 BC. Another king of Assyria reigned, by that time. 2nd Kings 18:9-11 records it as follows: "And it came to pass in the 4th year of King Hezekiah (of Judah), which was the 7th year of Hoshea, son of Elah, King of Israel, that Shalmanezer, King of Assyria, came up against Samaria and besieged it. And at the end of 3 years they took it, even in the 6th year of Hezekiah, that is the 9th year of Hoshea, King of Israel, Samaria was taken. And the King of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." We know that king Shalmanezer died toward the latter part of this siege, and the final conquest and deportation were carried on by his successor, King Sargon II. In confirmation of this, an inscription of Sargon II says, "In the beginning of my reign, the City of Samaria I besieged, I captured. **27,280 of its inhabitants I carried away."

The deportation of a whole nation naturally took a considerable period of time. The journey had to be organized, with adequate supplies for each convoy on each stage of the journey, and proper organization of the places selected to receive them. We know that Sargon II did not hold "the cities of the Medes" east of the Zagros mountains until a few years after 721 BC., so about 715 to 712 BC. is the correct date for the deportation to Media. The places to which Israel was deported by the Assyrians can be summed up in brief as constituting an arc or semi-circle around the southern end of the Caspian Sea.

This deportation took in the entire population of the ten northern Tribes constituting the nation of Israel. From this point on, the separation into Tribes is apparently most, and it is as a nation that the Kingdom of Israel moved into its Assyrian captivity.

This left the other 2 tribes still living in the southern Kingdom of Judah. Assyria and Egypt were the two giant empires of that day, each seeking domination over all the smaller and weaker nations. Assyria had driven Egyptian influence out of western Asia, back to the continent of Arica, and had made all the smaller nations surrounding Judah into vassal states paying heavy tribute to Assyria. The brutal arid rapacious character of the Assyrians made them no friends, and their vassal states were always hopefully looking for any means of escape from Assyrian power. Egypt kept the hope of revolt alive by offers of military assistance to those who would rebel against Assyria. The death of a king seemed the most opportune time for revolt, since his successor would need time to get his power organized, and might even face some competition at home for his throne, Therefore, when king Sargon II of Assyria died, about 705 BC., revolts began in western Asia, the Kingdom of Judah under king Hezekiah taking part in it, in the hope of military aid from Egypt (although the prophet Isaiah warned that the revolt would fail).

The new king of Assyria, Sennacherib, set about recovering his empire; one rebellious city after another was reconquered, with the hideous cruelty characteristic of Assyria; and in 701 BC., Sennachenib's huge army invaded the kingdom of Judah; midway through it, they paused briefly to defeat the Egyptian army, then moved on to besiege Jerusalem. None of the smaller cities of Judah were able to resist. 2nd Kings 18:13 and Isaiah 36:1 say that "In the 14th year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib came up against all the fortified cities of Judah, and captured them." Then followed the siege of Jerusalem, which was ended when the angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in on~ night, and Sennacherib gave up the siege and fled back to his own land. In confirmation of this, Sennacherib's own record of this says, "I then besieged Hezekiah of Judah, who had not submitted to my yoke, and I captured 46 of his strong cities and fortresses, and innumerable small cities which were round about them. with the battering of rams and the assault of engines, and the attack of foot-soldiers, and by mines and breaches made in the walls. I brought out therefrom 200,150 people, both small and great. **Hezekiah himself, like a caged bird, I shut up within Jerusalem his royal city." Ancient kings were boastful of their victories,but never of their defeats: so king Sennacherib tactfully fails to state how the siege of Jerusalem ended. But he does confirm the capture of all the other cities of Judah, and the deportation therefrom of 200,150 people.

Remember that all the people of the 10 northern tribes were already settled around the south end of the Caspian Sea, in the Assyrian deportation of Israel; now to them was added a large portion of the 2 southern Tribes of Benjamin and Judah; so that the Assyrian deportation included all of the ten Tribes and a substantial representation from the other 2. These were the people who became your ancestors and mine, whenthev moved into Europe.

Over the years, the increasing numbers of the Israelite tribes expanded northward along both sides of the Caspian Sea. They were not basically city-builders but farmers and herdsmen. Probably in the earlierpart of their stay here,the Assyrians sternly discouraged the building of cities, which would naturally be fortified centers of resistance. As they were moved into this area, herded along as prisoners, robbed of all their belongings, they had to make themselves brush shelters or booths where they stopped for any length of time, Here in the southwest our Indians call such a brush shelter a "wickiup''; the Hebrews called it a "soocaw'' - applying the name also to a tent. It was the only house a nomad owned. The plural of "soocaw" was "succoth". Gradually this was slurred over into "Scuth", used of a ten-dweller or nomad, and finally became "Scythian."

The great carving on the Behistun Rock made about 516 BC. carried inscriptions showing the many different nations who were tributary to King Tarius I of Persia. These inscriptions were written in Old Persian. in Median, and in Assyrian. Thev showed that among these were a Scythian nation called in Assyrian and Babytonian "Gimiri", which means "The Tribes From "Gimiri" was derived the name of the "Cimmerians", who settled somewhat to the north and into the Ukraine. But the Behistun Inscriptions also stated that these people were called "Sakka" in Persian and Median. Already the later names are beginning to evolve.

The great Greek historian HERODOTUS, who lived from 484 to 425 BC., and who is generally called "The Father of History", speaking of these people, says, "The Sacae, or Scyths, were clad in trousers, and had on their heads tall, stiff caps, rising to a point. They bore the bow of their country and the dagger; besides which they carried the battle-axe or sagaris. They were in truth Amyrgian Scythians, but the Persians called them Sacae, since that is the name which they give to all Scythians." Incidentally, some of the magnificent carved walls of the ancient ruins of the Persian palace at Persepolis show illustrations of those Sacae, in their trousers and pointed caps, bringing tribute to the Persian king.

We are now getting further clues to these people. Herodotus says that the Scythians or Sacae first appeared in that land in the seventh century BC., which is the same period in which the Tribes of Israel were settled there by their Assyrian conquerors. Their use of the battle-axe as aweaponisacarry-over from their history as Israel. In Jeremiah 51:20 God says of Israel, "Thou art My battleaxe and weapons of war, for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms". We will see later that the name evolved from SAKKE to SAXON; and it is noteworthy that the battle-axe was the great weapon of the Saxons.

These Scythians or Sacae lived up to God's description of Israel as His battleaxe and weapons of war. They became a military people of great power, who did much to break up ancient nations. The Greek geographer and historian, STRABO, who lived between 63 BC. and about 21 AD.,says: "Mostof the Scythians, beginning from the Caspian Sea, are called 'Dahae Scythae' and those situated more towards the east, 'Massagatae' and 'Sacae'; the rest have the common name of 'Scythians', but each tribe has its own peculiar name. The Sacae had made incursions similar to those of the Cimmenans and Treres, some near their own country, others at a greater distance. They occupied Bactriana, and got possession of the most fertile tract in Armenia, which was called after their own name, Sacasene. They advanced even as far as the Cappadocians, those particularly situated near the Euxine Sea (Today called the Black Sea), who are now called 'Pontici.'"

This was but the early part of their expansion, however. when a century had elapsed since their deportation to this land of Scythia, they had grown strong enough to begin the long series of harassing wars against their conquerors, the Assyrians. They lacked the strength to capture the powerfully fortified group of cities about the Assyrian capitol; and in turn, their nomadic habits made it easy for them to retreat before a too-powerful Assyrian army. But generations of this constant warfare wore down the Assyrians, "bled them white", so that when the Medes finally overran Assyria and captured Nineveh in 612 BC., their victory was a fairly easy one against the exhausted Assyrians.

From this point on, I could refer you to just one historical work which fully traces the Scythians on to their settlement in England as the Anglo-Saxons. "A History of the Anglo- Saxons", by Sharon Turner does a magnificent job of this. As most of you know, I am a lawyer by profession: and a lawyer soon learns to distinguish between the man who actually knows the facts and the man who is merely repeating hearsay - that is, gossip and rumor he has heard from others - and how do we know whether these others actually know what they are talking about? Unless a man has seen the occurrence with his own eyes, his ideas on the subject are no better than the accuracy of the information he has received. Now no historian living in our times can have any personal knowledge of what happened 2,000 years ago, so his writings can be no better than the source material he has obtained from people who lived and wrote at a time when accurate information could still be had. Most modern history books are based on rather scanty documentation from any sources, as it is so much easier for one historian to copy from another. But Sharon Turner's "History of The Anglo-Saxons" is one of the most thoroughly documented historical studies ever produced, and its reliability is beyond question. He traces the Anglo-Saxons cf Britain back to the Scythians; unfortunately, he doesn't go the one step further and trace the Scythians back to Israel; but we can do that from other sources.

But let us go back to the Scythians, as the people of Israel became known in the land to which they were deported. Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian who lived in the times of Julius and Augustus Caesar, says this: "The Scythians anciently enjoyed but a small tract of ground, but (through their valor) growing stronger by degrees, they enlarged their dominion far and near, and attained at last to a vast and glorious empire, At the first, a very few of them, and those very despicable for their mean origin, seated themselves near to the River Araxes. Afterwards, one of their ancient kings, who was a warlike prince and skillful in arms, gained to their country all the mountainous parts as far as to Mount Caucasus. **Sometime afterwards, their posterity, becoming famous and eminent for valor and martial affairs, subdued many territories. **Then turn mg their arms the other way, they led their forces as far as to the River Nile, in Egypt."

Other historians record that BLOND SCYTHIANS made an expedition against Palestine and Egypt about 626 BC. The town of Scythopolis, in the Jordan valley, is named for a settlement made on this raid. But to continue with Diodorus Siculus, he says, "This nation prospered more and more, and had kings that were very famous; from whom the SACANS and the Massagetae and the Arimaspians, and many others called by other names derive their origin. Amongst others, there were two remarkable colonies that were drawn out of the conquered nations by those kings the one they brought out of Assyria and settled in the country lying between Paphlagonia and Pontus; the other out of Media, which they placed near the River Tanais which people are called Sauromatians."

Note how God's destiny for these people worked. They would not leave behind any pockets of their people in the lands where their conquerors had settled them; but when they had gained great power, they came back and picked up any who remained, taking them into the migrating mass. Likewise, history records that they raided Babylon, after its overthrow by the Medes and Persians, carrying off with them such of the people of Judah and Benjamin as were not going back to Jerusalem.

Even in early times, before the final mass movement into Europe, the Scythians had begun their march to their new homelands, where some of them had already arrived before the beginning of the Christian Era. Pliny the Elder, a Roman historian who lived from 23 to 79 AD., says this: "The name 'Scythian' has extended in every direction, even to the Sarmatae and the GERMANS; but this ancient name is now only given to those who dwell beyond those nations, and live unknown to nearly all the rest of the world. **Beyond (the Danube) are the peoples of Scythia. The Persians have called them by the general name of Sacae, which properly belongs only to the nearest nation of them. The more ancient writers give them the name of Aramii (Arameans). The multitude of these Scythians is quite innumerable; in their life and their habits they much resemble the people of Parthia (Persia). The Tribes among them that are better known are the Sacae, the Massagetae, the Dahae, **" etc.

Others have noted this early migration into Germany. For example, Herodotus mentions a migration and settlement of a people he calls the Sigynnoe, who them selves claimed to be colonists from Media, and who migrated as far as the River Rhine. (Remember that among the places the Israelites were resettled were "the cities of the Medes"?)

Also note that Pliny the Elder said that "The more ancient writers give them the name of Aramii" - that is, "Aramean", in modern language called "Syrian." In Deuteronomy 26:5, every Israelite was commanded to confess and sojourned there with a few, and became a nation, great, mighty and populous." Hence, such ancient writers could correctly identify the Israelite Scythians as "Arameans", for they had come from a land which was part of Syria.

Among the Tribes of the Scythians, the Massagetac attracted the notice of all the ancient historians, by their numbers and warlike ability. Those who described them in more detail divided them into the Massagetac and Thyssagetae; and the "getae" part of the name soon evolved into "Goth"; the Massagetae were the Greater Goths and the Thyssagetae were the Lesser Goths. Thus we already find among the Scythians names we can identify as the people who later conducted the great migrations into Europe. The Goths, as we know, were later called "Ostrogoths," meaning "East Goths," and "Visigoths," meaning "West Goths."

But to go back a few centuries, the Sacae were allies of the Medes and Persians in the attack upon Babylon, in 536 BC. Remember that God had said that Israel was "My Battleaxe and weapons of war; for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms." So God had used Scythian Israel to maintain constant war against Assyria for nearly a century, until Assyria was too weakened to resist the Medes and Persians; then God used Scythian Israel, the Sacae, to help in the conquest of Babylon, when its time had come. Later, King Cyrus of Persia was foolish enough to try to conquer his former allies, the Sacac; but he was killed in the battle. King Darius also tried to conquer them, but they being a nomadic people, retreated before his massive armies until he gave up and retired.

Professor George Rawlinson says that the original development of the Indo-European language took place in Armenia - which, you will remember, was at that time occupied by "Scythian" Israel. Certainly from these people we can trace the introduction of this language into Europe.

This powerful and increasingly numerous people thereafter spread further north, both east and west of the Caspian Sea. To the west of it, they penetrated into the Volga and Don River Valleys as the Sauromatians and the Royal Scyths, nomadic peoples. To reach these lands, they had come up through the Caucasus Mountains by a great pass which is today occupied by the Georgian Military Road. Perhaps the Communists have changed the name of this pass in recent years, but from ancient times until without our own lifetimes this pass was known as "The Pass of Israel." The white Race of Europe is often called "Caucasian" because the ancestors of many of them did thus come out of the Caucasus Mountains.

When Alexander the Great began his great marauding expedition across western Asia and as far as India, he had to skirt the edge of the lands held by the Scythians. In his limitless vanity and ambition, he wanted also to conquer them; but it is recorded that their ambassadors said that they would never surrender to him; that they were nomadic peoples who, if they could not resist, could retreat indefimtely before his armies; and they had no wealthy cities for him to occupy and loot. Alexander invaded their lands long enough to fight one severe battle with them, defeating the Scythians forces he met; but this was evidently just as a lesson to them not to attack the flanks of his forces, for he led his forces out of their territory and never returned to the attack.

Remember that Israel is "God's battleaxe and weapons of war." They had already weakened Assyria, and as allies of the Medes and Persians had helped overthrow Assyria and Babylon. They had beaten off attempts of the Persians to conquer them. In the article "Scythians", Chambers Encyclopedia (1927) records that "The Scythians, after about 128 B.C. overran Persia, routed several Persian armies, and levied tribute from the Persian kings. During the first century before and the first century after Christ, hordes of Scythians, having overthrown the Bactrian and Indo-Greek dynasties of Afghanistan and India, invaded northern India: and there they maintained themselves with varying fortune for five centuries longer. **The Jats of India and the Rajputs have both been assigned the Scythian ancestry." Madison Grant writes that "Ancient Bactria maintained its Nordic and Aryan aspect long after Alexander's time, and did not become Mongolized and receive the sinister name of Turkestan until the seventh century (AD.). ** The Saka were the blond peoples who carried the Aryan language to India."

A land so vast, and not the original home of the Israelite Scythians, but already having some inhabitants when they were settled there, must of course show varying types of people. The Nordic or Aryan Israelite Scythians conquered these other races. while some speak of a Mongoloid type found in some parts of Scythia, ancient writers pretty well agree that the dominant Sakka or Massagetae Scythians were a Nordic people. Dr. Hans Gunther, professor at Berlin University, in his "Racial Elements of European History," published in the 1920s, says: "The investigations into the traces left behind them by that wide-spread Nordic people, the Sacae (Scythians), with its many tribes, are well worthy of attention. It had been living on the steppes of southeastern Europe, and spread as far as Turkestan and Mghanistan, and even to the Indus. The ancient writers, such as Polemon of Ilium,Galienos, Clement of Alexandria, and Adamantios, state that the Sacae were like the Kelts and Germans, and describe them as ruddy-fair. The Scythian tribe of the Alans are also described as having a Nordic appearance. Ammianus (About A.D. 330-400) calls them, 'almost all tall and handsome, with hair almost yellow, and a fierce look.'"

We have seen that the names of the Massagetae and the Thyssagetae evolved into Goths, the Ostrogoths (or East Goths) and Visigoths (or West Goths). The historian Ptolemy, who died about 150 AD., mentions a Scythian people, descended from the Sakae, by the name of SAXONS, who had come from Media. Albinus, who lived in the first century BC., also says, "The SAXONS were descended from the ancient Sacae in Asia, and in process of time they came to be called SAXONS." Prideaux reports that the Cimbrians came from between the Black and Caspian Seas, and that with them came the ANGLI.

We are now well into established European history. By the beginning of the 4th century AD., many of the Goths were already Christians. In the 4th century there were several collisions between Visigoths and Rome, and in 410 the Visigoths became the masters of Italy and captured Rome. Later, they moved on into Southern France and northern Spain where they settled permanently. The Ostrogoths settled in what is modern Hungary about 455 AD.; under Theodoric the Great, they conquered Italy about 493, and set up an Ostrogoth kingdom in Italy, which, however, was short-lived. Their descendants are the fair-skinned and blond Italians of northern Italy. But the Goths had ended the Roman Empire: "God's battleaxe" again destroying the kingdoms of the Babylonian order of empires.

The Angli and the Saxons moved up the Danube Valley and settled in Germany and along the Baltic shores, as is well known; and from there, the Jutes, Angles and Saxons colonized England after the Roman legions were withdrawn in AD. 408.

Actually, the earliest waves of migration penetrated to the farthest edges of the European continent - partly because they could move through nearly empty lands, without meeting any peoples strong enough to effectively resist them, partly because they were pushed farther by the later waves of Israelite migration coming behind them. Hence, we find the settlement of the Scandinavian Peninsula pretty well completed before the arrival of the Jutes, Angles and Saxons along the southern shore of the Baltic Sea.

The Tribes which settled along the shores of the Baltic were a great maritime people - as some of the Israelites had been1 even when still in Palestine, and as God had prophesied. The Jutes, Angles and Saxons came from within the Baltic Sea, but their ocean-borne raids on England were heavy and continuous; later, by invitation of the British, they settled along the eastern shores, in East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, Sussex, Wessex, Essex, and Kent.

William the Conqueror invaded England in 1056, with the Normans; they were actually Norse Vikings who had settled on the coast of France in the province of Normandy: "Norman" being really derived from "Norseman."

So we see that the migrations of Israel, first into Scythia, expanding there, then gaining the names of Goths, Angli and Saxons, and under those names moving into their present European homelands, is a well established historical fact. There is also the fascinating story of the early migrations by sea, but that is another subject in itself.

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Lost Israel Found In the Anglo-Saxon Race
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The Promises made to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob,
all fulfilled in the Anglo-Saxon Race.
Established in History.
Verified by prophecy.
Today these people are called Aryan, or Identity Christians.

By E. P. Ingersol
Topeka Kansas Publishing House.
1886.

CONTENTS


PREFACE. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... eface.html

CHAPTER I. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch1.html
Consideration of the promises to the fathers -- The meaning of the same -- Their application .

CHAPTER II. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch2.html
The promise of a numerous offspring shown to be lit­erally true -- Traced from Abraham down to Moses, thence to Solo­mon -- The division of the nation into two kingdoms -- The Assyrian captivity -- Israel lost -- The hunt for lost Israel -- The history by "Oxonlan".

CHAPTER III. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch3.html
Dan's migration- A colony to Greece -- At the sacking of Troy -- Settlement of twelve cities in Asia Minor -- The Lacedemonians, Israelites, by Josephus -- Dan's escape with Simeon to Ireland -- Simeon in Wales -- The other Dan escapes to Den­mark, via north of tile Black Sea, giving his name to every river crossed -- His final settlement in Denmark

CHAPTER IV. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch4.html
Jeremiah's escape to Ireland -- The Babvlonish captivity -- His treatment by the Jews, by Nebuehadnezzar -- Taking the ark and Jacob's stone out of the temple -- Going down to Egypt with Baruch and the women -- His flight thence to Ireland -- The marriage of Tephi to Eoehaid -- Crowned on Jacob's stone -- Transmitted down through every reign to Victoria, who was last crowned on it -- .Now in Westminster Abbey -- Tephi's death and burial in Tarah -- Hebrew institutions established by Jeremiah.

CHAPTER V. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch6.html
The other eight tribes still in Assyria -- This their home for one hundred years or more -- The wanderings meantime -- Buddha -- Confucius' -- Hold possession of all the land for twenty-eight years -- Their resolution to escape to a land not inhabited by man. (II Esdras, 13) -- Herodotus confirms the same -- Their jour­neying one and a half years 1,500 miles to Arsareth, where they inhabit five hundred years or more -- Twelve or thirteen battles with Rome -- Located in Germany -- Saxony.

CHAPTER VI. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch6.html
The Anglo-Saxons -- Who they are -- Sharon Turnet's history of them -- Their emigration to England -- The Octarthy -- Egbert crowned the first king of England, A. D 800 -- The incursion of the Danes -- And last, William the Conqueror, 1066, who is found to be the leader of Benjamin -- Himself a Benjamite -- How Benjamin escaped from Jerusalem and wandered to Denmark, thence to France -- The ten tribes now all in the isles of the sea; yet all ignorant of their own identity.

CHAPTER VII. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch7.html
The Anglo-Saxons. 1. Their government. 2. Population. 3. Wealth. 4. Political influence. 5. Money lent to many, but never borrow.

CHAPTER VIII http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch8.html
The possession of the gates of his enemy -- England now holds the gates of tile world, save at Constantinople -- Israel without a king -- Scattered among all nations -- Ignorant of their ancestry -- Called by another name -- Offspring of Abraham innumerable -- As a lion among the beasts of tile earth -- Gathered from all nations, where they had been scattered -- Gathered from the islands of the sea on the north -- Joseph pushing the people to the ends of the earth -- The seed of Abraham a blessing to all nations, how? -- 1. Politically. 2. Religiously -- Her missionaries -- The Bible -- Its translation, by whom made.

CHAPTER IX. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... i-ch9.html
Jacob's promises to the sons of Joseph -- Ephraim's "a multitude of nations" -- Manasseh's" one great nation " -- Ephraim's fulfilled in the government of Great Britain, with her more than sixty different nationalities -- Manasseh finds his one great people here in the United States.

CHAPTER X. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... -ch10.html
The new covenant. (Jer. 31: 31-33.) 1. The parties. 2. The time. 3. The effects of its fulfillment.

CHAPTER XI. http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... -ch11.html
The stone kingdom -- Nebuchadnezzar's dream -- Daniel's interpretation -- The four kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman -- The ten toes -- England not one of them -- Portugal instead -- The stone is God's people, Israel, now the Anglo-Saxons -- Their increase: 1. In wealth. 2. In literature. 3. Political influence. 4. In religious influence -- Hence this people must be the stone kingdom.

CHAPTER XII http://www.churchoftrueisrael.com/true- ... -ch12.html
I. Prophecies not yet fulfilled (Ezek. 37): Valley of dry bones; the two sticks; the two kingdoms made one; placed in Jerusalem; hence one king. 2. Gog and Magog, the battle of. 3. The new covenant, its fulfillment yet future. 4. The possession of the land of Canaan by Ephraim and Judah. 5. The building of the temple. 6. The temple service. 7. The waters issuing from the threshold of the temple; how interpreted. 8. The apportionment of the land to the twelve tribes; the priests' portion; tile part for tile temple; the name of the city froth that day shall be, "The Lord is there"

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Chapter I Consideration of the promises to the fathers

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Chapter I Consideration of the promises to the fathers


1. To Abraham, see Gen. 12:1-3' "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee; and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Gen. 17:4-8: "As for me, behold my covenant is with thee, trod thou shall be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham, and I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant. And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession: and I will be their God."

To Isaac the promise repeated, see Gen. 26: 2-4.

The promises renewed and enlarged unto Jacob: Gen. 48: 1-20; also Gen. 28-13-1,5.

SPECIFICATION OF THE PROMISES.



1. The everlasting possession of all the land of Canaan,
from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates.
2. A numerous offspring, like the stars of Heaven, innumerable.

3. A blessing to all nations of the earth.

4. Jacob's blessing to the two sons of Joseph.

These several blessings are all to be fulfilled literally.

1. The possession of the land.

The promise to Abraham was specific: "All the land which I will show thee, to the East and to the West, to the North and to the South, from the river of Egypt unto the great River Euphrates, to thee and thy seed, in their generations, for an everlasting possession." Was ever a deed made more specific as to its boundaries; the parties to whom the land is given more definitely named, and the warranty of the deed more surely established ?

2. A numerous offspring.

This promise was made while as yet Abram had no child, but the promise was made by Him who cannot lie -- that a son should be born to Abraham, through whom this numerous offspring should arise' "In Isaac shall thy seed be called." And that these descendants were to be compared to the stars of heaven or to the sands of the seashore, innumerable. These multitudes of descendants of Abraham, then, must be veritable flesh and blood, living men and women, for they are to possess, by actual inheritance, the whole land of Canaan. Spiritual belongs cannot inherit landed estates.

3. It will be Shown hereafter that the seed of Abraham is now numbered by many scores of millions.

As to the fulfillment of this promise, there can be, I think, no differences of opinion. That the promise made to Abraham was to extend to all the nations of the world, is, so far as I know, believed by all who receive the Bible as divinely inspired. But as to the manner in which this blessing is to be manifested, there may be some doubt. My own opinion is that this blessing is to be universal, both in kind and in extent; in other words, it is to be both spiritual and temporal--that all nations are promised the highest degree of temporal prosperity, as certainly as the greatest of spiritual blessings.

4. The blessings of Jacob to the two sons of Joseph were, that "Ephraim should grow into a multitude of nations," but Manasseh should become "one great people."

The language in which these promises are given can admit, as it seems to me, of only one interpretation, and that is a literal interpretation, viz.: That the descendants of Ephraim are actually to become a multitude of nations, and that Manasseh is actually to grow into one mighty nation in the world.

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CHAPTER II
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The promise of a numerous offspring shown to be literally true

Traced from Abraham down to Moses, thence to Solomon -- The division of the nation into two kingdoms The Assyrian captivity Israel lost -- The hunt for lost Israel -- The history by "Oxonlan".

The promise of a numerous offspring shown to be literally true



It is appropriate now to show that Abraham has, at the present time, a literal offspring in the world, very numerous, and that they are increasing at an unparalleled rate.

It is known to all readers of the Bible, how cursorily so ever may be that reading, that Abraham begat Isaac, that Isaac begat Jacob, and that Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs; that these patriarchs went down into Egypt, where they dwelt some 400 years; that they were brought out from thence, some two millions or more of people, by Moses; passing through the Red Sea on dry ground, they were led on by the divine direction to Mount Sinai, where God gave to his people Israel his law, written by the finger of God himself.

From thence, after the institution of the Mosaic ritual, this people were led on, by a cloudy pillar by day but of fire by night, through that great wilderness, being fed on manna, a bread from heaven, and water from the rock, so that no one suffered from either hunger or thirst for forty years in that great wilderness, until they reached the very borders of the promised land; that here they entered the land of Canaan by passing through the river Jordan on dry ground, although the waters of the river at that time overflowed all its banks, (Joshua, 3:15.)

Traced from Abraham down to Moses, thence to Solomon



So also, all know how this people, the descendants of Abraham the whole nation of twelve-tribed Israel were planted in Canaan; each tribe being assigned his portion by lot, B. C. 1491. Here this people lived some four hundred years under Judges, till B. C. 1095, when Saul was anointed as their first king. As the successor to Saul, David was anointed by divine command, as king, during whose reign the nation prospered greatly. Next Solomon, David's son, was anointed king', and he builded the Temple, surpassing ill splendor all buildings the world has ever seen.

The division of the nation into two kingdoms



This temple was built by divine direction, "according' to the pattern shown in the Mount." After Solomon's death, Rehoboam came to the throne; immediately a trouble arose, caused by the vast expenditure in building the temple. The old men, therefore, came to Rehoboam, to inquire if something could not be done to lighten this terrible burden. But his only reply was, "I don't know; I'll think about it." Rehoboam then conferred with the young men, who advise him to "make his finger thicker than his father's loins."

This advice he follows; and proclaiming an assembling of all the people, he closed his speech by saying', "My father chastised you with whips, I will chastise you with scorpions." (1 Kings, 12:1-11.) As the result of this speech ten tribes went off with Jeroboam, a political leader at that time, and thus formed the Kingdom of Israel, leaving the other two tribes to constitute the Kingdom of Judah. (1 Kings, 12:12-16.)

Here now let it be distinctly understood and borne in mind, that the whole Hebrew nation was at this time divided, thus becoming two kingdoms; the kingdom of Israel, with ten tribes, and the kingdom of Judah, of two tribes, Judah and Levi: ( It is found that Benjamin remained with Rehoboam by divine appointment, and that he continued to constitute a part of that kingdom until the return from Babylonish captivity. And indeed, Benjamin did not entirely separate himself until the final destruction of the temple by Titus, the Roman General. (I kings, 11:34-36. Also, Josephus' Ward, B.V,, 10, 1; Jer 6:1)

These two kingdoms continued henceforth separate, Judah having for its capital Jerusalem, while Israel's capital was Samaria. So, also, from this time on to the final consummation, it is found that the divine predictions are no longer uttered to the twelve-tribed Israel, but either to the Kingdom of Judah, or to the Kingdom of ten tribed Israel. The failure to notice this fact has been one great obstacle to the proper apprehension of the prophesies.

The failure, I say, to have noticed that the prophesies, for most part, are not directed to the whole Hebrew nation, but directly to Israel, (ten-tribed) on the one hand, or to Judah as distinctly on the other. By the observance of this rule much confusion may be avoided.

This division of the Hebrew nation into two kingdoms took place B.C. about 980; and from this time on these two kingdoms are addressed, the one as Judah and the other as Israel And it will be found that by this latter term "ten-tribed Israel" is commonly, if not always, meant.

HISTORY OF ISRAEL, (TEN TRIBES.)



Immediately after the separation of these two kingdoms, Jeroboam made two golden calves (1 Kings, 12: .a29), and set, the one in Dan and the other in Bethel, to prevent his people from going up to Jerusalem to worship. This seems to have been the beginning of that system of idolatry which finally culminated in "Baalism," one of the chief rites of which was the public prostitution of every female before the altar of Baal upon her entering the state of puberty.

The Assyrian captivity



By the practice of these diabolical ceremonies, therefore, Israel became so corrupt that the divine patience could no longer forbear; and hence Shahnaneser, King of Assyria, was sent by God to besiege Israel and carry the nation captive, which was accomplished by destroying Samaria, the capital, and transporting all of its inhabitants to Assyria and placing them in the cities of the Medes, on the River Gozan, ]3. C. 720. (2 Kings, 17: 6.)

Here these tribes became lost, as to the history of the world, but not to the all seeing eye of Him who had placed them there for their discipline and for the development of that wondrous plan by which the world was to be brought unto obedience to Jesus Christ, and Satan and all his works utterly overthrown.

Israel lost



From that time to the present the inquiry has been, "What has become of lost Israel?" And this inquiry has been so urgently made during the last hundred years that every nook and corner of the globe has been searched in the hope of finding these lost ten tribes of Israel; but all in vain.

The hunt for lost Israel



So that now, in their despair, some exclaim "There are no lost tribes of Israel, and hence there are none to be found." But how has this search been made? What has been the order of it? What were the objects sought? And would they be known if found? Let us look at the facts.

The facts are, this search has been made without any definite plan. The "detective" in searching for a criminal must have the exact description given of his ma -- his age, complexion, indeed his very photograph so that he may distinguish this man from all others in the world wherever found, or in whatever multitude so ever he may have concealed himself.

But in the hunt after "lost Israel" who has consulted the one only record where both the whereabouts and the photograph of Israel is to be found? Who ? What is the description there given ? The "whereabouts" is said to be "the isles of the sea," (see Jer. 30:3, and 3: 12, Isa. 41:15; also 10:2023, Isa. 42:10 and 49:1,) and the photograph is given in Gen. 28:12-13, viz.: The wealthiest of all nations, "thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow." "And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and not beneath."

This photograph, then, is of a nation whose wealth is unparalleled by that of any other nation, and whose political influence is to be high above all other nations. But instead of hunting for a nation having these peculiarities, we have ransacked the nooks and by places of earth to find the nation "high above all others" and searched the poor houses of the world to find the wealthiest of all nations! (Elias Boughdenot wrote a book some seventy-five years ago, in which he tried to prove that the Northwest Indians in America were the lost Israel.)

And all in vain. But as soon as this divine description of lost Israel was discovered, the hunt has not been at random, nor in vain. The great wonder now is, why had this not been seen before? Ah, why? Because this is just as Israel's God would have it. Why is it that of all the histories that' have been written in two thousand years now past, not one contains the first mention of the "Kingdom of Israel" that was placed in the cities of the Medes, on the River Gozan, about eight hundred miles northeast from Jerusalem, on the southwest coast of the Caspian Sea?

The history by "Oxonlan"



Why is this? Why, of all the histories of ancient or modern times has no one ever undertaken the task, till recently, of gathering up the fragments, searching out and arranging in their due order the traces of the wanderings of Israel? Who can answer this question? But this work has now been performed, now in these ends of the earth, in which the wanderings of this people have been traced for 2,500 years. ("Israel's Wanderings." By Oxonian. Second edition, price 5s. (Post free, 5s. 4d.) John Heywood, 11 Paternoster building; W. H. Guest, Paternoster Row, London.)

We are, therefore, now prepared with materials suitable for hunting up and identifying "lost Israel" when found.

Our first inquiry, then, will be touching the captivity of Israel; whether all of the "ten tribes" were indeed carried away by Shalnmneser ?

In answer to this question, it is found that Dan and Simeon were not disturbed; they remained still in Palestine, in their original lot. But here, it must be noticed, that some time after the twelve tribes had been located in Canaan, Dan, found his lot too small for the great increase of his people. Hence, a company was formed for finding another place unoccupied, to which they might migrate, and there settle.

Such a place was found in the extreme north of Canaan, occupied by the natives whom Joshua had been commanded to destroy, -- a little city called Laish. This they destroyed with all its inhabitants, and on the ruins built for themselves a city, and called it Dan, after the name of their' tribe. This branch of the tribe of Dan was carried captive into Assyria and placed on the River Gozan with the others. But the other Dan, he that occupied the old homestead, what shall he do? To unite with Judah, he and Simeon, that they cannot do; for with Judah they are at "sword's point."

What shall they do, then? They must go somewhere; not only because Judah is their enemy, but more especially because of the fear of their greater enemy Shahnaneser. Now it is known that Dan was a mariner, that "he abode in his ships," (Judges, 5:17), and also it is known that when Solomon was building the temple some 250 years before this, Dan was employed in company with the Phoenicians, in importing tin, from Brittany, (now Cornwall) in England, for the making brazen vessels for the temple.

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Dan's migration- A colony to Greece -- At the sacking of Troy -- Settlement of twelve cities in Asia Minor -- The Lacedemonians, Israelites, by Josephus -- Dan's escape with Simeon to Ireland -- Simeon in Wales -- The other Dan escapes to Denmark, via north of the Black Sea, giving his name to every river crossed -- His final settlement in Denmark

Dan's Migration to Ireland

Dan's migration- A colony to Greece



From historic evidences that have come to light recently, it seems that Dan had long been familiar with the then Western World; that he had been accustomed to the performance of voyages with the Phoenicians all over the Mediterranean Sea, and beyond outside the Straits of Hercules; and that alone, unaccompanied by any of his neighbors, he had sailed to Egypt, and from thence into Greece, taking with him a colony of his own people; and that these Danai are said to have been among the first settlers in Greece. (See "Wanderings of Israel," by Oxouian.)

At the sacking of Troy -- Settlement of twelve cities in Asia Minor



It is farther stated, that Dan was engaged in the sacking of Troy; that afterwards he conquered Macedonia, and that Alexander seems to have descended from this very tribe of Israel. It is furthermore stated, that Dan settled, after the sacking of Troy, in that very region, where he built twelve cities.

The Lacedemonians, Israelites, by Josephus



Josephus says that the Lacedemonians were the very kindred of the Jews. (See Antiq. XII, IV, 10 and XIII, V, 8.)

Dan's escape with Simeon to Ireland



Now, with these historic data before us, is it strange that Dan and Simeon, having been left by Shalmaneser, undisturbed in their own lot, yet cut off from all connection with the Kingdom of Israel, to which they belonged, from which they were now separated eternally, so far as they knew -- that they should flee to some far distant land beyond the reach of their oppressors, where they might form for themselves a kingdom of their own, beyond all fear, and beyond all knowledge of their enemies?

Accordingly, we find this the very resolution they adopted. Having been long acquainted with the (to them) far-western lands, and having ships of' their own, it is found that, having embarked with whatever of their effects they could carry, they set sail, (B. C. about 720) and going westward, by the way of Tarshish, now Tartessus; thence through the straits of' Hercules, and around into the great Atlantic, northward.

Simeon in Wales



What their ultimate destination was is not now known, but being far out at sea, they were driven by a storm far to the north, and landed somewhere upon the coast of Norway. But here they did not remain; sailing away from here, they directed their course south towards the sun, and finally landed on the northern coast of Ireland; where Dan made his camp, placing Simeon, the meantime, directly over on the coast of Scotland, where it is said he remained a while, and then migrated down south into Wales, where he is today. But Dan established himself, permanently, in the north of Ireland, where we shall find him hereafter, with a regularly organized government.

THE OTHER DAN



It has been stated that the colony of Dan, which settled in the extreme north of Canaan, was carried off by Shalmancser, with the rest of his brethren. What now shall he do? It would seem that the perpetual separation from the parental stock of his own tribe was far from agreeable to him. What shall he do, therefore? Whether he may have learned of Dan's and Simeon's escape to the islands far west, is not known.

But Dan being naturally a kind of pioneer, soon starts off' in his wanderings to find his brother Dan, yet not knowing whither he should direct his course; but some unseen guide points his way westward. On and on he goes, following his unknown guide, yet leaving his track behind him, and that, too, so permanent that it is seen today bearing his own name.

This is found at his encampments, ill crossing rivers, and in his finial resting place. His first course, located as lie was between the Caspian and Black seas, was northward, for if he went south of the Black Sea he would expose himself to the Assyrians, and thus his flight be cut off: To the north then he goes, and the first river he crossed he gave his own name, Dan, (now the Don.) The next he called Demiester, (now Dniester.) The next he crossed he named Danieper, (now Dnieper.) The next great river was Daube, which name the philologists tell us means the settlements of Dan. Here he seems to have made a longer tarry than at any former encampment.

The other Dan escapes to Denmark, via north of the Black Sea,
giving his name to every river crossed
His final settlement in Denmark



But that unseen hand still beckoned him onward, for this was not his rest. On he goes, therefore, up the Danube, making no known settlement till he reaches the very source of the great river. Here, it is said, he made a circuit in search of a place to rest, but finding none, he was led by the same unseen Guide northward, whither he directed his steps, wandering hither and thither like Israel of old in the wilderness, till finally his Guide marked his camping ground in Danemarsch, (Denmark.)

Here Dan fixed his camp, from which he spread out into Holland, into Norway and Sweden, peopling all that country by the help of some other tribes, which came hence afterwards.

In reviewing the ground now gone over we find that Dan and Simeon have both been located -- Simeon in Wales, where he made his permanent abode, and Dan, the elder, on the north coast of Ireland, while Dan, the younger, is fixed in Denmark. (Eldad, an eminent Jewish writer, says: "In Jeroboam's day, 975 B. C., Dan refused to shed his brother's blood; and rather than go to war with Judah, he left the country and went in a body to Greece, to Juvan and to Denmark.")
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Jeremiah's escape to Ireland -- The Babvlonish captivity -- His treatment by the Jews, by Nebuehadnezzar -- Taking the ark and Jacob's stone out of the temple -- Going down to Egypt with Baruch and the women -- His flight thence to Ireland -- The marriage of Tephi to Eoehaid -- Crowned on Jacob's stone -- Transmitted down through every reign to Victoria, who was last crowned on it -- Now in Westminster Abbey -- Tephi's death and burial in Tarah -- Hebrew institutions established by Jeremiah.

Jeremiah's escape to Ireland

"See, I 'have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow; to build up and to plant." (Jer. 1:10.) Again, Ezk. 17:22: "Thus saith the Lord' I will also take of the lofty top of the cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top most of his young twigs a tender one, and I will plant it upon a high mountain and eminent."

These passages of scripture are believed to teach what Jeremiah is about to do in Ireland.

It is necessary to refer now to Judah. Judah was still left in Jerusalem, after Israel was carried away captive into Assyria, for Judah's cup of bitterness had not yet become fulll. But he was fast following on the same course of idolatry practiced by Israel. Yet the "long-suffering" of God endured for all hundred and thirty years after Israel's captivity, when, Judah's cup being full, God sent Nebuchadnezzar, who utterly destroyed Jerusalem, burned the temple, and carried all the principal people to Babylon.

The Babvlonish captivity

The account of the Babylonish captivity is contained in 2 Kings, 25:1-20, and in the last chapter of Jeremiah; a brief account of which it may be well to look at.

By consulting the prophecy of Jeremiah, (Jer., chapters 36, 37, 38, 40,) it appears that he had been charged with a message to Judah, the sum of which was, that the iniquities of that nation had become so great that they were to be all sent to Babylon, where they would be cured of their idolatry.

Jeremiah's treatment by the Jews, by Nebuehadnezzar

This was their great sin, and this sin Jeremiah charged home upon them with great power. But they would not listen to the preaching of that prophet of God, but declared that they would not go to Babylon; and in their wrath thrust Jeremiah down into that deep pit, where it was found he would soon die, being sunk down in the mire.

He was therefore taken out and placed in the court of the prison, where he remained until the temple was destroyed.

Now it was that the first attack was made on Judah by Nebuchadnezzar. In this battle, the army of the Jews was defeated, the king, Zedekiah, taken, his eyes put out, his sons slain, and his daughters delivered into the care of Jeremiah. We find also that the King of Babylon charged Nebuzaradan, his chief captain, to look well to Jeremiah; to administer to all his wants; to give him liberty to dwell and to (go wherever he might wish; and that nothing should be withheld.

Also it is found that the temple was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar at that time, and all the sacred vessels taken out and carried to Babylon. These vessels are all numbered and specified, but no mention is made of the "Ark of the Covenant." (Ezra, 1:5-11.) So, also, when Cyrus, some seventy years after this, ordered all these vessels which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple, to be returned to Jerusalem, no mention is made of the "Ark of the Covenant"! ( Ezra, 1:7-11.) Josephus also mentions the same things, but is silent respecting the Ark of the Covenant! Now why this silence?

This sacred vessel, the most highly prized of all the vessels of the temple, has no mention made of it. Why is this? If it had been in the temple, would it not most surely have been taken by Nebuchadnezzar, being an object of priceless value?

Taking the ark and Jacob's stone out of the temple

There seems but one answer possible to these questions. Jeremiah, we know, had full liberty of the temple, which Nebuchadnezzar had given him on his first approach to Jerusalem..

Furthermore, Jeremiah knew that the temple was to be destroyed utterly; therefore it is believed, though it can not be proved here, that he went into the temple before it was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar, and took from thence "the Ark of the Covenant," and Jacob's stone on which he had rested his head at Bethel, which he had erected as a witness, and anointing' it, said "this is Bethel," (God's house.)

These Jeremiah took to himself he and Baruck, and preserved them for future use, of which mention shall be made hereafter.

Going down to Egypt with Baruch and the women

At the second invasion of Jerusalem the temple was burnt -- the king's house, and the very walls of the city destroyed, and all the principal people carried to Babylon. But Jeremiah with Baruck and a few others were left. These soon determined to go down to Egypt, although Jeremiah had told them that death would surely be the result. But all went down, yet none ever returned save Jeremiah and Baruck and the women. (Jer. 42:17, and 44:14 and 28.)

This is the last account the scriptures give of Jeremiah. But what shall he now do? Judah is carried away captive to Babylon; the beautiful temple is burned up with fire, and Jerusalem itself deserted and laid waste! What shall lie do? Whither shall he flee? Stay in Jerusalem he cannot, for all is gone!

The kingdom is utterly subverted, and all the tribes of Israel are gone, utterly swept from the land given them by God, and the whole land is desolate. But has Jeremiah finished his whole work assigned to him? What was that work? Jer. 1:10 --''See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, and to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant." Here, then, is his commission. He is God's minister plenipotentiary, and as yet he has been employed only in rooting up and throwing down; now he
must finish by "planting" and "building up." But where shall he go, and how is this great work to be done?

Jeremiah must certainly know where Dan is. And he knows, too, that he has in his own possession, Tephi, the daughter of king Zedekiah, the only living heir to the throne of David; and as we shall find, the "coronal stone" he has in his possession.

Jeremiah's flight thence to Ireland

Now we shall find soon after this, according to the Irish records, that "a wise, holy man from the East came to Dan, bringing with him his scribe, Brugsch, [Barueh?] also a beautiful princess, daughter of a king." (B. C. about 525.)

Dan had now a regularly organized government, and Eochaid II was the reigning prince. This prince, when he beheld that beautiful damsel, said to Jeremiah: "I must marry that beautiful princess." Well, replied Jeremiah, on this ground alone: your government must be purged of all Baalism, and based on the divine law which I have here.

The marriage of Tephi to Eoehaid -- Crowned on Jacob's stone; -- Transmitted down through every reign to Victoria,
who was last crowned on it -- Now in Westminster Abbey

To this Eochaid assented, and so the marriage was ratified by Jeremiah, and Tephi was crowned on Jacob's Stone. Then this stone was given to them, to be transmitted down through every reigning flintily, as the "title-deed" to the land of Canaan.

In obedience to this injunction, the stone was transmitted down through every succeeding reign in Ireland to Fer:gus I, who took it over to Scotland, (B. C. 320,) and thence down through every reign to James VI, of Scotland, James VI, of England, and thus down through every reign to Victoria, the last who was crowned upon it; and this identical stone is now in Westminster Abbey!

Hebrew institutions established by Jeremiah.

In Ireland, Jeremiah established the "School of' the Prophets," the supreme judgeship, and several other Hebrew institutions, according to the Mosaic ritual. Thus did Jeremiah fulfill his commission, by "planting and building" -- for here was certainly established the Throne of David by the coronation of Tephi, the true lineal descendant of David himself -- and then laying the foundations of the government in strict accordance with the divine requirements. (See Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.)

Tephi's death and burial in Tarah

But what became of this Queen Tephi? It is said that she died a few years after, leaving a family of young children, and that her death was mourned by all the people, in prose, in verse and in song, as none other has ever been mourned for. And as for poor Eochaid, his heart was so torn he said, "I must make a great mausoleum for my beloved queen;" and he did so, building a tomb in the center sixty feet square, ill which the body of' Tephi was placed, and over it was constructed a great mound, which he named "Tara," a pure Hebrew word, meaning "two tables."

And here, it is believed by some, was placed the Ark of the Covenant, together with its sacred contents. Now, as to the Ark of the Covenant, no one knows definitely what became of it. It seems to be acknowledged by all that it was known to have been in the temple before the invasion by Nebuchadnezzar, as also Jacob's stone; and that there is no mention made, in the enumeration of the articles taken from the temple by Nebuchadnezzar, of the Ark of the Covenant, nor of Jacob's stone. The great inquiry, for a long time has been, "What became of the Ark?" But no answer has as yet been given which seems entirely satisfactory.

In II Maccabees this passage is found' "It was also contained in the same writing that the prophet, being warned of God, commanded the tabernacle and the Ark to go with him [Jeremiah ] as he went forth into the mountain, where Moses climbed up and saw the heritage of God. And when Jeremv came thither, he found a hollow cave, wherein he laid the tabernacle, and the ark, and altar of incense, and no stopped the door. And some of those that followed him came to mark the way, but they could not find it. Which when Jeremv perceived, he blamed them, saying, As for that place, it shall be unknown until the time that God gathers his people together again and receives them into mercy. Then shall the Lord shew them these things, and the glory of the Lord shall appear, and the cloud also, as it was shown unto Moses." (II Maccabees, 2:1-8.)

This account purports to have been taken from the records of Jewish history, and the writer, whoever he may have been, in the history he has written has given the exact account of many things, in language similar to the account ill the Bible of the same events. It would seem, therefore, if credence is to be given to the writer in these things, it might be justly claimed as to the account given of the disposition of the ark, the tabernacle, etc. Why not? Incredible? Is this any more incredible than the wonderful events recorded as having transpired at Mt. Sinai? or the feeding the Israelites with manna? or the burying of Moses in the mount by the hand of God?

All these, you say, were miraculous manifestations, made for a special purpose. True; but would not the ark, etc., seem to require that same divine protection? It is, indeed, believed by some that the ark was transported to Ireland and there buried in Tarah. Perhaps it was; for in that belief an effort was made in England not long ago to raise a fund sufficient to buy Tarah, with the view of searching the tomb of Tephi and see if the ark could not be found; but of late that work seems to have ceased, either for the want of money or from the decline of evidence that the ark was ever brought to Ireland by Jeremiah.

But whatever became of the ark, can we think for a moment that it was destroyed? For myself, I cannot but believe it will yet be found, brought to light in God's good time, and in this I rest with the utmost confidence.

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Let us now turn to the history of the other eight tribes, still left in Assyria. Again, it may be well to state that these tribes were carried away from Canaan by the divine command and placed in the cities of the Medes on the River Gozan, on the southwest coast of the Caspian Sea, B. C. 720.

Here they became lost to the history of the world, strange as it may seem! Yet this is no less strange than true; for' in all histories, whether ancient or modern, no mention is made of these people by their own appropriate name -- "Israelites." And can anyone doubt that this is only the beginning of the working out of the divine plan by which God's Israel was to be "scattered among all nations" -- to" be sifted as wheat, vet not a kernel should fall to the ground" -- "that Israel should remain many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice," (Hosea 3:4,) but in the end "the house of Israel is to be brought up out of their graves (valley of dry bones), and they shall be brought unto their own land again; then shall ye know that I am the Lord." ( Ezek. 37:1-14.)

It is true, indeed, that historians have made mention of the Scythians, the Saccae, the Kymry, the Goths and Vandals, but who those wild tribes were or where they came from no one seems to have known, having never taken the trouble to inquire into this subject, but now, in these "ends of the world," in this latter day, some have begun hunting up this matter, and now it is found that for these 2,500 years historians have been stumbling over these "boulders" of antiquity, not dreaming that they were of any worth, having been knocked about and kicked aside as of no worth, till at length by this rough treatment one of these cast­off "boulders" is broken, when lo!. a pearl of infinite value!

Yes, now the evidence begins to dawn for the first that these Scythians, etc., are indeed the very Israelites who were carried away by Shahnaneser into Assyria, B. C. 720, and since then one and another have been working this mine of antiquities; and the further they go, the deeper they dig, the richer and more abundant is their reward, for now it is found that "Israel's wanderings" may be traced in all lands whosesoever they have been scattered.

And the wonder now is, why has this never been seen. before? Why has the world been stumbling over this evidence, clear as the noonday, but never seen it before'? The only answer is, "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight." The "veil has been kept on all eyes" until the time for the recovery of Israel drew nigh. And, then, it cannot be all removed at once -- the light would be too great -- just as the advent of' Christ was heralded by many prophetic annunciations, these all becoming clearer and clearer as the day approached; yet when the advent actually took place, who was ready for it?

Even the heralding of the angels and the pointing of the star was not sufficient to open the blind eyes of the haughty scribes and Pharisees. Just so at the present day. The fulfillment of God's promises made to the fathers, we have all been stumbling over so long that many say, "There are no lost tribes of Israel, and hence there are none to be found." And to the history now brought forward of the veritable "Wanderings of Israel," it is said by some of our scribes--D. D's and LL. D's, "It does not appear that any of the great scholars of the world give credence to this history." Yes, that is pretty true; the great mass of them do give no credence to this history. But why?

Simply because they have not examined it. "How can they believe without a preacher?" How can one believe in the truth of a history never read with care? But this my observation has taught me: that I have never yet found the person who, having examined the story of Israel's Wanderings," and tile evidence of the fulfillment of certain prophecies, in the Anglo-Saxon race, has ever yet suggested a doubt even, as to the credibility of tile evidence.

We will, therefore, now turn to the consideration of this evidence. And first, as to the Canaanites and Kelts; in other words, the Gaels and the Gauls. It is known that when Joshua entered the land of Caiman as the leader of Israel, God's commander by special appointment to succeed Moses, his commission charged him to destroy utterly all the inhabitants of Canaan -- yet not suddenly, "lest the wild beasts might overrun the land;" but if' he should fail to do this, those inhabitants not destroyed ultimately would ever in all their dwellings "become thorns in your sides and burrs in your eves." (Joshua, 23:13).

This charge was enforced by repeated injunctions. Hence, in obedience to this command, we find Joshua faithful in executing to the letter, the very spirit of the command, as he as was practicable. But in all cases this could not be done.

For it is now known that when Jericho was destroyed, B. C. 1503, a few of the inhabitants escaped; such great fear had taken possession of all the inhabitants of the land. And these, having ships, fled far away, and made a settlement somewhere on the north shores of the Mediterranean Sea; for at that time there were very few if any inhabitants in Europe, and what few there might have been, dwelt in the extreme eastern part of Europe; all the west being a wilderness, and wholly uninhabited by man. Hence these escapers from Joshua seem to have been the pioneers in the settlement of western Europe.*

* Israel's Wanderings. By Oxonian.

In process of time, Joshua, having conquered the most of Canaan and assigned to the various tribes their lot, Israel began to spread abroad also, seeking for the enlargement of his borders; hence the colony of Dan in the extreme north, near the foot of Lebanon. Dan also being a mariner, "abiding in his ships," pursued his wanderings on the sea in search of new lands; but this he did in company with the Phoenicians, who were those very Canaanites whom Joshua had not destroyed. These, together with Dan and other of his Israelitish brethren, are said to have made settlements in Spain and in France, and even outside the pillars of Hercules.

These settlements, made at first on the coasts, soon began to penetrate into the interior, so that in process of time they reached not only the northern boundary of Spain, but France also was occupied by them wholly, and these were known by the different names -- Gaels, Gauls, and Kelts, this latter name being appropriated by the Israelites and the two former chiefly by the Canaanites.

The final termini of these people, after penetrating through Spain and France, were made, the one in the south of Ireland, ;tie other in England. From these Canaanites came the Gads, the present inhabitants of the south of Ireland, who have ever spoken the Phoenician language, with but sixteen letters in its alphabet; while the Kelts settled in England, which was uninhabited, save by the wild beasts. And here and thus came the original inhabitants of England.

From these came the "Druids," those mighty builders of "Stonehenge" and other like remains believed to have been their temples of worship, where sacrifices were offered, in some instances even human sacrifices, which latter, it is believed, the Israelites adopted from the Phoenicians, for it is a welt-known that that these offered human sacrifices to their gods in Baal worship, and also that other services, most licentious, were enjoined in the Baal ritual, viz., every female was bound to offer herself in prostitution, publicly, before the altar of Baal, as a prerequisite to acceptance of all the rites of Baalism, and other things equally abominable.

How many of these peculiar sacrifices of Baalism were adopted by the Druids is not now certainly known, but it is to be feared they were not entirely innocent. Yet when their whole ritual is examined, it is found, that it seemed to have been copied directly from the Mosaic ritual. The points of resemblance have been specified by several authors, and shown to be numerous, and in several of the more important to be identical.

Let us now refer to the eight tribes left in Assyria, and learn, if possible, what became of them.

In reading Rawlinson's "Seven Great Monarchies," one often stumbles on the names "Scythians, " "Sacae-Suni," "Khumri," etc., but no mention is made as to who they were, save that they were barbarians, coming from the far north, and a very powerful, savage horde. But Rawlinson might, for he certainly had the means, have learned the meaning of every one of these terms -- their origin, and who these wild tribes were, and where they came from. But it seems the time had not yet come for this work to be done. The divine plan was not yet sufficiently developed. But since that time there are now found men who have solved this whole riddle.

The term Scythian is said to be properly written Scuth, and this derived from the Hebrew word Succoth, meaning booths, in which the children of Israel were commanded to dwell during the feast of ingathering, seven days. (See Lev. 23:39-44.)

Sacae-Suni is a Hebrew term, meaning in English The Sons of Isaac -- In Isaac shall thy seed be called." (Gen. 21:12.) Khumri = Beth-Khumri = "The house of Omri," the name applied by the Assyrian inscription to the kingdom of Israel. Cimmerians, made directly from Sammaria. Engel, Ephraim was called an "heifer." (Hosea, 10: 11.) Hence the term Anglo-Saxon in English means the "Ephraim-Issaac people."

With this definition of terms we are now ready to proceed, bearing in mind that the term Scuth is put often for Israelites, and Sacae = Isaac; "Engel," = Ephraim; hence Anglo-Saxons may be translated the "Ephraim-Isaac people."

It has before been stated that the Kingdom of Israel was carried away captive into Assyria by Shalmaneser, B. C. 720, and placed in the cities of the Medes on the River Gozan, on the southwest coast of the Caspian Sea, about eight hundred miles northeast from Jerusalem.

This place they retained as their home for at least one hundred years. But they were by no means silent spectators. Dr. Moore, in his history of this people, has traced them in all their wanderings during the time of their sojourn, in Assyria; so that, if we credit his statements, we have a very readable and most intensely interesting account of what these Israelites did in that first hundred years of their captivity.

First, it is stated that the Scuths wandered off into the country east of the Caspian Sea, where they held unlimited sway, and that from these fastnesses they sallied down upon the Kingdoms of' Media and Persia in triumph wherever they went. Indeed, they are said to have held possession of all the country for a time, all the way from their then home in the north, clear down to the farther India. And B.C. 623 a child was born in India of this very people,* named "Saca-Muni."

* "The Lost Tribes and the Saxons of the East and the West, with new views of Buddhism and Translations of Rock Records in India," by George Moore, M. D.

This child made early manifestations of wonderful mental and moral characteristics; that he early gained supreme ascendancy among his own people; that he taught his people religiously for forty years, and established a system of religion in which was taught the very principles of the "Decalogue."

This system of religion was called Buddhaism, after his own name, which was Buddha; that this system taught a pure monotheism, and also the expectation, or, rather, I should say, "He foretold the future coming of the Lord of the world, who, destroying the serpent, should bring peace, and who should spring from the Sakyan race." "In Isaac shall thy seed be called"!

Further east, amongst that ancient nation the Chinese, and almost contemporaneously with Sakya, Budah, another great reformer, arose, who, it seems to me, must have been of the elect generations. This was Confucius, born B. C. 584, the preacher of a purer religion to China and the denouncer of the vice and immorality of the times -- "to treat others according to the treatment which they themselves would desire at their hands, to guard their secret thoughts; that true renown consists in straightforward and honest sincerity, in the love of justice, in the knowledge of mankind, and in humility. "He advocated the "law of retaliation," so prominent in the Mosaic code; and he is called at the present day "the most holy teacher of ancient times."

Now, into whatever portion of the world these Israelitish wanderers may have penetrated, it is certain that they could not be utterly lost, but that their descendants must still survive, for thus saith the Lord: "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 a grain fall upon the earth." (Amos, 9:9,10.)

From this we may know that absorption is impossible; that God has his eye upon every one of his people Israel, in all their wanderings. "I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you." (Jer. 29:14.) And further, we may consider this most striking fact in connection with Confucius, "that though only a single descendant survived Confucius, the succession has continued through sixty-seven or sixty-eight generations to the present day, in the very district where their great ancestor was born. Various honors and privileges have always distinguished the family. *

What then, is the teaching of these two examples, derived from the works of Israel in ages long ago? The work done by Buddha, B. C. 623, extended over a vast area of country, and became the established religion throughout all India.

And to our great wonder, British Israel today holds under its benign sway more than 200,000,000 of the descendants of Saca-Muni of old!! So wonderful are the providences of God, and so certain are all his promises made to Abraham to be fulfilled!

Man may oppose, and Satan use his deepest machinations to thwart the promises of God, yet He that ruleth over all will laugh at them; He will bring all their counsels to naught, or make them, in the end, to conspire for the accomplishment of the very thing they had purposed to destroy.

After the work of the "wanderers" in India and in China was established, we find these Scuths (for that seems to be the leading tribe) back in Persia pursuing their conquests, until they finally held possession of all the country for twenty years. And Herodotus says, "The Scuths, having invaded Media, were opposed by the Medes, who gave them battle, but being defeated, lost their empire. The Scuths became masters of Asia. Thence they marched against Egypt, conquering wherever they went.

The dominion of the Scuths over Asia lasted twenty-eight years, during which time their insolence and oppression spread ruin on every side; they scoured the country and plundered every one of whatever they could."



Now the time drew near when they were to be led out of Asia; led by that same unseen hand that led their fathers out of Egypt.

We quote from the Apocrypha: "And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude unto him; those are the ten tribes which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea, the king, whom Shalmaneser, the King of Assyria, led away captive; and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land.

But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt, that they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land. And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow passages of the river; for tile Most High then showed signs for them, and held still the flood till they were passed over. For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half; and the same region is called Arsareth. Then dwelt they there till the latter time," (II Esdras, 13:39-48): that is until the age of the Messiah.

In addition to this, we have the testimony of Herodotus (Israel's Wanderings," by 0xonian, pp. 50, 51.) Herodotus, in his histories, confirms the account given by Esdras in every particular. And this Herodotus, who is he? Oxonlan makes it appear that he was himself an Israelite of the tribe of Dan. (Israel's Wanderings," p. 50, note.)

In the quotation from Esdras, the account of the captivity of ten-tribed Israel is identical with that in II Kings, 17; so that we have here the testimony of three witnesses of the captivity of Israel into Assyria, of their sojourn there, and of their removal thence. Of this removal, Herodotus and Esdras use almost the same language in rehearsing the events. But we now have yet more confirmatory evidence of the removal of Israel from Assyria to the "land uninhabited by man," a year and a half's journey distant. Oxonian, in his history, has given maps in which is traced the line of the wanderings of Israel in all their journey, from their leaving the cities of the Medes on the River Gozan, and on the southwest coast of the Caspian Sea, till they reached the end of their journey at Arsareth.

On these maps, which give the true geographical position of all the lands through which Israel passed, their road is marked by dotted line, thus: ........ This line leads first from their starting-point to the crossing of the Euphrates, high up in the mountains, the only pass known in that region, which course is northwesterly. Here, Esdras says, "God kept back the waters till Israel had passed over!" Is this any more wonderful than the crossing of the Jordan on dry ground by the same Israel under the guidance of the same divine power? If we believe the one, why not the other? Or if we reject the one, why not the other also?

After crossing the Euphrates, their course is north and north­east, then west to the Black Sea; thence in a northwesterly course, following the windings of the shores, till the Crimea is reached and passed through; then on in the same general course to Arsareth, which on an old map is discovered to be on the northwest coast of the Black Sea. Here at length Israel pitched their camp, after the journeying of a year and a half, a distance of' 1,500 miles in a direct line.

The exact date of' this removal is not yet known, but from the best data now in the possession of historians, it would seem that the settlement of Israel on the northwest coast of the Black Sea must have been at least 500 years B. C. (And here let it be borne in mind, Esdras says this was a "country uninhabited by man" -- clearly teaching that Europe, at least that part of Europe, had never been occupied by human beings.)

Let us now learn, if we can, something of what transpired during their occupancy of' this land. As to the area of this country, it is said by Oxonlan to be bounded on the east by the River Don (nee Dan), on the south by the Black Sea and the River Danube, on the west by the upper waters of the Vistula, by the Carpathian mountains, and the lower course of the River Sereth, to its mouth on the Danube.

The north side was bounded by a low range of hills, parallel to the coast of the Sea of Azov and the Baltic Sea, and extending nearly to the Baltic; a country about 500 miles square, giving an area of 250,000 square miles. And this is now known to be the most fruitful country in Europe; and in this fruitful country these Israelites sojourned at least 500 years -- probably more. But, it seems, they never regarded this as their home; they were still seeking a place of rest, from which they would be no more removed till their final removal back to the land of their captivity; for they still had the impression, (by what means so ever obtained,) that their removal from Canaan and "being scattered among all the nations" was not to last forever; although they had no knowledge of the prediction uttered by Isaiah, that they were to be planted in the isles of the sea. (Isaiah 41:1, etc.; Zechariah 2:6-13.)

For this prophecy was not given till after the captivity in Assyria. But while the old men and women and children remained at home with their flocks and herds, and to till the soil whence they obtained food and raiment, the men of war --such as were able to bear arms -- many of them were found making their way into the different parts of Europe, still seeking a place to settle which they might call home. But this place was never found, until they had reached the "Isles of the West." But we shall find much to instruct and interest us in the wanderings of these tribes during this long time of habitation on the northwest coast of the Black Sea. During this period of 500 years or more, these Scuths had some twelve or thirteen battles with Rome. (There are tombstones now in the museum at St. Petersburg, which were discovered in the Crimea, and which leave no doubt on this subject. The dates on these stones are given, and the inscriptions are as follows: (1) "This is the tombstone of Buki, the son of Izchak, the priest. May his rest be in Eden at the time of the salvation of Israel. In the year 702 of our exile." (2) "Rabbi Moses Levi, died in the year 726 of our exile." (3) "Zadok the Levite, son of Moses, died 4000 after the creation, 785 of our exile." Could there be a more striking coincidence than that afforded by the evidence of these tombstones, three in number?)

Something of agriculture we will look at first. It is stated by Herodotus that "about 438 B. C., the Scuths extended their dominion to the eastern side of the Kimmeria,1 Bosphorus, or Straits of Yenckaleh. This territory they held till 304 B.C. From 393 B. C. to 353 B. C., the Seuthic corn trade rose to an unprecedented height. The ordinary trade with Athens was 600,000 bushels, and on one occasion as much as 3,150,000 bushels were shipped for the same place from one port in the Crimea.

In their many battles with Rome, the first is said to have occurred B. C. 113. The Scuths (Elsewhere called the Kimmerians. The Kimbri is the more proper name.) are said to have wandered south till they met the Roman consul, Cn. Papirius Carbo, who on receiving the envoys of the Kimbri sent them off in a false direction, and himself went with his army and attacked these Kimbri, who were wholly unprepared for battle. "But they resisted boldly, and at length the betrayed defeated the betrayer."

Carbo lost many of his men. He would have lost his whole army but for a sudden thunder storm, which shrouded the heavens in darkness and separated the forces. The Roman army was routed and dispersed. "That storm," says Mommsen, (Israel's Wanderings," p. 79.) "alone prevented the complete annihilation of the Roman army." The Kimbri might have immediately advanced on Rome, but they were held back by the same superintending hand that had led Israel in all its wanderings hitherto. "The Fourth Empire was not yet ripe for its final doom."

Oxonian states that three years elapsed before we hear of these Kimbri again. At this time they came into Roman territory in southern Gaul, and requested the Romans to assign them land, whereon they might settle peaceably; but this request was contemptuously rejected, and the Roman general, M. Junius Silanus, attacked them, but he was utterly defeated, and the Roman camp was taken.' ( Israel's Wanderings," p. 80.) Thus a second time had "the remnants of Jacob gone through, trodden down, and torn in pieces, and there was none to deliver." (Micah, 5:8.)

But again they were kept back following up their victory. These battles, commonly ascribed to the "Goths and Vandals," together with many more by the same people, are now known to have been fought by the Anglo-Saxons, then called Scuths, Kimbri, Sacra, and Engel all of which names are appropriated solely by the "Lost ]Tribes of Israel." And it is especially remarkable, that in all these twelve or thirteen battles, Israel was triumphant in all save one, which was said to have been a "drawn battle," "the time of Rome's utter fall having not yet come." It is not necessary, therefore, to recite the history of these many battles, which Oxonian has done (Israel's Wandering," p. 65, ch. VIII, and ch. X, p.77,also ch. X[, p. 84.) having gathered them up from the many histories of Rome in her decline, but especially from Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."

In reviewing this subject I cannot refrain from giving a brief account of a battle of these very Israelites, called by the Romans the "Cherusi." The scene of this battle was between the headwaters of the Ems and Weser, and called Saltus Teutobergiensis. This battle has been narrated by Sir E. Creasy, "as one of the decisive battles of the world." The leaders in this battle, A. D. 9, were Quintilius Varus, of the Roman legions, and Arminius, the leader of the Cherusi (the Israelites.) This battle, which lasted two days, was so fatal to the Romans that the tidings of it filled all Rome with an agony of terror, and Caesar Augustus was so alarmed that he often beat his head against the wall and exclaimed, "Qaintilius Varius, give me back my legions." The blow struck by Arminius was never forgotten.

In remarking upon this battle the historian says' "Had Arminius been supine or unsuccessful, our Germanic ancestors would have been enslaved or exterminated, in their original seats along the Eyder and the Elbe; this island would never have borne the name of England, and we, this great English nation, whose rule and language are now overrunning the earth from one end of it to the other, would have been utterly cut off from existence."

Thus, once more are we able to lift the veil which covers those dark ages of tile world's history, and we see the "remnant of Jacob," which Jehovah had promised "should be a nation before Him forever;" again, with irresistible force and with lasting result, "treading down and tearing in pieces" the Roman, or fourth kingdom of Daniel. "There was none to deliver;" no Roman general ever avenged the destruction of the legion of Varus.

The emigration of these Israelites from their home in the northwest of the Black Sea, is not definitely known as to the time, but it was sometime as late as A. D., the first or second century,. But the track of the migration is followed till they reached the Baltic, when some, a few of the wanderers, took ship and sailed away to Dan, in Denmark; while the main body settleded in Germany, a place now called Saxony; a name now known to be the exact synonym of Saca-Suni, the old original name borne by these tribes while yet in Assyria. The whole history of' these Israelites, for the long period of their sojourn in their temporary home, is given by Oxonlan, in "Israel's Wanderings."



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The Anglo-Saxons -- Who they are -- Sharon Turnet's history of them -- Their emigration to England -- The Octarthy -- Egbert crowned the first king of England, A. D 800 -- The incursion of the Danes -- And last, William the Conqueror, 1066, who is found to be the leader of Benjamin -- Himself a Benjamite -- How Benjamin escaped from Jerusalem and wandered to Denmark, thence to France -- The ten tribes now all in the isles of the sea; yet all ignorant of their own identity.

The Anglo-Saxons -- Who they are

The period of residence of these Israelites in Germany (now called Anglo-Saxons) is not definitely known, but can be inferred from tile time of the ingress into England, A. D. 446. Here we now reach the historic grounds thoroughly traveled over. All the histories of England, whether written by Hume, Macaulay, Knight, Green or any other, are pretty nearly unanimous in assigning the date about the middle of the fifth century of the Christian era; ( The exact dates as given by Oxonian: The first invasion was A.D. 449,the last about 590. During this period eight little kingdoms were established in England, called the "Ochtarehy.") but who these Anglo-Saxons were, no one seems to have known. On this topic all these historians are silent, and, indeed, the inquiry seems never to have been instituted as to the origin of these people until the very close of A. D. 1799, when it is said the question arose in England, Who are the Anglo-Saxons? Who were their ancestors? Where did they come from?

Sharon Turnet's history of them -- Their emigration to England

In the investigation of this subject one Sharon Turner took the lead, and in the history which he finally gives we find he began by tracing them back, step by step, till he landed them in "the cities of the Medes on the River Gozan," where he left them; the very place to which Israel was carried captive by Shalnmneser, B. C. 720, and this he did, not dreaming that these Anglo-Saxons had anything to do with "the lost tribes of Israel" He builded better than he knew.
But during the present century, and indeed within these last few years, the attention of different men has been called to the investigation of this subject, and it is now found that the Anglo-Saxons are indeed the very Israelites, whose capital was Samaria, and after being besieged by the king of Assyria for three years, was destroyed and all carried captive to Assyria.

The Octarthy -- Egbert crowned the first king of England, A. D 800

The Anglo-Saxons, being now established in England under the name of the "Ochtarchy," they seem to have quietly maintained this form of government until A. D. 800, when these eight little kingdoms were all consolidated into one, and the crown put upon Egbert's head. This, then, seems to have been the beginning of the government of Great Britain in its present form.
The incursion of the Danes

Not long after this the piratical northmen came up from Norway and Denmark. These Danes (Danites) began tearing around -- robbing and plundering wherever they went, so that there was little no peace in England until A. D. 1066, when William tile Conquer came over from Normandy with his army, and, at the Battle of Hastings, subdued the whole and put tile crown on his own head!

And last, William the Conqueror
1066, who is found to be the leader of Benjamin
Himself a Benjamite

But who was this William? and whence came he? It is declared by the best authority that William was none other than the leader of the tribe of Benjamin! The very Benjamin lent to Judah for a time, according to I Kings, 11:9-13. And hence we find that Benjamin was given to Judah, and remained in that kingdom -- did not go off with the ten tribes under Jeroboam, but continued with ,Judah till the Babyloniah captivity, went to Babylon, returned to ,Jerusalem at the end of seventy years, and remained, i. e., a portion of the tribe, till the destruction of Jerusalem under Titus, the Roman general, A. D. 70.

How Benjamin escaped from Jerusalem
and wandered to Denmark, thence to France

At that time it is said that all this remnant of Benjamin escaped from Jerusalem, and fled to the north to find their brethren of "ten-tribed Israel" (Jer. 6:1, ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem." Also, Eusebius's "Historia Ecclesia," Blook IIIi, 5: 2. Also, Josephus's "Wars of the .Jews," II, 19: 7. The word rendered, "contrary to all expectation," is "tarasogoata." This word may also mean: "Without any show of reason.")

That this was the remnant only of Benjamin, will appear when it is called to mind that Paul said, "I am all Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin." (Rom. 2: 1.) From this and from other things it is evident that some of the Benjamites had before the coming of Christ left Judah, and had already found their way north to their brethren, some of whom were known to be at this time in the region of Tarsus, where Paul was born, and whither this remnant of Benjamin fled to join themselves to their own proper kingdom; for Benjamin was loaned to Judah for a time only, at the end of which Benjamin was led away back to Israel by the same unseen hand that has led Israel in all his wanderings.

Then it is found that Benjamin was led through Asia Minor over into Europe; thence north across the Danube, and on till he found Dan in Denmark. From here he migrated south through Holland and Belgium, and finally established himself in France, building one of' the most magnificent kingdoms then existing in Europe, called Normandy (Northmen.)

Oxonian says: "There were also representatives of Benjamin spread over the whole length and breadth of Asia Minor, and it is not too much to say that the Apostolic churches were mainly the fruit of the reception of the truth by Benjamin and of the work of Paul, himself an Israelite, of the tribe of Benjamin."

From this it seems evident that the Asiatic Christians of the first two centuries were mainly of the tribe of Benjamin; one section of them, the Galatians, being as already shown, Israelites of the remnant which escaped.

But how did Benjamin and these Galatian Israelites join their brethren in the "Isles of the West?"

In the year A. D. 267, as we are told by Prof. Max Muller, (Lectures on the Science of Language. Series 1, p. 188.) "the Goths made a raid from Europe to Asia, Galatia, and Cappadocia, and the Christian captives whom they carried back to the Danube were they who spread the light of the Gospel among the Goths."

This short sentence carries Benjamin half-way to Britain. And from here it is not difficult to find how they might have made their way through to Britain.

As a further illustration of Benjamin, let us listen to the words of Lord Macaulay: "The Normans were then the foremost race of Christendom. Their valor and ferocity had made them conspicuous among the rovers whom Scandinavia had sent forth to ravage western Europe.

Their sails were long the terror of both coasts of the channel. Their arms were repeatedly carried far into the heart of the Carlovingian empire, and were victorious under the walls of Maestrieht and Paris. At length one of the feeble heirs of Charlemagne ceded to the strangers a fertile province -- (Normandy). Without laying aside the dauntless valor which had been the terror of every land from the Elbe to the Pyrenees, the Normans rapidly acquired all, and more than all, the knowledge and refinement which they found in the country where they settled.

That chivalrous spirit which has exercised so powerful an influence on the politics, morals and manners of all the European nations, was found in the high­est exaltation among the Norman nobles. But their chief fame was derived from their military exploits. Every country, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Dead Sea, witnessed the prodigies of their discipline and valor. One Norman knight, at the head of a handful of warriors, scattered the Celts of Connaught. Another founded the monarchy of the two Sicilies, and saw the Emperors both of the East and of the West fly before his arms."

What now can be conceived as a more perfect fulfillment of Jacob's prediction? Gen. 49:27, "Benjamin shall raven as a wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil."

The ten tribes now all in the isles of the sea;
yet all ignorant of their own identity.

Here, then, we have, since Benjamin has arrived, eleven tribes of "the Kingdom of Israel," Benjamin being the eleventh in number. But there is no evidence that any one of this vast number has the remotest idea of his own identity. History does not furnish a single ray of evidence that the least surmise existed in the mind of any one of these eleven tribes that they were indeed descended from Israel of old.

They had now been lost, not only to themselves, but to the history of the world also, for many long centuries. As in Hosea, 9:17, "My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations." Also Hosea, 3 4: "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without a teraphim," thus utterly obliterating all knowledge of their nationality, their language, their religious institutions--everything of their tribal relations, etc.-- so that no one dreamed even who he might be.

How then shall it be known who is who? I answer, to man this is not known, but to God alone; for shall not He who said, "I will sift the house of Israel (not Judah) among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve; vet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth," (Amos, 9:9); shall not He who has said, "There is not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Heavenly Father, and the very hairs of your head are all numbered," shall not He have care of his people Israel. of whom He has said, "I will never leave nor forsake thee" and "I have loved thee with an everlasting love"?

Can He forget so that He shall not know the tribal name of every one of these long-lost Israelites? He must be an atheist who doubts this. Indeed, we must give up all knowledge of God and of everything else, if we doubt this great truth! But, alas! it is nevertheless too true that we have all been so nearly practical atheists that we have lived, indeed, have been taught to believe that at the beginning God wound up the machinery of the universe and then retired, to let the whole develop itself as chance might seem to direct.

What can this be but practical atheism? But Christ taught us that every -- the most minutest -- thing does not escape the continual present sustaining care of our Heavenly Father. Here is rock. Here is a foundation on which one can build, and on this foundation alone can safety be found.

Here then, Israel has been gathered, according to Isa. 41:1, "Keep silence before me, O Islands, and let the people renew their strength. And here in these islands, this Anglo-Saxon people have grown and "renewed their strength," in all unwonted manner.

Here have they spread abroad, on the east and on the west, on the north and on the south, till their land became too strait for them; till at length the cry is heard, "Give place to us where we may dwell." Then are colonies planted in the deserts, which soon blossom as the rose. And "the waste places of the earth" are now being peopled by this very Israel, and her colonies are found in all hinds and in the islands of the seas, till now the promise to Abraham is indeed fulfilled, Gen. 12:2: "I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great. Again, I will set thee high above all the nations of the earth; thou shalt be the head and not the tail." (Deut. 28:13.)

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The Anglo-Saxons. 1. Their government. 2. Population. 3. Wealth. 4. Political influence. 5. Money lent to many, but never borrow.

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What now are the facts respecting tile Anglo-Saxon peoples? First, respecting the government of Great Britain? It is asserted by the Hon.W. B. Dalley, attorney general of Sidney.(Banner of Israel, p. 498, A. D. l885) that "Our British Empire at this moment embraces more than one-sixth part of all the land of the earth, and comprehends nearly one-fourth part of its population; and of this population 50,000,000 are of Anglo-Saxon descent. Its area is 9,000,000 square miles. Its population 313,000,000 of persons. Its annual revenues are £205,000,000, and its exports and imports are £1,060,000,000 per annum. Its armed forces, including militia, are more than 1,500,000 and its navy consists of 60,000 men. The United States of America have an area of 3,602,990 square miles, with a population of 55,000,000, a revenue of £73,000,000 per annum, of which £30,321,630 are surplus.

She has an annual trade of £292,000,000, of which fully one-half is carried on with the British Empire. She has an army of regular soldiers and organized militia of 150,000, and a navy of 8,250 men. She holds a fifteenth of the land of the earth, and almost a twenty-third of its population. Unite these stupendous forces, and you will have an area of 12,600,000 square miles; a population of 368,000,000 persons; revenues amounting to £278,000,000; a trade of £1,352,000,000 a year; armies, 1,700,000, and navies of 68,000 men. You will have a fourth of the globe, and more than a fourth of the human race. You will have 100,000,000 men of Anglo-Saxon descent, and you will have 42,000,000 men capable of bearing arms."

Now this testimony, let it be borne in mind, is given by a witness most competent, and yet who had no knowledge of the "identity of the Anglo-Saxons with the lost ten tribes of Israel." In addition to this may be stated the fact, that the political influence of England is universally conceded to be "high above all the nations--at the head and not at the tail."

Again, it was promised to Israel to become the richest of all nations. Deut. 15:6: "Thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow ;" and "thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee." These promises are both fulfilled absolutely today. England's rule does now extend over more than sixty different nationalities, but no nation has ever ruled over England; and as the divine promise is sure, we may rest satisfied that it will forever remain true.

England can never be ruled over by another nation. God alone rules over England and the whole Anglo-Saxon race -- because they are Israel, to whom these promises of universal dominion were made.

Again, the wealth of the Anglo-Saxoc race. The actual wealth of England, as estimated in dollars and cents, is now $44,000,000,000, and that of the United States, $41,000,000,000. And England fulfills the promise of lending and borrowing literally. It is stated by the highest authority, that England has loaned out to "many nations" already more than $9,000,000,000, and that she does indeed "borrow from none." Where else can be found a nation of which this can be said? The history of the world affords no case comparable at all with England as to wealth, and as to the lending and borrowing of money.

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The possession of the gates of his enemy -- England now holds the gates of the world, save at Constantinople -- Israel without a king -- Scattered among all nations -- Ignorant of their ancestry -- Called by another name -- Offspring of Abraham innumerable -- As a lion among the beasts of tile earth -- Gathered from all nations, where they had been scattered -- Gathered from the islands of the sea on the north -- Joseph pushing the people to the ends of the earth -- The seed of Abraham a blessing to all nations, how? --

1. Politically.

2. Religiously -- Her missionaries -- The Bible -- Its translation, by whom made.

The possession of the gates of his enemy

It was predicted that "Israel should possess the gates of his enemy." (See Genesis 22:17.) By the term "gate," Cruden says: "Is the entrance into a house or city." What gates then does England hold as it respects the nations of the world?

1. England holds the gate to the continent of Europe, as she holds supreme control of the English channel.

2. Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria, and Cypress.

3. Suez, Aden.

4. Every gate on the south coast of Asia.

5. The gates to all the principal islands of the seas, and the only gate of any importance, not now ill the possession of England, is Constantinople, and this, it is believed, is to be certainly given into the possession of England. Thus this promise is actually fulfilled on England, and this becomes another evidence that England is indeed Israel. (It is said by high authority that England is not the proper term by which to designate the government of that nation embraced in the islands of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Ehgland is properly appropriated to one country, the same as Scotland, etc. But the term given to these four countries combined is "Great Britain," and to the government is The British Government.)

Israel without a king

2. Again, Israel should remain long without a king. (Hosea 3: 4.) "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king." The children of Israel did live without a king from the time of their captivity into Assyria, B. C. 721, until the settlement of the Anglo-Saxons in England, and the crowning of Egbert, A. D. 800, a period of 1521 years. Here it may be asked, what other nation or people in the world can claim this prediction as being fulfilled on themselves?

Scattered among all nations

3. Again, My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto Him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations." (Hosea 9: 17.) This prediction was uttered against the "ten-tribed Israel" And nothing is more certain than the casting away of Israel, when they were carried captive by Shalmaneser, and placed in the cities of the Medes on the River Gozan. Here they made this their place of sojourn, for at least a hundred years; during which time we have traced their wanderings among all the then existing nations of Asia.

On leaving' Asia they "wandered" off to a land "uninhabited by man," a journey of a year and a half, to Arsareth, on the northwest coast of the Black Sea, which they made as their temporary home, until they should find a permanent abiding-place. Here they remained several centuries, wandering, in the meantime, among all the nations of Europe, but finding no resting-place, which ~hey might call home.

Next their move was over into Germany, where they pitched their tents, and made their home for a time in Saxony. Here they remained for a while without much wandering, seemingly that they might recruit their number, and their means as well, for their final migration into the isles of the sea, A. D. 449 to 570, where they might settle and be "wanderers among the nations" no more forever.

What have we now found as to the fulfillment of prophecy? I ask, is it possible to conceive of a more complete and literal fulfillment of prophecy than is here presented? And can any sane man ask for stronger evidence than is here given, that the Anglo-Saxon race are indeed the identical descendants of the lost ten tribes of Israel? Or can anyone point to any part of this evidence that could be made more clear and self-evident?

Ignorant of their ancestry

4. Ignorance of their ancestry. "Israel shall remain many days without a king, and without a prince, . . . and without an image, and without an ephod,

and without a teraphim." (Hosea, 3:4.) This prediction, it seems to me, must imply the utter extinction of all knowledge of their religious institutions, of their tribal relations, their language, and of their ancestry also; for', having lived 1,500 years without these institutions, how could it be otherwise?

Called by another name

5. Israel, called by another name. (Isa. 65:15.) "And he shall call his servants by another name." This prediction has been literally fulfilled. The ten-tribed Israelites lost their name immediately after their captivity, being no longer called Israel, but Scuths, Sacae, Kunnri, Cimmerians, etc., and have retained these different appellations until they were all combined into the name "Anglo-Saxon," by which name they are known today, the world over.

Yet the world at large has no knowledge of the origin of the Anglo-Saxons. Indeed, but few of this very people have only now learned their own name as being Israelites, the identical descendants of the ten tribes of Israel!

Offspring of Abraham innumerable

6. The offspring of Abraham innumerable. "I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore." (Gen. 22:17.)

This promise has been interpreted by some as referring to the spiritual seed of Abraham, which is Christ. But the context shows no such allusion, for the whole scene has reference to the veritable land of Canaan, and to the fact of Abraham having not withheld his only son, on whom the promise rested. Now the promise is renewed and specified, that Abraham's literal seed shall become like the stars and like the sands, innumerable, and that this very seed should possess the gate of his enemies. This is certainly material, and not spiritual.

Now as to the present number of the descendants of Abraham, the exact census has probably not been taken. But enough is known to state that their number is more than one hundred millions of people, and that this race is increasing today faster than any other people on the face of the globe. Thus it is shown, the fulfillment of this promise to Abraham is now being actually accomplished. But the end is not yet; for the promise was not limited as to the time of its fulfillment.

As a lion among the beasts of the earth

7. "The remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, ill 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." (Micah 5: 8.)

This is a very remarkable prediction. It is remarkable ill all its specifications:

(a) As to the principal agent in the work, "the remnant of Jacob;"

(b) next, the people specified, viz., the Gentiles in the midst of many people;

(c) the likeness of this remnant = as a lion and his works.

Now, in searching the world over, none can be found to whom this prediction can apply save the Anglo-Saxons alone, for they and they only have been among the Gentiles in the midst of many people, "as a lion among the beasts of the forests."

During the time of their sojourn in Asia they were literally "among the Gentiles," for all these nations had that name -- they were nations outside of Israel. And these "Gentiles" were truly in the midst of many people -- this part of Asia being then the most densely populated of all the world. And the history of the Scuths shows that they were triumphant wherever they went. ravaging wherever they went. And after these Scuths (i. e., Anglo-Saxons) came into Europe, their entire course was indeed "like that of a lion among the beasts," and "a young lion among the flocks of sheep." And this for more than five hundred years, until they became settled in Germany. Their many battles with Rome -- were they not all of this character? Did they not destroy the Roman army time and again? Did they not sack Rome itself, laying it utterly waste?

And this too, all alone "among the Gentiles," and "in the midst of many people"? What more perfect fulfillment can be conceived, of the prophecy, than is here shown in the wanderings of Israel, in Asia, and in Europe also.

Gathered from all nations, where they had been scattered

8. Israel found among all nations. (Lev. 26:33, and Deut. 4:27, Amos, 9:9.)
All of these passages declare the same thing, viz.: "The Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you." And Jer. 29:14: "I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive."

These passages all have the same voice. The two former threaten the certain banishment among all nations, if they reject the commands of God; the others declare the certainty of their being gathered from all the nations whither they had been driven by God himself.

Now, that Israel has been thus scattered and banished among all nations, no one can doubt who has any knowledge of "Israel's wanderings;" nor can anyone doubt that God has now set himself to the 'total accomplishment of his promise -- to gather His people from all places among the nations of the world, whither he had driven them; the gathering the Israelites of the ten tribes out of all nations, where they have wandered, and thus bringing all into the isles of the west and planting them in those islands where they have grown to become the mightiest nation in the world, "high above all nations, at the head and not at the tail," is evidence of the fulfillment of these prophecies, and that the Anglo-Saxons are indeed the very descendants of the ten tribes who were carried captive into Assyria, and these were certainly "the seed of Abraham."

Gathered from the islands of the sea on the north

9. Zech. 2:6 "Ho! ho! come forth and flee from the land of the north saith the Lord' for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of heaven, saith the Lord."

This passage shows that God's people, Israel, would be dwelling at some future time in a north country, north from Palestine, and in islands. The prophet, Zechariah, spake those words, B. C. 519, at the very time of Darius's decree to return from Babylon. This prophecy could not refer, therefore, to Judah, who was in Babylon, for that country was directly east from Palestine, thus furnishing another collateral proof that this people in the north country were Israel, and not Judah. But. Israel has been proved over and over again to be now the Anglo-Saxons dwelling in the Isles of the North.

Joseph pushing the people to the ends of the earth

10. Deut. 33:17: "The firstling of his bullock, majesty is his and his horns are the horns of the wild ox, with them he shall push the peoples, all of them, even the ends of the earth." (Rev. version.) "They are the ten thousands of Ephraim. And they are the thousands of Manasseh."

This passage is a portion of the blessing which Jacob pronounced concerning Joseph. In the former part of the blessing Jacob says, "Joseph is a fruitful bough; a fruitful bough by a fountain. His branches run over the wall," teaching plainly that Joseph was to extend his sway far beyond any others of his brethren; that in all things pertaining to earth he was to have the preeminence. And then he comes to the matter of his conflicts with the peoples of the earth, all of them; that he should push them, so as to overcome in all places, even to "the ends of the earth." Now this is found to have been fulfilled up to the present time to the very letter. In "Israel's wanderings" throughout Asia it has been shown that in all conflicts with the nations they were always triumphant; but the prophets everywhere indicate Joseph as the leader of the hosts of Israel. Then, when Israel enters Europe it is still Joseph who is the captain of the Lord's host.

Here, also, he is always conqueror, never defeated. And after they have become settled in the isles of the sea, these Anglo-Saxons, i. e., Joseph-Isaac, spread out on all sides, colonizing in America and in the islands of the seas, "pushing the people, all of them, even the ends of the earth." How emphatically true is this of the aborigines of America everywhere. They have been pushed by Joseph, as by the horns of the wild ox, until they can go no further, both in the United States and in Canada also. And this is all done by "the ten thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh"!

Now is it possible to conceive of a more perfect fulfillment of the promise made to Joseph than we have presented here in the history of the Anglo-Saxons? If so, let it be made known.

The seed of Abraham a blessing to all nations, how?

11. The blessing promised to Abraham, "In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 12:3, and 18:18, and 22:18.) It is well to note the thrice-repeated (Whoever examines the passages referred to will find the promises thus repeated.) assurance of this promise, and the nature of this promise. It is not a promise of anything special to Abraham, either spiritual or temporal; but the thrice-repeated promise is of good to others -- even all the families of the earth, and this through the veritable seed -- the descendants by birth of Abraham.

What then are we authorized to look for as the fulfillment of this promise?

In the first place, as this is a promise made by God himself, the promise must embrace the highest welfare of the nations of the world, and this highest welfare must embrace the greatest blessings, both spiritual and temporal.

By temporal blessings is meant a national government based on the divine law, which may be called "civil or political liberty."

And a spiritual blessing must embrace all of the revelation made to man in the Bible for his highest good -- which may be termed "religious liberty." These two terms, as I think, embrace everything of good relating to man here on earth. Our first inquiry, therefore, shall be:

1. Politically.

First, of Civil or Political Liberty. By this phrase is meant a constitutional qovernment based on the divine law. But where shall we look for such a government? There can be but one answer to this question. The only constitution in this world, based on the divine law, was originated in England, by the Anglo-Saxons, who are the very descendants -- the seed -- of Abraham.This statement needs no illustration, for the history of the world shows this, if it shows anything, to be true.

What, then, is the effect of this constitution? Webster declared, thirty years ago and more, that England has under the benign reign of her constitution the highest degree of prosperity ever attained by any nation on the face of the earth. In her domestic relations, in her civil affairs, and in her political affairs, she stands preeminently higher than all other nations of the world. And what was true forty years ago is still more conspicuously true at the present day. Hence the fact that England is confessedly "high above all the nations of the world" in wealth, in military -- but especially in naval power -- in educational, and, indeed, in everything that constitutes national prosperity. Further, this constitution is universal in its sway over all the colonies of Great Britain -- all English-speaking nationalities. All of these show in an equally high degree the great blessings of political liberty, equal, I say, to that enjoyed by the mother country.

But the influence of this divinely-founded constitution stops not here. In all the governments of Europe, there is not one which does not feel the healthful influence of the constitution of Great Britain. All, even the most monarchical of them, are incorporating the principles of a constitutional government such as England has; and, indeed, it is said there is not a nation in the world but that feels the benign influence of the political institutions of Great Britain.

As another evidence of the wonderful prosperity of England, may be mentioned this fact that the Republic of Uruguay, in South America, has recently borrowed $59,000,000 from an English syndicate for the purpose of internal improvements. A part of' this money is to be expended in improving the harbor of Buenos Ayres, but the principal part in the construction of railroads. This item of $59,000,000 is secured by giving to England bonds to run thirty years, paying six per cent. interest. So this is another of the many loans made by England within the last few years, to be added to her already $9,800,000,000 which is now loaned to many nations, while she borrows from none.

In like manner the United States are reported to have attained a degree of eminence, unparalleled in the history of the world. And this because of the constitution she adopted, at her birth, viz.' "A constitution, based on the Devine Law," "Political Liberty."

Religiously -- Her missionaries

2. Let us next consider the "spiritual blessings." This blessing embraces everything of good, as has heretofore been stated, contained in the Bible. In the illustration of this subject, it is necessary to inquire what this Anglo-Saxon people have done and are still doing for the accomplishment of' this object.

The whole Christian world has been classed under three heads, viz.' The Greek Church, the Roman Church, and "the Protestant Church". In this last division are embraced the Anglo-Saxons, i.e., the English-speaking peoples; all Protestants. What, then, have these done toward fulfilling the promise of blessing the world spiritually? ( It should ever be borne in mind that the blessing promised to all nations, was to come through (by means of) Abraham's literal seed -- the natural descendants of Abraham.)

To say nothing of what the Greek and the Roman churches may or may not have done, the Protestants have manifested, during this present century, a desire to execute the charge given by Christ to his disciples, "to preach the gospel to all nations," such as has never before been witnessed. Early in this century, a society was formed in England, called the "Church Missionary Society," the object of which was to send missionaries to lands where the gospel was not known. Soon this was followed by the "British and Foreign Bible Society," whose object was the printing and publishing Bibles.

These societies soon began to be felt in their influence abroad, when other societies were organized in the United States and at home; and in England these societies were multiplied to such a degree, especially the "Missionary Societies," that one society was formed after another, until now these societies are numbered only by the number of different denominations of Christians, both in England and in the United States, and also in all the English colonies. And the number of missionaries has increased in like manner, until they are counted not by the hundreds only, but by the thousands even are they numbered, so that they penetrate all hinds, the extreme corners of the earth, and the islands of the sea, and in all the wide ocean. But how do these missionaries go, and what is their mission: Not as the Jesuits, who go with a shut Bible, teaching' Mariology, but these go with an open Bible, proclaiming Christ with a loud voice, and at the same time beginning to teach the English language, so that it is now known, if the reports of these same missionaries are to be believed, that in every nation and in every, principal tribe, among where these missionaries have gone, in the whole habitable world, the English language is now being taught. Thus fulfilling the prophecy of Zeph. 3:9, "For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one consent." How wondrous are the ways of' God! "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasures."

The Bible -- Its translation, by whom made

But what further about this Bible which is now heralded among all nations? This blessed volume is now found to have been translated into all the principal languages of the world -- some say two hundred and fifty, others say more. But who has done it? By whom has this mighty work been accomplished? Has France done it? France may have made a translation from the original scriptures into her own language, But has she ever translated this Bible into amy other language? Spain! what has she done? Spain may have translated it into her own language -- may have -- but what more? Italy-- Rome, what has she done'? Rome has indeed, translated the Latin language! But; has she done anything more? Who can tell? So of all the Greek and Roman nations. (By Greek and. Roman nations is meant those nations held by the Greek and Roman Churches.) Is there one that has attempted even to translate the Bible into some foreign language?

The question therefore is still unanswered. Who has done this mighty work? I answer: The Anglo-Saxon race. And they alone have translated this revelation of God to man into every principal language of the known world.. And not this only. They have printed this Bible in every one of these translations thus made, and sent by their missionaries these same Bibles into all lands. Then in England and in America this Bible is published in the English language millions upon millions every year; and by their colporteurs these Bibles are sent abroad, so that every family speaking the English language may have a Bible in their house, to read under their own "vine and fig tree," with none to molest or make afraid.

Now it may be asked here, Is this, or is it not, fulfilling the promise to Abraham -- "In thee and thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed"? Is there any further or other blessing conceivable contained within the lids of the Bible, blessing for mankind, that is not found in this promise to Abraham? And is it possible to conceive of any other fulfillment of this promise than that delineated above? I wait for a reply. (Here also, let it be borne in mind, that Christ is the crowning glory of all these blessings, both spiritual and temporal. Through Him comes the vivifying power, making in all cases the blessings effectual.)

Now is it just, or wise, or common-sensical even, when a prophecy received in all ages by the Church of God as divine, when this prophecy shall have been shown to have its literal fulfillment, is it wise to hesitate about receiving this fulfillment, especially where it is not possible to conceive of any other mode in which the fulfillment of this divine promise can be made manifest?

Concerning unfulfilled prophecies, we may well hold ourselves in doubt, for no man knows either the time or the manner of fulfillment of any future prophecy; for God hath revealed this to no man -- no not even to the angels in heaven -- this hath God reserved in his own power; and all that man can do -- even what he is commanded to do -- is to observe the "signs of the times," and to mark such things as the word of inspiration has said will be found to precede any and all of the prophecies uttered of old. Here, and here only, is solid ground. The manifest fulfillment of prophecies is open to the inspection of all, and that according to the very words of the prophecy freed from the philosophy or dogmas of men, but chained to the word of the living God. If this is not safety, there can be no safety. If this is not wise, then how can we know the meaning of wisdom? If this is not common sense even, then must we find another definition for common sense, than the unanimous decision of the human mind on those subjects on which it decides.

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JACOB'S PROMISES TO THE TWO SONS OF JOSEPH.

When Jacob was about to die, it was reported to Joseph, who brought his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, that they might receive the divine blessing from their grandfather. (Gen. 48: 1-20.) These sons were so placed, the elder at the right hand and the younger at the left of Jacob, that each might receive his own appropriate blessing. But the chief interest, in this case, as in all others in that age of the world, attached to the right of primogeniture, as this right was ever esteemed of the first importance. Manasseh, therefore, being the elder, was placed at Jacob s right hand.

When thus arranged, Jacob gives a general blessing by saying, "These shall grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth." (Grow as fishes do increase. (Siargin of the common version.)

Then, having placed his right hand on Ephraim's head, doing' it wittingly, yet contrary to Joseph's desire, he pronounced the blessing' on each of the two sons. But Joseph, believing that his father had, through imperfect vision,
made a mistake in thus placing his hands, seized Jacob's right hand, telling him that this -- Manasseh -- is the elder; Jacob replies, "I know it, my son, I know it;" he shall be a great people, but not like Ephraim; his younger "brother shall become a multitude of nations" The blessings of Jacob, then, on these two sons of Joseph were, viz., Ephraim should become a "multitude of nations," but Manasseh should become "one great nation."

This blessing, pronounced by Jacob upon his two grandsons, has ever been believed to have been under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and therefore that it must certainly have its own fulfillment. But who of all the commentators on the Scriptures has ever undertaken to give all explanation of the how or the when of these two different prophecies are to be fulfilled? This, to me, is a strange fact.

And the only reason I can conceive why it has been so is, God's time had not yet arrived for the disclosing of the meaning of these prophesies, and therefore all remained concealed, hidden, in the counsels of eternity, until the day of their fulfillment drew nigh.

That day has now come, and it bursts upon the world with such splendor as to blind the eyes of' some, just as the advent of Christ blinded the eyes of the scribes and Pharisees of old -- others contemplate the sight with wonder, yet dimly, their vision not being graduated to the great light that has burst upon them. But to those who have been watching, and observing the signs of the times, and have seen the day-star ascending out of the east, and the rays of the morning sun illumining all the surrounding horizon -- these are not dazzled with the splendor of this approaching, day, but they hail it with delight -- "knowing that the redemption draweth nigh."

What, then, is the evidence of the fulfillment of' these prophecies, uttered by Jacob concerning the two sons of Joseph? For it is the evidence only, that is wanting to the clear perception of the actual fulfillment of both these prophecies. The prediction to Ephraim was, that he should become a "multitude of nations" Ephraim, we have found, both he and Manasseh,are now settled in England, and Ephraim in the scriptures is used synonymously with Israel as being the leader of the nation.

The fulfillment of Ephraim's promise, therefore, must be found somehow, in connection with Great Britain. What are the facts then?

1. In the first place, the Government of Great Britain is reckoned as the home government, the germ from which Ephraim's multitude of nations must come. Now, history -- the statistics of the empire -- asserts, that England has today more than sixty different nationalities within the bounds of her empire; and these all acknowledging the sway of England's scepter.

The Government of Great Britain, then, is the home government. next comes the great nationality of Canada. Next is the West India Islands; thence across the Atlantic to the west coast of Africa, St. Helena, as the capital, is another; thence in South Africa are two more large nationalities, ( Now three, 1886) thence to Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, are three more large nationalities; thence around to India are found -- as Gladstone himself says -- more than 200,000,000 of people of some sixteen different nationalities; thence in the islands of the sea, scattered in all parts of the world, are many nationalities -- colonies planted by England.

So that it is not too much to say that England has today under her scepter sixty different nationalities! What more can Ephraim desire as the literal fulfillment of his promise, than these sixty nationalities? Is not this "growing into a multitude of nations in the midst of the earth," becoming "a multitude of nations"?

2. But Manasseh -- what about him? The promise to him was that he should become one great nation; one nation, in distinction from the multitude of Ephraim's.

We have seen that both Ephraim and Manasseh are in England, brought there in the Anglo-Saxon invasion; hence these two brothers cannot be separated; their lives are bound together -- if one fails the other must also fail, and if one is seen to have entered upon the inheritance of his blessings, the other must just so surely be found to have entered his. Let us trace, therefore, if we can, the origin and rise of Manasseh's one great people.

In A. D. 1385, Wicklif is said to have translated the Bible into the English (Anglo-Saxon) language. This seems to have been the first translation ever made of the Bible into the English language, and this was made from the "Latin Vulgate." Hence the people are supposed to have had little or no knowledge of the truths taught therein. (All the knowledge of the Scriptures held by the common people at this time was obtained from the teaching of the priests of the Roman Catholic church, and this teaching seems to have been given in Latin chiefly.)

But on the appearance of this Bible, we are told that tile people rushed to it, almost with one accord, and that too, as naturally as the little infant seeks its mother's breast, or as the little lamb the nurture from its
dam!

But why was this? This people seem to have had no more knowledge of the Bible than our common people have of the Koran, or of the Zend Avesta' Is not this an indication of the origin of this people? That the same fatherly care that had attended this people had never left them, but ill all places of their wanderings, and in all times, He has fulfilled his promise, "I will never thee nor forsake thee." And can anyone who believes in the God as made known in the Bible, suppose for a moment that God is regardless of his people's welfare? -- that He, by his Spirit, has not been ever striving with them to draw them to himself?

What more reasonable than this divine manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of his people, winning them to God, through his truth? To me this is reason enough; God is not dead, He does not sleep and slumber like man. "For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings, so the Lord alone did lead him [Israel] and there was no strange God with him." Gen. 32:9-12.

Such is Israel's God! And is not this reason enough why his people were drawn to the Bible, that book alone in all the world that contained the dealings of God with his people, from the time of Abraham down through all their wanderings? What more natural? What more like God is it possible to conceive?

The next in process of time came Tyndale's great work; the greatest, as it seems to me, ever wrought by one man -- the entire sacred Scriptures, translated from the original languages in which they were first written! Surely, if ever man had need of divine help, Tyndale must have needed it. And can anyone say he had not that help? Is there not abundant evidence to believe that the same divine aid which inspired and taught Moses and Paul, did certainly and most efficiently inspire and uphold Tyndale in all his mighty work? Further, when the character of Tyndale's work is considered -- the circumstancesunder which he wrought -- the age in which he lived, we may well exclaim, "What a mighty work!" But what became of' this mighty work of Tyndale's?

The people devoured this book, as it were indeed the very manna from Heaven. But the Pope, having supreme authority at that time, soon confiscated the whole and burned in one sacred pile, and Tyndale -- he also was sacrificed on the same altar. Oh' the agony of this blow! "How long, O Lord, how long?" did Israel then cry? Will not God avenge? Doth He not see? Will He not requite for this great crime against God and man ? Yes, God will avenge; God will so overrule as to make the wrath of man, even of the Pope, to praise Him, and the reminder he will restrain.

Henry VIII, having a controversy with the Pope at that time about a divorce case, ordered 300 copies of this Bible to be stricken off, and all distributed to as many churches in England, and there chained in the chancel of the church, with permission for all to go and read, only "they must not disturb the congregation." This was a little toward avenging -- God uses whom He will.

The next step in this work was taken by Queen Elizabeth, who printed the "Bishop's Bible," thus aiding the work by giving the leaders of God's host -- the Bishops -- a full large copy of the Scriptures. After this a few efforts only were made, but nothing definite till the time of King James I. Then was brought out our present version of the Bible, based on Tyndale's version. On this there was neither prohibition nor confiscation. Now the people grasped this Book as indeed the "Word of God." Now the Puritans by the thousands were born; and now sprang up the "Tree of Liberty," whose growth was mightily invigorated by the reading of this blessed Bible, and by this alone -- the tree of liberty, both civil and religious.

But the papal power was not vet dead -- it was only scotched. Hence all assemblies for worship by the Puritans were strictly forbidden, under the severest penalties. In time, however, these Puritans, faithful to their vows, said, "We must go somewhere where we can worship God according to our own consciences." Hence a company was formed under Parson Robinson, who led them across the sea over to Holland,; where they settled at Leyden. Here they remained for awhile, but soon this was found not to be the place of their rest.

That divine hand that had always led Israel, was now seen pointing toward the West. They therefore soon took ship and sailed back to England, and there exchanging their little ship for another, "the Mayflower," in which they all embarked -- one hundred and two or three -- and thus sailed away on the broad Atlantic, intending to go to Virginia or some southern coast.

But they knew not whither their course would lead them; the same divine guide was to lead this little band of Israelites still, and though no cloudy pillar by day nor pillar of fire by night was seen by the naked eye, yet faith discerned, with unfailing vision, a great helmsman with an eye ever on the compass, and the prow steadily held to the southwest. So on they sail, day after day, and week after week, till finally they drop anchor in "Cape Cod harbor," near the close of November. After perambulating about for awhile, and learning that they had now reached the main land, they returned to their ship -- these spies -- and spreading sails to the wind, moved up the harbor, till filially they landed on Plymottth Rock, Dec. 22d, A.D. 1620. Here was raised their "Ebenezer!"

Let us see now what became of this colony -- this bud plucked from the tree of Liberty in England, and planted here in America on a barren rock in the dead of winter! Alas! during the tile first year, half of this little band of pilgrims died! Buy ere long this little bud began to swell, and at length it appeared above-ground. By-and-by little branches began to appear, first on one side and then on the other. These continued to grow and spread themselves out, till at length these branches reached from the Atlantic to the Pacific, shading all the hind, and its roots permeating all the soil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico! This is Manasseh.

How much further this is to extend, whether to the Arctic ocean on the north, and to the Antarctic on the south, I cannot tell -- this is known to God alone, who gives account of his affairs to none; but I .suspect that :Ephraim is to retain Canada as one of his "multitude of nations." I suspect, I say; God only knows. But on the south I should not wonder if Manasseh's "great nation' were to reach out far away. Here now is a great nation -- a one great nation formed by Manasseh alone -- by him under the divine guidance. A nation already numbering 50,000,000 and more, (And now, in 1886, sixty millions.) the like of which can not be found in the history of the world! A nation of such sudden and such mighty growth!

What shall we say, then, to these things? Do we, like Thomas of old, say: "Except I shall see the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe"? Does not God in the fulfillment of these promises to Ephraim and Manasseh say as distinctly: "Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side, and be not faithless, but believing"? What more could He have done that He has not done, to make the fulfillment of these promises more manifest?

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CHAPTER X new covenant with the house of Israel

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The New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; not according' to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was all husband unto them, saith the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord. I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people; and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying: Know the Lord; for they shall all know me from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will remember no more."

I. The parties embraced in this covenant.

II. The time of making the covenant.

III. The effect of this covenant.

A. The parties to this covenant.

1. Not any Christian people as such.
2. Not any heathen nation.
3. Not with the world at large; but--
4. The parties are two, the House of Israel and the House of Judah--these
two kingdoms combined -- not with either of them separately, but with them both thus constituting the whole Israelitish nation.

II. The time.

The time seems to be indefinite. The prophet says: ".Behold, the days come." Some commentators, writing on this subject, seem to think the covenant was made to come into effect -- to be available -- at the death of Christ. And it seems to me there may have been reference to that event; for in every case of true conversion the law of God is indeed written on the heart. Their sin is forgiven, it is remembered no more, etc. But this, it seems to me, cannot express the full meaning of the covenant. This can be but the foretaste -- the first fruits of the great harvest before the time of the great ingathering; and that time can be only when the House of Israel becomes identified, and the House of Judah shall have been reunited to the House of Israel, so as both to become no more two nations, but one nation, according to the express terms of the covenant. The time, therefore, must evidently be in the future. But this time, as it seems to me, is definitely indicated in Ezk. 37: "The valley of dry bones."

III. The effect of this covenant.: Ezekiel 37.



The teaching of this parable.

(1.) The valley of dry bones represents the house of ten-tribed Israel.

(2.) That God will bring them to life, as if out of their graves.

(3.) When thus brought to light, Israel and Judah are to become one nation.

(4.) Then, finally, to be planted in Canaan again.

(1.) That the dry bones represent the ten tribes, seems evident from the language itself. The term, "House of Israel," is, indeed, used in many places as meaning the entire Hebrew nation. In the greater number of places used previous to the Assyrian captivity, B. C. 720, it may have that meaning; but after the division of the nation into two, the one called "the Kingdom of Israel," and the other "the Kingdom of Judah," we find these names appropriated accordingly. Hence, in Jer. 31:31, (in the new covenant,) these two names are definitely specified, "the House of Israel" and "the House of Judah." And generally in all the prophets who write after the Assyrian captivity, the House of Israel seems to refer to the kingdom of "ten-tribed Israel.'' In this passage, in Ezk. 37, we find both the House of Israel and the House of Judah mentioned.

(2.) The House of Israel, God is to bring to life. God says, "I will bring you up out of your graves, and put life in you; and ye shall stand up an exceeding great army.

Now what are the facts?
Hosea, 3:4, says' "Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice." Now it is found that Israel, "the House of Israel," did abide many days as specified above, even from B. C. 720 to some A. D. 800 -- fifteen hundred years without a king, etc.

And they were as truly lost to the world during that long time as if they had been actually buried up in the ground, and thus all reduced to their original dust. How then does it appear that God will bring up the House of Israel out of their graves?

Evidently here. God is now just beginning to bring to light this long-lost "ten-tribed Israel." And this seems so incredible that the great mass look upon it all as a hoax, and no more to be believed than a story; that the graves of a thousand years ago are now giving up their dead! And others, while not wholly incredulous, yet "see men as trees walking;" but a few see all things clearly. Indeed, it seems just as it was in the days of our Savior. Then the scribes and Pharisees -- the lawyers and doctors -- who of them believed ? No, God had "hid these things from the wise and prudent; but revealed them unto babes." Just so is it today. The great ones of earth -- the lawyers, the D.D.'s, the LL. D.'s, the historians -- who of all these, at first, received as true the report that lost Israel is found? Found in the Anglo-Saxon race; here in our own land, in our own family even at our very door!

Yet, if anything has been proved by evidence conclusive this has, for the evidence is both historic and prophetic. Israel has been traced in all his wanderings through Asia and into Europe, till he is finally planted in England, as the Anglo-Saxons. And next, every one of the prophecies relating to the kingdom of ten-tribed Israel is now found to have its actual fulfillment in this identical Anglo-Saxon people. If this is not proof, then there is no such a thing as proof.

But then, why should this be regarded with wonder? "The veil" has not yet been removed from all eyes. And is not this in accordance with the divine providence in all cases? Which of all the events predicted by the prophets of God has ever come to pass as determined by man? What about Babylon, Tyre, Egypt, and many others?

Have any of these predictions been fulfilled as men of the period expected? Alas! no one of all the millions that have ever lived on this earth ever knew the first thing as to the how or the time of the fulfillment of all the prophecies up to this time. All are kept in the counsel of the Father, just as truly as is the second coming of Christ. And of this event none has any knowledge, save what may be learned from "the signs of the times," as we see the day approaching. But there are signs enough now respecting the House of Israel to make it certain that the 37th chapter of Ezekiel is now being transacted. God has begun to bring the House of Israel to light, and what God undertakes we know He will certainly complete to the very utmost.

We now come to the close of this 37th of Ezekiel. The former part -- the valley of dry bones, this we have seen is, in part, fulfilled already; that is, God has begun to bring to light his long-lost people, Israel.

But this is the beginning only, for as yet only a small portion of the Anglo-Saxon race perceive the first ray of light on this subject; there is heard only the distant rumbling of the herald's chariot wheels, riding to the entrance of this "valley of dry bones." But as the former part of this wonderful vision has had its fulfillment, we are now made doubly sure that the latter part also will, in due time, receive a like fulfillment. But what is the import of this fulfilled prophecy?

"And thou son of man, take thee one stick and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel, his companions; then take another stick and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the children of Israel, his companions; and join them for thee, one to another into one stick, that they may become one in thy hand."

In the interpretation of this passage God says: "Behold I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions, and I will put them with it, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land, and I will make them one nation upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all."

It is not possible, as it seems to me, for human language to express more clearly than it is here expressed, the real meaning of this prophecy. nevertheless, as we have been taught by commentators and divines that the Jews only were to be returned to the land of their fathers, it seems necessary to elucidate this subject, if possible, that its true teaching may be seen.

1. In the first place, then, the two sticks are declared to represent the two kingdoms -- Houses of Israel, viz., the House of Israel -- Ephraim; and the House of Judah, the Jews. About this there need be no mistake.

2. These two houses, peoples, kingdoms, are to be united into one nation, and to be no more two peoples.

3. Then, thus united, they are to be transported back to the land given to Jacob, their father; there they are to dwell perpetually, to the latest generation. Now in this prediction, the House of Israel, viz., Ephraim, becomes more conspicuous than Judah. Ephraim evidently takes the lead, as is today seen in all the world. Ephraim --the Anglo-Saxon -- are reaching out the hand of love -- of fraternal affection -- to Judah, the Jews, inviting them to terms of fellowship, such as in the days of old when they came out of Egypt, and before the separation under Rehoboam.

Ephraim evidently takes the lead, as is today seen in all the world. Ephraim -- the Anglo-Saxon -- are reaching out the hand of love -- of fraternal affection -- to Judah, the Germans, inviting them to terms of fellowship, such as in the days of old when they came out of Egypt, and before the separation under Rehoboam.

Ephraim is also sending the heralds of the cross into all lands, carrying the Gospel of Christ, and discipline all nations; "baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," and teaching all to read in a "pure language,"; the very Bible of God's revelation to man! (Zeph. 3: 4-9. Is not this "pure language" the English language, which the missionaries are now teaching to all nations?)

And now, as never before, Judah is listening to this angelic voice, bending down, eager to catch the key of this song of united Israel. What does not this portend? What more significant signs can be conceived of the approach of the union of Ephraim and Judah than are here and now given'? Judah and Israel uniting into one, soon to go back to Jerusalem! But how shall they go? Canaan, even all the land "from the River of Egypt unto the great River Euphrates," can hold only a fraction of this mighty nation of Israelites, now numbered as the stars of heaven or the sands of the seashore. Jer. 3:14-19: "Saith the Lord, I will take you one of a city and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion; and I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who shall feed you with. knowledge and understanding. 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 gave for an inheritance unto your fathers"!

We see, then, how easily this great enigma is solved. God says, "I will take you one of a city and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion." Zion -- Jerusalem -- is to be the capital for this now united Israel, the same as Washington is the capital of this great nation; and the whole united Israel shall be represented at Jerusalem just as the United States are all represented at Washington.

And there, after they shall have been thus united and established in Jerusalem, they shall have one king over them all -- "my servant David shall be king over them." (Ezk. 37:24.)

But when shall these things take place? This question can be answered by God alone. "Of the times and the seasons God giveth account to none." It is approximately only that man can judge as to the time, and this by observing "the signs of the times." In this 37th chapter of Ezekiel, we have the winding-up of this great drama which has extended in its transactions by its various scenes down through four thousand years. Now we have entered upon the last scene, the curtain having but just been drawn, to be dropped not again till the final consummation of all things!



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CHAPTER XI The stone kingdom -- Nebuchadnezzar's dream

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The stone kingdom -- Nebuchadnezzar's dream -- Daniel's interpretation -- The four kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman -- The ten toes -- England not one of them -- Portugal instead -- The stone is God's people, Israel, now the Anglo-Saxons -- Their increase: 1. In wealth. 2. In literature. 3. Political influence. 4. In religious influence -- Hence this people must be the stone kingdom.

The Stone Kingdom.
Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
Daniel's interpretation.

The wonderful dream of Nebuchadnezzar, as interpreted by Daniel, is as follows:

"Thou, 0 King, art king of kings, unto whom the God of Heaven hath given the kingdom, the power, and the strength, and the glory . Thou art the head of gold; and after thee shall arise all other kingdom, inferior to thee; and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things, shall it break in pieces and crush.

And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken.

And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the sovereignty thereof be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

For as much as thou sawest that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter; and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."

This dream and its interpretation was given B. C. 603.

The four kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman

We are now in A. D. 1886, making 2,489 years since Daniel's declaration. What, then, during this long period, has taken place by which to prove the truth of Daniel's interpretation?

1. In the first place, Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom, the head of gold, passed away, and was succeeded by the Medo-Persian Kingdom -- the silver breast and arms. Next, the brass is agreed by all to have had its fulfillment in the Grecian Kingdom, under Alexander, and the Roman Kingdom came last, as the Iron Kingdom. These have all come and gone, their history having been written over and over again, so that there seems to be but one opinion on this subject; that these four kingdoms have fulfilled exactly Daniel's predictions.

The ten toes -- England not one of them -- Portugal instead

There remain, therefore, the toes only to be accounted for . It has been decided by historians that the Roman Empire finally died, and from its ashes there appeared in time ten other lesser kingdoms, in Europe, representing the ten toes.

Among these ten, England has been regarded as one by some, but doubted by others. And the doubt is made on this ground: It seems to be conceded on all hands, that the ten toes were a part of the iron kingdom, growing out of it, and therefore justly belonging to it; in the division of the Roman Empire, these ten minor kingdoms must be formed out of the Roman Empire itself; but England is proved by history to have never constituted a part of that empire, for when the Roman army was withdrawn from there, England was utterly abandoned by Rome, and was never after entered by that power.

So that England cannot properly be reckoned as one of the ten kingdoms into which Rome was divided. And in place of England, Portugal is believed to be the kingdom representing one of the toes, and that the little toe. This seems to me to be the proper rendering of the passage.

The stone is God's people, Israel, now the Anglo-Saxons.

Their increase:

In wealth,
literature,
Political influence
and in religious influence.


We come then to the "Stone Kingdom" This is declared to be God's kingdom, and the subjects of this kingdom are to be God's people.

The prediction respecting the stone kingdom must certainly be fulfilled, as all the other four kingdoms have had their day, -- have passed away and gone, and all preparatory to the introduction and final establishment, and universal dominion of the stone, the fifth kingdom. So if these predictions concerning the stone kingdom fail in the least iota of a literal fulfillment, then we are all at sea, without compass or chart -- the bottom has dropped out -- the foundation has gone -- there is no certainty if anything, either of the past, the present, or the future. But, blessed be his holy name, we are not thus left in doubt.

All the past prophecies up to this present time have been fulfilled as predicted, even to the very letter in the minutest particular, and therefore why need we fear or doubt even as to a like literal fulfillment of the remaining prophecies? Unbelief only can hesitate -- she always staggers, for she never walks with a firm tread. Faith alone is unmoved, because standing on the very throne of God. Here is truth -- where error never enters, and the light of God's countenance drives away all darkness. What people or nation so ever, therefore, we shall find meeting the specifications of the stone kingdom, must necessarily, be God's people -- his own Israel -- a nation rising in antiquity -- scattered abroad among all nations -- yet increasing from small beginnings -- towering above all nations -- numbering more than any other, and filling the world with its numbers, its wealth, its language, its literature, and above all, with its religion.

Such a people must certainly be the people of God, and constitute the stone, the fifth -- the last kingdom. Now, to find such a people, "must we ascend up to heaven to bring down a kingdom from above, or shall we descend into the deep to bring a people up from thence?" "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee," even at thy very door; whichever way you look, you cannot escape the sight of such a people. And that people is "the Anglo-Saxon Race"!

This people trace their origin back to the "lost ten tribes," thence back to Jacob -- thence up to Abraham, with whom God made the covenant, and to whom all the promises were made -- through whose seed all nations of the world were to be blessed. This people has indeed passed through all the straits of dispersion, of being lost -- "wanderers among the nations" -- triumphing in battle over their enemies -- planted in the isles of the west -- sending colonies abroad into all parts of the world -- losing the one great colony, i. e., Manasseh -- having become now numerous, 200,000,000 -- the head of all nations ill political influence -- the wealthiest of all nations by far -- their language now being taught by missionaries in all hinds, so that it is beginning to pervade all nations -- their literature rising like a mountain and far overtopping the literature of all the world beside -- and their religion now being proclaimed in all hinds, thus coming in conflict with all forms of paganism and infidelity alike, thus literally accomplishing the work given by Christ to his disciples, viz., his last great command, to proclaim the Gospel to every creature, with the promise, "Lo! I am with you always, even unto the end of the world"!

Now let us, as believers in the divine word, inquire what more could God have done for the exact accomplishment of his promises made to Abraham that He has not done? Is it possible for the human mind to conceive of anything wanting to the literal, the absolute fulfillment of all the prophetic predictions, up to the present time? And this, too, in the minutest particular?

Hence this people must be the stone kingdom.

We have found, then, this long-sought-for people who are to constitute the "Stone Kingdom" -- the fifth kingdom -- the kingdom, "set up by the God of heaven." And this people, who were to retain the kingdom -- which should not be left to another people, is verily the Anglo-Saxon race, the identical descendants of the lost ten tribes, the very Israel of God.

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I. Prophecies not yet fulfilled (Ezek. 37): Valley of dry bones; the two sticks; the two kingdoms made one; placed in Jerusalem; hence one king. 2. Gog and Magog, the battle of. 3. The new covenant, its fulfillment yet future. 4. The possession of the land of Canaan by Ephraim and Judah. 5. The building of the temple. 6. The temple service. 7. The waters issuing from the threshold of the temple; how interpreted. 8. The apportionment of the land to the twelve tribes; the priests' portion; tile part for tile temple; the name of the city froth that day shall be, "The Lord is there"

Prophecies not yet fulfilled
(Ezekiel 37): Valley of dry bones.

1. The first unfulfilled prophecy we meet is found in Ezekiel 37: "The valley of dry bones." We have already found the former part of this prophecy now fulfilled at least in part. The former part of this vision sees "a valley of dry bones." This is interpreted to represent "the whole House of Israel, i. e., ten-tribed Israel.

And these dry bones God "breathes upon, and clothes with flesh and skin, and they stand up an exceeding great army." It has been shown above, that this part of the prophecy has had its literal fulfillment in the identity of the Anglo-Saxon race with the "lost tribes of Israel;" that the discovery of this wonderful truth seems as strange and incredible as would the story that a certain old graveyard made ages and ages ago has been seen by somebody to be now giving up the dead that were buried therein, and these dead were now coming forth in perfect form clothed with flesh and skin, and, having laid off their grave-clothes, are now clothed in garments of modern form; and these are all veritable living men and women!

The battle of Gog and Magog.

2. The prophecies touching this subject are found in Zech.14:2; Ezk. 38:2, 3; Joel, 3:1,2; Ezk. 39. These prophecies all point to a time of great warfare in the land of Canaan in the vicinity of Jerusalem; but no one is specific as to the time -- whether before or after some other specified prediction.

Like all other prophecies in the Bible, no one can know the time, the day or or the year of fulfillment, till tile event actually takes place. All prophecies are thus given, so that nothing of a chronological order can be discerned by man. Hence it is found that the same prophet will utter a prediction in the former part of his prophecy, which is found to have its fulfillment far down in the history of the world, while in other parts of the book are recorded prophecies whose fulfillment is equally indefinite. In all cases, no prophecy was ever known as to the time of its fulfillment till just before the actual event, and that only by certain sign which should portend the fulfillment.

This is God's plan, not man's; for if the how or the where, of every or of any prediction were given, how certainly might men conspire to thwart the fulfillment. But, as it is, there is no possibility of doing this, and hence we find that all the divine predictions from the first have come to pass when none were looking for them -- "as in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of Man."

Every one comes unexpectedly, just as lost Israel has been found in the Anglo-Saxons, where and when no one was looking for Israel to be found.; So, also, of the several unfulfilled prophecies which seem now to be struggling at the very door for entrance. Who can tell which is first to enter, or how long a time each shall require for its fulfillment? God only knows. And in this I, at least, do rejoice -- yea, and will rejoice.

The new covenant, its fulfillment yet future.

3.The new covenant . (Jer. 31:3l-34.) We have seen in our remarks on this prophecy that a very partial fulfillment seemed to have been made in the conversion of every individual after the coming of Christ, and yet to my own mind this is not certain; for David says, B. C. 1000, "Blessed is the man whose iniquity is pardoned, whose sin is covered." Was not the conversion in that day the same as under the gospel? But the promise of the new covenant was made 500 years after David's time. Must not, then, the blessing of this new covenant be something different from anything before known?

In this new covenant the blessing is to be universal. And not only so, but the promise is, "They shall all know me, from the least to the greatest of them;" and to me the promise seems to imply that there will be no more sin.

Again, this new covenant is to be unlike that made at Mt. Sinai -- "which covenant they brake," saith the Lord; but this new covenant is not to be broken, because the fulfillment of it does not depend on man, but on God alone. In this covenant God says, "I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."

Now this seems to be something different from what takes place in the conversion of a sinner to Jesus Christ -- different, not so much in kind, as in degree; for in conversion the work of sanctification seems to be begun only, but here this work is completed at once, and that, too, on the whole house of both Israel and of Judah; all of them, "from the least of them to the greatest of them saith the Lord."

So that as yet we have received but the earnest - -the first fruit of the fulfillment of this wonderful covenant. Its greatest blessings must be yet in store, to be poured out when Israel and Judah shall have become united; henceforth to be no more two nations, but one nation, and when they shall have one king to reign over them.; Which king? Can there be any other than Jesus Christ ?

The possession of the land of Canaan by Ephraim and Judah.
(Gen. 15:18, and 13:14-15.)

4. In these two passages is the promise to Abraham and to his seed of the everlasting possession of the whole land of Canaan, "from the River of Egypt to the great River Euphrates." But as the seed of Abraham had possession of this land but a few centuries at most, the fulfillment of the promise is, therefore, in the future. And this fulfillment must imply, i. e., guarantee, the actual possession of this land by the Anglo-Saxons; together with the Jews,

who are to be returned to Zion, "one of a tribe and two of a family," who are the seed of Abraham, and this whole country must thus remain in their possession forever. "For, lo! the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it." (Jer. 30:2.) This promise, therefore, must have its fulfillment in the future. See Ezk. 36:8-12, also verses 24-32. (Ezk. 39:23-29.

The building of the temple.
(Ezekiel, chapters 40, 41, 42, and 43.)

5. The teaching of these four chapters is divine. Ezekiel says that the vision was made to him in the twenty-fifth year of their captivity, i. e., the Babvlonish captivity; which, according to the commonly received chronology was B. C. 574.

Then follows a description of the scene: "In the visions of God brought He me into the land of Israel, and set me down upon a very high mountain, whereon was as it were the frame of a city on the south. And he said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; and declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel."

Here, then, the prophet is charged by the Almighty God himself, to apply his eyes, his ears, and his heart, with their deepest intent, to understand and to declare to the house of Israel all that should be made known by this vision. We must believe, therefore, that the vision is of no trivial importrace, but that it is to make known things that are certain to take place, and in the identical manner in which they are shown. If this is not so, then what can we do? The charge is specific, and the words of the vision are in a language known to the prophet, indeed, it is vernacular, so that there could be no possibility of a maunderstanding.

The location also, is Jerusalem, the city known to him from his youth. And the temple with all its appurtenances, is a material temple, whose size and form, with all its measurements, are specified with the utmost exactness . The measuring rod is declared to be of a certain definite length, viz., six cubits long, and that there may be no mistake, the kind of cubit is specified, viz., a cubit and a hand-breadth, thus making the exact length of the sacred cubit, which is 25 inches.

But the Babylonish cubit is said to have been 21 inches, and this with the addition of 4 inches -- the hand-breadth -- makes 25 inches, equal to the cubit used by Moses in constructing the ark, the tabernacle, etc., at Mt. Sinai. Is it possible, therefore, to err as to the teachings of this wonderful vision?

And then, when we consider further, that all the prophetic announcements, by what prophet so ever, and at what time so ever made, that have had their fulfillment up to this time, these in all cases have been fulfilled literaly. Have we not a right to expect the same fulfillment of this prophecy? (Ezk. 40., etc.)

I am shut up to this conclusion. I see no possible escape. And how much so ever this may go against our previous theories, I still say, I see no possible escape from the truth of a literal interpretation. I cannot bring it to pass -- no man can bring it to pass, but God can; and in this assurance I rest.

The temple service. The ordinances thereof.
(See Ezekiel. 44, 45, 46.)

6. As these ordinances are about to be announced, the prophet is charged again from on high to give the most earnest heed to all the instructions now to be given, and to declare all things to the children of Israel, in the very words given by God to the prophet. Then follow the ordinances for the priests, which are given with the minutest specification. Next the portion of land for the sanctuary. Next for the city -- and for the priests and for the prince, and ordinances for the prince. Chap. 46:1-9, ordinances for the prince in worship, and for the people, v. 16, etc.

Now these ordinances are given with the severest charge to the prophet, that they be established, in every minute particular, in accordance with the letter of the command; no intimation, even, of any deviation or of any figurative interpretation, being given, but the charge is to declare all as made known to the prophet by the Almighty; so that it seems impossible to conceive of an ordinance to be announced with a more perfect literality of meaning than are these ordinances, one and all.

And could the prophet doubt as to the meaning of these instructions any more than Moses did at Mt. Sinai, to make all things according to the pattern shown in the Mount, or than Solomon in building the temple?

The waters issuing from the threshold of the temple; how interpreted.
(See Ezekiel 47:1-13.)

7. This must be interpreted either literally or spiritually. Literally,, if it will admit of no other interpretation, but if it will thus admit, then some other interpretation may be sought. I am inclined to think the interpretation may be both spiritual and literal --literal it certainly must be; and I have no objection to a spiritual interpretation also, if one call be properly made from the text.

The apportionment of the land to the twelve tribes; the priests' portion; tile part for tile temple; the name of the city froth that day shall be, "The Lord is there"

8. The border's of the land, and apportionment of the same to the tribes. The fifty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel is devoted to the description of the land of Canaan, its various boundaries, and the assignment to each of the twelve tribes their portion. In describing the hind it seems that the boundaries mentioned do not differ materially from those given by Joshua, when the tribes had their various lots assigned them at their first entrance into the land of Canaan; that this portion of Canaan thus described is but a small part of the original grant to Abraham, which was "from the River of Egypt unto the great River Euphrates," and extending north and south as far as the eye could reach from that mount of observation from which God pointed out to Abraham the far reaching boundaries of the land granted to his seed by a warranty deed as an everlasting possession.

But the divisioning of this limited Canaan is found to be quite different from that made at the first under Joshua. Here, in Ezekiel. 48, the portions are bounded from east to west, extending the whole length of the tract, the west end of every claim bounded by the Mediterranean Sea; six of the tribes located on the north of the temple, and six on the south of the temple -- the temple being thus in the middle of the tribes as located by their boundaries given by divine command.

Now in this arrangement there is perceived nothing in conflict with the original settlement of this same land. The only difference is in the description of the portion made to each of the tribes; the twelve tribes are all named its at the first, and their several apportions all contained within the bounds of their lots under Joshua.

Can the inquiry, then, now be raised as to the interpretation of this scripture, by which the land of Canaan is to be apportioned out the second time to the twelve tribes of' Israel? Yes, just as reasonably as when the twelve tribes were settled in Canaan by divine command. And there is just as much evidence that the tribes named by Ezekiel will be spiritual beings, as in the days of Joshua, those twelve tribes that he led out of the wilderness and across the River Jordan on dry land, into Canaan, were spiritual phantoms and not real men and women of flesh and blood!

Here we reach the end of the prophetic predictions concerning the future establishment of the kingdom of God in this world. And God himself closes these predictions with the exclamation: "The name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is here"!



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