THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN IN PROPHECY
 

By Herbert W. Armstrong
1954, 1967, 1972, 1975, 1980 edition


People of the Western world would be stunned -- dumbfounded --
if they knew! The governments of the United States, Britain, Canada,
Australasia, South Africa would set in motion gigantic crash
programs -- if they knew!
They could know! But they don't! Why?

INTRODUCTION

A STAGGERING TURN IN WORLD events is due to erupt in the next
few years. It will involve violently the United States, Britain,
Western Europe, the Middle East. It's already rather late for the
free world to come awake to the real meaning behind current world
events! Why do not the world's leaders see what is coming? Why are
the world's best minds unseeing -- the heads of state, scientists,
educators, editors, news analysts, bankers, industrialists, leaders
in business and commerce? They are totally unaware! Why?
Because they have been falsely educated and deceived into
closing their minds to the great causes behind world events and
trends. This world has been falsely educated to ignore causes and
deal with effects! Yet all the world's problems and ills are simply
a matter of cause and effect. There is a cause that has produced
strife and war; poverty, wretchedness, inequality; crime, disease,
mental ills. But the leaders do not know!

World Explosion to Erupt

The world's leaders are the educated of the world. But they were
not educated in BASIC TRUTHS -- the foundations of right knowledge.
The most necessary knowledge is not being taught! They do not know
WHAT man is -- or WHY! They know nothing of the purpose or meaning of
life! They were not taught to distinguish the true values from the
false. They did not learn the real causes -- the way to peace, to
happiness, to universal abundance; nor the causes of war,
unhappiness, inequality, world chaos.
They know nothing of the purpose being worked out here below.
Consequently, they guide humanity on a course in conflict with that
purpose, wreaking havoc upon a distressed, suffering, unhappy
mankind. Lacking knowledge of the way to peace, the world does not
have peace. Leaders talk of peace; they profess to work for peace;
they cry out for peace -- while they give approval and blind
acceptance to the way that produces war!
This world has simply been going the wrong way!
This world is giving assent to, and conferring civilization's
acceptance on, THE WAYS that are the CAUSES of all the world's
ills.
And now we are fast approaching the final grand smash
explosion that is going to stagger the mind of man beyond the
bounds of sanity. Forces are at work today on plans, programs,
conspiracies, movements that soon will erupt into a world explosion
of violence and chaos such as never happened before, and never will
again. Men today are tampering with forces of nature they lack the
prudence, knowledge, ability and wisdom to control.
In this folly of educated ignorance, it has become fashionable
today and intellectually titillating to ignore the great basic
cause of all things; the fact of the purpose being worked out here
below, and the master plan for its working out; the invisible but
Supreme Power now soon to intervene and drastically alter the
course of history -- before mankind blasts itself out of existence.
Unreal though it may seem to those steeped in modern
educational deceptions, some 2,500 years ago the Supreme Power of
the universe inspired a man named Isaiah to quote Him, saying: "I
am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the
beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand" (Isa. 46:9-10). The great world
powers are formulating their policies -- laying their plans. But the
next few years will see astounding events explode in a manner very
different than the nations plan! Why?

Never a Miss

Because there is the great God who says: "The Eternal wrecks the
purposes of pagans, he brings to nothing what the nations plan; but
the Eternal's purpose stands for ever, and what he plans will last
from age to age .... The Eternal looks from heaven, beholding all
mankind; from where he sits, he scans all who inhabit the world; he
who alone made their minds, he notes all they do" (Ps. 33:10-15,
Moffatt translation).
This same Eternal God said: "To whom then will ye liken me, or
shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high,
and behold who hath created these things ...." And again: "Behold,
the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small
dust of the balance .... All nations before him are as nothing ..."
(Isa. 40:25-26, 15, 17).
Through His inspired prophets, the great God caused to be
written, some 2,500 years ago, and preserved in writing to our time
prophecies filling approximately a third of the whole Bible. In
them, He named every city of consequence of that time on earth -- and
also every nation! And He foretold precisely what would, through
the years, happen to every city and every nation! In every instance
the prophecies came to pass!
What was prophesied HAPPENED to Babylon, to Tyre, Sidon,
Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron; to Egypt, Assyria, Chaldea, Persia, Greece
and Rome. There has not been a miss! Those prophecies were
accurate.
And now, in other prophecies, the same supreme God has
foretold precisely what is going to happen to the United States,
the British nations, Western Europe, the Middle East, Russia!

Best Minds -- Total Ignorance

Yet the best minds in the world are in total ignorance of the
unprecedented cataclysm that is about to strike. And why have these
prophecies not been understood or believed? Because the vital KEY
that unlocks prophecy to our understanding had been lost. That key
is the identity of the United States and the British peoples in
biblical prophecy.
That key has been found! We present it to those whose
unprejudiced eyes are willing to see.
The events prophesied to strike the American and British
peoples in the next few years are SURE!
God says: "Surely the Lord Eternal will do nothing, but he
revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7).
These colossal world events, shrinking the first two World Wars
into insignificance, WILL COME, but not until the warning has been
made available for those whose eyes are willing to see.

Chapter 1
THE LOST MASTER KEY HAS BEEN FOUND

THIS MAY SOUND INCREDIBLE, BUT it's true. Editors,
newscasters, foreign correspondents do not understand the real
meaning of the world news they report, analyze and discuss. Heads
of government are utterly unaware of the true significance of the
very world-shaking events with which they deal. They have no
conception of where these events are leading. Incredible? Perhaps --
but true!
Winston Churchill declared before the United States Congress:
"He must indeed have a blind soul who cannot see that some great
purpose and design is being worked out here below of which we have
the honor to be the faithful servants." But he did not understand
that purpose! That great purpose long ago was master -- planned by
the Master Mind of the universe.

There Is Purpose

It is true, though almost totally unrealized: Mankind was put
on this earth for a PURPOSE! And the Maker of mankind sent along
with the human product of His making an Instruction Book to reveal
that purpose and to guide man in happily, enjoyably fulfilling it.
But the human race has rejected the revelation and the guidance and
has preferred to stumble on in the darkness of its own futile
reasonings.
About one-third of that INSTRUCTION BOOK is devoted to basic
education -- revealing to man the necessary foundational knowledge
otherwise undiscoverable and unknowable: knowledge of what man is,
why he is, where his destiny may lead, how to reach it and live
happily along the way; revealing knowledge of the true values as
distinguished from the false; knowledge of the way to peace,
happiness, abundant well-being. In other words, the most necessary
of all knowledge -- the foundation on which to build discoverable
knowledge.
Another approximate third of that Book is devoted to history --
to those events and experiences fulfilling the master plan during
the first four millennia on man's mortal sojourn, as examples for
our admonition and guidance today.
And then approximately a third -- grasp this! -- an entire third
of our Maker's revelation to mankind is devoted to prophecy --
writing the history of future events before they occur. These
foretold future events reveal the great purpose being finally
worked out -- being brought to its completion.

Why This Ignorance

Now see why heads of state, news analysts, and the great minds of
our time do not comprehend the real meaning of world events as they
are shaping up right now.
A rational and right knowledge of this great purpose, of the
Creator's master plan, of where in the progression of those
foreordained events we stand today, and of major happenings
prophesied yet to occur -- this knowledge is the essential basis for
understanding the significance and true meaning of today's dynamic
world news. Without this vital knowledge, none dealing in news
gathering and news reporting, none responsible for government
policies can understand current world happenings or where they are
leading. And not one saddled with such responsibilities does know!
Why?
Two reasons, primarily: 1) They have been deceived by false
education appealing to the vanity of intellect into prejudicial and
disdainful rejection of the divine revelation which alone can
impart this understanding; and 2) the vital key necessary to unlock
closed doors of biblical prophecy had been lost.
The great world powers of our time have been, and are, the
United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, Germany, France,
and other Western European nations. The missing vital KEY is simply
the identity of these great world powers in biblical prophecy! The
staggering and cataclysmic world-shaking events soon to erupt upon
a shocked, stunned, bewildered world relate directly and
specifically to the United States, Britain, Germany, Western
Europe, and Russia.
Not knowing how and where these nations are specifically
mentioned in basic and major prophecies, the educated of the world
have been utterly blinded to the plain and simple meaning of
prophecy. Due to this lost key more than anything else, the Bible
has come to be discredited and rejected in this world's educational
system. The unproved and unprovable theory of evolution has been
substituted as the foundational concept which became the supposed
rational approach to knowledge.
The colossal tragedy of it! Our peoples, being thus falsely
and deceptively educated from little children, have, in a supposed
era of advanced rationalism and enlightenment, actually been
groping around in the darkness of ignorance, misunderstanding and
confusion, fatally unaware of the earthshaking catastrophe into
which they are being directly plunged.
Thus our peoples have forgotten and departed far from their
Maker. They have shut their eyes and closed their ears to His
dynamic revelation to mankind, which, to ears that can hear,
thunders out the life-and-death warning to those in the responsible
positions of power!
Is it too late? Have our leaders become so steeped in a
deceptive false education, so stultified that they cannot be
aroused from slumber? God help us now! Time is fast closing in on
us!
But the all-important master key has been found!
That key is knowledge of the astonishing identity of the
American and British peoples -- as well as the German -- in biblical
prophecies. This very eye-opening, astounding identity is the
strongest proof of the inspiration and authority of the Holy Bible!
It is, at the same time, the strongest proof of the very active
existence of the living God!
An exciting, pulsating, vital third of all the Bible is
devoted to prophecy. And approximately 90 percent of all prophecy
pertains to OUR TIME, now, in this latter half of the twentieth
century! It is a warning to us -- to our English-speaking peoples -- of
immediate life-and-death import. The prophecies come alive once
their doors are opened by this now discovered master key! This book
will open, to open minds, this hitherto closed vital third of all
the Bible. No story of fiction ever was so strange, so fascinating,
so absorbing, so packed with interest and suspense, as this
gripping story of our identity -- and our ancestry.
Through it Almighty God gives momentous warning! Those who
read, and heed, may be spared unprecedented cataclysmic tragedy
soon to strike. If our peoples and their governments will awaken,
heed, and return to their living God, then our nations may be
spared. God help us to UNDERSTAND.

Chapter 2
PROPHECIES CLOSED UNTIL NOW!

ONE MIGHT ASK, WERE NOT BIBLICAL prophecies closed and sealed?
Indeed they were -- until now! And even now they can be understood
only by those who possess the master key to unlock them. But we
have reached the approximate end of 6,000 years of biblical
history. We have reached the end of an age! We are entering, right
now, the world crisis at the close of the present civilization. We
face, today, conditions such as the world never before has
witnessed. Today the big problem is the stark question of SURVIVAL!
For the first time in world history, the weapons of mass
destruction exist which can erase all life from the earth. Chiefs
of government and world-famous scientists have been saying publicly
we must adjust to living in fear of human annihilation, with no
solutions in sight.
To those prejudicially cynical toward the Bible, I say: It is
now your only hope! Science offers no solutions. The politicians
and heads of governments have no answers. In the Bible alone you
will find the advance news of what is now certain to occur -- and
occur it will before mankind blasts itself out of existence!
But another objector might ask, are not most of the prophecies
outdated Old Testament writings, addressed only to the ancient
nation of Israel, of no concern to us in our time? And the answer
is an emphatic no! These scintillating, dynamic prophecies were,
most of them, never given to ancient Israel.

A Pivotal Book

The plain truth is, these prophecies were written for our people of
our time, and for no previous people or time. They pertain to world
conditions of today, and could not have been understood until
today.
One of the very pivotal books of prophecy is the book of
Daniel. Actually, the prophet Daniel was not the author of the book
known by his name. The living God was its author! The message was
transmitted to Daniel by God's angel. Daniel put to writing, to be
preserved until our time, what he heard.
At the very close of his book, Daniel wrote: "And I heard, but
I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of
these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are
closed up and sealed till the time of the end ... and none of the
wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand" (Dan. 12:8-
10).
So the prophecies of Daniel were CLOSED, sealed, locked up
until now! But today we are living in "the time of the end." Today
the "wise" do understand! But who are "the wise"? Only those who
fear and obey God -- and who have the master key to unlock the
locked-up prophecies. God says: "The fear of the Eternal is the
beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his
commandments" (Ps. 111:10). And even most professing "Christians"
refuse utterly to do that. No wonder they can't understand.
And don't forget, the specific key that unlocks these closed
doors of prophecy is the definite knowledge of the true identity of
the American and British nations as they are mentioned in these
prophecies.
Stop a moment and think. If the prophecies Daniel wrote could
not be understood by him; if they were "closed up and sealed till
the time of the end" -- till the latter half of the twentieth
century -- as the angel said and as Daniel wrote, then they were
closed to the ancient Israelites of that day; they contained no
message for Daniel's time.
Think a little further.

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PHOTO CAPTION: THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE -- the biggest single gain in
territory for the United States. It opened up the vast Mississippi
basin and put it under American control. It also included some of
the best farmland in the entire world as well as rich mineral
resources. The purchase facilitated further expansion to the
Pacific Coast.
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These prophecies could not have been given to or known by the
ancient Kingdom of Israel. Daniel wrote in and after the time of
the Chaldean king Nebuchadnezzar's invasion and captivity of the
Kingdom of Judah, 604 to 585 B.C. But the Kingdom of ISRAEL had
long before been invaded, conquered, and its people moved out of
Palestine -- transported as slaves to Assyria -- 721 to 718 B.C. (II
Kings 17:18, 23-24), 117 to 133 years before Daniel wrote. Years
before the book of Daniel was written, most of the Assyrians, with
those Israelite slaves, had migrated from ancient Assyria northwest
toward Europe. How far northwest -- where they finally settled -- was
not then known. They had become known as the Lost Ten Tribes.
But today we do know.
Today, as Daniel wrote (12:4), knowledge has indeed increased.
The whereabouts of the Lost Ten Tribes is one of the ancient
mysteries now cleared up. But in Daniel's day they were lost from
view -- as if the earth had opened her mouth and swallowed them.

Not for Old Testament Israel

Daniel's prophecy, then, was not a message to the Old Testament
Kingdom of Israel!
Now think further!
Nor was this prophecy a message for the Old Testament Kingdom
of Judah. When Daniel wrote, the Jews already were slaves in
Babylon. Daniel was one of the brilliant young princes of Judah,
specially chosen for service in the king's palace in Babylon (Dan.
1:3-6). Daniel's strenuous duties in the Gentile king's service did
not allow him to deliver this closed and sealed message to the
scattered Jewish slaves. In this condition of slavery, the Jews had
no system of religious meetings -- no priesthood. There was no such
thing as a printing press -- no way to print and distribute
literature. And besides, the prophecy was "closed up and sealed
till the time of the end" -- our time, now! The book of Daniel was
not a message for the Jews of Old Testament times!
Finally realize: It is emphatically clear that these
prophecies pertain to no time but to our time, in this twentieth
century!
Then know this, further:
The greatest mystery book of the entire Bible, to most, has
been the book of Revelation. But the book of Daniel is the key to
the book of Revelation. And in the book of Revelation, solely and
alone, do we find the world events of all prophecies correlated in
order of time sequence. The book of Revelation, then, holds the key
for putting together all of the prophecies in proper time order.
And Revelation, too, was a closed and sealed book -- until our time,
now. We realize that the living Jesus is the Revelator -- and that He
has stripped off the seals and opened this mystery book to right
understanding.
And where does that lead us? To the fact that prophecy
generally was written and preserved for our time today! And some 90
percent of all prophecy pertains actually to this latter half of
the twentieth century. And the one central master key to prophecy
as a whole is the identity of the United States and the British
nations in these prophecies for today!
These prophecies could not pertain to any time previous to our
precarious present!
It may not be generally realized -- but neither Britain nor the
United States became great world powers until the nineteenth
century. Suddenly, in the very beginning of the nineteenth century,
these two -- until then small, minor countries -- suddenly spurted to
national power and greatness among nations, as no nations had ever
grown and multiplied in wealth, resources and power before.
By 1804 London had become the financial hub of the world. The
United States had exploded out of its swaddling clothes of the 13
original states and had acquired the expansive Louisiana Purchase.
It was fast sprouting up to become the mightiest nation of all
time. But Britain burst forth to greatness first, and until the
World Wars had become the greatest empire, or commonwealth of
nations, in all history.

Could We Be Ignored?

Between them the British and the American peoples had acquired more
than two-thirds -- almost three-fourths -- of all the cultivated
physical resources and wealth of the world. All other nations
combined possessed barely more than a fourth. Britannia ruled the
waves -- and the world's commerce was carried on by water. The sun
never set on British possessions.
Now think!
Could the British and American peoples be ignored in
prophecies of world conditions that fill a third of the entire
Bible -- when some 90 percent of all those prophecies pertain to
national and international world happenings of our time, now?
Staggering?
Indeed it is. And yet, precisely as prophesied, Britain's sun
has now set. As these same prophecies that foretold Britain's
greatness revealed far in advance, Britain has already been reduced
to a second-rate or third-rate power in the world.
And the United States? Today America finds herself heir to
just about all the international problems and headaches in this
post-World-War-II, chaotic, violent world. And the United States
has won her last war -- even little North Vietnam held her at bay.
Many other nations sap America's national strength, "and he knoweth
it not," as God long ago foretold!
On the world scene nothing is so important right now as to
know where the white, English-speaking peoples are identified in
scores and hundreds of prophecies -- prophecies which describe
vividly our sudden rise to national power and reveal the causes of
that greatness; prophecies that paint a crystal-clear picture of
our present international dilemma; prophecies that open our eyes
wide to see what now lies immediately ahead for our nations -- and
what our ultimate and final status shall be.

Chapter 3
NATIONAL GREATNESS PROMISED ISRAEL -- YET THE
JEWS NEVER RECEIVED IT -- WHY?

PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II, THE American and British peoples had
acquired more than two-thirds of the cultivated resources and
wealth of the world. Yet, astonishing wonder though it be, we
acquired nearly all of it rather suddenly, since the year 1800.
Never in all history did anything like this occur. Never did any
people or nation spread out and grow so suddenly and rapidly into
such magnitude of national power.
Yet we are beholding before our very eyes the diminishing and
evaporating of this national greatness, wealth and power. In the
case of Great Britain, it is disintegrating even more rapidly than
it developed! Britain has been almost overnight stripped of her
colonies and her possessions -- source of her wealth -- and reduced to
a second-rate or third-rate power. Why? There is a reason! It is
bound up with history and divine promises pertaining to Israel.
Promises never yet inherited by the Jewish people. And now, unless
the people and the government of the United States will heed and
take immediate and drastic action, the American nation is slated to
go down even more suddenly to utter ignominy and loss of all
national wealth, greatness and power!
And for the SAME REASON!
It behooves us without delay to quickly review that history
and open our eyes to divine promises and warnings almost wholly
unrealized by our peoples. It is all connected with the generally
ignored plain and simple Bible story that leads to knowledge of our
incredible ancestry and modern prophetic identity. And it is the
most amazing and fascinating story you ever read. Stranger than
fiction -- yet it is TRUE!

Why Do We Have Israel's Bible?

Millennia ago, this same national greatness, wealth and power was
promised by the Almighty to Abraham. Yet few have ever noticed this
astonishing fact in Scripture. We must realize, if we would
understand, a peculiar fact. The Holy Bible is the particular Book
of a definite nationality -- the children of Israel.
It is undeniable! Its history, from Genesis to Revelation, is
primarily the history of one nation or people -- the Israelites.
Other nations are mentioned only insofar as they come into contact
with Israel. All its prophecy, too, pertains primarily to this
people of Israel, and to other nations only insofar as they come
into contact with Israel. The Bible tells of these Israelites and
their God. It was inspired by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
committed to writing through Israelites exclusively, and preserved
until after the New Testament was written by these Israelites. In
its sacred passages we read that all the promises and the covenants
of God, all the sonship and the glory, belong solely to Israel
(Rom. 9:4).
Yet we must face the astounding fact that our white, English --
speaking peoples -- not the Jews -- have inherited the national and
physical phases of those promises!
How could this have happened?
The Bible is an Israelitish Book, preeminently of and for the
Israelitish nationality, inspired by their God through their
prophets. Is it not indeed strange that we English-speaking peoples
are today the greatest believers in and exponents of this Book of
the Hebrew people; that of all nations we are the chief worshipers
of Israel's God and Israel's Messiah -- in name and in form, if not
in truth and in deed?
The more these facts are realized, the more apparent it
becomes that a full knowledge of these Israelites is necessary to
a right understanding of the Holy Bible, which is chiefly concerned
with them as a people. And this knowledge becomes important if we
are to understand the present status of the American and British
peoples in the world -- and their relation to unprecedented world
conditions at this fateful hour! Let us remember as we approach
this fascinating story that the Bible is concerned with the
material, the fleshly, the literal, racial and national, as well as
with the spiritual. Let us not spiritualize away national things,
nor nationalize spiritual things. Let us understand the sacred Word
of God as it is!

Nation Began With One Man

Before the days of Moses there was no nation on earth known as
God's particular nation. Prior to Moses there was no written Word
of God; no inspired Scriptures; no Holy Bible. Think of it! For
more than two thousand five hundred years -- two-and-a-half
millennia -- mankind existed without any written revelation from God!
The only historic record of God's dealing with mankind prior to
Israel is the revealed history of the Bible. And -- even more
astonishing -- only the first eleven of the fifty chapters of Genesis
are devoted to the entire history of the world prior to Abraham,
father of the Israelites!
Surprising? Only the first eleven chapters of the very first
book of the Bible are used to record for us the history of the
first approximately 2,000 years -- more than one-third of its entire
span.
God began this world with just one man -- Adam. Whatever God
does through human agencies must start the smallest, and, like the
grain of mustard seed, grow big. To this first man God communicated
directly and personally. God revealed all essential knowledge
otherwise inaccessible to the human mind. The basic essentials of
all knowledge -- what is man? -- WHY is he here? -- what's the PURPOSE of
life? -- what is the WAY of life that will produce peace, health,
prosperity, happiness and joy? -- what is man's END -- his destiny? --
God revealed this basis of all knowledge to the first man.
To Adam, God revealed Himself -- the Eternal Creator-Ruler of
earth and all the universe. God revealed to Adam that he was,
unlike animals, made in the form and shape of God with powers of
mind possessed by no other physical creature; with the potential,
through free choice, of developing the very character of God and of
inheriting eternal life in the Kingdom of God. To Adam God revealed
the way of life that would result in everything man desires: peace,
enjoyable life, happiness, abundant well-being.
To produce these blessings -- to be the cause of such desired
effect -- God had set in motion His inexorable spiritual law. But
Adam listened to Satan and leaned to his own human understanding.
He disobeyed God, rejected the way to every desired result, and set
out on the human course of greed and vanity.

Mankind Spurns God's Way

As men began to multiply on earth, Adam's sons followed in his
Satan-inspired course of human nature. Prior to Abraham, only three
are mentioned as accepting God's way of life -- only three during
more than a third of the whole span of the history of mankind. Abel
was called righteous; Enoch walked with God; and Noah was a
preacher of righteousness, which is simply obedience to God's
government (Psa. 119:172). Aside from these three and possibly
Shem, there is not record that any man prior to Abraham yielded to
the rule of the Eternal.
By the time of Abraham men had lost all knowledge of the true
Creator-Ruler, His revelation of His purpose, and the way of God to
peace and happiness and to life eternal. Man pursued his own ways
and devices, walking contrary to the spiritual laws of God. Sin and
violence filled the earth.

God Started His Nation With One Man

It was in such a world, which had strayed far from God and
knowledge of the glorious benefits of God's rule and the worship of
the true God, that one man was honest and upright, submissive and
teachable, strong and purposeful. So God gave him a test command of
obedience. To this man, Abram, God commanded: "Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a
land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation"
(Gen. 12:1-2).
Here was a command, which was a condition and a PROMISE,
provided the condition of obedience was met.
And so now, as God had started the whole world with one man,
He started His own peculiar nation in the world from one single
man -- Abraham. As the world, which has strayed far from God and the
blessings of God's worship and rule, was started with one man who
rebelled against God and rejected His rule, so God's own flesh-born
nation, from which is to be reborn the Kingdom of God, was started
with one man who obeyed God without question, and accepted His
divine rule.
Did Abram stop to argue and reason? Did he say: "Let's reason
this out a bit first; here I am in Babylon, in the very center of
all this world's commerce, society and gaiety. Why can't you just
as well give me this promise right here, where everything is
pleasant and alluring? Why must I leave all this and go over to
that uncivilized land?"
Did Abram quibble, resist, argue, rebel?
He certainly did not!
The inspired Scripture account states simply: "So Abram
departed." There was no arguing with God. There was no human
reasoning that God was wrong. There were no foolish questions: "Why
must I leave here?" "Can't I do as I please?" There was no stopping
to say, "Well, here's the way I look at it."
"Abram departed." Just plain, unquestioned obedience!
And God established this man, whose name He later changed to
Abraham, as the father of His nation, Israel! To Abraham and his
descendants were all the promises of God made. And we must become
like Abraham, and through Christ one of his children, if we are to
inherit the promise of eternal life in God's Kingdom.
Of His peculiar flesh-born nation, Israel, the Eternal said:
"This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my
praise" (Isa. 43:21). That prophecy shall yet -- and soon -- be
fulfilled!

Dual Promises to Abraham

Few have realized it, but a duality runs all the way through the
plan of God in working out His purpose here below.
There was the first Adam, material and carnal; and there is
Christ, the second Adam, spiritual and divine. There was the Old
Covenant, purely material and temporal; and there is the New
Covenant, spiritual and eternal. God made man mortal, physical, of
the dust of the ground and of the human kingdom; but through Christ
he may be begotten of God to become immortal, spiritual, and of the
Kingdom of God.
And in like manner there were two phases to the promises God
made to Abraham -- the one purely material and national; the other
spiritual and individual. The spiritual promise of the Messiah, and
of salvation through Him, is well known by the most superficial
Bible students. They know that God gave the spiritual promise to
Abraham of Christ to be born as Abraham's descendant -- and that
salvation comes to us through Christ. But -- and this will sound
unbelievable, yet it is true -- almost no one knows what that
salvation is; what are the promises of salvation we may receive
through Christ; how we may receive them, or when -- incredible though
that sounds! But that truth belongs in another book.
What is essential to the theme of this book is the fact that
God also made another entirely different, most amazing national and
material promise to Abraham which has been almost entirely
overlooked.
Notice now again how God first called Abram, and the twofold
nature of His promises: "Now the Eternal had said unto Abram, Get
thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy
father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make
of thee a GREAT NATION ... and in thee shall all families of the
earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:1-3).
Notice the twofold promise: 1) "I will make thee a GREAT
NATION" -- the national, material promise that his flesh-born
children should become a great nation -- a promise of RACE; 2)
"... and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" -- the
spiritual promise of GRACE. This same promise is repeated in
Genesis 22:18: "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth
be blessed." This particular "one seed" refers to Christ, as
plainly affirmed in Galatians 3:8, 16.
Right here is where those who profess to be "Christians" -- and
their teachers -- have fallen into error and scriptural blindness.
They have failed to notice the twofold promise God made to Abraham.
They recognize the messianic promise of spiritual salvation through
the "one seed" -- Christ. They sing the hymn "Standing on the
Promises" -- falsely supposing the promises to be going to heaven at
death.
This is a pivotal point. This is the point where professing
"Christians" and their teachers jump the track of truth. This is
the point where they switch off the track that would lead them to
the missing master key to the prophecies. They miss the fact that
God gave Abraham promises of physical RACE as well as spiritual
grace.
But the plain fact that the "great nation" promise refers
alone to race -- not the "one seed" of Galatians 3:16, who was Jesus
Christ the Son of Abraham and the Son of God, but to the plural,
multiple seed of natural fleshly birth -- is made certain by God's
repetition of His promise in greater detail later.
Notice carefully! Understand these promises!
"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Eternal
appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk
before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between
me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly ... thou shalt be a
father of MANY NATIONS. Neither shall thy name any more be called
Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of MANY NATIONS
have I made thee" (Gen. 17:1-5).
Notice, the promise is now conditional upon Abraham's
obedience and perfect living. Notice, the "great nation" now
becomes many nations -- more than one nation. This cannot refer to
the "one seed," Christ. The following verses prove that.
"And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make
nations of thee, and kings [more than one] shall come out of thee"
(verse 6). Notice, these nations and kings shall come out of
Abraham -- physical generation -- multiple seed, not just one
descendant through whom scattered individuals may become Abraham's
children by spiritual begettal through Christ (Gal. 3:29). The
scattered, individual Christians do not form NATIONS. The Church,
it is true, is spoken of as "a royal priesthood, an holy nation" (I
Peter 2:9), but Christ's Church is not divided into "many nations."
This is speaking of race, not grace.
"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy
seed after thee in their generations ..." (Gen. 17:7). The "seed" is
plural -- "in their generations." "And I will give unto thee, and to
thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the
land of Canaan [Palestine], for an everlasting possession; and I
will be THEIR God" (verse 8).
Notice, the land -- material possession -- is promised to the
plural seed, of whom He is "their," not "his," God. The plural
pronoun "their" is used again in verse 9: "and thy seed after thee
in their generations."

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PHOTO CAPTION: GIBRALTAR, the strategic western "gate" to the
Mediterranean stood for three centuries as the symbol of Britain's
far-flung power. Today it is one of the Empire's few remaining
vestiges.
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But now examine this PROMISE carefully!
The future of great nations rests on the promises the eternal
Creator made to Abraham. The only hope of life after death for
anyone -- regardless of race, color or creed -- is dependent on the
spiritual phase of these promises to Abraham -- the promise of grace
through the "one seed" -- Christ the Messiah!

How Much Land -- What Size Nations?

These are not casual, incidental, unimportant promises. These are
basic -- the foundation for the establishment of the greatest world
powers; the basis for any personal salvation spiritually; for any
hope of eternal life for humans. These are stupendous promises. The
future of mankind is based, by the Creator God, on them.
Jesus Christ came "to confirm the promises made unto the
fathers" (Rom. 15:8) -- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
A carnal cynic, whose mind is hostile to God and His promises,
purposes, and ways, tosses these tremendous promises aside, saying
flippantly, "Oh yeah? -- but what kind of "many nations"? Twentieth-
century style? Nations of 100 million or more people? Don't be
ridiculous! Those men who wrote the Bible knew nothing of nations
that would be "great" by our twentieth-century standards! They
referred only to little nations like there were then -- nations
containing no more people than a small township or county today!
"And then how much land did this promise include? Was God
supposed to have promised an inheritance out of the land of Canaan,
as mentioned in verse 8 of Genesis 17? And then in repromising this
land to Jacob, all the land that was included was "the land whereon
thou liest" in Genesis 28:13. How much land was that? Not more than
a tiny plot two feet wide, and about six feet long!"
A cynical objector actually argued thus!
So let's answer the sneering closed-minded cynic! Let's check
carefully, and see precisely what was promised under this phase of
the promises pertaining to race -- the physical, material, national
promises. I leave the checking of the spiritual phase of the
promises to be explained in other booklets or articles.
How much land was promised.

A Cynic Argues

But first hear out the refutation of the criticizing cynic. "That
promise," continues the objector, "of 'many nations' was written in
Hebrew, and the Hebrew word for "nation" is goi, and for more than
one, plural, it is goiim. It merely means some "people" -- it could
mean just a little handful of Abraham's children and
grandchildren."
I mention this because a self-professed "scholar" did one time
make this very ridiculous statement and professed to reject this
entire important truth on these arguments primarily. If the reader
cares to check up on this Hebrew goi he will find it means
"nation" -- or, in the plural, "nations" or "peoples," without regard
to size of population. This is the word most often used -- actually
hundreds of times in the Old Testament -- for the various nations of
the world, including the largest nations. In the prophecy of Joel
3, verse 2, God says He will gather "all nations." That is speaking
of a time yet future, in this twentieth century -- and the Hebrew
goiim is used. There the word goiim includes such nations as
Russia, Germany, Italy, China, India -- pretty big nations.
But God promised that Abraham's literal, human, flesh-and-
blood descendants should become "a great nation" (Gen. 12:2); that
He would "multiply thee exceedingly" (Gen. 17:2); that "thou shalt
be a father of many nations" (verse 4); and that "I will make thee
exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee" (verse 6). As
we proceed along with other promises and prophecies, we shall see
that biblical language describes these as great and large nations.
And how much land? In Genesis 17:8, God promised "all the land
of Canaan," but in other scriptures He promised much more. In
Genesis 15:18: "In the same day the Eternal made a covenant with
Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river
of Egypt [the Nile] unto the great river, the river Euphrates." The
Euphrates is a considerable distance to the east in the ancient
land of Babylon, which is today Iraq -- considerably east of
Palestine.
But all of this objector's arguments are refuted and made
ridiculous by the very next verse from the one he quoted when he
said that all that was promised was a plot about 2 x 6 feet. He
could have read this next verse: "And thy seed shall be as the dust
of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the
east, and to the north, and to the south" (Gen. 28:14).
Here the size of the "many nations" is compared to the number
of grains of dust of the earth. Elsewhere God compared the
populations of these promised nations to the grains of sand on a
seashore and to the stars -- uncountable for multitude.
As we proceed, the magnitude and the reality of these promises
will become quite evident.

Not Fulfilled in Jews

Again, notice carefully -- the Jews have never been more than one
nation. They are not, and never have been, many nations. So here is
an amazing prophecy, a solemn promise from Almighty God, that could
not be fulfilled in Christ, in Christians, nor in the Jews. We must
look for a number of nations apart from either the Church or the
Jews. Amazing as it is, we must do it or deny God's promise!
God put Abraham to the test, and Abraham, through faith,
obeyed -- even to being willing to sacrifice his only son, if need
be. And after that the covenant no longer was conditional. Now it
became UNCONDITIONAL.
"By myself have I sworn, saith the Eternal, for BECAUSE thou
hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only
son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will
multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which
is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his
enemies [or, as correctly translated in the Revised Standard
Version, "And your descendants shall possess the gate of their
enemies." The Fenton translation renders it: "And your race shall
possess the gates of its enemies" -- so far the material, national
promises of race]; and in thy seed [Christ] shall all the nations
of the earth be blessed [this promise is spiritual, of grace];
because thou hast obeyed my voice" (Gen. 22:16-18).
The promise now is UNconditional. God has sworn to make it
good. God does not promise these things if Abraham or his children
do certain things. He promises them to Abraham BECAUSE he already
has performed his part of the agreement. If these promises could be
broken or annulled, then no promise in the Bible is sure!
These promises cannot be broken or annulled. Not if it be true
that "heaven and earth shall pass, but my word shall NOT pass
away." Now God must perform His part without fail.
Notice an additional detail of the promise -- the nations who
are Abraham's racial descendants are to possess the gates of their
enemies. A gate is a narrow passage of entrance or exit. When
speaking nationally, a "gate" would be such a pass as the Panama
Canal, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar. This promise is
repeated in Genesis 24:60 to Abraham's daughter-in-law: "Be thou
the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the
gate of those which hate them."
Notice, Abraham's descendants would possess vital geographic
passageways of their enemies -- "those which hate them." This has
never been fulfilled in the Jews, nor could it be fulfilled after
Jesus Christ returns to rule the nations and establish world peace.
This promise could only be fulfilled in the present world or else
we must deny the Bible as God's revealed Word. We must look for a
people forming more than one nation -- yet all one people, children
of Abraham -- either now or in history who possess the sea gateways
of the world, or we must deny the Word of God. It is a test of the
inspiration of the Bible and of God's power to rule this world!

A Nation and a Company of Nations

These tremendous promises were repromised to Isaac and to Jacob.
Ishmael and Abraham's other sons were rejected from this
birthright. Esau, Isaac's son and Jacob's twin brother, sold it and
was rejected. The promise, as confirmed to Isaac, is recorded in
Genesis 26:3-5: "I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto
thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I
will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I
will make thy seed to MULTIPLY as the stars of heaven, and will
give unto thy seed all these countries ...." Notice! Twice God
promised "all these countries." That is millions of times larger
than the 2 x 6 -- foot plot our "intellectual" cynic contended for.
Also, Isaac's descendants were to "MULTIPLY as the stars of
heaven." That's thousands of times larger than a tiny "township."

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PHOTO CAPTION: THESE TWO GATES control the long sea passage from
the western Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal to the
southeastern end of the Red Sea. Britain now controls only
Gibraltar.
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To Jacob it is repeated in Genesis 27:26-29, where MATERIAL
blessing of wealth in the things of the ground is added, with the
prophecy that heathen nations shall be ruled by the birthright
nations of Israel. "Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven,
and the fatness [margin: fat places] of the earth, and plenty of
corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee:
be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to
thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that
blesseth thee." And we find the promises again in Genesis 28:13-14,
where the added detail that these nations of Israel shall
eventually spread around the world is recorded. "And, behold, the
Eternal ... said, I am the Eternal God of Abraham thy father, and the
God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it,
and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth,
and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to
the north, and to the south ...."
The original Hebrew for "spread abroad" means "to break
forth." This promise places no limit on how far east, west, north
and south Jacob's descendants should spread. Thus it indicates they
would spread around the earth. This is confirmed in Romans 4:13:
"For the promise, that he [Abraham] should be the heir of the
world ...."
But this is not a promise that Abraham's descendants should
inherit, own, and possess the whole of the earth, leaving nothing
for Gentiles -- that is, prior to the new earth -- but rather that, in
years and centuries to come, they would spread and occupy certain
areas in various parts of the earth. Yet, the new earth -- after the
millennium -- will be inhabited only by those who shall be Abraham's
children through Christ (Rom. 4:13).
There is a phase of this prophecy heretofore utterly
overlooked -- not before understood. Indeed these birthright
Israelitish nations have spread to and occupied various lands or
areas in many locations around the world. This occurred after they
were -- 721-718 B.C. -- driven in a captivity out of their own promised
land of Samaria in Palestine. The next verses in Genesis 28
complete this phase of the prophecy. "And, behold," God continued,
"I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou
goest [God is here referring, not to Jacob personally, but his
descendants who were to spread abroad in all directions], and will
bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until
I have done that which I have spoken to thee of" (verse 15).

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PHOTO CAPTION: HONG KONG on the coast of China is a key to trade in
the area. The Khyber Pass, today in Pakistan, controlled the
entrance to the sub-continent of India. Both were in British
control.
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This generally unnoticed, but significant prophecy will be
fulfilled at the second coming of Christ. It is explained further
in Jeremiah 23:7-8, and 50:4-6, 19-20, and other prophecies.

Repromised to Jacob

Still later, God appeared to Jacob, whose name was changed to
Israel, even further defining the makeup of these "many nations"
thus: "And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and
multiply; A NATION and a COMPANY OF NATIONS shall be of thee, and
kings shall come out of thy loins" (Gen. 35:11). The Moffatt
translation renders it "a nation, [and] a group of nations." The
Fenton rendering is "a nation and an Assembly of Nations." The RSV
translates it as in the Authorized Version, above quoted. So the
"many nations" are eventually to take shape as a nation -- one great,
wealthy, powerful nation -- and another company of nations -- a group,
or commonwealth of nations.
Mark carefully this crucial fact! This is basic, if you are to
grasp the all -- important key to all prophecy -- the very key to the
real meaning of the unprecedented world events of the present. This
promise never has been fulfilled in the Jews. It cannot be
"spiritualized" away by interpreting it as being inherited only
through Christ. It could not pertain to the Church, for there is
but one true Church acknowledged in the Bible, and it is not a
nation, or a group of nations, but one Church of called -- out
individuals scattered through all nations. Yet this amazing promise
MUST stand fulfilled, unless we are to deny the Bible and God's
sacred Word!
The very fate of the Bible as the revealed Word of God -- the
evidence of the existence of God -- hangs on the answer to this
momentous question. The Jewish people did not fulfill these
promises. The promises do not refer to the Church. The world with
its great church leaders does not know of any such fulfillment. Did
God fail? Or has He made good this colossal promise unknown to the
world? The true answer is the most astonishing revelation of Bible
truth, of prophecy, and of unrecognized history!

Chapter 4
THE SEPARATION OF THE BIRTHRIGHT AND THE SEPTRE

NOW WE COME TO A MOST VITAL distinction, and a bit of Bible
truth known to but a very few. Very few, indeed, have ever noticed
that the promises to Abraham were twofold. But the Bible itself
makes sharp distinction between these two phases of the promises.
The spiritual promises -- the promises of the "one seed,"
Christ, and of salvation through Him -- the Bible calls the sceptre.
But the material and national promises relating to many nations,
national wealth, prosperity and power, and possession of the Holy
Land, the Bible calls the birthright.

Race, Not Grace

Let us understand the meaning of the terms:
"Birthright: native right or privilege" -- Standard Dictionary;
"any right acquired by birth" -- Webster's. A birthright is something
which is one's right, by birth. It has nothing to do with grace,
which is unmerited pardon and a free gift which is not one's right.
It has to do with race, not grace. Birthright possessions are
customarily passed down from father to eldest son.
"Sceptre: kingly office; royal power; badge of command or
sovereignty" -- Standard Dictionary. The promised kingly line
culminates in Christ, and involves grace to all.
We have seen how both sets of promises, right of birth and
gift of grace, were unconditionally made by God to Abraham. Both
the birthright and the sceptre were repromised by the Eternal to
Isaac and to Jacob. But the fact that should open your eyes, as a
joyous truth newly discovered, is that from that point these two
sets of promises became separated! The sceptre promises of the
kingly line culminating in Christ, and of grace through Him, were
handed on to JUDAH, son of Jacob and father of all Jews. But the
astonishing truth is that the birthright promises were never given
to the Jews!
Let that be repeated! Realize this! The birthright promises
were never given to the Jews!
Turn to these passages -- read them in your own Bible!
"The sceptre shall not depart from Judah ..." (Gen. 49:10).
"... But the birthright was Joseph's" (I Chron. 5:2).
Of course it is well understood that the sceptre went to Judah
and was handed down through the Jews. King David was of the tribe
of Judah. All succeeding kings of David's dynasty were of the House
of David, tribe of Judah. Jesus Christ was born of the House of
David and the tribe of Judah.
Another eye-opening truth completely unrealized by most people
today is the fact that only a part of the "children of Israel" were
Jews.
Read that little understood fact again!
The full explanation and proof of this must be reserved for
Chapter VI. Only those of the three tribes of Judah, Benjamin and
Levi were Jews. While all Jews are Israelites, most Israelites are
not Jews!
So understand! The birthright promise did not pass on to the
Jews! But the sceptre -- the promise of Christ and of grace -- was
passed on to the Jews! "Salvation," Jesus said, "is of the Jews"!
(John 4:22.) "The gospel of Christ," wrote Paul, "is the power of
God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16). The promises of grace were
handed down through JUDAH!
But the promises which the Bible terms the "birthright" have
not been understood at all. Few have ever noticed that God made any
promises to Abraham other than the sceptre. Few know what is in the
Bible!

Birthright Never Given to the Jews

Fewer still have understood that these great national material
promises were never given to the Jews! The astonishing and vital
fact that many have overlooked is "the birthright is JOSEPH'S."
And, as we shall see later, neither Joseph nor his descendants were
Jews! Astounding as it may be, it's true!
This knowledge about the birthright is the pivot of this
entire truth which will prove the key to the understanding of all
prophecy! It's of supreme importance that you get this clearly in
mind!
"Birthright," as defined above, includes only that which comes
by right of birth. No one can receive eternal life as a right, from
natural birth. If it were our right, inherited by birth, it would
not be by grace. Salvation comes by grace -- God's gift, by
undeserved pardon -- unmerited favor. We can receive only material
possessions as a right by birth. And when that right is passed down
through generations to ever-multiplying descendants, it finally
devolves into a NATIONAL inheritance. It confers only material
possessions, power, or position. It does not bestow spiritual
blessings. It is a matter of race, not grace!
There is another distinction between a birthright and grace we
ought to understand. A birthright, as before stated, is normally
passed on from father to eldest son. There are no conditions which
the recipient is required to meet. The son does nothing to qualify
for it. He receives it as his right for no other reason than that
he happened to be born his father's son. He has a right to it
without earning it or qualifying to be worthy of it. He could,
however, disqualify himself to keep, or even to receive it.
But the gift of immortality received by grace does have
qualifying conditions! It is not your right, nor mine, to receive
the gift of eternal life -- to be actually born as God's son --
literally a member of the God FAMILY! Think what conditions would
result if it were! A rebellious, defiant, hostile, God-hating
criminal or atheist could shake his fist at God and say: "Look,
God! I hate you. I defy you! I refuse to obey you! But I demand
your gift of eternal life! It's my RIGHT! I want to be born into
your divine family -- to receive all the vast POWER of a son of God,
so I can use that power to oppose you! I want to make your family
a house divided against itself. I will cause friction, hostility,
hatred, unhappiness among all you children! I demand that POWER, as
your gift, as my right, so that I may abuse that power -- use it for
EVIL!"

Grace Requires Conditions

Most professing "Christians" -- and many teachings of what is called
"traditional Christianity" -- say there are no conditions, nothing
that we must do to receive God's glorious grace. They deny that God
requires obedience to His law! They twist the truth around by
saying that would be earning one's salvation! They do demand it of
God, while they still rebel against His law and refuse to keep it!
Think where that would lead! Understand this! Eternal life is,
indeed, God's free gift. You can't earn it! But it is not your
right! You cannot demand it of God as your right, while you defy
God, rebel against His government, refuse to let Him rule your life
His way!
Therefore God has imposed CONDITIONS! Those conditions do not
earn you a thing! But God gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey
Him (Acts 5:32). He does not pay it -- but the passage speaks of the
Holy Spirit which "God hath given to them that obey Him." It is
still a free GIFT!
A rich man might have seven men standing before him, and say:
"I will give, as my free GIFT, $1,000 to any or all of you who will
step forward and receive it." Their stepping forward does not EARN
it. It is merely the condition required to receive the free GIFT.
The word "grace" means unmerited, undeserved pardon! God
pardons those who REPENT! And "repent" means to turn from
rebellion, hostility, disobedience. "Repent" means to turn to
obedience to God's law. The fact that God chooses not to give this
wonderful gift -- the gift of immortality, which carries with it
divine power -- to those who would misuse it for harm and evil; the
fact that He chooses to give it only to those who will rightly use
it -- does not mean it comes by works instead of grace. If there were
no conditions, then everyone could demand it -- and it would be
received as a right by birth, instead of by grace!
The very fact of grace makes necessary God's required
qualifications. But it still is an undeserved GIFT! Obedience does
not earn anything -- that is only what we owe to God. A birthright
requires no qualification. It is a right by birth.

What the Birthright Conferred

Just what special material inheritance was passed on by the
birthright few have understood. Yet it conferred the richest, most
valuable material inheritance ever passed from father to son -- the
most colossal wealth and power ever amassed by man or empire! The
magnitude of this birthright is staggering!
It includes all the first phase of God's tremendous promises
to Abraham. This legacy guaranteed on the authority of God
Almighty, unconditionally, multitudinous population, untold wealth
and material resources, national greatness and world power!

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PHOTO CAPTION: HUGE FLOCKS OF SHEEP were among the blessings
promised to Abraham's descendants.
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PHOTO CAPTION: BLESSING: golden wheat -- millions of acres -- promised
to birthright nations.
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Not only had God promised that a world-dominant nation and a
company, or commonwealth, of nations whose peoples descended from
Abraham would be as populous as the grains of sand of the seashore-
-as the stars in multitude; not only did He promise they should
possess the gate (Fenton translation: gates) of enemy nations,
which alone signifies world dominance and power; but the birthright
finally included vast material wealth and unlimited national
resources. That was made plain in the blessing given to Jacob, as
we shall soon see.

The Birthright Denied to Ishmael

Except in cases of divine intervention, which occurred three times,
the inheritance of the birthright fell automatically to the eldest
son in each generation.
Isaac was chosen by the Eternal to inherit both the sceptre
and birthright. Abraham had other sons. Ishmael was the eldest. But
God chose Isaac, and "Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac"
(Gen. 25:5). Isaac, however, was Abraham's firstborn lawful son.
Ishmael was the son of Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian handmaid.
Abraham loved Ishmael and desired for him to have the
birthright. "And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live
before thee!" (Gen. 17:18.)
Sarah his wife was barren. "And God said, Sarah thy wife shall
bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I
will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant,
and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I ... will make him
fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly ... and I will make him
a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac ..."
(verses 19-21).
Regarding the future nation to spring from Ishmael, the angel
of the Eternal had said to Hagar: "He will be a wild man; his hand
will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he
shall dwell to the east [correct translation] of all his brethren"
(Gen. 16:12).
Two clues are given here: 1) Ishmael's descendants were to
become a great nation but the birthright nations were to be
greater; and 2) they were to dwell to the east of their
brethrenžthat is, of Isaac's descendants who had the birthright.
The children of Ishmael have become the Arabs of today. The nation
and company of nations who hold the birthright must, therefore, be
larger, wealthier, more powerful, and must be found geographically
west of the Arab nations.
Abraham was the human type of God the Father, and Isaac of
Christ. There are many parallels. Space prohibits expounding them
here, except to note that if we are Christ's we are Abraham's
children (Gal. 3:29), and Abraham is the "father of the faithful"
(see Gal. 3:7); that Abraham was called on to be willing to
sacrifice his only (legitimate) son (Gen. 22:2) even as God gave
His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, for the sins of the world;
that Isaac's wife Rebekah is a type of the Church, and she had to
fall in love with him and accept him as her husband before she saw
him with her eyes; and that Isaac was born by promise, and by a
miracle from God, even as Jesus was miraculously born of the virgin
Mary.
Isaac had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau was the firstborn,
and therefore the legal inheritor of the birthright. But Esau
undervalued it and sold it to Jacob.

Esau Sells the Birthright

God had chosen Jacob to possess these promises before the twins
were born. But Jacob, influenced by his mother instead of waiting
on the Eternal, resorted to deception and took it from Esau.
The Eternal had said to Rebekah, regarding Esau and Jacob,
that they were the beginning of two nations -- "two manner of
people ... the one people shall be stronger than the other people,"
said God, "and the elder shall serve the younger" (Gen. 25:23).
Their descendants, then, were to become two different types of
people. The story of Jacob's premature and deceptive acquisition of
the birthright continues, in Genesis 25:27-34.
"And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of
the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac
loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved
Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage [boiled porridge -- Fenton's
translation]: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And
Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red
pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom."
"Edom" means, literally, "red soup," and is so translated in
the Fenton version. It will prove another "key" to Bible
understanding for the reader to carefully fasten in his memory the
fact that "Edom" refers to Esau. Many prophecies pertaining to the
present and future employ the name Edom. They cannot be understood
unless it is realized that they refer to the descendants of Esau,
primarily the Turkish nation today.
"And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau
said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this
birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he
sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob
gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink,
and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright."
Later, Jacob subtly took from Esau his blessing. The story of this
deception is found in Genesis 27.

Jacob's Deception

It was at a time when Isaac was old, his eyesight dimmed with age.
Nearing the end of his life, he called Esau and requested that he
go to the field and hunt for the venison, prepare it and bring it
to him. He would then bestow the blessing confirming the
birthright.
But Rebekah overheard, and sent Jacob quickly for two kids of
the goats. These she prepared in the same tempting way that Isaac
loved his venison. Then she took some of Esau's clothes and put
them on Jacob. Now Esau was very hairy, while Jacob was smooth, so
Rebekah carefully placed the skins of the two kids upon Jacob's
hands, arms, and smooth part of his neck.
In this disguise, with his imitation venison, Jacob went in to
receive his father's blessing. "And Jacob said unto his father, I
am Esau thy firstborn" (Gen. 27:19).
Isaac was surprised he had found the venison so quickly and
became suspicious. Jacob lied again, asserting the Eternal had
brought the venison to him. Isaac detected the voice was that of
Jacob.
"And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may
feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And
Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said,
The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his
brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him" (verses 21-23).

What the Birthright Included

Now notice carefully what that blessing included!
"And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss
me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the
smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of
my son is as the smell of a field which the Eternal hath blessed:
Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of
the earth, and plenty of corn and wine [Fenton's translation:
increase and possession]: Let people serve thee, and nations bow
down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons
bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and
blessed be he that blesseth thee" (verses 26-29).
Note it! Materialistic promises, national in nature, every
one! Not one of them pertaining to salvation. None having to do
with life after death. Nothing spiritual here! All pertaining
purely to this present fleshly life! NATIONAL prosperity -- rainfall,
plenty of corn and wine, the fatness of the earth, or, as the
margin reads, the fat places of the earth -- increase and possession.
"Nations shall bow down to thee!" "Let people serve thee."
When Esau returned and found how Jacob had supplanted him, he
was very bitter. He pleaded for a blessing, too. But Isaac could
not retract the blessing given to Jacob. So he passed on to Esau
the following prophecy:
"Behold, thy dwelling shall be [correct translation: away
from] the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from
above; and by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy
brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the
dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. And
Esau hated Jacob ..." (verses 39-41).
In verse 39, quoted above, the Hebrew preposition "min" should
be translated "from" or "away from," not "of." Actually, the
prophesied lot of Esau was more of a curse than a blessing. The
Revised Standard Version translates it: "Behold, away from the
fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew
of heaven on high." Moffatt renders it: "Far from rich soil on
earth shall you live, far from the dew of heaven on high."
Actually, the Hebrew words convey the dual meaning, and both have
happened to Esau's descendants.

Prophecy for Turkey

The sparse records of history, with other proofs, show that many of
the descendants of Esau became known as Turks. Therefore we must
remember that prophecies pertaining to the latter days referring to
Edom, or Esau, refer generally to the Turkish nation.
In Isaac's dying prophecy, he foretold that Esau's descendants
would come to a time when they should have dominion, and then break
the yoke of the Israelites from off their necks. That has happened.
The children of Israel, through sin, were driven out of the
promised land that belonged with the birthright. The Turks came to
power and dominion and for many centuries possessed that land.
Those descendants, the Turkish people, occupied Palestine 400 years
before Britain took it in 1917. Esau's descendants always have
lusted for that land, central promise of the birthright! The Turks
have truly lived by the sword!

The Lesson for Us

But let's return to our story. Before Jacob was born, God had
spoken to his mother and revealed to her that Jacob should receive
the birthright. Instead, however, of waiting for the Eternal to
bring this about in His own way, she schemed with Jacob to take it
by lying and deception.
There is a lesson here for us today. As Isaac is, in a sense,
a type of Christ, so Rebekah is, in a sense, a type of the Church,
in which still dwells weakness and carnality.
Sometimes we become too much in a hurry. We ask the Almighty
for things He has promised in His Word. Then we try to dictate to
Him just how and when it shall be accomplished! We need to learn to
"wait upon the Lord." He always does things in His way, and in His
own time. And He distinctly tells us that His ways are not our
ways! Once we commit a thing to the Almighty, let us have not only
the trust, but the respect, for the One so great, that we will
leave the matter in His hands.
Had Jacob trusted the Eternal instead of taking this into his
own hands in a wrong way, the birthright would have come to him
more honorably. Under the circumstances, Jacob, which name means
"supplanter," had far more difficulty securing God's blessing upon
the precious possession than his predecessors.
But after years of trial and test -- after finally wrestling all
night with the angel (Gen. 32:24-29) -- after confessing his name as
"supplanter" -- God bestowed His blessing upon Jacob, took away his
reproachful name, and gave him a new, untainted name, ISRAEL -- which
means "prevailer," or "overcomer with God."
And thus we see that through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the
promises were handed down to one man at a time. There was no
branching out toward national growth until the days of Jacob. For
three generations it had been a "one-man nation." But Jacob had
twelve sons, and through them the future great nation and company
of nations were started on their way.

Reuben Lost the Birthright

The next legal inheritor of the birthright was Reuben, firstborn
son of Israel, by his first wife, Leah. But Reuben, like Esau, lost
it. And Joseph, eleventh-born of Jacob, but firstborn of Rachel,
his second and truly loved wife, received it.
The birthright belonged, legally, to Reuben, not Joseph. It is
related in I Chronicles 5:1-2 how it fell to Joseph: "Now the sons
of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but,
forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given
unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not
to be reckoned after the birthright [or, RSV, "so that he (Reuben)
is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright"]. For
Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief
ruler; but the BIRTHRIGHT WAS JOSEPH'S)."
So at this point the two divisions of the Abrahamic promises --
the birthright, involving material and national promises, and the
sceptre, including the kingly and spiritual promises -- were
separated.
It is of first importance to keep in mind that the birthright,
including the promised land now called Palestine, the assurance of
multitudinous population, material and national prosperity,
dominance over other nations, was now given to JOSEPH and his sons.
Mark that well! This BIRTHRIGHT was not to be inherited by all
the tribes of Israel! It was not given to the Jews! Only a part of
the Israelites -- the descendants of Joseph -- was to inherit these
tremendous national promises!
These material promises for this life, then, belonged to an
altogether different tribe among the children of Israel than the
sceptre promise of the kingly line culminating in Jesus Christ,
which spiritual promise belonged in the tribe of Judah!
These national promises of the multitudinous seed then became
the possession of an altogether different tribe than the promise of
the one seed, Christ, who sprang from Judah! This fact of the two
sets of promises, stressed in the preceding chapter, ought to be
plain and clear to every reader by now.
Fix it permanently in mind. It is one of the vital keys to
Bible understanding!
At the time of Jacob's death, he and his sons were living in
Egypt. We assume, of course, that you are familiar with the story
of how Joseph was sold by his brothers into Egypt; of how he there
became food administrator and prime minister, next under the king
and in actual rule of the nation; of the seven years of plenty,
followed by seven years of famine, in which food had been stored
only in Egypt under Joseph's supervision; of the visit of Joseph's
brothers to Egypt in quest of food, and how Joseph induced them to
bring their father and brother Benjamin down to Egypt; and finally,
of the dramatic revelation of Joseph's identity to his brethren,
amid weeping and rejoicing.
And how prophetic that was! As we shall see, Joseph, in his
descendants, shall soon once again have his true identity revealed
to his brothers -- and to the world. And how hidden from the world is
that identity now!

Birthright to Joseph's Sons

And now the time came to pass on the birthright to another
generation. Let us re-create the dramatic scene.
It occurred in Egypt, after Joseph had succeeded in having his
father brought there, as well as all his brothers. Joseph,
remember, was prime minister of the nation.
It was reported to Joseph that Jacob, his father, was ill. He
took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, sons of an
Egyptian mother, and hastened to the dying patriarch's bedside.
"And Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. And
Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the
land of Canaan, and blessed me, and said unto me, Behold, I will
make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a
multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee
for an everlasting possession" (Gen. 48:2-4).
Notice carefully these promises!
The birthright is about to be passed on to another generation.
Notice that nothing whatsoever is said about all the families of
the earth being blessed in his seed -- the one seed. Nothing is said
about kings. Nothing is said about spiritual blessings whatever.
These promises are those of the birthright. These promises are of
multiple seed -- a multitude of people -- and possession of the
promised land. Now let us continue.
"And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born
unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt,
are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine" (verse 5).
Thus did Jacob adopt Joseph's two sons, making them, legally,
his own sons. This, no doubt, was done because they were half-
blooded Egyptians. Israel made them his own adopted sons, so the
birthright could be passed on to them. Notice, too, that in the
first verse of this 48th chapter of Genesis, Manasseh's name is
mentioned first, because Manasseh was the elder. But old Jacob now
mentioned the name of Ephraim first. Here we see supernatural
guidance!
Jacob said to Joseph: "Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and
I will bless them. Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that
he could not see" (verses 9-10).
The birthright, remember, belongs legally to the firstborn,
unless altered by divine intervention. The inheritor of the
birthright, in receiving the blessing conferred upon him, should
have had Jacob's right hand resting upon his head. That is why
"Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's
left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right
hand, and brought them near unto him" (verse 13).

Name Israel Given to Joseph's Sons

But once again the Eternal intervened in conferring this momentous
birthright! Jacob, though blind so he could not see the lads before
him, crossed his hands, "and Israel stretched out his right hand,
and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left
hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for
Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God,
before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which
fed me all my life long unto this day, the Angel which redeemed me
from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them,
and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow
into a multitude in the midst of the earth" (verses 14-16).
Let who grow into this promised multitude? Let whose
descendants become that numerous seed, which shall number into
billions? Not Judah, the father of the Jews -- note it! -- but EPHRAIM
AND MANASSEH! Why have the eyes and understanding of church leaders
and Bible students been blinded to this plain fact of Scripture?
Notice, Israel did not confer this blessing on just one, but
on both -- "Bless the lads," he said. This blessing went upon them
jointly. "Let my name be named on them" was part of this blessing.
His name was ISRAEL. Hence, it was the descendants of these lads,
not the descendants of Judah, or the Jews, who were named ISRAEL.
How clear it is that the name Israel was to be indelibly stamped on
EPHRAIM and MANASSEH!
A shocking fact -- and yet plainly proved, right before your
eyes! And remember, this scripture needs not "interpretation" or
"special meaning" or "hidden symbolism" for you to understand! Here
is the plain, simple statement that Jacob's name, which was changed
to Israel, would become the very POSSESSION and property -- the label
on the peoples of Ephraim and Manasseh!
WHO, then, according to you Bible, is the real Israel
(racially and nationally) of today?
Ephraim and Manasseh!
Ephraim and Manasseh together received the right to the name
ISRAEL. It was to become the national name of their descendants.
And their descendants were never Jews! Fix this fact firmly in your
mind!
Thus it is that many of the prophecies about "Israel" or
"Jacob" do not refer to Jews or to any of the nations that are
today the descendants of the other tribes of Israel. Mark that
well! Few, indeed, are the clergymen, theologians, or professed
Bible scholars who know that today. Many refuse to know it!
Together the descendants of these two lads, Ephraim and
Manasseh, were to grow into the promised multitude -- the nation and
company of nations. These national blessings are poured upon them
jointly. These are the collective blessings which the lads together
received -- but not the other tribes.

Jacob Crosses Hands

But at this juncture, Joseph noticed that Jacob's right hand was
not resting upon the head of the firstborn. He endeavored to remove
it.
"Not so, my father," said Joseph, "for this is the firstborn;
put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said,
I know it, my son, I know it: he [Manasseh] also shall become a
people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother
shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude
[or, COMPANY] of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, In
thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as
Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh" (Gen. 48:18-20). Here
the promises are no longer collective, possessed jointly. Jacob now
was prophesying as to the blessings of each, individually.
As we have seen from the preceding chapter, the numerous seed
was to become "a nation, and a company of nations." Now we see that
the "nation" to become truly great is to spring from the seed of
Manasseh, the son of Joseph. The "company of nations" is to grow
out of Ephraim. Notice that, before dividing the promises, this
prophetic blessing indicated plainly that the descendants of these
lads should remain together, and together grow into a great
multitude, then become separated, Manasseh becoming a great nation,
and Ephraim a still greater company of nations.
Here, then, is yet another detail of the future national
characteristics of these people. We must not look for the
fulfillment among the sons of Judah. Nor among descendants of any
other of the twelve tribes.
The promise of a future great nation and a company of nations,
together great for multitude, rich in national material prosperity,
possessing the "gates" of the earth's other nations, applies solely
to these lads and the two tribes which sprang from them.
We might add here, too, that the tribes of Ephraim and
Manasseh never became such in the times of Bible history. Some
might suppose the house of Judah was the nation, and the ten
tribes, the company of nations. But none of these promises went to
Judah. Nor were they to be fulfilled in any of the other tribes,
save Joseph's double portion, the two tribes of Ephraim and
Manasseh!
It was Ephraim who was to become the company, or multitude, of
nations, and Manasseh who was to become the great single nation.
And these promises never were fulfilled in them, in times of Bible
history. If these promises ever have been fulfilled, we must look
for their fulfillment between the close of Bible history and the
present!

Prophecy for Today

While still in the spirit of prophecy, Jacob called his twelve sons
together to tell them what their posterity should become "in the
last days."
Here are prophecies which should assist us in identifying the
tribes of Israel today -- for surely these are the last days! We
shall here take space to consider only the destiny of Judah and of
Joseph. Joseph's descendants were actually divided into two tribes,
Ephraim and Manasseh, and usually are called by those tribal names
instead of the name "Joseph." The fact that these tribes are here
spoken of as "Joseph' plainly indicates that the prophecy applies
jointly to Ephraim and Manasseh.
"And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves
together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the
last days .... Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:
thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's
children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from
the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as
a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre
shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver [margin, ruler's staff]
from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the
gathering of the people be" (Gen. 49:1, 8-10). The Hebrew word here
translated Shiloh means the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, or the
one "seed" of Abraham. (See "Young's Analytical Concordance to the
Holy Bible".)

Promised to Joseph

Regarding Joseph, the combined Ephraim-Manasseh tribes, at this
present day, Israel prophesied: "Joseph is a fruitful bough [here
is pictured the birthright promise of multitudes in fulfillment],
even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches [margin, daughters]
run over the wall" (verse 22).
In other words, in the last days we are to find the children
of Joseph a numerous people, a great nation and a company of
nations, whose daughters, or children, shall "run over the wall" --
that is, run over, or past, the nation's boundary -- in other words,
be a colonizing people! Further, in the prophecy for Joseph for
these "last days": "... the Almighty ... shall bless thee with
blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under,
blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: the blessings of thy
father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto
the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the
head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was
separate from [margin: is prince among] his brethren" (verses 25-
26).
We shall see that these descendants of Joseph, possessing
these birthright promises -- to become numerous, to colonize, thus
spreading to the "north and the south, and east and the west,"
until they encircled the globe, to possess the "gates" of enemy
nations -- never returned to Jerusalem from Assyria, where they were
driven with the ten tribes after 721 B.C., and were never again
mixed with Jews from that time! Here are promises and prophecies
which never have been fulfilled by the Jews, by the Church, by the
American Indian, or any other fanciful counterparts of modern
Israel. But they are fulfilled today if the Word of God is to
stand!

Chapter 5
THE DAVIDIC COVENANT

AFTER THE DEATH OF JACOB AND his twelve sons in Egypt, their
children grew in about two and a quarter centuries to a population
probably between two and three million in that land.
But Israel's children became slaves: "And Joseph died, and all
his brethren, and all that generation. And the children of Israel
were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed
exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there
arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph .... And the
Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: and
they made their lives bitter with hard bondage ..." (Ex. 1:6-14).
Then God raised up Moses and fitted him in a special way to
lead these children of Israel out of the bondage that had come to
them in Egypt.
When they reached Mt. Sinai, in the peninsula wilderness, God
made a covenant with them establishing them as a NATION -- His
nation -- among the kingdoms of the world. Their government was
theocratic, with the civil, as well as the spiritual and religious
laws, given directly from God. God Himself was their King and He
ruled them by a system of judges.

Israel's First King Was God

God was Israel's only King! Israel was both church and state. In
Acts 7:38 we are told that the Israelites formed the church in the
wilderness. The word "congregation" of Israel used throughout the
Old Testament has the same meaning exactly as the word "church" in
the New. Israel, consequently, had more than one set of laws. God
gave Israel a twofold form of government. The congregation, or
church, was given ritualistic laws -- animal sacrifices, meat and
drink offerings, carnal or fleshly ordinances.
But Israel also was a civil government; thus for it God
established civil officers and civil laws -- statutes and judgments.
The one great central code of law, basis for both church and civil
government -- the overall SPIRITUAL CODE -- was the TEN COMMANDMENTS,
spoken by God directly to all the congregation, written with the
very finger of God in tables of stone.
For several generations after leaving Egypt, God was their
King! (This history is found through the books of Moses, Joshua and
Judges.) Each tribe kept separate by itself, but together they
formed one nation in much the same manner as the United States is
one nation composed of individual states.
Each tribe occupied its own land, or district. The Levites
became the priestly tribe, mingling throughout the other tribes,
having no inheritance in the land and no separate territory (except
for cities) of their own. To offset this, however, the children of
Joseph were divided into two tribes -- Ephraim and Manasseh -- thus
leaving twelve distinct and separate tribes, each occupying its own
territory or province, in addition to the Levites who were
sprinkled among the tribes.
All these years the birthright and the sceptre remained within
the one nation -- the birthright, of course, being handed down
through the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the sceptre with Judah.

Dissatisfied With God

The children of Israel were human, even as you and I. They
continually grumbled and complained. Their carnal minds were
hostile to God and His laws, even as human minds today (Rom. 8:7).
Soon they became dissatisfied with God as their King and demanded
that a man should be their king as in the Gentile nations around
them. So today, we want to be like the non-Christians around us
instead of conforming strictly to the ways of God as we are
instructed in His Word! Human nature has ever been thus.
When the elders of Israel came to Samuel demanding a man be
made their king, it naturally displeased Samuel, their prophet. But
the Eternal said: "Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that
they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have
rejected me, that I should not reign over them .... howbeit yet
protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king
that shall reign over them" (I Sam. 8:7-9).
Saul was their first human king. He refused obedience to God
and was finally rejected. He was slain in battle. His sole
surviving son, Ishbosheth, was slain after a reign of only two
years (II Sam. 2:10). However, Ishbosheth never reigned over Judah.
With this short reign over part of Israel, Saul's dynasty ceased.
That is how God rejected him. His dynasty was cut off!

David's Dynasty Forever

David succeeded Saul. David sat on the Eternal's throne. David's
son Solomon succeeded him, also sitting on the Eternal's throne.
"Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Eternal as king instead of
David his father" (I Chron. 29:23; see also II Chron. 9:8).
I wish here to impress another special point. Before Saul, the
Eternal had been King over Israel. These human kings were sitting
upon the Eternal's throne. The Eternal -- "Lord" -- is Jesus Christ who
was with the Father before the world was (John 17:5 and 1:1-2,14).
Jesus is both the "root" and the "offspring" of David (Rev. 22:16).
Since He was the "root," the throne was His before David was born.
David merely sat upon the Eternal's throne. Secondly, since Jesus
was David's lawful fleshly Son, this same throne shall once more
become His right by inheritance, continuing David's dynasty. And
so, when Christ returns to earth, David's throne will be doubly His
right!
Now we come to a seemingly incredible fact -- fantastic -- almost
unbelievable, but true! While David was king, God made with him a
perpetual covenant, unconditionally, which God cannot and will not
break! This covenant is even more amazing, and less understood,
than the unconditional covenant with Abraham!
I want you now to plant firmly in mind the specific nature and
character of the covenant the Almighty made with David. For it is
a vital link in the purpose and mission of Christ -- an important KEY
to Bible understanding!
In II Samuel 23:1, 5, we find: "Now these be the last words of
David .... God ... hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered
in all things, and sure." In other words, a covenant that shall
endure forever and cannot fail!
Turn back to the seventh chapter of II Samuel for more
specific details. God gave David this covenant promise at a time
when David was much concerned over the Ark of the Covenant dwelling
in a tent. David wanted to build a great temple at Jerusalem.
"And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord
came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith
the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? ... When
thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I
will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy
bowels [Solomon], and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build
an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom
for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he
commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with
the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart
away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever
before thee: THY THRONE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOR EVER" (II Sam.
7:4-5, 12-16).

Points to Notice
Notice carefully these points:
1) David's throne was set up and established with Solomon,
David's son.
2) The throne -- David's throne (verse 16) -- was established
FOREVER in Solomon (verse 13). Observe that this nowhere says that
when Christ comes, God will establish it in Him forever. It says it
was to be established forever in Solomon.
3) What if Solomon, or the children of Israel, disobey? Would
that cancel this covenant? Verses 14-15 plainly say that if they
commit iniquity, God will chasten them with the rod of men, but
will NOT break this covenant. The throne shall go on forever just
the same!
4) Notice particularly, in case of disobedience, God will not
take the throne away as He took it from Saul. How did He take it
from Saul? Saul's dynasty ended! No son of Saul ever sat on the
throne. But Solomon's dynasty would not end. The punishment for
disobedience would be chastening at the hands of men.
5) Since God did firmly establish this throne with David and
with Solomon, if David's throne ceased from existence, even for the
length of one generation, could we say it had been established
forever as God here promised?
Here is the fact as little realized as any in the Bible!
Almighty God made an absolutely binding -- just how binding we shall
see! -- covenant with David, unconditionally guaranteeing that there
should never be a single generation from that time forward when
there would not be a descendant of David, in UNBROKEN DYNASTY
sitting on David's throne, ruling over children of Israel! It was
the promise of a continuous, unbroken dynasty -- all generations
forever -- that was guaranteed.
This is hard to believe! Yet God promised and unalterably
guaranteed just that! There were no conditions. Nothing that would
happen could prevent it. The sins of the people were not to change
it. The promise stood immutable!

The End of the Record

But where is that throne today?
The history of the Bible records a line of kings, all
descendants of David in continuous dynasty, down to King Zedekiah.
But in the year 585 B.C. this last recorded king ever to sit on
this throne was captured by the armies of King Nebuchadnezzar of
Babylon, his eyes were put out, he was taken to Babylon, and there
died in a dungeon!
Moreover, all his sons were slain! All the nobles of Judah who
were not already imprisoned or enslaved at Babylon at that time
were killed, so that none could remain to sit on the throne of
David! The Chaldeans destroyed Jerusalem, burned the Temple and the
king's houses, took the Jews, a captive, slave people to Babylon.
There is certainly no record of any king of the line of David
ruling over Judah from that day to this. However, the line of
Jehoiakin to Jesus survived in Babylonish captivity -- so Jesus was
a descendant of David.
Some will say, however, that this throne is established today
in Christ. But Christ has not yet taken over this throne! He
pictured Himself as the nobleman (Luke 19:12) who went to a far
country (heaven) to get for Himself a Kingdom, and, who, after
receiving the right to the Kingdom, would return. Jesus Christ will
not sit upon the throne of David until His second coming to earth,
yet in the future!
But what of the nearly 600 years between King Zedekiah and the
birth of Christ? Who was reigning over the Israelites and sitting
on David's throne during those generations? If no one, then we must
conclude God broke His Word, or the Scripture has been broken!
The answer is a mystery more astounding than any tale of
fiction! The Bible reveals it, step by step.
But, then again, some will point to the expression "I will
stablish" (II Sam. 7:13) and conclude that possibly God meant at
the second coming of Christ He would establish that throne forever.
And still that will not do. From whom would Christ take over
David's throne if that throne has ceased these centuries to exist?
But God plainly promised He would establish that throne in Solomon:
"And I will stablish the throne of his [Solomon's] kingdom for
ever." He was not speaking of establishing it many centuries later
in Christ -- at His second coming. The "he" referred to is Solomon --
not Christ, for God said: "If he commit iniquity, I will chasten
him" (II Sam. 7:14).
But now I give you a scripture that ends all speculation as to
when this throne was established: "Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all
Israel; ought ye not to know that the Eternal God of Israel gave
the kingdom over to Israel to David FOR EVER, even to him and to
his sons by a covenant of salt?" (II Chron. 13:4-5.) The margin
says "PERPETUAL covenant." This shows the establishing of the
throne was then in the past! God gave, did give, this kingdom to
David and his sons -- not his Son, Christ, but his sons, plural --
continuously forever.

Established for All Generations

"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my
servant, Thy seed [dynasty -- Moffatt] will I establish for ever, and
build up thy throne to all generations" (Ps. 89:3-4). Note it! This
throne, established forever, was built up to all generations. God
did establish that throne, beginning with David and Solomon. We
have a record of it for a number of generations -- as far as King
Zedekiah, 585 B.C.
It was established to all generations, continuously,
perpetually, FOREVER! That term "all generations" certainly must
include those generations from Zedekiah to the birth of Christ. Who
occupied that throne during those generations?
Christ is not sitting on that throne now, but on the throne of
Almighty God in heaven (Rev. 3:21).
So what about this present generation? Where is there a
descendant of David today sitting in an unbroken line of kings on
the throne of David, ruling over children of Israel?
Can one wonder that men like Thomas Paine and Robert Ingersoll
lost faith in the Bible? They saw these unconditional promises, but
they could not see how they had been kept. Yet, if we have
patience, we shall see!
But to continue, in the 89th Psalm, with the 28th verse: "My
mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand
fast with him. His seed [dynasty -- Moffatt] also will I make to
endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven."
Consider a moment the meaning of the word "seed" in this
sense. Moffatt's translation in modern English properly translates
it "dynasty." The Revised Standard Version translates it "his
[David's] line" -- that is, continuous line or succession of sons,
generation after generation. This "seed" is not the general
population of the children of Israel. This is speaking of David's
seed, or David's sons. His sons were to be kings. David was of the
tribe of Judah, possessor of the sceptre, not the birthright,
promise. His "seed," therefore, was the kingly line. So, literally,
it means his dynasty, his line of successive sons.
Now while his throne is enduring through all generations, as
the days of heaven, consider the next verse: "If his children
forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my
statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their
transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
Nevertheless my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him,
nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break,
nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn
by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. HIS SEED [dynasty]
shall endure FOR EVER, and his throne as the sun before me. It
shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful
witness in heaven" (Ps. 89:30-37).
This is speaking of those generations when his children may
disobey and forsake God's law. Some today are excusing their
inability to locate this throne by saying the covenant was
conditional -- that because the children of Israel disobeyed God, the
covenant was broken. But what does the Almighty say? If the
children disobey and transgress, they shall be punished for their
transgression -- but not by the breaking of God's unconditional
covenant with David!
Some say Christ took over the throne. But He didn't. Instead
He was crucified, resurrected, and ascended to heaven. He shall
come, and soon now, to sit upon that throne as the King of kings
and Lord of lords. But how could Jesus Christ, when He returns
again to earth, take over and sit upon a throne that long ago
ceased to exist?

Will Christ Come to a Nonexistent Throne?

If the throne of David ceased with Zedekiah, then it does not exist
today. And if it does not exist, how shall Christ sit upon a
nonexistent throne? (See Luke 1:31-32.) And, since it was to
continue through all generations, how about those many generations
between Zedekiah and the birth of Jesus?
The very important fact that the glorified King of kings is
coming to sit on an existing throne is further affirmed by the
prophet Jeremiah. In the 33rd chapter is a prophecy of events to
occur at the time of Christ's coming in supreme power and glory! At
the time of writing this prophecy, the prophet was imprisoned in
Jerusalem. The armies from Babylon were taking the Jews captive.
God said to Jeremiah, "I will ... shew thee great and mighty things,
which thou knowest not ....concerning the houses of this city, and
concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are thrown
down ..." (verses 3-4).
Jeremiah knew the kings' houses in Jerusalem were being
destroyed -- the throne of David removed from Jerusalem. He was, as
will be shown later, to be God's agent in rooting out that throne
from Jerusalem. God was now revealing to him a reassuring fact. The
throne of David would, in this end time, be again planted in
Jerusalem. God now reassures the prophet that the throne will rule
continuously over Israelites until that time. It will be the same
continuous dynasty. The Messiah will sit on an existing throne!
Here is the prophecy of what is to happen at Christ's glorious
coming to rule: "Behold, the days come, saith the Eternal, that I
will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house
of Israel and to the house of Judah" (verse 14). Notice carefully!
This promise of David's continuous dynasty is a promise to the
house of Israel, as well as to Judah. Since the division into two
nations, that throne had not been connected with Israel -- only with
Judah. But the promise to be fulfilled at Christ's coming connects
it with Israel as well as Judah!
Continue: "In those days, and at that time, will I cause the
Branch of righteousness [the Messiah] to grow up unto David; and he
shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land" (verse 15).
This speaks of Christ's rule as King of kings. Jesus, a descendant
of David by human birth (Rom. 1:3), was the righteous Branch, or
offshoot of David.
Continue: "In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem
shall dwell safely .... For thus saith the Eternal; David shall
never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel"
(verses 16-17). Note it! It does not say David shall not, finally,
after 2,500 years without a man on the throne, want for one. It
says David shall NEVER -- at any time -- through all generations --
want for a descendant to remain sitting on his throne!
And over whom?

Throne Not Over Jews

Not Judah! Read it in your own Bible! During these more than 2,500
years, David shall not want for a man to sit upon the throne of the
house of Israel -- not Judah!
The throne was, at the time God revealed this prophecy to
Jeremiah, being rooted out of Judah. During these 2,500 years
between then and Christ's coming, it was to be the throne of the
house of ISRAEL!
After the coming of Christ to rule, it is evident that Israel
is again to offer sacrifices, burnt offerings and meat offerings.
In Ezekiel's prophecy, from the 40th chapter to the end of the
book, covering this period after Christ's coming, these sacrifices
are mentioned. But, after Christ's return, when they are again to
be offered, the tribe of Levi will not have been destroyed --
descendants of the priestly tribe will still be living. Notice
verse 18 of Jeremiah 33: "Neither shall the priests the Levites
want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat
offerings, and to do sacrifice continually."
This does not say they shall have, all these years prior to
Christ's coming, continually offered sacrifices. Other scriptures
show plainly sacrifices should not have been offered by Christians
after Christ's own sacrifice, and they were not offered by Jews
after the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. But other
prophecies already quoted show just as plainly that David's
descendants should be ruling on David's throne through all
generations, beginning with Solomon.
Since many of the Levites undoubtedly remained among the Ten
Tribes -- although we know many continued among the Jews -- and since
those remaining among the Ten Tribes have lost their identity along
with all Ten Tribes, it is entirely possible that many if not most,
of the called true ministry of Jesus Christ through the centuries
have been of the tribe of Levi.
Notice, now, how binding is God's covenant with David. "Thus
saith the Eternal; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my
covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night
in their season; then may also my covenant be broken with David my
servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne ..."
(verses 20-21).

What People Say

Continue: "Considerest thou not what this people have spoken,
saying, The two families which the Eternal hath chosen, he hath
even cast them off? Thus they have despised my people, that they
should be no more a nation before them" (verse 24).
That is what the people have been saying, as they were
prophesied to say! They say the Jews were scattered among many, if
not all, nations -- scattered individuals -- but no longer a nation
having its own government! And the Ten Tribes were supposed to have
been "lost," or to have gone out of existence, or to be just part
of the scattered individual Jews! Yes, so the Jews themselves have
saidžand so the world has said! But what does God say?
Continue, next verse: "Thus saith the Eternal; If my covenant
be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the
ordinances of heaven and earth; then will I cast away the seed of
Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his
seed [dynasty] to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy
on them" (verses 25-26).

The Test of Bible Truth

Strong words, those! Unless you can stop this old earth from
turning on its axis -- unless you can remove the sun and the moon and
stars from heaven, says the Almighty, you cannot prevent Him from
keeping His covenant to maintain continuously, through all
generations, forever, from the time of David and Solomon, a
descendant of David in one continuous dynasty on that throne!
He would not necessarily rule over all the house of ISRAEL, or
the Jews -- but at least some of them, and enough to form a nation.
This cannot be applied to mean that there would not have been
a continuous throne, or that it applies only to the "one seed" --
Christ -- finally coming to rule. Notice, it says specifically,
"... so that I will not take any of his seed to be RULERS [more than
one] over" Israelites. It is speaking of continuous, multiple
rulers -- not one Ruler coming to sit on a throne that 2,500 years
before had ceased to exist!
The COVENANT PROMISE to David is plain and definite. Either
his dynasty has continued and exists today, ruling over the house
of ISRAEL (not the Jews), or God's Word fails!
Remember again the sceptre promise, which includes this line
of kings until it culminates in Christ at His second coming: "The
sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver [margin,
ruler's staff] from between his feet, UNTIL SHILOH [Christ] COME;
and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Gen. 49:10).
Has the sceptre departed from Judah? Has the throne ceased? Or
does it, as God so bindingly promised, exist today so that Christ
can take over and sit upon a functioning, continuous throne when He
comes?
The infallibility of the Bible is at stake! God's Word is at
stake!

Chapter 6
CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BECOME TWO NATIONS

THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL is not Jewish! Those who constitute it are
not Jews, and never were! That fact we shall now see conclusively,
beyond refute.
After David's death, his son Solomon succeeded him to the
throne over Israel. Solomon taxed the people excessively and
reigned in a gorgeous splendor probably never equalled before or
since.
He also married Gentile wives from outside nations. Because of
them, he burned incense and sacrificed to Moloch and other idols.
As a result of this, "the Eternal said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as
this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my
statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the
kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding
in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I
will rend it out of the hand of thy son. Howbeit I will not rend
away ALL the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David
my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen" (I
Kings 11:11-13).

Israel Separated from David's Throne

Note it! It is the kingdom, not part of it, which is to be rent
away. It is the part, one tribe, which is to remain. And note -- for
right here is expressed the great WHY of this whole question --
though Solomon himself deserved to have it rent away, God will
leave one tribe, not because of leniency toward Solomon, but "FOR
DAVID'S SAKE"!
God has made a perpetual covenant with David, unconditionally,
which He cannot and will not break. David's dynasty cannot be
broken! That is the reason the sceptre promise is not destroyed,
but the ruler is to be permitted to rule on, without a single
generation's gap, over at least a part of the children of Israel.
In I Kings 11:26 you read of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, an
Ephrathite, or Ephraimite, Solomon's servant. He was made ruler
over the "house of Joseph" -- or Ephraim and Manasseh.
Speaking to Jeroboam through Ahijah the prophet, the Eternal
says: "Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon,
and will give ten tribes to thee .... Howbeit I will not take the
whole kingdom out of his hand ... for David my servant's sake, whom
I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes. But I
will take THE KINGDOM out of his son's hand, and will give it unto
thee, even ten tribes. And unto his son will I give one tribe, that
David my servant [remember why] may have a light alway before me in
Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that
thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel" (I Kings 11:31-
37).
These words make plain two facts: The nation Israel is to be
taken away from Solomon's son and given to Jeroboam. It is not just
a tribe, or a few tribes, but the nation called by the title Israel
which this Jeroboam, of the tribe of Ephraim, is to rule.
The ten-tribed kingdom was the one to which the national title
"Israel" was given. For truly, the name "Israel" was named on the
sons of Joseph! (Gen. 48:16.) Wherever they are, the Bible calls
them by the national name ISRAEL. To the world, their identity
today is lost. But, in biblical prophecy, it is they -- not the Jews-
-who are called ISRAEL! And they were in, and headed, the ten-
tribed nation ISRAEL.
On the other hand, because of His promise to David, the
Eternal left one tribe, Judah, in Jerusalem under the sons of
Solomon, so that a son of David might continue to sit on the throne
of David over children of Israel. God had promised David,
unconditionally, that the time would never come when he would not
have a son or descendant sitting on the throne ruling over children
of Israel.
Now, in later actual history, we see that promise being
carried out -- that covenant made binding! The children of Judah,
though they do not constitute all the children of Israel and though
they are not called by that national title, nevertheless are
children of Israel, and thus God can keep His promise to David; can
avoid abolishing the sceptre promises made to Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob. And at the same time God can visit punishment upon Solomon
by taking away the nation Israel and leaving a son of the sceptre
promise sitting on the throne over only one tribe. Note the very
important point that, though a punishment must be inflicted, God
does not break any of His promises.

David's Dynasty Rules Over Judah

God had promised that "the sceptre SHALL NOT DEPART FROM JUDAH." He
did not break that promise. Now note carefully that the ten tribes,
rent away, are called by the title "Israel," and that the one tribe
remaining under Rehoboam, Solomon's son, is merely called "Judah"
or the "house of Judah." They go by their tribal name, while the
ten-tribed kingdom continues to carry the national name "Israel."
Actually, Israel rejected its king and set a new king,
Jeroboam, on Israel's throne. The tribe of Judah seceded from the
nation Israel in order to retain Rehoboam as their king. But now
Rehoboam, David's grandson, became king of a new nation. That new
nation was not the kingdom of Israel. It was the kingdom of Judah!
Now see how it happened.
When Solomon's son, Rehoboam, succeeded to the throne, the
people at once demanded that the heavy taxes imposed by Solomon be
reduced. They sent their leader, Jeroboam, as spokesman, to
Rehoboam.
Pleaded Jeroboam: "Thy father made our yoke grievous: now
therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his
heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee"
(I Kings 12:4).
The reply was: "My father hath chastised you with whips, but
I will chastise you with scorpions" (verse 11).
Israel rebelled. The command to the people was: "To your
tents, O Israel"! The challenge to the royal family was: "Now see
to thine own house"! (Verse 16.)
"So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day
[the day this was written]. And it came to pass, when all Israel
heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him
unto the congregation, and made him king over ALL ISRAEL: there was
none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of JUDAH only"
(I Kings 12:19-20).
Then "Rehoboam ... assembled all the HOUSE OF JUDAH, with the
tribe of Benjamin" (verse 21). Rehoboam commenced to fight to
subdue and bring back the house of Israel, but God said, "Ye shall
not ... fight against your brethren the children of Israel ... for this
thing is from me" (verse 24).

Israel Divided into Two Nations

Did you notice that it is now the ten-tribed kingdom (headed by the
Ephraim-Manasseh tribes with an Ephraimite as their king), the
inheritor of the birthright promises, which is called the HOUSE OF
ISRAEL?
The tribe of Judah left to Rehoboam, along with the Benjamites
and later, after Jeroboam kicked them out of office in Israel, the
priestly tribe of Levi, is called in Scripture, not Israel, but the
house of Judah. They are all actually children of Israel but are no
longer called by that national title. This is emphasized so much
because the common conception is exactly the opposite.
The average conception today seems to be that the tribe of
Judah which remained carried the title "Israel." Most people seem
to think of the Ten Tribes as merely certain tribes driven out from
the nation Israel.
But it is ISRAEL which now sets up its kingdom under the
Ephraimite Jeroboam, in the land of Samaria, north of Jerusalem. It
is not Israel, but Judah -- a mere three tribes broken off from
Israel -- which is left behind in Jerusalem.

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PHOTO CAPTION: THE LARGE MAP ABOVE shows the various locations to
which the ten tribes of Israel were carried captive by Assyria.
Smaller map (inset) distinguishes the separate kingdoms of Judah
and Israel.
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The Ten Tribes were not broken off from Israel. Israel did not
remain in Jerusalem. Instead, Judah was broken off from Israel.

Israel at War with the Jews

Notice it carefully! The house of Judah, now including the tribe of
Benjamin under King Rehoboam of David's dynasty, was about to fight
against the nation Israel -- with its ten tribes headed by Ephraim
and Manasseh.
Now let us have scriptural proof that the ten-tribed people
called Israel, often prophetically spoken of as Ephraim, are not
Jews and never were Jews! Remember that the term "Jew" is merely a
nickname for "Judah." Hence, it applies to the one nation, or house
of Judah only -- never to the house of Israel.
From any exhaustive concordance you can learn that the first
time in all the Bible that the word "Jew" occurs is in II Kings
16:6. Nowhere in all the Bible before this does the name "Jew"
appear. Notice it!
Ahaz began to reign as king of Judah (verse 1). He sat on
David's throne (verse 2). At this time, a man named Pekah was king
of Israel. King Pekah of Israel formed an alliance with Rezin, king
of Syria, against Judah, and together the armies of Israel and
Syria, allied, came up against Jerusalem. They besieged King Ahaz
of Judah, but could not overcome him (verse 5). "At that time,"
says verse 6, "Rezin king of Syria [the ally of Israel, fighting
with Israel against Judah] recovered Elath to Syria, and drove the
Jews from Elath" (verse 6). The first place in the Bible where the
word "Jew" is used, we find Israel at war against the Jews!
Who drove the Jews out of Elath? The ally of King Pekah of
Israel! The army fighting with Israel against Judah. And the
children of Judah who resided in the town of Elath are called Jews
in a manner which distinguished them from the house of Israel, with
whom these Jews were at war! Observe the significance of that!
The first place in Scripture where the name Jew appears, the
Jews were at WAR against ISRAEL! They are of a different nation
altogether. They are, individually, children of Israel. But they do
not have that national title -- house of Israel.
It is wrong to call the Jews of today "Israel." They are not
the nation Israel -- they are Judah! And wherever Israel is today,
remember that Israel as a national name does not mean JEW! Whoever
the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel are today, they are not the Jews!
Wherever you see the name "Israel," or "house of Israel," or
"Samaria," or "Ephraim" used in prophecy, remember this: IT NEVER
REFERS TO THE JEWS, but to Israel, which was at war against the
Jews!

House of Israel Not Jews

No place in all the Bible does the term "Israel" refer to the Jews
exclusively. When the sense is not national but individual, the
term "Israel" alone, or "children of Israel," or "men of Israel"
may, and sometimes does refer to or include the Jews. Such an
expression, for instance, as "ye men of Israel," which frequently
occurs in the New Testament, refers to Israelites as individuals in
a collective sense, not a national sense. It usually refers to Jews
as individual descendants of the patriarch Israel (Jacob).
Moses may not, scripturally, be called a Jew. He was a Levite.
Abraham was not a Jew. Neither was Isaac nor Jacob -- nor Adam or
Noah for that matter. The descendants of the patriarch Judah are
racially Jews and also all who joined themselves nationally to the
tribe of Judah -- those of the tribes of Benjamin and Levi.
Jews are Israelites, just as Californians are Americans. But
most Israelites are not Jews, just as most Americans are not
Californians. The Jews are the house of Judah only, A PART of the
Israelites. But when these people are spoken of as nations, rather
than as collective individuals, the term "Israel" never refers to
the Jews. "House of Israel" never means "Jews." The three tribes at
Jerusalem under the Davidic king are called, merely, the house of
Judah.
But of Ephraim and Manasseh, sons of Joseph, the dying Israel
had said, "Let my name be named on them" (Gen. 48:16). And truly
they now bear the name of Israel.
From here on, the tribe of Judah, with Benjamin and the tribe
of Levi, is called "JUDAH" -- not ISRAEL. The ten tribes, headed by
Ephraim and Manasseh, from this time on are called "Israel." They
are not Jews and never were called Jews! From this time on, the
children of Israel, twelve tribes in all, are divided into two
nations!
And now, for the first time, the birthright goes into one
nation, Israel, headed by Ephraim-Manasseh, while the sceptre
remains in another nation, called the "house of Judah." The two
phases of the promises to Abraham now are divided between two
entirely separate nations!
For many generations Israel and Judah remained as separate
nations, in adjoining territories, having their own separate kings.
Why should ministers and professed Bible students be in ignorance
of this, when four whole books of the Bible, I and II Kings and I
and II Chronicles, are devoted to explaining it and recording the
history of these separate, rival kingdoms? Look at the maps in the
back of your Bible. There you will see the territory of each nation
plainly shown.

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PHOTO CAPTION: JERUSALEM (right) and Samaria (left) were the
capital cities of the two separate nations Judah and Israel.
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Judah retained the city of Jerusalem, its capital, and the
territory known as Judea. Israel occupied the territory north of
Judea. Samaria became its capital city, and the house of Israel
often is called "Samaria" in prophecy. This, too, is a vital "key"
to understanding prophecy. "Samaria" never refers to the Jews in
prophecy -- but always the ten tribes, the house of Israel.
We want to impress, here, that Israel and Judah are not two
names for the same nation. They were, and still are, and shall be
till the second coming of Christ, TWO SEPARATE NATIONS. The "house
of Judah" always means "Jew." This distinction is vital, if we are
to understand prophecy. Because most so-called Bible students are
in ignorance of this basic distinction, they are unable to rightly
understand prophecy!
The next place where the term "Jew" is mentioned in the Bible,
the house of Israel had been driven out into captivity, lost from
view, and the term applies only to those of the house of Judah.

Israel Rejects God's Rule

Immediately on becoming king over the house of Israel, Jeroboam
(tribe of Ephraim) set up two golden calves, introducing idol
worship in the kingdom (I Kings 12:28-33). Jeroboam was afraid lest
his subjects, in going once a year to Jerusalem to keep the Feast
of Tabernacles, should return to Rehoboam and he should lose his
new throne. The introduction of idolatry was to prevent this and to
keep the people home.
This idolatry with Sabbath-breaking (Ezek. 20:10-24) was the
great national sin which became such a curse to Israel. Generation
after generation God pleaded with the house of Israel to turn from
tradition -- from their fathers' ways -- and to return to keeping God's
commandments. But through nine different dynasties under 19 kings,
Israel continued these national sins -- sins so great in God's sight
that finally God caused them to become a conquered, captive nation.
Now let us note a passage which has been consistently
misinterpreted. In I Kings 14:15-16 we find: "The Eternal shall
smite Israel [not Judah], as a reed is shaken in the water, and he
shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their
fathers, and shall scatter them [not Judah] beyond the river,
because they have made their groves, provoking the Eternal to
anger. And he shall give Israel [not Judah] up because of the sins
of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin."
This is dealing specifically with the result of Jeroboam's
idol worship in Israel -- in the northern ten-tribed kingdom which
possessed the birthright promises. It is these people who were to
be rooted up and scattered beyond the river. Not the Jews. Yet this
passage is quoted by nearly all students of prophecy as pertaining
to the scattered condition of the Jews today -- the very people to
whom it does not apply. This is one example of the fact that what
we are here covering is a veritable KEY to an understanding of many
long-hidden prophecies. Unless this is kept firmly in mind,
prophecy can never be correctly understood.
The people which this passage says shall be rooted up and
scattered beyond the river never were called Jews. They were the
people headed by Ephraim and Manasseh, possessors of the
unconditional promises of becoming a great nation and a company of
nations -- becoming so numerous they would number into the hundreds
of millions, possessing the gates of enemy nations, becoming a
colonizing people, spreading out till their colonies spread around
the globe.
Yet many who come to see this distinction between Israel and
Judah -- between Jews and the other tribes -- after having seen it as
a great new light, will, by force of years of habit, fall right
back into the old rut and apply texts referring to Israel to the
Jews!
The terms "house of Israel" or "all Israel," when the meaning
is national, or the terms "Jacob," or "Rachel," or "Ephraim," or
"house of Joseph," or "Samaria," often used in the Bible in
prophecy, RELATE TO THE TEN-TRIBED BIRTHRIGHT PEOPLE, NOT TO THE
JEWS. This is a KEY, and a master key, to Bible understanding!

Israel Driven Out and Lost

In the years 721-718 B.C., the house of Israel was conquered and
its people were soon driven out of their own land -- out of their
homes and cities -- and carried captives to Assyria, on the southern
shores of the Caspian Sea! And then ... LOST FROM VIEW!
"Therefore the Eternal was very angry with Israel, and removed
them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah
only" (II Kings 17:18).
The Eternal removed who? Israel! It is Israel which was
removed and driven from the Eternal's sight until they became lost
from view.
Who was left? Judah ONLY -- only the Jews! Israel was now gone!
They became known as the LOST Ten Tribes and are so designated
today.

Gentiles Replace the House of Israel

Now notice II Kings 17:22-23: "For the children of Israel walked in
all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by
all his servants the prophets. So was Israel [not Judah -- not the
Jews] carried away out of their own land to ASSYRIA unto this day
[written about 620 B.C.]." Observe that the people who had the
national title "Israel" and the birthright promises, who were not
the Jews, were carried away out of their own land -- Samaria. They
left that land -- never yet to return!
Now note the following verse of this same passage: "And the
king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from
Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed THEM in the
cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they
possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof" (II Kings
17:24).
It is these foreigners who were living in the land of Samaria
in the time of Christ and who were called Samaritans in the Gospel
records. It is well to keep that in mind. For the Samaritans of the
New Testament were not in any sense a racial mixture with the
Israelites. Only one individual -- a priest -- returned from among the
captive Israelites to teach the newly planted Gentiles the
corrupted religion of Israel (II Kings 17:27-28).
These people from the land of Babylon, however, did not follow
God, nor God's ways, nor His religion. The very next verse shows
this: But "every nation [still] made gods of their own ..." (II
Kings 17:29).
The general state religion of the Assyrians and Babylonians
was the Chaldean mystery religion. This was the religion of Simon
the sorcerer (Acts 8) who believed Philip's miracles, appropriated
the name "Christian," and started a new counterfeit "Christianity"
after the apostle Peter rejected him as being bound in "iniquity" --
i.e., "lawlessness." He took the name of Christ, rejected God's
law, and added licentious false "grace" to the Babylonian mystery
religion, calling it "Christianity." This false "Christianity" has
deceived millions, down to this present evil generation!
A more detailed account of the captivity of Israel is found in
II Kings 18:9-12 and 17:5-18. The house of Israel began to "abide
many days without a king" (Hosea 3:4). Since they were the people
who carried the title "Israel," it is they, not Judah, who must
become lost in identity!

Israel, Not Judah, Lost

The Scriptures plainly tell us that Israel was to lose its
identity, its language, its religion, its land, and its name.
In Deuteronomy 32:26, God had warned them through Moses: "I
said, I would scatter them into corners, I would MAKE THE
REMEMBRANCE OF THEM TO CEASE FROM AMONG MEN." That warning cannot
be applied to the Jew! The remembrance of the Jews has not ceased.
The remembrance of them could not cease unless their identity and
name were lost. This applies to the LOST tribes, not to the Jews.
Now notice Isaiah 8:17: "And I will wait upon the Lord, THAT
HIDETH HIS FACE FROM THE HOUSE OF JACOB." Jacob's name was changed
to Israel. In other words, this applies to the house of Israel -- the
ten-tribed kingdom -- who were cut off from the presence of God. They
consequently lost the knowledge of the true God, and the true
religion.
The Eternal would cease speaking to them in their own Hebrew
tongue, but with "another tongue will he speak to this people"
(Isa. 28:11). This cannot apply to the Jews, who still read their
Bibles in the Hebrew tongue.
Isaiah 62:2: "And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness,
and all kings thy glory [after Christ returns]: and thou shalt be
called by a NEW NAME, which the mouth of the Lord shall name."
While this prophecy refers directly to the future, after Christ's
return, it has also been fulfilled, typically, foreshadowing that
time, by the fact that Israel is known by a different name today.
That cannot apply to the Jews. They were known then, and today, as
Jews.

Israel Never Returned

The house of Israel did not return to Palestine with the Jews in
the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, as some erroneously believe. Those
who returned to rebuild the Temple and restore worship in Jerusalem
at that time, 70 years after Judah's captivity, were only those of
the house of Judah whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried to Babylon.
Note well these facts.
1) In 721-718 B.C. ISRAEL began to be "carried away out of
their own land to Assyria" (II Kings 17:23). They were soon all
removed -- completely. "There was none left but the tribe of Judah
only" (II Kings 17:18). JUDAH, only, remained.
2) More than 130 years later, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
carried the Jews -- Judah -- who only remained in Palestine away to
Babylon. So none of the house of Israel dwelt in Palestine at the
time of this captivity of Judah.
3) Those who returned to Palestine to rebuild the Temple and
restore worship 70 years after Judah's captivity were ALL of the
house of Judah -- all JEWS -- all of those whom Nebuchadnezzar had
carried away. They returned again "unto Jerusalem and Judah, every
one unto his city" (Ezra 2:1).
Only those of the tribe of Judah, together with remnants of
Benjamin and Levi, who constituted the house of Judah, returned at
that time. "Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and
Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites" (Ezra 1:5).
There are, of course, those who reject this truth God has seen
fit now, in our time, to reveal -- and who falsely represent that ALL
Israelites, including the ten-tribed house of Israel, returned to
Jerusalem at the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.
They will sift out instances where the word "Israel" is used
in connection with individuals or people of the HOUSE OF JUDAH and
misrepresent that they are the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. Let it be repeated
for emphasis: Jews are Israelites -- but only part of the Israelites
are Jews. The term "Jew" is a nickname for the national name Judah.
Jews are, truly, men of Israel -- or people of Israel -- but they are
not of the NATION called the HOUSE OF ISRAEL, or KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.
Those who refuse this truth turn to such a passage as this:
"And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites, were
in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance" (Neh.
11:20). Because the word "Israel" is used, they will claim these
are all twelve tribes. But it is specifically speaking of priests
and Levites -- and they are of the house of Judah, but not of the
ten-tribed house of Israel. They were truly the "residue of
Israel" -- the "residue" of the twelve tribes; they were Israelites,
but they were not of the nation called the house of Israel. They
returned to their inheritance in the land of Judah.
Nehemiah says plainly: "These are the children of the
province, that went up out of the captivity [the captivity to
Babylon -- captivity of JUDAH, not the house of Israel], of those
that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon
had carried away ..." (Neh. 7:6). And none of the Ten Tribes had
been left in Palestine after the Assyrian captivity more than 100
years before (II Kings 17:18).
Ezra says: "And the children of Israel, the priests, and the
Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the
dedication ..." (Ezra 6:16). These were people of the kingdom of
Judah -- not the kingdom of Israel -- but they were "children of
Israel."
Names and genealogies are given in Ezra and Nehemiah of those
who went back to Palestine from Babylon -- and there was none from
any of the Ten Tribes! Consequently those in Jerusalem at the time
of Christ were of these three tribes, not of the house of Israel.
And most, if not all, of those converted were of the tribe of
Benjamin, as Paul said he was.
The house of Israel became known as the LOST Ten Tribes! Now
known by another name, speaking a different language!
By what name are they known today? Whoever they are, wherever
they are, it is they, and not the Jews, who are the birthright
possessors. It is they, not the Jews, who, after the ending of
their punishment in A.D. 1800-1803, must inherit the UNbreakable
promises to Abraham of national greatness, resources, wealth and
power. It is Manasseh who was to become the world's greatest single
nation; Ephraim a great commonwealth of nations! Who can they be
today?

Chapter 7
JEREMIAH'S MYSTERIOUS COMMISSION

WE COME NOW TO ONE OF THE most fascinating and gripping phases
of this strange story of Israel -- indeed, the very connecting link
between prophecy and present-day fulfillment -- yet totally
unrecognized by theologians.
After the house of Israel, the northern kingdom whose capital
was Samaria, was driven into Assyrian captivity, 721-718 B.C., the
Kingdom of JUDAH continued on in the southern part of Palestine
known as Judea. At that time Judah, as a nation, had not yet
rejected the government and religion of God. God had continued to
keep His covenant with David. David's dynasty had continued on the
throne over part of the Israelites -- the house of JUDAH -- the Jews.
But after Israel had become lost from view, Judah turned from
the ways and government of God, going after the ways of the Gentile
nations, sinning even worse than Israel, until finally the Eternal
drove Judah, too, into national captivity and slavery.
Before Judah's apostasy, God had said, through the prophet
Hosea: "Though thou, ISRAEL, play the harlot, yet let not JUDAH
offend ..." (Hosea 4:15). But later, the Eternal said to Jeremiah:
"Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, ISRAEL, how
she ... played the harlot? ... and her false sister JUDAH saw it. She
saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, ISRAEL, I
had sent her away with a decree of divorce; yet her false sister
JUDAH did not fear, but she too went and played the harlot ....
Faithless ISRAEL has shown herself less guilty than false JUDAH"
(Jer. 3:6-11, RSV).
Here, again, it is made distinctly plain that the 12 tribes of
Israel were divided into two totally separate nations. And yet
opponents of the truth revealed in this book deny these plain
scriptures -- and attempt to discredit those who reveal it.
Now see how Judah (the Jews) -- more than 130 years after
ISRAEL'S captivity -- also was removed from their land. They were
taken as slaves to Babylon -- not to Assyria, where ISRAEL had been
taken.
"And the Eternal said, I will remove JUDAH also out of my
sight, as I have removed ISRAEL, and will cast off this city
Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My
name shall be there" (II Kings 23:27).
And so, more than 130 years after Israel's captivity, the time
came when God caused the Jews also to be driven out of their land
in national captivity and slavery.

Jeremiah's Strange Commission

For this purpose God raised up a very special prophet whose real
call and commission few indeed understand. This prophet was
Jeremiah. Jeremiah played a strange and little realized role in
this captivity.
Something of the importance of this mission may be gleaned
from this significant fact: The Bible mentions three men only who
were sanctified for their respective offices before they were born-
-and of these three Jeremiah was the first. The other two were John
the Baptist and Jesus Christ!
The Eternal first spoke to Jeremiah when he was but a young
lad about, some evidence indicates, seventeen years of age. By the
time his mission was completed he was an aged, white-haired
patriarch.
This vital yet little-known call and commission is described
in the opening verses of the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you," the Eternal said to
him, "and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you
a prophet to the nations" (Jer. 1:5, RSV).
But Jeremiah was frightened -- afraid! "Ah, Eternal God!" he
replied. "Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a
youth."
But the Eternal answered, "Do not say, "I am only a youth";
for to all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command
you you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to
deliver you" (verses 6-8).
Then the Eternal put forth His hand and touched Jeremiah's
mouth. "See," said God, "I have set you this day over nations and
over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to
overthrow, TO BUILD AND TO PLANT" (verses 9-10). Or, as this
tremendous commission is worded in the Authorized Version: "to root
out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to BUILD,
AND TO PLANT."
Notice, Jeremiah was set over NATIONS -- more than one kingdom.
He was a Jewish lad, living in Judah. He was set a prophet over
Judah -- but not Judah alone. Over NATIONS -- over KINGDOMS! He was set
over these kingdoms to do two things: first, to "pluck up," or
"root out," to "pull down," or to "overthrow," and second, TO
BUILD, AND TO PLANT.

Not Realized Today

Look at it in your own Bible! Jeremiah was used of God as a prophet
to warn the nation Judah of their transgressions against God's
government and ways. He was sent to warn this rebellious nation of
impending punishment -- their invasion and captivity at the hands of
the Chaldean armed forces -- unless they acknowledged their guilt and
changed their ways. He was used as a go-between -- an intermediary --
between the kings of Judah and Babylon.
It is well known that Jeremiah was used in warning Judah of
the impending captivity, and the "pulling down" or "overthrowing"
of the throne of David in the Kingdom of Judah.
It is generally understood that the house of Judah was invaded
by the armies of King Nebuchadnezzar; that the Jews were taken
captive to Babylon; that they ceased from being a kingdom; that
there no longer existed a ruler of David's dynasty on the throne
over the Kingdom of Judah.
What, then, does this mean? Did God, at last, forget His
covenant promise to David that David's dynasty should never cease --
that David's throne was established in Solomon to continue through
ALL GENERATIONS FOREVER? Had God Almighty now forgotten that He had
sworn that He would not alter this promise -- even though the kings
and the people rebelled and sinned? The faithfulness of God is at
stake. The inspiration of the Holy Bible as His revealed WORD is at
stake!
But note it! See it in your own Bible! Jeremiah was divinely
commissioned to pull down and to overthrow that very throne of
David in Judah -- but notice the second half of the commission. TO
BUILD AND TO PLANT! To build and to plant WHAT?
Why, naturally, that which he was used in "rooting out" of
Judah -- THE THRONE OF DAVID which God swore He would preserve
forever! Jeremiah was set over not just the one nation, Judah -- but
over NATIONS. Over THE KINGDOMS -- the Kingdom of Israel as well as
Judah!
He was used in "rooting out" that throne from Judah. Then what
was Jeremiah commissioned to do in Israel? Notice the second half
of his strange and little-understood commission -- to BUILD and to
PLANT!
So far as the world knows, the last king to sit on that throne
of David was Zedekiah of Judah. He was thrown down off the throne
and the throne rooted out of Judah in the year 585 B.C. -- nearly 600
years before Christ!
What happened to that throne? Where was that throne between
585 B.C. and the time of Christ, 600 years later? We know Jeremiah
did not plant and REBUILD it in Babylon. God had promised that
David's throne should rule over ISRAELITES through all generations-
-not over Gentiles. We have the history of the continuance of the
Gentile throne in Babylon.
David's throne was never again planted or built among the
Jews! It was not reigning over the Jews in the time of Christ. The
Jews were then under the Roman rule. Jesus did not ascend any such
throne. The throne was not functioning in Judah -- it was not
existing at that place or over that people -- it was not there for
Jesus to take over. And Jesus said plainly that His Kingdom was not
of this present age! Yet He was born to sit upon this very THRONE
OF HIS FATHER DAVID (Luke 1:32)!
But that throne was divinely commissioned to be planted and
REBUILT by the prophet Jeremiah -- during his lifetime! Jeremiah was
set over both Judah and Israel. To be used in rooting out David's
throne in Judah. But more! To plant and to build, then, of
necessity, among the house of ISRAEL, lo, these many days without
a king -- among LOST Israel, now supposing herself to be GENTILE!
Therefore the identity and location of the replanting must remain
hidden to the world until this time of the END in which we live.

Tearing Down the Throne

The life and work of Jeremiah is a most fascinating story. The
first chapters of the book of Jeremiah are devoted to his ministry,
warning of the impending captivity of the Jews. He warned the
kings, the priests, prophets and people of Judah, delivering God's
message. They threw him in prison -- and they refused to heed or obey
God. Then God caused their captivity.
It is generally known that Babylon took Judah in three
different stages. The first siege was in 604 B.C., a date about two
years later than has been commonly reckoned, but a date now firmly
established. The land did not completely pass into the hands of
these Gentile Babylonians, however, until a full time-cycle of 19
years later, or 585 B.C. You can read the part played by Jeremiah
in this captivity in the book of Jeremiah.
But now notice an interesting fact. The last and final king
recorded either in Bible or secular history as having sat on the
throne of David was King Zedekiah of Judah. Remember his name. Now
notice II Kings 24:18: "Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when
he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And
his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah."
Now notice briefly a description of the final tearing down and
rooting out of this throne of David: "In the ninth year of Zedekiah
king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of
Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.
And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the
ninth day of the month, the city was broken up .... And it came to
pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the
men of war, then they fled .... But the Chaldeans' army pursued
after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and
when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king
of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment
upon him. Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in
Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the
nobles of Judah. Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him
with chains, to carry him to Babylon" (Jer. 39:1-7).
In the 52nd chapter, first 11 verses, we find almost a word-
for-word description of the same events with the added phrase:
"... and put him [Zedekiah] in prison TILL THE DAY OF HIS DEATH."
These passages bring out these points:
1) The king of Babylon slew all the sons of Zedekiah who were
heirs to the throne of David.
2) He also slew all the nobles of Judah so as to leave no
possible heirs for that throne.
3) Finally, after putting out Zedekiah's eyes, the king who
sat on David's throne was himself taken to Babylon where he died in
prison.
4) Thus, as it appears, and as the whole world has believed,
the throne of David ceased, with no possible heirs, or sons, to
keep the dynasty alive. Certain it is that from that day on, the
throne never again has existed in Judah, in Jerusalem, or among the
Jews!

What About Jeconiah?

It is true that a former king of Judah was at that time in the
dungeons of Babylon -- and he had sons to continue David's line.
Former King Jeconiah (Jehoiachin), taken to Babylon in chains, was
restored to honor 37 years after the captivity (see II Kings 25:27-
30). He was even given the title "king" along with numerous other
captive, vassal "kings."
One of Jeconiah's sons was Salathiel, who was the father of
Zorobabel, the son of royal seed through whom Jesus Christ Himself
traced His royal ancestry back to David! (Matt. 1:12.) And
Zorobabel -- or Zerubbabel -- was the man God caused Cyrus, king of
Persia, to make a decree giving him the governorship -- not the crown
of a king -- to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the House of God, the
Temple, seventy years after the captivity.
Yet neither Jeconiah nor any of his sons or grandsons reigned
as king in Judah. Why?
If there was a descendant of the line of David who lived
through the captivity, why wasn't he restored to the throne when he
was returned to Jerusalem? Why? Simply because God would not permit
it!
It is God who makes kings -- and unmakes them! God was
determined to remove the crown of David from the ruling line of
Pharez and place it on the head of a son of Zarah. Yet a royal line
straight from David had to remain in the area so the Christ could
be born of David's seed yet hundreds of years in the future. And
God also had to keep His promise to David that he, David, would
never lack a descendant to sit on the throne! Many intricate and
fascinating prophecies had to be carried out -- some seemingly
contradictory -- a difficult job to perform, an awesome commission
from God to Jeremiah!
"As I live, saith the Lord, though Coniah [Jeconiah] the son
of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet
would I pluck thee thence"! (Jer. 22:24.) God had determined an end
for this line of kings. He was removing the crown -- not permitting
Jeconiah's sons to reign on Judah's throne! God was turning over
(overturning) the throne to another branch of Judah's family.
God told Jeremiah forcefully, "Thus saith the Lord, Write ye
this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for
no man of his seed shall prosper, SITTING UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID,
AND RULING ANY MORE IN JUDAH"! (Jer. 22:30.)
God spoke! Jeremiah wrote! History was designed and done as
God said! Jeconiah had children -- God Himself caused this fact to be
recorded (see I Chron. 3:17; Matt. 1:12), but as far as the THRONE
OF DAVID was concerned HE WAS CHILDLESS -- none of his children ever
occupied that throne!
The crown had now been removed from the Pharez line, uprooted
from Judah, any immediate candidates to the throne killed, and
Jeconiah incarcerated in a Babylonian prison, written childless as
far as the throne was concerned by the command of God Almighty!
Jeremiah had now accomplished the first part of his great
commission. The throne had been rooted out, the kingdom torn
completely down. Judah was now beginning HER national punishment.

Where Did Jeremiah Go?

But what about the second part of Jeremiah's important commission?
Jeremiah was among these captive Jews. He must be free to
carry out the second part of his commission.
So, "Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning
Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying, Take him,
and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as
he shall say unto thee" (Jer. 39:11-12). "And the captain of the
guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him ....behold, I loose thee this
day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good
unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well
unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into
Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it
seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go .... So the
captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward [money], and
let him go" (Jer. 40:2-5).
So Jeremiah was left absolutely free to do as he pleased,
supplied even with expense money, and given complete freedom, so
that he might perform the second half of his mission. Where did he
go?
We come now to an amazing, fascinating, thrilling part of the
book of Jeremiah which has been almost entirely overlooked. "Then
went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt
with him among the people that were left in the land" (verse 6).

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PHOTO CAPTION: KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR and its army conquered the
southern kingdom of Judah and carried its people captive to
Babylonia -- far to the south of those areas to which the northern
tribes had earlier been taken by the Assyrians.
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Now this Gedaliah had been made governor over a remnant of
Jews in the land by the king of Babylon, and since Jerusalem was
destroyed, he had made Mizpah his headquarters. But the king of
Ammon plotted with a Jew named Ishmael to assassinate Gedaliah. The
plot was executed; the governor and part of the Jews were slain.
Jeremiah was among the survivors.
"Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the
people that were in Mizpah, even the king's daughters, and all the
people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the
guard [from Babylon] had committed to Gedaliah ... and carried them
away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites" (Jer.
41:10).
Ah! Did you catch it? Read that passage again. Among these
Jews were the king's daughters! Daughters of Zedekiah, king of
Judah, and of David's dynasty!
King Zedekiah had died in prison in Babylon (Jer. 52:11). All
his sons had been killed. All the nobles of Judah had been killed.
All possible heirs of Zedekiah to David's throne had been killed --
except the king's daughters! Now we see why Jeremiah went to
Mizpah!

Jeremiah Escapes

Soon a man named Johanan replaced Ishmael as leader. And in fear of
reprisals from Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldean army, Johanan and
the captains appealed to the prophet "and said unto Jeremiah the
prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before
thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God ... that the Lord thy God
may shew us the way wherein we may walk" (Jer. 42:2-3). They were
like so many professing Christians today. They come to God's
minister with solemn assurances that they surely do want to know
God's will; they promise, as did these, "we will obey the voice of
the ETERNAL our God" (verse 6).
But did they mean it? Such people seldom do. Human nature
wants to be good -- or think it is good -- but it does not want to do
good.
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, and He told them not to
fear, that He would protect and deliver them. But the people wanted
to flee to Egypt. This the Lord warned them not to do. If they did,
the sword of Nebuchadnezzar which they feared would overtake them
there, and they would die. "If ye wholly set your faces to enter
into Egypt," God said, "and go to sojourn there; then it shall come
to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you
there ... and there ye shall die" (Jer. 42:15-16).
But, as people usually do, they rejected God's warning. "Thou
speakest falsely," Johanan answered, "the ETERNAL our God hath not
sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt" (Jer. 43:2-3). "So
Johanan ... and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the ETERNAL
(verse 4). People who loudly profess to want to do God's will
usually will not accept God's Word as being His will, unless it is
their will!
And so Johanan "took all the remnant of Judah ... even men, and
women, and children, and the king's daughters ... and Jeremiah the
prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah [Jeremiah's scribe, or
secretary]. So they came into the land of Egypt" (Jer. 43:5-7).
On reaching Egypt, God warned these Jews again through
Jeremiah that they should die there by the sword and famine, and
"none shall return but such as shall escape"! (Jer. 44:12-14.) Yes,
a few in this company are under divine protection. A divine mission
is to be performed. They shall ESCAPE! The Eternal continues: "Yet
a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land
of Egypt into the land of Judah" (Jer. 44:28).

Under Divine Protection

Baruch was Jeremiah's constant companion and secretary. It is
important to note here God's promise of protection to him: "Thus
saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch .... Behold,
that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have
planted I will pluck up, even this whole land ....but thy life will
I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest" (Jer.
45:2-5). Baruch's life, like Jeremiah's, was under divine
protection!
Now previously the Eternal had said to Jeremiah, "Verily it
shall be well with thy REMNANT." The only "remnant" left for
Jeremiah's mission of transplanting the throne was the king's
daughters. "Verily," continued the Eternal, same verse, "I will
cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the
time of affliction" (Jer. 15:11). This God literally did, as
described in chapter 39:11-12 and chapter 40:2-6, which I have
covered previously.
Notice, it is to be well with the royal material given to
Jeremiah with which to build and to plant -- and Jeremiah is to be
protected and to go to a land that he knows not! Who else was to go
to a land they knew not? The ten-tribed birthright kingdom, Israel!
So Jeremiah and his little royal remnant are to escape out of
Egypt, return to Judah, and then -- where? To the place where the
"lost ten tribes" had gone, as we shall see!
Now let Isaiah complete this prophecy: "For out of Jerusalem
shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion:
the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this. And the remnant that
is escaped of the house of Judah shall AGAIN TAKE ROOT DOWNWARD,
AND BEAR FRUIT UPWARD" (Isa. 37:32, 31).
This same prophecy is found also in II Kings 19:30-31. It is
a prophecy given through Isaiah in the 14th year of the reign of
King Hezekiah of Judah, when King Sennacherib of Assyria threatened
invasion of Judah. It was a prophecy to happen later -- not during
Hezekiah's reign. Some critics, seeking to overthrow this basic and
important truth, argue that this same remnant is mentioned also in
II Chronicles 30:6. But that event is not a prophecy, but a
historic account of an event in the first year of Hezekiah -- and
that remnant did not escape from Jerusalem, but they were Jews who
escaped from Sennacherib's forces threatening invasion of Judah --
they escaped into, not out of Judah. And nothing is said here about
"taking root downward, and bearing fruit upward," as in both Isaiah
37 and II Kings 19.
This prophecy is so important it is recorded twice! It does
refer to the remnant to escape later -- to Jeremiah's escape. This
remnant with Jeremiah -- at least one of the king's daughters -- shall
take root downward! That is, BE REPLANTED!
And then bear fruit upward! Be built! Has God failed in His
solemn covenant to keep alive David's throne? Where was this
planting and building? Can we find it in God's Word? We can! The
place and the people among whom the throne was reestablished are
clearly identified!

Chapter 8
THE MYSTERIOUS BREACH

WHERE DID JEREMIAH GO WITH Baruch his secretary and one or
more of the royal daughters of the king? History stops short at
this point. Enlightened students of Bible history have long known
that the Ten Tribes -- called by the name "house of Israel" -- have
been lost in identity and historic knowledge, and exist today among
the Gentile nations, unrecognized. Their identity and location God
has hidden from the world.
Yet, in this end time, when knowledge is to increase, when the
"wise" are to understand (Dan. 12:4,10), we shall find the secret
revealed through prophecy which could not be understood until now.
But first, we must consider a mysterious "breach" that occurred in
the days of Judah, son of Jacob.
Judah was the father of twin sons. The firstborn was royal
seed, for through him the sceptre promise was to be carried down.
It seems the midwife knew twins were about to be born. It is
recorded that just before birth one of the twins "put out his hand:
and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread,
saying, This came out first." But the child drew hack his hand and
the other was actually born first.
The midwife exclaimed, "How hast thou broken forth? this
breach be upon thee [margin, wherefore hast thou made this breach
against thee?]: therefore his name was called Pharez," meaning
"breach." The other twin was named Zarah (Gen. 38:27-30).
Why should this strange occurrence be recorded in Bible
history unless this breach was to be healed between the sons or
their descendants at some future time? Yet it never occurred in
their lifetime.
Zarah, of the scarlet thread, had five sons (I Chron. 2:6).
Did a descendant of Zarah finally get the throne, in a manner
healing the breach? David, Zedekiah, Christ -- all were of the PHAREZ
branch -- none of Zarah.
Now consider: 1) the fact of the breach means the transfer of
the sceptre from the Pharez to the Zarah line. 2) Such transfer
never occurred before King Zedekiah of Judah, who was descended
from Pharez. 3) Therefore it had to occur after Zedekiah was
dethroned. 4) Since David's line (Pharez) is to remain on the
throne through all generations forever, it could only occur at an
OVERTURN of the throne by a marriage between a Pharez heir to the
throne and one of the Zarah line, thus healing the breach.

The Three Overturns

History shows the descendants of Zarah became wanderers, journeying
to the north within the confines of the Scythian nations, their
descendants later migrating to Ireland in the days of King David.
But meanwhile, the Pharez-David-Zedekiah line possessed the
sceptre -- was HIGH -- exalted. The Zarah line, feeling it rightfully
should possess the sceptre, and some day would, was low, abased -- so
far as royal power was concerned.
Now consider a much misunderstood passage of prophecy. If you
will begin reading at the 18th verse of the 21st chapter of
Ezekiel, you will see plainly that the Eternal is here speaking of
the captivity of Judah by the king of Babylon. And, beginning in
the 25th verse, He says: "And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel
[Zedekiah], whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,
thus saith the Lord God; remove the diadem, and take off the crown
[as did happen, through the first half of Jeremiah's commission]:
this [the crown] shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and
abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it:
and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I
will give it him."
Let us understand that clearly. "Remove the diadem, and take
off the crown." King Zedekiah, of David's dynasty, had the crown.
This says it is to be removed. It was removed. He died in Babylon;
his sons and all the nobles of Judah were killed.
"This shall not be the same." The diadem is not to cease, but
a change is to take place -- the throne is to be overturned -- another
is to wear the crown. God's promise to David is not to go by
default!
"Exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high." Who is
"high"? King Zedekiah of Judah. Now he is to be abased. He is to
lose that crown. Judah has been "high," while Israel has been
"low" -- these many years without a king (Hosea 3:4). The Pharez line
has been "high"; the Zarah line "low."
"I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no
more, until he come whose right it is." What was to be overturned?
The diadem, and the throne. Not once -- it is to be overturned three
times. Overturned by abasing Zedekiah, the house of Judah, the
Pharez line, and exalting, now, the house of Israel, and one of the
Zarah line! The first of the three overturns was performed as the
first half of Jeremiah's commission.
"And it shall be no more." Does this mean the throne -- the
crown -- is to cease to exist? Not at all! How could it be overturned
two more times -- that is, TRANSFERRED from one to another, if it
ceased to exist? How, after these three transfers of the crown,
could it be given to Him -- Christ -- whose right it is, at His second
coming, if it ceased altogether to exist? How could he who was
"low" now be exalted by the crown, if that crown was to be no more?
No, the meaning is: "It shall be no more overturned until the
second coming of Christ"! And then it shall be given to Him!
God will not break His unalterable promise made to David!
Through every generation David shall have a descendant wearing that
crown! The second half of Jeremiah's commission must now be
performed. That throne must be transPLANTED, and again BUILT. The
crown must be overturned -- transferred to another! But WHERE? To
WHOM?

A "Riddle" and a "Parable" Tells!

The strange truth of the PLANTING and the REBUILDING of David's
throne is revealed in "a riddle and a parable" couched in symbolic
language never understood until this latter day. Yet it stands
today so clearly explained a little child could understand!
It fills the 17th chapter of Ezekiel's prophecy. The whole
chapter should be carefully read. Notice, first, this prophetic
message is addressed, NOT to Judah, the Jews, but to the house of
Israel. It is a message to give light to the lost ten-tribed house
of ISRAEL in these latter days!
First, Ezekiel is told to speak a riddle, and then a parable.
The riddle is found in verses 3 to 10. Then, beginning in verse 11,
the Eternal explains its meaning. "Say now to the rebellious house
[God says, the "rebellious house," being ten-tribed ISRAEL (Ezek.
12:9), to whom Ezekiel is set a prophet (Ezek. 2:3; 3:1, etc.)],
Know ye not what these things mean? tell them ..." and then the
riddle is clearly explained.
A great eagle came to Lebanon and took the highest branch of
the cedar. This is explained to represent King Nebuchadnezzar of
Babylon who came to Jerusalem and took captive the king of Judah.
The cropping off of the cedar's young twigs and carrying them to a
land of traffic is explained to picture the captivity of the king's
sons. "He took also of the seed of the land" means Nebuchadnezzar
took also of the people, and the mighty of the land of Judah. He
"set it as a willow tree. And it grew, and became a spreading vine
of low stature" means the Jews were given a covenant whereby,
although they were ruled over by the Chaldeans, they might live in
peace and grow. The other "great eagle" is explained to represent
Pharaoh of Egypt.
Thus the riddle covers the first half of Jeremiah's
commission. Now notice what is revealed concerning the second part-
-the PLANTING of David's throne! It comes in the parable, verses
22-24: "Thus saith the Lord God; I will also take of the highest
branch of the high cedar." From God's own explanation we have
learned that the cedar tree represents the nation of Judah; its
highest branch is Judah's king. The riddle told us Nebuchadnezzar
took the highest branch -- the king. The parable now tells us God --
not Nebuchadnezzar, but God will take of the highest branch. Not
the branch, but OF the branch -- of Zedekiah's children. But
Nebuchadnezzar took, and killed, all his SONS.
God, through his prophet Jeremiah, is now going to take of
this highest branch and "SET IT" (verse 22). "I will crop off from
the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an
high mountain and eminent," continues the Almighty! Ah! "A tender
young twig"! The twigs of this highest branch represent the
children of King Zedekiah! Certainly a tender young twig, then,
represents a DAUGHTER! "... and will PLANT it." Could symbolic
language say plainer this young Jewish princess is to become the
royal seed for PLANTING again of David's throne? Where? "... upon an
high mountain and eminent," says the Eternal! A "mountain" in
symbol always represents a NATION.

But Which Nation?

"In the mountain of the height of ISRAEL will I plant it," answers
the Eternal! David's throne now is to be planted in Israel, after
being thrown down from JUDAH! Could language be plainer? "... and it
[the tender young twig -- the king's daughter] shall bring forth
boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar."
Did David's throne cease with Zedekiah of Judah? Did God
forget His covenant? No! Compare this language with the passage in
Isaiah 37:31-32: "The remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah
shall again take root downward [be planted], and BEAR FRUIT
UPWARD." It was PLANTED IN ISRAEL, who removed from Judah! After
this Hebrew princess is "planted" on the throne, now in ISRAEL,
lost from view -- that throne is to BEAR FRUIT. She is to marry, have
children, and her sons are to continue David's dynasty!
"... and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the
shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell" (Ezek. 17:23).
"Lost" Israel, now having acquired the throne and become again a
self-ruling nation, shall, in time, spread around the earth gaining
dominance and power. They shall inherit the unconditional promises
of the BIRTHRIGHT, according to God's covenant with Abraham!
"And all the trees of the field ..." (verse 24). A "tree" in
this riddle and parable is likened to a nation. In other words,
"all the nations of the earth." "... shall know that I the Lord have
brought down the high tree." Judah, the high tree, having the
throne 130 years after Israel had been taken captive, now is
brought down to the low stature of slavery. "... have exalted the
low tree." For 130 years Israel had been a "low tree." Now Israel
is exalted, becomes again a thriving nation with a Davidic king.
"... have dried up the green tree [Judah], and have made the dry
tree [Israel] to flourish."
Compare that language with Ezekiel 21:26: "Remove the diadem,
and take off the crown ... exalt him that is low, and abase him that
is high. I will overturn ..." etc. It is speaking of transferring
the throne from Judah to Israel.
ISRAEL had already been independent in Ireland for four
centuries. Israel in Ireland already had a kingly line onto which
Zedekiah's daughter was grafted. The Irish Israelites were an
ancient colony and had not gone into Assyrian captivity.
ISRAEL, headed by the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, who
possessed the birthright, now would flourish, become prosperous in
due time. "I the Lord have spoken and have done it" (Ezek. 17:24).
Yes, that BIRTHRIGHT is in ISRAEL. Though lost, though
supposed to be a Gentile nation, they are the people who were to
grow into the promised multitude -- the great nation and the company
of nations, possessing the gates of their enemy nations, becoming
a colonizing people spreading around the world, being blessed with
national resources and wealth. And, when they become thus powerful
and nationally dominant, remember, David's throne will be found
transplanted among them!
But where did Jeremiah, with his royal seed for the
transplanting, go to find the lost house of Israel? Where are they
today? How was the "breach" healed, and how did a son of Zarah
ascend the throne? Can we tell?
We CAN! The exact, precise location is revealed in Bible
prophecy! We can pick up Jeremiah's trail in actual history
besides!

Chapter 9
ISRAEL'S NEW LAND

WE ARE READY NOW TO SEARCH out the actual location of the lost
tribes of the outcast house of Israel. We know they exist today as
a nation, and a company of nations, powerful, looked upon as
Gentiles. And when we find them, we shall find the throne of David!
Many passages of prophecy tell of these people in these latter
days. Prophecies not to be understood until this "time of the end."
Prophecies containing a message to be carried to these people by
those to whom God reveals it!
First, fix in mind these facts:
The prophet Amos wrote, in the days of the 13th of the 19
kings of the house of Israel (Amos 1:1): "Behold, the eyes of the
Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom [house of Israel -- Judah had
not yet sinned], and I will destroy it [the kingdom, or government,
not the people] from off the face of the earth .... For, lo, I will
command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations,
like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain
fall upon the earth" (Amos 9:8-9).
This prophecy usually is applied to the scattered condition of
the Jews. But it has nothing to do with the Jews, or house of
Judah, but refers to the ten-tribed house of ISRAEL -- driven to
Assyrian captivity, then migrating from there and scattering among
other nations before the Jews were taken to Babylon. This prophecy
says that ISRAEL (not Judah) was to be sifted among other nations --
these Israelites losing their identity -- yet God has protected and
kept them: "yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth."

A New Homeland

It was during this time that the children of the house of Israel
were to "abide many days without a king" (Hosea 3:4). That these
people did sift through all nations is clear. Many New Testament
passages indicate this. Although many of them still were scattered
among various nations in the first century A.D., a portion of them
had become established in a definite location of their own by
Jeremiah's time -- 140 years after their original captivity.
But these Israelites who possessed the birthright eventually
were to come to a new land of their own. The Eternal says, in II
Samuel 7:10 and I Chronicles 17:9: "Moreover I will appoint a place
for my people Israel, and will PLANT THEM [Jeremiah was
commissioned to do the PLANTING of the throne among them], that
they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more." The
context of the whole passage shows this refers, not to Palestine,
but a different land where these scattered Israelites were to
gather after being removed from the promised land of Palestine,
while that land was lying idle and in possession of the Gentiles.
Notice carefully! After being removed from Palestine, being
sifted among all nations, abiding many days without a king, losing
their identity, they are to be "planted" in a faraway strange land
now to become their own. And, note it, after reaching this place
they are to move now more! That is, of course, during this present
world.
While other prophecies indicate these birthright holders were
to become a colonizing people, spreading around the world, it is
plain that the spreading out must be from this appointed place,
which must remain the "home" seat of government for David's throne.
Mark this clearly! Once this "place of their own" was reached,
and the throne of David planted there, THEY WERE TO MOVE NO MORE.
Therefore, the location of this people today is the place where
Jeremiah planted David's throne more than 2,500 years ago!
Therefore prophecies pertaining to this day, or to the
location of this people just prior to Christ's return, will tell us
the location of Jeremiah's planting. The house of Israel is yet to
return, at Christ's coming, to Palestine -- yet to plant grapes in
Samaria, their original country. Prophecies telling where they
shall, in that future day, migrate FROM will reveal the location of
"lost" ten-tribed ISRAEL! The two succeeding "overturns" of the
throne, too, must be located in this same general locale.

Lost Israel Located

Without further suspense, let us see where prophecy locates these
birthright holders, now possessing the throne of David and having
received earth's richest national blessings. Remember they are
distinguished from Judah -- the Jews -- by various names: "Ephraim,"
"Joseph," "Jacob," "Rachel" (the mother of Joseph), "Samaria"
(their former home), "Israel."
According to Hosea 12:1: "Ephraim ... followeth after the east
wind." An "east wind" travels west. Ephraim must have gone west
from Assyria. When the Eternal swore to David that He would
perpetuate his throne, He said: "I will set his hand [sceptre] also
in the sea" (Ps. 89:25). The throne is to be "set," planted, "in
the sea."
Through Jeremiah the Eternal said: "Backsliding Israel hath
justified herself more than treacherous Judah. Go and proclaim
these words toward the NORTH, and say, Return, thou backsliding
Israel, saith the Lord" (Jer. 3:11-12). Israel is clearly
distinguished from Judah. Of course Israel was north of Judah while
still in Palestine -- but when these words were written by Jeremiah,
Israel had been removed from Palestine more than 130 years and had
long since migrated, with the Assyrians, north (and west) of
Assyria's original location.
And in these last days messengers are to go "toward the NORTH"
(of Jerusalem) inn order to locate lost Israel and proclaim this
warning. So the location, we now find, is toward the north, also
west, and in the sea.
The 18th verse, same chapter, says: "In those days the house
of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel [margin, to the house
of Israel], and they shall come together out of the land of the
north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your
fathers." At the future exodus, at Christ's coming, they are to
return to Palestine out of the land of the north!
After saying, "How shall I give thee up, Ephraim?" the
Eternal, speaking through Hosea, says: "Then the children shall
tremble from the west" (Hosea 11:8, 10).
Again: "Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and
gather them from the coasts of the earth" (Jer. 31:8). This
prophecy is for consideration in the "latter days" (Jer. 30:24;
31:1), and is addressed to "Israel" (verses 2,4,9), to "Ephraim"
(verses 6, 9), and "Samaria" (verse 5). Here is added another hint-
-"the coasts of the earth" (verse 8) -- evidencing they are dominant
at sea and indicating they have spread abroad widely by
colonization.
Referring to the house of ISRAEL, not Judah (Isaiah 49:3,6),
God says: "Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from
the NORTH and from the WEST; and these from the land of Sinim"
(Isa. 49:12). In the Hebrew, the language in which this was
originally inspired, there is no word for "northwest," but this
term is designated by the phrase, "the north and the west." It
means, literally, the northwest! The Vulgate renders "Sinim" as
"Australi," or "Australia." So we now have the location northwest
of Jerusalem and even spreading around the world.
Hence, Israel of TODAY -- Israel of the day of Jeremiah's
"planting" of David's throne -- is located specifically as northwest
of Jerusalem and in the sea! Let us locate this land more
specifically!
The same 49th chapter of Isaiah begins with this: "Listen, O
isles, unto me." The people addressed, Israel, are called "O isles"
in the first verse and "O Israel" in the third verse. This term
"isles" or "island" is sometimes translated "coastlands."
The 31st chapter of Jeremiah, locating Israel in the "north
country," says: "I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my
firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations [Ephraim,
Manasseh], and declare it in the isles afar off ..." (Jer. 31:9-10).
Again: "Keep silence before me, O islands ... thou, Israel, art
my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen" (Isa. 41:1,8).
In Jeremiah 31:10, the message is to be declared "in the isles
afar off" and is to be shouted in "the CHIEF OF THE NATIONS" (verse
7). So, finally, today, as in Jeremiah's day, the house of Israel
is in the isles, which are "in the sea," the chief of the nations,
northwest of Jerusalem. A coast-dwelling, and therefore sea-
dominant people. Certainly there can be no mistaking that identity!
Take a map of Europe. Lay a line due NORTHWEST of Jerusalem
across the continent of Europe, until you come to the sea, and then
to the islands in the sea! This line takes you directly to the
British Isles!
Of proof that our white, English-speaking peoples today --
Britain and America -- are actually and truly the birthright tribes
of Ephraim and Manasseh of the "lost" house of Israel there is so
much we shall have space for but a small portion in this book.

Britain's Hebrew Names

A most interesting fact is the Hebrew meaning of the names of the
British people. The house of Israel is the covenant people. The
Hebrew word for "covenant" is beriyth, or berith. After Gideon's
death, Israel followed the false pagan god Baal. In Judges 8:33 and
9:4, the word "covenant" is used as a proper name coupled with the
name "Baal." This is quoted in the English text, Authorized
Version, without being translated, as "Baalberith," meaning
(margin) "idol of the covenant."
The Hebrew for "man" is iysh, or ish. In English, the ending
"-ish" means "of or belonging to (a specified nation or person)."
In the original Hebrew language vowels were never given in the
spelling. So, omitting the vowel "e" from berith, but retaining the
"i" in its anglicized form to preserve the "y" sound, we have the
anglicized Hebrew word for covenant, brith.
The Hebrews, however, never pronounced their "h's." Many a
Jew, even today, in pronouncing the name "Shem," will call it
"Sem." Incidentally, this ancient Hebrew trait is also a modern
British trait. So the Hebrew word for "covenant" would be
pronounced, in its anglicized form, as brit.
And the word for "covenant man," or "covenant people," would
therefore be simply "BRIT-ISH." And so, is it mere coincidence that
the true covenant people today are called the "BRITISH"? And they
reside in the "BRITISH ISLES"!
The house of Israel not only was to lose its identity, but its
name. It was to be called by a new name, since they no longer were
to know their identity as Israel, as God said plainly in Isaiah
62:2, referring to these latter days, and to the millennium.
To Abraham God said, "In ISAAC shall thy seed be called," and
this name is repeated in Romans 9:7 and Hebrews 11:18. In Amos 7:16
the Israelites are called "the house of ISAAC." They were descended
from Isaac, and therefore are Isaac's sons. Drop the "I" from
"Isaac" (vowels are not used in Hebrew spelling), and we have the
modern name "SAAC'S SONS," or, as we spell it in shorter manner,
"SAXONS"!
Dr. W. Holt Yates says, "The word "Saxons" is derived from the
"sons of Isaac," by dropping the prefix "I." "
Many confuse the Anglo-Saxons with the German or Old Saxons
who still live in Germany. The German Saxons derive their name from
an Old High German word, Sahs, meaning "sword" or "knife." These
sword-carrying Germans are an entirely different people from the
Anglo-Saxons who migrated to Britain.

Dan a Serpent's Trail

As the Eternal intended that "lost" Israel was to be located and
found in these last days, we should expect some kinds of signs or
waymarks to have been left along the trail by which ancient Israel
journeyed from Assyria, the land of their original captivity.
Speaking to Ephraim (verse 20), the Eternal says in Jeremiah
31:21: "Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart
toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest." In Scripture
we find the "waymarks," or highway signs, which they set up along
the road they traveled.
In Genesis 49:17, Jacob, foretelling what should befall each
of the tribes, says: "Dan shall be a serpent by the way." Another
translation of the original Hebrew is: "Dan shall be a serpent's
trail." It is a significant fact that the tribe of Dan, one of the
Ten Tribes, named every place they went after their father Dan.
The tribe of Dan originally occupied a strip of coast country
on the Mediterranean, west of Jerusalem. "And the coast of the
children of Dan," we read in Joshua 19:47, "went out too little for
them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against
Leshem, and took it ... and called Leshem, DAN, after the name of Dan
their father."
In Judges 18:11-12, it is recorded that Danites took Kirjath-
jearim, and "called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this day." A little
later the same company of 600 armed Danites came to Laish, captured
it, and "they called the name of the city DAN, after the name of
Dan their father" (verse 29). So notice how these Danites left
their "serpent's trail" by the way -- set up waymarks by which they
may be traced today.
Remember, in the Hebrew, vowels were not written. The sound of
the vowels had to be supplied in speaking. Thus, the word "Dan" in
its English equivalent could be spelled, simply, "Dn." It might be
pronounced as "Dan," or "Den," or "Din," or "Don," or "Dun" -- and
still could be the same original Hebrew name.
The tribe of Dan occupied two different districts, or
provinces, in the Holy Land before the Assyrian captivity. One
colony lived on the seacoast of Palestine. They were principally
seamen, and it is recorded Dan abode in ships (Judges 5:17).
When Assyria captured Israel, these Danites struck out in
their ships and sailed west through the Mediterranean and north to
Ireland. Just before his death, Moses prophesied of Dan: "Dan is a
lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan" (Deut. 33:22). Along the
shores of the Mediterranean they left their trail in "Den," "Don,"
and "Din."
Irish annals and history show that the new settlers of
Ireland, at just this time, were the "Tuatha de Danaans," which
means, translated, "Tribe of Dan." Sometimes the same appears
simply as "Tuathe De," meaning the "people of God." And in Ireland
we find they left these "waymarks": Dans-Laugh, Dan-Sower, Dun-
dalk, Dun-drum, Don-egal Bay, Don-egal City, Dun-gloe, Din-gle,
Dunsmor (meaning "more Dans"). Moreover, the name Dunn in the Irish
language means the same as Dan in the Hebrew: judge.
But the northern colony of Danites was taken to Assyria in the
captivity, and thence with the rest of the Ten Tribes they traveled
from Assyria by the overland route.
After leaving Assyrian captivity, they inhabited for some time
the land just west of the Black Sea. There we find the rivers
Dnieper, Dniester, and the Don.
Then, in either ancient or later geography, we find these
waymarks: Dan-au, the Dan-inn, the Dan-aster, the Dan-dari, the
Dan-ez, the Don, the Dan, and the U-don; the Eri-don, down to the
Danes. Denmark means "Dan's mark."
When they came to the British Isles they set up the "waymark"
names of Dun-dee, Dun-raven; in Scotland the "Dans," "Dons" and
"Duns" are as prolific as in Ireland. And so the "serpent's trail"
of Dan sets up waymarks that lead directly to the British Isles!

Ancient Annals of Ireland

Now briefly let us consider what is found in the ancient annals,
legends, and history of Ireland, and we shall have the scene of
Jeremiah's "planting" and the present location of "lost" Israel.
The real ancient history of Ireland is very extensive, though
colored with some legend. But with the facts of biblical history
and prophecy in mind, one can easily sift out the legend from the
true history in studying ancient Irish annals. Throwing out that
which is obviously legendary, we glean from various histories of
Ireland the following: Long prior to 700 B.C. a strong colony
called "Tuatha de Danaan" (tribe of Dan) arrived in ships, drove
out other tribes, and settled there. Later, in the days of David,
a colony of the line of Zarah arrived in Ireland from the Near
East.

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PHOTO CAPTION: MAP ILLUSTRATES ROUTE of Jeremiah's trip to Ireland.
According to tradition, he set up the royal dynasty in Ireland,
which was overturned and planted in Scotland and later moved to
England.
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PHOTO CAPTION: THE OLD CORONATION CHAIR, at right, in Westminster
Abbey, London. Under it lies a stone, said to have been brought to
Ireland by Jeremiah the prophet and upon which many kings of
Scotland and England have been coronated.
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Then, in 569 B.C. (date of Jeremiah's transplanting), an
elderly, white-haired patriarch, sometimes referred to as a
"saint," came to Ireland. With him was the princess daughter of an
eastern king and a companion called "Simon Brach," spelled in
different histories as Breck, Berech, Brach, or Berach. The
princess had a Hebrew name Tephi -- a pet name -- her full name being
Tea-Tephi.
Modern literature of those who recognize our national identity
has confused this Tea-Tephi, a daughter of Zedekiah, with an
earlier Tea, a daughter of Ith, who lived in the days of David.
This royal party included the son of the king of Ireland who
had been in Jerusalem at the time of the siege. There he had become
acquainted with Tea-Tephi. He married her shortly after 585 -- when
the city fell. Their young son, now about 12 years of age,
accompanied them to Ireland. Besides the royal family, Jeremiah
brought with them some remarkable things, including a harp, an ark,
and a wonderful stone called "lia-fail," or "stone of destiny." A
peculiar coincidence (?) is that Hebrew reads from right to left,
while English reads from left to right. Read this name either way --
and it still is "lia-fail."
Another strange coincidence -- or is it just coincidence? -- is
that many kings in the history of Ireland, Scotland, and England
have been coronated sitting over this stone -- including the present
queen. The stone rests today in Westminster Abbey in London, and
the coronation chair is built over and around it. A sign beside it
labels it "Jacob's pillar-stone" (Gen. 28:18).
The royal husband of the Hebrew princess Tea was given the
title Herremon upon ascending the throne of his father. This
Herremon has usually been confused with a much earlier Gede the
Herremon in David's day -- who married his uncle Ith's daughter Tea.
The son of this later king Herremon and Hebrew princess continued
on the throne of Ireland and this same dynasty continued unbroken
through all the kings of Ireland; was overturned and transplanted
again in Scotland; again overturned and moved to London, England,
where this same dynasty continues today in the reign of Queen
Elizabeth II.
Another interesting fact is that the crown worn by the kings
of the line of Herremon and the other sovereigns of ancient Ireland
had twelve points!

Queen Elizabeth on David's Throne

In view of the linking together of biblical history, prophecy, and
Irish history, can anyone deny that this Hebrew princess was the
daughter of King Zedekiah of Judah and therefore heir to the throne
of David? That the aged patriarch was in fact Jeremiah, and his
companion was Jeremiah's scribe, or secretary, Baruch? That King
Herremon was a descendant of Zarah, here married to the daughter of
Pharez, healing the ancient breach? That when the throne of David
was first overturned by Jeremiah, it was REPLANTED in Ireland,
later overturned a second time and replanted in Scotland,
overturned a third time and planted in London? When Christ returns
to earth to sit on that throne, He shall take over a live, existing
throne, not a nonexistent one (Luke 1:32).
And the British Commonwealth of Nations is the only COMPANY OF
NATIONS in all earth's history. Could we so exactly fulfill the
specifications of the birthright, and not be the birthright people?
The United States expanded rapidly in national resources and
wealth after 1800, but reached world dominance among nations later
than the British Commonwealth. It became a giant world power by the
end of World War I.

The United States Is Manasseh

From the prophetic blessings passed on by the dying Jacob, it is
apparent that Ephraim and Manasseh were in a large measure to
inherit the birthright jointly; to remain together for a long time,
finally separating.
In Genesis 48 Jacob first passed the birthright on to the two
sons of Joseph jointly, speaking of them both together. Then,
finally, he spoke of them separately -- Manasseh was to become the
single great nation; Ephraim, the COMPANY of nations.
And in his prophecy for these latter days Jacob said, "Joseph
is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose
branches run over the wall" (Gen. 49:22). In other words, Joseph --
Ephraim and Manasseh jointly and together -- was to be a colonizing
people in this latter day, their colonies branching out from the
British Isles around the earth.
Together Ephraim and Manasseh grew into a multitude, then
separated, according to Jacob's prophetic blessing of Genesis 48.
Our people have fulfilled this prophecy.
But how can we be Manasseh when a large part of our people
have come from many nations besides England? The answer is this: A
large part of Manasseh remained with Ephraim until the separation
of NEW England. But our forefathers were to be sifted through many
nations, as corn through a sieve, yet not a grain to fall to the
earth or be lost (Amos 9:9). Our people did filter through many
nations. Ephraim and much of Manasseh finally immigrated to England
together, but many others of Manasseh who had filtered into and
through other nations did not leave them until they came, as
immigrants, to the United States AFTER the New England colony had
become the separate nation. This does not mean that all foreigners
who have immigrated into this country are of the stock of Manasseh,
but undoubtedly many are. Israel, however, always did absorb
Gentiles, who became Israelites through living in Israel's land and
intermarrying.
Thus we have become known as the "melting pot" of the world.
Instead of refuting our Manasseh ancestry, this fact actually
confirms it. The proof that we are Manasseh is overwhelming.
Manasseh was to separate from Ephraim and become the greatest,
wealthiest single nation of earth's history. We alone have
fulfilled this prophecy. Manasseh was in fact a thirteenth tribe.
There were twelve original tribes. Joseph was one of these twelve.
But when Joseph divided into two tribes and Manasseh separated into
an independent nation, it became a thirteenth tribe.
Could it be mere coincidence that it started, as a nation,
with thirteen colonies?
But what about the other tribes of the so-called "Lost Ten
Tribes"? While the birthright was Joseph's, and its blessings have
come to the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States
of America, yet the other eight tribes of Israel were also God's
chosen people. They, too, have been blessed with a good measure of
material prosperity -- but not the dominance of the birthright.
We lack space for a detailed explanation of the specific
identity of all of these other tribes in the nations of our
twentieth century. Suffice it to say here that there is ample
evidence that these other eight tribes have descended into such
northwestern European nations as Holland, Belgium, Denmark,
northern France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway. The
people of Iceland are also of Viking stock. The political
boundaries of Europe, as they exist today, do not necessarily show
lines of division between descendants of these original tribes of
Israel.

Chapter 10
BIRTHRIGHT WITHHELD 2520 YEARS!

THE MOST REMARKABLE FULFILLMENT of biblical prophecy in modern
times was the sudden sprouting forth of the two mightiest world
powers -- one, a commonwealth of nations forming the greatest world
empire of all time; the other, the wealthiest, most powerful nation
on earth today. These birthright peoples came, with incredible
suddenness, into possession of more than two-thirds -- nearly three-
fourths -- of the cultivated wealth and resources of the whole world!
This sensational spurt from virtual obscurity in so short a time
gives incontrovertible PROOF of divine inspiration. Never, in all
history, did anything like it occur.
But why did this unprecedented national wealth and power come
to our birthright inheritors only after the year A.D. 1800? Why did
not this national dominance come to the tribes of Ephraim and
Manasseh millennia ago -- in the days of Moses, or Joshua, or David,
or Elijah?

A "Nation" and a "Commonwealth of Nations"

Remember now the birthright promise was given to the two tribes of
Ephraim and Manasseh -- not to the other tribes or their descendants.
These two birthright tribes were part of the northern kingdom of
Israel.
Notice again the original promise: "A nation and a company of
nations shall be of thee" (Gen. 35:11).
In passing on the birthright promise the dying Jacob (Israel)
said of Ephraim and Manasseh, sons of Joseph, "... let my name be
named on them" (Gen. 48:16). Hence it is THEY -- the descendants of
Ephraim (the British) and Manasseh (Americans) -- not the Jews, who
are referred to in prophecy under the names of Jacob or Israel.
Continuing, Jacob added, "... and let them grow into a multitude."
Then, speaking of Manasseh and his descendants alone, Jacob
said prophetically: "... he also shall become a people [nation], and
he also shall be GREAT: but truly his younger brother [Ephraim]
shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a MULTITUDE [a
company, or COMMONWEALTH] of NATIONS" (Gen. 48:19).
In A.D. 1800 the United Kingdom and the United States were
small and insignificant among the earth's nations. The United
Kingdom consisted only of the British Isles, a very small part of
India and of Canada and a few little islands. The United States
consisted only of the original 13 colonies and three added states.
Neither possessed any great wealth or power.
But beginning in 1800 these two little nations began to sprout
and to grow into vast national riches and power such as no people
ever possessed. Soon Britain's empire spread around the world,
until the sun never set upon her possessions. Canada, Australia,
South Africa were given dominion status -- made free and independent
nations, ruling themselves independent of England -- a company, or
commonwealth, of nations joined together, not by legal government,
but solely by the throne of David!
But why was that tremendous birthright, which was promised
unconditionally to Abraham, repromised to Isaac and Jacob, never
bestowed for millennia of time -- until after A.D. 1800? The answer
is amazing -- exciting!

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PHOTO CAPTION: THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION brought the birthright
tribes to national prominence. Photos show a gold smelter and a
steel mill.
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To understand this miraculous burst into world dominance, it
is necessary to examine the very pivot of Old Testament prophecies-
-the 26th chapter of Leviticus.

Prophecy for Now

This remarkable prophecy pertains to our time, as well as giving
warning to the people of Israel in Moses' day. Few realize that the
prophecies of the Old Testament pertain, primarily, to this 20th
century -- not, in many cases, to Old Testament times at all.
Most ministers and church leaders today were schooled in the
theological seminaries of their particular denominations. They were
taught, nearly altogether, from sectarian books, not from the
Bible. Many of these will say: "We are a New Testament church,"
supposing Old Testament prophecies pertained only to Old Testament
times, having no meaning for us today. That is an error and a
delusion! Many Old Testament prophecies were never written for, nor
read by or to, the Israelites of those times. The New Testament
Church of God is actually built on the FOUNDATION of the Old
Testament prophets, as well as the apostles (Eph. 2:20).
Daniel wrote after both Israel and Judah had been removed from
Palestine as slaves. He had no way to communicate his prophecies to
his enslaved countrymen -- and besides, the meaning was closed and
sealed until our time, now (Dan. 12:8-9).
Ezekiel was a prophet, not to the Jews of the house of Judah,
though he was among them in their captivity. But his prophecy was
to be delivered to the house of Israel -- driven out some 130 years
before, and by Ezekiel's time lost from view. His prophecy was to
be delivered to the house of Israel TODAY, in this 20th century, by
God's ministers who now know their identity!

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PHOTO CAPTION: AN OVER-ABUNDANCE -- Top, wheat being poured into
streets. That's how great the surplus was! Bottom, air view of
giant grain storage bins in the U.S. wheat belt.
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And this prophecy of Leviticus 26, though written by Moses
before the Israelites had entered the promised land, is one of dual
fulfillment. It was a warning to those of Moses' day, but its final
fulfillment, as we shall see, has taken place and is now taking
place -- in our time. And, through the dual fulfillment, typical of
so many prophecies, it is also a WARNING to the American and
British peoples of impending events! Leviticus 26 is the basic
prophecy of the Old Testament. It contains a vital, living,
tremendous message and warning for our people today!

The Pivotal Prophecy

In this central prophecy, God reaffirmed the birthright promise --
but with conditions -- for those of Moses' day! The birthright tribes
of Ephraim and Manasseh were then with the other tribes -- as one
nation. Obedience to God's laws would bring the vast national
wealth and blessings of the birthright not only to Ephraim and
Manasseh, but the whole NATION would automatically have shared them
at that time.
Notice carefully that two of the Ten Commandments are
mentioned for emphasis. These were the main test commandments! They
were the test of obedience, and of faith in and loyalty to God. God
said: "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image ... to bow down
unto it: for I am the Eternal your God. Ye shall keep MY
sabbaths ..." (verses 1-2).
There was a condition -- a great big "if" -- to their receiving
actual fulfillment of this stupendous birthright promise in their
time! God said: "If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my
commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in due season,
and the land shall yield her increase ..." (verses 3-4). All wealth
comes out of the ground. They would enjoy bumper crops the year
round, one harvest on the heels of another. Verse 6: "And I will
give PEACE in the land ... and none shall make you afraid ... neither
shall the sword [of war] go through your land." What a blessing!
What nation enjoys continuous peace, without fear of invasion?
Of course, in this world, every nation has enemies. What if
enemy nations attacked? Verses 7-8: "And ye shall chase your
enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of
you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten
thousand to flight ...."
Since many nations in this world always have been aggressors,
Israel would have been attacked. A nation with the military
superiority to defeat all attackers would soon become the dominant,
most powerful nation on earth -- especially with resources and great
wealth from the ground. Verse 9: "For I will have respect unto you,
and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant
with you."

The Great Big If

But here comes the alternative -- IF the conditions are not met:
"... if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these
commandments ... I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint
over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague [fever], that
shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of the heart [RSV: waste
the eyes and cause life to pine away]: and ye shall sow your seed
in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face
against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that
hate you shall reign over you ..." (verses 14-17). They would be
invaded, conquered, become once again slaves -- as they had been in
Egypt before God freed them.

Now What Did Happen?

These Israelites griped, grumbled, complained, doubted God almost
from the very night they left Egypt. God miraculously delivered
them from the pursuing Egyptian army at the Red Sea. God sent manna
and quails from heaven to feed them. God caused drinking water to
gush from the great rock. But always they complained, showed a
rebellious attitude.
The children of Israel, under Moses, came to the desert at the
foot of Mount Sinai. There Moses was called up the mountain where
God spoke to him. God here offered Israel the opportunity to become
HIS NATION -- under His rule, and, upon obedience and loyalty to His
government, to receive the fabulous national birthright of world
dominance.
The ETERNAL said: "Now therefore, If ye will obey my voice
indeed, and keep my COVENANT, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure
unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine" (Ex. 19:5).
Notice, God did not force them to become His nation -- a "peculiar"
nation, different from the apostate Gentile kingdoms. The choice
was theirs!

The Beginning of a Nation

Moses returned to camp. He laid God's proposed agreement (covenant)
before that vast congregation of perhaps two or three million
people.
"And all the people answered together, and said, All that the
Lord hath spoken we will do" (verse 8).
For two days the people were specially prepared for a
tremendous event. They were to hear the very voice of God from the
mountain. On the third day, amid a fantastically tremendous
supernatural display of thunder and lightning and thick clouds
swirling over the mountain, God's tremendous voice -- exceedingly
loud -- thundered in their ears the basic law of His government -- the
great SPIRITUAL law defining, in principle, God's WAY of life -- the
way to avoid the evils besetting the world -- the way that would
cause peace, happiness, prosperity.
That vast assemblage actually heard the voice of THE ETERNAL
GOD, delivering to them the Ten Commandments! The people were
frightened! They trembled! It was an awesome experience which had
never happened before -- and has never occurred since!
Then, through Moses, God outlined in more detail His
proposition for setting them up as God's NATION. Again, the people
answered with a unanimous voice, "All the words which the Lord hath
said will we do" (Ex. 24:3). Moses wrote all the terms of this
COVENANT -- this AGREEMENT making these ex-slaves God's nation -- this
agreement which also was a marriage covenant, with the Eternal as
husband, binding the wife (Israel) to obey her husband.
Moses read the terms and conditions -- the "book of the
covenant" -- before all the people. Again came the unanimous decision
on their part: "All that the Eternal hath said will we do, and be
obedient" (Ex. 24:7).

Old Covenant a Marriage

The covenant agreement between God and this people -- called "the old
covenant" -- was then ratified and put into effect with BLOOD (Ex.
24:5-8).
This "old covenant" was mediated by Moses. It married a
mortal, human people to the Eternal. They became HIS NATION. They
had promised loyal obedience as citizens. This "old covenant" was
based on the birthright promise God had made to Abraham. But human
mortals, filled with the vanity, envy, lust and greed of human
nature, seldom remain faithful. So the living Christ is now coming
soon to be the Mediator of the new covenant, based on better
promises (Heb. 8:6-10 and 9:15). But the NEW covenant will not be
made with human mortals who do not keep their promises. God has
been preparing -- and still now is preparing -- a people to be made
immortal. These immortals are to be married to Christ. And He died,
rose, and sent God's HOLY Spirit "that he might sanctify and
cleanse" this NEW Testament "wife" (Eph. 5:26-27).
The new covenant will be made with a people who already have
been proved, by their Christian life of obedience, faith, growing
in spiritual character and knowledge, and overcoming -- a people then
made immortal and holy and perfect.
The NEW covenant is based on the sceptre promise made to
Abraham -- through the coming KING of kings, Jesus Christ, of the
very dynasty of David.

They Turn to Idolatry

But notice how these mortal Israelites performed.
After the old covenant between God and Israel had been
ratified, God called Moses up into the mountain. Moses was kept
there forty days, receiving detailed instructions for the
congregation (church) and for the nation -- for with the Israelites
church and state were united.
After Moses had been gone some days, the people said to Aaron,
"Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses,
the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not
what is become of him." So they took their golden earrings and
trinkets, and Aaron had them made into a golden calf for an idol
(Ex. 32:1-4).
Moses came down from the mount carrying the two tablets of
stone on which the Eternal had engraved the Ten Commandments with
His own finger. On seeing this golden idol and the people
worshiping it in merriment and dancing, he lost his temper and in
a rage threw down the tablets of stone and broke them.
Of course, just as some very large religious bodies who claim
to be Christian do today, they merely said this calf represented
God -- it pictured to them what they supposed God looked like.
After making this molten gold calf, Aaron proclaimed a feast
"to the Eternal" (Ex. 32:5), during which they worshiped before the
IDOL. Go into an Anglican church or a Roman Catholic church today
and ask the priest or official whether the images of "Christ" and
of "Mary" are IDOLS -- whether or not they are worshiping idols. They
will indignantly say, "No! We don't worship idols. We don't worship
the images. We don't claim the images actually are Christ or Mary --
only that they represent, or picture to us, what Christ or Mary
look like!"
Well, that is precisely the way ALL PAGANS ALWAYS WORSHIPED
IDOLS! But God's wrath waxed HOT at this (Ex. 32:7-10). God will
NOT ACCEPT such worship! See also Deuteronomy 12:30-31.

Withheld 40 Years

In the second year after leaving Egypt, God had moved the
Israelites to a new camp in the wilderness of Paran (Num. 10:11-
12). God then told Moses to send twelve men -- one leader or ruler
from each tribe -- to spy out the promised land and bring back a
report on the land and its inhabitants (Num. 13:1-2).
These men were gone 40 days. On their return, all but two --
Joshua and Caleb -- misrepresented what they had seen, giving an evil
report. When Joshua and Caleb reported the truth, the people tried
to stone them. They accepted the evil report, complained against
God, doubted, rebelled, disobeyed.
Have you ever wondered why these Israelites were 40 years in
the desolate, barren, desert-and-mountain wilderness getting to the
promised land? It was not because it required 40 years of travel.
These men sent to report on it journeyed to it, walked all over it
from one end to the other and returned -- round trip -- in 40 days. But
the people griped, disbelieved God, disobeyed, and refused to go
forthwith to POSSESS IT; instead of deciding to march ahead and
POSSESS this great prize God wanted to give them, they despised it,
lacked faith to go in and possess it, refused to march forward.
This promised land is a type of the glorious Kingdom of God,
which the living Savior, Jesus Christ, offers us. But today we, the
descendants of those Israelites, despise it, prefer the "slavery"
of sin, fail to exercise the FAITH to go on and POSSESS God's
Kingdom. We, too, rebel, disbelieve, and disobey. And those who
thus despise it shall not enter that glorious Kingdom with eternal
life in happiness and accomplishment.
To this rebellious population, God said: "Your carcases shall
fall in this wilderness ... ye shall not come into the land ... save
Caleb ... and Joshua .... But your little ones, which ye said should
be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which
ye have despised" (Num. 14:29-31).
"And," continued God, "your children shall wander in the
wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your
carcases be wasted in the wilderness" (verse 33).
And now comes the "day-for-a-year principle": "After the
number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days,
each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty
years ..." (verse 34). And this punishment was, in fact, a
WITHHOLDING of the promised blessing for this duration of forty
years.

Idolatry Again

That generation of Israelites was not allowed to enter the promised
land. They spent forty years in the wilderness. Their children
entered the Holy Land under Joshua's leadership.
Then what?
They became so busy occupying their promised land, driving out
the many little kingdoms, that during Joshua's life and a little
longer they served God and prospered. They were making a nice start
toward inheriting -- in their day -- the tremendous blessings of the
birthright.
But after Joshua died "and also all that generation ... there
arose another generation after them, which knew not the Eternal,
nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of
Israel did evil in the sight of the Eternal, and served Baalim: And
they forsook the Eternal God of their fathers .... And the anger of
the Eternal was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the
hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the
hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any
longer stand before their enemies. Whithersoever they went out, the
hand of the Eternal was against them for evil, as the Eternal had
said, and as the Eternal had sworn unto them: and they were greatly
distressed" (Judges 2:10-15).
So, precisely as God had warned in verses 14-17 of Leviticus
26, God did appoint over them terror; they did sow their seed in
vain, for their enemies ate it. God did set His face against them!
God's WORD STANDS! What a pity neither individuals nor nations
seem able to believe that!
But that was not the end. God is a merciful, forgiving God. He
repeatedly gave them another chance. Continue the history in the
book of Judges: "Nevertheless the Eternal raised up judges, which
delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. And yet
they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring
after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned
quickly out of the way ..." (Judges 2:16-17).
This happened repeatedly. Every time they were put under the
yoke of another nation, as vassals, they cried out to God for
deliverance. But also every time God sent a judge to free them,
they quickly turned from God. As soon as things were going well for
them, these people turned again to idolatry.
But were they so different from us, their descendants today?
Most of us seek God only when in trouble -- only when in our self-
interest we feel we need Him!
Up until this time, though these people had complained, lacked
faith, gone contrary to God repeatedly, nevertheless, they still
recognized God as their only Ruler. They may not have trusted in,
or obeyed Him and His rule, but they acknowledged no other Ruler.

They Reject God as King

But in the days of Samuel they rejected God even as their national
King -- as their civil Ruler. They demanded a human king, like all
the unbelieving Gentiles (I Sam. 8:1-7). This probably took place
near the end of 1112 B.C.
To reject God as Ruler was the greatest sin. Up until this
time they had recognized Him -- had looked to no other as King. This
seems to have begun the years of complete sin, for which God
punished them.
Nevertheless, under the "old covenant" of Mt. Sinai, they were
still God's nation. God still dealt with them. He did not "divorce"
them until 721-718 B.C., as we shall see.
They suffered under Saul. They began prospering under King
David, and in Solomon's reign they reached a considerable state of
prosperity. However, they had not yet flowered into the full
predominant-world-power status promised under the birthright. And
Solomon's prosperity turned him to idolatry. Again they were
violating the condition for receiving the birthright.
When Solomon's son Rehoboam became king, he threatened to put
still heavier tax burdens on the people. Thereupon the nation
rejected Rehoboam and set up Jeroboam, of the tribe of Ephraim, as
king.

A Nation Divided

This caused division! In order to retain the Davidic dynasty, Judah
thereupon seceded. With Benjamin, and most of Levi, they formed a
new nation -- the kingdom of Judah! No longer did they have the
national name "Israel." The people of this new-formed kingdom of
Judah are the ones who became known as the Jews. The people of the
kingdom of ISRAEL, occupying the northern part of Palestine north
of Jerusalem, never were called Jews.
Now the birthright and sceptre promises were divided into TWO
NATIONS. Remember, Ephraim and Manasseh shared the birthright. If
it were then inherited, the others of the TEN-TRIBED nation of
Israel would have automatically shared it with them -- since they
were part of the same nation!
But under Jeroboam the ten-tribed nation Israel completely
violated God's laws, particularly the two test commandments. Almost
the first act of Jeroboam was setting up idols. And he changed
God's autumn festivals from the seventh to the eighth month. There
is ample evidence that he also changed God's Sabbath from the
seventh to the "eighth" day (first day of the week). This will be
shown in a later chapter.
Even after all this, God gave the nation every chance to
qualify for the tremendous birthright blessings. During the reigns
of nineteen kings in seven different dynasties, God pleaded with
them through His prophets. But this rebellious nation showed no
disposition to turn to God's ways. They had been punished
repeatedly. But they refused to learn the lesson experience should
have taught them.

The Seven Prophetic Times

Now continue in Leviticus 26: "And if ye will not yet for all this
hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your
sins" (verse 18).
It is important to UNDERSTAND this!
This expression "seven times" is translated into the English
from a Hebrew word which conveys a dual meaning. The original
Hebrew word Moses wrote is shibah. It is defined as "seven times,"
and also as "sevenfold." The "seven times" implies duration or
continuation of punishment. But the word also conveys the meaning
of "sevenfold," or seven times greater intensity of punishment -- as
a punishment that is sevenfold more intense. In this sense, the
meaning would be the same as in Daniel 3:19, where King
Nebuchadnezzar, in a rage, commanded that the furnace into which
Daniel's three friends were to be thrown should be made seven times
hotter.
Now understand the "seven times" -- or seven prophetic "times."
For this is a prophecy. In prophecy, a "time" is a prophetic 360-
day year. And, during Israel's punishment, each day represented a
year being fulfilled.
This "day-for-a-year principle" is explained in two other
passages dealing with the duration of Israel's punishment. One of
these we have already covered. God punished that generation of
Israelites Moses had led out of Egypt by withholding from them
entry into the promised land FORTY YEARS. That promised land was a
beginning part of the birthright. God punished them on the
principle of a YEAR for every DAY -- forty years' DURATION of
punishment for the 40 days of transgression.

Ezekiel's "Day for a Year"

In order to impress on the prophet Ezekiel the seriousness of
Israel's years of rebellion against God's rule and God's law which
would cause great blessings, God imposed this very principle on
him -- but it was enacted in reverse.
The sins of the house of Israel had continued from their
rejection of God as King for 390 years. Naturally God could not
expect this prophet, in a human lifetime, to undergo the bearing of
these years of sin on the basis of each day of sinning being borne
by him for a year. That would have required 2,000 lifetimes. So God
reversed the actual application of the principle. Ezekiel was
required to bear Israel's sins a day for each year they had sinned.
But it still was the "day-for-a-year principle"!
Ezekiel was told to lie on his left side, in an imaginary
siege against Jerusalem, pictured on a tile before him. "Lie thou
also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of
Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt
lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. For I have laid upon
thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the
days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the
iniquity of the house of Israel. And when thou hast accomplished
them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity
of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day
for a year" (Ezek. 4:4-6). It is mentioned further in verse 9.
But in the other application of the "day-for-a-year
principle," previously explained, where it applied also to a
duration of punishment put on THE PEOPLE, the punishment was to be
borne by them on the basis of a year of punishment for each day.
Also in this case, the punishment was the number of years during
which a promised blessing was withheld.
Now when we come to the expression "then I will punish you
seven times more for your sins" in Leviticus 26, it is evident both
by its manner of wording in the sentence and by the fact of actual
fulfillment that it was speaking of a DURATION of seven prophetic
"times," or YEARS. And on this "year-for-a-day principle," it
becomes seven 360-day years -- a total of 2520 days. And when each
day is a year of punishment -- in this case, as in Numbers 14:34, a
withholding of a promised blessing -- the punishment becomes the
withdrawing of and withholding the promised blessings for 2520
years! For that is precisely what did happen!

What is a "Time"?

But now did you notice I said that a prophetic "time" is a 360-day
year? Why not a year of 365 1/4 days? Why not a solar year?
In ancient biblical times, a year was figured on a basis of
twelve 30-day months. Previous to the time, in Moses' day, when God
gave His people the sacred calendar, the 30-day month was used.
Notice Genesis 7:11: "In the six hundredth year of Noah's
life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the
same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and
the windows of heaven were opened." Now verse 24: "And the waters
prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days."
Next, Genesis 8:3-4: "And the waters returned from off the
earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days
the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on
the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat."
So notice -- the flood started on the 17th day of the second
month. At the end of 150 days, the ark rested on Mount Ararat, on
the 17th day of the 7th month. That was five months to the day.
Five 30-day months are precisely 150 days. So months, then, were
30-day months!
We find it definitely figured this way in both Daniel and
Revelation. In Revelation 12:6, a prophecy of an event which in
actual history did last 1260 solar years is spoken of as "a
thousand two hundred and threescore days." So here, again, a
prophetic day was a year in fulfillment. In Revelation 13:5
(referring to a different event but the same amount of time) this
same period of 1260 days being fulfilled in 1260 solar years is
spoken of as "forty and two months." Now 42 calendar months,
according to the calendar now in use, would not be 1260 days, but
1277 days -- or, if no leap year occurred, 1276. Or, if the extra
half-year happened to be the last half of the year, it would be
1278, 1279 or 1280 days. But the 42 months of Revelation 13:5 is
the same amount of time as the 1260 days of Revelation 12:6. So the
42 months were 30-day months.
The same amount of days is spoken of in still different
language in Revelation 12:14 as "a time, and times, and half a
time." The "time" is one prophetic year; the "times" is two more
prophetic years; and the whole expression is 3 1/2 prophetic
"times," which is a literal 1260 days -- or 3 1/2 years of thirty-day
months. Seven of these "times" then would be 2520 days -- and on a
day-for-a-year basis, 2520 years!
Then in Daniel 12:7 the same expression "time, times, and an
half [time]" is mentioned.
Enough space is being taken here to make this concept plain,
clear, understandable. For it is basic to several key prophecies.
A prophetic "time," then, is a 360-day year -- or a plain 360
days. And during those years of Israel's punishment, as made plain
by combining Leviticus 26:18 with Ezekiel 4:4-6, Numbers 14:34, and
Revelation 13:5 and 12:6, each day of a prophetic "time" was one
year in fulfillment. In Leviticus 26:18, and in Revelation 12:6 and
13:5, this meaning is verified and PROVED by the fact that the
prophecy was fulfilled in precisely the time indicated.

Birthright Withheld 2520 Years

Now back again to the pivotal prophecy of Leviticus 26.
These Israelites had not listened to God -- had not qualified to
become recipients of the fabulous, overwhelming birthright national
blessing. They had broken especially the two test commandments
emphasized in verses 1 and 2 of this chapter. God had punished them
in the manner He had said He would, as described in verses 14-17.
Now God said, as quoted before, "And if ye will not yet for
all this" -- all He had punished them with, described in verses 14-
17 -- "hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for
your sins."
Because of the manner in which this warning is worded,
compared with the manner of wording where the "seven times" is
again mentioned -- and because the birthright actually was withheld
PRECISELY 2520 years -- it is certain that the meaning of the "seven
times" in verse 18 is a DURATION of seven 360-day YEARS, each day
being a year in fulfillment -- total: 2520 actual YEARS! And the very
enforcing of the "day-for-a-year principle" also implies a
multiplied intensity of the punishment.
Actually, they had sinned the 390 years mentioned in Ezekiel's
prophecy (Ezek. 4:4-5). Even from the time they rejected God as
their national King, God allowed them to remain in the promised
land those additional 390 years! During all these years God
continued to send prophets to warn and plead with them. Had they
repented and turned back to God and His ways, they still could have
received the richest national blessing of all history. But they
would not. Rather, they increased in sins!
So finally God took completely away from them -- for a duration
of 2520 years -- this opportunity to reap such vast material
prosperity and power.

Israel Becomes Lost

Finally God drove them out of the promised land!
All these 390 years of national sin (Ezek. 4:5), of rejecting
Him and His ways, God continued to deal with them. He kept contact
with them. He sent His prophets to them. At any time during these
years of their rebellion, they could have repented, turned to God,
and received this vast national status.
But now, at last, God drove them out of His land! He "removed
them out of his sight" (II Kings 17:18).
Again it is repeated (verse 23), He "removed Israel out of his
sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was
Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this
day."
From that time, God sent no prophets to them. He gave them no
more chance to receive the greatest national blessing of all
history -- until the end of the 2520 years! He hid, as it were, His
face from them! He removed them out of His sight. He pleaded no
longer with them. They had not qualified for nor deserved His
blessings! Now He left them a slave people, to shift for
themselves. He left them to their own devices!
They had rejected even the identifying sign by which they were
to be known and recognized as God's people Israel. So now they soon
lost even their identity! No longer were they known by the world as
God's people. No longer did they call themselves God's people.
They became lost! The "LOST TEN TRIBES." Lost in name. Lost in
identity. Lost spiritually! They had lost their tremendous
birthright -- for a duration of many generations! In due time, as a
second and third generation came along, they lost even their Hebrew
language! They regarded themselves as Gentiles! The world supposed
they were Gentiles!

Apostles to Britain?

Generations later, Jesus of Nazareth, well knowing where they had
migrated, sent His twelve original apostles to make known to them
His precious gospel of God's Kingdom -- God's government! It was the
apostle Paul who was sent to the Gentiles.
Did you never wonder why, after Acts 15, we read no more of
the twelve apostles? Except for a trip by Peter to Babylon, they
had gone to "lost" Israel!
Regarding the original apostles, the Bible says: "These twelve
Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, GO NOT into the way
of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans [Gentiles]
enter ye not: But go rather to the LOST sheep of the house of
Israel" (Matt. 10:5-6). Yes! The lost Ten Tribes.
But Jesus never begged, urged, pleaded with anyone to "get
saved!" Nor did His apostles! That is a modern Protestant method.
They merely proclaimed the truth, leaving it to every hearer to
make his own decision whether to act on it.
Yes, the British Isles heard Christ's gospel! But they
accepted, instead, the idolatry of the Druids, pagan worship, and
the counterfeit "Christianity" of the Roman Babylonian mystery
religion, and even spawned the devil's religion of the evolutionary
concept.

Birthright Conferred at Last!

But when that 2520-year withholding of the birthright had expired,
God was faithful to His unconditional promise to Abraham! Not
because of any British or American goodness, superiority, or
worthiness, but because of God's faithfulness to His promise,
beginning in 1800 these two birthright peoples suddenly burst forth
as the greatest world powers in all history!
This national wealth and power came not because our peoples in
any manner finally qualified for it. They never did! But consider:
The very fact of a withholding of the birthright from them for
a definite duration in itself implies a conferring of it at the end
of the 2520 years. And remember, God had promised this birthright
to the descendants of Abraham unconditionally because of Abraham's
faithfulness and obedience (Gen. 26:5). God was bound by His
promise to confer this stupendous national blessing regardless of
the righteousness or wickedness of the descendants. But God had not
bound Himself to bestow it upon any one particular generation.
Thus God was able to offer it conditionally to Old Testament
Israel in and after Moses' day. The people of those generations
could have had it upon compliance with the conditions! Denying it
to those particular generations -- withholding it for 2520 long
years, even -- did not violate God's unconditional PROMISE to
Abraham.
But the very fact of a withholding for the definite duration
of 2520 years implies the direct conferring of that national
blessing on expiration of that definite period of withholding --
regardless of any further qualifying or deserving on the part of
the people. This must be so because of God's faithfulness to His
UNCONDITIONAL PROMISE to Abraham.
So -- beginning A.D. 1800-1803, after 2520 years -- God did cause
the birthright nations -- and them only -- to become suddenly the
recipients of such national wealth, greatness and power as no
nation or empire ever before had acquired! Together they -- the
British and Americans, descendants of only one original tribe,
Joseph -- came into possession of more than two-thirds -- almost three-
fourths -- of all the cultivated resources and wealth of the whole
world!
It sounds incredible! All other nations combined shared
between them only little more than a fourth of the world's wealth.
And that includes the nations descended from other tribes of
Israel. It includes such nations as Germany, Italy, Russia, China --
all other nations on the whole earth.
The most amazing fact of all history is this sudden
skyrocketing from virtual obscurity of two nations to the most
fabulous wealth and economic power ever possessed by any people.
Britain became GREAT Britain -- a gigantic, stupendously wealthy
commonwealth of nations -- the United States, the greatest nation of
history.
More amazing still are the unbelievably shocking facts of the
present -- of how -- and WHY -- we are losing it faster than it came!
WHY? The incredible facts, the reasons, and what's now ahead
will follow!

Chapter 11
WHY ISRAEL LOST IDENTITY

THE MYSTERY IS NOW REVEALED! Not only the answer to what
happened to the "LOST Ten Tribes" -- but also why they so completely
lost their identity!
The main vanguard of the Israelites -- the northern kingdom -- who
bore the national name "Kingdom of ISRAEL" -- became a nation lost in
all history.
So far as historic records are concerned, the earth might as
well have opened her mouth and swallowed them.
History does record their captivity by Assyria, 721-718 B.C.
They were removed from their cities, towns and farms in their
northern part of Palestine, taken as slaves to Assyria, on the
southern shores of the Caspian Sea. But by 604-585 B.C., when the
southern kingdom of JUDAH was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar of
Babylon, the Assyrians had migrated northwest -- and the ten-tribed
Israelites with them!

Utterly Lost

They were utterly GONE! They were lost from view! How far northwest
they proceeded, or where they finally settled, comes to a blank
page in history.
How do historians and theologians explain this?
Not knowing the true answer, they explain it erroneously. They
assume, in error, that all Israelites were Jews, and that the
thirteen million Jews in the world today constitute the entire
population of Israelites remaining alive at this time. Some
theologians falsely claim that all of the ten tribes who went into
Assyrian captivity in 721-718 B.C. returned to Jerusalem with the
Jews who returned to build the Temple there seventy years after
Judah's captivity, 604-585 B.C. But that is total error. Only part
of Judah went back. And those who returned were all of the three
tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. Check the genealogies in Ezra
and Nehemiah.
The Jews are assumed to be Israel -- and all of Israel -- because
they never lost their identity! There is a reason why the Jews did
not lose their identity, while the house of ISRAEL did!
God had given them a very special everlasting COVENANT
containing a SIGN of IDENTITY.

The Special Covenant of Identity

It is not generally known or recognized that the Eternal made with
His people, while still at Mt. Sinai, a separate, special,
eternally binding COVENANT, providing for a SIGN of IDENTITY.
At this juncture, it must be pointed out that these people
Israel were the only people on earth with whom God then dealt
personally as HIS PEOPLE.
Remember, Adam and Eve had rejected the symbolic tree that
represented God's Holy Spirit, and a Father-and-son relationship
with Him. Their descendants, cut off from God, strayed so far from
His ways that by the time of Noah the earth was filled with
corruption and violence.
After the Flood, within two generations the world as a whole
was following the apostate ways of Nimrod (Gen. 10:812; 11:1-9),
and his mother-wife founded the apostate pagan religion that has
engulfed and deceived the world ever since. This apostate religious
system, started by Semiramis, flowed into all nations. In its
perversions of truth, it evolved into different varieties and
appeared under different national names in different nations. But
it was the same basic system of apostasy. It cut the world off from
God! And it grips a deceived world TODAY -- in its various forms,
called by the names of various religions.
God selected these children of Israel because of the obedience
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. While they were in servitude and
slavery He called them as His people, to whom HIS TRUTH -- His true
religion and way of life and intended DESTINY for mankind -- should
be revealed.
God's TRUTH and God's way revealed to these Israelites is
simply God's TRUTH and His WAY for all peoples in all times and
ages! Israel, had they followed God's ways, was intended to be a
living EXAMPLE to all nations.
Jesus came, not to do away with God's TRUTH or God's WAY, not
to bring a new religion, but to reveal additional truth about the
coming Kingdom of God and how we may be born into it.
True, Old Testament Israel was given certain sacrificial rites
and rituals which served merely as a reminder of sin (Heb. 10:1-4;
9:10), only as a temporary substitute for Christ -- until He should
come. When the reality came, the substitute was dropped. But God's
TRUTH and WAY remain eternally! Therefore God was revealing to
Israel what HIS WAY is for all people of all time -- including TODAY!
This special identifying COVENANT, then, ordained FOREVER,
applies to all Christians today -- to all who are reconciled to God
as HIS PEOPLE!
This special eternally binding COVENANT is found in Exodus
31:12-17. It has to do with one of those two test commandments,
which, we saw in the last chapter, Israel was driven out and
deprived of the birthright for violating.

The Identifying Sign

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the
children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep ..."
(Ex. 31:12-13).
Notice which day is "the Lord's day." The Eternal calls the
Sabbaths "my sabbaths." The Sabbaths are His -- they did not belong
to Israel -- they are not our days, but the Lord's. They are not "the
Jewish Sabbaths" or "the Gentile Sabbaths." The Sabbath is a space
of time. That time, whenever it arrives, not ours, but God's.
And it applies the same to us today as to our forefathers
then. If we appropriate it for ourselves -- for our own use, whether
work, pleasure, or whatever -- we are stealing that time from God!
Notice again! He said: "My sabbaths ye shall keep." In Exodus
20:8 He commanded us to "keep it [the Sabbath] holy" -- God made it
HOLY TIME and commanded us to keep it holy -- not to profane what is
holy to God.
Now study this special covenant a little further: "... for it
is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye
may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you" (Ex. 31:13).
What tremendous meaning is packed in that portion of this sentence!
Yet most people read right past it, failing to get the vital truth
it contains!
Notice! Here is the purpose of the Sabbath: "... for it is a
SIGN ...." What is a sign?
You walk down a main street in the business section of a city.
Everywhere you see signs identifying stores, offices, factories. If
you want to know what a sign is, just turn to the word in the
Yellow Pages (the classified business listings of your telephone
directory). You will find such names as "Jones Neon Sign Company"
or "Smith Brothers Signs." If you call one of them on the telephone
and ask, "What do you make or sell?" he will tell you that they
make signs for business firms, institutions, or professional
individuals to hang in front of their places of business. The sign
identifies whose establishment, institution or office is inside.

It Identifies

A sign is a badge, symbol, or token of identity. You see the sign,
"A. B. Brown, Furniture and Furnishings." The sign identifies the
owner. It tells you what kind of business he owns. Webster's
dictionary defines a sign thus: "A publicly displayed notice on a
building, office, etc. to advertise the business there transacted,
or the name of the person or firm conducting it. Something
indicating the existence of a thing; a token." And, of course,
there are the special technical meanings in mathematics, medicine,
astronomy.
The word which Moses wrote in the Hebrew language which is
translated "sign" is "'"wth," and the Hebrew-English dictionary
defines it as "signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, evidence, etc.-
-mark, miracle, sign, token." A flag identifies a nation. A beacon
is a signal to announce the existence of something warned about. A
token is a visible sign; something that serves as an identifying
signal to make something known, as a white flag is a token of
surrender.
God commanded His people to keep His Sabbath as a sign. It is
a sign between God's people and God: "... a sign between me and
you," the commandment says. It is a badge or token of IDENTITY. It
advertises, or announces, or proclaims certain identifying
knowledge. But WHAT KNOWLEDGE? God answers: "... that ye may know
that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you."

Who Is God?

Note those words carefully! It is the sign that IDENTIFIES to them
who is their God! It is the sign by which we may know that He is
the Lord! It identifies God!
But doesn't everybody know who God is? Absolutely not! This
whole world is deceived -- so says your Bible.
This world has a god -- a false god -- Satan the devil! He
pretends to be "an angel of light" (II Cor. 11:14). He has his
religious organizations -- his churches. Not all are Buddhist,
Shintoist, Taoist, Confucianist. Many have appropriated the very
name "Christian," but their ministers, says your Bible, actually
are Satan's ministers: "And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing
if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness" (II Cor. 11:14-15).
But do they actually call themselves the ministers of CHRIST?
Read the verse just before the two just quoted -- verse 13: "For such
are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into
the apostles of Christ." Yes, Satan is the great counterfeiter. He
palms himself off as GOD. He is called, in your Bible, the god of
this world (II Cor. 4:4). He palms off his ministers as the
ministers of CHRIST -- and they accuse the true ministers of Christ
of being "false apostles" to divert suspicion from themselves!
Does this world's "Christianity" really know the TRUE GOD? It
is deceived into believing it does, and a deceived world may be
sincere in that false belief. One's god is the one, or the thing,
whom he serves and obeys. But the true GOD is the One whom we
should obey.

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PHOTO CAPTION: BABYLONIAN MOTHERS bowing before Nimrod, high priest
of the sun god, present their babies to be purified by being
sacrificed in fire. Nimrod founded an apostate pagan religious
system that has engulfed and deceived the world.
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This world is not taught to OBEY GOD! Its false "Christianity"
teaches that God's law is "done away." It actually puts human
conscience, actuated by Satan's false teaching, in place of God's
law! It does not teach, as did Christ, that we must actually live
by every word of God -- all of the BIBLE! It OBEYS Satan by sinning!
Satan, therefore, is this world's god!

The Purpose of the Sabbath

God gave man His Sabbath for the purpose of keeping mankind in the
true knowledge and true worship of the true God. But how does the
Sabbath identify God -- how does it point to the true God, rather
than the false? Does not Sunday do just as well? Positively not!
Notice verse 17 of this special Sabbath covenant: "It is a
sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six
days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he
rested, and was refreshed" (Ex. 31:17).
It was on the seventh day of that creation week that He rested
from the work of creation. Not Sunday, the first day of the week.
Only the seventh day of the week points back to CREATION.
How does that identify who God is?
If you believe anyone else or anything else is God, I will
prove that my God is the true God, because whatever else you may
think is God was made or created by the true God. He who created
and made everything else is GREATER than whatever He made -- superior
to anything else that could be called god.
CREATION is the proof of God -- of His existence. It -- the act of
creating -- identifies Him!
So God took the most enduring, lasting, imperishable thing man
can know -- a recurring space of time -- the only day that is a
memorial of the act of creating. He took the only day which points,
constantly, every seventh day of the week, to God's resting on the
seventh day of creation week from creating; which points to the
existence of the Almighty, All-Powerful, All-Ruling God -- the
Creator!
And God set that particular day apart from others as His day --
God made that particular day sacred and holy to HIM -- designating it
as the very day on which He commands His people to assemble for
WORSHIP -- the day man is commanded to REST from his own work and
physical pleasure -- and to be refreshed by assembling with other
obedient worshipers in spiritual fellowship!
No other day is a memorial and reminder of CREATION. True,
Satan has deceived a deluded world into supposing Christ's
resurrection occurred on Sunday morning at sunrise -- the very time
which has always been the time of pagan SUN worship. But this
supposition is not true! Write for our free booklet about the
resurrection ("The Resurrection Was Not on Sunday!"). You will be
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The resurrection of Christ actually occurred on the Sabbath,
not on Sunday! And, further, nowhere in the Bible does God tell us
to celebrate the day of Christ's resurrection! That is a pagan
custom of MEN, on apostate man's authority alone -- contrary to the
commands of God!

Identifies People of God

So here we find a GREAT PURPOSE in the Sabbath. It identifies God!
The very day which God set aside for assembly and worship points as
a memorial to whom we are to worship -- the CREATOR-RULER of all that
is!
But that is not all! The Sabbath also was given as a sign
which identifies who are the PEOPLE of God and who are not! Notice!
Not only does this special covenant say, "... that ye may know that
I am the Lord ..." but read the remainder of that sentence: "... that
ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you" (Ex. 31:13).
Notice the tremendous MEANING of that!
What does the word "sanctify" mean? It means "to set apart for
holy use or purpose." On the seventh day of the very creation week,
the Eternal sanctified -- that is, HE SET APART for HOLY use -- the
Sabbath day. But now we see that God says it is a sign that He, the
Eternal, also sanctifies -- sets apart from other people as His, for
His HOLY PURPOSE -- those who are His people.
In Old Testament times His people were the people of ISRAEL.
In New Testament times, His people are those of God's own Church --
the truly converted, spirit-begotten CHRISTIANS!
But how does the Sabbath set them apart -- separate them -- from
those who are not God's own true people?
Well, if you have begun to keep God's Sabbath holy, as He
commands, you have found the answer already, by actual experience.
If you haven't, just start keeping God's Sabbath holy as He
commands you -- and you'll soon learn that you are automatically set
apart from all other people! The world, people you know -- some of
your family and relatives, business associates, or contacts -- they
will set you apart!
The Sabbath is God's sign, which identifies not only God as
CREATOR-RULER, but it also identifies those who are truly His
people!
But HOW?

Definition of God

Let me give you still another definition of God. Although the only
wise and true God is the Great Creator-Ruler of the universe, there
are many false or counterfeit gods. Satan palms himself off to the
deceived as God -- and indeed the Bible plainly calls him the god of
this world. Idols were worshiped as gods -- and still are, today,
even in so-called "Christian" churches. Whoever, or whatever, you
serve and obey is your god!
The very word "Lord" means ruler, master, boss -- the one you
obey! Jesus exclaimed: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not
the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46.) If they did not OBEY Him,
then He was not their Lord! So WHY did they call Him LORD, when He
was not their Lord?
Then again, Jesus said: "Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21). Only
they who obey God can be His children and enter His Kingdom! Your
God is the one you OBEY!
Notice again: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves
servants to OBEY, his servants ye are to whom ye OBEY?" (Rom.
6:16.)
Regarding idols as false and counterfeit gods, the second
commandment says: "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor
serve them [that is, OBEY them]: for I the Eternal thy God am a
jealous God, visiting the iniquity [disobedience] of the fathers
upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that
hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and
keep my commandments" (Ex. 20:5-6).

The Real Test Commandment

How significant! The Sabbath command is the ONLY one of the ten
which is a SIGN identifying WHO are the real and true Christians
today! It is the real test command!
A man may be honest and upright in his dealings with others --
he may have a reputation of not lying or stealing. But that does
not IDENTIFY him -- set him apart -- especially as a Christian!
Many non-Christians honor their parents -- at least so far as
other people know. Many are regarded by others as truthful, true to
husband or wife; many do not swear or use profanity; and most are
not murderers -- in the eyes of others.
But their supposed conformity to these commandments does not
stamp them as different -- as being God's people! Actually, few keep
even these commandments in the spirit, but that is not obvious to
the world. But it is very obvious to the world when one keeps God's
Sabbath!
That's why few do! People don't want to be identified as being
apart from the world -- as belonging to God, apart from the world!
People want to be identified, in the eyes of others, as belonging
to the world -- but feel ashamed to be identified, in the eyes of
friends, business contacts, relatives, as belonging to God.
The people of the world are willing to acknowledge the other
nine commandments -- but the Sabbath command is the one they
positively REBEL against! It is THE ONE that is the crucial test of
obedience! It IDENTIFIES those who have surrendered their wills to
God -- who obey God, regardless of persecution or cost!
Oh, it sets you apart, all right! What a SIGN!
It identifies the TRUE God on the very DAY He set apart for
assembly and worship. It identifies the REAL people of God! It
identifies those who keep the Sabbath as being God's people -- to the
world, that is! Actually, few Jews really keep the Sabbath HOLY! It
may not identify them to God as His people, spiritually! But they
do at least acknowledge that particular day! And even though in
God's sight they profane it, it identifies them to the world!
God's SIGN is one you accept voluntarily -- of your own
volition, or not at all. But the "beast" (symbol of the coming
resurrected, so-called Holy Roman Empire in Europe) has a MARK,
which is soon going to be BRANDED ON, by physical FORCE! And it has
something to do with "buying or selling" -- trading, business,
earning a living, having a job (Rev. 13:16-17; Rev. 13 and 17).
Yes, this is the TEST COMMAND -- the one on which YOUR VERY SALVATION
and ETERNITY DEPEND!
I have said that God made the Sabbath a separate, eternal, and
perpetual covenant entirely separate and apart from what we term
"the Old Covenant" made at Mt. Sinai. How, then, is it a COVENANT?

But Is It a Covenant?

Let's define the word "covenant." Webster defines a covenant as:
"An agreement between persons or parties. A solemn compact." A
covenant is a contract, or agreement, by which one party promises
certain rewards or payments in return for certain stipulated
performance by the other party.
The Old Covenant between God and the children of Israel made
at Mt. Sinai imposed upon the people certain terms and conditions
to be performed: obedience to the Ten Commandments. It promised the
reward of making Israel a nation "ABOVE all people." The promises
were purely national and material, for this world. The NEW Covenant
is founded on BETTER PROMISES (Heb. 8:6), which consist of an
"ETERNAL inheritance" (Heb. 9:15).
Once a covenant is signed, sealed, or ratified -- confirmed -- it
cannot be added to (Gal. 3:15). Anything appearing beneath the
signature is not legally any part of the covenant. You read of the
actual making of the Old Covenant and sealing it with blood in
Exodus 24:6-8. And notice (verse 8), it concludes with the words
"the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you." It was then
already made -- completed.
We do not come to the making of this special eternal Sabbath
covenant until seven chapters later. It is, therefore, NO PART of
the Old Covenant!
But, again, is it a COVENANT?
The wording in your Bible says it is! Notice Exodus 31:16:
"Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to
observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual
covenant."
"Perpetual" means continuous and unbroken. But was it to last
FOREVER? Read the following verse: "It is a SIGN between me and the
children of Israel for ever."
Now what is the condition to be performed? The keeping holy of
the Sabbath! "It is HOLY unto you," says God (verse 14). And what
is the reward promised upon performance of the condition? It is not
only a SIGN, but also a compact or COVENANT "between me and you,"
says God, "that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify
you."
There it is! God promises to SANCTIFY THEM -- He will set them
apart as HOLY -- as His HOLY PEOPLE! Can you ask for a BIGGER
promise?
Yes, it is a COVENANT! It is a separate, totally different
covenant. Even if one tries to argue that the Old Covenant is
"abolished" and that therefore the Ten Commandments are abolished,
he cannot argue that this covenant was to last only until the
cross. The covenant is binding "throughout your generations" (verse
13); "a perpetual covenant" (verse 16) and "for ever" (verse 17).

Sign for Israel Only?

"Yes," says the rebellious one who would argue his way out of
obedience, "but it is between God and the children of ISRAEL. It is
throughout Israel's generations; it is between God and the
ISRAELITES forever.
Oh -- then you admit it is binding FOREVER on Israelites -- and
throughout their generations? There are TWO answers to that
argument that will condemn you, if you so argue, to the LAKE OF
FIRE!
1) No one can deny that this absolutely BINDS the people of
Israel to keep the Sabbath FOREVER, and throughout their
generations perpetually. Their generations are still going on.
Therefore it is binding on them today.
Also you have to admit that salvation and Christianity are
open to Jews and all Israelites. The gospel "is the power of God
UNTO SALVATION to every one that believeth; TO THE JEW FIRST, and
also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).
So then the Jew can be a converted CHRISTIAN! Indeed, the
Church at the beginning was nearly altogether Jewish! So the JEW,
even though a Christian in God's CHURCH, is BOUND to keep God's
Sabbath as a perpetual covenant, throughout his generations,
FOREVER!
Now, does God have TWO KINDS of Christians? Is it SIN for a
Jewish Christian to break the Sabbath, and sin for all others to
KEEP it? Must Jewish Christians assemble on the Sabbath, and those
of other nationalities on Sunday? Didn't Jesus say a house divided
against itself would fall?
Are there TWO KINDS of Christians? Read Galatians 3:28-29:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are ALL ONE IN CHRIST
JESUS. And if ye [Gentiles] be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's
seed, and heirs according to the promise."
So, since the Sabbath is BINDING TODAY on the Jewish part of
God's Church, and there is no difference -- we are all ONE in Christ-
-it is also binding on Gentiles!

We Are Israel

2) But there is another answer to this argument: The peoples of the
United States, the British Commonwealth nations, and the nations of
northwestern Europe are, in fact, the peoples of the TEN TRIBES of
the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. The Jewish people are the house of JUDAH.
But if the Sabbath is God's sign to identify His people
Israel, then why don't our nations keep it today?
The answer to that question is the answer to another: Why are
the Ten Tribes of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL called "the LOST Ten Tribes"?
And why do our nations think they are Gentiles? Why don't they KNOW
their true identity?
Ah, now we have a staggering, startling, surprising truth to
reveal! Here's a dumbfounding truth, far stranger than fiction!
Here are FACTS, hidden for centuries, more intriguing than a
mystery novel! Why is the Sabbath called, disrespectfully,
sneeringly, "the Jewish Sabbath"? WHY does the world think all
Israelites are Jews, and that the Jews are ALL of the Israelites?
Here's an astonishing surprise to those who have believed
that! The Jews are only a small minority of the Israelites.

Israel Lost Sign

Nowhere in all the Bible are any of the ten-tribed nation of Israel
called Jews. That name -- JEWS -- applies only to the kingdom of JUDAH.
Jews are Israelites, truly -- but only part of the Israelites are
Jews!
Almost immediately on being made a king, Jeroboam became
afraid that, when his people journeyed to Jerusalem to attend the
annual festivals, they would see and desire Rehoboam again for
their king. He took swift action to protect his own position.
The tribe of Levi composed the priesthood. They were the
leaders -- the best educated. The Levites, living off the tithes, had
enjoyed incomes two or three times larger than the other tribes.
With one swift stroke, Jeroboam demoted the Levites, set the lowest
and most ignorant of people to be the priests. He could control
them! Thus he would control the religion, like Gentile kings had
always done. Thereupon many, if not most, of the Levites went back
into the kingdom of JUDAH -- and became known as JEWS.
So immediately Jeroboam set up two great idols for his people
to worship. He ordered the fall festivals to be observed in the
eighth month, at a place of his choosing north of Palestine --
instead of in the seventh month, and at Jerusalem as God ordered (I
Kings 12:28-32). Also Jeroboam changed the Sabbath day from the
seventh to the eighth -- that is, to the day following the seventh
day, which, of course, was actually the first day of the week. Thus
he set the day for worship to coincide with the pagan DAY OF THE
SUN, now called Sunday!
Through the rule of 19 kings and seven successive dynasties,
the ten-tribed house of Israel continued in the basic twin sins of
Jeroboam: idolatry and Sabbath-breaking. Several of the kings added
other evil and sinful practices.
But in 721-718 B.C., God caused the house of Israel to be
invaded and conquered by the kingdom of Assyria. These Israelites
were removed from their farms and their cities and taken to Assyria
on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea as slaves. But the house
of JUDAH -- the Jews, a separate and different nation -- were not
invaded until 604 B.C.
Two or three generations after the captivity of Israel,
however, the Chaldeans rose to WORLD POWER, forming the first
WORLD-ruling empire. Under Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldeans (Babylon)
invaded JUDAH (604-585 B.C.).
The Assyrians -- before 604 B.C. -- left their land north of
Babylon and migrated northwest -- through the lands that are now
Georgia, the Ukraine, Poland, and into the land that is called
Germany today. Today the descendants of those Assyrians are known
to us as the GERMAN people.
The people of ten-tribed Israel also migrated northwest.
Though the Assyrians had taken Israel into captivity, the
Israelites did not remain as slaves of the Assyrians in Europe.
They continued on a little further -- into Western Europe, the
Scandinavian peninsula, and the British Isles!
Now why did they come to be known as the "LOST Ten Tribes"?
They had lost their national identifying sign!
King Jeroboam had changed their day of worship from the
seventh to the first day of the week -- the day of the SUN -- Sunday!
All succeeding kings followed this practice, as well as idolatry!
As long as they remained in the LAND of Israel and called
themselves "the KINGDOM OF ISRAEL" their identity was known. But in
Assyria they were no longer a nation with their own government and
their own king. They were mere slaves. They took up the language of
the Assyrians as succeeding generations grew up. They lost the
Hebrew language as biblical prophecy said they would. They lost all
national identity.
After several generations, the tribe of Joseph, divided into
the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, came to call themselves
British. They retained a few Hebrew earmarks. Berith or b'rith in
Hebrew means "covenant," and ish means "man." Thus, in Hebrew,
British means "covenant man," which, truly, they are.
The tribe of Reuben settled in the country that is France
today. They had lost their national identity. But the French have
the very characteristics of their ancestor, Reuben. Today, through
our free booklet in the French language revealing this ancestry and
national identity, thousands of French people are beginning to
learn their own true identity.
The TEN TRIBES, known as the house of ISRAEL, lost their
identifying tag -- God's Sabbath.
That is why they lost their national identity!

Why Jews Are Recognized

But JUDAH kept the Sabbath! They did not continue long to keep it
holy, or to keep it God's way -- but they did recognize it, as they
do today, as the day of rest they acknowledge and observe. Result?
All the world looks on them as the chosen people of God! The world
thinks they are ISRAEL -- not merely Judah!
The Jews' identity has not been lost! And since their identity
as racial descendants from ancient Israel is known -- and that of the
far more numerous "LOST TEN TRIBES" is not known -- the world
supposes that the Jews are ISRAEL, instead of JUDAH. The Jewish
people believe it themselves! And so, here again, the whole world
is deceived, even as to the true identity of who really are the
chosen birthright people of God!
Yes, the Sabbath, God's day -- the true Lord's day -- is, after
all, the day for our people doubly: first, because it is for ALL
people of God, even Gentile-born people who are now Christ's;
secondly, because racially, even by fleshly birth, it is God's day
which He gave our own forefathers and commanded to keep holy
FOREVER!

Why Israel Made Slaves

Do you know WHY the kingdom of Israel was invaded by Assyria,
conquered, removed from their land as slaves in 721-718 B.C.? Do
you know WHY the Jews (kingdom of Judah) were later taken captive
and scattered over the world? Both houses of Israel were sent into
national punishment and banishment from Palestine because they
broke God's Sabbath!
Does it make any difference? It certainly made a lot of
difference to GOD! And He says He has not changed -- He is the same
yesterday, today, and forever! (Heb. 13:8.)
First, see why the Jews were invaded, conquered by
Nebuchadnezzar and taken into Babylonian captivity during the years
604-585 B.C.
Seventy years after that captivity, according to Jeremiah's
prophecy (Jer. 29:10), many of the Jews returned to Palestine to
rebuild the Temple and restore the worship there. The prophet
Nehemiah tells why they had been driven into captive slavery 70
years before: "In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine
presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses;
as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which
they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified
against them in the day wherein they sold victuals .... Then I
contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil
thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Did not your
fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and
upon this city? Yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning
the sabbath" (Neh. 13:15-18).
There it is in plain language! Sabbath-breaking was a prime
cause of Judah's captivity! It was so important to God that He
punished His own chosen people with this most severe national
punishment -- defeat in war, being taken from their land and made
SLAVES in a foreign land! SIN is defined by God as the
transgression of His LAW (I John 3:4). His LAW says: "Remember the
sabbath day, to keep it holy .... the seventh day is the sabbath of
the LORD thy God." To work on the Sabbath, to defile it by your own
pleasure seeking, doing business, etc. is a MAJOR SIN, punishable
by ETERNAL DEATH!

Jews Were Warned

The Jews were without excuse. They had been warned by the prophets.
Notice the warning through Jeremiah: "Thus saith the Eternal; Take
heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day ... neither
do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your
fathers .... But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the
sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the
gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in
the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem,
and it shall not be quenched" (Jer. 17:21-22, 27).
That was the warning. The Jews did not heed it. Now see what
happened!
"Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which
was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came
Nebuzar-adan, captain of the guard [today we would call him general
of the armies, or field marshal], which served the king of Babylon,
into Jerusalem, and burned the house of the Eternal, and the king's
house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the
great men, burned he with fire" (Jer. 52:12-13).
When God warns, the punishment is SURE!

Why Israel Defeated

Now see what happened to the other nation of Israelites, the
kingdom of Israel, 117 years before Judah's captivity.
God had laid down the choice to these people in the days of
Moses, long before they were divided into two nations. This was
fully covered in the previous chapter, regarding Leviticus 26. Now
see what God said about it through the prophet Ezekiel.
Ezekiel was given a message from God to the HOUSE OF ISRAEL
(not Judah -- the Jews). Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives after
their captivity, which occurred more than a hundred years after
Israel's captivity. By that time the Assyrians had long since left
their land on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea and migrated
northwest, finally settling in the land today called Germany.
The people of the house of Israel also migrated northwest
across Europe. But they did not stop in Germany. They continued on
farther west and north -- into Western Europe -- France, Belgium,
Holland, the Scandinavian countries, and the British Isles -- where
they are to this day, except for the tribe of Manasseh, which much
later migrated to North America and became the United States.
The prophet Ezekiel was commissioned to go from where he was,
among the Jews, to the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. "Go speak unto the HOUSE OF
ISRAEL," said God (Ezek. 3:1), and again: "Go, get thee unto the
house of Israel" (verse 4).
But Ezekiel never took that message to the lost house of
Israel. He couldn't. He was a slave among the Jews.
Yet he is taking it to them, today, by means of having written
it in his book in the Bible -- and by the fact that it is being taken
to those very people today by "The Plain Truth" and "The World
Tomorrow" broadcast!
It is a prophecy! It is a message for our peoples today! You
are reading it NOW! God help you to heed!

Prophecy to Us, Today

Speaking first of ancient Israel, God says, in Ezekiel 20:
"Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and
brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them my statutes, and
shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in
them. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between
me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify
them" (verses 10-12).
Notice, this passage repeats the exact wording of the forever-
binding Sabbath covenant of Exodus 31:12-17! Now continue: "But the
house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked
not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments ... and my
sabbaths they greatly polluted" (verse 13).
Then God pleaded with their children, a generation later: "But
I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the
statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor
defile yourselves with their idols: I am the Eternal your God; walk
in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and hallow my
sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may
know that I am the Eternal your God" (verses 18-20).
The entire emphasis here is differentiating between God's
statutes, judgments and sabbaths on the one hand, and their
fathers' different sabbaths, statutes and judgments. They were
observing a different day from God's Sabbath! They had already
turned to the pagans' day, today called SUNday -- the day of the SUN
and SUN worship!
"Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me," continued
God, through the prophet Ezekiel. "... They polluted MY sabbaths"
(verse 21).
So what did God finally do -- generations later?
He scattered them, in national captivity and slavery (verse
23). But WHY?
"Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised
my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were
after their fathers' idols" (verse 24). That's why! Did it make any
DIFFERENCE?
But now continue on in this amazing prophecy! Notice the
prophecy FOR US, TODAY!
Speaking of a time, sometime soon, in our time, God says to
OUR peoples: "As I live, saith the Lord Eternal, surely with a
mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with FURY poured
out, will I RULE OVER YOU (verse 33).
The expression "fury poured out" refers to the SEVEN LAST
PLAGUES, at the very time of the second coming of Christ (compare
Rev. 16:1). The time when Christ will RULE over us is at and after
His second coming. So this, then, is a PROPHECY for OUR TIME!
Every prophecy in the Bible showing where our people (Israel)
will be, at the second coming of Christ and the coming great exodus
back to Palestine, pictures them in captivity and slavery ONCE
AGAIN.
Continue the prophecy: "And I will bring you out from the
people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are
scattered ... with FURY POURED OUT. And I will bring you into the
wilderness of the people [COMING EXODUS -- Jer. 23:7-8], and there
will I plead with you FACE TO FACE (verses 34-35).
Notice it! This is the Word speaking -- CHRIST! He will then be
on earth again in person! And then He is going to plead with our
people FACE TO FACE.
It's time to awake to the imminency and the stark SERIOUSNESS
of this!
Perhaps only one lone voice is warning you! But God used one
lone voice to warn the world in Noahžs day; one lone voice in
Elijah's day; one lone voice in the day of John the Baptist; and
after John the Baptist was put in prison, one voice in the person
of Christ Himself! If you rely on the majority of sinning people,
you will suffer their penalties with them!
Notice how He will plead!
"Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the
land of Egypt, so will I plead with YOU, saith the Lord Eternal ....
And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that
transgress against me ... and ye shall know that I am the Lord"
(verses 36-38).
How did He plead with them? He pleaded: "Hallow MY sabbaths,
instead of your fathers', so that you may know that I am the Lord.'
And those of us who do go into Palestine shall KNOW HE is the LORD.
How shall we know?
By His Sabbath sign!
Read verses 42-44 in your own Bible! He says our people, when
they are no longer rebellious and who will then be keeping His
Sabbath, shall remember their ways in which they were defiled and
shall LOATHE themselves for their Sabbath-breaking! This is pretty
strong teaching! It is the Word of God speaking to you!

Chapter 12
THE BIRTHRIGHT -- AT ITS ZENITH -- AND NOW!

HOW GREAT, HOW POWERFUL, AND how wealthy did the British and
American people become? And what is suddenly happening to us now?
Why has Britain already lost most of her colonies -- her possessions-
-her resources, wealth, power and influence in the world? Why is
Britain no longer considered Great Britain -- a GREAT world power?
Why is the United States now discredited, despised, hated
throughout so much of the world? Why could we not win the Korean
War? Why couldn't the United States whip little North Vietnam?
First, realize just how great -- how rich and powerful -- the
American and British people did become.
People are prone to take their status -- and that of their
country -- for granted. Few realize what unprecedented affluence our
countries enjoyed. We judge all things by comparison. The average
Briton, Australian or Canadian has never traveled through the
illiterate, poverty-stricken, disease-infested backward areas of
China, India, the Middle East or black Africa. He has not observed
the squalor, the stench, the poverty and wretchedness in which the
largest part of mankind lives.
Nor has the average American visited those vast
underprivileged areas, nor even the countries of Europe -- prosperous
compared to the teeming illiterate masses, yet poor by comparison
to American standards. No, our people generally have not realized.
Nor have they been grateful. Nor have they given God thanks, nor
accepted the responsibility that accompanies their lavish
blessings.
Few realize that every desired, prized possession imposes with
it the obligation of responsibility for its use. Does the eight-
year-old boy who is given a shiny new bicycle by his parents feel
a consciousness for the responsibility imposed on him -- unless the
fact is impressed on him by his parents -- for the care of it, and
the carefulness with which he must ride it to avoid injuring
himself or others?
When God lavished on our peoples such wealth and power and
economic possession as no peoples have ever before enjoyed, did we
appreciate what we had or feel the commensurate sense of
RESPONSIBILITY for its wise and proper use?
WE DID NOT! We didn't even recognize HOW GREAT was our
blessing, let alone feel a sense of obligation for our
custodianship before our Maker! Just HOW GREAT, then, was this
birthright blessing?

The Birthright Wealth

Read again the prophetic promises of Genesis 22:17.
To Abraham God said: "That in blessing I will bless thee, and
in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven,
and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall
possess the gate of his enemies."
And again, the inspired prophetic parting blessing upon
Rebekah, leaving her family to become the wife of Isaac: "And they
blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou
the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the
gate of those which hate them" (Gen. 24:60).
Earlier we quoted the correct Fenton translation: "... and your
race shall possess the gates [plural] of its enemies." As explained
there, the "gates" of enemy nations are the strategic SEA GATES of
entrance to or exit from these nations. Although all wealth comes
from the ground, prosperity and affluence on a national scale
always have come also by industry and COMMERCE. And commerce
between nations has been transacted almost altogether by the SEA-
LANES of the world -- by SHIPS, and, within a continent, by
railroads.
How significant, then, that Robert Fulton operated the first
steamboat in 1803 -- precisely when Britain and America suddenly
began to MULTIPLY in national wealth! And also that it was the
nineteenth century that saw the development of the railroads!
As explained before, since the birthright pertains to NATIONS,
the "GATE" of our enemies would be such passes as Gibraltar, Suez,
Singapore, the Panama Canal, etc.
Britain and America came into possession of every such major
"gate" in this world! So we MUST be modern Israel. World War II
hinged on these "gates." They had become not only strategic passes,
but the world's greatest fortifications. But today, we have lost
most of them, most recently, the Panama Canal -- and it appears that
soon Gibraltar, too, will be lost. Why?
Notice Genesis 39:2, 23: "The Eternal was with Joseph, and he
was a PROSPEROUS man ....the Eternal was with him, and that which he
did, the Eternal made it to PROSPER." And God did prosper Joseph's
descendants, Britain and America, with the fabulous birthright
promised Joseph's sons!
Consider Moses' dying prophetic blessing, foretelling what
would happen to each of the tribes in these latter days.
"And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for
the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that
coucheth beneath, and for the precious fruits brought forth by the
sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, and for the
chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things
of the lasting hills, and for the precious things of the earth and
fulness thereof ... let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph
[Ephraim and Manasseh both] ....His glory is like the firstling
[firstbornžbirthright holder] of his bullock, and his horns are
like the horns of unicorns [Great Britain's national seal today]:
with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the
earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the
thousands of Manasseh" (Deut. 33:13-17).
Whoever is Ephraim and Manasseh today must have been in
possession of the earth's choicest agricultural, mineral, and other
wealth -- the great gold and silver mines; iron, oil, and coal;
timber and other resources.
What nations fulfill these prophecies? Why, only Great Britain
and America!
More than half of all tillable, cultivatable, temperate zone
lands of this earth came after A.D. 1800 into the possession of our
two great powers alone! The rich agricultural lands of the
Mississippi Valley; the vast wheat and grain fields of the Midwest,
of Canada and Australia; the great forest lands of the Pacific
Northwest and many other parts of the world; the gold fields of
South Africa, Australia, Alaska and the United States; the great
coal mines of the United States and British Isles; the natural
waterfalls and means of power and consequent prosperous industrial
and manufacturing districts of England and the eastern United
States; the choicest fruit lands of our Pacific Coast and Florida.
What other nations combined ever possessed such material wealth?
And nearly all this wealth came to us after A.D. 1800!

The Actual Statistics

Just to what extent has Almighty God fulfilled His promises in us
to the descendants of Joseph in these latter years since A.D. 1800-
-promises of "the precious fruits brought forth by the sun ... the
chief things of the ancient mountains ... and the precious things of
the earth"?
Said Charles M. Schwab, steel magnate, before the
Massachusetts Bankers Association, January 5, 1921: "Our United
States has been endowed by God with everything to make it and keep
it the foremost industrial and commercial nation of the world."
World petroleum output in 1950 was almost 3,800 million
barrels. Of this total the United States alone produced more than
one-half -- nearly 52%. Together, the British Commonwealth and the
United States produced 60% of the crude petroleum, not including
our vast foreign investments. But by 1966 -- the fateful year in
which the British Colonial Office in London closed its doors,
marking the official death of the British Empire -- that 60% of all
the world's crude petroleum output had been reduced to 32%.
Britain and America mined 1 1/2 times as much coal as all
other nations combined. But by 1966 our portion had shrunk to less
than one-third of the world production -- 30.9%!
Together, the British Commonwealth and America produced, in
1950, three-fourths of the world's steel -- the United States alone
producing almost 60% or 105,200,000 short tons in 1951. We produced
1 1/3 times as much pig iron as all other nations combined.
By 1966, this basic index of wealth had skidded down to one-
third (33.6%) of steel production and only 17.8% (one-sixth) of the
pig iron.
We possessed nearly 95% of the world's nickel (chiefly from
Canada); 80% of the world's aluminum; 75% of the zinc. But where
did we rate in 1966? Only 3.6% of the world's nickel; 40.2% of its
aluminum (aluminium); 12.4% of its zinc.
In 1950, the British Commonwealth completely dominated the
production of chromite (from South Africa). Together Britain and
America produced two-thirds of the world's rubber, and dominated
the world's copper, lead, tin, bauxite and other precious metal
outputs. But by 1966, we produced only 2.3% of the world's
chromite, 23.4% of its copper, 9.9% of its lead, no tin, and 6.3%
of its bauxite.
The British Commonwealth produced two-thirds of the world's
gold -- about £ 266,000,000 ($642 million) in 1950 -- while the United
States had three times as much gold reserve as the total for the
rest of the world. But by 1966 the U.S. gold supply had been
drained so much that the dollar was in serious jeopardy.
We produced and utilized two-thirds of the world's output of
electricity -- the United States producing 283 thousand million
kilowatt-hours in 1948, and the United Kingdom and Canada
outstripping Russia, Germany and France combined. But by 1966 we
produced only 20.1%!
Great Britain and the United States did possess well over half
of the world's merchant fleet tonnage. But by 1966 the figure was
only 32.5%. The British Isles constructed more vessels than any
other place on earth. But less than two decades later two or three
Gentile nations had already outstripped Britain and America. In
1950, we also possessed about one-half of the world's railroad
mileage. By 1966 our combined railway freight shipping was only 26%
of the world total.
Whereas the United States alone once produced 73% of the
automobiles, by 1966 the U.S. combined with the U.K. produced 55% --
44% from the U.S. alone. Japan, Germany, France, and Italy are
making huge gains.

How Did We Get It?

How did we come into possession of all this vast wealth of the
earth? Did we acquire it through our own human wisdom, foresight,
energy, ability and power?
Let Abraham Lincoln answer: "We find ourselves in the peaceful
possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards
fertility of soil, extent of territory, and salubrity of
climate .... We ... find ourselves the legal inheritors of these
fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or the
establishment of them."
Again, in his proclamation of April 30, 1863, for a nationwide
day of fasting and prayer, this great President said: "It is the
duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon
the overruling power of God ... and to recognize the sublime truth,
announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that
those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord .... We have
been the recipients of the choicest blessings of heaven. We have
been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have
grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation ever has
grown; BUT WE HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD! We have forgotten the gracious
Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and
strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness
of our hearts, that these blessings were produced by some superior
wisdom and virtue of our own."
And because Lincoln saw a nation who had forgotten God -- a
nation drunk with a success not due to its own efforts -- a nation
taking all the credit and glory to itself, this great president
called upon the nation for a day of fasting and prayer to confess
this national sin before God. The fate of the nation hung in the
balance when he issued that proclamation. But God heard and
answered that great national prayer offensive -- and the nation was
then preserved!
But today the threat to our fate is a thousand times more
seriously hanging in the balance. And today we do not have a
president or a prime minister with the vision, understanding and
courage to bring our nations to their knees!
Abraham Lincoln knew these great material blessings had not
been earned, but had been given to our people by the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel.
And we should face the facts today and know that we were given
all this vast unprecedented material wealth because God promised
it, unconditionally, to Abraham. And He promised it to Abraham
because Abraham obeyed God, kept God's laws and commandments.
The birthright blessing was denied our forefathers after
Moses' day because they REFUSED to live by God's laws.
And today God warns us, through many prophecies in Jeremiah,
Ezekiel, Isaiah, Micah, and many others, that unless we of this
generation REPENT of our sins, and turn to Him with fasting, and
with weeping, and earnest PRAYER, He will destroy our cities, all
our fortresses, with the foreign sword; that He will punish us at
the hand of a CRUEL ONE; that we shall be invaded, defeated,
reduced to SLAVES! GOD HLEP US TO HEED THAT WARNING!
In conclusion, we ask: If we are not national Israel -- the so-
called "lost" Ten Tribes -- prosperous Joseph-Israel -- birthright
Israel -- actual inheritors of the birthright blessings which were to
be bestowed beginning A.D. 1803, then who else can be? No other
nation or combination of nations possessed these blessings of the
birthright -- for we held more than two-thirds -- nearly three-fourths-
-of all the raw materials, resources, and wealth of this entire
round earth, and all other nations combined shared among them only
a small part.
Do you know of stronger proof of the divine inspiration of the
Holy Bible as the revealed Word of the living God? Could mortal men
have written, without divine inspiration, those prophecies we have
considered in this book; made those PROMISES to Joseph -- Israel;
and, after a lapse of 2520 years, beginning the exact years of
1800-1803, have had power to bring them about in fulfillment? These
are no small or trifling promises. They involve possession of the
great wealth and vast natural resources of the whole earth.
Present these facts as a challenge to your atheistic and
agnostic friends. Ask them to answer, if they can, whether any but
the power of the Eternal Creator Himself could have made and had
committed to writing such promises thousands of years ago, and, at
precisely the promised time thousands of years later, brought about
their fulfillment!
How any American -- any English-speaking inheritor of God's
choicest material blessings -- can, in the face of such stupendous,
overwhelming fulfillment of prophecy -- such awe-inspiring
demonstration of the power and might and faithfulness of Almighty
God -- accept and partake of these blessings, and then carelessly
ignore God's WARNING that our sins today are INCREASING, or fail to
get to his knees before the great Almighty, repent, and INTERCEDE
in heartrending PRAYER for all Israelite nations, and HELP in every
way he can to warn our people now of their impending PERIL, seems
impossible to conceive.

Chapter 13
AND NOW WHAT? THE PROPHECIES FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE

THE BIRTHRIGHT, ONCE WE RECEIVED it, was stupendous, AWESOME --
unequalled among nations or empires! But what have our peoples done
with that awesome blessing?
They were still ISRAELITES, even though they themselves knew
it not! They were still rebellious, "stiff-necked," stubborn!
Once the British peoples and the Americans -- the "lost"
Israelites now supposing they are Gentiles -- found themselves
basking in the pleasant sunshine of such wealth and power, they
were less willing than their ancient forefathers to yield to their
God and HIS WAYS. They felt no need of Him, now! It seems few ever
turn to God until they find themselves in desperate need or
trouble.
But after God had withheld the birthright 2520 years, and
then, when our peoples deserved nothing from God, He suddenly
bestowed on us national blessings unparalleled in history -- the
unconditional promise to Abraham was kept! No longer is God
obligated by His promise to continue our undeserving peoples in
world prestige, wealth and greatness. Once we had been given such
unrivaled position, it was up to us whether we should keep it.
So now back to Leviticus 26. We had previously covered verses
1 through 18. God said that IF, for all these previous punishments,
the Israelites would not listen to and obey Him, He would punish
them the duration of 2520 years. Then what?
If, after that 2520 years of withholding the birthright, our
people -- with the birthright -- still rebel, God continues, verse 19:
"And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your
heaven as iron, and your earth as brass." God has already begun
that!

We Had Pride in Our Power!

God could not speak about breaking the pride of our national POWER
until after that birthright power had been bestowed! He put our
nations in the position of possessing the greatest national power
any nation or empire ever possessed. We had great pride in that
national power -- in our national prestige.
I remember hearing President Theodore Roosevelt tell of HIS
PRIDE in that power -- and how he used it when he was president. The
Germans were sending a battleship steaming toward Manila Bay,
threatening to take over the Philippines. The Philippines were then
a United States possession. President Roosevelt sent the kaiser a
terse note demanding that the German warship be immediately
withdrawn.
"The kaiser didn't know, then, that I meant it!" snapped Mr.
Roosevelt. "So I sent another note. Only, I didn't send this second
note to the kaiser. I sent it to Admiral Dewey, in command of the
United States Pacific fleet. It ordered the entire fleet to steam
full speed toward the German battleship, and if it did not turn
around and go back, to SINK IT!" said Mr. Roosevelt with emphatic
force! In those days, before World War I, we had pride in our
national power!


Today even little nations dare to insult, trample on, or burn the
United States flag -- and the United States, still having power, does
no more than issue a weak protest! What's happened to the PRIDE of
our power?

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PHOTO CAPTION: THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES is set ablaze by anti-
U.S. demonstrators. American power and leadership has steadily
declined to where the United States is called a "paper tiger."
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We have already LOST IT! God said, "I will break the pride of
your power!" And HE DID!
Other prophecies reveal we are to have soon such drought and
famine that disease epidemics will follow, taking millions of
lives. When our heaven is as iron, our earth as brass, we will
realize rain does not come down from iron, and an earth hard as
brass is not getting rain, not yielding food!
Verse 20: "And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your
land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the
land yield their fruits."
But will America and Britain heed? They never have!
Then what? After all that, THEN WHAT?
Verse 21: "And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not
hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you
according to your sins."
There again, as in verse 18, is that Hebrew word shibah.
Actually, in the Hebrew in which Moses wrote, there are not the two
Hebrew words, one meaning "seven" and the other "times." There is
just the one word, shibah.
As explained previously, the word is defined as "seven times,"
and also as "sevenfold." The "seven times" conveys duration of
punishment. The "sevenfold" meaning of the same word conveys
intensity of punishment.

Now More Intense Punishment

Because of its use and construction in the sentence, and because of
what actually happened, it is certain that in verse 18 this Hebrew
word shibah refers to DURATION of punishment -- seven prophetic
times, which, during this punishment, was an actual 2520 YEARS!
But also, because of the very different sentence structure and
because there cannot now be another 2520-year WITHHOLDING of what
has now been bestowed, it is just as certain that the shibah in
verse 21 refers to a sevenfold INTENSITY of punishment. Notice, the
wording in verse 21 is entirely different from verse 18. This time
it is not worded "seven times more for your sins," but "seven times
more PLAGUES." The expression "seven times" in verse 21 is
descriptive of PLAGUES to be brought on them.
So now, if twentieth-century Ephraim and Manasseh -- Britain and
America -- refuse to turn to God in obedience -- refuse to live the way
that causes, retains, and increases blessings, God will punish them
in a manner far more INTENSE -- and even strip entirely from them
this colossal, unprecedented national blessing -- returning them to
captivity and slavery -- as continuing verses of this prophecy show.
Do you think so great a fall could not come to so great powers
as Britain and America? Do you say, "It can't happen HERE?" Do you
think the GREAT GOD who was able to GIVE them such unprecedented
world leadership and power and wealth is not able to take it away
from them and throw them, like their ancient forefathers, back into
SLAVERY?
You need to OPEN YOUR EYES to the fact that Britain's sun
already has SET! You need to WAKE UP to the fact that the United
States, even still possessing unmatched POWER, is afraid -- fears -- to
use it, just as God said: "I will break the PRIDE of your POWER";
that the United States has stopped winning wars -- that America was
unable, with all its vast power, to conquer little North Vietnam!
The United States is fast riding to the GREATEST FALL that ever
befell any nation!
The handwriting is on the wall!
You need, now, to UNDERSTAND the remainder of this prophecy of
Leviticus 26 -- and also of Deuteronomy 28 -- and the many other
prophecies relating to them and events soon to VIOLENTLY affect
YOUR life!
You need to look at the prophecies of Jesus, of Jeremiah, of
Isaiah, and others describing how much more intense is to be the
punishment God is going to lay on the British and American people.
For MANY prophecies warn us of a CERTAINTY that it will be
trouble such as NEVER happened to any nation or people!
Knowing our identity -- knowing how the British and American
peoples are identified in the prophecies -- you need now to become
AWARE of what is said about us in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel,
Daniel, Joel, Hosea, Amos, and the other prophecies -- what JESUS
foretold -- as well as in these prophecies written by Moses!
And you need, also, to know why a just and loving God is going
to punish His chosen people -- people He chose for a glorious PURPOSE
they have refused to perform.
The very fact of punishment implies CORRECTION. We need to
understand that correction is applied to correct WRONG WAYS harmful
to us -- to turn us around into RIGHT WAYS that will cause desired
blessings! Understand! God punishes every son He loves (Heb. 12:6).
Understand also human nature! Human nature wants to be good --
to consider itself and be considered good, while it wants only to
do evil. It wants the good result. But it wants to receive the good
while it sows the evil. It somehow fails to grasp the truth that as
we sow, so also shall we reap! It's all a matter of CAUSE and
EFFECT!
God's punishment only reflects God's LOVE -- turning us from
causing evil results to the way that brings happy results! God is
now about to STOP US from bringing colossal evils on ourselves! God
is not angry because we are harming HIM -- but because we are harming
ourselves -- whom God loves!

Punishment Is Correction

The prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented
multiplied intensity of punishment already beginning to descend
upon America and Britain. The prophecies record also the result of
that intensified punishment. The result will be a corrected people.
The result will be an eye-opening realization of what we have done
to ourselves. The supreme punishment will teach us, at last, our
lesson! The punishment will break our spirit of REBELLION! It will
lift us up from the cesspool of rottenness and evil into which we
have sunk. It will teach us the way to glorious peace, prosperity,
abundant well-being!
On beyond the frightful national calamities now descending
upon us will come a BLESSING inconceivably greater than the
national material birthright we have possessed.
We have to learn that material goods are not the source of
happiness. I have often mentioned the many rich men I have known --
men whose bank balances were full -- but their lives were empty!
Material prosperity is indeed desirable -- but it is not the source
of happiness.
After all, real happiness is a spiritual commodity! The
birthright was only one of TWO major promises God made to Abraham.
The sceptre promise involved not only a dynasty of human kings. It
need not have included them at all -- had the Israelites retained and
been obedient to God as their King. The sceptre pointed primarily
to CHRIST and spiritual salvation through Him.
Our peoples have basic lessons yet to learn. The TRUE VALUES
are spiritual. Actually, God's law is a spiritual law. It involves
physical acts -- but it is based on spiritual principles. And it
requires God's Holy Spirit dwelling in the mind to fulfill!
PUNISHMENT implies CORRECTION. Correction means a change of
course. It means REPENTANCE -- and repentance means turning around
and going the OTHER WAY!
Now, before I give you these sensational prophecies,
understand WHY national punishment must come, and who needs the
correction! ONLY those who are sowing EVIL need it -- who are
transgressing God's right WAYS -- God's law! Those, and only those,
who are bringing on themselves the evils that result from
transgression.
And UNDERSTAND THIS: Although the NATIONS as a whole are to be
put through this unprecedented punishment, yet those individuals
who yield to accept God's correction without the punishment shall
be protected from it! No one need suffer this intense tribulation!

Sevenfold More Plagues

Now notice again what is laid down in Leviticus 26.
After the national birthright had been withheld 2520 years and
then bestowed; after God gave our peoples that national POWER, and
has now, because of our national rebellion against His laws, broken
the pride of our power; after He shall have punished us with
unprecedented DROUGHT and epidemics of disease in its wake, then IF
the British and Americans still continue in their evil ways -- still
refuse to repent and turn to their God -- He warns: "... I will bring
seven times more PLAGUES upon you according to your sins." Read
that in the Revised Standard Version: "... I will bring more plagues
upon you, sevenfold as many as your sins" (verse 21).
What people do not seem to realize is that sin does bring upon
the sinner the consequences of sin -- the plagues of suffering. The
Bible defines sin as the transgression of God's law (I John 3:4),
and the law of God is a spiritual law (Rom. 7:14).
Let's understand this! I have said that money is not the
source of happiness. Money can buy only material things or
services. But there must be the spiritual content, as well as the
physical, to happiness. Material things alone do not provide
satisfying happiness. God's law is a spiritual law. In other words,
it is THE WAY to peace, happiness, abundant well-being. Going that
way is what God supplied to CAUSE real happiness.
Conversely, then, can we not see that transgressing that way
is to cause unhappiness, pain and suffering, emptiness, heartaches,
fears and worries, frustrations? All these evils are caused by
transgressing God's law. The sinner is really plagued with these
evils he brings on himself.
Now study again that 21st verse of Leviticus 26. Punishment is
CORRECTION. To teach us the lesson we have failed to learn by
experience, God is going to plague our peoples SEVENFOLD more than
our sins already have plagued us -- sevenfold more punishment than we
have brought on ourselves!
Or, as the Authorized Version says, "seven times more plagues
upon you according to your sins." Sevenfold INTENSITY of
punishment -- OF CORRECTION!

Slavery Once Again

Notice now verses 23-25 (RSV): "And if by this discipline you are
not turned to me, but walk contrary to me, then I also will walk
contrary to you, and I myself will smite you sevenfold for your
sins. And I will bring a sword upon you ... and you shall be
delivered into the hand of the enemy."
SLAVERY once again!
Get the real meaning of this! Our SINS have brought
punishment. This punishment we have brought on ourselves. If we
still refuse to learn the lesson, and be corrected for our own
good, God says, "I myself will smite you sevenfold." We have
brought the consequences of SIN on ourselves -- now God will Himself
bring on us sevenfold more intense punishment -- punishment that is
CORRECTION!
Now read on to verse 33 (RSV): "And if in spite of this you
will not hearken to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk
contrary to you in fury [the seven last plagues -- Rev. 15:1], and
chastise you myself sevenfold for your sins .... And I will LAY YOUR
CITIES WASTE .... And I will scatter you among the nations."
God is going to keep multiplying chastening -- correction -- upon
our peoples until they do turn from their evil ways -- until they
turn to the ways that cause peace, happiness, prosperity, all the
good things!
How UNTHINKABLE! -- that our Maker shall have to force our
peoples to be happy, to have peace, to be able to enjoy prosperity,
to yield, to accept -- our own choice -- eternal life in abundant well-
being and joy for all eternity!
How UNBELIEVABLE! -- that human nature, desiring these
blessings, has insisted stubbornly in going the way that cuts them
off and causes PUNISHMENT -- CORRECTION -- and then refuses to be
corrected until it is MULTIPLIED in intensity sevenfold! Yes,
sevenfold -- three successive times!
How GREAT is our God -- and WHAT LOVE for our peoples He
expresses, in patiently tolerating and correcting us UNTIL we
accept His boundless BLESSINGS!

Chapter 14
WHAT'S PROPHESIED TO HAPPEN, NOW -- TO AMERICA AND BRITAIN

JUST AS GOD HAS BESTOWED ON us such material blessings as
never before came to any nations, now to correct us so we may enjoy
such blessings, He is going to bring upon our peoples such national
disaster as has never before struck any nation! Many prophecies
describe this!

The Tremendous Prophecy of Micah

An important additional proof of modern Israel's identity is found
in a fantastic, detailed and most specific prophecy found in Micah
5:7-15. It is speaking specifically about the "remnant" of Israel --
modern Israel today -- wherever it is. It describes the wealth, the
beneficent dominance among nations, and then the coming downfall of
the American and British Commonwealth peoples in detail!
Notice: "And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of
many people [nations] as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon
the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of
men" (verse 7). Remember that dew and showers are absolutely
necessary to agricultural productivity and are a symbol of national
BLESSING and WEALTH from God.
Continue: "And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the
Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of
the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he
go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can
deliver" (verse 8).
Again, this symbolism describes the last generation of Israel
as a GREAT POWER -- as a lion among the other nations of the earth.
"Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all
thine enemies shall be cut off" (verse 9). They WERE cut off from
the beginning of God's birthright blessing on America and Britain
starting about 1803, through the First World War, the Second World
War, until the turning point of the Korean War at the end of 1950.
Since that time, however, these blessings are surely being
taken away -- and neither America nor Britain has come out on top in
any major skirmish since that time!
So this prophecy shows that at the very time we were receiving
God's blessings, we were a tremendous BLESSING to the other nations
of the earth -- for it is our peoples who have rescued the other
nations of the world time and again through the Marshall Plan, the
Point Four program, the Alliance for Progress, the hundreds of
millions of bushels of wheat for India and other starving nations,
etc. The Hoover Program saved up vast food supplies after World War
I. It saved millions in other nations from starvation!
Anciently Joseph saved up the wheat and food and made it
available to others. MODERN Joseph did also. BUT -- we are stiff-
necked and rebellious toward God and His law, while our ancient
forefather Joseph served and obeyed God with a whole heart.
It is our peoples who have been like a "lion" among the other
nations of the earth -- preserving in two great world wars the peace
of the world and stability for all human life on this planet!

Sudden Destruction

Yet, in this detailed prophecy, God says: "And it shall come to
pass IN THAT DAY, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses"
["war-horses," Moffatt translation] -- tanks, ships, rockets -- "out of
the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: and I will cut
off the cities [by hydrogen bombs?] of thy land, and throw down all
thy strong holds" (verses 10-11).
God says He will do this! GOD determines the outcome of wars
(Ps. 33:10-19).
How plain can you get? Here God identifies the GREAT peoples
of the earth who are the most wealthy and beneficent, the most
POWERFUL -- yet at the very time their power reaches its zenith, He
suddenly "breaks" the pride of their power (see Leviticus 26:19),
cuts off their implements of war and destroys their cities! Why?
Because, as the prophet continues to explain, we have too much
"witchcraft" and too many "soothsayers" -- false ministers -- in our
lands who refuse to preach with authority the commandments and ways
of the living God!
Therefore, God will punish and destroy us -- unless we repent --
just before and leading up to the utter destruction to come "upon
the heathen" (verse 15), which will take place at the very END of
this age and at the second return of Jesus Christ as King of kings!
There is no other people that even remotely fulfills this
great prophecy! But the American and British Commonwealth peoples
fulfill it precisely!
As the "pride of our power" continues to be BROKEN, as the
British continue to lose their foreign sea gates and possessions
around the earth, as America signs away ownership of the Panama
Canal -- control over this vital sea gate -- as our gold supply drains
away from this nation, weather upsets increase, this focal prophecy
alone represents giant PROOF as to where the modern "remnant" of
the peoples of Israel resides today!

Punishment on All Nations!

It will now be made plain -- from God's own warning prophecies -- that
this greatest multiplied intensity of corrective punishment will
fall on Britain and America -- including British peoples in
Commonwealth countries. And it will strike them down first!
But they are not the only nations to suffer corrective
disaster. God is Creator of all other nations, too! God is
concerned about the people and races we have called "heathen."
They, too, are human. They, too, are made in God's own likeness,
with the potential of being molded into God's spiritual and
character IMAGE! God sent the apostle Paul to Gentile nations!
All mankind has rebelled against, rejected, and turned from
God and His ways! There can never be peace on earth until all
nations will have been turned to God and His ways, ruled by His
supreme government!
All mankind, right now, is caught in the vortex of the swiftly
accelerating crisis marking utter destruction of this world's man-
built, Satan-inspired civilization.
Through Jeremiah God says: "A noise shall even come to the
ends of the earth; for the Eternal hath a controversy with the
nations, he will plead with all flesh" -- how? Right now The World
Tomorrow program carries His peaceful pleading worldwide, but the
world, except for scattered individuals, does not heed this kind of
"pleading." The next words tell HOW God is now about to plead:
"... he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the
Eternal .... Behold, EVIL shall go forth from nation to nation, and
a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth"
(Jer. 25:31-32).
God will use a Nazi-Fascist Europe to punish Britain-America.
Then He will use the Communist hordes to wipe out the Roman Europe.
We are entering a time of world trouble -- utter world chaos!
There is war, strife, violence in Asia, Africa, South America -- as
well as Europe and North America. The population explosion is a
worldwide threat to human existence. Crime, violence, sickness,
disease, inequality, poverty, filth, squalor, degeneration,
suffering -- these infest ALL nations!
But, as salvation is given first to Israel, so is corrective
punishment!

Our Great Tribulation

Notice Jeremiah's prophecy:
"For thus saith the Eternal; We have heard a voice of
trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether
a man doth travail with child? Wherefore do I see every man with
his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are
turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is
like it: it is even the time of Jacob's TROUBLE" (Jer. 30:5-7).
Remember -- in passing on the birthright to the two sons of
Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen. 48:16), Jacob said, "Let MY NAME
be named on them" -- on Ephraim and Manasseh -- who today are Britain
and America. This tells ON WHOM this most terrible of national
calamities is to fall -- on Britain and America.
But now when is it to fall? Do not assume this is referring to
anything that did happen to ancient Israel. Read right on -- see when
this prophecy is to be fulfilled!
Continue in Jeremiah 30:7: "... it is even the time of JACOB'S
trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." (After he has learned
his lesson IN it!) Continuing from RSV, "And it shall come to pass
in that day, says the Eternal of hosts, that I will break the YOKE
from off their neck [yoke of slavery], and I will burst their
bonds, and strangers shall no more make servants of them. But they
shall serve the Eternal their God and David their king, whom I will
raise up for them." (David, at the time of the RESURRECTION -- at the
very time of Christ's coming!)
So the time is just prior to Christ's COMING -- coming to
liberate our peoples -- even as Moses liberated ancient Israel from
Egyptian slavery.

Jesus Foretold It!

Other prophecies speak of this same time of national calamity
greater than any before. The pivotal New Testament prophecy is that
of Jesus on the Mount of Olives -- recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13,
and Luke 21.
The apostles had asked Jesus privately when His second coming
would occur -- and the END of this world and the beginning of the
happy world tomorrow. Jesus said the SIGN by which we might know
when this is very NEAR would be that His original gospel of the
Kingdom of God would be preached in all the world as a witness to
all nations (Matt. 24:14). But what else -- just before His coming?
Jesus continued: For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as
was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever
shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should
no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect's sake those days
shall be shortened" (Matt. 24:21-22).
Here is described the greatest time of TROUBLE -- TRIBULATION --
in all history, or ever to be. Jeremiah described it as "Jacob's
trouble," so great "that none is like it."
Daniel described the same most severe trouble of all history.
Speaking of a time now in our immediate future, Daniel foretold:
"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince
[archangel] which standeth for the children of thy people: and
there shall be a time of TROUBLE, such as never was since there was
a nation even to that same time" (Dan. 12:1).
The same most intense punishment on Britain and America. And
WHEN? Continue, same verse, "... and at that time thy people shall
be delivered [from this enslaved trouble], every one that shall be
found written in the book. And many of them that sleep [are dead]
in the dust of the earth shall awake [RESURRECTION], some to
everlasting life ..." (verses 1-2).
The time is just before the RESURRECTION of the just, at
Christ's coming. As Moses delivered the ancient Israelites from
Egyptian slavery, so CHRIST is coming to deliver modern Britain and
America from the now-impending Babylonish slavery. (See Deuteronomy
18:15; Acts 7:37; Jeremiah 23:5-8).
Jeremiah described it as a "YOKE" on the necks of our peoples.
WHOSE "YOKE" of slavery? Isaiah tells us!
In verse 1 of Isaiah 47 the prophetic message is addressed to
the daughter of Babylon. Not the Babylon of ancient days. Not
Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon of 600 years before Christ -- but a DAUGHTER
of that Babylon, now, in our twentieth century. In prophecy a
woman, or a daughter, means a CHURCH -- a religious organization.
This particular "lady" of this prophecy is pictured as a lewd
harlot and "a lady of kingdoms." That is, a great CHURCH ruling
over nations. This same modern "female" Babylon is pictured also in
the 17th chapter of Revelation -- there called a "great whore,"
sitting on or ruling over "many waters," which are interpreted in
verse 15 as "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
Her name is there given as "mystery, Babylon the great, the mother
of harlots and abominations of the earth." In other words, the
Babylonian mystery religion -- the same religion of the ancient
Babylon -- but now grown GREAT and ruling over many nations of
different languages.
Her KINGDOMS over which she ruled were called "The Holy Roman
Empire" of A.D. 554 to 1814, briefly revived by Mussolini and SOON
to have a last and final "resurrection" by a political -- military
union of ten in Europe (Rev. 17:8-14).
And the TIME this "great whore" sitting astride the political-
military "beast," they shall fight in war against the glorified
CHRIST at His second coming (Rev. 17:14).
Now back to Isaiah 47. God says to this mistress of kingdoms:
"I was wroth with my people [Israel -- Britain-America], I have
polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand [in
tortured slavery]: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient
hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke" (verse 6).
That YOKE of SLAVERY without mercy is to be laid on the U.S.
and Britain by the coming united nations of Europe! It has started
already, through the economic Common Market and the recently
implemented EMS (European Monetary System). Its leaders talk
continually of POLITICAL union -- which means, also, military. So far
they have been unable to bring about full political union. This
will be made possible by the "good offices" of the Vatican, who
alone can be the symbol of unity to which they can look. Two popes
already have offered their "good offices" toward such union.
The prophecy does not literally say so, but in all
probability, by present indications, the head of this new world
power will be in central Europe. And it will precipitate World War
III. And this time it will be allowed to succeed!
Many of the ancient Assyrians migrated NORTHWEST from their
ancient land south of the Caspian Sea -- and settled in central
Europe, just as the House of Israel migrated from the land of their
captivity to the coastlands of northwest Europe. So when you read
about Assyria in prophecies pertaining to now, they refer to
central Europe.
So, history is to repeat! It was ancient Assyria which invaded
the House of Israel, and carried them out of Samaria into the
Assyrian's own land.
And where, today, are the ancient BABYLONIANS -- the Chaldeans?
They migrated west and settled in ITALY. Their religion was the
Assyrian-Babylonian MYSTERY religion. It is going to come as a
breathtaking, awesome, shocking surprise when the world learns that
one Simon, the sorcerer of Samaria in the time of the original
apostles, leader of the BABYLONIAN MYSTERY religion having the
title of PATER or PETER, meaning PAPA, actually appropriated the
NAME of Christ and the Christian principle of GRACE, which he
turned into LICENSE, doing away with GOD'S LAW (Jude 4) and started
what is today called "Christianity." How astonished the world will
be to discover that it is NOT, and never was, the outgrowth of the
CHURCH OF GOD, founded by Jesus Christ and His apostles!
This knowledge will soon burst on an incredulous world as a
BOMBSHELL! People will be SHOCKED to learn how they have been
DECEIVED! When Gods time comes, the "news-bomb" will be exploded!

What Is the Great Tribulation?

Now it becomes painfully clear! The Great Tribulation is this
sevenfold intensity of corrective punishment which God is now soon
going to lay on Britain-America!
Notice a few brief excerpts from Ezekiel's description of it!
"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
part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter
a third part [the remainder] into all the winds [slavery], and I
will draw out a sword after them. Thus shall MINE ANGER be
accomplished, and I will cause MY FURY [last PLAGUES] to rest upon
them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the
Eternal have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury
in them" (Ezek. 5:12-13).
Further: "In all your dwellingplaces the CITIES shall be laid
waste" (Ezek. 6:6). This could never have happened until the
hydrogen bomb! Cities laid completely WASTE. ALL of them -- "in all
your dwellingplaces."

Drought -- Famine, First

Now let the prophet Joel add more.
Joel's prophecy was for the far, far future -- verses 1-3 of
chapter 1. Then he shows a plague of different kinds of locusts,
devouring the fruits and food crops -- stripping off bark from fruit
trees. "He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath
made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made
white" (Joel 1:7).
Continue -- now comes devastating DROUGHT: "The field is wasted,
the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried
up, the oil languisheth .... because the harvest of the field is
perished .... all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy
is withered away from the sons of men" (verses 10-12). This is to
happen just prior to the terrible plagues of "the DAY OF THE LORD"
(verses 14-15).
Continue the prophecy: "The seed is rotten under their clods,
the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the
corn is withered. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are
perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep
are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire [hot
sun] hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame
hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry
also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up ..." (verses
17-20).

Next -- Military Invasion and Defeat!

Next in time order, beginning chapter 2, the alarm of WAR: "Blow ye
the trumpet in Zion [alarm of war], and sound an alarm in my holy
mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the DAY
OF THE LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand" (verse 1).
"Therefore also now, saith the Eternal, turn ye even to me
with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with
mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto
the Eternal your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to
anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil"
(verses 12-13).

AT LAST! -- Repentance in Tribulation!

Once God does add these repeated SEVENFOLD-INTENSITY of corrective
punishments on our peoples -- when they have had their wealth,
prosperity, their land -- the birthright and everything they
possessed and set their hearts on TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM -- AT LAST
they will be humbled and will cry out to God for mercy and
deliverance!
Right now God's WARNING MESSAGE of this terrifying greatest
trouble is being THUNDERED over The World Tomorrow program into ALL
PARTS OF THE WORLD -- as a witness! Multiple millions are reading it
in The Plain Truth!
We know only too well that the people as a whole will not
heed! We are grateful that God is laying it on the hearts of a few
thousand every year to LISTEN (hearken -- to use biblical Authorized
Version language) and to take it seriously -- to REPENT and come to
God through Jesus Christ as Savior.
Yes, a few thousand every year -- thousands PRECIOUS beyond
estimate! But NOT the people as a whole. Not now!
We know full well that the real HARVEST of our labors in GOD'S
WORK, preparing the way for Christ's coming, is NOT NOW! But when
everything these peoples have has been taken from them -- when they
are slaves in foreign lands -- when they are cruelly treated, beaten,
unmercifully even martyred and put to death -- THEN millions of those
who remain alive WILL cry out to God -- WILL repent -- WILL turn to
live God's WAY. That is when the REAL HARVEST FROM THIS PRESENT
WORK OF GOD will be reaped.
Millions, then, will remember they heard Christ's true message
over The World Tomorrow -- read it in The Plain Truth!
Then they will say: "That was the true message sent by God
after all!" Many will take it lightly now -- just as Israelites of
old took God's message to them through His prophets. But when these
things really HAPPEN -- when people realize NO ONE ELSE warned them --
then they will KNOW just WHO are the real FALSE prophets today!
Then they will KNOW which is God's truth!
The pitiful, pitiful tragedy of it! This realization will come
TOO LATE to save the many from this repeated sevenfold punishment!
BUT, for millions, not too late for their salvation -- for God's GIFT
of ETERNAL LIFE!

Millions Finally Converted!

Notice the prophecies of this very thing! Return for a moment to
Jeremiah's prophecy. The 30th chapter, from which I quoted, ends
with these words: "... in the latter days ye shall consider it." The
prophecy is for OUR TIME, now!
Read right on in chapter 31:
"At the same time, saith the Eternal, will I be the God of all
the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus saith the
Eternal, The people which were left of the sword [those still then
alive] found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when he went to
find him rest" (marginal rendering). Or, as in the RSV, "... when
Israel sought for rest, the Eternal appeared to him from afar."
Or, as in the Moffatt translation: "... Those who survive the sword
shall find grace in the dungeon." That is, in captivity and in
slavery!
Continue, "Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built,
O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets,
and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry .... They
shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them:
I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way
[God's law!], wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to
Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn [birthright-holder]. Hear the
word of the Eternal, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar
off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep
him, as a shepherd doth his flock" (Jer. 31:4, 9-10).
Later Jeremiah was inspired to write: "In those days, and in
that time, saith the Eternal, the children of Israel shall come,
they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they
shall go, and seek the Eternal their God. They shall ask the way to
Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join
ourselves to the Eternal in a perpetual covenant [the NEW COVENANT]
THAT SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. MY PEOPLE HATH BEEN LOST SHEEP: their
shepherds [professing Christian ministers] have caused them to go
astray ..." (Jer. 50:4-6).
Later in this chapter: "In those days, and in that time, saith
the Eternal, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there
shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found:
for I will pardon them whom I reserve [leave as a remnant]" (verse
20).

Hosea Summarizes It

This whole matter of Israel's rebellion against RIGHT WAYS, of
God's driving them out, divorcing them, withholding the bestowal of
the birthright for 2520 years -- and of Israel's final redemption
after the three additional sevenfold more intense corrective
punishments -- is summarized by the prophet Hosea.
But Hosea also becomes very concise, direct, and specific in
detailing Britain-America's national ATTITUDE right now!
To picture this whole course of infidelity, rejection,
withholding of blessing, extreme correction, and final awakening of
Israel, God directed the prophet to marry a whore -- to picture what
Israel was to God. She bore him a son. God instructed Hosea to name
the son Jezreel, meaning "God will disperse." For God said, "... I
will ... cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel .... I will
break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel" (Hos. 1:4-5). The
kingdom -- the government -- did cease at the Assyrian captivity -- 721-
718 B.C.
Hosea's harlot wife conceived again, and bore a daughter. God
instructed that she be named "Lo-ruhamah," meaning "no mercy" for,
saith God, "... I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel;
but I will utterly take them away" (verse 6).
Later this lewd wife had another son. "Call his name," saith
God, "Lo-ammi [meaning "not my people"]: for ye are not my people,
and I will not be your God" (verse 9).

Yet to Find the True Riches

"Yet," continued the Eternal, "the number of the children of Israel
shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor
numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was
said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto
them, Ye are the sons of the living God. Then shall the children of
Judah [the Jews] and the children of Israel ["Lost Ten Tribes"] be
gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall
come up out of the land [spread out far beyond their land -- Moffatt
translation]: for great shall be the day of Jezreel" (Hosea 1:10-
11).
There, in brief, is a picture of the whole course of God's
dealing with Israel. Today, our people say they are not "Israel."
That is, NOT God's people! They think that the Jews, and the Jews
only, are Israel. But very soon, now, they are going to KNOW their
identity. Thousands will learn it from this very book you are now
reading. The MILLIONS will learn it at Christ's coming!
In Hosea 2, God says, in regard to our now having possessed
the unprecedented WEALTH of the birthright promise: "For she did
not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and MULTIPLIED
her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. Therefore will
I return, and TAKE AWAY my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in
the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to
cover her nakedness [her SIN]" (verses 8-9).
But finally, when the correction becomes INTENSE enough, our
peoples will acknowledge their transgressions, WILL REPENT, WILL
SEEK THEIR GOD!

God's People -- At Last!

"And it shall be at that day, saith the Eternal, that thou shalt
call me Ishi ["MY HUSBAND"]; and shalt call me no more Baali ["MY
LORD"]" (verse 16).
"And," concludes this second chapter, "I will have mercy upon
her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were
not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art MY
GOD" (verse 23).
Then begins God's MESSAGE TO OUR PEOPLES TODAY -- especially to
the British peoples!
"Hear the word of the Eternal, ye children of Israel [you
people of the British Commonwealth and the United States!]: for the
Eternal hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land,
because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the
land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and
committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
Therefore shall the land [of America and Britain] mourn, and every
one that dwelleth therein shall languish ..." (Hosea 4:1-3).
To the modern ministers in the churches of Britain and
America, God says: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that
thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law
of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were
increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their
glory into shame" (verses 6-7).
Speaking of the coming manyfold INTENSITY of corrective
PUNISHMENT, God says, "... in their affliction they will seek me
early" (Hos. 5:15).

To Britain Today!

Speaking of modern Britain God says: "Israel [Britain] indeed is
STUBBORN as a restive heifer; how can the Eternal feed them
now ... ?" (Hos. 4:16, Moffatt translation.) God "feeds" His people
today with HIS WORD -- HIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD -- HIS WARNING
of what is quickly to come! The British government would not allow
any broadcasting facilities within its jurisdiction that might be
used by God's servants to proclaim God's MESSAGE OF THIS HOUR to
the British peoples!
But God was determined to get His message to the British!
So, the first week in 1953, God's message started getting into
Britain from Europe -- when "The World Tomorrow" program began going
out on the superpowered voice of Radio Luxembourg!
When Radio Luxembourg was no longer effective for this
message, God raised up broadcasting stations on SHIPS, ANCHORED
JUST OUTSIDE BRITAIN'S JURISDICTION. "The World Tomorrow" WAS THEN
THUNDERED over all of Britain DAILY, from SEVEN of these ships.
They were not illegal. They violated no law of man. They DID
proclaim faithfully THE LAW OF GOD! But the British authorities
falsely called them "pirate" ships. They were NOT pirates. They
were not marauders. They did not invade the land and pillage or
steal. They harmed no one!
But most governments of MAN would like to CONTROL what their
PEOPLE hear or do not hear! They want to CONTROL your thinking for
you!
The British government and the national Church of England
would LEGALIZE the revolting perversion of homosexuality! They
would CONDONE heinous SINS, but no door inside the U.K. is open to
broadcasting God's MESSAGE!
But God did get His message to Britain.

God Said It! God Did It!

God has said, "Surely the Lord Eternal will do nothing, but he
revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7),
and in the verse just before this, "Shall a trumpet be blown in the
city, and the people not be afraid?"
God has said, IN YOUR BIBLE, that He would get the warning to
His people Ephraim-BRITAIN. He has foretold: "Ephraim shall be
desolate in the day of rebuke [and Britain is rapidly headed toward
that prophesied desolation now]: among the tribes of Israel have I
made known that which shall surely be" (Hos. 5:9).
Also, God said of Britain and America: "Ephraim, he hath mixed
himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned [half-
baked]. Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it
not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth
not. And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do
not return to the Eternal their God, nor seek him for all this.
Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to
Egypt, they go to Assyria [Germany]. When they shall go, I will
spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the
heaven; I will chastise them, AS THEIR CONGREGATION HATH HEARD" --
from "The World Tomorrow" broadcast warning! (Hos. 7:8-12.)
Yes, God said long ago He would GET THE WARNING into the
hearing of Britain. Even though He had to do it FROM OUTSIDE
BRITISH JURISDICTION, God moved miraculously to get His message
thundered to all Britain.
Britain has been warned!
And the British government has NO POWER whatsoever to prevent
the manyfold INTENSITY of corrective PUNISHMENT a loving God is
going to cause to strike!
GOD'S PURPOSE SHALL STAND!

They Will Realize!

Some day, people will wake up to REALIZE this is the Work of God!
Of British churchianity, God says, "The Ephraimites are
wedding to idolatry; LET THEM ALONE! -- a drunken band, a lustful
company, in love with shameful worship, not with my glory. When the
whirlwind sweeps them off, they shall feel shame for their altars"
(Hos. 4:17-19 -- Moffatt translation).
God says, "I withdraw to my own place, till they feel their
iniquity and seek my face, searching for me in their distress,
crying, "Let us return to the Eternal, for he has torn us, he will
heal us, he has wounded, he will bind us up: in a day or two
[Authorized Version -- after two days] he will revive us, and on the
third day he will raise us to live under his care ..." " (Hos. 5:15-
6:2, Moffatt translation). The coming Great Tribulation probably
will last about 2 1/2 years -- the "Day of the Lord" about one year --
then comes the RESURRECTION and second coming of Christ!
The entire book of Hosea carries a blistering message and
warning to the BRITISH PEOPLE TODAY!

You Can Escape This Punishment!

God warns us through prophecy that our sins are fast increasing.
And now the day of reckoning is here! The foreign sword always has
attacked us. In this fearful, awesome atomic age, World War III
will start with nuclear devastation unleashed on London,
Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, New York, Washington,
Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, without warning! God
help our nations to wake up before it's too late!
Yes, we are God's chosen people ISRAEL! Think what that means!
Chosen, not for favors while we defy our God, but chosen for
SERVICE we have failed to perform.
We should shout for joy at the discovery of our true identity-
-and we should be brought to REPENT -- and to TURN TO GOD -- and to get
back of this crusade by radio and by printed word to WARN our
people, and to call upon God in REAL heartrending prayer for divine
deliverance.
The sevenfold INTENSITY of punishment now soon to come upon
the American and British peoples is simply the prophesied GREAT
TRIBULATION! It will be the most frightfully intense PUNISHMENT,
and time of TROUBLE, ever suffered by any people!
Yet YOU need not suffer in it.
This terrifyingly severe PUNISHMENT is simply the CORRECTION
our peoples have made necessary to bring them to the ways of living
which cause desired blessings, instead of terrible curses. It is
CORRECTION -- for the peoples' GOOD!
As GOD LIVES, this punishment is soon to strike! This book has
given the WARNING from God and His Word!
Will the U.S. and British nations HEED? They could yet avert
this colossal national tragedy, IF they would!
But if you -- you now reading this, you as an individual -- will
be corrected, voluntarily, before God lets this indescribably
horrendous chastening strike; if YOU come to real REPENTANCE,
realizing HOW TERRIBLY WRONG you have been; if you can see yourself
as you really are -- as a rebellious wrong, evil person; and if you
can SURRENDER to the loving, all-merciful, yet all-POWERFUL GOD --
and make it an UNCONDITIONAL surrender, coming to Almighty God
through the living Jesus Christ as personal Savior -- then NO PLAGUE
shall come near you! (Ps. 91:8-11), but you shall be accounted
worthy to escape all these frightful things and to STAND before
Christ at His return (Luke 21:35-36).
Those in the true Body of Christ shall be taken to a place of
SAFETY, until this Tribulation be over (Rev. 3:10-11, applying to
those faithful in GOD'S WORK now going to the world; Rev. 12:14;
Isa. 26:20).
But you must make your own decision -- and to NEGLECT doing so
is to have made the WRONG decision!
Most people, we know only too well, will take this SERIOUS
WARNING lightly -- put it out of mind -- turn to other immediate
interests of no importance by comparison! That is why a loving,
just, all-wise, all-POWERFUL God is going to take away from them
these unimportant counter-interests, and apply such intensified
CORRECTION that they shall, finally, come to their senses, and turn
to Him and His WAY which will bring them eternal happiness and
abundant blessings!
But YOU need not have to suffer this intensified correction,
greater than any trouble ever suffered by humans.
By God's direction and authority, I have laid the truth before
you! To neglect it will be tragic beyond imagination! To heed it
will bring blessings, happiness and glory beyond description!
The decision is now YOURS!