Answering Critics of the British-Israel (or Anglo-Israel) Belief:
A PRIMER IN UNDERSTANDING
THE PROMISES OF GOD IN LIGHT OF ANGLO-ISRAEL TRUTH.
People sometimes ask us how to answer the arguments of
unbelievers, sceptics, and critics of our teaching. Recently we were
directed to an internet site calling into question the Anglo-Israel,
or British-Israel belief, and asked to comment. We have reproduced this
web article below in black ink in its entirety,
adding our answers in bold blue type. We have left out the identity of
the critic, since this is a good general representation of the usual
in any criticism of our beliefs. It will serve as a good primer and instruction
manual in your own discussions with enquirers and critics.
SOME KEY POINTS: COMMON MISTAKES OF THE CRITICS!
1. ISRAEL WAS ONLY LOST SPIRITUALLY, THEY INSIST, YET THEIR RETURN WAS LITERAL, NOT SPIRITUAL! HOW COULD ISRAEL PHYSICALLY RETURN FROM BEING SPIRITUALLY LOST? IF ISRAEL WAS ONLY LOST SPIRITUALLY, THEN THEY COULD ONLY RETURN SPIRITUALLY! The true answer below.
2. INSISTENCE THAT ANCIENT ISRAEL WAS ONLY DISPERSED EASTWARD, WITH NO WESTERN MIGRATION AT ALL. YET THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF ISRAEL BEING REGATHERED FROM THE WEST, AND INDEED, FROM ALL FOUR DIRECTIONS AS WELL. Evidence below.
3. IGNORING SCRIPTURAL STATEMENTS SHOWING THAT THE REUNION OF THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH WOULD TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF THIS AGE AND DAWN OF THE MILLENNIUM. THE TWO HOUSES CANNOT BE REUNITED WITHOUT HAVING THE NEW HEART AND NEW SPIRIT REQUIRED BY THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES. Evidence below.
4. NOT UNDERSTANDING THE PURPOSE, TIMING, AND EFFECTS OF THE NEW COVENANT. THE OLD COVENANT HAS COME TO A COMPLETE END AND IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR ANYONE, INCLUDING THE JEWISH PEOPLE. Evidence below.
5. READING INTO SCRIPTURE TEXTS NON-EXISTENT WORDS AND TEACHINGS. THIS “WISHFUL THINKING” IS NICELY TAILORED TO FIT THEIR OWN DENOMINATIONAL PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS, BUT BETRAYS A LACK OF TEXTUAL HONESTY AND SCRIPTURE EVIDENCE TO BACK UP THEIR BELIEFS. Evidence below.
6. INSISTENCE THAT THE PHYSICAL ISRAELITES IN THE WORLD TODAY ARE FOUND ONLY WITHIN JUDAISM (INCLUDING MESSIANIC). WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO ACCEPTED CHRIST AND WHOSE DESCENDANTS TODAY ARE NO LONGER KNOWN AS JEWISH? THERE ARE A SIGNIFICANT AND GROWING NUMBER OF SUCH. Evidence below.
7. INSISTENCE THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE A “PURE UNMIXED RACE.” THIS IS DISPROVED BY LEADING JEWISH SCHOLARS. THIS RACIAL THEOLOGY LEADS TO THE DISPENSATIONALIST “DUAL COVENANT” BELIEF THAT JEWS ARE “SAVED BY RACE, NOT BY GRACE” WHICH IS FALSE SALVATION DOCTRINE. The true answer below.
IGNORING THE SCRIPTURAL PROPHECIES THAT ISRAEL WOULD BE KNOWN BY A
NEW NAME. The evidence below.
9. IGNORING THE PROMISE IN THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT THAT ISRAEL WOULD BECOME A COMPANY OF NATIONS, NOT JUST ONE SMALL NATION IN THE MID-EAST. Evidence below.
OTHER PROMISES IN THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED
IN THE JEWISH PEOPLE. Evidence below. Much
additional information in answer to sceptics and unbelievers is found
below as well. READ AND LEARN!
Where Are The Ten Lost Tribes Of Israel?
It is an unusual paradox that, while the Jews are so often hated, reviled, and persecuted, there are so many groups of people trying to claim that they are Jews!
For example, the Mormon church teaches that Native Americans are descended from Israelites who left Jerusalem for the New World before their city was destroyed by the Babylonians. Others say the Israelite tribes fathered the Oriental or Black races.
British Israelism, the most popular of these theories, teaches that the English-speaking people of England, western Europe, and America descended from the ten "lost" tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Supporters are bent on proving that the British and American people are specially favored by God, and heirs to Israel's precious covenant promises. COMMENT: WE IN FACT TEACH THAT ISRAEL’S COVENANT PROMISES WERE FOR A DIVINE PURPOSE NOT PRIDE, AND FOR SERVICE NOT SUBJUGATION, AND ARE EXPANDED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT SO THAT PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONS COME UNDER THE COVENANT BLESSINGS THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST. THE APOSTLE PAUL MAKES THIS CLEAR IN SEVERAL PASSAGES. FOR EXAMPLE, ROMANS 2:28-29, “FOR HE IS NOT A JEW WHO IS ONE OUTWARDLY (i.e., racially)… BUT HE IS A JEW WHO IS ONE INWARDLY… BY THE SPIRIT.” THIS IS THE TRUE TEST TODAY OF WHO IS ISRAEL. ISRAELITES WERE TO BE – AND ARE – A PEOPLE OF FAITH IN THIS NEW COVENANT ERA. (Gal. 3:7, 16, 29) PHYSICAL ISRAEL HAS PROVIDED THE CORE FOUNDATION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, AND IS JOINED (note, augmented, not a replacement for Israel) UNDER THE NEW COVENANT BY PEOPLE FROM ALL NATIONS WHO BECOME A “SPIRITUAL ISRAEL” WORSHIPPING THE GOD OF ISRAEL IN FAITH. (See our website articles, “THE HEBREW FOUNDATION OF CHRIST’S CHURCH” AND “DID ISRAEL REJECT CHRIST?” This Biblical belief has been expounded at least since the early 20th century by British-Israel leaders such as Rev. Basil Stewart, and others.)
Bizarre and unbiblical as this teaching is, defenders are eager to convince the gullible with their "evidence." COMMENT: NOTICE THAT WHENEVER A WEAK OR NON-EXISTENT ARGUMENT IS PUT FORTH, ITS AUTHOR REALIZES THE NEED TO BUTRESS IT WITH EVIL-SOUNDING LABELS OR NAME-CALLING! YOU WILL SEE THIS WEAKNESS OF OUR OPPONENTS ARGUMENT AS WE PROCEED.
The British Israelism Heresy
Lacking any biblical or historical proof for their doctrine, supporters of British Israelism have produced maps describing fictitious migrations of the "ten" Israelite tribes from the Babylon area across Europe to England. COMMENT: THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL BECAME LOST TO HISTORY FROM THE AREA OF ASSYRIA (2 Ki. 17:6), AND SOURCES SUCH AS THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA PROVE THAT ISRAELITES FLED NORTHWARD INTO THE CAUCASUS AT THE TIME OF ASSYRIA’S FALL. (SEE THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED IN “THE STORY OF CELTO-SAXON ISRAEL.”) THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM ARE NO LONGER IN THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS. IT IS NO STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION TO SHOW THAT THESE TRIBES WOULD NOT HAVE REMAINED IN THE ROCKY CAUCASUS, BUT CONTINUE NORTH INTO EUROPE. ISRAEL’S SCRIPTURAL MARKS IDENTIFY THEM WITH THE EARLY “CAUCASIAN” TRIBES, WHOSE MIGRATIONS FROM ASIA TO EUROPE ARE KNOWN, SO THAT NO FICTITIOUS MAPS ARE NECESSARY.) They also have tried to connect Queen Victoria with the House of David, saying that the English coronation stone is the stone Jacob slept on at Bethel (Gen. 28:11), but the English stone is a type of red sandstone which is not found anywhere near Bethel. COMMENT: THE KINGS OF IRELAND WERE CROWNED ON THE ABOVE-MENTIONED STONE, LIA FAIL, FROM B.C. 580 TO A.D. 487, WHEN IT WAS REMOVED TO DUNSTAFFNAGE CASTLE IN SCOTLAND BY FEARGUS MORE, AND USED FOR THE SAME PURPOSE. IT IS CALCAREOUS RED SANDSTONE, A DISTINCTIVE TYPE OF ROCK NOT FOUND ANYWHERE IN IRELAND WHERE THE VENERABLE STONE SUPPOSEDLY ORIGINATED. CHRISTIAN ARCHAEOLOGIST, DR.E. RAYMOND CAPT, EXAMINED THE STONE AND INSTEAD FOUND SIMILAR ROCKS IN EXCAVATIONS IN PALESTINE. (See further discussion in his book, "Jacob's ")
British Israelism has also concocted a peculiar kind of verbal evidence. It is argued that the word "British" is derived from two Hebrew words: (b'rith, meaning "covenant") and (ish, meaning "man"). B'rith is pronounced "Brit" since the Hebrews never say a "th" sound. Thus, "Brit-ish" is said to come from the Hebrew for "covenant man" or "man of the covenant." The Hebrew words b'rith and ish simply translate as "covenant" and "man," not "covenant man," and certainly not "man of the covenant." If we were to translate it as a phrase, the closest we could get is "covenant of man." Connections between similar sounding words in Hebrew and English are not supported by The Oxford Dictionary, Webster's Dictionary, or any other study of English word derivatives (etymology), for the two languages are linguistically unrelated. COMMENT: HEBREW SCHOLARS SUCH AS DR. ISAAC E. MOZESON HAVE LONG COMPLAINED THAT DICTIONARIES LEAVE OUT THE HEBREW DERIVATION OF WORDS, EVEN WORDS WITH OBVIOUS HEBREW ORIGINS SUCH AS “JUBILEE” AND “JUBILATION,” INSTEAD GIVING THE ORIGIN OF THESE WORDS AS LATIN! GENUINE LANGUAGE SCHOLARS NOW ADMIT THAT HEBREW AND ENGLISH ARE RELATED AND HAVE A COMMON ORIGIN. (SEE FOR INSTANCE, “LANGUAGE, AN INTRODUCTION” BY DR. LOUIS HJELMSLEV, PUBLISHED BY UNIV. OF WISCONSIN PRESS, AS WELL AS DR. ISAAC MOZESON’S BOOK, “THE WORD: THE DICTIONARY THAT REVEALS THE HEBREW SOURCE OF ENGLISH,” RECENTLY REPUBLISHED)
British Israelism originated in the mid-1600s as a political argument to persuade Oliver Cromwell to allow the Jews to return to England. Appealing to Cromwell's British pride and nationalism, influential patrons convinced him that the Jews represented the southern tribe of Judah, and Anglo-Saxons were descended from the ten northern tribes, which were said to have been scattered and "lost" after being conquered by Assyria in 722 BC. These two groups (the Northern and Southern Kingdoms)-God's Chosen People-should work together until the Throne of England would rule the world with the help of the Jews. COMMENT: THIS IS INSULTING TO THE GODLY DR. JOHN SADLER, MINISTER TO OLIVER CROMWELL, AND AN ANGLO-ISRAEL BELIEVER. IT WAS NOT PRIDE AND NATIONALISM (TWO BUZZ-WORDS CRITICS LOVE TO USE JUST FOR THEIR NEGATIVE CONNOTATIONS TODAY) BUT A GENUINE BELIEF IN THE SCRIPTURES THAT LED DR. SADLER AND CROMWELL TO READMIT THE JEWS TO ENGLAND. DESPITE WHAT OUR OPPONENT HERE SEEMS TO THINK, THIS WAS NOT A BAD THING! THE JEWS MIGHT HAVE LONG BEEN BANNED FROM ENGLAND IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR ANGLO-ISRAEL BELIEF. A LITTLE APPRECIATION IS IN ORDER? NOR IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE THAT CROMWELL SOUGHT TO “RULE THE WORLD.” A LOT OF NONSENSE IS PRESENTED TO US HERE UNDER THE GUISE OF FACTS. UNLIKE OUR CRITIC, WE HAVE READ JOHN SADLER'S IMPORTANT WORK, "RIGHTS OF THE KINGDOM," (Published in 1649) AND FIND HIM TO BE A GODLY AND SPIRITUAL MAN. THE CHRISTIAN MORALS OF DR. SADLER AND OLIVER CROMWELL SHOULD NOT BE WRONGFULLY TRASHED BY OUR OPPONENT JUST TO PROMOTE HIS WEAK ARGUMENT.
By the end of the 19th century, British Israelism claimed two million supporters-mostly Church of England members. In the 20th century, Herbert W. Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God preached these doctrines. He identified the tribe of Ephraim with Great Britain, Manasseh with the United States, the other Israelite tribes with various European nations, and Judah with the Jews. Since Armstrong's death, the Anglo-Israel teaching has been repudiated by his church, along with most of his other heresies. A November 1995 Worldwide Church of God study paper, "United States and Britain in Prophecy," reported that Anglo-Israelite literature depends on "folklore, legends, quasi-historical genealogies, and dubious etymologies." It went on to say there is no recorded eyewitness to any Israelite tribal migrations across Europe and that no medieval or ancient genealogies have ever linked the royal families of the British Isles with the Israelites. COMMENT: THIS STATEMENT BEGS THE FACT THAT VERY LITTLE WRITING OF ANY KIND HAS SURVIVED FROM ANCIENT TIMES, OTHER THAN THE BIBLE ITSELF. HOWEVER, SOME EVIDENCE HAS SURVIVED SUCH AS THE ANCIENT ARMENIAN AND GEORGIAN CHRONICLES. THE UNIVERSAL JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA (vii:26) GIVES THESE AS EVIDENCE THAT THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL MIGRATED NORTH INTO THE CAUCASUS REGION. (QUOTED IN “THE STORY OF CELTO-SAXON ISRAEL”) THE BIBLE ALSO GIVES EVIDENCE, SUCH AS 2 ESDRAS 13 IN THE APOCRYPHA.
British Israelism crosses denominational lines and has no official church organization. Some British Israelite groups go so far as to say God's chosen race, the "true Israel," includes only white Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and kindred peoples. Adam is said to be the father of the white race only, and whites alone have the divinely implanted spirit. All nonwhite peoples are excluded from the redemptive work of Christ. Jews are a "race of vipers," "Satan's seed," "Christ killers," and persecutors of God's "true Israel." These ideas have been adopted by the so-called Christian Identity Movement and Revival Centre International, and other extreme conservative religious organizations, as well as extreme right-wing political groups and survival groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan. Oher organizations sharing these beliefs include the American Nazi Party, Aryan Nation, National Association for the Advancement of White People, and many more. COMMENT: OUR OPPONENTS ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE TO RESORT TO McCARTHYISM, GUILT BY ASSOCIATION. BUT IT IS STILL A FALSE STATEMENT; WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY GROUPS THAT HATE ANYBODY. IN FACT, MESSIANIC JEWS HAVE BELONGED TO OUR ASSOCIATION THROUGH THE YEARS (AND WE HAVE AT LEAST TWO OR MORE MESSIANIC JEWISH MEMBERS TODAY). FOR MANY YEARS, OUR JEWISH SECRETARY WAS THE PRINCIPAL PERSON RESPONDING TO EMAIL AND PHONE INQUIRIES; SHE RECENTLY RETIRED BUT STILL STOPS IN OCCASIONALLY. REALLY NOW: IF A BAPTIST GOES OUT AND ROBS A BANK, DOES THAT MAKE THE BAPTIST CHURCH WRONG? LET’S STICK TO THE FACTS.
all British Israelism supporters endorse these anti-Semitic extremes.
But racist ideas are easily derived from British Israelism because
it demotes the Jews and exalts Anglo-Saxons as "true Israel." Racist
groups do not hesitate to rewrite history, mistranslate words, and
ignore Paul's warning: "Neither give heed to fables and endless
genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which
is in faith: . . ."
(1 Tim. 1:4; see also Titus 3:9). COMMENT: The
Apostle Paul warned us of “Jewish fables,” not Anglo-Israel belief. (Titus
1:14) Could our critics unbiblical teachings have been foreseen by the
See the discussion on this below.
See the discussion on this below.
The Mystery of the "Lost" Israelite Tribes
Central to British Israelism is the contention that the ten tribes that constituted the Northern Kingdom of Israel were scattered and lost after the Assyrians invaded Samaria. It is said that those ten tribes (excluding Judah and Benjamin, which made up the Southern Kingdom) were not represented when Ezra and Nehemiah brought the captives back to the land around 444 BC. We will see that there is no biblical support for that view which, ironically, appears to have been invented by Jews in the Middle Ages.
The Jewish Encyclopedia says Diaspora Jews may have invented this theory, hoping to avoid persecution as "Christ killers." These Jews claimed innocence, saying they never returned to the Holy Land after deportation to Assyrian captivity centuries before Christ (1901, Vol. 12, p. 250).
Actually, the ancient tribes of Israel have never been lost, except spiritually. Isaiah prophesied that, although the Hebrew people would be scattered among the Gentiles, their nationality would never be lost, nor their identity unknown (Isa. 61:9). COMMENT: THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO THIS VERSE. “KNOWN AMONG THE NATIONS IS THEIR SEED, AND THEIR OFFSPRING IN THE MIDST OF THE PEOPLES...” (Literal translation) THIS VERSE DOES NOT SAY THAT ‘THEIR NATIONALITY WOULD NEVER BE LOST’ (INDEED, ISRAEL WAS TO HAVE A NEW NAME, ISA. 62:2; 65:15; HOS. 1:10; ROM. 9:26), BUT THAT 1. THEIR DESCENDANTS WOULD BE RECOGNIZED “BY PROMINENT MARKS OF BLESSING.” (Keil-Delitzsch) AND 2. THEY WOULD BE THE PEOPLE MOST BLESSED BY GOD IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD. “…ALL WHO SEE THEM SHALL ACKNOWLDEGE THEM, THAT THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHOM THE LORD HAS BLESSED.” (NAS translation) BY THIS STANDARD, WHO IS ISRAEL? THE PROPHECY INDEED HAS BOTH A SPIRITUAL-PHYSICAL FULFILLMENT. WHAT PEOPLE HAS BEEN MOST BLESSED BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND MATERIALLY? IT IS INHERENTLY A CHRISTIAN PEOPLE SPOKEN OF HERE.
IMPORTANT: IT WAS PROPHESIED THAT ISRAEL WOULD BE KNOWN BY A “NEW” AND THEREFORE DIFFERENT NAME. THE PROPHET HOSEA SPOKE OF OUR DAY WHEN HE SAID “YET 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.” (HOS. 1:10; ROM. 9:26) THIS CANNOT BE THE HOUSE OF JUDAH, THE JEWS, FOR THEY HAVE BEEN NUMBERED CONTINUALLY; ANOTHER STUDY HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED SHOWING A TREMENDOUS DECLINE IN JEWISH POPULATION, THE OPPOSITE OF THE PROPHECY. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE JEWS ARE NOT THE PEOPLE SPOKEN OF IN THIS PROPHECY: HOSEA WAS A PROPHET TO THE TEN TRIBES, THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL! (1:1,4, etc.) HIS PROPHECY HAS BEEN FULFILLED IN THE WORLD TODAY, WHERE EUROPEAN CHRISTENDOM IS TOLD THAT THEY ARE NOT GOD’S PEOPLE, ISRAEL, BUT THAT THEY ARE “THE SONS OF THE LIVING GOD,” CHRISTIANS! (CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD, AND CHRISTIANS ARE THE SONS OF THE LIVING GOD)
Jews have always been recognizable as Jews and have never lost their Jewishness. COMMENT: WRONG! JEWS COME IN ALL NATIONALITIES, LOOKS, AND HAIRCOLORS AND CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED AS A RACIAL TYPE; THEY ARE NOT A PURE RACE TODAY. However, they are indeed lost spiritually, as the prophets described (Isa. 29:10-14). Over 2500 years ago, God told us that the political revival of Israel would be a spiritually dead revival until a later time when God would breathe life into His people (Ezek. 37:8-9). COMMENT: THIS PASSAGE ON THE DRY BONES IS SPECIFICALLY WRITTEN TO “THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL” NOT TO “THE HOUSE OF JUDAH” THE JEWS.The Lord also promised to regather all the Jews and unite His beloved people into one great kingdom at Christ's return (Isa. 11:11-13). COMMENT: THIS SCRIPTURE SPEAKS OF THE REUNITING OF “ISRAEL” AND “JUDAH” (verse 12) AND THE TIME IT WILL TAKE PLACE (verse 9). YET OUR DISPUTER SKIPPED THE IMPORTANT VERSE NINE OF THIS PASSAGE; IT SPECIFICALLY SAYS THAT THE TIME PERIOD FOR THE REUNITING OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH IS WHEN “THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD COVERS THE EARTH AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA.” THIS HAS NOT YET TAKEN PLACE! THIS TIME-PERIOD IS THE DAWN OF THE MILLENNIUM – IT IS YET FUTURE, AND THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL THEREFORE CANNOT YET BE FULLY UNITED!
History of the Ten Tribes
Are the Jews of today descended only from the southern tribes (Judah and Benjamin) that remained loyal to Solomon's son Rehoboam? The Bible clearly shows that was not the case. After Solomon's death, the ten northern tribes set up a separate kingdom (Israel) under King Jeroboam, who was not of the House of David (1 Kings 12:20). During the time of the divided kingdom, many Israelites in the Northern Kingdom identified themselves with the House of David (2 Chron. 11:14-17; 15:9; 19:4). The terms "Israel," "Judah," and "Jacob" became interchangeable (Isa. 1:1-3; 48:1; 2 Chron. 19:1; 21:2). COMMENT: ALL OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND MOST OF THE “FENCED CITIES” OF JUDAH WERE CONQUERED BY ASSYRIA AND THEIR INHABITANTS REMOVED AND TAKEN IN THE ASSYRIAN DISPERSION. (2 KINGS 18:13), EXCEPT FOR THE JEWISH CITIES OF JERUSALEM AND LIBNAH. (2 Ki. 19:8) THUS, MOST OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL DWELLING IN JUDAH WERE REUNITED BY ASSYRIA WITH THEIR BRETHREN IN DISPERSION.
godly kings (particularly Asa, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, and Josiah) addressed
all twelve tribes and offered up sacrifices on their behalf (2 Chron.
15:8-15; 19:4; 29:24; 35:18). This is the point where British Israelites
err most seriously. COMMENT: PRAYING AND SACRIFICING
FOR ALL TWELVE TRIBES DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY WERE ALL REUNITED! They
wrongly insist that the two-kingdom division between Israel and Judah
never ceased. History shows otherwise. COMMENT: THE VAGUE
APPEAL TO “HISTORY” ATTEMPTS TO OVERRULE SCRIPTURE. HOW CAN THE DISTINCT
PROMISES TO EACH OF THE 12 TRIBES BE FULFILLED IF THEY WERE ALL REUNITED
AND INTERMIXED RIGHT AFTER THE DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM AND WERE NEVER
BOTH SCRIPTURE AND JEWISH SCHOLARS PROVE THAT THE HOUSES
OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH ARE YET SEPARATE. (See evidence presented
in "The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel" published by The
BOTH SCRIPTURE AND JEWISH SCHOLARS PROVE THAT THE HOUSES OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH ARE YET SEPARATE. (See evidence presented in "The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel" published by The
Were the Ten Tribes Lost After the Captivity?
The Assyrians took the Northern Kingdom captive in 722 BC, and the Southern Kingdom was captured by Babylon in 586 BC. Following both invasions, the Jews were deported to the same general geographical area (modern-day Iraq and Iran). Because Babylon and Assyria ruled largely the same territory, the Israelite and Judean captives commingled. Both groups lived as captives under similar conditions. During this time, the divisions, enmity, and rivalry between Judah and Israel ended. Jeremiah says the captors made no distinction between Israel and Judah (Jer. 50:33). THIS VERSE IN FACT SAYS NO SUCH THING! READ IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. IT SPEAKS OF “THE SONS OF ISRAEL” (THE 10 TRIBES) AND “THE SONS OF JUDAH” (THE 2 TRIBES) AS STILL SEPARATE. THIS SCRIPTURE TWISTING IS A HALLMARK OF OUR OPPONENTS.
Later, the Book of Esther records that the Jewish people were scattered throughout the Persian empire, and that Esther (along with her uncle Mordecai) thwarted Haman's plot to destroy all the Jews. They not only survived, but they attained some prominence and prosperity in those regions of the empire. They did not need to migrate to Russia, eastern Europe, or distant parts of Asia. After the captivity, when Ezra and Nehemiah led the dispersed Jews back to the land of Israel from Persia, those who returned were called "all Israel" or "the children of Israel" or "the seed of Israel" (Ezra 6:16-17; 8:25, 35; 10:1; Neh. 7:73; 9:2). Artaxerxes' decree specified that "all they of the people of Israel" were free to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 7:13). Surely no one could argue that the ten tribes were excluded from that return from captivity. COMMENT: GOD COULD DISPUTE THIS, AND DOES! “THEREFORE, BEHOLD, I WILL HEDGE UP THY WAY WITH THORNS, AND MAKE A WALL, THAT SHE SHALL NOT FIND HER PATHS.” (HOSEA 2:6) In fact, the evidence shows that some returned from all of the tribes while many remained in positions of influence in Persia. COMMENT: WHAT EVIDENCE? THE NEW TESTAMENT ONLY SPEAKS OF A SINGLE PERSON, ANNA THE PROPHETESS, OF THE TRIBE OF ASHER. THIS DOES NOT INDICATE THAT ALL 12 TRIBES RETURNED, NOR THAT ANY OTHERS RETURNED AT ALL. NOTICE THAT NO PROOF IS GIVEN FOR THIS ASSERTION BECAUSE NONE EXISTS.
Exiles from both kingdoms looked forward to a unified national future. COMMENT: YES AND IT WOULD TAKE PLACE AT THE DAWN OF THE MILLENNIUM, AS WE HAVE SHOWN ABOVE. BUT THIS AUTHOR HAS TRIED TO CONVINCE US THAT THEY WERE NEVER SEPARATE. NOW HE SUDDENLY SWITCHES AND SAYS THAT THEIR UNITY WAS FUTURE. WHICH IS IT? They were conscious of a common destiny based upon God's promises to the patriarchs and to the House of David. The Israelite Prophets Joel, Amos, and Hosea had prepared the way earlier when they spoke of national unity and the centrality of Jerusalem or Zion (Amos 9:11). Ezekiel spoke about unification and the coming rule by a descendant of David (Ezek. 37:15-25). COMMENT: EZEKIEL’S TEMPLE AND SACRIFICES ARE CONSIDERED MILLENNIAL AND FUTURE BY ALL EVANGELICALS AND DISPENSATIONALISTS. YET OUR CRITIC SOMEHOW THINKS THIS INFORMATION PROVES THAT ISRAEL AND JUDAH ARE UNITED NOW?!! REMEMBER, EZEKIEL SPOKE OF THE UNITING OF THE TWO STICKS OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH (37:16-38) AND PLACED THIS UNITING IN THE TIME FRAME OF THE LAST GREAT BATTLE AT THE END OF THE AGE (Ezekiel chapters 36 to 38); IN OTHER WORDS, THE UNION OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH IS STILL FUTURE EXACTLY AS WE TEACH. MANY ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE PROOFS ARE IN OUR BOOK, “THE STORY OF CELTO-SAXON ISRAEL.”
"Jew" and "Israelite": Interchangeable Names
In 458 BC, Artaxerxes allowed Ezra the scribe and the Children of Israel to return to Zion with the priests and Levites (Ezra 7:7, 13; 8:35). Ezra's caravan of over 1800 families was made up of all the "children of Israel," with no mention of tribal distinctions. The Book of Nehemiah likewise reveals that both kingdoms participated in the restoration. The word "Jew" is used eleven times and "Israel" twenty-two times, referring to the same people. COMMENT: OVER FIVE MILLION ISRAELITES WERE LOST (SEE McCLINTOCK & STRONG’S ENCYCLOPEDIA iv:695, 1052), YET LESS THAN 50,000 RETURNED. (Ezra 2:64; Neh. 7:66) THIS IS LESS THAN ONE PERCENT! WHERE ARE ALL OF THE REST? ARE THE 99% NOT IMPORTANT IN GOD’S EYES? (See MATT. 18:12-13 and LUKE 15:4-7 for the answer)
After return from captivity, "Jew" and "Israelite" became synonymous terms, referring to the physical descendants of Abraham through Jacob. Forgetting earlier national differences, purity of the bloodline was the critical issue. Ezra required that all Gentile wives be put away (10:2-11), and the mongrelized Samaritans were spurned (2 Kings 17:24; Neh. 4-6). The returned remnant grew in numbers during Greek rule (330-167 BC), the Maccabean period (167-63 BC), and Herodian-Roman rule (beginning in 63 BC). By the first century, "the Jews" were a relatively large nation numbering in the millions. Additionally, more Jews lived in Diaspora settlements than in the Promised Land. Those in the dispersion still looked to Jerusalem as their national center, cherished the same history and traditions, grew up under the same laws and institutions, and anticipated a common future.
In the New Testament, there is no hint of any "lost tribes of Israel." In fact, "Hebrew" was used interchangeably with "Israelite" and "Jew"-of the same people. COMMENT: CHRIST (YESHUA) SPOKE TWICE OF “THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.” HE DID NOT MEAN THIS ONLY SPIRITUALLY, FOR THE HOUSE OF JUDAH (JEWS) WERE ALSO LOST SPIRITUALLY, SO HE MUST HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OF THE PHYSICAL LOST CONDITION OF THE TEN TRIBES. CHRIST SPECIFICALLY SPEAKS HERE ONLY OF THE TEN TRIBES OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL. (see Matthew 10:5-6; 15:24)
example, Nicodemus is referred to as a "ruler of the Jews" and
"master of Israel" (John 3:1, 10). In Mark 15:26 and 15:32,
Jesus is called "King of the Jews" and "King of Israel." Paul
(a Benjamite) calls himself a Jew in Acts 21:39 and 22:3, an Israelite
in Romans 11:1, and a Hebrew in Philippians 3:5. COMMENT:
THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN WAS INDEED OF THE HOUSE OF JUDAH (JEWS), SO PAUL
WAS CORRECT IN CALLING HIMSELF A BENJAMITE, A HEBREW, AND A JEW. ALL
12 TRIBES WERE ISRAELITES. THE DISTINCTION WE AND JEWISH SCHOLARS MAKE
IS THAT THE TERM “HOUSE OF ISRAEL” REFERRED TO THE TEN TRIBES IN THE
THIS IS VERIFIED BY RESPECTED JEWISH SCHOLAR,
DR. ABBA HILLEL SILVER, IN HIS BOOK,
"MOSES AND THE ORIGINAL TORAH," PAGE 56. (Quoted in "THE
STORY OF CELTO-SAXON ISRAEL," page 45.)
THIS IS VERIFIED BY RESPECTED JEWISH SCHOLAR, DR. ABBA HILLEL SILVER, IN HIS BOOK, "MOSES AND THE ORIGINAL TORAH," PAGE 56. (Quoted in "THE STORY OF CELTO-SAXON ISRAEL," page 45.)
He also spoke of all twelve tribes having hope in the resurrection (Acts 26:7). James, Jesus' brother, addresses his epistle to "all the twelve tribes scattered abroad" (1:1). Peter spoke to the "men of Judea," addressing them as "fellow Israelites" (Acts 2: 14, 22). In Scripture, we see that "Hebrew," "Israelite," and "Jew" all refer to the physical descendants of the patriarch Jacob. There is a very important reason why these three names are used synonymously in Scripture: to emphasize that both houses of the nation (all twelve tribes) were and still are God's covenant people, sharing the same promises, blessings, curses, and destiny. COMMENT: WE DO NOT DENY AT ALL THAT BOTH HOUSES OF ISRAEL WERE AND STILL ARE GOD’S COVENANT PEOPLE. WE ONLY DENOTE THAT THE TWO HOUSES ARE YET SEPARATE PEOPLES.
The Jewish historian Josephus, writing nearly one hundred years after Christ, knew that the ten Israelite tribes were not "lost." He said these ". . . tribes are beyond the river Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude, not to be estimated by numbers" (Antiquities of the Jews, Book XI, Chapter 5, Section 2). He stated that the Israelites remained "beyond the Euphrates" east of Jerusalem, not west in Britain or the Americas as British Israelism argues. Also, we have much extrabiblical evidence of an ongoing Jewish presence in the region of Babylon. COMMENT: THE FACT THAT THE TEN TRIBES WERE “BEYOND THE EUPHRATES” RIVER SHOWS THAT THEY WERE NOT ALL REGATHERED AND REUNITED IN PALESTINE! YET OUR CRITIC COMPLETELY MISSES THIS VERY IMPORTANT POINT. FURTHER, “BEYOND THE EUPHRATES” WOULD HAVE MEANT TO THE NORTH BEYOND THE HEADWATERS OF THE EUPHRATES, AS THE PROPHET JEREMIAH SAYS, “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD.” (Jer 3:12)
As late as AD 1835, a medical missionary, Dr. Asahel Grant, placed the ten tribes in the region of Assyria and Media or modern-day Iraq and Iran. In very recent times (after the Islamic revolution in Iran), the Ayatollah Khomeini expelled hundreds of Persian Jews, who resettled in America. COMMENT: PROOF THAT CHRIST WAS RIGHT IN CALLING THE TEN TRIBES OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL “LOST” IS THAT INDIVIDUALS WERE SCATTERED IN ALL DIRECTIONS. NOTICE THAT OUR CRITIC HAS NO PROBLEM ACCEPTING AS FACT ANY AUTHOR’S STATEMENT THAT ISRAELITES WERE SCATTERED TO THE EAST, YET IS ADAMANT THAT NO ISRAELITES MIGRATED WEST. WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE SAY? “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.” (Zech 8:7-8) “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west.” (Isa 43:5) “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.” (Psa. 107:2-3) See also Matthew 8:11 and Luke 13:29 in the New Testament. ISRAEL INDEED WAS SCATTERED NORTH AND WEST AS WELL AS EAST, YET OUR CRITIC SAYS “THE ISRAELITES REMAINED…EAST…NOT WEST.” THIS IS A KEY POINT AND CENTRAL TO THEIR ERROR. IF YOU UNDERSTAND NOTHING ELSE HERE, REMEMBER THAT SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT THE ISRAEL TRIBES MIGRATED TO THE NORTH AND WEST AS WELL AS EAST. (See also Isa. 11:14; 49:12; 59:19) IF SO, WHAT IS NORTH AND WEST OF PALESTINE? IF WE BELIEVE SCRIPTURE, THEN A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF ISRAEL TRAVELLED TO EUROPE IN THE NORTH AND WEST BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE ASSYRIAN AND BABYLONIAN CONQUESTS.
Where Are the Tribes of Israel Now?
God's Word answers this question so clearly that no one should go astray. God declared through Moses that Israel would be plucked from the Promised Land and scattered to the ends of the earth (Deut. 28:63-64). COMMENT: OUR CRITIC SEEMS HOWEVER TO THINK THAT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH DO NOT INCLUDE THE WEST AND EUROPE!With the Assyrian-Babylonian captivities, God fulfilled this word, and did so again after Rome took Jerusalem in AD 70. But despite unbelievable persecution and tribulation, a remnant of Israel has always survived with their Jewish identity intact. COMMENT: YES, WE AGREE, A REMNANT OF 1% (see above) OF ISRAEL HAS SURVIVED WITH THEIR JEWISH IDENTITY INTACT. NO DISAGREEMENT ON THE REMNANT, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 99%? WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM? UNDER THE UNCONDITIONAL ABRAHAMIC COVENANT, ISRAEL WAS TO BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, THE DUST OF THE EARTH, AND THE STARS OF HEAVEN! (Gen. 13:16; 15:5; 22:16-18; 28:14; 32:12, etc.) ISAAC’S WIFE, REBEKAH, WAS PROMISED TO BE “THE MOTHER OF THOUSANDS OF MILLIONS.” (Gen. 24:60) THE DESCENDANTS OF ISHMAEL (THE ARABS) NUMBER OVER 400 MILLION, OR ALMOST 30 TIMES THE NUMBER OF JEWS IN THE WORLD TODAY! YET ISHMAEL WAS NOT PROMISED A MULTITUDINOUS SEED, ONLY ISRAEL WAS, SO WHAT HAPPENED? THE USUAL DISPENSATIONALIST ARGUMENT IS THAT THE JEWS WOULD HAVE HAD GREAT NUMBERS EXCEPT FOR PERSECUTION; AS IF MAN COULD OVERRULE GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL COVENANT! THE TRUTH IS THAT ISRAEL IN ITS TWO BRANCHES DID INDEED BECOME A GREAT MULTITUDE IN THE EARTH, AND IS NOW FURTHER AUGMENTED BY A SPIRITUAL ISRAEL CALLED OUT OF ALL NATIONS IN FAITH. INTERESTINGLY, DUE TO CHRISTIAN CONVERSION AND OTHER FACTORS, THE JEWISH POPULATION OF THE WORLD IS DECLINING TODAY AT A RAPID RATE, ACCORDING TO STUDIES OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS; IF THE JEWS ARE ALL OF ISRAEL IN THE WORLD TODAY, THEN THIS IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE PROMISE IN THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT. WE BELIEVE IN THE TRUTH OF THE SCRIPTURES. DISPENSATIONALIST FRIENDS, YOU ARE MISSING THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF ISRAEL IN YOUR PROPHETIC UNDERSTANDING.
God said He would return Israel to their land (Deut. 30:1-5), and now He has done so. With the reestablishment of Israel in 1948, we saw an amazing fulfillment of prophecy. How many other nations have been conquered and scattered, only to reoccupy their ancient territory and gain statehood thousands of years later? Who, witnessing Hitler's madness during World War II, would imagine the Jews could survive and reestablish themselves in the Holy Land? But as was divinely foretold, Israel would endure and become one nation (Ezek. 36:24; 37: 16-22; Jer. 23:8; 31:1ff). COMMENT: WE NEED TO POINT OUT HERE THAT DISPENSATIONALISTS LIKE TO JUMP BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN UNDERSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PROPHECIES AS LITERAL OR SPIRITUAL, WITH NO CONSISTENCY. ISRAEL WAS ONLY LOST SPIRITUALLY, THEY INSIST, YET THEIR RETURN WAS LITERAL, NOT SPIRITUAL! HMMM!!! READER, UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR HANDLING OF THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES IS FULL OF ILLOGIC, ERROR AND CONTRADICTION. WE WOULD SAY FURTHER THAT GOD OPERATES IN BOTH DIMENSIONS, THE PHYSICAL AND THE SPIRITUAL, NOT JUST ONE OR THE OTHER. LOOK AT THE PROPHECIES AND SEE IN THEM BOTH THE LITERAL AND THE SPIRITUAL MEANING AND FULFILLMENT.
How Un-Jewish Those British Are!
Even with all their wonderful and endearing qualities, the British do not act like Jews-lost or otherwise. Beloved, look at the evidence. COMMENT: REALLY NOW, WHAT DO JEWS “ALL” ACT LIKE? THIS IS NONSENSE! THEY ACT LIKE HUMAN BEINGS, LIKE THE REST OF US, OF COURSE! SINCE WHEN DO ALL JEWS ACT ALIKE?
Historically, the Anglo-Saxon peoples are an uncircumcised race which, according to Genesis 17:14, excludes them from any national blessing promised to Abraham. COMMENT: DISPENSATIONALISTS HAVE NO REAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEW COVENANT AND THE CHANGES IT WROUGHT. UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED. THE NEW JERUSALEM REPLACED THE OLD JERUSALEM (HEB. 13:14), THE MOSAIC LAW IS NOT “ABOLISHED” AS SOME TEACH, BUT IS “SPIRITUAL” AND INTERNALIZED, WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS. (ROM. 7:14; HEB. 8:8-11), THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT IN ABEYANCE, NOR ARE WE IN AN “INTERREGNUM” OR NO-KINGDOM PERIOD AS THEY FALSELY TEACH; IT IS A SPIRITUAL KINGDOM IN EXISTENCE NOW. (Col. 1:13; Heb. 12:22; Mat. 12:28; Luke 17:21, etc.) SCRIPTURE CLEARLY STATES THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD WAS ESTABLISHED ON MOUNT SINAI (Ex. 19:6) AND IS EVERLASTING. (Dan. 4:3, 34-35)
THE APOSTLE PAUL ALSO SAYS, “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Rom 2:29) DISPENSATIONALISTS TOTALLY REJECT THIS TEACHING OF THE APOSTLE; THEY NEITHER ACCEPT THAT THE TRUE JEW-ISRAELITES ARE CHRISTIAN TODAY, NOR THAT CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART WAS PROMISED FOR ISRAEL UNDER THE OLD COVENANT SIGN OF PHYSICAL CIRCUMCISION. FRIEND, THE NEW COVENANT IS NOT THE OLD COVENANT WITH JESUS TACKED ON! THE OLD COVENANT HAS BEEN CHANGED INTO THE NEW COVENANT AND IS NO LONGER IN EXISTENCE AT ALL: “THE OLD HAS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME!” (2 Cor. 5:17, lit.) IF YOU BELIEVE PAUL, YOU MUST REJECT MODERNIST DISPENSATIONALIST THEOLOGY.
English are a mixed race descending from many peoples: Angles, Saxons,
Picts, Germanic tribes, and many others. Numbers 23:9 tells us that
Israel is "a people who dwell apart," meaning they maintain
racial purity. Jews have always frowned upon intermarriage with other
peoples, viewing this as a form of racial adultery and betrayal. COMMENT:
THIS STATEMENT IS PURE IGNORANCE! STUDIES SHOW THAT OVER 50% OF JEWS
MARRY OUTSIDE OF THE JEWISH SECT. IN FACT, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS
A PURE RACE, JEWISH OR OTHERWISE -- THIS IS RACIST NONSENSE. WERE THE
ISRAELITES A PURE RACE? THE MOTHER OF THE PATRIARCHS EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH
WAS AN EGYPTIAN! (See Genesis 41:45, 50; 46:20) THE LEADING JEWISH
SCHOLAR ON THIS SUBJECT IS DR. PAUL WEXLER, DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS,
TEL-AVIV UNIVERSITY. HIS TWO RECENT BOOKS DEBUNK RACIST MYTHOLOGY CONCERNING
THE JEWS: “THE ASHKENAZIC JEWS: A SLAVO-TURKIC PEOPLE IN SEARCH OF
A JEWISH IDENTITY,” (Slavica Publishers, 1993) AND “THE NON-JEWISH
ORIGINS OF THE SEPHARDIC JEWS.” (State University of New York Press,
1996) HIS BOOKS WERE FAVORABLY REVIEWED IN LEADING JEWISH JOURNALS,
ARE WELL-RESEARCHED, AND HEAVILY DOCUMENTED. WE HAVE REVIEWED BOTH
BOOKS OURSELVES. THEY PROVE THAT THE ASHKENAZIC AND SEPHARDIC BRANCHES
OF JEWRY ARE HEAVILY MIXED WITH NON-HEBREW PEOPLES. WE AGREE THAT DESCENDANTS
OF THE TRIBES OF JUDAH AND BENJAMIN ARE FOUND WITHIN THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
BUT AS A WHOLE, JEWS ARE A RELIGIOUS CULTURE-GROUP, NOT A PURE RACE.
THEY ARE IN NEED OF SALVATION ONLY THROUGH YESHUA THE CHRIST, NOT THROUGH
RELIANCE ON A SUPPOSED PURE RACE PEDIGREE!
INSTEAD, LEADING JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SUGGESTS THAT MANY JEWS IN
THE WORLD TODAY MAY HAVE NO RACIAL HEBREW ANCESTRY AT ALL.
INSTEAD, LEADING JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SUGGESTS THAT MANY JEWS IN THE WORLD TODAY MAY HAVE NO RACIAL HEBREW ANCESTRY AT ALL.
IMPORTANT: JUDAISM NEVER TEACHES EITHER THAT JEWS ARE A PURE RACE OR THAT PEOPLE MUST PROVE PHYSICAL DESCENT FROM ABRAHAM TO BE JEWISH. INSTEAD, THEY HAVE WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED A “SPIRITUAL ISRAEL” VIEW THAT BY ACCEPTING THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM A PERSON SPIRITUALLY BECOMES A CHILD OF ABRAHAM. (See the Encyclopedia of Myth and Magic, article: Lost Ten Tribes) THE NEW TESTAMENT REJECTS THIS AS SEEN IN THE APOSTLE PAUL'S STATEMENTS THAT A NEW COVENANT ISRAELITE IS ONE WHO HAS THE FAITH OF CHRIST, THE SEED OF ABRAHAM. (Rom. 2:28-29; Gal. 3:7, 16, 29)
Wherever the Children of Israel dwelt, they were to keep (and whenever possible, did keep) the Sabbath Day holy (Ex. 31:16-17). Have the British ever kept the seventh-day Sabbath? COMMENT: ISRAEL WAS COMMANDED TO KEEP THE LAW, BUT THEY INSTEAD BROKE IT, LIVED AND WORSHIPPED LIKE THE HEATHEN, AND WERE REMOVED FROM PALESTINE FOR THIS REASON IN PUNISHMENT BY GOD. THEY WERE NOT A GODLY SABBATH OR LAW-KEEPING PEOPLE WHEN THEY WENT INTO CAPTIVITY IN THE FIFTH THROUGH EIGHTH CENTURIES, B.C., OR THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN PUNISHED AND DISPERSED! (Hosea 9:15-17, etc.)
The Jews were to abide ". . . many days without a king and without a prince, . . ." (Hosea 3:4). This can be said of the Jews, especially after AD 70-but certainly never of the British, many of whom pride themselves on their royal family! COMMENT: THE TEN LOST TRIBES TRAVELLED ON THEIR WAY WESTWARD OVER MANY CENTURIES AS MANY SEPARATE TRIBES WITHOUT A COMMON KING OR PRINCE OVER THEM. THE PROPHET HOSEA PREACHED DURING THE REIGN OF JEROBOAM II IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 8TH CENTURY, B.C., AND SCRIPTURE STATES THAT HOSEA’S PROPHECIES WERE CONCERNING THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL (Hosea 1:4, 6, etc.), NOT THE JEWS.
The Jews were commanded to keep the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. Have the British, as a nation, ever observed the Passover? COMMENT: ABSOLUTELY THEY HAVE, INDIVIDUALLY THROUGH BELIEF IN CHRIST WHO IS OUR PASSOVER. (I Cor. 5:7) THE OLD COVENANT RITUALS CAME TO THEIR FULNESS IN CHRIST. (Matt. 5:17) THEY WERE TYPES AND SHADOWS POINTING TO CHRIST AND CHANGED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT. THE DISPENSATIONALIST’S INCORRECT VIEW THAT THE OLD COVENANT RITUALS CONTINUE IN FORCE TODAY (AND THAT JEWS WILL PERFORM THE BLOOD RITUALS DURING THE MILLENNIUM!) IS IN TOTAL IGNORANCE OF THE TIMING, PURPOSE, AND EFFECTS OF THE NEW COVENANT. THE APOSTLE PAUL CLEARLY SAYS THAT NOW, “CIRCUMCISION IS THAT OF THE HEART.” (Rom. 2:29) EVEN DURING OLD COVENANT TIMES, THE HEBREWS DISOBEYED THE LAW AND RITUALS. FOR INSTANCE, SCHOLARS BELIEVE THAT THE YEAR OF JUBILEE IN THE LAW (Lev. 25) MAY NEVER HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY KEPT AT ALL. YET THEY WERE STILL ISRAELITES!
Many promises made to Israel are connected with restoration to their own land from the lands of dispersion (Ezek. 36:24-28). How can these promises possibly apply to the British? COMMENT: BRITISH-ISRAEL TEACHING HAS ALWAYS SPOKEN OF A REPRESENTATIVE RETURN ONLY. THIS LITERAL FULFILLMENT OCCURRED IN 1917 WHEN BRITAIN GAINED CONTROL OF THE HOLY LAND. EVEN DISPENSATIONALISTS DO NOT FORSEE THE RETURN OF EVERY JEW IN THE WORLD TO PALESTINE; THEY ALSO MAKE THIS REPRESENTATIVE (AS OUR CRITIC HIMSELF HAS IN AN ABOVE PARAGRAPH!) HOWEVER, THE PARALLEL SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT WAS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, AS EZEKIEL SAYS IN THE VERSES GIVEN: “I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART AND PUT A NEW SPIRIT WITHIN YOU…” (36:26) WE CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW OUR CRITICS CAN QUOTE THIS PASSAGE AND NOT SEE ANY SPIRITUAL MEANING! IF WORDS MEAN ANYTHING, THIS PROPHECY WAS IN FACT PRIMARILY SPIRITUAL. WHO THEREFORE WAS IT FULFILLED IN? WHAT PEOPLE WERE GIVEN THIS “NEW SPIRIT” ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST AND AFTER, BECOMING KNOWN AS CHRISTENDOM, OR CHRIST’S KINGDOM ON EARTH?
FURTHER, THE PASSAGE OUR CRITIC GIVES US SPEAKS (36:16-38) OF THE JOINING OF THE TWO STICKS OF JUDAH AND ISRAEL, AND SPECIFICALLY CONNECTS IT WITH THE NEW COVENANT AND THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. NOTE THIS: THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH ARE REUNITED THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST, AS WE QUOTED ABOVE. UNTIL THE JEWS COME TO FAITH IN CHRIST, THE TWO HOUSES ARE NOT REUNITED! (AS CHRIST ALSO SAYS IN JOHN 11:51-52) READER, PLEASE NOTE THE BLINDNESS OF OUR CRITICS ON THESE POINTS! HOW COULD THE TWO HOUSES HAVE BEEN REUNITED IN ANCIENT TIMES WITHOUT HAVING THE NEW HEART AND NEW SPIRIT REQUIRED BY THE PROPHECY? WOULD SOMEONE AMONG THE DISPENSATIONALIST CROWD PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW THEY CAN JUSTIFY SUCH FALSEHOOD?!!
Both the Bible and history make it clear that the Anglo-Saxons and the Israelites are completely different peoples, whose different customs, legends, living patterns, and names reveal separate origins. It does no good to confuse the issue with the racial-transference ideas that British Israelism (and Mormonism) propose. These doctrines distort Scripture and history, and tend to stimulate racism-often against Jews. COMMENT: ARE WE TO REJECT TRUTH BECAUSE SOME MISUSE IT? THIS TRUTH, WHEN BIBLICALLY TAUGHT, UNITES THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL (EPHRAIM AND JUDAH). THE REAL DIVISION COMES FROM THE DISPENSATIONALIST TEACHING OF “DUAL COVENANT THEOLOGY” WHICH SAYS THAT JEWS AND CHRISTIANS WILL NEVER BE UNITED, AND THAT JEWS ARE SAVED RACIALLY WITHOUT FAITH IN CHRIST. OUR CRITICS RACIAL PURITY TEACHING IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE FALSE SALVATION THEOLOGY THAT PEOPLE CAN BE SAVED BY RACE INSTEAD OF BY GRACE.
Such theories are devilish distractions designed to divert our attention from the most important issue in this dispensation; namely, that each person's eternal destiny depends not on racial descent or nationality, but only on being "in Christ." Paul tells us in Galatians 3:28 that there are only two significant classes of people: believers (the saved) and unbelievers (the unsaved). All other distinctions are unimportant to God insofar as salvation is concerned. COMMENT: WE WISH OUR DISPENSATIONALIST FRIENDS TRULY BELIEVED THIS STATEMENT. WE DO! SALVATION IS NOT BY RACE, BUT BY FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE FOR JEW AND GENTILE ALIKE. INSTEAD, DISPENSATIONALISTS DO NOT PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH. READ AGAIN WHAT WE SAID ABOVE ABOUT THEIR “DUAL COVENANT THEOLOGY.” QUESTION: IF RACIAL DESCENT OR NATIONALITY IS NOT IMPORTANT, WHY IS THE “PURE JEWISH RACE” SO CENTRAL, INDEED CRUCIAL, TO THEIR TEACHING?
Nonetheless, the New Testament distinguishes the Jews from other unbelievers (1 Cor. 10:32) in order to emphasize that God has not forgotten His unique relationship with the Jews-nor indeed can He. God still loves the Jews and has a special plan for them (Isa. 49: 14-16). COMMENT: THIS SAME CHAPTER OF ISAIAH ALSO TELLS US THAT ISRAEL WOULD TAKE THE GOSPEL (“WORD OF THE LORD”) TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH! (49:6) WHO IS THE ISRAEL THAT HAS DONE IT? THIS WAS THE REASON FOR THEIR “UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP” -- GOD WOULD USE THEM AS HIS SERVANT PEOPLE. AGAIN, WHAT PEOPLE HAS THIS BEEN FULFILLED IN?
Let us follow God's leading and not try to rob Israel of her God-given privileges. It is unscriptural and simply wrong to take the promises that God gave to Israel and apply them to other people. The Bible assures us that God will fulfill every vow He made to the Jews: ". . . the gifts and calling of God are without repentance" (Rom. 11:29). COMMENT: THIS IS TRUE! BUT, ARE OUR CRITICS THE ONES GIVING THE PROMISES SPECIFICALLY TO THE “HOUSE OF ISRAEL” TO OTHER PEOPLE?
God told Abraham, ". . . I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:3). This promise to Abraham, and to the chosen descendants through Jacob, has never been repealed. Indeed, God's vow has been fulfilled in history so many times that, if men were logical, self-interest alone would spur everyone to bless the Jews-and anti-Semitism would have disappeared entirely! COMMENT: IT IS INTERESTING HOW THIS CRITIC SAYS THAT, “THIS PROMISE TO ABRAHAM… HAS NEVER BEEN REPEALED.” HOW ABOUT THE OTHER PROMISES? WILL HE INFORM US IF HE THINKS ANY OTHER OF ABRAHAM’S UNCONDITIONAL PROMISES HAS BEEN REPEALED? WE BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN FULFILLED! FOR EXAMPLE, ISRAEL WAS TO BE “MANY NATIONS,” “A COMPANY OF NATIONS.” (Gen. 35:11; 17:5) HOW WAS THAT FULFILLED? OUR CRITICS ARE VERY SELECTIVE ON QUOTING THE PROMISES TO ABRAHAM; OFTEN, LIKE THIS AUTHOR, IGNORING MOST OF THEM. WHY? BECAUSE PROPHECIES THAT WERE SPECIFICALLY GIVEN TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL WERE NOT FULFILLED IN THE HOUSE OF JUDAH. WE HAVE FOUND DISPENSATIONALISTS THROUGH THE YEARS THAT BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THE ABRAHAMIC PROMISES WERE ANNULLED BECAUSE OF ISRAEL’S SIN, OR PUT ON HOLD BECAUSE OF THE JEWS REJECTION OF CHRIST. THIS IS AN UNSCRIPTURAL POSITION. REMEMBER THAT THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT WAS UNCONDITIONAL; IT WAS BASED UPON ABRAHAM’S PRIOR FAITH AND OBEDIENCE AND WOULD BE 100% FULFILLED IN ALL OF ITS PROMISES REGARDLESS OF ISRAEL’S SIN OR DISOBEDIENCE. (See our study, "The Abrahamic Covenant"
Both Jew haters and Jew baiters may continue to curse Israel. Regardless of how our efforts are received, we can rest in the knowledge that God's Word shall not return void; it shall not return without accomplishing what God desires and without succeeding in the matter for which it was sent (Isa. 55:11). AMEN!!!
The ten tribes are only "lost" in that they have never been born again. They are spiritually lost, not physically. COMMENT: YET THEY CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL PHYSICALLY RETURNED IN 1948. HOW COULD ISRAEL PHYSICALLY RETURN FROM BEING SPIRITUALLY LOST? WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE OUR CRITICS GIVE US AN ANSWER! READ AGAIN OUR COMMENTS ABOUT OUR CRITICS CONFUSION ON THE LITERAL VERSUS SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY.
Won't you try to tell a Jew about Jesus today and help them to be "found?" COMMENT: YES, WE ARE DOING THAT, AND INFORMING THEM THAT ALL HAVE SINNED AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. (Rom. 3:23; 5:12) WITHOUT CHRIST, THERE IS NO HOPE FOR JEW OR GENTILE ALIKE. MAY THE TWO STICKS OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH COME TOGETHER THROUGH FAITH IN YESHUA (JESUS) THE CHRIST EXACTLY AS THE PROPHETS DECLARED! AMEN!!!