A British-Israel Primer
by Firth A. Hubbell, late chairman of CBIA-The Servant People
Our goal is to make ready a people prepared to receive the Lord Jesus Christ at His Coming to establish His Messianic Reign on earth. To do this we proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom and our duties and responsibilities as servants of the King.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance; this principle is contempt prior to examination. Please examine our Scriptural and Historical proofs!
A PRAYER FOR THE NATION
O Heavenly Father Who did set Thy Holy Name upon us, look with mercy and compassion upon Thy People and remember Thy Holy Covenant through which all the nations and families of the earth are to be blessed.
We pray Thee O Father, that Thou wouldst remove the veil of blindness that Thy People may see indeed and know that the things which we do and which are contrary to Thy Holy Word, are done at the prompting of the evil one. Forgive us O Lord, and open our eyes that under Thee, we may have a defence against the enemy who has sworn to cut us off from being a people that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
Pour out Thy Spirit upon us O Father that we may be purged of all iniquity and thus a people fit to do Thy Will.
These and all mercies we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and soon coming King.
THE BRITISH - ISRAEL - WORLD FEDERATION
What is it and what is the British - Israel Message which it proclaims?
The federation emphasizes God's plan for the restoration of this earth, which begins with the fall of man and ends with his ultimate restoration to God's blessing. This is the unifying theme which runs through the whole Bible and is the story of God's Will being translated into action through His Servant People, Israel, through His Son, Jesus Christ and, His Church.
The British - Israel - World Federation is not a denomination nor a sect. It has been in existence as a coordinated body since 1919. Prior to this time there were in existence numerous British-Israel associations and councils, and their branches, which had been formed during the previous century in the British Isles, Canada, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
From 1830 - 1900 many books, pamphlets and periodicals were published and lectures given on the subject in the British Isles by such men as John Wilson, E. W. Bird, Edward Hine, Rev. F. R. A. Glover, Rev. W. M. H. Milner, Rev. A. B. Grimaldi, Dr. George Moore and Professor Piazzi Smythe F. R. S.S., the Astronomer Royal of Scotland. In Canada and the USA the Rev. Dr. Joseph Wild, Dr. William Pascoe Goard, and Professor Totten of Yale University, were leading proponents.
In 1919 all British-Israel associations and councils united to form a world-wide federation with London as the centre. The H.R.H. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, became the chief patron of the new Federation until her death in 1981.
Early References to British-Israel Knowledge
Earlier reference to this teaching may be found. A few references are included here.
In "Le Triomphe de la Providence et de la Religion" by the learned scholar, Dr. Abbadie, and published in Amsterdam in 1723, is expressed the view that the Northern European tribes, from which the English derive, are the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.
In 1671 a pamphlet issued in Nether Dutch stated that the English-speaking people were Israel.
In the time of Cromwell (c. 1647) a political reform movement, called the Levellers, sought reforms which threatened the dictator's power. Both Everard and Winstanley, prominent Levellers, are mentioned in connection with the belief in the Israelitish origin of the Saxon and kindred peoples. Everard stated that "all the liberties of the people were lost by the coming of William the Conqueror and that ever since, the people of God had lived under tyranny and oppression worse than that of our forefathers under the Egyptians."
King James VI of Scotland became James I of England, and claimed that the Lord had made him King over ISRAEL, and upon the gold coin of his day, called the Jacobus, he had inscribed in Latin the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:22, "I will make of them one nation."
In 1590 Leloyer, a French Magistrate, issued a volume entitled "The Lost Ten Tribes Found" stating that they formed the then English peoples. ("Petite Parisien" June 24th, 1913)
Queen Elizabeth I was known as the "Light of Israel" and Sir Francis Drake in a letter to John Fox asked for prayers "that we might have continual peace in Israel."
Vincenzio Galilei, father of the famous astronomer, in writing about the origin of the harp in Ireland mentions in 1581 the native Irish tradition that they had descended from the Royal Prophet David.
The 33rd Law of King Alfred the Great in the ninth century reads, "Vex thou not comers from afar and strangers, for remember, ye were once strangers in Egypt."
Dr. Moses Margouliouth, a Jewish scholar of the 19th Century, in his History of the Jews said, "It may not be out of place to state that the Isles afar off mentioned in the 31st chapter of Jeremiah were supposed by the ancients to be Britannia, Scotia and Hibernia."
An interesting modern reference is to be found in the declaration of principles given in the United Israel Bulletin, a non-Christian, Jewish publication of April 1951 -- "We believe that the Ten Tribes of Israel exist within the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic-Scandinavian-American people and that they in fact constitute them and that they are Hebrews in the same sense that Judah, Benjamin and Levi with the Jewish people are Israelites."
The British - Israel Movement seeks to reinstate the whole Bible as the authoritative guide, the one true light, for the individual, the nation and the world. We protest against Modernism, which destroys confidence in the Bible as the Word of God, making it of no authority to those outside the Church.
We believe the basic tenets of the Christian Faith, including the Virgin Birth, Resurrection and Physical Return of The Lord Jesus Christ.
That the Old and New Testaments as written in the original languages are the Divinely Inspired recorded Word of God which together contain God's Plan for the restoration of this world and the final overthrow of Evil. ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:21, Heb.2:14).
The profound truth of the Bible's history and prophecy (history divinely foretold), the knowledge of which is vital to a full understanding of modern world events.
That Jesus Christ came to earth born of a virgin as the Only Begotten Son of God, and sacrificed His Blood for the sins of the world. (Col. 2:9, John 1:14, Isa. 9:6, Luke 1:35, Heb. 1: 1-3).
That He rose again thus securing the Redemption of Israel and the Salvation of all who believe in His Deity and Sacrifice; and that personal salvation is through faith in the atonement made by Him and is necessary for all. (Matt. 1:21, Luke 1:68, Mark 16:19, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, John 3:14-18, Romans 5:10-11, Romans 3:23-26).
We believe in the personal physical return of Our Lord, Jesus Christ; when the believing dead will be resurrected and, together with the living believers, will be caught up to meet Him in the air on His return to earth. (Acts 1:11, 1 Thess. 4:13-17, 1 Cor. 15:51-52).
We believe in the Holy Spirit and His mission. (John 14:16-17, 26, John 16:7-11).
That the Israel peoples, descendants of the twelve sons of Jacob, were chosen of God to be His witnesses and a servant nation, through whom His Plan is being executed and that God's covenants and promises to Israel are being progressively fulfilled in these peoples. (Isa. 43:10-11, Ezek. 36:21-28).
That following the reign of King Solomon the whole nation or Kingdom of Israel was divided into two separate nations, the one called Judah, the other called Israel. That "Judah" and "Israel" are NOT interchangeable terms and that the southern two-tribed "House of Judah" and the northern ten-tribed "House of Israel" each has its own separate history and prophecy. (Ezek. 37, Zech. 11:14, Psa. 114:1-2, 1 Kings 12:16, 20 & 24).
That the British and kindred peoples are the descendants of the ancient Israel people who were lost to secular history after their captivities by Assyria and Babylonia and that modern Jewry contains only one section of Hebraic Israelites. (2 Sam. 7:10, Isa. 49:1-3, Matt. 21:43).
We believe in the continuing existence of the ancient Throne of David established by God in perpetuity, and in the lineal descent of the Royal House of Britain from the House of David. (2 Sam. 7:14-16, Psa. 89:3-4, Jer. 33:17)
That the time is drawing near when the Kingdom of God will be fully restored on this Earth.
That we are living at the "Time of the End" and that Britain has lost much of her wealth and power in fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel Ch. 12, that Israel's power at this time would be scattered.
That this will lead to Israel's repentance and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to take the Throne of His father David and rule over the House of Jacob forever. (Ezek. 36: 31, Joel 2: 12-19, Luke 1: 33
That following His return He will judge the Israel nations and rule over the Earth. (Jude 14-15, Matt. 25: 31-34, Luke 1: 31-33, Zech. 14: 9, Isa. 54: 5).
What Good is the Knowledge of our connection with Israel?
We are often met with the question "What does it matter if we are Israel?" as a reaction to our teaching. Frequently the questioner is quite sure of his own salvation through Jesus Christ and feels that, having this assurance, there is no need for anything further.
The Bible contains God's declared purpose in Israel, the accomplishment of which is vital to the regeneration of the world and the destruction of evil. British - Israel teaching demonstrates that God has not "made a mistake" or "changed His mind" as many would have us believe, but that His purpose is gradually but surely unfolding in accordance with Bible prophecy. This proves without a doubt, not only that God exists, but that He is faithful in keeping His promises which He swore on oath to Abraham. (Gen. 22:16-18, Heb. 6:13-20).
This knowledge brings a certain and glorious hope to a world facing
despair and annihilation.
The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 -7) is an exposition and explanation of the principals that will apply in the Kingdom of God on Earth. Jesus Christ Himself told us that to pray for:-
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven...For
thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
(Matt. 6:10, 13)
It has been Israel's special service to lead the nations in world affairs,
national and spiritual, and by spreading the Gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ, to acquaint individuals with a knowledge of Salvation through
faith in Him and of God's plan for World Government which will bring
all races throughout the world under His just and merciful rule.
It is obvious that Celto-Saxon-Israel must be cleansed of her many failings and moral backslidings before she will be fit to carry out God's purposes in His Kingdom. But that is what God, through His prophets, has promised to do. In Ezekiel 36: 25-29 and Jer. 31: 31-37 we read of the future restoration of Israel when God, in fulfillment of His promise of a New Covenant, will put His Spirit into the hearts of His People. The Divine principles in His laws, statutes and judgments will be instilled in His people in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount, and His promised blessings of peace and plenty will follow.
The Reformed Christian Faith, since the reign of Elizabeth I, began this restoration.
We believe that the Israel peoples are at present being deprived of their material possessions and prosperity as a necessary prerequisite to their repentance, their national call for God's help and a re-awakening to their roots and their destiny. This is the period called in Scripture the "time of Jacob's trouble." (Jer. 30: 7-9)
The coming fullness of the Kingdom of God under the rulership of Jesus Christ is the ONLY politico-economic system which will bring freedom from want and freedom from fear to a world facing anarchy, chaos and destruction.
THE BIBLE, OUR AUTHORITY - ITS AUTHENTICITY
Contrary to the general, sophisticated view of today, The Faith as revealed by the Bible consists of more than a shallow acceptance of a few religious phrases. The Bible is an awe-inspiring revelation transmitted to men from the Mind of the Most High God. It presents a multitude of facets, marvelously linked together. We are not at liberty to accept some and reject others. It is indeed all or nothing; hence the stern command of the Risen Lord neither to add to, nor take from; God's Word.
The Bible's authenticity as the inspired, recorded Word of God is guaranteed by the volume of evidence available, both from within itself and from secular sources.
The Bible Itself: Fulfilled Prophecy
The Bible's unique claim to be from beginning to end a record of God's Word (2 Tim. 3: 16-17) is attested by fulfilled prophecy, which forms a large proportion of its writings. Its predictions cover a period of about four thousand years and most of these have already been fulfilled. Examples include the fall and destruction of Babylon (Isa. 45: 1 and Isa. 13: 19-22), the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Lev. 26: 27-43, Luke 19: 43 & 44), the freeing of Jerusalem in 1917 (Isa. 31: 5) and, most important of all, the birth and life of Jesus Christ, the fact and manner of His death, and His resurrection. (Isa. 7:14 & 9: 6, Micah 5: 2, Isa. 53: 3-6, Zech. 11: 12-13, Psa. 22: 16-18, Zech. 12: 10, Psa. 69: 21, Psa. 34: 20, Isa. 53: 9, Psa. 16: 10, etc.)
The Bible contains scientific knowledge thought to have been discovered only in the last few hundred years, e.g., the existence of radio waves (Job 38: 35), the fact that the earth is a globe which turns on its axis in space (Job 38: 14, Isa. 40: 22, Job 26: 7), and many others.
The remarkable numerical patterns which occur in the language structure of the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Old and New Testaments have been ably demonstrated by the work of Ivan Panin. This phenomenon is present in all the books of the Bible despite the fact that they were written in different languages by many different writers over a period of about 1600 years. This is a mathematical confirmation of the verbal inspiration of the Bible record.
Sceptics frequently dismiss the Old Testament as a collection of myths, but these writings were the only Scriptures in Our Lord's time and were guaranteed by Him as authentic. He quoted extensively from them. (John 5: 39, Luke 24: 27)
Archaeological research is constantly bringing to light finds which confirm the historical accuracy of Biblical events and places previously rejected by so-called authorities as fiction. Conversely, there have been no cases of such finds contradicting Bible statements.
Recent discoveries of early but previously unknown manuscripts from the first centuries of the Christian era testify to the accuracy of the New Testament text. It has been said that the Sacred Writings were so extensively quoted in the early Christian centuries that they could be restored almost in their entirety from these sources.
Modern historical research into secular writings of early times, including the early history of ethnic groups, has confirmed and often added background to the basic story as recorded in the Bible.
ISRAEL IN THE BIBLE
The Bible sets forth the Plan of God for this world. For the implementation of His Plan, God chose one man, Abraham; and one section of his descendants, the People of Israel,
Israel were to act as His Witnesses and Servant people and as the vehicle by which God's Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, upon Whom the whole plan of God depended, would be born into the world.
Because God's promises to the Israel people were sworn on oath they must be kept, and the Bible testifies to God's faithfulness in its account of Israel's continuing part in God's purpose despite their frequent disobedience, idolatry and wickedness throughout the years.
By a covenant made c. 1927 B.C., God established the seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob as the medium of divine blessing to all the families of the earth. Thus covenanted, Jacob and his family, seventy in number journeyed to Egypt where they subsequently endured a period of bondage. Eventually, however, the Israel people, greatly increased in number and grouped into twelve tribes, escaped from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. At Mt. Sinai they were organized as God's kingdom nation and the Law of God was given to them. God established Himself as King of this nation forever. Israel thus became His Kingdom on earth, consisting of the nation (Israel), the King (Jehovah) and the Law of God.
After 40 years in the wilderness, Israel under Joshua became settled in Palestine, the land promised by God to Abraham. In 975 B.C. the twelve tribe nation, in accordance with God's stated purpose, was separated into two independent kingdoms (1 Kings 11: 11 & 12: 24). These two kingdoms became known as the House or Kingdom of Israel, consisting of ten tribes, and the House or Kingdom of Judah, consisting of two tribes. Each of these kingdoms persistently worshipped false gods and disobeyed God's laws and commandments. After many warnings of divine punishment, both were eventually invaded and deported. The House of Israel, together with a large section of Judah, were deported to Assyria during the years 732 - 676 B.C.; and the House of Judah was exiled to Babylon a century later between 604 and 587 B.C. These exile regions placed the two houses of Israel some 300 miles apart. From the times of the deportations the two Houses became separated and followed very different destinies. Because of their continual apostasy the whole of Israel had to endure the prophesied "Seven Times" of punishment which was to continue for 2,520 years. (7 x 360) (Lev. 26: 18)
However, God's plan was not dependent upon Israel's faithfulness but upon the faithfulness of God Himself. God's purpose would be maintained regardless of Israel's disobedience.
"Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified." (Isa. 49: 3). But Israel's own peace, happiness and prosperity depended upon their obedience and faithfulness to God. What a foolish people we have been down through the centuries, to turn away so frequently from our Divine Benefactor!
At the time of the Babylonian deportation all of the male heirs to the throne of David were killed. However, the Bible records in Jeremiah chapter 43 that the king's daughters were taken to Egypt by Jeremiah the Prophet. This wonderful story is told in the book, "The Tender Twig," by Francis Henking. It is through these daughters that the present Royal House of Britain may be traced back to David. This was in accordance with God's covenant with David.
"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. (Psa. 89: 3 & 4, 34-36; 2 Sam. 7: 16).
The Jewish People
After the defeat of Babylon by Cyrus the Persian, a remnant of the Judah captives in Babylonia were given permission to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. This began a multi-ethnic development of people who became known as 'Jews' into which Our Lord Jesus Christ was to be born and which, because of its rejection of Him, was defeated and scattered by the Romans from A.D. 70 to A.D. 135. At the same time both Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed as clearly foretold by Our Lord. (Luke 19: 44 & 21: 6).
By Our Lord's day this nation contained a large number of proselyte peoples, including the Idumeans who had been subjugated and incorporated into the nation in 120 B.C. by John Hyrcanus. For example, first century King Herod was half Idumean and half Judahite.
Ten Tribe Israel
The majority of the ten tribed House of Israel never returned to Palestine from Assyria. With the collapse of Assyrian power c. 625 B.C., subjugated peoples became free and many captive Israelites moved out of the area. Eventual movements of many of the numerous descendants of the ten tribe House of Israel can be traced, from secular sources, to the north-western parts of Europe.
In the "Isles of the west" a nation was once more to prosper under the Throne of David; and was established with a law based on the Law of God given at Sinai, which is the basis of our British Common Law. This fulfilled God's promise to Israel given in 2 Sam. 7: 10. It was to Israel in the Isles that Isaiah addressed his main prophetic message. (Isa. 49)
The great pivotal point of the Israel story is the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible records in detail not only His Ministry while on earth, but prophesies His eventual return in power and glory to take up the Throne of David from whence He will rule the earth in righteousness. (Luke 1:32)
By His Sacrifice on Calvary the Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty for
the sins of Israel as a people, thus reinstating them as God's servants.
From the days of the early Celtic Church, missionaries have gone forth
from the "Isles of the west," taking the Gospel of Eternal
Life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice to the
whole world in fulfillment of their prophetic mission. (Isa. 42:4; 49:6)
The British - Israel - World Federation was formed to coordinate the efforts of the various groups seeking to spread the message of God's faithfulness.
In addition to the Gospel message of personal Salvation through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, British- Israel teaching stresses God's Redemption of His People Israel, His promises and warnings to them and the many prophecies concerning them. This is the National Message of the Bible referred to as the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt. 24:14).
British-Israel teaching links Israel's history with the origin and development of the Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples in the British Isles and elsewhere, and calls attention to the marks and proofs of Israel's roots in the modern world.
It demonstrates the continuing existence of the ancient Throne of David, established by God in perpetuity, and the lineal descent of the Royal House of Britain from the House of David.
It seeks to call modern Israel to repentance and to alert them to their responsibility of obedience to God.
It seeks to warn the whole world of coming judgment and the soon return of Our Lord Jesus Christ as King of Kings.
It draws attention to the large volume of evidence, both within the Bible itself and from secular sources, which confirms the accuracy of its text and above all its divine inspiration.
Faith, when so amply supported by the solid evidence of God's ability to carry out His promises, becomes a vital and exciting experience entered into with complete trust and confidence in His Sovereignty. A living faith brings joy to the heart and soul. As believers, we not only have faith in God but, what is far more important; we know that we can implicitly rely on all that He has promised to perform.
Titanic forces are working in all spheres of human activity to break down and destroy the cohesive bonds and destiny of the nations of the Christian West, the modern House of Israel.
But there is a way out of this chaos. We can be assured that deliverance will come, if only our people will return to the God of their fathers -- the Lord God of Israel.
Let us then respond to the plea of the prophet Isaiah: "Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him." (Isa. 51:1-2)
Let us help make ready a people prepared to receive the Lord Jesus Christ at His Coming to His everlasting kingdom.
The Symbols of Our Celto-Saxon Heritage, W. H. Bennett
The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel, W.H. Bennett
Drama of the Lost Disciples, G. F. Jowett
The Origins and Empire of Ancient Israel, Steven M. Collins