ISRAEL IDENTIFIED THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES
This is a topic I rarely teach, for years I attempted to think it was not totally necessary to salvation but have finally ran into a wall. Learning this thoroughly has converted many to following Jesus Christ without second thought, so how could I not speak on it.
Some people do not think for a moment about the need to identify the children of Israel with the scriptures because there are more than enough people claiming to be the children of Israel.
We have the Jewish people who co-occupy the land now with the Arab-Palestinians, we have the Mormons or latter day saints, we have Gerald Flurry and the Key of David organization of whom came from Herbert Armstrong teaching of England and the United States being Ephraim and Manasseh.
With so many claims, we have to do like we do for all scripture that is inconclusive in discussion, and we’ll conclude it with scriptures. We are going to carefully identify and examine the nation of Israel picking apart their lineage and digging into the Scriptures to help us clearly understand, who they are, what has befallen them, and most importantly, WHY knowing who they are, is important to our salvation.
It is asked, “Why is it important to know who the true descendants of Israel are?” To answer that question, we can compare it to the equivalent of knowing where the well is in a dry desert. We must know where to go in order to obtain the water necessary to live, even the Water (Word of God) which gives us life eternal.
Let’s begin in the Book of Genesis. The bible states that Jacob, later named Israel, had twelve sons, one of which was named Joseph. After Joseph’s brethren sold him to the Ishmaelites, he wound up in Egypt by the hand of the Midianites as written in Genesis 37:28. After being falsely accused and sent to jail, he was sold into slavery.
Through all of this turmoil, Joseph rose to great power in Egypt; he was preserved by God and blessed by Him. Joseph taught the Egyptian senators great wisdom as noted in Psalm 105:17-22: “He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom”. “Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob; Ruben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them” Exodus 1:1-4,7 and Psalm 105:23-24. So we see while held as captives in Egypt, Israel increased to a great multitude. Joseph passed as an Egyptian, years later, Moses passed as an Egyptian and when look up ancient Egyptian Pharaoh’s like King Tut, we’ll see they are dark skinned people. The Greeks who first came to conquer the Egyptians called them “black” according to their appearance; and Moses passed as the grandson of a Pharaoh who was trying to kill the Hebrew babies. So now, we know the color but time can change a nation’s complexion possibly, so we want to identify Israel by pinpointing the specific conditions which have befallen them. When Moses let them out of Egypt, God met them and made a deal with them that if they obeyed Him, they would be blessed, and if they did not keep His commandments, they would be cursed. So we are going to look at what the Lord said and see if Israel fell under the blessings or the curses. Because these conditions solely isolate a particular group of people. Some of these conditions still identify Israel in these modern day times, therefore they are currently relative; while other conditions document Israel’s past and what they have suffered through historically. God promised Israel in Deuteronomy 28:15, that if they failed to obey Him, He would curse them and eventually have them removed from their land and scattered into every nation upon earth. Israel failed, and God kept His promise (Daniel 9 v9). We will point out a few of these conditions, otherwise known as curses, as written. (Although, PLEASE read ALL of Deuteronomy 28:15-68 on your own): 25 “The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.”- Notice it says: “REMOVED” into all the kingdoms of the earth; meaning Israel was carried off by force, against their will. They did not voluntarily relocate or migrate. w28 “The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:” – Israel is mad, or angry; they are upset at their condition. They are blind and astonished at heart not knowing the reason WHY they are in this state, and why they seem to almost always be treated unfairly in comparison to the other nations around them. 29 “And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.” 30 “Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.” 32 “Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand”. – Imagine having no power to save your sons and daughters from cruel enslavement. 33 “The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:” – Imagine working for free, not for hire, no wages for your tireless efforts. The fruit of your labor gets taken away, or eaten by others, whom you do not know. Israel would not and could not even enjoy the fruit of their hard labor. 37 “And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.”- These are the words to describe Israel wherever they go, or in whatever they seem to find themselves doing? 41 “Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.” 43 “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.” -To Israel, it seems like every other nationis on top and they are on the bottom only, both socially and economically. 44 “He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.”- Israel today, as a whole on average, is unable to loan money to anybody. They have tremendous difficulty economically. It’s hard enough for them to make ends meet paying their own bills; lending someone else money is virtually impossible. 46 “And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.” – These curses are a sign, which means they IDENTIFY or single out a particular group of people, namely the seed of Israel. These curses are also called a wonder, meaning people often ask: ‘why’ is Israel suffering so? 49 “The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;” 56 “The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,” – Take a look at the family unit of the poorer society of people in your country. Statistics show that children who grow up in broken homes, divided, single parents trying to raise children suffer greatly. In many cases, the WOMAN is considered the head of the household. She even becomes resentful toward her husband, and in some instances is conditioned to detest the Israelite man as opposed to loving and respecting him. 64 “And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.” – Israel has been forced to accept and serve false gods. Their forefathers did not celebrate or observe pagan ‘holi-days’ such as x-mas and Easter, nor did they worship God on ‘SUN’-day during Biblical times. These were traditions picked up many years later after being in captivity. 65 “And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:” 66 “And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:” – Look at the neighborhoods in which a lot of social and economically poor families live; poverty stricken and extremely violent. People don’t feel safe walking the streets at night, even their children are getting murdered everyday. 68 “And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.” The word ‘Egypt’ in the above verse represents SLAVERY. What people have been brought into the country you live in AGAINST their will and into slavery?
Question: After reading through these Scriptures, and identifying these curses that have been pronounced upon Israel, what group of people comes to mind? Think objectively, in your present country and really ponder about this! You probably know but find it to hard to believe they are God’s people. Then find another group of people this fits MORE than them.
It is important to note that ALL of these curses just mentioned, pin point through documented history, the nation that has succumbed to these conditions. The prayer of the prophet Daniel written in Daniel 9:11-12, concludes that Israel as a nation fell under these curses, and not the blessings as outlined in Deuteronomy 28:1-13. “But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law” Isaiah 42:22,24. Where does it state Israel will be hid? They are hid in prison houses. Again, think about the country you’re living in and run the statistics on who the majority are that make up the prison population? We mustn’t overlook where it states the REASON given why Israel has fallen destitute. They refused to obey the laws of God. Often times Israel will make excuses for their behavior because they are angry with the consequences of that behavior.
They blame others for their condition or circumstance, when in fact, if they had simply OBEYED the Word of the LORD; they would have been blessed above all nations of the earth. They would not have had to endure these harsh circumstances. Simply obey. Obviously that was too much of a task for Israel to handle. But that’s the simplicity of being a servant of the Most High. He doesn’t require much of us. What Israel must understand is that this sentence or punishment is between them and their God.
As rap artist, Jay-Z says in a recent song entitled: Empire State of Mind: “Welcome to the meltin’ pot, corners where we sellin’ rock…” Little does he know, before he talked about it in a hit song, the LORD prophesied this would happen to Israel by the mouth of Isaiah: “Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God” Isaiah 51:20. We see this mostly in the urban areas and communities, where the young men are full of fury and frustration and they do not know why. So, where is Israel as a nation NOW and what has happened to them? Beginning in 70 A.D., Israel was led away captive into all nations when Roman armies, led by General Titus, surrounded Jerusalem and seized the city, killing many. In Luke 19:41-44, Jesus foretold these events. ‘The following is an excerpt from Reader’s Digest The Atlas of the Bible, pg. 201-202: “In 68 A.D. the Roman commander launched a methodical campaign to isolate Jerusalem. The overthrow and suicide of the emperor Nero brought operations in Judea to a temporary halt as Vespasian prudently withdrew to test the imperial winds. Sailing for Rome in the spring of 70 A.D., he left his capable son, Titus, in charge of the campaign against Jerusalem. The walls enclosing the Temple and the upper and lower cities were the most formidable barrier of all. Postponing an all-out assault, Titus turned to starvation tactics. A certain amount of food had been smuggled into the city almost nightly during the siege. But now the Romans sealed off Jerusalem completely with a wall of their own, made of earth and some five miles in circumference. From the outset of the siege, those attempting to get through the encircling lines had been caught and crucified. Sometimes the daily executions reached 500; the crosses were never bare. Inside the city starvation and disease claimed a mounting toll. Bodies filled the streets and were stacked in houses. Thousands of corpses were thrown from the walls into valleys below.”’ This prophecy was also confirmed in Luke 21:20-24. After Israel was removed from their land, it was left as an empty house with no inhabitants. Any land which has been emptied of its native people can be claimed by anyone who has the power or permission to settle in and possess it. We can then conclude, that new group of people could adopt the culture, history, and even call themselves by the name of the people they have replaced. After many years and generations, that new group of people would be accepted by the rest of the world as being the original and rightful inhabitants of that land. This would especially be true if the original people of the land had been removed by force; such was the case of the real descendants of Israel. It was easy for Israel to become lost when someone else was, and is still, called by their name and living in their land; while they have been carted off into slavery and called by the name of whatever nation they reside in. After being enslaved for a long period of years, and throughout many generations, it would be impossible for Israel to remember their history. It is the actual three bear’s story; “someone is slept in my bed and THEY’RE STILL THERE!” The only problem is that the children of Israel today have lost identity and do not have as much sense as the 3 bears who knew it was there house and their porridge and bed. If a people today are going to claim to be the Israel of God; they must live up to all the conditions that are stated in Deuteronomy chapter 28. We won’t get into detail exactly why this is vital to know who Israel is, but in Exodus chapter 19 verse 6 God calls Israel a Holy nation, a nation of Priest. They are the ones we are to go to in order to understand the word of God. They are our teaching priest. It always puzzled me that the Jewish people did not believe in Jesus as the Christ, and it further puzzled me that they did not evangelize the teaching of God, because this is what they were chosen to do by God. I hope this has helped you identify who the children of Israel are, and we have done this through the scriptures. Praise God in the name of Jesus… amen. J. Brown TeachingPriest.org