Tracing the Isaac Sons Chapter 1The mistaken identity of an individual can lead to very serious and embarrassing mistakes. Likewise , the mistaken identity of a whole people can lead to serious and embarrassing mistakes. One of the greatest embarrassments the Christian clergy will ever experience will come when God , through Divine intervention , reveals to the whole world the true identity of the Isaac-sons, or the Anglo-Saxon people.
According to the prophets and the Lord's kingdom parables the identity of the Israel people was to be hidden until the time of the harvest , and the harvest is identified in the Scripture as being the end of the age , or the last days. Many people wonder why the truth that the Anglo-Saxons are Israel has not been more generally preached and taught. The answer is that according to prophecy their identity was to be hidden until the end time. Since we are now in this end time , God is beginning to prove to anyone who will consider Bible prophecy and its fulfillment that the Anglo-Saxon people are the Israel people of the Bible.
In this study we will use the same procedure and method to show that the Anglo-Saxons are the Israel people that we use to prove that the Lord Jesus Christ is actually the virgin-born Son of God. As every Christian knows, this method is simply pointing out fulfilled Bible prophecy.
With the prominent place the Anglo-Saxon people have occupied throughout all history, especially during the last 2000 years , certain bible prophecy must have something to say about them. They are and have been the most phenomenal and outstanding people of all the peoples of the earth.
Before we consider Bible prophecy we must look at Bible history. The main reason many people have difficulty understanding Bible prophecy is that they have not taken the time to read Bible history. One cannot expect to understand the prophecies of Jeremiah , Isaiah , Ezekiel and others if he is not familiar with the first 17 books of the Bible which set forth the history up to the time of the prophecies given by the prophets.
The first fact I call your attention to is that the word " Jew " does not appear in bible history until II Kings 16:6 , which was 1300 years after the death of Abraham or 600 years after Moses brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. All one needs to do to verify this fact is to consult the chronology in the margin of one's Bible. Every Bible concordance will indicate that II Kings 16;6 is the first time the word " Jew " appears in Bible history , merely 733 years before Christ. It is a self-evident fact , then , that neither Abraham nor Moses were Jews.
Think with me on this. If Abraham was a Jew , as we hear people say, then all of the Arabs are Jews because the Arabs came from Abraham. In Bible study , as in all other study , there is no substitute for common ordinary good sense but some Christians actually seem to fear that if they use their common sense when reading the Scriptures , the Holy Spirit may be grieved.
Here is something else that must be concluded if we use a little common sense : If Abraham was a Jew , then his son Isaac was a Jew; and if Isaac was a Jew, then all of the Turks ( through Esau ) are Jews too , and so we could go on from one generation to the next , beginning with Abraham. But Abraham , Isaac and Jacob were not Jews.
We read from bible history that Jacob had 12 sons. The names of these 12 sons are given in the book of Genesis , Reuben being the first-born. Reuben's descendants were called Reubenites. Another son was named Simeon and the people who came from him were called Simeonites ; then we have Dan , whose descendants were called Danites. One of the 12 sons was named Judah and his descendants were called Judahites or Jews. This should be as plain and simple as can be. So to speak of Abraham , Isaac , Jacob and Moses as being Jews is the most ridiculous, absurd thing that that can be said to anyone who is familiar with Bible history.
In tracing the Israel people through Bible history, I want to call your attention to a few highlights. The 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel - one tribe from Judah , one from Reuben , one from Simeon , one from Dan , Naphtali , and so on through the other seven sons. But under King David at about 1000 BC the 12 tribes became one nation. This is an historical fact with which you must be familiar to understand what the Scriptures prophesied concerning these people.
II Samuel 5:4 ,5 gives us a very important key revelation to such an understanding. We read , " David was thirty years old when he began to reign , and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. "
Simply stated , David ruled for seven years and six months over Judah before he reigned over both Israel and Judah in the balance of his administration. Bible history makes it very clear that even before the exodus , when Judah, Ephraim and the other boys were still in their father Jacob's household , a division arose between these boys. Ephraim ( the son of Joseph ) and Judah contended for the place of leadership, and that division and feud carried on from the time they were in Jacob's household , as they developed into tribes and then into nations. It was so evident and apparent that David ruled first for 7 and a half years over Judah before he began his reign over all Israel and Judah.
Let us consider another very important historical fact as we bring out some of the great terminal periods and events. Israel and Judah were brought together as one nation under King David , but let us note what happened after the administration of David and Solomon. After Solomon's death his son Rehoboam became king , and we read in I Kings 12 : 19 and 20 : " So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 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. " Please do not confuse Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Rehoboam was the king of the Judah nation.
In the balance of this chapter we find that the Lord states that this dividing of the Israel people into two separate nations was from him. Verse 24 states " ... this thing is from me . "
II Kings 17 gives further historical developments that become a key to Bible prophecy. Verse 5 and 6 state , " Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land , and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. " Samaria was the capital of ten-tribe Israel in the north and became the capital of the tribes that rebelled against the house of David . Jerusalem was the capital of the Judah nation in the south.
" In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. "
This important event in the history of the Isaac-sons took place about 720 BC. Israel was taken into the Assyrian captivity by the Assyrians and placed in the region between the Black and Caspian Seas. This is history. After the captivity they disappeared to a great extent from Bible history , but they are not forgotten nor left out of Bible prophecy.
The next verse we should consider is found in II Kings 18;13 - " Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah ( king of Judah ) did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah and took them. "
Why is this verse important ? Because it is an historical fact to which very few people pay any attention. After the Assyrians had taken ten-tribe Israel into captivity, they made another attack upon the land of Palestine , this time taking all of the fenced cities of Judah. Not only did ten-tribe Israel go into the Assyrian captivity , but much of the little Judah nation also went into the Assyrian captivity.
Let us also look at II Kings 23 to find out further what happened to the Judah kingdom. The 27th verse reads , " And the Lord 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 24: 2 , 3 continues on to relate, " And the Lord sent against him ( against the king of Judah and the Judah nation ) bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon , and sent them against Judah to destroy it , according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah ... " .
The Judah nation was taken into Babylonian captivity about 600 BC or about 100 years after Israel had been taken into Assyrian captivity.
With this historical background one can begin to understand how confusing and mistaken is the teaching that the Jewish people of today represent all of Israel. One need not wonder why many people today have no interest in Bible history and Bible prophecy when they read with the mistaken notion that a few million people of the Jewish faith represent Judah and Israel. They do not even represent all of Judah.
Thus far we have concentrated on Bible history , and anyone who believes the Bible to be the Word of God must accept this Bible history. We turn now to Bible prophecy , and we shall begin with the prophecy of Jeremiah. Jeremiah prophesied at the time the Judah nation was about to be taken into the Babylonian captivity. The Israel nation and much of the Judah nation had gone into the Assyrian captivity , as we have already shown from Bible history.
Jeremiah was preaching and prophesying in the Judah nation , and we read in Jeremiah 3:12 that the Almighty spoke to His prophet Jeremiah and told him , " Go and proclaim these words toward the north , and say , Return , thou backsliding Israel , saith the Lord ; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you : for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep
anger for ever. "
What a tremendous message ! It is one of the most important passages in the entire Scripture so far as the Isaac - sons are concerned.
Verse 14 states , " Turn , O backsliding children, saith the Lord ; for I am married unto you ... " The Lord uses the marriage symbol throughout the Scripture to convey to us his special relationship to the people known as ten-tribe Israel. Thus Jeremiah , while busily preaching , teaching , and pleading with the little Judah nation to turn from their wickedness, was commanded by god to interrupt this preaching in Judah and to proclaim God's words to ten-tribed Israel in the north.
Verse 14 continues to give this wonderful long-range prophecy and promise for the Israel people who have been taken into the Assyrian captivity : " ... and I will take you one of a city , and two of a family , and I will bring you to Zion . " This prophecy concerns the founding of our great Zion nation , the United States of America.
Where did these people come from ? They came from the regions north of Palestine as the Israel people migrated up into Europe, the British Isles , Germany , France and Scandinavia . God did take these people as he said , " one of a city , and two of a family ' and brought them to this great Zion nation of the end time. later in this Bible study we shall further consider this prophecy.
Please follow with me as we consider another prophecy ( Jeremiah 18 ) pertaining to these same people who went up into the north region. We shall quote from verses 1 through 6.
" The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord , saying, Arise , and go down to the potter's house , and there I will cause thee to hear my words. " God told Jeremiah to go down to the potter , one who makes vessels by placing clay upon a wheel and molding it. The Almighty had an object lesson or parable for Jeremiah.
" Then I went down to the potter's house , and , behold , he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter. "
As Jeremiah watched the potter and waited for a message from the Lord, he noted that the particular vessel which the potter had on the wheel was marred. But then he noted that the potter made this same clay into another vessel as seemed good to him to make it.
" Then the word of the Lord came to me , saying , O house of Israel , cannot I do with you as this potter ? saith the Lord. Behold , as the clay is in the potter's hand , so are ye in mine hand , O house of Israel."
These verses setting forth a long-range prophecy in a parable tell us that as the potter's vessel was marred , so ten-tribe Israel was marred and placed into the Assyrian captivity. They were placed into bondage and came under judgment and punishment. In other words, god was making them into another vessel , into nations that He could use. Note particularly that the potter did not throw the clay away but kept working with it. We read that he made it into another vessel ( the same people , the same clay ) , another nation or set-up " as seemed good to
the potter to make it . "
This , of course , is the history of the Anglo-Saxon people. They , more than all other peoples of the earth's history , have been a vessel in God's hand. They are the people who have accepted the Christian faith and have built 85% of all the churches. They have given the world 90% of all the preachers and missionaries , have built hospitals and institutions and have been a blessing to all nations throughout the earth. This is God's Word and God's purpose. Although we have not yet fully fulfilled our destiny by any means , this full manifestation is in the making.
We move now to the very next chapter of Jeremiah's prophecy ( chapter 19 ) . These two chapters ( Jeremiah 18 and 19 ) alone should show and convince people who the Israel people of the Bible are. We begin with Jeremiah 19: 1 ;
" Thus saith the Lord, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle ( a hard bottle that is finished and set ) and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests ... "
God told Jeremiah to take with him both the civil and religious leaders ( both Church and State ) to see and hear his message.
" And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom , which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee , And say , Hear ye the word of the Lord , O kings of Judah , and inhabitants of Jerusalem ; thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth , his ears shall tingle. Because they have forsaken me .... "
In the 18th chapter we note the message was to " O house of Israel " in this chapter it is " O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem . "
Jeremiah did as he was told - he took leaders of both church and state with him to the particular place outside the city by the east gate and spoke the words we just quoted. Then we read in verse 10 " Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee. "
Do you note the contrast and the difference between chapters 18 and 19 ? In chapter 18 Israel was made into another vessel as the molder or creator saw fit , but in the 19th chapter we read that the bottle was broken.
Verse 11 continues . " And shalt say unto them , Thus saith the Lord of hosts ; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter's vessel , that cannot be made whole again. "
The two prophecies from Jeremiah 18 and 19 are long-range prophesies , as was the one in Jeremiah 3 , to be fulfilled in our particular time. In the 25th chapter of Jeremiah let us note a short range prophesy pronounced upon the Judah nation. Remember that Jeremiah prophesied to the Judah nation 100 years after ten tribe Israel and much of Judah had gone into Assyrian captivity.
Verse 11 and 12 : " And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment ; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon 70 years. " As we read earlier from Bible history , the city of Jerusalem and what was left of Judah went into the Babylonian captivity.
What was to happen after 70 years in the Babylonian captivity ? " And it shall come to pass , when the 70 years are accomplished , that I will punish the king of Babylon , and that nation , saith the lord, for their iniquity , and the land of the Chaldeans , and I will make it perpetual desolations. "
If one can get these developments established firmly in mind , the Bible will open up beautifully and become a new book.
The short range prophecy for the Judah people, for the city of Jerusalem , is repeated in Jeremiah 29:10 : " for thus saith the Lord , That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. " In other words, the people who were left in Judah and those who were the inhabitants of Jerusalem were to be carried into the Babylonian captivity ( and they were ) , but they were to return after 70 years. This fits perfectly with what we read in Daniel 9: 1, 2 :
" In the first year of Darius ... I Daniel understood by books the number of the years , whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet , that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem . "
Daniel had read not only Bible history but also the prophecy of Jeremiah. Thus Daniel knew that at the time he was in the Babylonian captivity the 70 years had expired. Daniel was one of the Judahites who had been taken into the Babylonian captivity as a lad of perhaps 16 or 17 years of age. Now he was an old man , but he was familiar with Bible prophecy. As we read the balance of this 9th chapter , we discover that Daniel set himself to pray for the fulfillment of the prophecy and promise that a very few people from the Judah captivity would be allowed ( in the plan and purpose of God ) to be brought back to the land of Palestine.
Let us turn next to the book of Ezra. Ezra lived at this same time , but he was a much younger man than Daniel. In the providence of God , Ezra was one of the leaders in the restoration of the little Judah nation after the 70 years captivity - he undoubtedly was one of the men whom God raised up in answer to Daniel's prayer.
This is very important Bible history. Actually the crux of all the confusion and controversy over whether the Israel people are in Jewry or whether they are among the Anglo-Saxon people is found here in the book of Ezra.
Ezra 1: 1, 2 : " Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia , that the word of the lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled ( Note this is very similar to Daniel 9 where Daniel prayed that God's promise and prophecy through Jeremiah might be fulfilled. Here Ezra , a younger man , was raised up of God to bring the prophecy to pass. ) the lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia , that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom , and put it into writing , saying
" Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia , The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem , which is in Judah. '
What followed ? Verse 5 states , " Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites , with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. "
This verse tells us that the people whom God stirred up to take part in the effort and expedition to establish this nation in Palestine came from three tribes : Judah , Benjamin , and Levi. People who insist today that the Jews are all of Israel teach that the ten tribes also returned to Jerusalem at this time , but this teaching is not scriptural and could not possibly be.
Ezra 2:1 reads , " Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity , of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah , every one unto his own city ... "
Here again is a definite and clear statement that the people who rebuilt this little nation ( those who went back to establish and restore God's order, worship and system of civil administration in Jerusalem and Judea ) came from Judah , Benjamin and Levi. They were the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried into Babylon. What about the other ten tribes ? They were in the Assyrian captivity, and they did not return.
Throughout the second chapter of Ezra we are given the names and the number of the people who were involved in the restoration of this kingdom during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. Verse 64 states , " The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore. " this number would equal the population of a city about half the size of Deluth and yet supposedly intelligent, sensible people ask us to believe that 42,360 people at this time ( 500 years before Christ ) was the re-uniting of Israel and Judah . When one hears teaching like this , one can understand why people have little interest in the Scripture.
Verse 65 does mention a few more people. There were some 7000 servants and also 200 singers ; and this company of people had 736 horses and 245 mules. Can you imagine this being the re-gathering of the Israel people ?
To give further food for thought and to blast this silly notion completely, let me take you back 400 years. Note from II Chronicles 13: 1 - 3 what the number of the Israel people was 400 years before Ezra's time :
" Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. " According to Bible history, Jeroboam reigned over Israel and Abijah reigned over Judah ; these two nations had war.
" And Abijah ( king of Judah ) set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men ... " . Do a little figuring and thinking. Judah alone , the smaller of the two nations, had an army of 400,000 chosen men at this time. As one gives this figure some thought and considers in addition the children and the families involved , one can understand how ridiculous it is to teach that 400 years later ( when the population would have increased substantially ) less than 43,000 people constituted the re-gathering of Israel and Judah. Can anything be more ridiculous ?
The army of 400,000 men applied to Judah. What about Israel ? This same verse ( II Chronicles 13:3 ) states, " Jeroboam ( king of Israel ) also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men , being mighty men of valour. " So Jeroboam had 800,000 chosen men fit for warfare in that day.
In view of these historical facts, how can anyone believe that 400 years later 43,000 people represented the re-gathering of Israel and Judah ! Yet this is what some preachers teach. This could not possibly be the regathering of Israel and Judah ( either from prophecy or from history ) .
End of Chapter 1 , see chapter 2 .