Tracing the Isaac Sons Chapter 3The 14th chapter of Hosea is a beautiful prophecy full of hope , comfort , mercy and kindness for God's kingdom people. This hope is ours not because we are worthy, but because of the covenant God made with our fathers and the redemption of the Israel people accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ when he died on the cross. Christ died not only for the salvation of the individual and the church but also for the redemption of the kingdom people. Were it not for this redemption there could be no kingdom of God on earth.
Please do not imagine that I am teaching that every Anglo-Saxon is a born-again believer. No , the church ( consisting of born-again believers ) is a higher order. The kingdom consists of the kingdom people , who will be made to submit to kingdom laws, principals and statutes.
Hosea 14:1 reads , " O Israel , return unto the Lord thy God ; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. " Note first of all that this verse is addressed especially to us in the United States of America , the land of Israel's regathering. This country is the great wilderness that was to blossom like a rose.
And how does a nation " return unto the Lord " ? It is very simple . A nation turns to the Lord when that nation turns to God's law for the nation , in other words, to the Gospel of the Kingdom. No matter how many people in the nation receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior , that is not the nation turning to god. We must keep these two great institutions distinct and rightly divide the word of truth. " O Israel " is not the church or the individual , but the Anglo-Saxon people.
There are those who believe we have fallen into our national trouble and difficulty because of the iniquity of someone else, for instance the modernists, the Socialists or the Communists. But , my friend , we ( of the U.S. ) are the ones who have fallen into iniquity, which simply means we are out of line with the Word of God.There is more and better preaching on personal salvation in this nation today than at any time since the Apostles preached, but conditions still go from bad to worse. Why ? Because we are paying no attention to our national iniquity. In fact, we are taught that there is no Gospel of the Kingdom and that God's national laws are not for us today.
Verse 2 states, " take with you words, and turn to the Lord ; say unto him , Take away all iniquity , and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. " The exhortation is to turn to God in confession and humility. We will not fight ourselves out of our situation by blaming the Communists, the Socialists, and the modernists. I insist we are in our trouble because the good people of this nation will not have the Word of God for anything except their own personal salvation. The kingdom of god demands that the whole nation honor the Word.
The expression " so will we render the calves of our lips " means that we humble ourselves and discontinue our proud, arrogant defiance of the Word. It means we will no more speak disrespectfully of God's Word nor defy, despise and neglect it. Perhaps you do not realize to what extent christian people despise the Word of God. if so , try to tell some born-again believers about the identity and destiny of the Anglo-Saxon people, the gospel of the Kingdom and the national message, and you will see the need for humbling ourselves.
Verse 3 continues : " Asshur shall not save us ; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods : for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. " We have tried to get out of our trouble by making confessions, compromising , and surrendering all over the world ; we trust in this party, in that man or in some program, everything except turning to the Word of God. This is true not only of the unsaved but of many well-meaning Christian people who refuse to trust in the Gospel of the Kingdom and the national message of the Bible. God has a solution - He will bring us to the place where we will trust in Him.
Verse 4 through 9 give the promise of what God will do when we finally turn to the Gospel of the kingdom , realize our identity and assume responsibility of administering God's law in our own nation and throughout the earth.
" I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. " the dew , cleanses , invigorates and does good things for vegetation. These verses thus speak of national beauty and strength.
" His branches shall spread , and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return ; they shall revive as the corn , and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. " this is beautiful, symbolic language describing the glories of the kingdom age that is now being ushered upon us.
" Ephraim ( another word for the true Israel people ) shall say , What have I to do any more with idols ? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. from me is thy fruit found. "
" Who is wise , and he shall understand these things ? prudent , and he shall know them ? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. "
This 14th chapter of Hosea fits perfectly with the kingdom parables , which indicate God's cleansing and then His glory , mercy and favor will be showered upon this great kingdom nation. This land will be an example , an illustration and a blessing to all the nations of the earth.
Earlier in this Bible study I emphasized that ten tribe Israel did not return to Palestine at the time of Ezra and Nehemiah when less than 43,000 people returned from the Babylonian captivity. You will recall that I quoted Ezra 1:1, which reads , " Now in the first year of Cyrus the king of Persia , that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia , that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it also in writing ... " .
The proclamation was simply that a portion of the Judah people who had been carried into the Babylonian captivity were permitted by Cyrus , King of Persia , to return to Palestine and rebuild the temple. this is Bible history.
To show that Jewish history , also , confirms the above , I am quoting as follows from the great Jewish historian , Josephus. He writes on page 330 , Chapter 1 in " Antiquities of the Jews " :
" And when these Jews had understood what piety the king had towards God , and what kindness he had for Ezdras , they were all greatly pleased ; nay , many of them took their effects with them, and came to Babylon, as very desirous of going down to Jerusalem ( now note what follows ) ; but then the entire body of the people of Israel remained in that country ( country of the Medes and Persians ) ; wherefore there are about two tribes in Asia and Europe subject to the Romans, while the ten tribes are beyond the Euphrates till now , and are an immense multitude not to be estimated by numbers. "
The reason I place so much emphasis on the historical fact of the return of 43,000 people from the Babylonian captivity is that once this fact is understood and established in one's thinking , Bible prophecy opens up beautifully. But if Bible prophecy is read with the idea that the Jewish people are the Israel people of the Bible , there is confusion and contradiction. Preachers who believe the Jews are the Israel people must grab texts here and there and try to make them fit together. To correctly interpret Bible prophecy , however , one must expound verse after verse. that is the scriptural way to preach and teach the Word.
In part I of this Bible study I quoted briefly from Jeremiah 3 , and at this point I would like to go further into the long range prophecy recorded in this chapter. Verse 11 reads , " And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. " Israel and Judah are two distinct and separate people throughout Bible history and Bible prophecy.
Verse 12 continues , " Go and proclaim these words towards 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. "
As we mentioned previously , Jeremiah at this time was preaching in the little Judah nation. Ten tribe Israel, about 1q00 years before , had been taken into the Assyrian captivity and was now in the north. God stopped Jeremiah in his preaching and pleading with the Judah nation and told him to " Go and proclaim these words toward the north " ( where ten tribe Israel had been placed) .
Concerning God's mercy , we must agree that God has had more mercy upon the Isaac-sons ( favoring , blessing and visiting them with revivals and spiritual refreshings ) than all other peoples of all history combined.
We read on , " Only acknowledge thine iniquity , that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God , and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. "
Ten tribe Israel had gone into the worship of Baal and had departed from the national message, the gospel of the kingdom. Thus , God in judgment and anger had sent them into the Assyrian captivity. But while in this Assyrian captivity God spoke to them through Jeremiah, promising that He was not going to abandon them, give them up or destroy them in spite of their sinfulness , rebelliousness and defiance of God.
" Turn , O backsliding children, saith the Lord ; for i am married unto you ... " repeatedly in the Scriptures God speaks symbolically of being married to the Isaac-sons. God uses this symbol because it is one which we understand. we realize , for example , that when two people are married, they are obligated to one another ; they have things in common and are loyal to each other. god also declares that His purpose and plan for the entire earth is involved with what Israel will do. He further says , " ... and I will take you one of a city , and two of a family , and I will bring you to Zion. " ( The United States of America is Zion of Bible prophecy. )
Thus God promised to use these Israel people who made their trek up into Europe, England , Scotland , Ireland , Scandinavia and other Israel nations to build this great kingdom nation ( the United States of America ) in the last days.This prophecy is interesting and challenging because it gives details as to how these people were to be brought to this great North American wilderness. They were not to come as one great mighty army of a million or two men. rather , God promised , " I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, " which is exactly what happened.
" And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. " The word " pastors" refers , it is true , to ministers of the gospel , and we do have an abundance of good gospel preaching in this nation. But the word " pastors " here also means " leaders " - in government , industry , education and in all of the various activities in which we are engaged as a people. God promised He would give inspired, capable , intelligent men according to his heart to feed His people with knowledge and understanding.
We all must agree that God has given this great kingdom nation knowledge and understanding perhaps beyond any generation of all history. This has come even though we have not yet had our cleansing and baptism of fire.
" And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land ( and the United states has certainly had a phenomenal increase - the growth and development of this nation has never been equaled ) , in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, the ark of the covenant of the Lord : neither shall it come to mind : neither shall they remember it ; neither shall that be done any more. "
It was prophesied here that our great Zion nation would come forth in the christian era , the time when people would no more speak of the ark of the covenant and no more refer to the religious rituals of the Old Scripture. verse 17, 18 and 19 of this same chapter give a progressive revelation of the cleansing and deliverance coming to our nation.
Another long-range prophecy is found in the 30th chapter of Jeremiah, in fact this whole chapter is devoted to our time and our nation. Verse 5 through 8 deal with the great and dreadful day of the Lord , the time of Jacob's trouble when the land would be full of " trembling , of fear , and not of peace. " to get the time indicator , which is very important in all Bible prophecy , we shall look at the 24th verse:
" The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart : in the latter days ye shall consider it." So the fulfillment of this prophecy was to be in the latter days, the time in which we are now living.
Verse 23 states , " Behold , the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury , a continuing whirlwind : it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. " This refers to the the tremendous world-wide revolution, upheaval and agitation we are now witnessing all over the world. This is the hand of God in judgment and cleansing , bringing evil and wickedness to the surface that it might be wiped out and destroyed. Note that the destruction is not to be upon the believers, those who accept the gospel of the kingdom and recognize Christ as Savior and King. Rather , the destruction will come upon the wicked.
We move next to chapter 31 , in which the prophet Jeremiah very clearly foretold the founding and growth of our nation , the United States of America. As we would expect , the United States occupies the same very prominent place in bible prophecy that it occupies in history. There is actually more Bible prophecy devoted to the United States of America than any other one nation. Please realize that the United States is not called " United States " in Bible prophecy , but neither was Jesus called " Jesus " in Bible prophecy. However , the Christ was certainly set forth in prophecy , and we use the same procedure and method to identify the United States in prophecy that we use to identify the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah , namely by pointing out fulfilled Bible prophecy.
Jeremiah 31:1 states, " At the same time ( that is , in the latter days ) , saith the lord , will I be the God of all the families of Israel , and they shall be my people. " This is a tremendous revelation , but we cannot possibly realize how great it is unless we consider that it was given at a time when Israel was in the Assyrian captivity and Judah ( in rebellion and defiance against God ) was about to be sent into the Babylonian captivity. Yet Jeremiah proclaimed that " in the latter days " God would be the God of all the families of Israel. In other words , these same backslidden true Israel people would be the people of Christendom. God prophesied and promised this to Abram.
We read on : " Thus saith the Lord , the people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness ; even Israel , when I went to cause him to rest. " What wilderness is Jeremiah speaking of ? Do you know of any people who have found more of god's grace and mercy than we who are living in this great north American wilderness ? This verse speaks of the people " which were left of the sword " - that is , those who were left after the Israel people passed through their time of punishment.
" The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying, Yea , I have loved thee with an everlasting love : therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. " This , of course , happened in the founding of this nation. As we read in the 3rd chapter , God declared he would stir among these Israel people , draw them , and cause them to become venturesome enough and interested enough in the New World to set out across the ocean.
" Again , I will build thee , and thou shalt be built , O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. " The phrase " virgin of Israel " refers to the Anglo-Saxon people after the crucifixion of Christ. They could not be spoken of as the " virgin of Israel " until after Calvary.
" Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. " The word " Samaria" is symbolic language - it does not mean the founding of the little nation back in Palestine. Samaria was the capital of tentribed Israel , and the word " Samaria " was used much as we speak of Washington , D.C. or of London or Berlin. These cities symbolize more than merely cities - they symbolize nations. So " the mountains of Samaria " here means the nations that were in the particular region with Samaria as their capital.
" For there shall be a day , that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry , Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. " Ephraim is one of the Bible names of tentribed Israel. The prophet Jeremiah saw in vision and revelation the way our nation came into being. A great stir - a spirit of adventure and restlessness , also a desire for religious freedom - came upon the Israel people in Europe, and they said, " Arise ye , and let us go. And they came.
Let us follow on in verse 7 to see what a remarkable prophecy this is: " For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye , and say, O Lord , save thy people, the remnant of Israel. " Jacob is another name for the same Anglo-Saxon people of today. We are the descendants of Jacob and Ephraim.
Jeremiah saw that this Zion nation would be developed by the people from the northern parts of Europe; he also foresaw that this nation would arise to become a powerful nation - " the chief of the nations." This , of course, is what Isaiah , Micah , Zephaniah and Joel also prophesied, and is what Christ set forth in the kingdom parables.
Also foreseen was that this nation would have reason for gladness and shouting. When we compare the lot of Americans with that of millions of people in the Old World , we must readily admit that we have more to be glad and shout about than any other nation in all history.
We read on , " ... praise ye , and say , O Lord, save thy people , the remnant of Israel " ( or this representative number from all of the Israel people in Europe ) .God has delivered and prospered us.
" Behold , I will bring them from the north country ( the northern part of Europe ) , and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame , the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together : a great company shall return thither . " Both figuratively and literally the people who founded this nation were blind and lame. certainly they did not fully recognize what they were doing, nor did they see God's purpose in it.
How did they come ? The came in small , helpless bands - just a handful of people came at a time, women and children among them.
Verse 9 is a further description of how they came : " They shall come with weeping , and with supplications will I lead them ... " One can imagine the weeping that must have taken place as these people embarked in their little vessels to cross the huge ocean, a terrible prospect at that time. Today we can fly to America in the morning and fly back to Europe the next day or even the same day if we wish to do so. Not so at that time. These people realized that they might never see again their loved ones to whom they were bidding farewell.
Certainly there was weeping, but Zephaniah tells us they were also " suppliants " or praying people. The last thing the pilgrims did as they left the Old World was to pray. They prayed as they sailed in their vessels; they prayed before they left their ships and again as they stepped on the soil of the new continent. They came with supplication.
The Lord says , " I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. " this symbolic language indicates God would prosper and help them and undertake for them.
Verse 10 : " Hear the word of the lord, O ye nations , declare it in the isles afar off, and say , He that scattered Israel ( God did scatter Israel, as we have repeatedly pointed out in this bible study ) will gather him ... ". The founding of the United States of America is the regathering of the Israel people. representative numbers are here from all of the Israel people of Europe.
" ... and keep him , as a shepherd doth is flock. " If the Lord has ever shepherded a nation He has done so for our nation.
" For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob , and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. " God's favor , intervention and blessings upon this nation are due to just one thing : the special blood covenant that god made in behalf of the Isaac-sons. This must not be confused and mistaken for the blood covenant of personal salvation, which was made hundreds of years before the special blood covenat with the Isaac-sons. This special blood covenant provided and promised ( as we read in the first chapter of Luke ) that the Israel people would be delivered from their ememies and from the hands of all that hate them.
Thank God , that is our hope today. Many people are despairing , and many imagine this is the end of our republic. No , it is merely the turning of our nation. We will experience a cleansing and a renaissance the like of which no other nation has ever experienced.
" Therefore ( because of redemption and the special blood covenant and because God keeps His Word ) they shall come and sing in the height of Zion ... " . Here again we have pictured that this nation would have cause to sing and rejoice. There are indications, too , that this Zion nation would be a great or high nation , an exalted and powerful country. Other prophets foresaw the same.
" ... and they shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord ... " Jeremiah saw that in the beginning of our history, people would come in small bands , praying and weeping. But he saw that we would flow together, first as 13 colonies , then 13 states , and continue to grow until we have become what we are today. Jeremiah repeatedly saw God's great goodness poured upon this nation ; he saw , too, how rapidly we would grow.
" for wheat , and for wine , and for oil and for the young of the flock and of the herd ... " Here again we have symbolized the great material wealth that would come to this nation.
" ... and their soul shall be as a watered garden ... " truly this nation is and has been " as a watered garden ." This same expression was used by Baalim in Numbers 23 and 24 when he prophesied concerning our nation. Whether this land is viewed from the highways as we drive or from the air as we fly, it certainly looks like a watered garden. That is especially true when compared with other nations in the world.
" ... and they shall not sorrow any more at all. " This does not mean we would have no personal sorrow, but as a nation we were not to know the sorrows of the Old World. We were not to know , for example , the sorrow that our forefathers knew when they were deported by the Assyrians. And we were not to know the sorrow of being conquered, subjugated and subdued in warfare. These were to be things of the past so far as the United States of America is concerned. Many teach otherwise , but according to bible prophecy and according to the special blood covenant that God made with the Isaac-sons , all we must do is to turn to the Word of God. And when we do , Divine intervention will be ours.
Verse 13 states, " Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance... " This indicates that women would have have freedom and opportunity , recognition , privileges and positions in this new order of the ages which they never enjoyed in the Old World.
" .. both young men and old together:for I will turn their mourning into joy , and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow."
let us realize that this prophecy is progressive. We have not yet completely or fully entered into our destiny. We have not as yet experienced our baptism of fire , nor have the evil forces been removed from our nation. The fulfillment is progressive - it will develop and come forth.
" And I will satiate the soul the priests with fatness ... " There is nothing the clergy delights in or desires more than the freedom, liberty , and opportunity to preach , expound and teach the Word of God. All I need do is call to your attention the fact that we enjoy this freedom and opportunity here in this new order of the ages. Thank God , according to God's covenant this would never be taken away.
" ... and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness , saith the Lord."
I trust this Bible study has been a blessing and has brought comfort, information and understanding from the scripture.