NOT A NEW DOCTRINE
Bertrand L. Comparet
To many of you the idea that the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic
and Scandinavian nations are the Israel of the Bible is startling, because you
have not heard it until recently. You wonder why you haven't heard this from the
beginning, however deep students of the Bible have known this identification a
During the centuries when other empires were dominant,
general knowledge of the identity of Israel would have been premature. It would
have aroused the jealousy and hatred of these other empires before we were
strong enough to deal with them. Since we have come to national maturity, the
knowledge has been available to those who cared enough to learn the truth.
There have been a number of books on the subject such as,
"The Ten Lost Tribes", by Rev. Dr. Joseph Wild, published in
1883 A.D. "The Fullness of Nations", by Aldersmith of London,
published in 1889. "Lost Israel Found" by Edward Hine,
published in England in the 1870's. There were also many brilliant books written
by Professor Totten of Yale University, published in the 1880's and 1890's.
I want to tell you of a lecture given before the United
States Congress in 1857 by Rev. F. E. Pitts, of Nashville, Tennessee. In these
lectures, he identified the United States as the land of regathered Israel, and
the scene of much of the final war, the so-called battle of Armageddon, as
pictured in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Since 1855, Rev. Pitts had been
lecturing on this subject across the nation, resulting in this invitation to
speak before Congress.
Rev. Pitts pointed out that the land of restored
Israel was to be located between two seas, the east sea was to be its east
side, while the great sea would be the west side, Ezekiel 47:18-20. This
could not be Palestine because there is no sea marking its eastern border, not
only do we have seas on the east and west, but the great sea is on the west.
Israel would also be in a land which has always been waste, (unused,
uncultivated) never true of Palestine, but true of our land until we settled and
began to cultivate it, Ezekiel 38:8.
The land of Israel, to be attacked by Russia, was to be
inhabited by a population gathered out of many people and brought forth out of
the nations, Ezekiel 38:8. Isaiah 43:5-6 reads, "I will bring
thy seed from the east and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north,
Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: and bring My sons from far and My
daughters from the ends of the earth." Also, immigrants of non-Israel
people would furnish our labor forces. Isaiah 61:5, 60:10 tells of this.
"Strangers shall stand and feed thy flocks, and the sons of the alien shall
be your plowmen and your vinedressers. The sons of strangers shall build up thy
walls." These immigrants would be allowed to own and inherit land, Ezekiel
47:22-23, this is a picture of the United States, but never of Palestine. Ezekiel
38:11 describes the United States further. It was to be a land of unwalled
villages; them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without
walls and having neither bars nor gates. The prophet Ezekiel had never seen a
city without walls and a barred gate, our cities here have never had walls or
gates. Today most of the Jewish towns in Palestine, have belts of barbed wire
and explosive mines around them.
This land of Israel, in the last days, was to be one,
which had greatly expanded in size. Isaiah 49:18-20 tells us, "Lift
up thine eyes round about and behold: all these gather themselves together and
come to thee. For thy waste and desolate places and the land of thy destruction,
shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants; and they that
swallowed thee up shall be far away. The children which thou shalt have, after
thou last lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too narrow
for me: give place to me that I may dwell." We were outgrowing the old
Palestinian land, even in Isaiah's day. In the day to which he looked forward,
we should be in another land and they that swallowed us up shall be far away. We
would be far away from the Assyrian empire, which swallowed us up in Isaiah's
day. After we had lost our old land, the children we should have after that
should say of the land, "It is too narrow for us: give us more room, as a
place to dwell." In Rev. Pitt=s time, we
had already expanded from our original 13 colonies. We had added Texas and the
great Mississippi valley area of the Louisiana Purchase. We had annexed the
great southwest area from Mexico and we had gained California and the Pacific
Coast. Nothing like this could be said of Palestine, either in 1857 or now.
Rev. Pitts saw that the Bible said we would be in a land
remarkable for the number of its majestic rivers. Isaiah 33:21 tells us,
"There the glorious Yahweh will be unto us a place of broad rivers and
streams, wherein shall be no galley with oars." Even the Jordan River is
but a tiny river and nothing else in Palestine is more than a rivulet. But here
there are thousands of miles of great, majestic rivers. The Hebrew word
translated galley actually means a government revenue clipper, sent out by a
superior kingdom to collect tariffs and taxes from a tributary people. There
would be none of these here, our Boston tea party made sure of that!!
A peaceful people and all of one language would occupy
our home in these days. Rev. Pitts quotes Isaiah 33:19, "Thou shalt
not see a fierce people, a people of deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of
a stammering tongue that thou canst not understand." Even though we
received great numbers of immigrants from Germany, Italy, France as well as
Scandinavia and the British Empire, one language prevailed over all the country.
The Bible prophesied that in our beginning, we should be a nation of 13
colonies. Ezekiel 47:13 says, "Ye
shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall
have two portions". Starting with twelve tribes, but giving one of them two
portions, makes 13 portions into which the land would be divided.
Rev. Pitts also noted that the Bible pointed out that in
these latter days we, the people of Israel, would be a republic. We will choose
for ourselves a president for Hosea 1:11 says, "Then shall the
children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint
themselves one head." We should not be like the monarchies of Europe, where
the hereditary noble class intermarried, and by marriage princes, dukes and
barons could govern other lands than their own.
Here, only from among our own people should the
governors, senators and congressmen be chosen. Jeremiah 30:21 points out,
"Their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from
the midst of them." Isaiah 1:26 says, "I will restore thy
judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning." When her
judges governed Israel, she had no king but Yahweh. So Yahweh promised to
restore this condition and we find this to be true.
Besides this and other prophecies identifying the United
States as the peaceful people who suffer the attack in Ezekiel 38 and 39,
Rev. Pitts also pointed out that the wicked attacker could not be anyone but
Russia. Ezekiel says this is, "Gog, the chief prince of Meshek and
Tubal". The ruler of Moscow, the capital of western or European Russia and
Tobolsk, the capital of eastern or Siberian Russia. Old maps, over many
centuries, have identified what is now Russia as being the lands of Gog, Meshek
and Tubal. The prophecies also point out that this giant nation will have allies
or satellites taking in much of Europe, nearly all of Asia and much of Africa,
as Rev. Pitts stated. Not bad for over 130 years ago.
Rev. Pitts also saw that while Russia would invade
Palestine as a minor part of her attack, her major effort would be in the
invasion of the United States. The attack would reach its climax, and its
catastrophic failure, in the Mississippi valley, which Ezekiel calls, "The
valley of the passengers, on the east of the sea." There is nothing in
Palestine, which could correspond to this. However, the Mississippi valley both
answers the description and is also the logical place for the attack. This
valley is the great industrial heartland of our nation; this is the very place,
which Russia would naturally seek to knock out of production.
If you have thought that the recognition of the
Anglo-Saxon nations, and especially the United States as being Yahweh's people
Israel is just some sudden new idea, you are mistaken. The proof has been there
in the Bible all the time. Of course, even 200 years ago it would have been very
hard to see, for we had not yet grown into the condition the prophets described.
As you see, good Bible students could see this truth over a century ago. Once
again this proves that Yahweh's word is always true.