The Chosen Servants
Even though it was not reported here, other scripture references give ample evidence that the event most assuredly took place. This is a prime principle which we must acknowledge and accept, that the whole of Scripture testifies to all parts of Scripture. This principle is clearly evident in the case of Satan’s advent; it is evident and necessary in other cases which we shall soon see.
There is an all-out war of words being waged in the circles of the Israel Truth, otherwise known as the Israel Identity. Parties on both sides of the issue have drawn a line in the sand, and ideological clenched fists are being shaken from indignant participants.
Each participant, in his own way, is trying his best (or maybe his worst), in the most brutal manner, to draw ideological blood. They are aiming their rhetorical cutting words for no less than the proverbial jugular vein of their opponents in order to kill what they believe are damming heretical influences.
Both sides go to long and contentious lengths in an attempt to prove their undying convictions on this subject. To these opposing adherents, there is no common middle ground for compromise, nor can there ever be any. This is a matter where one is either totally correct or totally wrong; no gray middle areas.
Many simply do not have a complete knowledge of this subject, but will find themselves eventually, on one side of the fence or the other. If one tries to straddle the fence on this subject, he will only find himself with his pants torn, and espoused in the most unseemly location.
Like all controversies, there is usually a right and a wrong side to consider. And of course the Jews are throwing in their provocateurs to cause continued friction between the two sides, to the point that neither side will relent even a little in their core beliefs. In this study we will be considering who is wrong on this GREATEST OF ALL ISSUES, at least some believe that it is the greatest of all issues.
When it is proclaimed that the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic peoples are the House of Israel today, (Judeo-Christian) theological leaders and those who accept the doctrines they promulgate are apt to vehemently deny that God has ever chosen any race.
But the inconsistency of this denial is illustrated by their unequivocal acceptance of the Jewish claim to be a race specially selected by God. It is not uncommon to hear these same leaders refer to the Jews as God’s Chosen people.
Until Christian people and (Judeo-Christian) leaders are willing to accept the Scriptural evidence identifying the House of Israel in the world today, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT JEWISH CLAIMS TO A HERITAGE THEY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO POSSESS.
IF THEY UNDERSTOOD THE FULL MEANING OF THE JEWISH REJECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, THEY WOULD KNOW THAT, ON THE DAY OF HIS CRUCIFIXION, THE JEWS CEASED TO EVER OCCUPY A PLACE IN THE PLAN OF GOD. AS A RESULT OF THEIR EVIL ACT IN BRINGING ABOUT THE DEATH OF THE MESSIAH.
Therefore, by this act they condemned themselves to destruction:
“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I WILL RENDER VENGEANCE TO MINE ENEMIES, AND WILL REWARD THEM THAT HATE ME. I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, FROM THE BEGINNING OF REVENGES UPON THE ENEMY. Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.” (Deuteronomy 32:39-43) (KJV)
“So LET ALL THINE ENEMIES PERISH, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might...” (Judges 5:31) (KJV)
“Let God arise, LET HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED: LET THEM ALSO THAT HATE HIM FLEE BEFORE HIM. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so LET THE WICKED PERISH AT THE PRESENCE OF GOD.” (Psalm 68:1-2) (KJV)
“Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: REMEMBER HOW THE FOOLISH MAN REPROACHETH THEE DAILY. FORGET NOT THE VOICE OF THINE ENEMIES: THE TUMULT OF THOSE THAT RISE UP AGAINST THEE INCREASETH CONTINUALLY.” (Psalm 74:22-23) (KJV)
“Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I WILL EASE ME OF MINE ADVERSARIES, AND AVENGE ME OF MINE ENEMIES.” (Isaiah 1:24) (KJV)
“Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and ALL THINE ENEMIES SHALL BE CUT OFF.” (Micah 5:9) (KJV)
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, TILL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES THY FOOTSTOOL?” (Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36) (KJV)
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for YE COMPASS SEA AND LAND TO MAKE ONE PROSELYTE, and WHEN HE IS MADE, YE MAKE HIM TWOFOLD MORE THE CHILD OF HELL THAN YOURSELVES.” (Matthew 23:15) (KJV)
“WHEN PILATE therefore heard that saying, HE BROUGHT JESUS FORTH, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: AND HE SAITH UNTO THE JEWS, BEHOLD YOUR KING! BUT THEY (The Jews) CRIED OUT, AWAY WITH HIM, AWAY WITH HIM, CRUCIFY HIM. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? THE CHIEF PRIESTS ANSWERED, WE HAVE NO KING BUT CAESAR (Thus the Jews rejected the idea that Christ might rule over them, because they were/are not Israelites).” (John 19:13-15) (KJV)
“But those mine enemies (the Jews), which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” (Luke 19:27) (KJV)
Therefore the enemy (the Jews) to be destroyed, or taken off the earth. (Exodus 17:14; Numbers 16:26; 24:20; Deuteronomy 7:6; 1 Chronicles 17:9; 2 Samuel 4:11; 7:10; Job 11:20; 18:5; 18:5; 21:17; 21:30; 31:3; Psalm 1; 69; 9:5-6; 9:16-17; 11:5-7; 31:17; 34:21; 37:8; 37:10; 37:14-15; 37:20; 37:28; 37:34; 37:38; 58:10; 68:2; 75:10; 92:7; 101:8; 104:35; 106:18; 112:10; 139:19; 145:20; Proverbs 2:22; 5:22; 10:30; 11:5; 13:9; 21:7; 24:20; 2 Esdras 13:9-11; 13:25-38; Ecclesiastes 8:10; Jeremiah 6:29; 8:10-15; Ezekiel 20:37-38; 35; Isaiah 2:1-9; 11:4; 14:1-29; 25:1; 30:27; 34:5-8; 51:34; 65:12; 66:15-16, 24; Obadiah 1:1-10; 15-21; Nahum 1:15; Zephaniah 1:3; Zechariah 14:21; Malachi 4:1-2; Matthew 3:12; 13:36-38; 13:49-50; 21:41; 25:41; Luke 19:14, 27; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) Jude 1:1‑12). To show that the Jews are Yahweh and Yeashua’s enemies: (Psalm 17:9; 22:16; 27:2)
THE APPOINTED SEED: When Seth was born, a new line was appointed, as Eve said, to replace Abel, whom Cain slew (Genesis 4:25). This was the actual commencement of the choosing of a race destined to perform certain specific services in the fulfillment of the Divine purposes.
But as the outset only certain men were chosen and within the line of Seth selections and rejections continued. Many generation later Noah was chosen, and of all the descendants of the human race; even of the line of Seth, only Noah and his family were saved from the destruction of the Deluge.
NUCLEUS OF THE KINGDOM: Following the Deluge governments were established, which in time became corrupt. God moved again to select, or choose, one man from the line of Seth through Noah, out of whose posterity the race would be selected to become the nucleus of His Kingdom. This man was Abraham.
But Abraham’s son Ishmael was rejected and Isaac was chosen. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob, and the account states:
“As it is written, Jacob have I love, but Esau have I hated.” (Romans 9:13)
For a second witness we find in Malachi 1:1‑3:
“The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. I HAVE LOVED YOU, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: YET I LOVED JACOB, And I HATED ESAU, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.”
Esau was of the seed of Abraham, but because he despised the things of the Spirit, God rejected him and chose his brother Jacob. Jacob’s name was then changed to Israel and the descendants of his twelve sons became known as the Children of Israel.
“I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau (the Jews), and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.” (Malachi 1:2-4)
Again God says that He hated Esau:
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” (Romans 9:13)
Israel then adopted the two sons of Joseph; Ephraim and Manasseh which made the total number of the tribes of Israel; thirteen. (Genesis 48:16)
Later they became a numerous people in Egypt and God called Moses to lead them out of that nation into the land He had previously promised to Abraham and his seed. Moses announced to Israel:
“THE LORD THY GOD HATH CHOSEN THEE TO BE A SPECIAL PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6)
Smith and Goodspeed translate this: “THE LORD YOUR GOD HAVING CHOSEN YOU OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLES TO HIMSELF, IN PREFERENCE TO ALL THE NATIONS WHICH ARE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.”
The American Standard: “For THOU ART A HOLY PEOPLE UNTO JEHOVAH THY GOD: JEHOVAH THY GOD HATH CHOSEN THEE TO BE A PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN POSSESSION, above all peoples that are upon the face of the earth.” (ASV)
The New American Standard: “For YOU ARE A HOLY PEOPLE TO THE LORD YOUR GOD; THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO BE A PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN POSSESSION out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” (NAS)
The New International: “For YOU ARE A PEOPLE HOLY TO THE LORD YOUR GOD. THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH TO BE HIS PEOPLE, HIS TREASURED POSSESSION.” (NIV)
The New King James: "For YOU ARE A HOLY PEOPLE TO THE LORD YOUR GOD; THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO BE A PEOPLE FOR HIMSELF, A SPECIAL TREASURE ABOVE ALL THE PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.” (NKJ)
The Revised Standard Version: "For YOU ARE A PEOPLE HOLY TO THE LORD YOUR GOD; THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO BE A PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN POSSESSION, OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLES THAT ARE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.” (RSV)
The Living Bible: "For YOU ARE A HOLY PEOPLE, DEDICATED TO THE LORD YOUR GOD. HE HAS CHOSEN YOU FROM ALL THE PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH TO BE HIS OWN CHOSEN ONES.” (TLB)
“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: THE LORD THY GOD HATH CHOSEN THEE TO BE A SPECIAL PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF, ABOVE ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. The LORD DID NOT SET HIS LOVE UPON YOU, NOR CHOOSE YOU, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: BUT BECAUSE THE LORD LOVED YOU, and BECAUSE HE WOULD KEEP THE OATH WHICH HE HAD SWORN UNTO YOUR FATHERS...” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; 14:2; Isaiah 41:9; 43:1, 10-20; 44:23; 48:10; 49:3; Haggai 2:23)
My People Israel:
“Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain OVER MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, THAT HE MAY SAVE MY PEOPLE out of the hand of the Philistines: for I HAVE LOOKED UPON MY PEOPLE, because their cry is come unto me. And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, BEHOLD THE MAN WHOM I SPAKE TO THEE OF THIS SAME SHALL REIGN OVER MY PEOPLE.” (Exodus 7:4; 1 Samuel 9:15-17; 2 Samuel 3:18; 5:2; 7:7; 7:10-11; 1 Kings 6:13; 8:16; 14:7; 16:2; 1 Chronicles 11:2; 17:7; 17:9-10; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6; Jeremiah 7:12; 12:14; 23:13; 30:3; Ezekiel 14:9; 25:14; 36:12; 9:7; Daniel 9:20; Amos 7:8; 7:15; Matthew 2:6)
“I HAVE MADE A COVENANT WITH MY CHOSEN, I have sworn unto David my servant.” (Psalm 89:3; Isaiah 43:20; 65:15)
I Have Chosen:
“BUT THOU, ISRAEL, ART MY SERVANT, JACOB WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN, THE SEED OF ABRAHAM MY FRIEND. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, THOU ART MY SERVANT I HAVE CHOSEN THEE, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. FEAR NOT, THOU WORM JACOB, AND YE MEN OF ISRAEL; I WILL HELP THEE, SAITH THE LORD, AND THY REDEEMER, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.” (Isaiah 41:8‑14; 43:10; 44:1-2; John 13:18)
Thou Art My Servant:
“Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, THOU ART MY SERVANT I HAVE CHOSEN THEE, and not cast thee away.” (Isaiah 41:9; 44:21; 49:3)
His Chosen Ones:
“O YE SEED OF ISRAEL HIS SERVANT, YE CHILDREN OF JACOB, HIS CHOSEN ONES.”. (1 Chronicles 16:13; Psalms 105:6; 135:4; Isaiah 41:8; 44:1; Acts 9:15)
The People whom God has Chosen for His Inheritance:
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and THE PEOPLE WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN FOR HIS OWN INHERITANCE.” (Psalm 33:12)
I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine...For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” (Isaiah 43:1, 34)
God chose Abraham alone.
“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 (Abraham) ALONE, and blessed him, and increased him.” (Isaiah 51:1-2)
CHOSEN FOR SERVICE: This could not be more clear. GOD DID CHOOSE A RACE TO BE SET APART FROM ALL THE OTHER RACES AND PEOPLES OF THE EARTH. Among them there were no Jews, for they had not yet came into being. Seth was not a Jew; nor was Abraham. ABRAHAM WAS CALLED A HEBREW (Genesis 14:13), BUT HE WAS NOT A JEW. Hebrew means “belonging to Eber” (sometimes spelled “Heber”) and Eber was the great grandson of Shem, son of Noah. (Genesis 10:24)
To deny the fact that God did choose a race is to refuse to believe either Moses or the prophets. Listen to God’s declarations through Isaiah: “THOU, ISRAEL, ART MY SERVANT, JACOB WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN.”
“THOU ART MY SERVANT; I HAVE CHOSEN THEE, and not cast thee away.”; Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN.”
“Yet now hear, O JACOB MY SERVANT: AND ISRAEL, WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN.”
“Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; FEAR NOT, O JACOB, MY SERVANT; AND THOU, JESURUN, WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN.” (Isaiah 41:8; 9; 43:10; 20; 44:1; Isaiah 44:2)
The Psalmist also confirms the fact that there is a chosen people:
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; AND THE PEOPLE WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN FOR HIS OWN INHERITANCE.”
“O YE SEED OF ABRAHAM HIS SERVANT, YE CHILDREN OF JACOB HIS CHOSEN.”’
“For THE LORD HATH CHOSEN JACOB UNTO HIMSELF, AND ISRAEL FOR HIS PECULIAR TREASURE.” (Psalm 33:12; 105:6; 135:4)
These are but a few out of a great many passages in the Scriptures which could be cited to show that God did choose a race to become His servant people. They were both a chosen people and a servant people, for they would not be chosen unless they were willing to become His servants. All those within the race who refuse to accept the responsibilities devolving upon them as a people called to serve will be rejected by God.
SELECTING AND REJECTING: The descendants of Noah, excepting only the line through Abraham, did not qualify to become a part of the servant race. Ishmael and the sons of Keturah, wife of Abraham, were rejected, while Isaac was selected as the son in whom the race would be called or named. (Genesis 21:12) Esau despised the birthright and Jacob (Israel) was chosen.
Many years after the Kingdom of Israel had been established in Palestine, a division came about due to the civil strife and two kingdoms came into being. The northern kingdom (ten and ˝ tribes) later became known as the House of Israel and the southern kingdom was called the House of Judah.
Both kingdoms were ultimately conquered by their enemies. The people of the northern kingdom and a little later the southern kingdom (except for a few cities around Jerusalem, and Jerusalem itself) were also carried into the Assyrian captivity. Then one hundred and thirty years later, the people of those cities and of Jerusalem were taken captive and carried away to Babylon for a period of seventy years.
When the people of the northern kingdom, or House of Israel, escaped from their captors in subsequent years, they trekked westward into the wilderness and were lost for a time to history. They were following Gods word which said:
“Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind...” (Hosea 12:1)
Following the termination of their Babylonian captivity, a remnant of the southern kingdom returned to Palestine. Soon afterward the Nation of the Jews emerged.
The Encyclopedia Americana calls Hyrcanus a Jewish high priest [135‑105 B.C.] who forced the Idumeans to become "Jews." Idumea is the Greek for Edomites. The works of Josephes relates how the Idumeans were forced to accept Judaism. In the Bible Esau, Edo, Mt. Seir and Idumea are interchangeable for the offspring of ESAU, Jacob's twin brother. (Ezekiel 35:15)
And Yahweh hated Esau, but loved Jacob.
“I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” (Malachi 1:2-3)
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” (Romans 9:13)
Between the time of Nehemiah and the birth of Christ, the problem of intermarriage increased. The climax of the problem came about a century and a half before the birth of Christ, when the Judean, John Hyrcanus, conquered the heathen cities in Palestine and forced the Canaanites to become Judeans ["Jews"].
Josephus, the Judean historian, writing in about 95 A.D. wrote of this:
"Hyrcanus took also Dora and Marissa, cities of Idumea [Greek form of Edom], and subdued all the Idumeans; and permitted them to stay in that country, if they would be circumcised, and make use of the laws of the Judeans; and they were so desirous of living in the country of their forefathers, that they submitted to the use of circumcision, and the rest of the Judean ways of living; at which time therefore this befell them, they were hereafter no other than Judeans." (Ant. Book 13, ch. 9 par. 1)
A footnote in Josephus quotes Ammonius, an ancient grammarian, who says further:
"The Judeans are such by nature, and from the beginning, whilst the Idumeans were not Judeans from the beginning, but Phoenicians and Syrians; but being afterward subdued by the Judeans and compelled to be circumcised, and to unite into one nation, and be subject to the same laws, they were called Judeans."
This same footnote also quotes Dio, the ancient historian:
"That country is also called Judea, and the people Judeans; and this name is given also to as many as embrace their religion, though of other nations."
Josephus continues his history of how the Judahites incorporated the Edomites and Canaanites and a history of the son of Hyrcanus named Aristobulus:
"He was called a lover of the Grecians; and had conferred many benefits on his own country, and made war against Iturea, and added a great part of it to Judea, and compelled its inhabitants if they would continue in that country, to be circumcised, and to live according to the Judean laws.” (Josephus Ant. Book 13, ch. 11, par. 3)
"Now at this time the Judeans were in possession of the following cities that had belonged to the Syrians, and Idumeans, and Phoenicians: [Here he lists 23 non‑Israelite cities]; which last [city] they utterly destroyed, because its inhabitants would not bear to change their religious rites for those peculiar to the Judeans. The Judeans also possessed others of the principle cities of Syria, which had been destroyed." (Josephus Antiquities Book 13, chapter 15, paragraph 4)
This all took place at least a century before Christ. It is obvious, then, that by the time Christ was born a great host of the people living in Judea were Canaanites and Edomites by race, although they were Jews by religion and Judeans by citizenship. Even the ruling dynasty of the Herods’ were Edomites. Josephus speaks of:
"Herod, who was no more than a private man, and an Idumean, i.e., a half‑Judean" (Josephus Ant. Book 14, ch. 15, p. 2)
A footnote here says:
"Accordingly, Josephus always esteems him an Idumean, though he says his father Antipater was of the same people with the Judeans, and a Judean by birth, as indeed all such proselytes of justice as the Idumeans, were in time esteemed the very same people with the Judeans."
The Esau‑Edomite nation ["Idumea"] ceased to exist as a separate nation at this point in history. And yet the Bible is clear that Edom would be the enemy of Israel in the latter days.
How could these prophecies be fulfilled, if there are no Edomites left in the world? There is only one nation in the world that can prove ancestral ties with Edom, and the Jews themselves claim that dubious distinction. The Jews have thus adopted the materialistic and anti‑Christ attitude that characterized the father of the Edomites, Esau.
As judgment for their sins, including that of the Crucifixion of Christ, God cast them out of Palestine in 70 A.D. whereupon they fled to North Africa and Spain. We find what happened to them in The American People's Encyclopedia for 1954, page 15‑492, under "The Jews."
"Following their dispersal many spread across North Africa to Spain and during this movement converted many of the Berber tribes to Judaism. This had little effect on physical type, since most of the Berbers were likewise of that Mediterranean Race. That portion which moved into Spain and later northward achieved considerable wealth and prestige and became known as Sephardim Jews."
HEROD WAS ON THE THRONE IN PALESTINE: In the days of Christ, Herod, an Edomite/Shelah/Judah Jew, was on the throne in Palestine. HE WAS NOT AN ISRAELITE. The Pharisees and Sadducees were in absolute control of the temple and the Sanhedrin. They were not the lawful descendants of the Tribe of Levi. They did not follow the law of Moses, although they claimed to do so. Instead they set up their own Babylonian traditions, Traditions of the Elders, later to become known as the Jewish Talmud.
Following is how the Pharisees came to be in "Moses' Seat" when Christ was born. They had many enemies at the beginning and the Sadducees were the first of these enemies. They were the constant opponents of the Pharisees and their imported Babylonian paganism, misrepresented by the Pharisees as the Tradition of the Pharisees as the Tradition of the Elders, the "Oral Law" ostensibly transmitted privately to Moses and on down, superseding anything written in the Bible.
In the six years of civil war between the Pharisees and Alexander Jannaeus, King and High Priest of Jerusalem, 50,000 were killed on both sides before this Sadducean ruler succumbed, and his widow Salome turned affairs over to the Pharisees in 79 B.C.
Her brother, Simon ben Shetah, had been waiting for such an opportunity. The continued civil war resulted in the sons of Alexander Jannaeus, Hyrcanus and Aristobulus, in 63 B.C., going hat in hand to Pompey, Caesar's Roman General in Syria, asking him to invade Palestine and slaughter their respective opponents. This is how Rome happened to be in power when Christ was born. The full story can be found in the Jewish Encyclopedia under "Pharisees."
When Jesus Christ, the Messiah, came, the Jews of His day refused to serve Him. Instead they rejected Him and they crucified Him. (Matthew 27:25; Luke 23: 25-33; 24:20; John 19:6; 19:14-18; Acts 2:36; 3:14-15; 4:8-11; 5:30; 10:39; 7:13; 7:52; 13:27-29; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15) Then God rejected them. It was Christ who said to the Jews:
“The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matthew 21:43)
This was in fulfillment of the Scriptures which state:
“IF I HAD NOT COME AND SPOKEN UNTO THEM (the Jews), THEY HAD NOT HAD SIN: BUT NOW THEY HAVE NO CLOKE FOR THEIR SIN. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. IF I HAD NOT DONE AMONG THEM THE WORKS WHICH NONE OTHER MAN DID, THEY HAD NOT HAD SIN: BUT NOW HAVE THEY BOTH SEEN AND HATED BOTH ME AND MY FATHER. But this cometh to pass, that THE WORD MIGHT BE FULFILLED THAT IS WRITTEN IN THEIR LAW (Here Christ said it was written in their, the Jews, law, not in the word of God), THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.” (John 15:22‑25)
Jesus Himself announced the fulfillment of the prophetic forecast recorded through Daniel that the Jews would cease to have national status in God’s sight. He gave the reasons for this Divine verdict in a parable where two sons typified Judah and Israel:
“But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.” (Matthew 21:28-30)
Both sons were called upon to serve, and while the first; the House of Israel, was rebellious at the start, they did “repent” afterward and accepted their responsibility, as will be shown. The people comprising the remnant of Judah said they would go, but did not. So the Throne was removed from them, and given to the House of Israel, which many believe today is represented by the Throne in England.
Overlooking the significant prediction by Daniel, and Jesus’ verdict in His own words, the Judeo-Christian world today has entirely missed the purport of the rejection of Jewry when they endeavor to support present Jewish claims to nationhood. In no respect has the Jewish people fulfilled in their history and activities what the prophets outlined as the work to be performed by God’s servant people; the race He chose to glorify Him.
Following is a brief outline of what the Bible and Christ said to and about them:
1. "Ye [Jews] are not my sheep." (John 10:26)
2. "Ye [Jews] are of your father the devil." (John 8:44)
3. "Ye [Jews are] serpents, ye [Jews are a] generation of vipers..." (Matthew 23:33)
4. "...the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus..." (1 Thessalonians 2:14‑15)
5. "...they please not God." (1 Thessalonians 2:15)
6. "...are contrary to all men." (1 Thessalonians 2:15)
7. "Are the Synagogue of Satan." (Revelation 2:9; 3:9)
8. "Hypocrites." (Matthew 23:14)
9. "Blind guides." (Matthew 23:16)
10. "Full of extortion and excess." (Matthew 23:16)
11. "White washed sepulchers." (Matthew 23:23)
12. "Full of dead mens' bones." (Matthew 23:27)
13. "Degenerate plant of a strong vine." (Jeremiah 2:21)
14. "Evil figs." (Jeremiah 24:2‑8)
15. "Broken cisterns." (Jeremiah 2:13)
16. "Broken bottle." (Jeremiah 19:10)
17. "Spots in your feast of love." (Jude 12)
18. "Cannot blush." (Jeremiah 6:15; 8:12)
19. "An astonishment and hissing." (Jeremiah 25:9‑18; 51:37; Micah 6:16)
20. "The show of their countenance doth witness against them." (Isaiah 3:9)
21. "Pray not for this people [Jews]." (Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14; 14:11)
22. The present day, so‑called and false Jewish State of Israel is a sister of Sodom and Gomorrah, and called Hittites, Amarites the descendants of Cain. (Ezekiel 16:1‑3; 16:53‑57)
Arrogant and self-willed, the Zionist leadership in Jewry today aspires to world rulership. To gain their objective, they are employing methods entirely foreign to those ascribed to His servants. They are willing enough to be chosen, but they are not willing to be servants.
BLIND AND DEAF: Let us list some of the traits by which the servant race can be identified today. Lest we should expect the people chosen for service to be aware of their identity, the Lord declared through the Prophet Isaiah:
“WHO IS BLIND, BUT MY SERVANT (Israel)? Or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? Who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.” (Isaiah 42:19-20)
Who are the servant nations who are unable to hear or see, yet they blindly carry out assigned tasks? Because they are blind, they do not recognize themselves as the Israel of God, charged with special responsibilities which Isaiah describes in graphic terms:
“A light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)
Who has carried the Gospel of Salvation to the very ends of the earth? OBVIOUSLY THE JEWS HAVE NOT DONE THIS and it is just as clearly evident that this work has been almost entirely accomplished by the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Celtic peoples through their world-wide missionary activities of the last century and a half. Listen again to Isaiah’s words addressed to this servant race:
“Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages.” (Isaiah 49:8)
Again, who has come into such an inheritance? Is it not the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Celtic peoples who have been a race of Colonizers?
The Jews have not done this. Still, in spite of the fact that volumes of evidence has been published showing the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Celtic peoples to be the House of Israel in the world today, they persist in remaining blind and deaf and oblivious to the truth of their origin. But the call is going out to them:
“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 have called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.” (Isaiah 51:1-2)
This message is not addressed to the jews who “claim” Abraham as their father: it is addressed to a people who have forgotten their origin. It is a all for them to look back and recognize that Abraham was their father and Sarah their mother.
Here we find God rebuking those among them who are declaring that He forsook His own people and raised up others to carry out their work. He reminds them that His servant people are of the children of Abraham, for He called him alone and blessed him and multiplied his children.
THE BLESSINGS FORFEITED: But the Jews chose a way that took them out from under those blessings by rejecting the Messenger of the Covenant, Jesus Christ, when He appeared among them. Prophetically addressing the Jews for their rejection of Christ, which resulted in their refusal to heed His call to righteousness, Isaiah foretold their Coming years of suffering:
“Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.” (Isaiah 65:12)
The centuries of suffering endured by the Jews since they testified against Christ and crucified Him, confirm the accuracy of this prediction as well as the fulfillment of the curse they invoked upon themselves when they said:
“His blood be on us, and on our children.” (Matthew 27:25)
Unable to live as those of other races do, the Jews have suffered as Jeremiah declared they would when he recorded the words of the Lord:
“I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.” (Jeremiah 24:9)
Isaiah contrasts the lot of Jewry with that of His chosen servants:
“Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants (Israel) shall eat (the Word of God), but ye (the Jews) shall be hungry: Behold, my servants (Israel) shall drink (of the Spiritual Water that Christ was speaking about to the woman at the well), but ye (the Jews) shall be thirsty: Behold, my servants (Israel) shall rejoice (at the resurrection for they are redeemed, but the Jews will not rejoice for they are cursed), but ye (the Jews) shall be ashamed (they will be ashamed at the evil they have done when they stand before the Great White Throne of judgment): Behold, my servants (Israel) shall sing for joy of heart, but ye (the Jews) shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. And ye (Jews) shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name.” (Isaiah 65:13-15)
ANOTHER NAME: This new name is to be borne by those who are apart from Jewry, but is selected out of Israel:
“Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, and I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor (Christ) of my mountains (Israelite Nations; England, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and the United States): and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.” (Isaiah 65:8-9)
Thus the “two sticks” of Ezekiel 37:19 are joined together as one today, yet they are not known by the name of Israel. Having accepted the Messiahship of Jesus Christ, who redeemed His people, they are called by His name: Christians.
Ferrar Fenton’s translation of Isaiah 65:15 is of interest, for he renders this verse:
“But a new Name will give to His friends.”This is uniquely prophetic of an actual scene that took place when our Lord was selecting His followers, whom He chose to serve Him because of their faith in Him and their willingness to obey His laws: Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS; FOR ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE HEARD OF MY FATHER I HAVE MADE KNOWN UNTO YOU.” (John 15:15)
HIS WITNESSES: It was essential, in order to fulfill the requirements set forth in Isaiah 43:10;
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen,”
that the House of Israel be Christianized. Through Jeremiah we are told that the Lord will be the God of all the families of Israel and that they will be His people. Then the prophet qualifies this statement by designating those of Israel who would be thus selected as the ones who would find Grace; that is, the favor of God.
It was the House of Israel that escaped into the wilderness and this message, therefore, is addressed to them:
“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. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. 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.” (Jeremiah 31:2‑4)
Moses declared that in the latter days (inclusive of the days in which we now live), after the long period of their term of punishment (2,520 years) ended, Israel would be circumcised according to the Christian standard:
“And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all they soul, that thou mayest live.” (Deuteronomy 30:6)
Paradoxically, when God’s servant people are identified, they will be found denying that they are Israel, but at the same time they will be proclaiming the fact that they are the sons and daughters of the living God:
“In the place where it is said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.” (Hosea 1:10)
When the revelation of their identity fully dawns upon His people and the world at large awakens to its full significance, the electrifying result will more than justify Paul’s exclamation in Romans 11:15 where he said of Israel:
“For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world (through the coming of Jesus Christ, their Redeemer and the world’s Savior), what shall the receiving (restoration) of them be, but life from the dead!”
THE LEAST IN THE KINGDOM: Christ declared He is the door through whom entrance into the Kingdom of God is gained. Therefore, the seal of permanency of citizenship in the restored Kingdom upon the earth is through the acceptance of the call of Almighty God to Christ; thereupon Christ becomes his/her savior. Peter stated this truth emphatically:
“There is no salvation through anyone else, for there is no one else in the world who has been named to men as our only means of being saved.” (Acts 4:12, Smith & Goodspeed Translation)
There are those, who, by virtue of birth, have a right to citizenship in the Kingdom, but who will forfeit their citizenship if they fail to conform with the requirements which will secure its confirmation in the day of restoration. Christ was referring tot he attainment of citizenship by those who had not acquired it by birth and the loss of citizenship in His Kingdom by those who by birth had a right to it when He said:
“And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:11‑12)
Thus those within the Kingdom, in order to remain, and those without, in order to enter, must have their right to citizenship established through Christ. This is what Paul meant when he said:
“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” (Romans 11:32)
It is through Christ that God will have mercy upon His people, for He is the Redeemer of Israel and the Savior.
IMPORTANCE OF THE KINGDOM: The importance of the Kingdom in relation to the ultimate fulfillment of all the Divine purposes cannot be overemphasized. It is only by the administration of its righteous laws that poverty, distress and all forms of inequity will be banished from among men. Neither should it be overlooked that man’s future home, even after death, is to be on the earth itself, for this is the purpose of the resurrection. At that time, Daniel declares, the saints (God’s people) shall possess the Kingdom. (Daniel 7:27)
All the prophets looked forward to the day when the Kingdom would function upon earth in perfection. Thereafter sickness and every allied affliction will never again be experienced by its citizens. Peace, well-being, prosperity and happiness will be the portion of all who are privileged to live under its benevolent rule.
All men suffer today, both saved and unsaved, because as a nation we refuse to recognize our need of the Kingdom and its administration of the righteous laws of God. The proper administration of the laws of the Kingdom will bring peace, prosperity and an abundance of the needs of life to all of its citizens.
If the Kingdom is non-essential, or subordinate to personal salvation, then Christ and all the prophets were mistaken to stress the doctrines of the Kingdom and the blessings that would accrue to men when it is administered in perfection. Rather, they should have stressed the personal phase of the Gospel alone in line with the teachings and doctrines of many today.
But those who claim that personal salvation is the only thing that mattes belie their words in their very actions. Let their wages be withheld. Will they say it doesn’t matter? Let famine come; will the fact of personal salvation prevent them from suffering the pangs of hunger?
Let them be destitute of clothing and shelter in the cold and the storm; will they be warm and safe from the tempest? Let the thief and murderer walk in their midst; will they escape all this trouble? Let bribery and graft deprive them of their possessions and comforts; will they be contented? Let poverty and destitution be their lot; will they rejoice and be glad?
Let sickness lay them upon the bed of suffering and pain; will they be at ease and rest? Did those Christians in Russia and Eastern Europe under the rule of the antichrist Jews find freedom from persecution, death, torture, famine, misery, disease, rape, thieves, murderers; were they happy and rejoiced under their rule?
If we preach personal salvation to them without relieving physical suffering and troubles, will they still say, “It does not matter?” No indeed! They will ask that we also administer to their physical needs. This is the purpose of the Kingdom and its functions. Its laws, when properly administered, will bring freedom from want and destitution, will remove all sickness from our midst, and will bring such prosperity that Amos’ prediction will come to pass:
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed.” (Amos 9:13)
Until the Kingdom is restored in its full perfection, personal salvation will not guarantee freedom from trouble, although even now physical suffering will not separate us from the love of Christ:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:35‑37)
The restoration of Kingdom administration would remove such suffering and bring into everyday life physical comforts beyond man’s fondest dreams. Personal salivation is preparing men for citizenship in the Kingdom, but of itself it will not bring the blessings of physical well-being. This is clear from our Lord’s instruction to His disciples when He said,
“In the world ye shall have tribulation.” (John 16;33)
Christ said that we, Christian Israelites, will be murdered by the Jews, because they did not know Him or God. “They (the Jews) shall put you out of the synagogues (and churches): yea, THE TIME COMETH, THAT WHOSOEVER KILLETH YOU WILL THINK THAT HE DOETH GOD SERVICE. And THESE THINGS WILL THEY DO UNTO YOU, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN THE FATHER, NOR ME. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.” (John 16:2‑4)
When the present world order gives way to the order of the Kingdom, the days of tribulation will have ended. To what end, then, is the need for salvation?
It is through the calling of the Lord Jesus Christ to salvation and their acceptance of that call that men and women will be able to secure citizenship in the Kingdom of God and be assured of a right to any and all benefits of Kingdom administration.
Those who obtain Redemption and Salvation and strive toward the goal of perfection, having become truly overcomers, are assured that they shall rule with Him.
In other words, the objective of the overcomer is to obtain a place of authority and power in the restored Kingdom. The purpose of the Kingdom is the ultimate administration of peace throughout the Kingdom of Christ.
Some say His Kingdom will encompass the entire earth, but the Scriptures do not relate that. For if His Kingdom were the entire earth, then why does the Scriptures say there will be those outside the Kingdom who will not believe in God, that are murderers and etc.?
We find in Revelation 21:27:
“And THERE SHALL IN NO WISE ENTER INTO IT ANY THING THAT DEFILETH, NEITHER WHATSOEVER WORKETH ABOMINATION, OR MAKETH A LIE: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
For a second witness we find in Revelation 22:14:
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. FOR WITHOUT ARE DOGS, AND SORCERERS, AND WHOREMONGERS, AND MURDERERS, AND IDOLATERS, AND WHOSOEVER LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE.” (Revelation 22:14)
Let men recognize the essentialness of proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom as well as that of Redemption and Salvation, for the ultimate perfection of the Kingdom and its laws will provide a place in which those who are citizens will be able to live free from destitution, want and all the tribulations of the present world order.
THE LAW OF THE LORD: Nothing is more vital to Israel in the establishment of orderly governmental functions than an adequate system of jurisprudence. Law and order go hand in hand to produce liberty and peace.
It is self-evident that the perfection of the Kingdom can only be preserved by a reverence for and faithful adherence to its laws. This fact is made quite clear by Christs’ condemnation of all those who oppose the law:
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
This is a plain statement that among those who have obtained citizenship in the Kingdom of God, having accepted that Christ is their Redeemer and Savior, will be found some who, because of their opposition to the laws of the Kingdom, will find themselves occupying a place of obscurity there.
The commandments, or laws, to which Christ referred are not the ordinances of sacrificial worship. The laws of ritual and sacrifice were nailed to the stake as the result of the atonement accomplished by the death of Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world for the remission of sins. (Colossians 2:14) The ordinances comprised the law that was added because of sin (Galatians 3:19) and they were our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, through whom we are justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24)
In speaking of the laws which will be obeyed in the Kingdom, Christ we referring to the laws contained in the commandments, statutes and judgments. These comprise the Law of the Lord which has never been abrogated. In fact, Christ came to confirm and strengthen it, as He did in His discourse on the Mount. (Matthew 5)
RESTORATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: Both John the Baptist and Christ preached the Gospel of the Kingdom, declaring the need for the restoration of righteousness. Righteousness cannot be defined apart from the law and will only be restored through the administration of the perfect laws of the Kingdom.
For this reason Christ admonishes all of His followers who desire to be free from worry and fear:
“Seek, ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness (the laws of the Kingdom); and all these things (the needs of life) shall be added (given) unto you.” (Matthew 6:35)
IDENTIFICATION OF THE KINGDOM: The Kingdom of God (or the Kingdom of Heaven) is the Kingdom over which Christ is to reign upon His triumphant return to earth. In the annunciation to Mary, the Angel Gabriel declared that His Kingdom is the House of Jacob:
“And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom (the House of Jacob) there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:32-33)
The identification of His Kingdom could not be more clearly set forth. All we need to do is to study the history of the House of Jacob and identify the people who are their descendants in the world today.
We will then possess the necessary knowledge concerning the people who will ultimately grow into a great mountain (i.e., government) and fill the whole earth as Daniel foretold of the “stone cut out of the mountain without hands.” (See Study in Daniel, Chapter V, “The Kingdom Established by God.” Destiny Publishers, Merrimac, Mass. 01860)
The organization of the Kingdom of God upon earth is outlined in the 19th chapter of Exodus. Where God instructed Moses:
“Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel...Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:3-6)
This was a Divine pronouncement far-reaching in scope. It was not; indeed, it would not be, fulfilled by the generation that received these words from the Lord through Moses. His spokesman.
They were spoken to the “House of Jacob,” a title which usually refers to the people in their unconverted condition, rebelling against God. But Moses also commanded to “tell the children of Israel.” That is, the words of the Lord were to be told and retold to the descendants of “Israel” and this title designates their future destiny of “ruling with God.”
When the Lord said,
“Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests (administrators) and an holy nation,”
this was a promise for a future time, to become a reality in a day many generations later on. In Isaiah’s day it was still not an accomplished fact and the prophet looked forward in vision to its realization through the triumphant coming of the Prince of Peace, upon whose shoulder the government will rest.
Notice the process of fulfillment indicated by Isaiah’s words:
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:7)
The Kingdom of God cannot be defined apart from the people who are its citizens because they are an integral part of it and essential to its completeness. If you destroy the people, the kingdom will become nonexistent.
No less fundamental to the structure of the Kingdom are its laws and in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy the Bible records the giving of the commandments, statutes and judgments to the people of the Kingdom to be administered as the law of their land.
OPPOSING THE KINGDOM: The active opposition of many theologians, evangelists, the Clergy of Organized Religion and Christian leaders to the statement that the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Celtic peoples are the House of Israel, God’s Kingdom people, in the world today is based upon their intention that God has chosen no nation to be His own people.
YET, ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY GIVE THAT DESIGNATION TO THE ANTICHRIST JEWS; WHO HATE CHRIST AND GOD ALMIGHTY NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY TO THE CONTRARY.
Their position may be comparable with modern systems of theology, but it is not Scripturally based: nor does it recognize God’s continuing purpose to bless mankind through a race that He chose to serve Him and assume certain specific responsibilities in fulfillment of His plan.
On the “Hour of Decision” Sunday broadcast of November 7, 1954, the statement was made:
“We must not lull ourselves into complacency by thinking we are a chosen people immune from God’s judgment. The Bible says that God is no respecter of persons. The Bible indicates that God is no respecter of nations either, but ‘in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him.’”
This we take to be a challenge of the tenet of the Gospel of the kingdom which maintains that God has chosen a race which is today represented by the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Celtic peoples. At the outset the premise of this argument is false, for from no authoritative source has the statement ever been made that “we are a chosen people immune from God’s judgment.”
On the contrary NO RACE HAS BEEN MORE SEVERELY CHASTENED THAT GOD’S SERVANT PEOPLE, who were banished from their land and endured captivity among other peoples for a time at the commencement of a “Seven Times” term of 2,520 years of punishment. While this term of punishment has now expired, God is again bringing the pressure of adversity upon His people to compel them to keep the terms of their covenant with Him.
THUS SAITH THE LORD: When what the Bible says is taken out of its context, Biblical statements can be made to appear to support ideas which are contrary to Scriptural teaching. The attempt to adduce the statement, “God is no respecter of persons,” as evidence that God has never chosen a nation becomes absurd when this sentence is examined in its context.
Let us turn to Chapter 10 of the Acts of the Apostles from which this is quoted. Peter had gone up to the housetop to pray and he became very hungry. He fell asleep and in a vision he saw a sheet let down from heaven with all manner of animals and creeping things upon it.
A voice told him to arise, slay and eat, but Peter reported that he had never eaten anything common or unclean. The voice told him, “What God hath cleansed, that all not thou common,” and this was repeated three times.
When Peter awoke, he began to wonder about the meaning of such a vision. He knew it had nothing to do with eating, for no vision from the Lord would set aside the specific stipulations of the law that forbade the eating of certain animals.
As he pondered the matter, Cornelius, a Centurion, came inquiring for him. As the result of what followed, Peter explains the meaning of the vision by his own remark:
“God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” (Acts 10:28)
Then Peter gave as a part of this testimony the statement: “God is no respecter of persons.” But this has nothing whatever to do with the selection of a nation.
It pertains to the proclamation of the Gospel of salvation to individuals among the other nations who, through Christ, are acceptable to God:
“Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:34-35)
Smith and Goodspeed translates this:
“Now I really understand that God shows no partiality, but welcomes the man of any nation who reveres him and does what is right.”
To use this statement by Peter in an endeavor to destroy the teachings of the Scriptures regarding His Kingdom and His choice of a nation through whom He is to ultimately establish the administration of righteousness upon the earth is to do violence to the Word of God. Those who undertake to subvert the Scriptures for a purpose tread on dangerous ground.
God has indeed chosen a people to show forth His praise and the Angel Gabriel confirms the fat that this people, as a nation, was selected and chosen to be His Kingdom upon earth. By His death upon the stake Christ not only wrought salvation if they will only accept His call, thus becoming one of the redeemed of His people Israel:
“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
The attempt to assert that this is no longer true is completely refuted by the unequivocal authority of each Biblical pronouncement prefaced by “Thus saith the Lord.”
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, they Saviour.” (Isaiah 43:2-3)
PRESERVATION OF THE KINGDOM: GOD DOES NOT STATE THAT HE IS THE HOLY ONE OF ALL PEOPLES, OR NATIONS, BUT ONLY OF ISRAEL.
He declares moreover:
“...I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” (Isaiah 43:3‑4)
Why is God willing to give nations and people so that the House of Jacob may survive? The reason is found in an understanding of the relationship of the House of Jacob to the Divine plan of the ages. Because the House of Jacob is the Kingdom over which Christ is to reign, it is imperative that this Kingdom be preserved for all time.
If that Kingdom were destroyed, Christ would not be able to return to take the throne of His father David and reign over the House of Jacob forever. NOW YOU KNOW WHY THE JEWS SO DESPERATELY WISH TO DESTROY ALL OF THE HOUSE OF JACOB.
Satan is moving heaven and earth, through his children the Jews, in his endeavor to prevent the return of Christ and his desire could be realized if he could bring about the destruction of the Kingdom by annihilation of the Kingdom people.
In the same way that earthly rulers wills end the flower of their young manhood to battle and death to preserve their governments, God has decreed that He will permit nations and peoples to perish rather than allow His Kingdom to be destroyed.
It is only through the preservation of the people of the Kingdom that we can have any hope of the ultimate establishment of righteousness throughout the earth.
The whole message of the prophets, of the apostles and Christ Himself is predicated upon the triumph of His Kingdom over all the forces of evil.
Therefore, nations will perish and people will die in the agelong conflict to preserve the life of God’s servant people and the continuity of His Kingdom upon the earth. These two Divine objectives are identical.
SETTING THE BOUNDS: Furthermore, Moses stated that the Lord set the bounds of all nations according to the requirements of His people:
“When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” (Deuteronomy 32:8‑9)
From the very beginning when God apportioned the lands of the sons of Adam, and throughout succeeding generations, He has had the needs of Israel constantly in view. We are told that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.”
If, then, Jacob is the lot, or the measuring rod, of His inheritance, it follows that the earth and its fulness will belong to His people for their possession when the Kingdom of God finally becomes world-wide.
THE ROD OF CHASTISEMENT: Today God is dealing severely with His people and His judgments will accelerate until, as a nation, we become willing to do His will. When, in former days, His people decided to repudiate His covenant and become like the heathen nations around them, the Lord addressed a message to them:
“As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you...Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me.” (Ezekiel 20:33, 36‑38)
This is what the Lord God of Israel says through His prophet Ezekiel and it completely refutes the idea that because, as a people, we are obviously not immune from judgment, we are, therefore, not a chosen people.
The words, bearing the official stamp of “Thus saith the Lord,” show instead that His people are subject to rigorous penalties for their failure to perform the assigned tasks. God says He will pour out His fury upon them to compel a return to Him and the keeping of the terms of His covenant. The National call going out to His chosen servants today is:
“Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11)
This call is national in scope and is addressed to the people whom God has chosen; the race through whom the righteousness of the Law of the Lord is ultimately to be manifested to all nations.
To ignore or to belittle this aspect of the Gospel is to entirely miss the meaning of the coming restitution of all things through the triumphant restoration of His Kingdom in perfection on earth. Then the promise made by Christ in the Beatitudes will be fulfilled that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled.
THE LOST CITIZENSHIP: In his little book, “The Man Without a Country,” Edward Everett Hale portrays in dramatic style what it would mean to be a man without a native land or home, destined to wander from place to place throughout life. Sir Walter Scott alludes to the lonely frustration of such a predicament by the immortal words in his “Lay of the Last Minstrel:
“Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d,
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d
From wandering on a foreign strand!”
Blessed indeed, are those of whom God will say:
“And of Zion IT SHALL BE SAID, THIS AND THAT MAN WAS BORN IN HER: AND THE HIGHEST HIMSELF SHALL ESTABLISH HER. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.” (Psalm 87:5‑6)
THIS BLESSING THE JEWS WILL NEVER KNOW AS THEY ARE LOYAL TO NO NATION, AND CALL NO NATION THEIR HOME, NOT EVEN THE LAND OF PALESTINE THAT THEY HAVE STOLEN FROM ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS THE ARABS.
"ALTHOUGH THE JEWS HAVE APPEARED IN THE HISTORIES OF OTHER NATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES, THEY WERE NEVER ABLE OR WILLING TO ESTABLISH A NATION OF THEIR OWN. THEY REMAIN FOREVER DESOLATE IN THIS REGARD.
“The only way the Jews got possession of Palestine was by using other people to steal it from the Turks and Arabs for them. THE SO-CALLED ‘ISRAELI’ STATE IS NOTHING BUT A PARASITIC STATE, SINCE IT IS OCCUPIED BY PARASITES.
“The Jews get billions of dollars from Germany as 'reparations' and 'restitution payments' for its alleged 'war crimes' against Jews. They get billions more every year from the United States. It (Israel) has to steal or buy technology from Western nations as the Jews have not the creativity to develop their own.
“The Jewish state of Israeli would collapse in a minute without the continued support, protection and assistance from Jacob/Israel (The White Nations of Christendom). It is not, never has been, and never will be a self-sustaining nation." (Charles A. Weisman, Who is Esau-Edom?, pp. 27-28).
If this depicts the worth of the country a man claims as his own, what of those who, for earthly gain prestige and the pleasures of life for a season, jeopardize the continuity of their citizenship in the Kingdom of God?
For some the fateful day will most assuredly come when the verdict will be pronounced that will mean loss of citizenship and exclusion from His Kingdom. That there will be those who will be sentenced to make their abode outside the realm of the Kingdom is quite clear from the Scriptures. This will come to pass when God moves through His Son, Jesus Christ, to cleanse the Kingdom of all evil.
“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:41-42)
This ‘furnace of fire” will be severe tribulation, as the phrase suggests; elsewhere the affliction coming upon those cast out of the Kingdom is designated as a place called “outer darkness.” (Matthew 8:12)
CITIZENSHIP IN THE KINGDOM: Pride of citizenship in a nation is wholly justifiable under the administration of men. But how much more important it is to cover citizenship in the Kingdom of God over which Christ is to reign forever.
Nevertheless, there are those who are in the Kingdom by birth but who, because of their treasonable conduct, both by acts of commission and omission, are risking the loss of their citizenship. For those the danger of ultimate exclusion from home, land and country is a very real possibility when the Lord moves to cleanse His Kingdom of all unrighteousness.
Next to the value of the family is the importance of the government under which the family resides, of which its members are citizens. A good government exists to protect its citizens and provide for their general welfare.
To such a government all of its citizens owe their allegiance. Our forefathers expressed well the purpose of government in composing the Preamble of our Constitution:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.”
But the mere writing of a constitution, no matter how carefully drawn, would not, in itself, secure these blessings for a people, for they are the attributes of righteousness in the administration of law. “It is impossible to establish justice unless those entrusted with the enforcement of law are just.
It is impossible to have domestic tranquility unless there is equitable taxation (which is not confiscation of property) and unless thee is the proper distribution of the right to labor and possess wealth under a system of economics which would eliminate destitution and want; otherwise there will always be fear and an apprehension of the future. Certainly the general welfare cannot be promoted if one group of citizens is penalized in favor of another and more favored group.
Thus the functioning of a righteous government is fundamentally administrative; that is, laws must be administered that are just to all, from the humblest to the greatest of all our citizens. (Digest of the Divine Law, by Howard Rand, Destiny Publishers, Merrimac, Massachusetts 01860)
How, then, are the blessings of liberty to be secured with peace and prosperity assured the citizens of a nation? Christ answered this question when He said:
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God (the gospel of which was preached by both john the Baptist and Christ), and his righteousness (the perfection of the administration of His commandments, statutes and judgments); and all these things (the necessities of life, including peace and prosperity and all its accompanying blessings) shall be added 9that is, given) unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
The kingdom of which Christ was speaking; that is, the Kingdom of God, was established at Mount Sinai when Moses was instructed by God;
“Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and all the children of Israel...Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.” (Exodus 19:3, 6)
This is the Kingdom over which the Angel informed Mary Christ would reign forever, of which Kingdom there would be no end. (Luke 1:33) Its enduring character is typified by its emblem; the Stone, that Daniel saw smite the image upon its feet, for Daniel was informed:
“It shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:44)
The only logical conclusion that can be reached is that the Stone Kingdom of Daniel is the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is none other than the House of Jacob organized into a Kingdom at Mount Sinai. This is confirmed by Isaiah's great prophecy:
"Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
Following this identification of the Child born at Bethlehem as the one destined to take the reins of government and rule in righteousness, the prophet continues:
"Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:7)
It is from the Throne of David that perfect justice will issue forth to bless the whole earth with peace. It is the Kingdom over which the Throne of David rules that is spoken of as enduring forever and it is from this throne Christ will reign when He returns to inaugurate His administration.
Citizenship in this Kingdom comes to the seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob/Israel by right of birth. Under the terms of the Old Covenant, however, citizenship could be forfeited for certain offenses, for which the Bible declares a man would be "cut off" from among his people.
THE BILL OF DIVORCEMENT: When, as a result of national sins, the House of Israel was given a bill of divorcement and was repudiated by God as His people, it became necessary for God to redeem them from the curse of this law of separation from Him in order that they might again function as His Kingdom people.
Isaiah speaks of this bill of divorcement and through this prophet the Lord foretold His work of redemption in behalf of His people, to be accomplished through the suffering and death of the Messiah. (Isaiah 50 to 53)
The Prophet Jeremiah outlined the terms of the New Covenant, which would be put in force after the work of redemption had become an accomplished fact. The prophet declared:
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31‑34)
Some 600 years after this prophecy was uttered Christ was born and, by His Ministry, He fulfilled Malachi’s prediction:
“And the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant.” (Malachi 3:1)
Christ presented Himself at the Temple when He drove out the merchants and money changers. Thereafter He preached “the acceptable year of the Lord” according to His own announcement. (Luke 4:18-19)
THE NEW COVENANT: During His ministry upon earth Christ made the terms of the New Covenant clear, illustrating how the laws written upon the tables of stone were to be written into the hearts of His Israel people. (This is why you see the White Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Celtic peoples send aid of all kinds to the various non-Israelite nations in humanitarian relief) He changed no laws, but by His pronouncements He made their observance a thousand times more effective than the outward keeping of the law.
His emphasis was on keeping the spirit of the law and the necessity for a genuine heart relationship to God in order to attain true righteousness. Christ told His disciples:
“Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees (Jews), ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)
Outwardly the conduct of the scribes and Pharisees was the acme of decorum and piety, but in their hearts there was no love for the things of the Lord. In fact, Christ declared their hearts to be full of uncleanness, hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matthew 23:27-28)
The necessity to become the recipient of a clean heart through their Redeemer is the essence of the Gospel of salvation. If, then, the righteousness of those who enter the Kingdom must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees (The Jews), it follows that the attainment of the kind of righteousness required will be possible only through Christ as Lord and Savior. This makes Him the door, or entrance, by whom access is gained into the Kingdom of God, the terms of citizenship being those of the New Covenant. (John 10:7-9)
Circumcision of the flesh was required under the Old Covenant, but it is circumcision of the heart that is mandatory under the New Covenant. (Deuteronomy 30:6)
All those who, by virtue of their birth, are of the seed of Abraham, must now conform with the requirements of the New Covenant and experience circumcision of heart through the “new birth” in order to confirm the continuity of their citizenship in His Kingdom. Also, all those who are apart from the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob may enter His Kingdom by acquiring their citizenship through Christ.
PURGE OF THE REBELS: There will be many who, by right of birth, should be in His Kingdom, being the children of the Kingdom; yet, because they have refused to submit to the requirements of the New Covenant, they will forfeit their rights as citizens. In the day of harvest the Lord will send forth His angels to gather out of His Kingdom all who offend and do evil. (Matthew 13:41-42)
The Lord stated plainly through the Prophet the course He would follow in regard to His people:
“I will cause you to pass under the rod (of severe chastisement), and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.” (Ezekiel 20:37)
Then He states:
“And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me.” (Ezekiel 20:38)
A rebel is one who is in rebellion to the point of active resistance and those who are in opposition to the Laws of His Kingdom and refuse to acknowledge its actuality upon earth are in danger of being numbered in this classification.
The use of the word “purge” is significant here since it means “to purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure.”
Not every man and woman within the Kingdom will be found worthy in that day to inherit its spiritual and material benefits. The selections and rejections among His Kingdom people continue without abatement and out from among the selected race will come those whom God has chosen from the other people of the world.
Christ declared that many will come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel in the Kingdom, while the children of the Kingdom, i.e., the revels, shall be cast out:
“But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)
GROSS DARKNESS: It is impossible to describe the mental anguish that will come to those who, because of their refusal to comply with the conditions of citizenship, suddenly find themselves expelled from the Kingdom of God, separated from the place of their birth and the homeland of their friends.
What a loss it will be to have been born and to have lived in the lands of the Kingdom, only to face deportation on the very day of its perfection in righteous administration under its triumphant King!
To be sent forth into “outer darkness,” away from the light and glory of the restored Kingdom, suggests the severity of circumstances by contrast that will be nothing less than “a furnace of fire.” All those who invite this dread fate will be men and women without a country, condemned to become wanderers over the face of the earth, barred from entrance into the Kingdom of God whose laws they despised.
That a state of chaos and confusion will exist outside of the Kingdom is made quite clear by Isaiah the Prophet, who describes the Glory of the Lord coming to Israel and contrasts their light with the darkness that will afflict the nations around them:
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee, For, behold, the darkness shall over the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1-2)
Esau wept bitterly because of the blessing he lost when he despised his birthright. Equally so, those who despise their birthright of citizenship in the Kingdom will also weep bitterly as the full realization of the enormity of their loss dawns upon them when they are forcefully removed from the Kingdom and compelled to live where its justice, peace and prosperity do not extend. No wonder Christ declared there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!