House of Joseph
Winston Churchill in his three addresses at Fulton, Missouri, the Virginia Assembly and New York City, has clearly indicated what would be the trend of events in the future relationship of the two section of the English-speaking peoples.
One could almost breathe the air of the prophets of the Old Testament in his wishful thinking aloud. The one phrase missing was that well-known introduction to Old Testament prophecy, namely, the four simple words, “Thus saith the Lord.” But Churchill, while he does not claim to be a prophet can sense the shape of things to come.
One must remember the Winston Churchill was a half-Jews and one of the higher ones at that, so he was privy to information that most are not allowed to see. The continuation of the plans for the Jewish Plans for World Conquest.
These lines from the poem Fetus well describe the atmosphere that was there when he gave those speeches:
“There are points from which we can command our life; When the Soul sweeps the future like a glass; And coming things, full freighted with our fate, Jut out, dark, on the offing of the mind.”
It is unnecessary to quote long extracts from his addresses; all of us have read, or heard reports of these three occasions, and these reports should be kept for future reference, quotation and study. It will be well to study what we think he said, or what we think he should have said. Here are two quotations selected for our special notice. The first is from the Fulton, Missouri speech, from The Times of March 6th, 1946:
“We ought, as I said to the congress of the United States, as in the dark hour of 1941, to walk together in majesty and peace...That this is our destiny, or, as most of us would put it, the will of God, seems sure and certain. How it is to be expressed, and in what way and in what hour it is to be achieved I cannot tell...I read the other day that an English nobleman, whose name is new to me, stated that England would have to become the forty-ninth state of the American Union. I read yesterday that an able editor had written that the United States ought not to be asked to re-enter the British Empire. It seems to me, and I dare say it seems to you, that the path of wisdom lies somewhere between these scarecrow extremes.”
As you read this, one must remember that the Jews who control England tricked the American people into going to war against our brother and sisters in Germany in World War I and World War II. It was not our Israelite brethren in the British Empire so-called, at the time but the Jews who were, as always, working from behind the scenes to make war in order to further destroy The Israelite Race.
To Anglo-Saxon Israelites on the west of the Atlantic, and to British Israelites on the east of the Atlantic, what do these foreshadowings of union indicate? We hold the view that the Tribes of Israel were assembled first in the British Isles after their sectional treks across Europe from “Halah and Habor by the River of Gozan, and the cities of the Medes,” their residence while they were in the Assyrian captivity.
This was the region which now includes Azerbaijan, a Persian name which is the equivalent of Halah, mentioned in 2 Kings 17:6. Halah in the authorized version is Khalakh in the Ferrar Fenton translation. Both the Persian and the Hebrew names mean THE LAND OF FIRES in their respective languages and these two names locate the captivity of our ancestors in the oil districts of the Southern Caucasus.
Having been assembled by the will of Yahweh in Great Britain, one portion (Ephraim) broke away to become the United States., as foretold in Isaiah 49:20. Afterward Manasseh and the tribes of Israel, his companions (Ezekiel 37), located in Great Britain and, subsequent to the loss of “the other” i.e., Ephraim, evolved into a company of nations, also as foretold in Genesis 35 and 48. Therefore, the suggested “walking together in majesty and peace” can only mean to cast out the Jews and that would ultimately mean the fusion of Ephraim and Manasseh into the House of Joseph.
House of Joseph
This thought was naturally caused many to consult Young’s Concordance to find out how many mentions there are of the House of Joseph in the Scripture, and the result is certainly interesting for both sides of the Atlantic. The House of Joseph first appears in Joshua 17:17; 18:5; then in Judges 1:22-35; afterward in 2 Samuel 19:20; and 1 Kings 11:28. All of these are historical references and relate to the history of Palestine.
When we reach the prophetic books the first mention is in Amos 5:6, which Ferrar Fenton describes as “The Lament for the House of Israel.” The second is in Obadiah’s single chapter in verse 18, about which more later. The third is in Zachariah 10:6-7, in which Judah and Joseph are linked together, evidently by warlike events, which are most certainly in the future. The fourth double mention is in the New Testament in Hebrews 11, and the references are to the distant past in Palestine. The fifth is in Revelation 7:8 which refers to the sealing of the tribes. Manasseh is especially mentioned in verse 6 and Joseph in verse 8.
The result of this bit of research work is to discover that Obadiah and Zechariah are the only prophets who especially refer by name to the House of Joseph as a reunited people in a long distant future period.
Obadiah’s Single Chapter
This is a running commentary on the past and future of Edom, Esau, Turkey, and, terminating as it does with still future events in the Middle East, it clams our special attention. One of the best official commentaries on Obadiah is in The Westminister Commentaries series, in the volume edited by Dr. G.W. Wade, Canon of St. Asaph. Another excellent commentary is in The Century Bible, Vol. I, “The Minor Prophets,” edited by R.F. Horton, M.A., D.D., for some time chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. We will quote from both of these authorities.
Dr. Wade on verses 15 to 21 writes:
“The tenor of the contents of the book here undergo a change. The remainder is concerned not with a past judgment that has already overtaken Edom exclusively, but a future judgment awaiting the heathen world in general, including, but not confined to the Edomites...Previously Edom has been singular; and Israel has been referred to in the third person; but in verse 16 it is the Israelites who are address in the second person plural.”
This admission dates the fulfillment and identifies the actors. Incidentally, it also nullifies the usual higher critical denials of authorship and their habit of referring to prophecy as history, etc., which invariably crops up in modernist writings from which it is not necessary for us to quote.
On the words “the day of the Lord” in verse 15, Dr. Wade writes:
“This term denotes a signal manifestation (in the nearer or remoter future) of Jehovah’s activity which the populace and the prophets of Israel alike looked for, but to which they attached a different significance.”
Dr. Horton writes on verse 15:
“Here the prophecy widens and Edom only appears as a typical enemy of Jehovah, who is to be punished with the rest of the universal triumph of Israel.”
Obviously this comment takes us to the future Armageddon period.
Jacob and Joseph in Verse 18
Dr. Wade writes:
“These stand respectively for the two branches, or erstwhile kingdoms, of the Israelite people whose reunion is anticipated (Notice the higher critical selection of the word ‘anticipated’ for the more direct words ‘predicted’ or ‘foretold.’) by the writer as by other prophets.” (See Isaiah 11:11-13; Jeremiah 3:18, 30:3; 31:5-6, 27; Ezekiel 37:16; Hosea 1:11; 3:5; Zechariah 10:6. It is suggested that you look these up these reference and read them carefully)
Dr. Horton, on these same two names, writes:
“The northern Israelites are not, in this fair version of ultimate victory, united with their southern brethren. (Compare Jeremiah 3:18; Ezekiel 37:16 and Zechariah 10:6) In Isaiah 11:13-14, etc., this ‘united’ overthrowing of Edom is foretold.”
Remember that Edom is in modern Jewry per the Jewish Encyclopedia.
If there are no Tribes of northern, known as the House of Israel, now in existence, as is taught by the modernists and others, how can Edom be overthrown by the united efforts of long lost Israel and the never-to-be-lost Judah? Lost Israel would have to be recreated, or discovered somehow and somewhere in order to play their foretold part in this future world crisis. The natural answer to this query is the discovery of the continuity of Old Testament history in present day history. There is no break; the continuity is proved by the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy in current history.
Here is still another comment by a third higher critic, the late Dr. Driver Professor of Hebrew at Oxford. His interjected remark, only serves to throw into prominence his difficulty in placing the events in past history, for the very simple reason that this foretold event has not yet happened. This quotation is from page 318 in his well-known standard word Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament:
“In verse 15 to 21 Obadiah returns to dwell upon the retribution which awaits Edom. A ‘day of Jehovah’ is near upon all nations: the escaped of Judah, united (as it appears) with the restored ‘House of Joseph” (compare Jeremiah 31:5 and 27), and endued with irresistible might, WILL EXTERMINATE THE HOUSE OF ESAU...and Jehovah’s kingdom will be established.”
Let us analyze these remarkable admissions. The “Day of Jehovah (Yahweh)” dates this event as being in the Armageddon period, which is the great theme of prophecy. The, we do like the two words “escaped” and “restored,” used to describe the two sections; namely, the Jews and Israelites. The first obviously refers to those Israelites who escaped the extermination policy of the Jews, their assassins, their concentration camps, where over 50 million perished. The restored House of Joseph can only refer to the regathering of the Tribes of Israel in the United States of America. If we are respectively Ephraim and Manasseh; to use Churchill’s phrase are we not “walking together” even now by our join commission sent out to study the Jewish/Palestine problem on the spot?
These two verses give much trouble to the commentators, who advance the wildest theories in their attempt to fit them into the history of Palestine before Yahshua. As there is no historical record of any return of northern Israel to Palestine, we get a jumble of evasions, suggested inaccuracies in the text, and supposed errors of history and geography, perpetrated by later editors of Obadiah’s writings, all of whom are unnamed and unknown. Unfortunately for those modernists these Bible prophecies claim to be inspired by divine foreknowledge of future events. Therefore, we know we are on much safer ground when we look to the future for their fulfillment. And our fath in prophecy is strengthened as events in the middle East are showing the great probability of a literal fulfillment.
“So Shall the Eternal Reign.” This is Moffatt’s translation of the concluding words of Obadiah’s prophecy. They seem more positive, if that were possible, than the authorized rendering: “And the Kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”
Ferrar Fenton also retains the personality of the reign by translating it: “But the Kingship shall be for the Lord.” Thus Obadiah concludes his prophecy with the vision of the personal rule of Yahweh with His executives, His people Israel. This does not mean the Jew only; it means Judah “and” Israel; the English-speaking peoples, having their united religious metropolis in the New Jerusalem, the United States of America, the city of the Great King. If you would like a synopsis of this even in definite language, pay close attention to what Micah prophesied in Micah 4:1-7)
But to the modernist commentator who knows nothing of the modern identity of Israel, seeing only the Jew in the Bible and in the world, the final verse of Obadiah’s prophecy has to be explained away, and this is how it is done by Dr. Wade:
“Although the context here involves a narrow racial conception of Jehovah’s Kingdom, which is viewed as established through the supremacy of Israel over the other peoples, the prediction has found, and is finding, a more universal and spiritual fulfillment through the extension of Christianity, which though originating in the midst of Judaism, but has been detached from it, and with such detachment has shed the idea of Jewish sovereignty over the Gentiles.”
Thus do the modern Doctors of Divinity dismiss the Jew and ignore Israel, substituting the church. We ask in amazement if it is the “church militant” who will yet overthrow Edom, that the Scriptures may be fulfilled!
Now we refer briefly to the other prophetic mention of the House of Joseph referred to in our opening remarks. Here is Ferrar Fenton’s translation for comparison with the authorized version:
“For I will strengthen them, the House of Judah, and the House of Joseph, and will establish them, because I pity. So they shall not be as castaways, for I am their Ever-Living God, and will help them. And Ephraim will become a hero. Then their hearts will rejoice as with wine, and their children will look on and be glad. The hearts will laugh to the Ever-Living.”
Dr. Driver’s comment reads:
“Endued with new strength, they will thereupon vanquish their foes; the banished Ephraimits will return; Egypt and Assyria will both be humiliated; and the restored nation will walk in obedience to its God.”
The name Ephraimits is here used as the leader of all the Tribes and, therefore, includes Ephraim and Manasseh. Assyria has already been humiliated and Egypt’s desire for independence will end in failure, even though it has been granted for a brief period. Dr. Gore in his New Commentary supports this meaning of Ephraimits in this remark:
“The restoration of Ephraim, the House of Joseph; that is, the norther tribes of Israel, carried into exile, or scattered at the fall of Samaria before the Assyrians. (See 2 Kings 17:6 and following verses) Perhaps we have here a wider reference to all the dispersed; of Judah as well as Israel.”
Thus we have in these two prophecies by Obadiah and Zechariah a description of the final period of war in and around Palestine waged by Israel; a victorious Israel under the leadership of the House of Joseph.
After such a complete and final victory there is certain to be a great national celebration. Even this is foretold in prophecy for the Bible is a very human document and nothing seems to be omitted.
“And in this mountain (kingdom, nation) shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feat of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain (nation) the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tars from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:6-8) ASV
We should try to fathom the real meaning; to go beyond a mere surface reading. We should try to visualize the words in action; let us make an effort to do so. Armageddon will have been fought and won; the Holy Land will have been cleansed of the havoc of war by the burying the dead and the burning of the implements of war according to the full details given by the prophets. Then follows the elaborately prepared Feast of Celebration.
Perhaps we shall get a fuller conception of its unique character if we compare translations. It will be unique, because at that feast it will be officially announced that long lost Israel is at last completely identified. Afterward we will not have to tell people about our being Lost Israel; nor will we continue to point out the Biblical dissection between Israel and Judah for it will then be an accepted fact!
Here is Ferrar Fenton’s translation:
“Then the great Lord will make for all Tribes on this Hill, A feast rich with marrow and well-prepared dainties, and grape juice well thickened by age; And remove on this Hill the Veil veiling the Tribesmen, And the covering that covers it from all the Heathen; And the Lord Ever-Living destroy death for ever; and wipe tears from each face; And turn from the earth the reproach of His people; So the Living Life says!”
The Amplified Bible Translation renders it:
“And on this Mount [Zion] shall the Lord of hosts make for all peoples a feast of rich things [symbolic of His coronation festival inaugurating the reign of the Lord on earth, in the wake of a background of gloom, judgment, and terror], a feast of wines on the lees‑‑of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And He will destroy on this mountain the covering of the face that is cast over the heads of all peoples [in mourning], and the veil [of profound wretchedness] that is woven and spread over all nations. He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it. [1 Cor 15:26,54; 2 Tim 1:10.]” AMP
The translation by Professor G.H. Box:
“And Jahveh Sabaoth will make on this mountain for all the peoples A feast of fat Kine, a feast of old wine, Of fat Kine full of marrow, of old wine well-refined. And on this mountain He will annihilate The veil-surface that veils all the peoples And the covering that is woven over all the nations; (He has annihilated death forever) And the Lord Jahveh will wipe away tears from all faces, And the reproach of His people will He remove from off all the earth. Jahveh has decreed it.”
As a fourth translation The Polychrome Bible, by Professor T.K. Cheye:
“And on this mountain will JHVH Sabaoth make to all peoples, A feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, Of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well strained. On this mountain will he annihilate The veil which veils all peoples, Yea, the Lord JHVH will wipe away tears from all faces, And the reproach of all His people will He take away throughout all the earth; JHVH has spoken it.”
You will notice that Professor Cheyne has omitted the line, “He will annihilate death forever,” and in his elaborate notes he points out that this is the original is an Arabic idiom, and quotes an Arabian poet to show that the more correct rendering should read, “He will destroy sorrow forever.” This would agree with the wiping away of tears from all faces. It will be noticed also that Professor Box has put this line inside parentheses, showing that it seems to be something of an intrusion requiring explanation.
Dr. Wade’s note on the sixth verse of the chapter is very helpful:
“In the beginning of the Lord’s reign in Zion will be accompanied by a Coronation Feast, which will not be confined to the Jewish (Should be Israelite) community, but extended to all surviving peoples who have been brought by the judgment to recognize the Lord’s supremacy.”
The three main points that stand out in unmistakable prominence when reading these translations are:
First: The Celebration of Victory by an elaborately prepared feast in the New Jerusalem, the United States of America, which is sufficiently mundane to resist all attempts at spiritualizing and symbolizing.
Second: The end of the quest to discover who the Tribes of Israel; and not only so, but other nations and peoples will be correctly identified.
Third: An era of world-wide peace and freedom from fear, oppression and injustice, and everything that causes sorrow to all on the earth. For all will then live under the law which shall proceed from Zion, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem, the city of the Great King.