The possession of the gates of his
enemy -- England now holds the gates of the world,
save at Constantinople -- Israel without a king -- Scattered
among all nations -- Ignorant of their ancestry -- Called by another
name -- Offspring of Abraham innumerable -- As a lion among the
beasts of tile earth -- Gathered from all nations, where they had
been scattered -- Gathered from the islands of the sea on the north
-- Joseph pushing the people to the ends of the earth -- The seed of
Abraham a blessing to all nations, how? --
2. Religiously -- Her missionaries -- The Bible -- Its translation, by whom made.
It was predicted that "Israel should possess the gates of
his enemy." (See Genesis 22:17.) By the term "gate," Cruden says: "Is the
entrance into a house or city." What gates then does England hold as it
respects the nations of the world?
1. England holds the gate to the continent of Europe, as she holds supreme control of the English channel.
2. Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria, and Cypress.
3. Suez, Aden.
4. Every gate on the south coast of Asia.
5. The gates to all the principal islands of the seas, and the only gate of any importance, not now ill the possession of England, is Constantinople, and this, it is believed, is to be certainly given into the possession of England. Thus this promise is actually fulfilled on England, and this becomes another evidence that England is indeed Israel. (It is said by high authority that England is not the proper term by which to designate the government of that nation embraced in the islands of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Ehgland is properly appropriated to one country, the same as Scotland, etc. But the term given to these four countries combined is "Great Britain," and to the government is The British Government.)
2. Again, Israel should remain long without a king. (Hosea
3: 4.) "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king."
The children of Israel did live without a king from the time of their
captivity into Assyria, B. C. 721, until the settlement of the
Anglo-Saxons in England, and the crowning of Egbert, A. D. 800, a period
of 1521 years. Here it may be asked, what other nation or people in the
world can claim this prediction as being fulfilled on themselves?
3. Again, My God will cast them away, because they did not
hearken unto Him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations." (Hosea
9: 17.) This prediction was uttered against the "ten-tribed Israel"
And nothing is more certain than the casting away of Israel, when they
were carried captive by Shalmaneser, and placed in the cities of the Medes
on the River Gozan. Here they made this their place of sojourn, for
at least a hundred years; during which time we have traced their
wanderings among all the then existing nations of Asia.
On leaving' Asia they "wandered" off to a land "uninhabited by man," a journey of a year and a half, to Arsareth, on the northwest coast of the Black Sea, which they made as their temporary home, until they should find a permanent abiding-place. Here they remained several centuries, wandering, in the meantime, among all the nations of Europe, but finding no resting-place, which ~hey might call home.
Next their move was over into Germany, where they pitched their tents, and made their home for a time in Saxony. Here they remained for a while without much wandering, seemingly that they might recruit their number, and their means as well, for their final migration into the isles of the sea, A. D. 449 to 570, where they might settle and be "wanderers among the nations" no more forever.
What have we now found as to the fulfillment of prophecy? I ask, is it possible to conceive of a more complete and literal fulfillment of prophecy than is here presented? And can any sane man ask for stronger evidence than is here given, that the Anglo-Saxon race are indeed the identical descendants of the lost ten tribes of Israel? Or can anyone point to any part of this evidence that could be made more clear and self-evident?
4. Ignorance of their ancestry. "Israel shall
remain many days without a king, and without a prince, . . . and without
an image, and without an ephod,
and without a teraphim." (Hosea, 3:4.) This prediction, it seems to me, must imply the utter extinction of all knowledge of their religious institutions, of their tribal relations, their language, and of their ancestry also; for', having lived 1,500 years without these institutions, how could it be otherwise?
5. Israel, called by another name. (Isa.
65:15.) "And he shall call his servants by another name." This
prediction has been literally fulfilled. The ten-tribed Israelites
lost their name immediately after their captivity, being no longer called
Israel, but Scuths, Sacae, Kunnri, Cimmerians, etc., and have retained
these different appellations until they were all combined into the name
"Anglo-Saxon," by which name they are known today, the world over.
Yet the world at large has no knowledge of the origin of the Anglo-Saxons. Indeed, but few of this very people have only now learned their own name as being Israelites, the identical descendants of the ten tribes of Israel!
6. The offspring of Abraham innumerable. "I will multiply
thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the
seashore." (Gen. 22:17.)
This promise has been interpreted by some as referring to the spiritual seed of Abraham, which is Christ. But the context shows no such allusion, for the whole scene has reference to the veritable land of Canaan, and to the fact of Abraham having not withheld his only son, on whom the promise rested. Now the promise is renewed and specified, that Abraham's literal seed shall become like the stars and like the sands, innumerable, and that this very seed should possess the gate of his enemies. This is certainly material, and not spiritual.
Now as to the present number of the descendants of Abraham, the exact census has probably not been taken. But enough is known to state that their number is more than one hundred millions of people, and that this race is increasing today faster than any other people on the face of the globe. Thus it is shown, the fulfillment of this promise to Abraham is now being actually accomplished. But the end is not yet; for the promise was not limited as to the time of its fulfillment.
7. "The remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, ill
the midst of many people, as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a
young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through, both treadeth
down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver." (Micah 5: 8.)
This is a very remarkable prediction. It is remarkable ill all its specifications:
(a) As to the principal agent in the work, "the remnant of Jacob;"
(b) next, the people specified, viz., the Gentiles in the midst of many people;
(c) the likeness of this remnant = as a lion and his works.
Now, in searching the world over, none can be found to whom this prediction can apply save the Anglo-Saxons alone, for they and they only have been among the Gentiles in the midst of many people, "as a lion among the beasts of the forests."
During the time of their sojourn in Asia they were literally "among the Gentiles," for all these nations had that name -- they were nations outside of Israel. And these "Gentiles" were truly in the midst of many people -- this part of Asia being then the most densely populated of all the world. And the history of the Scuths shows that they were triumphant wherever they went. ravaging wherever they went. And after these Scuths (i. e., Anglo-Saxons) came into Europe, their entire course was indeed "like that of a lion among the beasts," and "a young lion among the flocks of sheep." And this for more than five hundred years, until they became settled in Germany. Their many battles with Rome -- were they not all of this character? Did they not destroy the Roman army time and again? Did they not sack Rome itself, laying it utterly waste?
And this too, all alone "among the Gentiles," and "in the midst of many people"? What more perfect fulfillment can be conceived, of the prophecy, than is here shown in the wanderings of Israel, in Asia, and in Europe also.
8. Israel found among all nations. (Lev. 26:33, and Deut.
4:27, Amos, 9:9.)
All of these passages declare the same thing, viz.: "The Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you." And Jer. 29:14: "I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive."
These passages all have the same voice. The two former threaten the certain banishment among all nations, if they reject the commands of God; the others declare the certainty of their being gathered from all the nations whither they had been driven by God himself.
Now, that Israel has been thus scattered and banished among all nations, no one can doubt who has any knowledge of "Israel's wanderings;" nor can anyone doubt that God has now set himself to the 'total accomplishment of his promise -- to gather His people from all places among the nations of the world, whither he had driven them; the gathering the Israelites of the ten tribes out of all nations, where they have wandered, and thus bringing all into the isles of the west and planting them in those islands where they have grown to become the mightiest nation in the world, "high above all nations, at the head and not at the tail," is evidence of the fulfillment of these prophecies, and that the Anglo-Saxons are indeed the very descendants of the ten tribes who were carried captive into Assyria, and these were certainly "the seed of Abraham."
9. Zech. 2:6 "Ho! ho! come forth and flee from the land of
the north saith the Lord' for I have spread you abroad as the four winds
of heaven, saith the Lord."
This passage shows that God's people, Israel, would be dwelling at some future time in a north country, north from Palestine, and in islands. The prophet, Zechariah, spake those words, B. C. 519, at the very time of Darius's decree to return from Babylon. This prophecy could not refer, therefore, to Judah, who was in Babylon, for that country was directly east from Palestine, thus furnishing another collateral proof that this people in the north country were Israel, and not Judah. But. Israel has been proved over and over again to be now the Anglo-Saxons dwelling in the Isles of the North.
10. Deut. 33:17: "The firstling of his bullock, majesty is
his and his horns are the horns of the wild ox, with them he shall
push the peoples, all of them, even the ends of the earth." (Rev.
version.) "They are the ten thousands of Ephraim. And they are the
thousands of Manasseh."
This passage is a portion of the blessing which Jacob pronounced concerning Joseph. In the former part of the blessing Jacob says, "Joseph is a fruitful bough; a fruitful bough by a fountain. His branches run over the wall," teaching plainly that Joseph was to extend his sway far beyond any others of his brethren; that in all things pertaining to earth he was to have the preeminence. And then he comes to the matter of his conflicts with the peoples of the earth, all of them; that he should push them, so as to overcome in all places, even to "the ends of the earth." Now this is found to have been fulfilled up to the present time to the very letter. In "Israel's wanderings" throughout Asia it has been shown that in all conflicts with the nations they were always triumphant; but the prophets everywhere indicate Joseph as the leader of the hosts of Israel. Then, when Israel enters Europe it is still Joseph who is the captain of the Lord's host.
Here, also, he is always conqueror, never defeated. And after they have become settled in the isles of the sea, these Anglo-Saxons, i. e., Joseph-Isaac, spread out on all sides, colonizing in America and in the islands of the seas, "pushing the people, all of them, even the ends of the earth." How emphatically true is this of the aborigines of America everywhere. They have been pushed by Joseph, as by the horns of the wild ox, until they can go no further, both in the United States and in Canada also. And this is all done by "the ten thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh"!
Now is it possible to conceive of a more perfect fulfillment of the promise made to Joseph than we have presented here in the history of the Anglo-Saxons? If so, let it be made known.
11. The blessing promised to Abraham, "In thee shall all the
families of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 12:3, and 18:18, and
22:18.) It is well to note the thrice-repeated (Whoever examines the
passages referred to will find the promises thus repeated.)
assurance of this promise, and the nature of this promise. It is not
a promise of anything special to Abraham, either spiritual or temporal;
but the thrice-repeated promise is of good to others -- even all the
families of the earth, and this through the veritable seed -- the
descendants by birth of Abraham.
What then are we authorized to look for as the fulfillment of this promise?
In the first place, as this is a promise made by God himself, the promise must embrace the highest welfare of the nations of the world, and this highest welfare must embrace the greatest blessings, both spiritual and temporal.
By temporal blessings is meant a national government based on the divine law, which may be called "civil or political liberty."
And a spiritual blessing must embrace all of the revelation made to man in the Bible for his highest good -- which may be termed "religious liberty." These two terms, as I think, embrace everything of good relating to man here on earth. Our first inquiry, therefore, shall be:
First, of Civil or Political
Liberty. By this phrase is meant a constitutional qovernment based on the
divine law. But where shall we look for such a government?
There can be but one answer to this question. The only constitution
in this world, based on the divine law, was originated in England, by the
Anglo-Saxons, who are the very descendants -- the seed -- of
Abraham.This statement needs no illustration, for the
history of the world shows this, if it shows anything, to be true.
What, then, is the effect of this constitution? Webster declared, thirty years ago and more, that England has under the benign reign of her constitution the highest degree of prosperity ever attained by any nation on the face of the earth. In her domestic relations, in her civil affairs, and in her political affairs, she stands preeminently higher than all other nations of the world. And what was true forty years ago is still more conspicuously true at the present day. Hence the fact that England is confessedly "high above all the nations of the world" in wealth, in military -- but especially in naval power -- in educational, and, indeed, in everything that constitutes national prosperity. Further, this constitution is universal in its sway over all the colonies of Great Britain -- all English-speaking nationalities. All of these show in an equally high degree the great blessings of political liberty, equal, I say, to that enjoyed by the mother country.
But the influence of this divinely-founded constitution stops not here. In all the governments of Europe, there is not one which does not feel the healthful influence of the constitution of Great Britain. All, even the most monarchical of them, are incorporating the principles of a constitutional government such as England has; and, indeed, it is said there is not a nation in the world but that feels the benign influence of the political institutions of Great Britain.
As another evidence of the wonderful prosperity of England, may be mentioned this fact that the Republic of Uruguay, in South America, has recently borrowed $59,000,000 from an English syndicate for the purpose of internal improvements. A part of' this money is to be expended in improving the harbor of Buenos Ayres, but the principal part in the construction of railroads. This item of $59,000,000 is secured by giving to England bonds to run thirty years, paying six per cent. interest. So this is another of the many loans made by England within the last few years, to be added to her already $9,800,000,000 which is now loaned to many nations, while she borrows from none.
In like manner the United States are reported to have attained a degree of eminence, unparalleled in the history of the world. And this because of the constitution she adopted, at her birth, viz.' "A constitution, based on the Devine Law," "Political Liberty."
2. Let us next consider the "spiritual blessings." This
blessing embraces everything of good, as has heretofore been stated,
contained in the Bible. In the illustration of this subject, it is
necessary to inquire what this Anglo-Saxon people have done and are still
doing for the accomplishment of' this object.
The whole Christian world has been classed under three heads, viz.' The Greek Church, the Roman Church, and "the Protestant Church". In this last division are embraced the Anglo-Saxons, i.e., the English-speaking peoples; all Protestants. What, then, have these done toward fulfilling the promise of blessing the world spiritually? ( It should ever be borne in mind that the blessing promised to all nations, was to come through (by means of) Abraham's literal seed -- the natural descendants of Abraham.)
To say nothing of what the Greek and the Roman churches may or may not have done, the Protestants have manifested, during this present century, a desire to execute the charge given by Christ to his disciples, "to preach the gospel to all nations," such as has never before been witnessed. Early in this century, a society was formed in England, called the "Church Missionary Society," the object of which was to send missionaries to lands where the gospel was not known. Soon this was followed by the "British and Foreign Bible Society," whose object was the printing and publishing Bibles.
These societies soon began to be felt in their influence abroad, when other societies were organized in the United States and at home; and in England these societies were multiplied to such a degree, especially the "Missionary Societies," that one society was formed after another, until now these societies are numbered only by the number of different denominations of Christians, both in England and in the United States, and also in all the English colonies. And the number of missionaries has increased in like manner, until they are counted not by the hundreds only, but by the thousands even are they numbered, so that they penetrate all hinds, the extreme corners of the earth, and the islands of the sea, and in all the wide ocean. But how do these missionaries go, and what is their mission: Not as the Jesuits, who go with a shut Bible, teaching' Mariology, but these go with an open Bible, proclaiming Christ with a loud voice, and at the same time beginning to teach the English language, so that it is now known, if the reports of these same missionaries are to be believed, that in every nation and in every, principal tribe, among where these missionaries have gone, in the whole habitable world, the English language is now being taught. Thus fulfilling the prophecy of Zeph. 3:9, "For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one consent." How wondrous are the ways of' God! "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasures."
But what further about this Bible which is now
heralded among all nations? This blessed volume is now found to have been
translated into all the principal languages of the world -- some say two
hundred and fifty, others say more. But who has done it? By
whom has this mighty work been accomplished? Has France done
it? France may have made a translation from the original
scriptures into her own language, But has she ever translated this Bible
into amy other language? Spain! what has she done? Spain may
have translated it into her own language -- may have -- but what
more? Italy-- Rome, what has she done'? Rome has indeed, translated
the Latin language! But; has she done anything more? Who can
tell? So of all the Greek and Roman nations. (By Greek and. Roman
nations is meant those nations held by the Greek and Roman
Churches.) Is there one that has attempted even to translate the
Bible into some foreign language?
The question therefore is still unanswered. Who has done this mighty work? I answer: The Anglo-Saxon race. And they alone have translated this revelation of God to man into every principal language of the known world.. And not this only. They have printed this Bible in every one of these translations thus made, and sent by their missionaries these same Bibles into all lands. Then in England and in America this Bible is published in the English language millions upon millions every year; and by their colporteurs these Bibles are sent abroad, so that every family speaking the English language may have a Bible in their house, to read under their own "vine and fig tree," with none to molest or make afraid.
Now it may be asked here, Is this, or is it not, fulfilling the promise to Abraham -- "In thee and thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed"? Is there any further or other blessing conceivable contained within the lids of the Bible, blessing for mankind, that is not found in this promise to Abraham? And is it possible to conceive of any other fulfillment of this promise than that delineated above? I wait for a reply. (Here also, let it be borne in mind, that Christ is the crowning glory of all these blessings, both spiritual and temporal. Through Him comes the vivifying power, making in all cases the blessings effectual.)
Now is it just, or wise, or common-sensical even, when a prophecy received in all ages by the Church of God as divine, when this prophecy shall have been shown to have its literal fulfillment, is it wise to hesitate about receiving this fulfillment, especially where it is not possible to conceive of any other mode in which the fulfillment of this divine promise can be made manifest?
Concerning unfulfilled prophecies, we may well hold ourselves in doubt, for no man knows either the time or the manner of fulfillment of any future prophecy; for God hath revealed this to no man -- no not even to the angels in heaven -- this hath God reserved in his own power; and all that man can do -- even what he is commanded to do -- is to observe the "signs of the times," and to mark such things as the word of inspiration has said will be found to precede any and all of the prophecies uttered of old. Here, and here only, is solid ground. The manifest fulfillment of prophecies is open to the inspection of all, and that according to the very words of the prophecy freed from the philosophy or dogmas of men, but chained to the word of the living God. If this is not safety, there can be no safety. If this is not wise, then how can we know the meaning of wisdom? If this is not common sense even, then must we find another definition for common sense, than the unanimous decision of the human mind on those subjects on which it decides.