OF TRUE ISRAEL
Part 5 of 9
by Lt. Col. Gordon "Jack" Mohr, USA Ret.
(Honorary Brig. Gen. C.E.D.S.)
"The Lord hath poured out upon you (Israel) the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets (preachers) and your rulers (politicians), the seers hath He covered . Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me. . . Therefore, behold, I will do a marvelous work and a wonder among them: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent (those who take part in the political process) will be hid." - Isaiah 29:10, 13
ISRAEL COMES TO THE ISLES
There is much evidence that Israelites first came to the British Isles in very early times. Isaiah 24:15 indicates that God would glorify His people Israel in the Isles of the Sea, listen to these words: "Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel IN THE ISLES OF THE SEA." (Emphasis added.)
It seems wonderful to me, that we as a Christian nation, can approach God and know the truth of Romans 8:29, 30 - "For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified."
There is no key which will unlock an understanding of the Scriptures, more than the knowledge that the promises of God are "sure" and that we, the Anglo-Saxon and related people's are God's ancient people of Israel. I cannot understand this, any more than I can understand how God took an old reprobate like Jack Mohr and made him a watchman on the walls of Israel-America. But He did and I thank Him for it every day. By a like token, I cannot understand how the Nations of Christendom can be the Israel of Scriptures, but I believe it, because they bear all the "fingerprints," all the "identifying marks" of Scriptural Israel and because God has promised this.
Once you understand this, you will be filled with a deep humility. It will not be a "holier than thou" attitude, of this I can assure you. It will be a humbling experience, for you will then realize the tremendous responsibility we Israelites have, to fulfill God's will in our lives and in our country, so as to bring blessings to the rest of the world.
It is very probable, that not one Christian out of a thousand has ever heard of the SONNINI MANUSCRIPT. This document professes to be the concluding portion of the Acts of Apostles. It gives an account of Paul's journeys, after his two years enforced residence in Rome. It is written in the same style as Acts, and reads like a continuation of that book. It was found in a copy of "Sonninis Travels in Turkey and Greece," and was purchased at a sale in the library of the Right Honorable Sir John Newport, in Ireland. Along with this, was a document from the Sultan of Turkey, granting C. S. Sonnini permission to travel in all parts of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire.
The document on the lost chapter of Acts, was presented to Sonnini by the Sultan and was translated from the original Greek. This manuscript was found in the archives of Constantinople and was translated in 1801. Here are a few of the excerpts from it:
Vs. 1 - "and Paul, full of the blessings of Christ, and abounding in the spirit, departed out of Rome, determined to go to Spain, for he had a long time purposed to journey thitherward, and was minded also to go from thence to Britain." (Compare this with Rom. 15:24, 28.)
Vs. 2 - "For he had heard in Phonecia that certain of the children of Israel, about the time of the Assyrian captivity, had escaped by sea to the isles afar off, as spoken by the prophet, and called by the Romans, Britain.
Vs. 3 - "And the Lord commanded the gospel to be preached far hence to the Gentiles, and to the lost sheep of the House of Israel." (See Acts 22:21; 9:15.)
Vs. 4-6 gives a brief account of Paul's preaching in Spain. Then verse 7 says that Paul sailed for Britain and vs. 8 tells how he was greeted courteously by a great multitude when he landed there.
Vs. 9 - "And on the morrow he came and stood upon Mount Lud (Ludgate Hill, the present site of St. Paul's Cathedral) and the people thronged at the gate, and assembled in the broadway, and he preached Christ unto them, and they believed the word and the testimony of Jesus."
Vs. 10-12, Gives Paul's prophecies for the latter days, culminating in Christ's return.
Vs. 13 - "And it came to pass that certain of the Druids (British native religious priests) came into Paul privately, and showed by their rites and ceremonies that they were descendants from the JUDEANS which escaped bondage in the land of Egypt (this would have been about 1491 B.C.) and the apostle believed these things, and he gave them the kiss of peace."
It is interesting to note that Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea (313-338 A.D.) said: "Some of the apostles passed over to the British Isles,"
Theodoret, Bishop of Cypecus in Syria, states that he believed Paul visited Britain, after spending two years in "house arrest" in Rome.
In the city of Sandwich, Kent, England, is an old house called "the House of the Apostle." Tradition has it that Paul stayed here.
It is also interesting to note that Paul's prediction: "nation's shall come to worship on the mount," came true in the form of the magnificent church which now stands on this site.
It is also interesting to note that in Vs. 10, Paul was supposed to have predicted: "Behold in the last days, the God of peace shall dwell in the cities and the inhabitants thereof shall be numbered; and in the seventh numbering of the people, their eyes shall be opened, and the glory of their inheritance shall shine forth before them . . ."
Some skeptics, such as Olinger, will no doubt say: "This is a fake document someone made up to try and prove their point of view. But let me state that the Sonnini document was translated in 1801 and the seventh numbering of the British people took place in 1861. The first numbering of Britain, "census" was in 1801, with 16,237,300 people recorded. The second was in 1811 with 18,509,116; the third was in 1821, with 21,272,187; the fourth in 1831 with 24,392,485; the fifth in 1841 with 27,958,143 and the sixth in 1861 with 29,571,644. It was during the late 1860's and the early 1870's, that the people's eyes began to be opened and the Anglo-Israel Movement began.
While you may not choose to believe this ancient document, its tone is spiritual and it has a remarkable characteristic of prophetic utterances and its character is purely gospel with no hint of heresy of any kind. Could it be that the reason fundamental and evangelical scholars refuse to accept these ancient British and Irish documents is because they refute their theory concerning the Jews, and thus their entire prophetic dispensational concept?
WHO WERE THE DRUIDS?
Many historians in recent years have tried to downgrade Anglo-Saxon history by referring to early Britons as "Naked, painted savages." But the records of Julius Caesar, show them to have been a highly educated, intelligent people, with a strong spiritual belief and an unquenchable love for freedom. There were ancient universities in Britain, that had been there hundreds of years before the Romans invaded the islands.
In many places in Britain, one can find the sites of "pre-Christian" fire altars. They are always on the summit of a hill, reminding us of the Old Testament places of heathen worship. In England, the Druids worshiped the sun and it is not uncommon today, to find English churches built on the summit of a hill. (The name Churchill comes from this association.)
As the Christian faith began to replace the former pagan worship of the Druids, the places of Druid worship were often taken over by Christian churches.
The Bible throws a great deal of light on the worship of "pre-Christian" times. The existence of these "high places" reveals pagan idolatry and tie in the British with the backsliden Israelite tribes who practiced the same kind of worship. (See Numbers 22:41; Deut. 12:2; 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 16:4.)
After the death of Joshua, about 1400 B.C., Israel was already turning to idolatry, even before they entered the Promised Land of Palestine. There were some restoration under David and Solomon and towards the end of Solomon's forty year reign, we read: "For it came to pass when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods . . . For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians (this is where we get our Easter celebration) and after Milcom, the abomination of the Ammorites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord . . . Then did Solomon build a HIGH PLACE to Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the HILL which is before Jerusalem.
It was this spiritual decline which led to the corruption of God's people, so that by the time Ahab became king (874-857 BC) a large body of Baal priests were maintained by the king and queen. (See 1 Kings 16:30-33.)
While there was a partial turning to God, after the Prophet Elijah destroyed the priests of Baal as recorded in I Kings 18:40, Israel never completely returned to God and this precipitated their overthrow and captivity by the Assyrians in 722 BC. (2 Kings 17:6-23.)
Some scholars believe that Israel returned to the true worship of God, on their trek through Northern Europe to THE APPOINTED PLACE. I personally doubt this, although there is some evidence of Israelite worship found in the monuments which are scattered along their route of march. Who would have taught them regarding the true religion? Hosea 3:4, 5, prophesied "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without a teraphim: afterwards shall the children of Israel return and seek the Lord their God."
In Ezekiel 36:20 we learn further about Israel among the heathen: ". . . wither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them (the heathen), these are the people of the Lord. In verse 24 we read how God would gather Israel from among the heathen and "I (God)... will bring you into your own land." (THIS WAS NOT TO BE OLD PALESTINE, BUT THE APPOINTED PLACE.)
This was to be fulfilled as Israel, moving north and west, as a nation, would embrace Christianity and become His witnesses throughout the earth. A greater fulfillment of this prophecy is yet to take place, (see Jeremiah 31:31-33.)
As we study more about ancient British Druid worship, we still find ve~tiges of the Old Testament faith. While idolatry was at the heart of their worship, the outward form had been changed to confirm to man's desires. Just as much of modern Christianity has been changed from the Apostolic faith, so man can "do his own thing," so the Israelite worship in the Isles had changed and Druid worship was a religion of compromise with the old faith.
The religious orders found in Druidism were similar to the religious orders of God's Israel people. There was a Chief Druid or "High Priest," who presided over the temple ceremonies. There were "officiating druids" similar to the Levites; there were "Musicians and singers," just as there were in ancient Israel.
The British Druids were influential people who often served in the homes of British nobility.
Both Hebrewism and Druidism had a breastplate for the High Priest, which were almost identical. Each has a similar priesthood. Each priesthood was exempt from taxation and military service. Both taught the Mosaic record of creation, of the fall of man, and of a coming Messiah. In fact, Druid worship was similar to Hebrewism in some of its basic aspects, that it became easy for these Israelite people to see the truth in Christianity and accept it.
Julius Caesar often said that the strength of these unusual people came because they believed in life after death, although this was not what the Hebrew religion taught. Hebrewism taught that man was a ''living soul,'' not that he was "immortal."
The Bible tells us quite plainly that we are not "immortal," but that we can put on immortality through Jesus Christ (see 1 Tim. 6:16.) Christianity offers us the hope of RESURRECTION and ETERNAL LIFE in Christ's coming kingdom, HERE ON THIS EARTH, not in some nebulous far-off place the seminarians call heaven. (See Job 19:25-27; John 11:25.)
WHAT ARE THE LATTER DAYS?
The promises to Israel were to be fulfilled in the "latter days," (Gen. 49:1; Dent. 4:30; Jeremiah 23:20; Hosea 3:5; Ezekiel 38:8.)
Moses speaks regarding Israel (not the Jews) in Dent. 4:30 - "When thou art in tribulation (extreme trouble) IN THE LATTER DAYS."
In Hosea 3:5, we learn that "Afterward (a long period of not knowing who they were, see vs. 4) shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king (Christ); and shall fear the Lord and His goodness IN THE LATTER DAYS."
Daniel 10:1 tells us this period of darkness will be long - in fact it lasted 2520 years. Then in verse 4, "Now I am come to make the understanding of what shall happen to thy people IN THE LATTER DAYS."
From Genesis to Daniel - from the very beginning of the Israel nation in Gen. 12:2, 3 until a long time after they were carried away captive, the prophets speak of what will happen during that age and during the age which you and I now live in.
I have often said that we are living in the most exciting age of human history. More of the ancient prophecies have been fulfilled during my lifetime than at any other time in history. I believe we are entering the time when we will see the Lord return to take His rightful place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and I pray I may live to see that wonderful day. MARANATHA!
A study of the Bible reveals that TIME, as we understand it, is divided into two main parts. Former TIME, which refers to the ages from Creation to the first Advent of our Lord. (Religious tradition sets this at about 4,000 years. I refuse to be dogmatic about this, since I do not believe we have any actual proof to substantiate it.) The LATTER DAYS, are those from the death of our Lord, to His triumphant return. A few minutes of honest Bible study with a good reference will confirm this.
We Identity people have been accused of believing that Christ will set up His Kingdom after the "millennium" - how utterly ridiculous! We are now living in the Days of the Gospel Dispensation and this will end when Christ, as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, sets up His earthly Kingdom. (Read 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-8; Heb. 1:1, 2; 1 Peter 1:4, 5; 2 Peter 3:1-9; 1 John 2:18,19; Jude 18.)
Let's take time to examine only one of these references as found in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 - "This know also, that in THE LAST DAYS, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof . . ." Brother, Sister, if you can't see these things taking place before your very eyes today, it is because they are deliberately shut.
I believe we are about as far from the birth of Christ, on this side of the dividing line, as Abraham was on the other. Our Lord was born in 4 B.C. and about 1921 years before that, God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees, to become the father of a great nation and a company of great nations. He was called for a special purpose.
1921 years after the birth of Christ, the Israel General Allenby, marched into Jerusalem with Israel (not Jew) troops and liberated the city from the heathen "treading down" of Luke 21:24.
I have already mentioned how the nation of Israel was to suffer for 2520 years as punishment for her sins. After that she will be restored. So because of this, we can expect to see the rebirth of Israel and the moving of the Jews into Palestine, and the forming of the Israeli nation in 1948, was not the rebirth of Israel as our pastors have told us. This is the "Pseudo-Israel" spoken of in Rev. 2:9 and 3:9, which will be destroyed.
One of the bitterest opponents of Identity, states in a recent book: "The strong appeal of Israel-Identity lies in their militant nationalism and patriotism. But are they really patriotic? We will seek to show how the unregenerated man can never please God. We will seek to show that the patriotism of Israel-Identity is sin.
"The Word of God declares: 'Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people!' this constitutes a good Biblical definition of true patriotism. A true love of one's country will prompt one to promote natural righteousness. It will stir one to reform it of its national sins. It will labor to bring the nation in-to the favor of God. It will not be concerned with worldly power position and prosperity of the nation, its status in the sight of other nations, but will concern itself with the nation's status in the sight of a holy, just and righteous God." (I can say AMEN TO THIS. I believe it and preach it, as do most of the Identity pastors I know - AUTHOR.)
He continues: "It will recognize that without the Lord's blessings all these are but an act of vanity and futility and that none of these can defend the nation from the chastening hand of an angry God.
"True patriotism will lead a nation to national repentance . . . It will call for mourning and fasting and a humbling of the nation before God. It will not rail against God's chosen instrument .
"The Identity people are like the Israelites of old (we should be, since we are their offspring - AUTHOR), in the years before their captivity . . . Our national enemies are reviled and scorned. They are traduced (deformed) on the basis of their race. They are railed against as the wicked enemies of the people of God, as the instruments of Satan, as the epitome of all evil. Then we hear the siren song, that America is the Chosen Nation, that the Anglo-Saxons are the Elect People. We hear that God will be with us and we will ultimately prevail with a great victory. It is taken for granted by these people (Identity) that God will overthrow our enemies for their wickedness and prosper us for our righteousness. To them, it is unthinkable that the 'seed of Cain' should triumph over the 'White Adamic Race.'
"To seek to save America by a message of racial identity, to proclaim that if America would only acknowledge her racial identity and covenant status, she shall be saved, is to heal a deep hurt very slightly. It is to preach the false peace of old. It is to lure a nation to certain destruction. They will never confess that communism is a scourge of the Almighty, to punish a wicked and apostate civilization." (UNQ.)
This tirade is interesting, since it comes from a man who is well-known in the "evangelical" camp. This is the same group which has violated God's law by promoting "race mixing," in the name of Christian brotherhood. This is the same group who along with the fundamentalists; has promoted the most vicious enemy of Christ, Christianity, and freedom, making them out to be the CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD. This man is one of those who "helps the ungodly, and loves them that hate the Lord," (see 2 Chronicles 19:2).
For years, fundamentalism and evangelicalism has preached the message "get men and women saved and they will change the nation." And in past decades, we have seen millions garnered into the church, as they sign commitment cards, stating that they have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord. We have seen the establishment of churches by the thousands; we have seen billions of dollars spent to reach men, women, boys, and girls for Jesus Christ. Yet during this same period, with an estimated 45-million "born again" Christians in America, we have seen the greatest spiritual, moral and economic debacle in American history, as our beloved country has gone to hell at an amazing rate. Can they blame this on Identity teaching?
Identity theology, contrary to what this writer says, teaches the necessity of not only personal, but national salvation. (You may not realize it, but over 2/3rds of the Bible deals with national salvation.) Most fundamentalists and evangelicals have followed the first step in Christ's Great Commission of Matthew 28:19, 20 and have led men and women to Jesus Christ, many times superficially, I'm sorry to say, by their "milquetoast preaching" of a soft Gospel. But they have almost completely forgot the admonition to "Teach them whatsoever I (Christ) have commanded you," and therein lies our national trouble.
Those of you who have read my writing, or heard my messages on tape, know that one of the major points I stress, is that America, as God's Chosen People MUST repent, before the Formula for our Survival, found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 can take effect. Over and over I have emphasized that our problems are not caused by the Jews, or the aliens in our midst, but are caused by disobedient Israelites who want to "do their own thing," rather than follow God's law.
Let me use but one quotation from my message titled FORMULA FOR SURVIVAL.
"Why is God's law so important to us in this age of grace? It is because it effects each one of us and through us the nation. In 1 John 5:2, we are told: 'By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. For this is the love of God, that we WALK IN HIS COMMANDMENTS . . .' " (Emphasis mine.)
Does this sound to you as though the Law has been abolished? Of course not! In John 15:15, Christ says: "If ye love me, keep my commandments (law)." Does this refer to the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament? Of course not! This is what was taken care of on Calvary, once and for all. But the law still exists and we are further told in I John 3:4, that "Whosoever committeth sin, transgresseth also the LAW, for SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW." (Emphasis added.) This means that in order to do away with the law, there can be no sin.
Yet Scripture tells us that if we say we have no sin, then the truth is not in us. In other words, we are liars!
Why is it so important for America to keep God's Law? As Christians, we are told in 1 John 3:22, that our prayers will be answered according to our obedience: "Whatsoever we ask of Him, we receive of Him, BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS (Law), those things which are pleasing in His sight."
God's Law was written for our protection against the wicked and for our happiness. According to this law, the punishment for murder is death; the punishment for kidnaping is death; the punishment for homosexual practices is death; the penalty for rape is death. Our Judges have no right to determine a penalty which has already been declared by Almighty God. Our courts were not brought into being to make the law, but to determine the guilt or innocence of those brought before them.
In this same pamphlet FORMULA FOR SURVIVAL, I go on to discuss some of America' major problems, crime, national defense, national debt, all caused by disobedience to God's Law. Notice this statement:
"By now, you may want to ask. Who is to blame? Is it the communists? The Jews? The liberals? The alien people? NO! While all these have a part in the destruction process, they are not the problem. The problem in the final analysis is that America has gone down the drain, because the Christian people of this country, the WHITE ISRAELITE PEOPLE, have refused to do what God requires of them."
Does this sound as though I preach the way my critic said?
As America has broken her covenant with God, we have seen our Armed Forces humiliated on the battlefields of Korea and Viet Nam, by countries smaller than most of our states. We have had our noses rubbed in the dirt by banana republics like Iran and Panama. Why? Because we broke God's Law and this is what He predicted would happen. In Leviticus 26:19, God says: "I will break the pride of your power . . ." In Deuteronomy 28:24, we are told the result of disobedience: "The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust; from heaven shall it come down on thee, until thou art destroyed." Vs. 25 - "The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies . . ." Vs. 33 - "The fruit of thy land, and all thy labors, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up . . ." Vs. 43 - "The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low." Vs. 44 ". . . he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail." Why? Vs. 47 - "Because thou servest not the Lord Thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things." It goes on to talk about unknown diseases which will plague us and famine. We are very close to this right now, with the AIDS epidemic and the food shortages which loom on the horizon, as our farmers suffer from lack of rain. How long will it be before we wake up and call on the Lord? How long will it be before we confess our sins to Him, ask His forgiveness, and ask Him to heal the land? We can pray until we are "blue in the face," but the Bible indicates that God will not even listen to us, until we get into the right spiritual relationship with Him. In Isaiah 59:1, we are told that the Lord's hand is not "shortened" that He cannot save. Nor is His ear heavy that He cannot hear." But the problem occurs in Vs. 2, which says: "But your iniquities (Hebrew "'avown" meaning: ''perversity'') have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear." So before you pray for God to save America, remember, you MUST get your heart in the right relationship with Him, for Him to even hear your petition. When enough Christian people in America wake up to our responsibilities as His people; when we realize who we are, and what God expects of us, then we will see a mighty effort on the part of our people to get right with God. When this happens, the revival will come which will save America and bring our wayward people back to Him. Then, and only then, can God's marvelous machinery go into operation to bless us. So, my white Christian kinsmen, your fate is in your hands! What will you do about it?
We have the solution for America's problem. We know the Formula for our Survival. Will we be bold enough to follow it? In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we find a promise which was made to our ancestors, which I believe is just as relevant for us today. Many of you know it by heart. "If my people WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME (Christian), shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways: THEN will I hear from heaven, and WILL FORGIVE THEIR SINS, and WILL HEAL THEIR LAND!" (Emphasis added.)
This is my answer to those who say: "Identity has tried to bypass Calvary."
The Bible tells us that this is what will happen in these LATTER DAYS. One of the great events which will take place is recorded in Ezekiel 38:16 - "And they (Russia) shall come up against my people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the LATTER DAYS . . ." This event, is apparently part of the battle of the Great Day of God, as found in Zechariah 14; the book of Joel; Ezekiel 38 and 39, and Revelation 16. For an in-depth study of Ezekiel 38 and 39, write for my book A NEW LOOK AT EZEKIEL 38 and 39. This battle will be terminated by the return of our Lord.
A~t this time, He will destroy the enemy of His people. THERE WILL BE NO RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH, instead the "wicked" will be removed, and the "righteous" will remain behind to help govern the earth. (See Matthew 13:37-43, 47-49.)
Baptist evangelist, Jack Van Impe, in his fantasy, ISRAEL'S FINAL HOLOCAUST, p.130 says: "Students of Bible prophecy have long expected a Russian invasion of the Mid-East. He then quotes from a book by Dr. Harry Ironside: "In the last day, the final head of the Russian people will look with covetous eyes upon the great developments in the land of Palestine. They will determine that Russia must have her part of the wealth produced there."
But that's not what the Bible says. In Ezekiel 38:8, it says that the country attacked, will be "gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have always been waste." There is little doubt in my mind, that during this war, the nation of the Israeli will be attacked and destroyed. But the major Russian attack will not be against the Israeli. That is not where their nuclear weapons are pointed. In spite of what Dr. Ironsides said about the wealth of Israel, they do not have enough to keep going without tremendous handouts each year from the United States. Their own leaders have openly admitted that without U.S. aid, the Israelis would collapse within six months. The natural wealth of the Israelis does not qualify in vs. 12, which states that Russia will attack this country "to take a prey, to turn their hands upon the desolate places which are now inhabited, and upon a people that are gathered out of all nations, which have gotten cattle, and goods . . ." That's not a picture of the Israeli. According to their own figures, they have less cattle in all of Israel, than we have in many counties in the United States.
Vs. 16 says they "will come up against my people Israel . . . You don't "come up" to go from Russia to Palestine, you "go down." But "go up" to get from Moscow into the heartlands of the U.S. and the logical invasion route, as any military tactician will tell you, is over the North Pole. Anyone with the intelligence of an average fifth grader should be able to tell you that Russia has not spent hundreds of billions of dollars, building up a military machine second to none in the world, just for the purpose of attacking "little old Israeli" in Palestine. The target, as they have told us over and over, for more than seventy years, will be the nations of Christendom, especially Canada and the United States.
Van Impe continues his fundamentalist "fairy tale" by saying: "The Russians know they will be marching to the Middle East to take a spoil . . . Sheba and Dedan, represent a few Arab nations who will not attack Israeli. The Merchants of Tarshish are the Western powers who at this time will be under the control of the anti-Christ (they have been for over fifty years - AUTHOR.) This war between Russia and Israel (he persists in calling the Jews, Israel - AUTHOR), must take place when the Jews are dwelling safely in their land."
But if this is true, then this event will not take place in the near future, since the Jews are not dwelling safely in Palestine. And the attack against the people in Ezekiel 38 and 39, is against a people who are dwelling without bars and gates on their towns, and this is not true of Palestine.
THE NEW COVENANT
Many Christians have been taught that in this Church Age, we have become completely divorced from the Old Testament. They do not realize that the New Covenant in Jesus Christ can be found complete in the Old Testament, yet there it is in Jeremiah 31:31-37. It clearly states: ". . . I (God) will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. .. it will be different from the one I made with your fathers in Egypt, they broke that one, even though I was a husband to them - but in those days (THE LATTER DAYS we have been speaking about), I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people . . . and they shall ALL know me. . . for I will forgive them and remember their sin no more." (PARAPHRASED.)
God then goes on to show that His covenant is eternal, as He says in Vs. 36 - "If those ordinances depart from before me . . . then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before me forever." He was speaking of the sun, moon and stars and said in essence: "As long as the sun, moon and stars exist, so long will there be a nation of Israel."
The writer of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament, confirms this in 8:7-13. In verse 7 he has been discussing the Old Covenant and mentions that the Levitical priesthood was but the forerunner of the perfect priesthood of Jesus Christ, which was to come under the New Covenant. Verse 9 is an almost exact quote from Jeremiah 31:32, while verse 10, parallels Verses 33, 34 in Jeremiah 31.
This covenant is ABSOLUTELY UNCONDITIONAL. God does not say: "If you obey me, then I will bless you," as He did in the Mosaic and Palestinian Covenants, He says in this New Covenant: "I WILL and they SHALL." We read here what God is gomg to do, regardless of what men or devils try to do to get around it. There will be no circumventing this plan of God. In common language: "You can't get around it; you can't get over it; you can't get under it. IT IS SURE!" Praise God, He has a plan for His people which cannot be changed.
Read very carefully the following references both in text and context. ("Text" meaning the principle part; "context" meaning the parts which surround it.")1 - New Covenant with the House of Israel Jeremiah 31:31-37; Hebrews 8:8-13.We of Israel Identity believe and preach with few exceptions, that the ceremonial laws and the laws of sacrifice were blotted out, having been nailed to Christ's cross and that man is no longer judged by the keeping of those laws. But the other laws, regarding personal conduct, health, and well-being of the nation are still in effect and have not been changed under the New Covenant.
2 - An EVERLASTING COVENANT with Israel Isaiah 61:8; Jeremiah 32:37-40.
3 - ISRAEL shall be my people, I shall be their God -Jeremiah 32:38.
4 - They shall not depart from me Jeremiah 32:40.
5 - They shall join themselves to me Jeremiah 50:4, 5.
6 - The BLOOD of the NEW COVENANT Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24.
7 - CUP OF THE NEW TESTAMENT Luke 22:20.
8 - This is the COVENANT I will make with them Hebrews 10:16, 17.
10 - I will put a new spirit within them Ezekiel 11:19.
11 - I will give them a new heart and a new spirit Ezekiel 18:31.
12 - I will give them a heart of flesh Ezekiel 36:26.
13 - I will sprinkle clean water on them Ezekiel 36:25.
14 - I will cleanse them Ezekiel 36:25.
15 - I will cause them to walk in my statutes Ezekiel 36:27.
16 - They shall be my people Jeremiah 30:22; 31:1; Romans 9:25, 26; Ezekiel 11:20; Jeremiah 24:7; Hosea 1:10; 2:23.
17 - It will not be for your sake, but for my Holy Name's sake Ezekiel 36:22, 23.
18 - I the Lord have spoken it and I WILL DO IT Ezekiel 36:36.
19 - I will yet for this be inquired of by the House of Israel to do it for them ("Enquire" - Hebrew "da rasch" meaning: "to question; seek after; to ask.") Ezekiel 36:37.
De Borer claims that we attempt to "bypass" Calvary. While some of our Identity people have returned to the Old Testament feasts ordained by Moses, I do not know of one who says that personal salvation is not necessary. We have clearly seen this change of heart, in such passages as Hebrews 8:10 which says: "I will put my LAWS into their mind, and will write them in their hearts."
This New Covenant has absolutely no effect on either the Abrahamic or Davidic Covenants. It does not change or alter them in any way. It is an enlargement on these earlier covenants. The New Covenant rests on the blessed base of Christ's blood sacrifice for our sins, which secures for us eternal life, if we are willing to appropriate it.
Under the Mosaic Covenant, obedience was through fear (Hebrews 12:25-27), but under the New Covenant, obedience comes through a willing heart. Paul says in Gal. 3:24 -"Wherefore, the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ." When we come up against the Law, we see how it is impossible for us to keep it in our natural, carnal bodies. We know from 1 John 3:4, that "sin is the transgression (breaking) of the law." We know from Ezekiel 18:4, 20 and Romans 6:23, that "the soul that sinneth, it shall die!" So in our desperate search for a method to escape, we are driven to Christ as the only m~ans of our salvation. The Law shows us the ONLY WAY and secures our personal relationship with the King, as a believer (Hebrews 8:11) and frees us completely from the bondage of sin, (Heb. 8:12, 10:17.)
In the Old Covenant, the blood sacrifices were necessary for salvation. They were a symbol of the coming sacrifice of the Lamb of God. The Old Testament saints were saved by grace, through faith, just as we are today. They looked ahead to the "perfect sacrifice" of God's Son, as we look back on it. Both groups are saved, not through the keeping of the law, but through faith in the Son of God. The Law is for our welfare, both spiritual and physical; it has nothing to do with salvation.
The New Covenant rests upon an accomplished Redemption: "For this is my (Christ's) blood of the New Testament (Covenant), which is shed for many, for the remission of sins," (Matthew 26:28; see also 1 Cor. 11:25.)
In Heb. 9:11, we read: "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building." Continuing in Vs. 14: "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." (Read also vs. 18-23.)
In this New Covenant, God refers to Himself as the "Husband of Israel," therefore we know that the "Israel nation," not the "church" is His bride.
The Abrahamic Covenant formed the Israel nation. The Davidic Covenant created the Royal family from which the Savior would come, and which has, and will rule until He comes as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The New Covenant shows the redemption, purification and restoration of Israel, under the rulership of Jesus Christ, YASHUA!
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