A Compnay Of Nations

   
In the book of Genesis, we find the intriguing prophecy that predicts
that God will make of Israel "a nation and a company of nations."
(Genesis 35:11) Various British-Israelite adherents encompassing what
is called Christian Identity or Israel Identity have
widely sought to interpret this passage as proof that their version of
the so-called "lost tribes" scenario is accurate.

   
This teaching tells us that the Northern tribes of Israel that were
carried off into captivity as a result of the Assyrian war in 756 BC
ended up settling in the British Isles and became the British

- and subsequently the Americans. In
addition to the English branch of Freemasonry, this "British
Israelism" was a staple of the doctrines put forth by Herbert W
Armstrong and his World Wide Church Of God.

   
While there is some evidence of at least a partial Israelite presence
in Western Europe during Old Testament times, the Scriptures plainly
contradict the "lost tribe" scenario. In II Chronicles,
decades after the Northern 10 tribes had been dispersed we find
good King Hezekiah seeking to re-unite Israel in Jerusalem.
The Bible tells us:

"Hezekiah
sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim
and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at
Jerusalem, to keep the Passover unto the Lord God of Israel. So they
established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from
Beer-sheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover
unto the Lord at Jerusalem...So the posts went with the letters from
the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah...saying Ye
children of Israel, turn again unto the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, who
are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. So the post
passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh,
even unto Zebulun; but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked
them." (II Chronicles 30:1,5,6, 10)

   
This priceless passage provides us with several important details
concerning this period. First, we see that Hezekiah knew where
the Israelites were as he was able to send them letters. Second, if
they were in slavery at that time, how would they be able to receive
correspondence from their free brethren? Third, the "posts" were
only sent to the land of Israel ("from Beer-sheba even to Dan")

- precisely where one might expect to find
Israelites.

   
We also see that although the call to repentance was heavily rejected,
at least a remnant responded. That remnant of Israel was said to
encompass "a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim,
and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun" (II
Chronicles 30:18) in addition to the Levites, Benjamin
and Judah who were already at Jerusalem.

   
While the text implies there were other Israelites that were not
present at the great convocation (II Chronicles 30:21), we see that
"the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people." (II
Chronicles 30:20)

   
It is not inconsequential that in the very next chapter after Hezekiah's
reforms are completed we see that "Sennacherib, king of Assyria,
came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities...."
(II Chronicles 32:1) This is a solid indicator that the Assyrians
were well aware of the regathering of Israel under the sceptre
of Judah
(Genesis
49:10) and wanted to decisively suppress any spiritual resurrection of
their hated foe. This is a further indication that the leadership of
the nation that was once collectively called Israel had shifted
from the Northern kingdom to the Southern kingdom based in Jerusalem.

   
As Assyria came against Hezekiah and Judah, the
Lord intervened and crushed the massive Assyrian army (Isaiah 37:36)

- thereby paving the way for a further
repatriation of Israelites back to their native land. The fact that
many chose not to return is seen in the statement relating to
the great Passover kept by Josiah

- Hezekiah's great grandson

- in which the text again seems to imply
that not all the children of Israel were present. (II Chronicles
35:17)

   
Seven hundred years later, Jesus Christ walked the
streets of Jerusalem saying He was sent "unto the lost sheep
of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24). When He instructed His
disciples not to go to the Gentiles, but to "go rather
to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 10:6), there is
no indication the twelve sailed up to England! Indeed, Israelites
were found throughout Judah as well. For example, in Galilee Jesus
sees Nathanael and exclaims "Behold, an Israelite
indeed, in whom there is no guile!" (John 1:47)

   
While "Identity" proponents continue to point at evidence of an
ancient Israelite presence in various Western nations in order to
support their system of Anglo pre-eminence by connecting the prophecy
that Israel is to be "a company of nations" with the British
political dominance of the 19th and 20th centuries, they usually fail
to mention the substantial evidence indicating the Hebrews had already
gone around the world during the time of Solomon

- several hundred years before the
Northern tribes were deported to Assyria. For example,
archaeologists have now found paleo-Hebrew inscriptions in Tennessee
that go back 3,000 years!

   
At this point it may be instructive for the reader to recall the
peculiar custom of how the American Indian tribes are all called nations.


   
In North Carolina, native Americans known as Machapunga circumcise
their infants and have ceremonial practices eerily similar to Old
Testament ritual. Familiar customs which parallel Israelite practices
are seen in the Savanna Indians from the banks of the
Mississippi. Astonishingly, deep in the middle of the New Mexico
desert, an ancient stone inscription of the Ten Commandments
has been found

- written in an archaic Hebraic script. The
truth is, the Israelites appear to have planted their seed all over
the world

- and centuries before the Assyrian
deportation at that.

   
Writer William Dankenbring has demonstrated that the Yuchi
Indians of Oklahoma keep a festival which is clearly derived from
the Israelite Feast of Tabernacles. He writes how "they are
racially and linguistically different from their neighbors. Every year
on the fifteenth day of the sacred month of harvest, in the fall, they
make a pilgrimage. For eight days they live in `booths' with roofs
open to the sky...." (True Discoverers Of America, W Dankenbring).

   
The origins of these tribes are all dated long before Columbus
supposedly "discovered" America. In fact, the evidence suggests
that the Israelites (or the indigenous peoples emulating the
Israelites) quickly became dominant forces in many of these ancient nations.
Furthermore, some of these global contacts even predate the formation
of Israel as a people. For instance, in Genesis we read
how Cain, who apparently wandered to distant lands "builded
a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son
Enoch." (Genesis 4:17)

   
Although archaeologists have excavated extensively around the fertile
crescent where Eden was believed to have been, no city with
the name of Enoch has ever been found
. However, Tenochtitlan
was an important ancient city that carries the name

- the only problem is, Tenochtitlan
was the capital of the Aztec empire and later
became known as Mexico City!

   
Further South, the Peruvian Incas have been repeatedly linked
to the ancient land of Ophir

- where Solomon was said to
have significant interests in gold mining. There are linguistic
connections that show the likelihood of this South American connection
to the Solomonic throne. For instance, writer Hugh Fox has
shown a clear connection between the Quechuans of Peru
and the Phoenicians

- who were employed in the sea-faring
transport of gold on behalf of King Solomon in 1000 BC. (Gods Of The
Cataclysm, Hugh Fox)

   
William Dankenbring, citing
historians like Fernando Montesinos from the 17th century,
points out that Peru was named for the Pirua dynasty.
This word is sometimes pronounced with the sound of an F

- as is Phirua. The
linguistic cognate to the Biblical place Ophir is
striking.

   
Other historian-researchers, such as video producer Simcha
Jacobovici, are convinced they've located Israelite tribes
scattered all over Central Asia. Old Testament verses tell us "the
king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah
and in Habor, by the river of Gozan...." (II Kings
18:11) In the border region between modern Afghanistan and Northwest
Pakistan is the Khyber Pass

- which is pronounced in a similar fashion
to "Hybor." In the immediate vicinity is a river with the name of Gazni
and a city named Harat

- very similar to the Biblical place names.

   
The region is dominated by a people called the Pathans who
follow a pre-Islamic code known as the Puchtanwalli

- a harsh version of the Old Testament
legal system. The 15 million strong Pathans say they are
Musa'ha

- or the people of Moses. Filmmaker
Jacobovici, narrating in his magnificent video The Quest For The
Lost Tribes
, has shown the Pathans have multiple tribes known
as Rabani (Reuben), Levani (Levi), Shinwari
(Shimon), and Gadun (Gad). The Pathans most numerous tribe is
called the Ephriedi

- whereas the most numerous Israelite tribe
was known as Ephraim.

   
Jacobovici also traces the
Israelites to Bukhara and Samarkand in Uzbhekistan,
Burma, India, and even China. In several
instances, they were associated with a people group that ruled
significant portions of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in the 5th
and 6th centuries AD. In other words, they ruled a company of
nations
.

   
While there is a considerable amount of data concerning the multiple
migrations of ancient tribal groups associated with the Israelites,
the issue of the world's racial and religious heritage is destined
to collide in a place in the modern state of Israel called Armageddon.
The Bible prophesies a series of cataclysmic events wherein nations
that believe they are following the will of God will ultimately come
to a consensus behind the world government that is personified by one
leader in the United Nations.

   
The war that is about to be unleashed will ultimately cause the UN
to be relocated to Jerusalem, and the next leader of
that political confederation will be the 8th Secretary-General
(Revelation 17:11). He will be a professing Christian with a
long-standing history of dealing with the Islamic, Jewish, and
Christian worlds. Although the nations continue to rage, the Antichrist
will rise and impose a spiritually expedient form of temporary
stability on our war torn world.

   
The emerging understanding of the various "lost tribes" of Israel
provides a clever distraction to the true issue of salvation. While
religionists of every racial stripe jockey for position around their
particular version of who is whom in terms of their historical
identity, the truth is the only "Israel" that matters is "the
Israel of God" (Galatians 6:16). The various groups that identify
themselves as physical and historical Israel are all racing headlong
to embrace the Antichrist

- even as they call themselves Christians.

   
The only true Israel of God is that small body of
believers that have truly left behind their racial and national
aspirations, and have been born again in the Spirit of God

- born again into what the Bible identifies
as the Remnant of Israel. The Bible says "...the
remant of Israel,
and such as are escaped of the house of
Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall
stay upon the Lord, the holy one of Israel, in truth" (Isaiah
10:20). Because Jesus Christ IS the truth, this speaks
of the Christians standing in the truth of Jesus. Those that
are abiding in and sustaining the incorporated religious
assemblies of the world are not standing in the truth because those corporations
are in submission to their creator

- the beast.

   
Most of the world's population believes they are to be saved because
of their religious persuasion, yet the Bible says those that do not
desperately love the truth are ordained to be deceived.
This includes the overwhelming majority of what are called Christians
- because "...they received not the love of the truth...and
for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie...." (II Thessalonians 2:11). The various people that
are descended from the scattered Israelite tribes believe their
Messiah is coming

- but they are also about to be ensnared by
the Antichrist and his False Prophet.

   
Vast numbers of the world's "Christians" think they are leading
the deceived Jewish people to the true Saviour

- but they themselves are deceived as to
who He really is (Matthew 7:22). Physical Israel and Spiritual
Israel have both already become a company of nations

- but all those nations are deceived.

   
While the heathen rage, the whore of Babylon is rising. All roads now
lead to Jerusalem where the harlot is sitting in "...the
great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt."
She is also called Babylon. The prophet tells us that
"Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all
the earth drunken: the [company of] nations have drunken of her wine;
therefore the [company of] nations are mad" (Jeremiah 51:7).

August 26, 2002 - James Lloyd

Copyright © 2002 Christian Media Network

See Also

Recognizing Christian Identity

The Remnant Of Israel

The Remnant In Romans

The Culting Of Christianity

Nehemiah The Pre-Messiah

The Spirit Of Ezra

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