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MATTHEW 13:44


CHAPTER XII

    If we are correct in the conclusion that the descendants of Jacob (Israel) are today the bulk of the Caucasian or Indo-European peoples of the West, then it will be interesting to see whether we can make identifications from the descriptions of them by Jacob and Moses of the various tribes as they are to be in the last days of the age, according to prophecy:

REUBEN. To identify the tribe of Reuben we would have to look for a Western European nation which is fairly numerous,

"Let Reuben live and not die, and let not his men be few" (Deuteronomy 3 :36)

and a nation which is noted for its courtliness and savoir faire and one of the great powers,

"Reuben. thou art my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power . . ."

but we must also look for a nation noted for the instability of its national government,

". . . unstable as water . . .'

and one just less than first rank, which does not quite qualify as the leader in international affairs.

". . . thou shalt not excel"

What better description could be given of the French nation? Surely the facts of history and the anticipations of prophecy meet here in declaring that the descendants of Reuben are to be identified in the French nation.

JOSEPH. Because Jacob adopted Joseph's two sons as his own, Joseph is represented by two closely related nations. To identify the younger, EPHRAIM, we must seek a western people who are really a "family of nations" (Genesis 48:19),

". . . and his seed shall become a multitude of nations"

and it must be a nation having far-flung territory — around the globe,

". . . unto the utmost bounds of the everlasting hills." (Genesis 49:26

also a nation which has colonies throughout the world.

"he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth." Deuteronomy 33:17

The British Commonwealth of nations is certainly the outstanding example of a nation which is also a  "multitude of nations" (Genesis 48:19) Ephraim was the "covenant man" as we read in Genesis 48:12-22, and perhaps it is just coincidental that in Hebrew Brith means "covenant" and ish means "man". In any event, it is hardy deniable that the Brythons or Brith-ish have been in fact the leaders of the Western World. We Americans often assume that because we have supplied the resources that it was we who were the leaders. The acid test of a leader however, is in getting others to do what he wishes. And we will have to admit that in these last days, whether it was to save a "lost cause" in World War I; or in World War II to supply overage destroyers and conduct undeclared war in the North Atlantic, or to make a gift of billions to her under the fiction of Lend-Lease, or to supply American soldiers, 10 Downing Street has had phenomenal success in getting from America whatever she really wanted.

MANASSEH, who was Ephraim's brother was to be a great people .

"he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great . . ."

The word Manasseh means "Creditor" in Hebrew. We should then look for a nation which places emphasis on development of its people and their government ("Of the people, by the people and for the people") and one which is the lender of money among the nations. We hardly need describe Manesseh further, the U.S.A. seems so obvious. But what about the other nationalities who are a part of the American population? Perhaps the answer is that no matter how many others are invited to stay in Manasseh's houses and to share his blessings, this does not change the fact that he is the proprietor.

NAPHTALI. It has been suggested that the tribe of Naphtali went westward in two major waves, several hundreds of years apart. The first emigration is indicated in II Kings 15:29 when the king of Israel (10 Tribes) Pekah, together with a great many Naphtalites were taken prisoner by the King of Assyria. They were the first to go into captivity of all the ten tribes, about 30 years ahead of the others. This was about 758 B.C. Now, King Pekah was the son of Romaliah (so spelled in the Douay version—KJV renders Remaliah). Along with Pekah went the families of Ijon, Janoah, Kadesh, Hazor, Gilead, Abel-beth-Maachah, and Galilee. The theory holds that the Naphtalites bought their freedom with the help of the money-lenders of Benjamin (the "wolf" of Genesis 49:27 ) and proceeded to settle in I-tal-iah (Italia or Italy) which the Jewish Encyclopedia tells us means, "Land of the dew of Yahweh". Secular history gives, as the supposed date of the founding of Rome, the year 753 B.C., just five years after the departure of Naphtali from Samaria; it also states that the supposed founders were Romulus and Remus who were said to have been saved from starvation by a wolf which suckled them and that the first King of Italy was Picus (later identified as the Italian god of agriculture). It is also stated that the other latin settlements of D'Ijon, Genoa, Cadiz, Hazor (Azores), Galicia, and Salamanca were founded at a very early date. Galilee merely stands for "province". The name of the city of Naples (Napoli) is said to be derived from the Greek words for "new city", Neo-polis. However, there are numerous examples of names in history which "stuck" because of their dual meanings. Such may also have been true of Napoli, whose name was so similar to Naphtali. Here are the families listed in II Kings 15:29-31 who disappeared in 758, compared with the cities and personages which subsequently appeared among the so-called "Latin countries" .

II Kings 15:29-31

Pekah Picus
Romaliah Romulus (Roma, Rome)
Janoah Genoa
Kadesh Cadiz
Hazor Hazor (Azores)
Abel-beth-maachah Salamanca
Ijon D'Ijon
Gilead Galicia
Naphtali Napoli

    It may at first seem far-fetched to show Abel-beth-maachah as equivalent to Salamanca, until it is recognized that beth means "place, house or hall", the same in Hebrew that "sala" means in Italian or Spanish. We have said that Naphtali apparently invaded Europe in two waves: one al around 753 B.C. and the other about 568 A.D. as the Lombards who were a part of the larger barbarian (Caucasian) invasions which destroyed the Roman Empire as it then existed and took it for their own. Jacob in his deathbed vision said,

"Naphtali is a deer let loose: he giveth goodly words" Genesis 49 :21

Canon Driver in his commentary on Genesis says that Naphtali is "alert, nimble, free-spirited, and has poetical and oratorical gifts". Certainly the Gospel was preached throughout the world by the Italian (Roman) Church. They sent missionaries everywhere, even to England and America. The fact that they have distorted and misinterpreted the "Goodly Words" should not blind us to that fact. And the latin peoples (Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, and South American) have indeed given the world great poets, artists, musicians, and orators. But there is an even more definite identification of Naphtali as the Latins, Moses, in blessing them says:

''O Naphtali, satisfied with favour and full of the blessing of Yahweh: possess thou the West and the South" Deuteronomy 33:23

Now, just to make sure that Moses was not speaking of the west and south of Palestine, we should recall that in Palestine Naphtali possessed the most northern territory. But Moses is speaking of another territory outside of Palestine (Chapter X), the territory which Naphtali will occupy "in the last days" of the age: the ultimate location in the west and south of Europe and in Latin America. Could he have said it more plainly short of drawing a map?

ZEBULUN. A number of Zebulun's characteristics have been given. From these we might look for a group of people who earn their living in the fishing, shipbuilding, shipping, mining, or chemical industries; who also have produced great religious revivals, whose home is near a harbor of ships, whose territory lies northwest from Palestine, a tribe that has greatly expanded, and one which neighbors upon the tribe of Issachar.

"And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out (i.e. expansion) and Issachar in thy tents. They shall call the people unto the (holy) mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall draw of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand." Deuteronomy 33:18-19
"Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon" Genesis 49:13

Again, let us be reminded that the territory described is not in Palestine, but in the land Zebulun will inhabit "in the last days". For if we look at a map showing Zebulun's portion of Palestine, we observe that his land did not include the city of Zidon, nor come anywhere near it. However, the word Zidon means "fortress". If we recall the words of Isaiah 41:1 concerning Israel,

"Conceal them (charash eli) O western coastlands, and let my people renew their strength . . .",

then it will seem quite logical that one of these tribes, Zebulun, should be described as living near a ship harbor. Can this be Copenhagen or Kjoben Haven (literally "ship harbor") ? Surely the Scandinavians fit the part about drawing of the abundance of the seas. The greatest religious revival and upheaval of all time was the Reformation which began in another Teutonic country, led by the Teuton, Martin Luther. There is no doubt that the Teutons have greatly "gone out" or expanded. For Old Germany is the motherland of the Northmen, and it once included not only the states of Anhalt, Baden-Bavaria, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse-Lippe, Lubeck, Mecklenberg, Odenburg, Prussia, Sarr-Saxony, Schaumburg, but also Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. (Standard American Encyclopedia) Today these teutons make up four important states.

ISSACHAR. The descriptions of Issachar might lead us to look for a "buffer state", that is, one which is situated "between two burdens" and also one having fertile pleasant farm land. Issachar also appears to be a patient and long-suffering people. "Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: and he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant to tribute." Genesis 49 :14-15

    If we were correct about Zebulun being the Teutonic people, then Issachar their neighbors to the east must be the Slavic people, which now include the various "satellite" nations, as well as white (as contrasted with mongolian) Russia: this would include Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc. More and more this block of Slavs is finding itself the buffer between the Oriental Russians, Communist Chinese, etc. and the Caucasian world. Although now a part of the Communist orbit, they will in time if our assumptions are correct, break completely with the oriental world and join their nine brothers to the West.

ASHER. The very name of this tribe means ''happiness". This is the truly peaceful, peace-loving tribe.

"And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children let him be acceptable to his brethren and let him dip his foot in oil. Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days so shall thy strength be." Deuteronomy 33:24-25.
"Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties". Genesis 49:20

Now we know that the tribe of Asher did indeed, while still in the Holy Land have many male children, and an abundant supply of olive oil, and Asher was known for his efforts to make peace between his brethren. His efforts at reconciliation whenever a family dispute arose is profusely described in the Jewish Encyclopedia. Asher is regarded as a virtuous type which, with single-mindedness strives for the general good of the family of Israel.

    If you have been looking at a map of Europe, you see that Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, and Switzerland have not been accounted for. During war these people have consistently sought to maintain neutrality, and afterwards have pursued peace plans so that the cities of Geneva and the Hague have come to symbolize efforts at international peace. When, after World War I, the Kaiser fled to Holland, both France and Britain wanted him extradited, but the sovereign of the peaceful tribe protected him from those demanding his life.

    "In oil he dips his foot" may refer to the plentiful olive oil of which we spoke a moment ago. But then there is also Royal Dutch Shell.

    The Jewish Encyclopedia tells us of another peculiarity of Asher:

"Asher is one of the most elusive of the tribes of Israel. It is difficult to fix the boundaries of this tribe's possession and it is not even certain that it inhabited any extensive continuous territory".

It further suggests that their locations were a distribution of settlements, rather than a compact and well-defined tribal possession. So we ought not to be surprised if this tribe today lacks an integrated territory, being distributed among the "Swiss-Benelux" countries.

DAN, GAD, AND SIMEON. These three tribes are grouped together because there is reason to believe they are the three tribes symbolized by the "three horns?' uprooted by ''another little horn" as described in Daniel 7:8. (The other "little" horn would be the younger grandson of Jacob, whom he adopted as a son: that is Ephraim.)

DAN
The King James Version reads,

"Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel" Genesis 49:16

Now the translators of that verse might just as easily have given one of the alternate meanings, "plead the cause of" or "contend for" in place of "judge". The Hebrew,

    "Dan yadin amo kah-ekod shetty Ishruel" might better be rendered,

    "Dan shall contend for his people as one of the tribes of Israel".

If we bear in mind that the ancient name of the Irish people was "Thuatha de Danaan", or literally "Tribe of Dan" the passage comes alive for us. The Irish have contended for independence "as one of the tribes of Israel". It is held by some that the old Irish settlers were a branch of the tribe of Dan who came all the way across Europe in the twelfth century B.C. leaving their name behind them on the landmarks: Danmark, and the Danube, the Danieper (Dnieper) and the Dan (or Don) Rivers to Greece where they were the Danois, and finally back to 1300 B.C. when Deborah sang,

"Gilead abode beyond Jordan; and why did Dan remain in ships?"

According to old Irish chronicles another later group of immigrants arrived in the emerald isle in the 7th Century B.C. when a very wise man, "Ollam Follah", with his scribe Berek and two royal princesses, Scotia and Tia Tephi came by ship bringing the Stone of the Shkona. In 503 A.D. this stone went with Fergus to Scotland, thence finally to England where it now resides in Westminster Abbey and we know it as the "Stone of Scone". The time element seems right for this to have been Jeremiah, his scribe Baruch, and Zedekiah's two daughters. When Zedekiah, the puppet king of Judah was about to be dethroned and punished by Nebuchadnezzar, Ezekiel says,

Thus saith Yahweh Elohim; I will also take of of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top if its young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent: In the mountain in the height of Israel will I plant it and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. Ezekiel 17:22-23

At the time Zedekiah was taken away to Babylon, his daughters went in the opposite direction. One of his captains (Johanan son of Kareah) took Jeremiah, Baruch, and the King's daughters to Tahpanhes in Egypt (Jeremiah 43:5-6). This was much against the will of Jeremiah. The Bible account ends with Jeremiah and his party there but with the strong implication that they would not willingly remain. Surely it is a remarkable coincidence, at least, that about the same time, a very wise man and his scribe (not Baruch, but "Berek") arrived with two princesses and a very famous stone on the coast of Ireland having come through "the Pillars of Hercules" (Gibralter). Present day royalty in Britain, which traces its ancestry through the Scottish kings to these princesses, must be crowned upon the Stone of Scone in Westminster!

But the Irish have been strong advocates of freedom in many lands. They have pled its cause in Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, where the name of a famous Irishman, Patrick Henry has become a symbol of "liberty or death." In Ireland independence has been one of Dan's deepest urges. The Irish slogan, Sinn Fein means "Ourselves Alone". Recently Dan's hopes have borne fruit, and in these last days he has indeed contended —successfully— for his people as one of the independent tribes of Israel: Eire.

GAD. This was a tribe which was to be overcome, but one which is to "overcome at the last". The Scottish (Gadhelic or Gaelic) people were not overcome in the sense of being conquered in battle, but rather through political strategy. The word, Gad (pronounced with a broad "a") is a heathen word, the name of the "god of luck or fortune". The tribe of Gad descended from one of Jacob's sons by Zilpah, Leah's maid, and was named so because of her superstition. This was of course before Jacob returned to Bethel and made his wives discard their idols (Chapter VII). In modern times we need to lead only that portion of Scottish history from James VI to the joining of the two parliaments in 1707 to realize how exactly this prophecy concerning Gad has been fulfilled. Scotland was forced by circumstances to join England in her march toward empire. Both the British and the Scots have profited from the arrangement.

"And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad . . . " Deuteronomy 33:20

And we note with a wee bit of amusement that more than 3500 years ago Gad's famous canniness was foreknown and foreseen by Jacob in his vision:

"And he provided the first part for himself . . ." Deuteronomy 33:21

As we know, Scotland has produced great leaders of the British government, great lawyers and great business men. In their prominent positions they have been able to influence heads of state and to sway them in momentous decisions:

". . . because there in the portion of lawgiver was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of Yahweh and His judgements with Israel". Deuteronomy 33:21

SIMEON. The only territorial tribe besides the Jews (Judah and Benjamin) remaining for us to identify, is Simeon; and the remaining "horn" of the three uprooted by Ephraim, is Wales, or the Welsh. This fact, coupled with the traditional antagonism of Simeon and Joseph, plus the striking similarity of spoken Hebrew and the spoken Welsh language has led a number of people to conclude that Simeon was the forefather of the Welsh. The Rabbis give two reasons why Simeon was chosen for the hostage (Genesis 42:24): Joseph's desire to punish Simeon for having thrown him into the pit, and the further reason that he wished to separate Levi and Simeon, lest they together might try to destroy Egypt as they had Shechem. Because of the self-righteous violence of these two tribes, we are told that they would not be permitted the freedom of national self determination.

"Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. My soul, come not into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be thou not united: for in their anger they slew a man and in their self will they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger for it was fierce, and their wrath for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel." Genesis 49 :5-7

Simeon is not included in the list of tribes later blessed by Moses in Deuteronomy 33. It appears that Simeon was to be merged with some other tribe or tribes, thus preventing the destructiveness of his anger, while utilizing his energy for good. These Simeonites, if left to themselves, were in danger of becoming a nation of self-appointed policemen regulating the morals of the whole world according to their own standards and impulses. We know how, for example, in the 34th Chapter of Genesis, he and Levi because of their indignation, plotted to exterminate a whole family of Canaanites.

LEVI. The priests and teachers of Israel were to come from Levi. And they have been outstanding men of science and literature, in addition to providing the Levitical priesthood.

Let thy Thummin and Urim be with thy Holy One Whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with Whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah; Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed Thy word and kept Thy covenant. They shall teach Jacob Thy judgements, and Israel Thy law: they shall put incense before Thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon Thine altar. Bless, Yahweh, his substance and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again. Deuteronomy 33 :8-11

If we believe that these words were inspired of the Spirit, then we must also believe this is the outline of a program that Levi will be fulfilling in the "last days". This Mosaic blessing should be read in conjunction with the unconditional promise of Yahweh through Jeremiah:

Thus saith Yahweh, If ye can break My covenant of the day, and My covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season- Then may also My covenant be broken with David My servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests My ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David My servant, and the Levites that minister unto Me. Jeremiah 33:20-22

This promise is still in effect: not in the sense of sacrificing literal bulls and goats on literal altars. But Levi is certainly already represented among those offering the symbolic blood of the great Lamb of Yahweh on His spiritual altar. It is true that the Levites were scattered among Israel not only among the Jews but among the Western nations. Both the Jewish and the Christian clergy have their share of Levites. Their names vary somewhat, according to their residence: Levi, Levy, Levine, Levis, Lewis, Levit, Lewyt, LeVeen, Le Vine, Levenson, Levinsky, Lewisohn, etc. Another family of the Levites are the Cohens (literally "priests") who are known in different lands as Kohns, Cohans, Cowans, McGowens, Kahanas, Coens, Goheens, etc. These are not "Jews", although many are found among the Jewish people. But the same may be said as truly about the so-called Christian nations. Levi has been 'divided in Jacob and scattered in Israel".

    However, we should make it clear that the descendants of Levi now have no monopoly of the ministerial or educational fields as they once did in Israel. For since the first advent of the Messiah, Yahshua, (who was both the Lamb of Yahweh and a High Priest after the order of Melchizadek) He has opened the door of the priesthood to every true child of Yahweh, as it is written,

And hast made us unto our Elohim, kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:10

and as Peter says,

Ye also as living stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Yahweh by Yahshua the Messiah. I Peter 2:5

Instead of having the pessimism of Elijah (I Kings 19:14) let us have the optimism of Yahweh (I Kings 19:18). For He surely has kept unto Himself a remnant of that tribe at work in the ministry to fulfill His promises. As long as night and day continue, so long shall Levi continue before Yahweh. Unlike Simeon, Levi has no territory at all but is scattered among all the nations of the west.

JUDAH AND BENJAMIN When the ten northern tribes seceded from the union, only two remained which had any territory: Judah and Benjamin, whom we know as "Jews". In fact, the word "Jew" is derived from Judah, which means "praise".

Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: Thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp. From the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion; and as an old lion who shall rouse him up ? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine and His ass's colt unto the choice vine, He washed His garments in wine and His clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine and His teeth white with milk. Genesis 49 :8-12

    Some Christians have been so prejudiced against the Jews that they have allowed themselves to be blinded to the prophecies concerning Judah and the Messiah, Whom Judah was instrumental in providing. Again, let us remember that this prophecy is for the "last days". Up to now it appears to have been mainly Judah's enemies who had their hands at Judah's throat. But in the last days the situation is to be reversed. The full power of Judah has never been displayed, but as soon as the Jewish people as a whole recognize and accept their Messiah as described in Zechariah 12, Yahweh will open His eyes toward them and become their deliverer, just prior to the second advent.

    That part of the above quotation concerning the sceptre not departing from Judah until Shiloh comes to trample the winepress and gather the scattered people, has troubled many sincere believers because they have tried to force it to mean something different from what it says. It has been erroneously taught that this passage refers to the first coming of the Messiah rather than the second. To support this theory it was necessary to advance the fiction that it was after He came that the Jewish nation lost her sceptre and lawgivers. This, of course, is not in accordance with the facts of history. For Judah had neither king nor lawgiver after 606 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar ended their political independence. Zedekiah, the last reigning king of Judah was deposed and carried away to Babylon 600 years before the Nativity.

    Several years ago Eliezer Kaplan, Finance Minister of the new State of Israel, is said to have been in Wall Street to see about floating a bond issue. One of the bankers asked to see the last three balance sheets of his nation. Kaplan is reported to have replied that he could easily supply the last two, but that the one before that had been destroyed when Nebuchadnezzar's army took Jerusalem. Neverthless, Jeremiah 33 :17 distinctly says

There shall never be wanting unto David a man to sit upon the throne of the House of Israel.

And Judah's right to rule is also mentioned in Zechariah 10, where we are informed that both the true Messiah (the lasting cornerstone) and the false one (the temporary tent-nail or "Anti-Messiah") are to be of Jewish descent. Out of him (Judah) shall come forth the Cornerstone out of him the tent-nail . . .

Now, inasmuch as the Jews lost their king and national autonomy 600 years B.C., if we do not doubt Yahweh's promise, it is fairly obvious that David's descendants must have been and must still be ruling over the house of (10 tribed) Israel. I would remind you that six years before the government of Judah was overthrown by Nebuchadnezzar, the 10 tribes had regained their independence under Cyaxares (Chapter VIII). From earliest times the royal families of the Aryan peoples have intermarried. The British royal family is said to trace its ancestry back to King David of the Old Testament. ( cf. Cowan, F. M., A Coronation Story. God's Covenant with Judah, London 1911, Robert Banks & Son, Racquet Court, Fleet Street, E. C. ) Because of the close intermarriage of royalty all over Europe, this probably means that all these ruling families are of Jewish Davidic extraction. We have no reason to doubt and every reason to believe Yahweh's promise that a descendant of David will sit upon the throne of Israel until the coming of Shiloh, Who will no longer ride the lowly ass's colt as He did on Palm Sunday, but will tie it up (lay aside His meek role) in order to trample out the vintage of wrath and make His enemies His footstool. Instead of the Lamb before His shearers, Yahshua will come in His Glory to put an end to Armageddon. And unto Him shall the gathering of the dispersed tribes (all twelve) of Israel be.

    The second coming of the Messiah is to be one of power and glory, to judge and avenge. "Vengeance is Mine" (not man's) "saith Yahweh, I will repay" (Romans 12:19 quoting Deuteronomy 32 :35) His garments are therefore dipped in wine (blood) as it is written,

Wherefore art Thou red in Thy apparel, and Thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine vat?
I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments; and I will stain all My raiment. For the day of vengeance is in My heart and the year of My redeemed is come. Isaiah 63:2-4
And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
. . . And He was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood Revelation 19:11 and 13.

NOW in re-reading Genesis 49:11, it is clear that the Messiah is returning in fierceness and wrath toward His enemies who are also the enemies of Israel. And we have His word for it that He will not return until such time as the Jews are ready to welcome Him.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chicks under her wings, and ye would not! Behold your house is left to you desolate. For I say unto you, ye shall not see Me henceforth till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of Yahweh. Matthew 23:37-39

The Jews have a great mission yet to fulfill, for contrary to popular belief,

Thus saith Yahweh Sabaoth: In those days it shall come to pass that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, we will go with you: for we have heard that Yahweh is with you. Zechariah 8:23
And I will pour upon the House of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced and shall mourn for Him as one mourneth for his only son . . . Zechariah 12:10
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the House of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. Zechariah 13:1

These prophecies were spoken by Zechariah almost five hundred years B.C. Surely summer is nigh. (Chapter X)

BENJAMIN: Two tribes remained after the secession (I Kings 11:36, I Kings 12:21, and II Chronicles 11:1) The two are inseparable. In fact, the capital of the Kingdom of Judah is located in Benjamin's territory.

Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. Genesis 49:27

In many ways Benjamin was the spoiled child and the "black sheep" of the family. For an indication of Benjamin's moral turpitude we need read only the last three chapters of the Book of Judges. (Chapters 19-21) It seems likely that many of the violent, racketeering atrocities and communist activities which have in recent times been attributed to Jews are in reality the deeds of the Benjaminites among them. They are the ruthless go-getters who have a wolf-like ferocity and cunning, combined with a congenital tendency to be headstrong and despise the rights and feelings of others. Shakespeare's Shylock seems to typify the character we should expect from the Benjaminites. But strangely enough, many of those who engage in chicanery and violence in the morning of their lives become philanthropists at night. In their youth they "devour the prey", then retire from active business and engage in charity: "at night they divide the spoil".

    In spite of Benjamin's proclivities, the Almighty has undertaken to condition him through the therapeutic experiences of history so that at last he will be vastly changed. The Most High loves sinners and wants to save them.

And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of Yahweh shall dwell in safety by him; and Yahweh shall cover him all day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12

The full restoration of the Jews to their national home is closely tied up with the restoration of the land of Benjamin, for Jerusalem is in Benjamin's land. Consider the significance of Jeremiah 32, where he (Jeremiah) is commanded to buy his uncle's field, not for an investment in real estate, but to symbolize the fact that the land was assured to the tribe of Benjamin. For Anathoth as well as Jerusalem is part of Benjamin's portion.

And I gave the evidence of purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison. And I charged Baruch before them saying, Thus saith Yahweh Sabaoth, the Elohim of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. For thus saith Yahweh Sabaoth the Elohim of Israel, Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land. Jeremiah 32:12-15

Behold I will gather them out of all countries whither I have driven them in Mine anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place and I will cause them to dwell safely. Jeremiah 32:37
For thus saith Yahweh, like as I have brought all this evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them. And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say it is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to end, saith Yahweh. Jeremiah 32:42-44

Thus saith Yahweh Sabaoth, Again in this place which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flock to lie down. In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that counteth them, saith Yahweh. Behold the days come saith Yahweh, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the House of Israel and to the House of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David and He shall execute judgement and righteousness in the land. Jeremiah 33:12-15

The same Mighty One of Israel who said that he who touches Judah touches the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8) also said of Benjamin, "Yahweh shall cover him all day long" (Deuteronomy 33:12).


CHAPTER XIII

    We have seen how the three races of mankind which exist in the world today, according to the science of Anthropology, correspond to the three races which the Bible describes as the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth; that the Biblical account and the explanations offered by the world's foremost anthropologists and ethnologists are in agreement. We have also seen that one of these races, the descendants of Shem or, in modern language, the Caucasians, have been and are still being benefitted by certain promises made to their forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Not that these descendants deserved it, mind you, but because Yahweh made the promises unconditionally.

I Yahweh change not: therefore ye O sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Because of these promises, Yahweh undertook to deal with Israel in a very special way, leaving them to exercise their free will, but nevertheless placing obstacles to teach them and divert them into His ways. (To paraphrase Daniel Webster: things past, present, and future are all equally present in the mind of the Most High. With Him there is no succession of time or ideas as we conceive them. Hence the relative terms past, present, and future, as used among men, cannot with strict propriety be applied to Him. This was Webster's interpretation of the doctrines of foreknowledge and predestination, which he felt did not impose "any fatality or necessity on men's actions or infringement of free agency" (See Linton, Irwin, H., A Lawyer Examines the Bible, 1943: Boston, W. A. Wilde Company, p. 20) Thus Yahweh both told Israel how to go and what to avoid, but also explained to them what would happen to them if they made the wrong choice (which He foreknew they would do.) He also told them they would be "a peculiar treasure to Him above all people" if they would obey Him. And He set about making them desire to do so, dealing with them patiently with admonitions and warnings, then with chastisement to the end that these stubborn, headstrong people should be brought —in spite of themselves— to a point where they would see and perceive clearly the choice between obedience and love, on the one hand, and destruction on the other. As we have seen, Yahweh permitted Israel to reap the fruits of their own conduct, just as a kindly parent will on occasion permit a habitually heedless child to burn his fingers. This is not cruelty but kindness. This didactic and therapeutic process provides the means of saving him from making a fatal error later on. So has it been with the descendants of Jacob. Because they lacked spiritual brotherhood, the 12 tribes split up. The 10, known by various names at various times, were carried away to Assyria en masse, later revolting under Cyaxeres to form the Medo-Persian Empire. The other 2, the Jews, meanwhile also reaped the trouble they had sown and were taken away to Babylon. After they had served their 70-year sentence. they were rescued by their Medo-Persian relatives. Returning to Jerusalem, the two tribes, whom we still know as Jews today, have had a continuity of integrated history such as the ten have not had. Colonizing to the north and west of the Medo-Persian Empire, the ten tribes became the barbarian supporters of Alexander the Great. And later on, when the mighty Roman Empire fell, it was they who again struck as "Yahweh's battle ax and weapons of war" and crushed Rome, settling upon its foundations. We know the descendants of these barbarians today as the peoples who comprise "western civilization": the Latins, Teutons, British, French, Slavs, Benelux, Americans, etc.

    The general outlines and many of the details of this program were clearly known to Jacob and Moses who foretold the status of each tribe "in the latter days" of the age. The prophets, all of them, foresaw some part of the plan, or is in Daniel and Revelation, for example, saw a view of the overall plan itself. We have seen, too, Yahweh's chastisement of His people and the dispersion of His "peculiar treasure" into the world "like as grain is sifted in a sieve." But we have His promise that "not one grain" will be lost, and that the prodigal son (the ten tribes) will be restored to their Father's household by accepting His grace. Most of the parables throughout the Bible concern this central plan for conditioning and motivating all of Israel to accept and joyfully live by the laws of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. The biological relationship of the races of man has never been seriously questioned. It is their spiritual brotherhood which has yet to be established. Men become spiritual brothers by belief and adoption.

. . . to them gave He power to become the children of Yahweh; that is, to them that believe on the Name of Him who was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Yahweh. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us . . . John 1:12-14 (SNV)

The "brotherhood of man" is something we often hear spoken about loosely as though it were something which is a natural, biological state. In that sense it merely expresses the relationship of one animal to another and has no moral or spiritual significance. The spiritual brotherhood of man, however is decidedly not something people are born with, but a state that is often attained only through hardship, and consists first of belief, then of being born again into the Household of Yahweh. But Abraham's descendants are only partially ready to accept the role of obedient children. Both the 2 and the 10 are loath to give up their wishful thinking that they can bring about "a just and lasting peace" through their own efforts.

    For the future, we see a final chapter about to unfold: The reconfederation of Israel in their western-coastland homes (i.e. Europe, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, etc. ) Politically, this would appear to require
( 1 ) an expanded NATO or a similar sort of organization which would include the Slavic peoples now behind the iron curtain;
(2) the full reestablishment of the Jews in those parts of Palestine now held by Arabs or internationalized as is Jerusalem; and
(3) the cooperation of the ten and the two for peace. But these twelve tribes will yet have a great final lesson to learn. They shall seek peace and prosperity through man's methods and will set up a kind of international police force with a "benevolent" chief of police.

"There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death"

"Peace in our time" or a "just and lasting peace" can not be obtained by police action. Of such is not the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh . . .
I Thessalonians 5:3

For the sons of Japheth and the sons of Ham (i.e. the Oriental, or Yellow-Brown Communists together with the Negroid peoples of Africa) will unite to destroy western civilization, that is, Israel as we read in Ezekiel 38. Armageddon is no mere figure of speech. It is to be the great final proof of what a hopeless fiasco Israel gets itself into without Yahweh. If you doubt the line-up for this last final "labor pain" of Israel's travail, compare the cast of characters given in the 38th and 39th chapters of Ezekiel with the identification of the sons of Ham and the sons of Japheth given in the 10th chapter of Genesis. Armageddon is described by the Saviour in Matthew 24:21 as something much worse than anything which will have occurred up to that time:

. . . great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be . . .

For a detailed account of the "modern warfare" to be employed in Armageddon, read the 2nd chapter of Joel. If you do not agree that his description of chariots which run like mighty men, climb walls, and march "every one in its own ways" (Joel 2:7) does not represent flame-throwing, armored tanks, then I ask you to try to describe them yourself in a few words without the use of modern terminology.

A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth; the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea and nothing shall escape them. Joel 2:3 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk everyone in his path: and when they fall upon the sword they shall not be wounded. Joel 2:8

In Revelation 13:12-13 we see that the beast (federation) with the 10 horns and the beast with the two horns together can ''make fire come down out of heaven in the sight of men". After Los Alamos and Hiroshima and Bikini this verse should have a good deal more meaning for us.

    Or turn to Revelation 9:16 and learn the size of the military forces which will be involved. Up to 1956 A.D. the World has not seen a war in which as many as 200,000,000 troops have taken part. But at Armageddon,

the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand, and I heard the number of them . . .

Only with full mobilization of the Asiatics would such an army be possible. Ezekiel 39:11-16 states that it will take seven months to bury the bulk of the dead and after that "men of continual employment" (v. 14) will be engaged in the clean-up. This would seem to be a very efficient operation what with radioactive remains to dispose of.

    At the last, the situation of the western nations will be so desperate that Israel as a whole will have a sudden and painful insight into the cause of her troubles, and will cry out to Yahweh and to Yahshua for deliverance. Then the Stone (Aben) cut out without hands (Daniel 2 :34) will strike the ten toes of the image. And the Jews will say (Zechariah 12:10 and Matthew 23:37-39) "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of Yahweh". Then will He come as the deliverer at the head of His army, no longer riding meekly upon a donkey (Genesis 49:11 and Matthew 21:5) but conquering and to conquer, to claim His own,
the peculiar treasure hid in the field.

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