Letters From God

Dove

Julie Andrews

 

My Thoughts on Israel

God gave to Abraham a simple promise because of Abraham's faithfulness in not withholding Isaac, his son, from God. The promise was that his seed would number as the sand - ie un-countable.  The promises of God are yah and amen - they come to pass.

So therefore Abraham's descendants are 1) present on the earth today and 2) innumerable, without number. And that promise went through Isaac, the one promised son. Not Ismael, the natural son. Isaac had two sons, and the second son, Jacob had 12 sons. They became known as the Tribes of Israel, because God changed Jacob's name to Israel. Jacob blessed his 12 sons at the end of his life with a description of them "in the latter days" (Gen 49:1)

It follows therefore that today in the world there are the descendants of Abraham, the Twelve Tribes of Israel who are innumerable. We know that under the third Israelite king from David, his grandson that the nation of Israel was split into two separate kingdoms, Israel (of 10 tribes) and Judah (of two tribes).

Because of Israel's disobedience to God He destroyed Israel by the Assyrian empire and sent them into exile. Therefore the ten tribes were scattered. Later the same thing happened to Judah via Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylon king. The remaining two tribes were exiled.

We know through Daniel and Nehemiah that God allowed a group of Israelites to return to promised land, namely Jerusalem. They consisted mainly of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and some Levites. They are described as a remnant - a small group separated from the vast majority. The majority remained in Babylon and did not return.

In the Bible we follow the history of the remnant, the Judah's and Benjamites, the Levites: the Jews as they collectively became known. They were the ones that Jesus came to as the Messiah in the land of Judah which was under Roman rule at the time.

The Jews who received Jesus as the Messiah became followers of The Way. But the others who rejected him were responsible for His death, they chose to free a known murderer, Barabbas, and crucified Jesus instead. They chose at the time to accept a curse, that the blood of Jesus was on them and on their children. (Matthew 27: 24-25) The unbelieving Jews were expelled from Jerusalem by the Romans only 70 years after Jesus's time.

Their history is easy to follow because they have remained a people apart: keeping their religion, laws and racial separation. They can certainly be identified and numbered. They have now returned to the promised land, Judea, as a direct result of God's grace towards them and fulfillment of scriptures.

But the very fact that they are so identifiable and can be numbered means they and they alone can not be the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham. He said the descendants would be innumerable. There are twelve tribes of Israel, not just two and a half who returned to Jerusalem to build the temple in Nehemiah's time.

So Where Are The Other Tribes? Because They Must Be In The World? God doesn't lie and when He gives a promise it is for all time until He revokes it and there is nothing that suggest that He has. He is not a man to lie or to go back on His word.

I believe that the trail of the ten tribes, who are lost to time and to themselves can be followed through history. But its like anything from the past you have to look in the right places otherwise you miss it completely. After all, the Red Sea land crossing that God revealed through the parting seas for the Children of Israel when pursued by Pharaoh was a feature that He knew about and lately we, in our time, have rediscovered. Like the cooking programmes, He had prepared it beforehand!

The ten tribes are present and they are still important to God because He said that even if they forgot who they are, He wouldn't and hasn't. He knows exactly who and where they are and He has followed them individually and collectively throughout time/history. He said Israel would ever be a people before Him. He promised Abraham they would be enormous in number and they would be a blessing to all nations. God's will is done on earth even when we don't see it or understand it. But if you are prepared to be open to His guidance the answer will stare you in the face.

I believe that a great percentage of the European and British peoples, who are many and varied but noticeably Anglo-Saxon are the blood descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Israel.

They are the innumerable peoples that God promised and they have been a blessing to all nations. Yes I totally agree not perfect! but nevertheless the world has been benefitted by these people. In fact we can truly say that without certain European and British people our world would be very different and not necessarily in a positive way.

I am not suggesting that these people are in any way superior or "better than" any other peoples. This is not about racism or culture or one upmanship! After all, the Bible Israel was not obedient to God and were not a good reflection of Him in the world. They were a rebellious and hard hearted people towards God overall, hence their exile from the promise land. They should have been a shinning light in the world for the glory of God, but in short, they were not. Why would it be any different today?

But always God has a remnant who follow after Him. Jesus started with the twelve disciples, who became 120 in the upper room at Pentecost, and then over 3000 later on that day. God gave the increase. There is remnant promised from God's people Israel and so there will be.

This is not a popular theory in christian circles. In fact no doubt some of you are Not Happy with me. Sorry if you are offended as I certainly do not say these things To offend. I believe that this is the best explanation for God's promises as it has been revealed by biblical and historical events. If I am wrong I will certainly stand to be corrected.

However, just debunking this theory is not enough, because God is true and everyman a liar. If this isn't the answer then there must be a viable alternative. It has to fit the promises, the bible truth and historical events. It can't just be put forward because it isn't offensive or it sounds better. Since when did Jesus skirt around the truth. He spoke it as He saw His Father doing it. If it offended the seers and hearers of it, that was their problem, not His.

I don't wish to be contentious. My desire is that God's truth is recognised as it is, not as we think it is. Ultimately our opinions are relevant; it is God's truth that reign supreme. But in the endtimes we should be able to rightly divide the Word of God so as to not be deceived.

 

Gen 22 16-18 “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the
cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all
nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”