Astounding? Absolutely, but it
How can you know? The answers
to the really big questions in life, including the very future
itself, are contained in the world’s perennial best-seller, the
Bible. More than a quarter of the Bible is prophecy, mostly for our
day and beyond.
How can you understand these
prophecies? Perhaps the most vital key to unlocking the mystery of
Bible prophecy is the one you will see revealed right here in the
pages of this booklet.
Nations such as Egypt and
Ethiopia are directly mentioned in your Bible. What about the big
nations that are major players on the modern world scene? Could it
be possible that end-time prophecies would ignore the United States
and Great Britain, and the British-descended peoples of the
key to unlocking many Bible prophecies is the knowledge of the
real identity of the English-speaking peoples. These peoples
are identified in the Bible by the name of their ancient ancestor.
Who is that ancient ancestor, and can you prove it?
Why have the British-descended
nations come to possess the richest portions of the globe? Why have
they enjoyed wealth and power without parallel? Rising quickly to
prominence after the year 1800, Great Britain and the United States
have clearly dominated the 19th and 20th centuries. But what about
the 21st century? Will the English-speaking nations continue to play
a leading role, or is a change ahead? It is vital that you
understand what the future holds for you and for your family. The
events of the next few years will absolutely confound the experts.
But you can know if you understand how to use the lost master
key to understanding prophecy.
Though much has been written about
Bible prophecy in recent years, most of these works have been
fatally flawed because writers have not known the master
key to Bible prophecy!
put, most Old Testament prophecies are directed at the House of
Israel. Supposing erroneously that all the references to Israel
in prophecy mean the Jewish people and the Jewish state in the
Middle East, most Bible commentators have completely missed the
point. They do not know the modern-day identity of the descendants
of ancient Israel. Yet they could know, for the records of both
history and scripture are very clear.
While the Jewish state and the
city of Jerusalem do certainly play an important role in end-time
prophecies, not all Israelites are Jews. The ancient
patriarch Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, was the father of
12 sons. One of those sons, Judah, was the progenitor of the Jewish
people. What happened to the descendants of the other sons?
When the 12 tribes returned to the
Promised Land after their Egyptian captivity, each settled in a
different region. Eventually the tribes split into two kingdoms. The
southern kingdom, called Judah, consisted of the tribes of Judah and
Benjamin and most of the Levites. The remaining ten tribes formed
the northern kingdom, called Israel.
In 721bc, after a three-year
siege, the Assyrians conquered Samaria, Israel’s capital. They began
a systematic deportation of the Israelites to the area north of the
Euphrates River, in the area between the Black and Caspian Seas (2
Israel, the Assyrians later advanced into Judah, the southern
kingdom. King Hezekiah, on the throne in Jerusalem at the time,
cried out to God in a heartfelt way, and God intervened by sending
an angel to destroy the Assyrian army of King Sennacherib in 701bc.
Judah, thus spared, continued on for about a century before her
independence was again threatened.
Then, in 604bc, the Babylonians
under King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah and advanced on Jerusalem.
Judah was made a tributary state within the Babylonian Empire.
Returning again in 597bc, Nebuchadnezzar took Judah’s King Jehoiakim
into captivity and placed Zedekiah upon the throne. Dissatisfied
with Zedekiah’s behavior, King Nebuchadnezzar returned approximately
ten years later and completely destroyed Jerusalem, burning the
temple and taking most of the Jewish population into captivity in
Decades passed. Finally,
in the fall of 539bc, Babylon fell to the Persian armies of Cyrus
the Great. Within a short time, Cyrus issued a decree allowing the
Jews to return from Babylon and to rebuild their temple in Jerusalem
under the leadership of Zerubbabel.
The "Lost" Ten Tribes
However, and here is the
crucial point that most seem to overlook: The northern ten tribes
never returned from their captivity! Settled in an area hundreds
of miles from where the Jews were taken more than a century later,
the ten tribes of Israel remained completely separate and
distinct from the Jews.
happened to the ten tribes of Israel? History has called them the
"lost ten tribes." Where did they go? The answer to that question is
one of history’s most fascinating stories. In fact, the answer to
that mystery is the actual key that unlocks most of the Old
As you may
guess, the identity and location of these ancient peoples reveals
who we are in the United States, Canada, Great Britain,
Australia, New Zealand and among the British-descended peoples of
South Africa. It explains why we have achieved such national
greatness, and what will happen to us near the end of this
The knowledge of the
identity of the descendants of ancient Israel is revealed by a close
examination of scripture together with the record of secular
history. The most highly educated leaders of our modern world are
blind to the true facts of this matter. They are blinded by the
theory of evolution into completely discounting the Bible as
relevant for today. As a result, they fail to see the amazing story
laid out in scripture and its relevance for our future.
Most religious leaders are in the
same category. Even those who claim to acknowledge the Bible as
their authority are blinded by the prejudices of denominational
But it is not just a
question of ancient history! Your future, your family’s future, as
well as the future of your nation hangs on the answer! Where are the
"lost ten tribes" of Israel today? As we shall see, this lost
master key to unlocking Bible prophecy has been found!
Ezekiel's Dramatic Vision
A young Jewish captive
stood on a riverbank near the southern Mesopotamian city of Babylon.
He had been among the thousands of Jews removed from their homeland
more than four years earlier by the conquering Babylonian armies
under King Nebuchadnezzar.
30, in his fifth year of exile, Ezekiel the priest looked up to
behold a remarkable sight. At first it looked like a whirlwind
approaching from the northern horizon. Looking intently, he saw that
this was no ordinary approaching storm. Brilliant flashes of light
emanated from the "whirlwind." Seeing an increasing glow of light as
the "storm" approached, Ezekiel began to identify details within
this remarkable whirlwind.
he saw four strange-looking angelic creatures. They had the general
shape of men, but each possessed four wings and four faces. As he
continued to stare, Ezekiel noticed gyroscope-like wheels next to
each of these creatures. Then he noticed a great crystalline expanse
stretched over their heads.
whole apparatus came ever closer, Ezekiel was able to discern a
brilliant glow of light from above the crystalline expanse. Within
this light he could make out the shape of a throne and of a glorious
Being seated upon that throne. This, we are told, "was the
appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord" (Ezekiel 1:28).
At this point, Ezekiel simply fell upon his face.
Suddenly a voice came forth from
the throne and told Ezekiel to stand up. The God of Israel proceeded
to give him a commission. He was being set as a watchman for the
House of Israel (Ezekiel 2:3; 33:7).
This awesome display of glory and
majesty deeply impressed Ezekiel with the importance of his task
since, for God to reveal Himself in such a dramatic way, there must
have been a very important purpose indeed.
Notice that Ezekiel’s
commission set him as a watchman not to his own
people (the House of
Judah), but to the northern ten
tribes of the House of Israel!
Judah was then only partially in captivity; the destruction of
Jerusalem itself lay several years in the future. But the House of
Israel had been transported into a strange land, hundreds of miles
from Ezekiel, more than 120 years before. What would be the point of
warning those people, already captive, of impending invasion and
message was not for the Israel of his day! God was not more
than a century late in warning them of future punishment! That would
make no sense at all. Besides, Ezekiel never had a chance to deliver
his message in person to the House of Israel. We thus can see that
his message was for the end time, and was written down and preserved
for delivery by God’s faithful servants today!
God commissioned Ezekiel to be a
watchman. What exactly is a watchman? In ancient times it was
customary to place someone in a high tower atop the city wall to
serve as lookout when danger threatened. It was the watchman’s job
to be alert and vigilant, ever scanning the horizon for signs of an
approaching enemy. When he saw evidence of an enemy’s approach, the
watchman was to sound a trumpet of alarm.
In the same way, God impressed
upon Ezekiel that if he did not sound the alarm God gave him, and
calamities overtook the people unaware, God would require their
blood at his hands. If, on the other hand, he sounded the alarms but
the people failed to respond, they would bear the responsibility
themselves and Ezekiel would be guiltless (Ezekiel 33:9).
The House of Israel in Ezekiel’s
day was already in captivity. The generation
that suffered the captivity had received a final warning more than a
century earlier by the emissaries of faithful King Hezekiah of Judah
(2 Chronicles 30:1–12). Only a few responded; the nation as a whole
laughed the warnings to scorn, and Israel went completely into
captivity. Now, more than a century later, Ezekiel was given a
similar message of vital importance.
The events that would occur in
Jerusalem and Judah were to be a "sign" to the House of Israel
(Ezekiel 4:3). Ezekiel’s warnings were for end-time Israel. In fact,
we are told that the warnings are to be heard near the time of the
day of the Lord (Ezekiel 7:19; 13:5; 30:1–3), the time of God’s
intervention at the end of this age. Other prophecies in Ezekiel
point to the regathering after the coming of the
Messiah. This will be the time when ancient King David will be
resurrected and made king forever (Ezekiel 37:21–25). Clearly this
will take place at the resurrection of the saints, a time prophesied
to occur at Jesus Christ’s return to this earth in power and glory
(1 Corinthians 15:50–53; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Ezekiel’s dramatic vision has
great meaning for us today. It impresses us with the seriousness and
importance of the commission God had for him. Recognizing this, it
is vital to understand clearly the whereabouts in today’s world of
the descendants of the ancient House of Israel. Once we understand
their identity, we must share with them the contents of Ezekiel’s
is a message of indictment for sin, a call to repentance, and a
promise of future deliverance and restoration. While on the one hand
it is a message of dire warning of God’s impending judgment, it is
on the other hand a message of glorious hope for the future. In
fact, it contains the only real hope there is for our nations. The
English-speaking nations have lost their moral compass and have
seemingly lost their way in the world. Beset with serious problems
and challenges at home and abroad, our peoples lack both the wisdom
and the will to respond.
fallen from the pinnacle of world power at the close of World War
II, the American and British peoples have seen increasing challenges
in the post-war world. But worse than the challenges on the world
scene, has been the moral slide from within. In the midst of
material prosperity we are beset with moral poverty! There are
challenges that lie ahead in the immediate future of which our
leaders and our people do not even dream.
How can you know for sure that the
Bible prophecies relating to Israel relate primarily to the American
and British peoples? What do those prophecies really portend for
your future? Read on for the amazing answers to these and other
Ancient Promises Are Made
In Genesis 11:26–32 we
are introduced to Abram, whose name was later changed to Abraham.
The rest of the Bible is an outgrowth of God’s dealings with him and
the promises He made to Abraham and to his descendants. The promises
to Abraham are the basis of nearly all future Bible prophecies!
Abram was born into a family that
lived in Ur of the Chaldees, a city in southern Mesopotamia near
ancient Babylon. After the death of one of his brothers, Abram, his
father, and other family members moved a few hundred miles to the
northern Euphrates city of Haran. A while after that, Abram’s
father, Terah, died and was buried. In the aftermath, God told
Abram, then age 75, to leave the remainder of his family and to go
to a land that He would show him. He promised to make him a great
The promise first given in
Genesis 12 is quite vague. It simply consists of an undefined land
that Abram and his family would afterward be given for an
inheritance. Throughout the remainder of Genesis we read a
remarkable story of the unfolding of the promises made by God.
The Unfolding Promise to Abraham
In Genesis 12:1–3 we have
record of the first promises that God made to Abram. God told him
that He would make of him "a great nation," that he would be blessed
and that through him all nations would be blessed, and that God
would "bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses
you" (v. 3).
After Abram and his
wife, along with his nephew Lot, came into the land of Canaan, an
incident occurred which led God to further clarify the promises.
Abram and Lot both had large herds and flocks and strife had arisen
between their herdsmen over grazing rights. Abram settled the issue
by offering Lot his choice of grazing land. Lot chose to cross the
Jordan River and to graze his herds in the plain of Jordan, near the
cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
the aftermath of the separation between the two, God reiterated to
Abram the promises. "And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had
separated from him: ‘Lift your eyes now and look from the place
where you are northward, southward,
eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you
and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as
the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the
earth, then your descendants also could be numbered" (13:14–16). In
Genesis 15 this promise is further amplified. Abram was told that
his descendants would be like the number of the stars (v. 5). He was
also given the boundaries of his inheritance in the Middle East. In
verses 18–21 Abram was told that the land God was giving to his
descendants would stretch from the river of Egypt all the way to the
Euphrates and include the territory of several peoples who were
currently occupying the land.
Father of Many Nations
Abram and his wife Sarai were
both advancing in years and had not been able to have children. Yet
God had told him that he would have descendants who would inherit a
land. For 24 years after they left Haran, Abram and Sarai waited and
pondered these promises. Finally, when he was 99 years old, God
appeared to Abram once again.
Genesis 17:6, God promised: "I will make you exceedingly fruitful;
and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from
you." At this point Abram also learned that he would become the
father of many nations (v. 4). God told him that He was
changing his name to Abraham, meaning the "father of a multitude,"
and Sarai’s name to Sarah, meaning "princess." Within a year, he was
told, Sarah would bear him a son (Genesis 17:19; cf. 18:14). Such a
thing seemed too incredible for words, but nevertheless it happened
just as God said that it would and Isaac was born at the appointed
Actually, Abraham had had a
son 14 years before Isaac’s birth, but this son Ishmael was not the
son of promise. After ten years of waiting on God’s promises, Sarah
had encouraged Abraham to take her maid servant Hagar and have a
child by her. He did this and thereby engendered problems and
conflicts that have endured to this day.
After Isaac’s birth, Abraham sent
Hagar and Ishmael away (Genesis 21:14). Ultimately Ishmael married
among his mother’s people, the Egyptians, and had numerous children.
The Arab nations take their origin from Ishmael’s sons.
Years later, God came to Abraham
once again, this time to put him to the supreme test of his faith.
God, who by this time had been personally dealing with Abraham for
decades, told him to take his son Isaac and bring him to the
mountains of Moriah to offer him as a sacrifice to God. Responding
in faith, Abraham did as God asked and was at the point of offering
up his heir and only legitimate son when God interceded and told him
to stop, and instead offer a ram caught in a nearby thicket, as a
substitute for Isaac.
aftermath, God reconfirmed the promises to Abraham as having
become unconditional. "Then the Angel of the
Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By
Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this
thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, in blessing I
will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants
as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore;
and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In
your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you
have obeyed My voice" (22:15–18).
There are a couple of key things
to notice here. No longer are the promises contingent upon future
actions of Abraham and his descendants. Because Abraham has now
passed this supreme test of obedience, God has guaranteed the
unconditional future fulfillment of His promises.
Additionally, one other detail is
now given. Abraham’s descendants would ultimately possess the "gates
of their enemies." A gate is a narrow passage, a means of entrance
and exit. This promise means that not only would Abraham’s
descendants become many nations, but they would control the means by
which their enemies must pass to come and go. We will examine the
significance of this remarkable promise later in this booklet.
Promises Both Spiritually and Physically
"But aren’t all of the promises
to Abraham fulfilled in Christ?" some might ask. That is a question
that must be answered directly from the Bible.
Clearly, according to Galatians
3:26–29, all true Christians are accounted as spiritual children of
Abraham and heirs of the promise. The ultimate fulfillment of God’s
blessings upon Abraham include the promise that he and his spiritual
offspring would inherit the whole earth (Romans 4:13; cf. Matthew
5:5). Abraham was promised an everlasting inheritance (Genesis
17:8), which certainly presupposes the possession of eternal life!
Obviously there was a spiritual
aspect to the promises that God made to Abraham! God’s grace was to
be extended to all mankind through the one Seed, Christ (cf.
Galatians 3:16). The Messiah, descended from Abraham, would be the
One through whom the blessing of salvation from sin and the gift of
eternal life would become available to all mankind through God’s
However, there was also a
physical aspect to the promises to Abraham. The birthright involved
promises of national greatness as well as agricultural and mineral
wealth. In Genesis 13:16 Abraham was told by God that He would make
his seed number like the dust of the ground. Here, clearly, the
reference is to Abraham’s numerous physical descendants who would
inherit national greatness and possess the gates of their enemies.
The promises to Abraham include
both spiritual and physical components. They point toward Jesus the
Messiah, but they also point toward the birthright blessings that
would be bestowed upon a multitude of his descendants who would
become a great nation and a great company of nations. This does not
mean that the recipients of these blessings are any better or more
special than those who did not receive the blessings. In fact, we
see that those who received the physical blessings have, for the
most part, squandered them and turned from God, for which they will
have to face His judgment.
Many years after the promises
were first made, God reconfirmed them to Abraham’s son Isaac.
"Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to
you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform
the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your
descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your
descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the
earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept
My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws" (Genesis
26:3–5). The promise to Isaac was based upon Abraham’s obedience to
God (cf. v. 24).
Isaac and his
wife, Rebecca, had two sons. Jacob and Esau were their names and, in
spite of being twins, they were totally different in temperament and
character from the very beginning. God had revealed prior to their
birth that the older, Esau, was to serve the younger, Jacob (25:23).
Yet Jacob, who was a natural wheeler-dealer, was unable to wait for
God to give him the birthright blessings. He contrived to trick his
father so as to secure this for himself on the timetable he and his
mother conceived. God allowed this because it was His purpose for
Jacob to receive the promises. Jacob then had to learn some
difficult lessons through experience to bring him to repentance.
However, let us notice the
birthright blessings that Isaac conferred to Jacob. "Therefore may
God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and
plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you, and nations bow
down to you. Be master over your brethren, and let your mother’s
sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed
be those who bless you!" (27:28–29). Here two details are mentioned
for the first time. The first is that Jacob’s descendants would
possess great agricultural wealth. The second is that they would
obtain rulership over other peoples and nationalities.
After Jacob’s deception of his
brother, Isaac and Rebecca told him to travel to the area where his
mother’s family lived. There he could find a wife and spend some
time until his brother’s anger cooled off. Isaac’s parting words
were: "May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and
multiply you, that you may be an assembly ["multitude," KJV]
of peoples; and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your
descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you
are a stranger which God gave to Abraham" (28:3–4).
A short time later, God came to
Jacob in a dream and further amplified the promises. In his dream he
saw a vast staircase reaching up to heaven and angels ascending and
descending. "And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: ‘I am the
Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on
which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your
descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread
abroad to the west and east, to the north and the south; and in
you and in your seed all of the families of the earth shall
be blessed" (28:13–14).
the first time, we learn that the inheritance God promised to
Abraham encompassed more than just the land in the Middle East.
Jacob’s descendants were to spread abroad from that inheritance and
affect the entire world. Their inheritance would bring them into
contact with peoples all over the earth.
The story continues in Genesis and
we see the lessons that Jacob learned during the time of his exile
from Canaan. Finally, as he returned to his homeland, God met him at
a location afterward named Peniel. After Jacob had wrestled all
night with the Divine Messenger, God told him: "Your name shall no
longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God
and with men, and have prevailed" (32:28). Jacob-Israel was the
father of 12 sons, who were the ancestors of the 12 tribes of
The promises to Abraham
were being passed down from father to son and had gradually been
expanded. There is much more yet to come! Abraham had been told that
he would produce "many nations" who would achieve national greatness
and also that he would give rise to a kingly line. This promise was
now divided among two of Jacob’s 12 sons. Notice the clear
delineation given in 1 Chronicles 5:1–2: "Now the sons of Reuben the
firstborn of Israel he was indeed the
firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright
was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel, so that the
genealogy is not listed according to the birthright; yet Judah
prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler, although
the birthright was Joseph’s."
Judah was clearly given the
scepter promise of a line of kings culminating in the Messiah who
would be king of kings. But take note! The birthright promises of
national greatness went not to the Jews, but to the
descendants of Joseph. Understanding this is the master
key that begins to open up everything else!
Ephraim and Manasseh Receive the Birthright
Let us look further at how the
birthright promises were amplified for the descendants of Joseph. An
important part of this story occurred a short time before the death
of Jacob-Israel. By this time he and his entire family were living
in Egypt where Joseph was serving as Administrator directly under
Pharaoh. Joseph came to visit his elderly and infirm father and
brought with him his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. A
little-understood ceremony occurred during this visit.
In Genesis 48:5, Israel informed
Joseph that he was adopting Ephraim and
Manasseh that they would be counted as
his and therefore be counted among the tribes of Israel. Thus Joseph
was given a double portion. After Joseph brought his sons close,
Israel embraced them, proceeded to lay hands on them and set them
apart for special blessing.
this time a remarkable event occurred. Joseph had purposely arranged
the boys so that the older, Manasseh, was standing on Israel’s right
side and the younger, Ephraim, was standing on his left side. This
was so that he would place his right hand, signifying the greater
blessing, on Manasseh and the left on Ephraim. Israel, however,
crossed his hands and put the right hand on Ephraim and the left on
Manasseh. When Joseph saw this he tried to correct what he perceived
as a mistake on the part of his nearly-blind father. Israel
resisted, however, and explained that this crossing of his hands was
Israel told Joseph
that his older son Manasseh was to become a great people, but that
Ephraim was to become a multitude or company of nations (v. 19).
Here we find that a great nation and also a great company
of nations were to spring from the descendants of Joseph. They
were the ones who receive the birthright blessings of national
greatness. This included possession of strategic check points
through which their enemies would have to pass, vast agricultural
and mineral wealth, and status as world powers that would exercise
dominance over other nations. Since God had promised that they would
be a blessing to other nations, we know that their dominance as
world powers would be exercised in a benign way overall.
Is there historical record of
these promises being fulfilled? Before we examine that, look at a
few more details that unfold in the book of Genesis. A short time
after adopting Ephraim and Manasseh and conveying the birthright
blessings upon them, Israel called all of his sons to his bedside.
He was at the end of his long life and wanted to give his last
admonition and blessing to his family.
Notice what he told them. "And
Jacob called his sons and said, ‘Gather together, that I may tell
you what shall befall you in the last days" (49:1). Israel’s
prophecy that followed was not for his day or for the time when his
descendants would come out of Egypt and enter into the Promised
Land. It was for the end-times! Clearly at the end-time the
descendants of Israel were still to exist as separate, identifiable
Notice his words for
Joseph. "Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his
branches run over the wall" (v. 22). This is a poetic allusion to a
people who would multiply and spread out all over. After all,
Joseph’s sons were ultimately to give rise to a great nation and a
great company of nations. Israel therefore foresaw them as a great
colonizing people. He also conveyed the blessings of heaven
above and of the deep that lies beneath. This implies great mineral
wealth (blessings of the deep) as well as blessings of weather that
would provide great agricultural wealth (blessings of heaven above).
But were these fabulous promises
ever fulfilled for the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh? The very
authenticity of your Bible as the word of God stands or falls on
After they left Egypt,
the tribes of Israel lived for centuries in the Middle Eastern
territory that God had promised. There is no record of Ephraim
and Manasseh ever becoming a great nation and company of nations
prior to Israel’s captivity. They never became a
blessing to all the nations of the world before they went into
Assyrian captivity in the eighth century before Christ. Clearly, the
fulfillment of the promises that God made to Abraham and reconfirmed
to his descendants did not occur before ten-tribed Israel
disappeared from the pages of your Bible and then from the pages of
promises were yet fulfilled, as we shall see, is "the rest of the
Israel's Captivity and Lost Identity
Before the children of
Israel ever entered the Promised Land, Moses was inspired by God to
warn them of the future. The promises of God were sure, but
the timing of their fulfillment was up to God and depended
upon Israel’s conduct.
Leviticus 26:1–2 God, through Moses, warned the Israelites: "You
shall not make idols for yourselves… You shall keep My Sabbaths and
reverence My sanctuary: I am the Lord." He went on to tell them: "If
you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,
then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its
produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit" (vv.
3–4). In the following verses God detailed blessings of agricultural
bounty and peace that would come upon the nation if it was faithful.
In verse 12 He concluded His promised blessings by stating: "I will
walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people."
Just as there were blessings for
obedience, however, there were serious consequences for
disobedience. If Israel went into idolatry and forgot God’s
Sabbaths, then God would punish the nation for its actions. In
verses 16 and 17 He detailed the punishments of diseases and of
enemy incursions into their territory which would result. What would
happen, if, after repeated punishment, Israel persisted in rebellion
against God and His laws? Verse 18 tells us: "And after all this, if
you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more
for your sins." The Hebrew word here rendered "seven times" can
refer either to length of time or to intensity of punishment.
Seven Times Punishment
In Daniel 4 we read of a dream
that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had. In the dream he was told
that he would be punished for his pride by losing both his kingdom
and his sanity. In this dream he was told that "seven times" would
pass before his restoration. In the historical fulfillment of this
dream, it is apparent that the seven times were a period of seven
What were the seven
times of Israel’s punishment promised in Leviticus 26:18? If this
indicated a duration of time, how long was it to last? Understanding
the significance of Israel’s seven times punishment opens up history
to far deeper meaning than you have probably ever understood before.
First, let us answer the question
concerning the length of the "seven times." How many days would
"seven times" be? In Revelation 11 and 12 we find keys to
11:2–3 equates two periods of time: 42 months and 1,260 days. This
is simple to understand, as there are exactly 1,260 days in 42
months of 30 days. In Revelation 12:6 we find another mention of
1,260 days, but this time that figure is paralleled in verse 14 by
the term, "time, times, and half a time." We have already seen that
1,260 days is equated with 42 months, which is exactly
three-and-a-half years. Clearly then, the Bible equates "time, times
and half a time" with a three-and-a half-year period of 1,260 days.
"Seven times" is double the length
of "time, times, and half a time" (or three-and-a-half years).
Therefore, seven times would represent a duration of 2,520 days
(twice the length of the 1,260 days). How long a period of
punishment upon Israel would these 2,520 days represent in Bible
prophecy? To understand this, look at another incident of punishment
on Israel. Numbers 13 and 14 give the account of Moses sending 12
spies, one from each tribe, to investigate the Promised Land. Ten of
the spies brought back an evil report that discouraged the people
and caused them to refuse to enter the land. God was greatly
displeased with the people’s lack of faith. Notice the consequences
that followed: "According to the number of the days in which you
spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your
guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection
[‘breach of promise’ KJV]" (Numbers 14:34).
Israel’s disobedience led to a
40-year delay in entering the Promised Land and inheriting the
promises God had made to their ancestors. The 40 years of punishment
were figured on the principle of a day for a year. A similar point
is made in Ezekiel 4 about punishment on Judah and on Israel. In
this account, the prophet Ezekiel was told to lie upon his left side
each day for 390 days to symbolize the duration of God’s punishment
upon Israel. Then, he was told to turn and to lie upon his right
side each day for 40 days in order to show the punishment of Judah.
Next, Ezekiel was told: "I have laid on you a day for each year" (v.
6). In other words, once again a day equaled a year in the
fulfillment of certain Bible prophecies.
With each day representing a year
in the fulfillment of Israel’s punishment, seven times would
represent 2,520 years. What is the full significance of this period
of time? We will shortly see the amazing answer. But first, let us
examine why Israel went into captivity at all.
Why the Ten Tribes Went into Captivity
In Leviticus 26, God made it
plain that if Israel began to worship idols and to break His
Sabbath, He would work through punishments to get their attention.
Fulfillment of this prophecy is seen throughout the book of Judges
as Israel lapsed into sin and God allowed terrorist raids by
surrounding nations to disrupt Israel’s peace and its economy.
Sometimes these nations actually brought Israel under direct rule
for years. This cycle continued for more than three centuries before
the monarchy was established.
After the death of King Solomon
the kingdom of Israel split into two totally separate nations. The
northern ten tribes chose Jeroboam the son of Nebat as their king,
while Judah remained loyal to Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. Shortly after
the division of the kingdom, Jeroboam made a decision that affected
the ten tribes of Israel for the remainder of their history.
We read this crucial story in 1
Kings 12. Jeroboam began to fear that the ten tribes would, in the
future, long for reunion with Judah. He decided that going up to
worship God at Jerusalem during the festival seasons each year would
lead to nostalgia for "the good old days." He feared a future
yearning for the time when they had been one nation under David’s
dynasty in Jerusalem. This, he believed, would lead eventually to
displacing himself or his descendants.
As he pondered this problem,
Jeroboam came up with what he considered the solution. He called the
people together and announced some changes. To make things more
convenient, he told them that henceforth they would have two worship
sites in northern Israel from which to choose. This way they would
no longer have to go all the way to Jerusalem. He established his
new sites of worship at the city of Dan in the north and at Bethel
in the south. At each location a golden calf would be the object of
worship. Additionally, the Levitical priesthood would be replaced by
men loyal to Jeroboam and his new religion. We are told that, in
fact, Jeroboam made "priests of the lowest of the people" (v. 31).
As if all of this were not enough, he also introduced a change in
the timing of God’s annual festivals. The Feast of Tabernacles,
which came in the seventh month of God’s sacred calendar, was
postponed until the eighth month.
Throughout the remaining 200 years
of northern Israel’s existence as an independent nation, many
dynasties came and went. Regardless of who was king, however, we are
told over and over that "he departed not from the sin of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat who taught Israel to sin" (cf. 1 Kings 15:34;
16:19; 2 Kings 3:3; 10:29; 13:2; 6, 11; 14:24; 15:18; 24, 28;
17:22). The ten tribes totally disregarded God’s admonitions to
their ancestors through Moses. They worshiped idols, violated God’s
Sabbaths and, in general, simply disregarded God’s laws.
The consequences were inevitable.
God had warned centuries earlier, through Moses, that a "seven
times" punishment would come upon them if they persisted in
disobedience. Finally, in the mid-eighth century, armies of the
mighty Assyrian Empire invaded Israel.
Israel’s King Menahem bought a
respite by giving Assyrian King Pul a large sum of money to
withdraw. A few years later, however, during the reign of one of
Menahem’s successors, Pekah, the Assyrians returned under
Tiglathpileser. This time the Assyrians subjugated much of the
eastern and northern part of the kingdom. Several tribes, including
much of Reuben, Gad and Naphtali, were taken into captivity and
transported to Assyria. During the reign of Pekah’s successor,
Hoshea, things worsened. The Assyrians returned under their new king
Shalmaneser and exacted tribute from the remnant of Israel. Then
they returned a few years later and laid siege to Samaria. After a
three-year siege, Samaria fell. The Assyrians then began to deport
the population of ten-tribed Israel en masse.
Israel’s Last Chance
This deportation took years to
accomplish. Before it progressed very far, a righteous king came to
the throne in Judah, the southern kingdom. This king, Hezekiah,
assumed complete authority in 714bc, upon the death of his father
Ahaz. He had been joint ruler with his father for several years, but
did not have independent authority until his father’s death. He, in
sharp contrast to his father, was a man who sought with his whole
heart to follow God. He initiated a revival in Judah at the very
start of his sole reign. He opened the temple in Jerusalem, and
called upon the people to repent and rededicate themselves to the
worship of the true God.
told the people: "For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in
the eyes of the Lord our God; they have forsaken Him, have turned
their faces away from the habitation of the Lord, and turned their
backs on Him… Therefore the wrath of the Lord fell upon Judah and
Jerusalem, and He has given them up to trouble, to astonishment, and
to jeering, as you see with your eyes. For indeed, because of this
our fathers have fallen by the sword and our sons, our daughters,
and our wives are in captivity. Now it is in my heart to make a
covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn
away from us" (2 Chronicles 29:6–10).
This revival under Hezekiah not
only offered Judah a reprieve from the sword of the Assyrians, which
was destroying the kingdom of Israel just north of them, it was also
a last chance for the northern ten tribes to avert complete exile.
Notice what King Hezekiah did: "And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and
Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they
should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the
Passover to the Lord God of Israel… So they resolved to make a
proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they
should come to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel at
Jerusalem, since they had not done it for a long time in the
prescribed manner" (2 Chronicles 30:1, 5). Hezekiah’s messengers
warned the remaining inhabitants of the northern kingdom: "Now do
not be stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to
the Lord… For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your
children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them
captive, so that they might come back to this land" (vv.
What was Israel’s response? "So
the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim
and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed them to scorn
and mocked them. Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and
Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem" (vv. 10–11). By
and large Israel ignored King Hezekiah’s warning and his call to
repentance the final warning they were
to receive. In the years immediately following, the Assyrians
completely depopulated northern Israel and brought in people of
Babylonian stock to resettle there. These newcomers were later known
as Samaritans, taking their name from Israel’s capital city.
Israel had begun an odyssey that
would not conclude for many
centuries 2,520 years would pass before
the descendants of Israel would begin to receive the birthright
blessings promised their ancestors. For 2,520
years a year for a
day they would experience God’s "breach
Israel’s Lost Identity
In Exodus 31:12–17, God
instructed Moses that His Sabbaths were to be a sign between Him and
Israel forever. A sign is something that identifies. The Sabbath is
a perpetual reminder of who God is and who His people are. As long
as Israel kept the Sabbath, they maintained their identity.
To this day, the people of Judah
have maintained their identity, regardless of what far-flung corner
of the world in which they may live. They have retained the sign of
the Sabbath and have never lost sight of who they are.
Israel, on the other hand, from
the time of King Jeroboam has abandoned God’s Sabbaths and
substituted its own days of worship. As a result, captive Israel did
not stand out as different from the surrounding nations and peoples.
Those whom they met did not associate them with the Jews, and
eventually most Israelites forgot their true origin.
Many of the customs that Israel
carried into captivity were borrowed from the pagan nations around
them. At the time of Israel’s Assyrian captivity, the prophet Micah
was in Judah. He warned Israel of their impending punishment and why
it was to come. "For the statutes of Omri are kept; all the works of
Ahab’s house are done; and you walk in their counsels, that I may
make you a desolation and your inhabitants a hissing. Therefore you
shall bear the reproach of My people" (Micah 6:16).
Who was Omri, and what were his
statutes? What did this have to do with Israel’s lost identity?
Captive Israelites Become Known as
In captivity, Israel lost even
its national name. Having abandoned their sign of identity that God
established, the Israelites have become lost to most secular
historians. However, they were certainly not lost to God. Notice the
message he inspired the prophet Amos to record in the years prior to
Israel’s captivity. "‘Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are on the
sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth;
yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,’ says the Lord.
‘For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among
all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest
grain shall fall to the ground’" (Amos 9:8–9).
In 1 Kings 16, we read of Omri and
of his rise to power. He overthrew his predecessor, Zimri, and
established a powerful dynasty. Though he only reigned 12 years, he
established the capital city of Samaria and put laws in place that
guided the nation through the rest of its history. His role as
lawgiver was so established that 150 years after his death, and many
dynasties later, the prophet Micah still referred to Israel as
keeping "the statutes of Omri." Clearly rejecting the laws that God
had given through Moses, the House of Israel chose instead to keep
the laws enacted by Omri. "Omri," we are told by scripture, "did
evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all who were before
him" (v. 25).
Plainly, then, the
statutes of Omri included pagan religious practices. His son Ahab
was married to Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal priest-king of the Baal
worshipping Sidonians. Though many of the outward trappings of Baal
worship were later eliminated by a subsequent king, Jehu, Israel
never really returned to God.
Notice the comments of Langer’s
Encyclopedia of World History regarding the extent of Omri’s
influence. "Omri established a long-lived dynasty. He built a new
capital at Samaria and renewed alliances with Tyre… He also
reconquered Moab as we learn from the Mesha inscription. Omri was
evidently a strong king. The Assyrians called Israel after his
name, Bit Omri (Khumri)" (1968 edition, p. 44).
The history of the ancient world,
apart from what is recorded in scripture, comes down to us in the
writings and monuments of the great empires of antiquity and in the
writings of the Greek historians. The Assyrians, in their monuments,
did not use the name "Israel," but rather referred to the "Khumri."
This is the name by which Israel was known in captivity. This
name, and variants of it in the languages of neighboring peoples, is
the name by which the people of Israel are identified in secular
The people who were
identified on Assyrian monuments as Khumri were called in the
Babylonian language Gimmirra (or Gimiri). The Greek geographers such
as Herodotus called them Cimmerians. Thus, the names by which
captive Israel is identified in secular history are the names by
which others called them, and those names varied in spelling and
pronunciation according to the language of the writer.
What happened to the Israelites
who were taken captive by the Assyrians? The Bible tells us that
they were settled near the River Gozan and in the cities of the
Medes. Gozan was a tributary of the northern Euphrates River. The
cities of the Medes were in the area just south of Armenia, between
the Black and Caspian Seas.
apocryphal book of 2 Esdras, written a century or so prior to the
time of Christ, records the tradition that had been preserved among
the Jews. "Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away
prisoners out of their own land… and he [Shalmaneser] carried them
over the waters, and so came they into another land. But they took
this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude
of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never
mankind dwelt… And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow
passages of the river" (13:40–43).
To say that the migrating
Israelites followed the "narrow passages of the river" simply means
that they went northward through the narrow mountain passes of the
headwaters of the Euphrates. This took them north of the Caucasus
Mountains and on to the northern shore of the Black Sea. This is
exactly where history places the Cimmerians, who later traveled up
the Danube and Rhine River basins into northwestern Europe.
Dictionary locates the Cimmerii "near the Palus Maeotis" (p.
149). Palus Maeotis was the name the ancient Greeks gave to the
large lake at the northern tip of the Black Sea, now called the Sea
of Azov. From this area some of the Cimmerians migrated directly up
the river system into northwestern Europe, while others invaded Asia
Minor, and after being pushed out also went up into northern Europe.
Regarding the Cimmerii-Israelites’
entrance into northwestern Europe, M. Guizot in The History of
France from Earliest Times to 1848 states: "From the seventh to
the fourth century B.C., a new population spread over Gaul, not at
once, but by a series of invasions, of which the two principal took
place at the two extremes of that epoch. They called themselves
Kymrians or Kimrians… the name of a people whom the
Greeks placed on the western bank of the Black Sea and in the
Cimmerian peninsula, called to this day Crimea" (p. 16).
Called Gauls or Celts by the Romans, these people spread through
what is modern France and into the British Isles.
The heaviest periods of this
migration into northwestern Europe were shortly after the original
Assyrian invasions, and again almost 400 years later. In 331bc,
Alexander the Great defeated the Medes and the Persians. Those
Israelites who were still in the ancient area of the Medes were now
free to leave. Interestingly, this marks 390 years from the fall of
Samaria to the overthrow of the Medes
(721bc–331bc) the exact period that
Ezekiel had prophesied for the House of Israel in Ezekiel 4:5.
Another ancient name by which the
exiled Israelites were known is "Scythian." A vast area of what is
today the Eurasian plain of Russia was anciently called Scythia.
Various peoples inhabited this huge area, including many tribes of
exiled Israelites. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, "the
Persians called them Sacae, since that is the name they give to all
Scythians" (The Persian Wars, VII, 64). The word Sacae or
Sakae is ultimately derived from Isaac, ancestor of the Israelites.
This is the true origin of the names Scotland, Saxon and
The Scots preserve
the story of their Scythian origins in the most famous document in
Scottish history, the Declaration of Arbroath. This declaration was
written in 1320 and signed by Robert the Bruce and his nobles. In it
is the statement that the Scots "journeyed from Greater Scythia by
way of the Tyrrhenian Sea… they came twelve hundred years after the
people of Israel crossed the Red Sea [ca. 250bc], to their home in
the west where they still live today." The original of this ancient
letter, called by many "Scotland’s most precious possession," is on
display in a glass case in the Register House in Edinburgh. To the
parchment is attached the seals of the 25 subscribing Scottish
Thus we see that the ten
tribes of Northern Israel were uprooted from their homeland in the
eighth century before Christ, and transported to a different area by
their captors. Losing their identity, they became known to history
by a variety of names. Cymri, Celts and Scyths are but a few. Today,
guided by ancient records, we can trace the migrations of these
peoples from the Black Sea to the British Isles and northwestern
How does all of this fit
in with the prophecies of your Bible? Read on for the startling
The Birthright Promises Are Fulfilled
Anciently, God made
remarkable promises to Abraham and his descendants. We have already
seen that the northern ten tribes were uprooted from their homes and
that they ultimately migrated into northwestern Europe. What became
of the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham?
Look at the remarkable way in
which God has intervened in history to accomplish His purpose and to
fulfill His word.
years went by from the time of
Samaria’s fall and Israel’s captivity in 721bc. This brings us to
1800ad and the time when, according to scripture, Abraham’s
descendants would begin coming into possession of the birthright
promises. The remarkable story that unfolded in the history of the
English-speaking people after 1800 is astounding.
To fully understand what happened
and to put it into perspective, let us briefly look at the history
of Europe. By the close of the 11th century after Christ, most of
the European migrations were completed and nations were mostly in
the areas in which we find them today. The Israelites had arrived,
in waves of migration extending over centuries, in the new lands
that they were destined to inherit. After all, God had anciently
told Jacob that his descendants would spread abroad to the north,
the west, the east, and the south (Genesis 28:14).
Throughout the ten centuries from
Rome’s collapse until the 15th century, Europe was totally dominated
by the Catholic church and was in the throes of poverty, ignorance
and warfare. Much of this period has traditionally been called the
"Dark Ages" by historians. In the last half of the 15th century,
three milestone events took place. The first was the fall of
Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. This brought an influx of
scholars and Greek manuscripts of the New Testament into Western
Europe. Secondly, in 1456, Johannes Gutenberg perfected the use of
moveable type and the printing industry was born. This made possible
the widespread diffusion of knowledge. In 1492, Christopher Columbus
sighted land, thus beginning the unbroken connection between Europe
and the new world of the Americas.
At this same time, England finally
emerged from the internal strife of the War of the Roses. At last a
stable government emerged, under the Tudor dynasty of Henry VII.
Over the next century a remarkable transformation began to occur in
England. Literacy spread, Catholic control was overthrown, and the
tiny island nation began to develop into a sea-power.
The year 1588 was a benchmark in
England’s history. Spain had set out to conquer England and restore
it to the fold of the Catholic church. In pursuance of this goal, a
vast Armada set sail from Spain. Shattered by storm winds off the
coast of England, the Armada was defeated and little England was
Notice what Sir Winston
Churchill, in his History of the English-Speaking Peoples,
wrote. "But to the English people as a whole the defeat of the
Armada came as a miracle. For 30 years the shadow of Spanish power
had darkened the political scene. A wave of religious emotion filled
men’s minds. One of the medals struck to commemorate the victory
bears the inscription ‘Afflavit Deus et
dissipantur’ ‘God blew and they
were scattered.’ Elizabeth and her seamen knew how true this was"
(vol. II, p. 131).
victory guaranteed that England would not come back under the
domination of the Papacy, and it set the stage for future religious
freedom in England. An awareness of God’s role in English history
fueled a newfound interest in the Bible, resulting in the
translation and widespread dissemination of the Bible during the
reign of Queen Elizabeth’s successor, King James I.
Throughout the 16th and 17th
centuries, English sailors and explorers set out across the globe.
This marked the beginnings of England as a sea power and set the
stage for future commercial and economic greatness.
Still, when 1800 came, England and
her former American colonies, the fledgling United States, possessed
only a small portion of the world’s land and wealth. In Europe,
Napoleon was attempting to put together a vast continental empire
with France at its head. Instead of that effort being successful,
however, something altogether different occurred.
Over the following decades,
England emerged in possession of the vast British Empire. It was the
largest that the world had ever seen. Over one quarter of the
world’s land and people were under the British flag by the end of
the 19th century. The United States, in 1800 still clinging to the
eastern seacoast, had completely spanned the North American
continent within five decades. The most powerful company of nations,
the British Empire, and the greatest single nation, the United
States, emerged right on schedule. The year 1800 marked the time
when the 2,520 years of withholding the birthright concluded.
The British Empire Emerges
"How had the British done it?
How, in the first place, did a peripheral island rise from primitive
squalor to world domination? And how did they, between the [world]
wars, still manage to keep their rickety empire together with little
visible effort?" (The Europeans, p. 47). This was the
question posed by author Luigi Barzini and it has been echoed by
While other nations set out
with a cohesive plan to conquer vast stretches of territory and to
build an empire, the British, it has been said, stumbled into theirs
in a fit of absentmindedness. How did such a remarkable
transformation come about?
a vast trove of agricultural and mineral wealth, came almost
unbidden into the British Empire. After England’s victory over
France in the Seven Years War (1756–63), many in Parliament argued
against even accepting Canada from France, warning that "its scanty
trade in beaver skins would not offset the burden of defense and
administration…" (A History of England and the British
Empire, by Hall & Albion, p. 463). In fact, "Halifax [Nova
Scotia] was the only community in America founded by direct action
of the British government" (p. 456).
Australia and New Zealand were no
less thrust upon Britain as part of the empire. Of Australia, it has
been said that the 1851 discovery of gold "precipitated a colony
into a nation" (p. 664). The population jumped from 250,000 to
almost a million in a little over a decade. As for New Zealand: "The
home government long resisted the efforts to bring New Zealand under
the British flag… So New Zealand went its lawless way until the
actual planting of regular English settlers necessitated more
definite control" (p. 664).
the course of the 19th century, Great Britain came into the
possession of territory in every far-flung corner of the earth.
Among these possessions were virtually all of the strategic
sea-gates. Possessing the "gates of their enemies" was one of the
blessings that God had promised to Abraham on behalf of his
descendants. These narrow passages, through which sea traffic had to
pass, were of inestimable value, both in terms of commercial value
of trade and for security purposes during the two world wars of the
20th century. British control of the Suez Canal and the Straits of
Gibraltar as well as of the strategic Isle of Malta was crucial to
Allied control of the Mediterranean during World War II.
With Australia, New Zealand and
Canada, Great Britain came into possession of some of the richest
agricultural land on earth. The vast fields of grain and the
innumerable herds of sheep and cattle represented a fulfillment of
God’s ancient promises to Abraham. In addition, there was the vast
mineral wealth of Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Britain
itself came to control much of the Middle Eastern oil reserves. Her
possessions and pipelines there helped provide the Allies the oil
that was needed to fight World War II.
Overall, British influence was
beneficial for the whole world, just as God anciently prophesied
that it would be. It was the British Navy that wiped out the
international slave trade in the early 19th century. The British and
Foreign Bible Society, headquartered in London, was responsible for
the Bible being translated into virtually every language and made
available for the first time to peoples all over the earth.
Throughout the empire itself,
British rule was not enforced by huge occupying armies. In fact,
during the 19th century, the British army was quite small. It was
called "the thin red line." In vast India, inhabited by scores of
millions even in the 19th century, it was the British civil service,
never more than several hundred, that ruled. They administered
justice, collected taxes, and enforced the laws. "They alone came
into direct contact with the native population… they worked hard and
efficiently… corruption was unknown among them, and they had
triumphantly upheld justice, peace, and order for several decades"
Tiny little England
emerged, practically overnight, to rule the greatest, most extensive
empire that the world had ever seen. That empire developed into a
great company of nations held together by allegiance to a common
crown. Where else can anyone point to the fulfillment of the ancient
promise that Jacob claimed for his grandson Ephraim? Clearly, God
had kept His word to Abraham!
The Throne of David
God made a remarkable promise
to King David of ancient Israel. Speaking through Nathan the
prophet, God told David: "When your days are fulfilled and you rest
with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come
from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a
house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom
forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits
iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows
of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him,
as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your
house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your
throne shall be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:12–16).
God explained to David that while
he might punish his descendants for their sins, he would not remove
the kingdom from their line as he had done with Saul. What happened
to that line of kings? History records that King Zedekiah, a
descendant of David, was the last king to sit upon the throne of
Judah in Jerusalem. In 586bc Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took Zedekiah
captive to Babylon, burned the temple, and destroyed the city of
Jerusalem. Notice the statement in 2 Kings 25:7: "Then they killed
the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah…
and took him to Babylon."
God’s promise to David fail?
the rest of the story, notice the prophecy that God inspired Ezekiel
to record in Ezekiel 17. It starts out by posing a riddle that
describes an eagle coming to a large cedar tree and cropping off the
topmost branch. This small branch was taken to the "city of
merchants" (v. 4). What is this riddle describing? Verse 12 tells
us: "Say now to the rebellious house: Do you not know what these
things mean? Tell them, Indeed the king of Babylon went to Jerusalem
and took its king and princes, and led them with him to Babylon."
That is not the end of the story,
however. God went on to tell Ezekiel in verses 22 and 23: "I will
take also one of the highest branches of the high cedar and set it
out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender
one, and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain. On the
mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth
boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell
birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell."
We have already seen that the "top
branch" of the cedar symbolized Judah’s last king, Zedekiah. A twig
coming out from that branch would be one of his children. As we have
also seen, his sons were killed. This "tender" twig must clearly
refer to one of his daughters! God talks of her being taken to a
high mountain (used in Bible prophecy to symbolize a nation) where
she would be "planted" and would grow into a great tree. This shows
that she would marry and produce offspring and that the dynasty
would continue! Also note, while David’s line had been reigning over
Judah, it would now be "replanted" ruling over Israel.
Irish history records the
remainder of this story. It tells of the prophet Jeremiah and his
scribe Baruch coming to Ireland after the fall of Judah with a young
princess and the coronation stone, called in Gaelic lia fail.
In ancient Irish records, the princess was named Tea Tephi. She
married the son of the High King of Ireland. Their descendants
reigned from Tara in Ireland for many centuries. Later, in the days
of Kenneth McAlpine, they transferred their place of rule to Scone
in Scotland. This same dynasty continues on down to today in the
person of Queen Elizabeth II, a direct descendant of Tea Tephi and
her husband. God has fulfilled his promises to King David just as He
The United States and the Blessings of
What of the United States of
America? Are the American people also truly descended from ancient
Israel? Look at the plain record of history.
The first permanent English
settlement in what is now the United States was Jamestown, Virginia
in 1607. A few years later the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in
Massachusetts. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries settlers from
the British Isles flowed into what became the United States.
Actually, as Professor David Fischer points out in his important
book, Albion’s Seed, there were four main waves of
immigration during those two centuries to the future United States.
These waves of migration had their origin in specific parts of the
British Isles and came to particular areas of the American colonies.
New England, for instance, was
settled primarily by immigrants from East Anglia. Certain parishes
of this south-eastern part of England were almost emptied of
population between 1629 and 1641, as whole family groups migrated en
masse. "Today, East Anglia seems very rural by comparison with other
English regions. But in the early 17th century, it was the most
densely settled and highly urbanized part of England, and had been
so for many centuries" (Albion’s Seed, p. 43).
Overwhelmingly, the immigrants who
settled the United States before the Civil War came from
northwestern Europe. Most were from either the British Isles or
certain parts of northern Germany. These immigrants established the
character of the American nation and have provided most of the
nation’s leadership until this day. Even some whose ancestors
immigrated later from other parts of Europe may well have
Israelitish background. After all, the prophecy was made by Amos
that the House of Israel would be sifted through the nations like
corn through a sieve, but not a grain would be lost (Amos 9:9).
Beginning in 1803 with the
Louisiana Purchase, the United States began a rapid territorial
expansion that led to its spanning the continent within one
generation. The territory acquired by purchase from Napoleon, at
less than a nickel an acre, included the richest farmland on
earth the American Midwest.
Because of its combination of
agricultural and mineral wealth, America was destined to lead the
world in per capita wealth. Whether in grain and cattle, or in its
coal, iron, and petroleum production, America has had matchless
bounty. As an example, during World War II the East Texas oil field
alone produced more oil than the combined production of all the Axis
powers. The prophecy of aged Israel to his grandson Manasseh, that
his descendants would become the greatest single nation, has
certainly been fulfilled in the United States of America.
Additionally, with the
acquisition of the Panama Canal and various island dependencies
gained in the latter 19th century, the United States has also
possessed the gates of its enemies. The United States, in
combination with Great Britain, controlled virtually every strategic
passageway on earth through most of the 19th and 20th centuries.
At their pinnacles, the American
and British nations have possessed or controlled an overwhelming
share of the world’s wealth. There are simply no other nations that
can even compare with the wealth and power that has been exercised
by the English-speaking peoples.
With great blessings also come
great responsibilities, however. In addition, there are particular
dangers for these nations of which they are warned in that book
which became ubiquitous throughout the English-speaking
world the Bible.
Warning for the Modern Nations of Israel
Moses was anciently inspired of
God to set down a reminder for our people in the midst of our
fabulous wealth and bounty: "For the Lord your God is bringing you
into a good land… a land in which you will eat bread without
scarcity, in which you will lack nothing… Beware that you do not
forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments…
lest when you have eaten and are full,
and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them… when your
heart is lifted up… then you say in your heart, ‘My power and
the might of my hand have gained me this wealth’" (Deuteronomy
8:7–17). Our nations are admonished: "And you shall remember the
Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that
He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it
is this day" (v. 18).
One of the
great dangers of wealth and plenty is a self-centered, materialistic
outlook. Instead of being the most thankful of peoples, we have
become the most self-indulgent.
Our national greatness was not
achieved because of innate superiority. Rather, our possession of
the fairest portions of the earth is the direct result of faithful
Abraham’s obedience and God’s promises to Him. Moses reminded our
ancestors: "The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you
because you were more in number than any other people, for you were
the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and
because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers"
called to be a holy nation to God. Today, we have direct access to
God’s word in an unparalleled way. Yet the conduct of our people and
our leaders falls far short of what God enjoins upon us. In the
midst of plenty we are unthankful and disobedient to the God who
blessed us. Just as God dealt with our ancestors of old, so also
will He deal with us today.
United States and Great Britain, and all the British-descended
peoples, are on a rendezvous with God’s judgment!
The Coming Restoration
In 1897, the year of
Queen Victoria’s "Diamond Jubilee," one of Britain’s best-loved
poets struck a somber note. The British Empire was at its height. In
that context Rudyard Kipling wrote Recessional, a poem that
was strikingly prophetic. "God of our fathers, known of old / Lord
of our far flung battle line / Beneath Whose awful Hand we hold /
Dominion over palm and pine / Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget!" He went
on to add: "Lo, all our pomp of yesterday is one with Ninevah and
Tyre! Judge of the Nations, spare us yet / Lest we
forget lest we forget!"
A century later, the American and
British-descended peoples have forgotten their God. God’s direct
warning to these forgetful nations thunders down through time: "Then
it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and
follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify
against you this day that you shall surely perish" (Deuteronomy
How have such blessed
nations forgotten God and His laws? The most fundamental national
building block, the family unit, has been shattered by divorce and
illegitimacy. We have "gay pride" parades in the streets of major
cities from London to San Francisco to Sydney. Abortion is a silent
holocaust that has taken the lives of millions of unborn babies.
Violence escalates until people draw back with fear at the thought
of walking the streets of our cities after dark. Greed, materialism,
and immorality have seemingly been woven into our national fabric.
The messages of the ancient
prophets are as descriptive of our national condition as any
newscast. "Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a
brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken
the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they
have turned away backward" (Isaiah 1:4).
There is even a lack of shame at
our national conduct. "The look on their countenance witnesses
against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide
it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves"
The Watchman’s Message
As we saw earlier in this
booklet, God commissioned the ancient prophet Ezekiel as a watchman
to the House of Israel. "So you, son of man: I have made you a
watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear the word
from My mouth and warn them for me" (Ezekiel 33:7). What is God’s
message to modern Israel, preserved for our day through the pen of
the prophet Ezekiel?
"Now, son of
man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show
her all her abominations!… You have become guilty by the blood
which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which
you have made" (Ezekiel 22:2–4). In addition to violence and
idolatry, God inspired Ezekiel to indict Israel for immorality,
including adultery and incest (vv. 9–11). Also, he talks about the
breakdown of the family structure and the grinding down of the needy
and defenseless (v. 7). Additionally, God thunders at our peoples:
"You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths" (v. 8).
The book of Ezekiel contains an
indictment of our national sins, a call to repentance, and a
proclamation of God’s impending judgment. It also goes on beyond the
coming judgment to look forward to a time of national repentance and
of restoration after Christ’s return.
Collectively our peoples have
turned further and further away from God in our actions, even while
still calling themselves "Christian nations." Our national sins are
an affront to Almighty God, Who has poured out upon us the choicest
blessings of Heaven!
coming on the English-speaking peoples, the modern-day House of
Israel, problems that we can scarcely imagine. God declares that He
will "break the staff of bread" (Ezekiel 4:16). He speaks of a time
of famine and desolation when the cities will be laid waste (12:20).
As unthinkable as this may seem to modern Americans, Canadians and
Britons, God Almighty says that such things are coming!
A great supra-national union in
Europe, even now shaping up, will become the seventh and final
revival of the old Roman Empire. This system, according to
Revelation 13 and 17, will come to dominate the entire world for a
brief period of time. It is this powerful European superpower which
will ultimately attack and subjugate the American and British
peoples. It will also occupy the Jewish state, called Israel, in the
Our people are
complacent and materialistic. They have forgotten their Maker and
ignored His instruction book, the Holy Bible. Yes, there is a day of
reckoning coming! Most of you reading this booklet can expect to see
it come in your lifetime.
a way of escape for you and your family, however. "‘Do I have any
pleasure at all that the wicked should die?’ says the Lord God, ‘and
not that he should turn from his ways and live?… Therefore I will
judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his
ways,’ says the Lord God. ‘Repent, and turn from all your
transgression, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away
from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get
yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O
house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who
dies,’ says the Lord God. ‘Therefore turn and live!’" (Ezekiel
God’s desire is for
repentance, not punishment. For many, however, God will only get
their attention through severe national punishment. Many simply will
not pay attention to a message of warning until their world comes
crashing down upon them. What about you?
God’s Church is taking Ezekiel’s
message of warning and of hope to the modern-day House of Israel. It
is vital that you, and all of the people of our Israelitish nations,
understand what God’s word says is in
store and then that you act upon that
Unfolding Events of the Years Ahead
Coming threats of catastrophic
economic and social collapse will set the stage for some soon-coming
events, according to Bible prophecy. In answer to growing fears,
there will suddenly emerge onto the world scene a powerful and
charismatic leader in Europe. In alliance with a religious leader
who will ignite an emotional mass hysteria through what the
scripture terms "lying wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:9), this
military-political leader will use deceit to achieve great power. He
will lead a revived Holy Roman Empire, called in scripture "Babylon
the Great" (Revelation 17; 18).
This European union of church and
state will promise universal prosperity and will exercise worldwide
economic dominance for a short while. Ezekiel 27, using the figure
of the ancient commercial city of Tyre, speaks of this global
economic combine which will include nations of Europe, Africa, Latin
America, and Asia along with Israel and
Judah (v. 17). Portions of Ezekiel 27 are paraphrased or quoted in
Revelation 18 where the end-time system, called Babylon the Great,
nations will not prosper for long in connection with this system,
however. In fact, they will ultimately be overpowered and destroyed
by it militarily. Prior to military attack and occupation,
devastating weather problems, combined with internal civil strife
("tumults in the midst" cf. Amos 3:9) will bring our nations to the
point of internal collapse.
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge," God inspired the
prophet Hosea to write (Hosea 4:6). We have rejected the knowledge
of God and His ways. The more we have prospered materially, the more
our sins have increased (vv. 7–8). It appears that immorality and
substance abuse have sapped and destroyed our national spirit (v.
God inspired Amos to prophesy
of this time of serious drought and water rationing, coupled with
massive crop failures and disease epidemics (Amos 4:7–10).
"Therefore this will I do to you O Israel; and because I will do
this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel! For behold, He who
forms mountains and creates the wind, who declares to man what his
thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high
places of the earth the Lord God of
hosts is His name" (vv. 12–13).
Jeremiah the prophet calls this
coming time of national calamity "the time of Jacob’s trouble"
(Jeremiah 30:7). He states that it will be a time worse than any
other time in human history. Jesus Christ spoke of this very same
period of time in Matthew 24:21: "For then there will be great
tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world
until this time, no, nor ever shall be." There surely cannot be two
times of trouble worse than any other, so clearly the Great
Tribulation is a time of trouble and punishment for Israel.
Punishment is not the end of the story, however!
Future Deliverance and Restoration
The prophet Ezekiel speaks of a
future time when Israel will be regathered after the return of the
Messiah in power and glory. "‘The Gentiles shall know that the house
of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they were
unfaithful to Me… According to their uncleanness and according to
their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from
them.’ Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Now I will bring back the
captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel…then
they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into
captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their own
land, and left none of them captive any longer’" (Ezekiel 39:23–28).
Isaiah also looked forward to that
time when God would again choose Israel and restore them to their
own land (Isaiah 14:1). God would give them rest from their sorrows,
their fears, and the hard bondage they had experienced (v. 3).
Israel would be regathered from captivity and would "blossom and
bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit" (27:6). They would
begin to rebuild the old ruined cities which had lain desolate and
deserted for a period of years (61:4). Our people, after the coming
punishment of the Tribulation has finally brought them to
repentance, will be regathered from the nations of their future
captivity. God inspired Ezekiel to describe the true national
conversion of Israel which will follow. This will be a prelude to
the conversion of the whole world. "I will cleanse you from all your
filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and
put a new spirit within you… I will put My Spirit within you and
cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and
do them" (36:25–27).
have returned and the saints will have been resurrected to rule and
reign with Him (Revelation 20:6). Again, we see in a number of
places that ancient King David will be among those resurrected and
he will actually be the direct ruler over regathered Israel (Ezekiel
37:24). Each of the 12 Apostles will be directly ruling over one of
the 12 tribes (Luke 22:29–30).
this glorious time, when God’s Kingdom will rule over all nations
with Christ governing directly from Jerusalem, "‘The wolf and the
lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and
dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in
all My holy mountain,’ says the Lord" (Isaiah 65:25).
Yet before this prophesied time of
peace, the peoples of the United States and Great Britain will have
endured a time of great trial. God’s punishment on these nations
will come swiftly and amaze the whole world. Only those who have
turned fully to God will be spared. The nations will be shaken, and
moved to a genuine repentance and a return to God unprecedented in
modern times (Ezekiel 36:24–32).
There are two ways to learn our
lessons in this life, the easy way or the hard way. Our nations as a
whole appear destined to learn their lessons the hard way.
What about you, personally? Will
you heed the warnings contained in this booklet, which come directly
from God’s word? Or, will you have to learn your lessons by hard
We can show you the
way to escape this coming holocaust if you are willing. You must be
willing not merely to believe in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ,
but to do what God commands. You must be willing to seek God
in a way you have never done before! You must be willing to "come
out" of this modern Babylon its ideas
and practices, its false religions and
philosophies and devote yourself to
earnestly study and to "live by every word of God" (Luke 4:4).
The choice is yours to make! May
God help you to choose wisely and