Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):
What About the Non-Israel Races If Israel is Exclusive?
We have to ask, What about those non-Israel people who are neither Canaanite, Moabite or Edomite, etc? What does Scripture say about these? It is safe to say that the Bible says very little. But, one thing is certain and that is that they were not given the Commandments, Statutes and Judgments that were given to Israel. Because they did not have the Law of Moses to break, why should they need redeeming from the curse of that broken Law? Throughout Scripture, redemption is spoken of only in regard to Israel.
by Arnold Kennedy
People brought up with a religious belief may have conflict between it is written and what they have been taught. Many were brought up singing in Sunday School the song, red and yellow, black and white; all are precious in His sight. This has given us the thought that our God treats everyone of every race exactly the same. The Bible does not support the brotherhood of man in the sense that all men are blood-brothers. It has been pointed out that there are certain ways where YEHOVAH God does not treat everyone the same -- even amongst the tribes of Israel themselves there are differences, so we will re-consider some of these treatments.
The Basis of YEHOVAH God's Judgment of Non-Israel Nations
When we read in John 1:17, "for the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ," we have a problem because the law is spoken in connection with Abraham, long before Moses was born. It is also clear that YEHOVAH God judged other non-Israel nations -- so what was the basis of judgment? Some nations were judged before what some call the giving of the law, (for example, Sodom) and some were judged afterwards (for example, Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Ammon, Moab and Edom). We find Jonah being sent to proclaim repentance to Nineveh. We find law and judgment in respect to Adam and Eve and the sacrifices made by Cain and Abel. To almost all Christians there is a conflict about what The Law means.
In connection with Abraham we are told:
Genesis 26:5: "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws."
The Scriptures show that the total law -- namely the Commandments, Statutes and Judgments -- were given exclusively to Israel as part of a covenant. There were promises made and responsibilities given to Israel that were not made to other races. Before the addition of the Law to Israel (Galatians 3:19), there were the promises made to the seed of Abraham through Isaac, the inheritance being made on the basis of promise, and not the keeping of “The Law”.
Psalm 147:19, 20: "He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and for his judgments, they [that is, the other nations] have not known them."
This verse is both limiting and specific, and relates exclusively to Israel as a race.
[a] The “word” is dabar, or the spoken word.
[b] “Statutes” is choq which relates to commands in the sense of a specific direction, charge, instruction, boundary or limitation.
[c] “Judgments” is mishpat which relates to a judicial verdict pronounced by YEHOVAH God. It is strongly connected to justice.
The Ten Commandments that were given to Israel as part of a covenant are dabar, or spoken by YEHOVAH God to the subject addressed.
Deuteronomy 4:13: "And he declared unto you [that is, Israel] his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them on two tables of stones."
In verse 14, Moses was commanded to teach statutes and judgments that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. We are told that keeping these is why other nations would think and know that Israel was a great and a wise race. Here racial separation is demonstrated! It is a common perception that none of the Law existed before it was given through Moses on Mount Horeb, but we have seen that YEHOVAH God knew Abram would obey the Law. Reference to the requirement to obey the spoken words of YEHOVAH God starts right back in Genesis. The Scripture records that YEHOVAH did judge other races, and that obedience was required of them. When their iniquity was full YEHOVAH destroyed them. Avon, iniquity/punishment, is first found in regard to Cain in Genesis 4:13 and it has 236 occurrences in the Old Testament, most of which refer to Israel. One of the cities YEHOVAH God destroyed for wickedness was Sodom. We read in Genesis 13:13 that "the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." To be wicked, a Law must have existed for them to obey. The law of YEHOVAH God was flouted in a way that was open, deliberate and public. Isaiah 3:9 puts it this way, "they declare their sin…they hide it not."
Jeremiah 23:14 confirms this attitude in reference to those in Israel who were openly prophesying in Baal. This is the national attitude we find in Israel today, leading to a judgment that will be greater than that against Sodom (Lamentations 4:6 and Matthew 10:15). Ezekiel 16:49 describes the sin of Sodom as being, "pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness…neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy, and were haughty and committed abomination before Me." This is another picture of our society where open abominations include breaking "thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Today this act is publicly accepted, legal and open as it was in Sodom. 2 Peter 2:6 and Jude 1:7 picture this and say that similar open abominations are being worthy of eternal fire. On top of this, Anglo-Saxon Israel is openly flouting the word YEHOVAH God spoke to them -- namely the Ten Commandments.
So, Sodom was required to be in subjection to YEHOVAH’s laws and it becomes clear that law existed before the time of Moses. Concerning judgments against sundry non-Israel nations, when we look at the language of Amos, his expression, "for three transgression…and for four, I will not revoke the punishment" is identical in wording and is the same for Israel as for non-Israel. The difference between Israel and the other races is the everlasting covenant YEHOVAH God made with His elect. For Israel YEHOVAH says:
Ezekiel 16:60-63: "Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish with thee an everlasting covenant. Then, thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed…and I will establish My covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: that thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified towards thee for all thou hast done, saith the LORD God."
There are no such words addressed to any but Israel!
Because of scientific discovery in genetics, no one can pretend there are no racial differences between races. In fact The Sydney Morning Herald for 12 July 1997 reports that the latest issue of the journal Cell carries a major breakthrough discovery showing that analysis of DNA from the Neanderthal skeletal remains establish there is no genetic connection between Neanderthal man and modern man. Where to now for the evolutionists and the blood-brotherhood crowd?
Quoting from Time Magazine of February 7th, 1994 page 49 on genetics and "The Human Genome Diversity Project":
"What we are doing is to make it possible for Saddam Hussein to collect blood samples from ethnic groups in Iraq who oppose him, so later they can be targeted with biological weapons. Subtle variations between races in white blood-cell types mediate specific immune responses to disease."
Today we see reports about such things as vaccinating a population to eliminate one of those races.
One of the things peculiar to Western Society (as opposed to any others) is the teaching that racism is totally wrong. Yet, those who seek to enforce anti-discrimination laws (which include race, racial and national or ethnic origins, and religion) will immediately jump to the support of modern Jewry, as a special religious-racial group, even if modern Jewry is made up of people from many different races. In New Zealand people are actively discouraged from even questioning events of history that might undermine the enforcers’ determination of history in regard to “The Jews”. Their determination is very important to them, and, as such, is in itself racist. What is it that they are trying so hard to either protect or to promote? Might it be their false presentation that the Jews are Israel? Might not this be a mechanism by which the prince of this world seeks to eliminate the right message of the Bible? This is the master deception of Satan.
Would it not be Satan who is saying that the Potter does not make one vessel unto honor and another to dishonor, as Scripture says? Anti-racism is saying that every person of every race is the same in the eyes of man, and in Satan’s religious doctrines, this is the same in the eyes of YEHOVAH God. The issue is multi-culturism -- and this does not feature favorably through the Bible pages. Mixture of cultures is a source of conflict, both in religion and custom. Israel was separated from the other races, for a purpose. For Israel the Biblical message is still, "come ye out from amongst them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD" in the New Testament. The people being addressed in Corinthians had the “fathers” and were "baptized unto Moses" (1 Corinthians 4:1). They were Israelites!
Jeremiah 10:2, 3: "This saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen,…"
The "way" is derek which Strong's gives as "course of life, or mode of action." We should not be teaching indigenous culture in our schools.
Is YEHOVAH God Racist?
Not one person can read the Old Testament without agreeing that YEHOVAH God is shown to be totally racist. YEHOVAH discriminated on the grounds of race and YEHOVAH God clearly treated races differently -- and even made differences between the tribes of Israel themselves.
The Children of Israel had a mission to eliminate the Canaanite races right down to women, children and even their animals. There are those whom YEHOVAH God says He will eliminate when the Messiah returns "at the brightness of his coming." The matter has to be faced; YEHOVAH God was totally racist in the Old Testament and we understand that He is unchanging for all time.
The Messiah tells us about those who are occupying the “vineyard” and who will be destroyed when YEHOVAH God Himself comes to take up His Kingdom. We read of the armies of Heaven:
Revelation 19:15, 19: "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations, and He [YEHOVAH God] shall rule them with a rod of iron:…I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army."
We are reading of national armies and basically racist matters, right here towards the end of the New Testament pages.
Joel 3:2-17: "I will gather all nations, and will bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for My people and for My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and have parted My land."
At this late stage in history, Israel is a separate race among the other nations. YEHOVAH God is still racist here and at this time. The context supplies the time and so at the end, Israel is still the individual race it always has been.
Right from Genesis we have this fact of the differing seeds of mankind and it is a subject in both Testaments. There is no simple scriptural mechanism for determining which seed is which today. However, the Messiah says, "by their fruit ye shall know them." It is the fruit that bears the seed. The Messiah taught that a bad tree cannot ever bring forth good fruit. It is impossible for those of the bad seed to hear and to respond to the Word of YEHOVAH God, the Messiah taught us. The Apostle John speaks of those "whose seed remaineth in him…because he is born of God" (1 John 3:9). As Scripture uses trees as symbols of races, trees might be thought of as being family trees or genetic streams.
The response to the Word of the LORD is an indicator as to seed -- the good seed has the choice to obey or not to obey. It is only in maturity that the type of fruit becomes obvious. An example is seen in the parable of the Tares and the Wheat.
Throughout the Old Testament we find references to certain peoples, like Canaanites whom Israel was to destroy. There are differing prophecies as destinies for differing peoples. Even each individual tribe of Israel has different prophecies for the latter days.
It is fashionable to say "that the Christ came as Savior to all Mankind; because all races are descended from the first created man, and that races began at the time of the tower of Babel." But, after Babel we find a different picture, for example:
Genesis 19:37: "…the same is the father of the Moabites…"
Genesis 19:38: "…the same is the father of the children of Ammon…"
Genesis 36:9: "…and these are the generations of the Esau the father of the Edomites…"
From this point on, through Scripture, each group with such a "father" is treated as being a different race with different destinies. Each then are treated as being from differing "stock".
Is There a Third Group?
We have to ask, What about those non-Israel people who are neither Canaanite, Moabite or Edomite, etc? What does Scripture say about these? It is safe to say that the Bible says very little. There is, however, a chapter in the Book of Isaiah that deals with this very question -- notice!
"For thus says the LORD: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon My salvation will come, and soon My deliverance will be revealed. Blessed is the one who does this, and the person that holds fast, who observes the Sabbath without profaning it, and restrains his hands from doing any evil. Let no foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, 'The LORD will surely exclude me from His people'; and let no eunuch say, 'I am just a dry tree.' For thus says the LORD: To the eunuchs who observe My Sabbaths, and who choose the things that please Me and hold fast My covenant: to them I will give in My house and within My walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.
"Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to be His servants, and to bless the LORD's name and observing the Sabbath without profaning it, and who hold fast My covenant: these I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will rise up to be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the LORD God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel: I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered" (Isaiah 56:1-8, The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible).
Then, in Zechariah 2:11 we read --
"And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be My people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you" (ibid.).
It is important to notice what is NOT said here: no offer of salvation and eternal life. An everlasting name is promised, as well as joy in YEHOVAH's house of prayer. The very fact that foreigners (non-Israelites) will be offering burnt offerings and sacrifices on YEHOVAH's altar indicates that they are not under the Law. They were not given the Commandments, Statutes and Judgments that were given to Israel. Because they did not have the Law of Moses to break, why should they need redeeming from the curse of that broken Law? Through Scripture, redemption is spoken of only in regard to Israel. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" refers only to the "all" within those to whom the Law was given (Rom. 3:19).
At first glance these passages tend to confirm that foreigners will become one with Israel as one people, that YEHOVAH's blessing upon Israel will overflow to other races. While it is true that foreigners are blessed in their being joined to Israel, it is the manner in which they will be blessed that most churches fail to understand. They will be blessed as becoming "servants and handmaids"! This we clearly see in Isaiah 14:
"For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors" (Isaiah 14:1-2).
Mercy is “on Jacob” and this excludes all the other races. The meaning of foreigners being “joined” to Israel says nothing about mercy to foreigners; “joined” having a different meaning. So, as we read on, many passages confirm that those joining themselves to Israel become “servants and handmaids” to Israelites. “Possess”, as in “shall possess them”, has the meaning of “take possession”. Israel takes “possession” of the foreigners.
The “people”, as a congregation is one unit, comprising of masters and servants, just as the “church in the wilderness” under Moses was, where the “congregation of the LORD” (edah) was comprised of Israelites, together with the “mixed multitude”. In the wilderness the two groups, within the one unit, were treated the same in regard to Law, but were treated differently in temple service, with only the cahal (Israelites) being able to attend the tabernacle.
Should the Word of YEHOVAH God Be Taught to These Others?
Although the Messiah was talking with Israelites when he said that the rain falls upon the good and the bad, it is obvious that the laws of science apply equally to all races, regardless of racial origins or racial mixtures. These laws of science are “laws of God” and therefore anyone of any race has the physical and mental benefit of obeying them. We are told clearly in Romans 3:19 "now we know that whatsoever things the law saith is said to them that are under the Law"; that is they are said only to Israel as those who were given the Law.
But there is more to this than meets the eye. The words of YEHOVAH God can be misapplied and misdirected when they are known. Would teaching the Word of YEHOVAH God assist in providing a right direction? But, to what degree could the Word be heard? We are told that the Edomites cannot “hear” and that the Canaanite races are to be exterminated or separated completely. If we are told nothing specific about the non-Israelite races as a total group, how then can anyone presume anything? One thing we are told is that the good seed can “hear” YEHOVAH's Word.
We do hear stories of missionary activity where there are great deliverances among non-Israel races after telling them about the miracles the Messiah did. On appeal to emotions alone, we are told about persons being healed and delivered from oppression, but who have no change in conscience and who have no shame for their past misdeeds. It seems that something is not written on their hearts. They seem to continue on as long as the missionary or the helper is with them; but if they are no longer assisted, then they either revert to paganism or go into a Catholic type of belief which is compromised with paganism or superstition.
The missionary activity of the churches is based upon their need to “witness” their religion. But there is NO SUCH requirement in the Bible! For example, YEHOVAH God said that Israel will ALWAYS be a nation before Him. The people of the nation are not required to do anything to “witness” what YEHOVAH God said -- the very fact that they continue to live and die is witness enough. The revelation of Israel at the end of this age will be witness to the veracity of YEHOVAH’s word. To spend time, money and effort in missionary activity to other races is an exercise in stupidity from the Biblical point of view and one for which no reward will be tendered.
We know there are some people whom the Bible says will NEVER be resurrected:
Jeremiah 51:57: "And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of Hosts."
Hebrews 4:3: "For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world."
The first reference covers all who are under the heading of Babylon, which in connection with Revelation, we see is all who are opposed to Israel. The second reference covers all those Israelites that YEHOVAH God sent into the wilderness to perish forever because of their refusal to believe Him.
We also know from Biblical statement that no one can enter the Kingdom of YEHOVAH God unless they are of Israel. Therefore, it means that people of other races have no eternal life in the Kingdom and if there is no eternal life in the Kingdom, there is no eternal life of any kind available to them. It is not a case of them being “condemned”; it is simply a matter of them having no eternal life. Unworthy Israelites will die, be resurrected, condemned and have their spirit taken from them (this is the message of the parable of the Ten Talents). Their lifeless bodies will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire. This should be a matter of concern to every individual Israelite. But if someone of another race is to die and never to be resurrected, what does it matter to them once they are dead? There is no awareness in the grave, only corruption of the body. If you go to sleep and do not wake up until lunchtime tomorrow, you will not know what time the sun rose. If you die in your sleep, you will not know you are dead.
Confirmation of this can be found in the Book of Psalms -- notice!
Psalm 17:14: "With your power rescue me from mortals [non-Israelite races], O LORD, from mortals who enjoy their inheritance only in this life. You fill their bellies with your treasure. Their children are satisfied [with it], and they leave what remains to their children" (God's Word Translation).
The International Standard Version renders this verse in the following fashion:
"...from men, LORD, by your hand -- from men who belong to this world [non-Israelite races], whose reward is only in this life. But as for your treasured ones [Israelites], may their stomachs be full, may their children have an abundance, and may they leave wealth to their offspring."
Also, in Psalm 49 we find --
" Hear this, all peoples [non-Israelite races]! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world... Truly no man can ransom himself, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of his life is costly, and can never suffice, that he should continue to live on for ever, and never see the Pit... For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. Though, while he lives, he counts himself happy... he will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never more see the light...he is like the beasts that perish" (Revised Standard Version).
Life after death is a mystical vision for most races and involves speculation about a fabulous harem for Arabs on the one hand, through to re-incarnation for the Hindus, on the other. The Bible tells us nothing about the resurrected life other than that we cannot even begin to imagine it. If we care about it, as Israelites, we will strive to attain it and will receive it. If we care not, we will see it momentarily and know absolute remorse, panic and terror as we face oblivion in the Lake of Fire. But once that occurs, we will know nothing and will be the same as any non-Israelite who dies. There is no such thing as Hell and eternal punishment -- only life and oblivion.
These things are not spelt out in black and white in the Bible, but they are the corollaries of what is spelt out for Israel and Israel only.
How Do We Assess Our Beliefs?
This might be summed up by saying that we must be objectively critical and that we must appreciate just what the Bible says on any subject. Likewise we must appreciate what the Bible does not say and we must not presume anything, or accept anything, especially if this is based upon religious tradition. Scripture says we can be led away, fall away or slip away from the Truth of the Word of YEHOVAH God. Most people are the clones of their teachers in their beliefs and this can only be bad. We must do our own research on what is said and be like those in Berea (Acts 17:11) who "searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so." If we were to say those at Berea were noble because they checked what the Apostle said to them against the Old Testament Scriptures, most would agree. It is safe to say that very few people are objective. It is also safe to say that few religious church-goers thoroughly check what is taught to them -- and that most of them do not do this daily.
From history we must agree that people are capable of believing anything and it is more common for people to believe just what they want to believe. Sometimes they believe and act out of fear or emotionalism; there are many motives for belief. There is culture, indoctrination, peer pressure and such things, but as far as the Bible is concerned, possibly the worst thing is tradition, because of its pre-conditioning. The Scribes and Pharisees made the Word of YEHOVAH God of none effect because of their tradition (traditional interpretations -- Matthew 15:6). We have traditional teachings today and as well we have such things as charismatic leaders; they go about trying to persuade people just as Jim Jones or Hitler did.
So, we can see just why we are told to judge all things. By what standard do we make these judgments? We are to examine the Word to see if these things be so and to believe them accordingly. We are to dig deep, to seek and to search. This indicates the necessity of doing research, of comparing Scripture with Scripture and checking translations if necessary. Every growing Christian will be taught about YEHOVAH God during these activities. He will be refining his beliefs continually and sometimes he will freely admit that at times he has been wrong -- mainly because of what he has been led to believe. As the Solomon said, "And I gave my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under the heavens" (Ecclesiastes 1:13). This shows the attitude that is needed.
The problem with many teachers is that they become too proud to ever back-track. Back-tracking is very rare indeed and through pride they are brought to a place where they can never be taught themselves. So, they keep on plugging the same old line and say, We cannot see it any other way. The Truth of YEHOVAH God has always been, but none of us know it all. Today, some teachers could be likened to surgeons who were still blood letting in the same way it was done in earlier years and who would not hear of any increase in knowledge, even when there was evidence contrary to their medical training.
We need to look at something that might sound heretical to many at first. Could orthodox Christianity be cultish?
[a] Could orthodox Christianity be something that refuses to accept all the Word of YEHOVAH God? (Primarily from the pre-conditioning of tradition, not necessarily from insincerity.) Is the go into all the world doctrine as generally taught really based on the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets -- or on valid interpretation of the New Testament?
[b] Has orthodox Christianity a wrong slant because it will not believe the prophetic words of Jacob and Moses for Israel in the “last days”?
[c] Is the popular symbol of Christianity, namely the “Cross”, actually the symbol of the anti-Christ?
According to lexicons, the word translated as “Cross” is stauros (an upright pale or stake). There is no “Cross” in the Greek. The shape of the two beamed cross was the symbol of the god Tammuz of Chaldea. The Chi, or X, as allegedly seen by Constantine, had nothing to do with xulon used for the stauros and is another invention and heresy of Rome, the mother of universalism. (Think about it -- if the Messiah was not crucified on a cross, then what did Constantine see? Whatever it was, or was said to be, if indeed he saw anything, it could not have been a divine vision!)
If the all the world doctrine (which is one fundamental doctrine that is believed almost universally) is wrong, then that belief is cultish. This is so even if Martin Luther confirmed what he was brought up to believe and introduced it into Protestantism and most have followed it since. This one belief is the source of a conflict which undermines faith, but it is said to be what every Christian must believe or he is not a Christian.
The wrong doctrine is summed up in the generalized belief, "Jesus died to save the world," and it arises from, "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature", and "God so loved the world". These are said to be the best known and the best loved verses in Christendom, but if the "all" and "world" are taken wrongly, then Rome has originated the greatest fraud of all time!
In some areas we have departed from Rome’s doctrines, but in others the Protestants still tag along. Just stop for a moment to think back and see how St. Francis used these Scriptures to preach to the birds and the animals. He considered the birds to be part of every creature. In other articles we have learned what every creature really means, having refined our understanding to confine our teaching to people only. We have also gone a stage further and have refined our understanding to confine the teaching to all the kosmos (order) of Israel in the ktizo (cities) or habitations of the Israelites. We also found that kosmos referred to the orderly arrangement of the object under discussion -- not the inhabited earth (for which oikomene would be used).
It has been necessary for us to go into all the problem verses carefully to show the meanings of the words and we will not repeat anything here apart from two verses which summarize the Biblical position. The popular conception is that any person becomes one of YEHOVAH’s people when that person becomes “saved”. This is NOT the way Scripture puts it. It is “his People” (Israel) whom the Messiah came to save who were originally his Father's people, but who were in a state of condemnation.
Matthew 1:21: "And you shall call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins."
Luke 1:68: "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for he hath visited and redeemed his people."
These verses sum up something that is not believed by orthodox Christianity.
Another thing that is not believed is the difference between “all” and “many”:
Matthew 20:28: "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
This "for many" is changed to mean "for all", “all” being taken as every race, outside of Israel. There is no basis in the grammar of the Greek text for such a belief that makes "many" mean "all and sundry." Neither is there any basis found through the foundation of the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets. In the well known Isaiah 53:11, 12 passage we find, "by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many…and he bare the sin of many." These verses are not accepted any more than verse 8 where we read, "for the transgression of MY PEOPLE was he stricken." Why not accept this limitation of "My people"?
There are just so many things that are taught in churches that simply are not true. Much of what most people believe is based on half-truths and sentimentality that have been passed down over the years. Yet, the origin of much doctrinal problems can be traced back to Rome. Babylon is described in Scripture as the mother of harlots who seeks to deceive the whole earth. Belief must be right belief. Satan tempted the Messiah to bow down and worship him through misapplying or misquoting the Word of YEHOVAH God. Rome believes she has the right to rule not only “The Church” in like manner, but also to rule over all temporal authority. It is Israel, as the seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, that is to rule with YEHOVAH God -- NOT the Church of Rome.
With the current thought of what "all the world" means ingrained in the mind, people can read Scripture without seeing what is written to the contrary. Think back upon some of the things that have been pointed out throughout this article and others. All the pretence in the world that they are not there as themes through Scripture, will not eliminate them from the Holy Writ! While no one person or group has the whole scope of Scripture at their command, all Christians would benefit by obedience to meditate on the Word of YEHOVAH God, day and night. Few do and because of this they are so easily led astray.
Because the Bible does not say exactly what happens to the races outside of Israel, we have no right to speculate about them. Neither can we say that every race is the same as Israel because differences are continually presented through Scripture. Even the individual tribes have differences between themselves right up to and including in the last days . It can be safely said that these things are almost never taught anywhere by orthodox Christianity. Instead of truth, universalism is the common teaching.
One thing we can say with certainty is what the Bible says about the race of Israel. This is what the Bible is about. YEHOVAH God made covenants with Israel; He gave Laws to Israel; He loves Israel and He commissioned the Messiah to help Him redeem both houses of Israel.
Luke 1:16, 33: "And many of the children of Israel shall he [the Messiah] turn to the LORD their God…and he [the Messiah] shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever."
These many from the House of Jacob that Yeshua the Messiah reigns over in his "for ever" Kingdom are totally restrictive and are impossible to generalize. However, could the House of Jacob refer to all races of the world? The statements of Scripture that have been shown about the Kingdom of YEHOVAH God being reserved for those who qualify from among those begotten from above at conception are definite and precise.
YEHOVAH God Will Be Gracious to Whom He Will Be Gracious
Romans 9:18: "Therefore hath he mercy upon whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth."
We are then told about the Potter who makes one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor and about vessels fitted for destruction. It is the Potter who fashions the vessels from the raw materials before they have done either good or evil.
To those who say, all is now of grace to everyone of every race, listen to the much-loved writings of the well known author Selwyn Hughes in Every Day With Jesus, in the daily reading for 17th February 1994:
"The word ‘grace’ is unquestionably the most significant single word in the Bible, I agree. But it must be understood right away that grace is a characteristic of God which is exercised only towards those who are seen as having a special relationship with Him. Nowhere in the Bible is the grace of God ever mentioned in connection with mankind generally, though some theologians frequently use the term ‘common grace’ [a term not mentioned in the Bible] -- the idea that God gives a special form of grace to the whole of mankind which restrains them from being as bad as they could be.
"The other day I came across a writer who said, The creation of the universe was an exercise of grace. I understand that he might have been using the word ‘grace’ as a synonym for love, [a mistake often made by Christian writers], but strictly speaking the exhibition of grace is reserved for the elect."
Selwyn Hughes then quotes Arthur W. Pink as saying:
"Grace is the sole source from which flows the goodwill, love and salvation of God unto His chosen people."
This article has tried merely to present what is recorded throughout the Bible. Any problems or conflicts that have been precipitated by this article should be settled by researching the matter in Scripture, building upon the Cornerstone, together with the foundation of the prophets and the apostles. Israel, as a racial seed, is a major theme through Scripture.
What has originated from Rome and Jewry, with the false teaching about the Jews are Israel -- together with the doctrine of Balaam -- must be rejected. The Messiah, in the messages to the so-called churches in the Book of Revelation, says he holds these and some other doctrines “against” the assemblies and demands repentance. It is the Messiah who is issuing the warning!
Throughout this article (and others) the exclusive nature of Israel has been presented from Scripture, with some examination of the contrary views. When YEHOVAH God breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils, YEHOVAH formed a dynasty -- and from out of this race the Hebrew people came. Scripture shows these peculiar people to be different from all other races and to be His people -- the people whom the gospels and prophets say the Messiah came to save.
The Messiah said that the time would come when his followers would be put out of the synagogues (assemblies), and may be killed for believing what he is saying. We are told we must hold fast to the end, waiting for "that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself FOR US, that he might redeem US from all iniquity, and purify unto himself A PECULIAR PEOPLE, zealous of good works. THESE THINGS SPEAK, AND EXHORT, AND REBUKE WITH ALL AUTHORITY" (Titus 2:13, 14).
These “peculiar people” are the connection and something that is to be definitely spoken about with all authority.
Be sure to read the companion articles, Is Israel a Chosen Servant Race to "Save the World"? and The Bible, Race and Culture.
-- Edited by John D. Keyser.
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