Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):
Sneaking Under the Tents of Shem!
"God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant" (Genesis 9:27).
by Jory S. Brooks
In an interesting tract, a reformed scholar laments the fact that so many of our young people are losing interest in the Bible. Yet, it is perhaps understandable that, with the modern focus on "relevance," young people today do indeed lose interest in something which they are told has little direct application to them, being written for and about another people called, "Israel." The author proceeds to construct an argument by saying that we are outsiders who, as gentiles, dwell in the tents of Shem in a sense by adopting Christianity, a "Jewish religion." He gives the Israel promises and covenants of the Old Testament completely to the modern Jews, who he believes constitute all of Israel in the world today.
He finds Christianity and the Christian era foretold in a prophecy in Genesis 9:27, which Noah made shortly after the flood: "God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant." Whether Noah's prophecy found a fulfillment in ancient times, is an open question, but should it be taken as the Bible's chief foreshadowing of the Christian era? Can Christianity be equated with Japheth; and the "tents of Shem" refer to modern Judaism? Unfortunately, this verse has a long history of abuse; it found popular use, for example, in the American southern states before the Civil War as a justification for slavery.
Who Were the "Gentiles"?
If there is any book in the New Testament that proves who the Gentiles really are, it is the book of Romans. When you study this book, it sure seems like Paul is addressing a group of fellow Israelites! Starting in Romans 1:13, we find that Paul called the Romans Gentiles -- "Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among THE OTHER GENTILES." Since Paul refers to "other Gentiles," that would make the Roman Church Gentile also.
Moving now to Roman 2:14-15, Paul states that the Gentiles do BY NATURE the things contained in the law, and that they were showing the works of the law "written in their hearts" : "For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, BY NATURE do the things contained in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law WRITTEN IN THEIR HEARTS, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them." This passage also states that their CONSCIENCE was bearing witness of this fact. WHO were these Gentiles?
In whom did YEHOVAH write the law in their hearts? According to Jeremiah 31:31 and Hebrews 8:8 and 10, it was the House of Israel and the House of Judah! Notice these verses:
Jeremiah 31:31: "Behold, the days are coming, says YEHOVAH, when I will make a new covenant with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL and with the house of Judah --"
Hebrews 8:8: "Because finding fault with them, He says: 'Behold, the days are coming, says YEHOVAH, when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL and with the house of Judah --"
Hebrews 8:10: "For this is the COVENANT that I will make with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Did you notice what YEHOVAH said in verse 10? "I will be their God, and they shall be My people." This statement could only apply to a "people" called ISRAEL, since these were the "people" that the covenants were made with and belonged to. Did you also notice that the new covenant was made to BOTH the Houses of Israel AND Judah? These verses alone should prove who the Gentiles are!
Now look at Romans 4:1 -- where Paul refers to Abraham OUR father "as pertaining to the flesh": "What shall we say then that Abraham OUR father, AS PERTAINING TO THE FLESH, hath found?" (KJV). What does this statement mean? The phrase "as pertaining to the flesh" could only mean that Abraham was a REAL FLESH AND BLOOD BIOLOGICAL FATHER TO THE ROMAN "GENTILES"! Paul stated "Abraham OUR Father" when writing to the Romans, so the book of Romans is clearly addressed to the Roman descendants of Abraham.
What Our Forefathers Knew
Has YEHOVAH God foretold the Christian era in prophecy in a clear manner, or must we only resort to a seemingly remote passage of scripture to find our place in the plan of YEHOVAH God? The Calvinistic Christians of the Reformation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries found themselves in prophecy, not as Japhethites sneaking under Shem's tent, but as the very Israel of God! For example, when Pastor John Robinson sent the pilgrims to America, he preached to them a sermon based on Jeremiah 3:14-17, a prophecy of God to Israel: "...I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."
Pastor Robinson then explained that they were going to that land. It was common in Reformation times for Christians to speak of themselves as, "Israel," "God's chosen," and "a seed out of Jacob," Israel symbolism was common; in fact, England has as national symbols the unicorn of the northern house of Israel and the lion of Judah, and other European nations also have Israel heraldic symbolism. This is brought clearly forth in W. H. Bennett's wonderful study, Symbols Of Our Celto-Saxon Heritage.
Before they left for the new world, the Puritans heard a sermon from Pastor John Cotton, one of the most preeminent of Colonial-era ministers. Entitled, God's Promise To His Plantation, it was based on 2 Samuel 7:10, "Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and I will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more." That prophetic land to them was America. It is at least interesting to note that this prophecy of a future Zion, or place for YEHOVAH's people, was given by YEHOVAH God while Israel already dwelled in Palestine; yet it spoke of a future place to be appointed unto them.
Authors Lutz and Warren, in their book on early Christian American beliefs, A Covenanted People, state, "Cotton's identification of America with the Israelites remained a dominant theme throughout the colonial period, and one that continues to shape American's conception of themselves today."
Was there a scriptural basis for Christians calling themselves, "the Israel of God"? In Galatians 3:7, we read, "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, THE SAME ARE the children of Abraham." The Apostle did not say that through faith we become Japhethites in Shem's tents. The Apostle Paul explains this truth a few verses later in verse sixteen, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He sayeth not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." This statement by Paul flatly contradicts the widely held dispensationalist dogma which assigns all of prophecy concerning Israel for our day to the unbelieving main portion of world Jewry.
Some writers have tried to constrict these verses in Galatians chapter three to salvation alone, "the Abrahamic covenant of faith," but Paul here doesn't speak in the singular, but of "promises," and his argument holds true for all of the promises to Israel. To emphasize his point that the true Israelites would have the Christian faith, the Apostle continues in verse 29, "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Yes, this scripture passage leaves no room for the idea that any people who reject the Messiah will enjoy the Abrahamic blessings.
Are the dispensationalists correct in their assertion that the Jews of today are a pure race physically descended from Abraham? Confusion exists in the minds of some people, who seem to believe that two separate Israels exist in YEHOVAH God's eyes -- a physical one and a different spiritual people. In a letter a few years ago, the leaders of one small Christian denomination stated that the Old Testament promises to Israel are divided between today's Christians and Jews, and that it was up to their council to decide which prophecy belonged to who! But the fact remains that there is no basis in scripture for the teaching that two entirely distinct Israels exist side by side today. The word, Israel, is never plural in scripture!
The modern Jewish people certainly are a cultural community but as a whole are neither a religion nor a race. Recent studies, for example, have shown that a third of the young generation of Jews are irreligious and that a full one-half of Jews marry non-Jews. These trends have continued to accelerate.
Jews today, although of mixed origins, are of two basic historic sub-groups: Ashkenazic and Sephardic. The Ashkenazic constitute over 90% of modern Jewry, and come from Eastern Europe and Russia. In the Table of Nations in Genesis chapter 10, Ashkenaz appears as the brother of Togarmah, and the grandson, not of Shem, but of Japheth. The Ashkenazic peoples are a Slavic-Turkish subgroup which originated in southern Russia in an area known in the middle ages as Khazaria. Jewish scholars know that names such as Kaplan and Alpern stem from Ashkenazic-Khazar -- not Semitic roots. "Alper" meant "brave knight" in the Khazar language; "Kaplan" meant "fierce hawk" in that same language.
Author Arthur Keostler (The Thirteenth Tribe) offers proof that the Eastern European Jew is descended from the large Khazar Kingdom which existed in Russia in the early centuries. The Khazars adopted Judaism as the State religion prior to the eighth century A.D., as a political move to create a buffer between Muslims on the one side and “Christians” on the other. Documents and correspondence from that period are still available from as far away as Spain and Egypt. One important fact is that the Khazar people themselves claimed descent from Japheth. They were not Semites so they did not descend from Abraham! Yet they are known today as being “Jews” and to speak against them is falsely said to be anti-Semitic! Recent Russian and Polish archaeological investigations are said to confirm the Khazar/Polish-Jew connection.
It is common for certain traditionalists and Jews to declare that it was only the Khazar leaders who adopted Judaism, but records indicate that the state religion was enforced on all the Khazar people. Encyclopedia Judaica Vol. 10, p. 944 (1971) says,
“Leading Khazars professed Judaism” and in column 948 says, “Khazars became known to their neighbors as Jews”.
The Jewish Encyclopaedia Vol. 4, p. 1 (1905) under “CHAZARS”:
“A People of Turkish origin, whose life and history are interwoven with the very beginnings of the history of the Jews in Russia. Historical evidence points to the region of the Urals as the home of the Chazars”.
The historian H. G. Wells in The Outline of History p. 494: says,
“The Idumeans [Edomites] were...made Jews...and a Turkish people [Khazars] were mainly Jews in South Russia….The main part of Jewry never was in Judea and had never come out of Judea”.
History details the fall of the Khazar empire and how they were driven Westward towards Poland, the Baltic States and Western Russia. There were pockets of Israelites in Europe prior to the Ashkenazim invasion, but they were a different people.
Mr. Keostler says that all the facts about the Jews being one people “looks like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated”.
Since the advent of DNA testing some interesting facts have emerged regarding the genetic makeup of so-called Levites from amongst the Ashkenazi Jews. Writes David B. Goldstein in Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History:
"The Ashkenazi Levites...have a very high frequency of a particular collection of Y-chromosome markers (a haplogroup called 'R-M17') that is RARE in Jewish populations and generally rare or absent altogether in populations of the Near East. Where did these Y chromosomes come from?....Since R-M17 is not common among current Jewish groups or, presumably, among the ancient Hebrews, how did it come to be in such high frequency in the Ashkenazi Levites?" (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2008, pp. 65-70).
This is a very good question -- one which the author himself answers in the following pages of his book:
"Our data suggests that the R-M17 chromosomes appeared among the Ashkenazi Levites approximately A THOUSAND YEARS AGO. Historically, such a date would appear to coincide with the consolidation and expansion of the Ashkenazi community....Somewhere in central Asia, perhaps near the modern nation of Mongolia, more than two thousand years ago, a group or groups of nomadic tribes with a rigid and characteristic social organization developed exceptional skills as horsemen. The TURKS became mercenaries for various Asian overlords and, following their masters throughout Asia, reached as far west as modern Bulgaria in the first centuries C.E." (ibid., p. 71).
Continued Goldstein --
"Among the Turkic powers to emerge were the KHAZARS, who until 630 C.E. were part of the western Turkish Empire....After that empire's collapse, the Khazars established a Central Asian empire of their own along the Caspian Sea that converted to Judaism in the ninth century C.E. Although we do not know how much of the general population of Khazaria may have converted, correspondence between Khazaria and Jewish officials in Moorish Spain records Judaism as the STATE RELIGION of Khazaria.
"From the tenth century on, the major Khazar Jewish documents were written in Hebrew....In its time, Khazaria fought the Arabs to the south, maintained friendly relations with Byzantium, and corresponded with the Jewish chief minister of the Cordoba caliphate in Muslim Spain. Eventually, however, Khazaria succumbed to the expanding Slavic peoples. In 1016, Khazaria fell to the new Viking nation of Kievan Rus" (ibid., pp. 71-72).
David Goldstein now articulates some serious doubts he has regarding the genetic makeup of the Ashkenazi Levites:
"The Khazar Empire stood to the east of the Ashkenazi Jews, between the Dnieper and Volga rivers, and reached south into the modern nation of Georgia. Critically, although Khazaria was established by Central Asian Turkic-speaking peoples, it encompassed the Slavic heartland. The citizens of the empire, therefore, were most probably Slavic and no doubt rich in R-M17. Could Khazaria, I wonder to this day, be the source of Ashkenazi Levite R-M17 Y chromosomes?....
"The Khazar connection seems no more far-fetched than the spectacular continuity of the Cohen line or the apparent presence of Jewish genetic signatures in a South African Bantu people. And then there is that troubling Y chromosome that is so common in the Ashkenazi Levites but seemingly nowhere else to be found. I cannot claim the evidence proves a Khazaria connection. But it does raise the possibility, and I confess that, although I can not prove it yet, the idea does now seem to me plausible, if not likely" (ibid., pp. 72-74).
Dr. Eran Elhaik is a world-class geneticist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. His research into Jewish origins has produced a similar earth-shaking thesis. He solidly agrees with Koestler thatthe majority of Jews today can claim no ancestry to Abraham. They’re primarily descendants of the Khazars. Not since Koestler in 1976 has an academic so successfully challenged accepted “facts” about the beginnings of modern Eastern European (“Ashkenazi”) Jewry.
In an interview with Ha’aretz last December Elhaik says his genetic research reveals decisively that “Central European Jews (primarily Polish) are 38% Khazar while Eastern European Jews (primarily Russian) are 30% Khazar.” Yet he says other genetic components include those of Middle Eastern origin whose source is probably Mesopotamian, although it is possible part of that component could be attributed to Israeli Jews. (This could include authentic Jews who were transported to Babylon in the sixth century B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar and flourished there for 1600 years).
Such genetic influence, however, is not strong enough, says Elhaik, to suggest a Mideast or Israeli origin of Ashkenazim Jews. But he says there is very strong genetic evidence linking the Jews of Iran, the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, and Georgia with the European Jews, i.e., those people whose ancestors are Khazars. Elhaik rejects the “Rheinland” hypothesis that Jews from Germany and the West migrated into Poland and Eastern Europe around the 15th century A.D., creating in only five centuries a European Ashkenazi population of about 11 million. He says Khazar Ashkenazim of the East bear no genetic similarity to Sephardim of the West who were supposed to have largely helped sire them.
"…among the various groups of European and non-European Jews, there are no blood or family connections. The various groups of Jews in the world today do not share a common genetic origin. We are talking here about groups which are very heterogeneous and which are connected solely by religion."
He says, “The genome of European Jews is a mosaic of ancient people and its origin is largely Khazar.”
There is a prophecy in the Old Testament that tells you who, in the future, would take the land and the name of YEHOVAH's people as their own. Notice!
"...therefore this is what the LORD God says: In My burning zeal I speak against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, which appropriated My land as their own possession, with wholehearted glee and utter contempt, to plunder it. Therefore prophesy concerning land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, This is what the LORD God says: Listen now, I speak in My jealousy and in My wrath, because you have endured the ridicule of the nations. Therefore this is what the LORD God says: I swear that the nations which surround you, they too will endure ridicule" (Ezekiel 36:5-7, The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible).
This scripture prophesies that the heathen (Idumea which is Edom -- the Edomites) would take the land of Israel and call as their own with joy of heart. When the so-called Jews took the land of Palestine, Israel in 1948 and called it as their own, they did it with terrorism -- and until this day they have used terror as a means to take the Land. Who are these so-called Jews in the land of Israel today? They are those that the scriptures say they are, those professing themselves to be Judahites but are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. The scriptures specifically tell you that the land of Israel would be trodden down of Gentiles until the fullness of the gentiles be come in. This is more confirmation that the people in the land of Israel today cannot be true Jews but are, in fact, gentiles of Turkic/Edomite ancestry.
Sephardic Jews, constituting less than 10% of modern Jews, trace their ancestry back to Palestine. However, many different peoples combined to mold the heritage of this portion of Jewry. Notably, Israel's ancient adversaries, the Edomites, were conquered by the Judahite leader John Hyrcanus and forcibly converted in the second century, B.C. If the Biblical prophetic blessings for Israel were fulfilled in the Sephardic strain of world Jewry, then the prophecies concerning Edom would equally be fulfilled in these same people; a strange and confusing situation, to say the least.
There were a growing number of Edomites and others converting and becoming proselytes in the days of Yeshua, the Messiah. They were beginning to outnumber the true blood line people of YEHOVAH God. Contrary to popular belief Yeshua's message was not to everyone. It was not to these converts. He actually said this to his disciples when explaining to them about the parables.
"So the disciples came up and said to him: Why is it you speak to them by the use of illustrations [parables]? In reply he said: to you it is granted to understand the sacred secrets of the kingdom of the heavens, but to those people it is not granted" (Matthew 13:10-11, The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures).
"All these things Jesus [Yeshua] spoke to the crowds by illustrations [parables]. Indeed, without an illustration he would not speak to them; that there might be fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet who said: 'I will open my mouth with illustrations, I will publish things hidden since the founding'" (Matthew 13:34-35, ibid.)
The Messiah did not want these proselytes -- converted so-called Jews -- to know the mysteries of the Kingdom. These proselytes had literally taken over Israel. They were the High Priest, the Sadducee and the Pharisee, and the scribes also. Think about it -- even Herod the Great was an Edomite King as were many of the religious community leaders, and Herod was king of Judea! These Edomites ruled in Israel, but Yeshua the Messiah made it clear thathe came ONLY for the lost tribes of Israel and NOT for these religious converts.
The American People’s Encyclopaedia, (1925) indicates that the Sephardic Jews descended from Edomites who were cast out from Palestine by Prince Titus in A.D. 70. From thence they spread to North Africa and to Spain converting Berber tribes and others to Judaism. There were Cardinals and Popes who were Sephardim Jews. They have no simple blood line, being Edomites diluted with Syrian, Canaanite, Phoenician and North African blood.
There is much evidence from recorded history that the seed of Esau may certainly and safely be identified with “the Sephardic Jews” and modern Jewry. There is much in the Encyclopaedia Britannica that points this out when the words indicated above are looked at. The historian Josephus details much about Esau and gives much coverage of wars and the Amalekites’ continuous hatred of Israel through the time of Antiochus Epipanes until after the fall of Jerusalem. He does not identify Esau with Israel, but with those he calls “the Jews” whom he says were not Israelites.
The Idumeans came also to be known as “Jews” when John Hyrcanus destroyed their cities and incorporated them into the Judean state. He forced observance of circumcision and Jewish laws, and to all outward appearances they became as Jews.
It is recorded that Aristobulos annexed Iturea and forced them to accept Judaism at about 105 B.C. They no longer were a separated people and they were considered one people by virtue of their embracing Judaism. This mixture, together with others who later took on Judaism, constitute modern Sephardic Jewry. As such, they -- along with the Ashkenazic Jews -- have absolutely no right or claim on Palestine today under the Abrahamic covenant.
The binding force of the Judean religious leaders was the Babylonian Talmud. The name suggests that this started to develop when Judah was in captivity in Babylon. This passed on eventually to the religious leaders in Judea at the time of the Messiah. Their religion, the tradition of the elders, was condemned by the Messiah. The practice of this religion by peoples of various races has created a pseudo-race which has perpetuated isolation through religion. Marriage was mainly confined to be with people of the same religion and hence with the pseudo-race. This creates the appearance of being a race, but it is not.
Using the Old Testament, or their interpretation of it, as their religion, the Jews appear to worship the LORD God. It may be remarked that Roman Catholicism does likewise. But Yeshua says they worship YEHOVAH God IN VAIN. Some may think that they are worshipping YEHOVAH, but they are in the synagogue of Satan. The Messiah says this is so!
Notice Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 --
"I know how you are suffering and how poor you are (though in fact you are rich!), and I know the insults of those who call themselves Jews [Judahites] but aren't -- on the contrary, they are a synagogue of the Adversary [Satan]" (Jewish New Testament).
"Here, I will give you some from the synagogue of the Adversary [Satan], those who call themselves Jews [Judahites] but aren't -- on the contrary, they are lying -- see, I will cause them to come and prostrate themselves at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you" (ibid.)
Since this was written by John long before the Ashkenazic Jews came on the scene, these verses obviously refer to those who eventually became know as the Sephardic Jews.
Today there is this controversy about who should be in possession and control of the Holy Land. Should it be Judah in Judea and Jerusalem, or should it be Esau’s mixed descendants? Today the Pope is seeking control of the holy places and the Papacy has never renounced its false claim as King of Jerusalem. The prophecy is not pretty. Like so many other Scriptures, the picture is of a land becoming devoid of grass, birds and even fish. There has never at any time in history been such a judgment upon the Holy Land. But YEHOVAH’s true nation Israel will return to a cleansed land, and will dwell secure without any enemies at all after all this destruction and cleansing by fire. Some might like to say that the grass, birds, fish and the fire are symbols, but they do not appear to be so. “Esh” is used of literal fire. This is to happen at Jerusalem! This is not the present situation in the State of Israel with a return to a land totally cleansed by fire happening first!
Amos 1:10-12: “But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah”.
This judgment upon Edom is the consequence of Esau’s anger which “Did tear perpetually against Jacob and for Edom’s wrath which he kept”. The destruction of Edom in prophecy is always by burning.
Isaiah 63:1-6: “Who is this that cometh from Edom with dyed garments from Bozrah, this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength...for the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed has come...and I will tread the people down in My anger.”
Jeremiah 49:7-22: “Concerning Edom...for I [YEHOVAH God] will bring the calamity of Esau upon him the time that I will visit him...but I have made Edom bare...he shall not be able to hide himself”.
Edom is certainly hiding himself now and is an impostor in the Holy Land. Any serious study of the “re-gathering of Israel” will show that the timing factors are ignored in the majority of the books found in Christian bookshops. Edom does not seem to exist in all the popular books on prophecy that relate to end-time events. Neither does the time and the place of Edom’s destruction ever get a mention. If there is one major reason for this, it is because Edom is hiding himself as the latter Scripture says, and from his hidden position he promotes what must be a lie in saying that “the Jews” and Israel are one and the same people. This goes on to influence much New Testament doctrine and what is taught in the "Christian" denominations today.
Is This the Master Deception of Satan?
Revelation 2:9: “I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan”.
Just as Satan wanted the Messiah to bow down and worship him, and as Lucifer (=Satan) wanted to be like YEHOVAH God and be worshipped, so Satan wants to be worshipped today. Yeshua refers to people calling themselves “Jews” (=“Ioudaios” or Judean) who “are not” as being of the synagogue of Satan. So the Messiah says Satan has a synagogue among peoples calling themselves “Jews” today. As the Messiah said in John 8:44 their father was, and still is, the Devil. Would there be a better place to start a deception, than to begin with the seed of Abraham? The Christian denominations still refuse to agree with the Messiah that the synagogue of Satan still exists and is active right through the church age against YEHOVAH’s true people.
The word, ”Jews,” cannot always be taken in the way that is commonly accepted. Modern international Jewry is primarily of Edomic or Japheth/Ashkenazic or Sephardic origin, and the Jewish Encyclopaedia agrees that “Edom is modern Jewry”. Edomites are not Israelites; it was Esau who sold his birthright. The descendants of Japheth cannot be Israelites. Neither are “Jews” of other races necessarily Israelites by race.
Modern Jewry relates to Edom, Khazaria, Zionism, World Government and the State of Israel -- but not to Biblical Israel! At the end of the age it will be the Edomite-Jewish association with their Babylonic enmity that will be burned by fire (Obadiah 1:16-18; Revelation 18:6-8).
But there is a final twist declared in Encyclopedia Judaica 1971 Vol. 10, p. 23:
“Jews began in the 19th century to call themselves Hebrews and Israelites in 1860”.
This coincides with the cry, “anti-Semitism”. If Zionists began this late in history to pretend that they were Israelites or Hebrews, this confirms the hoax that suggests that “the Jews” as a general term are the Israel of the Bible.
There appears therefore, to be little scriptural or historical basis for consigning the prophetic designation of Israel to any other than a people known as Celtic/Anglo-Saxon/Nordic Christendom, YEHOVAH's Kingdom, in this era. And there is scant basis for supposing that YEHOVAH God considers His Israelite Christian people to be outsiders or gentiles who snuck in under Shem's tent, as it were. To refer again to the prophecy in Genesis 9:27, since a majority of the world's Jews have come and settled in Western Christian lands, it may be more correct to say that they are dwelling in our tents!
The fact remains that according to the clear word of YEHOVAH God, we of Israel are YEHOVAH's covenant people, "the children of Abraham," and the "heirs according to promise." These things were known to our Calvinistic and Covenanter forefathers, and should be known to us. Let's let our young people know that when they read about YEHOVAH's provision for His people Israel, that we are that people, the sheep of His pasture! Genesis 9:27 was truly prophetic of what we see in the Christian Israelite lands today!
-- Edited by John D. Keyser.
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