Judah and Joseph: Part 2
Jul 20, 2006
I showed in Part One how the lost tribes of Israel disappeared from history. It was not that they were actually lost, but rather that they lost their name and were no longer called by the name "Israel." Only Israel called itself Israel. The Assyrians called them Gomer, or Gimirri. This official name on the Black Obelisk of Shalmanezer is well known to all students of history.
The prophet Hosea was led to marry Gomer, a prostitute, to signify God's marriage to Israel, who had committed adultery by consorting with other gods. She finally ran away, came into bondage, and Hosea was then led to redeem her from bondage. This great prophecy makes it clear that God would redeem the lost tribes of Israel--the Gomer of the Black Obelisk.
Another very important historical inscription is the tomb of Darius of Persia at Behistun, whereon is written all the people and nations under his rule. Among them are the Gimirri (Gomer). This inscription is most helpful, because it lists all these nations in three languages. Thus, we learn that the Gimirri are also known in other languages as Saka and Sakka. The Latin historians spelled it a little differently: Saxons.
There is no question, then, that the lost tribes of Israel migrated from Assyria into Europe and became known as Celts, Saxons, and Caucasians. They arrived under many other names as well, but we cannot spare the time to list these in detail. The point to remember is that the Jews are not the Israelites. In fact, for 2,000 years they have prayed in their synagogues to be reunited with the brethren of the House of Israel. This prayer would be meaningless if they already were Israel.
And so, when the modern Jews chose the name "Israel" for their new nation in 1948, they misnamed themselves and usurped the name given to the sons of Joseph. Yet they did so in order to trick the Church into thinking that they were fulfilling Hosea's prophecy of the redemption of Gomer. They did so in order to trick the Church into thinking that they were fulfilling all of the prophecies about the regathered House of Israel.
This was an ingenious ploy to gain support in the evangelical and pentecostal community. It worked so well that it is now the basis of much of America's foreign policy. America gives half of its foreign aid to "Israel" to keep its economy stable. This seemingly insignificant deception in naming themselves "Israel" turned out to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars. President Bush, who depends upon the Christian vote, would not be able to change this policy even if he wanted to do so, because it would jeopardize his core constituency.
America's foreign policy, then, is dependent upon this one primary issue: Who is Israel? Is it the northern ten tribes that were lost? Or is it the Jewish nation called by that name?
When King David was at the height of his Kingdom a thousand years before Christ, God gave him a very peculiar promise. It was part of the promise that God gave to David that his throne would be established forever. It is found in 2 Samuel 7:10,
"Moreover, I WILL APPOINT a place for My people Israel, and WILL plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and MOVE NO MORE; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more as beforetime."
This promise is incredible, given the fact that Israel had finally inherited all of the land of Canaan and had become well established there, now that the Philistines had been conquered. Yet God tells David that He WILL appoint a place for Israel--a place where they would "move no more."
This was obviously NOT Canaan, because Israel was moved out by the Assyrians 200 years later. This was obviously NOT Canaan, because even Judah was moved to Babylon 300 years later. This was obviously NOT Canaan, because the "children of wickedness" afflicted both Israel and Judah during their entire sojourn in Canaan.
So where was that land? The passage does not say, but we can look at history and see where the Israelites of the dispersion went. It certainly is not the present land of Palestine-Canaan, regardless of what the nation is termed. Read the daily news. "Israel" has been an armed camp since 1948.
So there must be a different fulfillment for the regathering of the House of Israel. When I look at the map, I see Europe as the eleven sons of Jacob. I see North America as the land of Joseph, the son who was "separate from his brethren" (Gen. 49:26). North America is divided into two nations: the United States and Canada, representing Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph. Moses wrote in Deut. 33:17 about Joseph, "and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim and they are the thousands of Manasseh."
In other words, Moses prophesied that their population ratio would be ten to one. The population of Canada is about 30 million. The population of the United States is about 300 million.
Finally, I see Great Britain as positioned geographically at the "head" of Europe. I see Britain as Jacob himself, the patriarch, and their flag is called "Union Jack." Jack is short for Jacob.
There are differing views on this, of course. It does not really matter to me which nation is identified with which tribe. Those are just details worthy of a good discussion. The important fact that is indisputable is that these nations populated by the ex-Israelites of the dispersion have been given a new land as promised to King David. And that land was not Canaan. Canaan would be far too small to house them all today.
The Israeli state itself, then, was built upon deception from the beginning when it named itself. Yes, of course, it was all part of God's plan, because the Jews are a combination of Judah and Edom, as I have written previously. This has been the case since 126 B.C. when Judah conquered Edom and forcibly converted them to Judaism. Thus, the biblical prophecies about Esau-Edom can only be fulfilled in those people.
Of particular importance is Isaac's promise to Esau in Gen. 27:40, "when THOU shalt have the dominion." Isaac gave him this promise because Jacob had lied to him and committed "identity theft" by pretending to be Esau in order to obtain the blessing. Thus, in order to give Esau his due, God allowed Esau in 1948 to return the favor. Judah-Edom stole Jacob-Israel's name by "identity theft" and pretended to be Israel in order to obtain the blessing.
This whole mess in the Middle East, then, had its origin in the conflict between Jacob and Esau and in the unlawful manner by which Jacob obtained the blessing. It is now payback time. This is also why Great Britain had to take Palestine from the Turks in 1917. It was to make it possible for Jacob-Britain to give the land back to Esau in 1948 in order to rectify an ancient dispute.
So Esau--the Israeli state--has been given the birthright in order to give him time to prove himself to be a son unworthy of the birthright. In Malachi 1:3, God says, "I hated Esau." This was spoken to make it clear that Esau would fall under the protection of the law of the hated firstborn son in Deut. 21:15-17. Esau was the firstborn and could not be disinherited simply because he was hated. Verses 18-23 then speak of the "stubborn and rebellious son," which were the grounds for disinheritance.
At present, most of the world now views the Israeli state as a stubborn and rebellious son. But because America still refuses to acknowledge this, Americans are also becoming hated throughout the world. Yet the day will come when this "identity theft" will come to light. The mask of Jacob-Israel will be removed from Esau's face, and all will see him for who he really is. This will change everything.
This is the second part of a series titled "Judah and Joseph." To view all parts, click the link below.