” I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.” Hosea 12:10
Christ’s parables do not create false analogies. They are true to such an extent that they can be deeply meditated upon and considered in exact detail and will remain completely authentic.
In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 the Christian church is presented as 7 stars on candlesticks shining from Christ’s right hand. The prophetic vision named real churches in 7 Anatolian cities, but they must be representative of the entire Christian church since they are the only ones in Christ’s right hand.
Hence Church history and the churches match the analogy of a right hand. Therefore by studying the concept of a right hand carefully even the details will match – and so we can appreciate more of the truth of what Jesus was describing.
The fingers of a hand do resemble candlestick holders, but there are not 7 fingers, only 5.
Likewise, in the description of the 7 churches, 2 of them are not on candlesticks – the first one and the last one. First Christ says of Ephesus he “will remove thy candlestick out of his place” (Rev 2.5) and last to Laodicea he says “I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev 3.16).
So the location of five of the stars is on fingers, but these two stars have to be put elsewhere: the wrist and palm.
Now consider how features of the locations of the hand will be analogous to the descriptions of the various churches:
- Ephesus – The First Church: It’s moved to the wrist because that is where the hand starts, it is where Christ’s nail-print was, and hence the first early church is here. The witness of the church in Christianity’s home of Palestine and Syria was likewise moved away by Islam. The wrist is very strong, the entire hand relies upon it, just as we all rely upon the real Apostolic church of the first century that gave us the Bible. The wrist is at the base of the hand with no raised finger on it, so Ephesus is described as hating the lying false apostles, which is called the sin of the Nicolaitans, those who exalt themselves as religious lords over the laity.
- Smyrna – The Persecuted Church: matches the Pinky finger. It’s the
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Clarence Larkin‘s famous prophecy charts came out in 1918, but four years earlier in 1914 very similar charts and figures had already been put out in a book called, “The Great Demonstration, a harmony of all the prophetic visions of the Holy Bible” by Philip Y. Pendleton and Adam Battenfield. They were Campbellites ministers who used the ASV. They falsely predicted that the end of the world started in 1914 (a JW teaching) and would end in 1972.
Larkin copied their format and cartoons then put his own bold “copyright” warnings on all the pictures. Larkin was also a Bible-corrector. It is important never to rely upon Clarence Larkin’s charts without double-checking everything with scripture. Otherwise you’ll get a confusing mix of information and disinformation. He copied his work from cults and even included loonie pyramid studies in his goofy books.
Larkin’s work is visual so it entices people to believe what they can “see” instead of to believe the words in the King James Bible. His work popularized many prophetic ideas that are unsupportable.
Draw your own charts and graphs by studying from the King James Bible yourself!
” And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.” Exod 2:19
” And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.” Gen 42:6-8
” Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.” Acts 21:38-39
” In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” Isa 19:23-25
” Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.” Isa 10:24-25
” That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.” Isa 14:25
” Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.” Isa 23:13
” Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” Heb 12:16-17
” Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Rom 9:6-13
” But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” Gal 4:23-30
” And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” Gen 48:13-16
” And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.” 2Kgs 18:10-12
” And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.” 2Kgs 17:4
” And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.” Deut 32:44
(By Rudyard Kipling)
YEARLY, with tent and rifle, our careless white men go
By the Pass called Muttianee, to shoot in the vale below.
Yearly by Muttianee he follows our white men in –
Matun, the old blind beggar, bandaged from brow to chin.
Eyeless, noseless, and lipless – toothless, broken of speech,
Seeking a dole at the doorway he mumbles his tale to each;
Over and over the story, ending as he began:
“Make ye no truce with Adam-zad – the Bear that walks like a Man!
“There was a flint in my musket – pricked and primed was the pan,
When I went hunting Adam-zad – the Bear that stands like a Man.
I looked my last on the timber, I looked my last on the snow,
When I went hunting Adam-zad fifty summers ago!
“I knew his times and his seasons, as he knew mine, that fed
By night in the ripened maizefield and robbed my house of bread.
I knew his strength and cunning, as he knew mine, that crept
At dawn to the crowded goat-pens and plundered while I slept.
“Up from his stony playground – down from his well-digged lair –
Out on the naked ridges ran Adam-zad the Bear –
Groaning, grunting, and roaring, heavy with stolen meals,
Two long marches to northward, and I was at his heels!
“Two long marches to northward, at the fall of the second night,
I came on mine enemy Adam-zad all panting from his flight.
There was a charge in the musket – pricked and primed was the pan –
My finger crooked on the trigger – when he reared up like a man.
“Horrible, hairy, human, with paws like hands in prayer,
Making his supplication rose Adam-zad the Bear!
I looked at the swaying shoulders, at the paunch’s swag and swing,
And my heart was touched with pity for the monstrous, pleading thing.
“Touched witth pity and wonder, I did not fire then . . .
I have looked no more on women – I have walked no more with men.
Nearer he tottered and nearer, with paws like hands that pray –
From brow to jaw that steel-shod paw, it ripped my face away!
“Sudden, silent, and savage, searing as flame the blow –
Faceless I fell before his feet, fifty summers ago.
I heard him grunt and chuckle – I heard him pass to his den.
He left me blind to the darkened years and the little mercy of men.
“Now ye go down in the morning with guns of the newer style,
That load (I have felt) in the middle and range (I have heard) a mile?
Luck to the white man’s rifle, that shoots so fast and true,
But – pay, and I lift my bandage and show what the Bear can do!”
(Flesh like slag in the furnace, knobbed and withered and grey –
Matun, the old blind beggar, he gives good worth for his pay.)
“Rouse him at noon in the bushes, follow and press him hard –
Not for his ragings and roarings flinch ye from Adam-zad.
“But (pay, and I put back the bandage) this is the time to fear,
When he stands up like a tired man, tottering near and near;
When he stands up as pleading, in wavering, man-brute guise,
When he veils the hate and cunning of his little, swinish eyes;
“When he shows as seeking quarter, with paws like hands in prayer
That is the time of peril – the time of the Truce of the Bear!”
Eyeless, noseless, and lipless, asking a dole at the door,
Matun, the old blind beggar, he tells it o’er and o’er;
Fumbling and feeling the rifles, warming his hands at the flame,
Hearing our careless white men talk of the morrow’s game;
Over and over the story, ending as he began: –
“There is no truce with Adam-zad, the Bear that looks like a Man!”
” Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.” Deut 33:4-5
#2 Saul reigned 40 years.
#3 David reigned 40 years.
#4 Solomon reigned 40 years.
After that the Rehoboam was rejected by the 10 tribes of Israel who made Jeroboam their king.
There were then 19 more kings of Israel, total 23, starting with Jeroboam #5 and ending with Hoshea #23.
5 Jeroboam I
17 Jeroboam II
*(Tibni not counted because attempted to be king but failed)
The total number of kings over Judah also totals 23, starting with Rehoboam #5 and ending with Zedekiah #23.
13 Azariah (Uzziah)
*(Queen Athaliah who reigned after not counted since she was not a “king”).
Jesus Christ is king #24 for both Israel and Judah.
” And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:31-33
Twenty-four is also the number of elders who surround God’s throne in heaven:
” And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” Rev 4:4
The first 4 kings who each reigned 40 years, Moses, Saul, David, and Solomon, match the 4 coming antichrists in type.
Moses: Priest – false prophet (Pope)(Gospel of John: Eagle)
Saul: King – first beast (UK)(Gospel of Matthew: King)
David: General/Man – Gog beast (Russia)(Gospel of Luke: Man)
Solomon: Riches – Babylon (USA)(Gospel of Mark: Ox)
"History of Bible Believers" by Dr. Gene Kim. This may seem long but it is very condensed with information:
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At first the kingdom of Israel was given to King Saul, but he lost it:
” And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.” 1Sam 13:13
“And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.” 1Sam 15:28
David was first king over Judah – reigning in Hebron – and after the death of Saul he eventually took the kingdom of Israel too.
” And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:” 1Sam 28:17
” To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beer–sheba.” 2Sam 3:10
” And David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel.” 1Chr 14:2
The promise was that there would always be a man upon the throne reigning over “Israel”
” That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.” 1Kgs 2:4
” Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.” 1Kgs 8:25
” Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.” 1Kgs 9:5
God’s promise over the “kingdom of Israel” was forever given to David and his sons:
” Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?” 2Chr 13:5
” For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;” Jer 33:17
And yet David’s son King Solomon did wickedly, so the kingdom of Israel was actually taken away from his son’s line (except Judah and Benjamin):
” And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:” 1Kgs 11:31
” But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.” 1Kgs 11:35
” And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee. And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.” 1Kgs 11:37-39
After that for many years the kingdoms of Israel and Judah co-existed:
” And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.” 1Kgs 22:10
The 10 northern tribes were called “Israel” or “Ephraim” – they contained Ephraim and Manassah – and this is the separate blessing of greatness that Jacob gave to Joseph’s sons:
” The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” Gen 48:16
” And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.” Gen 48:19
Although Leah’s son Reuben was the firstborn, he lost it by sleeping with his father’s concubine – therefore he lost it (as Esau also lost the birthright) and it was taken away from Leah’s sons (including Judah) and given to Rachel’s son Joseph – hence the birthright given to the northern tribes of Ephraim or “Israel” – to them came the firstborn’s birthright:
” Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.” Gen 48:22
” The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.” Gen 49:26
” And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only: But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.” Josh 17:17-18
So Judah (Jews) lost their birthright to Ephraim, yet to them was promised the chief ruler:
” Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s:)” 1Chr 5:1-2
” The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Gen 49:10
But the kingdom of the house of Israel did wickedly against God and he gave Israel into the hand of the king of Assyria:
” And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.” Hos 1:4-5
” Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.” 2Kgs 17:5-6
The king of Assyria replaced the men of Ephraim with foreigners – “Sarmatians” – and then instructed them to serve the LORD:
” And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.” 2Kgs 17:24
” Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.” 2Kgs 17:27
Therefore by the command of the king of Assyria, the Samaratians inherited the land of Israel and the LORD became their God, yet they didn’t obtain to the benefit of the promises of Israel that was offered them because they failed walk in God’s commandments:
” But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies. Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.” 2Kgs 17:39-40
The Samaratian served seven gods:
” And the men of Babylon made Succoth–benoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima, And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.” 2Kgs 17:30-31
So let’s review the succession to the kingdom of Israel:
The right to the kingdom of Israel was first given to Saul, but he lost it to David, and his son Rehoboam lost it to Jeroboam, then his son Nadab lost it, and so Baasha reigned over Israel, however his son Elah lost the kingdom to Zimri, who lost it to Omri, and his son Ahab reigned until he passed it to his son, but then Jehu destroyed all of Ahab’s house and he became king and his sons reigned for 4 generations during the lives of Elijah and Elisha. Eventually his descendant king Zechariah was killed by Shallum who was in turn killed by Menahem who took the kingdom, and he passed it to his son Pekahiah, who got killed by a guy named Pekah the son of Remaliah who was in turn killed and replaced by a guy named Hoshea, who was the last official king of Israel – (and his name just happens to be the same as “Joshua” (Dt. 32:44) or “Jesus” in Greek.)
So around 734 B.C. Hoshea is imprisoned in Assryia and Ephraim/Israel is carried away. At that point the 10 tribes of Israel and the “kingdom of Israel” disappear from history.
” And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria, and besieged it. And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.” 2Kgs 18:9-12
Notice the pattern? God isn’t exactly picky about who reigns over the “kingdom of Israel” – he gives it to whoever he wants to give it to. It jumps from family to family and from tribe to tribe. Finally it jumps out of official “Israel” altogether and it goes to the king of Assyria. He replaces the Israelites with Samaratians.
” Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin. For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.” 2Kgs 17:18-23
About 150 years later Assyria was replaced as a world-power by the kingdom of Babylon, and it came and took the kingdom of “Judah” captive 70 years in Babylon. After that the Jews from Judah returned to Jerusalem and Palestine, however they were left without any kingdom, being under the reign of the gentile powers from that time to the present day.
So the “kingdom of Israel” got swallowed by Assyria, and after that Babylon, and after that the Medes-Persians, then Greece, and then Rome, from whom all the great powers of today are politically descended: Europe, England, Russia, and America.
” And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Luke 22:29-30
After the resurrection the disciples asked Jesus:
” When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:6-8
It is significant that the gospel went first to Samaria before it went out into all the world. The “Samaritans” are in a historic and racial and religious position then situated between the Jews and the Gentiles, between the racial tribes of Israel, and the political kingdom of Israel which has gone to the gentiles.
Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman:
” Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24
The high priests told Pilate:
” But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar.” John 19:15
Caesar is the title of the Roman emperor, the “pontifex maximus” – a title that went to the “pope” – and the political realm eventually splittered between Latin West and Orthodox East, divided further North with the Protestant Reformation, and then the power of Europe broken off from America with its independence movements.
Jesus was not crucified as the “King of Israel” – rather he was crucified as “King of the Jews” –
” And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.” John 19:19
Paul wrote the Romans:
” Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” Rom 9:6-8
” For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Rom 11:25-27
It is not novel or unfounded scripturally to see the new or true Israel in the Christian church and in the Gentile powers. As the Samaritans were tainted by idolatry from fully inheriting the promises of Palestine, so the Gentile nations were tainted from fully inheriting the promises of Joseph politically.
But Christ came and died and rose again – to be both Prince and Saviour – hence bringing both political and religious salvation to the world:
” Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31
The “Israel” then is the Israel of God for they repented, and the Jews didn’t. The nation that calls itself “Israel” is not comprised of the 10 tribes of Ephraim that were carried away to Assyria, but rather the return of the Jews from the tribe of Judah.
The title “Israel” belongs to the Prince:
” And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Gen 32:28
The 10 tribes of “Israel” have been mingling with the various people of the earth since they were led away starting with Assyria in 734 BC:
” Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.” Hos 9:16-17.
In Revelation both “Israel” and “Jews” and twelve tribes of Israel are mentioned. The word “Israel” is first used by Jesus in relation to the Christian Church:
” But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” Rev 2:14
Jesus uses the word “Jew” to speak of unsaved ethnic Jews :
” I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev 2:9
” Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” Rev 3:9
The word “Jew” never appears in the Bible again after that point. However members of the twelve tribes of “Israel” are mentioned:
” Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Rev 7:3-4
In chapter 14 the same number is mentioned but without giving any tribal identification.
” And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Rev 14:1
And “Israel” is mentioned in the heavenly city where the Church dwells:
” And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:” Rev 21:12
But of those who shall enter this city Jesus told the Jews:
” And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt 8:11-12
” That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” Rom 9:8.
Reading the words carefully in Romans 11:26, Paul did not say that after the Gentiles come in, then all the Jews would be saved, rather he wrote, “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved…” The word “so” not “then”. The word so means that it is by the fulness of the Gentiles coming in that complete salvation of “Israel” occurs.
Yet in the passage Paul warns,
” Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.” Rom 11:18
The root is the Lord Christ Jesus, not the Jews, and not the physical Israel. He’s saying don’t boast highmindedly against the Jews which are the broken off branches since you Gentiles are nothing but branches also that were simply put in in their stead.
What could be better sign of the unprofitableness of the physical seed than the ritual of circumcision, the cutting away of the flesh at the end of the reproductive organ? What better way for Abraham to show that his physical seed is not the inheritor of the divine promises? And so every Jew cuts off the tip of his member in imitation of this ritual, a ritual that is no longer necessary now that the true seed, Christ, has come.
“God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.” – Nahum 1:2