Thursday, December 16, 2010
In Search of the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel
I would like to dedicate this work to my parents and grandmother who passed their knowledge down to our generations as ordered by our Lord God Almighty. Without their love and support the passing of this information to you would not be possible. This work is also dedicated to friends and the preachers, who through devices of their own, both positive and negative, challenged and pushed me to my limits, strengthening my
efforts to prove this work. All the glory must go to our Lord Jesus Christ as well as a special thank you, for using me as an instrument to reveal these truths in these last days.
The majority of the Bible was written about and to the descendants of Israel, 13 tribes in all. After the death of Solomon, (1Kings 11:40-43) these 13 tribes split into 2 nations, the 10 northern tribes were called Israel and the 2 southern tribes were known as Judah, which included Judah and Benjamin. The thirteenth tribe, those of Levi, were scattered among these two nations as priests. The split between the two nations was the result of the new King of Israel, Rehoboam, increasing the yoke or burden of taxation upon the children of Israel (1 Kings chapter 12) This yoke, placed upon the children of Israel drove a wedge or wall between the two nations, splitting the house of Israel, into two houses, Judah and Israel. From this moment on until after the time of Christ, the 10 northern tribes were known as Israel and the two southern tribes were known as Judah.
In Genesis 48 we can find the blessings Israel/Jacob gave to the two sons of Joseph.
Genesis 48:16 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.
In this verse we can plainly see, the name of Israel was to be placed upon Ephraim and Manassah (Ezekiel 37:19) and they were to grow into a multitude of NATIONS. This blessing was not to Judah, who received the blessing of ruling over all or some of the other tribes.
The word Gentiles is defined as nations, and vice versa. This point can be shown by using the reference column of the King James Version of the Bible. The above verse, Genesis 48:16 refers to:
Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord and all the Gentiles upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
This study is to show just exactly how the 10 northern tribes of Israel can be traced through the Old and New Testaments. The Lord gave His word swearing by Himself. He never wavered from the plan He gave long ago which was fulfilled by Judah and Israel. The Lord said it and it was done.
The following abbreviations and the reference columns of these three Bibles will be used:
1. King James Version-KJV
2. New American Standard-NAS
3 New International Version-NIV
Other reference books will include:
1. Strong’s Concordance-SC
2. Older Webster’s Dictionaries-WD
3. Old Testament-OT
4. New Testament-NT
It is very important to read the context of each verse to get a better understanding of what was going on. I have only listed verses and parts of verses to make very specific points.
If the TRUTH is something other than what we believe will we change our minds (repent)?
We should start with the definitions of the words, tribes, nations, generation and Gentiles, and using the text of the Bible to prove them. The word tribes is mentioned seven times in the NT. SC defines it in six of these verses as offshoot, RACE, clan or kindred. Six of the seven times it is used, it is mentioned in reference to the 12 tribes of Israel.
At least five times, the twelve tribes of Israel are mentioned in the New Testament. Judah and Benjamin made up the two tribes in the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Why are the 12 tribes mentioned, if the 10 northern tribes of Israel vanished or did not still exist?
The definition of tribes being race, is proven by the text and its references. The book of 1 Peter is addressed to the dispersed 12 TRIBES of Israel, according to 1 Peter 1:1 "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia". In all three reference Bibles, the NIV, NAS, and the KJV, this verse refers us to:
James 1:1 "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve TRIBES which are scattered abroad, greeting".
1 Peter 2:9 KJV, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people
1 Peter 2:9 NIV, But you are a chosen people
1 Peter 2:9 NAS, You are a chosen race
Not only does this prove the definition of TRIBES, as being race, it also proves that at the time King James had the Bible translated, the definition of the word, generation, included the word race. This can be shown by acquiring a very old dictionary,
as well as using Strong’s Concordance, which can be purchased at any Christian bookstore in this country.
We also notice the phrase, a peculiar people, in 1 Peter 1;1. There were at least two descriptive terms or phrases used in the Old Testament to describe all Israel, stiff-necked and a peculiar people. After the time of Christ, the church was made up of Jew and Gentile converts, those of Israel, who reverted back to Christ (which is what convert means). To prove this point we go to:
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us that he might REDEEM us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself A PECULIAR PEOPLE,
zealous of good works.
The part of this verse, a peculiar people, refers us right back to 1 Peter 2:9 a peculiar people, in the KJV, NIV, and NAS. All three reference Bibles refer us from Titus 2:14 or 1 Peter 2:9 to
Deuteronomy 4:20 (in reference to the children of Israel) But the Lord hath taken you and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
Deuteronomy 14:2 (in reference to Israel) For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a PECULIAR PEOPLE unto himself above all the nations that are upon the earth.
So, we have in both testaments this description of a peculiar people, Jew and Gentile in the NT, referring to Israel in the OT before they split into two separate nations.
The fact that 1 Peter is addressed to the dispersed of Israel can be shown by the text and references of the KJV, NIV, and NAS. From 1 Peter 2:9 You are a chosen race, (which completely contradicts the doctrine of today). This part of the verse refers to:
Deuteronomy 10:15 (in context of Israel long before the split between Judah and Israel) Only the Lord had delight in thy fathers to love them and he chose their seed after them, even you
above all people, as it is this day.
The other descriptive term, stiff-necked, we find in
Exodus 32:9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. From this verse we are referred to:
Acts 7:51 Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost. As your fathers did, so do ye.
Interesting how these two descriptions of Israel are used in both testaments and we find a common link between the two.
The words Nations and Gentiles are mentioned many, many times and in almost every passage they share the same definition. It is #1484 in the Strong’s Concordance. These two words are defined as a race, TRIBE, (a foreign non-Jewish one), usually by implication pagan, Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
Webster’s New World Dictionary, copyright 1964, has in the definition of the word nations the word Gentiles, as used in the New Testament, and in the definition of the word Gentiles we see the word nations.
In Strong’s Concordance the word Jew is defined as of the tribe of Judah, southern kingdom of Judah, or a Judean. This definition is supported by the text of our Bible, for every time the word Jew is used, it is being used in reference to those of Judah, those of the southern kingdom of Judah, or a Judean.
The word Jew was never used, not once, in reference to the ten northern tribes of Israel, supporting the Biblical definition of Jew. The word Jew does not even appear in our Bible until after the split between Judah and Israel. Webster’s Dictionary (1948) defines the word Jew as one belonging to Judah (origin) one of
the tribe of Judah, hence any person of the Hebrew race or whose religion is Judaism. This definition seems to be a bit contradictory, for the tribe of Judah is only one thirteenth of the
Hebrew RACE. Regardless of which definition we choose to believe to be the truth, the fact remains that the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel lost their identity/name during their enslavement and being dispersed, which is why they have been so hard to locate by those who have searched for them. The next two referring verses will show this.
James 1:1 A servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
We can plainly see the book of James is addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel. Judah and Benjamin can be found throughout the NT. Where are the other ten tribes, who lost their identity/name which this is referring to? In both the KJV and the NIV reference Bibles we are referred from James 1:1 to:
Deuteronomy 32:26 I said I would scatter you into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to CEASE from among men.
This must be referring to the ten northern tribes of Israel who lost their identity, those of Judah and Benjamin did not until those who would reverted back to Jesus Christ and their name was changed to Christian.
Some believe the definitions in Strong’s Concordance are wrong, mistranslated or out-dated. Those who believe this have for-
gotten that the defection from the truth was to come out of the CHURCH in the last days.
How many times have we heard preachers tell us, the temple of
God or the house of God is now the church? Chapter 2 of 2 Thessalonians is a prophesy about the final days. Verses 3 and 4 tells of a falling away, apostasy, or a defection from the truth brought about by the son of perdition who sits in the TEMPLE of God. Temple in this passage is defined as a fane, which is
defined as a CHURCH. For some strange reason the word fane as been omitted from today’s dictionaries, but can be found in older ones. This definition has been proven by almost every
preacher in the Kingdom of Christ today. This apostasy or defection from the truth which is to come out of the Church in the last days will be shown, in part, by this study.
The son of perdition in this passage, using the reference column, is referring to Judas Iscariot, who was a betrayer of Christ, who was anti-Christ, and who Christ called a devil. By implication, the defection from the truth or apostasy of today is caused by the betrayers of Christ or those who are anti-Christs, as defined in 2 John 7-11: For MANY deceivers are entered into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti-Christ. Verse 9 WHOSOEVER transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath NOT God. Judas is no longer with us, so we know he was only an example of the son of perdition.
Why has this happened? The answer is given in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 Since they didn’t love the truth, God would send them a strong delusion.
How has this happened? Satan has deceived the entire world (Revelations 12:9) and even the very elect through false prophets (Matthew 24:24). This has been done in part by the changing of the meanings of words over a long period of time. This can be shown by comparing older dictionaries and concordances with the present ones.
Those who would have us believe the definitions in the Strong’s Concordance are wrong, may want to check out what words meant in the past before their definitions were changed.
According to SC these three words, tribe, nation, and Gentile, in their plural forms, have the word RACE in its singular form in their definitions. Even though there were 10 northern tribes/offshoots/nations of Israel, they still belonged to the same race. As the North American Indians had quite a few
tribes/nations/offshoots, they still belonged to the same race and made up The Indian Nation. One of the most ruthless tribes of Indians was the Apache. This was one of the last, if not the last
remaining tribe. Does this mean all Indians were Apaches?
To prove even more the definition of the word, nations, we go to one of the promises made to Jacob/Israel, by the Lord.
Genesis 35:11 And God said unto him, I am God almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins. In this verse both the word nation and nations, are defined as a foreign nation, hence a Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
The text of the Bible proves this definition. From a nation and a company of nations we are referred to Genesis 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
From this verse we are referred, by the NAS, NIV, and KJV, to Romans 4:17 As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him who he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
From this verse we are referred to Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; and Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved. We are also referred from Romans 4:17 to:
1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world and things which are despised hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.
Genesis 17:16(referring to the promises made to Sarah) And I will bless her and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. From this verse we are referred, by the NIV and KJV, to:
Galations 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
We can plainly see from this verse, those believers in Galatia,
Jew and Gentile, were the descendants of Sarah and no one else. Notice that we have been referred from nations to the Jew and GENTILES of these foreign Gentile nations.
From Gal 4:31 we are referred to John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Genesis 17:16 also refers to 1 Peter 3:6 (which was addressed to the dispersed 12 tribes of Israel) Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well and are not afraid with any amazement.
Genesis 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee and thou shalt be a father of many nations. This verse refers to Romans 4:11,12,and 16 and Galations 3:29
The point of these references is to show that the nations and the company of nations Jacob was promised is referring to those in Judea, and Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Phillipi, Colosse, Thessalonica, for that is where we will end up if we keep running the references. We have been referred from nations and a company of nations, to Jew and Gentiles, one nation and many nations.
Abraham Father of us All
Though some may doubt and try to refute it, Abraham was the father of both Jew and Gentile.
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to ALL THE SEED; not to that only which is of the law but to that also which is of the faith of
Abraham, who is the father of us all.
We have been taught that anyone who believes in Christ is of the seed of Abraham, just for believing. This doesn’t seem to hold water when we study this verse a bit closer. The word faith in this verse means a belief or assurance of the truth or
truthfulness, according to the SC. Therefore it is of a belief in the truth that it might be by grace: to the end the promise might be sure to ALL THE SEED, not to that only which is of the law but to that also which is of the truth of Abraham who is the father of us all.
All the seed of Abraham, not just to those of Judah, but those of Israel as well. We must remember the name of Israel was placed upon the 10 northern tribes or nations.
To prove the definition of truth, we look at this part of the Romans 4:16 who is the father of us ALL. In the KJV this part of the verse refers us to:
Isaiah 51:2 Look unto Abraham your father and unto Sarah that bare you, for I have called him ALONE and blessed him and increased him. This verse does not say if you simply believe you are of the seed of Abraham.
The NIV reverses the order of these two referring verses and the NAS refers us from this part of Romans 4:16 who is the father of us all to Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith in Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.
This part of this verse, for there is no difference, is saying there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for in all three reference Bibles, it refers to:
Galations 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
This verse refers us from one in Christ Jesus, to:
John 10:16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. From this verse we are referred to:
Ezekiel 37:22 (which is in the context of Judah and Israel
becoming one stick and having one king) And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel and one king shall be king to them all and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
If Jew and Gentile were not Judah and Israel, then why are we referred from ALL THE SEED, to Jew and Gentile, and then to Judah and Israel becoming one stick and having one king placed over them.
Romans 9:8 (in context of Jew and Gentile) 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.
This verse tells us the children of the flesh are not counted for the seed, only the children of the promise are. This verse refers to:
Galations 4:28 (in context of the children of Hagar and Sarah) Now, we brethren as Isaac was are the children of promise.
This whole chapter is very interesting, it reveals the identity of the children of the flesh and the children of the promise/Spirit. The children of the flesh are those of Hagar and the children of the promise/Spirit are those of Sarah.
Galations 4:28 refers to Acts 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers saying unto Abraham, "and in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed". The part of this verse in quotations refers to:
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Let all eyes bare witness to this, that through the Christians all
the KINDREDS of the earth would be blessed, the Christians will be a blessing to all people, the Lord will bless those who bless the Christians and curse those who curse the Christians. We were referred from the Christians believers living in Galatia to the promises, made by the Lord to Abraham.
The Pagan/Strange Gods
In Webster’s definition (1964) of the word Gentiles, we see the word Pagan, which is defined as, "any of the people regarded as uncivilized IDOLATERS and a follower of a polytheistic (many gods) religion". We also see the words nation, tribe, or clan.
1 Corinthians 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles (nations) carried away by dumb idols, even as you were led.
If we will simply notice in the definition of PAGAN, we see the words uncivilized idolaters and in this verse we see the words dumb idols. In the Old Testament the 10 northern tribes of Israel, were put away, punished, and dispersed for chasing after strange gods (plural) and the Gentiles were pagans worshipping dumb idols (plural).
The definition of Pagan in part is MANY gods (plural), the ten northern tribes were put away for chasing after strange gods (plural), and within the text of 1 Corinthians 12:2 we notice the Gentiles were led away unto dumb idols (plural). All three of these witnesses are witnessing to the same thing using different phrases which mean the same thing.
Many believe these are two different peoples, but according to the reference column of 1 Corinthians 12:2 concerning dumb idols we are referred to Psalms 115:5 They have mouths but they speak not: eyes have they but they see not. In the previous verse
4:Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. According the Psalms 115:9 this worship of idols is in reference to Israel. Again the name Israel was placed upon the 10 northern tribes/nations.
Without any doubt this has shown that the Gentiles, who were carried away unto dumb idols, is referring to the ten northern tribes of Israel who chased after strange gods or idols.
Some Bible scholars, professors, preachers, and teachers have told us the 10 northern tribes of Israel just vanished from Biblical history. They have told us they just cannot seem to find all those people and their descendants. They cannot find ten thirteenths of all Israel. Where have they been looking?
WHEN THE GENTILES BE COME IN
Romans 11:25-27 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 fullness of the Gentiles (nations) be come in. And so ALL Israel shall be saved as it is written. There shall come out of Sion, the Deliverer and He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them when I shall take away their sins.
At the time this passage was written the name, Israel, was still upon the ten northern tribes, even though they had been blinded to their own identity (Genesis 48:14-16 and Ezekie 37:19). This passage tells us when the Gentiles (pagan nations) come in, all Israel (Jacob’s descendants) will be saved as it is written for that is how Israel is defined in this passage and shown by the text. Romans 11:26 ends in the word Jacob and refers to Psalms 14:7(NIV) Oh, that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the Lord RESTORES his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. The restoration of Israel is not the restoration of a place, it is the restoration of his people as shown in this last verse.
Romans 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall
take away their sins. This verse refers to Isaiah 27:9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged and this is all the fruit to take away his sin when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.
THE NEW COVENANT
Romans 11:27 (the above verse) also refers to Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
The book of Hebrews was written after Romans, Corinthians, Galations, Thessalonians, Colossians, Phillippians, and Ephesians; books which refer to Jews and Gentiles. At the time Hebrews was written, the name of Israel was still on the ten northern tribes. If they did not still exist, as we have been taught, why are they even mentioned? We were referred from the Jew and Gentiles of Romans to the new covenant, which was only made with Judah and Israel, no one else is mentioned. This very interesting fact is left out of most sermons today on the new covenant. If the Jew and Gentile were not Judah and Israel, then why are we referred from Jew and Gentile to Judah and Israel, again?
ESCAPING THROUGH THE SEA WITH MOSES
1 Corinthians 10:1- 4 (according to verse 32 of this chapter, this is being said about Jew and Gentile) Moreover, Brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that ALL our fathers were under the cloud and ALL passed through the sea and were ALL baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea and did All eat the same spiritual meat and did ALL drink the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ.
We can see from this passage, the ancestors of both Jew and Gentile came through the sea with Moses, were ALL baptized in
the sea with Moses, ALL did eat the same spiritual meat as Moses, and ALL did drink the same spiritual drink as Moses, which came from that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ. Some teach that this is simply something spiritual or the fathers of the Gentiles were the strangers that sojourned with Israel. These two ideas are both refuted by the reference column.
In this part of 1 Corinthians 10:1 the cloud and all passed through, refers us to Ex 13:21 (in reference to the children of Israel, verse 19) And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar
of a cloud to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light; to go by day and night: This verse refers us right back to 1 Corinthians 10:1. This part of 1 Corinthians 10:1-3 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea and did all eat the same meat, refers us to:
Exodus 14:22 And the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand and on their left.
This verse refers right back to 1 Corinthians 10:1. In this part of 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 spiritual meat and did all drink the same, refers us to:
Exodus 16: 15 and 35. And when the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL saw it, they said one to another, it is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, this is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. This verse refers to 1 Corinthians 10:3.
This part of 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 spiritual drink: for THEY drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ, refers us to:
Exodus 17:6 (in reference to the children of Israel) Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb and thou shalt smite the rock and there shall come water out of it that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
This verse refers to 1 Corinthians 10:4.
How many times in this one passage have we been referred from Jew and Gentile to the children of Israel, and from the children of Israel to Jew and Gentile? Did you also notice in this passage it
was Jesus Christ who was with the children of Israel in the wilderness? Not many people today are taught that the voice from the burning bush was Jesus Christ.
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I Am. This verse in the KJV, NIV, and NAS reference columns refers to:
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
We can plainly see it was Jesus Christ, God the Son, who watched over and protected the children of Israel, and was the mediator between God and man, in spirit, in the OT and in the flesh in the NT. Jesus Christ was the I AM of the old testament, as well there are other references which prove this fact. It was Jesus Christ, who spoke to Moses in Numbers 6:27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel and I will bless them.
We even sing about this fact in the last line of the song, Mary Did You Know. Mary did you know the sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM?
Some would still try to refute the fact that the Gentiles were the ten northern tribes of Israel’s descendants. They would have us believe all Israelites were called Jews, even though the word, Jew, does not appear in our Bible until after the split between Judah and Israel over heavy taxation and is used only in reference to those of Judah, the southern kingdom of Judah, or a Judean. It was this taxation which caused the house of Israel to split into two houses.
TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL
1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles, foolishness. From this verse we are referred, in the KJV to:
Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to BOTH THE HOUSES OF ISRAEL, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants
We have been referred in these two verses from Jew and Gentile to BOTH HOUSES of Israel. We can also plainly see from this verse that Jesus Christ was to be a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
For some strange reason, there seems to be a growing trend of preachers turning their flocks from the King James Version. They tell their congregations who have been entrusted to them, the KJV is mistranslated and the KJV reference column is wrong. The New American Standard does the very same referring with an extra step. It refers us from 1 Corinthians 1:23 to 1 Peter 2:8, then to Isaiah 8:14. This is even better, we are referred from Jew and Gentile to a book addressed to the dispersed 12 tribes and then to both houses of Israel. Can it be any plainer?
Four Books Addressed to the Hebrews or the 12 Tribes
1 Peter, as already shown, is addressed to the dispersed 12 tribes, James is addressed to the 12 tribes dispersed abroad, the book of Hebrews are letters to the Hebrews, and 2 Peter is addressed to the 12 tribes scattered abroad, according to the NIV. The NIV refers us from James 1:1 the twelve tribes scattered abroad, to 1 Peter 1:1 God’s elect, exiles living in foreign lands, and then 2 Peter 1:1 to those who through the righteousness, etc.
Within these four books, which are addressed to Hebrews or the 12 tribes scattered abroad, there are many, many references to the Jews and Gentiles living in Rome, Corinth Galatia, Ephesus, Thessalonica, Phillipi and Colosse. They all refer that way, for
both Jew and Gentile (nations) were both houses of Israel, as
The Prophets of Israel
Over and over we are referred by the prophets of Israel, both major and minor, from the children of Israel to Jew and Gentile. One extremely good example of this is a prophesy of God
taking the stick of Judah and the stick of Israel, making them one stick, and placing one king over them, in Ezekiel 37:19-24.
Ezekiel 37:22 (within the context of this prophesy) And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and "one king shall be king to them all and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all". The part of this verse I have put in quotations refers to:
John 10:16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice "and there shall be one fold and one shepherd".
The part of this verse, in quotations, refers to Ephesians 2:14 for he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the MIDDLE WALL of partition between us.
This is one of the plainest references to which we are referred in the KJV, from the stick of Judah and the stick of Israel becoming one stick and having one king TO one fold and having one shepherd, then to the middle wall being broken down between Jew and Gentile. Do you remember the division between Judah and Israel over taxation? It can’t be any simpler than this, we are shown that Judah and Israel are the same as Jew and Gentile (nations).
There can be, positively, no misinterpretation here for the order of the verses is also reversed from the wall between Jew and Gentile coming down, to Judah and Israel. For those who think the KJV references are wrong, the NAS and the NIV refer us from:
John 10:16 to Ephesians 2:13-18 and Ezekiel 37:24 which is in the same context as Ezekiel 37:22.
We have three References Bibles each referring us from the wall between Jew and Gentile, to Judah and Israel becoming one stick and having one king over them, again.
This same part of John 10:16 And there shall be one fold and one shepherd, which has already been shown as referring to the wall being broken down between Jew and Gentile, also refers, once again, to a book and verse addressed to the 12 tribes dispersed abroad.
1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray but are now RETURNED unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
The word returned in this verse brings up a very interesting question, how can something or someone be returned to you if you have never owned it or them? We can see from these verses both Jew and Gentiles (nations) are being returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls.
Redeemed is another interesting word, it means to ransom, which means to be bought back or repurchased. You cannot buy back or repurchase anything or anyone you never owned.
According to 1 John 3:4 sin is the transgression of the law. The Israelite people were the only people to ever be placed under the law of God. How can anyone transgress a law he is not under? How can you break a law that does not apply to you?
Romans 3:23 (in reference to both Jews and Gentiles, verse 3:9) For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. If the Gentiles were not the descendants of the ten northern tribes of Israel, how could they break a law they were never placed under?
The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel
Along with the 10 northern tribes of Israel being conquered, enslaved, and then dispersed throughout all nations, so was a portion of Judah. Israel was enslaved in Assryia and Judah in Babylon. The word, lost, means put away and is referring to those who were lost, those of the dispersed 12 tribes, who were put away and punished. The text will prove this definition.
Matthew 15:24 (Christ talking to the woman of Canaan) But he answered and said, I am not sent BUT to the LOST sheep of the house of Israel.
Using the KJV reference column, this verse refers to:
Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: Romans 15:9 And
The reference stops after the word AND. This AND is a very big AND, for the rest of Romans 15:9, That the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written. For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles and sing unto thy name.
From the lost sheep of the house of Israel we are referred to those of the circumcision AND the Gentiles, for from the rest of Romans 15:9 (the Gentiles) we are referred, once again, to:
John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring and they shall be ONE FOLD and one shepherd. This entire verse refers to:
Ezekiel 37:22 (in reference to Judah and Israel becoming one stick and having one king) And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
We have gone from the lost sheep of the house of Israel to both those of the circumcision and the Gentiles; to the two folds
becoming one fold and having one shepherd; to the stick of Judah and the stick of Israel becoming one stick and having one
king. From Jew and Gentile to Judah and Israel.
Some would have us believe that Jesus Christ branched out to other people but can give no reference to this happening. As well they would have us believe, Jesus Christ, is a universal savior, even after he said he was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of
the house of Israel. How can that which was not put away and punished and never placed under the law of God be found and saved from a law they were never under?
In Malichi 3:6 we learn the I Am of the OT is the Lord our God and he changes not and from Hebrews 13:8 we learn, Jesus Christ, who is the I AM of the OT, is the same yesterday, today, and for ever. Wonder why we are told he did change if he doesn’t change?
As has been shown, Jew and Gentile are obviously referring to dispersed of Judah and Israel. We have also been taught that the word lost means something other than its actual meaning. These references prove this definition. For those who believe and teach that the King James Version is mistranslated and its references are wrong, the NAS refers from Romans 15:8 to Matt 15:24, from Romans 15:9 to Romans 3:29 to Gal 3:28 to Ephesians 2:15, from John 10:16 to Ephesians 2:13-18 and Ezekiel 37:24 (same context as Ezekiel 37:22 in reference to the stick of Judah and the stick of Israel becoming one stick and having one king) and the NIV refers us from Matt 10:24 to Romans 15:8, from Romans 15:9 to Romans 3:29, to Gal 3:28 to John 10:16 to Ezekiel 37:23 and 24 (same context as Ezekiel 37:22 and in reference to the stick of Judah and the stick of Israel becoming one stick and having one King.
Three witnesses, three reference Bibles, using the same references to refer to the same place and saying the same thing, from Jew and Gentile to the stick of Judah and the stick of Israel becoming one stick, one nation, and having one king. All
three witnesses proving the definition of LOST as being those of Judah and Israel, who were put away. How can you lose something you never owned?
The New Name
What was the new name, mentioned in Numbers 6:27 to be? It was Jesus CHRIST who was the I Am of the OT, who said it. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel and I will bless
them. From this verse we are referred, in the NIV, NAS, and KJV, to:
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
How many times today have we heard this verse used in church when we are in need of something, such as rain?
Isaiah 62:2 KJV(who prophesied the restoring of the 10 northern tribes of Israel) And the Gentiles (NIV- Nations) shall see thy righteousness and kings thy glory and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
From this verse we are referred in the KJV and NAS to:
Isaiah 65:15 And Ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee and call his servants by another name.
One important thing to notice about this verse, the name was to be changed, not the servants. From this verse we are referred to:
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass that for a whole year they assembled themselves with the church and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
We can see from these referring verses, the new name that was to be placed upon the children of Israel was to be Christian. The name of Christ, who was the I Am of the OT, was to be placed upon the children of Israel, those of Israel who would return to him. In this verse we see the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. First does not mean only. The I Am did not say, if Israel will not hear me, they will place my name upon someone else.
TAKING ISRAEL FROM AMONG THE HEATHEN
The dispersed of the ten northern tribes of Israel, those who were scattered among all nations or the heathen, were to be gathered again, out of the heathen. Their identity had been taken from them. Deuteronomy 32:26 I said I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to CEASE. Those of Judah did not lose their identity, at this time.
Ezekiel 36:24 (who also prophesied the restoring of the 10 northern tribes of Israel) For I will take you (in the context of Israel) from among the heathen and gather you out of all countries and will bring you into your own land.
We should be able to notice from this verse that the ten northern tribes of Israel were to be taken OUT FROM AMONG THE HEATHEN. This verse refers to:
Isaiah (the prophet to the ten northern tribes of Israel and their restoration) 65:9-10. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob (Israel) and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it and my servants shall dwell there. And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down, for my people that have sought me.
From a seed of Israel and a seed of Judah, we are referred to:
Romans 11:5 and 7 Even so, then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. What then?
Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election (selection) hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
We have been referred from God removing the ten northern tribes of Israel from among the heathen, to a seed of Israel (Jacob) and a seed of Judah, to the election (selection) of his remnant among the Jews and Gentiles living in Rome.
I cannot stress this point enough. We are referred from those of
Judah and Israel being removed from among the heathen to an election (selection) of his remnant within the Jews and Gentiles. The name Israel was placed on the ten northern tribes. Along with Judah, the ten northern tribes were to be taken from the heathen. Judah did not lose their identity during their captivity. Only those of the ten tribes did. Judah lost their identity/name after the time of Jesus Christ when both Jew and Gentile (those who would) became known as Christians as prophesied in Numbers 6:27.
Ezekiel 37:21 is another good witness of God taking his people out from among the heathen. And say unto them, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they be gone and will gather them on every side and bring them into their own land.
We can see, once again, God will take his people from among the heathen. This verse, AGAIN, is in reference to the stick of Judah and the stick of Israel becoming one stick. This verse refers to:
Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen and gather you out of all countries and will bring you into your own land. This verse refers to:
Ezekiel 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people and gather them from the countries and will bring them to their own land and in all the inhabited places of the country.
Stay with me on this point, for this verse refers to:
Isaiah 65:9-10 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob (Israel), and out of Judah, an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it and my servants shall dwell there. And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down for my people that have sought me.
Isaiah 65:9 refers to Romans 11:5 and 7 Even so, then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of
grace. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh
for but the election hath obtained it and the rest were blinded.
We were referred once again from God taking his people, Judah and the ten tribes of Israel, out from among the heathen to a selection of both Jew and Gentile, from Judah and Israel to Jew and Gentile. Judah did not lose their identity, only the ten tribes of Israel did, until after the time of Jesus Christ when both became Christian, Numbers 6:27.
Another good witness of this is:
Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles (nations) to take out of them A PEOPLE for his name.
We can see in this verse, God was to take out from the Gentiles/nations A (one) PEOPLE for his name. Using the NAS reference column, this verse refers to:
2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to THEM that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our savior, Jesus Christ;
In the NAS we are referred from 2 Peter 1:1 to:
1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.
In the NAS, NIV, and KJV reference columns, we are referred
from this verse to:
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
I have listed these references, once again, to show a very specific point. The taking of a (one) people out from among the heathen, A PEOPLE, is referring to those of the dispersed 12 which includes ten northern tribes of Israel whose identity was removed
by the Lord, for James 1:1 in the KJV and NIV refers to:
Deuteronomy 32:26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men.
Again, only those of the ten northern tribes LOST their identity, those of Judah did not lose theirs until after the time of Jesus Christ, when those of Judah, who would, reverted back to him. This point should be stressed and stressed often. The name of the Jew and of the Gentile was changed forever to Christian.
The Prophet Amos
Amos 9:9 For, lo, I will command and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations (Gentiles) like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
We can see from this passage that the house of Israel, not the house of Judah, was to be sifted among all nations (defined as Gentiles). This point will be proven shortly. In the same context, we read:
Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen and close up the breaches thereof and I will raise up his ruins and I will build it as in the days of old.
From this verse, the NAS and KJV reference columns refers us to Acts 15:16-17 and the NIV reverses this order.
Acts 15:16-17 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is
written, after this I will return and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down and I will build again the ruins thereof and I will set it up.
In the same context is Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles to take out of them A PEOPLE for his name.
From sifting the house of Israel among all nations to the taking
out from among the Gentiles A PEOPLE for his name.
The Woman of Samaria
John chapter 4, tells of a woman of Samaria and where her salvation shall come from. An important fact about this woman, is that she was an Israelite living in a strange land, so she was of the dispersion. The word Samaria in this passage is defined as a Hebrew living in a foreign land. The text of John 4 supports this
John 4:6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
We learn from this verse this well belonged to Jacob (Israel)
John 4:12 (the woman of Samaria speaks to Jesus) Art thou greater than our father, JACOB (Israel), which gave us the well and drank thereof himself and his children and his cattle?
We all know the name Jacob, in this verse, is referring to the old name of Israel, the man. This woman of Samaria is saying her father is Jacob. As this woman was an Israelite living in a strange land who had been given the name Samaritan, so were the Gentiles who Paul was sent to take out from among the heathen, Israelites living in a foreign land.
Isaiah Prophet to the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel and Their
At the time Isaiah prophesied, the name of Israel was upon the 10 northern tribes. This means, Isaiah was prophesying the restoration of the ten northern tribes of Israel, not the restoration of a place. Restoring the dispersed of Israel, who had been put away and punished (lost), dispersed throughout all nations, and their identity taken away (Deut 32:26).
Again, how can anyone lose something they have never owned? In the book of Isaiah there are more than 107 references to the Gentiles living in Rome, Corinth, Thessolonica, Colosse, Galatia, Ephesus. Here are but a few.
Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord. This verse refers us to:
Ephesians 5:8 For YE WERE sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.
From the house of Jacob to the Gentile believers of Ephesus.
Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. This verse refers to:
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
From the outcast of Israel and the outcast of Judah to the dispersed 12 tribes. There are more than 30 references in James, which is obviously addressed to the dispersed of Israel, referring to the Jew and Gentile books.
Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth for the Lord hath spoken it. This verse refers to:
1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory.
From HIS PEOPLE to something being said to Jew and Gentile converts.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, MY PEOPLE, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. This verse refers to:
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
From my people to something said to the Jew and Gentile converts.
Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. This verse refers us to:
Romans 11:26 (In reference to the fullness of the Gentiles coming 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.
From Israel being saved to ALL Israel being saved once the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
Isaiah 45:25 In the Lord shall all the SEED of Israel be justified, and shall glory. From the last part of this verse to:
1 Corinthians 1:31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
From all the seed of Israel glorying in the Lord to something said to the Jew and Gentile converts in Corinth.
Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness: it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry and I will place salvation in Zion for ISRAEL my glory. This verse refers to:
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, the just shall live by faith.
From Israel to something said to the Jew and Gentile converts living in Rome.
Isaiah 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. This verse refers us to:
Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he
hath made US accepted in the beloved.
From Israel once again being the glory of the Lord to the Gentile converts in Ephesus.
Isaiah 52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, THAT MY PEOPLE IS TAKEN AWAY FOR NOUGHT? They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord and my name continually every day is blasphemed. From this verse to:
Romans 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
From his people who were taken away and blasphemed the name of God, to the blasphemy among the Gentiles.
Isaiah 59:20 and the Redeemer shall come to Zion and unto them that turn from transgressions in JACOB, saith the Lord. This verse refers to:
Romans 11:26 (in reference to the Gentiles coming 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.
From the redemption of Jacob to the salvation of ALL Israel once the fullness of the Gentiles had come in.
Isaiah 60:21 Thy People also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. This verse refers us to:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that WE should walk in them. From the people of God to something said to the Jew and Gentile converts of Ephesus.
In Isaiah 45: 17-25 we learn there is to be a redemption or a coming back in of the ten northern tribes of Israel, those who were dispersed throughout all nations (Gentiles) and took up strange gods (pagan), as well as ALL THE SEED OF JACOB.
In verse 23 we see that every knee of ALL Israel shall bow and every tongue shall confess. From every knee of ALL Israel bowing (those who were scattered throughout the nations (Gentiles), who became Pagan (strange gods) and come back in), we are referred to:
Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God.
Philippians 2:10- That, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth.
We have been referred from the bowing of every knee and every tongue confessing of Israel, once the ten northern tribes of Israel come back in, to something said to the pagan converts of Rome and Philippi, as well as the Jewish believers.
Over and over we are referred from Isaiah’s prophesies of the restoration of the ten northern tribes of Israel to the Gentile converts being accepted in. Some would have us believe this is
referring to a Spiritual Israel, without one reference to show or prove this THEORY. Throughout the Bible, these are but a fraction of the hundreds of times, if not thousands, we are referred from Jew and Gentile to Judah and Israel, from Jew and Gentile to all Israel, and vise versa.
Hosea and the Children of the living God
Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. According to Romans 9:24 this verse is saying, Jew and Gentile converts were to be known as the sons of the living God, those who reverted back to Christ. If Jew and Gentile were not Judah and Israel, why does Romans 9:26 refer to the prophet to the 10 northern tribes of Israel, Hosea 1:10 in all three reference Bibles (KJV, NIV, and NAS)?
Hosea 1:10 (in reference to put away and punished 10 tribes of Israel, Hosea 1:6) Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered and it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye ARE NOT MY PEOPLE, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. Once again, the KJV, NIV, and the NAS refers us from this verse to Romans 9:26, listed above.
Hosea prophesied the putting away (or divorce) of Israel (10 northern tribes) as well as those of Judah who were put away, but saved ( Hosea 1:7). To cement these points, Romans 9:25 (in context of Jew and Gentile) As he saith also in Osee (Greek spelling of Hosea), I will call them my people which were not my people and HER beloved, which was not beloved. Judah didn’t lose their name. Hosea did this by telling a story of the unfaithful wife. In the above verse Hosea 1:10 Ye are not my people. This part of the verse is being said in reference to the put away 10 northern tribes of Israel, according to:
Hosea 1:6 And she conceived again and bare a DAUGHTER. And God said unto him, call her name Loruhamah for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel but I will utterly take them
away. Daughter referring to the ten tribes of Israel and Romans 9:25 the Lord will call her beloved. Read these two verses again.
This point is proven by where this verse refers us to:
2 Kings 17:6 and 23 (in the context of the ten northern tribes of Israel’s exile) 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. 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.
Keep in mind the name of the 10 northern tribes were to be and remain Israel until shortly after Christ came. Once again, those of Judah did not lose their identity until after the time of Jesus Christ when both Judah and Israel, Jew and Gentile, became Christians, those who would.
Hosea 1:7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah and will save them by the Lord their God and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
We can find Hosea’s plea to an unfaithful wife in Hosea chapter 2. Verse 23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth and I will have
mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy and I will say to them which were not my people, thou art my people and they shall say, Thou art my God. This verse is referring to those of Israel and Judah who were put away, which is proven by where we are referred in the KJV, a book and verse which is addressed to the dispersed twelve tribes.
1 Peter 2:10 Which, in times past, were not a people but are now the people of God, which have not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. This verse is in the context of, "Ye are a chosen race" verse 9 and those who would be "RETURNED to their shepherd" verse 25.
Hosea 2:23 (in context to Judah and the put away and punished
10 northern tribes of Israel ) And I will sow HER (her refers to Jeremiah 31:27, Judah and Israel) unto me in the earth and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy AND I "will say unto them which were not my people, Thou art my people and they shall say, thou art my God".
The part of these verses in quotations refers to:
Romans 9:26 (in reference to the Jew and Gentiles) And it shall come to pass that in that place where it was said unto them, ye are not my people, there shall they be called the children of the living God.
Once again from Judah and Israel to Jew and Gentile.
Hosea chapter 4 teaches us of the Lord’s controversy with the ten northern tribes of Israel. Verse 13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains and burn incense upon the hills under oaks and poplars and elms because the shadow thereof is good. Therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom and your spouses shall commit adultery.
From this verse we are referred in the KJV to:
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient.
From the ten northern tribes of Israel to those in Rome.
Hosea chapter 6 tells of the call to repentance of Judah and Ephraim (another name for Israel). Verse 2, After two days will he revive us. In the third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his sight.
This verse refers to:
1 Corinthians 15:4 (in reference to Christ sacrifice for sin) And that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according
to the scriptures.
From Judah and Israel to something being said to the Jew and Gentile believers living in Corinth.
Hosea 13:14 (in reference to the ten northern tribes of Israel) I will RANSOM them from the power of the grave. I will REDEEM
them from death. O death I will be thy plagues. O grave I will be thy destruction. Repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. The part of this verse, O death, I will be thy plagues and O grave, I will be thy destruction refers to:
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
This part of Hosea 13:14 Repentance shall be hid from mine eyes, refers to:
Romans 11:29 (in reference to the Gentiles coming in) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
From the ten northern tribes of Israel to the Gentiles, again.
Hosea chapter 14 tells us the ten northern tribes of Israel will return and God’s mercy shall be unto them, verse 4; I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for mine anger is turned away from him. This verse refers to:
Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made US ACCEPTED in the beloved. This point is very significant we are being referred from the ten northern tribes of Israel’s RETURN to the Ephesians being accepted in the beloved.
From the 10 northern tribes of Israel to the Gentiles being accepted in the beloved.
Verse 9 of Hosea chapter 14 (in reference to Israel’s return) The ways of the Lord are right and the just shall walk in them but the transgressors shall fall therein. This part of the verse refers to:
2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one WE are the savor of death unto death and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? From those of the ten northern tribes of Israel who would return to something said to the Corinthians.
In addition to this, Hosea 7:3 refers to Romans 1:32 and from Hosea 10:13 to Galations 6:7-8.
From the put away and punished ten northern tribes of Israel, their iniquity, their ransom or redemption, and their return, to those of Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, and Galatia many times. Once again where have the scholars been looking? The Lord put them away which is what lost means, took away their identity, and they were ransomed, redeemed and returned.
There is one important point in Hosea 2:3 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns and make a wall that SHE shall not find her paths.
SHE is being said in context of the bride of Christ, the dispersed
of Judah and Israel, for this refers to:
Lamentations 3:7and 9 He hath hedged me about that I cannot get out, he hath made my chain heavy. He hath enclosed my ways with HEWN STONE, he hath made my paths crooked.
Jeremiah is credited with writing Lamentations. He was grieving over the dispersed of Judah and Israel, which can be shown by the text of Lamentations. This is saying the way of the dispersed would be hedged up, walled up, fenced up, or blocked. The dispersed of Judah and Israel would not be returning to Old Jerusalem.
The Sheep of the Lord
In John 21:15-17 Peter was told three times by Jesus to feed his sheep.
John21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon (Peter), son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
This verse refers, using the KJV reference column, to 1 Peter 2:25 (which, once again, is in a book addressed to the dispersed of Israel) For "ye were as sheep going astray but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."
The first part of this verse in quotations refers to Isaiah 53:6 (in context of the children of Israel) All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. The second part beginning with the word Shepherds refers to:
Ezekiel 34:23 ( in context of Israel being brought out from the people and gathered out of the countries) And I will set up one shepherd over them and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them and he shall be their shepherd.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Jesus came to seek and to save that which was LOST, which means put away, divorced, and punished as already shown. Who were the lost who mentioned here? The reference column plainly shows who this verse is referring to:
Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the "lost sheep of the house of Israel". The part of this verse in quotation marks refers to:
Isaiah 53:6 (the prophet to the ten northern tribes of Israel) All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jeremiah 50: 6 and 17 (in context of Judah and Israel) My people hath been LOST SHEEP, their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains, they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. ISRAEL is a scattered sheep, the lions have driven him away, first the king of Assyria hath devoured him and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken bones.
Ezekiel 34:5,6,and 16 (in context of Israel) And they were scattered because there is no shepherd and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains and upon every high hill, yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth and none did search or seek after them. I WILL SEEK THAT WHICH WAS LOST and bring again that which was driven away and will bind up that which was broken and will strengthen that which was sick, but I will destroy the fat and the strong, I will feed them with judgment.
1 Peter 2:25 (addressed to the dispersed of Israel) For ye were sheep going astray, but are now RETURNED unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. This verse refers to:
Hebrews 13:20 (a book addressed to Hebrews) Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead, our Lord Jesus, that
great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the EVERLASTING COVENANT.
We can see from these last referring verses the sheep of the Lord is Israel or Judah and Israel and there should be no argument on this subject.
To prove the identity of all Israel in the New Testament, we move to Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them and said unto Mary his
mother, Behold, this child is set for the "fall and rising again of many in Israel and for" a sign which shall be spoken against.
The part of this verse in quotes contains the word Israel, which is defined as the descendants of Jacob and refers to:
1 Corinthians 1:23-24 But we preach Christ crucified unto the Jews a stumbling block and unto the Greeks (Gentiles) foolishness.
From Israel to the Jews and Gentiles.
To learn the identity of all Israel we can also move to:
Acts 5:31 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. This verse refers to:
Ephesians 1:7 In whom WE have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.
Colossians 1:14 In whom WE have redemption through his
blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
From Israel to the Jew and Gentile believers living in Ephesus and Colosse.
The identity of all Israel can also be shown by:
Romans 11:25 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 fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
The part of this verse in quotes, again, includes the word Israel and refers to:
2 Corinthians 3:14 But THEIR minds were blinded, for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament, which vail is done away in Christ.
Israel, in Romans 11:25 is referring to the ten northern tribes of Israel who were blinded to who they were, which is the same as having their identity removed (Deuteronomy 32:26). The identity of Judah, the Jews, was not taken away until those who would reverted back to Christ (converted) and their names were changed to Christian. We were referred from Israel to the Gentiles living in Corinth.
We can also find the identity of who the ten northern tribes of Israel (who chased after strange gods) were in the New Testament by moving to:
Revelations 2:14 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".
From the first set of quotes of this verse we are referred to:
1 Corinthians 8:9-10 (in the context of worshiping strange gods) But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For, if any man see thee which hast knowledge, sit at meat in the idol’s temple shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols?
Revelations 2:14, the second set of quotes refers to:
1 Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly and the belly for meats, but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication but for the Lord and the Lord for the body.
From the ten northern tribes of Israel who chased after strange gods to the Gentile believers in Corinth.
All Israel is plainly defined for us by:
1 Corinthians 10:18 Behold Israel after flesh, are not they which eat of the sacrifices, partakers of the altar?
By itself the one word, ISRAEL, in this verse, using the reference column of the KJV refers to:
Romans 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
From Israel to Romans 4:12, which is obviously referring to the circumcised and the uncircumcised, the Jew and the Gentile.
It is taught today, "the sheep of Christ" is referring to any believer in Christ. By using the ancient reference column, we have just seen the sheep Christ was referring to were Israel or Judah and Israel, which has just been shown to be Jew and Gentile. An interesting point about the feeding of the Lord’s sheep, Jesus did not say feed the dogs, wolves, serpents,
dragons, bears, scorpions, cockatrices, etc.
Within the tenth chapter of Acts we learn of Peter’s vision. This vision included four-footed beast, wild beasts, creeping things, and fowls of the air. After being told to rise, kill, and eat, Peter misinterprets the vision as being about common or unclean
animals (verse 13). According to Acts 10:28 this vision was about common or unclean people.
Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company or come unto one of another NATION, but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
This verse is obviously talking about the Gentiles, for that is where we are referred, to Galations 2:12 and 14 and Ephesians 3:6.
In Romans 10:12 (NAS) we learn there is no difference between Jew and Gentile to the Lord.
Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile, for THE SAME LORD OVER ALL is rich unto all that call upon him.
The capitalized portion of this verse in both the KJV and NAS refers to this entire verse:
Acts 10:36 (still referring to Peter’s vision) The word which God sent unto the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL preaching peace by Jesus Christ, he is Lord of all.
Again we are referred from those who were considered common and unclean and there being no difference between Jew and Gentile and then to the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
For those who swear by the NIV, Romans 10:12 refers to Romans 3:29 and then to Acts 10:34 and 35 which is in the same context as verse 36.
Within Acts 10:36 we see the words, "preaching PEACE by Jesus Christ". This peace which is being preached is the peace between Judah and the ten northern tribes of Israel for this part of the verse refers us to:
Isaiah 57:19 (who prophesied the ten northern tribes of Israel were to be restored to the kingdom) I create the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace to him that is FAR OFF and to him that is NEAR, saith the Lord and I will heal him.
In the KJV, NAS, and NIV (which reverses this order)we are referred from those who are near and far off of this verse to Ephesians 2:17: And came and preached peace to you which
were afar off and to them that were near.
The Prince of Peace
We have all heard the title "The Prince of Peace"given to Jesus Christ. Who was this peace to come to, what does this title mean? This title cannot be found in the New Testament. We can find the answer in Isaiah chapter 9, where we find this title along with other ones.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
We should always read the context of every verse, but how can we understand the context if we do not know who or what each verse is referring to. The context of Isaiah 9:6 is about Jacob/Israel and the conflict between Judah and Israel. To show this point we a look at Isaiah 9:8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob and it hath lighted upon Israel, and 9:21 Manasseh, Ephraim and Ephraim, Manasseh and they together shall be AGAINST Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
At the time this verse was written the stick of Israel was in the hand of Ephraim and Manasseh (Ezekiel 37:19). Without any doubt we can see the context of Isaiah 9:6 is the referring to the conflict between Judah and Israel and the peace Christ was bringing was to be between the two. Isaiah 9:6, by using the reference column, refers to:
Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us, which refers to:
John 10:16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepherd, which refers to:
Ezekiel 37:22 (in the context of Judah and Israel becoming one stick, Ezekiel 37:19-22) And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel and one king shall be king to them all and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
These verses prove once again that Jew and Gentile were Judah and Israel, because that is were the references lead and that is what a reference does, it gives meaning and defines. We were referred from the conflict between Judah and Israel and the peace that was to come to them by Jesus Christ, to the wall being broken down between the Jew and Gentile and right back to Judah and Israel becoming one nation and having one King. This should tell us who the Prince of Peace was bringing peace to..
Go Ye Therefore and Teach All Nations
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Today, this verse is used to promote missionary work.
But actually, after Christ’s resurrection, this verse was an order to the eleven disciples to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel which is in keeping with Christ’s words, "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. How were the dispersed of Israel going to be extracted from among heathen nations if the good news never reached them? This is easily proven by using the reference column of our Bible for this verse refers to:
Isaiah 52:10 ( in reference to Israel, my people, verse 4) The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations and all the ends of the earth shall SEE the salvation of our God.
We can see in this verse all the earth shall SEE the salvation of God. All the ends of the earth will SEE the salvation of Israel by God. Once again, Isaiah prophesied the restoration of the 10
northern tribes of Israel. All the earth would SEE the salvation of the Lord when the disciples brought the good news, for this verse refers to:
Psalms 98:2-3 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly showed in the SIGHT of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel, all the ends of the earth HAVE SEEN the salvation of our God.
Look at these references. The heathen were going to SEE the salvation of Israel. Once the disciples went into a nation, the heathen were going to SEE the salvation of Israel, for this verse refers to:
Isaiah 62:2 And the Gentiles shall SEE thy righteousness and all kings thy glory and thou (Israel) shalt be called by a new name,
which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
When the ten northern tribes were to be taken out from among the heathen/Gentiles, the heathen were going to SEE it. They
were going to be a witness to this, as the Egyptians were a witness to the salvation of all Israel by God, when Moses led them out of Egypt.
In Isaiah chapter 62, which is entitled, Salvation for Jerusalem, this is a prophesy that the land where Israel was to be was to be called Beulah.
Isaiah 62:2 We have learned that the children of Israel were to be called by a new name, the KJV reference column refers to:
Isaiah 65:15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee and call his servants by another name.
According to Isaiah 65:9, this leaving their old name and getting a new name, was to be done to the seed of Jacob(Israel) and the seed of Judah. This name was to be Christian for Isaiah 65:15
refers to Acts 11:26 And the disciples were called Christian first in Antioch.
Getting back to the salvation of Jerusalem/Hephzibah in Isaiah
62, we learn in verse 4. Thou shalt no more be termed FORSAKEN; neither shall thy land be termed desolate but thou shalt be called Hephzibah and thy land, Beulah, for the Lord delighteth in thee and thy land shall be married.
The ten northern tribes of Israel were going to be NOT forsaken
any longer, the name of their land was to be changed from Hephzibah/Jerusalem to Beulah. We see part of this in the previous verse and in:
Isaiah 62:12 And they shall call them, the holy people, the REDEEMED of the Lord and thou (Jerusalem) shalt be called, Sought out, a city not forsaken.
Plainly from this verse, it can be seen that the children of the ten northern tribes of Israel were not going to be forsaken any longer, they would be redeemed, and THEY WERE going to make up this city not forsaken. A city is made up of people. This city Hephzibah/Jerusalem would be known as Beulah. I only know of one land in the His-story of the world ever to be called Beulahland.
A New Heavens and a New Earth (The New Jerusalem)
In Isaiah 65:17 we learn God will create new heavens and a new earth and the former shall not be remembered nor come into mind.
This verse is telling us that God would be creating a new doctrine in a new land. They were to acquire a new doctrine, Christianity, in a new land. Isaiah 65:17 refers to:
2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless, we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Isaiah 65:17 also refers to:
Revelations 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was
no more sea.
Most of Revelations tells of what will happen between the time of the ascension of Christ and the end of days or his final coming. Once again this new heaven and new earth are defined as a new doctrine (Christianity) in a new land, country, or world. There will
be no more sea, for the Great Sea, which was the coast of the old holy land, is not in this new land. John was in the old land and saw no sea for it would not be in the new land.
Revelations 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled up together and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
The mountains and islands will not be in the same place, for it will not be the same land. This verse is not referring to the sky being rolled as a scroll, it is referring to the old doctrine being scrolled up and replaced by the new doctrine (Christianity) and is defined as such in Strong’s Concordance. For a second and third witness to this definition, we can follow the references of this verse in the KJV and the NAS, for in both we are referred from Revelations 6:14 to:
Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll and their host shall fall down as the leaf falleth off from the vine and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
This verse is in context of come near ye nations and HEAR verse 1, seek ye out of the book of the Lord and READ verse 16, and the sword of the Lord verse 5 and 6. Most of us know the sword of the Lord is HIS WORD, as we see in:
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Lord, which is the word of God.
This should show which parts of the old doctrine were going to be scrolled away and replaced by a new doctrine. We all know
the old doctrine included animal sacrifices, which were taken away after the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, as we find in Hebrews 10. In addition to the animal sacrifices being taken away, the laws and commandments of MAN, which man had added to the law, were removed or scrolled away from the law of God, in Colossians chapter 2, as seen in verse 22. It was the laws which man had added to God’s law that were contrary to them, as
seen in Colossians 2:14, and nailed to the cross.
Once again, Strong’s concordance defines the word heavens in 2 Peter 3:13, Revelations 21:1 and 6:14 as doctrine (Christianity) and defines the word earth in 2 Peter 3:13 and Revelations 21:1 as land, soil, country, or world. They would be obtaining a new doctrine, Christianity, and a new land, soil, country, or world in which to establish this doctrine. NEW LAND, NEW COUNTRY,
OR NEW WORLD sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it? I seem to remember these phrases from my His-story books in school. We must remember the new land was to be called Beulah, no longer to be known as Jerusalem.
Not only have we found a witness to these definitions in Strong’s Concordance and the reference column of our Bible, we also find a witness to this through the actions of the Christians throughout His-story. They migrated from the old holy land through western Europe to the United States of America, because of persecution, wars, famine, plagues as well as other reasons. The Christians set up the Kingdom of Christ which began in the old holy land, then throughout western Europe and then to the United States. The United States of America has always been considered a Christian nation by the Christian majority who live and have lived here. The United States followed the example of most of the countries of western Europe, which were also considered Christian nations by their inhabitants. Most, if not all the states that make up this land, The United States of America, procured the land for the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ. Copies of these charters of each state can be found on the Internet. Some excerpts from these charters are included in the appendix. The
Congress of the United States declared the Bible as the word of God on October 4, 1982, and is public law 97-280. A copy of the
declaration can be found in the appendix. Has any other nation ever declared the Bible to be the word of God? The Christians came to this new promised land, a land known as Beulahland, in keeping with the Bible prophesies placed within this study.
Jeremiah, the prophet to both Judah and the ten northern tribes
of Israel said in Jeremiah 3:14 Turn O backsliding children, saith
the Lord, for I am married unto you and I will take you "one of a city and two of a family and I will bring you to Zion". This verse is being said in context of backsliding Israel (ten northern tribes), to whom God gave a bill of divorce and removed their identity (Deuteronomy 32:26), AND her treacherous sister, Judah, both of which can be found in Jeremiah 13:8.
The part of Jeremiah 3:14 in quotations refers to:
Romans 11:5 Even so then, at this present time also, there is a remnant according to the election of grace. This verse is in context of ALL Israel being saved once the fullness of the Gentiles come in, verses 25-26.
So we have been referred, AGAIN, from backsliding Israel, who lost their Identity and her treacherous sister, Judah, to a remnant which included both Jew and Gentile believers of Jesus Christ, whose name would soon be changed to Christian, FOREVER. From the ten tribes of Israel and Judah to the Gentile and the Jew converts.
There are those who believe this part of Jeremiah 3:14 and I will take you one of a city and two of a family and I will bring you to Zion refers to the Jews going back to the old Holy Land. If we read the very next verse, Jeremiah 3:15, we get a better understanding of just exactly where the children of Israel will be brought.
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you PASTORS according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
The word pastors in this verse means to tend a flock, shepherd,
herdman, companion. This verse refers to:
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some apostles and some prophets and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers.
Jeremiah 3:15 also refers to:
Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Jeremiah 3:18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel and they shall come together out of the land of the NORTH to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your father.
Obviously, Jeremiah 3:14-18 is not referring to the Jews going back to the Old Holy Land, it is referring to Christianity being set up, pastors being set above them, one of a city and two of a family being taken to a new land, for Jeremiah was in the old land when he made his prophecies.
The Christians did not stay in the Holy Land, they migrated in a northwesterly direction throughout all Europe, bringing the good news to those who had already been dispersed to that area. From western Europe, which is north of our country, one of a city and two of a family migrated to the United States of America.
This new land would be a land flowing with milk and honey as the old one was at first but was later made desolate by Jesus Christ because of the people’s sin.
Matthew 23:37-38 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
When the children of Israel were already in the old promised land, they were given the promise of another land. We can find such a
promise 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 verse is within a covenant made with King David, who was already in the old promised land.
The prophet, Isaiah, who prophesied of the ten northern tribes being gathered again, made it plain that Israel would be gathered again into a new land as Christian believers.
Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
This ensign or standard was Jesus Christ. From this verse we are referred to:
John 7:35 KJV (After Jesus Christ spoke) Then said the Jews among themselves, whither will he go, that we shall not find him? Will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles and teach the Gentiles?
Isaiah 11:12 also refers to James 1:1 to the twelve tribes scattered ABROAD.
John 7:35 The above verse (in the context of Jew and Gentile), by all three reference Bibles, the KJV, NAS, and the NIV, we are referred to:
James 1:1, James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the TWELVE TRIBES which are scattered ABROAD,
Once again from Judah and Israel to Jew and Gentile and then to the twelve tribes scattered abroad, whose name would soon be
changed to Christian.
The prophet Zechariah tells us in chapter 1 verse 17, Cry yet saying, thus saith the Lord of hosts, my cities through prosperity shall yet be SPREAD ABROAD and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
In the last few passages we see the word ABROAD, which is defined in WD as far and wide, to or in foreign lands, or from foreign lands, or outside of one’s own country. Regardless of which definition we choose, from these passages, we can see the people of God were no longer to be in the old Jerusalem. Their cities, through prosperity, were going to be somewhere other than the old Jerusalem. The cities of God were going to prosper,
they were going to be too large for the old land to hold so they were going to be spread ABROAD.
We must remember that the name of the city of God, which was named Jerusalem, was to be changed to Beulah and his people were to make up this city.
This new land was to have no walled cities, many men, and cattle as we can see in:
Zechariah 2:4 And said unto him, run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein.
An important fact of this prophesy is that Jerusalem shall be
inhabited as TOWNS, plural, not singular as the old one was. Zechariah was in the old Holy Land when he made his prophesies.
Zechariah 2:5 For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about and will be the glory in the midst of her.
This was said by the I Am of the old testament, who is the Christ
of the new testament. Jesus Christ shall be the glory in the midst of her, he will be a wall of fire round about her, for this verse
Zechariah 9:8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by and because of him that returneth and no oppressor shall pass through them any more, for now have I seen with mine eyes.
In Zechariah 9:9 we see who the previous verse is referring to:
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, thy King cometh unto thee, he is just and having salvation, lowly and riding upon an ass and upon a colt, the foal of an ass.
We can positively say from this verse the fire round about the new city will be Jesus Christ. We can also see from this verse the Old Jerusalem was the mother of the people, which would be multiplying into a number as many as the stars in the heavens and would be in need of a larger place, for we are referred, also, from Zechariah 2:5 to:
Revelations 21:23 (in context of the New Jerusalem coming DOWN from heaven and Christ her husband) And the city had no more need of sun, neither of the moon to shine in it and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Revelations 21:2 And I, John, saw the holy city, NEW JERUSALEM, (not the old one ) coming DOWN from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Plainly the context of Revelations 21 is the New Jerusalem coming DOWN from heaven, which is the new land, country, or world. It was going to come down from heaven, not up to heaven. The next verse for some strange reason is omitted from most sermons today.
Revelations 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
behold the tabernacle of God is WITH MEN and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people and God himself shall be with
them and be their God.
We can see from this verse the tabernacle of God is with men and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people and he shall be their God. This verse refers to:
Ezekiel 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL forever and my holy name shall the house of ISRAEL no more defile neither they nor their kings, by their whoredom nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.
We were referred from MEN to the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, whose
name was changed to Christian, as already shown.
In Isaiah chapter 35 we can find certain descriptions of a restored Zion. Verse 1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. Verse 8, And an highway shall be there and a way and it shall be called the way of holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those, the wayfaring men, though fools shall not err therein.
These two verses are most definitely describing the new heaven and the new earth, the NEW JERUSALEM (Beulah) for we are referred from Isaiah 35:8, using the reference column, to:
Revelations 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything
that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie, but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Though most believe and mistranslate this to be speaking of heaven, we have already seen the New Jerusalem or New Heavens and New Earth shall be coming down from heaven. Are there deserts blossoming as the rose in heaven as we have just seen in Isaiah 35:1?
Isaiah 35:9 tells us that the REDEEMED (the Christians) shall walk there and in verse 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall
RETURN and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Both these verses tell us the redeemed, the ransomed of the Lord, shall return UNTO HIM and shall obtain everlasting joy and gladness, for this verse refers to:
Revelations 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
The daughter of Jerusalem was the people of Jerusalem, who multiplied into a number as many as the stars in the heavens.
The old Jerusalem would be insufficient to hold this many people, there was to be a need for a much larger place for them. This added to the reasons for their being dispersed.
The light of the New Jerusalem (Beulah) shall be Jesus Christ.
Zechariah 8:3 Thus saith the Lord, I am returned unto Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem and Jerusalem shall be called a city of TRUTH and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain.
We have already seen the name of Jerusalem would be changed to Beulah and that Jesus Christ would be the fire round about her. In the verse above we can see the New Jerusalem would be a city of TRUTH.
Jeremiah 23:5 Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch and a KING shall reign and prosper and shall execute judgment and JUSTICE in the earth.
We can see from this verse that a KING shall reign and execute JUSTICE. This King is referring to Jesus Christ, for this verse refers to:
John 1:45. Philip findeth Nathanael and saith unto him, we have found him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write JESUS OF NAZARETH, the son of Joseph.
Leviticus 25: 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof, it shall be a jubilee unto you and ye shall return every man unto his possession and ye shall return every man unto his family.
These are the words of the Lord unto Moses, to proclaim LIBERTY and have a year of jubilee. I do believe the Catholic Christians have celebrated this Year of Jubilee in times past.
Galations 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us FREE and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
We see in this verse the freedom which Christ had given us.
Do these words ring a bell: freedom, liberty, justice and truth? Throughout the Bible we find these words many times and they were very important to the people of the Lord. We find these words throughout important documents of the United States and in the mottoes of our institutions. There can be no freedom, liberty, justice, or truth without adherence to the Law of God.
One verse comes to mind which is true in many instances:
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man
but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Today, we are taught the law of God was either put away or a new law has replaced the old law, without one reference to back up this deception. Jesus Christ said in:
Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be
This tells us to NEVER pass from the law of God, which STILL includes the punishments. The word law in this verse is defined as the Mosaic law and this verse is in the context of a reference to the law of God, verse 17 Think NOT that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets, I am come not to destroy but to fulfill (complete). DON’T EVEN THINK IT. Matthew 5:17 refers to:
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid, yea we ESTABLISH THE LAW. As anyone can plainly see, we are not to void the law, we are to establish the law.
At one time the United States of America operated closely to God’s laws and punishments and we had justice, truth, liberty, and freedom. The farther we get away from the law of God and it’s punishments, the farther we get from justice, truth, liberty, freedom, and safety. Now that the law of God has been put away,
do you feel safe? Can your children play safely in their own yard? Do you find yourself clutching them closer and closer when you go to the market or mall? It is true the law of God was the schoolmaster for the righteous and once you have come to Christ you are no longer in need of a schoolmaster, as in Romans 3:24-25, but as Paul says in 1 Timothy 1:9 the law is not for the righteous man, it is for the lawless and disobedient, etc.
The farther away we get from the punishments of the law of God, the farther away we get from liberty, freedom, justice, truth, and safety. We can plainly see that the punishments are still in place in:
1 Corinthians 5:5 (a chapter dealing with the punishments of evil doers) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the DESTRUCTION of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
We see from this verse, the destruction of the flesh of the unrighteous saves the spirit for the day of the Lord Jesus. Some would have us believe this is dealing with a spiritual death. Not
only is this destruction merciful for those who cannot control their actions, it is plainly dealing with a physical death, for from
this verse we are referred to:
Job 2:6 (in reference to Job, pronounced Jobe) And the Lord said unto Satan, behold he is in thine hand, but save his life.
No one could possibly misinterpret these two verses, both of which are referring to a physical death. Life for the righteous Job and destruction of the flesh for the unrighteous. Without any doubt, these two verses are referring to a physical death. If the spirit could die, what would go to heaven or hell and what is left to be judged?
For those who think or preach the punishments of God were ever taken away, the definition of judgment or judgments will put this delusion to rest. Judgment or judgments means verdict, a sentence, divine law, condemnation, avenge, damnation,
PENALTY, and justice. This word is used many, many times throughout the New Testament. One very good example is 1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God and if it fist begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? This verse refers to:
Ezekiel 9:6 slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children and women, but come not near any man upon whom is the mark and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
Does this sound like the death penalty was put away?
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night, yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early, for when thy JUDGMENTS are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
If we take the Lord’s judgments (penalties) away, as has been done today, we will have unrighteousness, as we have today.
This new land would be as the old land, a micro being as a model for the macro. Once again the Old Jerusalem is the mother of the
New Jerusalem. We find the description of both mother and daughter in Psalms 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the river to the ends of the earth.
There are those who believe this is referring to Solomon’s dominion, but we are referred from Psalms 72:17 His name shall endure forever, his name shall be continued as long as the sun, and men shall be blessed in him. All nations shall call him blessed, to:
Luke 1:48 (Mary referring to God my Savior) For HE hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold from henceforth, all generations shall call me blessed.
We must remember the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are and were one. Jesus Christ was the I Am of the old testament, as
We find the same description of the new land in Zechariah 9:10 which refers back to Psalms 72:8.
Zechariah 9:9-10 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of Jerusalem, behold thy KING cometh unto thee. He is
just and having SALVATION, lowly and riding upon an ASS and upon a colt, the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from
Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem and the battle bow shall be cut off and he shall speak peace unto the heathen and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
Once again, these verses are obviously speaking of Jesus Christ which needs no proving. He will be the King in this land that is from sea to sea and from the river even to the ends of the earth. Along with the nations of western Europe, the Christian people of the United States of America have always considered Christ as their King. The country we live in was founded on Christian principles, God’s law and punishments. When Alaska joined the Union, this country we live in, The United States of America, was spread from sea to shining sea and from the river (Rio Grande) to
the ends of the earth.
Naturally, the Christians and the New Jerusalem would be called by his name as the Old Jerusalem was. Supreme court Justice David J. Brewer, who served from 1890-1910, wrote a lengthy opinion establishing the legal logic that America is a Christian nation, part of which is: "This Republic is classified among the Christian nations of the world. It was so formally declared by the Supreme Court of the United States. In the case of Holy Trinity Church vs. United States, 143 US 471, that Court, after mentioning various circumstances, added, these and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a CHRISTIAN NATION (Unanimous opinion, February 29, 1892)".
Our Christian ancestors migrated to this country through western
Europe which includes the British Isles and Spain. We all know Paul was planning a trip to Spain, Romans 15:24 and 28. Quite a few times we see the words isles and islands in our Bible. Which isles and islands is this referring to over and over? Isn’t it a safe assumption to say Paul went over the Caucasus Mountains to Spain or sailed around them to get there.
We have already seen from Hosea 2:6, those of the dispersion
would not be returning to Old Jerusalem, their way was hedged up with SOLID STONE. Paul would have been in search of those
who had gone before him, those who had been dispersed to that area. Interestingly enough, the Caucasus Mountains are in between the Old Holy Land and western Europe, where we can find most of the oldest churches in the world. These were built or set up by the Christians, who previously came over the Caucasus Mountains. These same people have carried the word of God down through His-story and have attempted to teach all people God’s way with or without even knowing who they were and are, thus being a blessing to them.
Manifest Destiny, which can be found in older HIS-STORY books, such as The National Experience A History of the United States, copyright 1968 by Harcourt, Brace and World, inc or on the
Internet, is and was the knowledge that the new land (Christ’s
Kingdom) was to be from sea to sea as divinely prophesied and promised. This knowledge was the divine force behind our Christian ancestors, who knew who they were, to conquer all the land between the west and east coasts. Once again, the reasons for the acquisition of land for the advancement and expansion of the Kingdom of Christ can be found in the charters of each state on the Internet.
These facts are Biblically and historically based. Though some might try to refute them, they are irrefutable. What is here is what the Bible says, where the references lead, and recorded in our His-tory books. The ten northern tribes of Israel never really disappeared, their identity was taken away, their name was changed first to Gentiles and then to Christians and they have
just been awaiting their revealing in the last days.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the "manifestation of the sons of God".
The part of this verse I have placed in quotations refers to:
1 John 3:2 Beloved, "now are WE the sons of God" and it doth not yet appear what WE shall be, but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
The part of this verse in quotations refers to:
Isaiah 56:5 (in reference to the ten tribes of Israel and Judah being gathered) Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.
Once again, we have been referred from something said to Jew and Gentile converts living in Rome to the gathering of the dispersed of Judah and the ten northern tribes of Israel. It can not be stressed enough, the chosen of God, his people were going to lose their old name. Their name was going to be changed to Christian. They were going to take off the old and put on the new and NEVER be called Jew and Gentile again. These
same people have been fulfilling the promises made to Abraham
so very long ago.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, "old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new".
The part of this verse in quotations, using the KJV reference column, refers to Isaiah the prophet of the ten northern tribes of Israel (whose identity was lost when they became as the heathen).
Isaiah 43:18-19 (In context of the chosen of God) Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold,
I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Most believe the Kingdom of Christ is heaven, that it is not an earthly place. They believe this because of all the wicked and evil that is among us. We can find the answer to which is the Kingdom of Christ, this country or heaven, in the parable of the sower. In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus Christ speaks the parable of the sower. After he is done, he explains his parable.
Matthew 13:38-40 The field is the WORLD, the good seed are the
children of the KINGDOM, but the tares are the children of the WICKED ONE (refers to John 8:44 the children of their father the devil). The enemy that sowed them is the DEVIL, the harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the TARES are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world.
We can learn so much from the explanation of this parable. The field is the WORLD (not heaven), the good seed are the children of the KINGDOM (Christ’s Kingdom), the tares are the seed the Devil sowed among the good seed in the kingdom (which is in the world). The tares shall be gathered out of the kingdom during the harvest, FIRST. Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the
harvest and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together FIRST the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.
We can see the wicked shall be taken out from among the just in:
Matthew 13:49-50 So shall it be at the end of the world (defined as shameful thing), the angels shall come forth and SEVER the WICKED from among the JUST and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Much can be learned by following the center column references within Matthew chapter 13, as they can show and define so much. So many believe they will be raptured up out of kingdom before the tribulation. As this has plainly shown the WICKED shall be
taken out first, not the good people. Until our house has been cleaned, the being caught up of 1 Thessalonians 4:17, will not be taking place. The good will have to live through the tribulation, as we can see in:
Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of heaven shall be shaken and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
After the tribulation, we will see the sign of the Son of man in heaven and his coming through the clouds. Then the trumpet shall sound and the dead in Christ will be gathered from the four winds, for this verse refers us to:
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the DEAD IN CHRIST shall rise first. Verse 17 THEN, we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe (Greek spelling of Noah) WERE, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. It must remembered that in the days of Noah, the bad and wicked were removed not the good.
These verses refute the false teaching of the good being removed from the Kingdom before the tribulation. They refute the false teaching that anyone will be raptured out or caught up out of the evil and wickedness. This should put a stop to the uncaring attitude some have of what happens to our country, for they will not be removed from the LAWLESSNESS that we have today. Until the evil is removed no one is going anywhere. We have to
live with the evil, wicked, and through the tribulation. Once again until someone cleans our house, whether us or the angels, no one will be going anywhere. A lack of caring for what goes on in our world, land, his kingdom, or our society will only make things worse, it will only PROLONG the misery we have to live through.
Before the Lord will return, our house will have to be cleaned. We have been kept from the kingdom by those who would deceive us.
A Few Ending Thoughts
The I Am of the OT who is the Christ in the NT said in Numbers 6:27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel and I
will bless them. This was done when the name of Jew and Gentile, who were Judah and Israel, was changed to Christian, FOREVER.
According to 1 John 4:1, we are to try the spirits to see where they are from. It is time for us all to try the spirits of today and see who is being truthful. This verse is telling us not to take the word of any man. We are to judge him to see where he is from, by his words and actions. In John 14:6 Jesus says, he is the way, the TRUTH, and the life; NO MAN cometh unto the Father but by me. If we reject the truth, which is Jesus, we are rejecting God.
In John 8:32 Jesus says, ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. I say to you, try the spirits, all of them including me. See who is telling you the truth and you too will be set free and no longer a prisoner of someone else’s delusions.
If we ignore the source of the truth and take the word of anyone, what have we done? We have replaced God in his temple with someone else. We have let a human being, instead of God, tell us what is right and wrong, as we see in 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me, seeing thou hast FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF THY GOD, I will also forget thy children. This verse is being said in the context of the ten northern tribes of Israel, who forgot their God and his law, which was the reason for their being
put away, punished, LOST, or divorced. This is still true today. If we forget his law, which includes his punishments, we have forgotten him, which brings about the curses of Deuteronomy 28.
Reading Deuteronomy 28 will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, this country is the New Jerusalem and the Christians are the chosen of God, for the curses are upon us NOW.
What Bible study would be complete without a study of the most famous verse of all, John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse was said by Jesus Christ to Nicodemus, who was of the tribe of Judah and has been taken out of context and used to mean something other than what it was intended. According to John 3:3 we must be born again, FIRST. Born again is defined as to procreate of the father, to regenerate, from a variation of kin/ kindred, from above, again. What does this mean to be procreated of the father and is this a true definition. An explanation of this definition can be found and is supported by the reference column of John 3:3 in the KJV. Being born again
refers to two verses, both of which can be found in chapters which are addressed to the 12 tribes dispersed abroad, James and 1 Peter.
John 3:3 refers to 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever.
John 3:3 and 1 Peter 1:23 refers to James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
From, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures, we are referred to:
Jeremiah 2:3 ISRAEL was holiness unto the Lord and the firstfruits of his increase, all that devour him shall offend, evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.
These verses and references should shine a light upon exactly what, born again, really means. We were referred from born again, to incorruptible seed, to the firstfruits of his creatures, and then to Israel, which explains just exactly who John 3:16 applies to.
For one more witness to this, John 3:5 says unless a man be born of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God, John 3:6 says that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, John 3:8 states, so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
In all three of these verses, which are in the same context of John 3:16, we can’t help but notice that the word, Spirit, is capitalized and the word, flesh, in John 3:6 is not. So, you must be born of the Spirit and not born of the flesh. Another way to say this is, you must be the children of the Spirit and not children of the flesh, which is exactly what, born of, means. Galations chapter 4 verses 21-31 defines who the children of the Spirit and the
children of the flesh are, notice once again the word, Spirit, is
capitalized. Those who were born after the flesh are those of Ishmael and those born of the Spirit are those of Isaac.
Romans chapter 9 is a second witness to this truth. Not only can we see, once again, in verses 3-5 that Christ came for, only, Israel as he said he did in Matthew 15:25, we can plainly see in Romans 9:7 NEITHER, because they are the seed of Abraham, are ALL children, but in Isaac shall they seed be called. This verse refers to:
Galations 4:23 But he who was born of the bondwoman (Hagar) was born after the flesh, but he of the freewoman (Sarah) was by promise.
These points are, again, made in Romans 9:8 That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these ARE NOT the children of God, the children of the promise are counted for the seed. This verse refers to:
Galations 4:28 Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of the promise.
You must be born of the Spirit and not of the flesh.
Daniel 12:4 But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the END OF TIME; many will go back and forth
and knowledge will increase.
For some reason God wanted the truth concealed until the end of
time. Most of us know we are living in the end of days or the end of time. It is time for all of us to go back and forth in the scriptures, as shown in this study, that our knowledge might increase.
No one but the Christians have fulfilled the promises made to Abraham. They were to be as many as the stars in the heavens
and they were to be a BLESSING to all people. God’s word is true, every promise has been and is being fulfilled as foretold by all the prophets. Praise be to God.
Once again, if the ten northern tribes of Israel just disappeared, ceased to exist or were never to be heard from again, then why are the twelve tribes mentioned in the New Testament at least five times?
Do you remember the defection from the truth that will come out of the church/temple/fane in the last days of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, which was discussed on pages 4 and 5? For another witness to this truth we are referred, using the KJV reference column, from 2 Thessalonians 2:3 except there come a falling away first, to 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrine of devils.
1 Timothy 4:1 is being said in the context of potential dangers in the CHURCH and is entitled as such in the King James Version, not the New King James Version.
If any of us were to return to the country of our ancestors, would we know our distant relatives, would they know us? Would we be able to understand their language and vise versa? Would we be called German, Irish, Scottish, Czech, English, Dutch, etc or would we be called American? Wasn’t it the same for the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel, who lost their identity, when they came out from among the heathen where they had gone?
God bless and HIS will be done.
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